Last Heterosexual White Man Standing
(l. Channing Dungey, 48, Chief of ABC Entertainment, the woman nominally
responsible for canceling the last TV show that didn’t pander to liberals, minorities, trannies, and gays.
Illuminati bankers champion minorities who subsequently do their bidding.)
Diversity is code for suppressing white heterosexual Christian culture in America.
The significance of ABC’s cancellation of Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing”
last May cannot be underestimated. Cutting off cultural expression is
the spiritual equivalent of cutting off air and food. It is genocide.
“Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years,” Allen tweeted in May after his comedy was pulled after six seasons. His suggestion that his conservative politics played into the decision took off when picked up by conservative radio and TV news commentators, in the absence of another credible explanation from the network. The surprise pull was a head-scratcher, given that the blue-collar sitcom was ABC’s second most-watched comedy in its most recent season, with 8.1 million viewers in Live +7, only behind flagship Modern Family [which includes a gay couple] (8.7 million). “
“Politics had absolutely nothing to do with it,” Channing Dungey told TV critics, insisting the network’s schedule is populated with actors who have “different points of view” politically. Allen was a “valuable” member “of the ABC Family and has been a long time.” Dungey’s explanation for the cancellation is that Last Man Standing “came up to the end” of its pact and the network “unfortunately was not able to create room for it” on the schedule, which she called “disappointing.”
In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Tim Allen said, “you’ve gotta be real careful” in Hollywood when espousing a conservative viewpoint.
“You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. This is like ’30s Germany”.
(Dungey with husband Scott Power)
“I don’t know what happened. If you’re not part of the group, ‘You know what we believe is right,’ I go, ‘Well, I might have a problem with that.’ I’m a comedian, I like going on both sides,” he added.
Former Gov. of Arkansas Mike Huckabee previously said that he suspects a “liberal social agenda” could have played a part in the show’s cancellation.
“That’s understandable: it’s just about the only show in prime time that presents a conservative point of view without attacking it and makes fun of PC liberals,” Huckabee said.
Despite 400,000 people signing a petition, ABC did not change its mind and the show is now officially dead. Allen is back doing stand-up.
September 20, 2017
When ABC abruptly canceled his hit sitcom “Last Man Standing,” Tim Allen took to Twitter to voice his shock: “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years.”
“It tore me up,” recalled Allen, his voice still raw with emotion months later. “Every aspect of (that show), everything about it, I loved. I was grateful every day.”
Allen, 64, is best known to audiences as cocky everyman Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor on hit ABC sitcom “Home Improvement.” (He’s also the affable star of “The Santa Clause” movies and the “Toy Story” franchise.)
(“There’s nothing more dangerous than a likable Conservative,” says Allen)
But ABC’s “Last Man Standing” — about a tradition-minded marketing director at a chain of sporting goods stores who occasionally clashes with his wife and three daughters — pushed Allen’s popular on-screen persona as a red-blooded American male obsessed with sports, cars, and power tools even further.
“Last Man Standing (sic) is one of the only shows on broadcast television … that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been canceled,” wrote the author of a Change.org petition calling for the network to renew the sitcom. (Although the petition has garnered more than 410,000 supporters, ABC, NBC and CMT have all passed on picking up the show.)
Allen, who brings his stand-up act to Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez on Sept. 29, recently chatted with The Tribune about the show, politics and President Donald Trump.
Q: Why did the cancellation of “Last Man Standing” come as such a shock?
A: This news was right in the middle of us re-upping everybody because it was the strongest year we’ve had. We had a full tank of scripts. … They told us quite late in the game. They waited until the last minute. (The timing) seemed mean. It probably wasn’t, but it just felt mean. It gave anybody on my staff little or no time to find another job. It gave me little or no time to book (other gigs) … I think they could have told us earlier. They could have told us, “This will be your last year, so let’s wrap it up.” A sudden death like this was a little hard to take, a little hard to process.
(Not canceled, Modern Family.)
Q: Do you think politics played a role in the decision to cancel “Last Man Standing”?
A: There’s no way that you’d ever get anybody who made the decision to cop to that. It’s all conjecture. … I can tell you that everything about this television show (that), from my point of view, was important to the television network that had it, they dismissed.
