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Apr 12 09:25

Americans Need To Know Trump’s Endgame For Syria, Duckworth Tells Constituents

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) challenged President Donald Trump to state his administration’s “endgame” for military involvement in Syria following the U.S. military’s missile strike on a Syrian air field last week.

Speaking to a full house of constituents at a town hall in the Chicago suburb of Palatine on Tuesday night, Duckworth was asked what was accomplished with the first direct assault on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and what the long-term strategy would be.

Duckworth said that she wants to know, too ? and that Trump needs to provide those answers quickly.

“The Trump administration needs to come forward and [state] its goal. Come forward and tell us the truth,” Duckworth responded.

Following the town hall, constituents like Lisa Goranson, 58, and Sue Walton, 80, were troubled by Trump’s sudden shift on involvement in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I whole-heartedly agree with Senator Duckworth on this issue.

What we have seen, coming from the White House on this issue, appears to have been complete and utter confusion, consummated by the illegal strike against a Syrian military base last week, against a sovereign country with which the US government is not (allegedly) at war.

President Trump's policies in Syria appear about as clear as mud right now.

I would like President Trump to tell me how, if in fact, regime change in Damascus is his goal, he is going to accomplish this without using either US boots on the ground, or a decap strike against al Assad, which most probably would mean war with Russia.

There are only two things I know for certain here; Al-Assad is not going to leave his position as the country's President willingly, and should the US go ahead with some kind of assassination strike, Russia will respond militarily.

Apr 12 09:22

No Reprieve for Humankind: The Iron Fog

“From Bangor off the Atlantic to San Diego in the Pacific, an Iron Fog is descending around the U.S.A. Behind its periphery lie all the cities of the United States of America. New York, Dallas, Chicago, and San Francisco, all these famous cities and the populations that lie around them are subject to the obfuscation carried by this fog.” The Churchillian ‘Iron Curtain’ was not half as pernicious as this imperceptible, inchoate fog—

Apr 12 09:18

Wow. This anti-Assad "reporter" tweeted about the sarin attack in #Syria 24 hours before it happened. Still think nothing fishy is going on?

Apr 12 09:09

Molotov Cocktails Thrown at Swedish Police During Second Night of Rioting

Several police officers in the Swedish city of Gothenburg were attacked with Molotov cocktails by “young men” in the second night of rioting in the “no-go” Hammarkullen area.

Police say the rioting originally started on Saturday evening when they were attacked by several “youths” who threw rocks at them. The officers decided to increase their presence the following day but were attacked once again in the evening by more young men, this time armed with Molotov cocktails, Göteborgs-Posten reports.

At 9:53 pm on Sunday evening, police were called to the area after receiving a call about a car being on fire in a local garage. As soon as the officers arrived, they were attacked by young men who threw a Molotov cocktail at them.

Police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg stressed the danger of the attack saying: “Of course it is highly dangerous as uniforms or anything else could ignite.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Swedish officials and people; how is that open borders policy working out for you?!?

Apr 12 09:02

Is Trump Enlisting in the War Party?

By firing off five dozen Tomahawk missiles at a military airfield, our “America First” president may have plunged us into another Middle East war that his countrymen do not want to fight.

Thus far Bashar Assad seems unintimidated. Brushing off the strikes, he has defiantly gone back to bombing the rebels from the same Shayrat air base that the U.S. missiles hit.

Trump “will not stop here,” warned U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Sunday. “If he needs to do more, he will.”

If Trump fails to back up Haley’s threat, the hawks now cheering him on will begin deriding him as “Donald Obama.”

But if he throbs to the war drums of John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio and orders Syria’s air force destroyed, we could be at war not only with ISIS and al-Qaida, but with Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

A Syrian war would consume Trump’s presidency.

Apr 12 08:58

WHITE HOUSE PETITION - Cease military intervention and involvement in Syria.

US support of Syrian rebel factions has enlarged and intensified the conflict to the detriment of Syrian civilians. An escalation of hostilities with the Syrian Government risks a broader regional war including confrontation with Russia. This conflict is not in the interest of the American people and further, military strikes against a sovereign nation without a declaration of war is a war crime under international law, and in violation of the Constitution. Immediately cease all hostilities against the Syrian Government including airstrikes and the equipping and training of Syrian rebels.

Apr 12 08:50

NEW VIDEO: Follow The Money – Why Russia Is Triggering The U.S. War Machine

Apr 12 08:29

WHITE HELMETS HANDLE DEADLY TOXIC “SARIN GAS” WHILE LIGHTING UP CIGARETTES (VIDEO)

The Duran recently posted a bombshell study from the Swedish NGO Doctors for Human Rights (SWEDHR), that shows how the White Helmets murder babies, not save babies like Netflix and George Clooney would have you believe.

Now we can see the White Helmets pretend to handle deadly toxic sarin gas, which we are sure will sent to John McCain Labs Inc., where Assad and Russia will be found guilty of launching a chemical strike on “beautiful babies”.

We wonder, upon watching forensics experts/chemical weapons investigators/freedom fighters/medical doctors/first responders, the White Helmets, why some guys have masks, others do not.

Why some guys have gloves, others do not.

Some White Helmets jihadists are even hanging around the sarin gas lighting up a smoke.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for that documentary about them which won an Oscar this year. As reported by Rick Sterling at consortiumnews.com:

The Netflix movie “The White Helmets” may win an Oscar in the “short documentary” category at the Academy Awards on Sunday. It would not be a surprise despite the fact that the group is a fraud and the movie is a contrived infomercial. The “White Helmets” symbol, expropriating the name of “Syria Civil Defense.” Awarding “The White Helmets” an Oscar would fit with the desire of Hollywood to appear supportive of “human rights,” even if that means supporting a propaganda operation to justify another bloody “regime change” war in the Middle East. Much of what people think they know about the White Helmets is untrue. The group is not primarily Syrian; it was initiated by British military contractor James LeMesurier and has been heavily funded (about $100 million) by the U.S., U.K. and other governments. The White Helmets are not volunteers; they are paid, which is confirmed in a Al Jazeera video that shows some White Helmet “volunteers” talking about going on strike if they don’t get paid soon.

Remember what happened to James Cameron's film "Avatar",which was one of the most brilliant anti-war movies ever made?!?

When it was considered for the Oscar, the Oscar went instead to "Hurt Locker", which praised war and combat as the utterly right thing for Americans to be doing.

Hollywood, as an institution, is, and has always been, a "war whore", and always obeys its marching orders to glorify anything that supports the US government's "divine right" to conduct wars any time, any where, and for any reason it sees fit, and never question the rationale for fighting those wars.

Apr 12 08:25

10 well-known ‘deplorables’ now FURIOUS with Trump

Hillary Clinton infamously called Trump supporters a ‘basket of deplorables’. Well the deplorables are jumping out of the basket. Some important, well-known Trump supporters and well-wishers from America and beyond are expressing their anger, disappointment and disgust with Trump’s newly unveiled neo-con tendencies.

Apr 12 08:23

Neocons Have Trump on His Knees

After slapping Donald Trump around for several months to make him surrender his hopes for a more cooperative relationship with Russia, the neocons and their liberal-interventionist allies are now telling the battered President what he must do next: escalate war in the Middle East and ratchet up tensions with nuclear-armed Russia.

Apr 12 08:21

Trump's Syria Attack Sanctioned by the Media

Media critic Norman Solomon says US media's uncritical coverage of Trump's Syria attack is typical and has its roots in ratings spikes and in economic ties to the military-industrial complex

Apr 12 08:16

BEX ALERT - Haley says Russia is 'nervous' and an 'island' after Assad attack

"Russia is on an island, and they now have to decide whether they're going to stay on an island and lose anyone that's willing to work with them, or whether they're going to come back -- and not lose face -- and actually try and do something constructive," she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nikki, Russia is the largest nation on Earth in terms of land area. The rest of your claims are as equally flawed.

There is no evidence that Assad gassed his own people.

What is making Russia (and other nations) skittish is the US attack on Syria based on incomplete and (based on the 2013 and 2014 claims) likely fabricated information.

Apr 12 08:15

The Price Of Gold Spikes As Investors Get Spooked By Talk Of World War III And Nuclear Conflict

Whenever the world starts going crazy, investors instinctively begin flocking to precious metals. So it wasn’t exactly a surprise when gold and silver prices started to move upward aggressively as global leaders continued to talk about the possibility of World War III and nuclear conflict.

Apr 12 08:15

DECLASSIFIED CIA DOC REVEALS PLAN TO DESTROY SYRIA FOR OIL PIPELINE, PREDICTS CURRENT CRISIS

Geostrategically-crucial Syria has been at the center of a decades-long plot by the United States to depose the sovereign government and install one supportive of goals in the Middle East must be revisited — and quickly — before the beating of war drums drowns out the truth of our government’s recently-espoused mission.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly castigated President Bashar al-Assad for ordering a gruesome mass killing of civilians with chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun. This accusation, unsubstantiated due to lack of investigation, sparked a bolstering of support for the Syrian regime from both Moscow and Tehran.

Were the account of an ordered chemical weapons attack to prove unassailably true — and Assad isn’t exactly known for being a gentle despot — Trump could have handily earned a congressional green light and perhaps approval from NATO to obliterate Syrian Arab Army forces responsible. Perhaps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive my cynicism, but it appears that, for this President, some dead children (those killed by the gassing in Syria, the bodies of whom could be used for propaganda purposes) are "more equal" than other dead children ( those killed and maimed in Yemen from US-enabled Saudi bombing runs; those dying of malnutrition in Yemen, due to the US-enabled Saudi port blockade) and those dying of exposure to depleted uranium in the womb, used by Saudi Arabian troops, and being born with massive birth defects.

That the US government is massively complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, while President Trump screams about gassed children in Syria, makes the hypocrisy ring all the more hollow, to the ears of thinking people all over this planet.

Apr 12 08:08

Gregory Mannarino - Fed Deliberately Created Bubbles to Save Itself, Grand Goal Is War

Analyst/trader Gregory Mannarino says, “The Federal Reserve has re-inflated a housing bubble. So now, those ‘toxic assets,’ those mortgage-backed securities are worth something.

Apr 12 08:03

Russia Slams "Absurd" Trump Demands, Warns Tillerson "Don't Strike Syria Again"

Amid attempts to "clarify areas of sharp difference," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blasted the Trump administration’s "ambiguous and contradictory" foreign policy at the start of talks with Tillerson in Moscow Wednesday calling the demand for the Kremlin to abandon Assad "absurd." Furthermore, he warned Tillerson that Russia "believes it’s fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again."

Apr 12 07:59

Behind Trump’s Syria Turnabout

Trump came into office touting his “America First agenda,” disdaining NATO, and asking “Why is it a bad thing to get along with Russia?” He told us he abjured “regime change” and held up Libya as an example of bad policy. Now he’s turned on a dime, bombing Syria, and welcoming tiny (and troubled) Montenegro into NATO. His intelligence agencies are even accusing Russia of having advance knowledge of the alleged chemical attack in Syria (although the White House disputed that after it got out). And all this in the first one hundred days!

How did this happen? It’s easy to explain, once you understand that there is no such thing as foreign policy: all policy is domestic.

Apr 12 07:51

Liberal leaders call for challenge to Gabbard over Syria skepticism

A pair of veteran leaders on the left, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, called on Hawaiians to vote Rep. Tulsi Gabbard out of office after the Democrat questioned whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for last week's chemical attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tulsi, you have my support for your next election!

