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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

May 01 11:50

Trump is Running Out of Bombs

Good news for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing. Not so good for civilians in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Afghanistan.

May 01 11:05

Al-Qaeda says fighting alongside US-, Saudi-backed militia in Yemen

The leader of al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen says his forces have often fought alongside US- and Saudi-backed militia and supporters of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi against the Yemeni army and the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Qasim al-Rimi, the ringleader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), made the remarks to the terrorist group's media arm al-Malahem from an undisclosed location in war-torn Yemen on Sunday, adding that his militants had teamed up with an array of other "factions," including Salafist groups and the "Muslim Brotherhood," who are both key militias on Hadi's side.

The AQAP is perceived as the most active branch of the al-Qaeda terrorist group and has been considered by the Pentagon as the most dangerous offshoot of the global terror network. Washington has already offered a $5 million prize for al-Rimi's capture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So please give me a moment to wrap my head around this; the US government has a bounty on this guy's head, yet element of US troops are fighting with his troops in Yemen?!?

This is nothing short of bizzare!!

May 01 11:00

The Relentless Push Towards War: “What Could Possibly Go Wrong… How About EVERYTHING?”

Possible reasons range from an itchy military industrial complex that is disappointed that it cannot seem to goad the US into war with Russia and North Korea just happened to be next on the list, to the idea that Trump is really seeking trade deal concessions from South Korea and is using the North Korean situation as leverage.

The latter is not out of the realm of the possible, with Trump having said he wants South Korea to pay for the THAAD system being installed and that he wants to renegotiate our balance of trade with them, too.

Who says stuff like that at a time when war might break out? Someone who doesn’t really appreciate the gravity of the situation, I’d suggest. I mean, if it’s a negotiating tactic, it’s one that could end up with a lot of people losing their lives and a ruined economy. If it’s a negotiating tactic stapled to a crisis, it’s still an odd thing.

Conclusion

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope and pray that the Trump Administration will find a way, other than war, to deal with North Korea; but right now, as this article indicates, elements in the Deep American state are leading the drive toward a war against it.

And unfortunately,just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing our government could do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it!!.

May 01 10:44

The North Korea Nightmare Continues

So where do we go from here? As I have explained on a few occasions now, we do have options short of a unilateral strike - not an option at all if you consider what happens if you can’t guarantee taking out every single one of Kim’s nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This last suggestion is one I believe the US government should be taking, but most probably won't; they have gone to far in "grooming" the American people for the inevitability of an attack against North Korea to back down now.

May 01 10:35

Ron Paul Warns "We Are In The Last Stages Of The Welfare-Warfare State"

Congress ended the week by passing a continuing resolution keeping the government funded for one more week. This stopgap funding bill was designed to give Congress and the White House more time to negotiate a long-term spending bill. Passage of a long-term spending bill had been delayed over objections to Republican efforts to preserve Obamcare's key features but give states a limited ability to opt out of some Obamacare mandates...[ZH: that longer-term bill has been agreed with the Democrats]

May 01 10:00

Cold War 2.0: There will be No Russophobia Reset

In the end, there was hardly a reset; rather a sort of tentative pause on Cold War 2.0. Interminable days of sound and fury were trudging along when President Trump finally decided NATO is “no longer obsolete”; still, he wants to “get along” with Russia.

Just ahead of meeting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin had stressed on Russian TV that trust (between Russia and the US) is “at a workable level, especially in the military dimension, but it hasn’t improved. On the contrary, it has degraded.” Emphasis on a pedestrian “workable,” but most of all “degraded” – as in the National Security Council releasing a report essentially accusing Moscow of spreading fake news.

May 01 10:00

Do Americans Have No Shame?

Putting aside the lack of any proof of Russian interference in U.S. elections, Americans have some nerve complaining about outside meddling when they have violated the sovereign rights of much of the planet. Americans owe the world heartfelt acts of contrition. “There ought to be a march of apology from Americans to people in Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and yes in Russia too.”

May 01 09:56

What The Corporate Media Never Tells You About North Korea

There is a great deal of propaganda and deliberate misinformation about North Korea, which the public should know.

While neocons, a cheering corporate media, and Deep State, rush to war with North Korea, information is the ultimate weapon.

For example, did you know that North Korea, China, and India, are the only three nations who have committed to a “no nuclear first” policy? They have pledged never to use nuclear weapons “first”, but of course reserve the right to use them if attacked.

How many times has the US threatened to use nuclear weapons against North Korea?

Do you know that North Korea has repeatedly asked the US to engage in bilateral talks, to cool off the ever-escalating tension? The offer was flatly rejected by both Obama and Trump.

Can you resolve differences within your family without dialog? No dialogue, no peace. Why won’t the US talk to North Korea??

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know precisely when such an attack against North Korea may be coming; but all indications are that it is coming.

I will breathe a heavy sign of relief, and I hope to heck I am absolutely, completely, dead wrong in my assessment of what is happening here, but don't think I am.

One does not place the kinds of military assets as the US government has placed just off the Korean peninsula, and not use them.

May 01 09:52

Video: US Armored Vehicles Arrive in Northern Syria. Is It An Invasion?

US armored vehicles arrived in Northern Syria with US convoy stationed near Darbasiyah Village.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the short answer to the question posed by the title of the article is, yes.

The Trump administration has gone full-metal-jacket toward a regime change in Damascus, and it is only a matter of time before we are looking at direct confrontation with Russian ground troops, which are soon to be deployed there.
Russia ready to send ground troops to Syria, 25 April,
2017

May 01 09:42

McMaster says US must be prepared for military operations in North Korea

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster attempted to make clear Sunday that President Trump is seeking international support in trying to stop North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, reasserting Trump’s vow that the U.S. will no longer be the world’s policeman.

“It’s an open defiance of the international community,” McMaster told “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s important for all of us to confront this regime… . None of us can accept a North Korea with a nuclear weapon.”

From essentially the start of Trump’s winning presidential campaign, he has criticized previous administrations about the financial and geo-political consequences of leading efforts to police or overthrow foreign regimes. He even threatened to resign from NATO unless other countries started paying their fair share for such efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These comments were not made for international effect but specifically for domestic consumption, as the American people are being mentally "groomed" toward the inevitability of military conflict with North Korea.

May 01 09:36

Trump Not Ruling Out Attacking North Korea

After weeks of mounting international concerns about the possibility of the United States attacking North Korea, President Trump appeared extremely non-committal about the possibility of him ordering such an attack, insisting he wasn’t going to rule it out.

“I don’t know, I mean, we’ll see,” Trump insisted on CBS’ Meet the Press. This was a surprisingly mild response after weeks of talking about “taking care of” North Korea and bragging about dispatching a “armada” to the Korean Peninsula with an eye toward such a strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the elements are now in position for such an attack, and if, in fact, President Trump greenlights it, that has to come soon; South Korean elections happen next Tuesday, 9 May, and the man favored to win the election is an advocate of the "sunshine policy" toward North Korea, which is one of engagement.

May 01 09:32

FLASHBACK 2012 - Israel Lobby Pushes for US Action Against the Syrian Government (to weaken Iran)

Israel Lobby Pushes for US Action Against the Syrian Government: James Morris Dares to Mention the Taboo History

May 01 09:31

Tensions Grow Between US, Turkey Along Syrian Border

The US responded to last week’s Turkish attacks on allied Kurdish forces in both Iraq and Syria by deploying a growing number of US troops in armored vehicles along the Syria-Turkey border, aiming to provide some sort of buffer and to prevent more Turkish attacks.

It doesn’t seem to be working, and if anything, tensions are now growing between the Turkish government and the US, with Turkish officials unhappy that the US is getting in their way, and seeing it as amounting to the US taking the side of the Kurds against them.

Turkish President Erdogan insisted he was “deeply saddened” to see the US flag flying alongside “terrorists” from the Kurdish YPG, saying he intends to demand President Trump stop supporting the Kurds in an upcoming White House visit, adding “this needs to be stopped right now.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question now becomes, just how far is the US government prepared to go, in preventing Turkey from interfering in the creating of an independent Kurdistan?!?

May 01 09:29

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

It is extremely dangerous to all of mankind for Washington to convince two nuclear powers that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear strike against them. It is impossible to imagine a more reckless and irresponsible act. Yet this is precisely what Washington has done.

May 01 09:27

US approves another hundreds-million-dollar arms sale to Israel

The United States has approved a proposal to sell Israel more weapons, including naval guns and technical support worth an estimated $440 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement on Friday that the State Department agreed to allow the possible sale of 13 76mm naval guns to Tel Aviv.

The Pentagon agency said it had notified the Congress about the State Department’s decision

Webmaster's Commentary: 

...While homeless Vets sleep rough in our streets, and US infrastructure is allowed to crumble.

May 01 09:26

Are We Being Prepped For War With North Korea?

At least on Fox News, the bent towards pushing for war has found an audience. A Fox News poll reported that 53 percent of those polled believed that military action would be necessary to deal with the threat from North Korea, and they were ok with the U.S. doing that.

But unlike the march to war in Iraq in 2003, the North Korea saga is not being advocated with the same breathless intensity that much of the White House press corps exhibited nearly fifteen years ago. In large part, today’s mainstream media has been Trump’s greatest critic and for many observers, the bluster over Pyongyang is almost considered an attempt to deflect from the myriad issues the new president is unable to escape because of constant coverage.

May 01 09:25

Why is North Korea Being So Unreasonable?

Why hasn’t the Kim Jong-Un regime responded with open arms and shouts of joy for this generous and fair-minded proposal from Uncle Sam?

Maybe it is because North Korea not only has first-hand knowledge of US “diplomacy,” but it can point to the grisly consequences that happen to regimes that do not have nuclear capabilities when they fall out of favor with Washington war mongers. Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria are just some recent examples.

Nor does North Korea have to look around the globe for what the US does to nations without nuclear arsenals, but can recall events which took place not so far away. For more than a decade, America mercilessly pulverized the little, defenseless country of Vietnam. Despite the destruction and mass murder inflicted, it was to no avail except, of course, to line the pockets of arms manufactures while American citizens were drained of their wealth and blood.

May 01 09:15

Ron Paul Warns “We Are In The Last Stages Of The Welfare-Warfare State”

The breakdown of the congressional appropriations process, combined with hyper-interventionism via the Federal Reserve and foreign policy, suggest we are in the last stages of the welfare-warfare state. Whether this system’s inevitable collapse completes our descent into authoritarianism or leads to a restoration of limited, constitutional government and free markets depends on how effective those of us who know the truth are in spreading the ideas of liberty.