The fan base, they dismissed. The fact that it showed a great diversity of thought and entertainment, they dismissed. That didn’t seem to matter. … I think they made a terrible mistake with a very creative project. It could have done so many things.
Q: Why do you feel fans really connected with the show?
A: We treated religion with respect. We treated the family with respect …
People go to church, you know, and we did church stuff. We did stuff about sitting down and having a meal as a family. But we didn’t make a (big) deal about it. … We tried to respect and honor some values that seem to be beleaguered.
Q: Do you feel there’s a segment of the American population that Hollywood has ignored or forgotten?
A: I know they ignore them! Just watch what’s on TV. Look at the crop of television shows coming out and tell me who they’re trying to interest. It’s a very small group that thinks it knows what’s best for the rest of us. …
There’s a huge fan base of people out there that don’t need to have opinions shoved down their throat. They have their own opinions …
(left, Allen & co-star Nancy Travis)
In “Last Man Standing,” the opinions were asked for and discussed — but the whole level of the way the family lived was not an opinion. It was just respectful of a basic perspective – eating, drinking, living. The couple loved each other. They weren’t bickering all the time.
(The show) wasn’t constantly trying to have the small segments of the world dictate what the big segments are thinking.
Q: Do you see yourself as a voice for that ignored segment of the population?
A: No. I’m more of an anarchist. I don’t like people telling me what to do, what to think, or how to behave.
Q: You were at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. How do you think he’s doing so far?
A: My report card is incomplete. … There’s been a constant flood of (people) keeping this guy from doing his job. That is something I feel bad about. People want to crash the plane even though we’re all on it. (I want to say) “Give the guy a chance to do the job before you condemn the job he’s doing.”
Q: What part of Trump’s presidency have you been pleased with or disappointed by so far?
A: I’m disappointed he hasn’t gotten to infrastructure. … We’ve got terrible roads in Los Angeles, terrible infrastructure problems. That’s all I’m concerned about. Let’s fix the basic, fundamental part of our country so our roads are better, our sewers are better, our communication system is better.
That’s where we have a missed opportunity with (Trump). … Whatever you think about his hair, his suits, whatever, think of the asset you have in this guy as a builder. You put him on that and you support him, this guy could kick ass and make it happen. …
That’s my biggest disappointment, is that people have not realized the potential ally and the potential resource you have in this dude, to put him on a job that he’s very well equipped to do.
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Oxford Propaganda Front Attacks Veterans Today, the NeoCon Witch Hunt Begins
New Eastern Outlook / Гордон Даф
A “hit piece” based on an “Oxford Study” on an obscure publication known as Veterans Today, was recently covered in America’s right-wing press. The publication, certainly obscure in all but military and intelligence circles was accused of being funded and run by Russia to influence America’s top generals and soften US policy in Syria and promote military cooperation with Russia.
What is not asked is who funded this “investigation?” A cursory examination quickly found that Google Jigsaw, the “regime change” arm of Google Corporation, a paramilitary defense group operating across the Middle East and Africa, backed the Oxford study.
Curiously, Veterans Today had “outed” Google Jigsaw or its precursor, “Google Idea Groups” as supplying weapons, intelligence and propaganda services to the terror groups ISIS and al Nusra/al Qaeda on behalf of clients in Israeli and Saudi intelligence. One of Veterans Today’s informants, Serena Shimm, a Detroit born journalist operating inside Turkey was murdered after the initial expose on Google Idea Groups was published.
Google Idea Group is, according to Veterans Today, a military front run by former White House National Security Council Clandestine Operations Chief Jared Cohen, an Israeli trained military planner. That has never been disputed. We begin.
The date is October 9, 2017. Oxford, in this case the Computational Media Project, along with publications like The Hill and the McClatchy papers, cite a study they say proves Veterans Today is a Russian propaganda front. We at Veterans Today, from this point on commonly referred to as “VT,” knew this was coming. We were prepared.
Everything about VT is wrong. “VT” or Veterans Today was begun in 2003, not 2013 and was begun by US Army Special Forces personnel as a private blog to discuss military issues otherwise “disallowed” by the Pentagon.
Adding to the initial group was a group that came over from AOL, who worked with the History Channel there. This group was led by Colonel David Hackworth, most decorated soldier in American history, a noted author and veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, fired by President Lyndon Johnson for saying the Vietnam War was unwinnable.
