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Deus Ex Machina
By Ernest Stewart

"Not only could spreading Khorasan claims damage the U.S.'s credibility in Syria, but domestically, it's dishonest to launder talking points through the media and claim Americans are facing an imminent threat while dropping bombs, only to quietly disown such heady statements a few days later. The initial, scary news will always find more readers and broadcast news viewers than the nuances of press conferences at the Pentagon, and the federal government knows this." --- Kia Makarechi in Vanity Fair

It's a very old game. It also helps if the American Sheeple are as dumb as a doorknob; it's not necessary; but it does help. You may recall that back in 2001, the Texas Prairie Monkey explained we were now in a never-ending war against terrorists; and yet, he never attacked the Supreme Court. He thought once we started murdering people, that, in itself, would be enough to keep a never-ending supply of enemies seeking revenge on hand for any occasion.

He thought the CIA-manufactured group al Qaeda would be enough to last forever -- or at least until our empire stretched around the globe with 3 or 4 billion people as our slaves. Osama was our boogieman; and to help him out, on 9-12-2001, we stopped everything to fly all of his family members out of the country and back to Saudi Arabia -- less one of them make the CIA connection public. Trouble is, Osama died in December of 2002 from kidney failure; you may also recall that on 9/11 he was in a hospital getting treatment; and we let him leave -- although we could've easily taken him as we knew where he was. Still, even in death, he served our purposes; we hired an actor to portray him every time someone pointed out that 9/11 was a false flag inside job. He served his purpose well until Barry had the legend killed off to show the world what a macho man he was; of course, he couldn't show any photos of dead Osama as he was dust by that time. Ergo, we needed another Boogieman to keep the endless war going, and the Sheeple properly scared to death.

So, we went back to the drawing board, and created Isis -- with the help of Langley and John McCain, who couldn't gush enough about his good friend and personal hero Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi; so we picked that group of losers and made them into what they are today by simply killing a few westerners. We armed them to the hilt and set them off on their killing spree; and, suddenly, Barry could bomb Syria -- something we wouldn't allow him to do just a year before -- because of those pesky Russians. Speaking of which, we also overthrew the elected government of the Ukraine and installed a fascist dictatorship in its place to threaten Russia on its doorstep and then got all huffy when Russia reacted like we knew she would. In this one instance, the rat-wing was happy to go along with Barry -- as they're as bloodthirsty as he is; of course, they were obliged to remind us in no time at all Barry would bring Sharia law to this country -- even though their favorite Muslim has spent all of his term in office bombing Muslims, seven countries so far -- even more countries than Smirky and Papa Smirk bombed when they held the White House.

That not being enough to keep the never-ending war in operation, they invented another Boogieman: Khorasan, of whom Glenn Greenwald wrote last weekend:
"After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat -- too radical even for Al Qaeda! -- administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore.

"[O]nce it served its purpose of justifying the start of the bombing campaign in Syria, the Khorasan narrative simply evaporated as quickly as it materialized...Literally within a matter of days, we went from "perhaps in its final stages of planning its attack" (CNN) to "plotting as 'aspirational'" and "there did not yet seem to be a concrete plan in the works" (NYT).

"What happened here is all-too-familiar. The Obama administration needed propagandistic and legal rationale for bombing yet another predominantly Muslim country. While emotions over the ISIS beheading videos were high, they were not enough to sustain a lengthy new war.

"So after spending weeks promoting ISIS as Worse Than Al Qaeda, they unveiled a new, never-before-heard-of group that was Worse Than ISIS. Overnight, as the first bombs on Syria fell, the endlessly helpful U.S. media mindlessly circulated the script they were given: this new group was composed of "hardened terrorists," posed an "imminent" threat to the U.S. homeland, was in the "final stages" of plots to take down U.S. civilian aircraft, and could "launch more-coordinated and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001."
So, if you have stock in weapons manufacturers, or the makers of body bags or any related industries, have no fear -- your stocks are safe and sure to keep rising, America! And if we run out of terrorists to kill from these new groups, have no fear; we have plenty of Deus Ex Machina's standing by in the wings!

Oh, and this just in...
"Locking in at least another decade of U.S. military entanglement, the United States and Afghanistan signed a controversial Bilateral Security Agreement at a ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday.

"The provisions of the pact will allow for U.S. training, funding, and arming of the Afghan military, and keep thousands of U.S. troops beyond what President Obama has repeatedly called the "end of the war" later this year. A key part of the agreement also extends immunity to U.S. service members under Afghan law.

"Critics charge that the deal allows the Obama administration to pay lip-service to ending an unpopular war while, in fact, paving the way for long-term occupation and dependency. "A country's sovereignty is very important," Laila Rashidie, member of Afghans United for Justice. "Thirteen years of U.S.-led military occupation continues to compromise this. A truly free Afghanistan would not depend on U.S. troops."

"Signing the BSA was the first major act of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who was inaugurated on Monday following a hotly contested election clouded by allegations of fraud. The U.S.-backed president clinched the security deal at a signing ceremony at Kabul's presidential palace on Tuesday, currying praise from the Obama administration, which had voiced frustration at outgoing President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign. The deal is set to go into effect in January 2015 and last until the year 2024."
On and on and on it goes -- an endless war; it's endless only because you won't stop it, America!


12-30-1971 ~ 09-27-2014
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(c) 2014 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 13 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.

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