Apr 12 07:46

Agent Orange Orphans : 50 years on children suffer from effects of U.S chemical weapons in Vietnam

Apr 12 07:42

Russia to supply 10 advanced Su-35 fighter jets to China this year

Russia and China signed a contract in November 2015 for the delivery of 24 Su-35 fighter jets

Apr 12 07:37

Source: Military Strike on North Korea Coming Soon

Apr 12 07:24

North Korea warns of nuclear strike if provoked; Trump 'armada' steams on

North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression, as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed toward the western Pacific - a force U.S. President Donald Trump described as an "armada".

Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished ally and neighbor, said in a Tweet that North Korea was "looking for trouble" and the United States would "solve the problem" with or without Beijing's help.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea looking for trouble? Excuse me, but who is steaming their "Armada" into whose territorial waters?!?

Apr 12 07:15

Former British Ambassador To Syria Warns That ‘Fake Flag’ Attacks Are Being Used And Will Increase.

Former British Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, says the recent gas attack could have been the work of Assad’s enemies to create a pretext to attack Syria. He cited the lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that did not exist but, nevertheless, were the excuse for launching a war there. He says there will be more attacks, because Trump is told they are real, and they pressure him to react with military action.

Apr 12 07:08

‘Nodding like bobbleheads’: Putin slams NATO’s support for US violation of intl law in Syria

The missile strike on Syria was a clear breach of international law, while Washington’s claim that Damascus carried out the chemical attack that the US used as its casus belli is yet to be proven by any hard evidence, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“What was the reaction of the NATO allies? All of them are nodding like bobble heads,” Putin said in an interview with Mir 24 TV channel.

Apr 12 05:09

THE SILVER LINING OF TRUMP’S OWNERSHIP OF REGIME CHANGE POLICY IN SYRIA

On a positive note, it has been a good development that the Trump administration has owned the “regime change” policy of the Obama administration in Syria by launching cruise missiles strike against the Syrian air force in al-Shayrat air base. Because over the decades, it has been a convenient stratagem of the Western powers with two-party political systems, particularly the US, to evade responsibility for the death and destruction brought on the hapless Middle Eastern countries by their predecessors after the elections.

Apr 11 23:41

A Multi-Level Analysis of the US Cruise Missile Attack on Syria and Its Consequences

The latest US cruise missile attack on the Syrian airbase is an extremely important event in so many ways that it is important to examine it in some detail. I will try to do this today with the hope to be able to shed some light on a rather bizarre attack which will nevertheless have profound consequences. But first, let’s begin by looking at what actually happened.

However, since the Russians were warned about the attack they had plenty of time to prepare their electronic warfare stations to “fry” and otherwise disable at least part of the cruise missiles. I do believe that this is the correct explanation.

Apr 11 23:32

Iran the Destabilizer: A world in turmoil, thank you Mr. Trump!

Philip Giraldi • April 11, 2017

The real Donald Trump has been exposed. The man who promised a sensible and non-interventionist Middle Eastern policy and a reset with Moscow has now reneged on both pledges. His nitwit United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has directly linked Russia and Syria for punishment by the omnipotent Leader of the Free World lest anyone be confused.

The unconscionable attack on Syria based on the usual unsubstantiated allegations has shifted the playing field dramatically, with the “new sheriff in town” apparently intent on proving he is a real man who can play hardball with the rest of them. Last week Syria was blamed by all and sundry in the Establishment for an alleged chemical weapons attack just two days after the White House backed away from the Obama Administration demand that President Bashar al-Assad be removed.

Apr 11 23:26

President Trump, with respect, start ruthlessly purging the U.S. general officer corps

Last time we discussed your refusal to abide by the Constitution’s hard-and-fast war-making provision, a decision that merits — as it did for most of your post-1945 predecessors — impeachment proceedings. Waging war in the manner you did in Syria is the work of an absolute monarch or a dictator, not that of a popularly elected president of this republic.

Today, we must discuss a topic that has been covered in this space on multiple occasions; namely, the need for you to immediately purge — via forced retirement — scores of your general officers. The American fetish for treating these officers as god-like wonders is baseless, and must be curtailed to the greatest possible extent. Among the most obvious reasons they merit forced retirement are:

–They and their predecessors have not won a war since 1945. In truth, they have won nothing in the most war-filled 72 years in American history.

Apr 11 13:52

Intelligence and Military Sources Who Warned About Weapons Lies Before Iraq War Now Say that Assad Did NOT Launch Chemical Weapon Attack

Former U.N weapons inspector Scott Ritter warned before the start of the Iraq war that claims that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction were false.

Sunday, Ritter wrote that current claims that the leader of Syria launched a chemical weapons attack was false:

Apr 11 13:32

Video: All Out War, Confrontation with Russia? The U.S. is Pushing Towards a “Non-Peaceful Solution” of the Syrian Conflict

Following the incident, Moscow suspended the memorandum of understanding on flight safety in Syria with the United States, suspended work of a hotline with the Pentagon and announced that it will take additional measures to strengthen the Syrian air defense capabilities in case of possible attacks against the country.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin described the US attack as an act of “aggression against a sovereign nation,” which was carried out based on a “made-up pretext.”

The meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the issue showed further deep divisions among sides involved in the conflict. The US-led block continued blaming Damascus, Moscow and Tehran for the ongoing escalation and opposed the Russian suggestion to investigate jointly the Khan Sheikhoun incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions are usually a prelude to war.

My burgeoning disappointment with the Trump administration, for the escalation of violence in Syria, is growing by the second. These other links might be of use in understanding what is happening here:

Inventing Enemies, manipulating public opinion; selling an escalated war on
Syria

Analysis of Evidence contradicts allegations on Syrian Gas Attacks

Reflections on Syria

Apr 11 13:05

Video: All Out War, Confrontation with Russia? The U.S. is Pushing Towards a “Non-Peaceful Solution” of the Syrian Conflict

Following the incident, Moscow suspended the memorandum of understanding on flight safety in Syria with the United States, suspended work of a hotline with the Pentagon and announced that it will take additional measures to strengthen the Syrian air defense capabilities in case of possible attacks against the country.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin described the US attack as an act of “aggression against a sovereign nation,” which was carried out based on a “made-up pretext.”

The meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the issue showed further deep divisions among sides involved in the conflict. The US-led block continued blaming Damascus, Moscow and Tehran for the ongoing escalation and opposed the Russian suggestion to investigate jointly the Khan Sheikhoun incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions are usually a prelude to war.

My burgeoning disappointment with the Trump administration, for the escalation of violence in Syria, is growing by the second. These other links might be of use in understanding what is happening here:

Inventing Enemies, manipulating public opinion; selling an escalated war on
Syria

Analysis of Evidence contradicts allegations on Syrian Gas Attacks

Reflections on Syria

Apr 11 12:45

There's a terrifying sense of deja vu as the Generals take over the White House and guide us towards another war (despite no-one knowing if it was Assad who used sarin on those civilians) says JOHN R BRADLEY

For those of us who covered the build-up to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, there is a terrifying sense of deja vu as another 'Coalition of the Willing' gears up to launch a potentially devastating wave of shock-and-awe in the Middle East.

That is certainly one worst-case interpretation of the comments made yesterday by the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
Confirming a remarkable U-turn in the Trump administration's stance on Syria, she said that removing President Bashar al-Assad was now a 'priority'.

Fourteen years ago we heard similar shrill calls from political leaders for regime change in Iraq, a country that – whether or not it used chemical weapons on its own people – posed no discernible threat to the national security of our own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that the US will most probably be going to war with Russia over Syria, which didn't happen in the Iraq war, is, as Josh Gates, host of the "Destination Unknown" series frequently states, officially horrible.

The spectre of the US military going to war against the Russian military, which:

1. Does conscript
2. Has better functioning weapons than does the US military
3. Has the money to pursue such a war
4. Has the manufacturing to feed the war machine

should be pretty terrifying to anyone with family and friends in the military.

Apr 11 12:38

Why the World Should Fear Deep State Psychopath H.R. McMaster

The CIA/NSA political hit on General Michael Flynn appeared at first to have been a warning shot against Trump, and the Congress’ (((bipartisan))) support of replacement H.R. McMaster for the role of National Security Advisor has us falsely assuming that the duly-elected Executive Branch would retain control of him, as the Constitution commands.

But that assumption is increasingly proving false. There is no doubt in my mind that President Donald Trump is being held under duress; that is a theory and I don’t have hard evidence for, but it’s clear that overnight he has gone from a roaring, defiant lion, to script reading pussy-cat. The empowerment of Kushner and Cohn, the increasing isolation of Bannon, and a 180 on policy all come shortly after McMaster’s ascension.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Mc. Master, a word, please: I will continue to link to rt.com; sputniknews.com; presstv.com; and farsnews.com (two Russian, and two Iranian English blogs) until US law forbids it.

And THAT is a Supreme Court case, against the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, I would love to see argued!!

The American people now understand that you are pushing President Trump for a ground invasion of Syria (which will, of course, most generally mean war with Russia) Mc Master working covertly with Petraeus to put 150,000 ground troops in Syria,and I feel urged to caution you and our President that this is nothing short of foaming-at-the-mouth, barking-dog madness!!

You, of all people, should know that the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

In order to win a conflict, a country has to be on the right side of history; and with Syria, and Russia's involvement in assisting the Syrian government against the jihadists, the US just isn't, and you should know that as well.

Apr 11 12:22

It's not just Syria. Trump is ratcheting up wars across the world

onald Trump’s missile strikes on Syria have attracted worldwide attention (and disgraceful plaudits) in recent days. But much less airtime is being given to his administration’s risky and increasingly barbaric military escalations on several other fronts across the world.

Let’s put aside, for the time being, that the Trump administration openly admits it has no clue what it is going to do in Syria next. Or that key members of Congress and in the administration are clearly eager for “regime change” in Syria with no plan for the aftermath. And the fact that hardly anyone seems to care that Russia’s former president Dmitry Medvedev said over the weekend that Syrian strikes put the US “on the verge of a military clash with Russia” – a nuclear power with thousands of warheads.

Donald Trump's first 100 days as president – daily updates

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely the kind of outcome I had hoped a Trump presidency would avoid.

My sense of betrayal by these actions on the part of the President, is searingly intense, and beyond my ability to fully articulate it.

And the sense I have of the future, for this country and the world, is Biblically apocalyptic in nature.

Because of Bernie Sanders getting cheated by the DNC for the Democratic nomination for President, American voters had only one choice: that of the war party and the American deep state.

Apr 11 12:15

Tillerson: US Will Punish Crimes ‘Anywhere in the World’

Donald Trump the presidential candidate made it very clear that his view was that the United States can no longer police thje world. President Trump, by contrast, appears to laying out US foreign policy to do that now more than ever.

In the ultimate expression of the “world’s policeman” stance of the US, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared today that the United States was prepared to punish all those “who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world.”

The context of Tillerson’s comments was a speech at a memorial to a Nazi massacre, but the broadness of the declaration clearly was intended to go far beyond simply being a reiteration of the US justification for intervention against Nazi Germany in World War 2.

For one, the comment comes just a few days after the United States attacked Syria, over US allegations of a “gas attack” carried out by the Syrian government, but before any sort of international investigation could be carried out on the claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the United States government has just declared itself "Judge, jury, and executioner..." for the entire world?!?

