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Arming the Libyan Rebels Will Be A Grave and Catastrophic Mistake

31 Mar
Hamid Mir interviewing Osama bin Laden for Dai...

"Freedom Fighter" Osama Bin Laden in 1979

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As the Obama administration ponders arming Libyan Rebels, the danger and irony of such an action is not lost on American Patriots, who are opposed to more foreign interventionism. What is emerging cannot be minimized or disregarded. The evidence clearly points to an emerging theme of global Islamic jihad among the Libyan rebels, as it is also being noted among other uprisings throughout the region.

The fact that Iran made a special video educating their people about the imminent appearance of the Imam Mahdi, or the “last Imam” speaks volumes.

This is a moment when American lawmakers need to clear their heads and their resolve and put a stop to US involvement in a war which will eventually result in arming more Jihadists against Americans and the West. We have already done that once when earlier administrations armed and trained a young freedom fighter for the Afghan people named Osama Bin Laden in the 1980s.

Informed  observers who are not affiliated with a party, an agenda or a political strategy one way or the other can see that what is taking place now in the Mideast has a specific undercurrent. That undercurrent is flowing along ideological lines that pour straight into the existing  river of hatred for the west that has inspired the radical Islamic dream of global Jihad.

If the Obama administration continues to support the Libyan rebels with arms and more tactical and missile support, we will be inadvertently helping to pave the streets they will run on later as they eventually begin to unify their disparate dreams across the Mideast into one colossal united Islamic army with the goal of annihilating the West. THAT is exactly where this is all going.

It’s insanity for the Obama administration to be supporting what is taking place in Libya. This will come back to harm us in ways we cannot imagine at this time.

Here’s what one rebel fighter said who is a University student in Libya. My guess is that he is not alone in his sentiments.

“We want a society based on the Quran,” he said, speaking in the formal Arabic tones of a mosque preacher.

“Freedom of religion, we don’t want it,” he said. “We want the freedom to practice our religion, but we don’t want freedom for Jews and Christians and to have naked women and alcohol.”

Years from now when historians are trying to pick through the rubble of the third world war, looking for evidence of just exactly when and where it all started, they will be looking squarely in the eyes of the American decision makers in the Obama administration who chose to do the most catastrophically foolish thing in any modern American presidency, to choose to arm the very people whose ultimate goal in life is to destroy us, our civilization, our religion, our way of life and everything that we hold dear.

That’s where the accountability will lie after the great and final war is over.

Chase Kyla Hunter 3.30.11

Syria Opens Fire On Protesters [ On the Street Video ]

28 Mar

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Luxury Underground Bunker Business Is Booming Post Japan Disaster

24 Mar

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Tags: VIVOS, underground bunkers, luxury underground bunkers, doomsday preparations, apocalypse mentality, emergency preparedness

RT News London on Libya: “This is Not A No fly Zone. This is the Bombardment of Civilians By Allied Forces.”

21 Mar

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US Lawmakers Back Libya Military Action. They’re Just Not Sure What It Is.

March 2011 has brought Americans yet another dire omen of political and foreign policy ill winds to come: we are now inching toward becoming embroiled in Libya, against all better common sense and judgment. I do not agree with Sarah Palin on this one. Sometimes you just have to let these nations work out their own destinies without sticking your foreign policy fingers and your overbearing cruise missiles into the mix, thus making it all potentially much worse.

Anymore, what we used to call “foreign policy” in America has seemingly become just one long intellectual justification for the U.S. military machine to do whatever the hell it wants to, whenever and where ever it wants to.

Whatever happened to the will and consent of the American people in all this? It’s our money that’s being spent here.

While the US military rained down at least 100 cruise missiles onto Libya, causing more than 60 civilian casualties, Barack Obama gave a speech on human rights in Brazil. The resulting utter political and humane cognitive dissonance was loud enough to be heard back in the states all the way from South America.

