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Dec 13 17:44

‘Astonishing fraud: Pentagon stashes away unspent money & then uses it without any accountability’

RT spoke to David Lindorff, investigative journalist, and columnist for the Nation, who said that US military budget is now “larger than all the US debt in the history of the country.”

“Pentagon budget is $750 billion dollars at this point. And each year it has been lower than that before. And yet their accounting shows that they have $21 trillion additionally in the budget, the one they submit to Congress each year. One budget year it was $6.5 trillion budget just for the army – which that year really only had 122 billion,“ he continued.

He explained that Pentagon accountant service is “making up numbers and plugging them in …to make the financial documents that they submit to Congress each year for showing what they have spent the prior year and year before completely incomprehensible and unauditable.”

He called it an “astonishing fraud”.

Dec 13 12:28

CHINA PLANS UNDERWATER AI BASE IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

China is planning an underwater sea base, a latter-day "Atlantis" that runs on artificial intelligence that could aid Beijing in defense operations in the South China Sea, according to a recent press report.

The South China Morning Post reported Monday China is building the center that could become the "first artificial intelligence colony on Earth."

The project is named after the ancient Greek underworld of Hades and was launched at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping may be behind the project. In April, during a visit to a deep-sea research institute at Sanya, Hainan Province, Xi told scientists to do something never done before

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chinese engineers and scientists value excellence; I am very sure, to the US government's consternation, that this will be a brilliant project, and will help the Chinese government project power through the region.

Dec 12 21:00

Russian military moved S-300 system near US forces in east Syria – report

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 P.M.) – The Russian military allegedly moved their S-300 air defense system near the front-lines of the U.S. Coalition forces in eastern Syria, Saudi-based Asharq Al-Aswat claimed, citing diplomatic sources.

Dec 12 12:27

USAF Confirms: Chinese Stealth Jet In Georgia Is A Mock-Up For War Preparations

Last Thursday, the Aviationist tweeted a photo of a mysterious combat aircraft which resembled a fifth-generation Chinese fighter jet, claiming the photo was taken at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, a commercial and military-use airport in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday, December 05.

For several days, wild theories circulated social media channels, of why a Chinese stealth jet was parked on the tarmac of a Georgian military base.

It turns out the aircraft is real, but only a mock-up for use by the US Marine Corps (USMC),

Dec 12 12:16

Spot on: Russia to track future US missiles with upgraded over-the-horizon radar

In response to US plans to pull out of the INF Treaty and the active development of its hypersonic technology, Russia is building a network of radar stations best suited to detect missile launches from afar.

Russia is seeking to install Container-type over-the-horizon (OTH) radar stations along its borders. The move will substantially boost Moscow's capabilities to monitor airspace and detect missile launches, particularly in case of hypersonic projectiles.

Dec 12 12:11

Trump Regime Arming and Training Ukrainian Forces for War. Should Donbass Join Russia?

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 authorized US lethal and non-lethal aid to Kiev.

The US and other NATO countries supply its forces with heavy and other weapons, along with training to use them. The only external threats its regime faces are invented one. No real ones exist.

A state of war initiated by Ukraine exists between the US-installed puppet regime and Donbass freedom fighters – breaking away from Kiev over wanting democratic governance, rejecting illegitimate fascist rule.

In April 2014, less than two months after the Obama regime’s coup, replacing democratic governance with Nazi-infested putschists, Ukrainian forces attacked the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) in Donbass.

US orchestrated war continues intermittently. Washington and Kiev willfully undermined Minsk I and II conflict resolution agreements, wanting war, not peace, near Russia’s border.

Dec 12 12:10

Trump Nominates U.S. Army General Mark Milley for the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Who Previously Said That Russia Is the No.1 Threat to the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Army General Mark Milley who is currently Chief of the Army to succeed Marine General, Joseph Dunford as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Associated Press (AP) has described Milley as a “battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Milley has also served in other deployments in Latin America and the Caribbean including Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989 under U.S. President George H.W. Bush to oust Panama’s military leader, Manual Noriega and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti in 1994 to reinstate ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide after he made assurances to President Bill Clinton to allow Washington and Haiti’s elite to dominate the country politically and economically. As a pre-condition, Aristide also had to leave office in 1996 and not seek re-election. “Operation Uphold Democracy” should have been named “Operation Restore American Dominance.”

Dec 12 10:24

MSM Silent As Senior Chinese Military Official Threatens U.S Navy Vessels In China Sea; U.S. Air Force Runs Drills; Trade Talks Continue

By Aaron Kesel

A senior Chinese military official, Dai Xu (??), has threatened U.S. Navy vessels in the South China Sea, recommending that China should attack the ships. Meanwhile, the U.S. Air Force also ran an annual “joint forcible entry drill” in the night skies over the U.S. on Sunday, one day after the comments...

Dec 12 09:21

UK MUST prepare for ALL OUT WAR against Russia, China and Iran military chief warns

General Sir Nick Carter warned Russia, China, Iran and sadistic terrorist organisations like ISIS are a colossal threat towards the UK. He said Britain’s security, stability and prosperity are being challenged by the “ambitious” superstates. He admitted, “the multilateral system that has assured our stability since 1945 is threatened” and mass migration was “arguably an existential threat to Europe”.

Mr Carter said, in his first lecture as Chief of the Defence Staff at the Royal United Services Institute, that Russia and China had “studied our strengths and invested carefully in new methods and capabilities that are designed to exploit weaknesses”.

These included ballistic and cruise missiles, low-yield nuclear weapons, cyberweapons, space and counter space weapons, and electronic warfare.

Dec 12 09:11

THE US WANTS TO BRING BACK THE SHAH OF IRAN

Iran has been under severe US-imposed economic sanctions for 40 years. The US has been threatening Iran with war and “all options are on the table” for decades. The US has also instigated instability inside Iran and supported external attacks by terrorist groups such as Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK. [*]

The US project to destroy Iran’s economy has had a devastating impact. The husky Secretary of Defense Mike Pompeo said that it is up to Iranian’s leadership “if they want their people to eat”.[*] Because of the US, Iran lacks sufficient funds that it would like to invest in human resources and social programs. Iran’s constitution guarantees healthcare and free education for all, as well as protections of civil rights. As reflected in the drafting of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, the vision of the economic order was:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is, unfortunately, zero guarantee that they won't do it.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is advocating for a full-on US military attack against Iran, of course, only to be purchased by American blood and American money.

Should Iran get attacked, I would rather count on Russia's Putin, to bring his military into the fray on Iran's side; and we have seen, with what Russian troops did in Syria, the capabilities of both Russia's military and its weaponry.

It is disconcerting to me in the extreme, that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, are Saudi Arabia's King Mohammed bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza.

I therefore strongly caution the President about thinking that an invasion of Iran would "be a cakewalk", where our soldiers would be embraced as liberators; because at this moment in its history, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome from a war with Russia.

And if none of his "advisors" have told him this, it is high time that he knew.

You are welcome, Mr. President.

Dec 12 08:44

345,000 VERY LOW IQ MEN DELIBERATELY DRAFTED FOR VIETNAM

The story of “McNamara’s Folly”, also known as “Project 100,000.”

During the Vietnam War, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara lowered mental standards to induct 354,000 low-IQ men.

The death toll was appalling.

Dec 11 21:05

The Map That Shows Why Russia Feels Surrounded - Mike Maloney

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Dec 11 19:16

Can Liberals Survive the Apocalypse? This is Funny!