And NOT the US's military might to further US government's geopolitical agenda?!?

I'd laugh at Tillerson's statement...if it wasn't so hard to stop laughing these days!!

Apr 11 12:10

Tillerson Warns Russia: Assad Rule ‘Coming to an End’

On the eve of his visit to Moscow, and in the wake of a Kremlin announcement he won’t be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at all, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson continued to lash Russia publicly for backing the Syrian government, insisting that President Bashar Assad’s rule is “coming to an end.”

Whether thus amounts to a statement of US policy is unclear, as US officials have been send very mixed messages on their stance on Syria, after attacking them last week. Tillerson himself insisted just days ago that Assad’s future was still up to the Syrians, despite having announced before that that the US was in the process of implementing regime change.

Tillerson went on to predict that if Russia refused US demands to abandon Assad, they would effectively become “irrelevant” in the Middle East. This echoes other US officials’ demands that Russia unconditionally abandon Assad, amid ongoing allegations of Russian complicity in a putative gas attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think these threats to Russia are for domestic, rather than Russian, consumption.

Russia is highly unlikely to unwind its position of total support for the Al Assad regime; Tillerson understands that.

But these threats/statements seem to me to be" engineered" to "groom" the US public into accepting a war against both Syria and Russia.

The harsh reality that such a move would be one of the most ham-fistedly pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, and appears to be an act of desperation on the cusp of madness, in a futile attempt to keep the US economy from crashing into the death spasms it can most probably not avoid, given the current "bubbles" in the system which cannot exist for very much longer.

and BTW, look for the draft to be reinstituted, under President Trump's watch.

Apr 11 12:01

Putin to Snub Tillerson as Tensions Spike

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow was shaping up to be an ugly one, tasked with dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin after last week’s US attack on Syria. US-Russia tensions appear to be getting worse so much faster, however, that it has killed the talks entirely.

Kremlin officials now say that Putin has no intention of meeting with Tillerson at all during his visit, and that the only Russian official Tillerson is going to be meeting with is Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Kremlin officials have downplayed the seriousness of this move, insisting a Putin-Tillerson meeting was never officially scheduled in the first place. That’s technically true, but as Tillerson had met Putin in the past, it seemed a foregone conclusion that one would take place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given last week's US military's bombing of the military base in a sovereign country with which the US is not at war, I can understand Putin's reluctance to hold a meeting with Tillerson.

In fact, given the circumstances, I am more than a little astonished that Medvedev would even receive him.

Unfortunately, however, I see this crisis resolving in only one way; a US attack against Syria, which would definitely mean war with Russia.

Apr 11 11:55

Vladimir Putin says US is preparing to bomb Syrian capital and will blame devastation on Bashar-al Assad's forces

The Russian leader made the astonishing claim during a press conference with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella

Putin insisted Russia would tolerate Western criticism of its role in Syria but hoped that attitudes would eventually soften.

But his claims that Russia has information strikes are being planned by the US on the southern Damascus region - the aim of which is to blame the resulting devastation on the subsequently discredited Syrian government - will not go down well in the White House.

When asked whether he expected more US missile strikes on Syria, Putin said: "We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared ... in other parts of Syria including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using (chemical weapons)."

He did not offer any proof for that claim however.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Putin's accusations ultimately prove true, I would hardly be surprised.

Damascus is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, and one of the cradles of early Middle Eastern Christianity.

I am completely distraught at the coming destruction it may have to endure, just so that the US government can get its "war on" here.

Unfortunately, just because a tactic is one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is no guarantee that it won't do it.

A war with Russia over Syria is one of those things.

And with US Presidential advisor Mc Masters cheerleading for a ground war in Syria, (even though President Trump appears to be pushing back on this, at least for the moment), I am very concerned that such a thing might, in fact, happen.

Apr 11 11:45

Dennis Kucinich Asks, ‘Why Are We Helping ISIS?’

Former presidential candidate and United States House of Representatives Member Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is not buying the Trump administration line on the US missile attack last week in Syria. Interviewed at Fox News, Kucinich both rejects the reason offered for the attack and says the attack will help the Islamic State (ISIS), which President Donald Trump has said it is a high priority for the US to counter.

Apr 11 11:39

White House: ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Justifies Strikes Against Those Who ‘Gas Babies’

The White House on Monday insisted that President Donald Trump is still pursuing an “America first” foreign policy after ordering missile strikes on a Syrian airfield where the U.S. believes a chemical weapons attack against civilians originated.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles on Thursday night was a necessary measure to protect Americans.

“I think if you recognize the threat that our country and our people face if there is a growth of use or spread of chemical weapons of mass destruction,” Spicer said, “[then] the proliferation of those, the spread to other groups, is a clear danger to our country and to our people.”

Spicer’s definition of a national security threat is broader than Trump outlined during his presidential campaign. Trump frequently extolled non-interventionist foreign policy, and a belief that Syria should be left alone to resolve its six-year civil war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Spicer, a word, please.

As I type this, the US is thoroughly, and disgustingly, complicit in the war crimes Saudi Arabia is perpetrating on the people of Yemen, under President Trump's watch.

The Saudis have been killing and maiming Yemen's children.

Images: killed and wounded Yemeni children from Saudi bombing raids

Yemeni children are dying from the slow, painful deaths of malnutrition, courtesy to the Saudis having blockaded the Yemeni ports.

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, due to Saudi port blockades

There has been a massive uptick in birth defects, Cancers, and still births in Yemen, courtesy of the Saudi's use of depleted uranium weapons.

Saudi military are using depleted uranium weapons, which has caused a massive spike in cancers, birth defects, and stillbirths in Yemen

Mr. Spicer, I have a very specific question to ask you; in the eyes of President Trump, is some suffering (which can be cynically used to support a geopolitical agenda) "more equal" than other suffering (which President Trump doesn't want the American people to know about), like the continued suffering of Yemeni children due to Saudi assassinations of them; the starvation of kids through the slow, painful death from malnutrition; and the massive birth defects in Yemeni children, due to radiation poisoning in the womb?!?

Because sir, that is precisely what I am seeing here.

Apr 11 11:39

Epic Rant: ‘So Much Winning’ Sure Looks A Lot Like Losing

In this video, Vin Armani delivers an epic rant about Donald Trump’s attack on Syria. “I’m sick of this kind of winning.” You must know by now that it doesn’t matter who you vote for, the state rolls forward. Important message to wake up to the false left-right political paradigm.

Apr 11 11:23

Jackson Browne - Lives in The Balance

Apr 11 11:19

Syrian Army Reportedly Drops Barrel Bombs Hours After U.S. Warned It Not To

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian government warplanes dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held areas of Hama province on Tuesday, a day after the United States said their use could lead to further U.S. strikes in Syria.

A Syrian military source denied the Observatory report and said the army did not use barrel bombs - drums or cylinders packed with explosives and shrapnel that cause indiscriminate destruction on the ground.

The United States fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base last week in response to a poison gas attack on a town in northwestern Syria which Washington says was carried out by government forces. The government denies responsibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ( a front for western intelligence, run out of the UK) makes such a claim, given its lousy track record, that claim is most probably false.

Unfortunately, the way Trump's advisors have be editing and doctoring the intel he gets, the falseness of such a claim will be no obstacle to to President Trump's bombing Syria again, which can nearly only mean one thing; war with Russia.

Apr 11 11:18

THE US IS PUSHING TO ‘NON-PEACEFUL’ SOLUTION OF THE SYRIAN CONFLICT

Last week, the US Navy launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Ash Sha’irat military airfield operated by the Syrian Air Force near the city of Homs. The launch followed a large-scale media campaign aimed at blaming the Assad government for an alleged chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun. The move was described by the mainstream media as a justified response to criminal actions of the Assad regime. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that “steps are underway” on an international coalition to pressure the Syrian president from power. It is worth noting that no investigation was made by the US-led block to confirm these accusations. Despite this, a number of countries, including the UK, Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia expressed their full support to the US military actions.

Apr 11 11:07

Boston Marathon Bomber Denied Extremist Views In FBI Interview

The FBI has released an interview with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, conducted before the 2013 attack. In it, he denied any Islamic extremist views and claimed four mysterious men tried to contact him two years before the bombings.

Apr 11 11:02

IS THERE A NEW U.S. SYRIA POLICY? IS THERE ONE AT ALL?

What does the U.S. administration want with regards to Syria?

The elements were clear just a few days ago. The U.S. would split off the east and set up a Kurdish enclave which it would then occupy with the help of proxy forces. It would use the leverage to push for political regime change in western Syria. Israel would occupy another piece of the Golan.

While that looked somewhat favorable for the U.S. in the short term it was bad long term strategy. U.S. forces in the east would be surrounded by hostiles, cut off from the sea and under permanent guerilla attack from various opposing forces. But it looked at least like a somewhat viable short term way way forward.

The new strategy, which may not be one at all, and the new U.S. commitment is all over the place:

Apr 11 10:54

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: SCHOOLS, BANKS, AND CORPORATIONS DECIDE WHO'S A TERRORIST

Imagine speaking out against the government and being labeled a terrorist. Imagine speaking out against police abuse and being labeled a terrorist. Imagine speaking out against corporate monopolies and being labeled a terrorist.

You can stop imagining it's already happening.

According to a recent article in the VV Daily Press, law enforcement, first responders, banks and schools are labeling people terrorists.

"San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Heather Forsythe, with the department’s Criminal Intelligence Division, said Tuesday that public safety agencies and private sector personnel, such as in education and banking, meet monthly to network, “compare notes” and essentially engage in ever-important information sharing."

The Terrorism Early Warning Group, (TEWG) is made up of 19,000 sheriffs and law enforcement agencies and thousands of private sector personnel, like those in education and banking. (click here to learn more about TEWG.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I, and this site, are most probably on this list.

Forget that we are peace activists (in my case, a Christian pacifist activist, constantly exhorting her government to achieve it s geopolitical goals through moral, hard-won negotiations); forget that our site is fact and logic based.

For the "crime" of not swallowing the government's agenda and narrative whole, and regurgitating it as gospel, such as "Saddam had WMDS"; "Bashar al Assad Gassed his own people"; and "Afghanistan was complicit to 9/11", we are judged by our government to be "terrorists."

This has even affected the ability to get my music programmed, and living on an island, where resources to to fine arts choral music are very limited, that has been ... very difficult.

Apr 11 10:53

DONALD TRUMP IS AN INTERNATIONAL LAW BREAKER

Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie. In the coming days the American people will learn that the Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib. Here is what happened:

Apr 11 10:44

NORTH KOREA STATE MEDIA WARNS OF NUCLEAR STRIKE IF PROVOKED AS U.S. WARSHIPS APPROACH

North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed toward the western Pacific.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished neighbor, said in a Tweet that North Korea was "looking for trouble" and the United States would "solve the problem" with or without China's help.

Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula, with talk of military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last week against Syria and amid concerns the reclusive North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test.

North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the country was prepared to respond to any aggression by the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To China's President Xi Jingping and America's President Trump; gentlemen, a word, please.

What you both need to do, rather than rattling sabres at North Korea, is to get that country's leadership back to the negotiation table, and offer then a true peace treaty, with guarantees on trade, to replace the existing Armistice, with the quid pro quo that North Korea drops its nuclear weapons program to sign on to such a peace treaty.

