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The GOP's CIA Playbook

  1. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    "Modern Republicans have a simple approach to politics when they are not in the White House: Make America as ungovernable as possible by using almost any means available, from challenging the legitimacy of opponents to spreading lies and disinformation to sabotaging the economy."

    http://www.alternet.org/story/151209/th … =1&t=2

  2. Stump Parrish profile image60
    Stump Parrishposted 5 years ago

    Heck of a story that answered a couple questions I've been asking for awhile. Primarily why the repubs didn't let Obama impliment his policies if they were so convinced they would fail. I have had some suspisions for awhile that something like this might explain the problems we are facing. I was aware that the cia was involved with this type of crap for awhile. It never hit me that they would pull this crap in our own country but it doen't suprise me. I have been saying quite frequently that the attacks against us and the level of hatred a lot of the world feels towards us is justified and understandable. Too many American seem to feel that the rest of the world should feel priviledged to have have the US come into their country and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Every time I do the brain dead accuse me of basically being a traitor. F**k 'em if they can't handle the truth once in awhile.

    1. American View profile image60
      American Viewposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Stump,

      So you are saying that Repubs should have allowed an Obama policy that was known to fail? We are just starting to feel the healtcare debocle. What about what Pelosi said about Dems ignoring Medicare? Do not vote on it, do not talk about it, make no proposals, This issue is how we will keep the Whitehouse. You do not seem upset that Pelosi said that. IF a repub swaid that LMC would be sceaming hang the Repubs. But she is silent on that one. Pelosi is more concerned aout the whitehouse than helping Americans.

      1. lovemychris profile image80
        lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        NO! They should have helped him govern!
        He, after all, has bent over backwards for them....they and their MUST HAVE tax cuts for the extremely rich.....it's always FIRST on their agenda...ODD, isn't it?
        It is to me....Remember Paulson? He was threatening Marshall Law if TARP didn't pass!

        These Repubs stone-walled everything. From small-time appointments, to big ideas to help the average American....
        Not a finger was lifted to help Obama, save a couple of decent individuals...Huntsman and the Education guy....Race to the Top Republican (?)
        But PLENTy was done to smear and demonize.

        So now, you got your Repubs back...you control the House, you set the agenda......and what is the agenda?

        Yet MORE tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy at the top!!!!
        No job-creating ideas, no help for those who are hurting--just cutting from those in need, and giving more to those in greed.

        Third-World America.
        By design.

        1. American View profile image60
          American Viewposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          First, Appontments- yea the Dems were for all of Bushes appointments. Sorry, I fell of my chair laughing. Find me just one Bush appointment on any level Dems did not oppose. They even opposed Dem judges Bush appointed. The only bending over is what Obama is doing to The US. Obamacare, yea he really reached out to Repubs on this issue. And this is only one, I could write a book on just how much Obama bends. Speaking of stonewallingwhat do you say about Pelosi caring more about the whitehouse than Americans? You say
          So now, you got your Repubs back...you control the House, you set the agenda......and what is the agenda?
          What do you say to the Dem controled senate voting down every bill sp-onsered by Repubs passed by house. They only pass bills sponsored by Dems. I guess that is not stonewalling. And lastly, Dems are screamiong the end of the world if we do not raise the debt limit, but when the house passed a bill to address debt, budget cuts, the voted no. Not one Dems said yes. I can see just how well Dems cooperate.

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            Texasbetaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Bobbie Labonte, Jason Sehorn and Michelle Kwan. Now admit you were wrong.
            The crap that you spew is ridiculous. Stonewalling you mentioned? The Republicans threaten filibuster more in the first 2 years of Obama than any other time in history. Fact.
            Say, how old are you? Aren't you ON government health care?
            Your concept of cooperating is laying down and letting Republicans steamroll their atrocious policies that benefit absolutely NOBODY other than the top 2% and corporations. Backing their policies is nothing more than laying down the future of this nation and its citizens so a few can fleece the nation out of its hard work. Their agenda is disgusting.

            1. American View profile image60
              American Viewposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Bobbie Labonte, Jason Sehorn and Michelle Kwan. Where did that come from, Where are they mentioned? So why did you add them? Why make up stuff?
              No I have health care from my union benifits in addition to the Workers comp , Oh yea, I will be losing workers comp because I refuse to give info to be checked for terrorism. But I know, you do not believe it.  I am lucky. Many in America have no health benifits at all. And starting next years that number is going to jump higher, but thats a debate for another thread. By the way, Thanks to Uncle Bill when he overhauled SS benifits, I am not eligable to collect. I took a year off to take care of my parents. So that means I did not earn enough points over the last 10 years to collect. Wait till the unemployed of today get back to work and retire. If they did not work for 10 years straight, they will not collect. This is an issue that will come to light years from now. It should be addressed now.

              You raised a good question that deserved some research, Did Repubs fillerbuster more under Obama than anytime in History?
              Despite the fact that Senate procedural tactics are almost never interesting to most Americans, one in particular has been getting a significant amount of media and public attention of late- the filibuster. This is, in large part, due to the growing perception that Republicans are abusing the tactic to derail the Democrat’s political agenda. In response, several Senators have recently called for the reform or elimination of the procedural obstacle.

              Members of both political parties are fond of accusing the opposing party of being the “obstructionist party” in what often turns into a “he did it first!” debate. While it isn’t particularly useful, in general, to wander into that type of debate, a historical review of the filibuster’s use is helpful in at least one regard: it shows just how abused the procedural tactic has recently become. Many, such as myself, have argued that the filibuster can serve a valuable purpose. That said, the evidence suggests the filibuster is being used with a profligacy never before seen at a time when the Senate’s action on key legislation is perhaps needed the most.

              I haven’t yet discovered an authoritative source listing the number of times the filibuster has been used by the minority party in any given Congress. The closest I have found is a table (published by the Senate itself) listing the number of motions filed for cloture for each Congress since 1919 (the 66th Congress). While useful, there isn’t a perfect correlation between the use of the filibuster and the number of motions filed for cloture. Often, a majority leader may be aware that he does not have sufficient votes to invoke cloture, and a motion may never be filed. Other times, a majority leader may suspect a minority party Senator will filibuster a bill, motion or amendment and preemptively make a motion for cloture. Furthermore, the filibuster is just one of many obstructionist weapons in a Senator’s arsenal. Others, such as the hold (which often precedes a filibuster), can be equally devastating (and are often anonymous). Consequently, the information below won’t be a perfect analysis of the level of obstructionism of each Congress’ minority party, but it does give at least a rough outline
              But using that information as a stepping stone, It does show that the Repubs have indeed used the fillerbuster on average more. But it does indicate that it is not the largest time ever. In fact that happened during the 110th Congress during the Bush administration, year 2007-2008. It happened 139 times as opposed to under Obama which is 75. In fact the 75 number is not even in the top 10. So Tex you were partly right. But we all need to agree, both sides use it way more than they need to. By the way if you look at it from a year to year perspective going back to 1919, the table shows that the Dems have used it more, but if you add up the total times of all years combined, the repubs have used it more. An interesting topic this was.

  3. DannyMaio profile image60
    DannyMaioposted 5 years ago

    That is a bull$hit article! again use scare tactics without any actual proof. Did the article show where they got their facts? I can use the same analogy with Obama and George Soros. He is trying to collapse the economy so they can start socialism to the next level. Without facts it means nothing! The democrats had 2 thirds of the government for 7 years and all three for 2 years. You can not blame anyone but themselves. Why do you think Obama-care was passed? remember we have to vote it in to see what is in it! you LMC are the biggest propaganda and conspiracy theorist I have ever seen.

    1. John Holden profile image60
      John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      What's bull$hit without proof?
      Chile and Allende, no proof, you are actually joking aren't you.

      1. DannyMaio profile image60
        DannyMaioposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Where is the proof the USA is doing this? Please show.

        1. John Holden profile image60
          John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          So you're saying that the reams of evidence is all made up are you? You also accuse the Chileans that I knew in the 70s of lying!

          Nice one Danny, you don't like the evidence, no problem, deny it.

          1. American View profile image60
            American Viewposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            So where is the evidence?

            1. lovemychris profile image80
              lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this
              1. American View profile image60
                American Viewposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                You wrote
                "Make America as ungovernable as possible by using almost any means available, from challenging the legitimacy of opponents to spreading lies and disinformation to sabotaging the economy."
                Ok where is the evidence? the link of a report not about this subject does not answer the question Where the beef?

                1. lovemychris profile image80
                  lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  This is what the CIA did in Chile in the 1970's. Apply it to America, circa 2007-now, still on-going.

                  Same recipe, different stew.

                  1. American View profile image60
                    American Viewposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    What the CIA did in Chile still does not answer the question you posted whether you wrote it or not. Where is the evidence to back this thread

                    lovemychrisposted 14 hours ago

                    "Modern Republicans have a simple approach to politics when they are not in the White House: Make America as ungovernable as possible by using almost any means available, from challenging the legitimacy of opponents to spreading lies and disinformation to sabotaging the economy."

            2. John Holden profile image60
              John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Here's one for you

              http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB8/ch09-01.htm

              though no doubt you will argue that it is a forgery.

              1. lovemychris profile image80
                lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Nice!
                Reminds me of Confessions of an Economic Hit-Man.

                "if the business-men can't "persuade" them, the Jackals come in for the kill."

              2. American View profile image60
                American Viewposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                John, I say the same to you. What the CIA did in Chile has no bearing on the thread. I do not disagree that we were in Chile, are spies are everywhere. That is no surprise to anyone. Even your UK has spies everywhere including Here in the US. So, once more, where is the evidence to back this thread:

                lovemychrisposted 14 hours ago

                "Modern Republicans have a simple approach to politics when they are not in the White House: Make America as ungovernable as possible by using almost any means available, from challenging the legitimacy of opponents to spreading lies and disinformation to sabotaging the economy."

    2. JOE BARNETT profile image60
      JOE BARNETTposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      if you used that tactic you would sound like a fool!you make it easy for anyone that knows, to determine from whom you gather you information!

    3. Ralph Deeds profile image70
      Ralph Deedsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      The Republicans and Wall Street banksters are the ones who collapsed the economy and prevented sufficient stimulus to revive it, through ignorance of economics and a willingness to run the country onto the rocks in order to discredit President Obama.

  4. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    "if one were to step back and assess this Republican approach, what you would see is something akin to how the CIA has destabilized target countries, especially those that seek to organize themselves in defiance of capitalist orthodoxy.

    To stop this spread of “socialism,” nearly anything goes.

    U.S. intelligence agencies secretly sponsored Chilean news outlets, like the influential newspaper El Mercurio, and supported “populist” uprisings of truckers and housewives. On the economic front, the CIA coordinated efforts to starve the Chilean government of funds and to drive unemployment higher.

    Worsening joblessness could then be spun by the CIA-financed news outlets as proof that Allende’s policies didn’t work and that the only choice for Chile was to scrap its social programs. When Allende compromised with the Right, that had the additional benefit of causing friction between him and some of his supporters who wanted even more radical change.

    As Chile became increasingly ungovernable, the stage was set for the violent overthrow of Allende, the installation of a rightist dictatorship, and the imposition of “free-market” economics that directed more wealth and power to Chile’s rich and their American corporate backers.

    Though the Allende case in Chile is perhaps the best known example of this intelligence strategy (because it was investigated by a Senate committee in the mid-1970s), the CIA has employed this approach frequently around the world. Sometimes the target government is removed without violence, although other times a bloody coup d’etat has been part of the mix.

    Home to Roost

    So, it is perhaps fitting that a comparable approach to politics would eventually come home to roost in the United States, even to the point that some of the propaganda funding comes from outside sources (think of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Washington Times and Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.)

    Obviously, given the wealth of the American elites, the relative proportion of the propaganda funding is derived more domestically in the United States than it would be in a place like Chile (or some other unfortunate Third World country that has gotten on Washington’s bad side).

    But the concept remains the same: Control as much as possible what the population gets to see and hear; create chaos for your opponent’s government, economically and politically; blame if for the mess; and establish in the minds of the voters that their only way out is to submit, that the pain will stop once your side is back in power."
    ***
    To the T was has been done to Obama!, using Fox and talk radio.
    Same as they did to Clinton before him.
    They blame Obama for Bush's policies, And people go along with it! It's incredible.
    Gingrich sent it out in a memo: Say no to everything Obama wants, then we will come in in 2010 as the "saviors"....HELLO!
    Now they want the presidency, and the senate back...and it will be the end of America.
    Russshhhh was my introduction to hate-radio, ala Clinton: "Pot-Smoking, Draft-Dodging Philandere-in-Chief"... "He's not MY president"..."He and Hilary killed her partner", etc.

    With Obama, it started 6 months before he even took office. Jay Severin, in particular around here...."We must do everything we cant to de-rail his presidency."...ETC.

    It's play-book.

  5. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    Severin, btw, is a Repub operative from way back....he used to manage Republican political campaigns.

    He lied about his college education and the fact that he lived in New York City, NOT Boston, when he was hired here!

  6. mikelong profile image82
    mikelongposted 5 years ago

    Danny was peering into a mirror when he wrote that last comment...

  7. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    "May 24, 2011|Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul | Gutierrez and Kraul are special correspondents
    Nearly four decades after a bloody coup overthrew Chilean President Salvador Allende, the remains of the socialist leader were exhumed Monday to try to determine whether he was killed or committed suicide.

    A 1975 investigation by a U.S. Senate committee into CIA activities found that U.S. intelligence officials "appeared to have condoned" the coup and may have helped its leaders gather information before the overthrow."


    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/24 … e-20110524

  8. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    Geeeezus...remember Haiti???

    During Bush.....Rice and Powell leading the President of Haiti out of his mansion? He was forced to "vacation" somewhere...That was a coup too!

    Vulcans.

  9. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    Dang! The more I think about this...the realer it gets!

    Think about it...armed insurrection is what they are after here...guns to Obama speeches, bomb left at MLK march, talk of seccession....

    It's an overthrow they are after too.

    .....IF they don't get what they want.

  10. TMMason profile image72
    TMMasonposted 5 years ago

    You people really need to differentiate between the Progressive scum who have infiltrated the Right and subverted our Party to fulfill the Leftists American National Socialist Agenda, and true Conservatives. Ah the games people play.

    1. lovemychris profile image80
      lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I've heard that before too. "The Neo-Cons are liberals, taking the country to the left."

      Of course, this was said by a blogger who called himself Gladio.

      1. TMMason profile image72
        TMMasonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        If you do not know the difference between a Progressive and a Conservative, Chris... then I cannot help you. I will give you a hint, Progressive = Socialist in sheeps clothing.

        1. lovemychris profile image80
          lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Operation Gladio...do you know it?

          I would say to you...a real Progressive is a Conservative Socialist.

        2. John Holden profile image60
          John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I don't quite get the relevance of this post to the topic.

  11. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    Here's a relevant video: watch it! smile

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HbF3EAt3ck

    1. TMMason profile image72
      TMMasonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      No thank you.

      1. lovemychris profile image80
        lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Oh come on! Did you see the American cutting up the planet and eating it like cake?

        Gobbling it all up for himself, he was.

        And doing it in my name.

        And you say no thanks. Well--go back to sleep then. I tried to help you "see the light" wink

        Stay tuned....and don't be blinded by it.
        Knowledge is Power.

        1. TMMason profile image72
          TMMasonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I am more than proud of my nation for what we have accomplished in our history inthis planet and am not ashamed of what we use for resources. Especially since we, America are respnsible for moving this world into the 21st century and hopefully beyond.

          Gobble gobble gobble it all... NONE FOR YOU!!

          1. lovemychris profile image80
            lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I've noticed.

            Planned Parenthood-cut.
            WIC-cut.
            Private Insurance plans that include abortions-cut.
            LIHEAP-cut.
            Pell Grants-cut.
            Unemployment Insurance for job loss-held hostage to tax cuts.

            Social Security-remains to be seen.
            Medicare-same.
            Medicaide-same.

            90% of America-CUT.

            You are right. None for us. ALL for you.

        2. TMMason profile image72
          TMMasonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          You do know that the American Left and the CIA have been creating revolutions and setting up countries for the fall since the early 1900s. You do... don't you? It is the same exact thing they are doing today in places like Libya, Seria, Yeman, and many other places.

          Their script and agenda is plain to see. They have gone into those countries to foment revolution and screw the people half way through, so that the people see their only hope as moving towards that ideology which is in oppostion to America.

          They have been doing it since after WWII. Thus the utter and complete failure of the Truman doctrine of containment. And thus the reason G.C.Marshall and the Leftists and Progressive traitors made so many bad calculations, and blatent errors in diplomacy and international manuvering, which allowed Communism to flourish under our seeming incompetence.

          And Chris... why are you not freaking out about Obama's illegal wars in those countries I have just named. WHY?

          1. Ralph Deeds profile image70
            Ralph Deedsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            "the people see their only hope as moving towards that ideology which is in oppostion to America."

            Moving from kingdoms and dictatorships to democracy is an ideology in opposition to America? [Of course there is a risk that dictatorships of one kind will be supplanted by dictatorships of another kind. Good government is a scarce commodity.]

            1. TMMason profile image72
              TMMasonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              We are not a Democracy, for one, Ralph. We are a Constitutional Republic. Democracy is mob rule and I do not want it.

              And the context of my statement is as regards those who see Democracy, Communism, Socialism, or some other, as a viable option to what they see as American imperialism brought on by the American Left and its minipulations and mechanations.

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    princess08posted 5 years ago

    hi..!! smile)

  13. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago
  14. TMMason profile image72
    TMMasonposted 5 years ago

    Chris... why are you not freaking out about Obama's illegal wars

  15. ahorseback profile image45
    ahorsebackposted 5 years ago

    You Gotta love these forums and the beauty  of the intentions in asking a question. Now the CIA runs the GOP. All I can  say to this is Grow up!  Of course we all know that the GOP are the only ones playing  football with political issues. Come on people grow some maturity. Obama and the Dems are the ultimate partison political party. I tend to be a fiscal conservative and a ,although I dislike the term , progressive voter . But this issue is just where polititions want us! Divided ! If the American voter , on both sides , ever grew together using common sense and  morality , ethics and virtue to determine leadership ...it would change politics forever!

 
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