In one concise statement, Dan Kovalik sums up the criminal – if self-serving and for now effective – foreign policy of the U.S. across the planet:
The US appears to be intentionally spreading chaos throughout strategic portions of the world, leaving virtually no independent state standing to protect their resources, especially oil, from Western exploitation. And, this goal is being achieved with resounding success, while also achieving the subsidiary goal of enriching the behemoth military-industrial complex.”
A divided Korea, a decimated Vietnam, endless war in Afghanistan, a barely functional Iraq, a destroyed Libya, ongoing destruction of Syria and Venezuela, relentless attacks and incipient war on Iran, give us more than a glimpse into the awesome power of America’s military might, its malice and ruthlessness in projecting that power.
Its no-holds-barred no-moral-qualms no-body-count no-questions-asked ends-justify-the-means tactical use of genocide, its jaw-dropping hypocrisy in portraying itself as a force of good, its psychopathic exceptionalist world view which judges all other nations and their populations as dispensable, and its ultimate loyalty to a tiny autocratic ruling elite who use “democracy” as just another tool in their bag of tricks to promote absolute corporate tyranny — the framework of fascism Sheldon Wolin calls inverted totalitarianism — and global hegemony.
It’s for good reason that the U.S. is now often referred to as the Empire of Chaos.
The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil, as the title suggests, more specifically focuses on the horrors inflicted by the U.S. government on Venezuela.
This thorough, extremely well-researched, and fully supported exposé covers the current crises in and about Venezuela, intentionally and purposefully instigated by the U.S. to overthrow its current government and plunder the country’s rich oil reserves.
Just as importantly it offers rich and revealing historical accounts of America’s past dealings with Venezuela and almost identical scenarios with other Latin American nations, detailing the darkness and corruption that lies at the heart of U.S. foreign policy, and how that has cast a pall of oppression over the entirety of South and Central America, the nations of which have the geographical misfortune of being in America’s self-declared hemisphere of influence — read that as hemisphere of total domination and ruthless exploitation.
From Chile to Haiti to Panama to Honduras to Nicaragua to El Salvador to Colombia, we see the brutal deployment of U.S. political and military assets leaving whole countries impoverished, the poor without hope — often deprived of even food and water — and piles of nameless corpses in escalating numbers, dismissed by the U.S. government and its lapdog media as collateral damage of the Great Imperial Project.
By the end of Kovalik’s chilling indictment of U.S. malfeasance in its war on the people of Venezuela, what is astonishing and shocking is that the U.S. is again getting away with such overt and illegal aggression, by not only using the same playbook, but by using the same players.
With Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, John Bolton as National Security Advisor, and Elliot Abrams as Special Envoy to Venezuela, at the helm of the project to take Venezuela’s government apart and replace it with the puppet regime of the unelected Juan Guaido, we have three of the most notorious of the notorious — murderous, lying thugs — doing the dirty work.
All three have sordid histories of inciting war and orchestrating regime changes. Abrams was indicted and convicted for lying to Congress about the Iran-Contra affair.
The thought-provoking Plot to Overthrow Venezuela is very well-written, with a clarity, accessibility, and erudition which puts it in a class with the best works of Noam Chomsky. The Foreword by Oliver Stone is a worthy and deserving way to get things started.
I give it six out of five stars, truly one of the most engaging and informative books I’ve read in ages.
The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil, by Dan Kovalik, is published by HOT BOOKS and available through Amazon and other retailers.
John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter, music producer, neo-Marxist, and an evolutionary humanist. He has written nine novels and three political non-fiction books. His most recent polemic is “The Peace Dividend: The Most Controversial Proposal in the History of the World.” His political articles have appeared at OpEdNews, Greanville Post, Nation of Change, Dissident Voice, Truthdig, Russia Insider, and other alternative media outlets. You can follow his adventures and developing world view at: jdrachel.com
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The common factor in those states the US and its dependents or allies seek to destroy is socialism, potential or actual.
Wherever a country intends to or implements a system in which the people collectively, at all levels of administration, own their own lands, houses, enterprises providing the necessities for living, homes, education, health services, transport, justice, emergency (protective) services including military, infrastructures, currency, insurance against harm, and any other public arrangements for the benefit of all the people, America will destroy it with two main aims.
First, that it not exemplify successful socialism and thereby refute the orthodoxy, currently neoliberal corporate capitalism, that the permanent rulers of the US require to be universal.
And second, referenced in the reviewed book, that commercial corporations, owned by the rulers, can extort and seize the resources and assets belonging to that country’s people.
Consider the USSR, China, Mossadek’s Iraq, Vietnam, Cuba, Indonesia, Ghana, Chile, Nicaragua, Libya, Syria, Iran, Grenada, Venezuela, and so on.
“commercial corporations, owned by the rulers, can extort and seize the resources and assets belonging to that country’s people.”
Privatisations and deregulations are only making the process of ceding power from government to (US) foreign entities much easier.
To this admirably succinct BTL analysis of the primary, if not sole, thrust of American foreign policy for over a century (“kick their commie ass and take their commie gas”, however ‘gas’ may be re-construed at any given time), I’d propose only one minor rewording:
“First, that it not exemplify successful socialism and thereby threaten the orthodoxy, currently neoliberal corporate capitalism, that the permanent rulers of the US require to be universal.”
