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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Apr 25 14:30

Breaking: Donbass Shelled Under NATO Command

Earlier today, Fort Russ published an op-ed by Russell Bentley, who revealed that a new offensive is about to begin on the Donbass in early May.

Today, mortar shelling has been carried out on the Yasinovaya town by the Ukrainian army, under the command of NATO. Such a statement was made by the deputy head of the operational headquarters of the self-proclaimed Democratic People’s Republic of Donetsk, Eduard Bazurin.

“According to our information, the operation was conducted by NATO artillery advisers, who arrived the day before to conduct field tests and training of Ukrainian security forces” said Basurin.

He added that American radar systems are deployed on the roofs of several multi-storey houses in Avdeevka, a few kilometers north of Donetsk.

Apr 25 12:44

Syria prepared for War with Israel: Going underground gets to the bottom of UK missile strike

Syrian MP Fares says they have nothing to lose and everything to gain escalating with Israel, and are prepared for a long term war with Israel. Going Underground heads to Syria to get to the bottom of UK missile strike, taking the world’s biggest geopolitical concern head-on in its latest episode. Afshin Rattansi chats to Aleppo MP Fares Shehabi about the latest US-led attacks on Syria.

Apr 25 12:41

Russia claims it has a US Tomahawk cruise missile and will use it to improve its own weapons

Russia has gotten its hands on a U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile and it's going to study it to improve its own weapon systems, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

However, the U.S. Department of Defense told CNBC that the claims from Moscow are "absurd."

Russia said it would study the Tomahawk and would use it to improve Russian weapon systems.

Apr 25 12:39

F-35 Still Loses Dogfights Against Cold War-Era F-15s in Exercises

Lockheed Martin’s low-observable fifth-generation aircraft, the F-35, is still losing air-to-air fights with fourth-generation air superiority fighters from the 1970s.

An F-15 Eagle pilot deployed at Kadena Air Force Base told Defense News this week that the F-35 "sometimes" is defeated during training scenarios in Japan. Since 12 F-35As arrived at the airbase last November along with 300 airmen, the squadron has conducted training flights on a daily basis. In February, a sergeant from the base said the 12 aircraft combine to fly between 12 and 14 sorties per day.

"I mean, sometimes," said Captain Brock McGehee, in response to whether the F-15 can still defeat the high-tech F-35 fighter jet.

Apr 25 11:00

A Furtive Glance At Washington's Ongoing War Preparations Against Russia

While the world's attention is riveted on Syria, the US is significantly boosting its forces in Europe. And these are not just divisions streaming in to take part in some exercises that will leave once those are over. This is a serious buildup to create a potentially offensive posture. The beefing up of the US forces is taking place amid preparations for a Russia-US summit. That’s a rather peculiar background for the event, to put it mildly!

Apr 25 10:58

Armenia Heats Up As The Proxy War Continues

Armenia is an important part Russia’s long-term plans. A member of the Eurasian Economic Union Armenia is key to protecting Russia’s southern flank.

So, I was not shocked back in 2016 when the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh was activated by the U.S. after a brief visit by then Secretary of State John Kerry as punishment for Russia’s intervention into Syria.

Nagorno-Karabakh had been peaceful for more than twenty years before Kerry’s visit. And within days, fighting broke out on the Azeri side of the region which lies between the two countries.

So, color me not shocked that as the Neoconservatives take control of the Trump White House that they activate a color revolution in Armenia while simultaneously pushing Russia in Ukraine, Syria, the U.K., the financial markets and seemingly everywhere else at the same time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The flash points for several potential hot wars are tinder for the kerosine being thrown on them, courtesy of the US and the West.

Apr 25 10:53

Taiwan To Simulate Chinese Invasion In Live-Fire Military Drill Starting Next Week

As concerns about nuclear war with North Korea wane, Taiwan is reminding the world that its own relations with Beijing have been progressively deteriorating; to do that the small island nation will simulate a response to an "invading force", along with using civilian operated drones, in war games next week amid its increasing tensions with China the defense ministry said Tuesday according to Reuters.

While the annual Han Kuang drills, set to begin on April 30 with a computer-aided command post exercise, make no mention of China, only “offensive forces invading Taiwan” and will include a live-fire field training exercise and “enemy elimination on beaches”, it is clear that the "hypothetical" aggressor is China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, that will be calculated to calm things down...NOT!!

Apr 25 10:43

Turkey’s Military Offensive in Afrin

In late January, Turkey launched a ground incursion named Operation Olive Branch in the Afrin canton of northern Syria. The offensive is directed against the Kurdish-led Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD), particularly its armed wing named People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers as a terrorist group since 1985 and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions surrounding the city of Afrin. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the aim of the operation was to give Afrin back to its rightful owners, a statement that has since been used by Kurdish group to claim that he intends to engineer a demographic shift. However, by March, Turkish troops took control of Syria’s Afrin region, deploying “police force” to oversee 115 “strategic forces” and more than 80 villages under its control, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Apr 25 10:32

Trump’s Syria ‘Withdrawal Plan’ is Subcontracting The US’ Dirty Work

US President Donald Trump is talking about bringing troops home from Syria. But the plan is not about dialing down American military interests in the region. It’s about subcontracting the dirty work of US imperialism.

Far from reducing American wars in the Middle East – the supposed withdrawal move spells more conflict, not less.
There seems to be a common misconception that Trump is somehow fulfilling his campaign pledge to close down overseas interventions and bring US troops home.

Ahead of his state visit Monday to the US, French President Emmanuel Macron told Fox News in an interview that he is urging Trump to maintain the American troop presence in Syria. Macron warned that any exit of US military forces would be taken advantage of by the Syrian and Iranian “regimes.” By implication, the French leader included Russia in his rogue’s gallery.

Apr 25 10:15

Russia said to warn of ‘catastrophic’ result if Israel hits its S-300s in Syria

Russia may hand over its powerful S-300 missile defense system to Syria in the near future, despite opposition from Israel and other Western powers, the Russian daily Kommersant reported Monday, citing anonymous military sources.

The sources told the newspaper that if Israel tried to destroy the anti-aircraft batteries — as analysts have indicated Israel likely would — it would be “catastrophic for all sides.”

But Russian Foreign Minister later said no decision had yet been made on whether to give the S-300s to Syria, and added that it would not keep such a delivery a secret.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense is that Putin will make the decision, and soon, to send the S-300 Defensive Missle System to Syria, and soon; if Israel's government decides to send missiles against it, Russia has told it precisely what will happen.

Apr 25 10:12

House Lawmakers Close Pentagon Budget Hearing to the Public

Mattis and Dunford have open hearings at the Armed Services Committees, but will talk over their $686.1 billion request with House appropriators in private.

For the first time in at least eight years, House appropriators will grill the Pentagon’s top civilian and uniformed leader about their budget request behind closed doors, not in an open hearing.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford will sit before the defense subcommittee on Wednesday to talk over the military’s $686.1 billion request for 2019. It’s not the largest defense budget ever, but the $80 billion bump over legislated spending caps and the bipartisan budget deal that delivered that figure both represent a massive victory for Pentagon leaders and Congressional defense hawks.

Where those dollars will go, however, will be discussed in a session closed to the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, We the People, are too stupid to be informed about where these defense dollars are going?!?

Folks, if this intel is true, the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika has bounced out of being a Democratic Republic, and slid right straight down, in the mud, into a Banana Republic!!

Apr 25 10:09

Trump’s CIA pick facing brutal confirmation fight

The Senate’s debate over Gina Haspel’s confirmation as CIA director is poised to be a bitter litigation of one of the most controversial episodes in recent U.S. history.

Haspel, the CIA’s deputy director, is indelibly tied to the agency’s use of harsh interrogation techniques after the Sept. 11 attacks. But she is also a 33-year intelligence veteran who is seen even by some critics of President Trump as an experienced and apolitical hand.

Hinting at the challenge ahead, the CIA is engaged in an extraordinarily public campaign to burnish Haspel’s image and correct what it says is a swath of inaccurate reporting about a career intelligence officer who, up until a year ago, was virtually anonymous.

There are few obvious parallels to Haspel’s nomination. Although there have been a handful of CIA nominees with operational experience at the agency before now, many of them had been in the public arena prior to their nomination. Haspel remained undercover until last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Haspel is the last person in this country who should have been nominated for this position; this signals to me that the acceptance of torture, courtesy of the CIA, will be back as a brutal element of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America's further wars without end.

Apr 25 10:04

Trump Threatens Iran as Deadline to Withdraw From Nuclear Deal Looms: Iran FM: US already violating the nuclear deal

Speaking on Tuesday, President Trump again threatened to withdraw from the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. Trump previously set an ultimatum of May 12 for withdrawing if the deal isn’t changed substantially. Trump also threatened to make Iran “pay a price like few countries have ever paid.”

