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Nov 01 07:35

Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Iraq Even If Asked to Leave

Testifying to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that the US presence in Iraq is so permanent at this point that even if Iraq specifically requests the US withdraw and removes permission for them to be there, the US will remain.

It does bring up the question of US troops’ legal immunity from war crimes in places like Syria, where they’ve been deployed without permission or any assurances that they won’t be held liable for killings.

Oct 31 19:59

US Begin ‘Global Thunder’ War Games

The US Strategic Command has commenced its ‘Global Thunder’ war games. This major military exercise involves all of STRATCOM’s major missions and come just days after the Russian military tested its nuclear triad in large-scale drills across the country.

Oct 31 15:52

Goldman: "Short-Term Unemployment Is At Levels Not Seen Outside Of Major Wartime Mobilizations"

When it comes to the US labor market, it's a tale of two extremes according to a recent report by Goldman Sachs.

At one end, the rate of short-term unemployment, defined as those unemployed fewer than 15 weeks, is lower than at any point since the Korean War and is already 0.4% below the bottom reached in the late 90s boom, with half of the gap likely due to demographic change. According to Goldman economists, "from the perspective of workers transitioning briefly between jobs whose attachment to employment is high, this is already a very tight labor market."

At the other end, the pool of struggling workers at the margins of the labor market remains larger than in past expansions. In particular, the rate of medium- to long-term unemployment, defined as those unemployed at least 15 weeks, remains 0.75% higher than the low reached in the late 90s boom, and almost none of that gap is attributable to demographic change.

Oct 31 14:58

US Begin ‘Global Thunder’ War Games

The US Strategic Command has commenced its ‘Global Thunder’ war games. This major military exercise involves all of STRATCOM’s major missions and come just days after the Russian military tested its nuclear triad in large-scale drills across the country.

This year’s exercise integrates “all the capabilities of US Strategic Command [US STRATCOM] across the globe wherever and whenever needed,” US Air Force General John Hyten, commander of USSTRATCOM, said in a statement.

Oct 31 13:17

US Issues Travel Warning To Niger Amid Calls For Drone Strikes In The Country

The US State Department issued a travel warning for the West African country of Niger and surrounding areas, citing kidnappings by a pack of terrorist groups. The Trump administration, meanwhile, is calling for drone strikes in the country.

The warning issued on Monday urged US citizens not to travel to Niger because of the dangers posed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Boko Haram, and affiliates in the Sahara, Libya, and West African region.

Oct 31 09:23

Tillerson, Mattis call for unlimited war authority if 2001 AUMF replaced

If Congress decides to pass a new authorization for use of military force, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis ask that the war authority be unlimited in its time and geographic reach.

During a Senate Foreign Relations Comittee hearing Monday, Tillerson said any new AUMF passed by Congress “should not be time constrained” and “must not be geographically restricted.” He added, legislation that sets a termination date may “unintentionally embolden our enemies.”

Oct 31 09:23

BODY OF TRAGIC IRAQ WEAPONS INSPECTOR DR DAVID KELLY MYSTERIOUSLY EXHUMED 14 YEARS AFTER 'SEXED UP' DOSSIER CONTROVERSY

The body of Iraq weapons inspector Dr David Kelly has been mysteriously exhumed, it emerged last night. Dr Kelly was found dead in 2003, days after being grilled by a Parliamentary committee about his contact with journalists. He was buried in a churchyard near his home in Oxfordshire. But a few months ago, his remains were exhumed at the request of his family, Thames Valley Police said.

Oct 31 07:56

Navy sailor, pregnant wife shot while trying to buy phone using OfferUp app

PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- A Navy sailor and his pregnant wife were in the hospital Monday after being shot multiple times while trying to buy a cellphone through an app used to buy and sell personal items called OfferUp.

The young couple, who didn't want WTKR to use their last name, were just starting their lives together.

Oct 31 00:57

Paul Craig Roberts Goes There: “One Day, Tomorrow Won’t Arrive”

Before the idiots in Washington get us blown off of the face of the earth, the morons had better come to terms with the fact that the US military is now second class compared to the Russian military.

Oct 31 00:30

What U.S. Soldiers Actually Sign up For (You’ll love the list!)

Joining the U.S. military is not patriotic. It is a bad decision. It is a foolish choice. It is, in fact, downright idiotic.

Oct 30 23:45

Neocon Killers – They hijack Trump’s Syria policy, says Ron Paul

Haven’t we done enough damage in Syria? Do we really need to go back to 2011 and destroy the country all over again? The neocons never admit a mistake and never change course, but I do not believe that the majority of Americans support their hijacking of President Trump’s Syria policy. It is long past time for the US to leave Syria alone. No bases, no special forces, no CIA assassination teams, no manipulating their electoral system. We need to just come home.

Oct 30 15:59

Citizen gets 20 years in prison after leaving ISIS

A US citizen has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of joining and providing material support to Islamic State. The man had stated that he “wasn’t thinking straight,” and left the group shortly after joining.

Mohamad Khweis, 28, of Alexandria, Virginia, was handed his sentence Friday in the Eastern District of Virginia by US District Judge Liam O’Grady. He was captured by Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq in March 2016, and subsequently handed over to US authorities.

Oct 30 15:22

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To Abolitionists While US Conducts Nuclear War Games

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for its successful effort to establish a global treaty that bans nuclear weapons. Peace, disarmament, and civil society groups around the world celebrated the announcement and congratulated ICAN for its landmark treaty accomplishment.

Oct 30 14:58

US pushing world toward nuclear apocalypse: Scholar

With the United States expanding its nuclear arsenal and developing so-called usable nukes, “the world will be on the edge of a nuclear apocalypse for years to come,” says Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Oct 30 12:29

ISIS regrouping for new incarnation

Islamic State militants, routed from one urban stronghold after another in Syria, have recently been moving deeper into Syria’s remote desert, where experts say they are regrouping and preparing their next incarnation.

Oct 30 10:42

North Korea Prepares For World War 3 With Mass Evacuation And Blackout Drills Conducted Across The Country: Mac Slavo

The rogue nation of North Korea is bracing itself for World War 3. The country has now undergone mass evacuation and blackout drills designed to ready the public for a war.

Although the drills were not conducted in the capital city of Pyongyang, the North Korean government had many other cities practice evacuations and “blackout” drills. Blackout drills are designed to disguise the people from enemy aircraft in the event of a war by minimizing the lighting. With tensions sky-high between the United States and North Korea, the ultra-secretive country reportedly staged the training in towns and cities throughout the nation last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the better question is, what does the US government and military have planned against North Korea, via some kind of false flag, to be blamed against it?!?

Let's look at the timing here; President Trump is headed for a 12 day visit to Asia, beginning Saturday, 4 November, with a reasonable hunk of time as the guest of China's Xi Jinping. He returns to the US about 16 November, right before the Thanksgiving day holiday here in the US.

Although some talk will be devoted to North Korea, I think that the biggest topic of conversation will be China's entrance into the Petroyuan program, through which it will price oil in the yuan, potentially knocking off the edge the petrodollar has held for years against foreign currencies. IF President Trump is unable to convince Xi Jinping to at least delay this, we might, at the end of this calendar year, see a trade war morphing ultimately into a shooting war with China.

Meanwhile, the US has 3 carrier groups off the North Korean Peninsula, and this activity which has Kim Jung Un upset to the point where he is characterising their presence there as "criminal". There is no specific end date to their exercizes.

North Korea accuses US of criminal moves as carriers operate nearby"

Meanwhile, Chinese scientists have urged Korean nuclear experts, not to test at the site of their previous tests, because previous nuclear tests have made the ground unstable.

Chinese scientis warn their North Korean counterparts that their test site is unstable

Understanding this problem, we do not know if the North Koreans have dug out another launch site or not; if this has not happened, one would have to imagine that construction on such a site must be running 24/7, to enable North Korea to resume its missile testing.

I would suggest that once President Trump is confirmed as being back in US airspace, after his visits in China and Asia, the US might create some kind of missile launch to be blamed on North Korea, as the "justification" as an attack against it; false flags are a very common tool of US statescraft in the 20th and 21st century.

But the trick will be insuring that China does not enter the war on the side of North Korea, as they claim they will do, IF the US fires the first shot here. China warns Trump:
we will back North Korea of US Strikes First

None of the options here are great; but a major war would be a catastrophe here, and for everyone.

Oct 30 09:49

U.S. Bans Entry of South Korean Activists Opposed to Trump’s War on North Korea

Fourteen members of the Fellowship of South Korean Youth — calling themselves the “Ban Trump’s Crazy Action” (BTC) delegation — were stopped at Incheon airport on October 25 and prevented from boarding their planes to the United States, where they had planned to protest Trump’s war threats in Korea. The group, which had planned to visit New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles to demand an end to U.S. sanctions and war threats against North Korea, was turned away despite having acquired proper documentation to visit the United States.

The members of the delegation were told by the United Airline staff that there were problems with their visas. When the delegation asked for an explanation, they were told,

“You need to find out why from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot release any information.”

Following their entry denial, the BTC delegation held a press briefing at Incheon Airport. One representative of the delegation stated,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF one knows tht one's potential actions are right, honorable, and true, concerning a potential war against a potential enemy, how do you treat kids like this with a difference of opinion?!?

The short answer is, you don't.

I don't know if the Trump administration was, at all, thinking about that, but the optics jhere are just really lousy; how in the world can this government be so terrified at protests from South Korean school kids?!?

Oct 30 09:27

Mutual Assured Destruction

Sometimes it is possible to read or view something that completely changes the way one looks at things. I had that experience last week when I read an article at Lobelog entitled “A Plea for Common Sense on Missile Defense,” written by Joe Cirincione, a former staffer on the House Armed Services Committee who now heads the Ploughshares Fund, which is a Washington DC based global foundation that seeks to stop the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Oct 30 09:23

Playing With (Nuclear) Fire: Why Renewal of B-52 On-Alert Status is So Dangerous

All this week, conflicting reports have been floating around about US plans to put their fleet of nuclear-armed B-52 strategic bombers back on round-the-clock combat alert, something unseen since the end of the Cold War. Sputnik contributor Vladimir Barsegyan explains why such a move would dramatically increase the dangers of a nuclear incident.

Oct 30 09:09

Living in a Car on $800 a Month

Trillions to kill people and nothing for Americans. The USA is a failed state.

Today we meet Dee, who is living in her car on $800 a month. She tried renting an apartment but found it impossible. After paying rent, she had so little money left over her quality of life was tragically low. But, by living in her car, all that money is available for her to live and thrive on so she isn't just surviving and enduring life. She's done a brilliant job of making the car livable by taking out some seats, let's see how...

Oct 30 09:04

F-35s grounded by spares shortage

More than a decade after the first F-35 took to the air, the US military doesn't have a complete set of maintenance instructions, and spare parts shortages are keeping 22 per cent of the fleet out of the sky.

Oct 30 08:14

Mattis: US Will Never Accept Nuclear North Korea Says North Korea 'Reducing Its Security'

Visiting South Korea this weekend, Defense Secretary James Mattis said they he doesn’t believe the United States would ever, under any circumstances, accept a nuclear North Korea, saying that the reclusive state which is constantly under threat of US attack should disarm.

Mattis claimed that North Korea’s attempts to improve its retaliatory capabilities are “counter-productive” and that North Korea is “reducing its security” by trying to deter oft-threatened US attacks.

North Korea has been very clear on the matter, saying their goal is to reach a point where their nuclear arsenal is capable enough that a preemptive US attack would be unthinkable. They’ve also downplayed the chances of disarming, noting that disarmament programs in Iraq and Libya led relatively quickly to an American attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec Def Mattis, a word, please; do you not understand that the optics of your "logic" give North Korea no choice but to continue in creating a nuclear deterrent so intense that war against it is unthinkable?!?

And no, sir, North Korea's attempt to improve its retaliatory capabilities are NOT counter productive, but the children of necessity, in Kim Jung Un's perspective.

What Pyongyang wants is a peace treaty, with ironclad guarantees about trade, unsanctioned, and uninhibited, with the quid pro quo being their stopping of their nuclear development program in return for that.

OF course, what the US government has just done with the Iranian P5+1 deal, in its decertification of the agreement, isn't going to make Kim believe anything the US government has to say for many years to come; but of course, you had to know that was coming, right?!?!?

Oct 30 08:04

A Red Scare in the Gray Zone

The United States isn’t alone in fielding a large contingent of special operations forces. The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency estimates that Russia’s Spetsnaz (“special purpose”) troops number around 30,000, a sizeable force, although less than half the size of America’s contingent of commandos. Russia, SOCOM’s Thomas told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this year, is “particularly adept at leveraging unconventional approaches to advancing their interests and it is clear they are pursuing a wide range of audacious approaches to competition – SOF [special operations forces] often present a very natural unconventional response.”

Oct 30 07:54

REVEALED: Shock strategy Brussels will use to LURE member-states into EU army

A GERMAN MEP has outlined how the EU will push through its plans to build its own army - by encouraging member states to "save money" by handing over control of military affairs.

The European Union will persuade other member-states to join Jean-Claude Juncker's plan for a bloc-wide army by grounding it in "economic efficiency".

Jo Leinen, a German MEP, dropped the shock revelation yesterday, claiming the policy of national armies "cannot continue" for much longer.

It comes as Donald Tusk, the European Council President, plans to set up an EU army by the end of the year to fight back against “destabilisation around Europe”.

A GERMAN MEP has outlined how the EU will push through its plans to build its own army - by encouraging member states to "save money" by handing over con

Jo Leinen calls for more efficiency of Brussels' spending

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Could someone please explain to me how these members of the EU are defining "destabilization around Europe"?!?

Because to the intelligent, casual observer, Europe is suffering the self-inflicted wound of allowing unchecked immigration to flood European countries to the point where social services cannot cope.

These immigrants do not want to assimilate; they want to take the traditions of their own failed coutries, like sharia law, and impose them on Europe.

They have no job skills, and when they learn those skills, are given preferential job-seeking status above that granted to native born Europeans.

Rape, and genital mutilation, are common forms of treatment of women among these immigrants.

So I am at least more than a little perplexed as to precisely how the establishment of a European army is in any way, going to fix this, except, perhaps, for pressing these immigrants into such a military, so that Europe can conquer their countries of origin militarily, and then, economically.

Look at the countries mentioned in this article: Mali, Central African Republic, and Somalia,all just chock full of natural resources European companies would love to exploit, and over which citizens of these countries have the bad taste to be living; how economically rude!!

