What’s Aleppo?


Look out kid
Don’t matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don’t try “No Doz”
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don’t need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows

– “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” Bob Dylan


green zoneThe entrance to Baghdad’s “Green Zone”.

Photo credit: Karim Kadim / AP


DELRAY BEACH, Florida – Biggest foreign policy blunder in U.S. history? Not at all!

Invading Iraq was what The Economist magazine had in mind when it pronounced judgment on President George W. Bush’s most spectacular failure.

But here at the Diary we look at the event in broader context. We’ve been looking at America’s various phony “wars” – the War on Poverty, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror – through a new lens. They have peculiar characteristics not common to real wars:


  • They can’t be won. Poverty… drugs… terrorists – they will always be with us.
  • The “enemy” draws strength from the war. You pay people to be poor; you have more poor people. You make drugs illegal; profits go up for criminal drug dealers.
  • They create new corrupt public-private industries.
  • Combatants on both sides benefit; the innocent public loses.


Today, we look at the War on Terror.  We see that it was no “blunder” at all. Far from failure, the invasion of Iraq was a great success.

According to Brown University researchers, by 2017 the U.S. will have spent or committed $4.79 trillion dollars. That money didn’t just disappear; it went into the pockets of the terror industry. And that’s just on “our” side…

The “terrorists” on the other side have also been great beneficiaries. Fame, fortune, power – a guy who might otherwise have a hard time getting a job in Aleppo is now commanding the troops that are destroying it… and using millions of dollars of weaponry (much of it supplied by Uncle Sam).

The press has had fun belittling the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, for asking on a morning talk show: “What’s Aleppo?” But that is exactly the right question. It would be better put as: “What the Hell is Aleppo?” Or, in the more modern parlance: “WTF is Aleppo?”


Speaking of Aleppo – here is Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Liberty Report interviewing Vanessa Beeley, who just returned from there. Obviously, hers  is not the most unbiased coverage either, but it is certainly quite a contrast to the story spread by the mainstream media, which is essentially little but a rehashed US government press release. We don’t pretend to truly know what is happening in places we haven’t visited personally. As far as we know this should apply to 99% of mainstream journalists as well, since none of them are actually there. It is therefore interesting to hear from someone who has in fact been in Aleppo very recently – and regardless of any bias Ms. Beeley may have, she has quite a bit of interesting information to relate, much of which actually has the ring of truth.


The honest American has no idea. He’s got his business to worry about; he hasn’t got time to worry about Levantine politics. He knows it’s none of his business; he shouldn’t be poking his nose into it.  Besides, he’s about 100 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist; he knows the War on Terror is not worth his attention.

And, he’s lost the plot… The cast of characters is just too big and too mobile. In the blowing sands of the Middle East, it’s hard to see what’s going on.  He doesn’t know whether we’re fighting al-Qaeda or whether we’ve joined forces with al-Qaeda to fight ISIS!


New Kind of War

At the start of September, the news came out that the terror fighters (those on our side) had attacked six different countries over the Labor Day weekend.


mideast_syria_us_airstrikes-00b87-17101463441110US aircraft over Northern Iraq. Over the Labor Day weekend, the US military conducted attacks in 6 different countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen (and no, this has not magically transformed Libya into less of a failed state). We were not there, so we cannot tell you who or what they have hit. What we do know is this: All six of these countries are basically little more than piles of rubble at this point, with the possible exception of parts of Iraq (but those are not under attack). So the most modern military machinery on the planet is bombing piles of rubble, presumably to grind it down a bit.  A mixture of innocent civilians and radicals lives in the rubble. The former either become collateral damage, or eventually join the latter, when their friends and next of kin join the collateral damage list (mind, several of these rubble piles  are bombed by others  as well, it is not only the US). The radicals in turn are like a hornets nest. They swarm and occasionally sting (creating more collateral damage) – and contrary to the official aim of the war, their numbers are steadily increasing. See the “The Greatest Racket of All  Time” for a few eye-popping statistics on the “success” of the war on terror; even the drug war looks almost like an inspired undertaking by comparison. It is certainly fair to ask what the point of all this is.

