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By Pete Moore On April 26th, 2013 at 10:33 am

Put me down as unpersuaded in this Syrian chemical attack story. It seems to have started this week with Israeli General Itai Brun claiming that victims foaming at the mouth is proof of sarin gas use. It might be proof of shaving cream as far as I can tell, or is it toothpaste?


The US, which had denied having any evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria, suddenly ran with it. Predictably, Cameron has a red line for intervention which has been crossed too. Fancy that. Haven’t we been here before?


By Pete Moore On April 25th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

The White House says that it believes Damascus has used chemical weapons “on a small scale”, immediately setting those dogs of war, Lindsey Graham and John McCain, on a chase to rattle some spears.


Safe areas for their pet rebels .. no-fly zones .. must grab those chemical weapons .. Russia .. Iran .. blah blah. Never mind that the White House has called for credible and corroborated” facts before acting on that assessment, and that the rebels are full of the types who have been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq for a decade. One intelligence assessment, one arbitrary red line, and that’s enough: more war.

The more I hear McCain, the more demented he sounds. I thought it made no difference who won the 2008 presidential election, but I’m wondering now just how catastrophic a McCain presidency would have been.


By Pete Moore On April 4th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

David Cameron: ‘fact’ that North Korea has ‘technology’ for nuclear strike against the UK

Yeah, and Saddam Hussein’s WMD arsenal was on standby and could be deployed in just 45 minutes. Enough people were swayed by that obvious lie that Blair had his way and the Iraq catastrophe unfolded.

David Cameron has said that it is a “fact” that North Korea has the technology to reach the UK with a nuclear missile.

So here we are today, and still the warmongers so casually lie. Now we’re supposed to believe that North Korea’s primitive technology can make for nuclear strikes against the UK and US. That Cameron said this is evidence only of how deeply stupid they think we all are.


By Pete Moore On March 30th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Because nothing says “seperation of church and state” like the president’s “Passover and Easter greeting”. A snippet, my emphasis:

“As Christians, my family and I remember the incredible sacrifice Jesus made for each and every one of us – how He took on the sins of the world and extended the gift of salvation. And we recommit ourselves to following His example here on Earth …”

Indeed, and let’s hope the president puts up, because this is not “following the example” of the Prince of Peace –



By Pete Moore On January 29th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

And protected by the French?! Channelling the ghost of John Reid, the government is sending 300 British troops off to the back of beyond to take on the great fiction which is “al-Qaeda”.

More than 300 British military personnel could be deployed to tackle al-Qaeda linked fighters in Mali, Downing Street announced today […]

“It is not our intention to deploy combat troops. We are very clear about the risk of mission creep and we have defined very carefully the support we are willing and able to provide to the French and the Malian authorities,” Mr Hammond said […]

British troops will be able to fire in “self defence” only during their deployment in Bamako, the Malian capital, where they are being protected by the French, Mr Hammond said.

All troops are combat troops when the need arises. It doesn’t matter if your main tool is a pen or a kitchen knife. When trouble comes you pick up a gun. I can’t help thinking of John Reid, Hammond’s predecessor, who cheerily sent troops into Helmand with a “We would be perfectly happy to leave in three years time without firing one shot.” A couple of hundred deaths later, we know how well that went.

There’s the usual blather from Hammond about protecting “Britain’s national security” in Mali. They really do think we’re as thick as that.



By Pete Moore On December 13th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Remember the Kosovo War? That was when NATO joined with Kosovan terrorists to cleanse the place of Serbs and carve out a gangster state. The architects of that jolly little episode are back.

Madeleine Albright is in there, putting together a billion-dollar telecoms deal. General Wesley Clark, who then commanded the war, is heavily invested in minerals. Mark Tavlarides, then director of the Clinton’s National Security Agency, is getting himself a slice of the pie, lobbying for multi-billion dollar engineering contracts and fixing up a $50,000-per-month sinecure from the Kosovan government to advise it on ties to Washington DC. No doubt it’s paid out of the $85million that Washington gave the Kosovan government this year. They’re just the headline deals.

Says the New York Times: “So many former American officials have returned to Kosovo for business — in coal and telecommunications, or for lobbying and other lucrative government contracts — that it is hard to keep them from colliding.”

