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Tyler Durden – Shocking Report Finds U.S. Military Consistently “Distorted, Suppressed, Or Substantially Altered” ISIS-Related Intel

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives Joint Task Force released their initial findings on the intelligence analysis of the U.S. Military’s Central Command (CENTCOM).  The report found that, among other things, CENTCOM leaders “distorted, suppressed, or substantially altered analytic products” to paint U.S. efforts to combat ISIS in a more positive light.  Moreover, 50% of analysts within CENTCOM said that the “procedures, …

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Robert Parry – Blocking Democracy as Syria’s Solution

The solution to the crisis in Syria could be democracy – letting the people of Syria decide who they want as their leaders – but it is the Obama administration and its regional Sunni “allies,” including U.S.-armed militants and jihadists, that don’t want to risk a democratic solution because it might not achieve the long-held goal of “regime change.” Some …

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Stephen Zunes – The U.S. and the Rise of ISIS

The rise of ISIS (also known as Daesh, ISIL, or the “Islamic State”) is a direct consequence of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. While there are a number of other contributing factors as well, that fateful decision is paramount. Had Congress not authorized President George W. Bush the authority to illegally invade a country on the far side of the …

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Eric Zuesse – The Saud Family to Select West’s ‘Moderate’ Jihadists Who Will Take Over Syria

The Saud family, Saudi Arabia’s royals, have called together a meeting on December 15th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, of their fellow fundamentalist Sunnis who are fighting against the secular Assad government to take over Syria, and the Sauds will announce after the conference which groups will have the West’s blessings. The only armed group that has thus far been announced to have …

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Alastair Crooke – Lost on the ‘Dark Side’ in Syria

When, in early August, the Pentagon’s former highest ranking intelligence official, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, said that it had been a “willful decision” by the “West” to back the establishment of “a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria” in order to bring pressure on the Syrian government, and then went on to confirm that the recently declassified 2012 U.S. Defense Intelligence …

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Gareth Porter – The sham Syrian peace conference

The sham peace conference in Vienna misleads the world about the lack of any realistic solution to the war I have always been enthusiastic in my support for peace negotiations, which have been neglected all too often in internal and international conflicts. But it is clear that the international conference on Syria that held its first meeting in Vienna on …

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Leid Stories – 10.15.15

The Information Business: CNN Hit A Jackpot with ‘Debate’ in Las Vegas

Ex-Army General Explains the U.S. Military Objective in Syria

The CNN/Facebook-hosted Q&A session with Democratic presidential candidates Oct. 13 was great for business. Leid Stories reveals the money motive behind this and other such “debates.”

The situation in war-torn Syria, already catastrophic, in recent weeks has seen yet another element added to the lethal mix. President Bashar Hafez al-Assad’s two–pronged battle to quash a rebel-led civil war and beat back advancing ISIS troops, now faces ramped up conflicting military interventions by Russia and the United States. Russia’s help was asked for and welcomed; the United States’ was not.

Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.), former supreme allied commander of NATO, explains the U.S.’s military objective in Syria.

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RICK STERLING – The Wicked War on Syria: Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words

Key leaders from around the world are present at the United Nations this week to discuss critical issues; one of the most pressing is Syria. How did we get to this point with half the Syrian population (almost 12 million) displaced and under-populated but huge areas of Syria now controlled by ISIS, Al Qaeda (Nusra) and other fanatical fundamentalist groups? …

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Gary Leupp – How George W. Bush Destroyed the Temple of Baal

First he bombed mercilessly, cruelly grinning throughout. Costumed in a flight suit, he proclaimed a “Mission Accomplished” after he had, with what they call “bipartisan support” (as though this lends some sort of legitimacy), destroyed the modern country of Iraq. George W. Bush destroyed Iraq’s infrastructure, its institutions, its ruling party and its army. Then he destroyed its social fabric, …