Oct 30 07:22

Putin’s revenge may see petro-yuan replace petrodollar

The key to the coming petro-yuan lies in Moscow. And, if the Chinese currency eventually succeeds in usurping the long-standing petrodollar, Washington will only have itself to blame.

News that China plans to launch a yuan-denominated oil futures contract by the end of this year has come as a surprise to many analysts. However, Russia experts aren’t startled in the slightest because this move has been coming since Moscow abandoned its quarter-century attempt to integrate with the West, following the 2014 Ukraine crisis. A catastrophe which the Kremlin blames on the United States and the European Union, as part of what it considers to be an attempt to reduce Russian influence in its "near abroad.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, the PetroYuan comes into being before the end of this year, expect a major, US-generated war to prevent it from coming into being.

President Trump leaves for a 12 day trip to Asia this coming Friday, 3 November; he should be back by the 15th of November. IF he is unable to get any assistance from China on North Korea, and no concessions on any delay in the development of this currency, we may will be looking at a trade war with China, which hots up to a an actual shooting war shortly after, say the first part of 2018.

I wish I could be more positive about the future outcome for this country; unfortunately, through a lousy combination of reckless spending, coupled with picking wars it could not possibly win, the Occupied, Unhinged,Surveilled State of America, has brought this outcome on itself.

The development of such a currency will spell the KOD (Kiss of Death) for the US petrodollar, which is backed by utterly nothing tangible.

Oct 30 07:07

FORMER QATAR PRIME MINISTER: QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA, TURKEY, AND USA COLLUDED AND COORDINATED TO FUND AL QAEDA AND DESTROY SYRIA

Via Zerohedge…

A television interview of a top Qatari official confessing the truth behind the origins of the war in Syria is going viral across Arabic social media during the same week a leaked top secret NSA document was published which confirms that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the conflict.

And according to a well-known Syria analyst and economic adviser with close contacts in the Syrian government, the explosive interview constitutes a high level “public admission to collusion and coordination between four countries to destabilize an independent state, [including] possible support for Nusra/al-Qaeda.” Importantly, “this admission will help build case for what Damascus sees as an attack on its security & sovereignty. It will form basis for compensation claims.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So.... the US/Qatar/Saudi Arabian/Turkish war against Syria.... had absolutely zero basis in fact, only in propaganda: why am I not surprised?!?!?

And to those in the US alphabet soup agencies reading this, please understand: the American people now know that they are lied to, on a consistent basis, by their government, so they have stopped believing... and stopped listening to... the corporate presstitutes, dutifully regurgitating government propaganda, engineered to further the US Deep State Agenda.

This, primarily, is about engineering complete, hegemonic control of planetary resources; expropriating those resources to which this government, and the corporations which own them, have absolutely no moral right; and insure that those resources are only sold to American-approved governments, and only for US dollars.

However, the development of the PetroYuan, set to come about in the next couple of months, may well shatter the US dollar hegemony, and without China having fired a single shot.

Oct 30 06:46

UN ON KHAN SHEIKHOUN - VICTIMS HOSPITALIZED BEFORE CLAIMED INCIDENT HAPPENED

A UN commission concluded that the Syrian government is responsible for a widely discussed incident in Khan Sheikhoun. An alleged gas attack by air happened in April in an al-Qaeda controlled area in Syria. It was used by the White House to justify its bombing of a Syrian airbase.

The now released report was made to fit the narrative. The details below show that it was not the result of a serious investigation. This explains why Russia blocked the extension of the mandate of the reporting commission.

On October 26 Reuters reported: Syrian government to blame for April sarin attack: U.N. report

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad is to blame for a chemical attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens of people last April, according to a report sent to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Timing of the release of such a report, is never accidental.

So one has to wonder; just what are the US and Israel going to do, collectively, to Syria, to "punish" its leadership for a chemical attack it does not appear the Syrian government actually did?!?

The Israeli government has been very public in stating that as long as there is any Iranian presence in Syria, they will continue to bomb it.

Israel is going to war in Syria to Fight Iran.

US backed rebels gain foothold on large oil field in Syria, and refuse to give it back to the Syrian government. US Backed Syrian rebels capture huge, formerly ISIS-controlled oil field, refuse to give it back to the Syrian government

So, the US government now has a small "beachhead" in Syria, from which Israeli military can maneuver.

It is only a matter of time before both countries, working in concert, will try a decap strike against Damascus, pushing both countries into a potential military confrontation with Russia in Syria.

This is a coming collective "you can't fix stupid" moment, for both the US and the Israeli government, if they think, for a moment, that Russia will not counter them militarily, and soon.

Oct 29 11:22

Citizen gets 20 years in prison after leaving ISIS

A US citizen has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of joining and providing material support to Islamic State. The man had stated that he “wasn’t thinking straight,” and left the group shortly after joining.

Mohamad Khweis, 28, of Alexandria, Virginia, was handed his sentence Friday in the Eastern District of Virginia by US District Judge Liam O’Grady. He was captured by Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq in March 2016, and subsequently handed over to US authorities.

Oct 29 10:50

UN On Khan Sheikhoun - Victims Hospitalized BEFORE Claimed Incident Happened

A UN commission concluded that the Syrian government is responsible for a widely discussed incident in Khan Sheikhoun. An alleged gas attack by air happened in April in an al-Qaeda controlled area in Syria. It was used by the White House to justify its bombing of a Syrian airbase. The now released report was made to fit the narrative. The details below show that it was not the result of a

Oct 29 09:32

Asymmetric Warfare Group Lessons Learned from Modern Urban Operations from 1980 to the Present

Urban warfare is not a new phenomenon. The U.S. Army saw urban combat in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and elsewhere. Starting with World War II, overall armed conflict began to occur around centers with a high population density. This new backdrop for conflict has caused a whole new set of challenges, especially in an era of public scrutiny. The “Army’s capacity to engage, fight, and win major urban combat operations will determine the success of future operational and strategic endeavors.”

Oct 29 09:25

"This Is A Big Problem" - North Korea Nuclear Test Site Headed For A Devastating Collapse

A group of Chinese scientists have joined their North American peers in warning that North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear site could be on the verge of a dangerous collapse that could send a dangerous bloom of radiation floating over the border into Northern China.

As we’ve previously reported, China has stepped up its radiation monitoring on the border after detecting unsettling seismic activity surrounding the test site. Two weeks ago, a team of American scientists warned that the mountain above Pyungge-ri appeared to be suffering from “tired mountain syndrome” - a phenomenon commonly observed around Soviet Nuclear test sites.

And now in an effort to dissuade the North from carrying out another potentially destabilizing test, the South China Morning Post is reporting that a team of Chinese geologists warned their North Korean counterparts of a potentially catastrophic collapse of an underground nuclear test site on China’s doorstep during a briefing in Beijing last month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is left unknown, however, is if North Korea has hollowed out any other mountain region in the country from which the nuclear tests could, conceivably, proceed.

At least, that is most likely going to be the "story" used if and when a false flag explosion from an alleged North Korean nuclear site happens, as the "justification" for a US attack against North Korea. And remember the following:

North Korea accuses the US of "criminal moves" as 3 US carriers hold exercises nearby

Oct 29 08:03

The Third World War

Was undeclared. Exactly where and when it began is debatable. Most would say there had been low-level conflict for millennia, but it only became a world war toward the end of the 20th century CE. Some choose the symbolic date when we ran that tanker, the Exxon Valdez, aground in Prince William Sound, because its cargo was the secret weapon that had brought the war into this new stage.

Oct 28 17:12

‘UN Should Slap Sanctions On US Over Nukes’

The United Nations should impose sanctions on the United States until it gets rid of its all nuclear weapons and closes its military bases around the world, an American political commentator says.

Oct 28 14:31

President Trump attacks Russia uranium deal, calling it ‘modern-day Watergate’

Trump: "Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn't want to follow!"

President Donald Trump called the Obama administration’s approval of the 2010 sale of American uranium to a Russian-backed company a “modern-age” Watergate.

Oct 28 11:10

“Reign of the Assad Family Is Coming to an End” – US Secretary of State Tillerson

The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, stated on Thursday that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end, contrasting his previous comments in March declaring that the Syrian President’s removal was not a priority for the U.S. regime.

“The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end,” Tillerson stated after his meeting with the head of the UN Envoy of Syria, Stephan de Mistura, in Geneva.

Tillerson stated he is unsure of how to bring about Assad’s end, but remained confident this would happen.

The Secretary of State would then take a shot at the Syrian Army, claiming they are only successful because of Russian airstrikes.

“The only reason Syrian forces have been successful has been because of the air support they have received from Russia,” Tillerson concluded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has only to observe Tillerson's body language in the picture here, to understand precisely about what he is thinking; look at the clenched fists, and the expression on his face.

Are we potentially looking at a US decap strike on Damascus to take Al-Assad out?!? And has Russian President Vlad Putin gotten the memo?!?

I think the real question we need to ask here is, what is Russia prepared to do, militarily, in Syria to prevent this from happening?!?

I am hoping we are not looking at a war between Russia and the US government over the fate of Syria; unfortunately, both countries appear slouching toward such a confrontation, and potentially very soon.

Oct 28 10:58

Bringing Back the Draft Won’t Stop Unnecessary Wars

The rich and the connected will never be sent to the front lines if they don’t want to go. They will fake illnesses or get plush appointments to staff jobs. They will stay in school or fling urine at the draft board. They will find a way out.

There are other arguments for conscription, such as providing direction and employment for young people—that through compulsory service to their country they will be instilled with discipline and patriotism.

All those reasons are smokescreens. The true purpose of the draft is to provide large numbers of young bodies for overseas invasions—invasions in which tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of Americans have been killed.

Oct 28 10:46

Even Without Nukes, Korea War Would Kill 300,000 in Days

When everyone talks about the possibility of a US attack on North Korea, the major focus is on North Korea’s fledgling nuclear weapons program, and the possibility of retaliatory nuclear strikes against densely populated cities, causing unimaginable destruction.

Assessments of what could happen in this war, however, note that the danger extends far beyond nuclear weapons, and that even in a nuclear-free war, massive exchanges of conventional fire would result in the deaths of as many as 300,000 people in just the first few days.

It should go without saying that this is the case, as North Korea was working on retaliatory deterrence for decades before having managed to successfully test a nuclear weapon. North Korea has a massive amount of long-range artillery to call out in the event war broke out.

Oct 28 10:44

ISIS Shores Up Defenses at Key Border Stronghold

The main border crossing between Iraq and Syria, the city of Abu Kamal on the Syrian side and al-Qaim on the Iraqi side, is the last major territorial possession of ISIS, and the next big target for both Syria and Iraq’s militaries.

With those offensives likely to happen soon, ISIS is building up its defenses around the area, pushing more forces into the area while, according to US officials, ISIS leaders are being evacuated to smaller towns inside Syria that they still control.

ISIS still holds substantial territory in Syria, mostly in Deir Ezzor Province. They’ve been losing all the big cities and towns, along the Euphrates River, with Syrian military pushing on the river’s south shore, and Kurdish fighters taking the north shore.

US officials are suggesting an attack on Abu Kamal would be up to the Kurds to decide, but the Syrian military is likely to get there first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This suggestion comes at a time when the Kurds are seeking more autonomy in Iraq; perhaps they believe that in uniting with the US and Iraqi military, to continue fighting ISIS, the Kurds will have an easier time in negotiating just how that autonomy shakes out for them.

Oct 28 10:33

Trump Justice Department: Wars are off limits to court review

A Trump administration attorney said Friday that federal courts cannot evaluate whether a president is waging an illegal war, even if the war clearly has no grounding in a congressional authorization of force and someone directly impacted sues.

The claim was made during oral arguments in an appeal filed by Nathan Michael Smith, a now-former Army intelligence analyst who sued last year claiming former President Barack Obama was illegally fighting Islamic State terrorists without an authorization for use of military force, or AUMF, from Congress.

Smith, who left active-duty military service in June, supports fighting the jihadi group, but argues doing so has not been properly authorized by Congress. “For me, it’s not a partisan issue,” he told the Washington Examiner outside a courtroom in the nation's capital. "Procedure matters, if we're a nation of laws.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Smith is entirely correct in his assessment; unfortunately, however, the brutally sad truth is, the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika is no longer really a nation of laws; it is a nation of Deep State Agendas, and false narratives by which these agendas are accomplished.

These agendas are most generally about regime changing governments which are not US-centric; replacing those governments with personnel who are US-centric; expropriating that country's natural resources to which this government has utterly no moral right; and insuring that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

Repeat.

False flag operations are routinely used as a weapon of US statescraft to blame another country for something it absolutely did not do, then declare war against it, based on that lie.

Remember the Bush administration lied to the US and the world, that "Saddam Hussein had wepaons of mass destruction" , as the basis for attacking it, assassinating Hussein, making sure that its government was Western -centric, and that its oil was only sold in US dollars?!?

Remember how the Bush administration lied to the American people and the world about the reasons the US military and NATO "had to go into Afghanistan", when this now-16 years old war was really about controlling the pipelines, its mineral wealth, and its opium, which is now used to fund off the shelf, US Alphabet Soup Agencies activities over which Congress has utterly no oversight?!?

Remember when President Johnson lied to the American people and the world about the "Gulf of Tonkin" incident, as the lie to justify massive attacks on North Vietnam?!? Remember the endless "body counts" obediently regurgitated by corporate presstitutes, to give the American people the sense that American was actully winning that war, when it was simply an excuse to grind up more American soldiers and military hardware, to the US's military/industrial complex's delight, because they had to keep replacing machinery.

Times have changed; but unfortunately, the US Deep State agenda never does.

Oct 28 10:11

Constitutional Battle: Abe Wants Amendment Allowing Japan to Go to War Again

With a successful (if controversial) snap election on the books, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has turned his eyes to his longstanding goal of amending the Constitution of Japan to allow the nation to declare war on its enemies - but this is a task easier said than done.
On Monday, Abe vowed to see the constitution amended to remove Article 9, which reads "the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes." The article adds that Japan may not maintain "land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential."

The 1947 constitution was written at a time when Japan was utterly ravaged following World War II, not to mention under US occupation. The belligerent behavior of Imperial Japan caused the Americans to pressure the feeble post-war government into the strict restrictions on Japanese use of military force.

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IF this Japanese Constitutional Amendment passes (and I wouldn't put it past Abe to have the pull to make it happen), watch for Japan to start flexing its military muscle as far as it thinks it can get away with it, against both North Korea and China.

