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South Korea- Japan Relations and Washington’s Containment of China By Stuart Smallwood, March 01 2013

South Korean boycott of Japanese products suggests long-term challenge for US Pivot

As the United States government attempts its “Pivot to Asia” by strengthening military alliances with democratic and (contrary to the official portrayal of America as a …

Banning Nuclear Weapons: UK to Snub Discussions on Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons By Global Research News, March 01 2013

Campaigners say this shows why a ban treaty must go ahead without them 

The UK has said today that it will not be participating in next week’s international conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapon use. The meeting will …

Seoul’s “Blood Alliance” with Washington: Former Dictator’s Daughter takes over South Korean Presidency By Ben McGrath, March 01 2013

Park Geun-hye, the daughter of former South Korean military dictator Park Chung-hee, who ruled with an iron-fist from 1961 to 1979, was officially sworn in as president on Monday. The media’s promotion of her as the country’s first female president

Washington Escalates Syrian Bloodbath By Bill Van Auken, March 01 2013

Meeting in Rome with the so-called Friends of Syria—fellow NATO powers and the reactionary Sunni monarchies of the Gulf states—Washington’s new secretary of state, John Kerry, announced on Monday that for the first time the US will begin funneling “non-lethal” …

Deepwater Horizon: BP Exec Admits Knew of “Big Risk” of Explosion By Natasha Lennard, March 01 2013

As Grist has flagged, on the second day of the trial against BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, Lamar McKay, who was president of BP America at the time of the explosion, admitted that there was knowledge of

The Geopolitics of Oil and Natural Gas: Russia is Back to Stay in the Middle East By Global Research News, March 01 2013

By Felix Imonti

Russia is back. President Vladimir Putin wants the world to acknowledge that Russia remains a global power. He is making his stand in Syria.

The Soviet Union acquired the Tartus Naval Port in Syria in 1971 without …

Washington’s “Expanded Battlefield Aid” to Syria Al Qaeda Terrorists By Tony Cartalucci, March 01 2013
The US State Department, and to a greater extent, US foreign policy itself, having exhausted completely their collective credibility, has attempted yet another “reset.” By bringing in John Kerry to pose as the next US Secretary of State, it is
This Year’s Subsidy to Wall Street is Equal to the Amount of This Year’s Sequester Cuts By Eric Zuesse, March 01 2013

Since we’ve bailed out the 10 largest banks $83 billion this year alone, should they give it back to us by paying into the U.S. Treasury the amount of this year’s sequester? After all, it’s the same amount.

On February

Strip Britons of UK Citizenship, Then Kill them with Drone Strikes after Passports revoked By Chris Woods and Alice K Ross, March 01 2013

The government has secretly ramped up a controversial programme that strips people of their British citizenship on national security grounds – two of whom have been subsequently killed by US drone attacks.

An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism …

US Supreme Court Justices attack US Voting Rights Act By World Socialist Web Site, March 01 2013

 by Ed Hightower

On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, which challenges the key enforcement provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.

Right-wing justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel …

Police State USA: Supreme Court upholds Secret Wiretaps By John Burton, March 01 2013

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday that a group of United States-based attorneys, journalists and human rights activists, along with their affiliated organizations, cannot sue to establish the unconstitutionality of a 2008 amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance …

The Uncommon Courage of Bradley Manning By Prof. Marjorie Cohn, March 01 2013

Bradley Manning has pleaded guilty to 10 charges including possessing and willfully communicating to an unauthorized person all the main elements of the WikiLeaks disclosure. The charges carry a total of 20 years in prison. For the first time, Bradley …

Haiti’s Nightmare: The Cocaine Coup and the CIA Connection By Global Research News, March 01 2013

by Paul DeRienzo

Originally published by The Shadow no. 32, April/June 1994, published on Global Research 4 days before the February 29, 2004 Coup d’Etat

It was a day before the scheduled return of Haiti’s exiled president Jean Betrand Aristide, …