Appreciate this review John. How many countries on this Planet Hasn’t the United States invaded, bombed, droned, sanctioned, or interfered in other countries elections or overthrown or attempted to overthrow foreign govts? Bhutan? Faroe Islands? Cook Islands? Equatorial Guinea? It can’t be a long list of countries the United States has not interfered in, in any way. Venezuela is just another victim added to the list of independent minded (read sovereign) nations that must be taken down.
Harold Pinter got it spot on about the illusion the Hegemon has created to have most people believe it is a force for good and democracy in the World, when there’s not even democracy in the U.S. We know the truth.
Well over 40% of humanity is currently subject to US economic strangulation.
This is currently being extended to its previously most obsequious satellites, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Germany, Turkey.
The list of “most obsequious satellites” is not including Australia??
Not yet. Oz is about the only country in the world not being sanctioned by the Orange Baboon. But give him time.
Agreed. No matter how much brown nosing and bootlicking the quisling stooges in Canberra do, sooner or later Trumpf will decree they didn’t lick enough boots or something. Its truly pathetic and embarrassing, and I’m a bloody Kiwi ffs….
Australia is right at the top of the list along with UK. Morrison, Payne & co can’t bend over far enough to please Uncle. Did you read the statement after the Ausmin ministerial meeting yesterday between Australia and United States? Deputy Sheriff Australia is ‘in lockstep with its strongest ally’. I suggest not eating before reading the whole thing.
It is time (past time) to put the US criminals on trial for their wars of aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is time for all civilised countries to utilise universal jurisdiction and uphold the standards set by the Nuremberg Tribunals.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper would like to see mid-range missiles deployed in Australia ‘Sooner rather than later’.
The gift [of criminal aggression] that keeps on giving!
If war stops the US stops.
So off to Hell we go.
Well, to quote the ever reliable William Blum again.
‘Following the bombing of Iraq in 1991 the USA wound up with military bases in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qata, Oman and UAE.
Following the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 the USA wound up with military bases in Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Hungary, Bosnia and Croatia.
Following the bombing of Afghanistan in 2001-2 the USA wound up with military bases in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgzstan, Georgia, Yemen and Dijibouti.
Almost 70 years after WWII the USA still has bases in Japan and Germany and more than 60 years after the end of the Korean war tens of thousands of US armed forces continue to be stationed in South Korea.
And that is the way the Empire grows – a thousand bases and other military installations in every corner of the world ready to be mobilised and put down any threat to Imperial rule, real or imagined’ (p383, Killing Hope).
Curiously western media fail to discern such patterns, or the importance of long term attritional campaigns inflicted by the USA on weaker states via trade embargo’s or severe economic pressure applied through their banking proxies.
Instead the media chatter breathlessley about the internal failings of economically vulnerable states especially those that are trying to combat decades of predatory capitalism.
The awful truth is that if the public are not already outraged by this latent form of cryptofascism then I would not have very high expectations that they will understand why Venezuela has been targetted (by the USA) and how this attack conforms with a long running pattern of brutal imperialism.
Whistleblowers will tortured and the likes of the Guardian will produce spiteful articles denigrating those that speak out: more or less saying they deserved what was coming, or that the kind of torture being inflicted is not really torture.
D’accord, respectfully: and may I add, thanks for the huge roars of laughter, you provoked today, every time I’ve scrolled by your, Gezzah’s & Milosevic’s contributions below, regarding no-name:-
Naturally, I’ve declined to comment, being the brightest Alarm Signal on the trolls radar, he follows me everywhere, seeking attention, so i best give the troll a break & time to consider a seriously constructive solution for him, with the genuine & sincere offer of a fascinating book to read … Time-out, to contemplate:-
“Confessions of a Sociopath” by M.E. Thomas.
She faced her difficulties, head on & Publicly, honestly . . .
(& made money 😉 Charismatically & successfully seeking some attention.) 🙂
Don’t forget the bases in the UK.
I read somewhere that the USA regards Britain as a huge “Aircraft Carrier” presumably to be used by the USA Air Force in any future battle AGAINST Europe. Don’t laugh…..nothing is beyond the Military Industrial Complex……NOTHING.
The Anglo-Zionist Great Protection Racket
The world is divided into a ‘peace zone’ of non-sovereign states, i.e., an AZ-controlled area, and a war zone, of independent sovereign states outside the AZ-empire. Such recalcitrant states will be subject to unremitting war by conventional and non-conventional means. Europe of course is part of the ‘peace zone’ i.e., under NATO occupation. It is also required to pay ‘imperial tribute’ to the Atlantic hegemon – the US. This is a neat little racket which works as follows.
When Nixon took the US$ off the gold standard in August 1971 foreigners holding dollars could no longer cash in their dollars for gold. All they could do was to swap their dollars for new dollars, which was rather pointless. However, they could swap their surplus dollars for US Treasuries (Bonds), but of course these debt instruments were never going to be paid back by the Americans. So, what was happening was that foreign holders of US debt were effectively subsidizing the US economy. Moreover, the current yield on debt is 1.8% which at least is positive unlike Eurobonds. However, given the US inflation rate is 1.6% this leave a yield of 0.2% on US Treasuries. Rather a one-sided arrangement. But then Europe is a non-sovereign entity (I can’t really call it a state) and is therefore being effectively milked by the US Treasury. What’s in it for the Europeans. Oh, American protection from the nasty Russians. Actually Russian defence spending was recently cut by 20%. Russia’s GDP is one tenth of Europe’s and a manpower disadvantage of 4 to 1. Russia has no offensive military capability, BUT does have a powerful defensive capability as has been historically shown.
