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Jul 18 10:07

Mike Flynn: ‘Americans Are Fed Up With the Bullshit’

Americans fed up with the bullshit they've been fed for many years. They want the truth.

Flynn: This is where I think the world has misread Donald Trump. He has no intention to step away without examining all relationships that we have. His intent is to relook at the way we are organized globally, where the US is sort of expected to be a global leader, but relook at these alliances and these charters that we are under to make sure that they are still viable for the 21st century. It doesn’t mean that President Trump comes into office and NATO goes away. But I would say that NATO as a political alliance does need to be relooked at in terms of everything — resourcing, capabilities.

Jul 18 09:45

Iraqi Shi’ite Cleric Tells Followers to Target US Troops

Influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has had his plate full leading a protest movement calling for major reforms, but in comments to followers today instructed them that US ground troops inside Iraq are “a target for us,” the latest indication the US could quickly find itself facing a Shi’ite insurgency on top of the ISIS war in Iraq.

This isn’t a surprise, as Sadr has been loudly opposed to US deployments of ground troops into Iraq, warning that his followers would resist any attempt to return to the days of the American occupation, during which US troops repeatedly targeted Sadrists.

The timing of the comments, less than a week after the most recent Pentagon announcement of another large deployment to Iraq, suggests that Sadr’s patience for the growing US force is wearing thin, and that, having already gone far beyond the “cap” the Abadi government set on US troop numbers, he doesn’t care to see more troops arriving uncontested.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the US Pentagon and State Department: this is not posturing on the part of Al Sadr. This is deadly serious.

And his ability to "get the band back together", i.e., reconstitute the Mahdi Army?!? That could happen in a heartbeat.

Yes, we know that you are getting your marching orders on this issue from Israel, which wants to be assured that Iraq gets "balkanized", so that it never again enjoys the standard of living it enjoyed under Saddam Hussein; but the increasing dangers to our US military, in light of Al Sadr's statement here, have just increased exponentially, and must to be weighed very seriously.

With all the Iraqi disgust at the paralyzed and corrupt Iraqi government, you may well be looking at a coming Shiite revolution in Iraq, which, if successful, may have Al Sadr as the country's president.

And no one, apparently at the White House, State Department, or Pentagon saw this coming, with such a muscular injection of US troops?!?

Jul 17 12:50

Failed Coup – Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich talks to RT

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, independent researcher and writer, talks to RT International on the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey:

“This incident does not have the hallmarks of a military coup. It’s almost like a mutiny.”

Jul 15 09:40

Iraq Warns Public Against Joining ‘Illegal’ Protest

Iraqi security forces issued a statement today on the eve of planned protests in the capital city of Baghdad, warning that the protest is “unauthorized” and subsequently illegal, and threatening to deal with anyone armed as a “terrorist threat.”

This follows statements earlier in the week by Prime Minister Hayder Abadi’s office, insisting that the war on terror is an “historic responsibility,” and that protesters should leave them alone to focus on the war. His office has made similar statements in advance of other recent protests.

Baghdad has faced major Friday protests off and on for months, with demonstrators seeking major reforms including the replacement of the current cabinet with technocrats as a way to try to get a handle on the nation’s corruption woes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are looking at a near "failed state" condition in Iraq, courtesy of the US invasion and occupation.

The Shiite Cleric, Moqtada Al Sadr, is organizing the Iraqi people against the powerlessness and corruption of the Al-Abadi regime, and we may well see the current government topple, replaced by a government featuring Al Sadr as its President.

This is one of this Administration's worst nightmare scenario, but if it happens, given the way US troops are stretched to nearly beyond capacity, the US may well not be able to do anything to prevent its happening.

Jul 15 08:00

Blair Justified Iraq War With ‘Discredited’ Child Mortality Data

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair cited dubious child mortality figures as part of his justification for invading Iraq when he was grilled by MPs, the Chilcot report has revealed.

In the run up to the Iraq War, Blair claimed Iraq’s child mortality rate was 130 deaths per 1,000, a figure he obtained from a long-discredited source, the Iraq Child and Maternal Mortality Survey (ICMMS).

Jul 15 06:33

France to Escalate Strikes in Syria and Iraq After Nice Attack

French Prime Minister Francois Hollande said Friday morning local time that he would "strengthen our actions" in Syria and Iraq and extend the state of emergency another three months, hours after a truck ran into a crowd of revelers and killed at least 80 people in Nice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter what happens, the first thing politicians think is how to use it for their agenda.

1. The driver of the truck was from TUNISIA, so how does that connect with bombing Iraq and Syria?

2. Setting aside attempts to link this incident to Al Qaeda through a 2010 article in INSPIRE magazine (which is actually a western propaganda front), this appears to be a road-rage incident committed by a known criminal whose wife just left him. He was reported to be dealing with severe depression, which means he may have been on prescription anti-depressants, which have a long history of triggering extremely violent behavior.

3. The current State of Emergency did not prevent this tragedy from happening, so why extend it?

Jul 14 12:47

Attacks On Baghdad Continue; 145 Killed In Iraq

Shi’ite militia leader Aws al-Khafaji has threatened to publicly execute several prisoners held in Dhi Qar province if the Iraqi government does not employ the death penalty against them soon. Khafaji heads the Abulfadhil
al-Abbas militia.

Jul 13 15:21

Iraq War, An Unaccountable Crime

Britain’s Chilcot report recalled the Iraq War lies that justified an aggressive war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, but this international crime has largely been sloughed off with almost no accountability, as Eric S. Margolis noted.

Jul 13 11:11

Chilcot: UK Refusing To Help Clean Up Iraq After Raining Down Radioactive Shells

Britain has no intention of cleaning up its deadly radioactive legacy in Iraq or even monitoring the terrifying impact depleted uranium (DU) shells will have on the population in the future, it has been claimed.

Jul 13 09:22

US SIGNS FIRST HISTORICAL MILITARY AGREEMENT WITH KURDS TO FIGHT ISIS

In an unprecedented step, the US has signed an agreement with the Kurdish government in northern Iraq to give military and financial support to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Before the arrival of ISIS in August 2014, the Kurdish Peshmerga troops were forced to rely on old military equipment, and were prevented from buying military equipment from outside Iraq.

Now, the Peshmerga forces are one of the main partners for the US-led coalition, and receive weapons and ammunition from several coalition members, including the United States.

On Tuesday, Iraqi Kurdistan’s President Masoud Barzani received a United States military delegation headed by Ms. Elissa Slotkin, the acting assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

This meeting was followed by a telephone conversation between President Barzani and Mr. Ashton Carter, the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All well and good for the "liberation" of Mosul; but ultimately, what is the unstated promise which must have been made by Ms. Slotkin to get Barzani to agree to this?!?

The goal of an independent Kurdistan has long been held by Kurds in the region, particularly by those languishing in Turkey; is this what Slotkin promised Barzani as the ultimate reward for doing the fighting to liberate Mosul?!? And will this be a section to be "carved" out of Syria, when Syria becomes balkanized, in some future post-Assad Syrian government?!?

