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Sep 15 11:55

Israeli troops kill boy, two men in Gaza protests - medics

Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians, one of them an 11-year-old boy, and wounded at least 248 others taking part on Friday in weekly protests at the fortified Gaza Strip border, Palestinian medical officials said.

The Israeli military said it used force necessary to repel 13,000 Palestinians who massed at several points at the fence.

Some hurled rocks, fire-bombs and grenades at troops under cover of smoke from burning tyres, injuring a soldier, and nine Palestinians briefly crossed into Israel, the military said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These demonstrations will end in one of two ways; either there is a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, affirming the Palestinian Right of Return, or a complete annihilation of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

Given Israeli government and military hubris, unfortunately, I fear that it will be the latter, rather than the former outcome.

President Trump will probably get notified after the fact, and it will probably be carried out when Americans are distracted by football, food, and possibly during the American family festival of Thanksgiving, if Tel Aviv thinks it can wait that long to strike.

But there is one thing about which I am certain; these protests, and the assassinations of innocents by the IDF, will continue until one of the two outcomes I have described above, actually happens.

Sep 15 11:16

DAYS AFTER 9/11 TULSI GABBARD SLAMS "BETRAYAL OF AMERICAN PEOPLE" OVER SYRIA

Considering that Congresswoman Gabbard herself is an Iraq war veteran and current Army reserve officer who served in the aftermath of 9/11, it's all the more power and rare that a sitting Congress member would make such forceful comments exposing the hypocrisy and contradictions of US policy.

She called out President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence by name on the House floor in her speech:

“Two days ago, President Trump and Vice President Pence delivered solemn speeches about the attacks on 9/11, talking about how much they care about the victims of al-Qaeda’s attack on our country. But, they are now standing up to protect the 20,000 to 40,000 al-Qaeda and other jihadist forces in Syria, and threatening Russia, Syria, and Iran, with military force if they dare attack these terrorists."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Representative Gabbard decides to run for national office, I will support her completely; she is a refreshing kind of honest you rarely see coming out of DC.

Unfortunately, her anti-war stance, as a Veteran, will not win her points with the military/industrial complex, so she most probably doesn't have a chance of a snowball surviving in hell.

But the American people, ALL OF THEM, need to hear what Tulsi has to say about these endless wars, to conquer the world's resources, and to insure that products are only sold in US dollars.

Sep 15 10:54

MILITARY INTERVENTION IN VENEZUELA ‘ON THE TABLE,’ SAYS OAS SECRETARY GENERAL

The head of the Organization of American States (OAS), accused by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of being a “CIA agent,” says military intervention against Caracas should not be ruled out as a response to the ongoing crisis.
OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro has hinted that the bloc may consider taking military action in Venezuela if it runs out of diplomatic options in its bid to alleviate the plight of people in the crisis-stricken country.

“With regards to a military intervention aimed at overthrowing the regime of Nicolas Maduro, I think we should not exclude any option,” Almagro said on Friday.

Venezuelans have been fleeing to neighboring countries in droves due to shortages of food and water, as well as soaring inflation and unemployment at home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me, that OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro is actually floating the idea of an invasion, occupation, and regime change in Venezuela, to see how it resonates?!?

I would like to hope that the OAS is not pig-headedly stupid as to attempt this; even with Venezuela's current economic woes, I would not bet that the Venezuelan people will "welcome these troops as saviors", throwing roses at their feet.

Sep 15 10:47

WHY JOHN BOLTON REALLY HATES THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

Countries with nothing to fear do not fear the ICC.

Countries with nothing to fear do not fear the ICC. The United States and Israel are very afraid of the ICC. The murder of unarmed civilians is a war crime. So is torture. Israel’s indiscriminate bombing of densely-populated civilian areas, its half-century occupation of Palestinian territory and its construction and expansion of Jews-only settler colonies on Palestinian land are all also illegal under international law. Neither Israel nor the United States has joined the ICC. Other leading human rights violators, including North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and Ethiopia, have either never joined or have withdrawn from the court.

Sep 15 10:10

U.S. CONDUCTS LIVE-FIRE DRILLS WITH SYRIAN 'REBELS' IN RARE DISPLAY AIMED AT RUSSIA

On Thursday an anti-Assad group in Syria's south confirmed to Reuters via its 'rebel' commander that it is conducting rare military exercises with American forces in order to "send a strong message to Russia and Iran that the Americans and the rebels intend to stay and confront any threats to their presence," according to a new Reuters report.

The anti-Assad commander, Colonel Muhanad al Talaa, is part of the Pentagon-backed Maghawir al Thawra group now conducting eight days of "live-fire and ground assault" drills that involve "hundreds" of U.S. troops and allied Syrian insurgents cooperating together.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I would like to politely remind the White House, Pentagon, State Department and Congress that Russia has staged its own, huge, live-fire exercise in Siberia, Vostok 2018 Vostok 2018 Continues featuring over 300,000 Russian military, plus integrated Chinese military as well.

The Russians are sending a strong signal as well, that should the US attack at Idlib, the Russians may well not be fighting the US military alone, either.

Sep 14 13:22

Software Issues Derail F-35 Testing Schedule

Problems lingering in the F-35’s software systems have delayed a series of tests designed to ensure the aircraft can perform a full range of operationally relevant missions.

An internal memo signed by Robert Behler, the US Defense Department's director of operational test and evaluation, has pushed backed the "initial test and evaluation" (IOT&E) of the aircraft by at least two months. The memo, dated August 24, was obtained by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) and published September 12.

The "currently fielded operationally-representative software version 30R00, which I approved for Pre-IOT&E Increment 2 test activities, was adequate and relevant to conduct the evaluation of two-ship missions involving lower-end threats," Behler wrote.

Sep 14 11:18

Our modern-day empire requires a lot of force and lying to our people – Ron Paul

The US effort to preserve its global dominance is a costly endeavor based on threats and keeping the American people in the dark about what is going on, told RT former US congressman and libertarian politician Ron Paul.

Paul, who heads an institute named after himself, says he and his colleagues are trying to alert Americans about the dangers of Washington’s foreign policy, which, he believes, will ultimately be detrimental to American interest.

Sep 14 09:33

New Russian AWACS Will Absolutely Outpace Rivals, Causes NATO Great Concern

The Russian Air Force will receive the new Beriev A-100 aircraft with the Air Alert and Control System, or Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) as early as 2020 or early 2021. AWACS would significantly boost the Russian Air Force’s ability to obtain and maintain air superiority when coupled with fighters like the Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H and Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E.

The Russian Defense Minister is expected to sign the production contract for the new AWACS, which would replace the existing Beriev A-50 fleet in the Russian Air Force. “We look forward to a detailed discussion with the Ministry of Defense on the delivery contract for the A-100 aircraft by the end of this year or in 2019,” said U.S. Aviation Corporation President Yuri Slyusar.

Sep 13 13:26

Russia warns about US attempts to prepare global public opinion for new attack on Syria

Russia says it is concerned about the attempts being made by the United States to prepare the global public opinion for new military aggression against Syria.

“Regarding the international political point of view, the most serious concern is using of a very serious range of opportunities by Washington: from statements by officials to comments by biased media, the goal seems to be the preparation of public opinion for … new aggression against Syria,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in a press conference in the capital Moscow on Thursday.

She added that tensions were particularly on the rise in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib due to a high concentration of militants there.

“Despite the uncovering of plans by militants and representatives of White Helmets to stage the use of chemical weapons by government troops, preparation of the above-mentioned staged action continues inside the Idlib zone,” Zakharova said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The things people need to keep asking themselves, are as follows:

IF, with Russia's help, al Assad has been able to liberate nearly the entire country, why would he be using poison chemicals on his own people?!? This makes utterly zero sense.

IF Syria destroyed its chemical weapons under an international agreement and inspection, how are these chemical agents getting into Syria now?!? Who has smuggled them into the country?!?

The short answer is, the people who want the false flag to happen as a justification for an American attack against Idlib, have had these chemicals smuggled in.

Sep 13 13:07

Trump May Replace Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis with a Neocon

Now there are rumors circulating that Mattis will step down in the months ahead. If this happens, who will replace him?

Arkansas senator Cotton (or Graham), Bolton, and Sec. State Pompeo would be an almost ideal triad for Israel and the neocons who faithfully do the apartheid state’s bidding in Congress.

For Cotton, it’s all about Israel and the Likudniks. He received $700,000 for his Senate campaign from the Emergency Committee for Israel.

“During the 2014 Israeli invasion of Gaza, when over 500 Palestinian were killed, Cotton called the Israeli defense force ‘the most moral, humanitarian fighting force in the world.’ In December he said Congress should consider supplying Israel with B-52s and so-called ‘bunker-buster’ bombs for a possible strike against Iran,” Medea Benjamin and Nalini Ramachandran wrote back in March, 2015.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, Lord; not another neocon Likudnik for Secretary of Defense!!

These people are thoroughly blind to the reality that what may in fact be good for Israeli geopolitics may not, at all, be good for the US, and the costs in blood and money for a potential attack against Iran would be horrific.

Sep 13 12:58

Turkey imposes indefinite curfew in over 100 Kurdish villages

Turkish authorities in the Kurdish province of Diyarbakir on Wednesday imposed an indefinite curfew effective immediately as of 4 p.m. local time on at least 116 villages and hamlets, citing an imminent military offensive against Kurdish fighters seeking autonomy.

