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Apr 21 09:41

U.S. Threatens Iran: Plans To “Review Policy” And Deal With Them Before New Administration Comes To Power

After launching the disastrous missile strikes against Syrian military forces that resulted in the killing of Syrian soldiers, civilians, and children as well as sending ships toward North Korea in a flagrant act of aggression and dropping the largest known non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan, the Trump administration is now taking aim at Iran.

Sounding much like it did after its bizarre and unprovoked “putting Iran on notice” speech made by former Trump administration official Michael Flynn, the United States is now “reviewing its policy” on Iran and warning the world of the dangers of a nuclear Iran.

The Path to Persia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that, ahead of another Iranian election cycle, the Israeli government is well and truly cheerleading for "regime change" in Iran, generated primarily by US military action.

However, there is one 6,000 lb gorilla, spread across, and snoozing, on the Bosendorfer in the living room which the US and Israeli government are ignoring at their peril; that is Russia.

Both Russian politicians and military officials have consistently gone on public record in saying that should Iran be attacked - by anyone - Russia will come to its aid militarily.

The US military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to go head to head with the Russian military in even a conventional military conflict.

And that is why this "magical thinking/siren song", urging the US government to go to war with a country which has never attacked it, but just had the temerity to throw out its US-backed puppet ruler, the Shaw in 1979, is so horrifically dangerous. As reported in this article by Juan Cole of 2013:

As Israelis Press Obama on Iran, Let’s Remember they Urged Iraq War, Too

And we all understand.... just how brilliantly the war in Iraq has worked out, right?!?

Apr 21 09:22

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Paris Attack

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Thursday night attack in Paris, France.

The terror group claimed one of the attackers, who’s now dead, was Abu Yusuf al-Beljiiki and had came to France via Belgium, according to its Amaq news agency.

Apr 21 08:55

South Korea on heightened alert as North readies for army anniversary

South Korea said on Friday it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang.

North Korea said late on Friday the state of affairs on the Korean peninsula was "extremely perilous" because of "madcap American nuclear war manoeuvres aimed at trampling on our sovereignty and right to survival."

U.S. officials said there was a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bombers, signalling a possible heightened state of readiness by reclusive North Korea's sole major ally, although the officials played down concern and left open a range of possible reasons. Beijing denied its aircraft were on an increased level of alert.

In Russia, the RIA news agency said a Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on media reports Russia was moving military hardware and troops towards the border with North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The sense I have is that US military action against North Korea is eminent.

We are just two and a half weeks away from the 9 May elections in South Korea, and the US military sees its window of opportunity for a military strike against North Korea as narrowing greatly, if the candidate who wins the South Korean election is a proponent of the "sunshine policy", which advocates engagement and trade with North Korea.

After that, the only US military option is a massive false flag, and I am quite certain that those scenarios have already been planned for, and signed off on, by President Trump.

Apr 21 08:39

US official: With eye on North Korea, China puts bombers on 'high alert'

China put cruise missile-capable bombers "on high alert" this week as the United States sees evidence the Chinese military is preparing to respond to a potential situation in North Korea, a US defense official told CNN.

The official said the United States has also seen an extraordinary number of Chinese military aircraft being brought up to full readiness.

Apr 21 08:25

Lindsey Graham Is The Happiest Dude In America Now Thanks To Trump

On Fox & Friends, Ed Henry asked Graham about the “big national security challenges” the U.S. is dealing with right now.

Graham responded, “I am like the happiest dude in America right now. We’ve got a president and a national security team that I’ve been dreaming of for eight years.”

He said that he’s “all in” on what President Trump is doing and encouraged him to keep it up.

Apr 21 08:19

US Army is considering resurrecting 'devastating' weapon that moves at three times the speed of sound and destroys EVERYTHING in its path

The US Army has considered arming itself with a 'devastating' weapon in a bid to counteract Russia's nuclear technology.

Called Kinetic Energy Projectile (KEP), this tungsten-based warhead is capable of moving three times the speed of sound, while destroying everything in its path.

Once launched, the missile bursts into flaming metal fragments that can pierce through most armor - such as that used in tanks.

Apr 21 08:19

Marines will soon get their new King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter, which costs more than an F-35 and can carry two armored Humvees at once

The Department of Defense earlier this month approved a Navy request to begin production on the CH-53K King Stallion, the powerful new helicopter set to replace the workhorse Super Stallion, which has been in service since 1981.

At a program cost of roughly $131million for each of the 200-aircraft order, the Marines expect their new choppers to be a massive improvement over the old Super Stallions.

Apr 21 07:58

Mattis Seeks Stronger US Military Ties With Egypt

US Defense Secretary James Mattis says he is optimistic about improving military ties with Egypt following a period of strain under the administration of former President Barack Obama.

Apr 21 07:29

Is Trump Taking Us To War Everywhere?

No one ever expected Donald Trump to be a peace-loving president. On the campaign trail, he endorsed torture, said he’d bomb the families of alleged terrorists, and spoke gleefully about the president’s power to launch nuclear weapons.

Apr 21 07:04

Lindsey Graham heaps praise on Trump: 'I am all in'

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham enthusiastically praised President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his foreign policy, a continued departure from his sharp criticism of Trump during the 2016 race and even after the election.

Apr 21 06:57

Assad Not Ruling Out Russian Ground Troops' Help in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad told Sputnik in an interview that he is not ruling out Russian ground troops' assistance in case the number of terrorists from around the world rises in Syria.

Apr 21 06:49

What kind of Sarin Poisoned the Political Will of World Leaders?

The events that took place within a week after the air strike attack on Khan Sheikhun divided the world community into two camps. Some require immediate action, not caring about the truth, while the latter seek to establish the truth.

Apr 21 06:20

Eternal Immunity for Tony Blair?

The case for the prosecution of previous UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has come up time and time again, but each time the prosecution’s case is turned down by the powers to be. This month, Tony Blair is once again in the firing line, however as guests in this program discuss, he is unlikely to ever be tried.

Apr 20 22:58

If This Is Freedom and Democracy, What Is Tyranny?

If This Is Freedom and Democracy, What Is Tyranny?
Paul Craig Roberts
John Whitehead

“Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience… Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world, in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem… people are obedient, all these herdlike people.” — Howard Zinn

If truth be known, Americans are no more free than were Germans under Gestapo Germany. “Freedom and Democracy America” is the greatest lie in the world.

Apr 20 13:52

General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned - Seven Countries In Five Years

Apr 20 10:08

FLASHBACK - Special Report : Aircraft carriers, championed by Trump, are vulnerable to attack

Roger Thompson, a defense analyst and professor at Kyung Hee University in South Korea, says the array of powerful anti-ship weapons developed in recent years by potential U.S. enemies, including China, Russia and Iran, increase carriers’ vulnerability.

The new weapons include land-based ballistic missiles, such as China’s Dong Feng-21 anti-ship missile, which has a claimed range of 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) and moves at 10 times the speed of sound. Certain Russian and Chinese submarines can fire salvoes of precision-guided cruise missiles from afar, potentially overwhelming carrier-fleet anti-missile defense.

Russia, China, Iran and other countries also have so-called super-cavitating torpedoes. These form an air bubble in front of them, enabling them to travel at hundreds of miles per hour. The torpedoes cannot be guided, but if aimed straight at a ship they are difficult to avoid.

Apr 20 10:04

The United States government has become "the world's most dangerous terrorist organization," warns former Reagan official

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who served just over a year as Reagan's Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, said on the Shadow of Truth radio program that Washington, D.C., is a major den of inequity.

"The United States [military policy] has destroyed seven countries," he says. "The populations there are subject to ongoing continual violence either from the U.S. or these Jihadists or from the Islamic State.

Apr 20 10:04

Trump’s missile attack on Syria was justified with fake intelligence: experts

On April 7, President Trump committed his first “act of war,” attacking Syria with missiles in response to what he said was a poison gas attack by the Syrian government that killed dozens. But the White House’s subsequent intelligence report offering its proof of Syria’s role was “false” and “fraudulent,” suggesting a “coverup” by a president acting without any intelligence and intentionally lying to the public.

These are the characterizations of two longtime experts in war studies and missile systems, which—along with coordinated comments by Vice President Mike Pence in South Korea and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Russia that America’s “strategic patience” is ending—suggest Trump may be seeking a war of choice, even if it involves fabricated intelligence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised here?!?

Apr 20 10:02

US Intelligence Officer: “Every Single Terrorist Attack In US Was A False Flag Attack”

The latest whistleblower is David Steele, a 20-year Marine Corps intelligence officer, and the second-highest-ranking civilian in the U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence. He is a former CIA clandestine services case officer, and this is what he had to say:

“Most terrorists are false flag terrorists, or are created by our own security services. In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on by the FBI. In fact, we now have citizens taking out restraining orders against FBI informants that are trying to incite terrorism. We’ve become a lunatic asylum.”

Apr 20 10:00

How this FBI strategy is actually creating US-based terrorists

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The FBI is responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than any other organization. More than al Qaeda, more than al Shabaab, more than the Islamic State, more than all of them combined.

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This isn't likely how you think about the FBI. You probably think of FBI agents gunning down bad guys like John Dillinger, or arresting corrupt politicians.

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After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the FBI became less concerned with gangsters and crooked elected officials. The new target became terrorists, and the pursuit of terrorists has consumed the FBI.

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Every year, the Bureau spends 3.3 billion dollars on domestic counterterrorism activities. Compare than to just 2.6 billion dollars combined for organized crime, financial fraud, public corruption and all other types of traditional criminal activity.