The May 12 deadline is when President Trump would have to extend sanctions relief from the deal. Without that, the US would effectively be withdrawing. Iranian officials have made clear if that happens, they’ll resume uranium enrichment they’d stopped under the pact.

The three EU parties to the deal have been trying to come up with a sideline agreement with the US to prevent all this. So far, President Trump appears unwilling to budge. French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to join Trump in opposing the deal’s continuation, backing a joint statement from the two calling the current deal “insane.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The folks at the IAEA, who are inspecting Iran's sites, and tell the world that they are totally in compliance with the deal, are not idiots; they are very bright, accomplished people, and when they tell me that Iran is in compliance, my tendency, as someone who appreciates science, is to believe them.

Unfortunately, however, Israel wants Syria; Iran; and Lebanon regime changed, but ony wants the costs of these military campaigns to be borne in American blood and American money.

And whatever President Trump believes Israeli Prime Minister wants, he will give that to him, delivered on a silver platter if possible, no matter the costs to We the People.

Apr 25 09:58

Trump Again Backtracks on Syria Pullout, Vows ‘Strong and Lasting Footprint’

Just a month after another brief public flirtation with the idea of withdrawing from Syria, President Trump once again said he wants US troops out of Syria, promising “big decisions” very soon. His first talk of a pullout was scrapped days later. This time, he backtracked almost instantly.

With French President Emmanuel Macron in tow, Trump told reporters that he and his allies are taking a long-term approach to Syria, and that this would involve leaving “a strong and lasting footprint” within Syria. He said talk of the long-term issues in Syria was “a very big part” of his discussions with Macron.

The idea that Macron is driving Trump’s decision-making was a big issue last week. Macron claimed credit for Trump agreeing to stay in Syria, but quickly reversed course, and insisted the two had always agreed on the issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense is that the US involvement with Syria is not over by a long shot; and there is a grave concern that the US will wind up making a "military miscalculation", and involving Russia in a shooting war here.

Apr 25 09:54

Yemen vows ‘crushing response’ to top Houthi official murder

Yemen’s Defense Ministry has vowed a “crushing response” to the assassination of a senior official from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, saying Saudi Arabia and the US will regret their “criminal adventurism.”

In a statement carried by the official Saba news agency on Monday, the ministry stressed that the Yemeni armed forces reserve the right to deal severe blows to “the aggressors and their evil coalition,” who will not be safe from ballistic missiles.

Saleh al-Samad, the chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, lost his life in Saudi airstrikes that targeted his residence in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah on Thursday.

The council was formed by the Houthi movement and the General People’s Congress Party to run state affairs in the absence of an effective government in 2016, a year after the Saudi regime and a coalition of its allies began their US-backed war against the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I either a Saudi or US military commander on the ground in Yemen, I would tend to take these people at their word.

Apr 25 09:49

Senate Confirms Pompeo’s Appointment As Secretary Of States

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Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo speaks during his confirmation hearing before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, on April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump nominated Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

United States’ President, Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, narrowly won approval from a Senate panel Monday, paving the way for the CIA director to become America’s top diplomat.

A dramatic last-minute flip by Republican Senator Rand Paul, who for weeks had expressed opposition to Pompeo over his stance on the Iraq war and surveillance issues, gave the spy chief a narrow edge.

That allowed Trump to avoid an embarrassing setback as he sought to replace Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state he fired in March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pompeo's appointment, with Senate confirmation, guarantees that the wars will continue, unabated, and that the US/Military Industrial complex will get everything it wants, no matter if it actually works, or not, for our military.

Apr 25 09:34

TOP SECRET: DOD BUILDING $110 MILLION DRONE BASE IN NIGER

If you thought America’s overseas wars had reached their limit - think again.

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is building a new $110 million drone base in Niger, adding to its existing footprint of more than 800 military bases in more than 70 countries, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

On Monday, the AP detailed in a report that the U.S. Air Force is constructing a base for weaponized drones, the newest front in America’s expanding foreign wars “against the growing extremist threat in Africa’s vast Sahel region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; just how many Niger, and other African citizens, the US military intends to assassinate via drone strike, in its unending quest to expropriate raw materials and resources to which the US government has utterly no moral right?!?!?

Apr 25 09:25

A Furtive Glance At Washington's Ongoing War Preparations Against Russia

While the world's attention is riveted on Syria, the US is significantly boosting its forces in Europe. And these are not just divisions streaming in to take part in some exercises that will leave once those are over. This is a serious buildup to create a potentially offensive posture. The beefing up of the US forces is taking place amid preparations for a Russia-US summit. That’s a rather peculiar background for the event, to put it mildly!

Apr 25 09:15

MSM IS FRANTICALLY ATTACKING DISSENTING SYRIA NARRATIVES, AND IT LOOKS REALLY BAD

I write a lot about how, in a political environment that is saturated in disinformation and propaganda, it’s important to ignore people’s words and watch their actions instead to get a clear picture of what’s really happening. You could not ask for a better illustration of this than the recent behavior of the mass media with regard to Syria.

The always excellent Moon of Alabama put out a piece yesterday detailing the immense deluge of attack editorials disguised as information that have been churned out recently about anyone who questions the establishment Syria narrative, including a single day in which no less than seven smear pieces were issued by prominent publications. Seven. In one day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The following is a very interesting window on which companies own what in terms of presstitute media:

Who Wons CNN/NBC/MSN/FOX: SOME FACTS.

The article goes on to state:

"GENERAL ELECTRIC --(donated 1.1 million to GW Bush for his 2000 election campaign)

Television Holdings:
* NBC: includes 13 stations, 28% of US households.
* NBC Network News: The Today Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, NBC News at Sunrise.
* CNBC business television; MSNBC 24-hour cable and Internet news service (co-owned by NBC and Microsoft); Court TV (co-owned with Time Warner), Bravo (50%), A&E (25%), History Channel (25%).
The "MS" in MSNBC
means microsoft
The same Microsoft that donated 2.4 million to get GW bush elected.

Other Holdings:
* GE Consumer Electronics.
* GE Power Systems: produces turbines for nuclear reactors and power plants.
* GE Plastics: produces military hardware and nuclear power equipment.
* GE Transportation Systems: runs diesel and electric trains. "

GE is part and parcel of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika's military industrial complex; therefore, any narrative regarding the reality that the US has NOT been invited to get rid of the Western-sponsored, trained, and funded Jihadis, but Russia has, will be squashed like a bug.

GE wants to see more and more wars against Syria, Russia, China, and Iran and whoever is on the Deep State (and Israel's) "To Regime Change" lists, and those lists are massive.

This is ultimately about who controls the oil in the Middle East, and in what monetary denominations that oil will be sold.

GE is right now in a massive management shakeup, due to lousy performance How GE went from American Icon to Astonishing Mess, and are desperate for something - ANYTHING - to get them out of it. Things are so bad, in fact, that it would be ridiculous for them not to want a war, to turn their flagging fortunes around.

But such a war comes at potentially great geopolitical, military, and fiscal risk to the Unhinged, Surveilled, States of America.

A further US military incursion into Syria will, undoubtedly, bring a military reaction from Russia, and this is where things could get...awkward and ugly in a heartbeat.

We are already hearing the Israeli government making noises, threatening Russia not to use its S-300 or S-400 Defensive system against their missile attacks in Syria, and insists that it will continue attacking Syria.

IF Israel attacks again, and is soundly trounced by these Russian defensive systems, you can almost bet Israel will be crying to the US government that they are being "unfairly attacked", and that the US has to back them up, millitarily, in Syria.

I would like to politely suggest to the Trump administration to not do this; our military doesn't have the troop strength, the weaponry, the manufacturing or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia in Syria; and those are just the facts.

Corporations like GE or Microsoft do not care that the costs of such attacks will be primarily borne in blood and money by the US; they only care about their profit margins, and the leadership of both companies have had their consciences collectively surgically removed.

Apr 25 08:55

Trump and Macron are the new Bush and Blair – and we all know how that ended

Finally, as even the most fervent Remainer may agree, Brexit is responsible for something to be cherished.

The “special relationship” is dead (or at the very least, in cryogenic stasis). Good riddance to the era of ritual obedience – and long live what Emmanuel Macron, such a gifted translator, unveiled this week as “le relationship especiale”.

With Britain’s global irrelevance cemented by the semiconscious uncoupling from the EU, it falls to the president of the French Republic to hog the spotlight as the first foreign leader granted a full state visit by Donald Trump.

Spare a pang of pity for Theresa May. While she sits morosely in Downing Street with nothing but the Windrush catastrophe and the customs union conundrum for comfort, Macron swanks around Washington and George Washingon’s Virginia plantation, gushing over the tangerine grifter like some pantomime roué seducing some old broad he knows to be incapable of resisting the most nauseatingly insincere flattery.