Were I President Barzani, I would be very, very skeptical, if such an unspoken deal has been struck.

Jul 12 15:41

134 Killed In Iraq As Fighting Resumes After Holiday

During an unannounced visit to Iraq on Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the United States will deploy 560 additional troops to Iraq, where they will defend the recently captured airbase at Qayara. The airbase is tactically important for the upcoming attempt to retake Mosul. The number of U.S.

Jul 12 11:32

SAS CHIEF IN IRAQ ANGRY AT UK RUNNING ‘LATIN AMERICAN-STYLE DEATH SQUADS’

Details have emerged of how US and UK Special Forces clashed and drifted apart over the conduct of the Iraq occupation, with one British officer complaining about the use of tactics more akin to “Latin American-style” death squads than a modern military.

The details of the Balad special forces base and its operations, which came to shape the war, are not recounted in last week’s long-awaited report by Sir John Chilcot.

However, kill or capture operations in and around Baghdad, launched from the Balad base 50 miles (80km) north of the city, were a key if little known chapter in Britain’s shadow war, the Independent reports.

Despite killing or taking as prisoner up to 3,500 insurgents, the mission against the Sunni insurgency caused deep rifts to the point where a senior commander, himself ex-SAS, demanded to know why the UK Special Forces were “helping to run Latin American-style death squads?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But now that British military have been banned from discussing the Chilcot report, we will never know precisely what happened here; both the US and the UK military and government need to have a moral, public conversation about this, so the atrocities from this war will never, ever be repeated.

Jul 12 10:13

CLASHES BETWEEN SYRIAN ARMY, KURDS PUSHES BRZEZINSKI PLAN FORWARD IN SYRIA

Why the Clashes?

The clashes between the Syrian government and the YPG Kurdish forces (notably not the Kurdish people themselves) has been a virtual inevitability since the informal declaration of a “Rojava” administration by the YPG in 2013 when the “Kurdish areas” found some level of autonomy due to a lack of government presence as the SAA began losing territory to Western-backed terrorists. Certainly, the potential for violence increased with the official declaration of Rojava autonomy in 2016. This is simply because the goal of the YPG has always been nothing more than the establishment of a “Kurdistan,” a separate enclave run by Communist YPG forces who routinely terrorize, abuse, disenfranchise, and kill Assyrians, Christians, and other non-Kurdish peoples in areas they control (see here, here, here, and here).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what happens if, and when, the Syrian military take total control of the areas currently being claimed by the Kurds as an independent Kurdistan?!?

Jul 11 18:20

U.S. To Deploy 560 More Troops To Iraq

By Brandon Turbeville

Years after Obama claimed he ended the war in Iraq, the United States is once again announcing the deployment of hundreds of U.S. military personnel to the embattled Middle Eastern country. This time, the U.S. is announcing the deployment of 560 troops to Northern Iraq for the purposes of “aiding” and “assisting” in the battle for Mosul.

After the hard-fought liberation of the Qayara airbase by the Iraqi military, which is located about 50 miles from Mosul, the Department of Defense is allegedly deploying the troops so that they can provide “logistical” and “other” support for the battle for the ISIS-controlled city. In other words, to replace ISIS proxy control over Mosul with U.S. occupation … again. That is, if the re-re-re-conquering of Mosul is actually the goal and not merely the cover by which more American troops are being inserted into Iraq strategically for a coming operation against Syria and/or Russia in Syria...

Jul 11 15:36

Old Landmines Take Toll; 15 Killed In Iraq

A group of lawmakers in the United Kingdom is considering charging
former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair with contempt of Parliament for his
decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

Jul 11 14:09

Pentagon Chief Arrives In Iraq To Discuss ISIL

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has made an unannounced visit to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi about the fight against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

Jul 11 12:00

The Chilcot Report Fails To Speak Plain Truth: Bush Lied, So Did Blair

The newly released Chilcot Report on Iraq is British understatement, to a fault. In fact, it is understated so far as to miss the plain truth of the matter. Saying only that extremely questionable intelligence “was not challenged [by the Bush and Blair regimes] and it should have been” is failing to say plainly what the evidence so clearly shows: George W. Bush lied; so did Tony Blair.

Jul 11 11:28

President Vows Iran’s Support for Iraq against Terrorism

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will always stand with the Iraqi government and people in defending the shrines of Ahl al-Bayt (Shiite imams) and battling terrorism,” President Rouhani said at a meeting with Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar Hakim in Tehran on Monday.

The president further hailed Iraq’s recent victories against the terrorist groups as a remarkable achievement, stressing the need for strong unity among the Iraqi political, religious and ethnic groups.

He also praised the Iraqi religious authorities for their role in leading people and strengthening solidarity among different groups to serve the national interests.

(*Hey; Those aren't just terrorists , They're OUR Terrorists !
whitehorse souce http://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2016/07/11/1126510/us-to-deploy-560-... )

Jul 11 10:28

PENTAGON SENDING HUNDREDS MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ

The United States is stepping up its military campaign against Islamic State (IS) by sending hundreds more troops to assist Iraqi forces in an expected push on Mosul, the militants’ largest stronghold, later this year.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made the announcement on Monday during a visit to Baghdad where he met U.S. commanders as well as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The actual number of troops given is 560, in other reports; I have to wonder just how accurate those numbers are, and how permanently they will be stationed in Iraq.

But I would politely like to remind Sec Def Carter that the war against Iraq (carried out on the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction), began on 20 March, 2003; this means that we have been in Iraq, give or take, for over 13 years.

Theoretically, we "left Iraq" in December of 2011; however, President Obama ordered more troops back into Iraq on 10 June, 2015, and the numbers appear to have escalated intensely since that time. As reported at USA Today this morning:

The United States will send an additional 560 troops to Iraq to help support a key offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday in an unannounced visit to Baghdad. Carter's announcement follows Iraqi success this past weekend in capturing the Qayara air base, about 40 miles from Mosul. The additional troops will provide logistical and other support for the Mosul offensive. The new troops will bring the authorized level of U.S. troops in Iraq to about 4,600. "With the retaking of Qayara West airfield, the Iraqi security forces have once again demonstrated a serious will to fight," Carter said.

4,600 troops deployed here in over one year?!?

And why?!? To insure that only Western companies have control of the sale of Iraq's oil, and that Iraq's oil is sold only in US dollars.

My prediction is that, unless Moqtada Al Sadr's Mahdi Army throws the Americans out physically, US forces will be in Iraq permanently, as "insurance" that the sale of Iraqi's oil stays in Western hands, and is purchased only for American dollars.

Jul 11 08:37

To Prosecute Blair for War You Do Not Need the ICC

To prosecute Tony Blair or George W. Bush or others responsible for the criminal attack on Iraq, or other top officials for other recent wars, does not require the International Criminal Court (ICC).

It is commonplace to insist that the ICC cannot handle the supreme crime of aggression, although it might at some point in the future. The United States is also believed to be immune from prosecution as a non-ICC member.