Of course, such an invitation for peace, rather than the potential for nuclear war, would be ...logical, which means that the White House, State Department, and Pentagon will instantly dismiss it.

And right now, gentlemen, living on a spot that potentially could get hit by a North Korean missile (lobbed from an North Korean submarine), color me more than a little nervous at current American foreign policy toward North Korea at the moment. (Yes, I know; more calcium/magnesium!)

But given the current, and rapid, uptick in tensions, this standoff between North Korea and the US government is about as serious as a heart attack.

Apr 11 10:15

Syria: Trump May Just have Started World War III

It reeks all over of False Flag – Gladio 2 – level ‘world’. But nobody smells it, nobody wants to see it, nobody wants to hear it – and especially, nobody wants to talk about it. The truth cannot be spoken. The attack has to be launched immediately, before any investigation could reveal the truth. That’s the way it’s always been. Kill the witnesses. That’s what Washington and its Zionist masters know best.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump has committed himself to ratchet up attacks every time the White Helmets stage a chemical weapons atrocity that will be blamed on Syria ...Putin has declared he has had enough of this shit .... This can't end well

Apr 11 10:04

Prepare For The Coming War: “It’s Going To Obliterate The Global Financial System… Our Economy Will Not Survive”

You know what’s so tragic about America? Despite all of the wars our nation gets involved in, we’re secretly one of the most peaceful cultures on the planet. We voted for George Bush, because he promised us a non-interventionist foreign policy. We voted for Obama, because he promised to bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. We voted for Trump, because he promised to end the nation building policies of his predecessor.

And that’s the real tragedy. We’ve been voting for peace for nearly 20 years now, and all we get is war.

Apr 11 10:04

Stop-Loss an Option for Air Force to Keep Departing Pilots

Faced with pilots leaving the Air Force in droves for the airlines, top generals are considering the option of forcing some to stay in the service against their will, a senior Air Force general told CQ Roll Call.

Gen. Carlton Everhart, chief of the Air Mobility Command, said in an interview that he and other senior Air Force generals will join Gen. David Goldfein, the service’s chief of staff, alongside representatives of the other armed services, in a meeting with U.S. airline executives May 18 at Andrews Air Force Base.

Apr 11 09:56

Pieczenik Explodes: Issues Warning To Trump, Mattis AND McMaster About Going To War In Syria

America's foremost expert in international affairs, having served under 5 Presidents, instrumental in the Camp David accords, in addition to playing a key role in regime changes around the globe for decades, Dr. Steve Pieczenik exploded with rage on the Alex Jones show yesterday -- warning Trump and his team that war crimes would follow if they pursued a neocon agenda of war in Syria, which the American people do not want.

"This is a warning to our generals, Mcmaster, and others, who think they can do a regime change in Syria. Number one, that will not be possible, not with the military, not with all the forces you have and not with the quality of the soldiers you have, the generals. Any notion of a regime change through force is both absurd or criminal. The issue of Syria and Assad have no national security interests to us at all. This will be an incredible dereliction of duty if we go to war in Syria."

Apr 11 09:50

Syria’s White Helmets: War by Way of Deception – Part I

“The 21st century NGO is becoming, more and more, a key tool serving the imperialist quest of absolute global dominance and exploitation. Global society has been, and continues to be, manipulated to believe that NGOs are representative of “civil society” (a concept promoted by corporations in the first place). This misplaced trust has allowed the “humanitarian industrial complex” to ascend to the highest position: the missionaries of deity – the deity of the empire.”

Apr 11 09:47

Russia sends more warships to Assad-controlled port of Tartus

Two Steregushchiy-class corvettes, ocean tug and a fleet oiler leave Kaliningrad to join the missile-armed Admiral Grigorovich in Mediterranean as tensions between Russia and US grow

Apr 11 09:41

Robert Kennedy Jr: Syria Is Another Proxy Oil War

Robert Kennedy Jr. has bravely exposed how the Syrian invasion by the Trump administration is yet another proxy oil war.

Apr 11 09:33

Global Tensions Nudge Gold Higher

Gold is bumping up against the 200-day moving average this morning, as geopolitical tensions remain supportive. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on his way to Russia, where the Syrian situation is likely to be high on the agenda. Tillerson has been aggressive in his comments on Russian compliance in the Syrian chemical attack. The U.S. battle group sailing towards the Koran peninsula has created warnings from North Korea of catastrophic consequences. Capital has flowed into the yen as the perceived safe haven carry trade and the weakening of the dollar has also lent some support to the metals complex.

Apr 11 09:07

Leon Panetta talks Russia, Syria, and the "red line" in North Korea

Panetta also weighed in on North Korea, and what would be a “red line” in that deteriorating situation. After noting that April 15 is the birthday of the nation’s founder and that they tend to do something “provocative” on that day, he went on discuss the one thing he thinks the U.S. couldn’t tolerate.

“[The real concern here would be that as they continue to develop their ICBM capacity that they try to test an ICBM,” Panetta said. “And that they’re crazy enough to put a miniaturized nuclear weapon at the top of that ICBM in order to test it. Not necessarily to attack but to test it. I think if we see that, if intelligence presents that kind of scenario, that would be very dangerous in terms of the United States in that region and I think would indeed cross the line in dealing with North Korea.”

Apr 11 08:50

Shock report as high level source reveals Syrian chemical weapons attack was a false flag

(INTELLIHUB) — President Donald Trump’s attack on a Syrian Air Force base in response to a chemical weapons attack inside the war torn country was based on a lie, according to a shocking new report by an anonymous high level source.

Apr 11 08:42

TRUMP, AND SYRIA: A RANT

It’s difficult for me to write this blog, not because I came late, and reluctantly, to support the Trump candidacy, but rather because in the cloud of bitterness, sadness, and outrage over the missile attacks on Syria, it’s difficult for me to articulate the full spectrum of my reasons, let alone my anger and sense of complete betrayal. In a nutshell, it appears to me that Mr. Trump is within a few decimal points of full-scale, Hillary Clinton type megalomania and insanity, and has succumbed to the same evil spirit that seems to infest all of Washington and America’s national political class. Those are strong words, and I mean every one of them in full measure (and particularly that part about the evil spirit infesting and investing Washington). And I’m just getting started.

Apr 11 08:41

Syria and North Korea: Two Steps in Trump's War on China?

According to American media, the Donald Trump Administration has sent an aircraft carrier battle group to the Korean coast. Reuters has cited a source in the White House asserting that, in so doing, the US is responding to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s nuclear program’s ballistic missile testing. Naturally, the question arises: does the White House not want to repeat what has been done in Syria in the case with North Korea? Let’s discuss this.

I originally argued that one of the key objectives of the attack on Syria was a show of force for Trump’s negotiations with Xi Jinping, who was in the US at the time. Of course, the domestic political situation as well as the desire to reverse the situation in the Syrian conflict and demonstrate a show of force to Russia also played a role, but let us once and for all abandon the idea that the world revolves around us. There’s no need to turn into Ukrainians.

Apr 11 08:39

Every time John McCain makes secret trips to Syria, chemical weapon attacks follow

On April 4th, 2017 a suspicious chemical attack in an Idlib province prompted US President Trump to launch missiles at Syria. McCain applauded the action and urged for more.

McCain has an uncanny talent to show up in places rife with geo-political tension, and upon McCain’s departure conflict cranks up to deadly levels. Coincidence?

Apr 11 08:29

'It's No Coincidence': Pentagon Attacks Syria After Bannon's Removal From NSC

It's no accident that the Pentagon launched an unprecedented airstrike against Damascus hours after President Donald Trump removed White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, Cornell Clayton, Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute of Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, asserted.

The analyst told Radio Sputnik that Bannon's presence on the council designed to advise the US president on national security and foreign policy matters was "always an anomaly," adding that his primary task was to "make sure that the NSC was de-operationalized."

Apr 11 08:27

New evidence Saudi-led coalition is using banned cluster bombs in Yemen - HRW

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Guess who gave the Saudis those illegal weapons!

Apr 11 07:53

BEXALERT: U.S. says strike hits 20 percent of Syria's operational aircraft

What a joke. More lies.It was a salvage and repair base.Most of the CM's didn't even make it to the target and of those that did,about half chewed up the grass around the field.

The U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base last week damaged or destroyed 20 percent of Syria's operational aircraft, as well as fuel and ammunition sites and air defense capabilities, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday.

"The Syrian government has lost the ability to refuel or re-arm aircraft at Shayrat airfield and at this point, use of the runway is of idle military interest," Mattis said in a statement.

Apr 11 05:38

North Korea Threatens U.S. With Nuclear Attack At Any Sign Of Pre-Emptive Strike

With the USS Carl Vinson carrier group steaming toward the Korean peninsula for what some speculate may be to launch a "decapitation" strike on the Kim Jong-Un regime, on Tuesday North Korean state media threatened the US with a nuclear attack at any sign of a U.S. pre-emptive strike, and warned it is ready for "war" as Washington tightened the screws on the nuclear-armed state.

Apr 10 16:53

Unusual Navy Patrol Sparks Fear Of Foreign Sub Off California Coast

Anti-submarine aircraft have been loitering over the same area off the California coast for hours, which is fueling speculation that a Russian – or a North Korean – submarine was spotted in the area.

Apr 10 15:22

Beware the Dogs of War: Is the American Empire on the Verge of Collapse?

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. — James Madison

Apr 10 15:10

Chemical Attack In Idlib: Duplication Of Scenario In Eastern Ghouta

On April 7, two U.S. Navy battle ships USS Porter (DDG-78) and USS Ross launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at al-Shayrat military airfield in Syria’s Homs province from the Eastern Mediterranean. The U.S. strikes particularly targeted the main landing strip, aircraft, radio locators, air defense system and fuel stations.

Apr 10 12:51

Our Nuclear Folly

The well-established assumption that North Korea is our most difficult and dangerous foreign policy challenge is worth a little dispassionate examination.

Apr 10 12:50

War In The Gulf (No, Not That Gulf!)

It’s war in the Gulf and the U.S. Navy is on hand to protect us. No, not that Gulf! I’m talking about the Gulf of Alaska and it’s actually mock war — if, that is, you don’t happen to be a fin whale or a wild salmon.

Apr 10 12:44

Trump orders his generals 'give me options for taking out Kim's nukes' and tells military to prepare to 'remove North Korean threat'

President Trump has asked advisers to be ready with a list of 'options' to put an end to North Korea's nuclear threat.

Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster said on Sunday that the Commander in Chief has put his security team on notice as a U.S. carrier strike group heads for the region.

He did not say what options Trump will be presented with, though many believe pre-emptive strikes will be among them.

Apr 10 12:09

Analysis of evidence contradicts allegations on Syrian gas attacks

For three years now, it’s been alleged and that Syrian government forces have systematically used helicopters to drop chlorine gas on civilians in rebel-held areas of the country. Amid repeated efforts to impose new sanctions on Syria over the widely accepted charges, another reminder was dropped on March 25: a direct chlorine attack on an underground hospital in Hama province was said to kill at least two, including a surgeon, Dr. Ali Darwish (photo at right). [1]

Apr 10 12:06

Not going to put up posts......

unless I can find the original link. Al Masdar reported the story about the communique in Arabic saying it was from joint command centers. It talked about the US trying to separate Northern Syria and Northern Iraq from their respective countries.We know the US is doing that. We know the Russians have cut off the air force hotline.We know the Russians are going to beef up Syria's air defense system to stop further US incursions. If they do and the US strikes Syria again and does it with piloted aircraft,some US pilots will die,be wounded and or captured. Usually you can find a link or source to track back to. This is highly unusual.
On Al Masdar the story is credited to their reporter, Paul Antonopoulos.
I think this maybe a plausable denial thinly veiled heads up to Trump from the anti-terror coalition,but who knows?