Apr 25 08:47

Daesh Fighters Repositioned From Syria, Iraq to Afghanistan - Official

Mohammad Alam Ezadyar, the first deputy speaker of Afghanistan’s Upper House of Parliament told Sputnik about Kabul’s desire to hold a permanent seat in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the US military presence in the country, and shared his opinion on why terrorists are being repositioned from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan.

Speaking about the presence of Daesh jihadists in Afghanistan, Ezadyar opined that this terrorist group is a large project of the world powers aimed at posing threats to neighboring countries.

"Currently, Daesh fighters are being repositioned from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan in order to pose threats to Central Asia countries, the Caucasus and China. Our people and politicians believe it's a strategic plan advocated by the world's major powers. It's said not only in Afghanistan but also abroad."

Apr 25 08:39

Israel warns of attack if Russia air defences used in Syria

Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that his country would attack Russian S-300 air defence systems in Syria if they were used against Israeli targets.

His remarks came a day after the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that Moscow could soon start to deliver S-300 systems to its ally Damascus, and cited a source as warning of "catastrophic" consequences if they were attacked.

"What's important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won't be used against us," Lieberman told the news website Ynet.

"If they're used against us, we'll act against them."

Russia and Syria signed an accord in 2010 for the S-300 system but the missiles have not been delivered because of Israeli pressure, according to Kommersant.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier this month that no decision had yet been taken on the S-300 missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: what Israel has just guaranteed is that a Russian self-defense unit, like the S-300, or S-400 will be used to take Israeli missiles down, if they are used against syria

When it comes to Israeli hubris in this instance, payback... will be a bear.

Apr 25 08:17

Russia to Hold Briefing With Staged Douma Attack Witnesses Thursday - Official

Russia will hold a briefing at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Thursday, at which people who witnessed the process of staging the recent chemical incident in the Syrian town of Douma will be present, a spokesperson of Russia's Permanent Representation to the OPCW told Sputnik on Tuesday.

Earlier in the month, an 11-year-old Syrian boy named Hassan Diab and his father told the Rossiya 24 TV channel that children got food for featuring in a video that allegedly showed the outcome of what was being considered a chemical attack in Duma. On Sunday, Alexander Shulgin, Russia's permanent representative to the OPCW, said that he would do his utmost to organize the boy's visit to the OPCW so that he could to testify about the staged nature of the incident.

Apr 25 08:03

OPCW Finds No Chemical Weapons at Syrian Facilities Bombed by US - Russian MoD

Last week, the fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited a site in the Damascus suburb of Douma to collect samples in connection with the alleged April 7 chemical attack.

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy has announced that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had confirmed that there were no chemical weapons found at the Barzeh research center in Damascus despite the US officials' claims.

The official further noted that thousands of people could have died if there was any chemical weapon on the sites that were attacked by the US-led coalition.

"Immediately after the attacks, many people who worked at these destroyed facilities and just bystanders without any protective equipment visited them. None of them got poisoned with toxic agents," Rudskoy said.

Apr 24 12:52

An Urban Survival Course with Selco: Your Gear and How to Pack It - Selco

What to Pack for a 5-Day Urban Survival Course

We have just finished our flagship Urban survival course in Croatia.

For 5 days Toby Cowern and I, as instructors, taught students skills and through the different exercises and scenarios, we stress-tested their knowledge and abilities.

For me, the most important thing was to give them a piece of the mindset needed for a real SHTF event and to give them a clear starting point from where they can build more skills, knowledge, and competence.

In some moments it was hard for them, both physically and mentally, but one of the most important points, of course, was to test them in not so perfect conditions.

The whole course cannot be transferred here for reading, but some highlights can be given in a series of articles, reflecting on the most interesting moments of each day. This time, we will start out with the gear necessary for the class.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I consider knowledge like this to be critically important, if the US economy hits a crash moment, or has to deal with a war.

Apr 24 12:27

Might Trump Ask Israel to Fund America’s Invasion-Occupation of Syria?

On 16 April 2018, the internationally respected analyst of Middle-Eastern affairs, Abdel Bari Atwan, headlined about Trump’s increasingly overt plan to break Syria up and to establish permanent U.S. control over the parts it wants, “Attempting the Unachievable”. He stated that

“The coming few months are likely to prove very difficult for the Americans, and very costly, not just in Syria but also in Iraq.”

He closed:

“Who will cover the costs of this American move? There are no prizes for guessing the answer: it has already been spelled out.”

The only country that his article mentioned was Israel:

“It would not be surprising if Israel and the various lobbies that support were behind this American strategic volte-face. For Israel is in a state of panic.”

I do not consider this enormous reversal of Israel — from recipient to donor — to be likely. Far likelier, in my view, is Saudi Arabia, to finance the invasion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this analysis is the correct one, with the US tapping Saudi Arabia for the money to continue its invasion/occupation of Syria.

The question is, how long before there is a real, shooting war with Russia over Syria, which Syria invited into this country to get rid of the Western-backed Jihadis there?!?

Because from where I sit, is is a question of when, not if.

Apr 24 12:14

Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More

Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More
GREGORY SHUPAK

Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More
Atlantic: A Reckoning Will Come in Syria

And by “reckoning,” the Atlantic (4/14/18) appeared to mean “a war with Russia and its allies.”

Corporate media outlets were glad that the US, France and Britain bombed Syria in violation of international law (FAIR.org, 4/18/18), but lamented what they see as a dearth of US violence in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is never the children of the monied elite presstitutes and warmongers whose kids will get killed, or maimed for life, in such wars; they always want it to be... other people's children, getting killed or maimed for life to preserve the US's economic, and geopolitical hegemony.

Israel wants Syria balkanized and Tehran regime changed; of course, only at the costs of American or Saudi blood and money; and whatever Israel wants, the editors of our non-esteemed manure spreaders, like the Washington Compost, want Israel to have, and want to make sure that the American people swallow such codswallop whole, and unquestioningly.

Americans can no longer tolerate our government doing this, because of the huge costs, geopolitically, and financially of enabling Israel toward its stated end of complete domination of the Middle East, and its oil.

In fact, the following article, states this quite clearly:

As Israel becomes a political liability it is time to challenge its enablers

Apr 24 11:52

Saudi Warplanes Attack Wedding Party in NW Yemen, Killing Dozens

Saudi warplanes carried out an overnight attack against a wedding party in the Yemeni town of Hajjah. Two missiles struck the site, and killed many civilians. Medics initially reported 33 were killed and scores wounded. Other officials put the figure as high as 50 slain.

The civilians were mostly women and children, who were in a tent set up for the wedding party. The bride was also killed in the strike, and the groom was among the wounded. Initial reports called the strike a US-Saudi action, but it was later confirmed to be of Saudi origin.

Saudi coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki was quoted by CNN as saying that there is an investigation into the attack. They refused to comment further until the investigation has been completed. No other officials offered any indication why the wedding was attacked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis, guided by their B.O.Y. (AKA, the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammed bin Salman), are magnificently adept at genocide, and slaughter of the innocent in Yemen.

And of course, under our current, and very uniquely American "Dear Leader", with his very own Personality Cult, President Trump, we are aiding and abbetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

I don't know about the rest of those who read this blog, but I am sick, tired, and profoundly morally uncomfortable, being a citizen of a country which indulges in war crimes around the world, as we are.

But there are very few more glaring examples of such war crimes, than the US/Saudi genocide of Yemen.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I will continue to witness to what is going on here, until my last breath.

Apr 24 11:32

Israel Hints It Can Hit Iran's "Air Force" in Syria if It Retaliates for T-4

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, two Israeli F-15 fighter jets conducted an attack against Syria's T-4 base on April 9. Israeli sources claim the attack was aimed at Iranian fighters in Syria, with Tehran denying the claims of its military presence in the country.

Israeli media released aerial photos of alleged Iranian air bases on Syrian territory early on April 17. Sky News Arabia reports, citing an IDF official, that Israel is determined to strike back if Iran decides to retaliate for its attack on the T-4 air base. Roni Daniel, military editor for Israeli TV station Mako, told Reuters that the exposure of images of the bases is a sign that Israel can conduct a strike on them, if it is forced to do so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I the Israeli government, I would be far more concerned about potential Russian strikes against their aircraft, in these illegal raids against Syria, rather than what Iran or Syria could do.

Of course, the reason the Israelis are panicing right now, is the oil under Syria's Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where Israel is already selling the oil contracts there illegally.

The other reason for these raids is, that Israel wants to see Syria balkanized, and Tehran regime-changed, for its, and Western banks' interests, but only at the costs of American blood and American money.

Israel wants to find a way of tricking the US into a wider Middle Eastern war, with it, Saudi Arabia, the US and NATO on one side, and Russia and China on the other. The goal is controlling all the oil in the region, even into Africa, and in what denomination that oil is siold.

I would like to hope President Trump is smart enough to appreciate this little factoid of Israeli foreign policy, but that remains to be seen.

I just get the sense, however, that the US is going to be occupying Syria for a long, long time, and that the war here may be widening, thanks to US and Israeli efforts.

