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Friday, May 2, 2008

Mid East Nations Prepare/Brace For Regional War!


The next round of war in West Asia to steal Iranian oil is nigh. American warships are in place and daily provocations are being reported. Western media is once again whipping up propaganda to create conditions for unilateral armed aggression against Iranian people. This war will affect life ON THE PLANET profoundly.


Play It Again Sam; I Don’t Think They Were Listening….


Beyond the Euphrates began for us the land of mirage and danger, the sands where one helplessly sank, and the roads which ended in nothing. The slightest reversal would have resulted in a jolt to our prestige giving rise to all kinds of catastrophe; the problem was not only to conquer but to conquer again and again, perpetually; our forces would be drained off in the attempt. - Emperor Hadrian AD 117-138


Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, India…What Does that sound like with Russia and China on the sidelines?


Remember that this is an administration that has done everything it damned well pleased with no consequences for the players. No one has been held accountable. No one has been stopped. Every act even those punishable by death in the world court has been committed, permitted, tolerated, excused, ignored by the vast fearful folk!


The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said he would pursue articles of impeachment for the president should he pursue war in Iran without Congress' approval.


"If Bush goes into Iran, he should be impeached," said Conyers. "And we've sent him a letter to that affect."


If Bush/Cheney does this we will be a dictatorship with Congress dissolved and the 2008 elections canceled!


And then there is this:


The Democratic presidential hopeful said last week the US could "totally obliterate" Iran if it attacked Israel. ...


Asked how she would respond if Iran launched a nuclear attack on Israel, she replied with a stark warning.


"If I'm the president, we will attack Iran... we would be able to totally obliterate them," she told TV network ABC.


Saudis Prepare for "Sudden Nuclear Hazards" After Cheney Visit
Coastal Post, CA - May 1, 2008
We noted here last week that an American attack on Iran was far more likely -- and more imminent -- than most people suspect. We pointed to the mountain of ...


ONE TICK CLOSER TO MIDNIGHT


Last month, Dick Cheney was in Saudi Arabia for high-level meetings with the Saudi king and his ministers. On Saturday, it was revealed that the Saudi Shura Council -- the elite group that implements the decisions of the autocratic inner circle -- is preparing "national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts' warnings of possible attacks on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactors," one of the kingdom's leading newspapers, Okaz, reports. The German-based dpa news service relayed the paper's story.


Simple prudence -- or ominous timing? We noted here last week that an American attack on Iran was far more likely -- and more imminent -- than most people suspect. We pointed to the mountain of evidence for this case gathered by scholar William R. Polk, one of the top aides to John Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and to other indicators of impending war. The story by Okaz -- which would not have appeared in the tightly controlled dictatorship without approval from the top -- is yet another, very weighty piece of evidence laid in the scales toward a new, horrendous conflict.



We don't know what the Saudis told Cheney in private -- or even more to the point, what he told them. But the release of this story now, just after his departure, would seem to be a clear indication that the Saudis have good reason to fear a looming attack on Iran's nuclear sites and are actively preparing for it.


II. A NUCLEAR EPIPHANY IN IRAN?


And they certainly should be bracing themselves. A U.S. attack on Iran will come suddenly, and if it is indeed aimed at destroying Iran's nuclear capabilities -- a "threat" being talked up again with new urgency by both Cheney and Bush lately -- it has the potential for unimaginable consequences. As we noted here in a previous piece:



Twelve hours. One circuit of the sun from horizon to horizon, one course of the moon from dusk to dawn.


What was once a natural measurement for the daily round of human life is now a doom-laden interval between the voicing of an autocrat's brutal whim and the infliction of mass annihilation halfway around the world.


Twelve hours is the maximum time necessary for American bombers to gear up and launch an unprovoked sneak attack - a Pearl Harbor in reverse - against Iran, the Washington Post reports… And when this attack comes - either as a stand-alone "knock-out blow" or else as the precursor to a full-scale, regime-changing invasion, like the earlier aggression in Iraq - there will be no warning, no declaration of war, no hearings, no public debate. The already issued orders governing the operation put the decision solely in the hands of the president: he picks up the phone, he says, "Go" - and in twelve hours' time, up to a million Iranians could be dead.