Photo credit: AP


Ask any American to name the countries – six of them – in which the U.S. is currently killing people. Ask why. Most likely you will get answers worthy of a presidential candidate. That is, you will get nonsense.

We are not fighting the Gooks, the Japs, or the Huns. We’re not fighting anyone in particular – and we’re doing it for no particular reason. This is a new kind of war, a fake war designed merely to shift money and power to a corrupt Deep State industry: the terror industry.

Here’s former CIA and military intelligence officer Philip Giraldi with more background:


The phrase “deep state” originated in, and was often applied to Turkey, in Turkish “Derin Devlet,” where the nation’s security services and governing elite traditionally pursued the same chauvinistic and inward-looking agenda both domestically and in foreign affairs no matter who was prime minister.

In countries where a deep state dominates, real democracy and rule of law are inevitably the first victims. A deep state like Turkey’s is traditionally organized around a center of official and publicly accepted power, which means it often includes senior government officials, the police and intelligence services as well as the military.

It has been claimed that deep state activities in Turkey are frequently conducted through connivance with politicians who are able to provide cover for the activity, with corporate interests, and sometimes even with criminal groups, which can operate across borders and help in the mundane tasks of political corruption to include money laundering. This connection of political power with the ability to operate under the radar and generate considerable cash flows are characteristic of deep state.


Recently, we described how the War on Drugs and the War on Poverty were early models for these new fake wars. The idea is not to win; it is merely to suck up more of the nation’s real wealth. In that respect, the War on Terror stands out.


Fantasy Fight

It has been a phenomenal success for both sides in the conflict. The more the U.S. runs riot in Muslim countries, the more “terrorists” come out to oppose it.

Then the fantasy fight becomes more and more real, requiring more and more resources! And more and more control over the public. And here is where the public may really lose… and lose big.

In his 4 a.m. moments of darkness and paranoia, your editor gets the heebie-jeebies. He fears that the War on Terror abroad is a prelude to unleashing the dogs of war at home.

According to a new report by the watchdog group American Transparency, titled “The Militarization of America: Non-Military Federal Agencies Purchases of Guns, Ammo, and Military-style Equipment”:


In the nine years until 2014, […] 67 agencies unaffiliated with the Defense Department bought $1.48 billion in weapons and ammunition. Of this total, $335.1 million was spent by agencies traditionally viewed as regulatory or administrative, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Mint.


state_police_980_600_s_c1_t_c_0_0_1What the police looks like today. No, this is not in Baghdad.

Photo via greanvillepost.com


In the theater, if you bring a cannon on stage, you have to fire it sooner or later.

Similarly, when a nation builds up a military machine at home, it is just a matter of time until someone turns on the switch.

This will not be a war against marginal Muslims, driven mad by the assaults on their heroes… their homelands… and their sacred myths. There are not enough of them to seriously challenge the United States of America.

Instead, it will be a war in which the Deep State fights the rest of us – to hold on to its power, its money and its reputation. Its drones will track down domestic “terrorists”, its checkpoints will capture homegrown “insurgents”,  its gendarmes will round up “suspected American rebels”…

…and its money system will cut off funds to anyone who challenges it and divert the nation’s output to itself (watch the plain clothes!). So far, it is just your editor’s nightmare. Perhaps it will never be more than that.

Next: The Deep State’s war on the markets.


militarize-policeObviously, there is nothing to worry about. These are only cat rescue vehicles.


Image captions by PT


The above article originally appeared at the Diary of a Rogue Economist, written for Bonner & Partners. Bill Bonner founded Agora, Inc in 1978. It has since grown into one of the largest independent newsletter publishing companies in the world. He has also written three New York Times bestselling books, Financial Reckoning Day, Empire of Debt and Mobs, Messiahs and Markets.



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