The Ankara-appointed governor’s office said in a press release that the operation zone covered an area falling in the northern districts of Lice, Hazro, Kulp, Silvan, and Kocakoy, a region several thousand kilometers-square large.

People were told to stay indoors at all times indefinitely until a second order.

The mountainous terrain on the provincial borders of Bingol historically serves Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas as a sanctuary.

Since the 2015 collapse of a ceasefire and peace talks between the group labeled by Ankara and its Western allies as “terrorists,” the Turkish army has scores of times conducted large-scale operations to bring the mountains under its full control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder about the timing here, with vast scores of Turkish groups in Syria, attempting to nibble off a little bit of the country, due to the instability brought about through the US aiding and abetting the terrorists here.

Sep 13 12:41

Pro-Saudi Troops Seize Main Roads Into Yemen’s Port City of Hodeidah

Saudi-backed Yemeni forces have advanced closer to the northern port city of Hodeidah, the main aid port for the northern half of the country. The port is controlled by the Shi’ite Houthi movement, and the Saudi-led forces intend to seize it.

For now, the advancing forces have seized a pair of main roads leading into the city, effectively cutting off the Houthis’ supply line into the city. This also limits the ability of transporting humanitarian aid out of the city.

As the fight over the city drags on, this is increasingly concerning. Hodeidah is the sole source of food for millions in northern Yemen, and the offensive means very little aid is getting out. If the city falls entirely, the aid is likely to stop.

This is why the UN has been pushing for a deal to stop the fighting over Hodeidah. The UN offered to take control of the city just to keep aid flowing, though the pro-Saudi side has rejected the proposal, saying they want the Houthis to unconditionally surrender.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The collective punishment of a people by denying them food, is a war crime; but apparently, the B.O.Y. (the Butcher of Yemen, aka Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman) believes that the wealthy are to be held above reproach, when they have the power to engineer the kind of genocide and brutality against the Yemeni people we have witnessed here over the past 3 years.

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 12:00

Turkey's Latest Power Grab: A Naval Base In Cyprus?

The possibility of a Turkish naval base on Cyprus does not bode well for the chances of a Cyprus reunification deal, particularly after the breakdown of the July 2017 peace talks, which were suspended when "Turkey had refused to relinquish its intervention rights on Cyprus or the presence of troops on the island."

Turkey has 30,000 soldiers stationed on Cyprus, the northern part of which it has illegally occupied since 1974.

"If Greek-Turkish tensions escalate, the possibility of another ill-timed military provocation could escalate with them... Moreover, such a conflict might open up an even greater opportunity for Russian interference." - Lawrence A. Franklin.

Sep 13 11:57

White House Threatens Military Response Against Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq

Iraq may once again, for the first time in nearly a decade, become a theater of US-Iran confrontation according to a White House statement published Tuesday evening.

“The United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage to United States government facilities,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a written statement posted to WhiteHouse.gov. “America will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of American lives.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ms. Sanders, forgive me please, but one quick question; has Muktada Al Sadr, a Shiite Muslim cleric now in leadership in the Iraqi Parliament, gotten the message?!?

Ms. Sanders, do you remember this guy?!? He was the one stating that if the US overstayed the SOFA agreement with Iraq by one second, that all American troops would be "fair game" for his Madhi Army to attack. He is still in touch with the military leaders of that paramilitary outfit, and could "bring the band back together" very quickly.

There are also conversations about the Iraqi government completely dropping the dollar in its trade with Iran; would that have anything to do with these threats, and re-destabilizing Iraq, in order to place a US-centric politician at the helm here, and get Al Sadr out ?!?

IF you are honest, the short answer would be, "HELL, yes!!"

Sep 13 11:35

US Army Orders Emergency Fix on Apache Chopper's Rotor Blades

Aviation units within the US Army have been conducting an emergency retrofit to AH-64E Apache helicopters since June in order to make sure that fasteners on rotor blades are not defective, it was revealed this week.

According to Military.com, officials ordered the move after concerns sprung up earlier this year that bad weather and salt in coastal areas could cause "strap pack nuts" on rotary blades to wear out faster than normal. It was previously reported in February that technicians were inspecting choppers before and after flights.

Sep 13 11:33

Another Coalition Strike On Yemen Civilian Bus Occurs The Same Day US Affirms It Stands By Saudis

Just as the U.S. in typical fashion continues lecturing countries like Syria, Russia, and Iran over severe human rights violations, including allegations of everything from launching barrel bomb strikes on civilian areas in Idlib to chemical weapons attacks to sensational spy poisoning ops in the U.K., the Saudi-US coalition in Yemen has attacked another bus full of children and civilians in Yemen.

On Wednesday multiple Yemeni journalists reporting from on the ground confirmed a new airstrike resulting in mass civilian casualties, this time a Saudi-US coalition strike scored a direct hit on a bus station in besieged Hodeidah City.

The strike occurred the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced they've certified the legality of US assistance to the coalition in Yemen before Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mattis and Pompeo has just certified that the US is completely to be held harmless and indemnified for assisting the Saudis slaughter innocent civilians in Yemen.

I would like to politely suggest to both men, that yes, the arms sales, encouraged by our very own Merchant of Death in-Chief, President Trump, have been through the roof, and the makers of those weapons have a very great bottom line right now.

But at what moral cost to this country, in aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen?!?

As a Christian pacifist activist, I will continue to witness to this Saudi genocide in Yemen, and call it for what it is; primarily war crimes against civilians, pure and simple.

And gentlemen, characterizing these US military actions in Yemen as "legal" does not make them a morally correct choice for this government. And it may well backfire against the US government, and in a splendidly spectacular manner.

Sep 13 11:12

US Destroyer Enters Mediterranean As Syria Tensions Build; Carrier On Standby

An American battleship, the USS Bulkeley destroyer, has reportedly entered the Mediterranean and is headed for Syria, equipped with over 50 Tomahawk missiles. This deployment comes after previous reports of the attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN-750) arriving in the Mediterranean, and after the arrival Tuesday of A U.S. Marine Corps small attack carrier full of F-35B stealth jets, the USS Essex, in the Middle East region as detailed by the military website, Task and Purpose.

The Russian news agency Interfax now reports that American forces in the region possess up to 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles available to strike targets in Syria if ordered to do so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, it is really looking to me that a US attack is definitely on regarding Syria; perhaps not today, but in the very near-term.

This is an awful lot of hardware to preposition without being quite ready to use it, and my sense, as ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid of President Trump to order a strike in Syria, which most probably means hot combat against Russian troops as well, that this will happen soon, and my guess is, it will be ordered later this month, to give him traction through the Mid-term elections.

Sep 12 11:32

‘Credit Card Wars’: Pentagon Grossly Underestimates Cost of Post-9/11 Wars

The Pentagon estimates that the cost of war since the fateful terror attacks on 9/11 rounds out to $1.5 trillion, yet experts maintain that this figure wildly underestimates the true financial burden of perpetual war.

"After 16 years, should the taxpayers of America be satisfied we are in a ‘stalemate?' I don't think so," the late Sen. John McCain said in 2017.

Sep 11 12:12

Video: Washington Claims That Assad Government Wants to Bomb Schools, Hospitals and Homes in Idlib under the Guise of Counter-Terrorism

The US-led propaganda campaign against the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance has reached a new level as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is openly preparing to kick of a ground assault on terrorist groups in northwestern Syria.

During a September 7 UN Security Council briefing, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated that

“when Russia and the Assad regime say they want to counter terrorism, they actually mean they want to bomb schools, hospitals, and homes. They want to punish the civilians who had the courage to rise up against Assad.” She further stated that “the Assad regime” must halt an offensive in Idlib because it will undermine “peace talks”.

“We consider any assault on Idlib to be a dangerous escalation of the conflict in Syria. If Assad, Russia, and Iran continue, the consequences will be dire,” Haley said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, Ambassador Haley; but is this not precisely what the US military is assisting the Saudis in doing in Yemen, in their war crimes against innocent Yemenis?!?

Images: Yemeni kids assassinated, with US assistance, by the Saudi Military

I do not blame the Syrian government for wanting to retake Idlib; these nonsensical statements of yours, are simply the premise for the US government's "justification" for fighting both Russian and Iranian military, which have been instrumental in beating the rebels back.

I would like to politely suggest that war against Russia and Iran in Syria may not be the highest or best use of American military resources in this case.

And here's a companion piece by Phil Giraldi, from globalresearch.ca:

Target Syria: Will a New War be the Next "October Surprise?!?

I frankly don't think the current administration can wait for October before going into Syria, with fighters and weapons blazing, because of a concern about a potential rout of Republicans in the coming midterms.

Sep 11 11:58

Joint China-Russia Week Long War Games Signals Growing Military Ties

In total it’s expected that 300,000 troops and close to 40,000 vehicles will participate in Vostok, which is to coincide with talks between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in Vladivostok on Tuesday.

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Sep 11 11:54

Washington Quietly Increases Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

For all of the loose (frequently hysterical) talk in Congress, the foreign policy community, and the news media about President Donald Trump’s alleged eagerness to appease Vladimir Putin, U.S. policy remains as confrontational as ever toward Russia.

