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Sep 23 17:34

Echoes of WWI: China, the US, and the Next "Great" War - corbettreport


Published on Sep 22, 2017SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=24001

In the early 20th century, the world’s dominant superpower looked warily on the rise of a competitor to its supremacy. The machinations of the British to contain the rise of Germany led inexorably to the First World War. Once again in the early 21st century, the world’s dominant superpower is looking warily on the rise of a competitor. Will the American Empire’s machinations to contain the rise of China lead to the Third World War? Or is the American/Chinese conflict another engineered conflict for the benefit of the few at the expense of the many? Join James Corbett as he presents "Echoes of World War I" to the Open Mind Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sep 23 16:20

NATO's Fakenews Russia Scare Increases Defense Waste

The military of the Russian Federation is organized in four districts - west, central, east and south. Each year one of the districts will stage a division size maneuver. 10,000 to 15,000 soldiers leave their quarters to move against imaginary adversaries. Their training is complemented by various military and civilian staffs exercises. The active part of the medium-size maneuver takes about a week and includes some live firing.

Sep 23 14:17

China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang's last ally.

Exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to 2 million barrels per year, effective Jan. 1, the Commerce Ministry said. Sales of liquefied natural gas are banned outright.

North Korea depends on China for almost all its oil and gas but estimates of its consumption are low, leaving it unclear how Beijing's new limit will affect them. The restrictions announced Saturday do not apply to crude oil, which makes up the biggest share of energy exports to the North.

China also will ban textile imports from the North, the ministry said. Textiles are believed to be the North's biggest source of foreign revenue following rounds of U.N. sanctions under which Beijing cut off purchases of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to admit; I did NOT see this coming, but good on the Chinese government for having taken this step; now, we are going to see how North Korea responds to this stiffening of sanctions against it.

Sep 23 14:01

The Vietnam War: A Tragic Mistake?

I’ve watched the first three episodes of the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick series on the Vietnam War, which take us from the French colonial period beginning in the 19th century to the end of 1965 and a mushrooming U.S. military commitment. The narrative thread, it seems to me, is the notion of the war as a tragic mistake, most especially for the United States.

Sep 23 13:46

US-Made Bomb Killed 16 Civilians in Yemen’s Capital: Amnesty Confirms Recent Saudi Strike Clearly Used US Bomb

According to a new report from Amnesty International, the August 25 Saudi airstrike against a residential area in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, which killed 16 civilians, seven of them children, was conducted with a US-made bomb.

This was already an unusual incident, as Saudi Arabia issued a statement blaming the incident on a “technical error.” Amnesty noted remnants of the bomb bore clear markings showing it to be a common variety of laser-guided air-dropped bomb made by the US.

Saudi airstrikes have been killing a massive number of civilians across Yemen in recent years, and given their massive arms purchases from the US this doubtless is often the case. Still, there is some hope that confirmation a US-made bomb killed a number of civilians will serve as something of a wake-up call.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To Saudi Arabia's Prince Salmon, and President Trump: this alleged "technical error" are causing those killed, including those children, do be no less dead.

And President Trump, I am very annoyed to continue to have to be a citizen of a country whose leadership believes that its culpability in Saudi war crimes in Yemen is "no big deal".

There are civilized countries, unlike Saudi Arabia and the Occupied, Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika, which don't behave in this way; unfortuntately, Mike and I are both too old, and too broke, to emigrate to them.

Sep 23 12:58

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia, notes Robert Parry.

The core absurdity of the Russia-gate frenzy is its complete lack of proportionality.

Sep 23 12:55

Tillerson State Dept. Demanding Israel Hand Back Millions in U.S. Military Aid

State Dept., White House at odds over demand.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been pushing the Trump White House to demand that Israel give back to the United States millions of dollars in military aid, prompting pushback in the West Wing and further fueling ongoing tensions between Foggy Bottom and the White House over a range of key diplomatic issues, according to multiple sources briefed on the situation.

Sep 23 12:30

A MARINE'S LETTER TO THE NFL GOES VIRAL

Heartfelt letter from Marine Colonel to the NFL Commissioner...

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Sep 23 12:27

Enough Already With All The Bombast

Behind all the hysteria over North Korea lies the basic question: why would rather small North Korea embark on a nuclear war with the United States? Its leadership, however zany and eccentric, is in no mood to commit suicide. US nuclear weapons would vaporize North Korea before any of the missiles it might fire at North America could detonate. Having nuclear-armed missiles does not necessarily make one’s nation a public menace that must be destroyed. India has them. So do Pakistan and Israel, China and Russia. Add France and Britain. We don’t keep threatening to invade them and overthrow their governments. That’s why they are not threatening us.

Sep 23 10:38

Trump, Ghani agree U.S. can help develop Afghanistan's rare earth minerals

Hate to agree with Karl,but wars are economic,actually criminal. Somebody wants what someone else has and they figure the best way to get it is to steal it,using various nebulous reasons to motivate the cannon fodder. Like religion,nationalism,race or my favorite from Gullivers Travels;"They open their eggs from the wrong end!"

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday backed having companies from the United States develop Afghanistan’s reserves of rare earth minerals, despite formidable obstacles to industrial mining in the country.

The comments, at a meeting in New York, were the latest in a series in which both U.S. officials and the Afghan government have emphasized the potential strategic value of Afghanistan’s vast and largely untapped mineral reserves.

Sep 23 10:10

Russia Threatens To Fire Back On U.S. Proxies, Special Forces If Fired On Again

By Brandon Turbeville

Even after the apparent cooling of tensions between Russia and the United States in Syria, it seems that the potential for direct military conflict between the two world powers is increasingly likely yet again. As has been typical in the Syrian conflict, the steps toward greater likelihood of confrontation is the result of the U.S. push to provoke Russia and threaten the Syrian military with repercussions for retaking Syrian territory from Daesh.

Ever since the SAA began its campaign to liberate Deir ez-Zour, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a collection of Kurdish and Arab terrorists working under the guise of “moderates,” has been racing toward Deir ez-Zour as well in order to prevent the SAA from retaking the city in full and to prevent the Syrian government from having access to its resources...

Sep 23 08:47

DEEP STATE ADMITS THEY’VE FINALLY “GOTTEN A GRIP ON TRUMP” LIKEN HIM TO GEORGE W. BUSH

It is official. The deep state has admitted that Trump is now under their control and it is now business as usual — just like it was under Bush and Obama — and just like it would’ve been under Hillary.

For those who don’t remember, with the help of mainstream media—from The New York Times to Fox News—after 9/11, Americans were duped into accepting endless war by George W. Bush thanks to a constant bombardment of lies sold to the masses under the guise of “protecting freedom.” All one needs to do to realize no freedoms were protected by these wars, in which thousands of Americans died and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians were slaughtered, is look around today.

Sep 23 08:43

Deep State Admits They’ve Finally “Gotten a Grip on Trump” Liken Him to George W. Bush

It is official. The deep state has admitted that Trump is now under their control and it is now business as usual — just like it was under Bush and Obama — and just like it would’ve been under Hillary.

Sep 23 08:43

SYRIA - CRAP HITS FAN AS U.S. PROXIES KILL RUSSIA'S ALLIES

Late afternoon today (local time) U.S. hired, equipped and advised Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters killed nine Syrian Arab Army soldiers. The soldiers were in a boat crossing the Euphrates river near Deir Ezzor city.

Two sources independently reported the incident. There is so far no official confirmation. The following assumes that the above indeed happened.

The killers were from a U.S. hired gang of Arab tribal fighters under one Ahmad Abu Khawla. He is well known as a local criminal who had earlier fought for the Islamic State (ISIS). His gang is nominally under the command of the YPK/PKK which is the main U.S. ally in north-eastern Syria. U.S. special forces are in the area as "advisors" to the various SDF groups.

Abu Khawla is officially the commander of the "Deir Ezzor military council" - a body the U.S. advisors invented as umbrella for its collection of local mercenaries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be consequences for this, but most they will most probably be asymetric in nature from the Russian/Syrian military.

Sep 23 07:42

Trump Scrapping Travel Ban in Favor of Targeted Restrictions

President Donald Trump is scrapping his controversial blanket ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries in favor of placing individual targeted restrictions on more nations, the Wall Street Journal first reported Friday.

According to plans drawn up by the Department of Homeland Security, the new restrictions will target countries that do not comply with U.S. travel standards, such as issuing passports and informing the United States of known terrorists.
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The White House, which must approve the final decision, declined to confirm the new measures>>>

(*and that should get the liberals going , which will produce a lot of Fake NEWS which will create a fog machine effect which will smoke screen Trump , until the next time he speaks on the world stage)

Sep 23 06:33

Uncle Sam vs. Russia in Eastern Syria: the Nightmare Scenario

>>> This is the nightmare scenario that everyone wanted to avoid. Washington and Moscow’s armies are now converging on the same area at the same time greatly increasing the probability of a conflagration between the two nuclear-armed superpowers. The only way a clash can be avoided is if one party backs down, which seems increasingly unlikely.>>>

Sep 23 05:39

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia, notes Robert Parry.

The core absurdity of the Russia-gate frenzy is its complete lack of proportionality.

Sep 23 05:37

Rex Tillerson Denies Reports That Nikki Haley May Take Over at State Dept.

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Mr. Tillerson was responding to reports that Ms. Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, was positioning herself to take over for him as secretary of state>>>

Sep 22 18:46

Tillerson State Dept. Demanding Israel Hand Back Millions in U.S. Military Aid

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been pushing the Trump White House to demand that Israel give back to the United States millions of dollars in military aid, prompting pushback in the West Wing and further fueling ongoing tensions between Foggy Bottom and the White House over a range of key diplomatic issues, according to multiple sources briefed on the situation.

The Washington Free Beacon first reported on Friday that the State Department has been lobbying the White House to call for Israel to hand back some $75 million in U.S. military aid that was awarded to the Jewish state above the Obama administration’s financial request in 2016.

Sep 22 17:19

The Bombast of Nikki Haley

She’s a lightweight, and a warmongering globalist.

As Governor of South Carolina, and a member of that state’s House of Representatives, Haley’s foreign policy experience is absolutely nil. Nor does her degree in accounting from Clemson University inspire confidence. Her record thus far has consisted of giving voice to the neoconservative tendency in the GOP – the very people Trump defeated in the GOP primaries. The conventional Republican foreign policy clichés we’ve heard for years pour forth from her mouth like vomit from a drunk. Her recent speech before the American Enterprise Institute on the nuclear deal with Iran is a perfect case in point.

Sep 22 17:15

America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars

We don’t need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we don’t need it.

They have been very successful at faking the Iranian threat, so much so that nearly all Republican and most Democratic congressmen as well as much of the media seem to be convinced that Iran needs to be dealt with firmly, most definitely by using the U.S. military, and the sooner the better.

And while they are doing it, the issue that nearly all the Iran haters are Jewish has somehow fallen out of sight, as if it does not matter. But it should matter.

Sep 22 13:09

Russia Expresses Distrust to US Over Helicopters Carrying ISIS in Afghanistan

The Russian presidential special envoy for Afghanistan expressed his distrust of "unidentified helicopters" in the country to his US counterpart.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Russian presidential special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said Thursday that during a meeting in New York with his US counterpart Alice Wells, he expressed his distrust regarding the issue of "unidentified helicopters" in the north of Afghanistan that were transferring Daesh and their ammunition.

"Among the problems that we have, I identified the distrust that we have in connection with these mysterious helicopters transferring ISIL [Daesh] militants, their weapons, ammunition," Kabulov said.

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Sep 22 12:45

US nuclear carrier conducts naval drills with Japan as N. Korea threatens H-bomb test

The 100,000-ton US Navy supercarrier ‘Ronald Reagan’ has conducted drills with Japanese warships south of the Korean Peninsula, Japan's military said. Pyongyang, meanwhile, has threatened a further “hydrogen bomb test” over the Pacific.
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force said in a statement on Friday that the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier ‘Ronald Reagan,’ based in the Japanese town of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and its escort ships have been holding drills with Japanese Navy vessels in waters south and west of Japan's main islands since September 11. The strike group is also set to stage a separate drill with the South Korean Navy in October, the Defense Ministry added.

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US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017 © Timothy A. Clary / AFPTrump: US may have no choice but to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sometimes, I do despair; this last week has been a real armpit of a week for peace and social justice; but that doesn't mean I'm giving up the fight for it, in a peaceful, logical, and analytical way.

Sep 22 12:37

Indian, Pakistani Armies Hold Cross-Border Talks Amidst Deadly Shelling

After a week of heavy cross-border shelling between Indian and Pakistani forces, the directors general of military operations (DGMOs) of both armies held a crucial meeting on Friday.

That meeting unfortunately made no headway, as both sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire. Pakistan alleged that shelling by Indian troops resulted in the death of six Pakistani civilians and injured 30. The Indian side vehemently denied having deliberately fired at civilians.

"DGMO-level talks on behest of Pak DGMO was held on September 22. During the talks the Pak DGMO raised the issue of targeting of Pakistani civilians opposite the Jammu sector," the Indian Army said in a statement on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Russian Ambassador Sergei Lavroff: I know you are desperately trying to get North Korea and the US out of each other's faces; but if you have a spare moment, could you please talk India and Pakistan (both nuclear armed nations) out of creating mutually assured destruction by using such weapons against each other?!?

Because sir, if the excrement hits the ventillation shaft here, at warp speed, we are looking at the nightmare sceenario of India fighting with its ally, the US, against Pakistan, and potentially China.

Thank you.

Sep 22 12:19

"We Will Not Seek Permission": Defiant Iran Unveils New Ballistic Missile

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered another snub to the Trump administration on Friday when he said that Iran would continue its missile program in defiance of US sanctions, and to underscore the determination, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard unveiled its newest long-range ballistic missile during a military parade in Tehran.

The new missile that was introduced at the parade is capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, with a range of 1,200 miles. It's also capable of carrying several warheads. The parade in Tehran commemorated the 1980s Iraq-Iran war. Though Iran has long boasted of having missiles in the same range in its arsenal, it was the first time that the new Khoramshahr missile was displayed in public, the AP reported adding that in February, Iran test-fired the same medium-range type of missile, prompting Trump to say that the United States is "putting Iran on notice."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look, with the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia collectively breathing down Iran's neck, in terms of screaming "regime change" at Tehran, if you were Rouhani, wouldn't you be looking at producing the best weapons possible, as a deterrent to that regime change?!?

Of course you would!!

Sep 22 12:13

China Fears "Vicious Circle" On Korean Peninsula, US Sees "Tipping Point" If Kim Tests H-Bomb Over Pacific

In a considerably more aggressive, and less diplomatic, 'story' in China's government mouthpiece Xinhua, writers warn:

"It is not hard to tell that the situation has become a vicious circle where more missile tests trigger more sanctions, while more sanctions trigger more tests..." urging the double-freeze solution once again, saying that "the parties concerned need to respect each other's security concerns."

However, following last night's less than veiled threat from North Korea that the next escalation will be to test a hydrogen-bomb over the Pacific:

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho suggested leader Kim Jong Un was considering testing “an unprecedented scale hydrogen bomb” over the Pacific in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat at the United Nations to “totally destroy” the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I fully expect that either North Korea is going to haul off, and test some kind of a bomb, (or the US will create a false flag to make it appear that he has done so), and relatively soon.

The North Korean holiday, Party Foundation Day, comes up on 10 October, and Kim Jung Un likes to "couple" missile tests with national holidays: he may decide to do such a test then, or perhaps sooner.

But Youtube has just done something completely, thoroughly, amazingly idiotic, realtive to North Korea; as reported at 38north.org, a program run by Duke University to track what North Korea is doing via satellite.

Thanks to YouTube, North Korea Has Just Become Even More Opaque

The article goes on to state:

"YouTube’s decision to delete North Korean YouTube channels has served to highlight the sometimes-unintended consequences of sanctions and the absolute power enjoyed by Internet companies over their users. In doing so, the company has cut off a vital supply of video used by open source researchers, which means there is now less visibility into what’s happening in North Korea. The Western world’s understanding of North Korea is limited to begin with, cutting off access to these few windows into North Korean thinking and life further hampers our knowledge of the country.

On September 8, some in the open source intelligence community logged on to YouTube to find the “Uriminzokkiri” (우리민족끼리) channel was gone.

The only explanation from Google was a simple notice: “This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s community guidelines.” At about the same time, the same message appeared on the “StimmeKoreas” YouTube channel."

Could the timing possibly have been any worse, in this very dangerous moment when it appears that the US and North Korea appear to be closer to actual military conflict than they have for years ?!?

I think not.

Sep 22 11:40

A UN Force for Ukraine: Beware the Trojan Horse

The regime in Kiev is now an adjunct of the NATO war alliance, a willing pawn in the bigger game. It has dragged its people into chaos and poverty and they have gained nothing except NATO chains.

The United States and its allies want Russian subservience and will push until they get it or are they are stopped. In the meantime they too drag their peoples into chaos and poverty. Russia, with a deep experience, does not want another general war and so searches for light under any barrel. There is not much to find but at least Russia is making the attempt, searching for peace. Like John Lennon they just want to give peace a chance but the United States leadership doesn’t want any of it. They are only searching for domination or war and continue to deliver to Russia one insult after another even as Russia bends over backward to accommodate the US in Korea.

Sep 22 11:33

The White House Is Secretly Planning for Confrontation with Iran: Report

As Donald Trump takes to the U.N. General Assembly to demonize Iran yet again, the Trump administration is also considering a more aggressive strategy towards Iran behind closed doors, sources have told Reuters.

According to six current and former U.S. officials, the U.S. will be looking at more hostile responses to Iran’s forces, its proxy armies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups.

According to the sources, the current proposal was drafted by Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security advisor General H.R. McMaster, and several other top officials before it was presented to President Trump at a National Security Council meeting on September 9.

The proposal will ultimately be made public before the end of September, two of the sources said. The sources requested anonymity because the draft proposal had not yet been finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will lead, ultimately, to war against both Russia and Iran, as Russian politicians and military professionals have vowed that should Iran be attacked militarily, they will respond.

It is only a matter of time; and my sense, listening to the intense demonisation of Iran by President Trump at the UN earlier this week in his maiden speech there, it will be a question of sooner, rather than later.

And President Trump may find a way for the Iranians to be perceived as having struck first, perhaps tricking them into attacking a nearby US outpost in the Middle East as did FDR, with the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, to whip up collective American animosity and desire for revenge against them.
Pearl Harbor attack; Hawaii was surprised, but FDR was not.

I would, however, like to strongly caution President Trump about such a war against Iran in one specific area; both Israel and Saudi Arabia have been cheerleading for regime change in Tehran for a long time; but they fully expect the costs borne from such a war to be primarily in American blood and American money.

Mr. President, if there EVER was a time for not obliging your twin BFFs in the Middle East, Bibi Netanyahu and Prince Salman, by starting this potentially catastrophic war in the Middle East, it is now.

The interests of the American people are absolutely not alligned with those of these two tyrannical leaders on this issue.

Let them join forces and fight Iran, if they are pathologically incapable of engaging in intelligent, moral, hard-won negotiations with which to resolve their differences with Iran; but let's leave the American military out of this, please.

Sep 22 11:11

Happy Birthday CIA: Seven Truly Terrible Things the Agency Has Done in 70 Years

On Monday, President Trump tweeted birthday wishes to the Air Force and the CIA. Both became official organizations 70 years ago on September 18, 1947, with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947.

After spending years as a wartime intelligence agency called the Office of Strategic Services, the agency was solidified as a key player in the federal government’s operations with then-President Harry Truman’s authorization.

In the seventy years since, the CIA has committed a wide variety of misdeeds, crimes, coups, and violence. Here are seven of the worst programs they’ve carried out (that are known to the public):

Sep 22 11:07

Never Forget: The US Government Has A Known History Of Using False Flags

When it comes to 9/11, there are two groups of people: those who don’t know exactly what happened, and those who orchestrated it.

Nearly everyone on earth belongs in the former category, but a lot of folks like to pretend they have a rock solid understanding of the events which transpired on that fateful day in 2001. Scoffing mainstream adherents like to pretend they’re confident that the official narrative is accurate, but they aren’t. A lot of hardcore conspiracy analysts like to pretend they know the real story, but they don’t.

There’s simply not enough publicly available information for anyone to be certain exactly how things went down that day; all we can know for sure is that (A) the official story is riddled with plot holes, and (B) the American power establishment has an extensive and well-documented history of using false flags and propaganda to manipulate the public into supporting evil acts of military interventionism.

Sep 22 10:14

Russia Warns It Would Retaliate Against US Forces in Syria If Provoked

According to the Pentagon, US and Russian generals have held a face-to-face meeting this week about trying to avoid accidental conflict within Syria, with both sides are finding their forces increasingly in close proximity, and with contrary agendas.

According to spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon, both sides “laid down maps and graphics” suggesting an unusual increase in information sharing between the two sides. This comes amid warnings from Russia that they’re prepared to retaliate against US troops if provoked.

It’s not just a theoretical problem either. Russian officials warn that twice in recent days their troops have come under fire from US-backed Kurdish forces, including a time when mortars were fired at them from a position held by US troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a military CO on the ground in Syria, I would take the Russians at their word on this.

The Russian military, in concert with Syrian forces, have pretty much retaken most of the country held under ISIS.

For a sane US military commander, or commander in chief, there can be very little realistic hope of regime change in Damascus at this point, unless the US government decides it is worth it to fight both Russia and Syrian forces on the ground, and we most likely do not have the necessary number of troops to do this here.

And the US military, at this time in its history, absolutely does not have the troop strength; the money; the manufacturing or the weaponry to accomplish this in Syria.

Therefore, henceforward, militarily, and dealing with the current state of US troop and equipment readiness (or lack thereof), I would both strongly and politely suggest that the US government needs to pick its fights very carefully.

Sep 22 10:03

Tillerson: Iran ‘Technically’ Complying With Nuclear Deal

In comments that may provide some insight into the Trump Administration position on Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conceded that “no one” disagreed with Iran being in compliance with the P5+1 nuclear deal. He insisted, however, that this compliance was only “technically” compliance.

This led to talk of Iran violating the “spirit” of the deal, even though they are complying with all the actual written terms of the deal. Tillerson suggested that the expectation was that the deal would “remove” Iran as a threat in the eyes of the US.

Which of course is something that Iran has literally no control over. US policy is to be hostile toward Iran, and the fact that this didn’t evaporate overnight is neither surprising, nor something that anyone could’ve thought might happen as the result of the P5+1 deal, which covered only Iran’s civilian nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a professional basket ball player might observe, The Trump administration has "no game" against Iran, which is why it is attempting to demonize the Iranian government over things which were never a part of the P5+1 agreement in the first place.

And Mr. President, a word here, please: both Saudi Arabia and Israel would love to see regime change in Damascus; but generally, only at the cost of American blood and American money.

Here at home, you're dealing with a war-weary and war-cynical citizenry, who are looking at the epic fails of US foreign policy represented by the "usual suspects" of real, or attempted, regime change: Iraq; Afghanistan; Syria; Somalia; and Libya, and seriously doubt that this is really the right time to get into another military misadventure in the Middle East, Africa, or North Korea, or anywhere else, thank you very much.

And as a Christian pacifist activist, constantly exhorting both you, and every one else at the Federal level, to attempt to resolve this country's geopolitical differences with meaningful negotiations, rather than through wars, I am politely and sincerely asking you to allow the US government to stay the course with the P5+1 treaty.

This continues to work for peace, and the Iranian government has been declared in full compliance of the deal by the IAEA, and these people are smart enough to understand if there is the slightest deviation from what they expect to see.

Let's let the experts continue to do their jobs.

We have problems enough here in the US, where half the country is burning with uncontrolled wildfires, and the other half is flooded by tropical storms and torrential rains, not to mention an economy which is just about on the tipping point.

Sep 22 09:33

US captain loses command of carrier over videos

Captain Owen Honors has been relieved of his command of the USS Enterprise and another officer has been chosen to take over, Admiral John Harvey said in a statement to reporters in Norfolk, Virginia, the home port of the nuclear-powered ship.

"His profound lack of good judgment and professionalism while previously serving as executive officer of the Enterprise calls into question his character and undermines his credibility," said Harvey, according to live video footage fed to CNN television.

Honors' videos, made in 2006 and 2007 and shown to the carrier's 6,000 sailors, are laced with slurs against gays, scenes with simulated masturbation and sailors shown showering together.

Sep 22 09:27

UK weapons companies earned over £6bn from Yemen war: Charity

British weapons manufacturers have earned more than £6 billion from their deals with Saudi Arabia ever since the beginning of the kingdom’s ruthless war on its southern neighbor Yemen, a campaign group says.

Sep 22 09:24

America's Jews Are Driving America's Wars

Hot topic with over 649 posts. I contributed about a half dozen with links.

Please read the article, posts, and associated links if you wish to be informed. Beware, many Israeli Unit 8200 and Hasbara wannabes present.

Sep 22 09:05

Donald Netanyahu and Benjamin Trump

In his most recent public pronouncements Donald Trump sounds precisely like Benjamin Netanyahu. The table below offers a few comparisons.

Sep 22 09:05

Robert Steele: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is US…

The US Government (USG) is in enemy hands. More specifically, the USG is owned and operated by the Deep State led by the Rothschilds and the Jesuit Superior General, with four major “action groups” able to subvert any country: the City of London, Wall Street, and Central Banks; the Freemasons; the Knights of Malta; and the Zionist leadership of Israel (not to be confused with peace-loving Jews).

Sep 22 09:02

Former Pentagon Analyst Explains Why Trump Fostering Hysteria Over North Korea

Former Defense Department analyst Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski says that Donald Trump and members of his administration have been deliberately fostering public hysteria over North Korea.

Sep 22 09:01

Trump’s Deplorable UN Address

His bombastic raving was a shameless demagogic exercise. Whoever wrote it should be sacked.

No responsible leader would touch it. He should have slept in late Tuesday morning, instead of showing up on time.

The address was an embarrassment to the office he holds. It highlighted his hawkish recklessness, starting off by praising a potemkin economy, benefitting the privileged few at the expense of most others.

He praised America’s killing machine, its military might, unleashed without mercy against invented enemies - countries threatening no one, smashed for not surrendering their sovereignty to America’s.

Sep 22 08:32

Turbofan Killer Bee: Rutan ARES "Mudfighter" for U.S. Army Close Air Support

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rutan has designed a low-cost replacement for the A-10 attack fighter.

Sep 22 07:29

Trump Alone Threatened War in His UN Address

The UN is a venue for promoting world peace and stability. Trump used his General Assembly address for hostile chest-thumping, threatening North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad – a disgraceful jingoistic display.

The only language he understands is belligerence, escalating wars he inherited from Bush/Cheney and Obama, plotting new ones, threatening possible nuclear confrontation on the Korean peninsula.

He’s a national disgrace and a world menace, a rogue leader. Addresses by his counterparts and other officials representing their countries shamed him.

Sep 21 14:30

Listening to the Donald at the UN – The Saker

No matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!

In conclusion, what I take away from Trump's UN speech is a sense of relief for the rest of the planet and a sense of real worry for the US. Ever since the Neocons overthrew Trump and made him what is colloquially referred to as their “bitch” the US foreign policy has come to a virtual standstill.

Sure, the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing. That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting, is a blessing for the rest of the planet

Sep 21 12:30

Valerie Plame Wilson tweets link to blog blaming Jews for America's Middle Eastern wars

The linked piece argued American Jews have a vested interest in promoting the state of Israel and "have taken upon themselves the onerous task of starting a war with a country that does not conceivably threaten the United States." The piece was written by Phil Girladi, who's often quoted as a counterterrorism expert and is the former head of military intelligence for the CIA.

The column was posted on The Unz Review, funded by Ron Unz. The Anti-Defamation League wrote in 2014 Unz publicizes ideas promoted by anti-Semites and supports anti-Israel ideologies, but does not appear to be anti-Semitic himself.

Sep 21 12:30

DAILY BEAST ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 2016: PENTAGON PAID FOR FAKE ‘AL QAEDA’ VIDEOS

The Pentagon gave a controversial U.K. PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.

Sep 21 12:19

Trump’s UN Declaration Of War

Trump’s UN speech makes it clear that Trump’s presidency, in terms of his campaign promise to remove Washington from the “policeman of the world” role, exit the Middle East, and repair the damaged relations with Russia, is over. The CIA and the military/security complex are in full control of the US government. Trump has accepted his captivity and his assigned role as the enforcer of Washington’s hegemony over every other country. Washington uber alles is the only foreign policy that Washington pursues.

Sep 21 11:03

PBS’ ‘Vietnam War’ Tells Some Truths

Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen observed in his 2016 book, Nothing Ever Dies, that “All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory.” That is surely true of the Vietnam War, which – although it ended four decades ago – continues as a battle of memory, history and truth.

Sep 21 10:32

Driving Miss Crazy: Morgan Freeman Declares War on Russia at Rob Reiner's Behest

Social media is awash with outrage after Hollywood megastar Morgan Freeman appeared in a propaganda video issued by a newly-established anti-Russian non-profit group, in which he declares Washington is at war with Moscow.

Morgan Freeman is an almost universally beloved figure in the West, and his famed golden voice almost universally beloved across the West, so it's understandable why the newly-established Committee to Investigate Russia might choose him to front its propaganda campaign.

However, initial reactions to the clip on social media suggest the move might've been a titanic misfire, as even supporters of the #TheRussiansDidIt hypothesis criticizing the group, and slamming the video's incendiary tone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder what a forensic accounting of the group sponsoring this video would reveal about who actually paid for this?!?

The "cozying up" between the US government/military and "Hollowood", over decades, is no big secret.

Shell corporations, posing as non-profits, are a common feature in the American business landscape these days.

Any professional respect I once had for this very capable actor, which was huge, has just been shattered into absolute oblivion.

Did he not realise, upon accepting the gig, which was allegedly fronted by Rob Reiner, that he is actually working for the military/industrial complex of the Occupied, Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika?!?

Because the ultimate "winner" in the ratcheting up of tensions between the OUSSA and Russia, will be only that warmongering gang of thugs which manufacture weapons, in terms of more huge outlays in military spending, as the Deep State is actually planning to go to war against Russia AND China, to prevent the rise of the ruble and yuan against the petrodollar.

Washington plans to Nuke Russia and China

And how many defense companies may be in Rob Reiner's financial portfolio at this moment?!?

He is rumored to be worth 60 million in net worth at this point in his career

Did all of that come only from residuals and socially conscious investing?!? One has to wonder.

Sep 21 09:57

TRUMP FALLS IN LINE WITH INTERVENTIONISM

In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations – people praise him for reading from a Teleprompter even if his words make little sense – but there is no getting around the reality that his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly must rank as one of the most embarrassing moments in America’s relations with the global community.

Trump offered a crude patchwork of propaganda and bluster, partly delivered as a campaign speech praising his own leadership – boasting about the relatively strong U.S. economy that he mostly inherited from President Obama – and partly reflecting his continued subservience to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump did NOT inherit "...relatively strong U.S. economy" from President Obama; look at all the corporate bankruptcies which have happened in 2016, and 2017, to begin to comprehend the problems with the US economy, which have seen massive Federal and personal debt increase, coupled with the steady outsourcing/offshoring of jobs which used to be the mainstay of the American middle class.

But the rest of the article is absolutely correct, in pointing out President Trump's embracing everything that has failed, spectacularly, with US foreign policy under Bush's and Obama's regimes.

And it appears he is about to double down with North Korea, Iran, and perhaps even Venezuela.

IF, in fact, the US government goes to war against both North Korea and Iran, and choses to fire the first shot, we may well see China defending North Korea, and Russia defending Iran, militarily.

I wish someone who has the President's ear, other than the official triumverate of Mc Master, Kelly, and Mattis, would politely inform President Trump that the US military does not have the money; the manufacturing; the weaponry; or the troop strength to positively militarily engage either country at this point.

After a show of force in Syria, Russia has other countries clamoring for their weapons, because they work as advertised; most American weapons, unfortunately, do not.

Need I remind you of the utter fluster cluck and debacle which is the Lockheed Martin's F-35, which has cost taxpayers billions, but still cannot perform to speck, and may take billions more to ever fix?!?

I rest my case.

Sep 21 09:34

Is Trump About to Repeat George W. Bush's Worst Mistake?

In 2002, Bush used his UN speech to argue for action against Iraq. Let’s hope Trump’s first UN speech isn’t the opening salvo in a preventable war with Iran

Sep 21 09:31

'Complete failure': US organizations unite to decry Trump's UN speech on N. Korea

Donald Trump's speech at the UN, in which he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary, has been slammed by progressive organizations calling it a "complete failure of American leadership" and "yet another reckless escalation."

The three organizations - MoveOn.org, CREDO Action, and Win Without War - blasted Trump's speech in a joint statement published on Tuesday.

Sep 21 09:29

U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY JIM MATTIS WEIGHS USING “KINETIC WEAPON” ON NORTH KOREA

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted at using a kinetic weapon on Tuesday while discussing tensions with North Korea when he made a Freudian slip.

Mattis was asked whether there was “any military option the US can take with North Korea that would not put Seoul at grave risk,” Mattis responded, “Yes, there are, but I will not go into details.”

Later during the press conference, another reporter questioned Mattis and caught him off-guard:

“Just to clarify, you said that there were possible military options that would not create a grave risk to Seoul,” a reporter asked. “Are we talking kinetic options as well?”

“Yes, I don’t want to go into that,” Mattis responded.

Previously, Mattis stated that a war with North Korea would “involve the massive shelling of an ally’s capital, (South Korea) which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But can this weapon prevent the deployment of heavy conventional artillery, as is commonly known to be dispersed in bunkers all over North Korea, and aimed at South Korea?!?

That is a question I wish some reporter would ask Sec-Def Mattis, and soon.

Sep 21 09:26

Hospital denounces Florida nurses who gave babies middle finger, called them 'mini Satans'

Nurses at Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Florida may face legal action after photos showing them being inappropriate with babies went viral.
In photos shared on Snapchat, one nurse is seen giving the middle finger to a baby with the caption, "How I feel about these mini Satans" reports news station WJAX/WFOX. In another photo, a nurse is accused of moving a baby to look like the child is dancing to music.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is wrong with these people?!?

Sep 21 08:43

E.U. to Trump: ‘We’re Not Renegotiating Iran Nuclear Deal’ – Israel Not Happy

Now Israel has a problem. What’s good for Washington is not necessarily good for Europe…

RT International reports today…

All parties to Iran’s nuclear agreement remain in full compliance with the deal, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after the Wednesday P5+1 powers’ meeting. She emphasized that the deal had potentially averted a military incursion into Iran.

“This is an agreement that prevented a nuclear program and potentially prevented a military intervention,” Mogherini said, following a meeting of ministers representing the six world powers and Iran on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Calling the negotiations a “frank” discussion, Mogherini said that it boiled down to all sides agreeing that no country has breached the terms of the deal. “We all agreed on the fact that there is no violation, that the nuclear program-related aspects, which is all the agreement, are being fulfilled,” she said.

Sep 21 08:19

Unmasked: Trump Doctrine vows carnage for new axis of evil

North Korea, Iran, Venezuela are targets in "compassionate" America's war on the "wicked few." It's almost as though Washington felt its hegemony threatened

Sep 21 08:15

Phil Giraldi – Neocons Clamor for More Goy Blood

Most recently, some pundits, including myself, have been warning of an impending war with Iran. To be sure, the urging to strike Iran comes from many quarters, to include generals in the Administration who always think first in terms of settling problems through force, from a Saudi government obsessed with fear over Iranian hegemony, and, of course, from Israel itself. But what makes the war engine run is provided by American Jews who have taken upon themselves the onerous task of starting a war with a country that does not conceivably threaten the United States. They have been very successful at faking the Iranian threat, so much so that nearly all Republican and most Democratic congressmen, as well as much of the media, seem to be convinced that Iran needs to be dealt with firmly, most definitely by using the U.S. military, and the sooner the better.
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Sep 21 08:06

Russia warns US it will strike back if militia attacks in Syria don’t end

The Syrians with beaucoup Russian support are going to take Syria back from the US and it's terrorists. Get ready for a lot of US casualties.

Moscow has warned the US that if militias it supports in northeast Syria again attack positions of pro-government forces backed by Russia, the Russian military will use all its force to retaliate.

Sep 21 08:05

Trump Speech A Goldmine Of Hypocrisy, Propaganda And Outrageous Lies

Was Donald Trump's speech to the UN optimistic realism, Trumpian populism or a just a goldmine of hypocrisy, propaganda and outrageous lies? Trump's meeting with Bibi Netanyahu yesterday no doubt influenced this jingoistic and threatening speech. It sounded like Bibi wrote it for him. Bibi has been crying wolf about Iran's non-existent nuclear weapons program for over 20 years. This kind of speech always worked really well before the advent of the internet. In the past, the mainstream media effectively kept us in the dark about what was really going on in the rest of the world so this kind of speech was readily accepted by the ignorant proles.

Now, with a few clicks of the mouse on a computer, just about everything he said is quickly exposed as no more than ludicrous propaganda and the raving of a clueless madman pushing another country's agenda. I'm sure this was obvious to everyone in that room.

Sep 21 07:57

‘US is biggest rogue state but accuses others of what it does 100 times over’

The US begrudges North Korea for having a few nuclear weapons while having more nuclear weapons than any country on Earth, Prof. Dan Kovalik, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, told RT, commenting on Donald Trump’s UN address. Other analysts joined the discussion.

Donald Trump delivered his first address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday. The US president lashed out at North Korea, Syria and Iran in his speech.

Dan Kovalik says he doesn’t think it’s appropriate to speak about defending the interests of one particular nation, America, at the UN.

Sep 21 06:55

Syria is a ‘Laboratory’ for the Air War of the Future

U.S. airmen are rapidly developing and remixing new technologies and techniques in the fight against ISIS, but sometimes you can’t beat the tried and true.

ISIS doesn’t have an Air Force, but the Syrian skies are nevertheless a rapidly evolving “laboratory” for air warfare, said U.S. military leaders, who described how the U.S. is fusing cyber attacks with real bombs and using open-source intelligence to find and strike targets.

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(*How's that working out?)

Sep 20 21:50

US Strategic Command Chief: Iran Fully Adhering to Nuclear Deal

Amid expectations that President Trump is going to decertify the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, refusing the admit to Congress that Iran is complying, US Strategic Command chief Gen. John Hyten has affirmed that Iran is fully complying with the terms of the deal.

Sep 20 13:32

US Navy Fires 2 More Commanders Over Recent Ship Collisions

The US Navy has fired two senior commanders in the Asia Pacific region in connection with two recent deadly collisions of warships, as part of a sweeping dismissal of leadership in the Japan-based 7th Fleet.

Sep 20 12:17

How the UN Covers for US Aggression

UN is not out to get the U.S. Rather, it has largely been America’s tool since its inception, it has repeatedly covered Uncle Sam’s overly-exposed butt as he (a.k.a. “the royal we”) has gone around the world on a three decade-long military bender since the end of the Cold War.

And therein lies the truly pernicious part of the Trumped-up case against the U.N. … because, like so much of America’s growing cult of grievance, it reflects an ever-widening gap between America’s stated ideals and its self-serving behavior around the world.

Sep 20 12:10

Trump’s Embarrassing UN Speech

The arrogance conveyed by Trump’s speech is unprecedented.

I wonder if whoever wrote the deplorable speech intended to embarrass Trump and inadvertently embarrassed America as well, or whether the speechwriter(s) is so imbued with the neoconservative arrogance and hubris of our time that the speechwriter was simply blind to the extraordinary contradictions that stood out like sore thumbs all through the speech.

Sep 20 12:02

Trump Calls Iran Nuclear Deal An 'Embarrassment' To US

US President Donald Trump has told the United Nationals General Assembly that the internationally-negotiated nuclear agreement with Iran is an “embarrassment” to the United States, raising question whether he intends to stay in the 2015 accord.

Sep 20 11:45

850 jihadists killed as Russian warplanes help Syrian Army repel Idlib offensive – Moscow

Russian warplanes and Syrian forces have repelled an offensive by jihadists in a de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate in Syria. The forces killed some 850 militants and destroyed 11 tanks and other assets, Russia’s General Staff reported.

Sep 20 11:38

One congressional war authorization shouldn't last for decades

Between multiple hurricanes, a surprise debt deal, impending tax reform, and end-of-the-year legislative deadlines, you’d be forgiven for not noticing that the Senate kicked off consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week.

Another thing you might have overlooked? The United States is still at war.

That’s the point Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tried to raise last week with an amendment to the NDAA. By engaging in military conflicts in no fewer than seven countries around the world, America remains at war, and without the authorization of Congress.

Sep 20 09:24

US OPENS FIRST MILITARY BASE IN ISRAEL, ADDING TO OVER 800 WORLDWIDE

The first U.S. military base in Israel has been officially inaugurated. It’s located within the confines of the Aerial Defense Division in the south of the country. A few dozen U.S. soldiers will live and work on the base, situated inside the school of the of the Israeli Air Force, in the Negev.

Sep 20 09:07

Military Defeat as a Financial Collapse Trigger

Back in 2007 I wrote Reinventing Collapse, in which I compared the collapse of the USSR to the forthcoming collapse of the USA. I wrote the following:

“Let us imagine that collapsing a modern military-industrial superpower is like making soup: chop up some ingredients, apply heat and stir. The ingredients I like to put in my superpower collapse soup are: a severe and chronic shortfall in the production of crude oil (that magic addictive elixir of industrial economies), a severe and worsening foreign trade deficit, a runaway military budget and ballooning foreign debt. The heat and agitation can be provided most efficaciously by a humiliating military defeat and widespread fear of looming catastrophe.” (p. 2)

A decade later these ingredients are all in place, with a few minor quibbles.

Sep 20 08:24

The Democrats Wanted Trump

Yes, Hillary, the media did help Trump win. But so did your team.
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a study by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy found that during 2015, major news outlets covered Trump “in a way that was unusual given his low initial polling numbers — a high volume of media coverage preceded Trump’s rise in the polls.”

A big chunk of this coverage, the report found, was positive in tone. Of course, that tone would drastically change as soon as Trump won the GOP nomination. It was curious happenstance, but somehow, the preponderance of ugly stories regarding his past began pouring forth only after he captured the nomination. The man didn’t change at all; the coverage did.

(*resubmitted for those who may have missed the result of the study)

Sep 20 08:16

Abrams Tank Upgrade Exemplifies Acquisition Nightmare as Pentagon Budget Soars

Not even two weeks after the Pentagon awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a $311 million contract to build seven M1A2 Abrams "system enhancement package" variant 4 (SEPv4) prototypes, the US Army revealed it hasn’t even accepted delivery for prototypes of earlier SEPv3 Abrams tanks.

According to Scout Warrior, the US Army will only receive its first lot of SEPv3 tanks this month, and the service is only slated to receive six units. The Army maintains roughly 1,500 Abrams M1A2 tanks.

The bureaucracy and acquisition confusion is dizzying, but the American taxpayers will inevitably foot the bill anyway. Despite not receiving the new SEPv3 tanks, the Pentagon threw $270 million at General Dynamics Land Systems on September 5 to deliver 45 more. In other words, before accepting the first prototype of the SEPv3, the Pentagon proved it didn’t really care how the prototype turned out and bought more upgrade packages anyway.

Sep 20 08:04

Trump is conflating Pyongyang with Tehran. The results could be catastrophic

This is the latest gimmick in Trump’s desperate efforts to kill the nuclear deal with Iran: by focusing on Tehran’s objectionable non-nuclear policies and false claims of the unevenness of the Iran deal, Trump is arguing that sustaining the international accord can no longer be justified since it doesn’t address the totality of America’s concerns with Iran.

Problem is: there is no deal that could address the totality of US-Iran tensions unless Trump is willing to engage in extensive diplomacy with Iran for such a grand bargain. Thus far, Trump has shown zero interest in negotiations with Iran. And mindful of how he has conducted himself on the world stage, significant doubts exist as to whether his administration has the capacity and competence to face Iran diplomatically.

Sep 20 08:01

‘No One Will Trust’ U.S. if Trump Ends Nuclear Deal, Iran’s President Says

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said Tuesday that if President Donald Trump backs out of the 2015 nuclear deal, "no one will trust America again" and his country could then resume work on expanding its nuclear capabilities.

Rouhani raised that possibility in an interview with NBC News just before Trump spoke for the first time as president before the United Nations General Assembly, where he called Tehran a "murderous regime" and the nuclear deal "an embarrassment to the United States."

Sep 20 07:58

America's Jews Are Driving America's Wars

I spoke recently at a conference on America’s war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, “Why doesn’t anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know it’s American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldn’t we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?”

Sep 20 07:46

Fact checking Benjamin Netanyahu’s General Assembly speech

Yesterday, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations in a speech that served as a kind of appendix to Donald Trump’s controversial, bellicose declaration that was delivered hours earlier.

Both speeches predictably focused on Iran and both leaders told a great deal of untruths and half-truths about the situation. Here are some of the most glaring untruths, followed by a factual explanation of the situation.

Sep 20 07:43

Hannity: ‘There’s Going to Be a Major Military Conflict with North Korea’

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show program Monday, host Sean Hannity suggested it’s “only a matter of time,” but “[t]here’s going to be a major military conflict with North Korea.”

“You better keep an eye, I’m just warning everybody, on North Korea,” said Sean Hannity. “North Korea, this guy keeps firing missiles. It’s not ‘if,’ it’s when. There’s going to be a major military conflict with North Korea. And as I’ve been saying, there are not good options.”

Sep 20 07:22

Trump Is Trying to Hoodwink Us into War with Iran

We’ve seen this movie before, complete with trumped-up charges of WMD. Americans must speak out now to head off another disastrous military adventure.

Sep 20 06:18

War Propaganda 101

Remember when Trump expressed his anguish over the “sarin gas attacks” in Syria.

Well, the whole while his own on-the-ground military advisors were telling him the story was impossible baloney.

So what did he do?

He went with the pro-war propaganda instead.

Is he an idiot? Is he a liar? Or is he just (another) presidential lightweight in over his head just doing whatever the pro-war forces want.

Sep 19 20:16

Amid Yemen War, Saudi Signs Military Cooperation Deal With Britain

Britain and Saudi Arabia have signed a framework deal on military and security cooperation as the Riyadh regime intensifies its ongoing campaign against Yemen.

According to the Saudi state news agency SPA, the deal was signed as British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon discussed military cooperation with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who serves as the kingdom’s defense minister and deputy prime minister. The SPA report did not provide details of the agreement.

Sep 19 19:32

Star Trek: TOS Errand of Mercy

We need some of these guys.

The Organians: "super-evolved" and completely pacifistic.

Sep 19 14:35

F-35 Ejection Seat to Kill, Wound 22 US Pilots - Government Watchdog

The F-35 Joint Program Office has skimped out on spending a few million dollars to conduct more thorough testing of the fifth-generation plane’s potentially lethally flawed ejection seat despite its generous $400 billion budget.

Given how much flight time the US military plans to use the F-35 for, 22 pilots are projected to suffer injuries or be killed over the lifetime of the plane’s use because of insufficient testing, according to the report first obtained by CQ Roll Call.

The internal report created by the Technical Airworthiness Authority said the failure to implement extra safety tests is bound to prove “catastrophic,” the Stripes report states. “No less than $1 million” and 9 to 12 months of testing could lower the risk of pilot injury or death from 22 to zero, TAA said in its report dated May 1.

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Sep 19 14:30

Strongest attacks on Syrian Army come from where opposition & US forces stationed – Russian MoD

The Syrian Army liberating the Deir ez-Zor region from terrorists is facing strong resistance and massive fire from areas where armed opposition groups and US forces are stationed, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Syrian Army continues to liberate the Euphrates valley to the east of Deir ez-Zor with the help of the Russian Air Force, the statement from the ministry says, adding that the government forces have already retaken more than 60 square kilometers on the left bank of the Euphrates from Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL).

The Syrian Army, however, faces resistance not only from jihadists, but also apparently from US-backed armed opposition groups, according to the statement

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless the US and jihadist forces fall back, this could get ugly in a heartbeat.

Does anyone but myself out there see a geopolitical arc of insanity, courtesy of the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of America, from the Middle East to Asia?!?

Although I have never seen it in my life time, it feels as though the OUSSA is really gearing up for a true world war, to protect the hegemony of the petrodollar.

And what scares the stuffing out of me is, those Deep Staters in the Bowels of Power do not understand that this time, it may well not work at all.

Sep 19 14:13

Dangerous Words of Escalation: Trump Threatens to Abandon Iran’s Nuclear Deal as Israeli Officials Call for Action Against Iran

Once again, the annual United Nations General Assembly is taking place in New York City with U.S. President Donald Trump set to take center stage as he is expected to focus on the North Korean Crisis and the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

As the Western media’s attention has been focused on the North Korea crisis (which is also another very serious matter), another development has been taking place in Tel Aviv, as calls for action by Israeli officials against Iran’s Nuclear Program although it’s not a new development (it’s been going on for many years). Channel 2 on Israeli TV reported that Mossad chief Yossi Cohen is calling on the Israeli government to take action against the Iranian government. The Times of Israel reported that

“Channel 2 on Sunday paraphrased Cohen as asserting that “Today’s Iran is the North Korea of yesterday, and so we need to act now so that we don’t wake up to [an Iranian] bomb.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely point out that Israel was not a signatory to the P5+1, therefore has utterly no business in attempting to get the US from walking away from this treaty.

I would also like to politely point out that Iran has signed the NNPT: Israel has not.

I would also like to politely point out that Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years.

IF President Trump has any horse-sense left, he will not allow Netanyahu to "charm" him into another Middle Eastern war, where the outcomes of US military intervention have not quite been stellar; think Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, and Syria, and you will catch my drift.

IF both Israel and Saudi Arabia believe that a war against Iran is in their best interests, as both consider Iran their "existential enemy", let them fight it; such a war is definitely NOT in the interests of We the People, and I do hope President Trump understands this.

Sep 19 14:03

US Is Sending Another Aircraft Carrier To Korea: Yonhap

After carrying out bombing drills over the Korean peninsula on Monday following North Korea’s firing of an intermediate-range missile over the Japanese island of Hokkaido, US and South Korean forces are planning to continue their displays of military might early next month, according to a report from Yonhap, the South Korean news agency. However, in a move that is sure to provoke a barrage of threats from North Korea, the US is reportedly sending a nuclear-armed aircraft carrier to the waters off the Korean peninsula, where it will take part in an upcoming round of military drills.

Earlier this year, the US sent three aircraft carriers to waters near North Korea in an unprecedented show of force. However, it's unclear if any of those carriers are still positioned so closely to the peninsula. Here's the latest map of US naval strike groups, which was compiled by Stratfor using publicly-available information. Deployments considered "sensitive" would not be included on this map.

Sep 19 13:59

War With North Korea Starts to Look Inevitable

We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council at this point,” said Nikki Haley on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, referring to North Korea. “We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first,” the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said. “If that doesn’t work, General Mattis [Defense Secretary James Mattis] will take care of it.”
The comments, no off-the-cuff remarks, mirrored her words at a White House press briefing Friday, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, standing next to Haley at that briefing, was even more explicit. “I think we ought to make clear what’s different about this approach is, is that we’re out of time,” he noted, referring to sanctions. “As Ambassador Haley said before, we’ve been kicking the can down the road, and we’re out of road.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was amazingly, horrifically stunned by President Trump's address at the UN today.

He has come as near to publicly declaring war against North Korea as one can without actually declaring war against it.

Kim Jung Un saw what happened when Iraq and Libya denuclearized; there was regime change, coupled with grisly assassinations of their heads of state; he knows, because of what the US has done before (sometimes backed by the UN and/or NATO) that if he denuclearizes before sitting down for negotiations, the precise, same fate awaits him.

And if the US fires first, China has publicly stated that they will stand with North Korea, militarily. This means we are most probably likely to see a false flag blamed on North Korea, as the "justification" for a war against it.

Mike and I live on a first strike target here on Oahu, which the Chinese military can actually accurately hit, which makes us more than a little nervous.

The only thing I can tell our readers right now is, please make sure your prep plans are fulfilled; make sure that you have food, potable water, and medications on hand for you, your family, and your pets. Make sure you have a plan to regroup, if you are separated. Have a bug-out kit close to hand.

And if you are of a mind to do so, please pray, that somehow, the catastrophe such a war will bring to the world can be averted.

Sep 19 13:14

Syrian army sends more troops across Euphrates, near U.S.-backed forces

Syrian troops crossed to the eastern side of the Euphrates in Deir al-Zor on Monday, state media and a monitoring group said, increasing their presence in an area where U.S.-backed militias have also advanced.

The rival forces are conducting offensives against Islamic State and have generally stayed out of each other’s way, with the river often acting as a dividing line.

However, incidents this year have raised tension between the government side, backed by Russia, and the U.S.-backed forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless there are some high level back channel negotiations between US and Russian diplomats, this could get very ugly very quickly

Sep 19 11:24

Netanyahu Is Meeting Trump To Push For War With Iran

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Donald Trump at the White House and push the U.S. to withdraw from the nuclear accord with Iran. Netanyahu will present an argument that Trump already has come to accept: America’s adherence to the nuclear deal cannot solely depend on Iran’s compliance with the agreement, but also whether Iran’s other policies challenge US national interests. It’s a more honest argument compared to the slogans Netanyahu has used in the past. But it is also a line that fundamentally contradicts Netanyahu’s central message of the past decades: That Iran’s nuclear program constitutes an existential threat to Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please on this issue; should you go back on this P5+1 agreement, you will telegraph to the world that the US is incapable of keeping its treaties and promises, and will walk away from them whenever said treaties are "inconvenient" to US hegemony.

And just which of Iran's policies in the region are an anathema to US national security interests?!?

Can you possibly, please, explain what you mean by this, because if you are taking the American people to war against Iran, the American people have the absolute right to understand why.

OK, Iran is developing better ballistic missiles: but these were never a part of the P5+1 agreement in the first place; and with Israel and the US breathing down Iran's neck, threatening war at least every other Tuedsay, can you blame them for wanting some decent defense capabilities?

No thinking, reasonable person possibly could.

Listen, we know your BFFs in the Middle East are cheerleading you on starting a war against Iran. Both Prince Salman and Prime Minister Netanyahu have been uofficial "president whisperers" in this regard.

But this could turn out to be an absolute nightmare for the OSUSSA (the curent state of this nation, which can most honestly be described as the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika.) And here is why.

Russian political and military figures have stated, publicly, that should Iran be attacked, they will come to its aid militarily.

Have McMaster, Kelly, and Mattis told you this?!? Because, Mr. President, it is bloody well time someone did.

Mr. President, we don't have the money, the troop stregth, the manufacturing, or the weaponry to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia in Iran; it is just that simple.

And what, precisely, will Prince Salman and Netanyahu give you to win this war?!? How many troops, and how much military equipment have they committed?!? My deep concern here, Mr. President, is that they will expect the US military to do most of the heavy lifting, but will expect the costs in blood and money, to be borne primarily by this country.

To all the Alphabet Soup agencies reading this site: I care about my country very deeply; and until it becomes illegal to do so, I will comment on the ways in which I believe it is moving in the wrong direction.

As you understand, I am a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates, or condones violence, which means that I am constantly exorting this government to resolve its geopolitical differences with other countries in ways other than through wars.

A war with Iran may be believed to be in the best interests of both the Saudi Arabian and Israeli leadership; but with all the domestic and financial problems facing this country, a war against Iran, which may well translate into a war with Russia, is absoflippinglutely NOT in the interests of this country's people at all.

To the Iranian bloggers who read this site (I don't know if there is a mirror in Farsi, but understand there may be): thinking Americans who understand your history, and particularly your 20th century history), do not want to see war against Iran. Unlike Israel, you have a Constitution; are a signatory to the NNPT (which Israel is not); and your religious minorities are protected under your Constitution.

In sum total, Mr. President, a war with Iran is an horrifically bad idea, no matter how much Prince Salman and Prime Minister Netanyahu have been rooting for the OUSSA to do this.

Sep 19 10:43

ISRAEL AND US OPEN FIRST AMERICAN MILITARY BASE IN ISRAEL

Israel and the U.S. inaugurated the first American military base on Israeli soil on Monday, which will serve dozens of soldiers operating a missile defense system.

The move comes at a time of growing Israeli concerns about archenemy Iran's development of long-range missiles. Together with the U.S., Israel has developed a multilayered system of defenses against everything from long-range guided missile attacks from Iran to crude rockets fired from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

The base's opening is largely symbolic and isn't expected to bring operational changes. But the Israeli military says that along with other measures, it sends a message of readiness to Israel's enemies.

"It's a message that says Israel is better prepared. It's a message that says Israel is improving the response to threats," said Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the commander of Israel's aerial defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although this didn't make it to the presstitute corporate news outlets in this country, this base makes a joint Israeli/US strike against Iran far more potentially feasible, and nearer in schedule than it might have been before.

Sep 19 10:33

US-Kiev rejection of Russian initiative proves more war in store for Donbass —

Ukraine’s and the United States’ refusal to work on the text of Russia’s draft resolution on deploying a UN contingent in Donbass to ensure security of the OSCE mission reveals their real plans to realize a kind of the Croatian scenario, Denis Pushilin, the chief negotiator for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic at the pace talks in Minsk, said on Monday.

"Ukraine’s and the United States’ refusal to work on the text of the Russia-initiated draft resolution on a UN mission in Donbass reveals the real motives of the Western partners. Such actions openly show what [Ukrainian President] Pyotr Poroshenko and his American friends really want," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this moment in its history, the government of the Occupied, Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika, appears to be pathologically incabable of resolving its geopolitical differences in any way other than war.

The country I thought I knew, as a kid growing up, seemed to be much more intellectually, and morally capable of getting its way through hard-won, intelligent negotiations; but perhaps I was just fooling myself in that assessment, even back then.

Sep 19 10:10

Project 2020: preparation for war in Eastern Europe

What is happening to America? It took on the functions of a hegemon and can not cope with them.

Unfortunately, the phenomenon of American stupidity did not end with poor Jen Psaki. The recommendations of the experts of the analytical center "Atlantic Council" sound equally bizarre to their audience.

Sep 19 09:36

Netanyahu Sets Israel Up as Fall Guy for U.S.-Iran Clash

Even when Israeli leaders, unlike Netanyahu, kept a low profile, it took years to shake off the accusation that the country pushed for the Iraq war

Sep 19 09:26

DEFENSE CONTRACTORS ON CLOUD 9

The Senate is expected to pass by a wide margin a $700-billion defense bill today. When it comes to extravagant military spending, Congress is relentlessly bipartisan, and all bickering stops, as long as the bacon gets spread to every district and state.

“The 1,215-page measure defies a number of White House objections, but Trump hasn’t threatened to veto the measure,” the Washington Post mused. “The bill helps him honor a pledge to boost military spending by tens of billions of dollars.”

So who gets this money?

It’s going to get spread around, but defense contractors are going to get a chunk of it, and they’ve been on cloud 9 all year. Their shares – fired up by plenty of saber-rattling – have mostly soared from all-time high to all-time high.

These are some of the biggest defense contractors and their shares year-to-date as of this morning:

Rockwell Collins (COL), to be acquired by United Technologies: $130.90, up 40.6% YTD

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An absolutely staggering amount of your tax dollars get devoted to killing, and the technological refinement of killing, world wide; that is what this defense budget is about.

And these are some of the examples of what these weapons do: (warning: graphic images).

Over 160 children reported among US drone deaths

Images: Afghani funeral, US drone strike

US drone strike kills Afghani children

Images: US/Saudi bombing slaughters Yemeni children; massive malnutrition in Yemeni children; cholera sweeping Yemen

And this bugdget has been approved b "our" Senate while:

Fires blaze out of control in the Western US, while floods and storms ravage the South and West because the American infrastructure has been allowed to rot; homeless Vets sleep rough in our streets; homelessness and disease ravage this country; our alleged education system is simply a system of inidoctrination only; and jobs continue to be offshored and outsourced, destroying what was left of the middle class.

So do not believe, for one moment, that your "alleged Congressional Representatives" really represent you; at this point in this country's history, they represent only the interests of those corporations like those corporations named above, and this budget is to keep them financially flush, and well fed, just as they keep overt and covert campaign contributions "flowing" to the members of Congress who approve budgets like this.

Sep 19 08:45

Trump Warns World At UN: "No Choice But To Destroy Rocket Man's North Korea"

While President Trump fell just short of "fire and fury," his first address to The United Nations was very clear in its perspective on North Korea (Iran and Syria).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Says the President of the only nation to ever actually use nuclear weapons against the civilians of another country.

Sep 18 19:23

US Military Forces Hold Joint Military Exercises With South Korea, Japan

The United States military has carried out several flights over the Korean Peninsula in joint bombing drills with the South amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

Four US F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1B supersonic bombers took part in the joint drill on Monday.

Sep 18 17:26

Defense Contractors on Cloud 9

The Senate is expected to pass by a wide margin a $700-billion defense bill today. When it comes to extravagant military spending, Congress is relentlessly bipartisan, and all bickering stops, as long as the bacon gets spread to every district and state. “The 1,215-page measure defies a number of White House objections, but Trump hasn’t threatened to veto the measure,” the Washington Post mused. “The bill helps him honor a pledge to boost military spending by tens of billions of dollars.”

Sep 18 15:38

McCain Blames Navy ‘Accidents’ On Obama-Era Military Cuts

US Republican Senator John McCain says military cuts over the past years were the primary reason behind the recent deadly “accidents” involving US Navy warships USS John McCain and USS Fitzgerald in Asia.

Sep 18 15:32

US Navy sacks more commanders after deadly warship collisions

The US Navy has dismissed an admiral and a captain in connection with two deadly accidents where US warships collided with commercial vessels in the Pacific. This comes less than a month after the Navy fired the commander of the Seventh Fleet.

Rear Admiral Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, and Captain Jeffrey Bennett, commander of Destroyer Squadron 15, were fired by Seventh Fleet commander Vice Admiral Phil Sawyer, the Navy said Monday. “Both reliefs were due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command.”

Sep 18 15:05

Trump Calls For End To Military Spending Sequester

President Donald Trump has called for an end to the Defense spending sequester during a speech to the US Air Force at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

“I’m calling on Congress to end the defense sequester once and for all,” Trump said Friday afternoon, during a 17-minute address on the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force.

Sep 18 13:25

President Trump: Rescind and Declassify Presidential Decision Directive 51 (PDD-51)

President Trump can start to push back against the Deep State. The is rescind and Declassify PDD-51. The People need to know what is in these documents sign by President Bush that makes him a dictator and congress a ceremonial body with no authority.

Sep 18 12:37

Removing Offensive Monuments

The eyesore presidential libraries

The social justice warrior charge to purge the United States of all monuments relating in any way to the Confederacy has been rapidly expanding to include the scourge represented by all white people all through history.

Now, I would suggest that turnabout is fair play so if we are all agreeing that monuments must be destroyed to right historic wrongs, I am interested in making up my own little list based on the things that I disapprove of. As readers of this site are aware, I am a critic of illegal behavior by the United States government, to include torture, targeted assassinations by drone and starting wars without any reason to do so, so that would be a good place to start.

Sep 18 12:33

Russia Emerges As Victor in Syrian War

The war is almost over; reconstruction and nation-building are coming to the fore.

A new UN-brokered round of negotiations on Syria will kick off in October. The participants will have to live with new reality – the West has lost in Syria, Russia and its allies have won

Sep 18 12:30

Trump’s Bonfire of Washington Politics

So, is it inside-out politics that is taking place here?

President Trump shocked the political world and his own “base” when he struck a budget deal with Democrats to get emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey victims, reports ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

Last week, President Trump threw a grenade into the U.S. political structure.