This potential death toll is not pacifist hyperbole; it comes from a National Academy of Sciences study sponsored by the Pentagon itself, as The Progressive reports. (Although Bush's military brass like to peddle the public lie that "we don't do body counts" of the enemy, in reality, like all good businessmen they keep precise accounts of their production outputs: i.e., corpses.) The Pentagon's NAS study calibrated the kill-rate from "bunker-busting" tactical nukes used to take out underground facilities - such as those which house much of Iran's nuclear power program.


Another simulation by scientists, using Pentagon-devised software, was even more specific, measuring the aftermath of a "limited" nuclear attack on the main Iranian underground site in Esfahan, the magazine reports.


This small expansion of the Pentagon franchise would result in stellar production figures: three million people killed by radiation in just two weeks, and 35 million people exposed to dangerous levels of cancer-causing radiation in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.


Bush has about 50 nuclear "earth-penetrating weapons" at his disposal, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.


US Develops Iran Attack Plan
CBS News, NY - Apr 29, 2008
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Last Friday the nation's top military officer said that the United States Defense Department was preparing for "potential military courses of action" as one of several options against Iran.



These actions are in response to what Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explained as Tehran government's increasingly lethal influence in Iraq.



According to Issam Nassar, ISU history professor, Iran has no plans to attack the U.S. and represents no imminent threat to national security. He explained that Iran has expressed its policy as simply to protect itself from U.S. intervention in the region.



"The current administration is faced with a nation that is questioning the Iraq war more than ever. The Iraq war was clearly a disaster for Iraq and for the U.S. role in the region. A war with Iran might, in the minds of some in Washington, weaken the influence of Iran in Iraq and might rally support behind the president at this time," Nassar said.



He added that plans for war on Iran are by no means new, however, were the U.S. to take action it could have widespread effects upon the Middle East as a whole.



"[If there were to be a conflict] I would imagine that the tensions would heighten in the region. Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq will be affected in various ways. The war in Iraq might get complicated and this might also complicate the situation in Lebanon," Nassar said. "It might encourage Israel to attack Iran. In fact, it might be the cover needed for Israel to do so. It signals a tough U.S. line on Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon. This comes at a time when Israel seems to want to break ranks with the U.S. by pursuing a peaceful track with Syria."



Shée Ashbrook, a junior mass communications major, does not believe it would be good for the U.S. to enter into another "preemptive war".


"We already have wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, entering a third country would be too much for the people and the army," Ashbrook said.



Despite having troops currently in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mullen believes that a conflict with Iran would be "extremely stressing" but not impossible for U.S. forces. He cited the reserve capabilities of the Navy and the Air Force as a possible way to manage another war.


However, Mullen made it clear that a diplomatic solution is preferred in this situation, saying "I have no expectations that we're going to get into a conflict with Iran in the near future."



The recent statements from the Defense department suggest that Iran is providing weapons, training, and financing to Iraqi groups who are attacking and killing American soldiers.



Army General David Petraeus, who was recently named head of all forces in the Middle East, is preparing a briefing on Iranian involvement in Iraq. The briefing will cover the recent discovery of Iranian weapons in Iraq, among other things.


On The Eve Of Destruction?
Investor's Business Daily (subscription) - Apr 30, 2008
Mideast: As Iran's role in Iraq becomes clearer, the Pentagon studies attack options. Meantime, the CIA reveals Syria was close to nuclear weapons ...


'Bin Laden': Key enabler of “imperial mobilization”
Atlantic Free Press, Netherlands - Apr 29, 2008
And as already noted in its March 29, 2008 heads-up warning to America by Project HumanbeingsfirstTM (“Nuclear attack on Iran appears imminent! ...


Nuclear Attack on Iran appears imminent!
Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand - Apr 7, 2008
Heads-up warning to the American Peoples – Nuclear attack on Iran appears imminent! Project Humanbeingsfirst cannot humbly emphasize enough the first order ...


War Clouds Gather On The Horizon
Cross Rhythms, UK - May 1, 2008
Syria's dictator later admitted that he is preparing his country for war, but added he does not expect imminent conflict. Security measures were tightened ...


PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR WAR WITH IRAN



DAN HAMBURG, SANTA MONICA MIRROR

George W. Bush is poised to order a massive aerial bombardment - possibly including tactical nuclear weapons - of up to 10,000 targets in Iran. The attack would be justified on grounds that Iran is interfering with U.S. efforts in Iraq and that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, a charge that was debunked last fall in the National Intelligence Estimate.


According to international experts, the U.S. declared economic war against Iran on March 20. On that day, the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network called on the world's financial institutions to stop doing business with Iran, making it much more difficult for Iran to engage in global commerce.


Now the Bush administration is preparing to drop the other shoe. Below are some of the indications that a U.S. military attack on Iran is imminent:


- The March 11 resignation of CENTCOM Commander Admiral William Fallon who, according to a well-publicized Esquire magazine article, "openly opposed Bush's Iran policy and was a lone voice against taking military action to stop the Iranian nuclear program."


- The recent removal of Vice Admiral John Stufflebeem, Commander of the 6th Fleet (Mediterranean Sea), also known to be a critic of the administration's war plans.


- Two U.S. warships took up positions off Lebanon last month. According to US News & World Report, "The United States would want its warships in the eastern Mediterranean in the event of a military action against Iran."


- The United States has two aircraft carrier strike groups (the USS John C. Stennis and the USS Eisenhower) stationed in the Persian Gulf with at least one additional group reportedly on the way.


- The Israeli air strike against Syria last September was advertised as an attack on a nuclear facility. Current speculation is that the real purpose of the raid was to "force Syria to switch on the targeting electronics for newly received Russian anti-aircraft defenses." Knowing the electronic signatures of these systems would reduce the risks for U.S. and Israeli warplanes heading to Iranian targets.


- Israel conducted its largest military exercises ever beginning the week of April 6. This exercise simulated missile strikes from Iran, Lebanon, and Syria. . .


- One day after a March visit from Vice President Cheney, the Saudi government announced "national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom." This announcement came following warnings of possible attacks on Iran's nearby Bushehr nuclear reactors.


- According to former U.N. chief weapons inspector Scott Ritter, the Pentagon has contracted for additional bunker-buster bombs and planes that carry them. Delivery is due this month.


- The oncoming monsoon season, which would carry radioactive fallout by wind and rain to countries east of Iran (including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India), narrows the window for the optimal launch of an air attack.


RAW STORY Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the Pentagon is planning "potential" military actions against Iran, reports The Washington Post. Mullen criticized Iran's "'increasingly lethal and malign influence' in Iraq," writes Ann Scott Tyson for the Post.


Addressing concerns about the US military's capability of dealing with yet another conflict at a time when forces are purportedly stretched thin, Mullen said war with Iran "would be 'extremely stressing' but not impossible for U.S. forces, pointing specifically to reserve capabilities in the Navy and Air Force," Tyson notes.


"It would be a mistake to think that we are out of combat capability," she quotes the U.S.'s top military leader at a Pentagon news conference.


Mullen's assertion comes a day after American forces reportedly fired warning shots at Iranian speedboats in the Persian Gulf, a confrontation that Iran denies took place.


A prior incident involving U.S. forces in the Strait of Hormuz and Iranian speedboats in January of this year--which Republican White House candidates used (with the notable exception of Ron Paul) as a saber-rattling opportunity during a nationally-televised debate--was later discredited as a virtual fabrication.


US edges closer to engaging Iran
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong - Apr 11, 2008
All this while through the past week, Middle Easterners have been furiously chatting away that war is imminent. The prevailing mainstream opinion seems to ...


Big Powers' Annihilation Imminent
Alalam News Network, Iran - Apr 8, 2008
He called Iran's nuclear issue "the most important political event" in the contemporary history and said the issue belongs to whole mankind. ...


Analysis: Return of the 'miscalculation'
Jerusalem Post, Israel - Apr 2, 2008
The ministers also approved an unprecedented emergency exercise to be held next week aimed at preparing the country for a nonconventional missile attack. ...