Apr 20 09:58

Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world's terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the "straight to beheading YouTube clip" purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria's president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe's dominant - and belligerent - source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war.

The narrative and the plotline were so transparent, even Russia saw right through them. Recall from September of last year:

Apr 20 09:54

How The US Government Created the Three Worst Terror Groups in the World

1. Islamic Extremism
Chaos-inducing regime change, perpetual warfare, and economic assault have transformed much of the region into a battleground.The only people who still deny the involvement of the US government in breeding Islamic extremism are neocons, politicians, and Lockheed Martin executives.

2. Prohibition Cartels
It is prohibition that brought them into existence, especially legislation against marijuana and other drugs in America.The terror groups I’m referring to are the Mexican drug cartels: or as I like to call them, “prohibition cartels.”

3. The US Government
Surprised? Well you shouldn’t be. The most notable organization to bear responsibility for substantial worldwide suffering and misery over the last century is the United States government.

Apr 20 09:50

Trump Administration’s Shift to More Aggressive Foreign Policy 'Very Dangerous'

US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday, the first stop on his five-country tour of the region, on the heels of National Security Advisor HR McMaster’s trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mattis' plan, he said, is to engage with Washington's strategic partners in the Middle East and Africa, and to discuss the current security situation in the region and cooperative efforts to counter destabilizing activities and extremist organizations.

"I think that [destabilizing activities] is an euphemism for Iran and perhaps some of the other forces in the region that are in alliance with Iran," Political analyst and Loud & Clear producer Walter Smolarek told the show's host Brian Becker.

Apr 20 09:50

America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group

Among Global Research’s most popular articles in 2016.

Incisive article originally published by GR in September 2014. Terror attacks or mass shootings allegedly perpetrated by the ISIS, the question that should be asked: who are the State sponsors of Al Qaeda and the ISIS? (M.Ch. GR Editor).

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

The CIA first aligned itself with extremist Islam during the Cold War era.

Apr 20 09:50

US Troops Fighting ISIS Fighters at Site of MOAB Bombing

Last week, the US deployed the MOAB “Mother of All Bombs” in Afghanistan for the first time ever, dropping it in a remote part of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province, supposedly against ISIS tunnels. Today, Pentagon officials confirmed that US ground troops are near the site of the bombing, still fighting ISIS forces.

The MOAB is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed by the US, but what it actually accomplished is unclear, as the Pentagon has not confirmed any death tolls, and is keeping the site off-limits. That there are still ISIS fighters there to fight against, however, suggests that the MOAB was far from decisive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we had... sound, fury, and destruction, signifying absolutely nothing, in terms of winning against ISIS.

Do you realise that a 16 year old kid in this country has never awakened to a day when the US military wasn't at war somewhere or other in the world, under the "excuse" of the alleged "war on terror"?!?

Except it's not a war on terror; it's a war for resources.

In Iraq, it was about making sure the country's oil was sold only in US dollars by a US- centric government.

In Afghanistan, where we have been at war going on 16 years, it was about oil pipeline routes, and the embarrassment of mineral riches this country possesses.

What a sane US government and NATO leadership would do would be to pull their troops out of the country as safely as humanly possible, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing for the pipeline rights and access to the minerals.

Of course, THAT...would be logical, and take away profits from the US's military/industrial complex.

With all the existing and potential wars the US government is itching to fight, and continues to fight, I see the re-institution of a draft in this country, and this time, it will be coming for not only our young men, but also our young women.

I don't know what the Vegas bookies' odds are on timing of the return of the draft, but I would think potentially, sooner, rather than later; perhaps within the next 12 months.

Apr 20 09:47

MOAB: The Grotesque Game of Good Bombs v Bad Bombs

The Mother of all Bombs (MOAB), dropped by the US in Afghanistan, tells us everything about a culture that views the world through the morally indefensible prism of good Western bombs versus bad non-Western bombs.

Apr 20 09:46

Congress considering new 'tax' on troops for GI Bill

A proposal in Congress would impose a new $2,400 fee on troops who want to sign up to get the GI Bill after discharge.

The idea is being considered by the House Veterans Affairs Committee next Wednesday at a hearing.

The nation’s veterans groups appear to be steaming about the proposed change.

“We are still a nation at war. We have troops actively engaged in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and now in Syria,” said leader of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Brian Duffy, in an issued statement.

Apr 20 09:36

‘Hard to say no’: Johnson hints parliament vote against Syria invasion may be ignored at US request

British Foreign Secretary Johnson was on Tuesday briefing MPs on the situation in Syria and North Korea, when he was posed with a question by former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Conservative MP, Alistair Burt. Burt asked what the UK government’s reaction would have been if, instead of just hitting Syria’s Shayrat airfield on April 7, Washington decided to first enlist military help from Britain.

When asked if he and the British government consider themselves to be “bound” by the past decision not to intervene in Syria and plan to reinvigorate the parliamentary debate or “if not, what might the United Kingdom be able to do to demonstrate its force and resolve,” Johnson hinted that the UK is ready to back Washington not only politically but also militarily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Foreign Secretary Johnson would be willing to ignore the stated will of Parliament on Syria, to please his American counterparts, who will most probably want, and ask for, British military help in Syria?!?

This is hubris, writ large.

So what happens when British troops wind up in direct military conflict with the Russian troops, which have been invited by the Syrian government to deal with the jihadists?!?

War with Russia?!?!?

Or have you actually thought it through to that point, just where military aid to the US in Syria was ultimately leading, Secretary Johnson?!?

If I could, I would want to make it a universal law that those opting for wars should consistently have their kids in the front lines, catching flack.

I honestly think that this would be a way to diminish the lust for war as "the only way" through which countries could settle their geopolitical differences.

Apr 20 09:31

Trump’s Wars: The MOAB and Lying Us Into War With New Enemies

In this video, Vin Armani breaks down the official narrative behind the Mother Of All Bombs being dropped on CIA caves in Afghanistan. US has been at war in Afghanistan for 16 years, the longest war in its history. Now the US government is fighting new enemies that didn’t even exist when lawmakers originally authorized the use of force after 9/11.

Apr 20 09:25

Experts: Costly US Missile Defense System Probably Doesn’t Work

The political decision of whether or not the US is going to attack North Korea rests at least in part on the effectiveness of the $40 billion US missile defense system, and its ability to shoot down retaliatory strikes from North Korea. While the Pentagon has insisted they have 100% confidence they can do so, experts are warning the system probably doesn’t work.

Indeed, the Union of Concerned Scientists has even issued a statement warning that Pentagon confidence is not only unwarranted from the data, but may be misinforming politicians making decisions on starting a war on the basis of their defensive capabilities.

The experts warn that there has been very limited testing of the missile defense system, and even in those tests, which are in ideal situations and not real world conflicts, the system has only succeeded three times out of nine. In a real world scenario, it would likely be even less dependable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only 3 successes and 9 fails, under perfectly controlled conditions?!?

That's a 40 billion dollar epic fail, in my world.

And who is making those weapons?!? Should they not be fined, and doing hard jail time, for continuing to make something which obviously doesn't work, yet assuring politicians and the American public that they will work, when it's crunch time for them to succeed, and they can't?!?

This is a completely insane bet, to attempt to use them against North Korean missiles.

Mr. President, a word please.

The only sane way forward here is to encourage China to get North Korea back to the negotiating table, and hammer out a true peace treaty with which to replace the armistice, with the quid quo pro being that North Korea stops its nuclear weapons development program.

You're welcome, sir!!

Apr 20 08:55

U.S. Bombed a Mosque in Syria, Killing Dozens of Civilians, Investigators Conclude

As my colleague Alex Emmons reported last month, Syrian activists and first responders accused the United States of killing dozens of civilians in an airstrike that mistakenly targeted a mosque in the rebel-held village of al-Jinah on the evening of March 16.

Confronted with these claims, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, told The Intercept that they were mistaken. “The area was extensively surveilled prior to the strike in order to minimize civilian casualties,” Davis said. “We deliberately did not target the mosque.”

As evidence, Davis provided an aerial photograph of the building destroyed in the attack, identified by U.S. officials as a “partially constructed community meeting hall.”

“The mosque in the left edge of the photo was not targeted,” Davis stressed in a briefing for reporters the next day. “Military officials believe dozens of al-Qaida terrorist leaders were killed in the strike.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We know, incontrovertibly, when any member of the US government is lying; they open their mouths...and words come out of them.

Apr 20 08:38

Oliver Stone blasts Trump: “He’s taken off handcuffs on war machine and turned it over to glorified Generals”

Oliver Stone had reserved some hope for Donald Trump, as many did.

The hope was that Trump would, as he promised, drain the swamp and finally stop America’s senseless war policy.

Stone is having buyers remorse, as he comes to the realization that instead of taking down the neocon war machine, the neocons (with the enlisted help of the liberal left) pushed Trump into more endless conflict.

Apr 20 08:35

OLIVER STONE BLASTS TRUMP: “HE’S TAKEN OFF HANDCUFFS ON WAR MACHINE AND TURNED IT OVER TO GLORIFIED GENERALS”

Oliver Stone had reserved some hope for Donald Trump, as many did.

The hope was that Trump would, as he promised, drain the swamp and finally stop America’s senseless war policy.

Stone is having buyers remorse, as he comes to the realization that instead of taking down the neocon war machine, the neocons (with the enlisted help of the liberal left) pushed Trump into more endless conflict.

Stone sounded off in this Facebook post entitled, “So It Goes” (full FB post below).

“So It Goes”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to our world, Mr. Stone.

Apr 20 07:21

Pentagon and Aid Workers Clash Over Planned Assault in Yemen

It looks like Trump is going to invade Yemen with US troops and murder more women and children and starve the rest to death.

