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Featured / February 8, 2012

This article is cross-posted from Al-Akhbar with permission from the author Max Blumenthal.

In 2005, a group of graduate students at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS) participated in the school’s annual diplomatic simulation. The high-pressure scenario required the students to negotiate a resolution to a standoff with a nuclear-armed Republic of Pakistan. Mara Karlin, a student known for her hawkish politics on Israel and the Middle East, played President of the United States.

Though most of the participants were confident they could head off a military conflict with diplomatic measures, Karlin jumped the gun. According to a former SAIS student, not only did Karlin order a nuclear strike on Pakistan, she also took the opportunity to nuke Iran. Her classmates were shocked. It was the first time in 45 years that a simulation concluded with the deployment of a nuclear weapon.

That year, Karlin received a plum job in the Bush administration’s Department of Defense where, according to her bio she was “intimately involved in formulating U.S. policy on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel-Palestinian affairs.” Lebanon was a special area of focus for Karlin. She claims to have helped structure the Lebanese Armed Forces and coordinated relations between the US and Lebanese militaries.

According to the former SAIS student, Karlin was a favorite of Eliot Cohen, an ultra-hawkish professor of strategic studies at SAIS, which is regarded in American foreign policy circles as a training ground for the neoconservative movement. Through Cohen’s connections among the neocons occupying key civilian posts in Bush’s Defense Department, the former student claims Cohen was able to arrange an attractive sinecure for Karlin. Besides Karlin, the ex-SAIS student told me Cohen has promoted the career ambitions of many former pupils, including Kelly Magsamen, who worked under Cohen in the Bush administration and now oversees the Iran portfolio in the Obama administration’s State Department.

Today, Cohen is among Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney’s top campaign advisers. He is the primary author of Romney’s foreign policy white paper, which attacks Obama for “currying favor with [America’s] enemies” and “ostentatiously shunning Jerusalem.”

The paper urges a policy of regime change in Iran including possible coordination with Israel on military strikes to prevent the Iranian regime from developing a nuclear weapon. It is an aggressive Republican election season document presenting a concoction of post-9/11 unilateralism and unvarnished neo-imperialism as the antidote to a sitting president Cohen accused of “unilateral disarmament in the diplomatic and moral sphere.” More importantly, it suggests that a Romney administration’s foreign policy might look remarkably similar to – and perhaps more extreme than – that of the Bush administration.

Romney war planner Mara Karlin, aka “Mitt Romney’s General Custer”, talking shop with Mossad Chief Meir Amit

Stephen Walt, a professor of international affairs at Harvard University’s School of Government who has been on the receiving end of aggressive attacks by Cohen, called Cohen “a classic neoconservative.” Walt said, “He is constantly fretting about alleged U.S. vulnerabilities, consistently supportive of increased defense spending, and generally inclined to favor U.S. intervention in other countries. Second, like virtually all neoconservatives, he is also deeply attached to Israel, as well as to the United States. I do not question his patriotism, but I think he tends to see U.S. and Israeli interests as more-or-less identical and doesn’t see a trade-off between support for one and support for the other.”

Cohen rose through the ranks of the Republican foreign policy elite as a protégé of Paul Wolfowitz, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense who is credited with playing a central role in the push for invading Iraq. In 1990, Wolfowitz secured a position for Cohen working beside him on the policy planning staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Three years later, when Wolfowitz was appointed dean of SAIS, he began using his influence to propel Cohen’s career. According to a former State Department official who graduated from SAIS, it was through the beneficence of Wolfowitz that Cohen earned an endowed teaching position at SAIS as the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies.

In 1997, Wolfowitz and Cohen joined forces to form the Project for a New American Century, a neoconservative umbrella group that served as the key non-governmental vehicle for promoting the case for invading Iraq after 9/11. In the immediate wake of al-Qaeda’s attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Cohen took to the media to map out the next phase of a grand global military venture that he coined, “World War IV.”

Hardy-har-har: Wolfowitz and Cohen congratulating each other for destroying America and half the world…but not their careers!

Describing Iraq as “the big prize,” Cohen urged a unilateral invasion of Iraq that would advance the ambitions of the now-discredited political charlatan Ahmed Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress. Like so many of his neoconservative peers, Cohen claimed Saddam Hussein’s regime maintained “a connection with the 9/11 terrorists.” With the war deteriorating into a chaotic bloodbath and as his own son was called up for duty, Cohen criticized the Bush administration for “happy talk and denials of error.” However, he refused to admit fault for his role in selling Americans on the invasion.

