From Justin Raimondo: A Personal Message to My Readers

Most of my regular readers – indeed, all of them – know one thing by now: if you’ve come here for the usual bullshit, rah-rah for Our Team conventional wisdom, you’re bound to be disappointed. There are plenty of other places to go for that: I won’t name them, but you get the idea. Here I try to challenge my readers – and myself – and examine the underlying assumptions we’re all supposed to accept. Of course, it would be easy for me to go along with the conventional wisdom and not make any waves: but actually, it would bore me to death. And I guess it would do the same to my readers (at least, I hope it would).

It’s a privilege to be able to do this, and believe you me I don’t take it for granted. It’s made possible by the incredible dedication of the Antiwar.com staff, especially our managing editor and all-around problem-solver Eric Garris, and I don’t lose sight of that for a minute. It’s a privilege and a great responsibility to be able to write this column the way I do, i.e., without regard for what Everyone Else is saying, and often in direct contradiction and opposition to what most of my readers think and believe.

It’s a risky strategy, but I’ve managed – I think! – to pull it off. I’ve been right more than I’ve been wrong: I’ll stand my record up against any of the "mainstream" pundits.

I haven’t been afraid to challenge my readers and myself – but now I’m facing my greatest challenge. Most of my readers are aware of my recent cancer diagnosis: it’s been a real life-changer, to say the least. Thanks to the miracle of modern science, I’m still alive – and thriving – and able to write these words. The latest discoveries in anti-cancer research, which I’m lucky enough to have access to, have allowed me to defy Death – so far.

My diagnosis and condition have given me a whole new perspective on my work, on world affairs, and the affairs of humankind in general. Or, perhaps, they’ve sharpened views I held already but hadn’t really thought all that much about.

What I’ve come to realize is that my job, and Antiwar.com’s mission, has always been to defy Death, to fight Death to the bitter end. For the War Party is truly the Party of Death, and this has been brought home to me rather vividly in my reading of Dan Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine, his insider’s account of the nuclear "priesthood" and its rationalizations for mass murder on a scale we can hardly imagine. For what those "priests" were – and are – planning for is the virtual eradication of the human race in a nuclear holocaust initiated by the United States (we are always the initiators in their war scenarios).

We are fighting against Death itself, and its allies here on earth. And we need your help.

Yes, this is a fundraising pitch, although it doesn’t really read like one. But let me tell you: the legions of Death are not lacking in financial resources. Oh no. They have but to ask their sponsors and collaborators, and their coffers are filled to the brim.

We, on the other hand, have no such assurances. We only have you, our readers and loyal supporters, many of whom have stuck with us down through the years – as far back as the Kosovo war! And we – I – am turning to you once again for the support we need to keep going.

And we have matching funds: a group of donors has gotten together and pledged $30,000. So every dollar you give will be doubled.

So now it’s up to you. The American people are sick and tired of foreign wars: our message of peace and nonintervention has never been more popular. Yet the political class resists the popular will – and the War Party is more determined than ever to lead us down the road to perpetual conflict. We really need your support at this crucial juncture: we can win the battle for peace, the opportunity is there – but we can’t do it without you. That means we need your tax-deductible donations now – because they’ll have double the impact with our matching funds program.

If we all get together and make that final push we can make our goal. Every donation counts, no matter the amount.

Make your tax-deductible donation today.

Stop John Bolton – On Twitter

The battle for the soul of the Trump administration is already going full swing – and he isn’t even President yet.

The battle lines are being drawn over the office of Secretary of State, and anti-internationalist and non-interventionists in the Trump coalition are angry that former UN Ambassador John Bolton is even being considered. Bolton was an early supporter of the Project for a New American Century, the neoconservative outfit that brought us the Iraq war, and he’s been endorsed by National Review – a neocon mouthpiece that actively campaigned against Trump. His hostility to Russia, which he believes must be subjected to “pain,” flies in the face of Trump’s stated intention to “get along” with Russia.

Here’s how you can stop the Bolton nomination from getting off the ground. The Trump transition team is asking for input from the public. If you have a Twitter account, you can tweet your opposition to Bolton by directing your tweet at @transition2017.

Keep your message short, sweet, and to the point: “No to Bolton” will do, but get creative if you like.

Emergency Alert: October Surprise Coming

antiwar_donate_160x200aFrom the desk of Justin Raimondo:

Dear friend of Antiwar.com,

I’ve got just enough time to bang out this note to you before I start writing my Friday column – but I wanted to get this out a.s.a.p. because you need to be apprised of what’s happening.

The news is breaking today (8/10) that a team of Ukrainian saborteurs infiltrated Crimea and tried to do significant damage to Crimean infrastructure: their goal was to create an international incident on the eve of US elections that would put the US at loggerheads with Russia – sudden “crisis” that would call for a US military response.

Ukrainian assassins had earlier tried to murder the President of the rebel Luhansk Republic by placing a bomb under his car: he was seriously injured, but survived. Now their terrorist campaign has escalated to a new level – with frontal attacks on Russia itself.

Their goal: provoking Putin into a military response.

The scenario: right before the US election, the US and Russia face off over Ukraine.

With Hillary Clinton and her journalistic hit squad going after Trump with accusations of him being a “Russian agent,” the stage is set for a ginned up politically-motivated international “crisis” – an “October surprise” that may come well before October.