Among other actions, the Trump administration has involved U.S. forces in NATO military exercises (war games) in Poland and other East European countries on Russia’s border, as well as in naval maneuvers in the Black Sea near Russia’s sensitive naval base at Sevastopol. Washington has even sent U.S. troops as participants in joint military exercises with Ukrainian forces—an act that Moscow considers especially provocative, given its tense relations with Kiev.

On no issue is the administration’s risky course more evident than its military policy toward Ukraine. Recent measures are certain to provoke Moscow further, and entangle the United States to an unwise extent with an extremely murky, ideologically troubling Ukrainian regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To President Trump and his Cabinet; a war against Russia, into which the US Government and military, are nearly inextricably going to be drawn, is a very, very bad idea right now, and I say this because the US military doesn't have the money; the weapons; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

It would go nuclear, very very quickly, and the results of such a war could result in both horrific... and irreversible destruction of life as we know it on Planet Earth, with very few exceptions.

Sep 11 11:43

Is Trump Going Neocon in Syria?

Is Trump ready to order U.S. action against Russian and Syrian forces if Assad gives his army the green light to take Idlib? For the bombing of Idlib has already begun.

What makes this more than an academic exercise is that Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, at a meeting in Tehran last Friday, told President Erdogan of Turkey that the reconquest of Idlib is going forward.

Erdogan fears that the Syrian army’s recapture of Idlib would send hundreds of thousands more refugees streaming to his border.

Turkey already hosts millions of refugees from Syria’s civil war.

Yet the massing of the Syrian army near Idlib and the Russian and Syrian bombing now begun suggest that the Assad-Putin-Rouhani coalition has decided to accept the risk of a clash with the Americans in order to bring an end to the rebellion. If so, this puts the ball in America’s court.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer to the rhetorical question posed as the title of this article is, unfortunately, "HELL, yes!!"

Sep 11 11:37

US Reportedly Reinforces Base in E Syria Amid Looming Idlib Offensive

On September 10, the Fars News Agency reported that the US sent two convoys consisting of ten trucks loaded with logistics and military equipment to the country's al-Susah base in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor province, controlled by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The media platform said, citing local sources that Washington had also sent another convoy consisting of 100 trucks loaded with military equipment from Iraq to unspecified Syrian territories controlled by the SDF, via the Simalka border crossing.

Task & Purpose previously reported that the US had sent over 100 US Marines to reinforce the military base in al-Tanf, Syria. Newly deployed forces will take part in live ammunition military drills, which are being conducted to demonstrate the "capability to deploy rapidly, assault a target and conduct rapid exfiltration," according to US Central Command (CENTCOM).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the US war against both Russia and Syria is on; the only question is, how long past the false-flag chemical attack, which will probably be all over the presstitute corporate media in the next couple of days, will President Trump wait to give the command to attack.

Unfortunately, for this country, doing the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is no guarantee that the US government won't do it; a US attack against Idlib, which most probably means a military confrontation with Russia, being my case in point here.

Sep 11 11:04

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT UNFAZED BY US THREATS OF SANCTIONS OVER AFGHAN WAR CRIMES PROBE

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has said it will “continue to do its work undeterred,” after US National Security Advisor John Bolton threatened sanctions if the tribunal investigates alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan.
The Hague-based court investigates genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes and is backed by 123 countries - but not by China and the US.

“The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.

The tribunal’s remarks came in response to a scathing verbal attack launched by Bolton in Washington DC on Monday during a speech to the conservative Federalist Society.

“Today, on the eve of September 11th, I want to deliver a clear and unambiguous message on behalf of the president,” Bolton began, before launching into the blistering offensive against the ICC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look folks; I hate to be the one to break it to you, but post-9/11, but if you are an American citizen, you are a citizen of one country in this world which consistently commits war crimes, and tortures, and does this right into the present day.

Not only does this country torture; it supports other countries which do, like Egypt and Saudi Arabia. In fact, the US government, as I input this, is committing war crimes in the country of Yemen, by enabling Saudi war crimes of assassination and genocide by direct air strikes against children and innocent civilians; creating starvation by assisting the Saudis in blockading Yemen's ports; and spreading cholera (potentially weaponized), as the US has done by assisting their Saudi brethren in destroying Yemen's water infrastructure.

And to John Bolton, who made this egregious statement yesterday, I will tell you this to your face; I am a Christian pacifist activist, who will continue to witness to this country's human rights foul-ups, bleeps, blunders, and war crimes, and will never advocate war as the way to achieve my country's geopolitical goals, which are all about controlling the world's resources, and insuring that those resources are only sold in the US dollar.

You, sir, are that kind of execrable moral deviant who will scream from the rooftops that the horrors of Abu Ghraib never happened, and have never found a potential war you didn't champion, and now, you are screaming that torture in Afghanistan never happened, when you know it did, and that, sir, is just the point.

I absolutely support the ICC in their investigation of war crimes perpetrated by American soldiers in Afghanistan: this never should have happened.

We both understand what torture is meant to do, which is not to extract any actionable information; it is for the sake of extracting spectacular "confessions", with which to further the US government's narrative.

I would like to politely remind you, sir, that during World War II, there was a German interrogator by the name of Hanns Scharff, Hanns Scharff: Wikipedia who never, ever tortured American or British soldiers on his watch; he did the polar opposite, and even invited them out on day passes for cultural events, because he understood that if he could get them at ease, they might let something slip which would be highly useful. He was so respected by the Americans that at the end of the war, he was invited to teach his techniques to American interrogators.

And Mr. Bolton, one last reflection; when the US government and/or military tortures, or signs off on torture, it has done two things. First, it demonstrates, in a way for all the world to see, that the US government honors its alleged commitment to the rule of law, human dignity, and the humane treatment of prisoners of war in the breach, but not in any real moral observance.

And secondly, it gives carte blanche for any country ruler who doesn't particularly like the US, to do the same to both American citizens and military members.

Mr. Bolton, this nation, at the highest levels of its government, needs to come clean on these kinds of horrific practices, like torture, and work steadfastly and diligently to never do them again.

Sep 11 10:48

Osamagate

“Now the Taliban will pay a price” vowed President George W. Bush, as American and British fighter planes unleashed missile attacks against major cities in Afghanistan. The US Administration claims that Osama bin Laden is behind the tragic events of the 11th of September. A major war supposedly “against international terrorism” has been launched [October 2001], yet the evidence amply confirms that agencies of the US government have since the Cold War harbored the “Islamic Militant Network” as part of Washington’s foreign policy agenda. In a bitter irony, the US Air Force is targeting the training camps established in the 1980s by the CIA.

Sep 10 13:59

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds

The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.

The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up.

As a result, the Army’s financial statements for 2015 were “materially misstated,” the report concluded. The “forced” adjustments rendered the statements useless because “DoD and Army managers could not rely on the data in their accounting systems when making management and resource decisions.”

Sep 10 11:53

Bolton Warns Next Chemical Attack By Assad Will Lead To Much Stronger Strike On Syria

Update: Trump's national security advisor John Bolton indicated during a speech on Monday that the United States, Britain, and France have agreed that another use of chemical weapons by Syria would be taken "very seriously" and will require a much "stronger" and harsher response.

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Trump’s NSC head John Bolton warns Syria that US, France and Britain will hit Assad harder than last two times if he uses chemical weapons in looming battle for last major rebel stronghold in Idlib.

His remarks came during what's being described as his first major speech since joining the Trump administration at an event hosted by the conservative Federalist Society at a Washington, D.C., hotel.

Meanwhile Turkey has also weighed in regarding the ongoing Russian and Syrian allied assault on Al Qaeda-held Idlib, which began days ago when Russia initiated a bombing campaign ahead of an imminent and massive Syrian Army ground offensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the faux chemical attack is complete in Syria, with lots of sympathetic PR, to underscore what a "monster" Al Assad is, the Trump Administration is not even going to WAIT for the overnight polls to come in to see if the public is buying it or not, but will move ahead quickly with a major US attack in Idlib.

I would like to hope (and pray) that his Advisors have told him that threats by the Russian government... are just as serious as is a heart attack, should he order this to happen.

Sep 10 11:43

Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria

September 9, 2018

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MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

SUBJECT: Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria

Mr. President:

We are concerned that you may not have been adequately briefed on the upsurge of hostilities in northwestern Syria, where Syrian armed forces with Russian support have launched a full-out campaign to take back the al-Nusra/al-Qaeda/ISIS-infested province of Idlib. The Syrians will almost certainly succeed, as they did in late 2016 in Aleppo. As in Aleppo, it will mean unspeakable carnage, unless someone finally tells the insurgents theirs is a lost cause.

Sep 10 11:41

Demonization of Middle East Leaders Prior to Invasion and “Regime Change”. Trump’s Iran Policy

1. The US Iran policy aims at nothing but conflict-building followed by economic, political and military violence

From all the remarks made by President Donald Trump and his senior officials, it is clear that the United States is trying to manufacture another regime change in the Middle East, this time in Iran.

It does so by making use of the tried and tested tactic of demonising Iranian rulers and the Iranian people and by finding false pretences and pretexts for implementing their destructive goals.