Apr 24 11:14

SENATE PROPOSAL TO CONSTRAIN TRUMP’S WAR MAKING WOULD ACTUALLY EXPAND PERPETUAL WAR

A new authorization for the use of military force proposed by Democratic and Republican senators would further entrench the United States in endless war. It would also streamline the ability of President Donald Trump and future presidents to expand the “war on terrorism” to additional countries and broaden a list of “associated forces” that are “co-belligerents” of al-Qaida, the Taliban, or the Islamic State.

Under the proposed AUMF [PDF], which was drafted to replace the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs still in effect, military force against the Taliban, al-Qaida, ISIS, and “designated associated forces” is renewed.

On January 20, 2022, and every four years after, the president is to submit a report on the “use of military force,” which includes a “proposal to repeal, modify, or leave in place” the current AUMF.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is horrific legislation, and should be voted down; Congress has no right, under the Constitution, to abnegate its sole ability to declare war.

Apr 24 11:09

US CENTCOM CHIEF MAKES "SECRET AND UNPRECEDENTED" VISIT TO ISRAEL AS RUSSIA MULLS ARMING SYRIA

Increasingly it appears that the recent US coalition missile strikes on Syria have utterly backfired: instead of weakening Syria or degrading its military capabilities, the attack may have actually served to strengthen Syria's defenses.

Since the massive strike which involved the US, UK, and France launching over 100 cruise missiles, Russia is rumored to be moving forward on delivery of its advanced S-300 missile defense system, which would be a monumental upgrade allowing Syrian defenses to far surpass current capabilities which utilize the Soviet-made S-125 and S-200 air defense systems.

Crucially, S-300s have a range of up to 150-200 kilometers (or 120 miles), bringing Syrian deterrent reach easily to within Lebanese airspace (as Israel has routinely struck targets inside Syria while firing over "neutral" Lebanese airspace in recent years), and could even extend airspace coverage into Israel itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel must be made to understand, at a level its top military and civilian leadership comprehends fully, that these attacks against Syria, will simply cause Russia to arm the country to the point where it can fight back against Israel's military aggression, and unless Israel is willing to actually invade Syria (which Russia will block, militarily and diplomatically), it should really back off, and right the hell now.

And either the US Centcom chief Votel can communicate this clearly with the Israeli leadership, or we are looking at World War III, with Russia, Syria, China, and Iran gathering forces on one side, and the US, NATO, Israel, and Saudi Arabia on the other; it is just that simple, folks.

Apr 24 10:51

19 OIL TANKERS HELD HOSTAGE OFF YEMENI COAST

The Yemeni Houthis have captured 19 oil tankers and are keeping them from entering the Hodeidah port, according to reports from Saudi media quoting the Kingdom’s ambassador in Yemen.

The ambassador suggested three possible reasons for the detention, including an attempt to extract money from the owners of the vessels, “the continued starvation of the Yemeni people”, and a plan to destroy the tankers, causing major environmental damage to the Red Sea.

However, the only media sources reporting the tanker seizure are Saudi sources and there has been no confirmation from an external source that the Houthis have indeed seized any tankers yet. No details have been disclosed as to the origin of the vessels, either.

Yemen lies along one of the main global oil chokepoints in the Red Sea. Millions of barrels of crude oil pass Yemeni shores from the Suez Canal en route to Europe every day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the government of Saudi Arabia, and the B.O.Y. (AKA, the butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammed bin Salman); the only way to resolve this is with a political solution.

There has been a hubristical arrogance in this military operation in Yemen, aided and abetted by the United States Military, the foundation of which was the belief that you could, through intense genocide, grind the Yemeni people into submission; it has not worked at all.

I would like to politely suggest another way to tackle the problem through diplomacy, if such a thing possibly exists in your country.

You have gassed, starved, and in discriminately slaughtered infants; children; women; and the medically fragile elderly. You have destroyed schools and hospitals with impunity, all to no avail on the ground in Yemen.

Perhaps some other modality might work better now; because all you have accomplished is getting the Houthi rebels so angry at this genocide, that they are willing to do anything...to get the Saudi presence out of their country.

Apr 24 10:30

SAUDI ARABIA PAYS $40M TO THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

The Saudi Development Fund has paid $40m to the Palestinian Authority (PA) ministry of finance in support of the PA budget, the Saudi newspaper Okaz reported yesterday.

The permanent Saudi representative at the Arab League said that this payment covered the dues of the Kingdom reserved for February and March 2018 – $20m for each month.

Saudi Arabia pays $20m monthly to the PA budget.

The Kingdom’s representative to the Arab League reiterated that his country would continuously support the Palestinian cause on a political, economic and humanitarian basis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Foreign Policies of Saudi Arabia appear to be schizophrenic in the extreme; on the one hand, they are propping up the PA, and on the other, they are creating a genocide in Yemen, in a situation where most experts I read indicate that the only solution in Yemen has to be a political reconciliation.

Apr 24 10:14

US CENTCOM Chief Makes "Secret And Unprecedented" Visit To Israel As Russia Mulls Arming Syria

Increasingly it appears that the recent US coalition missile strikes on Syria have utterly backfired: instead of weakening Syria or degrading its military capabilities, the attack may have actually served to strengthen Syria's defenses.

Since the massive strike which involved the US, UK, and France launching over 100 cruise missiles, Russia is rumored to be moving forward on delivery of its advanced S-300 missile defense system, which would be a monumental upgrade allowing Syrian defenses to far surpass current capabilities which utilize the Soviet-made S-125 and S-200 air defense systems.

Crucially, S-300s have a range of up to 150-200 kilometers (or 120 miles), bringing Syrian deterrent reach easily to within Lebanese airspace (as Israel has routinely struck targets inside Syria while firing over "neutral" Lebanese airspace in recent years), and could even extend airspace coverage into Israel itself.

Apr 24 10:06

America’s Unsustainable Empire

Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize.

For Iran has no nuclear bomb or ICBM and has never tested either. It has never enriched uranium to bomb grade. It has shipped 98 percent of its uranium out of the country. It has cameras inside and inspectors crawling all over its nuclear facilities.

And North Korea? It has atom bombs and has tested an H-bomb. It has intermediate range-ballistic missiles that can hit Guam and an ICBM that, fully operational, could hit the West Coast. It has shorter-range missiles that could put nukes on South Korea and Japan.

Hard to believe Kim Jong Un will surrender these weapons, his ticket of admission to the table of great powers.

Apr 24 10:05

Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More

Corporate media outlets were glad that the US, France and Britain bombed Syria in violation of international law (FAIR.org, 4/18/18), but lamented what they see as a dearth of US violence in the country.

In The Atlantic (4/14/18), Thanassis Cambanis described the war crime as “undoubtedly a good thing,” and called for “sustained attention and investment, of diplomatic, economic and military resources”—though the latter rubbed up against his assessment in the same paragraph that “a major regional war will only make things worse.” Moreover, he described “the most realistic possibility” for the US and its partners in Syria as “an incomplete and possibly destabilizing policy of confrontation [and] containment. But a reckoning can’t be deferred forever.”

Apr 24 10:04

CURE WORSE THAN DISEASE: BILL TO RESTRICT TRUMP’S WAR POWERS WOULD ACTUALLY “ENDORSE A WORLDWIDE WAR ON TERROR”

ON MONDAY, THREE Republican and three Democratic senators, led by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., released a draft of a new “authorization for use of military force,” or AUMF.

This AUMF would repeal the AUMF passed on September 14, 2001, which gave the president the power “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.” It would also nullify the October, 2002, AUMF that authorized the president to use the military to “defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq.”

Apr 24 09:51

Marines add Stinger missiles, lasers to vehicles to make up for lagging air defense

Right now, Marine Corps vehicles are exposed, and threatened by drones and other airborne dangers that could target the entire ground fleet, which lacks built-in defenses.

But testing, fielding and money is charging at the problem at all levels, two Marine generals told Congress on April 18 during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

That work will add lasers and missiles to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, and is putting a counter-drone system on a two-person all-terrain vehicle.

Apr 24 09:50

US Navy gearing up for boost in submarine production

The U.S. Navy is working to build three attack submarines in some years as opposed to two, and wants to keep five of its attack submarines in service longer than expected to address a dip in the number of nuclear-powered attack submarines in coming years.

The U.S. attack submarine fleet is expected to shrink by 20 percent over the next decade. There are 52 attack submarines today; by 2028, that number is expected to dip to 42. The Navy has said it needs a fleet of 66 attack submarines, but that isn’t expected to happen until 2048 under current plans.

Apr 24 09:33

Experts Say AI Could Raise the Risks of Nuclear War

Artificial intelligence could destabilize the delicate balance of nuclear deterrence, inching the world closer to catastrophe, according to a working group of experts convened by RAND. New smarter, faster intelligence analysis from AI agents, combined with more sensor and open-source data, could convince countries that their nuclear capability is increasingly vulnerable. That may cause them to take more drastic steps to keep up with the U.S. Another worrying scenario: commanders could make decisions to launch strikes based on advice from AI assistants that have been fed wrong information.

