Have They Learned Nothing From Iraq?

A U S outpost, near the front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, Wednesday, April 4. (image source: NYT)

 

After the debacles of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, not to mention the unfinished business in Yemen, one might hope the political establishments and the mainstream media might have learned something about military interventions to effect regime change in third world nations which are culturally millions of light years away from the liberal democracies.

No such luck of course, as Trump tweets idiotic threats that will achieve nothing other than hardening the resolve of Assad’s allies to continue supporting the Syrian president and his regime, America’s major corporate cable news outlets, and the left leaning press, particularly so-called liberal networks like MSNBC or papers like The Washington Post, and national newspapers and broadcasters in the UK and Europe continue to uncritically provide political and military leaders with a massive platform to agitate for the escalation of what was always a US proxy war with Russia in Syria to a direct military confrontation, as President Donald Trump, having only days ago pledged to remove US troops from Syria, is now adopting a gung – ho attitude as he talks of launching a military attack on Syria.

Rational people  can only conclude  that establishment politcs and mainstream media has clearly learned nothing from the crucial role it played in cheerleading for the Bush / Blair led catastrophic invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“The push for escalation on TV is overwhelming,” Cenk Uyger, host of The Young Turks, observed in a tweet on Wednesday, reacting to the numerous instances this week of television hosts getting increasingly excited as they babbled of “Trump’s military options” with old lags like Iraq War supporter, retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey demanding the bombing of Damascus while refusing to question the underlying rationale for or legality of unilateral military action.Remember, while the presence of Russian or Iranian military personnel in Syria at the request of that country’s legitimate (yes legitimate, no matter how much some people dislike that fact,) government is legal, any NATO troops (even if they are really only advisers) on the ground represent an invading force.

“It’s incredible how readily the cable news channels have politicians on pushing for war in Syria with almost no questions asked about how disastrous it might be or the so-called evidence,” Uyger said. “They pretended to learn lessons from Iraq but have actually learned nothing.”

Mainstream media’s enthusiasm for another war, after the disaters of Iraq and Afghanistan indicates how alarmingly comfortable much of the mainstream press is with the idea that the president can just up and decide to initiate military hostilities whenever, wherever, and for whatever reason—even when there is no actual reason at all. It is also bizarre that the media, most of which presents itself as left leaning (cultural Marxist) on domestic issues has become so jingoistic since the advent of the Obama era when the president whose advance billing promised he would be the peacemaker and joybringer turned into the warmonger in chief almost as soon as he entered The White House.

What has been very noticeably missing from the discussion of Syria and the latest alleged chemical weapon incident on America’s TV networks in recent days, which one journalist described as “a parade of one war hawk after another,” has been any talk of alternatives to military action, let alone discussion about the implications of the only evidence the attack ever occurred coming from sources linked to ISIS / Al Nusra groups. Since the US, Britain and France (the FUKUS axis) have shown indecent haste in accusing Assad and Putin in all the previous alleged gas attacks, only to be told by independent inspectors there is no evidence of either being involved, with such evidence as does exist pointing to the attacks being the work of anti – Assad rebels, again we see an unwillingness to learn from experience.

What was it Albert Einstein said about the definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for different results. QED I’d say.

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NYU Accidentally Exposed NSA Encryption Busting Code To The World

So how did that global cyber attack happen? I can’t tell you with any certainty but the evidence points to its having originated in the USA (and don’t rule out a false flag explanation because the military – industrial complex are now desperate for an escalation of conflict in the middle east, so if some new terrorist group with a scary sounding name like Al Evilastard death-to-the-infidel Cunt Front claims responsibility be suspicious, very suspicious.

What I can tell you is that the attempts by leftie – loonys to blame Teresa May, claiming it was her decision not to upgrade NHS operating systems when she was Home Secretary is a typically inept and idiotic leftie lie. First, the Home Secretary would not be responsible for decisions on health department information technology systems (the Treasury runs the Government Data Network, the Health Department is responsible for deciding on systems.)

Second, the claim made by the Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation that the malware attacked Windows 7 was fake news. The worm attacks Windows versions from 7 on, Apple and Linux operating systems. It was developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) for fuck’s sake, not a bunch of amateur script kiddies.

Here’s the full story of how the virus was released into the piblic domain from The Intercept

In early December 2016, Adam was doing what he’s always doing, somewhere between hobby and profession: looking for things that are on the internet that shouldn’t be. That week, he came across a server inside New York University’s famed Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing, headed by the brilliant Chudnovsky brothers, David and Gregory. The server appeared to be an internet-connected backup drive. But instead of being filled with family photos and spreadsheets, this drive held confidential information on an advanced code-breaking machine that had never before been described in public. Dozens of documents spanning hundreds of pages detailed the project, a joint supercomputing initiative administered by NYU, the Department of Defense, and IBM. And they were available for the entire world to download.

The supercomputer described in the trove, “WindsorGreen,” was a system designed to excel at the sort of complex mathematics that underlies encryption, the technology that keeps data private, and almost certainly intended for use by the Defense Department’s signals intelligence wing, the National Security Agency. WindsorGreen was the successor to another password-cracking machine used by the NSA, “WindsorBlue,” which was also  documented in the material leaked from NYU and which had been previously described in the Norwegian press thanks to a document provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Both systems were intended for use by the Pentagon and a select few other Western governments, including Canada and Norway.

Adam, an American digital security researcher, requested that his real name not be published out of fear of losing his day job. Although he deals constantly with digital carelessness, Adam was nonetheless stunned by what NYU had made available to the world. “The fact that this software, these spec sheets, and all the manuals to go with it were sitting out in the open for anyone to copy is just simply mind blowing,” he said.

He described to The Intercept how easy it would have been for someone to obtain the material, which was marked with warnings like “DISTRIBUTION LIMITED TO U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ONLY,” “REQUESTS FOR THIS DOCUMENT MUST BE REFERRED TO AND APPROVED BY THE DOD,” and “IBM Confidential.” At the time of his discovery, Adam wrote to me in an email:

All of this leaky data is courtesy of what I can only assume are misconfigurations in the IMAS (Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing) department at NYU. Not even a single username or password separates these files from the public internet right now. It’s absolute insanity.

The files were taken down after Adam notified NYU.

Intelligence agencies like the NSA hide code-breaking advances like WindsorGreen because their disclosure might accelerate what has become a cryptographic arms race. Encrypting information on a computer used to be a dark art shared between militaries and mathematicians. But advances in cryptography, and rapidly swelling interest in privacy in the wake of Snowden, have helped make encryption tech an effortless, everyday commodity for consumers. Web connections are increasingly shielded using the HTTPS protocol, end-to-end encryption has come to popular chat platforms like WhatsApp, and secure phone calls can now be enabled simply by downloading some software to your device. The average person viewing their checking account online or chatting on iMessage might not realize the mathematical complexity that’s gone into making eavesdropping impractical.

The spread of encryption is a good thing — unless you’re the one trying to eavesdrop. Spy shops like the NSA can sometimes thwart encryption by going around it, finding flaws in the way programmers build their apps or taking advantage of improperly configured devices.

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