Pentagon officials have been making clear for weeks that they are eager to directly join Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and have excitedly laid out plans for deeper involvement in the conflict to the rest of the administration, centering on joining the invasion of Hodeidah, a Red Sea port which is where most humanitarian aid enters the country.

Hodeidah’s vitalness to the already shaky aid supply to northern Yemen isn’t sitting well with aid workers, or even with State Department and USAID officials, who were quick to note that cutting off Hodeidah to the northern Yemenis would lead directly to a full-blown famine.

Apr 19 22:49

BEXALERT!: US Supercarrier Went Off Course Because White House, Pentagon Miscommunicated

The botched cruise missile strike in Syria and now this. Something funny is going on.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A US supercarrier deployed by President Donald Trump to deter North Korea did not reach the Sea of Japan because White House and Department of Defense officials failed to communicate effectively, media reported.

U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson arrives for an annual joint military exercise called Foal Eagle between South Korea and U.S, at the port of Busan, South Korea, March 15, 2017.

Apr 19 18:13

Trump Rips Obama For Allowing Spread Of MS-13 In America

President Donald Trump blamed his predecessor for immigration policies that allowed the spread of the violent Central American street gang MS-13.

Apr 19 15:28

'Sword Stands Ready,' Pence Warns North Korea

US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened North Korea with an “overwhelming” response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

Speaking on the deck of a massive US aircraft carrier on Wednesday, Pence cautioned North Korea against testing the resolve of the US military.

Apr 19 15:00

Air Force Opts to Keep F-16s Flying for Decades Longer

The Air Force has authorized Lockheed Martin Corp. to extend the life of the F-16 multi-role fighter for decades longer, officials announced Wednesday.

The modification program would boost the overall flight hours of the jet from 8,000 to 12,000, Lockheed said in a release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess that F-35 isn't working out as well as hoped.

Apr 19 14:02

The US Navy Aims To Sink Its Radioactive Warships Off Korea

The Pentagon is now facing a hard choice: to scrap its radioactive fleet and dump the mess at Hanford nuclear site and inside veterans hospitals, or arrange a naval war to sink the lethal vessels and their human cargo in foreign waters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US could blame the sinking on North Korea.

Apr 19 12:58

Washington Tries to Hide Its “Failure” in Mosul

For the past months, Washington has faced the urgent need to distract the world’s attention from its devastating failure in Mosul in order to hide the huge number of casualties among the local population. Perhaps, this became one of the main reasons for carrying out a new full-scale campaign to topple and discredit Bashar Assad.

However, every effort that is made by the U.S. to hide its failures, in fact, is futile. The ‘counter-terrorist’ operation in the Iraqi Mosul has been going on for more than 6 months. According to the Pentagon, the number of losses among the coalition forces has already reached at least 9,000 military personnel and 1,600 units of military equipment. Of course, we must admit that the overwhelming majority of casualties are among the Iraqi military. But we should not forget that the Iraqi soldiers are led by generals of the international coalition. Thus, all the losses during the assault of Mosul are the result of U.S. direct command.

Apr 19 10:45

Washington Pushes World To Brink Of Nuclear War

The repeated statements by US Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials Monday that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over and “all options are on the table” have laid bare the mounting threat that Washington will provoke a war on the Korean peninsula involving the use of nuclear weapons and the deaths of millions.

Apr 19 09:42

Russian media claim its military is now capable of neutralising US warships with electronic jamming devices

News report hails the capabilities of the 'Russian Electronic Warfare' system

Report claims system can 'neutralise any target from a ship's system and a radar'

US warship was left helpless when Russian plane used technology, report claims

Apr 19 09:18

Zakharova: US leading the world into Catastrophe

Apr 19 09:09

TRUMP IS UNMASKED: 14 REASONS WHY THE SYRIA AIRSTRIKES WERE A REALLY BAD IDEA

Let me start by saying that I voted for Donald Trump, and anyone familiar with my website or Twitter feed knows how vigorously I opposed a Hillary Clinton Presidency. However:

Apr 19 08:56

When Daesh Is Defeated: Who Will Fill The Intellectual Vacuum In The Arab World?

Back in the Middle East for a few months, I find myself astounded by the absence of the strong voices of Arab intellectuals.

The region that has given rise to the likes of Michel Aflaq, George Habash, Rached al-Ghannouchi, Edward Said and numerous others has marginalized its intellectuals.

Apr 19 08:34

US Moves Toward Major Intervention in Yemen

The USA, according to Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis, he who ordered the use of chemical weapons in Fallujah, Iraq, is about to take a major step towards direct intervention in support of the Saudi Arabia war on the Yemeni people.

Apr 19 08:23

U.S. May Not Be Able to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles, Say Experts

"They are leading political leaders to believe that they have a military capability that they don't, in fact, have," says physicist David Wright, who has studied the program for years as co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the performance of other US weapon systems, I agree this is likely!

Apr 19 08:02

Kadyrov: Western states want to destroy Syria as they did in Libya and Iraq

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov stressed condemnation of the US aggression on the Syrian territories, describing it as a violation of the international laws.

In an interview with Russia Today TV, President Kadyrov warned against the schemes hatched by the Western states against Syria, saying that the Western countries “want to destroy Syria as they destroyed Libya and Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It's what we DO!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 18 23:33

There Will Be Blood: Left Prepares For War After Berkeley Beat Down: “Combat Training, Better Equipment, Guns…”

Can you say Martial Law? Certain people would love to see blood on the streets.

Last week Trump supporters and leftist social justice warriors met on the political field of battle in Berkeley, California. Words were exchanged, as were punches. And while an alt-right leader was punched in the face, by all accounts even the social justice warriors admit that they got a major beat-down.

This prompted a reddit discussion among the left’s tolerant resistance movement, with many asking how they can more effectively go to war against anyone who disagrees with their social, political, and economic views.

In short, as predicted, they are turning to militancy and mob action by mobilizing individuals and groups to attend combat training seminars, acquiring better equipment like baseball bats and helmets, and of course, if things really go bad… guns.

Apr 18 14:50

US Navy Resumes T-45 Training Flights Despite Oxygen Concerns

The Navy has resumed training flights after making modifications to the oxygen system that were allegedly poisoning pilots. However, some lawmakers have complained that the modifications do not address the root problems.

Apr 18 14:30

Australian military advisors ‘hit by ISIS chemical attack’ in Mosul

AN Iraqi military unit containing Australian and US military advisors have been caught up in a chemical gas attack reportedly carried out by Islamic State.

Apr 18 13:29

BOOGA BOOGA! FBI is Following Islamic Terrorist Threats in All 50 States – Threat Hits Peak

The Department of Homeland security just made a bombshell announcement: Federal law enforcement are now conducting investigations into Islamic terror groups in all 50 states.

DHS reports that the threats the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) are looking into are serious and threats have reached an all-time-high.

Apr 18 12:34

Aircraft Carrier Wasn’t Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested

As worries deepened last week about whether North Korea would conduct a missile test, the White House declared that ordering an American aircraft carrier into the Sea of Japan would send a powerful deterrent signal and give President Trump more options in responding to the North’s provocative behavior.

The problem was, the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the four other warships in its strike force were at that very moment sailing in the opposite direction, to take part in joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula.

Apr 18 11:17

Is A Major Ukrainian Offensive Against The Rebels Looming?

The Minsk ceasefire agreement completely collapsed in January 2015, with renewed heavy fighting across the conflict zone, including Donetsk International Airport and Debaltsovo. A new ceasefire, called Minsk II, was agreed to on 12 February 2015.

Minsk II largely held if you don’t count near-daily artillery fire and periodic small-unit actions that have killed many hundreds on each side. However, there are numerous signs another major outbreak might be at hand.

Speculation on a renewed major outbreak comes from an April 9 Website Post by Alexander Khodakovsky.

That poster, from the preceding link, is reminiscent of a WWII call to arms. The message on the poster translates as “Join the Peoples’ Militia!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If a major Ukrainian offensive is eminent, the US military is in no position to assist Ukrainian troops, as our troop strength has been rendered paper-thin by multiple deployments in numerous places around the world.

Apr 18 11:06

US military considers shooting down North Korea missile tests, sources say

The US military is considering shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength to Pyongyang, two sources briefed on the planning have told the Guardian.

Amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, the Pentagon is looking for ways short of war to pressure the country into denuclearization, particularly if Pyongyang goes forward with a sixth nuclear test.

North Korea warns 'thermonuclear war could break out at any moment'
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The defense secretary, James Mattis, has briefed Congress on the option, but the military has not yet decided to intercept a test missile.

One US official said the prospective shoot-down strategy would be aimed at occurring after a nuclear test, with the objective being to signal Pyongyang that the US can impose military consequences for a step Donald Trump has described as “unacceptable”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that this article is not sourced. And in my world, if something is not sourced, or attributable to someone, it cannot operate in the sphere of true, honest reporting.

And I hope to heck this is not really a scenario on the table; such an act by the US military against a North Korean missile test, would rightly be perceived by the North Korean government as an act of war.

Apr 18 10:42

Military Adventurism: The Problem is Washington, Not North Korea

Washington has never made any effort to conceal its contempt for North Korea. In the 64 years since the war ended, the US has done everything in its power to punish, humiliate and inflict pain on the Communist country. Washington has subjected the DPRK to starvation, prevented its government from accessing foreign capital and markets, strangled its economy with crippling economic sanctions, and installed lethal missile systems and military bases on their doorstep.

