Thursday, February 2, 2017

On This Occasion, The Thinking Housewife Gets It Right: Refugees Almost Never Perp Terror

Alan: The above photo accompanies The Thinking Housewife's "The Myth Of Terrorist Refugees." In Jimmy Carter's defense, Jimmy did not authorize the firing of any weapon, the first American president not to have blood on his hands. Clearly, every point is arguable but it is unarguable that George W. Bush -- and Trump, who called for his impeachment, will confirm this -- was, by far and bar none "the worst of the worst" in addition to letting 9/11 happen on his watch even though his intelligence officers warned him "with their hair on fire" that an al Qaeda attack was imminent within the United States.

Jimmy Carter: "We Never Dropped A Bomb. We Never Fired A Bullet. We Never Went To War"

"Israeli War Historian, Martin van Creveld's Startling Commentary On The Iraq War"

Excerpt: "For misleading the American people, and launching the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus in 9 B.C sent his legions into Germany and lost them, Bush deserves to be impeached and, once he has been removed from office, put on trial along with the rest of the president’s men. If convicted, they’ll have plenty of time to mull over their sins." War historian Martin van Creveld is the only non-U.S. author whose writings are obligatory reading by America's Officer Corps."

George Will: "The 2003 Invasion Of Iraq Was The Worst Foreign Policy Decision In U.S. History"

"Bush's Toxic Legacy In Iraq"

Hans Blix' Fruitless Search For WMD And Bush/Cheney's Rush To War In Iraq

Cheney's Lucid 1994 Rationale For NOT Invading Iraq. Conservatives "Must" See This

"The Fall Of Iraq. Jawdropping Video Footage Of Cheney, Albright, Gen Clarke & Others"

Compendium Of "Pax" Posts On "The Thinking Housewife," Laura Wood

The Myth of Terrorist Refugees

February 2, 2017
According to the Cato Institute, the United States admitted 3,252,493 refugees between 1975 and 2015. Twenty of them were terrorists. This represents some 0.00062 percent of all refugees. Only three attacks carried out by these refugees were successful.
In total, in a span of forty years, “terrorist refugees” have killed three people in the United States.
But what about the attacks in San Bernardino, the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, the Boston Marathon bombings, and 9/11? [False flags all.] Are these not “proof” that such a ban is warranted? After all, the individuals responsible for the attacks had some connection to foreign countries.
In reality, the current executive order would have stopped exactly none of these attacks.
The Pulse Nightclub shooter was born in New York and was a U.S. citizen. Of the two San Bernardino shooters, one was born in Chicago. The other, his wife, was born in Pakistan and lived in Saudi Arabia—neither country is on the “banned” list. The Tsatnaev brothers, responsible for the Boston bombings, were born in Kyrgyzstan. People from Kyrgyzstan aren’t banned under the current executive order. Of the 19 people responsible for hijacking four airplanes on 9/11, 15 were from Saudi Arabia, two were from the UAE, one was from Egypt, and one was from Lebanon. Again, these countries aren’t on the “banned” list.
When I have the occasion to discuss the economics of terrorism, I always offer a list of things more likely to kill a U.S. citizen than a terror attack. It seems appropriate to include here. (You can find links to source material for most of these here.) [cont.]

Alan: I'm amazed! 

The Thinking Housewife gets it right twice in a row! 

And thrice!

Is fourth time the charm?!?


Trump Administration Threatens Iran

February 2, 2017
DANIEL McADAMS wrote yesterday:
It wasn’t hard to see this coming. President Trump’s National Security Advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, delivered a clear threat to the government of Iran today, ominously stating that “as of this day, we are officially putting Iran on notice.” What is less clear is the General’s rationale for issuing the threat.
Flynn cites two justifications for bringing the US on war footing against Iran. Both are dubious. First, he blames Iran for a recent attack on a Saudi naval vessel carried out by Houthi forces in Yemen. According to Flynn, because the Houthis are backed by Iran — itself a specious claim — it is Iran that is actually responsible for the attack.
Even if it were true that the Houthis are Iranian proxies, this kind of guilt-by-association reasoning gets quite awkward when considering what some US-backed rebels in Syria have done with US-provided weapons and training. Like beheading young boys.
What Flynn fails to mention is that Saudi Arabia has been attacking neighboring Yemen since 2015, with US assistance, leaving tens of thousands killed and injured and the Middle East’s poorest country in the midst of devastating famine. Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen was unprovoked, initiated only to force Riyadh’s preferred leader onto its southern neighbor. Under Flynn’s logic, it is perfectly fine for Saudi Arabia to initiate a genocidal war of aggression against another country. But the victim of the attack had better not fight back or the United States will blame yet a third country that has nothing to do with it.
McAdams also wrote about civilian deaths under American fire in Yemen:
We should recall that while the US claims it is attacking Yemen because of al-Qaeda’s presence in the country, the US has strongly backed Saudi Arabia’s war on the Shia-related Houthis who are mortal enemies of the Sunni jihadist al-Qaeda.
In fact, the US war in Yemen looks more like a US proxy war against Iran – a proxy war that may soon become a real war.


The Solution for Refugees

February 1, 2017
The easiest and surest way for the Trump administration to stop the refugee problem, not only for the US but also for Europe and the West in general, is to stop the wars against Muslim countries that his predecessors started. The enormous sums of money squandered on gratuitous wars could instead be given to the countries that the US and NATO have destroyed. The simplest way to end the refugee problem is to stop producing refugees. This should be the focus of Trump … [and his critics.]


In Yemen

January 31, 2017
An 8-year-old girl killed in U.S. drone strike last week
GLENN GREENWALD writes at The Intercept:
In 2010, President Obama directed the CIA to assassinate an American citizen in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, despite the fact that he had never been charged with (let alone convicted of) any crime, and the agency successfully carried out that order a year later with a September, 2011 drone strike. While that assassination created widespread debate … another drone-killing carried out shortly thereafter was perhaps even more significant yet generated relatively little attention.
Two weeks after the killing of Awlaki, a separate CIA drone strike in Yemen killed his 16-year-old American-born son, Abdulrahman, along with the boy’s 17-year-old cousin and several other innocent Yemenis. The US eventually claimed that the boy was not their target but merely “collateral damage.”
In a hideous symbol of the bipartisan continuity of U.S. barbarism, Nasser al-Awlaki just lost another one of his young grandchildren to U.S. violence. On Sunday, the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, using armed Reaper drones for cover, carried out a commando raid on what it said was a compound harboring officials of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. A statement issued by President Trump lamented the death of an American service member and several others who were wounded, but made no mention of any civilian deaths. U.S. military officials initially denied any civilian deaths, and (therefore) the CNN report on the raid said nothing about any civilians being killed.
But reports from Yemen quickly surfaced that 30 people were killed, including 10 women and children. Among the dead: the 8-year-old granddaughter of Nasser al-Awlaki, Nawar, who was also the daughter of Anwar Awlaki.

Compendium Of "Pax" Posts On "The Thinking Housewife," Laura Wood

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