Doomsday Prepper's conservative off grid living and survival expert, Rick Austin (AKA The Survivalist Gardener) and the founder of Prepper Camp, teaches the Daily Show’s liberal Desi Lydic about survival and prepping.

Desi Lydic and her film crew come to the forest in the Secret Garden of Survival, to discuss survival skills, self defense, bush craft, and preparing for an apocalypse.

They got a little more than they bargained for.

Watch the banter between conservative and liberal points of view. This is funny!

Dec 11 09:28

WikiLeaks Emails Reveal Western Special Ops In Syria At The Start Of The War

By Brandon Turbeville

Despite Western claims that the armed invasion against the legitimate and secular Syrian government was organic native to Syria, the facts have repeatedly proven just the opposite. For instance, it has long been known that, from day one, armed groups had been organized, trained, armed, and directed by the intelligence services of Western countries...

Dec 10 23:37

Not So Fast

The media branch of “the Resistance” wet its pantsuits last Friday when Robert Mueller released sentencing memos on Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, the human keys to the dungeon they would like to toss Mr. Trump into. Over in the House of Representatives, incoming Judiciary Committee chair Jerrold Nadler spooged himself into a rapture as visions of impeachment lap-danced in his head. Their victory orgasms may prove premature.

The memos themselves were not all they were cracked up to be.

Dec 10 11:21

Watch: New Video Surfaces Of Russian Combat Laser As US Threatens To Abandoned INF Treaty 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear Tuesday that the US will stop adhering to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days unless Russia "returns to full and verifiable compliance."

That move sparked a deepening in the Cold War 2.0, as a new video was published Wednesday in Russian state media reminding the West, Russia possess advanced weaponry, like its latest laser combat system.

Dec 10 10:42

The US invisible fifth generation F-35 fighters after each flight cease to be invisible

For a long time it's clear that the American miracle-hunter of the fifth generation F-35 is not a miracle as represented by the Pentagon and its propagandists.

Now it has been revealed that its 'invisibility' has been compromised. That he called into question his main advantage over fourth-generation fighter planes and over direct competitors.
As the Defense-Aerospace writes, the famous "high-tech formwork" of the F-35 collapses and loses stellar properties faster than anyone has counted. And that means the wonder-hunters become visible to enemy radars.

It's also a much easier target than you would like in the US military top. Because, Defense-Aerospace states that the F-35 is becoming visible on other radar like passenger Boeing 747!

To get worse, it turned out that the background of the problem is not very harmless.

Dec 10 10:35

CIA sending ship full of arms to Kosovo army

A ship with a container full of the latest weaponry for the needs of (a future) Kosovo army is on its way across the Atlantic to the port of Durres in Alabania.

According to the newspaper, the dangerous cargo will be from there taken to Kosovo Security Forces bases. The daily further cites the data received by the Serbian security services, to report that “this conspirative arrangement is part of Pristina’s scenario to take control of the northern (Serb) part of the province.”

Dec 10 10:30

Trump Regime Arming and Training Ukrainian Forces for War

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 authorized US lethal and non-lethal aid to Kiev.

The US and other NATO countries supply its forces with heavy and other weapons, along with training to use them. The only external threats its regime faces are invented one. No real ones exist.

A state of war initiated by Ukraine exists between the US-installed puppet regime and Donbass freedom fighters – breaking away from Kiev over wanting democratic governance, rejecting illegitimate fascist rule.

In April 2014, less than two months after the Obama regime’s coup, replacing democratic governance with Nazi-infested putschists, Ukrainian forces attacked the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) in Donbass.

US orchestrated war continues intermittently. Washington and Kiev willfully undermined Minsk I and II conflict resolution agreements, wanting war, not peace, near Russia’s border.

Dec 10 10:25

NATO Is COMPLETELY VULNERABLE To Russian Electronic Warfare Systems

NATO experts acknowledged the vulnerability of their communications and digital infrastructure to Russian electronic warfare systems and therefore plan to develop a concept of protection against such systems by 2019.

“The recent exercises on the eastern border of NATO, the presence in the Baltic States and the war in Ukraine have demonstrated the success of the Russian strategy of electronic warfare (EW). Both the potential of electronic attacks (for example, suppression) and electronic support (for example, target detection) show that the existing NATO tactical communications infrastructure is vulnerable to EW and will face serious threats,” the document for research of the NATO Scientific and Technical Organization says.

Dec 10 10:17

Russian Stealth Jets To Be Armed With New Hypersonic Missiles 

The advanced Sukhoi Su-57 multipurpose jet, Russia’s first domestically produced fifth-generation stealth fighter, will be armed with new hypersonic missiles, according to a Russian military source.

"In accordance with Russia's State Armament Program for 2018-2027, Su-57 jet fighters will be equipped with hypersonic missiles," a Russian defense industry source toldTASS news agency on December 06.

Dec 10 09:45

Trump Has Been Broken by the Military/Security Complex

In order to protect himself from the military/security complex, President Trump has abandoned his intention of normalizing relations with Russia. Just as the neoconservative ideology needs US hegemony, the military/security complex needs an enemy to justify the $1,000 billion annual budget. The Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes have crafted Russia into that enemy. Trump intended to change that, but he has been prevented.

Russiagate is the orchestration used to force President Trump into submission.

Dec 10 09:24

Conga Lines Of USAF Airlifters Filled The Night Sky Across U.S. For Joint Forcible Entry Drill

It's that time a year again! Air Mobility Command's airlifters have hit the skies en masse under the cover of night to fly across the U.S. and into the vast military training ranges in the American Southwest. The goal is to simulate prying open the enemy's back door and setting up combat shop on their lawn as part of an annual drill called Joint Forcible Entry Exercise (JFEX).

Our plane tracking friends started catching the peculiar streams of Air Force cargo aircraft popping up on their flight tracking software earlier in the evening. Within a short amount of time, it was clear that a major exercise was underway and the timing is perfect for this iteration of JFEX.

Dec 09 10:19

If US Quits INF Treaty, Europe Loses

The statement issued by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on December 4 regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty following the meeting of the foreign ministers of the alliance in Brussels puts the seal on the US decision to withdraw from the pact.

Washington has successfully rallied its European allies. Armed with NATO solidarity, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Russia a 60-day ultimatum to return to compliance with the Treaty. Pompeo hopes to make Russia the culpable party.

However, quite some time ago, the US had already made up it mind to scrap the treaty. The Congress even made provision in the Pentagon budget for R&D relating to intermediate missiles. But an alibi was needed. In 2002, the US unilaterally withdrew from the ABM Treaty and dealt a body blow to international security without bothering to explain. On the contrary, INF Treaty is vital to European security and an alibi is necessary.

Dec 09 10:14

Trump to nominate Gen. Milley as next chairman of Joint Chiefs

US President Donald Trump has announced that he would nominate a battle-hardened commander who led American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, General Mark Milley, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

If confirmed by the Senate, the four-star general, who is currently the Army Chief of Staff, will succeed current Marine General Joseph Dunford later next year.

"I am pleased to announce my nomination of four-star General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the United States Army – as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing General Joe Dunford, who will be retiring," Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Dec 09 09:26

Tbilisi, Paris Sign Another Contract on Air Defense Deliveries to Georgia

The Georgian Defense Ministry has signed another contract on the deliveries of air defense management and control systems with France, the ministry's press service said in a statement on Saturday.

"In the field of air defense Georgia and France have embarked on a new stage of cooperation. The Georgian Defense Ministry has signed a very important contract with the French party relating to air defense management and control systems, under which the process of air defense systems purchase will be continued," the press service said.