As the Obama White House adds yet another overseas military Op to it’s list of “things to do when you are utterly bankrupt”, it seems more and more that the US does not exactly “go to war” in a definitive manner anymore. We just kind of kick around, hands in pockets, muse it all over, then more or less sort of “stumble in”, and fall into some kind of rote in so doing that makes me really wonder not only who’s really in charge, but what kind of thinking allows that in the shape we are in financially here at home, what orchard where money grows on trees are we now plucking from now to justify the cost of yet another military intervention?

I am sick over this, just sick over it. I am sick of death, and men and their ridiculous wars, and the insane justifications that are conjured up each time our military does this. We literally can’t afford to do this. I avoided reporting on it for a week because I just COULD NOT BELIEVE that in the wake of Iraq, that we were going to crank up yet another overseas military involvement. Our miserable UN assigned “job” as the world’s military police force has bankrupted our nation, cost thousands of precious young American lives, and is now soon to incite world war three in the Mideast if we don’t stop this.

If we are now going to intervene in Libya, it would stand to reason we would then intervene throughout the entire Mideast region. Nothing makes sense anymore.

Just the mere thought of Barack Obama making a speech in Brazil on human rights as US military intervention cranks up in Libya makes me ill with the utter sight of the duplicity of it all. I have never wanted a man OUT of the White House like I want this man OUT. It goes without saying that this is the most disastrous president I have seen in my lifetime. 2012 cannot get here fast enough for me. Vote this incompetent SOB out of the White House in 2012 before he leads us straight into a final nuclear conflagration in the Mideast that could spread all around the world.

CK Hunter

Raw Footage: Gaddafi Orders His Soldiers to Kill Protestors, Police Fleeing in Libya Street Riots, Bodies Being Hidden Tripoli Libya

28 Feb

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[Some of the video below is not in English.]

Tags: Libya, Gaddafi regime, battle for democracy in Egypt, democracy uprisings Mideast 2011, news blackout Libya uprising 2011

Sudden Political Pole Shift: Mideast Aflame With Freedom and Democracy Fever

21 Feb

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Stephen Yates: “It’s morally repugnant to side with these regimes.”

But that is exactly what our own government’s foreign policy has been doing, either tacitly or overtly, for more than 40 years in the Mideast. I literally grew up watching successive U.S. administrations coddle, negotiate with, and finally finance the make-believe government of Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat. I have watched all my life as an inane, self righteous “creeping political correctness” in Washington D. C. replaced fundamental political common sense as to how our leaders have handled the swelling powder-keg of radical Islam.

In numerology 11 is considered an unstable number. Sometimes the most arcane knowledge turns out to be remarkably “right on target”.

It would appear that 2011 will be remembered as the year that the the hand of Divine Providence finally swept through the Mideast. What began as a civic brushfire is now a regional wildfire raging out of control. Politicians seem uniformly caught off guard by all of it, their commentary ponderous, their reactions all calculated, tragically ineffective, terminally insincere.

By the end of 2011 there will be millions of families in the Mideast who will mark the year as the moment that someone in their biological family was either killed or maimed for life trying to wrest their government from the hands of an appointed dictator and into the hands of the people.

The sight of Egypt‘s people ousting Hosni Mubarak after 30 years has set the hearts and soul’s of their neighbors on fire to do the same in their own countries. In Yemen, Libya and Bahrain, protesters are confronting repressive and authoritarian governments with visceral courage and the willingness to die to achieve their freedom.

Our colonial ancestors were doing that very thing on this continent back in 1776. We have lived with fundamental constitutional freedoms in America for generations, and we often forget that in three quarters of the world people have lived for the last 200 years without those God given freedoms, especially women. Most women in the world are still routinely treated not much better than cattle in Mideast countries who live under the more authoritarian slope of Sharia Law. The general rule of thumb I have observed is that the more repressive and authoritarian any ruling regime is, whether apparently excused by false piety and religious pretense or not, the less actual fundamental human rights and civil rights it’s women are allowed to exercise.