Oct 28 09:51

'Never Trust' the US, Ayatollah Khamenei Warns Iraq

During a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Al Khamenei advised his guest to remain vigilant of U.S. plots.

“The Americans created Daesh themselves, but now that the terrorists have been defeated by the Iraqi government and people, they pretend to be supportive of this important development,” Ayatollah Khamenei explained. “However, they will undoubtedly not hesitate to harm Iraq again if they find the opportunity.”

al-Abadi emphasized Iraq's efforts to retain unity and territorial integrity in the face of terrorist threats, while Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated that unity among Iraq's ethnic groups and popular forces resulted in important victories against Islamic State group operating in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't you just hate it when a foreign leader for whom you have absolutely zero resonance makes absolute, perfect sense in their characterisation of US foreign policy?!?

Welcome to my world, dear readers!!

Oct 28 09:44

Israel willing to resort to military action to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons: minister

Israel is willing to resort to military action to ensure Iran never acquires nuclear weapons, the intelligence minister said on Thursday in Japan where he is seeking backing for U.S. President Donald Trump’s tougher line on Tehran.

Trump said on Oct. 13 he would not certify Iran is complying with an agreement on curtailing its nuclear program, signed by his predecessor, Barack Obama, opening a 60-day window for Congress to act to reimpose sanctions.

“If international efforts led these days by U.S. President Trump don’t help stop Iran attaining nuclear capabilities, Israel will act militarily by itself,” Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said in an interview in Tokyo. “There are changes that can be made (to the agreement) to ensure that they will never have the ability to have a nuclear weapon.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These threats against Iran by Intelligence Minister Katz are only for domestic consumption, to placate the Israeli voters that Tel Aviv is doing "someething" to alleviate the alleged "existential threat" represented by Iran (which only collectively exists in the fevered brains of those in the Knesset in Tel Aviv).

What Israel has been cheerleading for, consistently, is a US attack against Iran, with the costs only to be borne only with American blood and American money, not Israeli.

And of course, that may well lead to a war with Russia over Iran, as Russian politicians and military commanders have consistently pledged that should Iran get attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid.

IF President Trump is in any way as smart as he purports to be, he will sit this one out, and let it be Israel getting clobbered by both the Iranian and Russian military.

Unfortunately, with the choke-hold Tel Aviv has on US foreign policy, that is as likely a scenario as is pigs discovering they are aerodynamic.

Oct 28 09:34

DoD Watchdog: F-35s Grounded 22 Percent of the Time Due to Parts Shortage

A new report prepared by the US Congress’ watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, found that parts shortages led to “degrading readiness” in the F-35 fleet, leaving aircraft “unable to fly about 22 percent of the time during the first eight months of 2017.

"The Department of Defense is sustaining over 250 F-35 aircraft and plans to triple the fleet by the end of 2021," but the Pentagon "is facing sustainment challenges that are affecting warfighter readiness," the watchdog said Thursday.

The jets have faced "significantly longer repair times" — about twice as long as the program's goal — as a direct result of not having enough parts, GAO reports. While the F-35 program office initially set out to complete repairs processes in 60 to 90 days, the Pentagon has in fact taken about 172 days on average to fix issues on the aircraft, according to the report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely unacceptable, and the executives of Lockheed-Martin need to be brought in to the Pentagon for some very high level, private meetings, about how Lockheed Martin is going to cure this problem, at their expence, and how soon they will commit to getting it cured.

Oct 28 09:30

Mattis Threatens North Korea With ‘Massive’ Response to Nuclear Strike

US Defense Secretary James Mattis warned Pyongyang on Friday that any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an overwhelming response.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "The US does not accept a nuclear North Korea… Make no mistake, any attack on the US or our allies will be defeated. Any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response, effective and overwhelming, " he said during a speech in Seoul.

Mattis said that by sticking to its nuclear and missile program the North was in effect "reducing its security," after Pyongyang justified its research of nuclear weapons by a threat from the United States.

The Pentagon chief stressed that dialogue remained Washington's preferred method of settling the dispute with Pyongyang but added the threat of a nuclear strike from the North was accelerating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In looking at Mattis' rhetoric here, there are two words which keep screaming over and over like an ugly mantra in my head, and those words are "false flag!"

And why would the North Koreans do something like this now, in light of the following story?!?

Nuclear Leak ‘Inevitable’: Chinese Scientists Tell North Korea to Move Test Site The article, from sputnik goes on to say: "Chinese scientists have issued a firm warning to Pyongyang that if North Korea wants to continue testing nuclear weapons, it has to find a new location other than the Punggye-ri mountain range where the previous six tests occurred.

The mountain is at imminent risk of collapse, an event which could allow nuclear waste to bleed out into nearby China. "China cannot sit and wait until the site implodes," a Peking University researcher told the South China Morning Post Friday.

"Maybe the North Koreans themselves have realized that the site cannot take another blow. If they still want to do it, they have to do it somewhere else," the researcher said, noting that Chinese instruments "can detect nuclear fallout when it arrives, but it will be too late by then."

So if there is a nuclear test by North Korea, that test will have to wait until North Korean sceintists have found another site from which to do it.

I do not know how long that takes, at "construction ramming speed", with a 24/7 construction schedule, but this is something that cannot, logically, happen immediately.

Oct 28 09:18

HOW THE CIA FUNDED & SUPPORTED LITERARY MAGAZINES WORLDWIDE WHILE WAGING CULTURAL WAR AGAINST COMMUNISM

Over the course of this tumultuous year, new CIA director Mike Pompeo has repeatedly indicated that he would move the Agency in a “more aggressive direction.” In response, at least one person took on the guise of former Chilean president Salvador Allende and joked, incredulously, “more aggressive”? In 1973, the reactionary forces of General Augusto Pinochet overthrew Allende, the first elected Marxist leader in Latin America. Pinochet then proceeded to institute a brutal 17-year dictatorship characterized by mass torture, imprisonment, and execution. The Agency may not have orchestrated the coup directly but it did at least support it materially and ideologically under the orders of President Richard Nixon, on a day known to many, post-2001, as “the other 9/11.”

Oct 28 09:18

HOW THE CIA FUNDED & SUPPORTED LITERARY MAGAZINES WORLDWIDE WHILE WAGING CULTURAL WAR AGAINST COMMUNISM

Over the course of this tumultuous year, new CIA director Mike Pompeo has repeatedly indicated that he would move the Agency in a “more aggressive direction.” In response, at least one person took on the guise of former Chilean president Salvador Allende and joked, incredulously, “more aggressive”? In 1973, the reactionary forces of General Augusto Pinochet overthrew Allende, the first elected Marxist leader in Latin America. Pinochet then proceeded to institute a brutal 17-year dictatorship characterized by mass torture, imprisonment, and execution. The Agency may not have orchestrated the coup directly but it did at least support it materially and ideologically under the orders of President Richard Nixon, on a day known to many, post-2001, as “the other 9/11.”

Oct 27 13:47

US Soldiers in Niger Were Left Behind in Evacuation

Officially, the US military never leaves troops behind. Secretary of State James Mattis even said literally this last week, in denying that a soldier might’ve been left behind in the October 4 Niger ambush, in which four US special forces were killed.

As details continue to emerge on the incident, however, it appears increasingly certain that Mattis hadn’t told the truth, with officials now saying that when French helicopters evacuated the US forces, they had lost contact with four US troops, and only evacuated seven out of 11 in the unit.

Hours later, they managed to return to recover the bodies of the three soldiers initially reported killed. The fourth soldier wasn’t found for another two days. That the troops left without contact with the four makes it uncertain if some might’ve been alive at the time, and died abandoned on the field.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please show this article to any young person contemplating joining the US military.

Oct 27 13:44

Michael Fallon: criticising Saudi Arabia 'not helpful' for UK arms sales

Michael Fallon urged MPs to stop criticising Saudi Arabia in the interests of securing a fighter jet deal, provoking sharp criticism from human rights and arms trade campaigners.

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The defence secretary was giving evidence to the Commons defence committee, where he was pressed about why a deal to sell Typhoon fighter jets to Saudi Arabia had not yet been signed.

Fallon said he had been working extremely hard on the deal and had travelled to Jeddah in September to discuss it with his Saudi counterpart. Although Qatar had agreed two days earlier to buy 24 jets from the UK, Fallon had to settle for signing a largely meaningless joint defence agreement with the Saudis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has anyone in the British Press had the "male attributes" to ask Michael Fallon how it feels to be colluding with Saudi Arabia in war crimes?!?

Because these sales of these fighters, are certainly a glaring, egregious example of this.

The Saudis are bombarding Yemen everyday with bombing runs. Innocent Yemeni civilians, infants, children, women, and the medically infirm elderly are being assassinated from the skies daily with impunity.

With US military assistance, the Saudi military has blockaded all Yemeni ports, meaning that food cannot get in, and children are dying en masse from complications of malnutrition.

And now, Yemen has been struck by an horrific epidemic of cholera, possibly weaponised, which has been one of the worst documented epidemics in recent history.

Yes, the financial windfall for the British defense industry has been massive; but at what cost to the soul of Great Britain, that country which gave the world the Magna Carta?!?

So, Michael Fallon, I will ask, if no one else will, how does it feel to be in cullusion with Saudi Arabia in war crimes in Yemen, and financially
hitched at the hip with the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman?!?

Oct 27 13:07

Potential showdown in eastern Syria over IS-held territory

As U.S.-allied fighters hurtle down the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, a showdown could ensue between the U.S. and Russia, whose allies are racing to take over the same strategic oil-rich territory from the Islamic State group.

While the two sides will likely avoid a direct confrontation, the capture of Raqqa by the U.S.-backed forces, followed by their swift seizure of Syria's largest oil field from IS, has irked Damascus, which needs the oil to boost its flagging economy.

As the rival international coalitions compete to defeat the militants and snap up oil and gas fields, the Russian military has issued a stream of angry statements, accusing the U.S. of colluding with the Islamic State and other extremist groups in a bid to stymie the government's advances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think, at this point, it is only a matter of time before we see Russian/Syrian and US-backed jihadists tangling militarily.

The potential for a US strike has been escalated by Israeli threats (and the carrying out of those threats) to strike Syria as long as there is any Iranian military presence there.

Israel is going to war in Syria to fight Iran

The situation in Syria looks as though it is heading into a very volatile place, and I hope Russia can ratchet down the tensions.

Oct 27 12:15

US official: 3 Navy carriers plan exercise in Asia Pacific

A rare military exercise involving three of the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier strike groups is being planned for next month in the Asia Pacific, a U.S. official said Thursday. The likely exercise would happen around the same time that President Donald Trump is traveling to the region, including visits to South Korea and China.

During a Pentagon briefing Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, raised the prospect of the three carriers operating together at some point, but he provided no details. A U.S. official confirmed the plans for an exercise, but wasn't able to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Three Navy aircraft carriers and the ships that accompany them are currently thousands of miles apart in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. But they are moving through the region and could be closer together in weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My bet is that while President Trump is in Beijing for meetings with Xi Jinping, Kim Jung Un is going to "cool his jets", not test any missiles, and do absolutely nothing in response to the provocative military exercises surrounding the Korean peninsula.

Unfortunately, however, if there is no such a response to the Occupied, Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika's move, such a response may well be accomplished for him, by way of a false flag; false flags are a routine tool of statescraft by this country, and the timing of the coming together of these carrier groups needs to have a substantive reason for doing it. Keeping operational preparedness at peak level takes a lot of time, discipline, and money.

Oct 27 10:53

Israel begins to doubt the capability of new F-35 fighter jets

Israeli military officials and defense analysts are beginning to cast doubts over the country’s decision to purchase the US-built fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets.

In the latest national military review put together by various defense-related ministries within the Israeli government, a conclusion was reached with specific regard to the acquisition of F-35 fighters that placed emphasis on need to “meticulously” assess the jets already purchased and, interestingly enough, to begin considering alternatives if the aircraft did not meet Israeli Air Force expectations.

The sudden compromise in confidence over the fighter’s ability by Israel following practical assessment of it comes as no surprise for the aircraft is already known to be inherently flawed among other nations that have tested it.

Oct 27 10:36

US ‘Empire of Debt’ will go to war to stop emergence of petro-yuan – Max Keiser

The imminent introduction of oil trading in yuan is a very bold move by the Chinese, because the US will not give up the basis of its hegemony – the dollar as the world’s reserve currency – without a fight, Max Keiser, host of RT’s financial program ‘Keiser Report' has said.

The Chinese plan to roll out a yuan-denominated oil contract before the end of this year is a very brave move, since countries who “tried to exit the oil-dollar matrix have met terrible ends,” Keiser pointed out.

“Saddam Hussein wanted to trade oil in Euros and he was killed, Muammar Gaddafi wanted to trade his energy in something other than the US dollar – he was killed,” Keiser said.

Oct 27 10:28

TRUMP BOWS TO NEOCONS, NETANYAHU

President Donald Trump’s new Iran policy clearly represents a dangerous rejection of diplomacy in favor of confrontation. But it’s more than that: It’s a major shift toward a much closer alignment of U.S. policy with that of the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Whether explicitly or not, Trump’s vow to work with Congress to renegotiate the Iran nuclear agreement, and his explicit threat to withdraw from the deal if no renegotiation takes place, appear to be satisfying the hardline demands Netanyahu has made of Washington’s policy toward Tehran.

Oct 27 09:40

24,000 HOMICIDES: MEXICO ON PACE FOR MOST VIOLENT YEAR IN HISTORY AS DRUG WARS SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL

As our elected officials in Washington D.C. continue to debate whether or not Trump's proposed border wall would be an effective deterrent to those looking to come to the U.S. illegally, the one thing that is becoming increasingly clear is that Mexico's drug wars are spiraling out of control...a fact that the Trump administration will almost certainly leverage as it seeks additional funding for border security. As PanAmPost notes, Mexico has recorded a staggering 24,000 homicides in 2017 through September with 73% of those murders being tied to organized crime.

2017 might be the most violent year in Mexican history, one NGO claims. Semáforo Delictivo said that, due to the 24,000 homicides between January and September, the year is proving even worse than 2011, when President Felipe Calderón’s war on drugs led to 22,000 homicides.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever notice, that when any country declares a "war" on some social stigma or other, like the alleged "war on poverty" or "war on drugs", the problem simply gets worse, rather than getting better?!?