So Europe is little more than a Vichy zone for the US and is politically brought into line with NATO membership. Not forgetting the imperial tribute.
Sounds like a protection racket to me.
BTW. If the world were still on a gold standard the US would not be able to conduct endless wars with endless fusions of fiat currency. But of course this won’t last. Wait and see
actually, rather than squatting under bridges, trolls now live in more comfortable environments.
Bang on Milosevic. Are you in this photo Billy Boy? Is that you right at the front by your flag? Oh, another thumbs down. Nevermind. Keeping up okay WHB?
I know mate.
Just making a point.
It was the Westphalian agreement which gave rise to the establishment of the nation state and the concept of sovereignty residing therein
Westphalian sovereignty, or state sovereignty, is the principle in international law that each state has exclusive sovereignty over its territory. … Political scientists have traced the concept to the Peace of Westphalia (1648), which ended the Thirty Years’ War.
RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UN
[on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/635/Add.2)]
50/172. Respect for the principles of national
sovereignty and non-interference in
the internal affairs of States in
their electoral processes
The General Assembly,
Reaffirming the purpose of the United Nations to develop friendly
relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal
rights and self-determination of peoples and to take other appropriate
measures to strengthen universal peace,
Recalling its resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960,
containing the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial
Countries and Peoples,
Recalling also its resolution 2625 (XXV) of 24 October 1970, by
which it approved the Declaration on Principles of International Law
concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in
accordance with the Charter of the United Nations,
Recalling further the principle enshrined in Article 2,
paragraph 7, of the Charter of the United Nations, which establishes
that nothing contained in the Charter shall authorize the United
Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the
domestic jurisdiction of any State or shall require the Members to
submit such matters to settlement under the Charter,
Reaffirming the obligation of Member States to comply with the
principles of the Charter and the resolutions of the United Nations
regarding the right to self-determination, by virtue of which all
peoples can freely determine, without external interference, their
political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural
Reaffirming also, in this context, the right of the Palestinian
people to self-determination,
Recognizing that the principles of national sovereignty and
non-interference in the internal affairs of any State should be
respected in the holding of elections,
Recognizing also that there is no single political system or
single universal model for electoral processes equally suited to all
nations and their peoples, and that political systems and electoral
processes are subject to historical, political, cultural and religious
Convinced that the establishment of the necessary mechanisms and
means to guarantee full and effective popular participation in
electoral processes corresponds to States,
Recalling all its resolutions in this regard,
Welcoming the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted
by the World Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993, 1/ in
which the Conference reaffirmed that the processes of promoting and
protecting human rights should be conducted in conformity with the
purposes and principles of the Charter,
1. Reiterates that, by virtue of the principle of equal rights
and self-determination of peoples enshrined in the Charter of the
United Nations, all peoples have the right, freely and without
external interference, to determine their political status and to
pursue their economic, social and cultural development, and that every
State has the duty to respect that right in accordance with the
provisions of the Charter;
2. Reaffirms that it is the concern solely of peoples to
determine methods and to establish institutions regarding the
electoral process, as well as to determine the ways for its
implementation according to their constitution and national
legislation, and that, consequently, States should establish the
necessary mechanisms and means to guarantee full and effective popular
participation in those processes;
3. Reaffirms also that any activities that attempt, directly or
indirectly, to interfere in the free development of national electoral
processes, in particular in the developing countries, or that are
intended to sway the results of such processes, violate the spirit and
letter of the principles established in the Charter and in the
Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly
Relations and Cooperation among States in accordance with the Charter
of the United Nations;
4. Reaffirms further that electoral assistance to Member States
should be provided by the United Nations only at the request and with
the consent of specific sovereign States, by virtue of resolutions
adopted by the Security Council or the General Assembly in each case,
in strict conformity with the principles of sovereignty and
non-interference in the internal affairs of States, or in special
circumstances such as cases of decolonization, or in the context of
regional or international peace processes;
5. Strongly appeals to all States to refrain from financing or
providing, directly or indirectly, any other form of overt or covert
support for political parties or groups and from taking actions to
undermine the electoral processes in any country;
6. Condemns any act of armed aggression or threat or use of
force against peoples, their elected Governments or their legitimate
7. Reaffirms that all countries have the obligation under the
Charter to respect the right of others to self-determination and to
determine freely their political status and pursue their economic,
social and cultural development;
8. Decides to consider this question at its fifty-second
session under the item entitled “Human rights questions”.
99th plenary meeting
22 December 1995
1/ A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.
Definitive wouldn’t you say?
That was all before the “new world order”, the “moderate” liberals have been gibbering about for the last 30 years, took control & started ticking off their regime change wars list.
In a rules based society the rules only apply to those being ruled not the rulers. As with all things neo-liberal these ‘rights’ have been hijacked by hypocrites to advance their agenda.
Sanctions by there very nature are illegal in them selves under international law, but as this isn’t working to break Venezuela the USA is now threatening to blockade Venezuela.
As for Israel they’ve been violating nearly every human right & international treaty since their inception, what has the UN ever done about it? What can the UN do about it. Its time we faced the facts we are being dominated by the most powerful empire there has ever been.
800 military international bases and counting.
“What can the UN do about it”?
There’s a new Sheriff in China town – SCO.
A rules based international cooperative organisation that is mainly interested in raising their poorest, mutual trade and common security.
Just because there is no mention of it in the MSM – except as bogeymen – does not mean that a change has not happened.