Negotiations aren’t possible because Washington refuses to sit down with a country which it sees as its inferior. Instead, the US has strong-armed China to do its bidding by using their diplomats as interlocutors who are expected to convey Washington’s ultimatums as threateningly as possible. The hope, of course, is that Pyongyang will cave in to Uncle Sam’s bullying and do what they are told.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

it is entirely correct that North Korea has developed its nuclear weapons program as a deterrent to a potential pre-emptive US strike against it.

I seriously doubt that North Korea would ever fire the first volley at either South Korea, or American assets nearby; but I do think that if the US government and military want this war, and want it quickly, they will create some kind of "false flag" event, and blame it on North Korea.

Right now, the US government is working against a "hard deadline" of 9 May, which is when the next South Korean election will be held, and if the candidate who wins favors the "sunshine policy" toward North Korea (social/economic engagement, no military hostility against it), President Trump will have "lost the window" for a strike against North Korea for some time.

Of course, I would be reasonably certain that the American Deep State is lining the pockets of candidates who have a more "martial" approach to the "problem" of North Korea; but if that doesn't work, the US government may well be thinking about creating that above-referenced false flag.

Apr 18 10:16

The American Government’s Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World

Among the greatest foreign-policy dilemmas faced by former President Jimmy Carter is one that has never been publicly aired but is gaining new relevance. It concerns nuclear war, and how the U.S. government would survive it. Carter’s decisions remain classified, but documents newly declassified by the CIA, along with the archives at several presidential libraries, provide a new window into the White House’s preparations for an imminent apocalypse.

Today, such an apocalypse could be triggered by any number of nuclear-armed states, including North Korea and Pakistan. During Carter’s presidency, such anxieties were focused squarely on the Soviet Union. It was during that period that military planners in both the Soviet Union and United States began to grapple with what until then had been an unthinkable heresy: abandoning the Mutually Assured Destruction catechism that had governed global order since the 1950s and preparing for surviving an all-out nuclear war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; in the case of an all-out nuclear war, those in the bowels of power in DC have their bunkers, and all the amenities necessary to survive in style; most of We the People do not.

Therefore, I would like to politely suggest that our government, our military, and the Trump Administration, find other ways of resolving its geopolitical issues with other countries through moral, hard-won, intelligent negotiations, rather than war.

Apr 18 10:15

Aircraft Carrier Locations

CVN-70 Carl Vinson
CVW-2
( NE )
Home Port : San Diego, CA.
Back log
05Jan2017,
departed San Diego
for a regularly-scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific
05Jan-19Jan2017, EastPac
20Jan-09Feb2017, WestPac
10Feb-13Feb2017, Apra Harbor, Naval Base Guam
14Feb-17Feb2017, Philippine Sea
18Feb-06Mar2017, South China Sea
07Mar-10Mar2017, East China Sea
11Mar-14Mar2017, waters east of the Korean peninsula
15Mar-19Mar2017, Busan, Republic of Korea
20Mar-25Mar2017, Sea of Japan
26Mar-29Mar2017, East China Sea
30Mar-03Apr2017, South China Sea
04Apr-07Apr2017, Changi Naval Base, Singapore
08Apr-14Apr2017, South China Sea
15Apr2017, transited the Sunda Strait
16Apr-18Apr2017, Indian Ocean

Apr 18 10:08

What Would Korean War II Look Like?

The US could literally blow North Korea off the map using tactical nuclear weapons based in Japan, South Korea and at sea with the 7th Fleet. Or delivered by B-52 and B-1 bombers and cruise missiles. But this would cause clouds of lethal radiation and radioactive dust to blanket Japan, South Korea and heavily industrialized northeast China, including the capital, Beijing.

China would be expected to threaten retaliation against the United States, Japan and South Korea to deter a nuclear war in next door Korea. At the same time, if heavily attacked, a fight-to-the-end North Korea may fire off a number of nuclear-armed medium-range missiles at Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa and South Korea. These missiles are hidden in caves in the mountains on wheeled transporters and hard to identify and knock out.

This is a huge risk. Such a nuclear exchange would expose about a third of the world’s economy to nuclear contamination, not to mention spreading nuclear winter around the globe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: bellicose hubris, and subsequent threats, will not work here.

And the price of such a war on the Korean Peninsula, in blood, money, and nuclear contamination, will be both unimaginable...and irreversible.

What needs to happen, is for China to get North Korea back on board with a summit to hammer out a true peace deal to replace the armistice, with the quid pro quo being no US invasion of North Korea, and North Korea ending its nuclear weapons program in return.

Such a plan is simple, elegant, and logical, and precludes the need for any military action against North Korea.

You're welcome, Mr. President!! :-)

Apr 18 10:00

America Must Start Looking How To End All The Wars It Has Started

War-whoops and loud applause from foreign policy establishments and their media supporters have greeted President Trump’s missile strike in Syria, the dropping of the world’s largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan and the dispatch of a naval task force in the direction of North Korea.

Apr 18 09:51

India army's use of Kashmir protester as 'human shield' sparks outrage online

Video footage of a Kashmiri protester tied to an Indian army jeep - apparently as a human shield - has generated outrage on social media. India-administered Kashmir has been in the grip of violence for months.

The 11-second clip, which has gone viral on social media, showed an unidentified man tied to the front of an army vehicle as it passed through a street in the Budgam district. The area was the scene of violent demonstrations last weekend as Indian police and paramilitary forces clashed with protesters during a by-election.

A voice speaking in Hindi in the background of the video can be heard saying: "Stone throwers will meet a similar fate."

The army has ordered an investigation into the incident. The state police filed a formal complaint against the army and began its own probe following directions from state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, a local police officer said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the blithering idiot in the Indian Army who ordered this use of a Kashmiri man as a human shield; this is simply going to exacerbate the situation in Kashmir, not ratchet down the violence.

And Indian President Shri Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, a word, please.

By not holding that desperately needed referendum in Kashmir, through which the Kashmiri people decide if they want to be an independent nation; remain with India, or become a part of Pakistan, you, sir, are very much complicit in the bloodshed of both your military, and the Kashmiri people.

You have been in office since 2012, and yet have done nothing to stop this madness.

In the charter of the UN, a world body of which India is a member, there is a principle enshrined in it, and that principle is peaceful self determination.

The late US President John Kennedy said it best; "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

President Mukherjee, I can nearly guarantee you that if India has nothing to offer but further suppression here, there will be a "tipping point" in Kashmir that may well lead to a violent revolution, which the Indian military will ultimately be utterly unable to control.

I am hoping that you have the moral courage to make such a politically complex, and difficult, but morally clear, decision, and give Kashmir its referendum, and very soon.

Apr 18 09:28

Why The Donald Should Cool It On North Korea – The Fat Boy Can’t Even Deliver His ‘Little Boy’

The realized truth of modern history is crystal clear. Washington had no business intervening in a quarrel between two no-count wanna be dictators (Syngman Rhee and Kim il Sung) on the Korean peninsula in June 1950, and surely has no business still stationing 29,000 American soldiers there 67 years latter.

Yet owing to the institutionalized albatross of that mis-vectored history, the world is now much closer to the brink of nuclear war than at any time since the dark days of the early cold war. And the Donald has become just the latest political tourist in the Oval Office to succumb to the Deep State’s false, self-serving narrative about why the American imperium remains decamped on the 38th parallel.

Apr 18 09:19

Afghan Ex-President Karzai: Trump Committed an Atrocity With Massive Bombing

While the current Afghan government tries to defend the US use of the MOAB “Mother of All Bombs” last week against the Nangarhar Province, former President Hamid Karzai was extremely critical of the action, calling it an “immense atrocity” against fellow human beings.

Karzai complained that the current government was not offering enough comment when the US commits large strikes, saying the use of the largest non-nuclear bomb in history amounted both to a violation of Afghan sovereignty, and inherent disrespect to Afghanistan’s soil and environment.

The MOAB strike was dropped in the Achin District of Nangarhar, above what the US claimed was a substantial tunnel network used by ISIS. Though there is no sign of damage done to the tunnels, and MOAB is not intended to be a penetration bomb, President Trump has heralded it as a “successful event.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hamid Karzai is absolutely correct in his assessment here.

And I have to ask why the general who ordered this strike believed it was the right weapon to use at this time, and what the true objective really was.

Apr 18 09:12

Japan May Consider Deploying Troops in Case of DPRK Missile Fall in Its Waters

Japanese government is reportedly considering the possibility of deploying the Self-Defense Forces in case of a fall of a North Korean missile in the country's territorial waters.

For the first time the Japanese government is considering the possibility of deploying the Self-Defense Forces in case of a fall of a North Korean missile in the country's territorial waters, local media reported on Tuesday.
The laws adopted on March 29, 2016, divided security threats into three categories: the possibility of military aggression, obvious threat of military aggression and military aggression.

The government wants to recognize fall of a foreign missile in its territorial waters as an obvious threat of military aggression, which allows deployment of troops, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This posture is a huge escalation for the Japanese government, and I hope to heck that the US, Japan, and South Korea are coordinating on these moves, because any further threat against North Korea could, potentially, put Kim Jung Un into another tailspin, where he orders the launching of more missiles, some of which may probably wind up in the Sea of Japan.

Apr 18 09:04

McCain: North Korea Is First ‘Real Test’ of Trump’s Presidency

Amid rising tensions with North Korea and new evidence of a failed missile test, Sen. John McCain said Sunday that "this could be the first test, real test, of the Trump presidency."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, John!

Apr 18 08:52

Sen. John McCain meets with Iranian dissidents relocated to Albania

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., met with a group representing Iranian dissidents in Albania on Friday.