Dec 08 18:13

The Occupation of the American Mind (original 84-minute version)

Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. Only 20,000 views on Youtube, please share far and wide.
https://www.occupationmovie.org/

Dec 08 11:28

HIGH-RANKING MILITARY COMMANDER BUSTED IN FBI CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING STING

Earlier this week, the FBI Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force held a sting to catch alleged sex traffickers and made multiple arrests in the process. During the sting, a high-ranking Air Force Colonel was ensnared by federal agents.

Dec 08 10:58

F-35 Begins Initial Operational Test and Evaluation 16 Months Behind Schedule

The US Defense Department announced Thursday that the F-35 Lightning II, better known as the Joint Strike Fighter, has begun its initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) phase, which will test whether the plane is reliable enough for full production. The tests were supposed to begin a year and a half ago.

"The start of formal operational testing is a milestone more than 18 years in the making," Vice Adm. Mat Winter, F-35 program executive officer, said in a statement Thursday.

Dec 08 10:18

Endless US Wars

America's military, industrial, security, media complex (including Wall Street) supports waging them endlessly. That's why they don't end.

Dec 08 09:53

NATO Is COMPLETELY VULNERABLE To Russian Electronic Warfare Systems

NATO experts acknowledged the vulnerability of their communications and digital infrastructure to Russian electronic warfare systems and therefore plan to develop a concept of protection against such systems by 2019.

“The recent exercises on the eastern border of NATO, the presence in the Baltic States and the war in Ukraine have demonstrated the success of the Russian strategy of electronic warfare (EW). Both the potential of electronic attacks (for example, suppression) and electronic support (for example, target detection) show that the existing NATO tactical communications infrastructure is vulnerable to EW and will face serious threats,” the document for research of the NATO Scientific and Technical Organization says.

Dec 08 09:46

Israel lobby has helped make US obsolete by enabling Israel to be a top arms exporter

An arms deal between Israel and Croatia highlights the US overindulgent military aid policy toward Israel. Today, thanks to our generosity, Israel has developed advanced military products, and is winning arms export contracts out from under us

Dec 07 10:59

PEARL HARBOR - MOTHER OF ALL CONSPIRACIES

President Roosevelt (FDR) provoked the attack, knew about it in advance and covered up his failure to warn the Hawaiian commanders. FDR needed the attack to sucker Hitler to declare war, since the public and Congress were overwhelmingly against entering the war in Europe. It was his backdoor to war.

FDR blinded the commanders at Pearl Harbor and set them up by -

denying intelligence to Hawaii (HI)

on Nov 27, misleading the commanders into thinking negotiations with Japan were continuing to prevent them from realizing the war was on

having false information sent to HI about the location of the Japanese carrier fleet.

Dec 07 08:53

FDR’s Pearl Harbor Fabrication: A Rebuttal

But in the spirit of testing and questioning all things, we should consider the accuracy of FDR’s words. Is it true that there existed a peaceful relationship between the United States and Japan? That they sought peace in the Pacific? That the attack on the Hawaiian islands was truly unprovoked? And that it was one of a surprise nature with no warning or build up? Was Congress and the American people told the truth about Pearl Harbor? Or is there more to the story than meets the eye?

Dec 07 08:51

FDR provoked the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Dec 07 08:48

Three Reasons That Would Lead To Military Conflict Between Russia And The US

There are at least three reasons that could lead to a military confrontation between Russia and the United States, believes the deputy director of the European and International Research Center of the College of Economics, Dmitry Suslov.

Suslov warned that in the short and medium term a global confrontation would be fraught with very serious risks, among them a military confrontation between Russia and the United States with increasing chances to happen.

Dec 06 18:47

U.S. Looks To Run Navy Operation In Black Sea, Risks Heightening Tensions With Russia

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. is looking to run a Navy operation commandeering a Navy warship into the Black Sea in defiance of Russia which risks a sharp rise in tensions between Ukraine, Moscow and the U.S., CNN reported.

The Pentagon has asked the State Department to request permission from Turkey to sail ships into the Black Sea, which borders both Ukraine and Russia as access to the Sea of Azov, a key area for a string of confrontations between Moscow and Kiev.

According to CNN, the Pentagon’s insane request is unclear if the U.S. Navy plans to follow through on entering the Black Sea. It could be the striking point that spurs conflict between the two countries...

Dec 06 13:25

US Sees Russia as Menacing, China as Growing Threat in Pacific - Navy Secretary

The United States is considering Russia to be a menacing threat in the Pacific region and China a growing threat, US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said on Thursday.

"Russia is a menacing threat, China is a pacing threat, and that is what we are focusing," Spencer said in a discussion at the Center of the Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.

Spencer pointed out that the US Navy is ready to address those threats if it is called upon to act.

"We are ready to fight even tonight, if needed," Spencer said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your ... harpoon!

Dec 06 10:53

2 US Marine planes with 7 crew crash off Japanese coast

The US Marine Corps says two of its aircraft were involved in a "mishap" off the coast of Japan, and a search-and-rescue operation is underway. Very few details have been made public after the initial USMC news release.
Rescue operations are underway off the coast of Japan for survivors of an aviation “mishap” during a training exercise, according to the USMC.

Reports citing Marines officials indicate the incident involved a KC-130 refueling aircraft and a F/A-18 fighter jet, carrying 7 personnel in total. The aircraft had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, before reportedly colliding in mid-air at around 2am local time on Thursday.

Japanese rescue crews have so far found two Marines out of seven. One of the servicemen is in a stable condition, the condition of the other is unknown, the Japanese government reported.

Dec 06 09:03

How US Military Spending Keeps Rising Even As The Pentagon Flunks It's Audit

flashback;NOVEMBER 27, 2018:The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed

On November 15, Ernst & Young and other private firms that were hired to audit the Pentagon announced that they could not complete the job. Congress had ordered an independent audit of the Department of Defense, the government’s largest discretionary cost center—the Pentagon receives 54 cents out of every dollar in federal appropriations—after the Pentagon failed for decades to audit itself. The firms concluded, however, that the DoD’s financial records were riddled with so many bookkeeping deficiencies, irregularities, and errors that a reliable audit was simply impossible.

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(*still , that's no reason to not expect an announcement of a 'rain date' for Trump's Military Parade !)

Dec 05 15:32

US Marines Launch Search and Rescue Effort After Two Planes Crash Near Japan

The US Marine Corps initiated a search and rescue operation near Japan early Thursday morning local time following an accident involving an F/A-18 that was conducting an aerial refuel from a KC-130. Both aircraft crashed into the sea, according to reports.

An F/A-18 fighter aircraft attempting to replenish its fuel supply crashed with two servicemembers aboard. The C-130 tanker was carrying five individuals when it crashed as well, according to CBS, citing the US Marines.

"Search and rescue operations continue for US Marine Corps aircraft that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. 6," the Marines said in a statement.

Dec 05 12:12

The Nobel Peace Prize in Support of War

Norway is a member of NATO and has close ties to the United States and Great Britain. The political, economic and bureaucratic elites are firmly integrated in transatlantic networks, a nexus of economic connections, think tanks, international institutions, media and a thousand other ties that bind. They tend to identify with the liberal wing of the empire, (i.e. the Democrats, not the Republicans), but will work with any US administration. The members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee are selected by the Norwegian parliament, and the Committee is nominally independent.

