Sanders, Clinton And Foreign Policy ‘Red Meat.’

By Jerry Alatalo

Veterans For Peace








Alphabet Professor of Media Studies at New York University Mark Crispin Miller helped bring together peace activists Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern to talk about the differences between Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton days before today’s New York state Democratic primary. It’s unfortunate that the presentation wasn’t organized earlier. Ritter and McGovern tell viewers of The Real News Network and other media the facts about each in such a way that an earlier effort could have made a Sanders victory in New York more certain.

In the months, weeks and days preceding the George W. Bush administration’s commencement of “shock and awe” – the 2003 war on Iraq – Scott Ritter, a weapons inspector for the United Nations in Iraq, worked seemingly alone in efforts to prevent the 2003 Iraq War. Despite the largest protests in world history before the outbreak of war and violence, millions around the Earth on the streets demanding no military attack on Iraq, the U.S. administration of Bush/Cheney with complicity from British leader Tony Blair and others carried out what has come to be perceived/described as America’s worst foreign policy decision in its history.

During the 1st Gulf War against Iraq in the early 1990’s President George H. W. Bush Sr. signaled through Middle East administration spokesperson April Glass to Saddam Hussein, giving the green light to Hussein, that invasion of Kuwait would not compromise America’s national security interests. Giving the green light to Hussein was part of an elaborate plan to convince the Saudi royal family, upon warnings of Hussein’s “plan” to attack Saudi Arabia after Kuwait – delivered by then Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, to agree to large, permanent U.S. military bases on Saudi soil.

Part of the propaganda was the appearance by the daughter of Kuwait’s U.S. ambassador before a hearing in Congress, where she faked her identity as an eyewitness to Iraqi Army atrocities in Kuwait involving “babies in incubators”, shedding false tears while describing the babies abandoned on the cold floor – left to die. The false story was broadcast across the United States, Bush Sr. expressed outrage in speeches about “..tearing babies from their incubators!”, and the lie became repeated over, and over, and over.

Scott Ritter was fired on the spot from the military after telling the truth about so-called scud missiles of Saddam Hussein, falsely reported on U.S. media every day as being “successfully” destroyed – that there were no scud missiles in Iraq, and that satellite images were of oil tankers.

Try though he did to tell the truth and prevent unnecessary war and violence during the 1st Iraq War under Bush Sr. and the 2nd, more catastrophic Iraq War under Bush II, Scott Ritter suffered brutal persecution and attacks against his character. Ritter attempted to meet with his U.S. Senator in New York immediately preceding the crucial 2003 vote authorizing war against Iraq – Hillary Clinton, but he was ignored and Clinton voted for war. It is uncertain whether Ritter’s efforts to stop Iraq War II had any influence on Bernie Sanders’ voting against the war resolution in Congress.

Both Ritter and McGovern point out the lies told about Libya and Syria which followed the pattern set in Iraq: 1) first painting Gaddafi and Assad as “brutal dictators”, involved in “state-sponsored terrorism”, 2) falsely accuse them of killing their own people, 3) assertions of possession of weapons of mass destruction, then 4) calling for Libya and Syria sanctions and 5) applying no-fly zones on those countries. The pattern is all about interventionism and regime-change, to which Scott Ritter asserts America has become addicted. Both assert that Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State was the architect of deception leading to major warfare and violence in Libya and Syria, and that if Hillary Clinton were to become president, for the American people and the people of the Middle East it would be more of the same.

These are days of profound civilization-wide historic change.

Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern are two heroic, truth-telling human beings who join with an increasingly larger segment of the world’s population in calling for an end to criminal wars and deceptions carried out by malevolent-minded people bent on maintaining and increasing control, power and wealth at the price of millions of innocent other people sharing this Earth. War, killing, destruction and massive harming of fellow members of the human family are no longer acceptable as means of conducting worldly “business”.

(Thank you to Joe Friendly at YouTube)

It’s Up To You, New York.

