Entertainers endorsing political candidates–it’s something of a time-honored tradition in America. I’m not sure how many people make up their minds about who to vote for based upon what some singer or movie star might have to say about it all, but likely there are those who do.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen weighed in on the 2016 presidential race, stating that in his opinion Donald Trump is “a moron.”
This would be the same Bruce Springsteen who endorsed Obama for president–both in 2008 and again in 2012–which seems kind of moronic in itself now in retrospect.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he “hoped” US President Barack Obama would not seek to establish a Palestinian state at the United Nations on Saturday.
In an interview aired on Israel’s Channel 2 on Saturday, Netanyahu was asked if Obama had promised him that he would not seek to establish a state of Palestine without Israel’s cooperation before the end of his term in January.
US officials are loudly calling for–demanding almost, although we haven’t quite reached that point yet, it seems–a no-fly zone over all of Syria–a no-fly zone in which Russian and Syrian planes would be grounded, while US coalition planes would continue to carry out bombing missions.
[ Ed. note – The “accidental” airstrike against Syrian Army forces last Saturday raises some serious questions about who is really in control of the US government at this point. In the following article, Finian Cunningham argues that the US military has in essence usurped control over the campaign in Syria from the president. ]
By Finian Cunningham
A schism within US government has come spectacularly into the open, with the Pentagon and CIA militarists seemingly subverting the president’s authority over Syria policy.
This amounts to a brazen pulling of rank by the militarist elements within the US power structure over the civilian titular head of government. This power struggle came to light dramatically – if briefly – with the US air strike last weekend on the Syrian army base near Deir ez-Zor in which over 60 troops were killed.
Fort Russ News | September 22, 2016
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov made history today at the UN’s meeting of the Security Council, declaring that future unilateral pauses couched as ‘ceasefire agreements’ are off the table. He has skillfully referred to the mounting factual evidence of the US’s continued flagrant violations on any number of points of agreement over the course of this conflict.
“Blocking this sale of tanks will be interpreted by our Gulf partners, not just Saudi Arabia, as another sign that the United States of America is abandoning our commitment to the region and is an unreliable security partner.”
–Sen. John McCain
Launching an aerial attack on military personnel of another country and then claiming afterwards it was an accident –sounds like a familiar story. Has Ashton Carter taken a page out of the Israeli playbook? According to the findings of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty, the combined air and naval assault that took place on June 8, 1967 lasted for two hours and was preceded by eight hours of aerial surveillance.