When we were kids wind, gas, flatulence Farting, letting rip, Guffing, breaking wind, fluffing, bottom belching, burping and whatever euphemism you can think of was considered quite a Laugh.
“And people still laugh about as much as they ever did, despite their shrunken brains. If a bunch of them are lying around on a beach, and one of them farts, everybody else laughs and laughs, just as people would have done a million years ago.”
― Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Galápagos
We used to Accuse suspected culprits of Silent but deadly outrages in accordance with a ritual of rhymes.
He who smelt it dealt it,,
He who said the rhyme did the crime,
And so it would go on. Almost half a century has passed since all of that seemed so funny of course its another sort of Gas which is proving the tragic-comedy farce in international relations this past Month, Year, 7 years pick an anniversary.
Novichock which I think of as NoviBollocks.and Chlorine Gas, Sarin Gas, WMD’s Anthrax
Stern-faced News anchors trotting out repeated buzz phrases, Highly Likely, Of a Type only made in,
International Rules based order. On and on they drone, Talking points is what I think the spin people call them. I blogged about Karaoke Pop Idol Politics before where everyone seems to say the same thing hoping to be making it their own due to their own particular devotion and obvious belief in the point of censure or approbation.
But rather than risk repeating myself… I have realised that actually repeating oneself is exactly what one has to do with the old narratives, Lies Tricks and spoofs that keep turning up like Jennings Minors ripping great smelly farts.
Jeff Stein of the Washington Post again said that the Israeli espionage scandal “shook official Washington a few years ago.” Well, one of the individuals who literally exposed AIPAC as a fifth column in the United States is none other than Gwenyth Todd.
If pick up a copy of John Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt’s The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, you will immediately notice that those scholars meticulously document that AIPAC has been involved in pernicious activity in the U.S. for a long time.
With North Korea very much occupying MSM discourse at the moment, I had been wondering about the State of Israel’s nuclear capabilities and the name Vanunu has re-emerged in my consciousness. I remember the press reports from 1986. Mordechai is 10 years older than me, it is sobering to think he has been a political prisoner since then.
Gwenyth Todd had worked in a lot of places in Washington where powerful men didn’t hesitate to use sharp elbows. She had been a Middle East expert for the National Security Council in the Clinton administration. She had worked in the office of Defense Secretary Dick Cheney in the first Bush administration, where neoconservative hawks first began planning to overthrow Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a United States Navy technical research ship, USS Liberty, by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Israeli Navy motor torpedo boats, on 8 June 1967, during the Six-Day War. Wikipedia
As a student of monetary history, I have kissed a lot of frogs, that´s what I always say, some of the inconvenient truths of Political Economy like the truths of Realpolitik are kept from the public, Hilary Clintons two Stories admitted in the 2016 campaign, is something of the sort. And yet and yet! Carol Quigley says it best in Tragedy and Hope.
Quigley’s words.p.232 tragedy and Hope.
´´but criticism should have been directed rather at the hypocrisy and lackof realism in the ideals of the wartime propaganda and at the lack of honesty of the chief negotiators in carrying on the pretense that these ideals were still in effect while they violated them daily, and necessarily violated them. The settlements were clearly made by secret negotiations, by the Great Powers exclusively, and by power politics. They had to be. No settlements could ever have been made on any other bases. The failure of the chief negotiators (at least the Anglo-Americans) to admit this is regrettable, but behind their
reluctance to admit it is the even more regrettable fact that the lack of political experience and political education of the American and English electorates made it dangerous for the negotiators to admit the facts of life in international political relationships.”
Let´s emphasise that last bit!
“..the even more regrettable fact that the lack of political experience and political education of the American and English electorates made it dangerous for the negotiators to admit the facts of life in international political relationships.”
For a full analysis of this idea see this article about Henry Kissinger’s Doctoral Thesis.
Henry Kissinger, A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822 (1957)
Credit to A. Bradley Potter, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
This article Is Very persuasive but leaves out a crucial piece of analysis. That analysis relates to the End Games for various political factions in The Syria Conflict. No Article on Syria or the Middle East and North Africa can be offered in a sensible context without at least passing mention in the lede in, to Petro Dollar Hegemony and The Export of Natural Gas via the competing Gas Pipe Line infrastructure projects.It is interesting that Mc Master wrote a book revealing the mangling and distortion of intelligence regarding the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.