Dec 05 12:01

When American Warmongers Unite

A gross political diversion has found its way onto American mainstream and social media recently, one that stinks of historical manipulation and neoconservative bias. It showed its face during the reaction to the death of John McCain and continued with Joe Biden presenting a farcical award to George W. Bush. It’s the continued white washing of the Bush administration’s horrifying military actions against the people of the Middle East, the reality that the media is more than a willing accomplice in trying to paint over that history, and that other high profile individuals such as Barack and Michelle Obama are lending their reputations to the fight by participating in the rewriting of US history beginning with George W. Bush.

Dec 05 11:28

What Foreign Threats?

One of the local Washington television stations was doing a typical early morning honoring our soldiers schtick just before Thanksgiving. In it soldiers stationed far from home were treated to videolinks so they could talk to their families and everyone could nod happily and wish themselves a wonderful holiday. Not really listening, I became interested when I half heard that the soldier being interviewed was spending his Thanksgiving in Ukraine.

It occurred to me that the soldier just might have committed a security faux pas by revealing where he was, but I also recalled that there have been joint military maneuvers as well as some kind of training mission going on in the country, teaching the Ukrainian Army how to use the shiny new sophisticated weapons that the United States was providing it with to defend against “Russian aggression.”

Dec 05 11:27

What the ‘Neocon Chickenhawks’ Have Wrought

The 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice to end World War I has generated a lot of discussion and articles about the so-called “Great War.”

Most of the neocon chickenhawks who so eagerly led us into the disastrous war in Iraq seemingly want to be regarded as modern-day Winston Churchills.

They might be very surprised to read Scott Berg’s great biography of Woodrow Wilson, which quotes Churchill as saying: “America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War,” meaning World War I.

Churchill told William Griffin, editor of the New York Enquirer newspaper in August 1936: “If you hadn’t entered the war, the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917. Had we made peace, then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism, no breakdown in Italy followed by Fascism, and Germany would not have…enthroned Nazism.”

It is amazing how often one war leads to or causes another one.

Dec 05 11:14

America and Britain Complicit in Saudi Acts of Genocide in Yemen: 85,000 Children Dead, 14 Million at “Risk of Starvation”

The recent death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has helped shed more attention on the Saudi war of aggression in Yemen. According to the UN up to 14 million people are at risk of starvation in Yemen. Yet the American and British governments, who have the ability to stop the Saudi war machine in its tracks, continue the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners.

Corporate politicians try and defend the military actions of the Saudi led coalition in Yemen by sheer unadulterated lies. UK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt in a debate in the House of Commons blithely stated that the Saudi led coalition had not breached any international law.*

Yet evidence of war crimes in Yemen abound. Save The Children, which is feeding starving people in Yemen, has recently released figures showing that the Saudi instigated war in Yemen has caused the deaths of 85,000 children over the last four years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a special place in hell, for world leaders who think that the starvation of children, in countries where supplies have been blockaded, means nothing, and that this is simply "collateral damage".

I seriously doubt that history will be kind to either the Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman, also know as the Butcher of Yemen, and his American side-kick, the American Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump.

Dec 05 11:09

34% of U.S. Americans Believe US Elites Exploited 9/11 for Gain

A single common theme emerges from most public discussions of U.S. foreign policy. No matter how widespread the carnage, devastating the financial impact or enormous the opportunity cost of war – the United States is always presumed to have meant well. US foreign policies are designed as much to improve the well-being of foreigners as to protect US national security. It is relatively rare for revisionist historians or informed critics questioning the true motives behind US foreign policy to be allowed any significant platform to air contrarian views. Despite this pervasive discrimination, a significant segment of the American public not only believes US elites exploited the 9/11 attacks, but would like to see US government officials who backed the "Global War on Terror" criminally prosecuted.

Dec 05 11:08

The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed

On November 15, Ernst & Young and other private firms that were hired to audit the Pentagon announced that they could not complete the job. Congress had ordered an independent audit of the Department of Defense, the government’s largest discretionary cost center—the Pentagon receives 54 cents out of every dollar in federal appropriations—after the Pentagon failed for decades to audit itself. The firms concluded, however, that the DoD’s financial records were riddled with so many bookkeeping deficiencies, irregularities, and errors that a reliable audit was simply impossible.

Dec 05 10:52

Never Forget: George Bush’s Wars Set The Stage For 25 Years Of Endless War

George Bush's wars would prove to be only an introduction to what was to come during the next 25 years of American foreign policy: target a foreign regime that poses no threat to the US, and manufacture a nice-sounding reason for doing so. Today, the methods are the same, and only the names have changed.

Dec 04 11:17

US Navy Sinks $1.5 Billion Into Attack Subs That Don’t Move

Logistical delays in US shipyards regarding attack submarine repairs have left the US Navy spending $1.5 billion on idle underwater boats that are incapable of conducting any sort of operation, according to a government watchdog.

The USS Boise, a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, was slated to enter a shipyard for an extensive period of repairs, fixes and modifications in 2013, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported Monday. The massively overworked shipyards, however, did not have the space, time and personnel to conduct the repairs in accordance with the original schedule. The submarine still hadn't gotten attention from shipyard workers by 2016, some three years later, at which point officials determined the USS Boise was unfit for operations, GAO reports.

Dec 04 11:16

Russia Begins Sea Trials of Ballistic Missile Sub, Orders Up Two More

Russia’s state program of armaments has reportedly announced its intention to build two more Borey-class ballistic missile submarines in the next decade, bringing Moscow’s total ballistic missile submarine fleet to 11 boats. Meanwhile, the latest boat, Prince Vladimir, began sea trials last week.

Dec 04 10:47

The World Can Not Afford a War Between the West and Russia

Even Russian experts who have utmost respect for the tremendous military capacity of the US nonetheless point out Russia would be able to retaliate against a nuclear first strike -- and end the world

Dec 04 10:39

US Sabotages UN Attempt at Yemen Ceasefire, as Opposition to War Grows in Congress

The Trump administration claimed it would seek a ceasefire in Yemen in 30 days, but the US blocked a UN Security Council resolution submitted by Britain. Colonel Larry Wilkerson discusses Congress’ historic vote on a War Powers Resolution bill to force a military withdrawal

Dec 04 09:34

Iran deploys massive naval force to Persian Gulf after Rouhani threatens to block Strait of Hormuz

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Islamic Republic of Iran has allegedly deployed a massive naval contingent to the Persian Gulf, today, after the nation’s president, Hassan Rouhani, threatened to block the vital Strait of Hormuz.

Dec 04 09:03

UK changes military leadership amid row over US jet import

The British military has changed its top commanders amid a widening row over the import of F-35 fighter jets from the United States.

Reports on Monday said that four new senior chiefs had been appointed to lead the UK military forces, including the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.

Air Marshal Michael Wigston will lead the RAF while Vice Admiral Tony Radakin would become Britain’s first sea lord and chief of naval staff. All the commanders are approved by the Queen Elizabeth II, who is the commander of the British armed forces, and they will take up their posts next year, according to the Ministry of Defence.

The new commanders were appointed with a stated mission of improving the British army’s capabilities in dealing with increasing threats.

However, the appointments come amid a widening row between the RAF and the Royal Navy over which type of US-made F-35 fighter jets the UK should prefer in its future purchases.

Dec 04 08:58

Trump Tweets That He Wants to End the ‘Crazy’ Arms Race with Russia

Trump’s latest tweet signals he wants reconciliation and an end to the new global arms race - and the main country he is in the race with is Russia, with their astonishing array of futuristic weapons that are decades ahead of the US.

Dec 03 18:15

US Military reveals plan to breed 'living tripwire' GM life forms to warn of enemy submarines

The Pentagon is developing a radical plan to breed gentically modified life forms to hunt for enemy subs.