We have already had an inkling of these tactics by Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal and his allegation that Iran has not been abiding by the terms of that deal, despite clear evidence of Iranian compliance provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is in charge of inspecting and certifying Iran’s compliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suspect, after issuing the entire world a "drop dead date" edict regarding its purchasing oil from Iran, President Trump and the administration have something militarily spectacular planned for that date or thereabout concerning Iran, and that date happens to be Sunday, 4 November; two days away from midterm elections in the US.

Sep 10 11:36

How the U.S. Does Propaganda

A typical example was on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” on September 8th, when the program-host Scott Simon interviewed the Obama Administration’s diplomat Robert Malley, in a segment titled “What’s Next In The Syrian War: Idlib”.

Simon’s introduction said:

“After this weekend, the last contested region of Syria may come under ferocious attack. After more than seven years of fighting, the end of the Syrian war may come down to Idlib province. … It holds more than 3 million people, many of whom have been displaced. It’s been essentially a kind of dumping ground for those opposed to Bashar al-Assad’s regime and ISIS.”

Actually, there’s a factual problem with Simon’s lead-in there. Though I have seen official estimates of the population of Idlib ranging from 1.5 million to 3 million, I haven’t seen any of “more than 3 million people.” Mr. Simon is always happy to please his CIA minders, and might simply have gotten carried away in this interview.

Sep 10 11:34

Pompeo’s Fingerprints Are All Over Trump’s New Syria Regime Change Policy

The reason given for the dramatic change in policy was the administration’s recent decision to “redefine” its goals in the Syrian conflict, resulting in the emergence of “the exit of all Iranian military and proxy forces from Syria” as the administration’s top priority, effectively overshadowing the U.S.’ long-stated goal of rooting out terror groups like Daesh (ISIS). The shift is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to target Iranian influence in the region while simultaneously attempting to provoke regime change in Iran through the use of aggressive sanctions and other covert means.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The explosive issue which both Pompeo and Bolton seem to want to ignore here is the following: IF the US maintains its illegally captured space in Syria, and starts attacking Syrian, Iranian, or Russian troops in Syria (remember: the Russians and Iranians were INVITED by the Syrian government, but the US military was NOT), how long before US troops wind up in a shooting war against Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces?!?

Logic tells me, not too long at all.

So if this "faux" chemical weapons attack happens, I have to wonder just how long it will be before the US declares war on Russia, Syria, and Iran?!?

Logic tells me, not long at all; the US and its allies cannot wait for logic-centric Americans ask themselves the question; why would al-Assad use chemical poisoning against his own people, when he as almost completely gutted the country of US-backed rebels?!? The short, logical answer is, he would not.

For all those who read this blog, who have family in the US military, this question is far from academic.

Sep 10 11:08

New US Navy Military Exercises in Persian Gulf as Regional Tensions Rise

This month, the US Navy is conducting exercises it claims will guarantee freedom of movement through Persian Gulf and Red Sea waterways, as Iran threatens to obstruct shopping through key maritime positions.

US 5th Fleet Theater Counter Mine and Maritime Security Exercise Commander Scott A. Stearney recently told reporters in Manama that the exercises, which involve both regional and global allies, "illustrate that the US and our partners stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce wherever international law allows," Bloomberg reported Sunday.

One of the US Navy exercises is occurring in Djibouti, a known choke point for global shipping at the southern end of the Red Sea.

In early July, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held large-scale military drills in the Persian Gulf. The IRGC said at the time that they were ready to disrupt other countries' oil shipments through the strait if Iran's own exports were impeded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is nothing more, or less, than a blatant, "in your face" provocation against the Iranian government, which I hope will have the horse-sense not to respond in kind.

Sep 10 10:57

TWO KILLED AFTER ARMED MILITANTS STORM LIBYA’S STATE OIL CORPORATION HQ IN TRIPOLI

Two workers at Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) have been killed after a militant attack on the company’s headquarters in Tripoli on Monday, according to local law enforcement. They say two of the attackers were also killed.
"The death toll so far is two killed from NOC staff and two attackers," Ahmed Ben Salim, a spokesman for the Special Deterrence Force, told Reuters.

Earlier on Monday, witnesses reported hearing explosions and gunfire, with smoke rising from close to the NOC offices. Security officials said they were attempting to deal with militants attacking the building.

Security forces took up positions around the offices in central Tripoli, while surrounding roads were cordoned off. Witnesses said they saw ambulances leaving the site. A member of staff from a hotel next to the NOC offices said that he had heard around five blasts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes, the assassination of Ghaddafi really stabilized Libya, did it not, chief Advocate for his death, Hillary Rodham Clinton?!?

Sep 10 10:54

REBELS RAMP UP CIVILIAN ATTACKS, INCUR HEAVY LOSSES IN IDLIB

At the request of Damascus, Russia assisted Syrian forces in launching several airstrikes across the territory in the northern Al-Ghab plain starting Saturday morning and continuing through Sunday afternoon.

The Syrian Army successfully destroyed an ammunition depot and armored vehicle belonging to the Al-Ezza brigades in the Kafr Zita countryside as they struck various hideouts and locations of Jabhat al-Nusra and their allies Sunday. According to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a state media news agency, the army unit also successfully destroyed shelling launching pads belonging to the brigade, where terrorists would launch shells towards residential areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That false flag chemical attack, to be blamed on Syria, is most likely coming, and soon, because the rebels are doing so poorly in holding their ground in Idlib that they cannot get a foothold against Syrian and Russian troops and airstrikes.

The chemical attack, prophesied at the UN by our "Miss Cleo Wannabe", US Representative Nikki Haley, will most likely happen this week.

Russia has already stated, through diplomatic channels, that it intends to hold exercises and attacks very close to where US troops are stationed (illegally) in Syria.

Let me say this again; the US government and military have invaded a sovereign country, which did not ask them to assist in fighting the rebels, (they asked for Russian and Iranian assistance for this), and is looking to establish a "foothold" in the country from which they can plot regime change in Damascus, and control Syria's oil.

The big question is, how long before Russia and the US wind up in direct, hot conflict in Syria?!?

I don't know what the odds the bookies in Vegas are giving on the such a confrontation; my gut is telling me, however, this will be happening very soon.

The Trump Whitehouse wants this country in a major war against....some major alleged "enemy" recently well-demonized in what passes for American "journalism", and Russia will do nicely here, well before the mid-terms.

The American Electorate are very skittish about changing the nature and composition of their government mid war.

And please remember the "drop dead date" by which President Trump has declared to the world that it can no longer buy Iranian oil; Sunday, 4 November, two days before the mid-term elections in this country. I would expect something very dramatic from the Trump Administration against Iran on, or right near, that deadline, and the date of these primaries.

Sep 10 10:28

Russia’s new weapons, nuclear parity and arms race: What’s going on?

Sep 10 10:18

New DARPA Brain Chip Gives Military Pilots Control Over Drone Swarms

By Nicholas West

DARPA, at the behest of the Pentagon, has been at the forefront of nearly all military mind control programs and continues to invest tens of millions of taxpayer funds into moving this technology forward. They have looked at various methods, via remote brain wave stimulation as well as the more direct microchip implant (Neural Engineering System Design in their parlance) in order to create the much-touted “super soldier” of the future...

Sep 10 08:31

US warplanes drop phosphorous bombs on Syria: Russia

American warplanes reportedly drop phosphorous bombs on a village in the eastern Syria province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Vladimir Savchenko, the chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, announced the development on Sunday, Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency reported.

"On September 8, 2018, two F-15 warplanes of the US air force delivered airstrikes on the settlement of Hajin with the use of phosphorous bombs. The airstrikes caused heavy fires. Information about casualties and damages is being verified," he said.

“The Russian reconciliations center warned that the use of munitions containing yellow phosphorus is prohibited by an additional protocol to the Geneva Convention of 1949,” the agency added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these Russian reports are true, (and I find it hard to disbelieve something which can be proven so easily thorough this bomb's chemical signature) welcome to "the new normal", as a citizen of the Assassination Nation, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika.

Sep 09 09:18

Constitutional Lawyer Bruce Fein on the Effort to Stop ‘Presidential Wars’

At a joint press conference on the morning of July 18, outside the Capitol, Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) announced that they have introduced legislation that would define “presidential wars” as those not declared by Congress under Article I section 8 of the US Constitution as an impeachable “high crime and misdemeanor.”

Sep 09 08:11

VIETNAM PLACES ORDERS FOR RUSSIAN WEAPONS WORTH OVER $1 BILLION: TASS

Vietnam has placed orders for Russian weapons and military services worth more than $1 billion, Russia’s TASS news agency has reported, as the Southeast Asian country bolsters its defense capability.

Sep 08 10:49

TERRORISTS & WHITE HELMETS MET IN IDLIB TO PREP FOR FINAL STAGE FALSE FLAG CHEM ATTACK – RUSSIAN MOD

The Russian military has obtained “irrefutable” data that terrorist groups, including Jabhat an-Nusra, and the infamous White Helmets met in Idlib province on Sunday, according to the ministry’s spokesperson Igor Konashenkov.
The militants plotted the final scenarios for the chemical attacks that the Syrian army are expected to make in the cities of Jisr ash-Shugur, Serakab, Taftanaz and Sarmin, the Russian military revealed.