Mounting Civilian Casualties from Covert US Drone Strikes. US Congress “Turns a Blind Eye” By Chris Woods, March 01 2013

Claims by a powerful Senate oversight committee that it is doing its ‘utmost’ to verify claims of civilian casualties from covert US drone strikes have been undermined by the discovery that it has made no contact with any group conducting

America: The Power to Assassinate a Compliant and Submissive People By Jacob G. Hornberger, February 28 2013

By Jacob G. Hornberger

President Obama’s nomination of John Brennan is being held up over Brennan’s refusal to state whether the president’s power to assassinate Americans (and others) extends to American soil. The controversy is summed up in a great

Guns in the United States By Global Research News, February 28 2013

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The Hottest Trend out of Hollywood: “War Sells!” By Global Research and Global Research, February 28 2013

In this day and age, “selling war” on the big screen has become a vastly lucrative enterprise, and business is booming.

This past week, television broadcasters worldwide have been particularly enthusiastic in celebrating a glorified image of war and violence …

Hollywood-Style History By Stephen Lendman, February 28 2013

Hollywood’s complicity with Washington is longstanding. Movie moguls are duplicitous. The only thing they like better than good films are good deals.

Washington’s requests are prioritized. Scripts feature pro-Western propaganda. “Operation Hollywood” explains.

Daily Variety/Hollywood Reporter David Robb’s bookdiscussed …

US Moves Towards Open Arming of Syrian Opposition By Chris Marsden, February 28 2013

In the lead-up to today’s Friends of Syria summit meeting in Rome, the United States has signalled a shift in policy, towards openly arming the Syrian opposition that is fighting a US proxy war to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.…

War No More? Malaysia Spearheads Efforts to Criminalize War By James Corbett and Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, February 28 2013
Infantile Conservatism: America’s “Greatest National Security Threat is Iran.” Do Conservatives really Believe this? By Pat Buchanan, February 28 2013

Regularly now, The Washington Post, as always concerned with fairness and balance, runs a blog called “Right Turn: Jennifer Rubin’s Take From a Conservative Perspective.”

The blog tells us what the Post regards as conservatism.

On Monday, Rubin declared that

Ouput vs. Employment: America’s Disappearing Jobs By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, February 28 2013

After his State of the Union, President Obama took a jobs tour to call for growth in the manufacturing base where only 6% of US jobs exist.  This was a charade.  It would be like a president touring horse, buggy

Democracy Canadian-style By Eric Walberg, February 28 2013

Given Canada’s neo-realpolitik internationally, it is no surprise that Canadian domestic affairs are following an identical logic. In the past, Canada appeared to stand apart from such settler colonies as the US and Australia in dealing more fairly with

Washington’s Strategic Policy Shift on Syria: Edging Closer to Direct Military Intervention? By Ben Schreiner, February 28 2013

Though President Obama last year rejected a proposal from the State Department, Pentagon, and CIA to directly arm Syrian rebel fighters, his administration is once again edging closer to directly intervening in the Syrian war.

As the Washington Post reported

The REAL Source of Cavities and Gum Disease By Washington's Blog, February 28 2013

Our modern stereotype is that – until recently – people were plagued with rotting teeth, cavities and gum disease.

But the truth is that prehistoric people had much better oral health than we do today.

As NPR reports:

Prehistoric

Washington Seeks “Regime Change” in Malaysia: US-backed Opposition Complicit in Corruption and “Dirty Tricks” By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, February 28 2013

In the coming General Election, condemning the Barisan Nasional (BN)  as “totally corrupt” would be the Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) main line of attack. It will be used as a rallying cry to oust the incumbent. Corruption is undoubtedly a major

Baptism of Fire for South Korea’s First Woman President Park Geun-hye By Nile Bowie, February 28 2013

In the shadow of North Korea’s third nuclear test, the inauguration this week of Park Geun-hye, Northeast Asia’s first female president, is a momentous event.