Dec 03 11:02

US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Kill Prospects for Arms Control

US Senator Tom Cotton and Congresswoman Liz Cheney have introduced a bill that prevents extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia or the Stopping Russia Nuclear Aggression Act. It says “Under no circumstances should the United States agree to extend the New START Treaty beyond the current expiration in 2021 without drastic improvements to the deeply flawed deal.” The bill includes the provision of Russia’s agreement to verifiably reduce its stockpile of tactical nuclear weapons. It also stipulates that the new weapons mentioned in the President Putin’s famous speech in March must be included into the count.

Dec 03 10:58

UKRAINE URGES NATO TO SEND WARSHIPS TO CONFRONT RUSSIA

Still bound and determined that the maritime incident last weekend in the Sea of Azov portends a full-scale war with Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on all NATO nations and other allied states to start relocating warships en masse to the sea to “assist Ukraine” in a conflict.

"We cannot accept this aggressive policy of Russia. First it was Crimea, then eastern Ukraine, now he wants the Sea of Azov. Germany, too, has to ask itself: What will Putin do next if we do not stop him?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko does a magnificent job of playing the crazed dictator, turning events around 180 degrees, so that the world can be brought around to see things his way.

Poroshenko's major problem right now, is that he cannot get re-elected next March, without a magnificent distraction, to make him appear to be on the keening edge of actually "winning" something, like a conflict with Russia.

So, what does he do, at the behest of NATO and the US?!?

He created an "incident" in the Sea of Azov, which, under maritime law, is actually under Russia control. His commanders never told the Russians that they were going to do this, hence they got stopped, and their staff got arrested.

And as for Crimea, and I hate having to say this perpetually, because in the wonderful words of Ron White, "You can't fix stupid", Russia never annexed Crimea.

Let's set the way-back machine (which is nearly IMPLODING, with the force of having to use it over and over again) to 2014.

The duly elected Ukrainian President, Yanukovich , was well and truly thrown under the proverbial bus, as he was considered as "too Russian Centric" to meet the needs of the US/NATO/WORLD BANK/ crowd.

So Western elements got rid of Yanukovich, and "Installed" Petro Poroshenkco as the Western-centric President, with an election more crooked than is a dog's hind leg.

Because this guy kept screaming about an "imminent Russian invasion" for the first four years of his presidency, I seriously doubt that NATO is going to run "pass interference" for him in the Azov Sea.

Poroshenko has been a complete, nearly laughable embarrassment to all the Western influencers which put him into power, and now are experiencing a most painful and extreme case of "Buyer's Remorse" because of it.

Oh, and about Crimea getting "annexed by Russia"?!?

That never happened.

After the putsch in Kiev, the Crimean officials understood that there was no more representative government there, they did two things: first, post putsch, they asked the Crimean people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to join it. Overwhelmingly, the Crimean people voted to leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian Federation for membership. and the Russian Federation agreed.

Even President Obama, on a television interview, confessed that the Government of the United States of America, played a role in getting Yanukovich out. President Obama admits that the US government brokered a deal in support of regime change in Kiev.

So, Petro Poroshenko, you can take your "impending war" with Russia to a dark place the sun cannot reach; this is merely lies, on top of lies, and you know it, as does Russia.

Dec 03 10:29

DEPLOYED CIVILIANS CAN’T GET WORKER’S COMP — AND THAT’S BAD NEWS FOR A MILITARY THAT DEPENDS ON THEM

About 500,000 military veterans served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were supported by nearly four times as many civilians, U.S.and foreign. As health complaints from these veterans increased, Congress asked the National Academy of Sciences to enter into an agreement with the Department of Defense to evaluate the available scientific evidence regarding associations between service members’ illnesses and exposure to toxic agents, environmental hazards, or medicines and vaccines. This evaluation generated the Persian Gulf War Veterans Act of 1998, and the Veterans Programs Enhancement Act of 1998. A section of the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is both insane, and officially horrible, for those people working for our Military; they need effective guidelines for HOW to get the help they need; not more regulations making that care impossible for them to attain.

And in looking at the many US-generated wars foreseen in the near future, about which the State Department, Pentagon, and White House are salivating mightily, it is up to the US government and military to fix this idiocy, and right the heck now.

Dec 03 10:06

Germany may increase troop numbers to 203,000 by 2025

The defense ministry is set to approve a plan to create 5,000 more Bundeswehr jobs than initially foreseen, according to a newspaper report. Whether officials can convince young Germans to sign up is another matter.

Dec 03 08:46

Microsoft Declares Intent To Provide Military All Of Its Technology Because of the Military’s “Ethical and Honorable Tradition”

By Nicholas West

After decades of tech companies and the U.S. military overlapping in a variety of ways, it appears that the largest of them are ready to openly declare their desire to enhance the power of the state.

Because nothing says ethics like teaming up with a military that has killed more than 20 million people since WWII...

Dec 02 19:10

Microsoft vows to hand over all its technologies to ‘ethical & honorable’ US military

As big tech in the US faces increased opposition from its own employees over Pentagon contracts, the head of Microsoft Corporation appears to have decided to throw his weight behind the US military and to offer them full support.

Microsoft is “going to provide the US military with access to the best technology ... all the technology we create. Full stop,” Brad Smith, the president of the tech giant, said at the Reagan National Defense Forum, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Dec 02 09:36

IRAN LAUNCHES NEW DOMESTIC BUILT STEALTH DESTROYER IN PERSIAN GULF

On Saturday Iran unveiled its first stealth destroyer in a televised ceremony wherein the warship was launched into operation in the Persian Gulf at a moment that tensions with the US continue to soar.

The Sahand stealth capable ship is also entirely Iranian-made and will be based at Iran's naval base in Bandar Abbas on the Gulf. Military officials touted its capability of deploying for five months on the seas without resupply, and cutting edge defense technology including electronic warfare capabilities, surface-to-air missiles, and torpedo launchers, and most importantly its purported ability to evade enemy radar.

The Sahand has stealth capabilities, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities, state TV IRNA reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a natural outcome of the threats made by Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States against Iran.

I mean, come on: were the Iranians just supposed to roll over and play dead, because of their alleged "existential threat" to Israel or Saudi Arabia?!?

Iran is doing what any intelligent country in the world would do, were they threatened in the way the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel have threatened it; they are upping their ante on weapons production and scientific knowledge, with which they would hope to defend themselves, should they be attacked by any, and all of these entities.

Dec 02 08:29

UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY URGES ISRAEL TO COMPLETELY WITHDRAW FROM GOLAN HEIGHTS

The vote followed US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley's announcement that Washington plans to reject a UN General Assembly resolution on the Golan Heights region given the document's "anti-Israel bias".

A resolution urging Israel to withdraw from the entirety of the Golan Heights has been adopted by the majority of the countries represented in the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

The Syrian Golan resolution was approved by a vote of 99 in favor, 10 against and 66 abstentions during the UNGA's Friday session.

The document declared that Israel's decision to extend its legislation on the Golan Heights is null and void and that the Jewish state should withdraw from the strategically-important territory.

Munzer Munzer, acting charge d’affaires of Syria’s permanent delegation to the UN, accused Israel of continuing to occupy “a precious part of our land” as Syrian people there “continue to suffer because of this occupation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless Israel is forced, militarily, to get out of the Golan, such a "give back" of this territory will only happen... when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Dec 02 00:03

U.S. Navy admiral Scott Stearney found dead in apparent suicide

Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, who oversaw U.S. Navy forces in the Middle East, was found dead Saturday in his residence in Bahrain, officials said. Defense officials told CBS News they are calling it an "apparent suicide."