“Full readiness of all participants involved in the staging of the provocations is be ensured by the evening of September 8,”Konashenkov stated. He added that the terrorists are to receive a “special” signal from some “foreign friends of Syrian revolution” to launch the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, today's date... is 8 September, and I would imagine that such a false flag is now imminent, either for tomorrow, insuring its maximum US presstitute coverage into next week, as the "justification" for a US attack, or shortly thereafter.

And when I am more inclined to believe the credibility of a foreign news outlet in English than I am the presstitutes and waresspondents here in the US's alleged "media", it is because I have been lied to too many times by the US media to find it at all credible, except occasionally for the weather or sports events' outcomes.

Sep 08 10:43

SAUDI DISUNITY ON FULL DISPLAY AS KING’S BROTHER SLAMS CROWN PRINCE OVER YEMEN WAR DEBACLE

Signs of a potential rift within the ruling dynasty of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were apparent this week following comments by a Saudi prince that the horrific violence wrought on the people of Yemen should be blamed on the “king and his heir apparent,” a reference to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, often referred to by the initials MBS.

In videotaped footage posted online, the high-ranking Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud – one of the last of the sons of founding monarch, Ibn Saud – can be heard responding to protesters in London with rare critical comments that hint at a broader disunity in the ranks of Saudi royals.

In his comments, which were transcribed by Qatari-owned, U.K.-based news outlet Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, the 73-year-old prince said:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud!!

However, unless he is able to compel the B.O.Y. (the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman) to end this war, this statement is completely useless, and does NOT absolve the rest of the Royal House of Saud from remaining silent, and doing nothing, at this Yemeni genocide.

Sep 08 10:25

US MILITARY PREPARING FOR "OPTIONS" IN SYRIA

Events are moving rapidly in Syria as Russian jets pound insurgent positions in Idlib Province and as the Syrian Army readies an imminent ground invasion which Damascus has described as coming in a "phased" approach.

The White House responded to Syria and its allies initiating the bombing campaign by saying the US would respond “swiftly and vigorously” should chemical weapons be used, and a day ago claimed there's “lots of evidence” chemical weapons are being prepared by the Syrian forces, claiming to have intelligence of such activities.

And now America's top general has confirmed the Pentagon is drawing up military options to attack Syria and is in close discussion with the White House over the plans. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters on Saturday during a trip to India, according to Reuters:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last bit, about YouTube's shutting down all Syrian government channels as of today's date, is a very distressing sign that things are about to go from bad to worse, and very, very rapidly here.

Sep 08 10:21

PENTAGON DESIGNING ‘GLIDE BREAKER’ INTERCEPTOR TO HIT ENEMY HYPERSONIC MISSILES – MEDIA

The Pentagon’s DARP agency has started to develop a hard-kill interceptor capable of hitting incoming hypersonic projectiles. The move follows news of Russia’s success in building top-class high-speed weapons.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a high-tech project to develop an interceptor to shoot down enemy hypersonic missiles, the Drive reported.

In September, DARPA displayed concept art of the project, named 'Glide Breaker', which depicted features of a hard-kill, kinetic interceptor that is capable of engaging unpowered, high-speed vehicles, the Drive said. The agency’s Tactical Technology Office had previously hosted a gathering to explain the project and its requirements in July 2018, according to the media outlet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds great, but why are DARPA and our weapons manufacturers still trying to play "catch up" with this technology, rather than being ahead of the curve here?!/

That... is the problem.

Sep 08 09:55

US Sending 1,500 More Troops to Germany

After reports in recent months that the US was considering withdrawing its military from Germany. On Friday, however, the US announced that it will be sending an additional 1,500 troops to Germany in the next two years.

The new troops are headed to Grafenwuhr, and will include field artillery and a pair of multiple-launch rocket system battalions. Other units are being sent to Ansbach and Baumholder.

Army officials issued a statement saying the deployment proves “our continued commitment to NATO and our collective resolve to support European security.” Mostly it’s just an increase in US troops deployed to Europe.

Sep 08 09:49

Hearing on the Draft and Draft Registration, Thursday, 9/20/2018 in Los Angeles

The Commission was appointed by the President and Congress to study and report on the draft, compulsory national service, and "the feasibility… of modifying the military selective service process in order to obtain for military, national, and public service individuals with skills (such as medical, dental, and nursing skills, language skills, cyber skills, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills) for which the Nation has a critical need, without regard to age or sex."

It’s especially important for the Commission to hear from people of draft age, women, health care workers, and people with others of these skills who might be drafted.

Sep 08 09:37

Severe F-35C Aerial Refueling Mishap to Cost Millions

Marking a first for the US Navy's variant of the F-35, the Class-A identified mishap suggests the repair bill could amount to at least $2 million. As for the Super Hornet, the Class-C fault it suffered could range between $50,000 and $500,000 in repair costs. A new engine for the F-35 fighter could cost as much as $14 million, USNI reported. Class-A is the label given to the most severe incidents, implying more than $2 million of damage, while Class-D designations are given to the least intense mishaps.

Sep 07 13:18

US plan to prevent fall of last terrorist nest in Syria, no concern for civilians – Russian UN envoy

Washington and its allies pursue their geopolitical interests under the guise of humanitarian concerns as they apparently try to prevent the destruction of the last terrorist enclave in Syria, the Russian envoy to the UN said.
The US and its allies have done virtually nothing to contribute to the real peace process in Idlib, the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia said, adding that the US particularly did not deliver on its promise to separate the “moderate opposition” groups from the terrorist organizations.

“Instead, [they] are hatching yet another aggressive plan, which includes false flag attacks involving the use of chemical weapons,” the envoy said.

The Western states apparently “go out of their way to prevent the fall of the last major terrorist stronghold in Syria,” Nebenzia said, adding that such actions serve some narrow geopolitical interests rather than the declared need to protect civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only a question of when, not if, the US military will be attacking in Syria, potentially engaging the Russians as well.

Sep 07 13:07

China Sought To Intercept British Warship, Claiming Expanded Territorial Waters

In but the latest incident among a growing list that point to China's expanding claims on the South China Sea, a British naval ship carrying Royal Marines had a confrontation with Chinese military vessels as it reportedly traveled through international waters.

The incident took place near the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in South China Sea, and while the UK claims its ship stayed only in recognized international waters, China's foreign ministry is disputing that claim, calling the British navy's actions a "provocation".

Reuters reports of the disputed incident:

The HMS Albion, a 22,000 ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines, exercised its “freedom of navigation” rights as it passed near the Paracel Islands, two sources, who were familiar with the matter but who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As someone who lives on a first-strike military target here in the Pacific, if the US/UK/ and China start playing war for real, color me very nervous!!

Sep 07 12:58

Top US Envoy Says "Lots Of Evidence" Assad Prepping Chemical Weapons; Russia Threatens Attack On US Base

While Syria seemed to have dropped from the Western media's radar over the past months as the Syrian Army and its Russian and Iranian allies made rapid gains, multiple huge developments this week have returned the war to center stage in Washington and the dangerous rhetoric of escalation.

In just the last 24 hours alone, we've learned:

Trump has reportedly done a 180 shift, departing from his prior statements of "bring our troops home" made only months ago, and has approved "an indefinite military and diplomatic effort in Syria" according to a bombshell Washington Post report.

Russia has put the US military on notice, telling American commanders that Russian and Syrian forces are prepared to attack At Tanf — a key US garrison along the Syrian-Iraq border.

A top US Syria policy representative says there's “lots of evidence” chemical weapons are being prepared by the Syrian Army for use in its impending Idlib ground assault.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bovine excrement is being flung explosively, in advance of the US government preparing for an attack against Syria.

I firmly believe that this has to happen very soon, to prevent people from even beginning to think critically about why Bashar Al Assad would use such weapons against his own people, when his, the Russian, and Iranian troops are just on the keening edge of recapturing Idlib from the rebels.

Such a move would make absolutely zero logical sense, which is why, if something like this happens, it is a US/Israeli-generated false flag with which to "justify" and American attack against Syria.

Sep 07 12:51

Shocking Footage Shows Iranian Consulate In Basra Exploding In Massive Blaze

update: Stunning footage has emerged of the Iranian consulate in Basra, Iraq burning after a mob of anti-Iran protesters stormed it near dusk on Friday.

The flames appear multiple stories high and several explosions can be observed amidst the massive blaze.

On Thursday evening Iran's consulate in Basra was placed under siege by a throng of demonstrators after a 24-hour period in which a dozen local Shia militia HQ offices and buildings were torched across the city. Mass protests and riots have grown in the city since Monday.

The same night in Baghdad, regional sources indicate at least three mortars targeted the US embassy in Baghdad's protected 'green zone' landing near the gate but not causing significant damage. The events were part of a worsening sectarian crisis across the country in which pro-Iran Shia forces have vowed to expel "foreign occupying forces" — however in the Sunni-majority southern city of Basra, Sunni groups have been engaged in mob reprisal attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This tragedy should, ultimately, be laid squarely at the foot of the Bush Administration, as a result of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Its de-Baathification of the country, coupled with the complete sacking of Iraq's military, led to the horrors of the instability which still haunt this country and its divided religious leadership, so many years after the initial invasion and occupation.