Her father, former president Park Chung-Hee, was one of South Korea’s most iconic and controversial …

Capitalism as Disease: Spreading Governmental Tyranny and Gun Violence By John Kozy, February 27 2013

When I grew up in semi-rural Pennsylvania, everybody had guns, and guns were never a concern. People had guns for hunting and for skeet and target shooting. I had a 0.22 long barreled Remington rifle for varmint hunting, mainly to …

Italian Voters Reject the European Union’s Austerity Measures By Peter Schwarz, February 27 2013

Italian voters have unambiguously rejected the politics of the Monti government and the European Union. This has triggered panic and outrage in Europe’s capitals and unleashed ferocious tremors on the international finance markets.

Some 55 percent of the electorate voted …

Collapse of Social Programs in America: Three-Quarters of Progressive Caucus Not Taking a Stand Against Cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid By Norman Solomon, February 27 2013
For the social compact of the United States, most of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has gone missing.While still on the caucus roster, three-quarters of the 70-member caucus seem lost in political smog. Those 54 members of the Progressive Caucus haven’t …
Giant Food Corporations Work Hand-In-Glove With Corrupt Government Agencies To Dish Up Cheap, Unhealthy Food By Washington's Blog, February 27 2013

Big Food Is Making Us Sick

The Independent reports that small farmers are being challenged by food companies are becoming insanely concentrated:

Increasingly, a handful of multinationals are tightening their grip on the commodity markets, with potentially dramatic effects for

The U.S.-EU Free Trade Deal: Foundation for a New Global Economic Order By Dana Gabriel, February 27 2013

The U.S. and EU have agreed to launch negotiations on what would be the world’s largest free trade deal. Such an agreement would be the basis for the creation of an economic NATO and would include trade in goods, services …

The Value of Life vs. War and Mayhem. How Many Deaths Are Worth The Price? By Colin Todhunter, February 27 2013

When former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was asked whether half a million dead Iraqi children who perished under US sanctions was a price worth paying to try to remove Saddam Hussein, she replied that it was.

Ask …

Former Insiders Criticise Iran Policy as U.S. Hegemony By Gareth Porter, February 27 2013

“Going to Tehran” arguably represents the most important work on the subject of U.S.-Iran relations to be published thus far.

Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett tackle not only U.S. policy toward Iran but the broader context of Middle East

Threats to the Environment and the XL Keystone Project: “It’s Not About Oil Pipelines, It’s About Tar Sands” By William Boardman, February 27 2013

 The same day that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was promising a “fair and transparent” review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast, the CEO of the company building that pipeline,

Drone Warfare “Signature Strikes” By Cora Currier and Justin Elliott, February 27 2013

The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens – a narrow issue

Malaysia: America and China Compete for Economic and Political Influence By Nile Bowie, February 27 2013

In a bid to garner public support and win back several economically dynamic states lost to the opposition in 2008, Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has introduced a series of populist measures to appeal to voters. But while the

The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing: Decoys, Aliases and NeoConspiracy Theories By Tom Secker, February 26 2013

Like so many major terrorist attacks, the World Trade Center (WTC) bombing of February 1993 occurred shortly after the US presidential election.  The incoming Bill Clinton was confronted with a new menace: Islamic terror had for the first time carried

Arafat Jaradat: Palestinian Prisoner Tortured to Death in Israel By Stephen Lendman, February 26 2013

State terrorism is official Israeli policy. Torture and cold-blooded murder define it. Arafat Jaradat is Israel’s latest victim. He died wracked in pain Saturday.

Israel attributed it to cardiac arrest. Shin Bet claimed no detectable health problems during interrogation. Accusations …

US Troops to Niger: A New Stage in the Scramble for Africa By Bill Van Auken, February 26 2013

President Barack Obama’s terse notification to Congress last week that American troops are being deployed to the northwest African nation of Niger confirms that a whole new stage in the imperialist recolonization of Africa is now in progress.