Stearney was the commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. Rear Adm. Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of Fifth Fleet, has assumed command, the Navy said in a statement.

"Scott Stearney was a decorated Naval warrior. He was a devoted husband and father, and he was a good friend to all," the statement said.

Dec 01 14:58

MASSIVE Breakthrough In 9/11 Investigation! - Must WATCH (with Richard Gage & Barbara Honegger)

Trump had promised a re-investigation into 911. Evidence debunking the official government lies will be seeing criminal grand jury!

LCfor9/11 got a letter back from a US attorney agreeing to comply with a Federal law requiring submission to a special grand jury of report by Lawyers' committee and 9/11 victim family members of "yet to be prosecuted 9/11 crimes."

This is the biggest news to come out regarding 9/11 since the 28 pages and by far has more impact.

Dec 01 10:58

G7 declares 'unwavering support' for Ukraine over Russia standoff

Foreign ministers from the world's seven biggest economies, known as the Group of Seven or G7, have condemned Russia's actions in Kerch Strait as they reaffirmed their "unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity".

A statement by G7 members - the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the High Representative of the European Union - on Friday said there was "no justification" for Russia's use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel.

"We urge restraint, due respect for international law, and the prevention of any further escalation. We call on Russia to release the detained crew and vessels and refrain from impeding lawful passage through the Kerch Strait," the statement read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't the congenital idiots who write advertising/position propaganda for the G7 understand: Crimea was NEVER annexed by Russia. Let me break this out in small words, so that you will comprehend what I am saying.

Let' set the way-back machine to 2014.

In a plot, to which President Obama alluded in a television interview, that the US was one of the leading sponsors of regime change in Kiev, as Ukraine's President, President Yanukovich, was infinitely more Russia centric, economically, rather than Western-Centric.

Washington was behind Ukraine Coup; Obama admits that the US brokered a deal in support of regime change

OK, writers of this Codswallop for the G7, IF I KNOW THIS, MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD UNDERSTAND THIS AS WELL. But of course, given an organisation the size and financial girth of the G7, the truth, when the independent media disproves you lies, cannot be tolerated.

What Crimea did, is perfectly legal to do under the Charter of the UN, (and most of your members are actual members of the UN, Right?!?) This is called the right to "peaceful self-determiniation."

The people of Crimea did two things. First, Crimean citizens were asked if they wanted stay on as a part of Ukraine, or leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian Government to become one of its members. Crimeans voted, overwhelmingly, to leave Ukraine, and become part of the Russian Federation.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, in the eyes of the UN; but because Crimea voted to join Russia, rather than stay with Ukraine, such an outcome was not to your liking, so you decided to lie about it.

It is very sad, that you think that you can get away with this kind of attitude and behaviour, and lie to the public, when both Americans and people around the world, already know the truth about what happened with Crimea; your inability to accept the truth, because the outcome was not to your liking, is a very dangerous place from which to make decisions about what your "next step" with Russia will be.

Dec 01 10:32

Why US attempting to increase tensions in the Indo-Pacific

The United States is attempting to increase tensions and create confrontations in the Indo-Pacific region in order to exert its influence and flaunt its military presence throughout East, Southeast and South Asia, says Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

In an interview with Press TV on Thursday, Etler, a former professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, said that America “is not at all interested in promoting peace and security in the so-called Indo-Pacific. Its primary intention is the exact opposite, to increase tensions and create confrontations where none need exist. It is only in this way that the US can continue to exert its influence and flaunt its military presence throughout East, Southeast and South Asia. In doing so it hopes to mobilize its wavering allies in the region to challenge and confront China. This strategy however is doomed to failure.”

Dec 01 10:31

Libya’s Lost Hope

When the United States, France, the UK and a number of other governments sent forces into Libya, the people were to have security and democracy. Seven years later, all that they have had is chaos, death and destruction.

When General Khalifa Haftar boarded the Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov in January 2017, Putin announced that the Libyan general had a powerful friend, but Vladimir Putin is not General Haftar’s first important friend. Once, he was one of Muammar Qaddafi’s favorites and was given the honor in 1986 of leading an invasion of neighboring Chad. The venture failed and Qaddafi denounced him as a rogue and abandoned him. He would have remained a prisoner of the Chadians if the CIA hadn’t rescued him and moved him to the United States to organize the National Front for the Salvation of Libya in preparation to depose the Libyan dictator.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of irony in the morning!!

But mending this country, which fell apart at the seams, after Qaddafi was assassinated by American-backed mercs, will be a very difficult thing to do; I have to wish general Haftar luck, in this endeavor, and hope that he will have both the resources with which to heal these national wounds in Libya.

Nov 30 11:50

Tusk 'Sure' EU to Roll Over Sanctions Against Russia Over Kerch Row in December

The Kerch Strait incident took place on Sunday when three Ukrainian naval vessels, heading from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea, tried to pass through the strait without obtaining permission from Russia and thus illegally crossing the country's sea border.

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was sure that the EU leaders would roll out new sanctions against Russia due to Moscow's response to Ukraine's naval activity in the Kerch Strait.

READ MORE: NATO to Keep Monitoring Black Sea Following Ukraine's Kerch Strait Provocation

"The de-escalation in the Sea of Azov is a cause of a grave concern to us, and of course Russia's use of force against Ukrainian ships is totally unacceptable… Europe is united in its support of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. And this is why I am sure that the EU will roll over the sanctions against Russia in December," Tusk said at a press conference during G20 summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is as simple as the Ukrainian sailors having crossed into Russia's sovereign marine territory; they were wrong, period, end of discussion.

Unfortunately, the US and its European allies have nasty habit of accusing Russia for things Russia never did, and ultimately using that as the pretext for war.

I would like to see all aggrieved parties come together to step back from the precipice here, and for Poroshenko to ultimately admit that his sailors were dead wrong here, and make amends. Of course, this will not happen, because Poroshenko is the US's and NATO's "picador" when it comes to relations with Russia. The last thing we need... is another world war.Ac

Nov 30 11:25

Buchanan: Is Putin The Provocateur In The Kerch Crisis?

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via The Unz Review,

On departure for the G-20 gathering in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump canceled his planned weekend meeting with Vladimir Putin, citing as his reason the Russian military’s seizure and holding of three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors.

But was Putin really the provocateur in Sunday’s naval clash outside Kerch Strait, the Black Sea gateway to the Sea of Azov?

Or was the provocateur Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko?

First, a bit of history.

In 2014, after the pro-Russian regime in Kiev was ousted in a coup, and a pro-NATO regime installed with U.S. backing, Putin detached and annexed Crimea, for centuries the home port of Russia’s Black Sea fleet.

With the return of Crimea, Russia now occupied both sides of Kerch Strait. And this year, Russia completed a 12-mile bridge over the strait and Putin drove the first truck across.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pat Buchanan, you miss a very important point here, which needs repeating.

Russia did NOT annex Crimea.

After Poroshenko was installed as President in 2014, understanding that there would only be corruption now from the Ukrainian government in Kiev, the Crimean officials did two things.

First, they did a referendum with the Crimean people, to determine if they wanted to stay with the "new Ukraine", or slip away, and request a transfer of governance with Russia.

They overwhelmingly said that they wanted to petition the Russian Federation for acceptance into that Federation, and Russia accepted this.