May 01 09:13

NATO may boost its presence & prolong ‘training’ mission in Afghanistan – Stoltenberg

NATO is considering sending additional military personnel to Afghanistan and increasing the timeframe of the deployment in the view of the “challenging security situation,” the alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, told the German Die Welt daily.

The additional troops are expected to join the NATO Resolute Support mission which it says is aimed at training, assisting and advising Afghan security forces in their fight against violent insurgents and various extremist groups.

The ‘training’ mission, after the majority of ‘combat’ troops were withdrawn, currently involves 13,000 servicemen, with around 8,400 of them being from the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US and NATO are never leaving: the money from the opium poppies is just too great a financial boon to ignore, and now a seed from China can be grown nearly year round.

Afghanistan’s relentless opium woes have a 'new seed in town,' and it comes from China

Images: American soldiers protecting Afghani opium poppies

May 01 09:04

At least 352 civilians killed by US-led strikes on Islamic State group

At least 352 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday.

The Combined Joint Task Force, in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties from the U.S. coalition’s operations against the militant group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths.

It added that 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017. It reported 80 civilian deaths from August 2014 to the present that had not previously been announced. The report included 26 deaths from three separate strikes in March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This number appears astonishingly low to me.

May 01 08:59

US REPEATING SAME WAR CRIME IN SYRIA THAT STARVED 500,000 CHILDREN TO DEATH IN IRAQ

The Associated Press states that “any property or interest in property of the individuals’ sanctioned must be blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.” Also according to AP, “Three U.S. officials said that the sanctions are part of a broader effort to cut off funding and other support to Syria’s President Bashar Assad and his government amid the country’s escalating civil war. The U.S. blames Assad for a recent chemical attack on Syrian civilians, and responded earlier this month by launching missiles against a Syrian airfield.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since taking the Oath of Office in January, President Trump has changed his position on so many issues, that he is giving me a severe case of intellectual whiplash; Syria is one of those issues, and I see more US troops on the ground here soon, to attempt regime change against Al Assad.

May 01 08:49

JAPAN DEPLOYS WARSHIP TO SUPPORT US 'ARMADA', AUTHORIZES "NECESSARY USE OF WEAPONS" FOR FIRST TIME SINCE WORLD WAR II

In a post-World War II precedent-setting move (under the country’s expanded military doctrine), the Japanese Navy has reportedly deployed a helicopter carrier (and authorized it to use weapons, if necessary), to escort and protect a US supply vessel.

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Izumo Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier to protect a US Navy supply ship, which is heading towards the Pacific to resupply the American armada sent by Donald Trump to keep North Korean nuclear ambitions at bay, sources told Kyodo news.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the moment, I can see nothing which is moving away from military action against North Korea and very soon.

The South Korean elections will be held next Tuesday, 9 May. If the attack does not happen by that point, and with a political "dove" who favors the "sunshine policy" apt to become the President of South Korea, this will have to happen quickly, or not at all.

May 01 08:44

The Rise of the Generals

Who is behind the seeming conversion of Trump to hawk? The generals, Bibi Netanyahu and the neocons, Congressional hawks with Cold War mindsets, the Saudi royal family and the Gulf Arabs — they are winning the battle for the president's mind. But before President Trump proceeds along the path laid out for him by his generals, brave and patriotic men that they are, he should discover if any of them opposed any of the idiotic wars of the last 15 years, beginning with that greatest of strategic blunders — George Bush's invasion of Iraq.

May 01 08:13

The Relentless Push Towards War: “What Could Possibly Go Wrong… How About EVERYTHING?”

It doesn’t seem to matter who’s in office in the US — Republican/Democrat, conservative/liberal — there’s a war machine constantly running. My concern is that there’s a building risk that one day that war machine is going to bust apart. And when it does, the long relative peace that the US and Europe have enjoyed (even as they’ve visited a lot of death and destruction elsewhere) will be shattered.

Apr 30 19:35

US military is hammering ISIS so heavily it is running out of bombs

THE US is hitting so many IS targets in Iraq and Syria that it is running out of bombs – and that could affect its ability to wage war in North Korea, warns a senior US admiral.

As Donald Trump celebrated his 100 days in power yesterday, US Pacific commander Admiral Harry Harris said so many bombs were being dropped that “we need more”.

Apr 30 08:56

America’s War against the People of Korea: The Historical Record of US War Crimes

An armistice is an agreement by the warring parties to stop fighting. It does signify the end of war.

What underlies the 1953 Armistice Agreement is that one of the warring parties, namely the US has consistently threatened to wage war on the DPRK for the last 60 years.

The US has on countless occasions violated the Armistice Agreement. It has remained on a war footing. Casually ignored by the Western media and the international community, the US has actively deployed nuclear weapons targeted at North Korea for more than half a century in violation of article 13b) of the Armistice agreement.

The armistice remains in force. The US is still at war with Korea. It is not a peace treaty, a peace agreement was never signed.

Apr 30 07:52

The Shame of Killing Innocent People

The U.S. Congress could put an end to US complicity in the crimes against humanity being committed by military forces in Yemen. Congress could insist that the US stop supplying the Saudi led coalition with weapons, stop helping Saudi jets to refuel, end diplomatic cover for Saudi Arabia, and stop providing the Saudis with intelligence support. And perhaps the US Congress would move in this direction if elected representatives believed that their constituents care deeply about these issues. In today’s political climate, public pressure has become vital.

Historian Howard Zinn famously said, in 1993, "There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable. If the purpose is to stop terrorism, even the supporters of the bombing say it won’t work; if the purpose is to gain respect for the United States, the result is the opposite…" And if the purpose is to raise the profits of major military contractors and weapon peddlers?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many years ago, the late comedian (and sometimes prophet) George Carlin made the observation that the US loves war, and killing brown people, because we are good at it.

Scripts from George Carlin HBO Specials.

The Saudi war against Yemen has been a case study in war crimes, with which the US government is comfortably complicit, under both President Obama's and President Trump's watch.

1. The Saudis have been murdering and maiming Yemeni children with wild abandon.Images: Yemeni children murdered and maimed by Saudi bombing raids

2. Because Saudis have closed all the ports in Yemen to food aid, Yemeni children are dying slow and horrific deaths from malnutrition:Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, courtesy of Saudi port blockades

3. the Saudi military is using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen, which have caused a massive spike in cancers; still births; and massive birth defects in Yemeni children.Images: Saudis using depleted uranium weapons in YemenImages: Yemeni children with severe birth defects from exposure to depleted uranium (warning: horrifically graphic images)

So President Trump, a word, please; it seems as though, in your perspective, some suffering is more equal than others, when geopolitical capital can be gained from it, as in the alleged gassing of Syrian civilians.

And yet, you, as a father, and grandfather have absolutely nothing to say about the suffering endured by Yemeni children from the US-enabled Saudi genocide in Yemen, because US weapons manufacturers are "making a killing, literally, and figuratively here?!?

Sir, if that is, in fact, the case, it is painfully obvious to both thinking Americans, and people around the world, that you, as have most of your predecessors, have had your conscience surgically removed before taking the Oath of Office.

Apr 29 09:42

North Korea supports non-nuclear world and owes USA nothing

Can Donald Trump strike a nuclear blow on North Korea (the DPRK)? The analysis of the situation shows that the US can not ignore the positions of Moscow and Beijing that stand strongly against the US attack on the territory of the DPRK. At the same time, Moscow has distanced itself from the North Korean regime by saying that Russia does not accept Pyongyang's nuclear adventures. Nevertheless, Moscow has also warned Washington about the inadmissibility of taking a military action.

Apr 29 08:38

U.S. SIGNALS POSSIBLE AIRSTRIKES IN SOMALIA BY ASKING AID GROUPS FOR THEIR LOCATIONS

U.S. OFFICIALS THIS WEEK requested the geographic coordinates of aid groups working in Somalia, according to a document obtained by The Intercept — a move that could indicate an escalation of military action against the Shabab. The notice to NGOs comes a month after President Trump declared portions of the country an “area of active hostilities,” giving the military wider scope to launch strikes that could potentially kill more civilians.

Apr 29 08:33

Babies starve as war grinds on in Mosul

This is on the heads of the American people who pay for the fighters and weapons on both sides with their taxes!

By Isabel Coles | QAYYARA, Iraq

The babies cry with hunger but are so severely malnourished that doctors treating them at a hospital in Iraq would make their condition worse if they fed them enough to stop the pangs.

Many of the starving infants are from Mosul, where war between Islamic State militants and Iraqi forces is taking a heavy toll on several hundred thousand civilians trapped inside the city.

A new, specialist ward was opened recently to deal with the growing number of children from Mosul showing signs of malnutrition as the conflict grinds on -– most of them less than six-months-old.

Apr 29 08:31

US Deploys Troops in NE Syria as ‘Buffer’ Between Kurds, Turkey

The US has deployed a number of special forces troops and armored vehicles along the border between Kurdish-held northeast Syria and Turkey, with most of the troops sent to the area around Darbasiya, which was the site of heavy Turkish attacks earlier this week.

Officially, US commanders say the troops are there “monitoring the situation,” though Syrian Kurds say that in practice the US deployment is an attempt to establish a “buffer” to try to limit fighting between the two sides,, which has been raging since Turkey’s airstrikes were carried out.

From Turkey’s perspective, there are two trains of thought on their recent push to attack the Kurdish YPG, who they consider “terrorists.” On the one hand, there seems to be some hope that if they can displace the Kurds enough during the buildup to the invasion of the ISIS capital of Raqqa, the US might agree to change it to a joint US-Turkey operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think we will continue to see more US troops in Syria, as regime change is definitely back on the table here, in the thinking of the American deep state.

But what happens when US troops run into direct confrontation with the Russian ground troops, which are being deployed there very soon?!?

Russian Ground troops mobilising for deployment in Syria,
25 April, 2017

War with Russia over Syria?!?

This would be completely insane.

Apr 29 08:07

The CNS North Korea Missile Test Database

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies North Korea Missile Test Database is the first database to record flight tests of all missiles launched by North Korea capable of delivering a payload of at least 500 kilograms (1102.31 pounds) a distance of at least 300 kilometers (186.4 miles). The database captures advancements in North Korea's missile program by documenting all such tests since the first one occurred in April 1984, and will be routinely updated as events warrant.

The below map allows users to view North Korea’s missile tests over a period of time, and to select by missile type, missile family, and the tests' results. Users can also view additional infographics and read expert analysis of the database.

Apr 28 21:19

China draws red line for North Korea issue: war is not allowed

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi took a tough position on the North Korea issue on Wednesday, saying that war on the Korean Peninsula is absolutely unacceptable.

Wang made the remarks in a press conference after a Sino-German dialogue on cooperation with Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister in Germany.

China has drawn a red line for the U.S., North Korea, and South Korea, that war on the Korean Peninsula is not allowed and that all consequences would be borne by the relevant countries should war break out.