With Hackworth came Colonel Ted Guy, famed two-war fighter ace and former Vietnam War POW. Guy was Senator John McCain’s commanding officer while McCain was a POW. Colonel Guy called for the arrest of McCain for treason upon repatriation, presenting a detailed list of charges against the famed senator, accusing him of treason and collaboration, hundreds of counts, multiple witnesses.
Guy was ignored and McCain received a secret presidential pardon, something we have confirmed through multiple sources.
Even best selling author and former Vatican exorcist Malachi Martin spent his time at Veterans Today. His conspiracy theories have been fictionalized many times and can now be seen on the Fox Network in the 2nd season on “The Exorcist.”
Of the original group, only Gordon Duff, a former Marine who served as a combat veteran in Vietnam, has stayed on. He heads the Board of Directors that include senior military from several nations. Duff served as a corporal but “commands” a board filled with generals, a mix of military from Pakistan, Serbia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia, Britain, Israel and a dozen nations. Behind this are, it is rumored, retired chiefs of a dozen intelligence agencies as well, that and a smattering of analysts, academics and, as VT gleefully agrees, “conspiracy nuts” as well.
As Duff has said in interviews, “without the conspiracy nuts, we wouldn’t have any readership numbers, it is our way of honoring Fox News and the new tabloids, after all doesn’t everyone love reading about two-headed alien babies from time to time?”
Truth is, however, most of VT is dry material, most of its academic papers eaten up by the Pentagon and Langley, quite often the only detailed and accurate information on Afghanistan or internal politics in Syria, Iraq or a dozen other nations. VT has managed to keep unpaid but quality writers “on the ground” in up to 3 dozen “hard to get into” nations, where all other sources, even the CIA, has failed.
Yes, that makes VT vital, makes them read at the Pentagon, and drives the evening phone calls VT regularly gets along with offers from organizations like America’s Defense Intelligence Agency to put the entire VT staff on the payroll. VT refused. They don’t accept even advertising, they don’t accept donations, they are self-funded, a model that has confused many.
Within VT is a background staff of high level defense executives, known well at the Pentagon, who are close to a number of Middle East and African governments. When the FBI needed help in Nigeria, they went to VT. Other agencies have gone to VT for help in the UAE, Qatar, Syria, Turkey, Kenya, Ghana, Libya, certainly Pakistan, this has been done time and time again.
The rumors that VT has stopped more than one world war, one tossed around too freely is quite probably true.
Behind it all, there are other anomalous things about VT. They don’t seem to have “politics.” Duff is a liberal democrat and Obama supporter. Others are centrists, a few from the far right. VT is multi-cultural with a strong smattering of Jews and Muslims, African Americans, women, if anything, VT is a last bastion of freedom of speech.
Another key issue about VT, as editor Jim Hanke, retired US Army intelligence officer and former G2 of 3rd Army, former attaché to Israel, so often says, “when are these guys going to start paying a salary?”
Hanke counts among his closest friends, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Also at VT is Jeff Smith, nuclear physicist and former investigator for the International Atomic Energy Agency. Smith’s stories of clandestine nuclear weapons trade, called “conspiracy theory” by Oxford, are backed up by US nuclear scientists and bevies of documents Smith has retained during his work for the UN, investigating nuclear weapons production facilities in such nations as Israel, Syria and Iran for over 20 years. Smith also claims to have investigated 9/11 as well, and has those documents with him to prove his claims.
Another VT board member is Gwyneth Todd, former advisor to President’s Clinton and Bush 43, member of the National Security Council. Both the Washington Post and ABC did features on Todd and attempts by the Bush White House to silence her, including kidnapping and assassination attempts.
Then there’s Lee Wanta, VT editor and former White House Intelligence Coordinator for President Reagan. A quick visit to the Reagan library will outline the hours those two spent together planning the downfall of the Soviet Union.
Getting to the real basis for VT and what they are doing is simple. Back in 2013 the editorial board discerned a need for reporting news from both Russian and Iranian media. This relationship went both ways, forming relationships but also publishing wide critiques of poor quality material and propaganda as well.
VT found news reported no place else but found something else. VT began to trace odd material in Press TV, the Moscow Times and other organizations, propaganda yes, but America propaganda. What VT found was a money trail from the CIA through contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, to launder phony journalists who had once worked for Radio Liberty and other American propaganda fronts. These writers and broadcasters, secretly employed by American intelligence agencies, were responsible for the “worst of the worst” of Russian and Iranian propaganda.