There was utterly no annexation; just a referendum, followed by a petition to join the Russian Federation; nothing more, nothing less. Pat, please check your history, as I know that what I have said is the absolute truth of how this came down.

But you are absolutely correct, when you talk about this not being America's fight, and particularly right now.

Nov 30 10:29

Merkel Ally Suggests Blockading Russian Ships From All EU And US Ports

A close senior political ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Reuters on Friday that the European Union and the United States should consider banning all Russian ships that originate from the Sea of Avoz from entering EU and US ports until last Sunday's Kerch Strait crisis is resolved.

German conservative Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is said to be most likely to succeed Merkel as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, told Reuters:

One answer might be, for example, to stop Russian ships coming from the region - from the Sea of ??Azov - from entering European or U.S. ports until this situation with Ukraine is resolved.

And turning her attention to US sanctions targeting Russia and Germany's less than eager willingness to go along, Reuters reports further:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has Kram-Karrenbauer gone absolutely stark raving, gepolitically insane?!?

Blockades are considered an act of war, just in case her European history is a little fuzzy, which it appears to be.

Russia was precisely within its rights to capture and hold the invading Ukrainian boats, courtesy of maritime law. But that this woman is even THINKING about a blockade, makes me very concerned about her true mental health.

Poroshenko has been screaming about a potential "Russian Invasion" ever since he took office in 2014.

Nov 30 08:44

Crisis in the Sea of Azov, Confronting Russia, “Dangerous Madness… The Risk of War is Real

Alessandro Bianchi: Let’s start from today’s crisis in the Sea of Azov. The European Union and NATO have given full support to Ukraine after the violation of Russian sovereignty by two Ukrainian vessels. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gave his full support to Poroshenko, who declared martial law. What does a country like Italy risk in continuing its accession to NATO?

Nov 30 08:24

A Savage ‘War To End All Wars,’ and a Failed Peace

Europe lost an entire generation, killed, maimed or forever psychologically broken by the war. Many Europeans lost faith in the snake oil of nationalism and turned away from the standard frameworks of monarchy or liberal democracy. Some found solace in socialism, whereas others doubled down on ultranationalism in the form of fascist leaders.

Despite 9 million battle deaths – a number unfathomable when the war began – WWI solved little and sowed the seeds for the European cataclysm of 1939-45. It is an uncomfortable truth, especially for the United States, a nation that tends to see itself as being at the center of the world; the US played mostly a late, and bit, part in the drama across the Atlantic.

Nov 30 08:18

Trump: Experts All Say US Troops Need to Stay in Afghanistan

With three US troops killed in Afghanistan earlier this week, President Trump was pressed on the matter of why, 17+ years in, the US military remains in the country. He told interviewers that “every expert that I have and speak to says if we don’t go there, they’re going to be fighting over here. And I’ve heard it over and over again.”

When Trump announced his escalation of the war last year, he said his first impulse was to pull out, but that the experts had assured him the war was still winnable. In recent months, officials have been very public about trying to convince Trump to stay in the war despite how poorly its going.

Trump’s claims that all the experts he’s hearing are telling him the same thing suggests his administration is limiting his access to dissenters. The war is plainly going disastrously, and it wouldn’t be hard to find people who would tell the president as much.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We continue to fight this horrific war for the following reasons; to control the huge pipelines which chris-cross the country; the rights to develop the rare earth elements in Afghanistan; and to control the opium crops for CIA off the book operations.

And hey, if people (including our military) get killed in the way of making huge profits from all the above, they were simply just "collateral damage" and getting in the way of accomplishing what the Deep State wants to see happen here.

Nov 30 07:56

The Double Standards of US Foreign Policy

It’s easy for many Americans to perceive the effects of war as short-lived, this is in part due to mainstream media’s lack of coverage; the aftermath and hypocrisy of war are rarely presented. While the news might show the public a glimpse of the initial bombings raining down on the "US enemy," this is stealthily unveiled through the eyes of the military industrial complex, romanticizing the attacks while fascinating over the American firepower strength.

"I am guided by the beauty of our weapon," Brian Williams said cheerfully on MSNBC as he watched the Pentagon-provided footage of the US missile strike in Syria, quoting Leonard Cohen’s song "First We Take Manhattan."

Nov 30 07:51

Siding with fascism: Western ideologues pose greater threat to the West's security than ISIS

A Western ideologue unravelling is no pretty sight. It’s like watching a lobster boiling in a pot. And like that lobster he or she eventually pops.

‘Popping’ recently over Russia have been key figures of the Western geopolitical and ideological firmament – people for whom the world is made of a Western bloc of nations divinely ordained to command, and the rest of the world condemned to obey.

A prime example of what I mean concerns the Atlantic Council in Washington, one of the more notorious of an ever expanding network of neocon think tanks in our world, within whose Washington offices you will find gathered cranks of inordinate dimension.

For such people Russia is not a country of 146 million people whose contribution to the world in the fields of art, science, culture and so on has been profound throughout its history and remains so today, but instead is a cancer that needs to be removed – preferably by force.

Nov 30 07:35

State Dept: Military Option Remains on the Table Against Iran

In the course of reiterating allegations that Iran is sending small arms and drones to its allies abroad, the US State Department also issued a threat to attack Iran. They warned the US “will not hesitate to use military force” and that the option remains open for Iran.

The US has been threatening to attack Iran for decades now. The threats had calmed down in recent years, with the P5+1 nuclear deal, but with the deal subsequently dishonored by the Trump Administration, it seems the old status quo of constant sanctions and threats is returning.

The allegations about drones and arms center around Pentagon-provided images of wreckage which they say contained the logos of Iranian arms makers. The arms shipments are said to center on Yemen, in keeping with Saudi allegations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if these images have, perchance, been photoshopped or changed in any way, in order to justify an agenda.

But I would strongly caution President Trump; if we go toe to toe against Iran, the Russians will most probably come in on Iran's side. And the world has seen, in Syria, just how well Russia's weaponry has evolved.

Mr. President, a word here; this action is called on upon by Israel, Sheldon Adelson, and possibly Saudi Arabia. And all these countries fully expect for this war to be fought at only the costs of American blood... and American money.

Nov 30 07:29

Saudis, UAE Block UN Call for Yemen Ceasefire

The British government’s UN resolution calling for a Yemen ceasefire has been blocked by heavy lobbying from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, chief participants in the war. The resolution would’ve called for a halt to fighting in the vital aid port of Hodeidah.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was very public in his opposition to the ceasefire, with British officials saying he “threw a fit” about their proposal. The prince complained that it weakened the Saudi position on the war.

Salman’s level of influence is perhaps not what it was after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, though apparently it was still enough to convince several nations, including the US, to block the ceasefire resolution and demanding it be held off for at least a month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; just what does the House of Saud believe it can win in another 30 days in Yemen, when in 3 years, his soldiers have been totally unable to "pacify" the Rebel Houthis?!?

And when one is an international leader, like Saudi Arabia' s Butcher of Yemen, in a country where the governed have no say over its leadership, we are looking at just what that extra 30 days may buy him and his allies: the short answer is, more killing; more starvation; and more disease on the part of the Yemeni people.

Nov 30 07:20

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: RUSSIA IS DISADVANTAGED BY HER BELIEF THAT THE WEST IS GOVERNED BY LAW

Ukrainian military ships have violated Russian restrictions in the Sea of Azov and Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Ukrainian Navy crossed the Russian sea border and entered a closed area of Russian territorial waters. Clearly, Washington was behind this as Ukraine would not undertake such a provocation on its own. Here is an accurate explanation of the event: https://www.rt.com/news/444857-russia-ukraine-kerch-strait-standoff/

The Russian Navy detained the Ukrainian ships. Of course, the Western presstitutes, most of whom are CIA assets, will blame “Russian aggression.” Washington and its presstitutes are doing everything they can to make impossible Trump’s expressed goal of normal relations with Russia. NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu quickly aligned NATO with Ukraine: “NATO fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity, including its navigation rights in its territorial waters.”

