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Week in Review: 2023, week 43

Week in Review: 2023, week 43

Panic in the White House, Narrative Control is Lost, and a Fundamental Weakness is Revealed

[Image: Israel bombs Gaza (from Common Dreams).]

Published: 2023-10-30

Updated 2023-10-31: references added.



Munching on Palestine, YesXorNo, 2023-10-25



US Sends More Air Defenses to Middle East as Escalation Risk Rises, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-22

  • Gotta put 'em somewhere, and missle defense hasn't been needed in the US since missiles were invented

Israeli Official Vows to Wipe Iran 'Off the Face of the Earth' If Hezbollah Enters War, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-22

  • That Biden disease of wandering off script is catching

Israel to Consider Civilians 'Terrorist Accomplices' If They Stay in North Gaza, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-22

  • Rest of world considers Israel the terrorists

Israeli Military Says Soldier Killed During Raid Into Gaza, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-22

  • Guard killed raiding the prison, prisoners unmoved

Blinken Rejects Idea of Gaza Ceasefire Despite Massive Child Casualties, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-22

  • Agreed with the Israeli logic is that Palestinian children are guilty because Palestinian.

White House Says Israel Will Decide on Gaza Strategy, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-23

  • Rest of world asserts that Israel controls US strategy based on behavioural analysis

US Sends Military Advisors to Israel, Including 3-Star General, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-23

  • Training program. Unsure who is training who though.

Pentagon Expects 'Significant Escalation' of Attacks on US Troops Over Gaza War, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-23

  • Mum, they're shooting at us. Yeah, well, we're in their country. They tend to get upset about that. Silly nationalists.

Netanyahu Says Monday Strikes on Gaza Were Hardest Yet, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-24

  • Hardest hit on international reputation since the day before

France's Macron Says US-Led Anti-ISIS Coalition Should Fight Hamas, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-24

  • Local national political rhetoric in the middle of a significant international war escalation risk. Good job, Macron.

White House Says Israel Will Continue to Kill 'Innocent Civilians' in Gaza, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-24

  • See above about Palestinian children.

Israel Demands UN Chief Resign for Saying Hamas Attack Didn't Happen in a Vacuum, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-24

  • Israel's UN diplomat fails on two counts: diplomacy and understanding how the UN works

Oxfam: Israel Using Starvation as 'Weapon of War' Against Gaza Civilians, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-25

  • Developing world to Oxfam: US has been replacing core grain crops with cash crops in the developing world via IMF loans and other mechanisms for decades so that we need to buy subsidised, US, GMO grain to feed our people, which subjudgates our governemnts to US control.

House Approves Resolution Backing Israel in New Speaker's First Move, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-25

  • Off to a great start. Uphill from here, all the way.

President Biden Accuses Palestinians of Lying About Civilian Casualties, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-25

  • Palestinian civil groups were unable to respond, due to ongoing bombing campaign

Israeli Tanks and Troops Briefly Enter Gaza During Raid, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-26

  • Drove over the fence, couldn't find anyone to shoot at, drove back over the fence. Easy.

Republican Senators Introduce Stand-Alone Israel Aid Bill, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-26

  • Made sure that no Palestinians could vote on it too.

Palestinian Health Ministry Releases Names of Palestinians Killed After Biden Questions Death Toll, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-26

  • Ooops.

Israel Cuts Communications in Gaza as IDF Ground Operations Expand, Kyle Anzalone, Antiwar, 2023-10-27

  • To quote Caitlin Johnson "because murders don't like witnesses"

US Sends 900 Troops to Middle East as Attacks Continue, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-26

  • Its says in the promo "opportunity to tour the world".

Other Middle East

Israel Again Bombs Syria's Damascus and Aleppo Airports, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-22

  • I think we’ve covered this before

Erdogan Submits Sweden's NATO Bid to Turkish Parliament, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-23

  • Exquisite timing

Pentagon: US Forces in Iraq and Syria Attacked 13 Times in Last Week, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-24

  • Iraq and Syria: Which part of 'you are a foreign, univited military on our soil' do you not understand?

Israeli Airstrikes Kill Eight Syrian Soldiers in Southern Syria, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-25

  • Israeli Illegal Terrorism in Syria, again

US Airstrikes Target Eastern Syria, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-26

  • and claimed they were 'defending themselves'. See above for "foreign, uninvited military".

Ukraine (Remember that?)

Report Details How the CIA Is Backing Ukraine's Assassinations Inside Russia, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-23

  • Moral support

Ukrainian Pilots Have Begun Training on F-16s in Arizona, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-26

  • Pity. Arizona doesn't look much like Ukraine.

US Announces $150 Million Weapons Package for Ukraine, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-26

  • Should last about 1 day, or less.


Russia to Withdraw Ratification of Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-25

  • And then there were none.

Russia Says It's Aware of US Support for Ukraine's Intelligence Agencies, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-24

  • Dave, when did this become news?