But this focus on the ICC is a sign of weakness in a global movement for justice that has other tools readily available. When the losers of World War II were prosecuted, there was no ICC. The ICC's existence does not impede anything that was done in Nuremberg or Tokyo, where the crime of making war was prosecuted by the victors of World War II under the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

Nor does the existence of the UN Charter throw up any obstacles. The invasion of Iraq (and every other recent Western war) was just as illegal under the UN Charter as under Kellogg-Briand.

Jul 11 08:17

SEND OUR WAR CRIMINALS TO THE HAGUE COURT

This week’s Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.

Such government reports and commissions, as was wittily noted in the delightful program ‘Yes, Prime Minister,’ are designed to obscure rather than reveal the truth and bury awkward facts in mountains of paper.

And beneath mountains of lies. The biggest lie on both sides of the Atlantic was that the invasion and destruction of Iraq was the result of ‘faulty intelligence.’ The Bush and Blair camps and the US and British media keep pushing this absurd line.

Jul 11 06:43

Military chiefs gagged over Chilcot

Downing Street gagged military chiefs from responding to the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry and prevented them from issuing their own views to soldiers, sailors and airmen, it has been disclosed.

Interviews with chiefs were forbidden, while Downing Street gave them “agreed top lines” to pass down to troops according to communications orders seen by the Telegraph.

Jul 10 21:35

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

UK’s investigation into Iraq invasion is ‘example of what we could do with political courage’, says codirector of Iraq Veterans against the War.

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

The UK’s Chilcot inquiry was released on Wednesday, and while it is no secret in the US that the invasion was a failure, nothing so damning as the 2.6m-word British inquiry has been released by an independent US government body.

Jul 10 14:03

Iraq War Was Illegal: John Prescott

Tony Blair’s deputy prime minister John Prescott says that the UK broke international law when it joined the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Prescott’s remarks came a few days after the publication of a damning report on Britain’s role in the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Jul 10 12:51

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere – Justin Raimondo

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster.

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

A good decade after being announced, the Chilcot report has finally been released, and what it shows is that the phrase “Bush’s poodle” is blatantly unfair to poodles: after all, even a poodle is known to have gone off its leash every once in a while – but not Tony.

Jul 10 09:22

Chilcot's Iraq Inquiry: Truth At Last Or Establishment Whitewash?

Massively delayed and hugely controversial, the Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War reports back on July 6. RT examines the background of the UK’s official probe into one of the nation’s most divisive modern crises.

Jul 10 08:37

John Prescott defies former boss Tony Blair and claims the Iraq war was ILLEGAL

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has sensationally claimed the Iraq war launched by Tony Blair was illegal.

The New Labour grandee also expressed his “fullest apology” to the families of nearly 200 Britons killed in the controversial war.

The 78-year-old claimed the Attorney General at the time, Lord Goldsmith, gave “no justification” that the war was legal.

And Lord Prescott now says he believes the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s claim that the invasion of Iraq was illegal was “right”.

Writing in the Mirror, the former Hull MP said: “The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, came to the Cabinet, verbally announced it was legal, but provided no documentation to justify it.

Jul 10 08:02

An Iraqi man, Naijh Al-Baldawi hugs ISIS suicide bomber absorbing the blast. Saving the targeted shrine and countless lives.

A man has been hailed a hero after he apparently took his own life to save the lives of countless other people.
It has been reported that Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi approached a suicide bomber and hugged him as he made his way to a shrine in Balad, Iraq, after seeing that he was wearing a suicide belt.

Jul 10 07:57

They were confidants and political bedfellows but fell out spectacularly over the Iraq War. Now PIERS MORGAN reveals the insanity inside BLAIR'S BUNKER in his explosive diary entries

In the week that the long-awaited and shamefully overdue Chilcot Report into the war was published, severely castigating Blair, I revisited my diaries from the time.

They paint a unique insider picture of the dramatic build-up to the war, the inner workings of Tony Blair’s mind as he made the momentous decision, and all the fallout from the shocking, disastrous aftermath.

It was the worst foreign policy mistake in modern British history, and for Blair a personal disaster from which his reputation may never recover. A war which cost the lives of 179 British soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

This, in real time, is how I saw it all go down. You, the reader, can decide if this changes or reinforces your view of Blair’s War.

Jul 10 07:38

Cojones! How gung-ho George Bush goaded Tony Blair to war in Iraq with a humiliating phone call

Details of the humiliating phone call when George Bush finally crushed Tony Blair’s hopes of persuading the US President not to invade Iraq without United Nations backing have been revealed for the first time.

In the extraordinary conversation just two weeks before the 2003 conflict began, a gung-ho Bush says he is ready to ‘kick ass’ and praises Blair for having the ‘cojones’ (a Spanish word politely translated as courage) to back the US.

When a nervous Blair replies: ‘It might be my epitaph,’ Bush says: ‘Like, RIP here lies a man of courage, you mean?’ To which Blair’s prophetic response is: ‘Yeah, right.’

Jul 10 06:12

How the Iraq War Was Sold

To understand the Iraq war you don’t need to consult generals, but the spin doctors and PR flacks who stage-managed the countdown to war from the murky corridors of Washington where politics, corporate spin and psy-ops spooks cohabit.

Jul 10 06:07

Shamed Tony Blair faces CONTEMPT vote in parliament over Iraq War

TONY Blair could be held in contempt by the House of Commons this week over the “deceit” with which the former Prime Minister led Britain into the Iraq war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Phony Tony deserves worse than that!

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Jul 09 10:36

flashback 03/19/2003 Bush declares war

The following is a full [?] transcript of his address:

(*The part I want to emphasize , is where bush said something , to the effect 'if Iraq burns its oil fields/wells, it will be considered a "war crime". which I found HERE>>> http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=705035 , but not in the content of the Bush declaration of perpetual war . Am I 'losing it' , or has that part of the address been 'scrubbed' ? )

Jul 09 08:39

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY. There was no mistake. George Bush lied us into a war of conquest!

meanwhile read the comments in the above article!

Jul 09 07:43

The US too needs a report

As the UK parliament released its long-awaited Chilcot report on the country’s role in the Iraq war, there have been renewed calls all over Britain to try former prime minister Tony Blair for war crimes. This brings up another question: what about George W Bush?

Jul 09 07:42

Whitewash Won’t Cover Blair’s Guilt

This week’s Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.

Jul 09 07:27

Iraq: Turkish Firms Supplying ISIL's Arms Workshops with Modern Parts

The secret reports of the Turkish police indicated in June that the Al-Nusra Front and ISIL terrorists use Turkey's both legal and illegal border crossings to transfer weapons and ammunition to Syria.

Jul 08 16:39

Iraq verdict: Trouble if heads don't roll

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

Jul 08 15:37

UK Govt Gambled With Troops’ Mental Health Over Iraq & Afghanistan – Chilcot

Multiple wars fought at the same time saw the British government risking troops’ mental health by ignoring their own guidelines on repeated, back-to-back deployments, the Chilcot Inquiry has found.