Apr 28 21:17

China warns of necessary actions as US says THAAD to be operational in coming days

China expressed its grave concern after parts of the THAAD system were moved to the deployment site in South Korea, which the U.S. claims is purely defensive. China Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that the deployment of THAAD breaks the strategic balance in the region and ratchets up the tension on the Korean Peninsula.

China strongly urged the U.S. and South Korea to cancel the deployment and withdraw the equipment, and sent a strong warning that China will take necessary actions to safeguard its own interests.

Apr 28 21:04

Experts: North Korean nukes can defeat even the world's most advanced missile defense system

The US has successfully tested THAAD 12 times, but never used it in actual combat, which can play out much differently than controlled tests. "Things that work well at home on the test range don't always go as smoothly when deployed," Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told the Associated Press.

Another scientist, David Wright, co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Global Security Program, said that a salvo of North Korean short-range missiles could overwhelm THAAD.

Apr 28 20:51

'China's Anti-THAAD Drills to Simulate Counterattack Scenarios'

A Chinese military expert predicts drills ordered by Beijing to counter the threat of the THAAD will include a preemptive strike on the U.S.-built missile system, which is now based in South Korea.

Apr 28 15:55

Military preparations underway for attack on North Korea as Navy Seal carrying submarine arrives near rogue nation

The possibility of a military strike on North Korea has risen exponentially in the last 48 hours, with a series of startling revelations pointing to the very real possibility of a full-scale war with the rogue nuclear nation.

Apr 28 12:00

When 'Sunshine' Ruled on the Korean Peninsula

Before South Korea’s conservative presidents severed ties with North Korea from 2008, their liberal predecessors Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun promoted peaceful engagement and rapprochement, an approach called the “sunshine policy.”

The name stemmed from an ancient Greek fable where the wind and the sun competed to remove a man’s cloak. No matter how strongly the wind blew, the man only wrapped his cloak more tightly to keep warm. But when the sun shone, the warmth made him take his cloak off. The wind symbolized unsuccessful coercive policies toward North Korea and the sun stood for an approach able to persuade North Korea to take off its anachronistic and uncomfortable cloak, changing at last.

Apr 28 11:21

Russia says strike on North Korea ‘completely unacceptable’

Moscow tells UN Security Council meeting that any military action to address nuclear proliferation by Pyongyang could have catastrophic consequences.

Russia on Friday warned at the United Nations that military options to address the threat from North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic programs were “completely unacceptable” and would have “catastrophic consequences.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Security Council that China’s proposals to restart talks with North Korea should be seriously examined and that sanctions alone would not work.

North Korea “is conducting itself in an inappropriate way,” Gatilov told the council. “At the same time, options of using force are completely unacceptable and could lead to catastrophic consequences.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported by reuters this morning:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile abilities could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem. While Washington has pressed Beijing to rein in its ally Pyongyang, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the U.N. Security Council that "the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side." Tillerson urged the 15-member body to act before North Korea does and called on states to sever diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang. He said that because China accounted for 90 percent of North Korean trade, its role was particularly important. "Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences," Tillerson said in his first remarks to the council as secretary of state. The United States was not pushing for regime change and preferred a negotiated solution, but Pyongyang, for its own sake, should dismantle its nuclear and missile programs, he said. "The threat of a nuclear attack on Seoul, or Tokyo, is real, and it's only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the U.S. mainland," Tillerson said. While Tillerson repeated the Trump administration's position that all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development, Yi said military threats would not help.

The question is, with the South Korean elections just a little over a week away, and one of the front-runners being an avowed advocate of the "Sunshine Policy", which promotes engagement with North Korea, just how long will the US give the UN Security Council to vote for these sanctions they are demanding, with a sure and certain knowledge that Russia and China will either abstain, or vote no?!?

The Security Council process can be glacial.

Apr 28 10:10

Fox News Poll: 53 percent favor military action to stop North Korea nukes program

It will take military force to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, a majority of voters believe -- and they tend to favor the U.S. taking that action.

That’s according to the latest national Fox News Poll of registered voters.

Fifty-one percent say that U.S. military action will be required to keep the rogue nation from continuing its nuclear weapons program, while 36 percent think diplomacy alone can stop it.

By a 53-39 percent margin, voters favor the U.S. using military force to keep North Korea from making further advancements on nukes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME, understanding the horrific loss of life such an attack would create, on both sides?!?

Either FAUX news was "push-polling", i.e., working through zip codes where they knew what the general answer would be before they conducted the poll, or they were polling the criminally insane!!

No thinking person I know believes that a US military "solution" should be employed, not one!!

Apr 28 10:06

9/11 Destroyed America Conspiracy Buzz — Paul Craig Roberts

In America, telling the truth has become more dangerous than ever … even deadly to one’s career. “It comes at a high cost that hardly any can afford.” Why have we allowed a tiny handful of neoconservatives to destroy multiple Middle Eastern countries, along with whatever civil liberties we once had in America? Neoconservatives are a tiny number of people. No more than a dozen are of any consequence. Yet they have used America to murder millions. And now they are fomenting war with Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. The world would never survive such a war. Are Americans so insouciant that they will stand aside while a dozen neoconservatives destroy the world?

Apr 28 10:02

Mounting Incitements to War With Russia

Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com). This installment expands upon last week’s, which focused on several highly questionable Washington narratives that imply the necessity of war with Russia. When later asked which of these allegations was the most dangerous, Cohen responds, in this installment, that their number is increasing and with them the risk of war. He itemizes the Cold War narratives, or allegations, now propounded by the US political-media establishment:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "blame Russia for everything not going right for American geopolitics" is both disingenuous in the extreme, and completely, utterly wrong.

But just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

And a war with Russia right now would be idiotically suicidal for the American government to do, and I say this as someone who cares very much about the future of her country.

The reasons are painfully obvious; right now, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And secondly, Americans have become very war-weary, and war-skeptical, in evaluating the horrific messes the US military has left in places like Afghanistan; Iraq; Somalia; and Libya.

And that fact that Americans understand, incontrovertibly, that they were lied to in order to start the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, means that they can never, ever trust anything agents of the US government say ever again.

So to all those who seem to have gone foaming-at-the-mouth, barking-dog mad, in terms of both government officials and their presstitutes, attempting to "sell" your Russophobia, a word, please; you have utterly flushed your credibility with your lies, and have therefore become completely irrelevant in terms of moving the American geopolitical process forward.

Apr 28 09:51

Residents: MOAB Was More of a Dud

The April 13 strike by US forces in eastern Afghanistan saw the first deployment of the MOAB, the Mother of All Bombs, in a combat situation, dropped against ISIS forces in tunnels. The 22,000 lb pound was much vaunted for its huge size, the biggest non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal, and presented as a “message” to other nations.

The reality, not so much. Locals report that the MOAB did way less damage than you’d think, noting that there were green trees still standing 100 meters from the center of the blast, with no sign of damage, and that the tunnels the ISIS fighters were within appear all but untouched.

Apr 28 09:49

Bulgarian Weapons Sent to Terrorists in Syria Through Saudi Arabia

The Bulgarian newspaper “Trud” published a report on April 21, 2017 about an investigation into the supply of Bulgarian weapons to the terrorists in Syria, shipped through Saudi Arabia.

In early April, ship so called “Marianne Danica” arrived the biggest port of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah under the flag of Denmark, after it left the port of Burgas on March 28th, loaded with tons of weapons.

According to the newspaper, the ship was listed as transporting dangerous cargo – “Hazard A” (Major), which refers to the transport of explosives and weapons. After 8 hours dangerous cargo is unloaded at the port of Jeddah and the ship sails back to Bourgas. The weapons were not intended for Saudi Arabia, as Saudi army are only equipped almost exclusively with US and UK weaponry.

Apr 28 09:13

Report: Deaths of Afghan Women up 54% Over Previous Year

The latest UN report on civilian deaths in Afghanistan showed a dramatic 54% increase in the number of women killed in the first quarter of 2017 over the same period in the previous year, alongside a 17% rise in the number of children killed. The deaths cover “conflict-related” fatalities.

Women and children are both are growing amount of the overall casualties of the Afghan War, and the UN expressed particular concern about the lack of effort to ensure protection for civilians among the various combatants, given that “fighting season” is fast approaching.

With little infrastructure,, Afghanistan’s war tends to quiet down somewhat during the winter, with a lot of areas of the country impassable. This tends to lead to a “spring offensive” which marks the official start of fighting season after the thaw, with casualties rising significantly nationwide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The spring battles will most likely see an uptick in the deaths of women and children.

IF the NATO high command and the US government and military had a brain cell to rub together between them, they would bring their troops out of that accursed country as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Apr 28 09:04

The Rise of the Generals

Has President Donald Trump outsourced foreign policy to the generals?

So it would seem. Candidate Trump held out his hand to Vladimir Putin. He rejected further U.S. intervention in Syria other than to smash ISIS.

He spoke of getting out and staying out of the misbegotten Middle East wars into which Presidents Bush II and Obama had plunged the country.

President Trump’s seeming renunciation of an anti-interventionist foreign policy is the great surprise of the first 100 days, and the most ominous. For any new war could vitiate the Trump mandate and consume his presidency.

Apr 28 08:44

USS Nimitz Is now Ready for 'the Big One'

The Navy has said the Nimitz will deploy in early summer. It hasn't announced where it will be going. Deployments usually last seven or eight months.

"We are going to be tested," Byrne said in the release. "We need to go forward confident that we will be competitive enough and that we will be tough enough to prevail. I have no doubt that Nimitz Strike Group is both."

Apr 28 08:28

TRUMP IS PUPPET OF US ‘DEEP STATE,’ HAS NO ‘OWN’ FOREIGN POLICY – ASSAD

US president Donald Trump is not a truly independent political leader but merely a puppet of US corporations, military and intelligence, and who serves their interests, Syrian President Bashar Assad has told the Latin American TeleSUR TV network.
Trump pursues “no own policies” but only executes the decisions made by the “intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms manufacturers, oil companies, and financial institutions,” the Syrian leader said in an exclusive interview with TeleSUR.

"As we have seen in the past few weeks, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime," Assad added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, al-Assad's assessment is absolutely correct.

Apr 28 08:27

Trump wants S. Korea to foot $1bn THAAD bill, Seoul says no

Donald Trump said South Korea should pay for hosting the American THAAD anti-missile system, in line with his general narrative that America’s allies are taking advantage of US protection. Seoul has rejected the idea.

President Trump wants South Korea to pay around $1 billion for the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery, he told Reuters in an exclusive interview.