Despite mildly dissenting from the White House line, Cohen continued his ascent, replacing Philip Zelikow as counselor to then-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice in 2007. According to the former State Department official, Rice had almost no role in Cohen’s appointment. Instead, Cohen was recommended for the position by Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz. Cheney’s daughter headed the Iran Syrian Operations Group, a newly created, neoconservative-inspired initiative burrowed within the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. At the time of Cohen’s appointment, Rice was attempting to open diplomatic lines to Iran, North Korea, and Syria – a move Cohen and the Cheneys fiercely opposed.

A few months after Bush left office, the former State Department official said Cohen and Wolfowitz rewarded their neoconservative fellow traveler Eric Edelman – a former Defense Department official during the later Bush years – with a visiting scholarship at SAIS. In private, Johns Hopkins alumni expressed outrage at the installment of Edelman, a career diplomat with no academic background, accusing the neoconservatives of exploiting SAIS to create a system of political patronage.

Cohen’s extensive web of foreign policy and military connections forms a seamless line to Tel Aviv. There, on the top floor of one of the office buildings known as “HaKirya,” is the office of one of Cohen’s former pupils, Aviv Kochavi. Kochavi is now the director of Israeli military intelligence, making him one of the most quietly influential figures in the country. In 2006, Kochavi, who also holds a philosophy degree, boasted to the Israeli architect and anti-occupation activist Eyal Weizmann about how he and his troops crushed Palestinian resistance cells in Nablus through the use of “inverse geometry” and “micro-tactical actions” inspired by the theories of post-structuralist philosophers like Deleuze and Guattari. On February 2, Kochavi appeared at the annual Herzliya Conference to issue grave warnings about the rapid progress of Iran’s nuclear program, suggesting that sanctions and diplomacy have failed, and that more aggressive action might be required.

Despite Cohen’s deep Israeli ties, he has proven extremely sensitive to critiques of the connection. When Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, the latter a professor of International Relations at the University of Chicago, published their widely debated paper on the Israel lobby in 2006, Cohen authored one of the first attempts to discredit their thesis about a loose coalition of individuals and organizations creating political pressure to move US foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction. In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Cohen accused the authors of “kooky academic work” and “obsessive and irrationally hostile beliefs about Jews.”

“Cohen’s rather hysterical reaction to our work was both typical and easy to explain,” Walt remarked. “Given that he and other neoconservatives had played a key role in convincing George Bush to invade Iraq in 2003, he was understandably upset when we pointed this out and provided extensive documentation of their role in the run-up to this disastrous war. He could not refute our logic or our evidence, however, so he chose to misrepresent our views and smear us falsely as anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists.”

With the last battalions of US troops preparing to redeploy from Iraq to other conflict zones, Cohen is homing in on Iran. In a September 2009 editorial for the Wall Street Journal, he dismissed diplomacy and sanctions as feasible means of curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “Pressure, be it gentle or severe, will not erase that nuclear program,” he wrote. “The choices are now what they ever were: an American or an Israeli strike, which would probably cause a substantial war, or living in a world with Iranian nuclear weapons, which may also result in war, perhaps nuclear, over a longer period of time.” While not ruling out the necessity of an American strike on Iranian facilities, Cohen advised that the “US actively seek the overthrow of the Islamic Republic…through every instrument of U.S. power, soft more than hard.”

As tensions between Israel and Iran rise to unprecedented levels, and Israel’s leadership beseeches the US to join a military strike on Iran, Cohen’s visions of regime change seem closer to realization than ever before. For him and the neoconservative policy elite, a Romney victory in November might deliver the next “big prize.”

Would you like to know more? Read “How Israeli Occupation Forces, Bahraini Monarchy Guards Trained U.S. Police For Coordinated Crackdown on “Occupy” Protests” by Max Blumenthal.

You can read more of Max Blumenthal at MaxBlumenthal.com. He is the author of Republican Gomorrah, published by Nation Books.

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  • 1. G.A.  |  February 8th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Isn’t overthrowing the Islamic republic of Iran by flaccid power more than viagra power fundamentally a good thing? Put another way: if you slap an Iranian with your flaccid power, does he feel loved?

  • 2. Eddie  |  February 8th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Let it not be said that life and polictics today is boring. Nothing can be more exciting then the greek tragedy we have brewing in the middle east of late. An exciting modern version of the anchient legend of Oedipus.

    Countries desperately maneuvering to avoid a negative outcome by their very actions inadvertantly end up triggering it.

    I have my popcorn ready. This one is going to be exciting.

  • 3. Thomzas  |  February 8th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    “When men can hate without risk, their stupidity is easily convinced, the motives supply themselves.”

    Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

  • 4. Punjabi From Karachi  |  February 8th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hahahaha! I remember Herman Cain implicitly threatening Pakistan, by saying they (the Pakistanis) could be made to “respect” the US.

    ROFL

    Here’s the reporting tweet:

    https://twitter.com/#!/CNN/status/141264440816435201

    Pakistan’s response was:

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lve4ok30zK1qaeabd.gif

    I would add that threatening Pakistan is a short term strategy, like really short term, like-3-days-of-compliance-and-a-year-of-hatred-and-angry-reaction short term.

    I obviously know the eXile is not in any way endorsing threats against Pakistan, but would like to use this forum to convey my view to any individual that wishes to threaten and abuse Pakistan for their own strategic gains, that any individual who carries this out, as Mr Herman Cain did, will not remain a viable political individual for very long.

    Now back to moving beyond para 2 and reading the rest of the article.

    And I would like to add Yahweh-Bless-Max-Blumenthal.

  • 5. Punjabi From Karachi  |  February 8th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I would like to also mention in relation to your thesis on failing upwards, there were also the interns/inductees from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University who were used to implement politices, where they would’ve been supervising bureaucrats or civil servants older or more experienced than themselves.

    The Bush Administration made full use of the failing-upwards thesis to implement its plans and ensuring compliance. The process continues to this day.

  • 6. NAwermod  |  February 8th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Iran has not invaded another country once in the last century. Meanwhile Israel and America are the #1 warmongers since Hitler blew his brains out.

    I would suggest to the non-zionist jews out there to make an aggressive bid to reclaim jewish identity from the zionist warmongers. One of the side-effects of these neocon zionist jews calling all the israel critics “anti-semites” is that they conflate imperialist zionism with jewishness, while simultaneously frustrating and enraging the critics. This can cause many of israel’s critics to start feeling a lot more like actual anti-semites, than just critics of Israel! Most would say that Israel’s actions have nothing to do with jewishness, but is that really the case? Does Israel’s cavalier willingness to bomb, assassinate, abuse and oppress non-Jews (and I’m not just talking about Palestinians here. Remember when they blew up that American warship? Remember when they murdered the Turkish flotilla activists in international waters, after have 1 WEEK of cabinet meetings to decide on their course of action in advance?) not make all the more perfect sense through the lens of the whole ‘chosen people’ concept? If a group of people believe they are god’s special favourites, and that everyone else is worth less than them, they won’t give a shit if people outside the group get hurt.

    I am not bringing this up to accuse the Jews of being inherently or essentially malevolent. Rather, that zionism is empowering the most evil, anti-social and insane elements and impulses of the jews as a whole, and the necessity for people of jewish descent who are repulsed by Zionist inhumanity (like Finkelstein, like Chomsky, like Ames) to not only call out the criminals on their crimes and the kooks on their madness, but also to make a strident bid to pull the jewish identity out of the hands of the zionists. The real existential threat to jews of today is not an Iranian bomb, but Zionism and the anti-semitism it fosters in its belligerent, blood-soaked wake.

  • 7. Dammerung  |  February 8th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I still think they don’t dare. Our Federal Reserve funded masters are venal, stupid, and corrupt. But they are not yet completely insane. I think.

  • 8. Heinrich Muggins  |  February 8th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    What? Rocko-Bock-Obama is an Ultra-Neocon Loon?!?

    Earth to morons: Romney has not been elected yet, and probably won’t be. Rocko-Bock-Obama is the one beating the Iran war drum.

  • 9. Charles  |  February 8th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I “may be wrong” about this, but the picture you’ve posted of Karlin talking to “Meir Emit” isn’t of the historic (60′s era, who died in 2009) head of Mossad Meir Emit, but of some dude (Reide Baxter) who’s playing the head of Mossad “Meir Emit” in the simulation Karlin is directing.

  • 10. Broseph Stalin  |  February 8th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I’m of Iranian descent living in the US and all this talk has me worried. I get the feeling that Obama isn’t insane enough to actually do start a war but holy fuck Republicans. Clearly people here don’t have the stomach for another war but public opinions hasn’t made much of a difference for the last two wars.