Girding for war with Israel?
Washington Times, DC - Apr 3, 2008
Recent events serve as a reminder of how menacing behavior from Iran and Syria keeps the Middle East on a hair trigger. On Tuesday, Israel learned that ...


The March to War: Israel Prepares for War against Lebanon and Syria
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada - Apr 19, 2008
[1] The impression of an imminent war existed across much of the Middle East. Syria, Hezbollah, and Iran were reported in Israel to be preparing for a war ...


Peter Chamberlin


If it is true that the power belongs to the people in America, and Congress still answers to the people, then what force prevents the people from rising up to demand that Congress answer to the people’s will? The answer to that question is that the “silent majority” is only silent because they have been kept in the dark; they do not know the truth about the dire predicament we are in.


The American mainstream media has allowed itself to serve as a disinformation service for the promotion of neoconservative (Likud) propaganda to the American people, under the guise of the “free press.” American media dispenses misinformation which promotes the idea of world war against the Muslims, while systematically censoring international news content to propagate the idea of “bad Muslims.” This effectively insulates Americans from any truth that might leak out of the wire services, guaranteeing that graphic images of Iraqi or Palestinian children being pulled out of the American-made rubble or lying stacked-up like cordwood in a local morgue are not seen by many people. It is the powerful censored images of what is being done that will get ordinary, big-hearted Americans to pay attention to our own war crimes.


This is the real unseen war being fought mostly in population centers, where powerful bombs and armor rip through communities to flush-out all the proud patriotic young men who would dare to harbor ideas of self-defense or resistance. This is the cold reality of the war, that we are fighting a war against ideas with heavy bombers and tanks. This is what the self-anointed saints (neocons) describe as a “clash of civilizations.” That is the official story line that is fed to the American people by the nightly news, as they create an illusory vision of the war, in order to mislead.


News about the real war that leaks through the media filter undermines the fake publicity war. The revealed contradictions that seem to undermine “the mission” are written off as “mistakes” by reporters (which politicians immediately deny), even though they showed the real war unfolding according as planned. The war planners counted on chaos and sectarian violence to erupt after the overthrow of regimes. The plan had always been to trigger a series of wars of manageable size, by using local gangsters and mercenaries to foment divisive insurrections. The purpose of this strategy was to target local “extremists,” the official designation of those who would take up arms against the American proxies.


It is the job of the “news”/propaganda organ to build on this idea of self-defense=terrorism, as the foundation for waging the propaganda war against the American people. The American mercenaries become “linked to al Qaida” in the official deception, as they begin to assassinate the targeted leaders of those who resist the coming occupation. Once begun, any one of these local conflicts could be pumped-up into a real war. Eventually, one of these small wars would explode into the desired regional conflict, which would enable America to use of all the weapons in its arsenal, in a massive campaign to seize all the oil fields and potential supply routes.


In their pursuit of the imperial agenda, the mainstream media has used the campaign for president in a masterful stroke of misdirection, to distract the people with the “shiny object” (the false hope of our first “people’s president” since JFK). The false hope of our first independent president obfuscated the fact that today all political candidates are beholden to a foreign power (Israel), because of the power accumulated by the agents of that foreign government (AIPAC, the Israel lobby), as demonstrated in the “bi-partisan support” for an attack upon Iran.


It is because of this illusory national unity for expanding the war, which directly contradicts the common will among the people for shutting-down the war, that the people are becoming aware of the lies. As people begin to awaken to the truth about the war they start to understand that the “war” being described on television by reporters, politicians and military types is not the real war that is unfolding behind the curtain. When enough people awaken to this truth they will represent an irresistible force to the unwanted expansion. Once this new national consensus is created we will demonstrate to Cheney that we really do oppose his war, even though his opinion will once again be “So?”


Even though the American majority clearly wants this war ended now, that is not the intention of the ruling elite. Cheney’s minions have already set tripwires, beyond our reach in the countries that border Israel, for triggering a larger “defensive” conflict. That is the nature of trip wires; once some careless fool sets such a trap, he has no say about when it is who tripped, or by whom. Our fate has been placed in Israel’s paranoid hands, even though Israel is the only country in the world that has consistently pushed our government to attack Iran or its allies on their behalf.


