The Outlook For Liberty is Dismal

Iraq. Began with big lies. Ending with big lies. Never forget.
“Most people don’t understand what they have been part of here,” said Command Sgt. Major Ron Kelley as he and other American troops prepared to leave Iraq in mid-December. “We have done a great thing as a nation. We freed a people and gave their country back to them.”

Lest We Forget, Iraq’s Horrific Body Count
Over 162,000 people, about 80% of them civilians, were killed in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003, according to new data published by Iraq Body Count to mark the withdrawal of US combat forces. Many more grim details and numbers, including the fact that civilian deaths have not noticeably declined since 2009.

How Two Wars in the Greater Middle East Revealed the Weakness of the Global Superpower
It was to be the war that would establish empire as an American fact. It would result in a thousand-year Pax Americana. It was to be “mission accomplished” all the way. And then, of course, it wasn’t. And then, almost nine dismal years later, it was over (sorta).

Obama Makes Arms Sales A Key Tool Of U.S. Foreign Policy

Why Libyans Have Fallen Out of Love with Qatar
When Libya’s cashed-strapped rebels needed financial support to bankroll their revolution last spring, they did not look to Western powers such as the U.S. and England for aid. Instead they turned to tiny Qatar. The Persian Gulf emirate provided the struggling rebels everything from weapons to heating oil. During the eight-month revolution, Libyans in rebel-held areas praised Qatar. But after the capital of Tripoli fell and the country’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, was killed, Libyans turned on their benefactor, accusing Qatar of a hidden agenda: getting a small faction of Islamists to implement its agenda.

U.S. Joins EU Pressing to Cut Iran Oil Sales Over Nuclear Effort

Iran Says Nuclear Talks to Resume Soon, IAEA Inspectors to Visit

Russia: Iran Not Capable of Developing Intercontinental Missiles

South Sudanese ‘massacred’ after fleeing Pibor

The Outlook For Liberty is Dismal
Those writers who are critical of Washington’s illegal wars and overthrow of the US Constitution could find themselves in indefinite detainment, because criticism of Washington’s policies can be alleged to be aiding Washington’s enemies, which might include charities that provide aid to bombed Palestinian children and flotillas that attempt to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Syria will be bloodiest yet
BRITAIN is gearing up for fighting in Syria that could be bigger and bloodier than the battle against Gaddafi.

18 Syrian Army Soldiers Killed By Deserters

Free Syrian Army threatens to escalate campaign

Arab League says Syria monitors are helping

U.S. fears Syria not living up to Arab League deal

Israel-Egypt peace appears to be nearing its end

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood plans to put treaty with Israel to a referendum
The Muslim Brotherhood, the overwhelming victor in the first round of elections for the Egyptian Parliament, has announced it will not recognize Israel and intends to bring the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty to a referendum.

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