“War is a racket”, said General Smedley Butler. Sounds like he knew what he was talking about.

h/t to Daniel McAdams. Gen. Butler’s essential essay can be downloaded for free here.


By Pete Moore On October 14th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Guilty or not, they’re idiots. In addition to the five, four others have been released pending further enquiries.

The servicemen are understood to have been arrested after a video was discovered on a laptop belonging to a Royal Marine.

The clip appears to show members of a Royal Marine patrol standing around a Taliban fighter as he lay injured on the ground in a compound.

They were apparently discussing what to do with him and whether to administer first aid but the film is said to cut out before anything happens.

The Royal Military Police have confirmed the man died, sources told The Daily Telegraph.

The footage was discovered after one of the members of the patrol was arrested by civilian police in the UK over an unrelated matter, it is understood.

Some might say the mistake was filming whatever went on. Don’t youngsters these days know that what goes on tour stays on tour? What I’ve seen on rugby tours and stag weekends would spark a dozen divorces if it ever got back, but now everyone has a mania for recording absolutely everything. It’s like the US Marines watersports video a few months ago. Stone the crows, if you’re going to get up to something at least make sure no-one’s got his phone out to capture it, either for posterity or the rozzers when someone blabs or their computer is searched on unrelated business.


By Pete Moore On May 28th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

The great Robert Higgs on war, from an interview with Paul Craig Roberts. My emphasis:

PCR: From your extensive research into previous U.S. wars, have you drawn any conclusions that shape your thinking about the present situation?

RH: One conclusion stands out: from the Civil War onward, engagement in war has left Americans less free when the war was over than they had been before the war. In countless ways, the warfare state has proved inimical to the preservation of liberty, just as patriots such as James Madison warned us long ago that it would. War brings higher taxes, greater government debt, increased government intrusion in markets, more pervasive government surveillance, manipulation, and control of the public. Going to war is the perfect recipe for expanding the size, scope, and power of the federal government. You have to wonder why so many conservatives, who claim to cherish liberty, enthusiastically embrace the government’s schemes for plunging the nation into war.

“War is the health of the state”, Randolph Bourne once wrote. He wasn’t wrong. I’m continually amazed at conservatives who cannot see that even though wars eventually end, they always leave our liberties so diminished, and treasuries so empty, that in the long run – even when we win – they are almost never worth fighting.


By Pete Moore On March 15th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Why is the UK (apparently) going along with the White House in order to influence a presidential election?

(Reuters) – Britain has decided to cooperate with the United States in a bilateral agreement to release strategic oil stocks, two British sources said, in an effort to prevent high fuel prices derailing economic growth in a U.S. election year […]

“The Obama administration can only take so much political pain from rising gasoline prices, which pose a serious threat to the economy and the president’s re-election,” said Bob McNally, a former White House energy adviser and head of U.S. energy consultancy Rapidan.

Obama is no friend of the United Kingdom, though a Left Wing operator like Cameron would undoubtedly prefer to work with him than one of the Republican socialists. I think there’s more to it it than this, however. Read the rest of this entry »


By Pete Moore On January 11th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

So lemme get this straight.

Iran has threatened to block the Straits of Hormuz, an act which would strangle world oil supply. This is in response to American sanctions on Iran, particularly against institutions doing business with the Iranian Central Bank. US Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, is in China seeking support for the sanctions. The EU has decided to embargo all Iranian oil and will put the squeeze on with further sanctions. So the picture’s clear: the intent is to shut down exports of Iranian oil. Transactions for Iran’s oil must go through the central bank in Tehran, pressure is being put on anyone who would do business with it, and much of the world is backing away from buying Iranian oil anyway.

Question: if these moves succeed and Iran’s oil exports dwindle, why wouldn’t Tehran decide then to block the Straits anyway? If they cannot get their own oil to market, then what’s the incentive to not stiff everyone by blocking the route? The Tehran regime is not the kind of regime to take it without retaliation, so is the West actually trying to provoke Iran into retaliating with a blockade?

And another thing: why has it not been widely reported that Leon Panetta, US Secretary of State for Defense (sic), said last weekend that Iran is currently not trying to build a nuclear bomb?: