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YOU might not have noticed but while Tubularsock was overseeing his vast stock portfolio he noticed a very interesting development.

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Obomber speaks of attacking Syria and RAYTHEON’s stock goes up reaching a 52-week high at $81.26 per share. 

Now for you hoi polloi ,your ability to grasp this development, more than likely, passed over your heads but for Tubularsock and the capitalist class this was great news.

Tubularsock cashed in buying low and selling high. Using this new found wealth to invest in body-bag sales. There is going to be a killing to be made in this market, yes pun intended.

LET ME EXPLAIN IN SIMPLE TERMS:

Obomber announces attacking Syria.

RAYTHEON’s stock jumps up.

Tomahawk Missiles are made by RAYTHEON.

 

A Tomahawk Missile cost $1,000,000.00 each.

 

Once they blow up you need another one.

 

More than 2,000 have be fired in combat over the years.

 

Once they blow up you need another one.

 

Most American warships are equipped with 90 of them.

 

Once they blow up you need another one.

 

There are four U.S. warships set to fire these missiles at Syria.

 

Once they blow up you need another one.

 

There is BIG profit to me made by RAYTHEON here.

 

WHY?

 

ONCE THEY BLOW UP YOU NEED ANOTHER ONE!

But there’s more.

The Pentagon buys 196 Tomahawk missiles a year. That is what is considered the “minimum sustaining rate” but after firing hundreds of them on Libya in 2011, well gosh we have had to ramp up production.

Now accounting for the extra orders, RAYTHEON delivered 252 missiles this fiscal year and 361 last fiscal year. But one can’t have enough because Tubularsock has read some place that “once you blow them up you need another one”.

“In its budget submission for fiscal 2013, the White House requested 196 Tomahawks, for a total program cost of $320 million. It’s requesting the same amount next fiscal year, for a cost of $325 million. The increase in price, defense watchers say, is the result of several factors: inflation, rising fuel costs and a shrinking supply chain.”  (Austin Wright, Politico)

But when you factor in the “total program cost” a Tomahawk Missile costs $1,658,163.26. Think about that …..

every time the Navy presses a button ……..

 

BOOM $1,658,163.26 goes up …… and we need another one.

A Tomahawk Missile has “advanced contour mapping” so they can fly low and avoid ground radar. They have a range of up to 1,300 nautical miles. They travel at more than 500 miles an hour. And they can hover over their targets for hours providing a real-time view of the battlefield.

They deliver a 1,000 pound warhead that can devastate half an urban block and can hit a target the size of a home’s window.

 

THEY HAVE AN 85% DIRECT HIT RATE.

Are you impressed yet?

Well Tubularsock has come up with a couple of thoughts here.

Ahhh ……… 15% of the time they don’t have a direct hit so how many urban blocks are wiped out by hitting the WRONG home’s window?

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I guess it’s not much. You know how ALL urban blocks look pretty much the same.

But to be fair Raytheon was not the only defense contractor who saw their stock price go up during the buildup for a potential strike. Boeing, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin — all missile system manufacturers — all saw sharp gains.

And can you believe that those homeless people Tubularsock has to set over ever time I walk down a city block have the nerve to ask for money to eat! The nerve of some people!

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Wow! Have you looked over the new “agreement” between the U.S., Russia, and Syria? Well, “agreement” or is a “treaty”. Nah. Really kind of like an “understanding”.

Ok. Hands up, how many have read the “document” about putting Syria’s chemical weapons under International Control and destroying those weapons.

Well, Tubularsock was just floating through the political cosmos and started thinking.

Just how could John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov (you remember Russia our forever enemy) shake hands and agree on how Syria is going to give up their EVIL chemical weapons?

But just what has to happen?

Oh my, What has to happen, indeed.

Now Syria has a shit load of chemical weapons and chemicals in general that are called “duel use” chemicals. You know. Those chemicals that can be used to save OR destroy people, among other things. 

Fun side note: Remember Reagan was responsible for selling “duel use” chemicals to Saddam INSANE. That was durning the time that Donald Rumsfeld was kissing Saddam’s ass.

Who would sell an INSANE man “duel use” chemicals and not expect him not to use them on the Kurds? Well who can think of that when you are in the Agricultural Department and there are profits to be made for the Chemical Industry.? After-all, they are part of “protecting American interests” don’t you know.

Shame about those gassed men, women, and children of the Kurds.

Remember which way the American Government looked when the Kurds were gassed?

Oh yeah, we were backing Saddam INSANE against IRAN!

That is not the time to give much thought to the Kurds, now is it.

My ……… how Tubularsock digresses ……..

Well in the overview, things look well ……… I guess it all has to do with what you remember about signing something and doing something.

Now don’t get Tubularsock wrong …….. signing rather than bombing any day BUT …..

I’m really not sure if Kerry and Lavrov, kind of, remembered that Syria was in the middle of a civil war. You know what I mean. They both arrived in limos to a huge marbled interior building in Geneva and both stayed in ….. well not Motel 8. And you know how “intensive talks” can go on for three days.

And then with dinners and drinks with separate entourages. Well you can imagine the stress.

SO LET’S TALK CHEMICAL ………

Well it’s being hyped as “ . . . the most challenging undertakings in the history of arms control”.

“Excuse me, but could I have an order of escargot as an appetizer?”

Now the chemical weapons have to be secured. Currently the storage facilities are being guarded (in theory) by Assad’s troops.

So first issue …….. who is going to put “boots on the ground” and secure these sites?

AND who is going to pay for that?

Second issue ……… who’s “boots on the ground” will Assad accept to enter his country with guns and be trusted to do only their job of guarding the facilities.

And the third issue …….. who’s “boots on the ground” once accepted will want to come into Syria and guard the chemical weapons? With both the “extremist groups” and elements within the Assad government that don’t want to give up control willingly interested in getting their hands on the weapons ….. well this isn’t going to be a cake walk for the “boots on the ground”?

“Oh yes, another bottle of that wonderful Romanée Conti, please.”

Well let’s say we have that worked out in theory. Maybe a U.N. force or the Russians?

And who are going to protect the inspector? …………. and who are going to trust the inspectors?  ………….. and who are going to pay the inspectors?

Questions, questions, questions.

Now, the logistics of disposal. 

 

This is extremely dangerous to pull off and who will accept to receive these weapons for disposal and who is going to pay for this process?

The destruction of these weapons will take YEARS and the chances of either human error or attack of the storage areas or during transport are very high.

And according to Harlan Ullman, a senior adviser to the Atlantic Council, “ . . . many bureaucracies will be engaged including the national security councils of the United States and Russia, the United Nations, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and among others the Syrian government. Hence, delays and administrative obstacles could be huge.” AN UNDERSTATEMENT TO SAY THE LEAST.

This disposal is going to cost into the hundreds of billions of dollars. Get your check books ready!

The German’s private sector has extensive experience in chemical weapons disposal and may be called on to handle this major task. That is still up in the air.

But remember the Obomber’s use of force is still in play and if there are delays and lack of progress this county may blow Syria apart. 

 

Fortunately, Geneva isn’t down wind from those exploding chemical sites.

 

John: “I’d just love another Mille-feuille pastry to top off our work here, Sergei.”

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Sergei: “We may want to review our agreement during ski season next time, John.”

 

John: “Splendid idea, Sergei. I may be able to hold Barack off for a bit.”

 

Sergei: “Excellent………Brandy?”

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Ok. Syria has NOT signed on to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction. And the United States HAS signed on to this 1993 Convention.

Syria has the largest stockpile of chemical weapons in the Middle East!

The United States has the largest stockpile of chemical weapons IN THE WORLD!

Question one: Which nation is breaking their signed agreement commitment to the world community on stockpiling chemical weapons?

Now it has been confirmed that Saudi Arabia is providing chemical weapons to their paid mercenary “rebels” jihadist in Syria. Oh yeah, the CIA is involved!

Saudi Arabia signed the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction in 1993.

Question two: Which nation is breaking their signed agreement commitment to the world community on the use of chemical weapons?

Thirteen countries declared chemical weapons production facilities: one of those countries is the United States! Yet the United States has signed the Convention to not Produce Chemical Weapons.

Is it just Tubularsock or do you too notice a preponderance toward hypocrisy here?

THAT is what bothers Tubularsock the most. I don’t think that Assad is a Mister-Nice-Guy but who in the hell are “we” (the U.S.) to call the kettle BLACK?

Now the ONLY thing the world knows FOR SURE is that some type of chemical was used in this recent event in Ghouta, Syria. That is it. 

So from Tubularsock’s research this is what Tubularsock believes happened.

The SAUDI PAID JIHADIST REBELS were moving chemical weapons into position for a future operation. This has been confirmed by Yahya Ababneh an on the ground reporter for Mint Press News. He interviewed the rebels, their family members, victims of the chemical weapons attacks and local residents. (EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack)

Because the “rebel forces” were not trained in or had knowledge of what they were moving and handling caused an “accident” and those weapons went off.

The shelling of the area by Assad’s forces contributed to the further release of the chemical stockpile of weapons in caves in the area.

All in all, disaster!

If you plug in all the different stories and explanations into THIS model it isn’t a deliberate action on either side.

Now again, Tubularsock is not attempting to make Assad out to be some kind of a good guy, he isn’t but you have to ask the question, why would he deliberately attack the SAUDI PAID JIHADIST REBELS with chemical weapons knowing full well that the U.S. would then have the excuse it was looking for to enter this “CIVIL WAR” with more fire power?

Doesn’t make any sense. Assad may not be a good guy but he is not stupid. If you remember the last time chemical weapons were used it was the SAUDI PAID JIHADIST REBELS that used them.

It makes more sense that the SAUDI PAID JIHADIST REBELS were planing to use them to get the U.S. involved more directly but they went off prematurely. Either way it becomes an advantage to the SAUDI PAID JIHADIST REBELS! 

All of the U.S. intelligence is being manipulated AGAIN in order to follow the PRE-DECIDED AGENDA rather than what actually occurred.

In fact the CIA’s Office of Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation and Arms Control (WINPAC) Center are evaluating the “evidence”. This is the very same center that twisted the 2002 Iraq WMD’s into a pretzel in order to make the case for invasion of Iraq.

It is clear that it is next to impossible to know what actually occurred and the Obama administration say that they can show that samples of blood and hair from medical personnel in eastern Ghouta had been found to contain traces of sarin nerve gas.

BUT NO WHERE IS THERE IS ANY DIRECT EVIDENCE THAT THE ASSAD GOVERNMENT USED THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN GHOUTA AS OPPOSED TO THE SAUDI PAID JIHADIST REBELS USING THEM!

What we have here is a pre-planned attack by the United States against the Assad Government and evidence being manipulated to back the pre-planned attack.

John Kerry  just happened to mention during his meeting with the Senate Committee on bombing Syria “ . . . that unnamed Arab countries had offered to “cover the cost” of the strikes.”  Hmmm, Tubularsock wonders which unnamed Saudi Arabia was he thinking!

And then there is this: “The use of force is lawful only when in exercise of self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations charter and/or when the Security Council approves of such action.” That is a firm principle of the United Nations.”

 ………..UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

But the bottom line is: Obama said on Saturday he was “comfortable going forward without the approval of a United Nations Security

Council . . .”

 

Obama also has said that he is comfortable going forward without the House of Representatives approval.

 

AND WE CAN ASSUME OBAMA IS COMFORTABLE GOING FORWARD WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’ S APPROVAL WHO AT THE MOMENT ARE POLLING AT 63% AGAINST BOMBING SYRIA!

 

Hmm. Maybe in an Obama democracy the people AREN’T the government.

SO IF OBAMA DOESN’T SEEM TO THINK THAT HE NEEDS ANY APPROVAL TO BOMB SYRIA AND ALL THOSE WHO DON’T WANT HIM TO BOMB SYRIA DON’T SEEM TO COUNT THEN FOR WHOM IS HE BOMBING SYRIA? THINK ON THAT, MY FRIENDS!

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Well, Tubularsock feels a hell of a lot better about Syria and its future bombing. No not because Step-an-fetch-it-Obomber has decided to let that check and balance system have a chance to speak before he will bomb the fuck out of them. No, it’s because Tubularsock just read his own blog post and realized IT’S NOT ABOUT ME!

Obomber’s decision to bomb Syria isn’t about Tubularsock having a beef with a Syrian.  Nor is it about YOU not having a beef with a Syrian. No really! We have nothing to do with it! And you know for sure it has absolutely nothing to do with Chemical Weapons or helping the Syrian people.

With the exception that WE have to pay for it! (Of little consequence to us, right?)

Now aren’t you relieved?

It is simply a business move. Feel better now?

You see the entire region needs to be MORE destabilized because, “What is good for business is good for business and the business of business IS business!”

(Think of this last insight as a bumper sticker that could only fit on a corporate limo bumper.)

You see there is this pipe line deal that has to be disrupted ……… wouldn’t you know.

In July, 2011 Iran, Iraq, and Syria signed a major gas pipeline deal.

This pipeline construction will provide for Iranian gas from its South Pars gas field to Europe via Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea. (Boring, yes?)

According to the deal, Iranian gas will be transited to Greece and other European countries via a 6,000-kilometer pipeline crossing thorough Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon and under the Mediterranean Sea. (Tehran Times)

This project will cut into Israel’s plans of selling gas to Europe.

This project will also cut into Qatar’s gas sales to Europe.

This project will also affect Turkey’s self-described privileged energy crossroads between East and West.

So what does that have to do with the United States’ “Interests”?

A fun side note: Whenever you hear that our military is protecting American interests, that is NOT your (the citizen’s) interest. That means American corporate interests. And now in todays terms world corporate interests. GET CLEAR YOU ARE NOT PART OF THOSE INTERESTS! (But you pay for it.)

Enter Prince Bandar bin Sultan better known to those who love him as Bandar-Bush.

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Now Bandar is what makes this all too fun. He is a Saudi-sleazeball who was the Saudi Ambassador to the United States from 1983 through 2005 and had the inside track with five Presidents and with Congress. He was especially tight with the Bush family and joined, with Saudi money, into the Carlylel Group. An inside-track investment corporation where many former government officials were able to use their insider knowledge to garner wealth.

All in that grand-ol’-capitalist-spirit!

He was so tight with the Bush family that Little-Bush was the one who give him the  nicknamed Bandar-Bush.

Bandar encouraged military action against Iraq. And best of all he supported Dick Cheney’s agenda for “The New Middle East”, which called for pro-democracy programs in both Syria and Iran. (And you know what pro-democracy means to Cheney!)

Which only goes to show you that floating turds swim in the same toilet.

 

For years now Tubularsock has been looking for the flusher!

After 2005 Bandar disappeared and rumor had it that he had been killed or died but like a bad riyal he cropped up again as Director General of  the Saudi Intelligence Agency in 2011.

This guy runs weapons, cash, fighters and he is the main pipeline in providing chemical weapons to the “Syrian rebels” most of whom are not Syrian at all but jihadist mercenaries funded by Saudi Arabia and the CIA.

Are you getting the picture yet?

Bandar was involved in the Iran-Contra deal back in the day. He arranged for $32 million in Saudi financing for the Nicaraguan Contras.

The guy’s a creep of the highest order and he is still peddling his ware.

Recently he met with Putin to try and pressure Russia to back off with helping Assad but Putin has too much invested in keeping the U.S. from destabilizing Iran.

But this pipe line deal isn’t the only issue nor is the international consulting, construction, and distribution systems that are needed to pull this off.

No, there is also the Israeli Zionist’s belief that a destabilized Syria, Lebanon, Iran, and Iraq would benefit Israel because it would cause infighting within the Arab world thus weakening a major force against Israel.

And on top of that is the U.S., Saudi, and Israeli fascination with bringing down Iran.

But perhaps the largest piece of the pie goes to the incredibly huge profits garnered by our military-industrial-complex. The amount this “limited” bombing will end up costing will be in the billions if not trillions of dollars. And that is what it really is all about. PROFITS!

And that is why you will see Congress back this insane adventure because they are mere whores of these war industries.

Our only hope is in the House of Representatives. And the key votes are going to be those crazy tea party types. The standard Democrat and Republican are way past sold out to corporate interests. But the tea party crazies might just stop Congressional approval.

That does not necessarily mean that Obomber won’t step up to the plate and order these bombing as punishment because of HIS high moral standards.*** But if he does it will be a major foreign policy blunder. And the costs are far greater than can be imagined.****

 

*** that was a joke!

****  that is no joke!

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WHAT’S IT TO YOU?

Ok. Tubularsock was sitting in his top floor corner office in his underground bunker over looking Washington, D.C. in Oakland, CA. and this thought floated through and with the agility of a stealth bomber I plucked it from the ethos.

What do YOU ……… an American citizen living in America ……. what do you have to do with bombing a Syrian?

Really. What has a Syrian done to YOU lately? What harm has a Syrian caused YOU?

In most cases only a handful of YOU have ever even seen a Syrian let alone talked with one.

So ………. would you blow one up?

I wouldn’t.

And when YOU start to think about it, how about an Iraqi? Or a Pakistani?

Just what have they done to you personally? Anything at all?

An Afghan? Would YOU leave your house today and go blow up an Afghan?

Do you have cause? Have you even met one in your travels?

And yet, we have killed hundreds of thousands of them. Men, women, and children.

But what has EVEN ONE done to you?

SO WHAT GIVES?

Can you actually say that YOU have a beef with a Syrian or an Afghan? How about a Pakistani? How about an Iranian?

SO WHAT GIVES?

YOU don’t have a beef with them, YOU don’t even know one.

So why are we so accepting with bombing them?

Tubularsock is still trying to grok why we “had to” kill so many Vietnamese?

Bombing their homes, killing their water buffalo, Agent Orange-ing their jungle, napalming their families.

FOR WHAT?

I personally have never had a beef with a Vietnamese, EVER!

SO WHAT GIVES?

Syria has never attacked the United States.

Vietnam has never attacked the United States.

Iran has never attacked the United States.

Pakistan has never attacked the United States.

Iraq has never attacked the United States.

Afghanistan has never attacked the United States.

YET ……… THE UNITED STATES HAS ATTACKED EACH OF THEM!

Do you notice some kind of a pattern here?

THINK ABOUT IT ………..

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