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The Convergence


It looks like two great events may be converging. 

First, the announced, then put off, and, now, increasingly back on US punitive bombing of Syria which seems to be timed around the anniversary of 9/11, just so we don’t lose our anger at the terrorist “bad guys” who, so it seems, are on our side for this great military salute to international law by breaking it. 

mso-bidi-font-family:Georgia”>Each morning for the last week, at 7:45, more than a dozen White House aides have mustered in the corner office of President Obama’s chief of staff, Denis R. McDonough, to get their marching orders for what has become the most intense, uphill lobbying campaign of the Obama presidency.

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Georgia”>The White House’s goal is to persuade Congress to authorize a limited military strike against Syria to punish it for a deadly chemical weapons attack. But after a frenetic week of wall-to-wall intelligence briefings, dozens of phone calls and hours of hearings with senior members of Mr. Obama’s war council, more and more lawmakers, Republican and Democrat, are lining up to vote against the president.”It authorizes the president to use "the Armed Forces of the United States," including boots on the ground, and to employ military force "within, to or from Syria." What is more, the president can act to deter the "use or proliferation" of "chemical or other weapons of mass destruction" and intervene to "protect the United States and its allies and partners against the threat posed by such weapons." This is nothing less than an open-ended endorsement of military intervention in the Middle East and beyond.” (LINK: Bait and Switch by Bruce Ackermanhttp://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/09/03/bait_and_switch_obama_syria_congress?page=0,1)

font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>12 former US military intelligence professionals from Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) have written to the President:

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font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Clearly the proof of Assad’s responsibility has yet to be proven but that hasn’t stopped the lobbies that are out in force: political operatives from the White House, AIPAC, think-tank “scholars who are de facto soldiers and media alarmists all doing their thing to pump up the fear. 

font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Remember how close the vote was for Gulf War 1 with Al Gore among those leading the charge? 

The August 2013 BLS jobs report was below expectations, and even our analysis of the unadjusted data was disappointing. The trend lines are flat to mildly declining. The unadjusted growth this month is the worst in 3 years.”

Talk about blatant market manipulating, today is an excellent example of how the powers to be can move markets at will. Today's averages started out at point A, flash crashed to point B and have since moved back to point A as volume sinks to abysmal levels.

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"Times New Roman";color:#343434″>What a joke, unfortunately the joke is on the little guy and the sheeples who were talked into this casino house of cards while the bankers are laughing.” (LINK: http://econintersect.com/b2evolution/blog5.php/2013/09/06/markets-flash-crash-just-a-test-if-this-was-real)

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"Times New Roman";color:#343434″>And so goes the news where things are rarely what they seem to be.

mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#343434″>News Dissector Danny Schechter edits Mediachannel.org and blogs at Newsdissector.net. Comments to dissector@mediachannel.org