By Jerry Alatalo

On Tuesday April 19, the people of New York state vote for their choice of Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton as the Democratic party nominee for President. On the one hand there is Ms. Clinton, still unwilling to share the transcripts of her paid speeches to Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs. On the other there is Mr. Sanders, going to Rome after being invited by Pope Francis to speak on the world economy with other leaders at the Vatican, and the transcript made available for all to read.

Nobody knows what topics were covered at the Goldman Sachs meetings where Ms. Clinton gave her $225,000 “top-secret, classified” speeches; only those in attendance at the closed-door meetings could be certain. New York state voters might want to remember that Bernie Sanders’ talk in Rome was about the need for a “moral global economy”, dealing with record wealth inequality,  and that the meetings in Rome were the furthest one can imagine from being “top-secret”.

That one contrast between Sanders and Clinton alone should convince the large majority of voters in New York to go with Sanders, and help him win the New York election.

(Thank you to Bernie 2016 at YouTube)

Sanders-Clinton New York Debate: YouTube Math Explains Sanders’ Winning Streak.

By Jerry Alatalo

Sanders-Clinton Brooklyn Debate Tonight

Alphabet The idea for comparing, contrasting and compiling statistics on Bernie Sanders’ (Bernie 2016) and Hillary Clinton’s (Hillary Clinton) official YouTube (YT) channels came after realizing all but one of Clinton’s posted videos had zero comments from viewers. Most YT viewers are aware that when channel administrators decide to disallow comments, viewers will find the message “Comments disabled for this video”.

What was curious, besides the fact that Clinton videos with 100,000 – 300,000 views hadn’t generated a single comment, was noticing that instead of “Comments disabled..” the Clinton videos seemed “open” for comments. What seems likely is that the Clinton YT administrator has placed every comment from YT viewers into “comment awaiting moderation” status (as happens here at WordPress), then deleting every one of them. The easier, less time-consuming option for the Clinton administrator would be to simply disable comments altogether.

Instead, arranging/selecting YT video post discussion options to give the appearance of welcoming viewers’ opinions became chosen to essentially make it seem to unaware voters that Ms. Clinton is open-minded, all about free speech, etc. – while at the same time every comment gets deleted. What follows is a side-by-side, screenshot view of the ten (10) most popular YT videos from both the Bernie 2016 and Hillary Clinton channels.

Hillary Clinton channel on YT started on April 8, 2015, has 43,734 subscribers, and 10,802,971 views.

Bernie 2016 channel on YT started on May 24, 2015, has 124,127 subscribers, and 25,062,770 views.

What follows are screenshots of the ten (10) most-viewed videos from Sanders and Clinton, in ascending order from #10 to #1. Notice the number of views, the “thumbs-up”/”thumbs-down” ratios, and the number of comments in each.



Adding various aspects of each candidate’s top ten, most-viewed videos, we came up with these totals:

  • Number of views: Sanders: 10,510,007 | Clinton: 7,443,989
  • Number of comments: Sanders: 25,286 | Clinton: 14,505 (14,504 on her #1, oddly one (1) allowed on #7)
  • Number of “thumbs up” or likes: Sanders: 128,278 | Clinton: 50,525
  • Number of “thumbs down” or dislikes: Sanders: 10,663 | Clinton: 32,921
  • If YouTube views were “votes”: Sanders: 58.54% | Clinton: 41.46%
  • Ratio of “thumbs down” (negative) to views: Sanders: .0010 (1/10th of 1% / .1%) | Clinton: .0044 (4/10ths of 1% / .4%)
  • Ratio of “thumbs up” (positive) to views: Sanders: .0122 (1 and 2/10ths% / 1.2%) | Clinton: .0068 (7/10ths of 1% / .7%)

It’s humorously ironic that Sanders’ thumbs down/dislike to views ratio came to exactly 1/10th of 1%, the statistic he’s consistently pointed out for 11 months at campaign rallies to identify the wealthiest people and families, the billionaire class, in America.


If one considers the total views from inception of Sanders’ (25,062,770) and Clinton’s (10,802,971) YouTube channels – and “count” them as votes…

Sanders: 69.88%

Clinton: 30.12%

If Sanders and Clinton were running for President of the United Channels of YouTube, the race would’ve gone to Sanders long ago. The numbers help explain the strong support Sanders has received from men and women aged 45 and younger; they go to the internet for news, while people above that age go more toward television/cable and corporate media organizations.