This intolerable situation presents us with an overwhelming problem that must be dealt with immediately, if we are to avoid the accompanying military disruption of our lives that will come with it. How do we inspire the dazed American people to rise-up and stop this new aggression from happening in their name, against their will? How can you convince a nation that has buried its own conscience that it is in its own interest to take a stand against state genocide?


The sleeping sheeple are blissfully unaware that world war may be imminent. They do not know that the day after Cheney visited the royal house, the Saudi Shura Council announced “national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards,” because of credible threats to Iran’s Bushehr reactor. Americans will not hear this from the national news, but they will hear every word of Petraeus’ upcoming testimony before Congress, where he will blame everything on Iran once again. This time he may provide the missing catalyst for igniting the war on Iran, since the government has not yet been able to provoke an Iranian misstep to their provocations in Iraq. Somebody has to be forced into fighting back, somewhere, before we can label them “al Qaida” and the use of the really big guns is authorized.


The forbidden reaction of self-defense (which we define as “terrorism”) is more likely to come from one of Israel’s ongoing military provocations against the feisty freedom-loving Arabs, than from Iran. Our government is deeply involved in supporting these Israeli attacks upon the Palestinians and their neighbors, in the hopes that one of these attacks will bring sufficient Muslim retaliation upon Israel to justify our waging a larger genocidal war against Islam, in defense of Israel. The centerpiece of this strategy is guaranteeing Israel’s security. That is the central rationalization for utilizing nuclear weapons to disarm Iran.


The fulfillment of the Likud plans of Ariel Sharon for the land of Palestine remains the central foreign policy goal of the Bush Administration. We are the primary diplomatic force pushing the other nations to support the medieval Israeli seige and strangulation of Gaza, as well as the illegal partitioning of the West Bank (Ariel Sharon called it making a “pastrami sandwich” of the territories). Our government has also intervened militarily, by parking the Fifth Fleet off Lebanon’s coast to support the next Israeli attempt to annex southern Lebanon and to eliminate Hezbollah and Syria along with it.


There is a third world war coming, with consequences for all living things. We have the legal authority under our Constitution to prevent our elected proxies from carrying-out this next planned war in support of Israel, yet the feeble American resistance movement cannot even agree on a common purpose. We all must decide whether we are in this volunteer freedom militia to stop the war machine before it becomes unstoppable, or just to validate our own pet theories and vindicate our own biases. The more time we waste fighting over the divisive questions that keep us apart (and keep us isolated from the American majority), the easier we make it for the enemy to bide their time, until their big opportunity arises.


For now, we must put aside all other divisive issues which separate us and make our message undeliverable to the American sheeple. This means that all issues that do not directly contribute to blocking the attack should be considered secondary issues. We cannot question our current course, which leads to the destruction of American democracy to save Israeli democracy, if we cannot get past distracting questions concerning 911.


Identifying the prominence of Israel in our war upon the world, will automatically repel many heavily-indoctrinated Americans, before they ever hear our arguments for opposing this war. It is true that American media is dominated by pro-Israeli interests who regularly censor pro-Palestinian, or pro-Muslim news. This is the nature of our national news filter, the obstacle that must be overcome.


We cannot deal with the Israeli connections to the “mistakes” we have made in our own war on terrorism if we cannot separate the historical record of Israeli actions from ongoing speculation about Israeli connections made in 911 investigations. Going off on these diversionary tangents merely disrupts the debate about Israeli manipulation of American foreign policy, which is a hostile act that must not go unpunished.


The war plan which flowed outward from the Vice President’s office, becoming American foreign policy, began in Israel’s Likud Party. Israel’s war on terror became the template followed in America’s terror war, from the Islamaphobic strategy at its core, to its indiscriminate policy of assassinations using large missiles on crowded streets. The placement of hundreds of neocon ideologues, many of them citizens of both the US and Israel, brought the Likud war plans for America directly into the heart of American government. This amounted to the wholesale infiltration of our government by elements of the Israeli government.