The report found that so-called ‘harmony guidelines’ were ignored or broken due to the heightened operational tempo of fighting two parallel wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jul 08 14:29

Petition Collects Signatures To ‘Expel Tony Blair From Labour Party’

A petition calling for former British prime minister Tony Blair to be expelled from the Labour Party is receiving a flurry of signatures following the publication of a damning report on Britain’s role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

Jul 08 12:22

Chilcot And The End Of The Anglosphere

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

Jul 08 11:52

‘They Took One Saddam, But Got Us Many More’: Young Iraqi Man Tells RT He Wants Justice For Blair

Blair’s apology for the Iraq invasion is not going to bring the “destroyed” country and dead people back, a disabled Iraqi man, who lost his whole family, told RT. He demands justice for those whose actions only created “many more Saddams”.

Jul 08 11:02

US Jets Diverted to Iraq, Abandoning Syrian Rebels

Routed last week by ISIS, the defeat of the US-backed New Syrian Army at al-Bukamal was an embarrassing setback for US attempts to prop up factions to fight ISIS along the Syrian border with Iraq. The Pentagon is already making excuses.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter confirmed that there is an ongoing internal investigation, after the US warplanes committed to the Bukamal offensive were diverted to Iraq, to attack a convoy trying to flee south Fallujah.

Officials were eager to brag about the Fallujah strikes last week, claiming hundreds of ISIS fighters killed, though that has been somewhat tempered by reports of civilian family members of ISIS being among the slain. It also came at the cost of bailing on the New Syrian Army, and getting them slaughtered by ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely point out to Sec Def Carter that continuing to do something in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity, which is pretty much how one would reasonably characterise the US policy on Syria.

There ARE no such people as "moderate rebels"; and every time the US government trains and funds these groups, they choke, let go of valuable equipment, and never produce the results the US government says it does, i.e., regime change in Syria.

It would be far more intelligent for the US government to be working in tandem with Russia, which is achieving success against the Syria rebels, and giving Al-Assad more time to transition out of power, than what it is doing, rather badly, right now in Syria.

Of course, such an approach...would be logical.

Jul 08 10:38

Baghdad Attack Leaves Many Dead, Wounded Near Mausoleum

Islamic State claimed a triple suicide attack on Thursday evening near a Shi’ite mausoleum north of Baghdad, which killed at least 35 people and wounded 60 others, according to Iraqi security sources.

The attack on the Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi reignited fears of an escalation of the sectarian strife between Iraq’s Shi’ites and Sunnis.

The Shi’ite form a majority in Iraq but Sunnis are predominant in northern and western provinces, including Salahuddin where the mausoleum is located.

Prominent Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his militia, the Peace Brigade, to deploy around the mausoleum, near Balad, about 93 kilometers (58 miles) north of Baghdad.

Sadr’s militia is also deployed in Samarra, a nearby city that houses the shrine of Imam Ali al-Hadi, the father of Sayid Mohammed whose mausoleum was attacked on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr is positioning himself very intelligently to be seen as a senior statesman, focused on keeping sectarian strife under control here.

If there were a national revolution to oust the absolutely impotent government of Al-Abadi, the US's puppet, Al-Sadr would be the person to bet on to sweep Iraqi elections, and gain power, if that was what he wanted; only time will tell.

Jul 08 07:20

"Utterly damning & no road back" - George Galloway on Chilcot

Jul 08 07:17

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster

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Jul 07 14:59

The Iraq War Was An Act Of Military Aggression Launched On A False Pretext

Before addressing the issues raised in the Iraq Inquiry report, I would like to remember and honour the 179 British servicemen and women killed and the thousands maimed and injured during the Iraq war, and their families as well as the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died as a result of the invasion and occupation of Iraq launched by the US and British governments 13 years ago.

Jul 07 14:29

Tariq Ramadan: Iraq War Waged For U.S. Economic Interests Has Destabilized All Of Middle East

In the last week, more than 300 people have been killed in attacks by militants in Iraq, Turkey, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.

Jul 07 14:12

War Criminal Bush Defends Decision To Invade Iraq Following Chilcot Report

Following the release of the British Chilcot Inquiry report into the Iraq war, former US president George W. Bush has defended the decision to invade Iraq together with the UK in 2003.

Jul 07 13:35

Chilcot, Israel and the Jewish lobby

Gilad Atzmon wonders whether Chilcot’s failure to mention Israel’s role in Tony Blair’s war on Iraq was related to the presence on his team of Martin Gilbert and Lawrence Freedman, both Jewish with Gilbert being an active supporter of Zionism.

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

Jul 07 12:30

Iraq Verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

First and foremost it was not so much a foreign policy disaster as a flat-out war crime for which Blair as chief perpetrator must be tried. And so must his Cabinet, who carry collective responsibility.

There will be mega-trouble if heads don’t roll.

Jul 07 12:29

Iraq verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

Stuart Littlewood argues that apologies for the war on Iraq are not enough and that there will be “mega-trouble if heads don't roll” and Tony Blair and his co-conspirators are not brought to justice.

Jul 07 12:10

‘Betrayal’: Iraq Veterans Call For Blair’s Indictment After Chilcot Report

Veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are calling for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to indict former Prime Minister Tony Blair for war crimes. They spoke to RT about their sense of “betrayal” over the Blair-era Iraq War.

Jul 07 11:10

'Please stop saying I was lying,' says ex-UK PM Blair after Iraq war inquiry

Tony Blair, the former prime minister who led Britain into war in Iraq in 2003, launched a defense of his legacy following the publication of a highly critical report into the war with a simple message: "Please stop saying I was lying."

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A short memo to Tony Blair; you pushed the UK into the Iraq war because you could smell money, for yourselves, and others in your inner circle, in the blood to come from this disaster.

As reported at informationclearinghouse.info on 27 December, 2010:

Tony Blair should give up millions of pounds he is earning from the Kuwaiti government as reparations for the Iraq war, campaigners said today. The former prime minister's company has been paid more than £27 million for advising the oil-rich state on how to run itself, according to reports. They led to calls for him to hand back the money amid accusations he is cashing in on his decision to take Britain into Iraq in 2003 — although a spokesman dismissed the figure as “complete invention”. A Stop the War coalition spokesman said: “There really should be a law against a former Prime Minister who took us into a war becoming extremely wealthy as a result of that war.”