Fortunately, tonight’s event in Brooklyn, New York… impossible to overestimate in importance – the debate between Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton is available on the internet, YouTube (Livestream) and cable TV.

Just a guess, but history could well record the April 14, 2016 Sanders-Clinton debate as the highest-rated, most-watched political event in American history. Make sure your family and friends tune in and focus on every second, especially if in New York State, because this particular battle of ideas is for all the marbles.

Sanders has a 7-state win streak coming into the New York State primary, although, listening to mainstream corporate media, one might not comprehend the magnitude of that accomplishment. The fact is that Hillary Clinton has suffered seven (7) consecutive defeats, eight of the last nine states have been won by Sanders, but no corporate media has uttered the words: “Hillary Clinton loses seventh state in a row”.

Because of the highly biased anti-Sanders narratives coming out of the mainstream media, exemplified by a near blackout on reporting of Democracy Spring – perhaps the largest civil disobedience campaign in U.S. history to get money out of politics, and absolutely aligned with Sanders’ campaign emphasis – Sanders in a real sense has two opponents in tonight’s debate, Hillary Clinton plus the media, and will need to effectively convey to viewers/voters the major differences between himself and Ms. Clinton.

Sanders has powerful momentum which is real and growing, despite attempts to spin it any differently. One could even say the ball is now in Ms. Clinton’s court, and she is the candidate who must clarify “evolving” positions on issues, misrepresenting Sanders’, and offer reasoned answers to legitimate questions many voters still have about her.

New York State residents vote on Tuesday, April 19.











Americans Demand ’28 Pages’, Truth Of September 11, 2001.

By Jerry Alatalo

aaa-37Alphabet The CBS Sunday night news magazine “60 Minutes”, a decades-long television staple for millions of Americans, recently reported on the still-classified “28 Pages” allegedly linking Saudi Arabia to terrorist financing of the September 11, 2001 events known together as 9/11. For the Saudi royal family, former President George W. Bush, his Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice and others, the “60 Minutes” broadcast may represent the beginning of their worst nightmares.

For millions of men and women frustrated for years in efforts to bring truth to bear about the events of September 11, 2001, the “60 Minutes” episode represents long-awaited international traction that could finally result in revealing the truth. The “28 Pages”, according to the disappointingly small number of members of Congress who’ve actually read them, pose no national security risk to the United States and therefore must become declassified, available, for all Americans to read.

That a significant percentage of elected representatives from the 50 states serving in the U.S. Congress have not yet even read the “28 Pages” – an opportunity open and available to them for many years – is truly disturbing and frankly beyond comprehension. Those in the House of Representatives and Senate who’ve read the material are greatly disappointed that their colleagues haven’t done so unanimously, because they’ve found the information crucial for making wise decisions based on full knowledge of situations and circumstances when voting on foreign policy legislation.

Another way of describing the classified pages is through imagining them as essential, critical evidence in a murder case not presented and/or effectively withheld for 15 years from the jury (the American people) while the murderer(s) remain free and on the loose. It might be impossible to name another controversy in American political history which entails the same levels of extreme importance, profound moral/ethical questions, and potential record, truly world-transforming scandal as those associated with the “28 Pages”.

Many who’ve followed developments since September 11, 2001 are asking themselves which of the remaining presidential contenders of either the two major parties or so-called third parties will be the 1st to call for declassification of the “28 Pages”. This is certainly a maximally important, absolutely relevant issue for the 2016 presidential election. They are asking President Barack Obama to release the papers.

The American people not only can handle the truth – they are demanding it. The issue couldn’t be discussed in any greater in-depth exploration, or presented more clearly. It is painfully obvious to any serious person the information must be made available to all Americans, and to the world.

The time has arrived on Earth for noble truth, ethical courage, civilized conduct and wisdom-guided morality to prevail.

(Thank you to Press TV News Videos at YouTube)