Further investigations found that it is the CIA itself that had “laundered” propaganda through “cut outs” in Russia and Iran, using American operatives inside major networks or websites like Breitbart and Newsmax, and then later setting up groups like the Oxford investigation to cover their tracks when caught.
VT’s experts do believe the 2016 election was rigged, they did the real legwork, inside Russia and Israel, in the Ukraine, in Serbia and Macedonia, where much of the clandestine work was done and only VT has “on the ground” assets. It wasn’t the Kremlin they found but rather Israeli intelligence and a 3rd party, organized crime groups made of former KGB and Mossad operatives working with, it seemed, groups like the Heritage Foundation, the Atlantic Council, the American Enterprise Institute and rogue groups from Homeland Security, the FBI, the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
If a minor publication could do this, could tie this all together neatly, what could a real organization like the FBI or CIA do? Then the other question was asked as well, do those organizations still exist or, as President Trump has alluded time and time again, are they, in fact, infiltrated themselves? If news is fake and the FBI fake and the CIA fake, as Trump has stated over and over, is he right?
VT very reluctantly says, “it seems so.” VT is not wild about much of what President Trump has done, how he handles diplomacy and what he says but notes that Trump knows when he is being lied to and the CIA and FBI have done little but lie to President Trump, particularly with the phony investigations that are attempting to tie the president and Russia to the rigged election.
As usual, VT will survive attacks by publications like The Hill, the Washington Post or Politico. With no advertisers and no paid “anyone” on staff, there is no vulnerability. What the Oxford group miserably failed at is looking at VT on the surface and VT under the surface.
Years ago, a popular film known as Fight Club told a story. You see, “fight club” was an organization where “underlings,” the waiters, the garbagemen, the people who do the real work got together. You see, without them, those who take out the trash, those who clean the messes, who fight the wars, there is no reality.
VT is like “fight club.” When heroin is loaded onto a plane by a former Navy SEAL working for a major corporation in a small airport near, lets’ just say Gwadar, a town in Pakistan, this SEAL may well be a close friend of Jim Dean or Gordon Duff or Mike Harris or Jim Hanke or someone else at VT. They might well take photos or video.
When Sarin gas shells are manufactured at a facility outside the airport at Tbilisi, Georgia and transported by Ukrainian security officers into Turkey and into Syria, friends of VT might well load the truck. They might even be driving the truck.
When then presidential candidate John McCain visited Syria and met with ISIS leader al Baghdadi, who do you think served them tea? Was it a VT friend? Did VT publish the photos? You can bet they did.
When a Supreme Court justice mysteriously died at a hunting club and 33 people walked past police who had turned their backs, 4 of them United States senators, did they miss that Hispanic gardener taking video through a hole torn in his hat? Where is that video now? Does it exist?
Taking the clock back, when Senator’s Ted Kennedy and Paul Sarbanes set up the banking organizations, in Astoria in Queens and in Manhattan, was it the Alpha Bank, to launder stolen Soviet billions through a bankrupt New York developer, now rumored to be President, what VT editor chaired that meeting?
Was a former Greek-American CIA director at the table with his two cousins, one former campaign finance director for Mike Dukakis? What are these photos worth, the meeting where the Russian mafia was created, where a real estate empire was underwritten?
These are the little things, the small things that the little people saw, people like Lee Wanta and his meetings with Osama bin Laden at the Metropolitan Club in Washington while the CIA was hunting bin Laden in Sudan and Afghanistan. Not only can we make the claim, we can tell you everyone in the room, give word for word on this and a dozen, a hundred, a thousand such talks.
One such incident involved a White House “czar” handing reams of nuclear secrets to a foreign leader. Not only was this witnessed, the FBI has video of the whole thing and was forced to silence it. How many nations now have nukes because of this? I can assure you, it is many more than you guess.
We can add more stories, as former comedian Jimmy Durante once said, “I’ve got a million of em.” How about this one? How many knew that South Africa built nukes and exploded one on September 22, 1979? They built 10 of them but, according to a former head of British intelligence, 3 of them were stolen.