And let's not forget your "good buddy", Sir John Scarlett, himself the author of the "Dodgy Dossier". As reported at beforeitsnews.com on 12 November, 2015:

Tony Blair’s spy chief who wrongly claimed Iraq had WMDs making millions Published time: 12 Nov, 2015 17:39 The former spy chief who provided Tony Blair with ‘evidence’ justifying the invasion of Iraq in 2003 is now raking in vast sums of money, working for accountancy firms, stock brokers, oil companies and investment banks. Sir John Scarlett was head of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) when former Prime Minister Blair used the now infamous ‘dodgy dossier’ on Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) to claim the Iraqi leader could launch an attack on Britain within 45 minutes. Critics of the spy chief say he let Blair’s spin-doctor Alistair Campbell pressure him into “sexing up” the document. Since leaving the civil service, Scarlett has worked for a string of multinational corporations, including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and BP, earning hundreds of thousands of pounds. Blair promoted Scarlett to the head of MI6 in 2004, a year after the invasion of Iraq, in a move many saw as a reward for his assistance in justifying the Iraq War. The spymaster left MI6 in 2009 to work in the private sector, taking a role on the advisory board of PwC in 2010 and as a paid adviser to global insurance company Swiss Re. In the same year, Scarlett also took a job with investment bank Morgan Stanley and risk management firm Chertoff Group, founded by former US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Within a year of leaving MI6 Scarlett also took a position on the board of Times Newspapers and an advisory position for the Norwegian multinational oil company, Statoil. The private company Scarlett ran with his wife, Gwenda Stilliard, had cash assets of £89,573 ($136,185) in 2012 and £683,625 ($1.03 million) a year later. According to the Independent, over the past three years Scarlett shared £800,000 ($1.2 million) from another private consultancy firm, SC Strategy that he co-owned with the former independent review of anti-terrorism legislation Lord Carlisle. In January 2015 Scarlett joined the board of BP as a non-executive director. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond approved the move, advising him: “You should not draw on privileged information available to you from your time in Crown Service.” The UK government’s Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba), which monitors the ‘revolving door’ between government and the private sector, approved all of Scarlett’s job applications. A former MI6 official and colleague of Scarlett told the Independent he was one of many spy chiefs cashing in on the booming security industry. “After 9/11 there was an intelligence free-for-all in the United States,” he said. “The division between state and commercial security got shot to hell, blurred. Booz Allen Hamilton, Chertoff, and other connected firms, now pull in billions in state contracts. “And as their net and international influence spread, and large corporations place increasing faith in tailored intel, the British CVs of John Scarlett or John Sawers [MI6 chief from 2009-2014] or Mark Allen [a deputy chief at MI6], all look worth shelling out for,” he added.

So, the bottom line, Tony Blair, is that you lied, because you could smell the money coming. Hundreds of British military members have died, or become maimed for life; thousands of Iraqis are dead, and Iraq is a completely failed nation.

But hey, you and your buddies did make a ton of money on the deaths and maimings of your brother and sister Brits, and thousands of dead Iraqis, didn't you?!?

And ultimately, the money was all that mattered.

Congrats, sir, in tandem with that unholy trinity of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, in having created an absolutely new, hellish standard for vulture capitalism at is finest; I think you will be the standard-bearer for that dubious distinction for some time to come.

Jul 07 08:23

Chilcot, Israel and the Lobby

It took seven years for Sir Chilcot and his team to reach a set of conclusions that every Brit capable of thought understood back in November, 2013.

The inquiry produced a damning assessment of Blair’s conduct as well as the British military. But the Chilcot Inquiry failed to expose the crucial close ties between Blair’s criminal war, the Jewish Lobby and Israel.

At the time Britain entered the criminal war against Iraq, Blair’s chief funders were Lord ‘cashpoint’ Levy and the LFI (Labour Friends of Israel). The prime advocates for the immoral interventionist war within the British press were Jewish Chronicle writers David Aaronovitch and Nick Cohen. The attorney general that gave the green light for the war was Lord Goldsmith.

Jul 07 07:54

MI6 source who claimed Saddam had 'spherical glass containers' full of chemical weapons was actually describing scenes from Hollywood blockbuster The Rock

MI6 has been ridiculed for relying on a 'key' Iraqi source who described unrealistic scenes from Hollywood Blockbuster The Rock.

The Chilcot inquiry highlighted the ludicrous episode as it slammed flawed intelligence assessments that repeatedly suggested Saddam Hussein had significant WMD capabilities - even though no weapons were found.

It also accused chiefs of failing to stand up to Tony Blair as he drove the country towards war.

The long-awaited report said that in September 2002, six months before the invasion, the intelligence agency believed it was on the edge of a 'significant breakthrough'.
A new source in Iraq was thought to have 'phenomenal access' to information about Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapon programme.

The individual had suggested the regime was accelerating its production of such WMD.

Jul 07 07:25

Where’s the US Chilcot Report? Blame Obama, Hillary, Biden and Kerry

Nothing exposes the fraud of so-called “peace candidate” Barack Obama more than his handling of the illegal government propaganda campaign and eventual war on Iraq. As the UK reads and debates the Chilcot report investigating the Blair government’s role in lying that country into the war, there is no notice in the US that Obama announced before taking office in late 2008 there would be no similar investigation in the US.

It was of course George Bush and his neocons from the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) gang that seized on the September 11, 2001 attacks to manipulate events into an opportunity to wage offensive war on Iraq. And it was the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, led by Clinton, Kerry, Biden et. al., who provided the votes a year after 9/11 that green-lighted the war.

Jul 07 07:18

Chilcot Report To 'Open The Flood Gate,' Analyst Says

The newly-released inquiry into Britain’s role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq is not “the end of the line” but it “opens the flood gate,” says the CEO and founder of the Cordoba Foundation.

Jul 07 07:15

Chilcot report: Tony Blair is now facing the prospect of legal action over his decision to go to war in Iraq

Jeremy Corbyn said Sir John’s long-awaited £10 million report made clear that the UK Parliament had been misled and that the invasion was "an act of military aggression based on a false pretext".

Jul 06 16:14

Deadliest Suicide Bombing in Baghdad

Jul 06 16:01

Corbyn Says Tony Blair 'Misled' MPs Over Iraq Invasion

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused former prime minister Tony Blair of misleading MPs over the rationale for the invasion of Iraq.

Jul 06 15:25

5 Revelations From Chilcot’s Damning Report Into The Iraq War

The long-awaited findings of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the invasion of Iraq by Britain in 2003 were finally published on Wednesday.

It has taken seven years, £10 million (US$ 13 million) and 2.6 million words to investigate whether it was right and necessary for the UK to invade Iraq, and whether the UK could and should have been better prepared for what followed.

Jul 06 14:13

The Iraq War, Brexit And Imperial Blowback

While the British Empire may be a thing of the past, British imperialism is not. Today the Chilcot inquiry reports on the role of Tony Blair’s government in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which resulted in the death of nearly half a million Iraqis and the destabilization of the region, for which its inhabitants continue to pay the price. It is no coincidence that the Blairite wing of the Labour Party, amidst the Brexit chaos, launched a coup against its current leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who is set to call for Blair to be put on trial for war crimes.

Jul 06 13:49

Mortars Strikes Continue In Baghdad; 32 Killed In Iraq

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, revealed that there is considerable war crimes evidence against the Shi’ite militia, Kata’ib Hezbollah. The group headquartered itself in Saqlawiya and undertook unwarranted interrogations of displaced people during the operations in Saqlawiya, Fallujah, and other nearby areas. Hundreds of men are still missing.