The world needs to focus on Portugal's answer to addiction, which has worked very wonderfully, and features a combination of decriminalisation, coupled with counseling; the results, although roundly criticised in the early phases, have been stellar:

Portugal: what happened after their decriminalisation of drugs, from weed to heroin

But, of course, what Portugal did was intelligent, compassionate, and logical, and it is still working, 16 years on, which is why we will never see such an approach tried in either the US or Mexico.

The gangs promoting and selling the drugs will loose revenue; cops on the take will lose revenue; politicians who are paid to "look the other way" will lose revenue; banks laundering drug money will lose revenue; and those private prisons, housing non-violent criminals who have been convicted of drug use will lose revenue.

Unless and until both the US and Mexican government are truly willing to learn from other countries' successes, the assassinations, gang wars, and the problems will continue, and escalate, unabated, for the forseeable future.

As a Californian, when I was a lot younger, I loved going to Ensenada, Mexico; it was beautiful; the people were very kind, and generally spoke enough English that if I got lost or turned around, they could help me get to where I needed to be.

At this point, were I looking for a tourist destination, I would avoid the country as though its residents collectively had the plague, because of this horrific drug and gang-generated violence.

Oct 27 08:32

Niger: Finally, A War John McCain Doesn’t Love

News first broke about America’s Niger misadventure on October 4. “The real news here is that the US has forces in Niger, where they’re conducting covert operations,” this writer tweeted out. “Hashtag America First.”

Official media ignored the ambush of the American Special Forces, until the story gained anti-Trump traction. No word came from John McCain. Three weeks hence, the senator from Arizona is making history. McCain, who has never encountered a war he wasn’t eager to prosecute, is questioning the folly in Niger.

The senator from Arizona can run but can’t hide from the pollution he has left along his political path. Republicans wisely rejected war in Kosovo; McCain jettisoned party loyalty to call for bombs from above and “more boots on the ground.” At the prospects of war with Iran, McCain burst into song, “Bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb-Iran.” The possibility still makes this war ghoul smile. Before that, McCain promised a 100-year war in Iraq.

Oct 27 06:01

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Leads US President Trump to War with Iran

The constant catering and groveling to Israel, an insignificant global economic entity, has reduced US prestige and status...

Can Generals James Mattis (US Secretary of Defense) and John Hyten (Head of US Strategic Command) Prevent a Disaster?

Oct 27 05:57

Re-visiting Russian counter-propaganda methods – The Saker

What is becoming increasingly evident is that western propagandists simply don’t understand the world they live in, especially the US Americans.

What I propose to do today is to share with you a few recent examples of what Russian households are regularly exposed to.

By now, you must have heard about the CNN report about how the evil Russkies used Pokemon to destabilize and subvert the USA.

Oct 26 14:28

Trump’s New Presidential Memo Will Normalize Drones in American Life

By Derrick Broze

President Trump’s recent decisions on drone aircraft foreshadows the increase of the technology in civilian life and military strategy.

On Wednesday President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum creating a new trial program for the commercial use of unmanned aerial aircraft, or drones. The memo, titled “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program,” allows certain communities to be exempt from current safety rules as they test drone operations...

Oct 26 13:50

Clinton Team and Democrats ‘Bankrolled’ Trump Dirty Dossier

The real Russia scandal? Clinton campaign paid for the fake Russia dossier, then lied about it & covered it up.

US President Donald Trump has seized on reports that Hillary Clinton’s team bankrolled a sleazy dossier of allegations linking him to Russia.

Unfounded claims that Mr Trump had been filmed with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel surfaced in the closing stretch of last year’s White House race.

Oct 26 11:52

Trump: ‘My Generals’ Authorized US Missions In Niger': I Gave Them Authority to Do What's Right'

In comments Wednesday regarding the recent revealed US military operation inside Niger, President Trump confirmed that he never personally authorized any of the mission, but rather that “my generals and my military” did that all on their own.

Trump insisted his generals “are great generals” and “I gave them authority to do what’s right” and he is confident that eventually “we’re going to win.” Trump added that he’s been finding out about the mission just like everyone else has.

Which seems like a huge problem, despite no one treating it like one. President Trump was apparently “informed” of Niger after the October 4 ambush when they realized one of the soldiers was missing, and Senate Armed Services

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The stock answer as to why the US military is in Niger is "ISIS"; the real answer as to why the US military is in Niger has to do with its abundance of natural resources; expropriating them; and not letting Russia or China exploit them.

The Natural Resources of Niger

And that President Trump was not informed of the Niger operation until after the ambush had taken place, smacks of an absolutely cavalier lack of communications between his generals and President Trump.

To an ordinary person like myself, this is extraordinarily frightening, and could, potentially, put us into a would war which the President would be unable to stop, because he couldn't see it coming, due to the actions of these generals.

And beneath it, comes the following headline:

US Prepares Armed Drones for Lethal Strikes in Niger: Soldiers' Deaths Used to Pressure Niger Govt to Accept Strikes

The drone strikes will do precisely what they have done in places like Afghanistan; Pakistan; Somalia; Iraq; Yemen; and Syria; they will kill far more innocent civilians than the bad guys, then radicalize those who are left behind to become jihadists, and our troops' worst enemies, literally.

I am watching the feed on Fox News right now, seeing President selling his proposal to conquer the opioid addiction in this country; I have to wish that this country was not, collectively, so addicted to other countries' natural resources.

Oct 26 11:06

US House Passes ‘Harshest Ever’ North Korea Sanctions

In a 415-2 vote, the House of Representatives has passed the “Otto Warmbier Act,” a new round of sanctions against North Korea described as the “harshest ever” in US history. If it passes, it would ban anyone who does any business or cooperates in any way with North Korea from having US business ties.

In addition to the sanctions, the bill also “honors” all Americans who have died while in North Korean custody. It is named after Otto Warmbier, who died in June after being in North Korean custody.

Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) voted against the bill, with Massie warning he believed the bill moves the US closer to war, and creates tensions with natural allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This bil is primarily symbolic in nature, as it cannot really damage North Korea's economy in any practical way.

But it does bear witness to the increasingly unhinged attitude those in Congress bear toward North Korea, and further ratchets off any attempt at meaningful dialogue toward an de-escalation of tentions. Of course, President Trump's and Kim Jung Un's "war of words", consisting primarily of ad hominem attacks on each other, have not helped in that regard whatsoever.

Lack of communication, at diplomatic levels, may well translate into a shooting war, which would be an absolutely lousy outcome for both countries, China, and the region as a whole.

China's advice of adding moderation to communication seems more than reasonable here.

Oct 26 10:38

US Imposes New Sanctions On Hezbollah

The US House of Representatives has endorsed new sanctions on the Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah.

The new sanctions were passed by voice vote, without opposition on Wednesday on the pretext of the resistance group’s “acts of death and destruction.”

Oct 25 13:09

George W. Finally Found His Voice

George W. is in good company with his father and pals Bill and Barack, fellow travelers seeking the “new world order”

George W. Bush stayed mum during most of his presidency. He started with a strong voice in his first year as president, after 9/11...His voice then faltered as he tried to make the case for invading Afghanistan and Iraq

Oct 25 12:28

Government Officials Warn: Breakdown In Diplomacy With North Korea Is A Fast Track To War - Mac Slavo

Government officials are worried that a new breakdown in talks with North Korea could trigger a war. With heated rhetoric taking the stage instead of diplomacy, it could only be a matter of time before the anger hits a boiling point.

Joseph Yun, a top American diplomat to North Korea, has been warning of the breakdown in meetings on Capitol Hill and seeking help to persuade the administration to prioritize diplomacy over the heated rhetoric that appears to be pushing the two nuclear powers closer toward conflict, sources familiar with the discussions told NBC News. Diplomatic efforts between the United States and North Korea are in peril with Pyongyang shunning talks in response to President Donald Trump’s increased public attacks on Kim Jong Un, according to multiple U.S. government and congressional officials. Yun claims the White House has “handicapped” the chances of diplomacy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On this issue, I find myself agreeing with Corker; and btw, looking at 38north.org today, a very sober-sided analytical organisation under the auspices of John Hopkins University, which evaluates what is going on in North Korea through analyzing satellite images, there is utterly nothing to indicate that the North Koreans are moving missiles to their launch site.

Oct 25 11:30

Myanmar Rohingya crisis: US withdraws military assistance

The US is withdrawing military assistance units from Myanmar over the country's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state.
The state department said it had also dropped travel waivers for Myanmar military officials, and was considering economic sanctions.
Almost a million Rohingya people have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, says Bangladesh's envoy to the UN.

Myanmar's military says it is fighting militants and not targeting civilians.
"It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities be held accountable," the US state department said.

"We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar's Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured."

Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said his country held Myanmar's military leadership "accountable" for its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority, adding that the US was "extraordinarily concerned" by the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how quickly the US government will move from withdrawing military aid to sanctions...or, possibly support a militant upheaval here, as the US attempted to do in Syria ,which will greatly hinder any hope for economic development in the area. There are two important factors to consider here, and they both touch on Chinese development in the Rakhine area:

The Pursuit of Money and Natural Resources in Myanmar: the Untold Story

The Rakhine state, where most of the Rohingya live, is very vital for transportation of oil and natural gas, and development of other natural resources, to China and beyond. This is the primary reason that the Myanmar government wants the Rohingyas out, and are apparently terminating Rohingya lives "with extreme prejudice" to accomplish this.

World Chinese entrepreneurs meet in Myanmar for business convention

The following analysis from Tony Cartalucci, at globalresearch.ca, is very telling:

America's plan for its client state, Myanmar

Oct 25 11:09

China and Asean to go ahead with first joint naval exercise in sign of greater engagement

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plan to deepen their military relations and will go ahead with a joint maritime exercise proposed by Beijing, according to a statement from Singapore’s defence ministry, in a sign of greater engagement between the 10-member bloc and the region’s leading economic power.

China’s defence minister, Chang Wanquan, and his Singaporean counterpart, Ng Eng Hen, met on the sidelines of an Asean security meeting in the Philippines, and the two discussed “further practical initiatives to advance Asean-China relations” and plans to conduct an inaugural Asean-China maritime exercise, the statement said.

Singapore is the Asean-China dialogue relations coordinator from 2015 to 2018.

“Singapore supports it,” Ng told reporters when asked about China’s offer to hold maritime exercises. “We will push it … for the very reason that all of Asean and China want that. If you exercise, you at least build understanding and trust.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This strengthening of relations between China an the ASEAN nations, both economically, and militarily, signals another blow, both economically, and militarily, against United States' hegemony.

Oct 25 10:20

Judge Orders 3 USS Cole Defense Lawyers to Guantanamo After They Quit

Attorneys Rick Kammen, Rosa Eliades and Mary Spears quit their jobs Oct. 11 as lawyers for the man accused of orchestrating al-Qaida's warship attack. They obtained permission to do so from the chief defense counsel, Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker, who found "good cause" for their resignations. They cited a cascading ethical conflict over a lack of confidence in the confidentiality of their privileged conversations with Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri at Guantanamo, but the details are classified.

But the case judge, Air Force Col. Vance Spath, wrote in an Oct. 16 order that, while Baker "purported to find good cause" to approve their leaving the case, Spath, as judge, has not. "Accordingly, Mr. Kammen, Ms. Eliades, and Ms. Spears remain counsel of record in this case, and are ordered to appear at the next scheduled hearing," Spath wrote.

Oct 25 10:16

US lawmakers seek vote to abandon Saudi-led war in Yemen

A bipartisan quartet of House lawmakers is wrangling with the chamber’s leadership for a floor vote to withdraw U.S. military support for Saudi involvement in Yemen’s civil war.

California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, who is pressing for the vote, said Tuesday that he is in negotiations with Democratic and Republican leadership about whether the resolution is privileged under the War Powers Act and would therefore get an automatic, fast-tracked floor vote.

Such a vote, Khanna said, is likely to unite progressive Democrats and non-interventionist Republicans — though the outcome is unclear. “You may get many Democrats and Freedom Caucus members,” Khanna said, referring to the conservative wing of the House GOP caucus.

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I hope that the House does overturn the AUMF; unfortunately, such a vote will most likely be vetoed by President Trump, because he believes (without a shred of evidence, other than that conjured up by Saudi Arabia and Israel) that Iran is gaining a strong foothold in Yemen.

My bet is that this slaughter in Yemen will continue unabated, to the point of nearly assassinating every last Yemeni child, woman, and medically fragile elderly person, if they haven't already dropped dead from malnutrition and cholera.

Of course, to Saudi Arabia's Prince Salmon, AKA the Butcher of Yemen, the ends, done through the commission of US government-enabled war crimes against the Yemeni people, justifies the means.

Oct 25 10:04

Checkpoint: The Air Force hasn’t used nuclear ‘alert pads’ since the Cold War. Now they’re being upgraded.

The U.S. military is building new flightline facilities that will enable the Air Force to position pilots and aircrews directly alongside its nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, but officials deny the move is part of any plan to put the warplanes on indefinite alert in response to tensions with North Korea.

The construction at Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base includes building renovations near long-vacant “alert pads,” where during the Cold War aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons once sat ready on a continual basis. So-called strip alerts were discontinued in 1991 after the Soviet Union’s collapse.

In an interview published Sunday by Defense One, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein called the construction a step toward ensuring the military is prepared for all possibilities. The service is “not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward,” he said.

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I don't know about you, but reading this story makes the hair on the back of my head stand up straight, and pay attention...something my hair rarely does!!

What is most curious about the article, is that there is no completion date given for this construction, so one has to wonder: how imminent is the use of these facilities,post construction?!?

Has it just begun, or has it been underway for some time, and nearly ready to be utilized?!? And I have checked the net to see if there is any indication of an end date to this construction, and can find none.

Oct 25 09:44

Air Force: Pilots recalled under Trump order will serve as instructors, staff

The Air Force expects fewer than 200 retired pilots will return to active duty and serve as instructor pilots and in rated staff positions under an executive order issued by President Trump.

The Pentagon originally said after the order was signed Friday that as many as 1,000 retired pilots could be brought back for up to three years. But in a gaggle with reporters Monday at the Pentagon, Brig. Gen. Mike Koscheski, the head of a task force dedicated to fixing the Air Force’s pilot shortfall, said it likely won’t be that many.

Koscheski also said there are no plans now to have those recalled pilots fly other aircraft, such as fighters, bombers, tankers or mobility aircraft, though he could not rule out that changing at some point if the pilot shortfall continues and worsens.

