The Agency knew that their best asset for selling their wars was Barack Obama -- the same reason so many in the security state were eager to get rid of Donald Trump.
The one time we get a president who honestly is against endless wars, the Democrats came out in full force against him. The media as CIA mouthpieces came out in full force against him.
I daresay no one can ever take a democrat seriously ever again that says they are anti-war.
I do not fall neatly into today’s ideological spectrum I am essentially libertarian. But what Glenn’s reporting and at least genuine attempt to cover truth tells me is that that truth actually brings people together even if they are ideological opposites.
Given the full truth, most Americans would oppose the forever wars and it would all collapse. As such, it’s obvious that the one thing the government and its nefarious little actors cannot tolerate is the truth.
My wish for the holidays is that President Trump goes to somewhere in Europe to have an unannounced meal with the US troops. Upon return to Andrews Air Force Base, the door to Air Force One opens and standing next to him is Edward Snowden and his wife. He has pardoned Mr. Snowden and brought them home to their parents waiting on the tarmac.
The fact that the Media and Dems immediately became forever war advocates is telling. But more telling is how quickly average American Dems did as well. If Trump was against it, they were for it. This is all possible because Americans have discarded anything that even resembles principles in favor of their “party”. Their views can be remolded in a matter of moments.
My liberal friends (and there are plenty of them, although the adjective doesn't really apply anymore) are so far oblivious to the fact that they've aligned themselves with neocons to become pawns of the wealthy, war-mongering elites. It's a sad, sad thing to watch.
Glenn, care to run your own Pew-style survey of the political leanings of your readership? Based on the comment sections of your articles, I'd wager it'd be in stark contrast to what we see with the large, corporate outlets.
Another phenomenal report. Cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate real journalism.
It’s always worthwhile to have Obama exposed as just another war criminal president. My hope (and perhaps Glenn’s, too) is that someone close to Trump will suggest to him that.his best revenge against the Intel community would be a pardon for Assange and Snowden.
The only thing that ever made sense to me why Obama sold us down the river the way he did, was that he was groomed by CIA and delivered their BS propaganda. Biden will be no different. And it's obvious the CIA is behind the theft of this 2020 election as well, with their Hammer and Scorecard technology and electronic vote flipping. It's all so disgusting.
I believe it to be an old Armenian saying but applicable: “When telling the truth, keep one foot in the stirrup”
Max Blumenthal is also a good journalist to read.
Yes, one could almost say that it was "vitally important (to the CIA and their paymasters) that Obama be elected" - eh?
The CIA don't give a damn for the military-money-congressional complexes wars. As a younger man I once spent time in the field with New Zealand, Australian and British SAS troops. Not that I saw them for a second during that long week, being a mere weekend warrior. But later, in the bar, the British contingent were selling t-shirts with their famous winged dagger logo on them, but instead of their official motto (Who dares, wins) the t-shirts were printed with their idea of a joke:
"Who cares who wins?"
The CIA cares about their own power and their own money. They don't want a war with the people paying their (official) expenses so they keep their real ambitions on the down-low but they don't give a damn about what congress wants, what the president wants, or what the people want. They lied about Osama bin Laden doing his international man of mystery thing from a James Bond cave complex in Afghanistan because the Taleban cut off the supply of opium by more than 90%. The UN were helping them to eradicate opium production. But once the USA and allies liberated Afghanistan from the rule of the Taleban that the USA had created to resist the Soviets, opium production mysteriously skyrocketed to even higher than it had been before the Taleban started their eradication programme.
As noted previously, the obvious and predictable and actual consequences of an action being the real reason for the action, it was this resumption of the opium trade out of Afghanistan that was the real reason for the childishly fake intelligence supplied by the CIA on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. The Pakistani intelligence service, ISI, is the CIA's Karachi branch office, the junior partner in this trade. The existence of a never-ending stream of military and CIA transports in and out of Afghanistan and Pakistan whose contents can never be examined because "national security" is the primary cargo method. The war profiteering, the extra-judicial powers afforded by the Patriot Act and the eternal War on Terror, is just a bonus.
The Afghan people, living in one of the poorest and least developed nations in the world, lacking modern infrastructure in terms of roads, airports, shipping, etc, and surveilled on the ground, in the air, and from space, 24 hours a day, have somehow managed to smuggle out of Afghanistan millions of kilograms of one of the most illicit substances in the world. Every year for 19 years.
Here's the first line of Wikipedia's entry on Afghan heroin production:
"Afghanistan has been the world's leading illicit opium producer since 2001."
I'm sure it's just a coincidence.
Wow, great article Glenn! The CIA’s dislike of Trump makes so much more sense now.
“Venezuela is fundamental threat to USA” -- declared Obama formally initiating regime change.
What he meant is “Socialism is a threat to capitalism”… hence imperial War-party endless wars -- again Bolivia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Syria, Cuba, China, Angola, Mozambique, etc., etc..
Defund military terrorism!
PS: Trump should pardon Julian Assange and Ed Snowden
Good stuff. Well worth the subscription. Hopefully your perspective will wake more people up.
It appears that with the announcement of President-elect Biden's new cabinet we are in for a period of extended forever wars and perhaps some new ones. The sight of warmongering thugs like Brennan and Clapper being lionized by left wing intellectuals, the MSM, and the Democratic party is sickening. Do I really see CNN and MSNBC looking to these men as honest spokesmen for an enlightened administration? Did they forget the torture promoters and "targeted killing" sponsors? Do they really represent a moral and enlightened world view?
Glenn, thank you for everything you do. I wish there were more journalists like you