Jul 06 13:45

Chilcot’s Forgotten Witnesses – Britain’s Iraqi Diaspora (VIDEO)

The 2003 Iraq invasion and occupation left at least 500,000 dead, scattered refugees to the wind and threw the region into chaos. Yet as Sir John Chilcot delivers his long-delayed Iraq Inquiry report, the silence of Iraqis themselves is deafening.

Jul 06 13:20

Families Of UK Soldiers Killed In Iraq To Take Blair To Court

Relatives of British soldiers killed during the Iraq war say they will take former Prime Minister Tony Blair to court if a long-awaited report due to be published on Wednesday finds that he acted wrongly over the war.

Jul 06 11:52

IRAQ TO STOP USING FAKE BOMB DETECTORS IN WAKE OF BAGHDAD ATTACK

In the wake of the deadliest terrorist attack in Iraq since 2003, Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi has instructed all the country’s security forces – the federal and local police and the army — to stop using fake bomb detectors at the hundreds of security checkpoints across the country. The Independent reports that al-Abadi also ordered an investigation at the Ministry of the Interior into “corrupt deals” to buy the fake bomb detectors, known as ADE 651.

Jul 06 11:01

State Dept: Growing ISIS Attacks a Sign of US War ‘Success’

Over the weekend, the Obama Administration presented the massive Saturday night ISIS attack in Baghdad as something that only “bolstered” America’s resolve to win the war militarily. Today, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken insisted that it wasn’t just about resolve, that the bombings themselves were a sign of America’s military success.

The Baghdad bombings killed 215 people and wounded 175 others. A number of children were among the slain. The largest attack was a suicide bombing against a major Shi’ite shopping district, which was crowded because of the breaking of the Ramadan fast.

Blinken argued that the US war is going so well, with the US beating them by “every single measure,” that ISIS is launching even more attacks than ever, saying the attacks too are “a measure of the success we’re having” in defeating them militarily.

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ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!? This guy said this out loud, in public, and with a straight face?!?!?

Let's get our facts straight here.

1. ISIS is funded and trained by elements close to the US government. This was to counter Iranian influence in the region, and divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East.

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region. The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history. The CIA first aligned itself with extremist Islam during the Cold War era. Back then, America saw the world in rather simple terms: on one side, the Soviet Union and Third World nationalism, which America regarded as a Soviet tool; on the other side, Western nations and militant political Islam, which America considered an ally in the struggle against the Soviet Union. The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan, General William Odom recently remarked, “by any measure the U.S. has long used terrorism. In 1978-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the U.S. would be in violation.”

2. Iraq is a train wreck, thanks to the US invasion and occupation of this country. The US wants Iraq balkanized, so that it can never attain the standard of living it had under Saddam Hussein, which was one of the highest in the Arab world, so these "statelets", post-balkanization, be more easily controlled as small vassal states.

3. These very successful attacks in Iraq demonstrate the US government's absolutely murderous resolve to achieve this planned balkanization, no matter how many innocent people get killed in their wake.

Tony Blinken, the American people know you are full of grade A bovine excrement, in making these statements; why don't you just fess up, and tell the truth about the origin - and the real reasons for the current US support - for ISIS?!?!?

Jul 06 10:04

Everyone Knew that Iraq Didn’t Have WMDs (And Chilcot Report Is a Whitewash)

We in the alternative media reported over and over and over and over and over and over that all of the insiders knew that Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Today’s Chilcot Report doesn’t add anything new.

Craig Murray – former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector (i.e. president) of the University of Dundee – explains why:

Do not expect a full truth and a full accounting from the Chilcot panel of establishment trusties today. Remember who they are.

Jul 06 08:44

Blair Committed Supreme Crime

Chilcot tells us what we knew but at much greater length with lots of gaps in it

Jul 06 08:24

Iraq War Inquiry Not To 'Shy Away' From Criticism

Sir John Chilcot, whose inquiry report about the British government’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq will be published on Wednesday, says he is not afraid to criticize those in charge during the war in the report.

Jul 06 08:04

Tony Blair’s Letters To George W. Bush To Be Released… But Not The President’s Replies

Secret correspondence between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and ex-US President George W. Bush will finally be published in connection with Sir John Chilcot’s long-anticipated Iraq War Inquiry report.

Jul 06 07:51

Iraq war mother: 'Blair cannot be allowed to walk away to his merry life and his millions'

"Tony Blair has to answer for his actions, whether it is in a court of war here or in The Hague. He can't just walk away and say sorry [...] and go off to his merry life and all his millions. No. In my opinion he should be in the Hague, on war crimes [charges]."

Jul 06 07:37

Chilcot needs to say, ‘Blair lied’.

The fact is, there is already enough information in the public domain to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Tony Blair lied in the run up to the war, that the war was illegal and that it did catastrophic damage not just to Middle East but to global stability.

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I note that the foreign press is reporting that the Chilcot report does suggest Tony Blair fabricated much of the claims used to sell the war while the American corporate media continues to use the phrase "flawed intelligence." The reason is obvious. George W. Bush was party to those very same lies. And the government doesn't want you knowing that you are lied into wars because more wars based on more lies are coming!

Jul 06 07:24

Tony Blair is world's worst terrorist: Families of Iraq war dead protest against former UK PM

As protesters outside bayed for Tony Blair's prosecution, inside the building where John Chilcot delivered his damming Iraq War Inquiry report the father of a dead serviceman delivered his own verdict: "My son died in vain".

Having waited seven years for the former civil servant to deliver his verdict on Britain's role in the 2003 conflict, bereaved families and anti-war protesters were united in an outpouring of anger.

"There is one terrorist in this world that the world needs to be aware of, and his name is Tony Blair, the world's worst terrorist," Sarah O'Connor, whose brother Bob was killed in Iraq in 2005, told a press conference following the report's publication.

Jul 06 07:16

Chilcot Inquiry live reaction

Blair denies making a decision on Iraq at Crawford in Texas at a meeting with President Bush, and pushed “a reluctant US administration” to comply with the UN.

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Jul 06 07:12

5 revelations from Chilcot’s damning report into the Iraq war

The report says then-Prime Minister Tony Blair deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by the Iraqi regime as he sought to make the case for military action to MPs and the public. Blair had disregarded warnings about the potential consequences of military action and relied too heavily on his own beliefs, Chilcot says.

In July 2002, well over six months before the invasion of Iraq, Blair wrote to then-US President George Bush promising him that the UK would be there with him “whatever,” Chilcot says.

Jul 06 07:06

Chilcot Report on Iraq War Offers Devastating Critique of Tony Blair

Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain went to war alongside the United States in Iraq in 2003 on the basis of flawed intelligence that went unchallenged, a shaky legal rationale, inadequate preparation and exaggerated public statements, an independent inquiry into the war concluded in a report published on Wednesday.

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The corporate media is declaring the Chilcot report "devastating" but it is in fact another whitewash. This article echoes the claim of "flawed intelligence" but as the Downing Street Memo and Blair's "Dodgy Dossier" prove, there was a deliberate intention to deceive the people of the US and UK with the fiction of nuclear weapons, in order to invade Iraq for purely economic reasons.