All VT knows is this, the company that builds the containers and cradles for transporting nukes belongs to a VT contributor. He loaded the nukes on a ship in Durban those decades ago. That one of the South African nukes ended up in North Korea, taken there in a German built Dolphin submarine flagged to Israel is another story. You see, the US spy satellites can recognize a uranium signature, even from space, if, let us say, the refining of the Katanga ore was done at the Pelandaba facility in South Africa. Do I need to say more?
Oh heck, here’s another one, consider this one a “bonus track” like in the music business. How do you think ISIS got 12,000 oil trucks? That many never existed in the Middle East. Saddam’s oil smuggling trucks were small, 500 in number, and mostly scrap. A Houston based company that became famous for building American military bases, a company whose name begins with “B” bought up trucks from across the US and Canada. They shipped them out of Houston straight to Turkey and on to Iraq and Syria, sold to a company owned by relatives of well-known political leaders.
Later, Russian planes blew up these trucks, 12,000 of them, trucks that once plied America’s interstate highways. Ah, but enough cheap gossip.
What are we saying? There are conspiracy theories then there is reality. Governments don’t tell anything, the press learns nothing, nothing is printed, nothing admitted to and the popular narrative that goes from “fake news” to “fake history” is for public consumption only.
Oxford University or, were one to be honest, Google Jigsaw, will not silence VT. VT has a role, to operate as a safety valve, to build trust where none exists, to find those of wit and humor and character, even at rare times when such people enter the halls of power.
Why does a computer search engine company that makes money spreading malware and spying on email employ 20,000 armed mercenaries? Perhaps we can begin by finding someone of wit, someone in authority somewhere to ask that question. Until then we watch, we wait.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”
US Mercenaries, Iraqi Highways and the Mystery of the Never-Ending ISIS Hordes
New Eastern Outlook / Урсан Гуннар
While the US and European media provided little explanation as to how militants from the self-titled Islamic State (IS) managed to appear, expand and then fight for years against the combined military power of Iraq, Syria, Iran and Russia, it was abundantly clear to many analysts that the IS organization was not only receiving state sponsorship, but it was receiving reinforcements, weapons and supplies from far beyond Syria’s and Iraq’s borders.
Maps of the conflict stretching over the last several years show clear corridors used to reinforce IS positions, leading primarily from Turkey’s southern border and to a lesser extent, from Jordan’s borders.
However, another possible vector may be desert highways in Iraq’s western Anbar province where US military contractors are allegedly to “provide security” as well as build gas stations and rest areas. These highways contributed to the current conflict and still serve as a hotbed for state sponsored terrorism. Whether these US-controlled and improved highways pose a significant threat for a reorganized effort by the US and its regional allies to divide and destroy Iraq and Syria seems all but inevitable.
US Mercenaries “Guarding” Iraqi Highways
Al Monitor in an April 2017 article titled, “How Iraq is planning to secure key border road,” would claim:
Due to the imminent threats to the road, which is one of Iraq’s vital economic lines as it connects Basra in the south to Jordan in the west, Iraq commissioned an American company to secure and rebuild the road. The contract also included reconstructing bridges, 36 of which are destroyed.
The article would elaborate, stating:
A security source from the Iraqi intelligence service told Al-Monitor, “The American company will only secure the two roads reaching Terbil from Basra and Baghdad and will build gas stations and rest areas, in addition to building bridges and cordoning off the roads with barbed wires, as per distances that would be determined later.”
Al Monitor would claim that Iraq’s popular mobilization units found themselves unable to oppose the move made by the central government in Baghdad. It would also note that Iraq’s Hezbollah Brigades claimed, in opposition to the plan, that:
The road connecting Iraq and Jordan is a strategic gateway allowing the US and forces seeking to control it to tighten their grip on Anbar and the potential Sunni region as per a US-Gulf plan.
One could imagine future potential scenarios including these rebuilt roads, complete with gas stations and rest areas, leading from Jordan and Saudi Arabia and providing an efficient route for future wars waged either directly or by proxy against Iraq. The infiltration of fighters and supplies, for example, would be greatly expedited should the US and its partners decide to shift their efforts along this new axis.
Beyond this more obvious threat comes the fact that US-Jordanian-Saudi influence would be greatly enhanced with stronger logistical lines leading into Iraq’s western regions.