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I have to wonder at that last bit; what if pilots recalled do not wish to instruct or fly again; will they be involuntarily recalled?!?

Brig. Gen. Mike Koscheski, one cannot have this program both ways; and why is the crisis hitting now?!? Could it not have been forseen, and corrected for earlier, before we were at risk of a potential major war in Asia (North Korea) and another war in the Middle East (Iran)?!?

Oct 25 09:38

Gearing up for nuclear war is not a way to prevent nuclear war

During the Cold War, the United States kept nuclear-armed bombers on 24-hour ready alert in case our conflict with the Soviet Union ever turned hot. Thankfully, that readiness was never put to use, and after the Cold War ended in 1991, the bombers were no longer kept on standby, ready to strike.

Until, perhaps, now. As Defense One reported Sunday evening, the Air Force is preparing to revive that alert status in anticipation of an order to do so from President Trump in connection to North Korea.

RELATED: Air Force prepares for possible order to put nuclear-armed bombers back on alert

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A US-government generated war against North Korea would immediately put China in the position of having to defend it, as its client state.

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

Right now, North Korea's Kim Jung Un is keeping to himself rather quietly, in terms of missile testing, so is giving the US government and military utterly no reason to fly off the handle at it. And in a statement by the North Korean government, about one week ago, the following has been announced:

A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US," on Monday, telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal. North Korea is not ruling out diplomacy, but "before we can engage in diplomacy with the Trump administration, we want to send a clear message that the DPRK has a reliable defensive and offensive capability to counter any aggression from the United States," the official said.

In spite of being called "Reckless" and "Crazy" by US and other Western media, Kim Jung Un appears to be to be quite sane and pragmatic. The development of these nuclear weapons are to act as a deterrent only to any Western attempt at regime change in North Korea. Kim understands that should he first-strike any American asset, or geopolitical friend in the region, that attack would leave North Korea a puddle of molten glass, courtesy of a US-led coalition, consisting of South Korea and Japan.

My concern here is that, failing to give the US government the "justification" which it craves in labeling North Korea as the "baddie" to be attacked mercilessly, that the US will simply create one for North Korea, by way of a false flag incident; false flags have long been a tool of US statescraft.

What the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America need, and right the heck now, is a legitimate "Department of Peace", tasked with identifying, and implementing, peaceful means of meeting geopolitical objectives, which do not involve regime changes, or wars.

Of course, that... would be logical.

Oct 25 09:21

Israel Sold Advanced Weapons to Myanmar During anti-Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing Campaign

Israel refuses to stop arms sales to Myanmar, despite its campaign of rape, torture and massacres against the Rohingya

Top Secret Israel's top court just ruled about arms sales to Myanmar. But we're not allowed to tell you the verdict

Opinion Israel, partner in genocides.

“Welcome to the Myanmar Navy,” said the caption on the Myanmar Navy’s Facebook page, in honor of the arrival of an Israeli patrol boat to Myanmar’s shore. “The Super-Dvora MK III is moving forward at 45 knots on Myanmar waters,” the post continued. The post is from April, only half a year ago, when the Myanmar (Burmese) army was already being accused of war crimes.

Although the persecution of the Muslim minority in Myanmar, the Rohingya people, has become more intense in recent months, back in November 2016 the army was already being accused of brutality against them and of torching their villages. During that period tens of thousands of Rohingyans were expelled

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Israeli weapons manufacturers made their millions in these sales; the genocide created by the use of these weapons against a religious minority, getting thoroughly persecuted as "the other" by hypernationalist Buddhists is something to which they absolulely cannot relate.

Understanding the history of Israel, and the horrific experiences of many of its founding fathers and mothers, one cannot but help but find this mindset... painfully ironic.

Oct 25 09:08

Air Force F-35s coming to Japan in November

The Air Force’s F-35 is making its operational debut in the Asia-Pacific region, with 12 A-models set to arrive at Kadena Air Base, Japan, early this November for a six-month deployment.

More than 300 airmen from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah — including pilots, maintainers and other personnel — will deploy to Kadena to support the aircraft, Pacific Air Forces announced.

“The F-35A gives the joint warfighter unprecedented global precision attack capability against current and emerging threats while complementing our air superiority fleet,” said Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander. “The airframe is ideally suited to meet our command’s obligations, and we look forward to integrating it into our training and operations.”

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My question is, will the deployment be before - or after - President Trump's upcoming visit to Beijing next month?!?

Oct 25 09:04

Pentagon advocates requiring women to sign up for military draft

The Pentagon says the country should stick with mandatory registration for a military draft, and it advocates a requirement for women to sign up for the first time in the nation’s history.

The recommendations are contained in a Defense Department report to Congress that serves as a starting point for a commission examining military, national and public service.

Congress ordered the Pentagon report, and the office of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness completed it in the early months of the Trump administration.

Currently, only male citizens and residents age 18-25 are required to register, for a pace of about 2 million each year.

Women, whom the government has never ordered to sign up, would add 11 million to the Selective Service System database “in short order,” the report says.
President Carter restarted draft registration in 1980 as a message to Soviet leaders. Congress exempted women because they did not perform combat.

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This recommendation is definitely a sign that more, and bigger wars are being planned by the US government, as are the very cute commercials, featuring actors playing military personnel, and receiving benefits and perks from various financial or other institutions.

I don't know what the Vegas odds on the reinstitution of the draft proper are right now, but I would imagine that given the current state of global instability (much of it US-government generated), I would not be surprised to see a draft reinstated in the coming 12 month period.

Oct 25 08:56

Gearing up for nuclear war is not a way to prevent nuclear war

During the Cold War, the United States kept nuclear-armed bombers on 24-hour ready alert in case our conflict with the Soviet Union ever turned hot. Thankfully, that readiness was never put to use, and after the Cold War ended in 1991, the bombers were no longer kept on standby, ready to strike.

Until, perhaps, now. As Defense One reported Sunday evening, the Air Force is preparing to revive that alert status in anticipation of an order to do so from President Trump in connection to North Korea.

RELATED: Air Force prepares for possible order to put nuclear-armed bombers back on alert

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A US government-generated war between the US and North Korea, would instantly put China in the position of having to defend North Korea militarily,and that would be profoundly stupid, on the part of the US government and military.

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

Kim Jung Un, for the moment, is playing it cool, and not waving any missile testing about. Although he may be described by Western outlets as "crazy", his, and his country's drive for a nuclear weapon is completely rational, when viewed purely as a deterrent, so that the US military cannot affect regime change in North Korea.

Kim Jung Un has the horse sense, I believe, to not attempt a first strike on any US targets, because he understands that should he do so, his country will be turned into a sea of molten glass by a US-led Coalition including South Korea, and Japan. North Korean Officials have stated that they will not be ready to negotiate with the US until his missiles have the capabilities to reach the US's east coast.

A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US," on Monday, telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal.
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What concerns me here is that if Kim doesn't give the US government the excuse or justification for going in, guns blazing, one will be created for him. False flags have long been a tool of US statescraft, and that may be the tool chosen here by the US government.

Oct 25 08:53

Gearing up for nuclear war is not a way to prevent nuclear war

During the Cold War, the United States kept nuclear-armed bombers on 24-hour ready alert in case our conflict with the Soviet Union ever turned hot. Thankfully, that readiness was never put to use, and after the Cold War ended in 1991, the bombers were no longer kept on standby, ready to strike.

Until, perhaps, now. As Defense One reported Sunday evening, the Air Force is preparing to revive that alert status in anticipation of an order to do so from President Trump in connection to North Korea.

RELATED: Air Force prepares for possible order to put nuclear-armed bombers back on alert

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A US government-generated war between the US and North Korea, would instantly put China in the position of having to defend North Korea militarily,and that would be profoundly stupid, on the part of the US government and military.

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

Kim Jung Un, for the moment, is playing it cool, and not waving any missile testing about. Although he may be described by Western outlets as "crazy", his, and his country's drive for a nuclear weapon is completely rational, when viewed purely as a deterrent, so that the US military cannot affect regime change in North Korea.

Kim Jung Un has the horse sense, I believe, to not attempt a first strike on any US targets, because he understands that should he do so, his country will be turned into a sea of molten glass by a US-led Coalition including South Korea, and Japan. North Korean Officials have stated that they will not be ready to negotiate with the US until his missiles have the capabilities to reach the US's east coast.

A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US," on Monday, telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal.
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What concerns me here is that if Kim doesn't give the US government the excuse or justification for going in, guns blazing, one will be created for him. False flags have long been a tool of US statescraft, and that may be the tool chosen here by the US government.

Oct 25 08:48

War, Flowers, Silver, Gold and The “Plan”

Fifty years ago the U.S. bombed North Vietnam. That worked out well for the military contractors but not for people or global economies.

Twenty six years ago the U.S. fought Iraq and Saddam Hussein. That worked out well for the military contractors but not for people or global economies.

Ten years ago the U.S. fought in Iraq. That worked out well for the military contractors but not for people or global economies.

Today the U.S. is bombing several countries and threatening others. How will this benefit people and global economies?

When will they ever learn?

Oct 25 08:37

US Officials: Niger Is ‘Hub’ for US Operations in Western Africa

US officials describing the military operation in Niger, which only became public knowledge earlier this month after four US special forces were killed in an ambush, have not only revealed that nearly 1,000 US troops are on the ground in Niger, a massive force for the tiny country, but that this is the “hub” for US military operations in Western Africa.

Details on what exactly that means are scant, since the Niger military operation was basically a secret, and by extension so are all the other regional operations that we’re not being told about. Officials did assure reporters Niger has the most troops in the region.

Niger has hosted a US drone base for years, and about 100 troops were reported deployed in 2012. Somewhere between then and now, this increased ten-fold, and those troops started engaging in patrols. African Command says there are no armed US warplanes in West Africa at present, but that they rely on French warplanes.

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We are in Niger for the same reasons US troops are garrisoned all over the world; to insure its government is western-centric; to expropriate resources to which those companies supporting both political parties have utterly no moral right; and to insure that those resources are only sold to countries of which the US government approves, and only in the US dollar.

This is also, by the way, an insurance against Russia and China getting hold of those resources before US companies do.

List: Niger's natural resources

Oct 25 08:08

A Soft Landing in the Middle East?

Trump fans, that endangered and vanishing species, are going through hard times. Even a devoted admirer of the Orange Man couldn’t swallow his strange battle of words with Kim, his threats to Iran, his UNESCO farce – and keep a straight face. The only comfort is that Hillary would have been even worse. Is he a comic miscast, a buffoon? Actually, Trump is doing the thankless job of soft-landing the US Empire.

Oct 25 07:55

BOMBSHELL NSA MEMO: SAUDI ARABIA ORDERED ATTACK ON DAMASCUS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH US KNOWLEDGE

The Intercept has just released a new top-secret NSA document unearthed from leaked intelligence files provided by Edward Snowden which reveals in stunning clarity that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the war which has now claimed half a million lives.

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Please remember; this act happened under President Obama's watch.

So we have more collusion with Saudia Arabia in war crimes against the Syrian government and Syrian people; why does this not surprise me, looking at the vast scope of war crimes and genocide being perpetrated by Saudi Arabia and the US military against Yemen today?!?!?

In fact, citing "increased Iranian influence in Yemen" (of course, with utterly no tangible proof), I am totally amazed that the Saudi military, enabled by the US military, have not collectively carpet bombed the country until not one single Yemeni citizen is left standing.

Of course, the optics of such a move would be horrendous; but figuring that their collective populations must have ADHD in order to put up with the corruptions in both governments, such an operation may well be in the considertion phase as I type this.

Oct 25 07:38

Steve Bannon Launches His Big Foreign Policy Crusade

Just another neocon in Israels pocket!

Stephen K. Bannon joined other Republican grandees such as Sen. Tom Cotton at a packed event in Washington on Monday.

Bannon, who has sometimes been cited as “Trump’s dove,” has emerged as one of the harshest critics of Iran in Trumpworld, collaborating extensively with former UN ambassador John Bolton, as I’ve reported. Bolton thinks the current move on the JCPOA is essentially for show: the deal is unsalvageable. His plan, backed by extreme hardliners like Frank Gaffney, calls for discussing military options with Israel against Iran and backing Kurdish national aspirations, which is a nonstarter for Iran, Turkey and the Shia-dominated government in Iraq; Bolton was spotted entering the White House on Monday.

Oct 25 07:18

Could U.S. Deployment Of Troops To Afghanistan Really Be Strategy to Attack Iran?

By Brandon Turbeville

While the U.S. media is busy weeping over the defeat of ISIS in Syria, the slow death of Kurdistan, and the inevitable victory of the Syrian government over Western-backed proxies, one story that has remained quiet at least in terms of its possible significance is the fact that the United States is giving the go ahead for around 3,500 troops to be moved into Afghanistan under the guise of fighting terrorism and helping stabilize the situation on the ground.

Back in September, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that “he had signed deployment orders for some of the troops but would not make an announcement on the specific numbers until after he briefed Congress.”

The 3,500 troops would bring the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to around 14,000 according to official numbers...

Oct 25 03:24

US Mideast Wars — Are they forever?

Trump is being led to the Rubicon. If he crosses, he joins Bush II in the history books.

Oct 24 17:27

Laura Ingraham Reacts to George W. Bush Speech

The Globalist Cabal Uniting Yesterday to slam the Trump Administration to encourage everyone to be more globally fine tuned as a country...

Oct 24 17:18

The American Left: RIP – Paul Craig Roberts

The left, which formerly stood for “peace and bread,” today stands for Identity Politics and war.

Once upon a time the leftwing of the political spectrum was committed to the advancement of the working class and its protection from political and economic abuse by the owners of the means of production.

The American leftwing has been transmogrified and splintered into separate “victim groups”—women, racial minorities, homosexuals, transgendered.

The oppressors are no longer oligarchs who own the means of production.

The working class has been redefined as “the Trump deplorables.”The oppressor is the sexist, misogynist, homophobic, heterosexual, fascist, white supremacist male working class.

Oct 24 15:33

USS John S. McCain Rerouted to Philippines After Developing Hull Crack During Heavy Lift to Japan -USNI News

The heavy lift vessel carrying the damaged USS John S. McCain to Japan has been rerouted to the Philippines after the destroyer developed a small crack in its hull during transit, the U.S. 7th Fleet has confirmed to USNI News.