The dispatch …

US State Department-Funded BBC World Service “Jammed” in China By Tony Cartalucci, February 26 2013

Headlines across the Western corporate-media read, “BBC says ‘extensive, coordinated efforts’ to jam world service frequencies in China” (Fox News), “BBC blocked in China just days after reporting on Chinese hackers” (Washington Post), and “BBC “strongly condemns” China’s attempts to

The Real Iran Hostage Crisis: A CIA Covert Op By Harry V. Martin, February 26 2013

Global Research Editor’s Note

The script of Best Film Academy Award Movie  “Argo” which depicts the Iran Hostage Crisis is largely based on fiction.

The purpose of the film is to rewrite history, to falsify what actually happened as well …

Ottawa’s “Secret Memo”: Canada’s Role in Haiti’s February 2004 Coup d’Etat By Anthony Fenton and Dru Oja Jay, February 26 2013

Declassifying Canada in Haiti: Canadian officials planned military intervention weeks before Haitian coup

by Anthony Fenton and Dru Oja Jay,

Global Research, April 10, 2006

Part I . Canadian officials planned military intervention weeks before Haitian coup

Classified memos obtained …

Historic 911 Court Case: Through Media Disinformation, BBC Supports “The Practice of Terrorism” By Daily Mail, February 26 2013

With the exception of London’s Daily Mail (see below), the British mainstream media, including The Guardian and the Independent,  chose to abstain from coverage or commentary of this historic court case, which points to a criminal process of media disinformation

9/11 Horsham Court Case: “BBC’s Reporting made it Complicit in Acts of Terrorism” By Global Research News, February 26 2013

A large crowd arrived at Horsham Magistrates’ Court this morning, as 9/11 truth campaigner Tony Rooke had his day in court.

Prosecuted for not paying his TV licence, Rooke argued that he could not give money to the BBC because …

Multibillion Weapons Exports: Germany Arms the Persian Gulf Monarchies By Johannes Stern, February 26 2013

In the past year, Germany has more than doubled its arms exports to the Arab Gulf monarchies. Algeria, too, received more defense materiel than in 2011. This emerges from a response by the ministry of economics to a parliamentary question …

Sequester to Spearhead Historic Assault on US Social Programs By Andre Damon, February 26 2013

This week, the news in the United States will be dominated by the Friday, March 1 deadline for the so-called “sequester” to take effect, triggering $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts in 2013. Whatever the outcome of the political theatrics …

Polluted America: GMO Manmade Biological Threats, Plant Diseases, Germ Warfare By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, February 26 2013
The outcome of many years of Roundup Ready GMO corn and soybeans has been a decline in nutritional value, the outbreak of new plant diseases resulting in widespread crop failures, and severe reproductive problems in livestock,
Oscar to Hollywood’s “Argo”: And the Winners are … the Pentagon and the Israel Lobby By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, February 26 2013

Foreign policy observers have long known that Hollywood reflects and promotes U.S. policies (in turn, is determined by Israel and its supporters).   This fact was made public when Michelle Obama announced an Oscar win for “Argo” – a highly propagandist,

Democracy Canadian-Style – “Liberating” Libya and the Mali Adventure By Eric Walberg, February 26 2013

Canada’s role in the postmodern imperial world is as a poster child for promoting formal electoral democracy — at home and abroad. Internationally, instead of offering peacekeeping troops to the UN, as in days of yore, and promoting grassroots development …

Thoughtful, Respectful, and Progressive? Regarding the “Responsibility to Protect” By Maximilian Forte, February 25 2013

Some of this has already been raised, in my recent interview with Phil Taylor, plus in an excellent article by Ken Stone, “UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay: ‘Pretext-maker’ for Western Military Aggression,” and by The Wrong

Anti-Iran Propaganda? The Shortsighted History of Oscar Winning Film ‘Argo’ By Robert Parry, February 25 2013

Exclusive: The Oscar for Best Picture went to Ben Affleck’s Argo, an escape-thriller set in post-revolutionary Iran. It hyped the drama and edged into propaganda. But Americans would have learned a lot more if Affleck had chosen the CIA coup

Denouncing Austerity: Mass Demonstrations against Financial Coup in Spain By Jérôme Roos, February 25 2013

Hundreds of thousands take to the streets to denounce austerity and defend democracy as corruption scandals shake Spanish royal house and government.