Nov 30 07:17

"MYSTERIOUS HELICOPTERS" RESCUING ISIS AND AL-QAEDA - A BRIEF TIMELINE

Although the United States government routinely denies that it in any way cooperates with ISIS, reports continue to manifest themselves demonstrating exactly the opposite, particularly in Syria. Over the course of the war and ever since the emergence of the terrorist organization on the world scene, there have been a number of “mysterious helicopters” that extract ISIS fighters from battlefields in which they are facing imminent defeat either by the legitimate government of the countries in which they are fighting, pro-government militias, or even ahead of “anti-ISIS” strikes by the alleged “anti-ISIS coalition.”

While not attempting to go in to a detailed explanation or analysis of each incident, below are a number of reports of such “airlifts of evil” that have surfaced over the last two years. The Pentagon, as mentioned above, has repeatedly denied these reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at these events.

Nov 30 06:21

SENATORS SEEKING TO SHOOT DOWN YEMEN BILL WERE PAID BY SAUDI LOBBYISTS

Prior to the Oct. 2 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of a Saudi assassination squad — which the CIA believes was on direct orders of crown prince MbS himself — a tiny segment of the American public had likely ever heard of deep Pentagon role in executing the Saudi war on Yemen, which has raged since 2015.

But after Khashoggi's brutal slaying, the mainstream media suddenly "discovered" what the U.N. has called the "world's worst humanitarian crisis". The handful of Senators who've long fought to end the U.S. role in the war, however, might now be thinking better late than never as on Wednesday in a hugely important 63-37 victory, the Senate agreed to finally move forward with a full floor debate over the legality of America's involvement in the conflict.

Amazing news: The Senate just voted 63-37 in support of a bill to end the US-Saudi war on Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I have not only heard about it, but blogged about it, when President Obama jumped feet-first to a commitment to impress his Saudi hosts, but actually had no bearing on the safety and security of Americans.

I hope, that with a full debate on this issue, the White House will understand that it actually doesn't have the authority to make a commitment like this, and it should never have been made in the first place, without Congress's full and engaged consent to this mission, or others, like Syria and Ukraine.

Nov 29 12:05

US Army Bans Recruiters From Going to Strip Clubs

Laying down the law of the land, a memo recently released by the US Army Recruiting Command announced that recruiters on temporary duty are henceforth barred from visiting any "Erotic Dance Establishments."

The November 20 memo, which was shared on Twitter by user US Army WTF! Moments the following day, indicates that the changes are being made because, simply put, "recruiters are the most public facing element of the US Army."

Nov 29 11:06

Air defense artillery unit is activated in Germany for the first time in decades

The Army has activated a new short-range air defense unit in Germany, the first such unit stationed in the country since the end of the Cold War drawdown.

The 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment was activated at Shipton Kaserne in Ansbach, Army officials in Germany said Wednesday.

Commanded by Lt. Col. Todd Daniels, the unit falls under the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and will consist of five battery-level units equipped with FIM-92 Stinger missiles.

Nov 29 11:06

Why the Navy thinks the carrier Gerald R. Ford will work after all

The technology glitches plaguing the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, lead ship of the Navy’s next generation of flattops, are getting fixed, officials told lawmakers during a Tuesday hearing on Capitol Hill.

The combination punch of good news at the Senate Armed Services' Seapower Subcommittee included testimony that the Navy has recorded significant cost savings during the building of the John F. Kennedy, the next Ford-class carrier, and is prepping to purchase two similar flattops in fiscal 2020.

Pressed by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on possible problems with the Ford’s advanced weapons elevators, James F. Geurts — assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition — predicted the Ford would leave the Newport News Shipbuilding yard with a working system for delivering ordnance to the flight deck.

Nov 29 10:41

Djibouti: the Casablanca of a new Cold War

Small countries with limited resources have been known to turn themselves into financial centers where dodgy banks and companies find a haven from international regulators as a means to reverse their national fortunes.

Djibouti, the third smallest country on the African mainland, has found another way to thrive: hosting military bases.

Nov 29 10:41

How the US Creates ‘Sh*thole’ Countries

A new collection of essays, edited by former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, clearly shows that it is the U.S. that is largely responsible for the poverty and suffering in these very nations.

“While mouthing freedom, democracy, and liberty, the United States has denied these very aspirations to others.”

Nov 29 10:31

Tory MP Johnny Mercer says there's 'nothing wrong' with killing for what you believe in

A Tory MP has prompted an angry debate after suggesting killing people for what you believe in is acceptable.

Writing about why young people should consider joining the army, Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer lamented the unpopularity of the use of violence.

He said: “The application of violence to defeat the enemies of the nation has become worryingly unpopular. Nothing wrong with fighting (yes killing) for values/what you believe in. The oppressed/bullied/tormented/voiceless deserve it. Join the fight; best thing you’ll ever do.”

The MP’s tweet followed another which said: “At some point – somewhere – someone – is going to have to stand up to Russia in the traditional sense.”

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Nov 29 09:44

US Accuses Iran of Launching Missile Capable of Reaching Europe

According to the State Department, Tehran is producing several types of missiles that threaten US partner countries in the Middle East and jeopardise American forces in the region.

'Today, the United States is unveiling new evidence of Iran’s ongoing missile proliferation', US Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook claimed. 'The Iranian threat is growing and we are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to act', he added.

Nov 29 07:34

“Mysterious Helicopters” Rescuing ISIS And al-Qaeda – A Brief Timeline

By Brandon Turbeville

Although the United States government routinely denies that it in any way cooperates with ISIS, reports continue to manifest themselves demonstrating exactly the opposite, particularly in Syria. Over the course of the war and ever since the emergence of the terrorist organization on the world scene, there have been a number of “mysterious helicopters” that extract ISIS fighters from battlefields in which they are facing imminent defeat either by the legitimate government of the countries in which they are fighting, pro-government militias, or even ahead of “anti-ISIS” strikes by the alleged “anti-ISIS coalition.”

While not attempting to go in to a detailed explanation or analysis of each incident, below are a number of reports of such “airlifts of evil” that have surfaced over the last two years. The Pentagon, as mentioned above, has repeatedly denied these reports...

Nov 28 21:23

Navy Seal Discovers Truth Behind Clinton/McCain Funding ISIS - Imprisoned Awaiting Sentencing - Life In Prison - This is how the Crime Syndicate Pays Honor, Loyalty, Service To Country and Patriotism

Is it possible that highly trained special forces and navy seals discovered the origins of ISIS while in the field?

His name:
Chief Eddie Gallagher

The Criminals in the Corrupt Crime Syndicate de facto corporation, “United States,” for profit slaver corporation and the Criminals in the Military Industrial Complex Crime Syndicate have chosen Chief Gallagher to take the fall and spend the rest of his life behind bars in prison if found guilty for a bogus crime of murdering someone that he was performing surgery upon, to save, an isis terrorist, who Chief Eddie Gallagher (Leader of his Navy Seal Unit) took charge of, to rescue, bring back to the Navy Seal base, and then proceeded to work on, to save this ISIS terrorist’s life.

https://justiceforeddie.com/

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