Oct 24 15:28

Dying For The Empire Is Not Heroic

Predictably, the news media spent most of the week examining words Donald Trump may or may not have spoken to the widow of an American Ranger killed in Niger, in northwest Africa, in early October. Not only was this coverage tedious, it was largely pointless. We know Trump is a clumsy boor, and we also know that lots of people are ready to pounce on him for any sort of gaffe, real or imagined. Who cares? It’s not news. But it was useful to those who wish to distract Americans from what really needs attention: the U.S. government’s perpetual war.

Oct 24 14:04

Is this an indication of “permanent war”?

The potential recall of more than 1,000 retired US military pilots is an indication of a “permanent war” mentality, says an American analyst.

Oct 24 13:49

Why Americans Support Perpetual Wars

By Chris Kanthan

“With great power, comes great responsibility” – a quote from the movie, Superman. However, the superpower known as America can’t stop waging incessant, futile wars. With the tectonic changes in geopolitics, the callous American attitude can result in devastating global wars. Although one can justifiably blame the elites for this debacle, equally culpable are the American people who loudly cheer or silently bless the perpetual wars. Selling a war in the U.S. is like giving out candies on Halloween...

Oct 24 12:40

Absolute Duty’ To Prepare For War With N. Korea, Johnson Warns Trump

North Korea’s threat to global security means US President Donald Trump must prepare for military intervention, Britain’s foreign secretary maintains.

Oct 24 10:18

Pressure' on US Needed to Solve N Korea Crisis Diplomatically – Peace Activist

Amid the ongoing tensions over North Korea, the US is reportedly preparing to put its nuclear-armed B-52 bombers back on 24-hour alert, a measure unseen since 1991. Arthur West, Chairman of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, explained why this decision is rather dangerous and what should be done instead to resolve the crisis.
Sputnik: Despite North Korea making significant progress with their nuclear weapons program… is this necessarily the right response from the US? What affect will this move have on the already delicate situation?

Arthur West (AW): The response by the United States is deeply depressing. I’m afraid it’s a very worrying development and I think it could escalate tensions. The response should be concentrated on a diplomatic solution to the issues.

Sputnik: From your perspective, instead of this constant ‘one upping’ of each other from the US and North Korea, what should be done to alleviate tensions between North Korea and the West?

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West is entirely correct in his assessment here; unfortunately, just because something is the most pig-headedly, hamn-fistedly stupid thing the US government could do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

North Korea is developing its nuclear arsenal as a deterrent to any possible first strike from the US, and have no illusions about precisely what President Trump meant, during his tirade at the UN, screaming death and destruction for North Korea as well as Iran.

But would Kim Jung Un use such missiles in a first strike scenario?!? The answer would be "HELL no!", because they understand that such a move would cause their country to be turned into molten glass by a US military counterstrike.

Oct 24 09:24

What’s Going on in Niger? America’s Unspoken War against sub-Saharan Africa

Few Americans know anything about the country. They’re minimally knowledgeable geographically about nations only when Washington goes to war – testimony to public ignorance, a national disgrace in a nation where it’s simple to stay informed by following reliable independent online sources.

Niger is landlocked in central northwest Africa, nearly twice the size of France territorially. It’s the world’s fifth largest source of uranium, its fourth largest producer, reason enough for America’s presence.

Its other valued resources include coal, iron ore, tin, phosphates, gold, molybdenum, gypsum, salt and oil – with at least 40 billion barrels of proved reserves, perhaps multiples this amount, it’s believed, along with plentiful natural gas.

Niger became newsworthy with reports of militants killing four US special forces, the Pentagon saying little about what happened.

Oct 24 09:21

George W. Bush Receives a Character Award at West Point: Duty, Honor, Atrocity

In George W. Bush’s home state of Texas, if you are an ordinary citizen found guilty of capital murder, the mandatory sentence is either life in prison or the death penalty. If, however, you are a former president of the United States responsible for initiating two illegal wars of aggression, which killed 7,000 U.S. servicemen and at least 210,000 civilians, displaced more than 10 million people from their homes, condoned torture, initiated a global drone assassination campaign, and imprisoned people for years without substantive evidence or trial in Guantanamo Bay, the punishment evidently is to be given the Thayer Award at West Point.

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Lord, please, NO! This is absoflippinglutely unbelievable, and a terrible dishonor to the award, and what it stands for, to have been awarded to the American war criminal, President Bush.

Oct 24 09:12

Trump’s Iran Obsession and the War on Yemen

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to make our government’s already indefensible Yemen policy worse, and they want to do it for this lousy reason:

Coupled with Iran’s proximity to the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the Houthi missile transfers have raised concerns that Tehran may be positioning itself to control two crucial energy chokepoints in the region.

This is why Yemen is now “front and center” in the administration’s new Iran strategy, according to a senior advisor who helped draft it.

Whatever the U.S. does next in Yemen, it won’t “roll back Iran” because Iran isn’t there to be rolled back. If the Trump administration falls for this, they will be dragging the U.S. deeper into an unnecessary war that will do nothing to Iran. Instead, it will continue our shameful policy of helping to inflict death and destruction on Yemenis that have done nothing to us.

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Folks, the government and military of your country are colluding with Saudi Arabian troops in warcrimes, and genocide in Yemen; it is just that simple, period, end of discussion.

I don't know about you, but I really,morally despise being a citizen of a country committing war crimes. Mike and I are too old, and too broke, to immigrate, but if we could, we certainly would; there are other, morally civilised countries in this world which absolutely do not engage in this behaviour.

Oct 24 09:02

Are Our Mideast Wars Forever?

As their U.S. allies watched, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters were run out of Kirkuk and all the territory they had captured fighting ISIS alongside the Americans. The Iraqi army that ran them out was trained and armed by the United States.

The U.S. had warned the Kurds against holding the referendum on independence on Sept. 25, which carried with 92 percent. Iran and Turkey had warned against an independent Kurdistan that could be a magnet for Kurdish minorities in their own countries.

But the Iraqi Kurds went ahead. Now they have lost Kirkuk and its oil, and their dream of independence is all but dead.

More troubling for America is the new reality revealed by the rout of the peshmerga. Iraq, which George W. Bush and the neocons were going to fashion into a pro-Western democracy and American ally, appears to be as close to Iran as it is to the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American people have grown infinitely more war-weary and more war-sceptical than at any other time I have observed them, since the Vietnam War era.

I seriously doubt that they will support more wars, when our existing ones in places like Iraq; Niger; Somalia; Afghanistan; Syria; and Yemen are going so generally horribly badly.

That Iran should become politically dominant in Baghdad, Beiruit, or Damascus, is one of the unintended consequences of a number of poorly thought out and ill conceived war scenarios, dating back to the Bush era, which did not account for for the potential hazards of getting involved militarily in the region the first place. And despite all the cheerleading from Israel's Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman regarding regime change in Tehran, such a move would most likely box the US government into another no-win situation, as is the current US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

The primary charactarization of US foreign policy over the last 16 years has to be that of magical thinking, which had absolutely zero basis in reality, but the horrific costs, in American blood and money, have been all too real.

In looking at the corporate US-presstitute demonization I am seeing of both Russia and Iran, it looks as though President Trump is ultimately looking to wage wars against both these countries; I just hope he understands that our military cannot fight both at the same time, although that is what will happen if he attacks Iran, because Russia's mllitary and civilian leadership have long pledged to defend it if it is attacked militarily.

I would like to politely point out that as a result of assisting Syria against its jihadis, Russia has earned the envy of the world in terms of its weaponry, and how well it has functioned in real-world combat conditions; the US has the Lockheed-Martin F-35 to offer, which is still incapable of working as advertised, no matter how many billions of dollars the DOD has thrown at it.

The Occupied, Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika, at this moment the 21st century, has become a true rogue nation, and one that no nation in its collective right mind could possibly trust to keep its word; look at what President Trump has just done with the P5+1 agreement, as an example. The only way it seems to get its way, is through hubristic bellicosity, lies, and war, rather than hard-won, moral negotiations.

I would like to hope that the White House, Congress, State Department and Pentagon have the capability to think through their next moves in the in the Middle East through very thoroughly, and carefully; The next moves here, if not done with extreme care and caution, could well spark a Third World.

Oct 24 08:29

US Airstrike Kills 14 Civilians in Eastern Syria

US warplanes attacked the Qusur District of Syria’s city of Deir Ezzor, a government-held area in the nation’s far east, killing at least 14 civilians and wounding 32 others, according to reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 22 civilians had been killed in the attack. The US has not commented on the incident yet, but spokesman Col. Dillon promised to “check the reports.”

He said there would be “no reason” for the US to attack the city, as neither the US nor its Kurdish allies are operating in the area. That, of course, is not exactly a denial, and it’s unclear if we’ll hear about it again soon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not know what the Vegas odds are of the US and Russian engaging in direct military conflict in Syria; but my guess is, we are right on the keening edge of this happening, if the US keeps attacking this sovererign nation, against which the US government has not declared war, and which has not invited this country to assist them in getting rid of their jihadist rebels.

Oct 24 08:21

US MERCENARIES, IRAQI HIGHWAYS AND THE MYSTERY OF THE NEVER-ENDING ISIS HORDES

Maps of the conflict stretching over the last several years show clear corridors used to reinforce IS positions, leading primarily from Turkey’s southern border and to a lesser extent, from Jordan’s borders.

However, another possible vector may be desert highways in Iraq’s western Anbar province where US military contractors are allegedly to “provide security” as well as build gas stations and rest areas. These highways contributed to the current conflict and still serve as a hotbed for state–sponsored terrorism. Whether these US-controlled and -improved highways pose a significant threat for a reorganized effort by the US and its regional allies to divide and destroy Iraq and Syria seems all but inevitable.

The Islamic State’s de facto invasion of Syria and Iraq was a more massive and dramatic replay of an earlier surge of foreign militants into the region, following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

Oct 24 08:08

Senators ‘Stunned’ to Learn US Has 1,000 Troops in Niger

With Pentagon officials offering the first details on the Niger ambush incident, they also revealed details about the ongoing US war in Niger, including the revelation that there is an ongoing US war in Niger. Nobody seems to have known about it.

Especially not those whose job it is to know. Senate Armed Services Committee members confirmed they were “stunned” by the revelation, and had no idea that the US had upwards of 1,000 ground troops operating inside Niger.

Gen. Joe Dunford presented this military operation as being targeted at an ISIS affiliate inside Niger, and the suggestion is that the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Afghanistan is serving as the legal justification.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And, while Congress is in its "stunned" mode, barking its innocence of this military confrontation, one might well ask them why the US government and military are enabling Saudi War Crimes in Yemen, which is an unfolding human catastrophe, featuring the assassination of innocents, including women and children; the starvation of the Yemeni people, courtesy of a joint US/Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports; and the increasingly horrific spread of (potentially weaponized) cholera in Yemen, about which no one can seem to do anything, because the country is so unstable.

Oct 24 07:44

Are Russia, Iran outflanking the US in Iraq?

Russia deftly manages potentially choppy ties with Iran, while the United States claims Iran "subverting Iraq."

Oct 24 07:15

WHY ARE MERCENARIES FIGHTING AMERICA'S WARS?

Conflict has become big business, and nations are paying mercenaries millions to be their boots on the ground.

Watch more AJ+ In-Depth: http://ajplus.co/ajindepth

Recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made private military contracting a multi-billion-dollar industry. Mercenaries have been around for centuries, but they have emerged from the shadows thanks to increased demand for contractors from countries like the U.S. and Russia. Now, the Trump administration has reached out to individuals with a stake in the industry – like Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg – for advice with their Afghanistan strategy. This Sunday on AJ+, we explore the dangers of a world with more professional soldiers.

Learn more here:

New York Times. “Trump Aides Recruited Businessmen to Devise Options for Afghanistan.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/world/asia/trump-afghanistan-policy...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a point past which mercs cannot take the present and future wars the Occupied, Unhinged Surveilled States of America are fighting.

The return of the draft (for both our young men and young women) is coming ; it is only a question of when, augmented, of course, with robosoldiers who feel neither pain, nor conscience

Robots in War: the next weapons of mass destruction.

US Army Future Most Advanced Robots DARPA Real Terminator Battle US Military Robots Full Documentary

Oct 23 18:51

US Prepares To Put B-52 Nuclear Bombers On High Alert

The US Air Force is renovating Cold War-era launch pads as it prepares to put its strategic bombers on constant 24-hour alert to engage in potential nuclear conflict for the first time since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

“The world is a dangerous place and we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons,” Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein told US military website Defense One. “It’s no longer a bipolar world where it’s just us and the Soviet Union. We’ve got other players out there who have nuclear capability. It’s never been more important to make sure that we get this mission right.”

Oct 23 14:59

US Preparing To Put Nuclear Bombers Back On 24-Hour Alert

If the order comes, the B-52s will return to a ready-to-fly posture not seen since the Cold War

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.

Oct 23 14:38

John Brennan’s Police State USA – Mike Whitney

So it all started with Brennan, the resentful Intel chief who got his nose bloodied by Putin in Syria and decided to seek his revenge.

And, keep in mind, Washington’s Sunni proxies were not a division of the Pentagon; they were entirely a CIA confection: CIA recruited, CIA-armed, CIA-funded and CIA-trained. The defeat is not a loss for the US Military, but a blot on the record of CIA Director John Brennan, the architect and main proponent of the failed project to remove Assad. Brennan’s whole scheme has gone down in flames.

Oct 23 14:32

The Pentagon Wants Drone 'Swarms' to Support Infantry

In the near future, US Army and Marine Corps infantry squads could march into battle behind swarms of hundreds of flying and crawling drones. At least, that's the plan. On October 12, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—the Pentagon's fringe-science wing—asked robot-developers to submit ideas for tactics and technologies that could allow small infantry units to deploy swarms of 250 or more robots.

Oct 23 14:16

Why Are Mercenaries Fighting America's Wars?

Recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made private military contracting a multi-billion-dollar industry. Mercenaries have been around for centuries, but they have emerged from the shadows thanks to increased demand for contractors from countries like the U.S. and Russia. Now, the Trump administration has reached out to individuals with a stake in the industry – like Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg – for advice with their Afghanistan strategy. This Sunday on AJ+, we explore the dangers of a world with more professional soldiers.

Oct 23 14:02

Indonesian Military Chief Invited To US, Then Barred From Entering At Last Minute

The US embassy in Jakarta was forced to apologize after the head of the Indonesian armed forces was denied entry into the US at the last minute despite having a valid visa and an invitation by the US chief of staff himself.

