Chomsky: Syria, Obama, Brazil, War, Whatever!

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on May 17, 2016


More Optimism from Chomsky

Perhaps one way to resolve many issues is to discuss them all in one place, and this is the purpose of continuing the interview with Chomsky.

In the previous issue, the point was made that now Obama has marked the longest time the U.S. has ever been in a way, but that point is misleading. World War Two is actually the last war the U.S. involved itself in, but this is a matter semantics based on the idea that only Congress shall have the authority to declare war and it has not made such a declaration since Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked for it back in 1941, “A day that shall live in infamy,” as he put it. Since it was clear that Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor (which we said was us), the declaration was made. We know of no such declaration since.

However, what is referred to as the Korean War immediately followed, referred to on occasion as World War 2.4. Vietnam continued under the French until the U.S. took it over. Truthfully, aside from no formal declaration of war (which somehow would raise salaries for American Soldiers to serve as cannon fodder and people killers, we understand) we cannot find one single period of time during which the United States was in some sort of armed conflict around the world. If any of you can think of one, please let us know. One of the more interesting forays by the United States was during the Reagan administration when a Marine barracks was attacked and many were killed. Reagan did not hesitate to withdraw all of the U.S. troops from Lebanon and invade Grenada, the communist menace to the south consisting of some American medical students and some Cuban construction workers. Don’t mess with America, y’all.

Cuba is discussed and by comparison Crimea is only a moderate restructuring of administration. One way Guantanamo (spell it as you will) can be solved is to return it to it’s rightful owner, Cuba, and simply leave. With the American memory span roughly equivalent to that of a goldfish, all but a few people who write things down will forget the entire incident.

No point in extending this any further than is needed, so here is the interview:

Today, the U.S. and Russia co-chair a meeting of the 17-nation International Syria Support Group aimed at easing the five-year conflict with a death toll that has reached close to half a million people. Just last month, President Obama announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the official U.S. presence in the country. Syria is only one of a number of ongoing deadly conflicts in the Middle East. Last year, a record 60 million people around the world were forced to flee their homes, becoming refugees. For more on these conflicts and the rise of ISIS, we continue our conversation with internationally renowned political dissident, linguist and author, Noam Chomsky. “The U.S. invasion of Iraq was a major reason in the development, a primary reason in the incitement of sectarian conflicts, which have now exploded into these monstrosities,” says Chomsky. He has written over 100 books, most recently, “Who Rules the World?” Chomsky is institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he’s taught for more than 50 years.


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  1. Barry Wright said, on May 19, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Innerestin’ – did I send you this ‘APARTHEID Israel’ photo? I just got it myself I think. Maybe we’re linked to the same sources.


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    • @honestcharlie said, on May 19, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Probably a similar source. It’s anyone’s guess. 🙂

      On Thu, May 19, 2016 at 4:21 AM, THE ABSURD TIMES — STILL wrote:



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