Sep 07 12:28

Donbass Leader Zakharchenko: A Hero Is Dead. Killing the Minsk Peace Initiative. Kiev Troop Movements Near Donbass

Poroshenko, the NATO puppet leader of the Kiev government in Ukraine openly calls for a military solution to the crisis and has increased the draft in and recently reorganized the Ukraine armed forces command structures to make them more effective in a coming offensive. The US and Canada and other NATO countries have been pouring in arms and ammunition and “advisers” and “mercenaries” in support of the fascist forces, putting additional pressure on Russia with multiple military exercises from the Baltic to Bulgaria, where more tanks have been recently dispatched to “send Russia a message.”

The reality of the situation was stated on the 18th of August 2015, when President Putin stated,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the US and NATO want to see just such a confrontation.

That is why NATO and the US have been prepositioning troops and material on Russia's borders with Europe.

The question is, when, rather than if.

Sep 07 12:17

Adolph Hitler is “The Torchbearer of Democracy” according to Chairman of Ukraine’s Parliament: No Outrage or Media Coverage by Ukraine's Staunchest Allies. Kiev Regime Speaker of the House "Is Not a Nazi". Ukraine is "A Flowering of Democracy" according t

On September 4, the Chairman of Ukraine’s Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) Andriy Parubiy’s intimated that Adolf Hitler was “the torchbearer of democracy”.

His statement was broadcast on Ukraine’s ICTV channel. Parubiy described Adolf Hitler as a true proponent of democracy claiming that the Führer “practiced direct democracy in the 1930s.” (Tass, September 5, 2018).

“I’m a major supporter of direct democracy,… By the way, I tell you that the biggest man, who practised a direct democracy, was Adolf Aloizovich [Hitler]”. (quoted by South Front)

This controversial statement was not picked up by the Western press. Lies by omission.

Not a single US, Canadian or EU News media took the trouble to cover the story.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

And these... are the US government's "good guys" in Ukraine?!?

Sep 07 12:11

Afghan troops to train in China, ambassador says

China will train Afghan troops on Chinese soil, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Beijing said, describing the military cooperation as an effort to fight al Qaeda and Islamic State militants bent on attacking China from its western neighbour.

Afghanistan has also requested that China provide Afghan security forces with combat helicopters, Ambassador Janan Mosazai told Reuters in an interview.

Beijing last month dismissed reports that Chinese troops would be stationed in its war-torn neighbour, after it agreed to help Afghanistan set up a “mountain brigade” in the rugged Wakhan Corridor linking the two countries.

“But yes, there will be some training required, obviously, and that will take place in China,” Mosazai said in the interview on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but did US Sec Def Mattis get the memo on this, or is the situation in Afghanistan so dire, that he dare not say a word against the deal?!?

This is huge, folks.

Sep 07 12:09

Pakistan will not fight anyone else's war, says PM Imran

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that the country will not be part of anyone else's war.

The premier said that he was against the involvement of armed forces in the foreign war from the very first day, while addressing defense day ceremony at the GHQ.

Families of martyrs, members of the federal cabinet, heads of political parties, lawmakers and celebrities were also among the attendees at the ceremony.

PM Imran said that Pakistan Army is the only intact and functional institution of the country.

“The Pakistan army is running at its best because of non-political interference and its priority for merit,” he said. "Political interference destroys institutions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'd say the guy is off to a good start.

Now, when will he be accepting high-level ministers from India to encourage a permanent end of hostilities between the two countries, and when will New Dehli reciprocate?!?

Sep 07 12:04

Amputee Australian-Lebanese ringleader of plot to blow up an Etihad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi is being held in a secret US jail in Iraq

An alleged Islamic State commander who is accused of planning to blow up a plane last year is being held by American forces at a secret military base in Iraq.

As the alleged ringleader of the plot, Tarek Khayat, is accused of conspiring with his three Lebanese-Australian brothers to blow up an Etihad Airways flight as it left Sydney on July 15 last year.

News Corp has investigated into the whereabouts of Khayat, whose family gave him up following their arrests in Australia.

The investigation found that the alleged ringleader has been secretly held in isolation by American military forces at an unnamed base.

Since being there, they have interrogated him in regards to his role as a commander of an Islamic State unit that plotted attacks in the west.

News Corp claim that Khayat has been intensely interrogated by the soldiers, and has since lost a leg, is suffering from lung cancer, and has given up names of foreign fighters and Islamic State members.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this man has been tortured to the point where he will say ANYTHING in order to get the torture to stop, and these "confessions" may be used as the "justification" for a coming US/Israeli war against Lebanon as well, to insure "regime change" here also, to insure access to Lebanese oil, and that Israel will have full access to the Litani River, which is just 5 kilometers away from the "boundary-fluid" Israeli border.

Again, I would like to politely point out that when the US military tortures, or outsources torture, this makes a complete mockery of our alleged reverence for the rule of law, humanitarian treatment of prisoners, and gives countries which don't particularly like the US, carte blanche to do the same to American citizens or military personnel.

Please chew on that last bit for a while, if you think that torture is ever justified.

Also, remember the German genius of interrogation of US and British prisoners during World War II; the guy's name was Hanns Scharff,The Story of Hanns Scharff and he got the information he needed through kindness and interest, never hurting anybody. In fact, he was so revered because of his humanitarian care of the prisoners under his watch, that he was invited by the US military to teach his interrogation techniques to American interrogators.

Sep 07 11:51

Marine Corps F-35Bs Have Arrived Off the Coast of Africa For The Very First Time

For the first time ever, U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs Joint Strike Fighters are on an operational deployment in the Gulf of Aden, bringing them the closest they've ever been to conflict zones in Iraq and Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. The stealthy jets and their pilots set to join thousands of other U.S. Navy sailors and Marines for a two-week training exercise while they're in the region, but there's still no indication they are headed for actual combat, at least not yet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love that last sentence.

Translation; these US troops are being pre-positioned for potential strikes against Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.

A great deal can happen in two weeks; unfortunately, the White House has made a declaration that US troops will be on Syrian soil "indefinitely.

Sep 07 11:41

U.S. targets Syria oil delivery networks with new sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday it was imposing sanctions on four people and five entities it said facilitated petroleum shipments and financing to the Syrian government.

It said in a statement the sanctions targeted Muhammad al-Qatirji and his trucking company, which it said facilitated fuel trade between the Syrian government and Islamic State militants.

Qatirji has close relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and has worked directly with Islamic State, which has been driven out of much of the Syrian territory it once controlled, to provide it oil products, the statement said.

Also targeted by sanctions was a fuel-procurement network that operates in Syria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates to secure deliveries to Syria, the statement said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...murderous Assad regime.."?!?!?

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, a word, sir: please prove this, irrefutably, with verifiable facts.

Because otherwise, all I hear from you, when you make, or publish, such a statement, is the battle cry before the invasion of Iraq, which claimed to the American people, and the world, that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which, of course, proved to be a baldfaced lie, to get the American people to sign on to the invasion/occupation of Iraq, to control its oil.

And we have seen just how well that has gone of late; a completely Anti-US Prime Minister has just been elected, Muktada Al Sadr, and we have Shiite militias shooting up the green zone.

On top of that, in terms of Syria, the US presence is perilously close to where Russian officials claim that there will be campaigns to rid Idlib of terrorists.

Secretary Mnuchin, can you honestly sit there with a straight face, and tell the American people that the US is really ready to go to war with Russia over Syria, when you know, or should know, that our Military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, the weaponry or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia?!?

I challenge you to say that out loud, Mr. Secretary, for all the American people to hear.

After all, it won't be your kids or grandkids, killed or maimed for life, in order for the US government to control Syria's oil, right?!?

Sep 07 11:29

Navy's F-35C Suffers 1st Major Mishap, Costing Millions in Damages

Two Navy fighter jets were damaged during an aerial refueling exercise off the coast of Virginia late last month, including an F-35C participating in its first round of operational tests aboard an aircraft carrier.

The F-35C was receiving fuel from an F/A-18F Super Hornet off the coast of Virginia on Aug. 23 when debris from an aerial-refueling basket was ingested into the Joint Strike Fighter jet's engine intake, said Lt. Travis Callaghan, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces.

The mishap led to engine damage for the F-35C, assigned to the California-based "Rough Riders" with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125. While rare, Callahan said parts of refueling baskets being sucked into an engine's intake are the most common form of non-bird foreign object or debris strikes in the Navy's tactical aviation fleet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The F-35 was released for service on December 5th, 2006.

And the question I must ask, is why, after 12 years of horrific technical foul-ups, bleeps, and blunders, not to mention cost overruns from here to eternity, can LOCKHEED MARTIN'S engineers not get the damned thing fixed?!?

Is it their very generous contributions to both sides of the Aisle, for Presidential and Congressional races, which hold LOCKHEED MARTIN "harmless and indemnified" over the lack of progress in really, and intelligently fixing the litany of known bugs in the F 35's systems?!?

It is question which We, the American Taxpayers, need to be asking, particularly right now, when it appears that our weapons design and manufacturing companies have blown any overweening competitive edge we might have had, compared to Russia and China's weapons designers.

Folks, this is a dangerously nasty place for the US military to be, particularly in light of the fact that it may be flirting with war with Russia and Iran in Syria in the very near future.