Apr 24 09:09

This boy clinging to dead body won't become face of Yemen war for millions in the West

Apr 24 07:28

Washington Using Currency War To Destabilize Iran

The neoconservative hawks around the US President, notably new National Security head John Bolton and designated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are on record that Iran is in Washington’s sights for regime change or at a minimum, economic sanctions and chaos. The rhetoric is not empty. The ground is being laid by US threats to not renew the Iran nuclear agreement in May, a move opposed by the other signatories and a move that would plunge Iran into a deep economic crisis at a time it can ill afford.
The orchestration of the US-led bombing of Syria, regardless of what targets were or were not hit, now sets the propaganda stage for a dramatic escalation of new sanctions against Iran, and for a major destabilization, something not possible in 2009.

What is taking shape now from the side of Washington is preparation to unleash a new wave of economic and financial sanctions on Iran, regardless.

Apr 24 07:12

The Difference Between 'Democrat' And 'Republican' ...Now Do You Understand? - Photo

When are you people EVER going to LEARN!
There ain't a dimes wortha difference between any of these NWO minions!

Apr 23 17:41

Trump gives Lockheed Martin $1BILLION to build WORLD’S DEADLIEST MISSILE

DEFENCE chiefs in the United States are to invest nearly $1billion to develop a prototype hypersonic missile as Washington scrambles to keep pace with more advanced programmes boasted by Russia and China.

Apr 23 14:23

FLASHBACK - $37 screws, a $7,622 coffee maker, $640 toilet seats; : suppliers to our military just won't be oversold

As a citizen who has always paid his taxes honestly and without complaint, I am sometimes depressed when I read in the paper about some corporation that has grossly overcharged the government for something I was helping to pay for.

Of course most of our taxes go for weapons, and weapons are so expensive that few of us can feel that we are contributing in any substantial way to any one weapon.

For example, I have been paying taxes for 40 years, but one day I was driving along the San Diego Freeway through Camp Pendleton when a Marine helicopter flew over the car; I realized then that all the taxes I had paid in all my life would not pay for that one helicopter.

It makes you feel as if you aren't really taking part in our destiny.

Apr 23 12:04

Afghanistan: 63 dead in attacks on voter registration centres

Bombings at voter registration centres in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and in Baghlan province have killed at least 63 people and wounded more than a hundred others, health officials said.

At least 57 people were killed in Kabul when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the doorway of an ID distribution centre in the city on Sunday, officials said.

Six more people were killed later in the day in Baghlan's Pul-e-Khumri city, when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb near another voting centre. All six were from the same family.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group said it carried out the Kabul attack, but no group has claimed responsibility for the Baghlan blast yet.

The Kabul bombing occured in the Dasht-e-Barchi area, where many of the country's Shia Hazara minority reside.

Among the victims were many women and children, witnesses said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have been at war for nearly 17 years in Afghanistan, with no discernible end in sight.

What the US government and NATO should be doing, and right the hell now, is to remove all troops as safely as is quickly reasonable, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and opium control rights.

Of course, THAT... would be logical.

Apr 23 11:10

French president to call for American ‘militarism’

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday he will call for continued U.S. military intervention in Syria before a joint session of Congress this week.

“I will advocate for militarism in front of the Congress,” Macron said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Macron is scheduled to visit Washington this week in the first official state visit of the Trump presidency. In an interview with Chris Wallace at the presidential palace in Paris, Macron said he has a “special relationship” with President Donald Trump, describing them both as political outsiders.

“Both of us are probably the maverick of the systems on both sides,” Macron said. “President Trump’s election was unexpected in your country, and probably my election was unexpected in my country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Apr 23 11:10

14 Years Ago Today, Pat Tillman Was Killed and Gov’t Covered Up the Truth to His Death to Sell War

The platoon had divided into two groups that went in separate directions. After the first group was ambushed by Afghan fighters, the confusion on the battlefield led Elliott and Baker to open up machine gun fire on Tillman’s location and the former NFL football player, along with 19-year-old Bryan O’Neal, were killed.

“I remember thinking for just a second or two, but what felt like longer—your perception of time in the midst of a firefight can be distorted—that if he’d fired, and without any other information to indicate a friendly position, that I should also fire,” Elliott said, noting that his squad leader fired first, and then he joined in.

He said he was instructed by his superiors not to discuss the friendly fire incident outside of his unit. The military knew it had a PR problem on its hands but Elliott said he was too naive to believe they would spin it into a web of deception.

Apr 23 10:54

How The Deep State Turns Every President To Interventionism

In the wake of last week’s cruise missile attack on Syria, there was a joke going around the internet saying that it doesn’t matter who Americans vote for, they always wind up getting John McCain as President of the United States.

Apr 23 10:47

Haley is representative of US Deep State, an enemy of Russia: Analyst

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is the representative of the US Deep State, which is determined to go to war with Russia, says E. Michael Jones, a political analyst in Indiana.

Jones, a writer, former professor, media commentator and the current editor of the Culture Wars magazine, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Saturday.

US President Donald Trump has reportedly invited Russian President Vladimir Putin during a phone conversation for a meeting at the White House.

“On the surface it seems a kind of paradoxical because it looks as if we are engaged in Cold War II, and Russia is the enemy. However, appearances are deceiving here,” Jones said.

“If we take a step back I think the invitation is perfectly consistent with the events of the past month,” he added.

Apr 23 10:40

US-BACKED COALITION BOMBS WEDDING PARTY IN YEMEN, KILLING DOZENS

Weeks after President Donald Trump thanked Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince for his country’s use of U.S. military power, the U.S.-backed coalition bombed a wedding party in Yemen, killing at least 20 civilians including the bride. The number of casualties is expected to rise.

On social media, journalist Glenn Greenwald reminded readers of the U.S. connection to Saudi Arabia’s assault on the impoverished country, which has led to what the U.N. has called “the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time”—and which would not be possible without U.S. support.

In Yemen today, the Saudis bombed a wedding, killing at least 20 people, including the bride. They killed "mostly women and children." The US & UK - who some believe do humanitarian interventions - both play vital roles in the Saudi destruction of Yemen https://t.co/496jXAigq7

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 23, 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is brilliant at targeted genocide; this... is precisely what is happening here in Yemen.

Doesnt' it make you absolutely proud to be a citizen of a country with such an incredible kill rate against innocents?!?

And of course, absoflippinglutely ZERO coverage of this by the the corporate Presstitutes or Whoresponents.

Apr 23 10:37

The CVN, at Full Speed, But Going Where?

The Navy currently has 10 CVNs, or nuclear-propelled aircraft carriers, in commission, one of which is in a multiyear overhaul/nuclear refueling. The other nine ships can sustain only two or three ships forward-deployed in crisis-conflict areas at any time. Thus, more than 50,000 men and women in ships' crews — plus support personnel — are required to keep three ships deployed, with usually only one in a conflict area flying about 10 combat missions per days.

The cost of the next 100,000-ton, nuclear-propelled aircraft carrier is about $15 billion. Admittedly, these ships can operate for about 50 years. Still, when one considers their operating costs, their aircraft, their crews — including nuclear-trained personnel who are more expensive to train and retain than are "regular" sailors — plus the aircraft sitting on the flight and hangar decks that are not flying combat missions, the current carrier situation demands an objective and thorough review.

Apr 23 10:06

Japan Wants Lockheed Martin to Make an F-22/F-35 Hybrid

Having scrapped plans to build a new fighter jet of its own, Japan's defense ministry has reportedly inquired to multiple international defense contractors, including Lockheed Martin and Boeing, about collaborating on a new stealth jet. Sources tell Reuters that Lockheed Martin is planning to respond to Japan's request with a formal proposal for a new fighter that “would combine the F-22 and F-35 and could be superior to both of them."

Apr 23 09:51

US Air Force to Put Sensors on Allies’ Satellites

The U.S. Air Force is planning to put sensors on allies’ satellites to boost deterrence, increase resiliency — and simply get them to orbit sooner.

The move is intended to diversify the makeup of military spacecraft that circle the Earth, better protecting them from an enemy attack and persuading Russia and China to think twice before launching a war in space, service officials say.

“When you can complicate the decision-making of an adversary, particularly in crisis, you have have a greater deterrent effect because they have to think about consequences in different ways,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Wednesday at the National Space Symposium, an annual gathering of more than 14,000 military and commercial space professionals.

Spreading out satellites in the manner makes military assets in space more resilient — a term often used by Air Force leaders in recent years to describe spacecraft that can better withstand an enemy attack.

Apr 23 08:42

Extended Stay: US Carrier May Reportedly Remain in East Med. to 'Contain' Russia

Earlier this week, a US strike group led by the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman entered the Mediterranean Sea, six days after the US, Britain and France launched a missile attack on Syria.