The toothless, dirty, money grubbing, poc ridden prostitutes of the UN will soon fall down dead!
An escape from New York to a new world cooperative organisation is in order – where?
I vote for Africa – where the largest continental population of humans will ever exist in a hundred years.
China is no humane haven for freedom & justice. If you think slavery & corruption is bad in the west, well go live in china it will give the words a whole new meaning.
Africa is over populated & unable to sustain its population now in another 50 years its going to be a dust bowl, one big dessert, all those Africans are coming north!
I’m afraid there’s no knights coming to the rescue in this fairy tale.
That is about as xenophobic comment as i’ve read on this site – you are a complete and utter ..’unt, for doing so.
“..go live in China..”
Have YOU ever been?
I personally know numerous English teachers who have been living there for years.
I personally know fashion professionals who have moved there with their worldrenowned businesses there.
I personally know graduates who have moved there to start their careers.
I have not met a single person who has reported anything about the racist, crappy propaganda that you are obviously employed to dish out.
“Africa is over populated & unable to sustain its population ..”
More total Malthusian nonsense, you Complete Utter Nutty Tit.
Where is the scientific evidence of what you say?
I regularly by FRESH foods in all the major supermarkets grown in Africa, many of the fresh flowers we display are grown there and flown in daily.
If you have any proof by actual real experts quote it now or i am going to call you a racist white supremacist.
ADMIN PLEASE DO NOT DELETE THIS COMMENT THREAD.
Well there you are the one throwing insults, because you simply have no other argument. Try looking at the published facts not your own personal liberal fairy tale world of anecdote.
You display all the typical delusion of a liberal lefty.
1. I note you make no reference to the literally billion Chinese people working in sweat shops for literally bread & water some dying at their machines. China is a dictatorship . When was the last election in china?
2.Africa is a arid country with limited seasonal production. The population is projected to reach over 2 billion in the next 20 years. Agriculture struggles to feed its population now. Africa will never become an industrial/economic power house for 3 reasons, Political Corruption, World bank & IMF oh & Chinese exploitation.
Yes Africans have been destroying the ecology of its ecosystems for decades producing poncy flowers for your mates to throw in the dustbin after a few days. Note they aren’t actually producing food instead.
Climate change is a fact, regardless of who or whats responsible, Africa is destined to become an even bigger desert. I know it doesn’t fit well with your delirious notion of life on planet earth, but infinite growth (population, consumption & economic ) is impossible on a finite planet. Once natural resources are gone, its gone & its going much faster in Africa. Keep your spare room ready there will be lots of Africans looking to rent very soon.
Call me what you like. A racist, xenophile, bigot, antisemitic, white supremacist, fascist, transphobic, homophobic hater etc etc. Did that meet your quota for today trigger? Hiding behind liberal ideology to avoid the reality doesn’t change facts or make good arguments.
Take your head out of your arse & smell the Kenyan roses, whilst your on the internet look up the ecological damage that industry does ( i doubt the owners of those particular sweat shops are owned by black Africans, probably Chinese, LOL). Come back with your next infantile rant when you’ve actually educated yourself.
You have NOT presented any scientific study to back up the foul Malthusian racist nonsense you keep spouting.
Bullshit bullshit …
1. “literally billion Chinese people working in sweat shops ..”
2. “Africa is a arid country with limited seasonal production.”
” infinite growth (population, consumption & economic ) is impossible on a finite planet. ”
WHERE AND WHEN DID I CLAIM THAT IT WAS?
Your agenda of terror and dystopia is old hat.
Your Malthusian nonsense is old disproved.
You have no scientific research or fact to prove your over population bullshit.
Oh, and the population of Africa will reach over 4 Billion before it peaks.
The moronic doom mongering and conflating of western consumer dominated environmental destruction and over consumption of resources that is deployed by you and yours is designed for one purpose only – the preservation of our entitlement at the espense of greater humanity, other forms of life and environment.
If you have any actual science to back your bs – do it now, here.
WOW that’s a manic rant if ever i saw one, have you taken your medication today? Calm down your veins are likely to pop.
Like i’m gonna waste my time baiting an unhinged troll. The internet is full of resources if you doubt what i say then take a look for yourself, but you know its true. The old lefty liberal misdirection of consumption vs population is well debunked nonsense & i have no time for it anymore. Likewise i have no time for petty immature name calling.
I will give you two words to start off your education ‘Ecological capacity have fun!
When your ready to advance you knowledge base come back tomorrow for another two words beginning with f & ending with off.
Just as expected YOU present no PROOF of scientific study for YOUR assertions and claim ‘look it up on the internet’!
Did you look it up and learn from it before stating it here? If so post YOUR LINKS.
IF NOT – it proves you are trolling.
I have had this conversation with quite a few on various sites over the years – they have ALL recanted or lost and scuttled off with expletives.
I got your number kiddo – start out with a radical ‘i’m down with the SJW ‘stance and end with a standard reactionary message. Most people will see the first part and think you are genuine.
I’m not surprised that you lot have developed your spin technics in response to being shot down by logical and scientific method in response to the emotional and irrational ‘common sense innit’ statements you deploy.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHh ahhahahahahahahahhahahah oh dear not laughed that much since the last time you got in a tizzy & had a tantrum.
Demented laughing is you NOT POSTING LINKS proving my accusation of your TROLLING.
You talking to me?
Are you trying to scare me with your Travis Bickle impersonation?