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/russia-iran-hezbollah-military-le...

Apr 10 12:05

Scott Adams: Trusting Your Government in a Time of War

President Trump’s critics and supporters agree on one thing: Our new president has a history of “stretching” the truth whenever there is some advantage in doing so, and sometimes even when there is not. You might say he is famous for playing loose with the facts. We all expect a high degree of “hyperbole” from President Trump, to put it kindly. He gets away with it because barely-enough Americans believe his intentions are in line with America’s best interests.

The odd exception to our universal understanding of President Trump’s mode of operation is his claim that he is totally certain Assad was responsible for the chemical attack on his own people last week. The President’s critics and most of his supporters believe President Trump when he suggests that our military can track any plane in Syria and know what that plane did to whom.

Do you believe that?

Apr 10 12:03

South Korean Paper Reports China Has Deployed 150,000 Troops To North Korea Border

While the catalyst is unclear, it appears the market dropped as headlines of further sanctions against Russia appeared and reports of China deploiying 150,000 troops to its North Korea border.

According to Korean news agency Chosun, the "Chinese army has deployed about 150,000 troops to the North Korean border in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances." The reason: the prospect of "military options", such as preemptive attacks on North Korea, like the one the United States launched on Syria.

More Google translated:

As the United States announced its independent North Korean behavior and moved the United States Navy's nuclear-powered Calvinus (CVN-70) carrier class to Singapore, the Chinese army has deployed about 150,000 troops in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports from the Korean agency Chosun, are true, the "message" he gave Chinese President Xi Jinping, by coordinating the strike against Syria right at the very moment President Jinping was his guest at Mar A Lago, was utterly the wrong one.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are for a US-driven war with China over North Korea right now, but I would say, they are probably no looking to shabby right now.

Apr 10 11:52

Trump, Saudi Arabia and the War on Yemen

On April 2nd, The Yemen News Agency (SABA) reported that US-Saudi war planes struck several targets including private and public properties across several provinces in Yemen:

The US-Saudi aggression war planes continued heinous strikes against citizens, causing heavy damage to private and public properties in several provinces over the past hours, a military official told Saba on Sunday. The warplanes waged 12 strikes on Haradh district of Hajja province and three other strikes on Serwah district of Mareb province, as well waged six raids on Kamaran island in Hodeida province

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the heck has Iran done, in light of the reality it has not started a war in over 200 years?!?

Iran is not the threat in the Middle East; Israel and Saudi Arabia are the threats to the region, period, end of discussion.

That the US government is still complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, after the "regime change" which brought us President Trump, confounds and disappoints me more than I can articulate.

The Saudis are slaughtering civilians; starving children to death through malnutrition, because of the blockade of Yemeni ports; and using depleted uranium weapons on the Yemeni population, which is leading to massive spikes in cancers, still births, and horrific deformities in newborn children.

But apparently, in the mind of President Trump, some war crimes (like the chemical attack in Syria) are more equal than others, like those I have mentioned above.

Apr 10 11:43

The West and Its Allies Seek to Install the “Black Flag of Terrorism” Over Syria

The recent false flag terror attack in Idlib Syria recalls an earlier massacre by NATO forces on September 17, 2016 when Coalition warplanes attacked Syria Arab Army positions at al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor.

Each attack was for the benefit of ISIS terrorists. The direct attack on SAA soldiers at al-Tharda Mountain allowed ISIS terrorists to quickly occupy the strategic location, and the recent false flag attack provided a fake pretext for the U.S to launch a (poorly planned and executed) attack on the Shayrat air base — a facility used by the SAA to attack ISIS positions.

In fact, the entire terrorist infrastructure is strengthened with each and every initiative taken by the West and its extremist allies against the legitimate, elected, secular, socially-oriented, Syrian government.

Illegal sanctions, described recently by U.S Congressman Dennis Kucinich at the EuroCSE conference, as “war by other means”, also serve to advance terrorist capabilities.

Apr 10 11:40

Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria — and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation

Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the process in a big way by ordering a missile attack on Russia’s close ally Syria. In the aftermath of the attack, the cheerleading from U.S. mass media was close to unanimous, and the assault won lots of praise on Capitol Hill. Finally, the protracted and fervent depictions of Trump as a Kremlin tool were getting some tangible results.

At this point, the anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe. The world’s two nuclear superpowers are in confrontation mode.

It’s urgent to tell ourselves and each other: Wake up!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian President Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev, a word please.

Gentlemen, I would like to assure you that no thinking American I know wishes to go to war with your country.

In my case, I am a Christian Activist Pacifist/Witness, consistently exhorting my government to achieve its geopolitical goals through hard-won, moral diplomacy, rather than war.

I am utterly appalled at what the US President ordered to be done in Syria last week, and pray for all those killed and injured, as well as those who were killed and injured in the St. Petersburg blast.

Although President Trump is the country's president, and we allegedly have a Congress which is supposed to represent the will of the American people, all I see, from the presstitutes to the fawning members of Congress who saw the strike as "Presidential" to "the utterly right thing to do", is that my will, which can best be articulated as the concept of peace through trade, was not represented at all.

One of the most crucial personality traits of an excellent leader is that of restraint; and whether President Trump is getting manipulated intel data, or whether he is getting blackmailed in some way, the man demonstrated, last Thursday, that he has no restraint whatsoever.

I am watching the "crawl" from "Faux News", and they are claiming that a CBS poll claims that most Americans polled approved of these airstrikes.

I would strongly suspect that the poll was either "push polling", i.e., polling a specific demographic (Brooklyn, maybe?!?), where the pollsters can be certain of a a specific outcome, or that they were polling the criminally insane.

Apr 10 11:23

Make America Neocon Again

By Gilad Atzmon

It doesn’t take a military analyst to grasp that the American attack on a remote Syrian airfield contradicts every possible military rationale. If America really believed that Assad possessed a WMD stockpile and kept it in al-Shayrat airbase, launching a missile attack that could lead to a release of lethal agents into the air would be the last thing it would do. If America was determined to ‘neutralise’ Assad’s alleged ‘WMD ability’ it would deploy special forces or diplomacy. No one defuses WMD with explosives, bombs or cruise missiles. It is simply unheard of.

America targeted al-Shayrat because it knew with certainty that there were no WMD in that location. It was a firework show. It had no military objective.

Apr 10 11:20

Wag The Dog — How Al Qaeda Played Donald Trump And The American Media

Normally, such major policy change could only be explained by a new reality driven by verifiable facts. The alleged chemical weapons attack against Khan Sheikhoun was not a new reality; chemical attacks had been occurring inside Syria on a regular basis, despite the international effort to disarm Syria’s chemical weapons capability undertaken in 2013 that played a central role in forestalling American military action at that time. International investigations of these attacks produced mixed results, with some being attributed to the Syrian government (something the Syrian government vehemently denies), and the majority being attributed to anti-regime fighters, in particular those affiliated with Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: President Trump went off absolutely half-cocked, with this bombing run on a Syrian military base, because he had no definitive evidence as to who actually perpetrated this chemical poisoning in Syria.

And now, his national security advisor, Mc Masters is attempting to sell him on a pre-emptive full-on invasion of Syria, which will most likely mean war with Russia.

This is about as insane as any foreign policy suggestion as any I have heard over the years, and ultimately, cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

If the US and Russia blow each other to bloody bits, it will be Israel who will be the benefactor of such mutual destruction, because it will leave Israel in control of all the Middle East's oil.

So, as is the mantra at WRH, don't panic; please plan.

Apr 10 11:09

U.S. TO ACCUSE RUSSIA OF COMPLICITY IN SYRIAN CHEMICAL ATTACK

Tillerson: Moscow 'clearly failed in its responsibility' to eliminate Assad's arsenal

Apr 10 11:04

FLASHBACK - Top Journalist Says Hillary Approved Sending Sarin to Rebels Used to Frame Assad, Start Syrian War

World renowned journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed, in a series of interviews and books, that the Obama Administration falsely blamed the government of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for the sarin gas attack that Obama was trying to use as an excuse to invade Syria.

As Eric Zuesse explained in Strategic Culture, Hersh pointed to a report from British intelligence saying that the sarin that was used didn’t come from Assad’s stockpiles. Hersh also said that a secret agreement in 2012 was reached between the Obama Administration and the leaders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, to set up a sarin gas attack and blame it on Assad so that the US could invade and overthrow Assad.

Apr 10 10:56

Trump's National Security Advisor Planning 'Full-Scale War' in Syria

According to independent journalist Mike Cernovich, National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster is trying to get Trump to sign off on a plan that would put 150,000 US troops on the ground in Syria.

According to Cernovich:

Current National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond “H. R.” McMaster is manipulating intelligence reports given to President Donald Trump, Cernovich Media can now report. McMaster is plotting how to sell a massive ground war in Syria to President Trump with the help of disgraced former CIA director and convicted criminal David Petraeus, who mishandled classified information by sharing documents with his mistress.

As NSA, McMaster’s job is to synthesize intelligence reports from all other agencies. President Trump is being given an inaccurate picture of the situation in Syria, as McMaster is seeking to involve the U.S. in a full scale war in Syria.

The McMaster-Petraeus plan calls for 150,000 American ground troops in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this gentleman become foaming-at-the- mouth, barking dog mad, to make such a suggestion?!?

I think the big thing McMaster needs to explain to the American people, who, most likely will see their sons and daughters drafted, slaughtered, and maimed for life, as the result of such an invasion is, how he expects Putin's government to respond to such an invasion of Syria?!?

I am not a betting woman, but were I, I would not bet that Putin and the Russian Duma will, thank you very much, sit quietly, humming "Kumbya", and do nothing, should such a US invasion happen.

Apr 10 10:54

Sanders calls on Trump to come to Congress over Syria strikes

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday said President Trump did not have the authority to launch missile strikes on the Syrian regime and called on the president to seek approval from Congress before any other actions.

“I think he has got to come to the United States Congress. I think he has got to explain to us what his long-term goals are,” Sanders told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Trump last week ordered the U.S. military to conduct missile strikes on a Syrian airfield believed to be the launching point of a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 70 civilians. The United States has placed blame for the attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Apr 10 10:53

McCain Made Secret Trip to Syria to Meet U.S. Military, Anti-Assad Rebels

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) made a trip to northern Syria to visit U.S. military forces and Kurdish fighters and to discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State (ISIS), his office said on February 22.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't his job in Arizona?

Apr 10 10:47

3/31/17 Arnaldo Claudio on National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster’s human rights violations of Iraqis in 2005

Podcast:

Arnaldo Claudio, a retired senior US Military Police officer, discusses his 2005 investigation of human rights abuses of detainees in Tal Afar, in a camp commanded by then-Colonel H.R. McMaster, whom Claudio threatened to arrest. According to Claudio, detainees were kept in overcrowded conditions, handcuffed, deprived of food and water, and soiled by their own urine and feces. A so-called “good behavior program” was implemented by McMaster, that held detainees indefinitely (beyond a rule requiring release after 2 weeks) unless they provided “actionable intelligence.”