“I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It’s a billion dollar system,” said Trump.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

South Korea didn't even want the THAAD. They wouldn't need the THAAD were it not for the US' meddling in their part of the world. The village where it is deployed is rioting right now. I am not surprised that Seoul told Donald to go pound kimchi!

Apr 28 08:06

USA’s military pressure on North Korea threatens global catastrophe

"Switching from polemics to power actions is unacceptable. I do not think one has to be an expert to understand that the military scenario to resolve the situation on the Korean Peninsula will trigger a colossal global catastrophe in all dimensions," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said.

Apr 28 07:55

Russia reacts to possible nuclear strike from USA

Russia will be able to give a tough answer to a nuclear strike that the United States may inflict on Russia, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klintsevich said, RIA Novosti reports.

The senator has thus commented on the statement from first deputy head of the Main Operations Directorate of Russia's General Staff, Gen. Viktor Poznikhir. According to the general, the US missile defense system in Europe creates an opportunity for a sudden nuclear attack on Russia.

According to Klintsevich, the general sent a clear signal to the US leadership and warned the United States any any development of events will not come as a surprise to Russia. "I think that this reminder will not be superfluous. Let them know what we know, so to speak," the senator wrote on his Facebook page.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason North Korea (and everyone else) want nuclear weapons; to PREVENT invasion and war!

Apr 28 07:31

BEXALERT: GOP Lawmaker: U.S. Won’t Spray Opium in Afghanistan Because Crops ‘Might Be Too Close to a Mosque’

WASHINGTON D.C. — The United States had the ability to use aerial spraying to destroy the opium crops in Afghanistan used by the Taliban to fund their terrorist activities after 9/11 but refused to do so out of concern that the plants “might be too close to a mosque,” declared Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) during a congressional hearing.

We all know why they wont spray the poppies. Cuts into the CIA's profits!

www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/dyinginafghanistan.php

Apr 28 05:57

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

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As I explained previously, the theory behind this insane scheme is that after America’s preemptive strike Russia will be so devastated that Russia would not retaliate with any remaining forces out of fear that Washington would launch a second major strike. Washington also plans to use agents in place to assassinate as many members as possible of the Russian government, thus leaving the government in confusion without leadership.

Yes, the insane American/Israeli neoconservatives are this determined to exercise hegemony over the world.

Thanks for the confirmation Paul, we are ruled by psycho-sociopaths! UP NEXT: The "CHARLIE MANSON - JEFFREY DAHMER COMMUNITY-FAMILY-CHILD-HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT" and how it will effect you.

Apr 28 02:52

Bad Idea : Trump Warns There Is A Chance Of “A Major, Major Conflict” With North Korea

While emoting sympathy for Kim Jong Un's situation, President Trump told Reuters, during a lengthy interview ahead of his 100th day in office, that he'd "love to solve things diplomatically," but warned that "there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea."

Apr 28 02:32

The US Will Break Its Teeth on Iran If Trump follows Netanyahu’s lead

Iran could prove more than the US can handle. President Trump does not know this yet and is still having fun with his new military toys. Problem is, he just can’t decide where to attack first.

Apr 27 15:09

New spin of North Korea-Syria ‘axis of evil’ points to US war

US media reports this week blamed North Korea for having a dastardly role in an alleged chemical weapons massacre in Syria. As if the two countries could not be demonized enough. The latest spin of the “axis of evil” suggests Washington is hell-bent on war.
Demonize, dehumanize, destroy. That’s the logic being throttled by the Trump administration toward both North Korea and Syria. This week war hawk US Senator Lyndsey Graham after a dinner with President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “nutjob,” while Trump earlier labeled Syrian leader Bashar Assad an “animal.”

Now the two “evil dictators” are bonded in US media reports for complicity in the alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this month in Syria’s Idlib Province, where it is claimed Assad’s armed forces dropped toxic munitions on civilians, killing up to 80.

The supplier of the alleged chemical weapons in Syria is the “Kim Jong-un regime” in North Korea, according to US reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The demonisation of Russia, North Korea, and Syria continues apace, in preparation for war.

The war against North Korea will have an incredibly horrific cost in blood and money.

The war against Syria will almost certainly lead to war against Russia, which is readying ground troops for Syria as I type this, and most probably the reinstatement of the US draft for both our young men and our young women.

But there is one factor the American Deep State is not considering; Americans have become war-weary, and war-skeptical, and may well not be willing to "buy into" war against either country, no matter how dramatic a next false flag the US creates to sell their wars may be.

Apr 27 14:59

US Pacific Commander: Pyongyang’s Actions Could Justify Invasion of North Korea

Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday, US Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris Jr. refused to take an American invasion of North Korea off the table, as Pyongyang has already “provided provocation” to justify such an invasion, the District Sentinel reported.

In an exchange charitably describable as awkward, Harris was asked by South Carolina Republican and SASC member Lindsey Graham, "Is it fair to say, we do not have any intention of invading North Korea at all? Nobody has told you get ready to invade North Korea."

"That is not fair to say, sir," Harris answered, probably not the reply Graham was hoping for. "I believe the president has said that all options are on the table."

Harris: "I don't want to get into what we could or couldn't do."

"Well North Korea thinks we're going to invade at any moment. Do you think that's part of our national security strategy – without provocation to attack North Korea?" Graham asked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cost of such an invasion of North Korea, in blood and money, would be horrific; I would like to hope that the US government is not seriously thinking about doing this.

Apr 27 14:48

North Korea turns to Southeast Asian nations for support in battle with US to stop ‘nuclear holocaust’

NORTH Korea has appealed to Southeast Asian countries for support in its row with the United States to prevent what it warned could be a “nuclear holocaust”.

In a letter to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ secretary-general, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho warned the situation on the Korean Peninsula was “reaching the brink of war” because of Washington’s actions.
He urged the ASEAN chief to inform the 10-nation organisation’s foreign ministers “about the grave situation” on the peninsula “and give them a proper proposal”, while criticising at length US-South Korean military exercises.

Ri’s letter appeared to be a highly unusual move. A Southeast Asian diplomat said that, as far as he could recall, it was the first time North Korea had written a letter seeking ASEAN’s help on the issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho is making his case in advance for blaming the United States government if things go south here, and there is a military exchange.

Apr 27 11:47

At The Threshold Of War: “The Choice Is Not Up To Us Anymore… It Is Being Decided Upon At This Very Moment”

In the meantime, the Russians are beginning to redeploy ground troops to Syria. It appears that the U.S. is going to be pushed into a war in one theater or another by the progressives masquerading as conservatives. This brings to mind the ratiocination for the initiation of hostilities in either theater. For North Korea, it is simple: The North Koreans are one of the three nations not involved in the global banking cartel. In addition, a war will increase U.S. hegemony in the area regardless of what happens to South Korea or Japan in the aftermath.

Apr 27 11:41

China To Test New Weapons, Stage Live Fire Drills In Retaliation To US THAAD Deployment

Two days after the US military began to move the controversial THAAD anti-missile system into its deployment site in a South Korean golf course (over the protests of hundreds of locals who were promptly quieted when the police showed up), despite vocal protests from China which is "resolutely opposed" to the THAAD deployment and believes such a move would destabilize the regional balance of power, China said on Thursday that it would stage live fire drills and test new weapons to protect its national security, its Defense Ministry said.

"The deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea damages the regional strategic balance and stability. The Chinese side is resolutely opposed to this" Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters on Thursday when asked about the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I thought that after Zi Jinping's visit with President Trump at "War-a-Largo", that relations between our two countries were going to get better; apparently, by moving the THAAD system into South Korea, and very much earlier than originally scheduled, President Trump has ticked off Chinese President Jinping mightily.

Please Lord, let cooler heads prevail here; Chinese rockets CAN hit Hawaii, so color Mike and I thoroughly nervous, upon this development.

Apr 27 11:34

Japan Warns Citizens To Prepare For North Korean Missile Attack

As the United States begins to move elements of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a deployment site in South Korea earlier than expected - in the name of defending against the “evil North Korea” of the mainstream narrative - Japan is warning its citizens they’ll have little time to find safety if Kim Jong-un launches an attack.

The government’s advice, essentially, is to find cover, meaning a sturdy building or structure — in itself a largely ineffectual tip, given their own guidelines admit “It is extremely difficult to be able to pinpoint missile landing areas before their launch.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think Kim Jung Un is too wily to order an attack against either Japan or South Korea, because he understands that the US will uncork, and turn North Korea into a molten sea of green glass if he does so; if something happens off of either country, it will most probably be a US-instigated "false flag" to get the war going, and time is definitely running out before South Korea's 9 May election to do this.

But I am still not really certain, at the moment, that this will happen; the Senators who attended yesterday's briefing left with little hard evidence, and probably, more questions than answers.

I will be very interested in seeing the responses of members of the House to their briefing, which happens later today.

Apr 27 11:00

Boris Johnson Says It Would Be Hard To Say No To War In Syria If U.S. Asks

By Brandon Turbeville

Is there something about terribly bad hair that causes national leaders to be stricken with an incurable case of war psychosis? Is there some crinicultural reason for the lack of all sanity and even diplomatic décor when it comes to the possibility of launching a new military conflict or inflaming one already ongoing? Personally, I miss the days when world leaders would at least pretend that war was always the last choice before launching missiles, airstrikes and ground invasions that had been in the works years prior. But, alas, our current times are not so big on subtlety...

Apr 27 10:53

At The Threshold Of War: “The Choice Is Not Up To Us Anymore… It Is Being Decided Upon At This Very Moment”

The powers that be are intent on having a war, regardless of the consequences and effects on noncombatants. A war would also be a way to prop up the administration’s flagging ratings. Domestically we have not emerged from the “soft” police state and liberal “legislative” powers of the Courts to remake Constitutional law and circumvent Congress and the President through selective interpretation of anything and everything: These things are the true “legacy” of Obama.

Apr 27 10:51

Iraq War Architect, Paul Wolfowitz, Is Becoming Optimistic On Trump

I spent the last 50 minutes listening to an interview of neocon Iraq war architect Paul Wolfowitz, a truly unfortunate experience which felt like a tomahawk missile attack against my cerebrum. Regrettably, we still live in a world where you have to listen to the musings of such war criminals, as they continue to have considerable influence in certain circles of American power, and quite possibly within the Trump administration itself.

Apr 27 10:50

The United States of… False Flags

The United States government is the world leader in purveying false flags and propaganda stunts. Or, more generally, downright, systematic lies. To justify the outrageous violation of international law, wars and aggression.

Apr 27 10:37

King Stallion Cost Growth Makes F-35 Budget Mayhem Look Tame

“Even if there is no additional cost growth, it seems worth pointing out that $122 million per aircraft in 2006 dollars exceeds the [2017] cost of an F-35A aircraft for the Air Force by a significant margin,” she said.