Is there anyone else in this exchange, troll?
Put up your proofs or …move along you are busted.
If you want a grown up civilized conversation you need to start acting the part. Stop throwing around nasty childish accusations & insults about someone you have never met & having temper tantrums when you read something you don’t like.
Evidently that’s something well beyond your capacity. So don’t bother continuing with your harassment, because the name calling really doesn’t get to me, it just shows you up for what you are.
This discussion is going nowhere guys. Move on – and try to restrain the ad hom. It’s not useful or interesting
Sure thing Admin. I made my point. Thanks for indulging.
Much like you Francis, I love definitive well articulated constructive ‘Solutions’:-
where there can be zero confusion, with every step clarified in advance, with one
common road map for all, into the wilderness & beyond: with complete clarity in any agreement, for the common benefit of comprehension: always-always,
that quintessential order of questioning first …
Why >>> then How >>> & What we do, in futures bright,
with our sovereign Rights & Responsibilities.
Yours, a great comment, Frank(Lee), which projects thoughtful considerate ‘Solutions’,
that avoid further Corruption of mind, body & soul … precisely because,
‘Corruption is the Destruction Of Culture,’
Our Sovereign Right …
And fortunately also, Irina Bokova @UNESCO has created New Law that explicitly states,
“The Destruction of Culture is a Terrorist Act !” (Bokova)
Life is so simple, when you understand it . . . Fully.
It is not just oil nations that the Empire of Evil is determined to destroy. This also applies to any state with even vaguely socialist intentions. Iran is a socialist state, as was Libya. Yugoslavia had long been successfully navigating a third way between capitalism and communism and for this reason was destroyed on the flimsy ‘responsibility to protect’. The NATO bombing campaign targetted both industies and civilians to destroy the economy and terrorise the population. Syria also had the kind of economy that the US disapproves of. North Korea is a socialist state. Even closer to home, Pompeo has also ready stated that the US will make Corbyn ‘run the gauntlet’ if he were to get closer to power. The US, aided by its EU politician puppets, has destroyed social democracy in Europe, evenly historically staunchly social democratic Scandinavia has engaged in widespread privatisation and destruction of unions.
The Orange Baboon is now threatening a blockade (presumably naval) of Venezuela.
He seems to be doubling down and going for broke in an attempt to resurrect Gweedo from the political dead.
I’m trying to work out WilliamHBonney’s true identity. My best guess so far is John Bolton. Any other suggestions?
pretty easy to guess the diet he/she’s on. must be some EXCEPTIONAL GM Pesticide/Insecticide/Fungicide resistent diet served with TOMAHAWK sauce.
William H Bonney was of course the legendary American western outlaw ‘Billy the Kid’. Perhaps our pet troll fancies himself in that personna.
That of course is because he was supposed to be the fastest gun in the west! Meaning that Boneheads account is the first out of the troll gate. Sometimes only one Tony ‘M’ gets up earlier.
They really think we are dumb. But on the msm they have ridden many of the voices calling them out – leaving a wall to wall set of trolls – best example yesterday was on the Groan deputy assistant opinion writers article suggesting that Labour were actually quite well set for an election!
They really think that their sucessful astroturf has got rid of us grass roots!
He has something of the style of an insidious, muti-named troll from the Guardian they used to call “the Marshal”.
The Washington Post, way back in its better days, used to have someone called “Pheonix”, who got annoyed when people pointed out that he couldn’t even spell his own name . . .
I actually didn’t know that “WHB” was using an alias. One conclusion I have come to about trolls is that they assume multiple personas to generate an illusion that they are “in the majority”. I reckon there must be a manual for trolling somewhere with all the devices listed e.g. pretend to be sympathetic up to a point to lure the other ones in, don’t be afraid to resort to emotional blackmail, threaten to commit suicide if it really gets tough etc.
“WHB” may be the one calling himself “Habakkuk” or “Charles Bostock” over on the Craig Murray site. This person has now been banned but a twitter account by one “Harry Johnson” would appear to be the individual in question. (This account seems to exist only for the purpose of attacking Murray.)
One naturally assumes that the CIA runs troll farms on an even vaster scale than the Mossad.
You flatter them both . . .
I’d guess Jim Spriggs of 43, Railway Cuttings, East Cheam.
Trainspotter and malcontent.
Right, dear people of the world –
so what are we going to do about this?
I intend to have a sit in & so as not to selfishly inconvenience anyone i shall stay at home & do it.
Well, at least it must be pretty clear to thinking people by now that America has no allies at all.
Just some weird “Coalition of the Bribed and Threatened” or something.
But no allies.
Um, hello Wardropper. I have news! Just today the Ausmin ministerial meeting between Australia and United States was completed. Hurrah! (not). It was announced that Australia was in lockstep with its strongest ally (read Boss who must never be disobeyed) and part of the statement read: ‘Minister Payne and Secretary Pompeo agreed that our alliance (read Vassalage) today is more vital than ever, with our work together in the Indo Pacific region the clear, shared focus (threatening China and anyone else that gets in our way).
I would bet most in Australia not only didn’t know this meeting was even on, but they are completely oblivious to the very dangerous trajectory this is heading.
We wouldn’t even have to endure this sort of news if there was such a thing as “impartial oversight and jurisdiction” over the things our fake representatives get up to.
Treason would then once again be a real, punishable offence, and our politicians would be afraid of being found guilty of it.
Exactly. Maybe its time to bring back tar & feathers?