Speaking to members of the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, the largest of five organizations in the National Council of Resistance of Iran, at their headquarters in Tirana, McCain spoke about his opposition to the Iranian regime. "Someday, Iran will be free. Someday, we will all gather in that square," McCain said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

McCain wants to see a repeat of Ukraine's Maidan square and Syria's foreign supported war, inside Iran, allying himself with terrorist groups like MEK who killed many innocent people inside Iran and Iraq over the years.

A reminder: McCain's actual job is supposed to be Arizona!

Apr 18 08:46

Putin the boot in! Trump’s supersonic stealth fighters land in Britain to boost Nato and face off Russian aggression

Donald Trump has sent supersonic stealth fighters to Britain in his latest move to ward off Russian aggression.

Six F-35A Lightning IIs have been filmed landing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk ahead of Nato training drills across Europe over the coming weeks.

And the US Air Force tweeted: ‘Next step for #F35 in #USAF! Great flying in UK!’

It is believed the jets have been sent to the UK to reassure eastern European nations of the US’s commitment to Nato amid high tensions with Russia and president Vladimir Putin.

Apr 18 08:41

Wilkerson on North Korea Crisis: U.S. Should Stop the Threats & Own Up to its Role

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, says the U.S. should resolve the North Korea nuclear crisis through negotiations and should reckon with the impact of its previous actions.

Apr 18 08:39

Advocates Urge Trump To De-Escalate With North Korea, Not Ratchet Up Threats & Military Aggression

Vice President Mike Pence has made an unannounced visit to the Demilitarized Zone separating South and North Korea.

Apr 18 08:29

Biological Attacks Are Becoming More Likely

The more that Trump bombs, the more that the survivors adapt, form new coalitions and new movements to attract new recruits and anti-U.S. elements. With certain kinds of overt activities becoming targets for U.S. bombs, they will adapt and switch to other kinds of warfare. This will take some years, perhaps 5-20 years, but it will happen. If truck bombs cannot be used, then those out to get revenge for the bombings and other perceived invasions will learn how to make and use other weapons, like nerve gasses and biological viruses. They will learn how to poison water and air in America. Trump is creating greater and greater likelihood of prolonged conflict with attacks on both America and Europe, plus attacks on embassies, traveling westerners, and any government that is associated with Americans.

Apr 18 08:00

When Will They Ever Learn?

Fifty years ago we were bombing North Vietnam “back into the stone age.” That worked out well for the military contractors, killed many, and raised prices for the US people.

Twenty-five years ago we were fighting Iraq and Saddam Hussein. That worked out well for the military contractors, killed many, and raised prices for the US people.

Ten years ago we were fighting in Iraq. That worked out well for the military contractors, killed many, and raised prices for the US people.

Today we are still fighting in the Middle-East and bombing Syria. A taskforce of ships is threatening North Korea. Who benefits?

When will we learn?

Apr 18 07:18

Turkish Soldiers, Kurdish Fighters Exchange Heavy Fire in Northern Syria

The Turkish Army soldiers and allied militants targeted heavily the positions of Kurdish fighters in five different regions in Northern Aleppo, escalating fierce clashes with the Kurds.

Apr 18 07:03

Russia's Electronic Weapons Can Easily Neutralize the U.S. Air Force And Ships

Apr 18 06:47

Russia blows a fuse - UN, NBC, Sean Spicer get told

Apr 18 06:37

Toddler traumatised after pony killed by low flying US fighter jets in Cornwall

Witnesses reported being terrified by the sight and sound of two low-flying USAF F15 jets last week, which are being blamed for spooking and causing the death of many horses.

The jets are believed to have originated from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk and a probe is underway after the pilots were accused of going on a dangerous 'joyride.'.

But the family of little Amelia Brown have demanded answers after the tot was left heartbroken at the loss of her beloved 10-year-old pet Monty.

Initial reports suggested at least three horses had to be shot as a result - but further victims have now come forward and the scale of the devastation is still being evaluated.

Apr 18 06:36

US Continues to Airdrop More Aid Packages to ISIL Terrorists in Northwestern Iraq

The US planes once again dropped aid packages over ISIL-held regions near a town in Western Nineveh province, the spokesman for Asa'eb al-Haq Movement affiliated to the Iraqi popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi said.

Javad al-Talaybawi said that a US airplane has airdropped supplies and aid to the ISIL terrorist group West of the town of Tal Afar.

He further underscored that the US forces are sending aid to ISIL to prolong their so-called war on the terrorist group.

Apr 18 06:35

Trump Has Killed Beautiful Babies in Four Countries

US president Donald Trump sounded sincere when he described how he felt after seeing pictures of "beautiful little babies" allegedly killed by a Syrian government chemical weapons attack on April 4.

“These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated," said Trump, and hours later, the US launched nearly 60 tomahawk missiles in response to the allegations.

But what about the beautiful little babies killed by US bombs since Trump became president? Is Trump not concerned about those children because they were killed by his missiles, and not Assad’s chemical weapons?

In the first three months of his presidency, Trump has dropped bombs – and killed children – in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

Apr 18 06:33

Neocons Have a Long List of Endless-War Ideas for Donald Trump to Implement

After slapping Donald Trump around for several months to make him surrender his hopes for a more cooperative relationship with Russia, the neocons and their liberal-interventionist allies are now telling the battered president what he must do next: escalate war in the Middle East and ratchet up tensions with nuclear-armed Russia.

Star neocon Robert Kagan spelled out Trump’s future assignments in a column on April 9 in The Washington Post, starting out by patting the chastened president on the head for his decision to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles at an airstrip in Syria supposedly in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack blamed on the Syrian government (although no serious investigation was even conducted).

Apr 17 18:36

‘Period Of Patience Over,’ Pence Warns As He Visits Korea Border

US Vice President Mike Pence, who is on a trip to South Korea, says the era of patience with North Korea is over, warning Pyonyang over its development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

Apr 17 16:19

Is There a Brooding War Between America and North Korea?

Recent events have indicated that tension between the United States and North Korea are rapidly manifesting.

Apr 17 15:11

The Coming War on China: A Conversation with John Pilger


A nuclear war between the United States and China is not only imaginable but a current 'contingency', says the Pentagon. Filmed over two years across five potential flashpoints in Asia and the Pacific, THE COMING WAR ON CHINA reveals the build-up to war on more than 400 US military bases that encircle China in a 'perfect noose'.

Apr 17 13:53

Army Helicopter Crashes at Country Club in Maryland

A U.S. Army helicopter crashed on the Breton Bay Golf Course and Country Club in Leonardtown in Maryland, Military.com has learned.

Officials at Fort Belvoir, which is located about 40 miles northwest of the country club, said a UH-60 Black Hawk attached to the base's 12th Aviation Battalion, which provides aviation support to Army Military District of Washington, "had a hard landing," according to a statement posted on the base's Facebook page.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"North Korea did it! North Korea did it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 17 13:44

‘We Have No Choice’: Trump Justifies US Strikes, Military Buildup & Posturing

The US has “no choice” but to continue boosting its military power, Donald Trump has said, after Washington’s war machine showcased its latest weapons over the past week and demonstrated its willingness to use them.

Apr 17 13:29

Has Trump lost control of the Pentagon?

Here is a short timeline of the Pentagon taking the presidential commander-in-chief power from Trump.

The ultimatums came on March 1.

On March 1, 2017 the Atlantic’s article “Trump and the Generals” announced that Trump’s military leaders “increasingly sound like they’re working for a different president altogether.”

They complained about the lack of funding, even after Trump pledged to give them additional $54 billion that were cut from the budget of non-military agencies. Right after the budget announcement, it became immediately obvious that the Pentagon considered this sum to be ridiculously small for their ambitions.

They also balked at Trump’s election promise to fire many “Obama’s generals.”

Apr 17 12:13

US Embassy Summons 3-Month-Old Over Terrorism, Misses The ‘Funny Side’

The US embassy in London summons a three-month-old baby to make sure it is not resorting to terrorism.

The call came after Harvey Kenyon-Cairns’s grandfather, Paul Kenyon, made a simple error while filling out a form for his grandson, The Guardian reported.

Apr 17 12:10

US Seeking To ‘Rule The World’ By ‘Addiction’ To War, Military Spending

Along with the “collapse” of the US economy and military, the United States is failing to achieve its goal of dominating the world, says a political commentator.

Apr 17 11:07

War 'Works' - Trump Favorability Hits 50%, Highest In 2 Months

It appears that if you want to be liked by the American public, go to war. After a non-stop plunge to record low ratings for a new president, Rasmussen's most recent data shows President Trump's favorability surging to 2-month highs since he started rattling sabres around the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely, totally insane.

The American people should expect reasonable, hard-won, moral negotiations from its government, as the way forward for its foreign policy, and not the imposition of war as the only solution to its geopolitical issues.

Apr 17 10:51

Maduro orders Venezuela army into streets

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army into the streets as the volatile country braces for what his opponents vow will be the "mother of all protests" on Wednesday.

Maduro, who has faced violent protests over recent moves to tighten his grip on power, ordered the military to defend the leftist "Bolivarian revolution" launched by his late mentor Hugo Chavez in 1999.

"From the first reveille (on Monday morning), from the first rooster crow, the Bolivarian National Armed Forces will be in the streets... saying, 'Long live the Bolivarian revolution,'" Maduro said Sunday night in a televised address.

State TV showed images of army units marching in the streets of Caracas as Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino watched.

But there was no sign of soldiers on patrol Monday morning in the capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maduro has to know that this will not end well, nor in his favor.