As those of you who read this blog understand, I loathe the concept of war as a solution to this country's geopolitical problems; but when that happens, to protect our men and women in the military, our weaponry manufacturers have an obligation to give them the best they can; Lockheed Martin has failed our military miserably with the F-35, and should be working 24/7 to correct these flaws.

Sep 07 10:04

DRIVING OUT MILITANTS FROM IDLIB NOW TOP PRIORITY IN SYRIA – PUTIN

Driving the extremists out of Syria’s Idlib province should be the primary goal at this stage of the Syrian peace process, Russian President Vladimir Putin said following a meeting with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts.
The Russian leader once again said that Moscow has “irrefutable” evidence that terrorist groups entrenched in the militant-controlled province are seeking to stage false flag attacks using chemical weapons.

“Our common absolute priority lies in the total elimination of terrorists in Syria,” Putin said, adding that Russian forces had recently helped to liberate the southwestern part of the war-torn country and confirming that Idlib province has become the primary target now. “The presence [of militants] poses a direct threat to the … civilians in the whole region,” the president warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big problem here, is that the US government won't let this happen as naturally and gracefully as it should, as President Trump has made the statement that the US military is going to be in Syria...indefinitely:

DONALD TRUMP BACKS PERMANENT U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN SYRIA BECAUSE HE DOESN’T TRUST RUSSIA’S INFLUENCE THERE, REPORTS CLAIMS

US Commits to Indefinite military presence in Syria

IF, in fact, these reports are true, one has to wonder just how soon the US, Russia, Syria, and Iran, will be drawn into a nasty military confrontation here in Syria; I don't know what kinds of odds Vegas bookies are putting on this happening, but my sense is soon, and most probably right before the midterms, in order to "energize President Trump's base about going to the polls and voting the Republicans back into control of the government.

Sep 07 08:33

The U.S. Military Is Winning. No, Really, It Is!

The easiest of those questions to resolve is the last one and the American Legion should already know the answer. Members of that veterans group played key roles in a mammoth “We Support Our Boys in Vietnam” parade in New York City in 1967 and in a 1973 parade in that same city honoring veterans of that war. Then, 10 years after the last U.S. troops snuck out of South Vietnam — abandoning their allies and scrambling aboard helicopters as Saigon fell — the Big Apple would host yet another parade honoring Vietnam veterans, reportedly the largest such celebration in the city’s history. So, quite obviously, winning a war isn’t a prerequisite for a winning parade.

Sep 07 08:31

Planes, tanks and helicopters: Equipment shortfalls are hurting the Guard’s readiness, leaders say

The Tennessee National Guard currently has trainers in Ukraine, armored units in Poland, aviators in Kosovo, and other airmen and soldiers deployed across Southeast Asia and the Middle East. That’s to say nothing of domestic missions like disaster relief for which they are also responsible.

Although those missions are broad, Tennessee Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Max Haston said his guardsmen are well trained to accomplish their tasks. Still, readiness shortfalls on big-ticket items strain their capabilities.

“The biggest thing that does impact readiness ... is ensuring we have a common platform across our services,” Haston told Military Times.

Sep 07 08:25

Fully autonomous ‘mobile intelligent entities’ coming to the battlefields of the future

A killer robot by any other name is far more palatable to the general public. That may be part of the logic behind the Army Research Laboratory Chief Scientist Alexander Kott’s decision to refer to thinking and moving machines on the battlefield as “mobile intelligent entities.” Kott pitched the term, along with the new ARL concept of fully autonomous maneuver, at the 2nd Annual Defense News Conference yesterday, in an panel on artificial intelligence that kept circling back to underlying questions of great power competition.

“Fully autonomous maneuver is an ambitious, heretical terminology,” Kott said. “Fully autonomous is more than just mobility, it’s about decision making.”

Sep 07 08:24

Can the US military still innovate quickly?

In the era of great power competition, the speed at which competing militaries are capable to innovate and evolve could determine who would win in a war. In light of the need for speed, military innovation experts at the Defense News Conference tackled the question of whether the Department of Defense can still move quickly to develop new technologies and capabilities.

Sep 07 08:12

Norwegian Armed Forces Warn of Collateral Damage During Major NATO Drill

During previous exercises of comparable size, Norwegian farmers sustained damage from NATO tanks that amounted to the tens of thousands of kronor.

The Norwegian Armed Forces have warned of collateral damage during the upcoming NATO drill Trident Juncture, one of the largest in the country's history, national broadcaster NRK reported. Everything from livestock to vehicles may be affected.

According to the military newspaper Forsvarets forum, damage is expected in the following areas: croplands, forests, roads, power and telecom installations, cars and pets (including chickens dying from high vibrations or larger animals becoming overly stressed by noise from the drills).

Hedmark farmer Erling Aas-Eng is also fearful that the damage may be extensive.

Sep 06 09:45

US, Turkey Agree 'Any' Syrian Offensive in Idlib 'Unacceptable' - US State Dept

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Tuesday over the phone with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, about the situation in Idlib, Syria.

The statement on the call, attributable to State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, takes a stronger position against than the one taken by US President Donald Trump the day prior.

In this image from video provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, April 7, 2017.
© AFP 2018 / FORD WILLIAMS/U.S. NAVY
US Media ‘Conditioning’ Public For Bombing Raids on Syria
"President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, in my viewpoint, "the other shoe" which is about to fall, and we have to wonder; just how are the US and Turkey going to respond to the next military pounding of Idlib by Syrian, Russian, and Iranian military, go in and invade?!?

And here is a companion piece, by Aljazeera.com:
The Scenarios for the Battle of Idlib

I am hoping - and praying - that the US government and military don't do something so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid, that it paves the way for yet more war in a region so desperately in need of peace.

Sep 06 09:27

REPOST - BOMBSHELL Documents Expose The Secret Lie That Started the Afghan War

Sep 06 09:16

A YEAR AFTER CALLING IDLIB “AL QAEDA'S LARGEST SAFE HAVEN SINCE 9/11,” THE US GOVT IS TRYING TO SAVE IT

As the Syrian government and its allies prepare to begin a military offensive against the last rebel-held province in the country, top U.S. government officials and even U.S. President Donald Trump have recently urged Syria to refrain from “recklessly” attacking the Idlib province, warning that it could result in a high civilian death toll. These recent statements of U.S. government officials have sought to portray Idlib as chiefly populated by civilians and benign opposition “rebels.”

Yet, just last year, one of the U.S. government’s top counterterrorism officials involved in the country’s Syria and Iraq policy stated on video that, in contrast to current government statements, Idlib is dominated by none other than the Al Qaeda terrorist group and that the province should be a major focus of U.S. counterterrorism policy given the threat that Idlib represents to global efforts to fight terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US government doesn't want the combined forces of Russia, Syria, and Iran, to gut Idlib of terrorists, because it is the US government which is funding, arming, and supporting those terrorists as a "base" from which the US can reach out, and destroy more of Syria, even when time and logic have proved this a thankless task in all the years in which Syria has been at war, a war essentially designed and operated by US-funded interests.

The way the term "chemical attack" is being bandied about by our UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, is a clear telegraphing of what US interests, most probably the White Helmets, and their ilk are going to do so, by creating such a false image of a chemical attack, most probably against children, staged as the "justification" for US troops going into Syria to attack it.

Sep 06 09:12

Mueller is complicit in run up to Iraqi War; Weapons of Mass Destruction

Sep 06 09:00

JOINT STATEMENT WELCOMING THE CEASEFIRE IN TRIPOLI

The text of the following statement on Libya was released by the Governments of the United States of America, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

The Governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the result of the mediation reached today by the United Nations Support Mission that aims to deescalate violence in and around Tripoli and ensure the protection of civilians. We reiterate our strong support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ghassan Salame as he works to realize an immediate and durable cessation of hostilities in the Libyan capital, which is a critical step to advancing the political process in accordance with the United Nations Action Plan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am crossing my fingers here, that the cease fire does hold, but not holding my breath, as many of these have come and gone without success in really stopping the fighting.

Sep 06 08:58

Wealthy Americans have stepped up investment in New Zealand. Parliament votes to ban foreigners from buying bolt-hole homes.

Years of doomsday talk at Silicon Valley dinner parties has turned to action.

In recent months, two 150-ton survival bunkers journeyed by land and sea from a Texas warehouse to the shores of New Zealand, where they’re buried 11 feet underground.

Seven Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have purchased bunkers from Rising S Co. and planted them in New Zealand in the past two years, said Gary Lynch, the manufacturer’s general manager. At the first sign of an apocalypse — nuclear war, a killer germ, a French Revolution-style uprising targeting the 1 percent — the Californians plan to hop on a private jet and hunker down, he said.

“New Zealand is an enemy of no one,” Lynch said in an interview from his office in Murchison, Texas, southeast of Dallas. “It’s not a nuclear target. It’s not a target for war. It’s a place where people seek refuge.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here, is that it's a 12 to 15 hour flight from San Francisco to New Zealand; these folks are going to have to see, in their "crystal balls" far ahead of any major war, in order to get out ahead of the coming catastrophe.

I frankly do not believe, if a major military confrontation starts to break out, that they will have that 12 to 15 hour luxury of actually getting there to New Zealand in time.