So the present sight of tens of thousands of young Mideast women standing side by side in the streets with the men, fearlessly facing down government soldiers, many still teenagers, who are clamoring to be free or literally die trying, is enough to silence any American now petulant with our own freedoms. We who are born here are granted those freedoms by birth, and we have certainly taken them for granted for most of our lives. Only those who have travelled or lived overseas can appreciate what we have here; only an American soldier returning from Iraq can bend to kiss the ground in America and thank his God in Heaven he is home.

I do not have any living relatives who have recently “died to procure and maintain my American freedoms” but thousands of other American families do have relatives who died in the Iraqi war. They are the truly heroic Americans who have suffered, are suffering and will continue to suffer the loss of their family members on some level for the rest of their lives.

Were these American soldiers’  lives actually given in Iraq that we might witness the rising tsunami of the human heart cry out for freedom throughout the Mideast? Had anyone imagined that as the seven year Iraq war finally wound down, that the hunger for democracy throughout the Mideast would rise like a phoenix in direct proportion to the historic misery of families living generationally under successive US appointed and supported dictatorships?

I wonder what passes through the mind of George W. Bush as he watches the daily news. Most all Americans know, if they read at all, that we went to war in Iraq for the procuring of oil fields and the lucrative Halliburton rebuilding contracts  more than the Bush administration actually cared about the quality of life for the average Iraqi citizen. What a strange turn in the road it must be, for people like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell,  Condoleeza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz, to witness this sheer political pole shift, an unexpected outcome of their ugly little pre-planned Mideast war.

The sudden riveting sight of nation after nation rising up against their US backed dictators has left many Americans nearly speechless. The apparent suddenness of all of it, the explosive domino effect which is now taking place, and observing the Barack Obama White House stutter, falter and stammer over it daily gives one great pause.

It’s funny how God always has the last laugh. “Hope and Change” is coming alright, but it’s coming in all the countries where Barack Obama never ran for high office, never bowed to the Oil Princes and Sheiks of political pretense. He had bowed deeply to the Saudis when he visited, and otherwise was fairly dismissive toward the smaller nations surrounding the Oil Oligarchy’s empire. Beyond bowing, Barack Obama was too busy fighting to keep his own unpopular Presidency afloat back in the states in 2009 and 2010.

All those little nations that have been ignored and overlooked by the big boys in foreign policy for decades are now on fire with civil unrest, as waves of furious young people roar for their needs to be met, fundamental basic human needs that have not been addressed properly in decades of rule by their own insular self occupied leaders. Most of these leaders have been tacitly propped up by the murkier motives within the US foreign policy agenda, no matter which US president was sitting in the White House.

For the time being our own country’s present foreign policy may be in shambles over all of it. It would seem rather late to make a flurry of trips to the Mideast to douse the latest  firestorm in world events. Many Americans, like me, are now wondering just exactly how more than 40 years of incessant, secretive US meddling in the Mideast has come to such a sudden conflagration that the coming blowback may affect our own people in yet unimagined ways, for years to come.

I am quite sure that late late at night, when he is alone with his thoughts, President Barack Obama now wishes he would have paid more attention to foreign affairs of state in 2009 and 2010, instead of ramming Obamacare down the national gullet against our will. This is a live action experience Mr. Obama. When you are the president of the United States you do not get a “do-over.”


My soul senses the opening refrain of World War Three in all of this, but I don’t want to admit it. Who would want to look and see what no one wants to witness?

Chase Kyla Hunter 2.21.2011

Libya Fighter Jets Attack Protestors in Tripoli

Two Libyan Air Force Jet Pilots Land in Malta, Ask for Political Asylum

Will Libya’s Qadaffi Be the Next Domino to Fall?

Yemen President Rejects Protesters Demands He Step Down

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OP-ED COLUMNIST

Watching Protesters Risk It All

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Published: February 20, 2011
Damon Winter/The New York Times

Nicholas D. Kristof

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As democracy protests spread across the Middle East, we as journalists struggle to convey the sights and sounds, the religion and politics. But there’s one central element that we can’t even begin to capture: the raw courage of men and women — some of them just teenagers — who risk torture, beatings and even death because they want freedoms that we take for granted.