Jul 06 07:06

'I will be with you, whatever': Blair's fawning messages to George W Bush reveal how the two plotted to come up with a 'clever plan' to 'deal' with Saddam

One message shows that - as soon as the day after the 9/11 attacks - Blair told Bush they should immediately tackle states and individuals with weapons of mass destruction and justify it later.

In another six-page memo to Bush - sent when Blair was telling the British public that no decision to go to war had been made - the then-Prime Minister said he would do 'whatever' it took to remove Saddam Hussein.

In one of the earliest notes to be released, a private letter to the US President on September 12, 2001, Mr Blair both offered support to bring to justice the hijackers who destroyed the Twin Towers and looked ahead to the 'next stage after this evil'.

Jul 06 06:44

Chilcot: Blair invaded Iraq before exhausting peaceful options

Tony Blair’s government made up its mind to take Britain into the U.S.-led war in Iraq before all peaceful options had been exhausted, and based the decision on “flawed intelligence,” according to the long-awaited Chilcot Report released on Wednesday.

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The Chilcot report is a whitewash. There was no flawed intelligence. There was flat-out lying.

Jul 06 06:28

Tony Blair has 'got his comeuppance today': Mum of Glasgow soldier killed in Iraq is pleased with Chilcot report

In it, report author Sir John Chilcot criticised Tony Blair - the Prime Minister in 2003 who presented the case for war and led the invasion - for committing to backing US counterpart George W Bush over Iraq.

It also criticised Government ministers' justification for, planning and conduct of a military intervention which "went badly wrong, with consequences to this day".

Several military operations were described in the report as "hastily prepared" and led to equipment shortages for British personnel - an issue which several victims' families have long campaigned over.

Jul 06 06:27

Chilcot vows his Iraq War report will NOT be a whitewash and 'a few' people will get the blame but admits he is 'not judge and jury' as military families tell him troops cannot carry the can for politicians

It has been seven years in the making, but the results of the inquiry into Britain's invasion of Iraq in 2003 will finally be unveiled today.

Thirteen years after British troops crossed into Iraq, Sir John Chilcot will deliver his verdict on the UK's most controversial military engagement of the post-war era - and he has warned the Government, army and intelligence service to expect criticism.

The report, believed to have cost around £10million to produce, is published amid calls for former prime minister Tony Blair to be held to account for 'misleading the public and Parliament' when taking the UK into the conflict.

Jul 06 06:19

FLASHBACK - The Downing Street memo

There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.

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With the Chilcot report finally out, it is worth recalling all the lies used to sell us war with Iraq.

Jul 06 06:16

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.

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With the Chilcot report finally out, it is worth recalling all the lies used to sell us war with Iraq.

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Jul 06 06:14

Mother of soldier killed in Iraq believes Chilcot Report backs her call for Blair to face prosecution

Pat Long, who lost her 24-year-old son Paul in 2003, has said the inquiry into the war proves Tony Blair “lied” about the details which led to the conflict and claimed the lives of 179 British servicemen and women.

Jul 05 19:29

Royal Navy Admiral Lord West: "I was told in 2002 we were invading Iraq"

On the eve of the release of the Chilcot Report, Lord Admiral West, former Commander-in-Chief of Fleet of the British Royal Navy in the lead up to the Iraq war, revealed to Channel 4 News that in July 2002, a full eight months before British Parliamentary approval for the invasion of Iraq, he was told "by someone very high up...that we would be invading Iraq".

"You don't wake up in your bath in the morning and say let's get ready for war. Someone told me. I know someone told me"

Lord West was not invited to give evidence to the Chilcot inquiry.

Jul 05 17:26

T.U.T. One World Philosophy

Jul 05 16:24

Key Promoter Of Iraq War Now Embraces Nonintervention

Jim Hale served as media relations director for the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a key pro-war organization that boasted such members as John McCain, George Shultz, and Bob Kerrey (senator from Nebraska). He is now a convert to noninterventionist foreign policy.

Jul 05 14:59

Rockets Strike Iranian Dissident Camp; 135 Killed In Iraq

Camp Liberty, a former United States installation, came under a heavy rocket
barrage on Sunday. It is unclear if the camp or nearby Baghdad International Airport was the intended target.

Jul 05 11:23

IRAQ – U.S. refused to bomb ISIS convoy because it contained CIA advisers

At the end of the battle for Fallujah, a convoy of around 500 vehicles allowed Isis fighters to flee the city to Syria.

The Pentagon refused to bomb the convoy because the vehicles belonged to civilians and they were probably transporting the wives and children of some jihadists.

However, the Iraqi army decided to bomb it, destroying more than 200 vehicles and killing their occupants.

Iraqi soldiers are convinced that the Pentagon had received instruction to let the CIA advisers, that were training the jihadists, escape.

Jul 05 11:06

Trump Hammers On Brexit, “Independence Day” And Repudiation Of Rule By The Global Elite

One thing is clear, whether or not everyone will agree with what is said, Trump is at least speaking more directly than most politicians do

It turned out that Trump wasted no time in making sure that the people of America understood that what had been done in the UK can be done in the United States.

Jul 05 10:57

Globalists and Neocons Prove Incapable of Understanding Reality

If Trump wants to put America first, he needs to start firing the Neoconservatives and their lackeys from the White House and putting them on trial for making Americans look really bad.

Rather than listening and learning and modifying their actions, the ruling elites stick to “more of the same.” This process clearly emblematized by the endless procession of Bushes and Clintons replacing each other in the positions of power.

Jul 05 08:57

Jeremy Corbyn Labour coup designed to stop him 'calling for Tony Blair's head' after Chilcot report, says Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond has appeared to suggest the internal Labour party coup against Jeremy Corbyn is connected with the publication of the long-awaited Chilcot report into the Iraq war.

His comments come just three days before the publication of the inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war. Earlier reports have suggested Mr Blair, the former Prime Minister, and his contemporaries will be savaged in an “absolutely brutal” verdict.

In an article for the Herald, the former Scottish First Minister wrote: “It would be a mistake to believe that Chilcot and current events are entirely unconnected. The link is through the Labour Party”

Jul 05 08:53

MILITARY BOSS: TONY BLAIR PLANNED IRAQ INVASION BEFORE UN RESOLUTION

The decision to invade Iraq was made before Tony Blair publicly announced it 'but they were looking for a reason' to do it, the head of the Royal Navy at the time has said.
Admiral Lord West, who was first sea lord when the war began in March 2003, said he was told by 'some b******' to ready his forces in preparation for the conflict.
Lord West said: 'I think there had been a decision that we were going to invade Iraq, that that was going to happen, but they were looking for a reason to actually do it.'
It is not known when Admiral West, who served as a security minister in Gordon Brown's government and is now a Labour peer, was asked to prepare his forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As are the hands of that unholy trinity Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, the hands of Tony Blair are soaked in the blood of thousands of innocents because of this war.