Oct 23 11:55

Tillerson Demands Iran "Militias" Leave Iraq As Fighting Against ISIS "Comes To A Close"

One week after we reported that the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard (which two weeks ago was designated by the US as a terrorist organization), Qassem Soleimani, was observed in Erbil last Sunday where he met with Kurdistan regional president Barzani to "discuss" the growing crisis - the latest indication of Iran's surging influence in the region - and just days before Iraq sent in troops assisted by Iranian militia into Iraq's Kurdish region, which promptly regained control over the oil-rich Kirkuk region, on Sunday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Iranian "militias" need to leave Iraq as the fight against Islamic State militants was coming to an end.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's take a look at a map of Iran:

Iran and surrounding countries

IF the US military is planning a strike against Iran, they will need all Iranian militia out of Iraq, if they are looking to base some military actions against Iran from Iraq, with which it shares a border.

Additionally, the SDF, which recently captured the Syrian city of Raqqah, are refusing to turn it over to the Syrian government; SDF refuses to hand Raqqah over to the Syrian government

It is conceivably possible that the US military is thinking about using Raqqah a "base" for both operations against the Syrian government and Iran.

But I would politely suggest that the US government and military think twice about an attempted decap against Tehran; Russia has long stated that should Iran be attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid.

And BTW, what specific charges does Secretary of State Tillerson hold against Iran's Revolutionary Guard?!? Sir, if you expect young Americans to die to neutralize Israel's "existential enemy du jour", I believe American mothers and fathers need a reason for this to happen, not just unspeicified accusations.

Oct 23 11:30

Pentagon Uses Niger Ambush To Bolster AFRICOM Military Budget

The October 4 ambush in Niger that killed four US Special Forces members forced the Pentagon to admit that they had been routinely carrying out ground patrols inside Niger, but African command (AFRICOM) may be cashing in on the incident.

Oct 23 10:28

US NOW ADMITS SYRIAN "REBELS" HAVE USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS

rom the first moment chemical weapons were used on the Syrian battlefield, the American public was led to believe that only one side could possibly be responsible. The constant refrain in the echo chamber of US government officials and the mainstream media was that only the Assad government possessed chemical stockpiles and the technological capability of deploying such heinous weapons, therefore blame for each and every chemical attack from Ghouta to Khan Sheikhoun was laid at the feet of Assad and the Syrian military.

And yet last Wednesday, for the first time, the US State Department casually dropped an important admission into its official Syria travel warning for American citizens: that the core rebel group currently operating in northwest Syria not only possesses but has used chemical weapons - to the point that the State Department considers it a major enough threat to publicly warn citizens about.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me that the only thing at which the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika excel is lying to the American public; or attempting to lie, as demonstrated by this article.

Narratives are always driven by agendas, and this issue of rebels using poison gas, was utter kryptonite to this government; so it lied, saying it was Bashar Al Assad's military which did this, when in fact, it was not.

Oct 23 10:19

The Pentagon Wants Drone 'Swarms' to Support Infantry: DARPA asked robot-developers for a way to let small infantry units deploy swarms of 250 or more robots in urban areas.

In the near future, US Army and Marine Corps infantry squads could march into battle behind swarms of hundreds of flying and crawling drones.

At least, that's the plan. On October 12, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—the Pentagon's fringe-science wing—asked robot-developers to submit ideas for tactics and technologies that could allow small infantry units to deploy swarms of 250 or more robots.

The swarms must function "in built-up areas up to eight city blocks in size over mission durations of up to six hours," according to Dr. Timothy Chung, the program manager.

Chung's Offensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics initiative—a.k.a, OFFSET—overlaps conceptually with a separate military effort to deploy large formations of small drones from fighter jets. OFFSET also dovetails with DARPA's Squad-X program, which is trying to outfit infantry squads with better communications, sensors, and weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I getting that very queasy feeling that before these drones are deployed domestically, before they are deployed internationally?!?

US Military's Plan to Take Over America


Trump to undo Obama-era limits on military-style gear for US police

Army manual outlines plan to kill rioters

US military prepares for economic collapse

Images: US Militry plans for domestic rioting

And please, remember: on 4 November (one week from this coming Saturday) the domestic terrorist group, ANTIFA, has threatened to riot, violently, across the USA as a way (in their fantasy) of removing President Trump and Vice President Pence from office.

IF you and your family live in a dense urban neighborhood on or before that Saturday, you may want to head to the most remote area you know; failing that, shelter in place, to avoid the violence that ANTIFA has promised its alleged "betrayers" who voted for President Trump, rather than Clinton,

Oct 23 08:57

Beached: Germany's Entire Submarine Fleet Out of Action

The entire complement of Germany’s high-tech submarine fleet is out of service, and, to hear the Berlin’s defense minister tell it, it’s not a good thing.

Currently, four of the country's active-duty U-boats — short for 'unterseeboot' or undersea boat, but not to be confused with the thousands of deadly Nazi subs that terrorized the oceans during World War II — are in the process of being serviced in drydock with equipment and communications upgrades, while the two remaining ships of Germany's six U-boat fleet wait their turn.

Berlin's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen — through spokesperson Jens Flosdorff — has observed that the current state of non-readiness in the German submarine flotilla is less than optimal.

Oct 23 08:04

Why Vladimir Putin Deserves a Nobel Peace Prize (Seriously)

For many years, and despite all evidence to the contrary, the Western media has forwarded the inane idea that Vladimir Putin ranks in the same club with some of history's most loathsome creatures, up to and including Hitler.

The reality is that the Russian leader has done more to promote the cause of global peace and security than any other Western leader in recent times. That explains why he is the object of such intense scorn.

Oct 23 07:47

Why are these popular prescription opioids branded for a company that no longer exists?

Harm reduction advocates are concerned the outdated markings are only used because of the pills’ popularity on the streets, a charge the company says is not true.

When Kyle Bye is trying to score the prescription narcotic Percocet, he looks for three letters: TEC.

The letters are engraved in bold capitals across the dime-sized white pill, a mix of oxycodone and Tylenol

The letters are also the marking of a drug company that has not existed in nearly 20 years.>>>

Oct 23 05:50

Mattis Pushes Congress for Another Round of Base Closings

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis formally began pushing Thursday for another round of politically toxic base closings.

In letters to the chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Mattis said, “An additional Base Realignment and Closure round, in my view, remains a significant opportunity,” although Congress has rejected attempts to shutter bases for the past five years.

“We have studied shortcomings of previous rounds and are confident the savings generated by a new BRAC in 2021 would save $2 billion or more annually,” Mattis wrote in the letter.

Mattis’ letter is in line with Pentagon budget documents showing the military has about 20 percent more buildings, bases and infrastructure than it needs.

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Oct 23 05:23

Air Force: No Plans to Recall Retired Pilots to Fix Shortage

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Trump last Friday signed the order to address what the Pentagon says is a serious pilot shortage.

A Pentagon spokesman says the Air Force is currently short about 1,500 pilots, and had indicated that the Secretary of Defense would allow the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years.

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(*Herein lies a symptom of conservatives claiming teachers make too much money , and that that revenue would be better spent if it were to be slid over to the defense budget . )

Oct 22 14:37

BREAKING: US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert

True story: I was watching this from the other side of the flightline.

Oct 22 12:00

Israeli Merkava Hit by Hezbollah in 2006

This is what Hezbollah fighters did to Merkava MBT's in 2006 with Kornet ATGM's. The Israelis advanced up valleys without clearing the ridges. The Kornet outranged the Israeli's tank guns by over 1,000 meters and the Israelis couldn't elevate their tank cannons enough to shoot back anyway. They were out thought and out fought.
The IDF has been fighting unarmed people in the main since 1973. Hezbollah,the Iranians and Syrians are experienced blooded fighters with good weapons and tactics as well as strategy and they are backed up by The Bear. All the Israelis have left are nukes and the weakened US.
A very dangerous situation for the Planet and the People indeed..

Oct 22 09:14

The #Resistance found its new power couple!

Former President George W. Bush discovered this week that all he had to do to make the media finally like him was take a rhetorical swing at Donald Trump.

And it didn’t hurt that he teamed up with Barack Obama to do it. The result was a media swoon. The New York Times crooned: “Without Saying ‘Trump,’ Bush and Obama Deliver Implicit Rebukes.”

Oct 22 09:09

France requests more US troops to fight ISIS in West Africa

The US must step up support for French troops fighting Islamic State in West Africa, the French defense minister said during a visit to Washington, even as US officials sparred over the ambush in Niger that left four US service members dead.

“Much more needs to be done,” Defense Minister Florence Parly said after a meeting Friday with her US counterpart James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, according to Reuters. “We can’t be and don’t want to be, the praetorian (guards) of sovereign African countries. They must be made able to defeat terror on their own.”

Without US support, Parly said, the mission is likely to fail.

Oct 22 09:04

French defence minister in Washington amid Niger ambush storm

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis thanked French Defence Minister Florence Parly for France's help after four US soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger, sparking controversy over American operations in the west African country. The Iran nuclear deal and Chad, which is affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban, were among other questions raised by Parly during her visit.

"Thank you for your support and for your letter of condolences for our fallen following this attack," Mattis told Parly when they met on Friday.

French helicopters, backed up by warplanes, arrived to evacuate the US victims within 30 minutes of the ambush by about 50 attackers, thought to be jihadists, near the Mali border.

Oct 22 08:43

The Real Danger of Refusing to Certify the Iran Deal

President Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear deal is reckless and dangerous. By all accounts—including that of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), America’s European allies, the U.S. intelligence community and Trump’s national security team—Iran has complied with the restrictive terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and significantly rolled back its nuclear program, while subjecting itself to the most intrusive inspections regime in the world.
Undermining a successful nonproliferation agreement in this way isolates America, sows doubt about its credibility and trustworthiness, signals to other rogue regimes, like North Korea, the imperative of a nuclear deterrent, and worst of all, needlessly puts the United States and Iran back on the road to confrontation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the hubristic rantings of one of Trump's "President Whisperers", Israel's Bibi Nentanyahu, have driven President Trump over the edge of reason, and into a closed mindset that only a successful, regime-changing war against Iran will stop it from developing nuclear weapons past the point of no return.

There are three major factors absent President Trump's calculus on this; first, that Russia will, most certainly, come to Iran's aid if militarily attacked.

Secondly, the people of this country have become war weary and war sceptical about yet another potential military misadventure in the Middle East or other places, when the wars in Afghanistan; Iraq; Yemen; Libya; and Niger, continue to go horribly badly for this country.

And third, and perhaps most importantly, although President Trump has been getting much cheerleading for a potential attack against Iran by Israel and Saudi Arabia, the horrific costs of such an invasion will be borne only in American blood and American money.

As a businessman, President Trump needs, right now, to be thinking cost/benefit ratio for such a war; if he does not, the potential harm to this country, from such an attempted invasion and occupation if the US doesn't win it, will be extraordinary bad.

Oct 21 09:47

Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage

President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced.

By law, only 25 retired officers can be brought back to serve in any one branch. Trump's order removes those caps by expanding a state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush after 9/11, signaling what could be a significant escalation in the 16-year-old global war on terror.

"We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years," Navy Cdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

But the executive order itself is not specific to the Air Force, and could conceivably be used in the future to call up more officers and in other branches.

Oct 21 09:44

America's Scramble for Africa

The ugly row over whether President Trump disrespected the young widow of a fallen American soldier has overshadowed a bigger issue. That is, the increasing number of US military operations across the African continent.

Oct 21 09:38

Trump Orders Administration to Deter Conflict With Russia

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster announced that Rex Tillerson has been given the lead in the area of fostering cooperation with Russia.

Oct 21 07:34

Soldier’s Widow Releases Recording of Family’s Call With Trump

(*video @ source)
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De Alencar's account of the phone call with Trump comes as the president faces criticism for his calls to the families of four Army soldiers who were killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month

Oct 20 21:06

Is Liberalism a Dying Faith? Pat Buchanan

James Burnham called it (Liberalism) in his 1964 “Suicide of the West” — the ideology of Western suicide.

Asked to name the defining attributes of the America we wish to become, many liberals would answer that we must realize our manifest destiny since 1776, by becoming more equal, more diverse and more democratic — and the model for mankind’s future.

Oct 20 21:03

“The Lobby” British Style – Philip Giraldi

An undercover reporter secretly records how the Israeli Embassy directs local groups

There is undeniably a complicated web of relationships and networks that define Israel’s friends.

Now that the British account of “The Lobby” has cleared a regulatory hurdle the American version will reportedly soon be released.

Oct 20 15:13

Spanish Government Vows To Impose Military-Backed Regime In Catalonia

The Spanish government’s declaration yesterday that it plans to invoke Article 155 of the Spanish constitution tomorrow, suspending Catalan regional autonomy, is a political watershed and an urgent warning to workers not only in Spain, but across Europe and internationally.

Oct 20 13:30

Neocon Nikki Haley’s Anti-Iran Rage: Prelude to War?

Neocon Nikki Haley is Trump’s leading administration antagonist, notably on North Korea and Iran. Her hostile early September address on the Islamic Republic before the hawkish American Enterprise Institute preceded Trump’s decertification of the JCPOA nuclear deal – an international treaty the president defied by his action.

Haley’s address was a deplorable litany of beginning-to-end Big Lies. On Wednesday during a Security Council open debate on the Middle East, she was at it again.

Her remarks included a long laundry list of long ago discredited canards.

Washington, Israel, and its sinister AIPAC lobby resent Iranian sovereign independence, its military strength solely for defense – an obstacle to Israeli regional dominance, along with America’s presence.

Were Haley’s hostile Wednesday remarks prelude for initiating diabolical Trump administration plans ahead, including naked aggression against the country – nuclear deal decertification a starter for what’s to come?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sure that Haley's strongest qualifications for the job as Bimbobassador to the UN, was her unswavering, slavish affection for Israel, allowing her to believe that this country can do no wrong, and an absolute, nearly pathological inability to look at facts, and make intelligent conclusions from a review of the facts.

A thinking Ambassador to the UN would be loathe to be condemn both North Korea and Iran for trying to defend their countries, and would be condemning Israel's flagrant collective punishment of the Palestinians; unfortunately, that is not what we have in Ambassador Haley, and the world may suffer terribly from this.