Here in Bahrain on Saturday, I felt almost physically ill as I watched a column of pro-democracy marchers approach the Pearl Roundabout, the spiritual center of their movement. One day earlier, troops had opened fire on marchers there, with live ammunition and without any warning. So I flinched and braced myself to watch them die.

Yet, astonishingly, they didn’t. The royal family called off the use of lethal force, perhaps because of American pressure. The police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, but the protesters marched on anyway, and the police fled.

The protesters fell on the ground of the roundabout and kissed the soil. They embraced each other. They screamed. They danced. Some wept.

“We are calling it ‘Martyrs’ Roundabout’ now,” Layla, a 19-year-old university student, told me in that moment of stunned excitement. “One way or another, freedom has to come,” she said. “It’s not something given by anybody. It’s a right of the people.”

Zaki, a computer expert, added: “If Egypt can do it, then we can do it even better.”

(I’m withholding family names. Many people were willing for their full names to be published, but at a hospital I was shaken after I interviewed one young man who had spoken publicly about seeing the police kill protesters — and then, he said, the police kidnapped him off the street and beat him badly.)

To me, this feels like the Arab version of 1776. And don’t buy into the pernicious whisper campaign from dictators that a more democratic Middle East will be fundamentalist, anti-American or anti-women. For starters, there have been plenty of women on the streets demanding change (incredibly strong women, too!).

For decades, the United States embraced corrupt and repressive autocracies across the Middle East, turning a blind eye to torture and repression in part because of fear that the “democratic rabble” might be hostile to us. Far too often, we were both myopic and just plain on the wrong side.

Here in Bahrain, we have been in bed with a minority Sunni elite that has presided over a tolerant, open and economically dynamic country — but it’s an elite that is also steeped in corruption, repression and profound discrimination toward the Shia population. If you parachute into a neighborhood in Bahrain, you can tell at once whether it is Sunni or Shia: if it has good roads and sewers and is well maintained, it is Sunni; otherwise, it is Shia.

A 20-year-old medical student, Ghadeer, told me that her Sunni classmates all get government scholarships and public-sector jobs; the Shiites pay their own way and can’t find work in the public sector. Likewise, Shiites are overwhelmingly excluded from the police and armed forces, which instead rely on mercenaries from Sunni countries. We give aid to these oligarchs to outfit their police forces to keep the Shiites down; we should follow Britain’s example and immediately suspend such transfers until it is clear that the government will not again attack peaceful, unarmed protesters.

We were late to side with “people power” in Tunisia and Egypt, but Bahrainis are thrilled that President Obama called the king after he began shooting his people — and they note that the shooting subsequently stopped (at least for now). The upshot is real gratitude toward the United States.

The determination of protesters — in Bahrain, in Iran, in Libya, in Yemen — is such that change is a certainty. At one hospital, I met a paraplegic who is confined to a wheelchair. He had been hit by two rubber bullets and was planning to return to the democracy protests for more.

And on the roundabout on Sunday, I met Ali, a 24-year-old on crutches, his legs swathed in bandages, limping painfully along. A policeman had fired on him from 15 feet away, he said, and he was still carrying 30 shotgun pellets that would eventually be removed when surgeons weren’t so busy with other injuries. Ali flinched each time he moved — but he said he would camp at the roundabout until democracy arrived, or die trying.

In the 1700s, a similar kind of grit won independence for the United States from Britain. A democratic Arab world will be a flawed and messy place, just as a democratic America has been — but it’s still time to align ourselves with the democrats of the Arab world and not the George III’s.

I invite you to comment on my blog, On the Ground. Please also join me on Facebook, watch my YouTube videos and follow me while I am in Bahrain on Twitter.

A version of this op-ed appeared in print on February 21, 2011, on page

WANTED: A New Presidency for America

15 Feb
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Sing...

Walking the Red Carpet with Mubarak in Days Gone By

Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

You know it’s bad when the new world order “White House” directed mass media agencies begin to tell the truth about the cluelessness, insulated narcissism and inept  foreign policy of the Obama administration.