Sep 05 15:22

Farage backs calls to 'boycott' ARMY as British soldiers arrive in Bosnia wearing EU flags

NIGEL Farage has condemned the EU's continuous attempts to create a European [army] as British soldiers arrived in Bosnia on Tuesday wearing EU flags on their sleeves for European training exercise.

Sep 05 12:03

WHO IS INSTIGATING HOT WAR BETWEEN NATO AND RUSSIA?

Over the past few months NATO member states have sharply increased their pressure on Russia. The Euro-Atlantic establishment is strengthening the image of Russia as a fierce enemy. It is very useful to have such a foe to justify your own reckless foreign and domestic policy.

The situation has already led to a recognizable deterioration of the relations between the two sides undermining problem-solving mechanisms, like the UN Security Council or the OPCW.

The most alarming result of these actions is a growing military escalation between NATO and Russia in the Black Sea region and in Eastern Europe overall. NATO member states have increased their airspace activity and the number of ground military exercises near Russia’s border.

Sep 05 08:25

Layoffs hit London defence giant General Dynamics Land Systems

London’s defence giant cut its workforce Tuesday and the union representing workers fears more job losses may be on the way.

General Dynamics Land Systems Canada laid off 28 of its 60 temporary workers, largely from its engineering area, and Unifor Local 27 is hearing rumblings about a downturn at the plant.

“It’s been in the wind. I think there may be more coming,” said Jim Reid, chairperson of Unifor Local 27, the union representing workers.

“We hear it’s up and down there. One day the Saudi order is going great guns, the next it’s at a standstill. I don’t know what the answer is.”

Sep 05 07:54

Mapping The United States Of Arms

The United States is the world's largest weapons dealer.

Will Geary, @wgeary, mapped the flows of arms exports leaving the U.S. from 1950 to 2017 to produce the fascinating video...

Sep 05 07:29

Marines Begin Amphibious Landing Exercises In Sweden Ahead Of Massive NATO War Games

The Marine Corps Times on Tuesday reported the details of the run-up to what's being described as NATO's largest ever military games in a decade, called Trident Juncture, set to take place right up along Russia's border with Europe.

Currently, the US Marine Corps is engaged in preparatory maneuvers with Swedish counterparts in a training exercise that involves mock raids and amphibious operations up and down Sweden's coastal island archipelagos.

Some 75 US Marines are said to be involved in the training which involves navigating an area of thousands of small islands known as the Stockholm Archipelago and which extend nearly 40 miles to the east into the Baltic Sea.

Sep 04 08:55

US Drone Policy Goes from Bad to Worse: The Stimson Center Report 2018

Now the task force seems to have thrown caution to the wind, recognizing that the Trump administration could not care less what the Stimson Center has to say. Despite the failures of the Obama administration to heed most of the recommendations of the first report, as reflected in that administration’s poor “grades” in the second report, it has become increasingly clear that the Trump administration has no intention even of showing up for school: “U.S. drone policy under the Trump administration has thus far been defined by uncertainty coupled with less oversight and less transparency.”

Sep 03 08:57

Will Someone In Washington Play The Ace Of Spades Before November?

With regard to American foreign and security policy, President Donald Trump presents a paradox. Aside from some harsh bluster (“fire and fury” directed towards Pyongyang in the lead-up to an unprecedented US-North Korea summit), Trump generally seems to want more peaceful ties with the rest of the world and an end to wasteful and dangerous conflicts.

On the other hand, if that is his intention, he’s been unable to make much headway with an establishment that constitutionally is totally under his authority but in practice seems to be almost entirely independent of his supervision.

Sep 03 08:55

US military can intervene in Venezuela: Senator Rubio

The US military can take necessary actions to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power as his government has become a threat to US national security, says Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

In an interview with Univision, an American Spanish-language TV network, Rubio, who is a vocal opponent of Maduro, said a military intervention by Washington was not out of question.

“I believe that the Armed Forces of the United States are only used in the event of a threat to national security. I believe that there is a very strong argument that can be made at this time that Venezuela and the Maduro regime has become a threat to the region and even to the United States," he said.

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Here's your rifle...

Sep 03 08:48

‘Unusual Vibration’: Troubled US Navy Stealth Ship Gets 15-Ton Replacement Motor

A troubled US Navy stealth frigate got a new engine, after something blew out one of its primary turbines.

A Zumwalt-class destroyer, the Michael Monsoor, named for a Navy SEAL who fell on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers, has had one of its two main turbines — similar to those that drive the Boeing 777 jetliner — swapped out in a delicate operation described by a Bath Iron Works spokesperson as a "pretty interesting engineering evolution."

Completed in August, the carefully engineered swap saw one of the ship's two 15-ton Rolls-Royce marine turbines lifted and oh-so-slowly maneuvered out of the bowels of the 15,000-ton boat, replaced by an entirely new motor.

Taking out the huge engine and replacing it in an already completed but as-yet-incomplete destroyer required going through a "number of twists and turns," according to the shipyard spokesperson, cited by Defense One.

Sep 02 23:18

The Day U.S. Military Supremacy Publicly Ended

Military Budgets

The U.S. Military budget for FY 2019 will be $716 Billion. Add $70 Billion for Homeland Security, $70 Billion for the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies, $186 Billion for veterans’ benefits, and the U.S. spends more than a trillion dollars a year on “defense.” Two trillion dollars covers yearly mandatory expenses for social security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest on the federal debt, leaving less than one trillion out of the country’s $4 Trillion budget left for everything else.

Russia’s military budget is $61 B a year, less than 10 percent of the U.S. military budget and less than that of Saudi Arabia.

Given the above facts, Russia would appear to be no match against the U.S. militarily.

Sep 02 10:26

How to stanch Syria’s bloody final showdown

“Right now, our job is to help create quagmires [for Russia and the Syrian regime] until we get what we want,” says one administration official, explaining the effort to resist an Idlib onslaught. This approach involves reassuring the three key U.S. allies on Syria’s border — Israel, Turkey and Jordan — of continued American involvement.

Sep 02 10:25

Pentagon's Answer To Yemen Atrocities? Train More Saudi Pilots... On US Soil

New federal procurement documents unearthed and reported by TYT show that the US Air Force is planning to train Saudi pilots on US soil, which would mark the first time since the US-Saudi coalition's bombing campaign began three years ago.

The government documents show the Air Force is seeking private contractors to train Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) personnel to be “conducted in the U.S. at contractor’s facility.” The solicitation deadline is listed for Sept. 24, which suggests the program will move forward at rapid pace, but doesn't indicate when the training will begin.

According to TYT Investigates, it appears the Pentagon is trying to belatedly show it's "taking action" in response to increased international publicity and humanitarian outcry in response to recent atrocities of its Saudi partners:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely, thoroughly wonderful; apparently, there have not yet been enough Yemeni deaths to satiate the collective appetites for assassination of the American Merchant of Death in Chief (President Trump) and the B.O.Y. (the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Prince Bin Salman).

What next, "body counts" by the corporate Presstitutes and Waresspondents, as we witnessed during the Vietnam War?!?

Sep 02 09:22

Chagos Island’s ethnic cleansing case heads to the ICJ in the Hague on Monday. A US cable published by WIKILEAKS is a central exhibit.

Cablegate revelations have been used in many court cases from the International Criminal Court (the ICC) to domestic appeals courts. The most recent has been running since July and involves geopolitical corruption in which the UK government deported the entire native population of the Chagos Islands, turned it into a secret U.S. military base, Diego Garcia, and then conspired with the U.S. to falsely declare it a Marine park to prevent the native population from claiming a right of return.

Sep 01 09:58

US Military Presence in Africa: All Over Continent and Still Expanding

Around 200,000 US troops are stationed in 177 countries throughout the world. Those forces utilize several hundred military installations. Africa is no exemption. On August 2, Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier took command of US Army Africa, promising to “hit the ground running.”

Aug 31 09:38

NORTHCOM Commander: "The U.S. Homeland Is No Longer A Sanctuary"

Air Force General Terrence O’Shaughnessy ended a speech at the 140th National Guard Association conference in New Orleans this weekend with an ominous warning that the era of great power competition doesn’t leave the United States mainland uncontested. The U.S. “homeland is no longer a sanctuary,” according to the four-star general.

Aug 31 08:43

NATO: A criminal and a liar

Using a Goebbels-style mechanism to whitewash the truth, repeating lies and inventing non-existent threats to perpetuate itself, NATO uses the media to brainwash a gullible western public, employing a manipulation of fear to implement its trans-national policies, parading Russia as the eternal ogre.

Aug 30 12:39

America’s Recent Achievements In The Middle East

Here are before-and-after pictures

Aug 30 07:29

VIDEO: Syrian Army uncovers US-made weapons in Hama

YUP! The US Military caught once again supplying material aid to terrorists!

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:50 P.M.) – Based on accurate intelligence info, the Syrian Army has unearthed a huge weapon cache in Tulul al-Humur village in southern Hama countryside.

Aug 30 07:25

Combat Footage: ISIS collapses in east Swaida as Army gains more ground

Any attack by the US and it's allies will be in support of terrorists.
The Syrian War has exposed the US and it's armed forces as the biggest supporters of terrorism on the Planet!

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Army continues to overrun the Islamic State in its last stronghold of the eastern countryside of Swiada; seizing more territories from the terror group.

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