If Congress can be pressured into ignoring calls from the White House to attack Iran, because of the deterioration of Iraq, can the people then produce more pressure than the political pressure generated by the Israel lobby? We don’t have to produce a revolution to take back our country, we just have to be able to generate irresistible political pressure to wrestle control our Congress from the lobby’s hands. You see, they’ve all got it turned all around. It is we the people who control our government, not the other way around.


Questions like these are all over the Internet, but the answers given to them can only be enacted outside the Web, within the mainstream media. Our small minority cannot affect change of this magnitude without help from the silent majority. The fact remains that we will never reach this mute/deaf majority until we get some of these questions into that controlled media. I believe that we will begin to successfully penetrate that media filter whenever we learn how to simplify our questions so that they fit within the boundaries that have been set by political correctness. If we focus on one all-important line of questioning, carefully choosing the words that we use (aimed at stopping the planned escalation of the war), we may avoid causing reactionary responses.


Find the right questions and hammer away at people like Brzezenski, or search for the last real newsman, one with a conscience.


It may not be on the minds of many in the American media right now, but the prospect of one form of nuclear war or another erupting somewhere on the planet — Iran being the odds-on favorite — appears to be more imminent by the day.


Remember, it was only in October that President Bush said continued advancement on nuclear weapon technology by the Islamic Republic had to stop in order “to avoid World War III.” Six months after Agence France reported that story, we are learning — but not through any traditional sources — that there was much more to that otherwise extremely frightening statement than first thought.


According to a report on the conservative Newsmax.com Web site, using a lengthy list of traditional and some unconventional sources, a lot has happened between Iran and the United States since Bush made those incendiary comments — most of it bad, much of it involving Israel and Iraq, and little of it making the nightly news in this country.


For starters, several news sources quoted by Newsmax report that Bush has already set up the necessary adversarial situation needed for war by openly calling al Qaeda and the government of Iran the two biggest threats facing Americans. His commander on the ground in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, basically reiterated that belief last week to Congress, saying Iran poses the greatest single threat to the stability of Iraq, and essentially setting the stage, as Pat Buchanan put it, for an invasion of Iran.


The xenophobes running the news in this country may not view any of this as particularly alarming or even noteworthy, but in Saudi Arabia, one of the Middle East allies that Vice President Dick Cheney visited less than a month ago, people are piecing things together, and news there is a little more urgent in nature.


Quoting the Iranian news network Press TV, Newsmax reports that Saudi Arabia is actually in the process of preparing “to counter any radioactive hazards” that might occur due to an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Why hasn’t that been in the news here?


The Saudi Arabian newspaper Okaz confirms this and is also reporting that the Saudi government has approved nuclear fallout preparations — all coming one day after Cheney’s visit. Coincidence, or is Cheney merely telling our “friends” to buck up and come in for the big win, as the lunatic general from “Full Metal Jacket” put it? And where exactly has that story appeared in this country?


A few weeks prior to this, the French daily Le Monde reported that Iran, contrary to its public denials, has continued developing nuclear weapons. We’ve heard plenty about that, most of it true, some not so much. But also in March, Admiral William Fallon, commander of US forces in the Middle East, resigned, presumably, according to Newsmax quoting Esquire magazine and other sources, because he wanted nothing to do with the eventual nuclear bombing of Iran, which some fear is not just possible, but probable. Did we miss that on the nightly news?


Meanwhile, nearby Israel is conducting what is being called the largest homefront military exercises in the country’s history. One would think that would warrant a few lines in the LA Times, or a photo, but apparently not.


The government, Newsmax quotes from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, is concerned that North Korea has transferred technology and nuclear materials to Iran to help that country continue building nuclear weapons.


Syrians are a little worried about what their neighbors are up to, predicting Israel is headed for war, which government officials in Damascus say will come between May 1 and the end of June. Of course, Israel is fully nuclear-capable and would probably take out Iran’s nuclear abilities if the United States didn’t.


It seems the entire Middle East is in an extreme state of mobilization, perhaps in preparation for the first hostile use of a nuclear weapon since the end of World War II, and Americans know absolutely nothing about it.


Good thing the rest of the world knows what’s happening, because getting a straight story here — news that most Americans want and need to know — is like putting together a puzzle with too many missing pieces.

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