How the US Might Use its New Highways
The Islamic State’s de facto invasion of Syria and Iraq was a more massive and dramatic replay of an earlier surge of foreign militants into the region, following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.
It would be America’s own Combating Terrorism Center at the West Point United States Military Academy in two reports published in 2007 and 2008 (.pdf) respectively that would describe in detail the networks some of Washington’s closest regional allies used to flood post-war Iraq with foreign fighters.
While these fighters indeed attacked US soldiers, what they also did was disrupt a relatively unified resistance movement before plunging Sunni and Shia’a militias into a deadly and costly “civil war.”
Fighters, weapons and cash infiltrated into Iraq from a network that fed fighters from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region first into Turkey, through Syria via the help of many of the senior leadership of anti-government militant groups now fighting Damascus, and then into Iraq primarily where IS has been based and where the remnants of its militancy remains.
During the more recent conflict, these same networks were utilized successfully until Russia’s intervention in 2015 when these terrorist “ratlines” came under fire by Russian warplanes. The cause and effect of attacking these terrorist ratlines was visible on conflict maps, causing an almost immediate shrinking of IS-occupied territory and a corresponding atrophy of IS fighting capacity.
The Jordanian-Iraqi and Saudi-Iraqi border crossings and the highways running through them represent an alternative means to reorient Washington’s proxy conflict either now or in the near future.
US Already Planning to Weaponize the Project
Raising further alarm bells should be the New York Times’ May 2017 article, “U.S. Sees a Vital Iraqi Toll Road, but Iran Sees a Threat,” which helps frame the very sort of conflict US policymakers are seeking with this move and the reaction it has already provoked among America’s primary targets in the region, particularly Iran.
The article would claim:
As part of an American effort to promote economic development in Iraq and secure influence in the country after the fight against the Islamic State subsides, the American government has helped broker a deal between Iraq and Olive Group, a private security company, to establish and secure the country’s first toll highway.
This being Iraq, though, the project has quickly been caught up in geopolitics, sectarianism and tensions between the United States and Iran, which seems determined to sabotage the highway project as an unacceptable projection of American influence right on its doorstep.
The New York Times also helps prepare a narrative so that any attack on American contractors along the highway could easily be blamed on militias linked to Iran, or even on Iran itself. The article states:
Already, Iraqi militia leaders linked to Iran, whose statements are seen as reflective of the views of Tehran, have pledged to resume attacks against American forces if the Trump administration decides to leave troops behind to train the Iraqi military and mount counterterrorism missions, as appears likely. And the militia leaders have specifically singled out the highway project for criticism.
The New York Times ultimately admits that the US is attempting to control the highway specifically to continue its increasingly dangerous proxy war against Tehran. The article also admits that the highways will be entirely controlled by US contractors, including the collection of tolls of which only a portion would be handed over to the Iraqi government. The article also claims other highways, including one leading directly from Saudi Arabia, are being considered.
In essence, these would be terrorist ratlines directly controlled by the United States, leading directly out of the very epicenter of state sponsored terrorism in the region, Saudi Arabia, other Persian Gulf states and to a lesser but still significant extent, Jordan.
They would be terrorist ratlines difficult for Iraq’s central government or its allies to attack without providing a much welcomed pretext for Washington to directly retaliate against the faction of its choosing.
While the New York Times and US politicians and businessmen involved in the highway deal attempt to portray it as a means of providing peace, stability and economic prosperity for Iraq, a quick audit of US policy in the Middle East should ground those lofty promises in a much more frightening reality.
The scope of this project is nothing short of both a US occupation and a US-administered “safe zone” in which militant groups backed by the US and its regional partners can safely be harbored, and from which they can strike out against Iraq and its neighbors with the full protection of US military force.
Some US policymakers may feel that their failing proxy war against Syria involved a cart-before-the-horse policy in which the creation of US-administered and protected safe zones turned out to be more difficult to implement than initially anticipated, and that in the future, such zones should be created before another round of proxy-hostilities.
No matter what, the US presence and the more-than-certain intentions that underpin it will ensure not peace, stability or prosperity, but another decade of division and strife both in Iraq and beyond. Confounding this project, and those like it, and replacing them with actual projects to fulfill the promises of progress the US is merely hiding behind, will be key to truly moving Iraq and the region forward.
Ulson Gunnar, a New York-based geopolitical analyst and writer especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.