Apr 10 10:43

Sleepwalking toward World War III… like clockwork, the next 25-year cycle of mass human suffering and death begins NOW

America has become a zombie nation of hypnotized, socially-obedient conformist who are so disconnected from reality that when the bombs start falling, they won’t have any idea how they’ve been programmed to celebrate it all. Heavily dosed with medication, fluoride and heavy metals in vaccines, the American masses have become sleepwalking automatons… conformist consumers of hilariously fictional propaganda parading around as “real news” on CNN, which has now resorted to displaying staged photos of maimed children to invoke the necessary reactionary emotional support to demand WAR.

Apr 10 10:38

US Vows to Keep Pressure on Syria as Hawks Urge More Attacks

Following Thursday’s missile attacks against Syria, the Trump Administration has vowed to keep the pressure up against the Syrian government, though exactly what that means means uncertain, with officials sending mixed signals on whether they’re going to militarily impose regime change on Syria or not.

In the meantime, they can expect to hear non-stop heckling from various hawks, demanding more attacks and more aggression as a matter of course, and insisting anything short of that would be taken as a sign of weakness by the international community.

And where there is hawkish sentiment to be expressed, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC) won’t be far behind. Graham today insisted that by continuing to carry out airstrikes from the base the United States attacked, Syria was telling President Trump “F you.” He went on to demand 5,000 to 6,000 US ground troops be sent to Syria, both to wipe out ISIS and then to impose regime change therein.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please.

Is there even a plan here, post-bombing, and punishing the wrong people for what they did hot do?!?

Because if there is not a plan, there really needs to be an adult in the room, in the bowels of power in DC, who understands all the ramifications of the bombing, and where, reasonably, the US can (and morally, should) go from here.

The US military has just bombed the assets of a sovereign nation, against which it has not declared war, and this has been done through executive order only, when Congress is Constitutionally given the power to declare war.

And Senator Graham, where are these 5,000 to 7,000 troops you are insisting Trump send to Syria, going to come from, please?!?

The US military is already overstretched to the max, in terms of troop strength, so President Trump would have to pull them from somewhere else, to deploy them inside Syria.

Senator Graham knows that such a move will most probably mean war with Russia, but absolutely doesn't give a damn about the price in blood and money which will have to be spent to get such a war going.

One has to wonder just how much of Senator Graham's portfolio is invested in the military/industrial complex.

Senator Lindsey Graham's net worth is $3 million dollars

Such a war would almost immediately necessitate the reintroduction of a military draft.

Apr 10 10:31

Make America Neocon Again

It doesn’t take a military analyst to grasp that the American attack on a remote Syrian airfield contradicts every possible military rationale. If America really believed that Assad possessed a WMD stockpile and kept it in al-Shayrat airbase, launching a missile attack that could lead to a release of lethal agents into the air would be the last thing it would do. If America was determined to ‘neutralise’ Assad’s alleged ‘WMD ability’ it would deploy special forces or diplomacy. No one defuses WMD with explosives, bombs or cruise missiles. It is simply unheard of.

Apr 10 10:25

M. Zakharova on SWEDHR's analysis of White-Helmets videos in The Indicter

Apr 10 10:22

"Bombs don't make peace!" Germany's Die Linke Party NOT lining up with MerkHollande

"The international law-breaking US rocket attack puts Syria farther away from a peaceful solution and has ISIS rejoicing. The situation right now is a tinderbox and threatens to get completely out of control at any moment. A peaceful solution for Syria can only happen with the US and Russia under the close integration of the UN Security Council."

As Fort Russ readers know, Merkel and Hollande (now and forever after to be known as Merkhollande) issued a joint statement that Assad was to blame for the US rocket attack. Yesterday we posted some French dissenting voices, today, this one for a strong German voice of dissent.

Apr 10 10:20

Tillerson: Russia “Failed” to Keep Syria in Line

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Russia was partially responsible for the devastating chemical attack launched by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Shortly after the U.S. destroyed a Syrian airbase with a round of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles, Tillerson told reporters that Russia had not done enough to keep the nation’s chemical weapons under lock and key.

Apr 10 10:14

Trump administration warns North Korea against provocation

Pivoting off what the White House considers a successful U.S. missile strike in Syria, the Trump administration sent a not-so-subtle message Sunday to North Korea: Don’t risk being next.

With growing signs that Pyongyang may be preparing a sixth nuclear test, a U.S. aircraft carrier strike force near Singapore was diverted north toward the Korean peninsula, President Trump spoke to leaders in Tokyo and Seoul, and senior administration officials made pointed note of the “full range of options” available to counter threats to the United States or its allies.

The sudden flurry of action centering on North Korea comes on the heels of Trump’s summit in Florida on Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders publicly played down their economic and political disputes and addressed their common interest in reining in North Korea’s mercurial leader, Kim Jong Un.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

the headline says it all: "Trump administration warns North Korea against provocation".

But who's sending a carrier group into North Korea's back yard?!?

If that kind of a deployment isn't "confrontation", I don't know what is!!

And folks, I don't know for certain what kind of "misdirection" the Trump White House is going to take soon; whether it will be military confrontation with North Korea, or a decap strike against Al-Assad in Syria, but there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain; something wicked this way comes.

As Mike and I have stated, innumerable times; don't panic - be prepared.

There is a website toward which I am pointing you today. I am on this lady's email list, and I have found that what she has to say about prepping is very valuable.

Her name is Daisy Luther, and here is her website.

The Organic Prepper

And yes, there will be some resources offered for sale here, but that doesn't bother me. The information is intelligently put together, and concise.

Apr 10 10:12

French editorial: "Trump has just made his first major international mistake"

One can understand that Donald Trump felt emotional seeing these small bodies killed by sarin gas. But didn't he act too quickly, shooting off his Tomahawk fire at the Syrian military airport in Shayrat? Didn't he thus contradict his desire not to have America play the gendarme of the world? Had he not infringed the sovereignty of a country whose president he had defended a few days before?

One can fear the worst, if he were to take up a desire for retribution or revenge by triggering the nuclear fire of which he is the only one to possess the key! That he reacted so with Merkel and Holland, but with Putin's total disapproval, could be pardoned if he were assured that it was the Syrian air force that bombarded the town of Khan Sheikhun with chemical weapons.

Apr 10 10:11

Is World War 3 Coming? 18 Preppers Discuss Effects, Shortages, and How to Get Ready

Last week was tense as far as international relations go. We’re standing in a big puddle of gasoline and hoping that no one decides to light a cigarette because if they do, we’ll all go up in flames.

When there are missiles involved and talk of sending over ground troops, it isn’t a stretch of the imagination to believe that the current proxy war between the United States and Russia could turn into the real deal: World War III.

How would you even begin to prepare for this?

If the conflict never reached American soil, there would still be dramatic changes in the way we live right now. Not only would the threat of violence be hanging over our heads – when will an attack happen and will my area be targeted? – but there would be serious economic and supply ramifications.

In this article, 18 preppers share their thoughts on the effects, the shortages, and what we can do NOW to get prepared should the situation erupt.

Apr 10 10:10

Poodle Trump Runs With Dogs of War

So the brash, big-mouth tycoon in the White House with an outsized ego has finally unleashed the dogs of war in Syria.

Invoking God and the suffering of “little babies”, the supposed US Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump ordered the bombing of Syria with cruise missiles launched from warships in the Mediterranean

But the upshot is this: Trump is acting like an obedient poodle going along with the Machiavellian American power system. Invoking God and suffering babies is just a shallow moral cover for his complicity in another US criminal act – in a countless list of such crimes down through history.

To save his political skin and no doubt lucrative future business opportunities for his dynasty, Trump has donned the cap of Commander-in-Chief and is groveling before the American war machine.

He is handing over an “official” license for war in Syria that the American Deep State has been craving for years.

Apr 10 10:09

American people doomed to perpetual warfare

Following Trump's election, Bashar al-Assad said he and Trump would be "natural allies," assuming he commits himself to fighting terrorists and not building up the American Empire. But he didn't get his hopes up, "because the U.S. administration does not relate to the president alone but relates to different forces within this administration." Assad was, in other words, afraid that the old foreign-policy establishment would slither back into the halls of power and keep us engaged in our Wars of Democracy.

Alas, he may have been right.

Apr 10 10:08

Trump’s Base Revolts Against Syria Strike

President Trump’s former enemies in the mainstream media, which he has characterized as purveyors of “fake news,” turned on a dime the moment he bombed Syria: the Establishment was thrilled that, suddenly, he was acting “presidential.” CNN, a particular target of the President’s ire, was gushing: NBC’s Brian Williams, in a bizarre turn of phrase, hailed the “beauty” of the bombing, which killed a number of civilians. Democratic party politicians, with few exceptions, stood at attention and saluted, while Trump’s Republican critics – notably John McCain and Lindsey Graham – praised the President while taking the opportunity to agitate for more extensive military action.

Apr 10 10:06

US Intel Chiefs Urge Trump to Assassinate Kim, Other North Korea Leaders

On Friday, reports were emerging that one of the big “options” being advanced was for the United States to start deploying nuclear weapons into South Korea, a move which would both confront North Korea, and doubtless be seen as a massive provocation by nearby China.

But there’s always an escalation beyond every escalation, and US intelligence chiefs appear to have settled heavily on one, pushing the idea that the United States should just outright assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and also kill a number of other senior leaders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kim will no doubt set up a "dead man" switch for himself, in which his assassination automatically launches whatever working weapons he actually has in all directions.

Apr 10 10:05

WaPo Urges Aggression & Regime Change in Syria

The neocon Washington Post is a virtual CIA house organ. Its reporting and opinions reflect Langley’s diabolical agenda.

Extremist Robert Kagan co-founded the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) - now called the Foreign Policy Institute (FPI), its sinister agenda unchanged, promoting endless wars of aggression for unchallenged US global dominance.

In a WaPo opinion piece, he called for more aggression on Syria as part of US “military strategy to rebalance the situation in (the country) in America’s favor.”

He urged establishing a no-fly zone, grounding Syria’s air force, arming anti-government terrorists more than already, and ousting Assad - a virtual declaration of war on Russia if these policies are instituted.

Kagan: “The United States’ commitment to such a course will have to be clear enough to deter the Russians from attempting to disrupt it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a plan.

Let's take all those who want a war with Russia, give them guns and parachutes, and drop them on Moscow.

Those of us who do NOT want war with Russia stay home.

All in favor, say 'Aye!' :)

Apr 10 10:03

US Had Not Warned Russia Prior to Attack on Syria Through Political Channels

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that the United States did not warn Russia prior to launching its missile strike on the base of the Syrian Air Force, and instead informed Moscow only through military channels.

Apr 10 09:51

Syria: Mother, Six Children Killed in US-Led Airstrike on Ferry across Euphrates River

A woman and her six children were killed after their boat moving across the Euphrates River came under the US-led coalition air raid in Western Raqqa, media sources said.
The Arabic desk of RT reported that residents of Sho'ayb al-Zekr village West of al-Tabaqa city found bodies of the seven-member family whose boat was targeted and sunk in the Euphrates River as it was moving towards regions controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Other sources added that the mother and her six children were killed after their boat sank near Debsi Faraj village West of al-Tabaqa.

Meantime, media activists also reported that another boat carrying over 40 people, mostly women and children, that had left ISIL-held regions near Debsi Faraj for SDF-controlled region was also targeted and sank.