Europe’s 2013 protest season finally kicked off this week. On Saturday, three days after the umpteenth general strike …

US Deploys Troops, Drones to Niger By Barry Grey, February 25 2013

President Barack Obama on Friday officially notified the US Congress that he had deployed “approximately” 100 US troops to the western African nation of Niger.

In a perfunctory, six-sentence letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senator Patrick Leahy, president …

Turkish Police Disperse Pro-Syria Demonstration By Global Research News, February 25 2013

Clashes have broken out between Turkish police and supporters of the Syrian government in Turkey’s southern province of Hatay, Press TV reports.

Police on Saturday used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the demonstrators who were calling for an …

Limitless Surveillance and the Death of Privacy: Inside the FISA/Echelon Spy Grid By Annie Machon and James Corbett, February 25 2013
2013 Academy Award Nominations: “And the Winner is … The CIA” By David Walsh, February 25 2013

This year’s Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning during a media event at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

The award ceremony itself will take place February 24 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

In 2012 the

9/11 Court Case in Horsham Today: BBC Must Answer Allegation Regarding the Covering up of Information By Global Research News, February 25 2013

Tony Rooke has persuaded the courts that the BBC must answer the allegation that, in covering up information on the 9/11 attacks, they are colluding with terrorism. Many truth activists are planning to attend the three hour hearing in front

“Israel Firsters” on Parade in Chuck Hagel Nomination By Sean Fenley, February 25 2013

Only the most extreme Likudnik could regard Chuck Hagel as anything but a rock-solid, and implacable friend of Israel. Except for the fact of his saying, at one time, that he was a Senator from the United States of America, …

The War on Syria: Israeli Licence to Cheney-Linked Energy Firm in Occupied Golan Heights By Jim Lobe, February 25 2013

In a potential new source of contention between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel has reportedly granted a U.S. energy firm with heavyweight political connections to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights.…

Obama’s Israel Trip: Ignore the Hype. It’s Four more Years of Settlement Growth By Jonathan Cook, February 25 2013

Israeli and Palestinian officials have been in Washington laying the ground for President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel and the West Bank, scheduled for next month and the first since he took office four years ago.

Topping the agenda, Israeli …

Dead French Photographer was State Department-Funded – Embedded in Syria With Al Qaeda By Tony Cartalucci, February 25 2013

 Further indication of the depraved nature of the West’s campaign against Syria, and the depraved nature of its institutions, methods, and faux-NGOs, vindicating a growing trend of ejecting Western “journalists” and NGO’s from an ever increasing number of nations, it

How the Fed Could Fix the Economy—and Why It Hasn’t By Ellen Brown, February 25 2013

Quantitative easing (QE) is supposed to stimulate the economy by adding money to the money supply, increasing demand. But so far, it hasn’t been working. Why not? Because as practiced for the last two decades, QE does not actually increase

Austerity USA Begins March 1st: Bipartisan Project to Impoverish the American People By Shamus Cooke, February 25 2013
The current plan for the austerity "sequester" cuts is $100 billion of federal cuts every year for ten years, equaling massive cuts to jobs, Medicare, education, completely destroying federally funded social programs
Week in Review: The U.S. Criminal State and the New Cold War By Global Research and Global Research, February 24 2013
Argentina’s President Accuses her country’s Zionist Lobby of Plotting Against Buenos Aires By Global Research News, February 24 2013

Global Research Editorial Note

We bring to the attention of Global Research leaders this Haaretz article that outlines how Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner diplomatically warned how a terrorist attack in Argentina could be be the world of …

Chavez warns that Africa and South America Must Unite or face Western Interventions By Global Research News, February 24 2013

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in an open letter has urged countries of the South American and African continents to unite into a “true pole of power”, while railing against recent Western interventions in Africa.