Chinese, Philippine Vessels Collide in South China Sea, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-22

  • A bump in the night


Senate Votes Down Bill to Withdraw Troops from Niger, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-26

  • Niger says they have no intention of dispersing the ongoing protests outside the base, and have been distributing dual-use cooking pots.


New House Speaker: Russia, China, and Iran Are New Axis of Evil, Kyle Anzalone, Antiwar, 2023-10-27

  • On a role isn't he? He forgot about North Korea though, so only just a pass.


House Members Circulate Bipartisan Letter to Urge Biden to Drop Assange Case, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-10-23

  • Placed on top of the pile labelled "Important things to look into after the next election"

Other Voices


Let Them Eat Cement, Chris Hedges, ScheerPost, 2023-10-22

If Israel Stops Murdering Thousands Of Children, The Bad Guys Might Win, Caitlin Johnstone, 2023-10-24

Germany's Ban on Public Solidarity With Palestine, PeoplesDispatch, Consortium News (originally PeoplesDispatch), 2023-10-25

Chemical False Flag, Delayed Israeli Offensive and Palestinian Civilian Casualties Mount, Larry Johnson, Sonar21, 2023-10-25

What really happened on 7th October?, Robert Inlakesh & Sharmine Narwani, The Cradle, 2023-10-24

The Existential Trap – The Pentagon Has Just Fallen Into It, as Biden Tries to Avoid Carter’s Hostage Rescue Disaster, John Helmer, Dances with Bears, 2023-10-23

The Gods Are Going Against The Chosen People — Mammon Against Israel, Mars Against The Pentagon, John Helmer, Dances with Bears, 2023-10-27

Full-Dress Irrationality, Patrick Lawrence, ScheerPost, 2023-10-26

Two Middle East Outlooks, b., MoonOfAlabama, 2023-10-27

  • Really bad and Amageddon


Breaking News: Russia tests its nuclear triad for massive response capability, Gilbert Doctorow, Gilbert Doctorow, None

Iran-Russia set a western trap in Palestine, Pepe Escobar, The Cradle, 2023-10-27


Ukraine's Sudden High Air Losses Likely Caused By New Russian Missiles, b., MoonOfAlabama, 2023-10-25

Report Details How the CIA Is Backing Ukraine's Assassinations Inside Russia, Dave DeCamp, Natylie's Place: Understanding Russia, 2023-10-25


How the International Monetary Fund Continues to Shrink the Poorer Nations: The Forty-Third Newsletter (2023), Vijay Prashad, TISR, 2023-10-26

Israel and United States Are Taking a Diplomatic Pounding, Larry Johnson, sonar21, 2023-10-26

Escalations Cannot Be Stopped – The White House Is Rattled; Escalations Might All Fuse Into ‘One’, Alastair Crooke, Strategic Culture, 2023-10-26

Assange / Murray

Cold Blooded Killers and their Cheerleaders, Craig Murray, 2023-10-28

Fighting the British Police State – Somebody Has To, Craig Murray, 2023-10-27

Incredibly, I Face Investigation for Terrorism – Defence Funds Appeal, Craig Murray, 2023-10-27

Videos ...

10/25/23 Meron Rapoport on Netanyahu’s Choice to Aid Hamas, Horton interviews Rapoport, The Scott Horton Show, 2023-10-25

  • MP3

  • Scott talks with Israeli journalist Meron Rapoport about Netanyahu’s policy to prop up Hamas and the broader political ramifications of the current escalation. They begin by working through the history of the Israeli strategy to keep Hamas in power in an attempt to discredit the Palestinian Authority and pro-Palestinian advocates more broadly.

  • (Discussed on the program) The end of the Netanyahu doctrine, Meron Rapoport, Responsible Statecraft, 2023-10-11

Biden neocon war drums beat louder, Mercouris and Christoforou, The Duran, 2023-10-26

US targets Iran by launching airstrikes on Syria, Mercouris and Christoforou, The Duran, 2023-10-27

Israel-Palestine War: Is the US Preparing to Attack Iran?, Simes interviews Martyanov, New Rules, 2023-10-25

Col. Douglas Macgregor: How ill-equipped is the US for two wars?, Napolitano interviews McGregor, Judging Freedom, 2023-10-26

Alastair Crooke: The Dangers of Military Escalation in the Middle East, Napolitano interviews Crooke, Judging Freedom, 2023-10-26 (See also below for another Crooke interview)

Scott Ritter: Joe Biden and WWIII, Napolitano interviews Ritter, Judging Freedom, 2023-10-26

Prof. John Mearsheimer: How the Israeli invasion of Gaza is hurting Israel?, Napolitano interviews Mearsheimer, Judging Freedom, 2023-10-27

McGovern & Johnson- The Intel Roundtable: Can Intel and diplomacy end the Israeli⧸Hamas War? Napolitano interviews McGovern and Johnson, Judging Freedom, 2023-10-27

Alastair Crooke: The Deterrence Paradigm has Failed., Napolitano interviews Crooke, Judging Freedom, 2023-10-30

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