Sep 18 12:27

A Letter to My American Friends

What would it take for you to switch sides and join the rest of mankind in what is a struggle for the survival of our species?

I asked you to name me a single successful US military intervention since WWII and you could name none. Good!

Did you notice that there was no Islamic State in Iraq before the US invasion?

I don’t think that millions of murdered people, including hundreds of thousands of children, are “mistakes” (how would you react it somebody conceded to you that Hitler and Stalin made “mistakes”?). But there is something even more insidious in this notion of “mistake”.

Sep 18 11:59

In "Warning To Pyongyang", B-1B Bombers, F-35s Hold Mock Bombing Drills

Both Haley and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared on the Sunday talk shows to stress – using language that’s ringing increasingly hollow - that the administration wouldn’t hesitate to authorize a military response to the North should diplomacy fail.

And to demonstrate that, four US F-35 stealth fighters and two B-1B bombers conducted another round of "mock bombing exercises" over the Korean peninsula on Monday, according to Reuters. The US aircraft, which were joined by four South Korea F-15K fighter jets, returned to their bases in Japan and Guam after the exercise, but the latest demonstration of western capabilities likely assures that Kim Jong Un, who views such exercises in the same way the international community views his missile launches, will seek to retaliate with his own show of force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless President Trump is willing to kill millions of South Koreans, courtesy of North Korea's conventional arms poised against it, there is precious little he can do, militarily, against the country.

Sep 18 11:54

North Korea Warns More Sanctions Will Only Accelerate Its Completion Of A Nuclear Force

In the ongoing game of escalating verbal ping-pong, North Korea responded on Monday to the latest condemnation by the UN Security Council which responded to Pyongyang Friday missile launch with a harsly worded verbal rebuke, and warned that the more sanctions pursued by the US and its allies, "will only increase our pace towards the ultimate completion of the state nuclear force,” KCNA reported, citing ministry of foreign affairs.

The latest sanctions represent “the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility to physically exterminate the people of the DPRK, let alone its system and government,” a foreign ministry spokesman said, as cited by Reuters.

The North Korean statement also said that “it is a foolish dream to hope that the sanctions could work with the DPRK while the sanctions have failed to stop it from becoming a full-fledged nuclear weapons state and making rapid progress in the building of an economic power for more than half a century.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not a question of what Kim Jung Un says he is going to do; it is a question of what he is willing to do.

And understanding that Mike and I live on a first-strike target the Chinese can actually hit, that makes us....more than a little nervous.

Sep 18 11:51

Will The US Bomb? First Images Of Syrian Army Crossing The Euphrates River In Deir Ezzor

The airspace over Deir Ezzor is now growing exponentially more dangerous as there are substantial rumors that the US coalition has declared a no fly zone (NFZ) over the north side of the Euphrates. In the meantime, Syrian and Russian air operations in the area will only increase with Deir Ezzor military airport's returning to full service.

The Syrian Army was capable today of crossing the Euphrates River after fully recapturing Sakr Island located to the north of Deir Ezzor Airbase.

Heavy Russian and Syrian airstrikes have pushed ISIS militants away from the eastern bank, paving the way for the government troops to set foot in the eastern bank for the first time in years.

With crossing the river, the government forces are inching closer to re-take the remaining territories under ISIS control. However, this will also put the Syrian forces face to face with the US-backed Kurdish forces; which launched its own offensive against the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, things could get nasty between Russia and the US military very quickly.

Sep 18 11:45

Will The US Bomb? First Images Of Syrian Army Crossing The Euphrates River In Deir Ezzor

The airspace over Deir Ezzor is now growing exponentially more dangerous as there are substantial rumors that the US coalition has declared a no fly zone (NFZ) over the north side of the Euphrates. In the meantime, Syrian and Russian air operations in the area will only increase with Deir Ezzor military airport's returning to full service.

Other Middle East monitoring groups as well as regional correspondents have also confirmed the breaking news which could lead to a fresh outbreak of direct hostilities between the US-SDF alliance and Syria-Russia alliance:

The Syrian Army was capable today of crossing the Euphrates River after fully recapturing Sakr Island located to the north of Deir Ezzor Airbase.

Heavy Russian and Syrian airstrikes have pushed ISIS militants away from the eastern bank, paving the way for the government troops to set foot in the eastern bank for the first time in years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact this report of a US-military-imposed "no fly zone" is true, the excrement could hit the ventilation shaft very soon, potentially leading to a US-generated war against Russia over Syria and its oil.

Sep 18 11:10

Trump and Netanyahu ready united assault against Iran nuclear deal

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in New York on Monday, at the start of a week in which they intend to launch a concerted assault at the United Nations against the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

The US and Israeli leaders are expected to use their speeches to the UN general assembly on Tuesday to highlight the threat to Middle East stability and security represented by Tehran.

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While anxiety about Iran’s expansive role in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon is widely shared, Trump and Netanyahu’s antipathy to the multilateral deal agreed in Vienna two years ago binds them together, even as it sets them apart from the overwhelming majority of other world leaders attending the annual UN summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you had any questions on what foreign government actually runs Middle Eastern US foreign policy, wonder no more.

Everytime these guys get to gether, I become extraordinarily nervous.

I hope President Trump understands that precisely what Tel Aviv wants him to do, is to create an atmosphere which makes it so impossible for Iran to stay in the P5+1, that they will have to abandon it, and will, of course, resune their nuclear program.

That, in turn, will create "regime change" fervor, and be whipped into a frenzy of demonisation against Iran, so that when such a break from this treaty happens, (courtesy of the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of America), that war will again be touted as "the only way" to handle this alleged "rogue nation."

Mr. President, I wish to politely, but strongly caution you at this moment, right after you have just met with Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu: the guy is crazy for regime change in Tehran, but only at the costs of American blood and American money.

Kindly keep that in mind, please.

Sep 18 09:50

Nikki Haley Meltdown: Assad Must Go… and War With North Korea!

There must be something about being named US Ambassador to the UN that brings out the inner mass murderer in people. Madeline Albright famously admitted that she thought 500,000 dead Iraqi children due to US sanctions was “worth it.” John Bolton never met a disagreement he didn’t want to turn into a war. Samantha Power barked about human rights while her Administration’s drones snuffed out human life in unprecedented numbers. The real “butcher of the Balkans” Richard Holbrooke sold the Yugoslavia war on lies. John “Death Squad” Negroponte sold the lie that Saddam Hussein needed to be killed and his country destroyed for democracy to flourish, and so on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, Ambassador Haley behaves like the alleged adult (yet emotionally infantile) "poster child", representing every single Deep State Member in the Occupied, Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika, who never saw a potential war into which they wouldn't love to see the US get dragged in.

The purpose of the UN is that of promoting peace, and creating ways of ratcheting down international tensions; what Ambassador Haley is attempting to do is quite the opposite, and that President trump hasn't had her sacked, for being an absolute embarrassment to the US's world credibility (if, in fact, we have any left) concerns me greatly.

Sep 18 09:35

US to Expand Kabul Green Zone, Gearing Up for Another Decade of Occupation

President Trump’s commitment last month to escalate the Afghan War has the US looking at ambitious new schemes for the occupation in the years and decades to come. Among the first such moves is a major “public works” project in the capital of Kabul.

Kabul has a disastrously poor security history throughout the US occupation, but security is somewhat better in the Green Zone. The plan, then, is for the Pentagon to greatly expand the Green Zone to encompass a lot more of the city, including most of the Western embassies.

In the near-term, the idea is to improve security around the US Embassy, and end the current situation, where helicopters are constantly ferrying people too and from the embassy because that’s the only way to safely get people there. What is means in the long run is less clear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, we're never leaving Afghanistan, but we're not losing the war against it, because we're staying!!" - Official White House Souse.

Sep 18 09:32

Turkey Masses Troops, Armored Vehicles Along Syrian Border

In a move rebel officials say is part of the de-escalation deal reached at Astana peace talks, Turkey has begun massing troops and armored vehicles along the Syrian border. The deployments include multiple different convoys heading to different border crossings.

The vehicles were mostly armored personnel carriers, but also included some tanks. Turkey, Russia, and Iran have agreed to set up new de-escalation zones for the next six months to try to facilitate more peace talks.

Turkey is expected to control parts of the Idlib Province under this deal, which stands to be a very complicated process, both because of the large number of rival Islamist rebels packed therein, and especially because the Nusra Front says they don’t intend to de-escalate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed on this one.....

Sep 18 09:28

Haley: UN Out of Options on North Korea: Says She Is 'Perfectly Happy' With Having Pentagon Attack North Korea

US Ambassador Nikki Haley declared the UN Security Council to have “run out of options” for dealing with the “North Korea problem,” in comments made during an interview on CNN’s State of the Union show. She talked up a shift to unilateral US military options.

Haley insisted that the US has “a whole lot of military options on the table,” and that President Trump’s threat to give North Korea “fire and fury” was not an empty threat. She went on to say that if the US uses any military options “North Korea will be destroyed. And we all know that. And none of us want that.”

Despite saying she didn’t want that in this segment of her comments, the ambassador also said in the course of her comments she is “perfectly happy” to see the North Korea issued referred to the Pentagon to be solved by Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Haley, a word, please: what the UN has run out of are intelligent options with the North Korean nuclear issue.

The refusal of Tillerson to negotiate with North Korea, prior to its thinking about denuclearization, was a deliberate effort to prevent any kind of dialogue which could have ratched down the tensions across the North Korean peninsula; Tillerson understood that when he did it.

U.S. Opens Door to Talks With North Korea, While Flexing Military Muscle

By making this statement, asking North Korea to do what he knew North Korea was entirely unwilling to do, seeing what happened to two world leaders when they did denuclearise: and those guys were Saddam Hussein, And Moamar Ghadaffi; both countries were regime changed, and both leaders were assassinated.

So what you, Madame Embassador, believe the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika is left with is the pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid US unilateral option of a decap strike on North Korean.

As reported at quora.com:

Nuclear Deterrence - While North Korean nuclear weapons and missiles are relatively rudimentary, they nonetheless pose a threat. For example, what would happen if an invasion force gets completely obliterated by nuclear weapons? Or even worse, if North Korea decides to launch nuclear missiles at South Korea or Japan. Given the extremely high population densities, hundreds of thousands could die and leave East Asia devastated by the fallout.

Oh, and Madame Secretary did you happen to overlook the memo from the Chinese government regarding what it would do if the US strikes first against North Korea?!?

China pledges neutrality unless the US strikes North Korea First

Frankly, Madam Ambassador, I would strongly suggest that you take the Chinese government at their word on this threat/promise.

Sep 18 09:08

Trump & Netanyahu Families Now Determine All Our Future Lives

The United States of America is the world’s greatest super-state with the largest economy/global GDP; the most powerful military machine in history backed by the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in existence.

It’s ‘sidekick’ in the Middle East is the state of Israel. The American principal and its Israeli satellite, work in concert to control both the global economy and international politics through their combined position in the United Nations and through the economic and political power of the US Congress. All this is done publicly with no attempt to hide this extraordinary blatant, bilateral US-Israeli agenda.

That agenda is to overtly increase its economic and political power to the exclusion and at the expense of the rest of the world i.e. the other 191 member states of the United Nations General Assembly. This is no secret pact but a stated aim of the US President.

Sep 18 08:41

Haley calls for marking Trump’s fire and fury comment ‘not empty’

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has defended US President Donald Trump’s threats against North Korea.

The US envoy appeared on CNN Sunday, asserting that the president’s "fire and fury" comment about North Korea's nuclear program last month is serious.

Sep 18 08:14

Trump can attack Russia quickly and decisively - Newt Gingrich

If Donald Trump decides to attack Russia, he will do it more decisively than any other US president would.

Thus statement comes from the conference of "Yalta International Strategy" in Kiev, by Speaker of the US Congress Newt Gingrich.

"There will be consensus and people will understand that Russia is not a neighbor who has a different point of view, but an enemy. And you need to resist it. The category of people around whom Trump surrounds himself, if they plan an attack, it will be very decisive. Trump is by nature very aggressive. If he comes to the conclusion that it is necessary to limit Putin, he will take greater risks than any other American politician, "Gingrich said.

He predicted the withdrawal of Russia first from the Donbass, and then from the Crimea.

Sep 18 08:13

Victoria Nuland visits Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting in Kyiv

“On September 10, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, to participate in the Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting,” according to the statement of the U.S. state department.

She will take part in the 12th YES Annual Meeting in order to discuss the risks and new challenges of Ukrainian conflict and its impact on the international agenda. Victoria Nuland will to hold a meeting with senior Ukrainian officials, party leaders, and civil society members to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wherever Nuland goes, war follows.

Sep 18 08:08

NATO ex-Secretary General: "Russia is trembling, let's finish it off with force"

Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to the deployment of the UN contingent to the Donbass, because he was frightened by the US leadership's statements about the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine. This was announced by the former NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen in Kiev at the "Yalta European Strategy" conference.