The US military is debating whether to keep its aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman near the Middle East instead of rotating it after a set period of time, according to the Defense News website.

It quoted US Defense Department officials as saying that the move is still under discussion and that it "would be a response to "increasingly assertive Russian activities in the region," while also being in line with Washington's new National Defense Strategy.

Apr 23 08:38

Pentagon, Japan Talk Military Cooperation in Space

US Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan and Japan’s Space Policy Minister Masaji Matsuyama have discussed how to advance cooperation in space amid tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.

"The officials discussed the importance of space to our mutual defense, and how the US and Japan can expand our cooperation in this critical domain as we prepare for contingencies," Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said.

The talks focused on how space fits into the current Asia-Pacific security situation and how the allies can increase cooperative efforts in satellite communications, hosted payloads and Japanese participation in US space war-gaming.

Apr 23 08:37

Canada Signs Deal With Japan Allowing to Use Each Other's Military Equipment

Ottawa and Tokyo concluded a bilateral Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement which will step up military cooperation between the two states, and allow them to use each other’s military equipment in various operations, the Global Affairs department of the Canadian government said in a statement on Sunday.

"The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, signed the bilateral Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA). This agreement will strengthen cooperation between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and will allow both countries to make efficient use of each other’s military equipment during operations and exercises in Canada, Japan and other locations," the statement read.

Apr 23 08:36

Trump plan to ax oversight on US arms sales will ‘lead to disaster’ – analysts to RT

Loosened US policy on arms exports contradicts Washington’s alleged commitment to protecting human rights, and makes it easier for rogue groups to acquire weapons and perpetrate conflicts, analysts told RT.

Donald Trump's administration on Thursday unveiled its plans to foster US armed sales to foreign countries. The new changes will allow for American arms supplies to sell weapons to US allies directly, circumventing the State Department, Pentagon, and Congress. Under the new policy, US-made military drones and other equipment are set to gain new global market shares. David Swanson, a journalist and author of the book ‘War is a Lie’, believes that Trump's decision will lead to more human suffering.

The changes will likely increase the profits of American arms manufacturers and defense firms, but critics of the move say it bypasses critical government oversight on where US weapons end up.

Apr 23 08:34

‘Stop US war machine!’ Activists try to obstruct USS Portland commissioning

A crowd of roaring left-wing anti-war activists have staged a protest in Portland during the commissioning of the US Navy's newest vessel, the USS Portland, a San Antonio-class amphibious ship loaded with laser technology.

Some 100 protesters, representing a number of local anti-war organizations, held a protest at the port terminal where the USS Portland’s commissioning ceremony was taking place on Saturday. Staying a comfortable distance away from the military contingent, they shouted anti-government slogans, demanding an end to American troop deployment overseas. “Stop the US war machine!” they shouted, as they approached the venue.

READ MORE: ‘Recent strikes showed that Trump essentially does not know what to do in Syria’

Apr 23 07:03

Pentagon: F-35 Can Achieve Missile Defense Capability if More Money Spent

Lockheed touts the F-35 as a 'do it all' airplane, a boast which has led to skyrocketing costs, delivery issues and quality control problems. The total program cost of the F-35, accounting for R&D, procurement and operations is now estimated at a staggering $1.6 trillion over 60 years.

Apr 22 13:31

MISSILE MANUFACTURER RAYTHEON'S VALUE ROSE BY $2.5 BILLION IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SYRIA STRIKES.

‘Maybe we’ll help the Saudis send some troops of their own to offset the influence of Iran and Russia’, speculated Jim Cramer on his CNBC show Mad Money. ‘That’s good news for these arms dealers, plus defense is the one place that Congress is going to spend lots and lots of money.’

Apr 22 11:32

POLICE DEPT. WITH TWO FULL-TIME OFFICERS HAS OVER 900 PIECES OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT

Thetford Township — The two-man police department in this rural community outside Flint has amassed a massive amount of surplus military equipment over the last decade.

The free material, received through a federal program, includes mine detectors and Humvees, tractors and backhoes, hydroseeders and forklifts, motorized carts and a riding lawnmower. The landlocked township also has gotten boat motors and dive boots.

While much of the gear worth $1 million has never been used by the township, some has been given to residents, township officials said.

Apr 22 08:14

The Backlash Against Trump's Syria Strike

Last week Donald Trump willfully violated the Constitution as even he once understood it, despite being warned against doing so by dozens of members of Congress.

Hours before the president ordered the U.S. military to strike three targets in Syria, 88 members of Congress sent him a letter to remind him of his legal obligations. Strikes “when no direct threat to the United States exists” and “without Congressional authorization” would violate the Constitution’s separation of powers, they declared. “We strongly urge you to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering additional use of U.S. military force in Syria.”

Apr 21 17:21

Tech Workers Ask Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon to Not Pursue Pentagon Contracts

As Gizmodo first reported, Google is contracted with the DoD to provide artificial intelligence for Project Maven—a decision that many employees opposed because they did not think it was appropriate for Google to develop battlefield technology.

Now, the backlash against Pentagon contracts is spreading throughout the tech industry. The Department of Defense is currently seeking bids for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which will provide cloud services to the DoD. Major cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Google are all expected to bid on the contract.

But employees at those companies say they don’t want to provide technology for war, and they’re launching a petition today to put pressure on Google to drop its work on Project Maven, and for major tech companies to agree to not take Pentagon contracts.

Apr 21 13:12

VIDEO: Syrian Army armor, artillery and shock troops pulverize ISIL’s first line of defense in south Damascus

Syrian Army is kickin the crap out of Donald's terrorists with their shiny new Russian weapons.
Great combat footage.

The footage shows the Syrian Army employing a tremendous amount of artillery (including rocket forces), armor and shock troops against ISIL in the districts of Yarmouk Camp and Hajjar al-Aswad.

Apr 21 12:39

Heavy gunfire reported outside royal palace in Riyadh (VIDEOS) Published time: 21 Apr, 2018 19:27

RT pulled the story from front page. A Wall Street Journal reporter says they were shooting at a toy drone. Fake News or suppressed news?

A number of videos have emerged online, purportedly showing heavy gunfire in close proximity to the royal palace in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh.

Apr 21 10:08

Operation Timber Sycamore And Washington’s Secret War On Syria

To start this conflict and then keep its fires burning the US and its Satellites have spent billions of dollars...

For many, proxy warfare ended with the fall of the Soviet Union. However, anyone following the news coming from Syria knows this is not necessarily the case. The Timber Sycamore program — which has been in decline since the Russian bombing campaign — is on the verge of being phased out, officials say. However, billions of dollars’ in small arms and military technology have flooded the market in Syria and the proxy countries the US used to supply the rebel forces.

Apr 21 08:56

Here Are All the Submarines of the Russian Navy in One Infographic

A new infographic shows the underwater might of the Russian Navy and its fleet of 72 submarines, one more than the U.S. Navy at the time of this writing. Split between nuclear missile submarines, cruise missile submarines, attack submarines, and unique special mission and test submarines, the Russian Navy is no slouch.

Once again, the excellent website Naval Analyses (Twitter), creator of the United States Navy Submarines 2018 infographic, has released a new image (full size) that shows off the various classes of submarines in service with the Russian Navy.

Apr 21 08:40

‘Fake news’: the mainstreaming of Syria conspiracy theories

Even before the missiles reached their targets, though, what had previously been the claims of a small, if vociferous, section of Assad’s supporters had extended to commentators and analysts; questions started to be asked about whether or not the Douma attack was simply another example of “fake news”.

Such allegations are not new in the Syrian crisis. The regime has long accused opposition groups of faking incidents to support their cause, and Western media of inventing stories to tarnish Assad’s image. Russian websites have largely peddled a narrative sympathetic to their government’s foreign policy in the region, portraying the Syrian opposition as armed terrorist insurgents violating national sovereignty. Over time, regional commentators and analysts have been known to verify news from state news agencies, as well as Russian and Iranian outfits, due to the stories often being backed by unreliable and incomplete evidence.

Apr 20 15:50

Pentagon pushes through a $1 billion contract for hypersonic missiles after Russia and China reveal ultra-fast intercontinental nukes

Hypersonic missiles that can fly at many times the speed of sound have received a near $1 billion (£710 million) funding boost in the US to compete with rival nations' efforts.

The Pentagon has pushed through development of the highly manoeuvrable weapons, which are designed to outpace detection and defensive capabilities.

It follows repeated warnings from senior officials about rapid advances by China and Russia, who have unveiled their own versions in recent months.

Apr 20 14:15

Warfare: Where It’s Been And Where It’s Going

“War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.” – Cormac McCarthy

It doesn’t take a biologist to see that mother nature has cruel and violent tendencies. Consider some of the fiercest competitors in the animal kingdom, such as apes, crocodiles, bears, snakes, hippos and many others. These creatures’ natural instincts are to resort to violence when it comes to the pursuit of power, territory and resources. Humans are playing the same game but on a much higher level.