Apr 27 10:36

Trump has Major Trip to Saudi Arabia Planned, will Discuss Massive Weapons Deal for Saudis

Bowing to pressure from the H.R. McMaster, Dina Powell, Gary Cohn coalition, President Donald Trump’s first overseas trip is scheduled to be in Saudi Arabia, multiple sources confirmed after Steve Holland of Reuters first reported rumors of the trip. This decision has split Trump’s base, which views the Saudis as the largest state sponsor of Islamic terrorism.

During the visit Trump will discuss a proposed arms package for the Saudis, which would include a massive missile defense system as well as civilian nuclear technology. Behind the scenes McMaster will be seeking Saudi support for a ground war in Syria, which Mike Cernovich first reported in an article whose reporting was confirmed by Eli Lake of Bloomberg.

“Trump doesn’t want to go,” one person with knowledge of the trip said, “but Powell and Cohn are making him.”

When asked how Powell and Cohn could force President Trump do to anything, the source replied,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, now we know who's calling the shots on American foreign policy, and that's the "unholy trinity" of McMaster, Powell, and Cohn.

The offensive weapons will be used to finish the Saudi genocide in Yemen, which is an appalling mass of war crimes, which just gets worse by the hour.

And the defensive weapons are designed to put Saudi Arabia on defense and nuclear parity with Iran.

But getting Saudi Arabi to sign off on a ground war in Syria?!? This most probably means two things; direct military confrontation with Russia here, and most probably the return of the draft.

The reuters article about it indicates that such a meeting will most probably happen in late May, when President Trump will be Europe for meetings, or perhaps early June:

Trump is already planning to attend a NATO summit in Brussels on May 25 and travel to Sicily for a Group of Seven leaders' summit scheduled for May 26-28.

Even if the US really backs off on its aggressive posture against North Korea, we are still then looking at yet another massive military intervention in the Middle East. And frankly, I am expecting that to go just as well.... as have the US military interventions in Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Somalia; and Syria.

Apr 27 10:02

Pentagon Warns of Heavy Casualties in a New Korean War

While the content of a high-profile White House meeting in which the entire US Senate was briefed about North Korea has not been totally made public, official attempts to emphasize the non-military efforts being made appear to be just one aspect of the story, as the consequences of a military conflict appear to also have been discussed.

Military officials emphasized the increased naval buildup around the Korean Peninsula, and preparations being made for a new Korean War, while also offering some frank warnings that North Korea would certainly retaliate against an American attack, and that such a retaliation would include major attacks against US forces in South Korea, and the South Korean capital of Seoul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cost, in blood and money, for such an attack would be monumental on both sides.

What the US government should be doing is working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to get North Korean leadership back to the negotiating table, as well as South Korea, and put together a true peace treaty, which would replace the existing armistice (which is simply the cessation of hostilities), with the quid pro quo that for the peace treaty, North Korea stops its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, this...would be logical.

Apr 27 10:02

BEX ALERT - Americans Support Military-Industrial Complex Above All Else

A new Morning Consult/POLITICO survey, published on 26 April, indicates that most American voters support the military-industrial complex more than they support any other recipient of U.S. federal government spending. The military-industrial complex includes almost all federal contractors, the top ten of which, in the ranking of the “Top 100 Contractors of the U.S. federal government”, are all military suppliers: 1: Lockheed Martin. 2: Boeing. 3: General Dynamics. 4: Raytheon. 5: Northrop Grumman. 6: McKesson. 7: United Technologies. 8: L-3. 9: Bechtel. 10: BAE. Those ten firms would be the likeliest main beneficiaries from today’s America’s extremely pro-military-industrial-complex public, which is clearly revealed in this poll.

Apr 27 09:55

Trump Will Let Pentagon Decide Troop Levels

Ongoing efforts by President Trump to delegate more and more of his war-making powers directly to the military leadership took a major new step on April 20, when he signed a classified memo delegating all decision-making on US troop levels in the global war against ISIS to Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Mattis has subsequently ordered a full audit of current troop levels in the ISIS war, along with the process by which the military will decide troop levels and the extent to which they will inform the American public when they send more ground troops abroad.

That could be a particularly important aspect of this delegation, as the Pentagon has long misreported troop levels in Iraq and Syria, and just a few weeks ago announced that they would no longer provide any troop numbers to the public at all, insisting that the American people didn’t need to know that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I fully expect this government to bring back the draft, under President Trump's watch.

Sec-Def Mattis has to understand, by this point, that we don't have anywhere near the troop strength to pursue all the wars which are already in play, let alone the future wars the Pentagon wants to see pursued.

Apr 27 09:49

Lavrov: Heavy-Handed Stance on N Korea ‘Fraught With Catastrophic Consequences’

The Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday warned that military options in resolving the North Korean issue are fraught with disaster in the region, reiterating Moscow’s concerns with the deployment of the US missile system in South Korea.

“It is obvious that heavy-handed approaches that are beginning to be mentioned publicly are fraught with catastrophic consequences for the Korean Peninsula and the whole of Northeast Asia,” Lavrov said.

Speaking at the VI Moscow Conference on International Security, he expressed concern about the degrading situation in the region with North Korea’s continued development of its nuclear missile program.

Lavrov also voiced Moscow’s disapproval “with the disproportionate build-up under the pretext of the North Korean threat of the US and its regional allies’ military activity.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a great deal of respect for Lavrov, and his assessment of the situation is absolutely correct.

I am very concerned about the amount of hardware and personnel the US has packed on those warships off the Korean peninsula. One miscalculation, one stupid mis-judgement, and we are off and running into a shooting war - not just with North Korea, but with China as well.

I am hoping - and praying - that nothing goes "bang" in the region before the South Korean election on 9 May, and if the favored candidate does exercise the "sunshine policy" with regard to North Korea, which is a policy of engagement and rapprochement with the North, that tensions will ratchet down.

Unfortunately, however, there are those in the "deep American state" who believe that war is the only way to turn the fragile US economy around, and they are still cheer-leading for it to happen.

And also, unfortunately, the state of Hawaii may well be the "sacrificial lamb", as it was to get World War II going, to get a new war going against North Korea.

Apr 27 09:28

Intel Vets Slam Trump’s ‘Chemical Weapons’ Fraud in Syria

It’s been nearly one month since the alleged ‘chemical weapons’ airstrike is said to have taken place in Syria, and despite the fact that no forensic investigation has taken place – the US, UK, Israel and other members of “The Coalition” are using it as a pretext to escalate military intervention inside Syria.

Earlier, 21WIRE published a report by Marwa Osman which outlines what the US, Israel, Jordan and their allied have planned for June, for a wider offensive to help Israel capture land in the Golan Heights – under the auspices of “fighting ISIS” in the south of Syria.

Similar moves are well underway in the north around Raqqa. After all US-led military assets are in place, the real fighting is set to begin – in order that the US-led Coalition can create “Safe Zones” which is really a ploy to partition Syria by force – using ISIS as the Casus belli.

Apr 27 09:23

VA surveillance video deleted

Surveillance video wanted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee for an inspector general’s probe into the treatment of a blind Navy veteran in October during a lengthy emergency room wait at the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center has been deleted.

Apr 27 09:14

The Looting Machine Called Capitalism

Capitalism is the Banksters economic system they have imposed on the Planet.
America's Original economic system was free enterprise. When the Brits tried to impose an early form of capitalism on America known as Mercantilism they got a Revolution. The Banksters eventually got us back into their Satanic Economic System. PCR is 100% right. Capitalism and its handmaiden fractional reserve banking also known as Usury are nothing but a Gigantic Looting and Killing Machine!
The Looting Machine Called Capitalism
Paul Craig Roberts

I have come to the conclusion that capitalism is successful primarily because it can impose the majority of the costs associated with its economic activities on outside parties and on the environment. In other words, capitalists make profits because their costs are externalized and born by others. In the US, society and the environment have to pick up the tab produced by capitalist activity.

Apr 27 08:35

The Not-So-Grand Strategy Behind America’s Warring Around

It’s getting pretty crazy, the warring around of Washington since the Trump Project took office January 20. The question is whether there is a true strategy behind the dramatic escalation of Trump Administration military aggression around the world. There definitely is in my view, and it’s not good for world peace, not good for the United States and the rest of the world .

Apr 27 08:13

Americans are being primed for war

On Monday night, President Donald Trump had dinner with war weasels Senator Lindsey Graham and John McCain to talk about North Korea. McCain and Graham came away from the affair enthused, meaning the rest of us should be wary of things to come. Both McCain and Graham championed Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian airbase earlier this month despite the president’s previous insistence that he had no intention of further involving the U.S. in that country’s ongoing civil war. The hawkish duo continues to urge Trump to intensify U.S. action against the Assad regime—and, no doubt, it’ll happen.

Apr 27 07:22

The Economic Hitmen Awareness

Apr 26 20:17

BEX ALERT - Americans Support Military-Industrial Complex Above All Else

A new Morning Consult/POLITICO survey, published on 26 April, indicates that most American voters support the military-industrial complex more than they support any other recipient of U.S. federal government spending. The military-industrial complex includes almost all federal contractors, the top ten of which, in the ranking of the “Top 100 Contractors of the U.S. federal government”, are all military suppliers: 1: Lockheed Martin. 2: Boeing. 3: General Dynamics. 4: Raytheon. 5: Northrop Grumman. 6: McKesson. 7: United Technologies. 8: L-3. 9: Bechtel. 10: BAE. Those ten firms would be the likeliest main beneficiaries from today’s America’s extremely pro-military-industrial-complex public, which is clearly revealed in this poll.

Not around here they don't!

Apr 26 19:22

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

Apr 26 16:04

Nobody Panic! Washington DC Holds ‘Full Scale Terror Attack’ Drill Ahead Of N Korea Briefing

If you’re walking around Washington DC early Wednesday, you may encounter blaring sirens, stressed emergency service personnel, police cordons and utter pandemonium. Not to worry, it’s part of a ‘full scale’ terrorist attack drill.

Apr 26 15:28

Empire Abroad, Empire At Home

Americans are taught to revel in our power and supremacy. Over 650 major military bases span the whole world. We wage endless wars. American corporations are the most powerful economic organizations in history. The fusion of economic and military power makes our empire unlike any the world has ever seen.

Apr 26 15:19

Britain May Not Be Able To Fight A War Because Weapons Are Too Expensive – Report

Britain’s ability to wage war is being undermined because of the cost of arms and equipment, with an influential committee saying that equipping the military is becoming unaffordable.