I’d call that inappropriately lenient…
Exile to Mars would be more like it.
Strike that, Gezzah.
YouTube to the rescue in all matters.
Here is the exact punishment required:
Ha ha ha…. Brilliant, and thanks for the video clip.
Yep, I fully agree with Wardropper & the Not the 9 0’Clock News Team: though I’m not a great fan of Eugenics, finally we are forced to conclude, unless the NSS Mobsters wake up real damn soon, there can only be one final solution, as Mel & Pam have clearly stated after much scientific analysis, all things considered, including Thermodynamics, Entropy & Biosphere,
“CHOP THEIR GOOLIES OFF” & WHB’s 🙂
You gotta really admire those Aussie bootlicking skills.
Just cringeworthy. And I’m not even bloody Aussie, tho New Zealand is not much better, and of course, US bases back home incl Waihopai, and NZ is part of 5 Eyes also, however Aussie politicians take it to a whole new level. They can’t bend over far enough. Am reminded of Basil Fawlty sucking up to his well heeled guests. Thats how bad it is…
“Can I take your orderrrrs, Hors d’oeuvres , ORDERS , to be obeyed at all times…
JA !?” 😉
You’d laugh about it if it wasn’t so cringeworthy and then realise the vast majority of Aussies just couldn’t care less, not a fig, as long as they can still go shopping and go on their overseas holidays, such is the effect Neoliberalism has had on their pysche’s. Just really depressing actually. A nice little shack just outside Burgas would be nice! With views of the Black Sea? Tho from what I’ve read, the Bulgarian ‘leadership’ are big fans of NATO as well. Sigh….
North of Varna or well South of Sozopol is way better & more natural, than the Mafia driven refinery stink hole port of Burgas: but ffs don’t tell any of your Neo-liberal Softpornorama Sh8t compatriots, down under: they’ll be just fine jumping with the common N.S.S. Spirit & mingling with the barbarous multitudes in the middle section of the swarm & throng, with thong: for the price of a sun umbrella rental for the day in the NSS Zone this year, you can actually just go and buy your own,brand new and take it home or it insert in some unsuspecting [email protected]£$#Orifice 😉 another useful tool 🙂 just ask any gay protester in Hong Kong, thur’all the rage, lol …
In 2005, having actually considered what you suggested, I was forced to conclude & not delude myself, fully aware that NATO & the EU were on their way behind me, so I headed for the mountains, to search something a fraction more sustainable & in harmony with nature…
So, the EU sent the Turkish wood Mafia after me, with an influx of illegal labour, in the form of the Roma population and subsidies exclusively for a few already wealthy cowboy ex-Party bosses and not forgetting the immigration officials from the Silk Road, second largest border crossing daily in the world after that ‘gaff’ San Diego/Tijuana.
Point: after the SPLC promoted shootings, stateside, this weekend sickeningly the Guardian today even manages to turn FOOD into TERRORISM … and if this ain’t propaganda for the NSS tossers, tell me wtf is this carefully or carelessly orchestrated ‘piece’ of crap journalism … !?!
Check the title and read & weep @weaponised messaging with Jamie!
You’d have to be a true blue NSS Moron not to see what ‘they’ & their MSM Presstitutes are doing with this phoney war on terror, coz’ the elites are living in terror & fear,
that NSS Morons will finally wake up & revolt …
Well I sure as green eggs wasn’t going to mention Sunny Beach! Saw a doco on that godforsaken monstrosity couple years ago, and to say I was gobsmacked would be an understatement! Ewww. Anyways, only mentioned Burgas coz the photos looked nice.
Yes, funny how all these ‘communist leaders’ and high ups in the former Communist parties are now full blown wealthy Capitalists. Ironic that. As for that fecken article about cucumbers in gazpacho….. Jesus wept. What a load of unmitigated crow droppings. Is this what the so called ‘progressive’ media has sunk too? Arguing about bloody gazpacho. No wonder the West is going down the plughole.
Sadly Tim, I think the Neoliberalist loving morons are too tied up in the benefits of Neoliberalism (I got mine, I’m all good) to do much revolting about anything. They have to start feeling strong economic pain, and going without things before they’ll start opening their eyes.
Oh, last thing: its odd how NATO didn’t disband after the Soviet Union collapsed isn’t it? I mean, their nemesis was no more, yet now most of the former Warsaw pact countries are members of NATO. Hmmm.
“You gotta really admire those Aussie bootlicking skills”.
Yeah…..But, don’t forget…….The USA/Britain deposed the elected PM of Australia(Gough Whitlam) in 1975…….AND, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt, went swimming in 1967, ‘in mountainous surf’ and was “Never seen again”…….A “Chinese Submarine” was blamed……and everything went back to normal.
Our current politicians are fully aware of the “Accidents” that can happen, in office.
Yes, I bet those Aussies were really grateful when HM The Queen sent her flunkey complete with plumed pith helmet to rule over them.
Venezuela has impoverished itself the same way as Zimbabwe did, by throwing out anyone with any competence in oil extraction (with Zimbabwe, it was farming).
US involvement is a red herring, there simply isn’t enough money in energy consumption extraction anymore to make it worthwhile taking Venezuela, and in any case, the US is a net exporter.
Maduro has turned into a dictator, and stole the last election. He never had the intellect to run a country (he’s a former bus driver), and only survives with massive support from Russia.
No, that is not correct.