Imagine: everything that tea party blogs and truth researchers have been screaming on the internet for five years now about this man, this calculatedly aloof and inept President, who pretended he was America’s new political Messiah four years ago, is finally, four years too late, being discussed in “official” American media outlets. I could just shake the men and women at Newsweek, clanking their heads together.

Where was all this truthful reporting with “eyes wide open” when we needed it four years ago? I personally hope Newsweek goes out of business in karmic retribution for their absolute and purposed failing to vet and investigate this man four years ago when he came out of far left field, [where he lives], to run for national office, three years after admitting to reporters he did not have the experience to do so.

The mass media numbskulls who elected this man now have the sad and silly karmic duty of reporting on his collapsing presidency to the nation, as if we didn’t already know. We were all three to four years ahead of you, Newsweek. You are so fired.

Chase Kyla Hunter

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Wanted: A Grand Strategy for America [ Formerly Titled: “Egypt: How Obama Blew It”

NEWSWEEK’s new columnist on Obama’s Egypt debacle and the vacuum it exposes.

President Barack Obama in front of the Sphinx during a tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza following his landmark speech to the Muslim World on June 4, 2009. Barack Obama Strikes A Pose in Egypt: He Would Have made A Better Gucci Model Than A President. Photo courtesy of Mandel Ngan / AFP-Getty Images

President Barack Obama in front of the Sphinx during a tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza following his landmark speech to the Muslim World on June 4, 2009.

“The statesman can only wait and listen until he hears the footsteps of God resounding through events; then he must jump up and grasp the hem of His coat, that is all.” Thus Otto von Bismarck, the great Prussian statesman who united Germany and thereby reshaped Europe’s balance of power nearly a century and a half ago.

Last week, for the second time in his presidency, Barack Obama heard those footsteps, jumped up to grasp a historic opportunity … and missed it completely.

In Bismarck’s case it was not so much God’s coattails he caught as the revolutionary wave of mid-19th-century German nationalism. And he did more than catch it; he managed to surf it in a direction of his own choosing. The wave Obama just missed—again—is the revolutionary wave of Middle Eastern democracy. It has surged through the region twice since he was elected: once in Iran in the summer of 2009, the second time right across North Africa, from Tunisia all the way down the Red Sea to Yemen. But the swell has been biggest in Egypt, the Middle East’s most populous country.

In each case, the president faced stark alternatives. He could try to catch the wave, Bismarck style, by lending his support to the youthful revolutionaries and trying to ride it in a direction advantageous to American interests. Or he could do nothing and let the forces of reaction prevail. In the case of Iran, he did nothing, and the thugs of the Islamic Republic ruthlessly crushed the demonstrations. This time around, in Egypt, it was worse. He did both—some days exhorting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave, other days drawing back and recommending an “orderly transition.”

The result has been a foreign-policy debacle. The president has alienated everybody: not only Mubarak’s cronies in the military, but also the youthful crowds in the streets of Cairo. Whoever ultimately wins, Obama loses. And the alienation doesn’t end there. America’s two closest friends in the region—Israel and Saudi Arabia—are both disgusted. The Saudis, who dread all manifestations of revolution, are appalled at Washington’s failure to resolutely prop up Mubarak. The Israelis, meanwhile, are dismayed by the administration’s apparent cluelessness.

Last week, while other commentators ran around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, hyperventilating about what they saw as an Arab 1989, I flew to Tel Aviv for the annual Herzliya security conference. The consensus among the assembled experts on the Middle East? A colossal failure of American foreign policy.

This failure was not the result of bad luck. It was the predictable consequence of the Obama administration’s lack of any kind of coherent grand strategy, a deficit about which more than a few veterans of U.S. foreign policy making have long worried. The president himself is not wholly to blame. Although cosmopolitan by both birth and upbringing, Obama was an unusually parochial politician prior to his election, judging by his scant public pronouncements on foreign-policy issues.