Apr 26 14:19

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Army vet, boyfriend laugh while killing service dog

SHOCK VIDEO: Army vet ties service dog to tree, shoots it 5 times at close range CAUTION >

Apr 26 13:49

Tillerson, Mattis, Coats Call North Korea "Urgent National Security Threat", Prepared To Act

Following President Trump's North Korea briefing, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats have issued a joint statement making it very clear where America goes next...

Apr 26 12:26

M1978 Koksan: 170-mm self-propelled gun

36+ miles with a RAP!

The M1978 Koksan self-propelled gun was developed in North Korea. A key requirement for this artillery system was the capability of reaching Seoul from the north of the demilitarized zone. Designation of this vehicle was allocated by the US Department of Defense. It was first observed by US intelligence in 1978 in the city of Koksan, hence its designation. This artillery system was first publicly revealed in 1985. It is in service with the North Korean army, however the number employed in not publicly reported.

A number of these self-propelled guns were supplied to Iran. Some of these were captured by Iraq in the late 1980s during Iran-Iraq war.

Apr 26 11:40

U.S. To Test Launch ICBM In Demonstration Of ‘Nuclear Capabilities’

The U.S. military is preparing to test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

According to Air Force Global Strike Command, the unarmed Minuteman III missile test is intended to “validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system.”

Apr 26 10:55

Korea Crisis - Trump's American Armada FacesDestruction In Remote Seas

Armada was an apt description by President Donald Trump for his naval campaign against North Korea, since the term originated with the royal fleet of the Spanish Empire that was set ablaze and blown to smithereens on the remote western fringe of Europe by bold sea captains Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh, those “Admiral’s Men” under the command of Charles Howard, the Earl of Nottingham.

Another great armada met a similar fate in the distant waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The Battle of Tsushima pitted the Russian Tsar’s massive flotilla against the firepower of Japan’s fleet of nimble Scottish-built battleships, which swerved in S-formations to fire broadsides and then realigned in file to narrow their target profile. The “Togo turn” was named after Admiral Heihachiro Togo, who leaped from the status of an adopted son of a samurai dynasty (my own family of the Satsuma domain) to become the leading naval strategist of his era.

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Not to mention the ignoble demise of the Spanish Armada!

Apr 26 10:07

Trump Talks Tough on North Korea

On Wednesday afternoon, Trump will hold a briefing for all 100 senators on North Korea. Reportedly a similar session is planned for House members – both meetings to be held in a “sensitive compartmented information facility” in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Secretary of Defense Mattis, Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates, and Secretary of State Tillerson will conduct the briefing.

On April 25, marking the anniversary of the founding of its army, North Korea held live-fire drills, involving hundreds of artillery pieces – instead of a sixth nuclear test some observers expected.

According to China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies Foreign Policy director Zhang Tuosheng, pressure from China, Washington, South Korea and Japan got Pyongyang to show restraint – whether short or longer-term remains to be seen.

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This is why the US government and military will most probably not wait until the 9 May election to create some kind of false flag against North Korea, and we'll be off and running.

The fact that China has been sending some mixed messages on their potential range of responses to a US tactical strike against North Korea makes Mike and me more than a little nervous; Oahu is a critical military communications link to all of Asia, and would be a first-strike target in case China decides to go to war with the US over any such incident against North Korea.

Apr 26 09:59

Is “Mad Dog” Planning to Invade East Syria?

The Pentagon’s plan for seizing and occupying territory in east Syria is beginning to take shape. According to a Fox News exclusive: “The Islamic State has essentially moved its so-called capital in Syria… ISIS is now centered in Deir ez-Zur, roughly 90 miles southeast of Raqqa, the officials said.” (“ISIS moves its capital in Syria”, FOX News )

The move by ISIS corresponds to the secretive massing of US troops and military equipment on the Syria-Jordan border. It creates the perfect pretext for a ground invasion followed by a long-term military occupation in an area that Washington has sought to control for the last 18 months. Here’s more on the topic from South Front:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, but there is one reality the author of this article fails to mention; that is the (invited) Russian military presence in Syria.

And I think the question that Sec-Def Mattis must address is, how far will the Russians go to defend the Al-Assad government against this American invasion of sovereign Syria?!?

My thought would be, as far as it takes, even if it literally going to war with the US over Syria.

And this is a war which our American military may well lose; and I say that because at this point in its history, the American military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Apr 26 09:44

As the world ignores Yemen, war tears apart the ancient country's social fabric

More than 10,000 dead. Approximately 19 million people in desperate need of humanitarian aid, including 7.3 million on the brink of famine. The figures in Yemen’s two-year-old civil war are staggering – but they don’t convey the daily suffering of civilians.

“The numbers do not show the human aspect. Unlike Syria, where news about the devastation and death makes it to the media very quickly, Yemenis suffer in silence,” said Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy, a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute.

With the country’s airports as well as land and sea borders controlled by neighbouring Saudi Arabia, no Yemeni refugees are fleeing to Europe in their thousands. Without any perceptible impact on the West or overspill of violence, the conflict has remained largely invisible.

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But you have to understand; the complete, and total genocide of the Yemeni people is precisely the outcome wanted by Saudi Arabia and the US,; hence, you don't hear any mention of it from the US corporate presstitutes.

Under President Trump's watch, the US government has become more complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen by the day.

The Saudis are killing and maiming Yemeni children through their bombing attacks.

images: Yemeni children killed and maimed by Saudi bombing attacks

The Saudis are blocking Yemeni ports, insuring no food gets in, which is causing death by malnutrition for Yemeni children.

Images:
Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition from Saudi port blockades

The Saudis are using depleted uranium weapons on heavily populated areas in Yemen.

Images: Saudi troops using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

And the result of the use of these weapons is precisely what happened when the US military used these weapons in Iraq; a massive spike in cancers, stillbirths, and birth defects in Yemen's children. (warning: very graphic images)

Severe birth defects in Yemeni children,
from exposure to DU in the womb

To poison a child in the womb is one of the most horrific examples of child abuse I can imagine; and yet, the Royal House of Saud; the Saudi Government; the US government and US military appear to be perfectly morally comfortable with this practice, understanding, fully, what the outcome will be for these kids and their families

And to the families of US service members about to be deployed to Yemen; your loved ones face precisely the same dangers as do the Yemeni people from DU exposure, and may well come down with cancers and other horrid health issues, not to mention that their children may well have the same birth defects as do the Yemeni children who have been poisoned in utero from their parents' exposure to this chemical weapon.

Apr 26 09:37

Trump Commemorates Armenians 'Massacred' By Ottomans In WWI

US President Donald Trump has censured the killings of more than one million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks over 100 years ago, however, stopping short of describing them as “genocide.”

Apr 26 09:05

Trump’s Aggressions In Syria Will Have Long-Term Consequences

As I have noted in response to the latest U.S. government aggressions in the Middle East, Donald Trump’s short-sighted military actions in Syria are not based on rational thought but on emotionalism, his feeling terrible about the children and other innocent victims of the chemical attack in Syria this week. But this is purely selective emotionalism, given that he doesn’t seem so concerned about all the innocent victims of his own drone bombings that he has been authorizing since he was sworn in as President.

Trump is also not concerned for the probable long-term results of his warmongering now. History indicates that the situation will only get worse from here, as we have seen with Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is most troubling to me, in Syria, is that it appears to be just a matter of time before Russia sends ground troops here, and Russia signalled its readiness to do so just yesterday:

Russia Ready To Send Ground Troops To Syria: FARS

US ground troops in combat with Russian ground troops in Syria?!?

I'm frankly not betting against this, at some near future point.

Apr 26 08:55

Will the Next War Erupt in the Balkans?

As the world focuses on the Middle Eastern and Korean flashpoints, the next war may not occur in either region, but rather in a replay of an old conflict that has been largely forgotten.

In an interview with Politico’s European edition, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama threatened war if Kosovo is denied entry into the European Union:

“Albania’s prime minister said a union between Albania and Kosovo cannot be ruled out if EU membership prospects for the Western Balkans fade.

“In an interview with Politico … Prime Minister Edi Rama said Europe would face ‘a nightmare’ if the Balkans ‘go crazy’ because EU accession is off the agenda, with the region becoming a ‘gray zone in which other actors have more influence than the European Union.’”

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It looks like this is about to get very ugly, and very quickly.

Apr 26 08:49

Turkey Cannot Fight PKK at Expense of Counter-Daesh Fight - US State Dept.

Turkey cannot fight the Kurdistan People’s Party (PKK) at the expense of the regional fight to defeat the Islamic State, also known as Daesh (banned in Russia), acting US Department of State spokesperson Mark Toner said in a briefing on Tuesday.

"We’re also cognizant of the threat that the PKK poses to Turkey but again the point we made to Turkey and I’m making now is that Turkey cannot pursue that fight at the expense of our common fight against the terrorists that threaten us all," Toner told reporters.

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IF the PKK were legitimised in Turkey, and given the opportunity for true representation, this would not be an issue; unfortunately, the Kurds have been persecuted and marginalised in every possible way, and Turkey is paying the price for it.

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

Apr 26 07:59

MiG-31 interceptor crashes in Siberia, both pilots ejected – Russian MoD

A MiG-31 military plane has crashed in the Russian Republic of Buryatia, western Siberia. Both pilots managed to eject, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that their lives are not in danger.

Apr 26 07:35

Former Pentagon official tells Senate hearing North Korea 'denuclearization is unlikely'

North Korea will continue its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and the U.S. cannot count on China to apply sufficient pressure to deter the growing threat, experts told a Senate panel Tuesday.

Also, a U.S. military strike on Pyongyang would pose huge risks for the U.S., South Korea and other allies in the region, and the outlook for regime change is grim even if economic incentives were offered.

"The challenges emanating from North Korea are obviously real, dangerous and in the near term," Ashley Tellis, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace testified to at full Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about policy and strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Tellis added, "The challenges emanating from China are long term, enduring and aimed fundamentally at decoupling the United States from its Asian partners."

Apr 26 07:29

Trump administration to brief full U.S. Congress on North Korea policy

U.S. lawmakers want to leave briefings on North Korea on Wednesday with something many think has been absent in the Trump administration so far: a clear strategy for dealing with a major national security threat.

As a standoff escalated over the reclusive Asian nation's development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, President Donald Trump invited all 100 members of the Senate to attend the session with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

While administration officials typically travel to the Capitol building to brief lawmakers on national security issues, on Wednesday the entire Senate will hop on a bus to the White House where four top officials will meet with them simultaneously. The same four officials will then go to Capitol Hill to brief the entire House at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), a senior House aide said.

Apr 26 07:11

‘Safe Zone’ In Syria: A Ploy to Ignite a New Battle Front

It hardly comes as a surprise anymore that the US and its allies in the Middle East are seeking to partition Syria in whichever means possible. However, the anti-American alliance of Syria, Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah dubbed the “Axis of Resistance” stands to oppose that division.