It’s curious that both Maduro, and Kim Jong Un (who share a leadership style) are both fat bastards, while the populations of both Venezuela and North Korea tend towards malnutrition, and are stick thin…
I put it down to thyroid problems, due to the pressures of leadership…
Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed or what?
no, this week’s talking points from the CIA disinformation directorate haven’t arrived yet. these shills aren’t very intelligent, they can’t improvise without detailed instructions from their handlers.
William HBonney, I upvoted your robust arguments.
One thing though, I noticed you have an American accent. I’d like to tell you that Trump is the president now, so Maduro couldn’t have stolen the election. Kim also couldn’t have stolen the election, just in case you’re still wondering who stole the election.
I am sure, you can see and explain things much clearer after a glass or two of Glyphosates. And then, you can come and tell us in fine details how Maduro has a close working relationship with Al-Qaeda. His involvement in 9/11 is also very well documented.
Fun, fun .. all the way ..
To run a country?
That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in years.
Do you do standup?
‘Maduro is a dictator’ What of it? So is the Saudi Royal family, so is Sisi’s bloody regime in Egypt not to mention the zionist monstrosity in Israel, but presumably these are ‘good dictators’. And, even if this is true, which given the fact that the President of Venezuela was voted into office seems unlikely, by what right do you Americans think you have to invade a sovereign state with which you are not at war, overthrow the legitimate government, kill its people and install your own puppet and generally wreck a country which is not in any way a threat to the US?
Given that such actions are absolutely forbidden by the UN Charter are tantamount to a mafia protection racket.
Maduro is NOT a dictator! He was elected quite legitimately by the population. Comparing him to Saudi Arabia is an insult to the Venezuelan people.
He is, he might not have started that way, but he is now.
He is well on his way to becoming Latin America’s Idi Amin. Like him, he is brutal and stupid.
What do you know about the Constituent Assembly? I find it the most democratic way of gaining the views of everyone for forward planning. No other country has engaged in such self-examination. The fact that it prevents a tiny elite from usurping power, probably makes it ‘undemocratic’ in your eyes….if you’ve even heard of it.
Precisely at what stage did Maduro become a ‘dictator’? What gave rise to this magic transformation? What articles of the Venezuelan Constitution were abrogated by this ‘dictator’?
I await your reply.
2014, when decades of economic mismanagement started to bite.
A leader honest with himself would have realised he wasn’t the man for the job, and resigned.
So, if you concede that, why does he call elections?
Curiously, he had 67% of the popular vote last year, the same electorate would dismember him if they could.
“Curiously, he had 67% of the popular vote last year, the same electorate would dismember him if they could.”
How do you know this?
My dear boy you really ought to read the whole paragraph: to wit.
”And, even if this is true, which given the fact that the President of Venezuela was voted into office seems unlikely.”
“He never had the intellect to run a country (he’s a former bus driver)”
This statement sums up nicely your evidence free bullshit. Does a guy’s job choice reveal his intelligence? As a bus driver, I’m insulted.
“Elliot Abrams: Special Envoy to Venezuela
Abrams was indicted and convicted for lying to Congress about the Iran-Contra affair.”
Is being indicted and convicted for lying to Congress in the US, an indicator of great performance? and for that one gets promoted and becomes officially part of the Establishment and rewarded with more ‘strategical assignments’?
Of course!!…being indicted talks louder about your total commitment to the task!!!
Who better to be promoted??
“The US appears to be intentionally spreading chaos ..”
Appears? The (the terminally ill) US is intentionally spreading chaos, diseases and death, as everyone is now aware.
They call it “creative destruction.”
‘The cat is out of the bag’ now. It is SO obvious who the villain is in “Venezuela” right now and it certainly isn’t Mr Maduro, the democratically elected President.
The USA tried it before when they ‘deposed’ Hugo Chavez, only to see the Venezuelan people rally around and have him released from prison. He died later, most likely by the use of the CIA’s “heart attack gun”.
The U.S. Stooge, Mr Guaido has virtually NO SUPPORT from the people, and increasingly looks like a “Roasting Chicken on a spit”.
The same old routine that the USA uses, is way past its ‘use by date’.
Hugo Chavez had cancer.
He was poisoned, like Arafat.
Oh, do tell. Was it hemlock?
no, polonium. f*** off, disinfo troll.
The subject is Maduro, and Venezuela, you cretin.
Don’t respond to trolling with ad hom. That is exactly the disruptive response he wants to get.
Do you remember posting this, Admin? If you do nothing else, don’t be a hypocrite.
If everyone here fully ignores him (yes I know, I took the bait a few times) and just pretended he wasn’t here, doubt he’d stick around long.
You shine a light on the truth about the World, about Imperialism and Empire and the consequences of Neoliberalism, and other important subjects. Trolls, including paid ones as well as reactionary idiots will always be attracted to sites like ours that are anti establishment and anti empire. Thats the reality on almost any similar site. Speaking truth to power is the moral and ethical thing to do. Thanks for being here.
It is Pro free speech. Not anti anything.
Billy H Bonney. If you can invent a “Heart Attack gun”, it shouldn’t be difficult to also add Cancer death, administered by the same weapon. You need to grow up instead of acting/commenting like a petulant child……
I take that as sarcasm
You finally got something right…..
William HBonney BUZZ OFF you are such a bore!
I’ve already ordered my copy, and its place is reserved on my bookshelf , next to “The Management of Savagery” by Max Blumenthal.
Perhaps you could label the shelf ‘hypocrisy’.