Yet no president can be expected to be omniscient. That is what advisers are for. The real responsibility for the current strategic vacuum lies not with Obama himself, but with the National Security Council, and in particular with the man who ran it until last October: retired Gen. James L. Jones. I suspected at the time of his appointment that General Jones was a poor choice. A big, bluff Marine, he once astonished me by recommending that Turkish troops might lend the United States support in Iraq. He seemed mildly surprised when I suggested the Iraqis might resent such a reminder of centuries of Ottoman Turkish rule.

The best national-security advisers have combined deep knowledge of international relations with an ability to play the Machiavellian Beltway game, which means competing for the president’s ear against the other would-be players in the policymaking process: not only the defense secretary but also the secretary of state and the head of the Central Intelligence Agency. No one has ever done this better than Henry Kissinger. But the crucial thing about Kissinger as national-security adviser was not the speed with which he learned the dark arts of interdepartmental turf warfare. It was the skill with which he, in partnership with Richard Nixon, forged a grand strategy for the United States at a time of alarming geopolitical instability.

The essence of that strategy was, first, to prioritize (for example, détente with the Soviets before human-rights issues within the U.S.S.R.) and then to exert pressure by deliberately linking key issues. In their hardest task—salvaging peace with honor in Indochina by preserving the independence of South Vietnam—Nixon and Kissinger ultimately could not succeed. But in the Middle East they were able to eject the Soviets from a position of influence and turn Egypt from a threat into a malleable ally. And their overtures to China exploited the divisions within the Communist bloc, helping to set Beijing on an epoch-making new course of economic openness.

The contrast between the foreign policy of the Nixon-Ford years and that of President Jimmy Carter is a stark reminder of how easily foreign policy can founder when there is a failure of strategic thinking. The Iranian Revolution of 1979, which took the Carter administration wholly by surprise, was a catastrophe far greater than the loss of South Vietnam.

Remind you of anything? “This is what happens when you get caught by surprise,” an anonymous American official told The New York Times last week. “We’ve had endless strategy sessions for the past two years on Mideast peace, on containing Iran. And how many of them factored in the possibility that Egypt moves from stability to turmoil? None.”

I can think of no more damning indictment of the administration’s strategic thinking than this: it never once considered a scenario in which Mubarak faced a popular revolt. Yet the very essence of rigorous strategic thinking is to devise such a scenario and to think through the best responses to them, preferably two or three moves ahead of actual or potential adversaries. It is only by doing these things—ranking priorities and gaming scenarios—that a coherent foreign policy can be made. The Israelis have been hard at work doing this. All the president and his NSC team seem to have done is to draft touchy-feely speeches like the one he delivered in Cairo early in his presidency.

These were his words back in June 2009:

America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles—principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

Those lines will come back to haunt Obama if, as cannot be ruled out, the ultimate beneficiary of his bungling in Egypt is the Muslim Brotherhood, which remains by far the best organized opposition force in the country—and wholly committed to the restoration of the caliphate and the strict application of Sharia. Would such an outcome advance “tolerance and the dignity of all human beings” in Egypt? Somehow, I don’t think so.

Grand strategy is all about the necessity of choice. Today, it means choosing between a daunting list of objectives: to resist the spread of radical Islam, to limit Iran’s ambition to become dominant in the Middle East, to contain the rise of China as an economic rival, to guard against a Russian “reconquista” of Eastern Europe—and so on. The defining characteristic of Obama’s foreign policy has been not just a failure to prioritize, but also a failure to recognize the need to do so. A succession of speeches saying, in essence, “I am not George W. Bush” is no substitute for a strategy.

Bismarck knew how to choose. He understood that riding the nationalist wave would enable Prussia to become the dominant force in Germany, but that thereafter the No. 1 objective must be to keep France and Russia from uniting against his new Reich. When asked for his opinion about colonizing Africa, Bismarck famously replied: “My map of Africa lies in Europe. Here lies Russia and here lies France, and we are in the middle. That is my map of Africa.”

Tragically, no one knows where Barack Obama’s map of the Middle East is. At best, it is in the heartland states of America, where the fate of his presidency will be decided next year, just as Jimmy Carter’s was back in 1980.

At worst, he has no map at all.