    I hate the Islamic Republic as much as anyone else but war and economic sanctions that hurt the poor are not the answer. What does Netanyahu honestly hope to achieve here? Israel does not enough conventional firepower to destroy nuclear sites and infrastructure without resorting to tactical nuclear weapons. Any preemptive attack will totally fuck up oil markets and turn world opinion against Israel – well, maybe not in the US.

    I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere else but Iran has one of the largest and most ancient Jewish communities in the Middle East, outside of Israel of course. There are quite a few Armenian Christians too. An attack by Israel is certainly going to stir up a lot of nationalism and anti-semetic fervor in Iran. It would put the 25,000 Jews who there in danger. Seriously, why the hell are Zionists so friendly with Saudi Arabia, a nation that pretty much bans all forms of non-Sunni Islamic faith? Don’t get me wrong, Iran doesn’t have religious freedom but there is a significant non-Islamic minority that lives and thrives there. Just look what happened the Iraq’s Chaldean Christians after 2003.

    But even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Israel won’t be destroyed. Israel itself has many nuclear weapons and Jerusalem’s importance as a holy site is a huge factor. The Islamic Republic is been in existence for almost 40 years and its governing theocrats mostly seek to preserve there positions. To that end, they pursue a military policy of deterrence not suicide.

    At the end of the day, I can’t understand what motivates Neocons. Do they really want to make the domestic economy in the US worse and add even more to the national debt? Who benefits if Iran ends up as another failed state with sectarian violence and chaos?

  • 11. euro-dude  |  February 8th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    To # 6 NAwermod, when you say, “I would suggest to the non-zionist jews out there to make an aggressive bid to reclaim jewish identity from the zionist warmongers.”

    There are plenty of non-Zionist Jews, many in Europe, in Belgium especially, but also in the US. In general, non-Zionist Jews are frightened, and if they try to step forward, they are often crushed and silenced – to the point Google ‘erases’ their websites, if they don’t wind up dead.

    In Belgium there is a very important political refugee from the US who is a non-Zionist Jew, an expert on American judicial corruption, who used to be maybe the leading global writer on that topic. He barely escaped out of the US alive.

    His journalism changed the Supreme Court of the United States, keeping one crook out of the Chief Justice job. This non-Zionist writer attended Harvard alongside Bush and Obama advisors, and there is a friend of Bush who spends a lot of money trying to destroy him, after he started asking questions about her.

    Google Inc. blocks all this guy’s websites from search results, at the ‘legal request’ of US judges whose crimes were exposed by the journalism of this non-Zionist Jew.

    And also, arch-Zionist fanatic Jimmy Wales, former mafia porn king, and close friend of the President of Israel, who runs the CIA’s Wikipedia project posing as ‘Wikipedia founder Jimbo Wales’ – spreads non-stop hoaxes about this non-Zionist Jew, aided by planted corporate media attacks. They plant the lies about him on the Wiki page about Bush’s psychopath friend.

    The case is now with the EU re Google using its monopoly to exterminate the writings and to support threats of murder against a non-Zionist Jew. Non-Zionist Jews point to this case, as a sample of what happens when a non-Zionist Jew gets too famous in alternative journalism.

    Live Photo: Google Inc. Caught Censoring EU Search Results (for USA – CIA)
    Google Internet Censorship – Censure d’Internet par Google – Internet censuur door Google
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22325431@N05/6100668211/in/photostream

    Report to the EU Parliament and the Commission of the European Union
    Anti-Competition Crimes of EU Internet Monopoly Google Inc. (with CIA) and Wikipedia (with CIA), to Erase EU Journalism, to Slander and Murder EU – Polish Citizen, Writer, Journalist Dr Les (Leszek – Leslie) Sachs
    http://www.indymedia.nl/nl/2011/07/77181.shtml
    Original in pdf format:
    http://eureportsnonzionistjews.hostfile.nl/file/0zndj5ea3v/410/nzjd-eu-report-1.pdf

  • 12. Dimitri Ratz  |  February 9th, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Sunni Monarchy believes their future lies in a British like democracy where the princess and dukes enjoy collecting royalties. The religious elements always existed separately in mostly coexisting state at times opposed or repressed. The victory of Sunni Al-Quida that moved in to fill the void once Saddam fell, and their continued fight not to give ground at Afghanistan despite taking big losses spurred Muslim Brotherhood offshoot into taking on in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and mostly successful in legitimizing their domain by now enjoying international recognition, and brining us to negotiating table of our sworn enemies to work out our terms of surrendering Middle East terrain (NATO’s exit of Afghanistan 2014/15 is just one example) in exchange for guarantees that Quida will end it’s war on US interests.