There is yet no report on the fate of those ferrying across the river on the boat.

Apr 10 09:48

PETER OBORNE: Theresa May is at risk of copying Blair's poodle-like subservience to America and I don't share the Foreign Office hawks' joy over the US missile attack

Ever since the start of the terrible Syrian conflict six years ago, the British Government has wanted Western military intervention to help get rid of President Bashar al Assad.

But this policy seemed to have failed. Assad appeared close to winning the war, as Trump acknowledged last week when his Press secretary said that Assad staying was a ‘political reality that we have to accept’.

But then came Tuesday’s dreadful chemical attack on the village of Khan Sheikhoun in north-west Syria.

Instantly, the British and American governments blamed Assad for the horror, and within 72 hours the U.S. launched a revenge missile assault on the airbase from which the chemical attack was believed to have been launched.

The exultation in Whitehall at this turnaround of events is all the greater because it marks such an extraordinary volte-face by Donald Trump. For it is less than three months since he took office and pledged non-intervention in Syria.

Apr 10 09:35

You Can’t Fight a War Without a Scorecard

You cannot win this war. It is as simple as that. And this Pollyanna notion that these folks are itching for democracy, fast food chains, Big Box stores, and stupid American movies and music is naïve at best.

Apr 10 09:34

‘$64 question: Where is US evidence Assad behind Idlib chemical attack?’

The US says its missile strike on the Syrian airbase was in retaliation for the chemical attack in Idlib province which killed scores of civilians on Tuesday. However, Damascus firmly rejects any involvement.

America's UN envoy Nikki Haley held up images, purporting to show child victims of the chemical incident. She said it bears all the hallmarks of the Assad regime's use of chemicals.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that no probe into Syrian government involvement in the Idlib attack had been conducted yet. Spokesperson Maria Zakharova pointed out that, despite the US calling for an investigation, the country then went on to destroy the planes they wanted to investigate, adding that it has nothing to do with establishing the truth.

Apr 10 09:14

Luring Trump Into Mideast Wars

Donald Trump entered military terra incognita on Thursday by launching an illegal Tomahawk missile strike on an air base in eastern Syria. Beyond the clear violation of international law, the practical results are likely to be disastrous, drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syrian quagmire.

Apr 10 09:10

Bomb the Usual Arabs

It seems that every new US president has to prove his machismo…or make his bones, as wiseguys say…by bombing the usual Arabs. By now, it’s almost a rite of passage. The American public loves it.

Apr 10 09:01

AN UNHINGED MCCAIN CALLS FOR MORE WAR IN SYRIA, SAYS RUSSIA IS GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES

John McCain was on Face the Nation today, getting his neocon on, discussing the next steps that needed to be taken in Syria -- dealing with Assad.

He approved of the President's strikes -- calling it a good 'first step.' But, he wants MOAR -- accusing both Syria and Russia of war crimes, in addition to blaming Assad for the rise of ISIS. You cannot make this stuff up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senator Mc Cain is a complete embarrassment to the people of Arizona, and I would suspect that his consistency in getting re-elected has much to do with both his value to the American Deep State, and some really intensive vote-rigging.

Mc Cain's personal fortune is well-documented.

Senator John Mc Cain's net worth is 21 million dollars

Now, that's an investment that needs to be tended to.

So I have to wonder; how much of this is invested in the military/industrial complex?!?

We will never really know,because, unfortunately, Congressional representatives do not have to put their financial affairs into a blind trust as does the President.

But frankly, Senator Mc Cain has NEVER met a potential war he didn't absolutely love!!

Apr 10 08:48

G7 'Unlikely to Support' US-UK Push to Slap More Sanctions on Russia

G7 countries will likely reject the UK Foreign Secretary's latest call to tighten sanctions against Moscow, Russian political analyst Alexey Zudin told Sputnik.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mostly because the G7 realize that the original "Assad gassed his own people" doesn't make any sense, that the US always lies to start wars of aggression, and the sanctions have proven to cause more harm to Europe than to Russia.

Apr 10 08:47

YEMEN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS WORSE THAN SYRIA; WITH US ASSISTANCE, SAUDI STARVING YEMEN: PORTER

By February 2016, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as a result of the Saudi blockade was already worse than Syria’s. The UN Security Council had a series of meetings about humanitarian access in both Syria and Yemen, and the members of the Council agreed that resolutions should guarantee humanitarian access — the ability to get food and other humanitarian assistance — to those in need in both countries. But once again, after the Saudis intervened with the United States and its European allies to oppose such a resolution on Yemen, the idea was dropped.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is what the US enabled Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports is creating:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition due to Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports

I would like to politely remind President Trump, who has just signed off on more weapons for Saudi Arabia President Trump signs off on more weapons for Saudi Arabia and Bahrainthat death by malnutrition is one of the cruelest forms of child abuse imaginable, right up there with being poisoned in the womb through the use of depleted uranium weapons (as the Saudis are using in Yemen).

But hey; American weapons manufactures are making a KILLING (literally and figuratively) with the weapons they are selling to Saudi Arabia, so who cares, right, Mr. President?!?

Profits, profits uber alles, right, President Trump?!?

Apr 10 08:38

10 Facts Regarding The US Strike On Syria

First, you’ll never get to the truth if you think this attack was merely a response to an alleged chemical attack, or if you think this is an issue of whether the US should get involved in another Middle East conflict or not. This is only a single episode in a long process the US and its allies have been taking to destroy stable Arab states for Israel while containing and trying to defeat Russia and its allies.

Apr 10 08:35

ANOTHER JOLLY LITTLE WAR

It seems that every new US president has to prove his machismo…or make his bones, as wiseguys say…by bombing the usual Arabs. By now, it’s almost a rite of passage. The American public loves it.

So we just saw the US launch 59 or 60 $1.5million apiece cruise missiles at a western Syrian airfield to express President Trump’s outrage caused by seeing injured children allegedly caused by a Syrian government toxic gas attack.

But what, Mr. President, about all those Iraqi, Syrian and Afghan babies killed by US B-52 and B-1 heavy bombers? Or the destruction of the defiant Iraqi city of Fallujah where the US used forbidden white phosphorus that burns right to the bone?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As far as I can tell, the American public has fallen out of love for war and bloodshed, especially war and bloodshed justified with obvious lies.

Apr 10 08:35

CHENEY, ROTHSCHILD, AND FOX NEWS’ MURDOCH VIOLATE INTERNATIONAL LAW BY DRILLING FOR OIL IN SYRIA

After concluding the flow testing phase, Afek Oil and Gas will now begin analyzing samples drawn from the Ness-2 drilling site, euphemistically dubbed “Deborah’s Well,” in the Israeli-occupied region of Syria known as the Golan Heights. New Jersey-based Genie Energy, Ltd., Afek’s parent company, claims a dubious cadre of investors cum war profiteers, including Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney, Lord Jacob Rothschild, James Woolsey — as well as a number of current and former U.S. politicians.

Prior testing at a separate Afek site did not meet expectations, so the company sought other “sweet spots” in the area. Analysis of samples from additional wells will be performed by Afek scientists in conjunction with “external international experts.”

To understand U.S. involvement in the quagmire in Syria, Afek’s oil exploration is of critical import.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the real reason for the US governmental blood lust for "regime change" in Syria has not been made clear for you before, it should be clear to you now.

Apr 10 08:32

Is Tillerson Being Sidelined By President Kushner ?

Is Tillerson Being Sidelined By Jared Kushner ?

(*Steve Bannon Shure Is !)

Apr 10 08:26

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking back at another example of the government lying us all into war!

Apr 10 08:22

FLASHBACK - OF THE LIARS, BY THE LIARS, AND FOR THE LIARS

In today's enlightened age of alternative media and global internet communications, lies by rulers are quickly laid bare. Yet most people remain trapped by their beliefs of what they imagine their rulers to be, and greet each new revealed mendacity with, "What? Our ruler lied to us?" The question more properly ought to be, "When don't rulers lie to us?"

The historical fact is that all rulers lie pretty much all of the time, and each newly revealed lie ought not to be thought of as a shocking isolated incident, but merely a continuation of standard operating bullshit! In short, the vast majority of what you are told by rulers is a lie, and the rare moment of absolute truth a rare and precious gem worthy of celebration.

Here are some examples from history.

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Apr 10 08:20

There's a terrifying sense of deja vu as the Generals take over the White House and guide us towards another war (despite no-one knowing if it was Assad who used sarin on those civilians) says JOHN R BRADLEY

For those of us who covered the build-up to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, there is a terrifying sense of deja vu as another 'Coalition of the Willing' gears up to launch a potentially devastating wave of shock-and-awe in the Middle East.

That is certainly one worst-case interpretation of the comments made yesterday by the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.

Confirming a remarkable U-turn in the Trump administration's stance on Syria, she said that removing President Bashar al-Assad was now a 'priority'.

Fourteen years ago we heard similar shrill calls from political leaders for regime change in Iraq, a country that – whether or not it used chemical weapons on its own people – posed no discernible threat to the national security of our own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a reminder, it turned out that Iraq did not gas their own people; the attack was by Iran against Iraqi Kurds who were raiding across the border.

Apr 10 08:19

RAND PAUL DEMANDS EVIDENCE OF CHEMICAL ATTACK, SAYS WASHINGTON IS “EXCITED” ABOUT WAR WITH SYRIA

Senator Rand Paul is calling on the Senate Intelligence Committee to review the evidence linking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to a chemical weapons attack that lead to Trump’s illegal missile strike on Syria.

Paul went on the “The Laura Ingraham Show” and noted that Assad is“either the dumbest dictator in the world, or it may be more confusing.”

“I would like to see the evidence…In all this rush, why don’t we at least look at the intelligence instead of getting somebody’s conclusion on TV second-hand from the president.”

“I don’t dispute the evidence, I just haven’t seen it.”
Paul told Laura Ingraham that ‘it makes no sense for Assad to use chemical weapons. He was winning the six-year-old civil war, had the support of Russian troops on the ground, and, just days earlier, received a public statement from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that regime change was not America’s goal.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This reeks of false flag to me.

And BTW, while we are talking about children dying; what is President Trump going to do to prevent his BFF, Saudi Arabia, from killing children in Yemen from outright airstrikes; the slow and painful death from malnutrition; and death from depleted uranium poisoning?!?

My dear Ivanka Trump, when, please, was the last time you saw these images, all of which are real, and none of which have been photoshopped?!?

Images: Yemeni children maimed and killed from Saudi airstrikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition

Saudis use depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

Apr 10 08:17

Is Trump Rescuing Al-Qaeda's 'Heartland' in Syria?

After formally calling off the longstanding U.S. policy of regime change in Syria, the Trump administration is sending signals of shifting its Syria policy under massive political pressure following a grisly chemical attack in the rebel-held province of Idlib.

The chemical attack allegedly took place on April 4. Dozens of civilians were reportedly killed, although many details are still unknown.

"We have not yet any official or reliable confirmation" of what took place or who was responsible, said the UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, at a press conference after the incident.

Apr 10 08:00

Into the Abyss… Again…

In the wake of this week’s attack on Syria, we’ve been forced to endure the same old neocons spouting the same lies on the same news outlets. This is, of course, yet more evidence that in contemporary America, the ruling class is never held accountable for anything. In 2008, the banking elite looted the financial system and nearly collapsed the world economy, and no one of any prominence was punished in any significant way. In 2003, our political leaders spewed waves of deliberately falsified propaganda in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Thousands of our soldiers died, a million Iraqis perished, and trillions of dollars were wasted. Yet no one was ever held liable for what they had done.