Apr 20 08:42

Putin & Trump will not allow armed confrontation between Russia, US – Lavrov

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will absolutely not allow armed confrontation between Russia and the US, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told RIA Novosti in an interview.

“Speaking about risks of a military confrontation, I am 100 percent sure that [both the US and Russian] militaries won’t allow this, and of course neither will President [Vladimir] Putin or President [Donald] Trump,” Lavrov said.

“After all they are leaders, elected by their people and are responsible for their peace,” the Russian foreign minister added.

Apr 20 08:41

UK spy poisoning won’t trigger NATO Article 5 – Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at Leiden University College, The Hague, on Thursday that the spy poisoning incident in Salisbury, Britain, does not fall under Article 5 of the NATO charter on collective defense. The alliance has to respond in a proportionate way, Stoltenberg said after a lecture. It seems that what happened in Salisbury “was not an attack or incident which requires Article 5,” he noted, answering students’ questions. He also said that NATO responded to the “Skripal case” by reducing the number of the Russian permanent mission to NATO. Russia denies any involvement in the incident.

Apr 20 08:21

OOPS! Two unexploded cruise missiles delivered to Russia from Syria

The TASS News Agency reported on 19 April that the Syrian military found two cruise missiles that did not explode during the US-led missile strike of April 14. Both missiles were discovered to be in relatively good shape, and they were handed over to a Russian military officer on April 17.

After this, the missiles were flown to Russia by plane, presumably for analysis. TASS could not confirm this independently with the Russian Defense Ministry at this time.

Apr 19 13:31

Death by Hypocrisy and Demon Worship; the Israeli Way

Dog Poet Transmitting.......

Please forgive the use of bad language to punctuate bad behavior. There is no culture on Earth more evil and Satanic than that of Israel founded on the Nazi formula of Theodor Herzl and financed by the Satanic first family of arch-devils, Rothschild clan. The evil of the AshkeNAZI empire had its origin in the translation of the Ashkenazim into Khazar's. In the 9th century, King Bulan of Khazaria got hoodwinked by a filth peddling Talmudist. The Ashka-nimrods object to this linkage which is all the proof needed that it is so. If they say something is so, it is not and if they say something is not so, it is. This is a good rule of thumb to measure them by and it is always a spiritual affirmation to stick that thumb up your ass for emphasis and their version of an holy oil immersion process.

Apr 19 11:54

The Entire Political Establishment Agrees On The War Against Assad

A strong, clear anti-war anti-interventionist stance is only among a minority in the USA.

Apr 19 11:51

IRAN SWITCHES FROM DOLLAR TO EURO

Iran’s feud with the US is set to get worse after Tehran announced yesterday that it will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than US dollars, as part of the country’s effort to reduce its reliance on the American currency due to political tension with Washington.

Central bank governor Valiollah Seif said last week that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had welcomed his suggestion of replacing the dollar with the euro in foreign trade, as the “dollar has no place in our transactions today”.

Iran does hardly any trade with the US due to decades of economic sanctions. It’s most important trading partner is the UAE, which accounts for around 24 per cent of all Iranian imports and exports. China is not far behind with 22 per cent, followed by Turkey, India and the EU, all of which account for around six per cent of Iran’s trade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This further delink from the US dollar, is what ultimately got Iraq and Libya invaded; looks like the next target for "regime change", after Syria, will be Iran, something for which the Israeli and Saudi government have been cheerleading for quite some time.

But President Trump needs to understand, clearly, and with zero misconception; both Israel and Saudi Arabia want the costs of such an invasion and occupation to be borne solely in American blood, and American money.

Apr 19 11:46

Lockheed Martin ‘Ready to Assist’ With More Missiles for US After Syria Strike

The joint US-UK-France missile strikes on targets in Syria last Friday featured the debut of the US Air Force’s newest extended-range joint air-to-surface standoff missile (JASSM-ER), a weapon the US military is planning to buy in bulk.

The company said it stands "ready to assist" the Pentagon should it need more missiles following the attack on Syria. "While we do not comment on the nature or circumstances of those operations, we stand ready to assist our customers in their efforts worldwide. Lockheed Martin is proud to partner with the DoD to equip them with advanced weapon systems, such as JASSM, to conduct effective military operations," a Lockheed Martin spokesman said Monday.

Apr 19 11:19

POLL SHOWS AMERICANS SUPPORT THE INVASION OF SYRIA

The first even marginally trustworthy poll of American “registered voters” regarding the April 14th U.S.-and-allied missiles-invasion of Syria, shows an overwhelming 66% supporting the invasion (36% “Strongly” and 30% “Somewhat), and only 23% opposing (8% “Strongly” and 11% “Somewhat”).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I absolutely refuse to believe this.

Either the pollsters were "push polling", in zipcodes where a positive response could be safely betted upon, or the pollsters were polling the criminally insane.

But IF these results are true, God help the Democratic Republic of the United States of America; this means that Americans have simply lost their capacity for critical thinking, meaning that the Federal Government can get away with any atrocity against any country, through a compbination lies and complete impunity.

Apr 19 11:06

THE WHITE HELMETS TRIED TO RECRUIT ROGER WATERS WITH SAUDI MONEY

During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets as “a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists.” Warning that the groups’ unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held territory were aimed at triggering Western military intervention, Waters cautioned his audience, “If we were to listen to the propaganda of the White Helmets and others, we would encourage our governments to start dropping bombs on people in Syria. This would be a mistake of monumental proportions for us as human beings.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have four words to say about this man's not swallowing the White Helmet's Koolaid: GOD BLESS YOU, SIR!!

Apr 19 10:38

UN SECURITY TEAM BLOCKS CHEMICAL INSPECTORS FROM ENTERING DOUMA

The UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) continues to prevent chemical inspectors from entering Douma for their investigation, citing safety concerns. They have offered no timetable for when the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspectors will be allowed in.

The OPCW inspectors did not visit Monday, and there were a lot of allegations exchanged as to why. Though British officials blamed Russia for the delay, it is now clear that the UNDSS is driving the scheduling.

The UNDSS team visited two sites in Douma, but fled both times. In the first case, they claimed there was a large crowd there, and they were concerned about safety. At the second site there was a report of an explosion nearby, and claimed to have come under small arms fire by some unknown faction. No UN workers were injured, though one Syrian was said to have sustained light injuries working in a security capacity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; just what is it that the UN does not want the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons finding?!?

This continued obstruction has the US government's fingerprints all over it.

Apr 19 10:29

IRAQ CARRIES OUT AIR STRIKES ON DAESH SITES IN SYRIA

Iraq today carried out air strikes on Daesh positions in Syria a week after Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said his country would defend itself from militant threats across the border.

Iraqi F-16 warplanes crossed into Syria to carry out the strikes after coordination with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s government, an Iraqi military spokesman said.

“Carrying out air strikes on Daesh gangs in Syrian territories is because of the dangers posed by said gangs to Iraqi territories and is proof of the improved capabilities of our armed forces,” the Iraqi military said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Al-Abadi had said Iraq would “take all necessary measures if they threaten the security of Iraq”, referring to the jihadist militants who just three years ago overran a third of Iraq.

Apr 19 09:22

RUSSIA DEVELOPED THREE TYPES OF WEAPONS that put the end to the inviolability of the drones

The Russian Defense Group Automatika has developed three new types of armaments for radio-electronics battle against drowns - the portable version of "Pistachio" and "Sapsan", as well as stationary "Taran", which are capable of detecting, tracking and crashing.

According to Chief Engineer Sergei Shirjaev, the weapon operates by directly influencing the radio connection with the drones - blocking remote control, hindering navigation and resetting the loaded data.

"The effect is that the drone just crazy. If it's a drone with four elves, it simply remains hanging in the air, after which the wind is kicked out of the balance and drone fall. In the case of a drone with wings, it starts uncontrolled to lose height until it hits the ground, "he explains.

The most powerful is "Sapsan", Shirjaev specifies, who is able to detect the drone at a distance of more than 100 kilometers and to obstruct it or to hand over all necessary information to PVO systems.

Apr 19 09:19

Army announces upcoming deployments to Europe, Iraq, Afghanistan

Two brigades and a regiment are headed abroad in the upcoming months, according to three Wednesday releases from the Army.

The 3rd Cavalry Regiment will head to Iraq this spring, and in the summer, the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade will head to Afghanistan while the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade heads to Europe, according to the releases.

“This brigade is no stranger to Afghanistan, as this will be our fifth rotation there since 2001,” Col. Stanley Sliwinksi, commander of the Fort Campbell, Kentucky-based 101st Sustainment Brigade, said in a release.