"Putin understands that the price of continuing destabilization in Ukraine has become higher. Very often, political and diplomatic processes can be conducted through a clearly articulated threat of the use of force. I am confident that further pressure on Russia will help this process, " Rasmussen said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Sep 18 07:57

'I was just doing my job': Soviet officer who averted nuclear war dies at age 77

A Soviet officer who prevented a nuclear crisis between the US and the USSR and possible World War III in the 1980s has quietly passed away. He was 77. In 2010 RT spoke to Stanislav Petrov, who never considered himself a hero. We look at the life of the man who saved the world.
A decision that Soviet lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov once took went down in history as one that stopped the Cold War from turning into nuclear Armageddon, largely thanks to Karl Schumacher, a political activist from Germany who helped the news of his heroism first reach a western audience nearly two decades ago.

Sep 18 07:32

First-seen footage of Syrian Army crossing the Euphrates River

The Syrians and Russians are going to drive the US sponsored terrorists out of Syria along with their DC advisers.

Heavy Russian and Syrian airstrikes have pushed ISIS militants away from the eastern bank, paving the way for the government troops to set foot in the eastern bank for the first time in years.

Sep 17 09:06

SENATE CAMPAIGN FACES SCRUTINY OF STRATEGIST’S WORK FOR SAUDIS

A U.S. Senate campaign faces controversy after the Boston Herald published a story on a key strategist’s participation in a Saudi lobbying campaign against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

Massachusetts state representative Geoffrey Diehl, who is running for the 2018 Republican nomination to oppose incumbent senator Elizabeth Warren, hired Holly Robichaud to serve as a campaign strategist. 28Pages.org previously reported that Robichaud, a political consultant and columnist for the Boston Herald, registered in October 2016 as an agent of the Saudi government.

JASTA cleared the way for 9/11 victims and insurers to sue the kingdom for its alleged support of the September 11 attacks. Robichaud was among some 70 political influencers across the nation pressed into service by Qorvis MSLGroup as the firm scrambled to unleash a broad attack on JASTA on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

During this campaign, Geoffrey Diehl needs to be asked hard questions regarding the joint commision of war crimes by Saudi and US troops in Yemen.

And please do mention that:

1. Saudi troops have methodically killed, and maimed for life, innocent Yemeni children, women, and the medically fragile elderly with their bombing runs.

Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombing runs in Yemen

2. Saudi troops have closed all Yemeni ports, so no food can get in. Now, Yemeni children are starving to death from malnutrition.

Images: children dead and dying from the consequences of malnutrition

3. With starvation comes disease, so cholera has swept up hundreds of thousands in an epidemic of huge proportions.

Images: Yemeni children dying from cholera

You may want to ask Diehl if the cholera was weaponised, courtesy of the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of America (The OUSSA, which is the only way I can refer to this country at this point in its history.)

4. The Saudi troops have used depleted uranium weapons, causing massive cancers, still births, and horrific birth defects in Yemeni children.

Images: massive premature births and horrific birth defects, due to Saudi use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

You might also want to ask Holly Robichard (politely, NO PROFANITY< NO THREATS, PLEASE!!) faxing the above images to her office) why she is morally comforable, doing work for a country which commits these atrocities. Her contact info can be found here:
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60 New Driftway, Ste 18
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Sep 17 09:01

‘Playing with fire’: Upper House speaker blasts Washington’s attempts to dominate foreign nations

The head of the Russian Upper House has warned the US “export of democracy” is merely a disguised attempt to maintain its dominant position in the world that can only bring chaos, wars and disasters to other nations.

In a major interview published by the Parlamentskaya Gazeta daily on International Democracy Day – September 15 – Valentina Matviyenko said that in her opinion numerous extant conflicts across the globe were caused mainly by the interference of leading western nations into internal affairs of other countries.

Sep 17 08:35

The Neoconservatives Have Declared War On The Realists

In recent years, I've increasingly suspected that when it comes to foreign policy, the realists offer some of the most sane observations.

These suspicions were confirmed earlier this year when after the election of Donald Trump, John Mearsheimer, one of modern realism's current standard bearers, wrote in The National Interest that Trump should "adopt a realist foreign policy" and outlines a far better foreign policy agenda that what we've seen coming from Washington.

And what is this realist foreign policy? For Mearsheimer, some main tenets include:

Accepting that the US attempt at nation building in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen "has been an abject failure."

"Washington [should] respect the sovereignty of other states even when it disagrees with their internal policies."

"Spreading democracy, especially by force, almost always fails."

Sep 17 08:33

‘NOT THE WAY TO END THE WAR’

Sep 17 08:07

New Poll Shows US Majority Backs Military Action Against North Korea

A majority of Americans support military action against North Korea if economic and diplomatic efforts fail, according to a Gallup poll released on Friday, amid rising tension over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program and recent missile launches.

Sep 17 08:07

Do you back US military action against North Korea?

YES
6% (73 votes)
NO
94% (1151 votes)
Total votes: 1224
Sep 17 07:59

VA hospitals flooded with complaints about care

Nursing home residents at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center can go many hours without food or languish in bed wearing only soiled sheets. The oldest buildings on the campus 25 miles north of Boston contain asbestos, exposing workers to potentially deadly fibers.

At the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in South Carolina, one doctor didn’t know how to give a spinal injection, and hospital leaders misled accreditors to win approval for their pain program.

And at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center in North Carolina, operations had to be rescheduled because anesthetists didn’t give patients enough medicine to fall asleep. Some anesthetists didn’t know how to properly insert a breathing tube.

Sep 16 21:34

Syria’s Victory in Deir Ezzor

The Tide is Turning against the Deep State NWO.

The Syrian Arab Army have achieved yet another dramatic victory this time lifting the ISIS siege of the heroic city of Deir Ezzor. For years Deir Ezzor has been surrounded by enemies and under siege first by the FSA and Al Nusra and then by ISIS. They have withstood repeated attacks by the US-NATO air force most infamously last fall when the Americans bombed Deir Ezzor right after agreeing to a ceasefire, a treacherous move that paved the way for a nearly successful ISIS offensive to capture the city. The brave defenders of Deir Ezzor withstood these endless attacks becoming a symbol of the heroic resistance of all of Syria. For years Syrians and their friends around the world have dreamed that one day this siege would be lifted. Our dreams have finally come true and faster then anyone could have imagined.

Sep 16 10:11

Government Won on 9/11… The rest of us lost…

16 years later, the War on Terror™ has yielded hundreds of thousands of dead and injured Americans, Iraqis, and Afghans, ongoing and intractable wars disguised as nation building, the Patriot Act, illegal executive actions, trillions in new federal debt, vastly increased federal surveillance powers, rubber stamped FISA court warrants, TSA at the airports, a useless Department of Homeland Security, overflowing VA hospitals, and increasingly militarized police here at home. More importantly, it has yielded a distressing complacency toward grotesque federal power. -- It has not yielded peace, or liberty, or security. But liberty vs. security was never the choice.

Sep 16 09:35

The central role of the military in deciding US foreign policy has its roots in the strategic decisions taken during the Obama-Clinton Presidency. Several policies were decisive in the rise of unprecedented military-political power.

Clearly the US has escalated the pivotal role of the military in the making of foreign and, by extension, domestic policy. The rise of ‘the Generals’ to strategic positions in the Trump regime is evident, deepening its role as a highly autonomous force determining US strategic policy agendas.

The Obama-Clinton legacy facing Trump was built around a three-legged stool: an international order based on military aggression and confrontation with Russia; a ‘pivot to Asia’ defined as the military encirclement and economic isolation of China – via bellicose threats and economic sanctions against North Korea; and the use of the military as the praetorian guards of free trade agreements in Asia excluding China.

The Obama ‘legacy’ consists of an international order of globalized capital and multiple wars. The continuity of Obama’s ‘glorious legacy’ initially depended on the election of Hillary Clinton.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply disappointed in how quickly, and thoroughly, President Trump became compromised by his "Presidential Whisperers", Mc Masters, Mattis, and Kelly, and the roads to war, and potential ultimate American military defeat, upon which they are leading him.

Let us examine just where their advice may be leading this country, and I would politely suggest; this will not be in a positive direction.

Negotiations with North Korea are the only way to avoid a regional, if not a world war; the US has insisted that negotiations have failed, so will not renew them.

NATO continues to surround Russia with its troops; we could very quickly find the US and NATO at war with Russia.

The US and Israel have given an ultamatum to the Syrian government; Assad must go, alongside any Iranians: in light of the fact that Russia was invited by the Syrian government to assist it in clearing out the jihadis, there could be a military confrontation here also.

President Trump and Tillerson have accused Iran of "breaking the spirit of the P5+1 agreement", and are looking for a way to regime change Tehran; Russian military and political leaders have long said publicly, that should Iran get attacked, it will come to its aid mlitarily.

The US is backing Ukraine against Russia, and may be sending offensive weapons to them shortly; this is another way in which the US could get dragged into war with Russa.

Then, there is the back-and-forth issue with China's trade policies, and the US desire to cut down the value of the Yuan, so this government will do all things it deems necessary, including war, to make this happen.

These potential issues, coupled with a monstrous, unpayable deficit, makes the future of this country....questionable.

So please forgive me, if I am not optimistic for the future of this country; nothing looks good

Sep 16 09:13

UN Security Council Resolution 2375 on North Korea: Preparation for War?

This formula begins with sanctions under Chapter VII of the UN Charter: approximately eleven sanctions have been inflicted upon North Korea, and four presidential statements. The sanctions are, in themselves aggressive action, intended to weaken and demoralize the intended nation-targeted victim, and ultimately destroy the will, the spirit and unity of the nation. The now twelve sanctions on the DPRK are reminiscent of the words Richard Nixon used for the CIA engineered destruction of the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile:

“Make the economy scream!!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US position, over decades, has forced Kim Jung Un and his predecessors into the only posture he believes will save his country; creating a creadible nuclear threat, in order to prevent regime change in Pongyang.

I cannot tell you precisely when this war will start; but China has already announced that if the US fires first, they will stand with North Korea.

That means that we are most likely looking at either a US/ South Korean decap strike against Kim Jung Un, or a false flag, to be blamed on North Korea, to get a military strike against it justified.

But either way, my sense of this is that it will come relatively quickly; within the next couple of months, perhaps.

What the US government dares not wait for, is for Kim to actually acquire or develop the nuclear weapon he wants to use as a threat against US intervention, so my sense is that the action will come sooner rather than later.

Sep 16 08:41

Sweden never wanted NATO membership, but 'now we have US-led military drills on our land’

Despite Swedish people not wanting an agreement with NATO, it was pushed through parliament; working closely with the US will mean nuclear weapons in the country which Swedes are definitely against, says Marilyn Barden, a member of the 'No to NATO' group.

While the US is building up its presence in Poland with more than a thousand military vehicles, including nearly 200 tanks and an entire infantry division as part of the existing NATO force in Eastern Europe, American troops are now involved in Sweden's biggest military exercises in more than 20 years.

Sweden is a signatory of the so-called host nation agreement that enables foreign units, specifically NATO, to operate within Swedish borders for exercises, crises or military operations.

Sep 16 08:37

Gallup Poll: US Majority Backs Attacking North Korea

A new poll from Gallup shows that a majority of Americans, 58%, are in favor of attacking North Korea militarily if the US “cannot accomplish its goals by more peaceful means first.” Americans were split more or less evenly on whether sanctions and diplomacy could work.

This is the first time Gallup has asked about attacking North Korea since 2003. At the time, only 47% favored an attack. The shift in the last 14 years appears to have been greatly along political lines, with an overwhelming 82% of Republicans now backing war, compared to just 37% of Democrats.

The possibility of such an attack has been discussed a lot more this year than any time in decades. Repeated North Korean tests have been presented as a growing threat to the US mainland, with the Trump Administration declaring diplomacy a failure from the start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at this response, I can only conclude that Gallup was either push polling, working in zip codes where a positive outcome to such a question is assured, or polling the criminally insane, or both.

Don't these nincompoops comprehend that if the US shoots first, China will protect North Korea, and a war against China right now is a war we most probably cannot win?!?

These must be the graduates of Common Core, with lots... of participation trophies, but absolutely zero critical thinking capabilites!

Sep 16 08:32

New US weapons could be game-changers in naval war with China

SSLs are shipboard lasers that down incoming missiles by burning holes in their skins or blinding their sensors. EMRGs tap electromagnetic force to propel metal projectiles without powder charges. Their ability to hit sea, air and land targets at devastating speeds of up to 5,000 miles per hour makes using explosive warheads unnecessary. An HVP is an interchangeable high-velocity projectile that can be loaded in an electromagnetic launcher or conventional naval gun.

The bottom lines are cost and logistics: Lasers can be fired for less than one dollar a shot if onboard power-supply issues can be resolved. EMRG ammunition and HVPs have an estimated unit cost of about US$25,000 each and can be stored by the hundreds vs. current Navy surface-to-air missiles that are larger and cost anywhere from US$900,000 to several million dollars apiece. Gatling guns that can hit cruise missiles run out of ammunition and must withdraw from battle to reload.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe. Given the other recent "successes" of US weapons, I don't feel particularly excited by this news.