Were I he at this moment, I would be working the phones, and finding a place of sanctuary for myself and my family which does not have an extradition treaty with Venezuela, and be getting the heck out of Dodge.

Apr 17 10:07

Hawaii panel asks state to prepare for North Korea attack

- Hawaii lawmakers want state officials to update plans for coping with a nuclear attack as North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can reach the islands.

Additional Links
N. Korean official: Ready for war if Trump wants it
The state House Public Safety Committee unanimously passed a resolution Thursday.

Committee Vice Chairman Matt LoPresti says he's not trying to spread fear. But he wants the public to know the government is taking steps to protect them in the worst case scenario.

He's aiming to get state funding to re-equip Cold War-era fallout shelters.

The resolution that moved forward Thursday said that in 1981, Oahu had hundreds of fallout shelters -- "many stocked with medical kits, food, and sanitary kits." But in later years, funding dried up, and stocks were thrown out.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Executive Officer Toby Clairmont showed lawmakers a response plan from 1985 that hasn't been updated since.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering the immense, nearly pathological dysfunction of the various areas of the Hawaiian government, I would encourage every resident of Hawaii not to count on the government of the State to truly be able to do anything concrete to help you, and encourage you to plan - and prep - for yourself, and for the people you care about.

Apr 17 10:02

North Korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells BBC

North Korea will continue to test missiles despite international condemnation and increasing military tensions with the US, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang.

"We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC's John Sudworth.
He said that an "all out war" would result if the US took military action.
Earlier, US Vice-President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the US.
He said his country's "era of strategic patience" with North Korea was over.
Mr Pence arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch.

Tensions have been escalating on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the translation here is correct (and remember when Former Iranian Prime Minister Ahmadinejad was accused of saying something he really didn't say?!?
Israel should be wiped off the map), we are apt to witness a quick military response from the US and South Korea.

Apr 17 09:49

Nuclear Experts Speak On The Dangers Of War Between The US And Russia

Since the April 6 cruise missile strike by the Trump administration against a Syrian airbase, tensions between the United States and the European powers and Russia are at their highest level since the cold war. The rhetoric from the US and its allies has centered on defending the unprovoked attack while Russia has responded by increasing its military support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Apr 17 09:33

U.S. Sends “Dozens” Of Soldiers To “Advise” In Somalia

By Brandon Turbeville

As if America’s previous experience in Somalia was not memorable enough, the United States is committing “dozens” of troops to the embattled semi-failed state under the ever-present guise of “fighting terrorism.”...

Apr 17 09:33

America Should Start Exploring How to End All the Wars It's Started

War-whoops and loud applause from foreign policy establishments and their media supporters have greeted President Trump’s missile strike in Syria, the dropping of the world’s largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan and the dispatch of a naval task force in the direction of North Korea.

This spurt in belligerence over the last week has as much to do with domestic American politics as any fundamental new development in the rest of the world. Trump needed to defuse the accusation that he was too close to President Putin and too tolerant of a Russian ally like Bashar al-Assad. The resort to military action was largely in keeping with the old Pentagon saying that “defence policy ends at the water’s edge”, meaning that it is politics inside, not outside the US, which is the real decision-maker.

Apr 17 09:22

Wanna see why Trump is bombing Syria and Afghanistan?

Apr 17 09:07

Jon Rappoport: Why Russia has become the number-one target in the US press

As David Icke stated on the Richie Allen show a few days ago, Russia was the player who was standing in the way of the long-term goal to get rid of Assad in Syria and turn the country into an oil producing hellhole like Libya.

The US government and its allies (Israel) had created, funded, and armed the group called ISIS, the proxy force for, among other operations, wiping out the Assad government in Syria. The Syria op was a slam-dunk...until it wasn't. Until Putin stepped in and gave air support to Assad's troops and turned the war around, bringing it to the brink of, God forbid, actual peace negotiations.

That outcome was definitely NOT on the agenda of the US Project for a New American Century, the neocon playbook for destabilizing the Middle East.

Putin was standing in the way. He was screwing up The NWO Plan. He was winning.

Apr 17 08:51

Senior Chinese, U.S. officials exchange views on Korean Peninsula situation

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula via phone on Sunday.

The talk came after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea had reportedly fired an unidentified missile early on Sunday from its eastern coastal city of Sinpo.

But the missile was believed to have exploded on launch, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Yang and Tillerson also discussed the implementation of those agreements reached by the two countries' presidents during their first meeting in the U.S. state of Florida earlier this month.

The successful meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate has set a constructive tone, defined the direction and made a plan for the development of bilateral ties, Yang told Tillerson, noting that the two leaders also held a good phone conversation just a few days ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This sounds like an absolutely wonderful way of moving forward; unfortunately, President Trump and his advisors are working against a "hard deadline" of 9 May, which is about 3 weeks away, when South Korea elects a new President, due to the fact that President Park was impeached by the South Korean government, and thrown out of office.

The Chinese people - and Government - tend to look at the long term, in terms of governmental, and military actions; Donald Trump understands that if the next President of South Korea is supportive of the "sunshine policy",which advocates for cooperation and involvement with North Korea, he will not have a snowball's chance in hell of getting the South to go along with a decap strike, leading to regime change in North Korea.

Additionally, South Korea, Russia, and China are looking at President Trump's rapidly growing string of broken campaign promises and wondering about the degree to which he can be trusted, at all, to keep his word.

However this gets resolved, it's going to be an intense three weeks for both Koreas, until May 9th.

Apr 17 08:40

Putin moves missiles to North Korea border as Russia gets ready for WAR

VIDEO footage appears to show Russian military forces being moved on mass to the border with North Korea as the world edges closer to World War 3.Russia has reportedly moved weapons towards Vladivostok, just eight miles from the border with North Korea.The city is within striking distance of Kim Jong-un’s secretive state.

Although unconfirmed by the Russian government, the movement of tanks and missiles was spotted by terrified people living in the border city and posted on social media.According to reports, the military convoy caught on camera included eight surface-to-air missiles, all part of Russian Air Defence.

Vladimir Putin already has a major navy base in Vladivostok.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, we are looking at things getting out of control on the Korean Peninsula very, very quickly.

The distance between Russia and the North Korean border is very short.

The border between Russia and North Korea, according to the official Russian definition, consists of 17 kilometres (11 mi) of "terrestrial border" and 22.1 km (12 nautical miles) of "maritime border". It is the shortest of the international borders of Russia

Apr 17 08:39

FLASHBACK - FDR's Campaign Promise

Apr 17 08:35

America Must Start Looking How to End All the Wars It Has Started

War-whoops and loud applause from foreign policy establishments and their media supporters have greeted President Trump’s missile strike in Syria, the dropping of the world’s largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan and the dispatch of a naval task force in the direction of North Korea.

This spurt in belligerence over the last week has as much to do with domestic American politics as any fundamental new development in the rest of the world. Trump needed to defuse the accusation that he was too close to President Putin and too tolerant of a Russian ally like Bashar al-Assad. The resort to military action was largely in keeping with the old Pentagon saying that “defence policy ends at the water’s edge”, meaning that it is politics inside, not outside the US, which is the real decision-maker.

Apr 17 08:30

Attorney General tries to block bid to prosecute Tony Blair over Iraq War

Britain's top law officer has intervened to try to stop an attempt to haul Tony Blair to court over the Iraq War.

Attorney General Jeremy Wright has formally asked for the bid to prosecute Mr Blair to be rejected.

The private case is being brought by General Abdul-Wahid Shannan ar-Ribat, former chief of staff of the Iraqi army.

He wants the former Labour prime minister to be convicted of the crime of 'aggression' for taking part, alongside the US, in the invasion of his country under the false pretext that Saddam Hussein's regime harboured weapons of mass destruction.

Apr 17 08:28

World Held Hostage by American Military Madness

Whether a nuclear war breaks out within the next few days or not – the despicable fact remains, that the entire world is being held hostage by American military madness.

Apr 17 08:27

‘WE HAVE NO CHOICE’: TRUMP JUSTIFIES US STRIKES, MILITARY BUILDUP & POSTURING

“Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before,” the US President tweeted Sunday. ”Frankly, we have no choice!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, we do. We voted that choice, and Trump has betrayed the will of the people.

Apr 17 08:24

Russia & Iran Order U.S. To Leave Syria As False Flag Evidence Emerges

Russia, Syria and Iran have warned President Trump to end military intervention in Syria, following revelations that the chemical attack was false flag orchestrated by the West.

Following a meeting between foreign ministers in Moscow on Friday, all three countries have accused Trump of undermining Syria’s sovereignty .

“We have reiterated our position and were united in stating that the attack was an act of aggression, which blatantly violated the principles of international law and the UN Charter,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

“We call on the US and its allies to respect Syria’s sovereignty and refrain from actions similar to what happened on April 7, and which have serious ramification not only for regional, but also global security,” he added.

Apr 17 08:22

Mike Pence Puts North Korea On Notice For Missile, Nuclear Tests

“North Korea would do well not to test [President Trump’s] resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence put North Korea on notice on Monday, warning that recent U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed that the resolve of President Donald Trump should not be tested.

Pence and South Korean acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn, speaking a day after a failed missile test by the North and two days after a huge display of missiles in Pyongyang, also said they would strengthen anti-North Korea defenses by moving ahead with the early deployment of the THAAD missile-defense system.

Pence is on the first stop of a four-nation Asia tour intended to show America’s allies, and remind its adversaries, that the Trump administration was not turning its back on the increasingly volatile region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pence is characterising President Trump's "strength and resolve" by his actions of bombing Syria for something the Syrian government most likely didn't do, and using a MOAB in Afghanistan "because he could".