‘With Syria in pieces, it’s time to recognize Israel’s Annexation of the Golan’ read a headline at the Jerusalem Post on April 20 citing Israeli Deputy Minister for diplomacy Michael Oren who claimed that it is time for the world to recognize the Golan Heights as part of the Israeli entity. Even the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his country’s claim over the Golan Heights during summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month on March 10, 2017. Netanyahu blatantly claimed that the occupied “Golan is part of Israel and we will stay there for the world to acknowledge it as so”.

Apr 26 07:07

German Weapons Giant Plans to Arm Ankara With New Turkish Panzer Factory

The German arms supplier Rheinmetall plans to build a factory in Turkey to produce tanks for the Turkish army despite concerns from opposition parties that the production will contravene German laws on arms exports.

Apr 26 07:05

New Research Solves Riddle of 'Eternal Anthrax' Found on German Spy in 1917

In 1998, researchers in the UK announced that liquid anthrax spores found on a German spy in Norway 80 years earlier was still poisonous, a stunning discovery which led scientists to believe that the spores can survive in liquid for almost 100 years.

However, a new study has found that the experiment came up with incorrect results because of a laboratory mix-up that contaminated the sample with a strain of anthrax commonly used in laboratory experiments.

Apr 26 07:02

Russia's All European Strategic Sites 'to Be in the Crosshairs' of US Tomahawks

All of European Russia's strategic sites will be in the crosshairs of US cruise missiles if its missile defense system in Poland is armed with Tomahawks, Russian Chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov said Wednesday.

Gerasimov said that the global defense system's Aegis Ashore land-based component in Romania stations "universal launchers capable of launching not only interceptor missiles but also 'Tomahawk' cruise missiles."

Apr 26 06:39

Trump Admits He 'Didn't Know Much' About NATO, Shows He Is Still Clueless

Still explaining his declaration that NATO was “obsolete” during the 2016 presidential campaign, a declaration other NATO leaders are griping about, President Trump has told an interviewer that he didn’t really know much about what NATO was at the time.

Trump said the first time he was asked about NATO was on CNN, and that he was caught off guard because he “wasn’t in government” and never had to learn what NATO was, saying no one had ever asked him about NATO when he was building a building.

Apr 26 06:38

Poroshenko hopes Trump will strike Donbass

Armed troops to the Donbass, which the Kiev administration immediately requested from the Americans, following the explosion of the OSCE vehicle n Lugansk. This is needed for the implementation of something that the Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly announced, a repetition of the "Croatian scenario." A cleansing of sorts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of its people.

Apr 26 06:37

Trump Wants Regime Change in Syria

In March 2011, Obama launched war on Syria to destroy its sovereignty and replace Assad with pro-Western puppet rule.

Trump upped the stakes. He escalated war, increased US terror-bombing, and doubled the number of US forces on the ground ahead of likely larger numbers coming.

His hugely dangerous war plan risks direct confrontation with Russia. Instead of governing responsibly, he’s recklessly risking possible nuclear war in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula.

Apr 26 06:35

After Its Nuclear Attack, the UK Would be 'Wiped Off the Face of the Earth'

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon recently confirmed that his Prime Minister Theresa May is prepared to use nuclear weapons in a first strike attack in "the most extreme circumstances." Commenting on the remark, Russian parliamentarian Frants Klintsevich warned of the devastating consequences of such an action.

Apr 25 22:49

Testing the X15 Flamethrower by FieldandStream

I’ve tested some pretty cool gear over the years—but nothing’s ever turned heads quite like the X15 Flamethrower. My demo model arrived just in time to use on a few fields I’d been planning to manage via prescribed fire. The X15 is much more dramatic than a standard drip torch.

Apr 25 22:39

This Could 'Sink' the U.S. Navy: Lethal Stealth Submarines

Recent history shows only too clearly the challenge the United States and other modern navies are facing from these heavily armed, ‘stealth’ submarines. Back as far as 2005, the U.S. Navy recognized the challenge and reached out to friends and allies for help. It was that year that the HMS Gotland, a modern AIP submarine serving in the Swedish Navy, made its home in California for a year.

Apr 25 21:43

Stampeding wild boars kill 3 Islamic State militants in Iraq

April 25 (UPI) -- A stampede of wild boars mauled to death three Islamic State militants waiting in ambush Sunday in Iraq, Kurdish fighters said Tuesday.

The mangled bodies were discovered by refugees fleeing territory controlled by the Islamic State about 50 miles southwest of Kirkuk, said Sheikh Anwar al-Assi, a chief of the local Ubaid tribe and supervisor of anti-Islamic State forces.

Apr 25 16:06

Time to Bring Back the Draft

Since Americans are so enamored with the concept of being the world's policemen/policewomen it is time to send all of our little kiddies overseas to slaughter the little kiddies of those bad people who don't pray to the right God - the dollar.

Apr 25 15:30

US F-35 fighter jets deploy to Estonia in signal to Russia

The US Air Force is deploying F-35 jets to Estonia, putting the service’s newest fighter jets even closer to Russia’s doorstep.

F-35A stealth Joint Strike Fighters flew from a base in the United Kingdom to Estonia, which has an almost 200-mile-long border with Russia.

The advanced aircraft flew from Hill Air Force Base in Utah to Royal Air Force’s Lakenheath airfield earlier this month.

Officials noted at the time that the Air Force also planned several “out and back” flights to other NATO nations that would help familiarize pilots with the region.

Apr 25 15:24

The Russians are Coming! No wait, it’s the Zombies! No, the Nazis are BACK!

According to Bloomberg, Vladimir Putin is “quietly” annexing the Donbass region into Mother Russia. Meanwhile, NATO is holding a parliamentary assembly in the middle of icebound nowhere. Here in Germany the geniuses in charge of the government have created a “Ministry of Truth” in order to suppress deadly populism. Terror still grips us, North Korea is set to start Armageddon, and America’s Rex Tillerson has an Exxon plan for Syria. In short, Trump changed nothing. Here we are, still caught in Alice’s Wonderland.

Apr 25 15:23

The Russians are Coming! No wait, it’s the Zombies! No, the Nazis are BACK!

According to Bloomberg, Vladimir Putin is “quietly” annexing the Donbass region into Mother Russia. Meanwhile, NATO is holding a parliamentary assembly in the middle of icebound nowhere. Here in Germany the geniuses in charge of the government have created a “Ministry of Truth” in order to suppress deadly populism. Terror still grips us, North Korea is set to start Armageddon, and America’s Rex Tillerson has an Exxon plan for Syria. In short, Trump changed nothing. Here we are, still caught in Alice’s Wonderland.

Apr 25 15:20

The Heat Round | Combat Tech

German engineers introduce an effective weapon against the armor of enemy tanks.

Apr 25 14:47

UK Open To Use Nuclear Weapons As 1st Strike – Defense Secretary Fallon

Prime Minister Theresa May would be prepared to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against any enemies, even if Britain was not under attack.

Apr 25 14:16

Mike Cernovich: Trump has Major Trip to Saudi Arabia Planned, will Discuss Massive Weapons Deal for Saudis

"During the visit Trump will discuss a proposed arms package for the Saudis, which would include a massive missile defense system as well as CIVILIAN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY."

Rhymes with #Dimona

Apr 25 14:07

The Pro-War Twist Of The ‘Resistance’

The Resistance, a self-aggrandizing term for what amounts to a relatively small but still powerful claque of embittered Clinton surrogates, has been keeping itself busy of late, fanning the flames of McCarthyite recriminations against anyone who dares question the rather flimsy public evidence that Russia influenced the results of the 2016 election, all the while cheering on President Trump’s expansion of the war in Syria.

Apr 25 10:56

Prepare For War? — Trump Asks All 100 U.S. Senators To Attend Rare White House Briefing On North Korea

North Korea is a different animal altogether. Given that they are reportedly nuclear capable, there is a real possibility that they could launch a devastating attack on South Korea, Japan or even the West Coast of the United States, leading to hundreds of thousands of casualties and widespread geo-political and economic chaos.

Apr 25 10:54

Top US General Accuses Russia Of Arming Taliban; Mattis Vows Reponse

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has vowed to “confront” Russia, after the top US general in Afghanistan accused Moscow of arming Taliban militants.

During a joint press conference with Mattis on Monday, General John Nicholson, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, said he would not “refute” the claim that the Kremlin was behind an influx of weapons to Taliban.

Apr 25 10:38

Ukrainian Army Continues its Advance into Donbass

The Ukrainian army continues to increase its activity in the east of the country in the combat zone between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Luhansk People’s Republic’s units. Thus, in the morning of April 23 a patrol vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) blew up on a mine in not controlled by Kiev Slavyanoserbsky district of the Lugansk region. As a result of the explosion, a US citizen working as a medical officer of the mission was killed and two mission employees were injured.

Being unable to conduct active armed actions, Kiev focused its efforts on asymmetric combat operations against the Donbass insurgents through sabotage actions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So THIS is what Trump's White House, and Rex Tillerson are supporting by supporting the Ukraine?!? Assassinations and terroristic activities by Ukrainian troops?!?

These activities are a testament to the ultimate, inescapable reality that no matter who sits in the Oval Office, the American Deep State, and its paranoiac, warmongering nature, never changes.

This is why, when people from all areas of the political spectrum in this country believe that their votes will bring a change for more peaceful resolutions of geopolitical issues, what they get is ... more wars.

We are potentially looking at war against North Korea; more war in Yemen; war in Somalia; war against Iran; war in Syria; and ultimately, war against China and Russia, to prevent the rise of the yuan and the ruble against the American dollar.

Under President Trump's watch, I thoroughly expect to see the reinstitution of the draft; and this time, the government will not just be coming for our young men; they will be coming for our young women also.

Apr 25 09:55

WHY MATTIS VERSUS KIM JONG-UN WILL END BADLY FOR US ALL

So, if moving ships and bombers around on a map were the full extent of U.S. plans to apply “maximum pressure” to North Korea, then U.S. policy might struggle to achieve its aims, but it would be no more dangerous than usual. In the context of this distorted formula, however, there are two interrelated differences that give reason to worry. First, the most direct reason that past crises with North Korea have not bubbled over into war was American restraint. The historical record of U.S.-North Korea relations reveals the surprising extent to which North Korea was poised to automatically retaliate and escalate in response to U.S. uses of force that never took place. Second, numerous administration sources have conveyed that the Trump administration is willing to launch preventive strikes in response to unspecified North Korean provocations, potentially even in response to non-violent actions like nuclear testing. This would be unprecedented.