Oct 20 13:28

flashback REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES

ABOUT THE PROJECT FOR THE
NEW AMERICAN CENTURY
Established in the spring of 1997, the Project for the New American Century is a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership.
The Project is an initiative of the New Citizenship Project. William Kristol is chairmanof the Project, and Robert Kagan, Devon Gaffney Cross, Bruce P. Jackson and John R.Bolton serve asdirectors. Gary Schmitt is executive director of the Project.

“As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world’s most preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does
the United States have the vision to build upon the achievement of
past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?

“[What we require is] a military that is strong and ready to meet
both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and
purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national
leadership that accepts the United States’ global responsibilities.

(*it's a pdf file .
it's also the first WRH article I ever read .)

Oct 20 13:11

Video: Raqqa In Ruins: Drone Buzzes Syrian City

Aerial footage oif war-torn Raqqa.

Oct 20 13:08

CIA Chief: North Korea on Cusp of Ability to Hit US With Nukes

Pompeo warned that North Korea’s progress is so quick now that there’s no way to predict when they’ll succeed, adding “you’re now talking about months” and that a “detailed level” of precision is irrelevant.

North Korea has been very public about wanting this capacity for a nuclear retaliation against the US as a way to deter constant US threats for attacks. Officials have even suggested North Korea is loathe to talk with the US until they have this capacity, to blunt the threat of a US attack as a negotiating tactic.

Despite North Korea being on the verge of having a capacity that should make US strikes unthinkable, Pompeo said the US should continue to keep the possibility of attacking on the table.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The huge war exercises between South Korea and the US has, theoretically ended as of today.

So what happens when these military resources are out of the North Korean Peninsula?!?

38north.org, a highly respected organisation under the auspices of John Hopkins University, has nothing, recently, about the North Korean having moved any of their missiles to their launch site for a test.

I frankly think that Kim Jung Un will not do anything with his missiles, until he and his nuclear scientists are absolutely sure that they have a missile which can actually hit the US East Coast; at that point, he may be ready to negotiate with the United States, from a position of strength.

Oct 20 13:00

More than 1,800 civilians killed overall in defeat of ISIS at Raqqa, say monitors

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have announced the capture of Raqqa from so called Islamic State (ISIS) fighters — and while Coalition officials say small pockets of resistance remain, it is now possible to assess the significant civilian toll of the four month battle.

Some 200,000 civilians by some estimates were in the city when operations to dislodge ISIS began on June 6th. Though the SDF and Coalition appeared at times to give conflicting instructions to civilians, most were able to flee – including several thousand during the last week of fighting, following an agreement that also saw the surrender and evacuation of around 275 ISIS fighters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump campaigned on not only killing ISIS, but their families as well; we can see that demonstrated these huge numbers of casualties in Racca, where the US was absolutely not invited by the Syrian government to fight ISIS, but became, instead, an enabler for proxy jihadists.

Oct 20 12:42

Taliban Destroys Afghan Army Base in Kandahar

A major Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province has resulted in the destruction of an entire Afghan Army base, and the deaths of at least 58 Afghan soldiers. The toll is expected to rise with others wounded and six still missing.

The attacks began with the Taliban detonating two armored vehicles full of explosives, causing massive damage. Other Taliban swooped into the base and destroyed everything that was left.

“Unfortunately there is nothing left inside the camp,” the Afghan Defense Ministry confirmed. “They have burned down everything they found inside. This is the latest of several major attacks on Afghan security forces in the past few days

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec Def Mattis, a word please: if the current US/NATO "Surge" is working, why, please, are these Taliban attacks escalating by the day?!?

You have to know that the US government is paralyzed by a fear of appearing as having failed in Afghanistan.

Wise Presidential leadership with any small grasp of the history of this part of the world would never make the mistake of engaging Afghanistan militarily in a heartbeat.

But what we had, in 2001, was the horrifically polar opposite from wisdom, feebly illuminated in the person of one George W. Bush, scion of a wealthy Texas oil family which believed, as a matter of personal dogma, that it had a "divine right" to rule the White House, via the second most criminal and skewed election in America's history.

Adept speech writers, and highly scripted photo ops, could only barely mask the innate lack of intelligence Bush possessed, so he could be easily railroaded into military misadventures which had abosolutely zero chance to be successful in either the short run or long run.

Bush and his unholy enablers, Cheney and Rumsfeld, cheerled the idea, when the money the Taliban wanted for use of their oil pipelines was far more than US oil companies were willing to pay, plus you had the instability issue in the country here.

The result of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan has been a collosal strategic failure, bought at catastrophic cost in blood and money. You, as a military professional who is highly respected, and in fact, some say, revered by your troops, understand this.

You and President Trump's team have been very "agitated" about what the international community may think about the US and NATO leaving Afghanistan; but it is high time you paid just a little attention, please, to the folks who worked, against all odds, to put Trump into the White House: I, sir, count myself as one of those people.

What is logical, sir, after 16 years on, is to have US and NATO troops leave this country as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

This could not possibly cost anywhere near as much as the current, and coming, complement of troops, on a daily basis, that the US and NATO are forking out right now for military operations.

I would like you to share your military wisdom with President Trump, about picking this country's battles more wisely than it has in the past; the current American sabre rattling against North Korea and Iran do not bode well in regard to an intelligently rational relationship with either country.

What the American people want is peace; the right and opportunity to work, and support their families; and to end these wars of conquest which are, generally, going so badly for this country.

Sec Def Mattis, you know what the right, moral thing to do here in Afghanistan should be; I am asking you, to have the moral courage to tell your Commander in Chief that this war is not winnable, without a hugely major, and quick, uptick in troop strength, which the American military, at this point in its history, cannot fulfill.

Oct 20 11:29

6 YEARS AGO TODAY, THE US HELPED MURDER GADDAFI TO STOP THE CREATION OF GOLD-BACKED CURRENCY

Six years ago today, the West took it upon itself to use NATO to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi — not for any humanitarian threat to civilians as had been repeatedly claimed — but because his planned roll-out of a new currency to be used across Africa posed a palpable existential threat to central banks at the heart of the Western financial and political system.

Long theorized to be the actual vehicle for Gaddafi’s downfall, the gold dinar-based, pan-African currency motive came to light in nascent 2016 in one of more than 3,000 of Hillary Clinton’s emails released by the State Department — conveniently timed with the New Year’s holiday to abate outrage or repercussions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We Came, We Saw, He Died!!" Thus cackled Clinton upon hearing of Ghadaffi's execution.

And we can see just how stabizing THAT was for Lybia, now factionalized in a bloody civil war, which is tearing the country apart, 6 years on.

Oct 20 11:22

TRUMP HAS KILLED MORE CIVILIANS WITH ILLEGAL DRONE STRIKES IN 9 MONTHS THAN OBAMA DID IN 8 YEARS

While the mainstream media focuses on anything but the current state of U.S. intervention in the Middle East, the Trump Administration is breaking records by accumulating a horrific number of civilian deaths.

Former President Obama earned the nickname of “Drone King” when he dramatically escalated the use of drone strikes, while also downplaying the number of innocent civilians who became “collateral damage.” In the two years that his administration devoted to publicly spending millions of taxpayer dollars to fight the Islamic State group, the estimated civilian death toll ranged from 2,300 to 3,400, according to Airwars, an organization tracking deaths in the war against ISIS.

President Trump has been in office for just 9 months, and he has already surpassed Obama’s murderous record with estimated numbers as high as 4,500 civilian deaths.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me that this alleged "War on Terror" is simply an excuse to commit genocide wherever American troops are stationed, which cause those who survive to become radicalized, and repeat the cycle all over again, to insure the US's perpetual waging of war on societies who have the extremely bad taste to be living over resources those in the Bowels of power in DC have decided the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, need, and to expropriate them in such a way that their value never trickles down to indigenous peoples.

No 16 year old American kid has ever seen this country not at a permanent state of war.

And the US military has assured us, very publicly, that these wars are going to get worse, and soon

US Military is Preparing for Decades of Hybrid Wars

Note the plural.

I would predict that at some point, during the Trump Administration, the draft will be introduced, and this time, the military will be coming for both your sons, and your daughters.

Oct 20 11:09

MI5 boss Andrew Parker: UK terror threat evolving at scale never seen before

The UK is facing a "multidimensional threat" that is rapidly evolving "at a scale and pace we've not seen before", the director general of MI5 has warned.

Andrew Parker said the security service is operating at an unprecedented level and has seen "a dramatic upshift in threats this year".

"It's at the highest tempo I've seen in my 34-year career," he said. "Today there is more terrorist activity, coming at us more quickly, and it can be harder to detect.

"We're now running well over 500 live operations involving around 3,000 individuals known to be currently involved in extremist activity in some way.

"As well as those we are looking at today, risk can also come from returnees from Syria and Iraq and also the growing pool of over 20,000 individuals we've looked at in the past in our terrorism investigations

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Andrew Parker, a word, please, and a little logic.

The people uprooted from Iraq and Syria have every reason to be angry at the Anglo/US wars against their countries which caused them to have to flee, sometimes with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, to impose regime change, and insure that their oil was only sold in US dollars. The US and the Brits made that happen in Iraq, not so much in Syria yet; however, Israel is working hard to get another war going there, which the US military will most probably join.

This unrestricted, unrestrained immigration has caused massive woes for you, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and France. So here's about doing immigration intelligently; only let in the best of the best of the best, meaning that these are people who already are proficient in English; want to assimilate; have meaningful job skills in the 21st century, and will behave in a peaceful and civlised manner.

It's called vetting, Andrew.

This is no longer the 19th century, the century of the Emma Lazarus poem, which includes the phrases,

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

The US, UK, and Europe don't have the money or luxury or infrastructure to allow people to immigrate if they don't want to assimilate; don't want to learn the language; and do not want to be a part of their respective nations' economic growth. Just being a refugee cannot be enough grounds to let people immigrate when they have nothing to offer; all countries need to demand the best of the best of the best for the future of their countries.

And as to eliminating the refugee issues?!? Stop the wars; start negotiating in good faith for what you want, and back off from regime change (yes, I know that once THAT one gets started it can be addictive!)

Oct 20 07:07

The dramatic moment two fighter pilots battle to unstrap themselves from their burning jet and then run for their lives after it catches fire on take-off in Japan

A fighter pilot had to run for his life when his jet burst into flames just before takeoff.

The airman and his co-pilot had to leap out of the cockpit when the plane caught fire on the runway at a Japanese air force base.

They were just about to go on a training flight from Hyakuri Air Base in Ibaraki Prefecture in eastern Japan.

Oct 20 06:28

‘I now hate my ship’: Surveys reveal disastrous morale on cruiser Shiloh

“It’s only a matter of time before something horrible happens,” one shipmate warned.

“Our sailors do not trust the CO,” another noted.

It’s a “floating prison,” one said.

“I just pray we never have to shoot down a missile from North Korea,” a distraught sailor lamented, “because then our ineffectiveness will really show.”

Frequently in focus is the commanding officer’s micromanagement and a neutered chiefs mess. Aycock was widely feared among sailors who said minor on-the-job mistakes often led to time in the brig, where they would be fed only bread and water.

Oct 19 15:02

Tillerson Blames ‘Myanmar Military’ Over Rohingya

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Washington holds Myanmar’s military leadership responsible for a harsh crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims but stopped short of saying whether Washington would take any action to address the issue.

Oct 19 12:04

‘Terrorists’ Plan Is To Make Us All Hate Each Other & Be Willing To Kill Each Other’

The communities around the world have to make sure radicalized people don’t speak for them, and that non-radical people have the stronger voice, Chris Phillips the former Head of the UK National Counter Terrorism Security Office told RT.

Oct 19 10:07

IDF attacks Syrian army post in retaliation for errant rocket

The IDF attacked a Syrian army post on the outskirts of Quneitra on Thursday afternoon in retaliation for an errant rocket that landed in Israel.

According to reports in Sham FM radio, which is affiliated with the Syrian regime, and the Lebanese news site Elnashra, no one was hurt in the IDF attack.

The rocket, which is believed to be "spillover" from the fighting raging across the border, landed in an open area in the northern Golan Heights. No one was hurt and no damage was reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel will do anything in its power to generate a reaction from Bashar Al Assad's military; President Al Assad, please do not give Israel the satisfaction of doing this, and creating a justification for war.

And Russia's President Putin; please try to talk some horse sense into Netanyahu, and remind him that Russia is in Syria at the behest of the Syrian government.

Oct 19 09:48

IRGC vows enhanced Iranian missile power in face of threats

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has sharply denounced the US president’s hostile policies and insults against the Iranian nation, vowing that the country will speed up its conventional missile program and regional role in response to enemy threats.

In a Thursday statement, the IRGC stressed the Guards’ resolve to defend the Iranian nation’s security and emphasized that it will not waver in its resolve to stand against the global “hegemonic system” and “the vicious network of international Zionism.”

The elite Iranian force further stressed that the Islamic Republic’s regional influence and missile program, which came to fruition under tough sanctions, will incessantly continue to expand.

The IRGC statement slammed the “rogue” and “lightheaded” president of the US, Donald Trump, for insulting the Iranian nation and paving the way for cruel sanctions against Iran’s Guards in his mid-October speech.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look, if you had a powerful foreign leader PUBLICLY threaten your country at the UN with the possibility of a war and national extinction against your people, wouldn't you take the precise same steps as Iran and North Korea are doing?!?

Logic says, HELL YES!!

Unfortunately, these statements from the IRGC are going to play right into Trump's and Netanyahu's plans to further demonize Iran, as a prelude to a war against it.

But Americans had better wake up to the stark reality that the costs of this war, which may well include war with Russia, whose leadership have long pledged military support of Iran should it be attacked, will only be paid in American blood and American money.

Oct 19 09:21

BofA Lists 10 Triggers For The Next Crash: "It's Coming Between Thanksgiving And Valentine's Day"

Back in mid-July, BofA's chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett predicted that the "most dangerous moment for market will come in 3 or 4 months." Well, we are now "between 3 and 4" months since that particular forecast was made, and the "most dangerous moment" we have experienced since, ironically, has been today's modest selloff on the 30 year anniversary of Black Monday. So looking back at his forecast, has Hartnett thrown in the towel on calls for a correction, and joined all the other BTFDers? Not quite: instead, Hartnett's thesis has merely shifted, and he now contends that having entered the market's melt up somewhat late, a bubble which as shown before has unleashed raging purchases of tech stocks and credit, especially junk bonds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Harknett's analysis proves true... watch for the next major wars to be generated by the United States government to begin in approximately this same time frame also.

We're just about 6 weeks away from Thanksgiving right now........

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