Could someone please tell me, how in the name of heaven, these actions translated into "strength and resolve", where there was absolutely no restraint, or honest fact-finding going on in Trump's White House, before these actions were taken?!?

Apr 17 08:11

NIKKI HALEY HUMILIATES AMERICA, GROVELS BEFORE ISRAEL AT AIPAC SUMMIT

In an unparalleled display of fealty and subservience, the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, sat before an AIPAC (American-Israeli Political Action Committee) and proclaimed all the horrors visited upon the Zionist settler state under the Obama administration as well as all the things the United States has done to support Israel since Trump came to power. In other words, she set up a perfect representation of the narrative that has existed all along; i.e. despite the fact that the Obama administration was an unwavering supporter of Israel, giving historical amounts of money and assistance to the settler state, pledging loyalty to the colony, and actively helping to destroy Israel’s self-made enemies, Obama is still considered a “weak” supporter of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

She is obviously acutely aware that this complete, callous, and utter disregard for Palestinian human rights will serve her well, in her future career, and is precisely the posture President Trump wants her to take at the UN.

Apr 17 08:05

Wash. Post Doesn’t Disclose Writer Supporting Syria Strike Is A Lobbyist For Tomahawk Missile Manufacturer

The Washington Post is allowing writer Ed Rogers to push for and praise military action against Syria without disclosing that he’s a lobbyist for defense contractor Raytheon, which makes the Tomahawk missiles used in the recent strike.

Rogers is a contributor to The Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog, where he wrote an April 8 piece praising President Donald Trump for authorizing the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase that reportedly housed warplanes that carried out chemical attacks against civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More presstitutes, more warmongering.

Now, when you see the names, just disregard the articles; these people are simply doing what they are paid to do; encourage military means of conflict resolution rather than hard-won, common-sense, moral negotiations.

Apr 17 07:55

Three US Aircraft Carriers Directed Toward South Korean Shores

Three US aircraft carriers, USS Carl Vinson, USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, will enter the Sea of Japan next week, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing a South Korean government source.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Add in the Chinese and Russian ships keeping an eye on the US forces, and all it will take is one hothead to trigger the biggest naval battle since the Jutland!

Apr 17 07:26

Top US official in Pakistan after hints at tougher stance

US National Security Advisor Lieutenant-General H.R. McMaster arrived in Pakistan on Monday on an unannounced visit, a day after he hinted that Washington could take a tougher stance with Islamabad.

Apr 16 15:57

Syria: Horrific Onslaught on Aramaic Christian Community of Ma’aloula at Hands of Western Backed “Moderate” Terrorists

A dear, humble man with the most beautiful smile sang the Lord’s Prayer for us in Aramaic on Good Friday.

Ma’aloula has been a Christian village since there were such things.

But it was almost gone.

America’s “moderate rebels” of the Free Syrian Army attacked it with a vengeance alongside Al Qaeda…as they always do.

Our “moderates” executed many who would not convert to their fake, twisted, violent, completely intolerant version of “Islam”.

Apr 16 15:03

How to bring down the elephant in the room

The reason why I decided to tackle this issue today is that the forces who broke Trump in less than a month are also the very same forces who have forced him into a political 180: the Neocons and the US deep state. However, I think that these two concepts can be fused into on I would call the “Ziocons”: basically Zionists plus some rabid Anglo imperialists à la Cheney or McCain. These are the folks who control the US corporate media, Hollywood, Congress, most of academia, etc. These are the folks who organized a ferocious assault on the “nationalist” or “patriotic” wing of Trump supporters and ousted Flynn and Bannon and these are the folks who basically staged a color revolution against Trump. There is some pretty good evidence that the person in charge of this quiet coup is Jared Kushner, a rabid Zionist. Maybe. Maybe not.

Apr 16 11:19

Cargo plane spotted heading west over Cali escorted by 10 jet fighters: Nuclear munitions headed to Korean Peninsula?

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, a large military cargo plane, possibly a C-5 Galaxy, was filmed over California headed west, possibly toward the Korean Peninsula.

Apr 16 09:31

A Government of Morons

Led by a man who can barely read.
Paul Craig Roberts

It has become embarrassing to be an American. Our country has had four war criminal presidents in succession.

Violence is America. America is violence. The moronic liberals blame it on gun owners, but it is always the government that is the source of violence. That is the reason our Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment. It is not gun owners who have destroyed in whole or part eight countries. It is the armed-at-taxpayer-expense US government that commits the violence.

America’s lust for violence is now bringing the Washington morons up against people who can commit violence back: the Russians and Chinese, Iran and North Korea.

Apr 16 08:32

US-Led Coalition Airstrike Mistakenly Killed 18 SDF Ally Fighters In Syria – Pentagon

The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria mistakenly killed at least 18 Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters in an airstrike on April 11.

Apr 16 08:31

More Proof That Trump’s Attack On Syria Was A War Crime

America’s top expert on analyzing intelligence of the types that were involved in determining the cause of the April 4th gas-attack in Syria is Dr. Theodore Postol of MIT, and he has now thoroughly analyzed all of the ‘evidence’ that the White House alleges in its White Intelligence House Report on that event to have ‘proven’ that Syria’s government perpetrated the gas-attack. He published his third study of the alleged evidence, this time concerning the video evidence on it, on Saturday April 15th at Washington’s Blog, under the headline “Video Evidence of False Claims Made in the White House Intelligence Report of April 11, 2017”.

Apr 16 08:05

Did Al Qaeda Fool the White House Again?

Despite evidence that Al Qaeda and its allies have staged fake chemical attacks in Syria before, Official Washington asserts with “high confidence” that it’s not being fooled again, reports Robert Parry.

Apr 16 08:05

Easily Duped: Trump Surpasses Bush, Falling for ‘Chemical Weapons’ Theatrics

21st Century Wire Editor Patrick Henningsen explains how Donald Trump, Nikki Haley and Rex Tillerson have just surpassed the Bush administration in their WMD ignorance.

Apr 16 07:42

THE LAST COUNTRY WE “LIBERATED” FROM AN “EVIL” DICTATOR IS NOW OPENLY TRADING SLAVES

It is widely known that the U.S.-led NATO intervention to topple Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 resulted in a power vacuum that has allowed terror groups like ISIS to gain a foothold in the country.

Despite the destructive consequences of the 2011 invasion, the West is currently taking a similar trajectory with regard to Syria. Just as the Obama administration excoriated Gaddafi in 2011, highlighting his human rights abuses and insisting he must be removed from power to protect the Libyan people, the Trump administration is now pointing to the repressive policies of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and warning his regime will soon come to an end — all in the name of protecting Syrian civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; Hillary Clinton was the ultimate "cheerleader" for the policy of assassinating Qaddafi, and installing a puppet government in Libya; the horrific resurgence of slavery to this country, ultimately, has been the result of President Obama's having acquiesced to her on this issue.

Such a move won't be quite so easy in Syria, however, because this risks war with Russia. and I really hope and pray that President Trump has not been "informationally cocooned" to the point where he believes such a war would be a "cakewalk".

Apr 16 07:33

Women could be forced to sign up to US military draft by 2018

A new measure has been passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee and could become law

Apr 16 07:33

It’s time America explored how to end the multiple wars it has helped cause since 2001, rather than dropping more bombs

Moan about Trump all you like, but his approach to Syria was always much more realistic than Hillary Clinton’s. ‘You are fighting Syria, Syria is fighting Isis, and you have to get rid of Isis,’ he said during his election campaign. ‘Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are’

Apr 16 07:28

US said preparing strike to ‘utterly destroy’ N. Korean nuclear program

VP Pence jets into Seoul as Korea tensions ratchet up; British officials are told Washington is considering a preemptive attack

Apr 16 07:15

US report on Idlib attack ‘misinterprets evidence’, ‘politically motivated – professor

Apr 16 05:12

Paul Craig Roberts Asks "Is That Armageddon Over The Horizon?"

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

The insouciance of the Western world is extraordinary.

It is not only Americans who permit themselves to be brainwashed by CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the New York Times and Washington Post, but also their counterparts in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan, who rely on the war propaganda machine that poses as a media.

The Western “leaders,” that is, the puppets on the end of the strings pulled by the powerful private interest groups and the Deep State, are just as insouciant.

Trump and his counterparts in the American Empire must be unaware that they are provoking war with Russia and China, or else they are psychopaths.

Apr 16 00:52

War games

None of the above scenarios exist entirely outside the realm of possibility, but they do leave the outside observer wondering who could possibly benefit from such tangled alliances. On a whim, I happened to peek at Raytheon’s stock price. The company that manufactures Tomahawk cruise missiles is trading north of $150/share; not an all-time high, but an exceedingly healthy 20 percent leap over a year ago. With nearly 300 million shares outstanding, that’s enough money to Tomahawk everyone from Damascus to the DMZ without batting an eye. In the game of war, there’s your winner.

Apr 15 10:22

Tillerson In Moscow: Is World War III Back On Track?

If anyone is worried whether the prospect of a major war, which many of us considered almost inevitable if Hillary Clinton had attained the White House, is back on track, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow was cold comfort. From his remarks together with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov, there is now little reason to expect any improvement in US-Russia ties anytime soon, if ever, and much reason to expect them to get worse – a lot worse.

There has been a great deal of speculation as to why President Donald Trump, who promised a break with the warmongering policies Hillary would have implemented, and which characterized the administrations of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, would have bombed Syria’s Shayrat airbase in retaliation for a supposed chemical weapons (CW) strike without evidence or authorization from either Congress or the UN Security Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In looking, analytically, at the results of last year's election, it has become crystal clear precisely what, rather than who, won that election, and the victor was ...the American Deep State, whose motives, objectives, and plans do not change, regardless of who "chairs" the oval office.