    The best way to manage this failure in policy is to take none compliant Al Quida elements out like in Yemen, get the Monarchy on board to open Al Quida embassy in Qatar as was recently done with more cooperative members, and drain Al Quida resources human capital, and mostly on the ground fundraising capability by steering it.

    An organization based on religion is into religion, and aside from small Orthodox and Capitolic, and Jewish pockets the two main religions in this region by far are Sunni and Shite. The pro-reform Assad, darling of the west not to long ago is taking one for the team.

    Qatar, with their King owned network makes sure to only show Syrian force that’s being exerted to rally more willing religious inclined shader, because everyone loves an underdog, some just prefer football. Assad is worthy of death for being a Shite in their Al Quida’s eyes, recent Sunni bombings around Afghanistan targeting Shites pretty much said that’s like only reason. So having a Shite (capital punishment in itself) suppressing helpless Sunni majority, with nice photo shots I mean that’s like using black baluga caviar for cat bait.

    The other reason it’s Syria, instead of Shite majority Bahrain (always good to have a good absorber backup plan) is Lebanon/South Syria, civilian hostilities are normal fabric of life. The recent lool in violence was the weird part rather then the start up of hostilities which is returning it to the normal state of being there.

    So we’re setting up the same scenario trap, that we went into ourselves. Get the Muslim brotherhood elements tied down in a fight with Shites, while they leave shale democratic framework in place for others less willing to Martyr themselves for a cause, and eventually assuring the whole region in British like Monarchy Democracy.

  • 13. Friedmanite  |  February 9th, 2012 at 4:32 am

    AEC pre-troll comment: Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it…this is the moment all of you have been waiting for…a real live comment by a real live paultardofascist troll talking about no free lunches and peace on earth. Because why should we fight wars in other countries when we can have a war amongst ourselves right here in America, fighting each other for scraps of food. It always cheers up the AEC to see young trolls try their best, even if it’s a particularly retarded troll. So I will leave this comment unimproved for my flock to enjoy:

    I love when Obamadrones,TheExiltards and Leftards say “we don’t want this war!!” and then they refuse to vote Ron Paul(the only man who wants to end the oversea empire) or pledge alliance with us libertarians because “or no,compromise ours far-far-far-left socialist economics policies?never!!!Give free handout and food stamps to some welfare queen is more important!!!cut the military budget!!!yes yes but first…FREE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE BECAUSE LIFE IS ALL ABOUT FREE LUNCH

  • 14. gatorade  |  February 9th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Based on several key people in his campaign, it’s clear that Mitt is the choice of the Israeli security services as well as zionist jews in america. It’s all disgusting. It makes me wish I didn’t know anything at all.

    How is it possible to make Obama look less malign? Mitt Romney did it, way to go Mitt.

  • 15. Cum  |  February 9th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    When I talk to other American Jews I have to tread very lightly with regards to Israel. Otherwise progressive-minded individuals somehow lose their compassion when it comes to defending and making excuses for Israel. Sometimes they point to the progressive social justice values that they see flourishing in Israel, as if that negates Israeli manifest destiny and apartheid.

  • 16. Michal  |  February 9th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    @ 10. Assuming the censor doesn’t delete or edit this comment, I’d be happy to point out that one of the reasons why not just neocons but pretty much everyone else but the hardcore isolationists is not happy about nuclear Iran is, that with nuclear weapon they would be capable of extorting the international community a la North Korea.

    They would also be shielded from any potential retribution as a result of their hilarious hezbollah hijinks. And not just the hezbollah hijinks but any sort of activity anywhere.

    A combination of both of these would very much reinforce the regime. Whenever they would be pushed internationally into the corner, they could just wave a nuke to make everyone back off.

    Not entirely desirable, considering it’s an insane theocratic regime constantly undermining regional stability.

    There you go, I said that with a straight face.

  • 17. rkte  |  February 10th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Great article.