Unfortunately, I am reasonably certain that just like those named above, Blair will get off scott-free from any and all justifiable criminal prosecution; the elite do not eat their own.

Jul 05 08:33

PETER OBORNE: If Chilcot fails to nail Blair's lies, it's final proof our democracy is broken 

According to advance leaks, Sir John will apportion the blame very widely with several dozen ministers, officials and military figures coming in for criticism.

These same reports also suggest a great deal of the report will concentrate on mistakes made during the occupation of Iraq rather than the decision to go to war in the first place.

If these leaks are true, they suggest that Sir John’s report, like the whitewashed reports that have already been published, will lack focus.

There are in truth only a handful of crucial points it should address. Did Tony Blair lie in order to make the case for war? Was the war legal?

Did the war — as Tony Blair promised it would — make Britain a safer place?

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FBI Director Comey beat Chilcot to the punch in proving our Democratic system is broken.

Jul 05 07:41

FLASHBACK - Hillary Clinton: Saddam Has WMD

Senator Hillary Clinton's (Democrat, New York) address to the US Senate while voting YES to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq:

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members...

Jul 04 12:58

Dr Paul Craig Roberts: BREXIT, WHAT NEXT ?

Hopefully, a result of the Brexit will be the breakup of the European Union and NATO

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) could probably prevent the United States from launching World War III, says Dr. P C Roberts.

Jul 04 09:13

At Least 23 Killed And 61 Injured After Double Bomb Blast In Baghdad

Two blasts have ripped through busy market areas in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 23 people and injuring 61 others.

Jul 03 08:26

Outrage as war crimes prosecutors say Tony Blair will not be investigated over Chilcot's Iraq war report – but British soldiers could be

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will examine the Chilcot report for evidence of abuse and torture by British soldiers but have already ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes, The Telegraph can disclose.

The decision has outraged families of troops killed in Iraq who blame Mr Blair for engineering the war.

Jul 03 06:02

Daesh bombing kills 60 in Iraqi capital

At least 60 people were killed early Sunday in a car bomb blast claimed by the Daesh terrorist group in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The bomb hit Al-Karada, a busy shopping district in central Baghdad, at 01:00 a.m. local time (2200GMT), a security source told Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity due to restrictions on speaking with the media.

The bombing left 60 people dead and at least 100 others injured

(*AMAZING! Didn't 'A Certain Victim Of Circumstances' meet with the FBI yesterday ?)

Jul 02 21:52

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

An exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Sabrosky

Q. Does a US-inspired NATO-generated Cold War climate already exist?

A. Not yet, but it is heading that way. Watch for it to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Jul 02 18:36

America Should Exit From NATO and the National Security State

snip: What did U.S. and NATO officials think — that people would simply remain where they were so that they could get blown to bits with the bombs that were being dropped on them, by the U.S. assassination program, or by the massive civil-war violence that came as a result of the U.S. and NATO regime-change operations?

People don’t ordinarily behave in that fashion. Most people prefer to live rather than die and will do anything they can to survive. That’s why those refugees fled to Europe— to escape the horrific consequences of interventionism by NATO and the U.S. national security state in the Middle East.

I wonder if deep down, those who are lamenting and groaning about the Brexit vote realize that: If there had been no U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, no regime change in Libya, no U.S. and NATO bombing and interventionism in Syria, there wouldn’t have been a massive refugee crisis in Europe and, almost certainly, a rejection of Brexit by a majority of British voters.

Jul 02 07:23

MPs say they'll use ancient law to impeach Tony Blair of misleading Parliament over the Iraq war in the wake of the Chilcot report 

A dramatic attempt to impeach Tony Blair for misleading Parliament over the Iraq war could be launched in the wake of the long-awaited Chilcot report into the conflict.

MPs have begun to build support for an attempted prosecution of the former Labour Prime Minister after the 2.6million-word report is published on Wednesday.

A cross-party group is considering using an ancient Parliamentary mechanism to bring him to trial in Westminster.

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I hope it involves hanging, drawing, and quartering!

Jul 02 06:37

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

Cold War Climate to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Q. As an American, Alan, how can you be enthusiastic about America’s choices of US Presidential candidates in 2016?

Jul 01 15:49

Mission Creep? 250 More British Troops Sent Into Iraq

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon had ordered 50 troops to the country in training roles accompanied by a squadron of engineers and a unit to protect airfields.

Jul 01 14:00

Blasts In Baghdad; 50 Killed In Iraq

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), millions of Iraqi children are in dire need of humanitarian aid and/or rights protections.

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:46

Brexit: Leaveniks have it. What next?

Britain’s exit from EU deals a body blow to the US’ trans-Atlantic leadership.

The unthinkable has happened with the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. (BBC)

Arguably, this is potentially the most serious development in world politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Curiously, both catastrophes happened ‘voluntarily’.)
What lies ahead?

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 30 15:44

Airstrikes Near Fallujah Kill Hundreds; 285 Killed In Iraq

The United States has given Iraq a $2.7 billion dollar credit for the purchase of military equipment and maintenance. Iraq has eight and a half years to pay it back.

Troops marching towards Qayara from the south have advanced as far as Telol al-Baj.

Jun 30 12:21

how big isis convoy really was !

footage released by iraqi airforce shows isis convoy before being hit and scattered.
the US-led coalition refused to bomb them according to IQAF officials and prevented any fixed wing( Iraq has several F16s ) aircraft to fly nearby, it was no choice other than using helicopters to do the task.

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The US is PROTECTING the terrorists!

Jun 24 14:59

11 year old iraqi boy has one critical question for all american see in this video..

Jun 24 09:10

Derailing Chilcot: The Red Herring of Post-War Planning in Iraq

Let’s be clear: the US-UK military occupation of Iraq – full of massive amounts of deadly violence dished out by the US and UK armed forces, torture and destructive divide-and-rule tactics – was a catastrophe for the people of Iraq. And it was hugely unpopular, with a secret Ministry of Defence 2005 poll of Iraqis finding that 82 percent “strongly opposed” the presence of coalition troops, with 45 percent saying attacks against US and UK forces were justified.

However, it is a complete red herring to suggest better planning is the crux of the issue. “The problem wasn’t the way that this was implemented, the problem was that we were there at all,” argued Rory Stewart, who served as the coalition’s provisional authority deputy governorate co-ordinator in Maysan province In Iraq, in 2013:

“All these people who think ‘If only we had done this, if only if we hadn’t de-Ba’athified, if only we hadn’t abolished the army’ misunderstand the fundamental tragedy of that encounter between the international community and Iraqis… it wasn’t the detailed, tactical decisions that were made, it was the overall fact of our presence. The problem was so deep that if we hadn’t made those mistakes we would have made other mistakes. It was a wrecked intervention from the beginning, from the very moment we arrived on the ground.”

Jun 23 13:07

Militias Sneak Into Fallujah; 256 Killed In Iraq Battles, Attacks

Although Shi’ite militiamen promised not to enter the city of Fallujah, witnesses say the militiamen have donned federal police uniforms in order to sneak into the city.

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