Apr 19 09:15

Losing US air superiority risks ground forces

The asymmetric advantage that the U.S. military possesses ? and that has prevented enemy aircraft attacks on American ground forces since April 15, 1953 ? is eroding.

The U.S. faces a reemergence of great power competition, and although we have maintained air superiority since the Korean War, it has to be fought for and won. Fifth-generation aircraft with stealth capability are required to survive in today’s air defenses, and the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the only active fifth-generation fighter production line among friendly nations. It is time to procure what is needed to protect our troops.

Air superiority ensures quicker victories and, perhaps, prevents war in the first place. Parity diminishes detente leading to protracted ground wars with massive casualties on both sides.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Give us more money.

Apr 19 09:14

The British Are Driving the West’s War Agenda—But Why?

Over the past two months the news has been dominated by two bizarre but related events:

1) the alleged nerve agent poisoning of the exchanged Russian dual-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England; and

2) the supposed gas poisoning of Syrian civilians by the Assad government, leading to the “retaliatory” April 13-14 missile attack against the Syrian nation by the U.S. and Great Britain as ordered by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May.

This attack was an act of war against a sovereign nation carried out without approval of the U.N. Security Council or the U.S. Congress or British Parliament and were cheered on by French president Emmanuel Macron.

Apr 19 09:14

Is Trump’s Broader War against Syria on Hold? A Member State of NATO is “Sleeping with the Enemy”: America is at War with both Syria and Turkey

The US war cabinet chose to implement a face saving punitive bombing rather than an all out war against Syria. Defense Secretary Mattis was acutely aware that a punitive bombing could lead to escalation and military confrontation with Russia.

Russia’s objective was to avoid a military clash while ensuring the defense of Syria. The Russians were crystal clear. They would counterattack if Russian military assets were targeted.

Washington also knew that they could not initiate at this juncture a major military campaign against Syria largely due to divisions within the Atlantic Alliance and the fact that a NATO member State, namely Turkey had become an ally of Russia and was fighting US proxy Kurdish rebel forces (integrated by French, British and US Special Forces) in Northern Syria.

What Washington decided upon was a punitive attack while putting a major theater war against Syria “on hold”.

Apr 19 08:59

NATO bases upgraded under anti-migrant guise, US nukes now stockpiled in Greece – Communist chief

The leader of the Communist Party of Greece, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, has lambasted Athens for appeasing the US and EU governments, by allowing what he claims are American nukes in the country.

In an interview with ANT1 TV, the Greek communist leader has once again claimed that there are more US and NATO military facilities in the country than is commonly known-about.

He said that the US is reportedly stockpiling its nuclear arms in Araxos Air Base, has deployed drones to Larisa air field and keeps helicopters in Alexandroupoli. In addition to the joint US-NATO Souda Bay Naval Base in Crete, the alliance’s troops are also stationed in the east of the Aegean Sea under the pretext of countering a refugee influx, the politician claims.

Apr 19 08:33

Autonomous military drones that decide who to kill will 'cause warfare to move from fighting to EXTERMINATION', expert claims

Weapons of war have evolved over time, but the decision to kill has always been left with humans.

But with developing AI and autonomous technology, it is now possible to build killing machines that require no human input at all.

Taking the final decision away from a human raises serious ethical concerns over the use of fully-autonomous weapons.

It could mean wars will be less about fighting, and more extermination.

Apr 18 22:33

Death by Hypocrisy and Demon Worship; the Israeli Way.

Dog Poet Transmitting.......

Please forgive the use of bad language to punctuate bad behavior. There is no culture on Earth more evil and Satanic than that of Israel founded on the Nazi formula of Theodor Herzl and financed by the Satanic first family of arch-devils, Rothschild clan. The evil of the AshkeNAZI empire had its origin in the translation of the Ashkenazim into Khazar's. In the 9th century, King Bulan of Khazaria got hoodwinked by a filth peddling Talmudist. The Ashka-nimrods object to this linkage which is all the proof needed that it is so. If they say something is so, it is not and if they say something is not so, it is. This is a good rule of thumb to measure them by and it is always a spiritual affirmation to stick that thumb up your ass for emphasis and their version of an holy oil immersion process.

Apr 18 16:31

What a Even a Small Scale Nuclear War Would Do to Planet Earth

The mainstream media is cheering on the psychopaths in government as they deliberately stoke conflict with Russia and press further forward with the Neocon agenda of total global war. If the media were doing its job, however, they’d be asking questions and pursuing truth in governmental matters in order to contribute to the good of society and the betterment of the world.

Apr 18 14:29

Barbara Bush In 2003: "Why should we hear about body bags and death? I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"

Asked about the Iraq war, Barbara Bush said the following in a Good Morning America interview with Diane Sawyer on March 18, 2003.

Apr 18 13:21

WW3 Alert: NATO Readies 35,000 Troops For Combat Amidst ‘Russia Tensions’

Citing increasing tensions with Russia, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) has begun to prepare 35,000 troops for combat. The troops will participate in the largest training exercise conducted since the end of the Cold War.

NATO commanders revealed the thousands of soldiers from 30 different countries are expected to take part in the Trident Juncture drill in Norway. Massive parts of the Scandinavian country will be impacted by the influx of around 130 warplanes and 60 warships, reported The Daily Star. Trident Juncture will be aimed at rehearsing for any potential threat posed by Russia when it kicks off in October.

The United States Marines also maintain a constant presence in Norway, with tanks and other military hardware stashed away in frozen caves.

Apr 18 11:47

Thousands Of US Troops Amass On Syrian Border For Military ‘Drill’

Thousands of U.S. Marines arrived in Jordan at around the same time the United States, the United Kingdom, and France were organizing a direct military strike on Jordan’s neighbor, Syria. Shortly after the US-led bombing of Syria over alleged chemical weapons use, the Marine took part in military drills.

According to Antimedia, nearly 3,600 U.S. troops, including roughly 1,800 Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Jordan for the start of an almost two-week training exercise known as Eager Lion.

Thousands of Marines and U.S. troops kicked off a major military training exercise that is reportedly set to include civilian evacuation operations, as well as chemical and biological drills. The drills followed the U.S.-led Anglo-alliance’s assault on neighboring Syria, which was allegedly in retaliation for a chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The situation between the US and Syria hasn't ended, by a long shot; I think that the US is waiting forwhat it believes is precisely the right time for another major strike against the country.

The questionsare, how long will Russia put up with this nonsense, and how will they respond?!?

Apr 18 11:39

China Prepares "Emergency Response Plan" Amid Escalating US Trade War

While in recent days the growing trade war between China and the US has moved off the front page of market concerns despite now daily skirmishes such as today's anti-dumping probe launch by the US into US steel wheels which followed a Chinese 179% tariff on US sorghum imports which in turn was in response to the US banning exports to Chinese telecom giant ZTE, in recent days China has drawn up comprehensive list of urgent measures as the war of words over US-China trade relations has threatened to escalate into open economic conflict with each side threatening to levy heavy tariffs and taxes on each other's imports.

Commenting on the recent trade hostilities, National Development and Reform Commission spokesman Zeng Peiyan said on Wednesday that Beijing has all the political instruments it needs to respond to this trade conflict with the United States and minimize its economic effect.

Apr 18 11:34

The Southwestern Hemisphere Is Sliding Towards Its Own “Arab Spring”

South and Central America are on a crash course for regional collapse and a geopolitical disaster which could drastically alter the political landscape of the Western Hemisphere and plunge the United States into dire crisis.

Apr 18 11:26

Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack Reveals $70 Million Pentagon Program at Porton Down

The Pentagon has spent at least $70 million on military experiments involving tests with deadly viruses and chemical agents at Porton Down – the UK military laboratory near the city of Salisbury. The secretive biological and chemical research facility is located just 13 km from where on 4th March former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench following an alleged Novichok nerve agent poisoning.

Apr 18 10:58

Is Trump’s Broader War against Syria on Hold? A Member State of NATO is “Sleeping with the Enemy”: America is at War with both Syria and Turkey

However, there is an important element which has largely been neglected in recent independent media reports regarding Syria, which suggests that the US could take the decision NOT to engage in the conduct of a major military campaign at this particular juncture.

Why?

The structure of US military alliances is in crisis.

Military Strategy 101 tells us: you do not wage a major war when one of your key allies is “sleeping with the enemy”.

An understanding of the military structure of alliances including cross-cutting coalitions is absolutely crucial. So-called “enduring alliances” in support of America’s “Long War” can no longer be relied upon.

NATO is in crisis: The U.S. and several NATO member states are not only at war with Syria, they are also at war with Turkey which is fighting the US sponsored Kurdish rebel forces in Northern Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO needs to figure out what it will do with its rogue member, Turkey; at the same time, Russia and China are drawing more and more countries into their orbits of influence, in terms of defense, economy, and geopolitics.

This, taken together, does not augur well for the waning influence of the US in these arenas; more and more, the US is presenting all the symptoms of an empire in deep decline.

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