Apr 10 07:54

Was American Intervention in WW I Justified?

America’s participation in the Great War cost over 115,000 lives, guaranteed an unjust treaty, and helped turn the U.S. into what Walter McDougall characterized as a “crusader state,” waging what Richard Gamble has deplored as “wars for righteousness.”

Apr 10 07:54

Wilkerson: Trump Attack on Syria Driven by Domestic Politics


Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, tells Paul Jay that the Syrian Government may not be responsible for the chemical attack and that Trump's response was a violation of international law

Apr 10 07:51

Haley on Russia and Iran: 'I don't think anything is off the table'

"We're calling (Russia and Iran) out," Haley told "State of the Union" anchor Jake Tapper. "But I don't think anything is off the table at this point. I think what you're going to see is strong leadership. You're going to continue to see the United States act when we need to act."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone needs to tell this woman to stop acting as US president, if not world president, and to cut on her daily threats to other nations like Russia, Syria, Iran , and many others.

Apr 10 06:58

President Trump to Host Passover Seder Monday Night

The Times of Israel reports: WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump will host a White House Passover seder Monday night, an administration official told The Times of Israel on Sunday, confirming that the new administration will continue a tradition started by former president Barack Obama.

Apr 10 06:58

Not Prepared: Will Most Americans Be Absolutely Blindsided By Multiple Wars And A Simultaneous Economic Collapse?

According to CBS News, an astounding three-fourths of all Americans have to “scramble to cover their living costs” each month. In other words, most of the country is either living paycheck to paycheck or very close to it. But instead of tightening their belts and trying to put something away for the very hard times that are coming, most Americans are completely and utterly unprepared for what is ahead because the people that they trust on television keep telling them that everything is going to be okay.

Apr 09 21:35

Mike Cernovich: Petraeus and McMaster have Taken Over the NSC, Want Massive Ground War with Syria

Disgraced former CIA director and convicted criminal David Petraeus has been remaking the NSC, and thus America’s national security policy, in his image through puppet H.R. McMaster. In what is being called “Petraeus’ second war,” McMaster has been advising Trump to raise an army to impose a regime change in Syria. Some reports estimate McMaster wants to send 150,000 ground troops to the Middle East.

Apr 09 21:30

Russia, Iran and Hezbollah military leaders release joint statement, threatens the U.S.

Fits about to hit the Shan!

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:50 P.M.) – The military operation rooms of Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and other allies have just released a new joint statement. This joint statement was spurred on by US aggression that saw the country strike the Shayrat Airbase in rural Homs with Tomahawk missiles.

The statement released in Arabic states that the allied operations room recognizes that the US is supporting the separation of northern Syria and Iraq from their respective states.

Point seven of the statement details how all US military are legitimate targets as they have crossed every red line possible and operate illegally in Syria. It then emphasizes that the joint military operations room will respond strongly to any aggression and any violation made by the US in Syria.

It appears this is another corporate media hoax. There is no confirmation from Moscow.

Apr 09 19:22

Donald Trump’s Pick For Top Economic Adviser Is Pro-Immigration, Pro-Outsourcing

Had enough?

President Donald Trump has picked an economic advisor who believes in growing the nation’s economy by importing workers and consumers, and by expanding free-trade outsourcing, despite Trump’s “buy American, hire American” campaign promises.

Kevin Hassett is slated to become chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors if he is approved by the Senate’s banking committee. If Hassett is confirmed, that will be a win for the corporatist, business-first faction in Trump’s White House, which fights for influence in the Oval Office against the populist, America-first faction that helped Trump win the election in November.

Apr 09 13:41

Two Marines Punished Over 'Revenge Porn' Online Comments

The US Marine Corps has demoted two members who made derogatory remarks about their female colleagues on a Facebook page. The crackdown followed after a scandal involving a group sharing nude photos of female Marines provoked an outcry in Congress.

Two Marines based in Camp Pendleton, California were reduced in rank and given 45 days of punitive duties for comments posted on the Facebook page “United States Grunt Corps,” said their unit commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Warren Cook of the 2nd battalion, 4th Marine Regiment.

Apr 09 13:14

Palm Sunday attacks: 43 dead, more than 100 injured in church bombings carried out by ISIS in Egypt

Trump and the USN and USAF fly top cover for ISIS! Pathetic.

Egypt's president called for a three-month state of emergency Sunday after at least 43 people were killed and more than 100 more were injured in two Palm Sunday suicide attacks at Coptic Christian churches, each carried out by the ISIS terror group.

Sunday's first blast happened at St. George Church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, where at least 27 people were killed and 78 others wounded, officials said.

Television footage showed the inside of the church, where a large number of people gathered around what appeared to be lifeless, bloody bodies covered with papers.

Apr 09 11:28

Kinky Sex Makes the World Go 'Round

We don't even have to win this war.
We just want to cut down on some of this excess population

Now look. Just start up a draft; draft as many of those people as you can.
We'll call up every last youngster we can get our hands on,
Hand 'em some speed, give 'em an hour or two to learn how to use
An automatic rifle and send 'em on their way

Apr 09 10:39

Schiff says Russia is absolutely 'complicit' in Syrian chemical attack

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Russia is absolutely "complicit" in the chemical attack in Syria that killed at least 86 civilians, including many children.

"Absolutely they're complicit," Rep. Adam Schiff of California told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday. "Russian intelligence may not be as good as ours, but it's good enough to know the Syrians had chemical weapons, were using chemical weapons."

Apr 09 10:38

Sen. Lindsey Graham bating Trump into war: ‘Assad telling Trump, F you’

Senator Lindsey Graham knows Trump loves to be loved and he is giving Trump praises as he decorates it with belligerent warmongering actions that Trump must take to keep those praises. He even used Trump's language as he used 'F you' in his statement.

Apr 09 10:37

Zakharova: US strike on Syria unrelated to attempts to learn truth about chemical weapons

The U.S. strikes on the Syrian aerodrome, into which it had planned an investigation, is not related to attempts to learn about chemical weapons in Syria, spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova told the Rossiya 1 television channel on Saturday.

"Only recently the Americans and their western allies demanded inspectors sent, some investigation begun into the aircraft which delivered strikes on the militants’ depots and production facilities," she said. "They demanded a probe into those aircraft and the equipment used in the strikes, and then they deliver strikes right on that equipment."

"This is absolutely unrelated either to attempts to learn what has happened to the chemical weapons, or to make whatever steps towards the investigation," she added.

Apr 09 10:35

Wag The Dog — How Al Qaeda Played Donald Trump And The American Media

This new policy direction lasted barely five days. Sometime in the early afternoon of April 4, 2017, troubling images and video clips began to be transmitted out of the Syrian province of Idlib by anti-government activists, including members of the so-called “White Helmets,” a volunteer rescue team whose work was captured in an eponymously-named Academy Award-winning documentary film. These images showed victims in various stages of symptomatic distress, including death, from what the activists said was exposure to chemical weapons dropped by the Syrian air force on the town of Khan Sheikhoun that very morning.

Apr 09 09:28

Former CIA Officer: "The Intelligence Confirms The Russian Account On Syria"

President Trump earned neocon applause for his hasty decision to attack Syria and kill about a dozen Syrians, but his rash act has all the earmarks of a “wag the dog” moment.

Apr 09 09:10

Russia, Iran Warn U.S. They Will "Respond With Force" If Syria "Red Lines" Crossed Again

A statement issued on Sunday by a joint command centre consisting of forces of Russian, Iran and allied militia alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad said that Friday's US strike on the Syrian air base crossed “red lines” and it would "respond with force" to any new aggression while increasing their level of support to their ally.

In the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al Harbi, the pro-Assad alliances says that “what America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well."

Earlier on Sunday the UK's Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, demanded Russia rein in Mr Assad (by which he really meant be willing to accept a new Syrian regime with a pro-western puppet leader, and one who is willing to allow the Qatar gas pipeline to cross the country on its way to Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that in the UK, being delusional and fact-free are prerequisites for becoming that country's Sec-Def.

Folks, this is about as serious as is a heart attack.

We are looking at war with Russia and Iran, unless cooler heads prevail here, and I do not see many adults in the bowels of power either here in the US, or in the UK.

Apr 09 09:06

Former DIA Colonel: “US strikes on Syria based on a lie”

“In the coming days the American people will learn that the [US]Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib.”

Former DIA Colonel Patrick Lang

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Apr 09 09:03

Kremlin tells U.S. it's 'one step from war' as Trump warns he will hit Syria AGAIN after his attack on Russia's ally Assad triggers fears of World War Three

The Kremlin has warned the US it is ‘one step from war' over Syria - but the Trump administration hit back by saying it would be prepared to carry out airstrikes again.

In the first direct American raid on Bashar al Assad’s forces, President Trump authorised the firing of 59 cruise missiles at a military airfield.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced the US for attacking ‘the legitimate government of Syria’ and for allegedly breaking international law without the approval of the UN.

Mr Medvedev said: ‘This military action is a clear indication of the US president’s extreme dependency on the views of the Washington establishment, the one that the new president strongly criticised in his inauguration speech.'

‘Soon after his victory, I noted that everything would depend on how soon Trump’s election promises would be broken by the existing power machine. It took only two and a half months.

Apr 09 08:59

AMERICA BETRAYED!—Trump’s supporters desert him in droves over Syria attack

‘SHOCKED AND ANGRY . . . NO ONE VOTED FOR THIS!’

Apr 09 08:46

The media loved Trump’s show of military might. Are we really doing this again?

Why do so many in the news media love a show of force?

“There is no faster way to bring public support than to pursue military action,” said Ken Paulson, head of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center.

“It’s a pattern not only in American history, but in world history. We rally around the commander in chief — and that’s understandable.”

Paulson noted that the news media also “seem to get bored with their own narrative” about Trump’s failings, and they welcome a chance to switch it up.

But that’s not good enough, he said: “The watchdog has to have clear vision and not just a sporadic bark.”

Clara Jeffery, editor in chief of Mother Jones, offered a simple explanation: “It’s dramatic. It’s good for TV, reporters get caught up in the moment, or, worse, jingoism.”

Apr 09 08:40

'By attacking Syria, Trump and the Republican Party has started down a dangerous, slippery slope'

The US does not have in recent history an unblemished record of providing evidence and then entering into military conflict: Iraq, Iran. Afghanistan. If we made a mistake, we need to pull back and adjust course, says Charles Ortel, private investor and writer.

President Trump has submitted a letter to Congress, explaining his decision to bombard the Syrian airbase. He cited the "vital national security and foreign policy interests" of the United States as the reason for taking action.

Apr 09 08:38

Shadow Brokers hackers release NSA hacking tools to punish Trump for ‘abandoning’ his base

Trump has no friends and very few supporters left.This is awesome.

Hacking group Shadow Brokers has released the password to a trove of NSA exploits in what they say is a form of protest against President Donald Trump for going back on his campaign promises, and warning the president, “Don’t forget your base.”

NSA just lost control of its Top Secret arsenal of digital weapons; hackers leaked it.
1) https://t.co/zleVbyBtE3
2) https://t.co/aKwdiNbrJA
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 8, 2017

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