I find it impossible to admire someone like the author, who cheerleads for repressive regimes he will never have to suffer.
One can only speculate how his future would look publishing a denouncement of his country of residence, if that country was Venezuela..
You need to read “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by john Perkins, to bring you up to speed of how the USA conducts itself, behind its veil of “Freedom and Democracy”
The only person you let down is yourself.
I’m disappointed that this website isn’t considered to merit a higher grade of disinfo than this cheap BS. try harder, troll — maybe they’ll raise your pay above minimum wage.
With the US now threatening to blockade Venezuela’s ports & the withdrawal of the INF treaty, is this the 21st centuries Cuban missile crisis playing out all over again?
Say what you like about Kennedy (i wasn’t his greatest fan) but we don’t have politicians & ambassadors of that caliber anymore.
It’s frightening how quickly things can escalate, especially with an over sized ego in charge of the launch button!
Suspend your belief in JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis for a moment.
You are Nikita Khrushchev and your nation’s most closely guarded secrets would include ICBM technology and nuclear warhead technology. You decide to park those assets in a friendly neighbor’s yard who lives in a neighborhood of crack houses.
Cuba lies 90 miles from Florida, we all know that, because it was drilled into us 24×7 during the crisis.
What they never mentioned in the same reports was the 45 square mile full spectrum USA military base on one end of Cuba.
Any motion to ready those missiles would trigger a quick reaction from Gitmo and Florida bases prior to reaching launch status. Those missiles weren’t hidden in underground silos.
There was no strategic, nor tactical, value to forward basing Soviet ICBMs in Cuba. The only value was to scare the crap out of Americans.
Currently, the USA is forward basing nuclear weapons for a war with China.
Are those assets deployed to Taiwan?
No, they are being deployed to Australia. [Good news Down Under, you moved up near the top of China’s first strike primary target list. The US 7th Fleet, Okinawa, and Guam are the highest.]
All US Presidents come from elite, ultra-wealthy ruling inter-related families. JFK was no exception. They are never elected, they are chosen.
The Americans didn’t have a clue what was happening on Cuba.
There were 40,000 Russian troops and 200,000 Cuban militia. They were led by the general who had defended Stalingrad.
There were a lot of nuclear missiles ready for use, which could (just) reach Washington.
Because they knew command and control would rapidly break down after a US invasion, authority to use them had been delegated to a very low level, the equivalent of majors and captains.
Warheads had been stored in ramshackle tobacco barns, with a single soldier outside.
The US thought there were no warheads on the island, because they were looking for sophisticated storage sites with a triple ring of security.
Nuclear weapons were very nearly used when US destroyers began depth charging Russian submarines. The only reason they weren’t is that the captain and his two senior officers had to agree on their use, and the 3rd most senior officer objected.
It’s fun to see a comment like this downvoted…
As if a clear, simple statement of facts can be downvoted…?
Okay. The Earth is Flat. Now there’s something we can downvote…
Well that’s the official narrative agree with all the replies to my post. As always there’s probably some truth in all of it.
It all comes down to Dick Waving at the end of the day, the problem is egos can get out of control. The simple fact is its the Americans that are always the aggressors that provoke trouble.
And he, the 3rd most senior officer, was the on board ideolegy officer;i.e. a Communist. So the next time you hear someone yelling about how awful comminists are, remind them that the only reason they are alive is because a communist refused to start WW3 during the Cuban missile crisis.
Of course the Kennedy’s father, Joe, who came up via bootlegging and Chicago mobsters was a made man, he was a ambassador at one stage and a ‘nazi” supporter (just like investors Bush and Ford and most of these yankee cfr gangsters.)
BUT – it wasn’t JFK or RFK who were groomed as psychopaths to take the presidency and deliver the cfr plan it was the eldest son, who died early.
Old man Joe still demanded his son get in – thinking he would play along with the grand design… unfortunately for him, JFK having real life experience of war and his fellow men… took a different world view. Which must have upset the oldman and his psychopath mates and the cfr enough to sacrifice the boy, as he threatened to bring the cold war to a permanent end with the back channels with Kruschev ( bypassing the State Dept, MIC and their stormtrooper CIA) all very ancient greek (as RFK was known to study and quote after his brothers public regicide by the robber barons.
As far as I know only Trump and Carter are the only other postwar presidents not initially brought up via the cfr.
“Say what you like about Kennedy (I wasn’t his greatest fan) but we don’t have politicians & ambassadors of that caliber anymore.”
QT. I hope you have questioned why we don’t have politicians of JFK’s caliber. Might I suggest that the PTB who felt most threatened by JFK were the self-same PTB who assassinated any who dared get in their way – like JFK, MLK, RFK. It’s not enough just to kill the man. As JFK said: “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on”. And so the PTB must also destroy the very ideas that such men represent. This is nothing new, if you consider Jesus, Peterloo Massacre, Te Whiti, Gandhi and many more. Its OK to not be the ‘greatest fan’ because these are only men, but it is the ideas which they articulated which marks them out as deserving of our praise, and the continuing lies and hatred of those who hate the idea of Peace, Love, Compassion, Justice and Common Humanity.
Of course, I don’t understand all the fuss about Trump, I don’t think for one second his crowning was a mistake at all. They select who we can choose to vote for. The Russia (nothing burger) gate is so obviously a distraction & misdirection. Even the elite that think they are superior are still only Human, but people that think they can control everything still make mistakes, who in the west does really have control of the launch keys?