Sep 16 08:26

Obama’s Gift to Trump: Monarchic War Powers

Senator Rand Paul is to be commended for forcing his colleagues to address the endless wars in the Middle East and proposing that they sunset the 2001 and 2002 AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force). This past week, Senator Paul incisively observed in multiple addresses before the Senate body that lawmakers have not debated the topic of war for sixteen years, despite the fact the US constitution vests the war powers of the United States of America not in the president but in the US Congress, the legislative, not the executive branch of government. The Congress may have granted the president to take the nation to war in the cases of Afghanistan and Iraq, but they never explicitly authorized five of the seven wars currently underway.

Sep 16 08:24

US Plan for New Afghan Force Poses Threat to Civilians

The Pentagon and the Afghan government, in a move intended to increase the size of Afghan security forces without spending too much money, are poised to approve a new irregular combat force, with estimates it could number in excess of 20,000 fighters.

Both groups have dispatched delegations to India to examine the structure of the Indian Territorial Army, an irregular force created for deployment in certain areas where the regular military’s presence would be unpopular.

Afghans are unlikely to welcome this idea, however, because the US already tried this once with the establishment of the Afghan Local Police (ALP), a militia force made up of US-funded warlords given police powers and little to no oversight. Unsurprisingly, this quickly became a flurry of extortion rackets and other widespread abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, but we're still there, 16 years on, and no matter what kinds of horrific abuses are visited upon the Afghani people by this unsupervised, irregular militia, WE'RE STILL HERE, WHICH MEANS WE ARE NOT LOSING IN AFGHANISTAN" - Official White House Souse.

Sep 16 08:23

US Plan for New Afghan Force Poses Threat to Civilians

The Pentagon and the Afghan government, in a move intended to increase the size of Afghan security forces without spending too much money, are poised to approve a new irregular combat force, with estimates it could number in excess of 20,000 fighters.

Both groups have dispatched delegations to India to examine the structure of the Indian Territorial Army, an irregular force created for deployment in certain areas where the regular military’s presence would be unpopular.

Afghans are unlikely to welcome this idea, however, because the US already tried this once with the establishment of the Afghan Local Police (ALP), a militia force made up of US-funded warlords given police powers and little to no oversight. Unsurprisingly, this quickly became a flurry of extortion rackets and other widespread abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, but we're still there, 16 years on, and no matter what kinds of horrific abuses are visited upon the Afghani people by this unsupervised, irregular militia, WE'RE STILL HERE, WHICH MEANS WE ARE NOT LOSING IN AFGHANISTAN" - Official White House Souse.

Sep 16 07:53

Spotlight: Kurdish parliament approves independence referendum on Sept. 25

The parliament of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan on Friday approved the independence referendum to be held on Sept. 25.
All the 65 lawmakers attending the session of the 111-seat regional parliament voted in favor of holding the referendum on the independence of the Kurdish region and the disputed areas.

The parliament also decided to invite relevant parties, including Kurdistan's Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission, to conduct the referendum.

According to Tariq Jowahar, parliament media advisor, the session was chaired by the deputy speaker, as Speaker Yousif Mohammed Sadiq did not attend the session since his Gorran Movement is boycotting the session along with the Kurdistan Islamic Group.

Kaka Bashar, a Kurdish lawmaker from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), said he regretted that some of the lawmakers boycotted the parliament session, particularly the Gorran Movement, and hoped they will take part in the coming session.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will probably be a massive, bloody civil war in both Iraq and Syria, in preparation for the existence of an independent Kurdistan, but that is of no matter to those in the Bowels of Power in the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika; Kurdistan will concentrate the oil revenues, and the OUSSA can guarantee a Wesetern-centric government, and an absolute certainty that this oil will only be sold for US dollars.

Sep 16 07:43

Germany Launches Probe After Pentagon's Syrian Arms Smuggling Story Goes Viral

The German government has opened a probe into an illegal Pentagon arms trafficking operation after a bombshell investigative report on the secret program went viral this week.

On Wednesday we reported on the continuing Pentagon arms pipeline to Syria which runs through Europe, the Balkans, and Caucuses, and which is based on a shady network of private contractors and altered US government paperwork. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence and internal memos proving that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of (mostly old Soviet) weapons from private dealers to US-backed Syrian militants, but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates in order to conceal the ultimate destinations of the weaponry (in this case Syria).

Sep 16 07:38

Gemstones from Myanmar

With regard to Burmese gemstones, the first thing that springs to mind is high quality rubies and sapphires from Mogok in the Mandalay region. In fact, this area has been called "The Valley of Rubies" due to its glittering treasures of exceptional purity and hue, such as the famed "pigeon's blood" deep bluish-red rubies. Such prized rubies have been mined since the sixth century. In the late 1500s, the King of Burma appropriated the area and took control of its mineral wealth. For a short time, the area was freely mined, and then became a British colony, before gaining independence in 1948. From 1962 to 2011, the country was ruled by a military junta.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And now you know one motive for the sudden hostilities in Myanmar.

Sep 15 13:49

U.S. Senate Betrays Constitution, Fails To Stop Perpetual War Policy

“We have been there for 16 years. It is time for the wars to end. It is time for Congress to vote on whether or not they should end,” Paul said on Monday.

Sep 15 13:24

Terror in Myanmar as US Faces Off Against China’s “Belt and Road”

As I’ve argued previously, decisions taken by the Trump administration since January indicate a shift in US foreign policy. No longer concerned with waging petty wars on behalf of the Israel lobby and the billionaire class, attention has been focused acutely on Asia, and in particular China. Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was quite forthright about this in his August 16 interview with American Prospect magazine:

“To me, the economic war with China is everything. We have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, 10 years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.”

Without a hint of irony, Bannon later added

Sep 15 12:58

U.S. Senate Betrays Constitution, Fails To Stop Perpetual War Policy

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. Senate voted 61-36 to kill an amendment proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) which would repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Afghanistan and Iraq...

Sep 15 12:57

Iraqi parliament votes to remove kirkuk governor from office: lawmakers

Iraq’s parliament voted on Thursday to remove the governor of Kirkuk from office following a request from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, according to several lawmakers who attended the vote.

The decision to remove the governor, Najmaddin Kareem, comes after Kirkuk - an oil-rich province claimed by both the central government in Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq - decided to take part in a referendum set for Sept. 25 on Kurdish independence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And, following this story, comes the next troubling headline, regarding the fractious state of Iraq:

Iraqi Kurd President says ties with Baghdad are Cut over Sacking of Kirkuk Governer

So, when this comes to a military dustup between the Kurds and the Iraqis, over what has been traditionally Iraqi soil since 1923, where does the US government come in?!? How do they back the Kurds without causing a civil war between the Kurds and Iraqis over this?!?

The short answer is, the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of America cannot possibly back them without alienating the Iraqi leadership, big time.

Perhaps someone should have mentioned this possibility before the concept of an Independent Kurdistan, created to balkanize Iraq, was signed off on by the Pentagon, State Department, and White House.

Iraq could well have a new civil war on its hands, insuring a more permanent, and muscular, US troop strenth here.

But hey; this is all about Kirkuk's oil; who controls it is of no real interest to the Deep State in America, as long as the US gets to insure that all the oil in Kirkuk is controlled by US-centric corporations, and is only sold for the US dollar.

Sep 15 12:23

U.S. must consider broader Iran threats when formulating new strategy: Tillerson

The United States must consider the full threat it says Iran poses to the Middle East when formulating its new policy toward Tehran, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, adding that Iran had breached the spirit of a 2015 nuclear deal.

Tillerson, made the comments during a visit to Britain to see Prime Minister Theresa May and foreign minister Boris Johnson. The trip was billed as focusing on the relief effort after Hurricane Irma, how to respond to North Korea’s nuclear test, and resolving the political deadlock in Libya.

But he was outspoken in his criticism of Iran when asked whether he believed it was meeting the obligations of a 2015 international nuclear agreement designed to curb an Iranian nuclear program in return for lifting most Western sanctions.

Tillerson cited the preface of the nuclear deal, which calls on Iran to contribute positively to regional security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary Tillersone, have you absolutely and completely gone barking-dog mad, in making these accusations against Iran?!?

They utterly defy logic.

And what do you mean when you state, with absolutely zero evidence, that "Iran had breached the spirit of a 2015 nuclear deal."

Sir, can you possibly please articulate the meaning of this accusation, using Mr. tougue and Mr. lips?!?

Because as far as I can see, there is no "there" here. It is a speciously meaningless accusation.

And to what specific allegations are you referring, regarding their "malicious" use of cyberactivities?!? You make this allegation, as though the US and the NSA isn't doing this kind of action, this 24/7 against countries we don't very much like.

And let's stop, please whining and moaning about Iran's "aggressively developing ballistic missiles"; as you well know, Secretary Tillerson, ballistic missiles were absolutely never a part of the P5+1 agreement to begin with.

Yes, the world knows that Israel has been cheerleading for regime change in Tehran for a very long time; but I would very, very much like you to think seriously of the broader imlications of such a US pre-emptive war against Iran.

And please understand; Israel wants regime change in this country, but only at the costs of American blood and American money.

And what, Secretary Tillerson, is Russia going to do when we invade Iran?!? Is the Duma going to hold hands, and collectively sing "Kuymbya"?!?!?

I think not, particularly in light of the reality that Russian military and civilian leadership has stated, time and time again, that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid mlitarily.

Are you really contemplating war with Russia over Iran?!?

Because the ultimate outcome of such a war may well be both catastrophic... and irreversible.

I would sincerely like to believe that these remarks about Iran were for foreign, rather than domestic, consumption, plumbing the depths of what the UK would be ready to do in participating in a US attack against Iran; because if you believe, sir, for one millisecond, that you have brought the American people on board for a war against Iran with these stupid accusations which have utterly no basis in fact, when we have been so lied to about the reasons for the wars in Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq, you are very, badly mistaken.

Sep 15 12:17

Nikki Haley at the UN: Agree With Us or We Go It Alone

Haley’s actions and attitudes in the UN begin to seem more and more like efforts to undermine the organization rather than reform it.

Sep 15 11:55

How NBA star Dennis Rodman came to stand between the world and nuclear war

Earlier this year Rodman’s agent said that his client helped convince North Korea to release American college student Otto Warmbier before his death. Now, nearly everyone else involved with Warmbier’s release has denied that Rodman had much to do with it, but the mere fact that he was in position to take credit is proof enough that he has become the unlikely face of US-North Korean relations. As North Korea expert Ken Gause said to Time that “he’s not the best ambassador we could have but it’s who we have.”

In just about any other situation, Gause would be correct in describing Rodman as an utterly inappropriate ambassador – as the man himself admits “[Kim and I] ride horses, we hang out, we go skiing, we hardly ever talk politics and that’s the good thing.” Rodman also fundamentally lacks the tact and restraint required in most diplomatic situations, and has a tendency to make events all about himself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, we are past the point where Rodman could possibly do any real good, and as of 1 September, Americans are forbidden from going there; it appears that the Deep State of the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika is utterly ready to declare war on both North Korea...and the world.

Sep 15 10:50

Over 6,000 US Troops Set for Deployment to Afghanistan

Adding on to the 3,500 troop escalation already announced for the Afghan War, officials are now reporting that another 6,000-plus ground troops from Fort Carson are also slated for a future deployment to the country.

It’s part of the increasingly complicated way in which the US reports, or rather, doesn’t report, on troop levels and details in its ongoing wars. The report on the Fort Carson troops includes a lot of questions, including timing of deployment, and how many are new deployments,as opposed to replacing existing troops simply rotating out of the country.

Those are big questions, and there are simply no answers. The Pentagon isn’t officially confirming any of the details on this matter, and while those familiar say the deployment is likely to happen sometime in early 2018, even that is just speculation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a word, please: in this 16 year old war, where there have been episodic surges and drawdowns, how, in the name of Heaven, will this time be ... different?!?

The American people honestly deserve an intelligent, reasoned answer to this question from its leadership.

Because sir, I would like to politely remind you: doing something precisely the same way, over and over again, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

Sep 15 10:43

House backs $1.2T spending bill with more money for military

The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts sought by President Donald Trump.
The vote was 211-198 for the massive measure that wrapped the 12 annual spending bills into one in advance of the end of the budget year on Sept. 30. Even though the Senate still must act, the government will keep operating through Dec. 8, thanks to legislation Congress passed last week and sent to Trump.
House members spent the past two weeks debating the measure’s $500 billion for domestic agencies. GOP leaders then merged that domestic spending package with an earlier House measure that would give record budget increases to the Pentagon and provide a $1.6 billion down payment for Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that he repeatedly has insisted Mexico would finance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: it funds present and future wars of aggression to control, as far as possible, the tangible wealth of the entire planet, to which this country has absolutely no moral right.

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