Whatever one may think of Trump, he asks a good question: “Wouldn’t it be good if we could get along with Russia?” The War Party doesn’t want to get along with Russia, and if they have to start World War III in order to prevent that – well, then, so be it!

We here at Antiwar.com are on an emergency alert, working overtime to inform the American people of this dangerously escalating situation – but we need your help!

The forces that want to drag us back to the bad old days of the cold war are well-funded – and relentless. They don’t have to worry about where their funding is coming from – but we do.

We’re right in the middle of a fundraising campaign as this news of a Ukrainian provocation is breaking. That’s why I’m dropping everything to write to you, personally, to ask for your help.

Would Hillary Clinton start World War III to get elected? Do you even have to ask?

Yes, we can stop World War III before it starts – but we need your help to do it.

The danger has never been greater – and our need for your support has never been greater. Please – make your tax-deductible donation today.

In peace and liberty,

Justin Raimondo
Editorial Director
Antiwar.com

An Auspicious Birthday

I’m not telling Eric Garris I’m doing this, because I’m sure he’d object. He doesn’t take center stage on this web site very often, although without him it wouldn’t exist. He’s our webmaster, you see, and the founder of this site – and it’s his birthday tomorrow (Dec. 24).

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For twenty years, Eric has essentially subordinated his life to the demands of running Antiwar.com. He’s not only the webmaster, he’s the manager-par-excellence. Aside from dealing with the purely technical aspects of maintaining this web site, he raises the money, he manages an often-contentious staff, he reins me in when I go more than a bit overboard. (This last task, you might imagine, is close to being a full-time job).

When I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he told me: “Oh, nothing. But I wish we’d raised a bit more during the fund drive.”

That’s so typical of Eric – it’s always about the web site, never about himself.

So what I decided to do was to make an appeal to please make a contribution to Antiwar.com in his name.

I can’t think of any better way to honor an activist whose dedication is the fuel that keeps this web site going. We just couldn’t continue without him.

So please, join with me in celebrating the birthday of the largely unsung hero of the antiwar movement by making your tax-deductible donation to Antiwar.com.

P.S. That photo I’ve posted is Eric at the age of three, exhibiting his enthusiasm for the written word at a very early age.

Yours in Peace and Liberty,

Justin Raimondo

Panel: US-Russian Conflict From Ukraine to Syria: Did US Policy Contribute to It?

November 23, at 6 pm – Jordan Center – New York University

If you’re in the area, don’t miss this exciting panel discussion sponsored by the American Committee for East-West Accord.

The general purpose of the event is to discuss questions and perspectives often missing in the current public discourse about what some observers are calling a “New Cold War.”

Panelists:

  • Bill Bradley: A U.S. Senator representing New Jersey for three terms, and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2000, Bradley is a Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC. Before entering the Senate, he was a 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist in basketball and a member of New York Knicks team from 1967 to 1977, including its two NBA championship teams.
  • Stephen F. Cohen: Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies, History and Politics at New York University and Princeton University, Cohen is the author of numerous books, a regular contributor to mass media and recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships for his scholarship.
  • Jack F. Matlock, Jr.: U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union under Presidents Reagan and Bush, from 1987 to 1991, Matlock previously served as a Senior Director on the National Security Council and as ambassador to Czechoslovakia. Subsequently, he was Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Matlock is the author of three books and many articles about the end of the Cold War, the disintegration of the Soviet Union and U.S. foreign policy since the 1990s.
  • John Pepper: A former Chairman and CEO of the Procter & Gamble Company, Pepper has also served as Chairman of the Walt Disney Company and of the Yale Corporation. He is the author of two books, including one recounting his leading role in establishing Procter & Gamble in Russia.
  • Moderated by Yanni Kotsonis, Director, Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, Professor of History and Russian and Slavic Studies.

Check out the ACEWA website here.

Call Congress –
Tell Them No US Troops In Syria

The US government has announced that a “limited number” of US Special Forces are being sent to Syria. This is an egregious violation of both President Obama’s oft-repeated pledge that he will not send US ground forces to that country, and the Constitution of the United States, which clearly states that only Congress may declare war.

As Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont) put it in a recent statement:

“This announcement raises serious questions about the Administration’s strategy in the region. There may be credible answers but, without the engagement of Congress consistent with the requirements of the Constitution, the American people will not get the answers to which they are entitled.

“The biggest question raised by today’s announcement is, ‘When will Congress finally accept its responsibility?’ The Constitution is clear that only Congress can authorize war.

“Make no mistake about it, this is a war. Yet, the legal framework justifying this war is loosely tied to the fumes of a Congressional authorization approved in response to the 9/11 attack on America over 14 years ago.

“A civil war in Syria did not exist 14 years ago. ISIS did not exist 14 years ago. Neither the United States nor Russia were conducting military operations in Syria 14 years ago.

“Every Member of Congress should debate and vote on the Administration’s strategy. No more bobbing and weaving. We need to do our job.”

We here at Antiwar.com are urging our readers and supporters to call their congressional representatives and urge them to;

1) Demand a congressional vote on sending US troops to Syria, and

2) Vote NO on sending troops

This is important. The last time President Obama declared he would intervene in Syria, the American people rose up and said “No way!” Now, he’s defying the popular will and trying to do an end run around Congress.

Don’t let him get away with it! Call your congressional representative now.