Apr 25 09:44

Alasdair Macleod Reveals America’s Financial War Strategy

America’s renewed desire to escalate military tensions is a front for America’s continual financial war, this time directed at North Korea, Syria and possibly Iran. This is likely to be the opinion of China’s strategic advisors. We analyse the geopolitics and economics behind America’s war strategy from China’s perspective, concluding that it is entering its final phase. China’s exit plan appears to be to tie the pricing of energy and then other major commodities to gold, returning to the pre-1971 status quo, when the dollar was just a settlement link between commodity prices and gold. Except this time, the dollar itself will be side-lined, so far as China is concerned, which will use the yuan instead for its empire, which will be far larger than that of the US in time, measured by GDP.

Apr 25 08:59

UN: Torture by Government ‘Widespread’ in Afghanistan

Since the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, torture has been an ongoing problem, with both the occupation forces, and in particular the allied Afghan security forces, routinely abusing detainees captured in “conflict-related” circumstances.

The UN has issued a new report warning that the problem of torture among security forces is “as widespread as ever,” noting that at least 39 percent of detainees interviewed by the UN gave credible testimony of having been tortured by Afghan police, troops, or intelligence officials.

This is up from 35% reporting torture during the last UN report, in 2015. They also noted that despite repeated assurances by the Afghan government that torture won’t be tolerated, there is a near total lack of accountability for those torturing detainees in the country.

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(Sigh) absoflippinglutely unbelievable, yet thoroughly predictable.

Apr 25 08:55

US General Thinks Russia Must Be Arming the Taliban

The Afghan War is going extremely poorly, 16 years in, and the US military needs someone to blame for its failures. The first choice among a lot of top military figures seems to be Russia, and while they offer no evidence to back up their claims, several have alleged that Russia might conceivably be arming the Taliban.

US commandeer Gen. John Nicholson appeared to be joining that camp today during comments in Kabul, complaining about the “malign influence” of Russia in the country, and insisting that he was “not refuting” allegations of Russia shipping weapons to the Taliban.

“Not refuting” is a very weak version of alleging, in this case, as US officials have offered no evidence that this is the case, nor any plausible reason why Russia would conceivably do this, as Russia fought materially the same insurgency during the 1970s and 1980s.

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The reality here is that the war in Afghanistan was stupidly conceived, through a toxic combination of magical thinking, illogic, and a pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, and horribly executed, by the US and NATO, which still occupy the country today.

Blaming Russia for the US and NATO's failures in Afghanistan sound both like desperation on the cusp of madness, and a ramping up of the demonisation of Russia ahead of a potential attack against it, without any tangible evidence that these accusations are true.

What US and NATO leadership should do, from the most rational perspective, is to cut their losses; have all foreign troops leave Afghanistan, as quickly as it is safe to do so; then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for pipeline rights, and access to Afghanistan's rich mineral deposits.

Of course, that....would be logical.

Apr 25 08:44

White House to Host Entire Senate for North Korea Briefing

Weeks of speculation that the US is about to attack North Korea are again accelerating, with the White House announcing that they intend to play host to the entire Senate on Wednesday for an official briefing on the situation, with virtually the entire cabinet.

Such a briefing for the full Senate is extremely unusual, especially in the White House, which means this must be a very important meeting, which is once again adding fuel to the idea that the US is going to do something big, potentially a military attack.

This comes amid a new round of speculation that North Korea might be planning to carry out another nuclear test, with a holiday coming up this week and a round of intramural volleyball at the test facility having concluded, meaning they’re no longer too busy to do the test.

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So, we have the briefing of the Senate on North Korea tomorrow, and Tillerson will be addressing the UN about North Korea on Friday.

I would very strongly suggest that this is NOT sound and fury, signifying "nothing"; I think the attack is well and truly planned, and that South Korea, unfortunately, will suffer greatly from the repercussions of such an attack.

The complete and utter unwillingness of the US government to sit down with North Korea, South Korea, and China, and hammer out a peace deal with which to replace the armistice, creating a quid pro quo that accepting such a deal means the North Korean government stops its nuclear weapons program, is absolutely baffling to me.

This would be the most logical thing in the world for the US government to do, under these circumstances.

But unfortunately, logic, and the US government, have not had a good relationship in quite some time now, and with these threats to North Korea, you can see how that is playing out, in this grand geopolitical theatre, most likely leading to a war against it.

Apr 25 08:38

Syria, Trump and Congress’ ever-eroding war powers

President Donald Trump has gone to great lengths to break from the policies and approaches of his predecessor. Yet, when it came to justifying a round of U.S. military missile strikes in Syria, the new commander in chief dusted off a legal rationale crafted by Barack Obama’s administration.

Apr 25 08:28

TURKISH AIRSTRIKES ON KURDS COMPLICATE U.S. OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

A few hour ago the Turkish airforce hit Kurdish and Yezidi positons on both sides of the Singal mountains in east-Syria and west-Iraq. Near Derik in east-Syria more than 20 bombs destroyed a YPG headquarter, a radio station and a media center. At least nine YPK fighters were killed. The YPG is the Syrian sister organization of the Kurdish PKK in Turkey. The PKK is a designated terrorist organization. Within Syria U.S. special forces are embedded with the YPG and are coordinating YPG moves against the Islamic State in Raqqa. YPK and PKK follow the anarcho-marxist theories of their leader Abdullah Öcalan who is in isolation detention in Turkey.

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The question is, what can the US offer Erdogan's Turkey, to make it comfortable with in an independent Kurdistan, when the Turkish government has made it clear that ethnic Kurds in their country are persona non grata, and done their best to suppress Kurdish political parties?!?

But until, and unless, the US has something to offer Turkey, in exchange for them accepting the reality of an independent Kurdistan, these attacks will continue, and most probably worsen.

Apr 25 08:13

More war drums, and a big Russian threat

Glazyev wagers that the U.S. is currently conducting “a hybrid war with the entire world to shift their debt burden on to other countries, to confine everyone to the dollar and weaken territories they cannot control.” -- He added: “In this context, the anti-Russian hysteria and growing Russophobia can be seen as a long-term factor linked with the specific interests of the United States’ ruling elite.”

Apr 25 07:46

Russian FM Lavrov: The world is on the edge of destruction

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes that the current situation in international relations is harder than it was at the peak of the Cold War.

"Of course, it is tougher now ... Then there were two empires: the Western and the Soviet one, and each of them was fueling conflicts with the rival on the territory of third countries, but never within its borders and never directly. Even the public rhetoric was softer. The two camps did not cross the bounds of what was permitted. Today, there are no more rules," Sergei Lavrov told Esquire magazine.

Apr 25 07:35

UK threat of nuclear strike deserves harsh response: Russia MP

A Russian lawmaker has reacted sharply to remarks by British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon about the UK’s readiness to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against “enemies,” stressing that the comments deserve a “tough response.”

Apr 25 07:24

FLASHBACK - WHY IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IRAN OR NORTH KOREA (OR ANYONE ELSE) HAS A NUCLEAR BOMB

Those that insist that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were a threat that justified invasion, or that Iran's or North Korea's weapons of mass destruction are a threat that justifies new invasions, are in essence admitting that the US Government took $5 trillion of your money (over $17,000 from each of you alive today) in a gigantic swindle, because the $5 trillion nuclear deterrent isn't a deterrent after all, that it doesn't work, that nobody is really afraid of it, because they all know it was just a hoax to soak the American taxpayer for another several thousand dollars.

Was it all a hoax, Mr. Trump? Did the American people foot a $5 trillion bill in 1950s dollars for a deterrent system that isn't really a deterrent?

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Apr 25 07:21

Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing

Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea.

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday.

Apr 24 15:53

FLASHBACK - Oldest World War II veteran, 110, faces losing home he built with bare hands due to spiralling care costs

Richard Overton, who saw sinking ships at Pearl Harbor, was previously honoured by the former President Barrack Obama for his services to his country

Apr 24 15:46

Court Allows CIA To Keep Torture Report Secret

Today the Supreme Court refused an appeal by a rights group seeking to reveal a 6,700 page report into CIA torture methods, black sites and interrogation tactics.

Apr 24 15:26

Operation Gotham Shield: U.S. Gov’t To “Simulate Nuke Blast Over Manhattan” As Actual War Nears

False flag watch is now active.

A general alert is out for something major in the near or immediate future. Hopefully, it is just another false alarm, instead of another false flag. Either way, and danger is at hand.

Apr 24 11:45

Panic Buying Hits Japan Ahead Of Possible War: “Nuke Shelters, Air Purifiers, Anti-Radiation Supplies…” by Mac Slavo

As tensions heat up with North Korea and the potential for a nuclear exchange becomes all the more real, residents of Japan are panic buying everything from nuclear shelters to air purifiers in preparation:

Sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers have surged in Japan in recent weeks as North Korea has pressed ahead with missile tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

A small company that specializes in building nuclear shelters, generally under people’s houses, has received eight orders in April alone compared with six orders during a typical year.

The company, Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, based in Kobe, western Japan, also has sold out of 50 Swiss-made air purifiers, which are said to keep out radiation and poisonous gas, and is trying to get more, said Nobuko Oribe, the company’s director

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War jitters do push the sale of products; except that this time, it really feels that the US and North Korea are on a precipice from which neither country feels it can back down, and the sense of war actually happening here, is eminent.

Apr 24 11:23

Serbia Warns Albania Bid to Annex Kosovo Could Lead to War

erbian officials are warning that the Albanian ambitions to absorb Kosovo could easily lead to another war in the Balkans, and that NATO and the European Union need to publicly rule out that possibility in an effort to forestall another ethnic war spanning the region.

The status of Kosovo is a big sore spot in the region, after NATO’s 1999 war imposed a separation of Kosovo from Serbia, which was supposed by the Kosovar Albanian majority but widely opposed by ethnic Serbs in Kosovo. Kosovo’s independence is heavily contested, with a number of countries refusing to recognize it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could spiral out of control, and descend into another round of warfare in the Balkans very, very quickly.

Apr 24 11:19

Tensions With North Korea Rise as Volleyball Game Ends

Tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to soar, with speculation that the US could still attack North Korea at any moment, with the USS Carl Vinson and its carrier strike group expected to arrive in the vicinity in the next few days.

The Carl Vinson has been driving a lot of speculations lately, but South Korean officials saw another reason to be concerned, that the North Korean volleyball games taking place at one of their nuclear sites appear to have come to an end, which they used to speculate that another nuclear test could be imminent.

The intramural volleyball games at Punggye-ri have been the subject of considerable attention, with some speculating that the games were organized to “confuse” the United States, while North Korean state media offered no insight into what the games were all about.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting person, I would almost be ready to bet that the military confrontation between the US and North Korea is eminent, and may happen within a matter of days.

I am hoping cooler heads will prevail on this, but I just don't see it right now.

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