The letter was read out yesterday …

Modern Colonialism: Foreign Investors Buy Up Vast Amounts of Developing World Farmland By Der Spiegel, February 24 2013

Foreign investors are buying or leasing vast amounts of farmland in Developing World countries to profit from surging demand for food crops as a result of rapid population growth. “Land grabbing” amounts to a new form of colonialism that often

Iranian Warships to Dock in China, India, Sri Lanka By Global Research News, February 24 2013

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said a fleet of Iranian warships is moving towards Southeast Asia to pass through the Strait of Malacca.

The Strait of Malacca is a narrow, 805 km stretch of water between the Malay …

The New Cold War: Russia will Modernize its Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine By Ria Novosti, February 24 2013

Russia has announced plans to rearm its Black Sea Fleet and has asked Ukraine to settle the issues regarding the planned deliveries of new weapons to the naval force, Ukraine’s defense minister said on Saturday.

“Russia’s desire is understandable – …

Are the G20 and IMF in the process of creating a Global Currency and Federal Reserve? By Global Research News, February 24 2013

While headline stories about averting the dangers of an international “currency war” dominated news coverage of the recently concluded G20 meeting in Moscow, the real unreported story is that the global gathering of central bankers and finance ministers is pushing …

Russia Urges the UN to create a Global Response System against Space Threats By Ria Novosti, February 24 2013

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday a global system to protect our planet from asteroids and other dangerous space objects should be created under the auspices of the United Nations.

“This system should become global and universal …

Like Colombia, Chile is a US military proxy in South America By Nil Nikandrov, February 24 2013

In the 1990s the U.S. Department of State complied with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and released newly declassified and other documents related to events in Chile after Salvador Allende was toppled in 1973. The documents were related to …

US Government Adviser: America is at Cyber War with China, Russia, Iran By Press TV, February 24 2013
An American expert reveals that the United States has launched a widespread hostile cyber warfare against Iran, Russia and China.

Scott Borg, CEO of US Cyber Consequences Unit and an advisor to the US government said the US considers both …

The New Cold War: America prepares to make a digital attack on China By Peter Symonds, February 24 2013

The Obama administration, working hand-in-hand with the American media, has opened up a new front in its aggressive campaign against China. A slew of articles, most notably in the New York Times, has appeared over the past week purportedly …

The US- North Korea Confrontation: All-out War or Permanent Peace in the Region? By Global Research News, February 23 2013

by Christine Hong, Hyun Lee

With all eyes on North Korea since its third nuclear test, remarkably little has been said about how we arrived at this crisis point. Inadequately contextualized as North Korea’s response to fortified UN sanctions, the …

High Crimes – Corporate Rule, 9/11, and the Death of Chris Dorner By Michael Welch, February 23 2013

 “The tactics that he [Dorner] employed are straight out of a special operations warbook. What special operations people have done for the CIA ….they have compiled enormous amounts of information, largely done by the CIA on the family members of

The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump: Ontario Power Generation’s Plan to Bury Nuclear Waste on Shores of Lake Huron By Global Research News, February 23 2013

by Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump     

1.     Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a multi-billion dollar corporation wholly owned by the Province of Ontario, plans to build a nuclear waste dump at the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site, Municipality of Kincardine, …

Top U.S. Terrorist Group: the FBI By David Swanson, February 23 2013
A careful study of the FBI’s own data on terrorism in the United States, reported in Trevor Aaronson’s book The Terror Factory,finds one organization leading all others in creating terrorist plots in the United States: the FBI.Imagine an incompetent …
Brennan’s Loose Talk on Iran Nukes By Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, February 23 2013

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on John Brennan to head the CIA focused on lethal drones, but Brennan’s loose talk lumping Iran with North Korea as nuclear threats could be even more worrisome, recalling Iraq WMD exaggerations, as Veteran Intelligence