Those agendas include wars with Russia and China, to destabilize the ruble and the yuan, and to protect the financial empires of both the international elite, and the American elite.

Looking at the tensions building up with Syria and Russia, I would not be surprised to see a reinstitution of the draft in this country, and sooner rather than later; but this one will be coming not only for America's sons, but for America's daughters as well.

President Trump has, since his inauguration, proven himself to be totally impotent against the American Deep State, and has done so many flip-flops on domestic and international policies to please his new masters, that it nearly gave me whiplash in watching these position reversals.

What we will see with this man's administration, will be more wars; more state surveillance at every level; more Americans dying and getting maimed for life, for the pursuit of these wars, which are always economic in nature; and more income inequality.

Apr 15 09:37

U.S. Vice President Pence Heading to Seoul, Is US Attack against North Korea “On Hold”?

On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence heads to Seoul, part of a 10-day Asia trip to include Japan, Indonesia and Australia visits. A White House statement said he’ll “arrive in Seoul…on April 16,” return home on April 25.
Trump launching aggression on North Korea risking nuclear war while his vice-president is in East Asia seems unlikely.

For now, he’ll most likely continue tough talk, saber rattle off North Korea’s coastline, pressure China and impose more sanctions. What comes later remains to be seen.

An unnamed White House foreign policy advisor said Pence will meet with South Korea officials on Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, arriving the day after the DPRK’s Day of the Sun national holiday, commemorating Kim Il-sung’s 105th birthday, the country’s founder.
The White House has contingency plans in case Pence’s trip coincides with Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test, the White House added without further elaboration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although Steven Lendman is one of my favorite peace and social justice bloggers, I respectfully disagree with him on this.

What more perfect timing could possibly be picked for the US military creating a "false flag" bombing of something, than when Vice-President Pence is in South Korea, blaming it on North Korea, and off we go.....

Apr 15 09:27

Syria: Watching the Jordanian Border. America’s Military Buildup

While focus regarding the Syrian conflict has shifted almost exclusively to recent US cruise missile strikes, what the strikes are designed to lay the groundwork for holds much larger implications. Particular attention should be focused on US forces operating both within Syrian territory and along Syria’s borders.

Normalizing the use of stand-off weapons like cruise missiles makes it easier and more likely that similar attacks will unfold in the near future – particularly if Syria and its allies fail to demonstrate a significant deterrence against future attacks.

The use of stand-off weapons by the United States and the routine use of airstrikes by US allies including Israel within Syrian territory will likely open the door to wider and more direct military intervention against the Syrian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what happens when US forces get into direct conflict with Russian forces on the ground in Syria?!?

Because I will tell you, that is very apt to happen here, and such a possibility concerns me greatly!!

Apr 15 08:32

Pyongyang warns of retaliation against US ‘military hysteria’

North Korea told the United States on Saturday to end its “military hysteria” or face retaliation as the reclusive state marked the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father with mass military parades in the capital Pyongyang.

The warning came as a US aircraft carrier and destroyers steamed into waters off the Korean Peninsular.

The arrival follows what is perceived as a shift in US military policy under President Donald Trump. Last week, the US attacked a Syrian airfield for the first time with cruise missiles and this week dropped the world’s largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan. Another first.

Does this shift include North Korea is the question as tensions on the Korean peninsula have escalated over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile testing program in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. North Korea is reportedly building an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the pieces appear to be well in place; it is just a matter of time before something happens here, most likely instigated by the US military.

US government prepared to launch a pre-emptive attack against North Korea before its nuclear bomb test, 14 April, 2017

So far, as nearly as anyone can discern, that test hasn't happened yet.

However, the US government loves to initiate false flags, to get its geopolitical agendas moving.

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against a false flag here, to be blamed on North Korea, to kick things off in the next week or so.

Apr 15 08:23

Pepe Escobar On Trump's New Normal "Piece Of Cake" Foreign Policy

NATO was "obsolete." Then it was "no longer obsolete." China was a currency manipulator. Then it was no longer a currency manipulator. There would be no more adventures in the Middle East. Then it's back to pulling a Hillary and bombing Syria. Russia was supposed to be a partner – basically in oil and gas deals, while a Kissingerian Divide and Rule remix would try to unravel the Russia-China strategic partnership. Then Russia is bad because supporting "animal" (sic) Assad.

Apr 15 08:13

THE U.S. AND CHINA: WHY THE SUDDEN CONVERGENCE ON NORTH KOREA?

China has effectively subsidized and supported the North Korean state for the past 70 years as a buffer against a land invasion from South Korea. China supplies North Korea with fossil fuels and other essentials and protects it diplomatically.

But does this buffer-state strategy make sense in today's world? The threat is now from nuclear missiles and trade wars, not a land invasion. Though we cannot know what's being discussed or decided behind close doors, the high cost of subsidizing a rogue nuclear state for the now-irrelevant value of a physical buffer may finally be weighing on Chinese decision-makers.

Then there's the all-important matter of "face". The perception of status, influence and power--what's known as "face"--is the core concern in East-Asian societies. "Losing face" by being revealed as powerless and lacking influence is to be avoided at all costs.

Apr 15 07:53

US SUCCESSFULLY TESTS NEW NUCLEAR GRAVITY BOMB

The B61-12 is a modernized version of the B61 gravity bomb, the mainstay of the Air Force’s nuclear arsenal and one of the legs of the so-called nuclear triad, along with the intercontinental ballistic missiles deployed from either ground-based silos or oceangoing submarines.

President Donald Trump has endorsed an ambitious – and expensive – plan to modernize the US nuclear triad, begun under his predecessor. The B61-12 is intended to consolidate and replace all the B61 variants currently in service.

Three successful development flight tests of the B61-12 were conducted in 2015. The March test was the first in a series scheduled to span the next three years, with the final design review due in September 2018 and the first production unit scheduled for completion by March 2020.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish to hell that this government would be testing the outcomes of moral, hard-won negotiations, rather than gravity bomb effectiveness!

Apr 15 07:43

North Korea Foreign Minister: US Becoming More Aggressive And “Making Problems”

The North Korean Foreign Minister in the video below explains how the US continues to become more aggressive toward North Korea. He explains that it is the US that creates the problems not North Korea. We all know North Korea is no saint nation, but with our own eyes we see a US carrier strike group just off their waters and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying, “the military option is on the table”.

The article goes on to explain how Kim Jung-un of North Korea has threatened the US. The interesting part here is there are no audio or video clips on Kim saying anything nor have I heard anything to date. If he did say something like that it would not surprise me. The US has a carrier strike force off his waters.

Apr 15 07:38

Donald Trump Surrenders to the War Party

It took less than three months for the War Party to force Donald Trump to abandon whatever notions he might have had about defusing tensions with Russia and disentangling the U.S. from its alliance with Islamic jihadist terror. Last week’s bombing of a Syrian airbase has put back on track the general U.S. military offensive that was begun with President Obama’s 2011 regime change operation against Libya, drastically increasing the odds that humanity will perish in nuclear winter rather than be roasted into extinction from global warming.

Apr 14 15:31

Quanah Parker

Quanah Parker was the last Chief of the Commanches and never lost a battle to the white man. His tribe roamed over the area where Pampa stands. He was never captured by the Army, but decided to surrender and lead his tribe into the white man's culture, only when he saw that there was no alternative. His was the last tribe in the Staked Plains to come into the reservation system.

Apr 14 15:25

Jean Laffite American pirate

Jean Laffite, Laffite also spelled Lafitte (born 1780?, France—died 1825?), privateer and smuggler who interrupted his illicit adventures to fight heroically for the United States in defense of New Orleans in the War of 1812.

Apr 14 15:21

6 Legendary Mountain Men of the American Frontier

Before the mass migrations of the mid-19th century, some of the only non-natives to venture into the vastness of the American West were small bands of fur trappers, traders and explorers known as “mountain men.” These grizzled, self-sufficient woodsmen helped blaze many of the overland trails later used by the pioneers, and stories of their larger-than-life exploits often became the stuff of legend back East. Find out more about the lives of six adventurers who made their mark on the American frontier.

Apr 14 15:18

American Heroes: Francis Marion, South Carolina’s “Swamp Fox”

“Come on Boys! Let us go back … as for this damned old fox, the Devil himself could not catch him.
British Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton’s comments after pursuing Colonel Francis Marion

Marion first learned his “Indian style” of warfare while fighting the Cherokees in the Southern theater of the French and Indian War (1756-1763). With American Independence in 1776, Marion was commissioned a major in the South Carolina militia. He helped to repulse the British bombardment of Charleston in 1776, commanding a battery of cannon that crippled the British fleet and sent it running off the next morning “like earless dogs.”

Francis Mario and Tarleton were the real-life inspirations for the main characters in Mel Gibson's "The Patriot."

Apr 14 15:14

Daniel Boone (1734 - 1820)

Daniel Boone is one of the most famous frontiersmen in U.S. history. He was a skilled hunter, trapper, and trailblazer. During the early days of westward expansion, Boone’s explorations helped open the frontier to new settlements. In 1799, he led his family and other settlers across the Mississippi River into land populated by Native Americans but claimed by Spain. Boone spent the last twenty years of his life in what is now Missouri.

Apr 14 14:34

What would a US-European-Russian war look like?

Tensions between the United States and the major European imperialist powers and Russia are at their highest point since the Cold War. The danger of a military conflict between the two largest nuclear powers has never been greater.

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