    #9: you are correct. I *think* that the caption is aware of it, but it could be tweaked a little…

  • 18. super390  |  February 10th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    #13:

    No, “Friedmanite”, you’re far-far-far-right, the center would be the median for the entirety of the human race, by which standards Obama is still center-right, and Germany is pretty far left yet blowing us away economically. Name one single country that is governed the way you want, and you’ll see how far to the right you are to the rest of the human race. Of course, you ought to have approved of Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile, given that your hero Miltie wrote its economic policies, but the Chilean voters have long since gotten sick of it.

  • 19. super390  |  February 10th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    #16:

    Well yeah, an insane theocratic regime with nuclear weapons is already undermining regional stability by repeatedly invading Lebanon, starving Gaza, and stealing land using the pretext of a 3000-year-old pack of lies forged by temple priests. So there’s definitely a precedent.

  • 20. darthfader  |  February 11th, 2012 at 2:09 am

    America’s Middle Eastern policy is like America’s health care system:

    It would just be cheaper to pay everybody off in cash, up front.

  • 21. John Figler  |  February 11th, 2012 at 5:34 am

    @16 “…about nuclear Iran is, that with nuclear weapon they would be capable of extorting the international community a la North Korea.”

    Ummm… And what has exactly nuclear North Korea got after ten years or so of ruthless international nuclear backmailing? Large tracts of Asian mainland? complete emasculation of South Korea? menacing overseas bases ready to strike the US West Coast?

    For god’s sake. The US got the bomb to rule the world, all the rest have gotten it just to be able to do, at times at least, what they want despite the pervasive US hegemony funded on the outcome of the use of those nukes back in 1945. Everybody! From Uncle Joe to that mad Paki engineer. Every-fucking-body.

    Well, perhaps except the Brits who got them just because they are… ahem… well, Brits.

    Nuclear blackmail doesn’t work when both sides have the bomb. Then you call the game deterrence. It gave Europe it’s largest peace stint since Octavius’ times.

    Nuclear deterrence is good, nuclear deterrence is cool, nuclear deterrence would make the Middle East a faaaaar more sane place.

  • 22. Zhu Bajie  |  February 11th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    “I get the feeling that Obama isn’t insane enough to actually do start a war but holy fuck Republicans.” Broseph Stalin

    Dear Stalin, tens of millions of Dispensationalists in the US are still hoping The Rapture will come soon, and solve all their problems, as a result of a Middle East War. When they finally give up hope, they will probably blame Jews and Muslims for not doing what Hal Lindsey predicted.

  • 23. Jedi Mind Trick  |  February 11th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Anyone who is college educated and still thinks nuclear weapons should be used gets a State courtesy .45 acp to the back of the head, no exceptions.

    Ah, but such a paradise will never be.

  • 24. super390  |  February 12th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    #20:

    re: paying off everybody.

    I was saying the same thing about El Salvador in 1980. I’m sure it would have been cheaper for every confrontation in a non-oil country than what we did.

    Oil countries are different, because the land under the people is more valuable than the people, who are thus expendable to whomever can become the ruler. Sort of a whole country gone Treasure of the Sierra Madre. You’d need a bigger bribe than the oil’s worth.

  • 25. Futhorc?  |  February 12th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    At least Karla is a Neocon who looks like she could get laid without pulling out her credit card.

  • 26. Anon  |  February 12th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    dunno about you guys, but I’ve been waiting in anticipation for the trigger to be pulled on Invasion Persia redux for months. If they don’t fuck up and turn it into an occupation, it has the potential to be a pretty sweet war. should get some sweet war literature out of it, and maybe a DLC for Battlefield 3

  • 27. super390  |  February 13th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    This is a link to the photo of the Marine Recon unit with their pet Nazi flag.

    http://godsownparty.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/scoutsniperflag_02.jpg

    I have no comment to add now and don’t know what story this should go with. I entrust it to you, Almighty Exiled Censor, in hopes that it will get to a writer who will know what to do with it.

  • 28. gary  |  February 16th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    yet another pencilneck geek pushing for another war…they are smart but not wise..they would be more believable if they ever spent time in a muddy trench being shot at….let them or a loved one be on the front line before shooting thier mouths off and talking tough

  • 29. Lavrentij "Anarchy99" Lemko, Edmund Dorkey, and Gustavo Millebrand  |  March 16th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Romney’s/Bain Capitals Chinese spy operation: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/16/world/asia/bain-capital-tied-to-surveillance-push-in-china.html


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