In a shock interview over the weekend, President Biden’s son, Hunter, revealed that the laptop the media assured us was “Russian disinformation” could “absolutely” be his. He also revealed weeks-long benders on crack and vodka with no sleep…and that he doesn’t remember taking his laptop to be repaired. Clearly the Biden Administration is goading Ukraine to provoke a war with Russia. How are these related? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:
Ray McGovern served as a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray’s duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief, which he briefed one-on-one to President Ronald Reagan’s five most senior national security advisers from 1981 to 1985. He received the Intelligence Commendation Medal at his retirement.
In 2007, former American four-star General Wesley Clark appeared on a PBS news show to expose a secret plot to destroy seven countries in five years. This was based on the Yinon plan to destroy independent Muslim states to allow the expansion of Israel. It was supported by the American oil industry to secure new oilfields and the powerful military industry that always seeks new conflicts to generate easy profits. Six of these seven countries have now been destroyed and President Biden plans to finish this task.
I have serious doubts that he has the will or political acumen to do so. But that’s only a fragment of the question that needs to be asked, as we approach the twentieth anniversary of our global “war on evil.”A far, far bigger question looms, a question with answers scattered across the global landscape: Can we learn to wage peace? Can we create a united world, free of borders and scapegoats? Can we transcend our alienation from and exploitation of the planet that is our home and our nurturer? Can we stop being afraid of people we don’t know, people who are “different”from us? Can we let go of our need for an enemy?
Millions of global citizens believe the answer to these questions is yes and are committed to creating a different world – I call it participatory evolution – but at the highest levels of collective human organization, cynicism and ignorance rule. Or perhaps I simply mean cluelessness. Militarism is embedded in the infrastructure of the nation state. It’s not simply that borders and interests have to be “defended”; the easiest way to maintain the illusion of national unity is to present the people with a powerful enemy, imaginary or otherwise.
“Ours is the cause of freedom,” George W. Bush declared in November 2001, a month after the U.S. began its war on Afghanistan and two months after 9/11, recently quoted in an essay by Andrew Bacevich. “We’ve defeated freedom’s enemies before, and we will defeat them again. . . . My fellow Americans, let’s roll.”
After Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi met with his Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto earlier this week, he stated that their two countries agreed to expand defense cooperation and conduct joint military exercises in the South China Sea. The Indonesian Minister of Defense and Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Tokyo for bilateral talks with their Japanese counterparts. The meeting was part of Indonesia’s efforts to delicately balance its relations with all Indo-Pacific players, including China, the U.S. and Japan, in light of regional issues such as the demarcation of the South China Sea and the political crisis in Myanmar.
In October last year, Japan and Indonesia – both archipelago countries – held a naval exercise in Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone off Natuna to the west of Borneo island. Beijing and Jakarta are at odds over Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone demarcation line in the South China Sea, so observers believe that holding a joint military exercise there could be a provocation against China. Japan emphasizes that it is developing military relations with its partners in Southeast Asia in response to China’s increasingly assertive policy in the South China Sea.
Japan, the US, Australia and India are part of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD), one of the main regional mechanisms to halt Chinese dominance in the Indo-Pacific region. It is likely that Japan is attempting to draw Indonesia into QUAD so it can be part of an alliance aimed against China.
In war, it is always the people who primarily face and shoulder the consequences. Peaceful coexistence and democratic relations between countries, is the best way to achieve progress, and empower the people. In their tumultuous 20th century history, the Iranian people have struggled to achieve national unity and independence from foreign interference .
As an NGO, Mothers for Peace in Iran have been at the forefront of struggle for freedom, democracy and peace. We ask President Joe Biden and members of Congress to lift the crippling sanctions imposed by former President Trump, and unconditionally return to the nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the US had unilaterally abandoned. This will clearly help restore the grounds for peace for the people of Iran and also the region at large. No doubt, Americans are aware that the Iranian people are suffering from the devastating consequences of these unprecedented sanctions.
According to all protocols and human rights treaties, all countries have the right to development. Differences can be overcome through dialogue and negotiations. First, do no harm – in other words, do not undermine any peace agreements in place, but rather expand on it. However, in violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA commitments, which had been ratified by 5+1 countries. Furthermore, as a policy of regime-change and destabilization, the Trump Administration engaged in state sponsored assassination, imposed harsh economic sanctions, and intimidated the US allies not to do business with Iran.