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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Jul 11 09:18

Caroline Glick: NATO Is the Author of Its Own Demise

One of the interesting aspects of the hysteria is that NATO’s supporters never seem to think it is necessary to explain why it would be a bad idea to end the alliance. In a spate of interviews ahead of the summit, NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchinson enumerated the many ways that Russia threatens Europe and U.S. interests. But while the threats she mentioned – political subversion through social media, nerve agent attacks in Great Britain, support for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) treaty, and annexation of Crimea – are all major threats, they are not the main threats that the U.S. faces today. Moreover, NATO has been ineffective in confronting these malign actions by Russia.

NATO’s ineffectiveness ought to be the key issue of discussion when considering its future. But to date, that weakness has been largely overlooked in the rush to blame Trump for allegedly destroying America’s alliances.

Jul 11 08:22

Trump CRUSHES Nato Secretary General with massive truth bomb rant

Jul 10 16:31

GERMAN PARLIAMENT REPORT: U.S. PRESENCE IN SYRIA IS ILLEGAL

The Scientific Services of the German Bundestag are the equivalent to the Congressional Research Service in the United States. Members of Parliament can ask the services to give their neutral expert opinions on legal questions and other issues. Opinions by the Scientific Services are held in high regard.

Jul 10 12:31

BEX ALERT - Top Iranian general: Forces in Syria ‘awaiting orders’ to destroy Israel

In a recent speech, the deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) boasted that the “Islamic army in Syria” in the Golan Heights was awaiting orders to eradicate the “evil regime” of Israel.

He also said the Tehran-backed Hezbollah terror group had 100,000 missiles aimed at Israel.

“We are creating might in Lebanon because we want to fight our enemy from there with all our strength,” he stated. “Hezbollah today has tremendous might on the ground that can on its own break the Zionist regime. The Zionist regime has no strategic-defensive depth.”

In the speech for the anti-Israel al-Quds Day in June, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Hossein Salami said that the dangers Israel faces today are greater than at any time in history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If MEMRI allegedly translated this, I would be reasonably sure that the translation has been conjured to misrepresent everything the guy said.

But what we can expect, this having gone out from the TIMESOFISRAEL.com, will be a false flag to be blamed on Iran, and soon.

Jul 10 12:07

For Peace With Putin, End America’s Pointless Wars

The upcoming summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is an overdue opportunity for the American president’s next bold peace initiative. It is time for the U.S. to stop its wasteful wars, and Russia can be a constructive partner to this end.

The mainstream press on both sides of the Atlantic will howl against any agreement between Trump and Putin—no matter what’s in it. So why not take steps that the American public will instinctively understand and that will provide the support for Trump to end America’s failed interventions? Besides what are his opponents going to do? Vilify him for seeking peace and starting the process of healing the many wounds of the wars? The American people are not fooled by false claims that Trump is soft on terrorism; they are aware that U.S. military interventions oftentimes can—and do—fuel terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Crimea was never "annexed"; after the uprising which threw Yanokovych under the proverbial bus, and brought Poroshenko into power, the Crimean people did two things, both ensrhined in the UN charter.

The Crimean government, post-putsch, held a free and fair referendum of their people, asking if they wanted to stay in Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to join it. Overwhelmingly, the Crimean people voted to petition the Russian Federation to join it, and the petition was accepted by the Russian Federation.

Jul 10 11:58

There’s Nothing the U.S. Navy Can Do to Avoid a Submarine Gap

In 2018, the U.S. Navy has finally begun to come to terms with a long-term problem that has been decades in the making.

The fleet has too few attack submarines. And arresting the growing shortfall — never mind reversing it — could prove too expensive.

The Navy needs 66 nuclear-powered attack and guided-missile submarines according to a 2016 assessment by then-Navy secretary Ray Mabus. But in mid-2018 the sailing branch possessed just 56 attack and guided-missile boats — SSNs and SSGNs, respectively, in Navy parlance.

The current force includes 13 Virginia-class vessels, 36 boats of the Los Angeles class, three Seawolfs and four former Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines that, in the early 2000s, the Navy converted into SSGNs carrying non-nuclear Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Jul 09 14:41

EU3 to open trade with Iran independent of US dollar: Russia FM

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the three major European signatories to a landmark nuclear deal with Iran agreed to establish trade ties with Iran independent of the US dollar.

Since the United States' unilateral move in May to withdraw from the nuclear accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), European companies are under mounting pressure from Washington to cut business ties with Tehran.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement and that he plans to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

Lavrov said on Monday that the decision by France, Germany and Britain would mainly concern small and medium-sized companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet more brilliant, unintended consequences from the US withdrawl from the P5+1 deal with Iran!!

And if these people are not going to be trading in the US dollar for Iranian oil, what is the US going to do, go to war with Europe AND Russia, AND Iran?!?

Whatever advisors who told President Trump that this was a good idea, obviously did not think this all the way through.

Jul 09 12:40

Europe Cannot Cope With Any Further Armed Conflict On The Continent

European leaders are not only unable to counteract the demographic crisis on the Old Continent, but are also losing ground in terms of defense. President Trump’s skepticism and reservation about the military ideas of European bureaucrats Ankara’s increasingly aggressive actions towards Cyprus and Greece, and the rapprochement between Turkey and Russia highlight NATO’s weakness on the eve of its summit in Brussels.

Jul 09 09:54

Chinese "Laser AK-47" Field Test Video Seeks To Silence Skeptics

To convince skeptics and naysayers the Chinese company that was the focus of international headlines after unveiling its “laser AK-47” that it claimed can set fire to a target from nearly a kilometer away has released a video of the weapon being tested as proof of its capability.

As we highlighted, among the first to call bullshit on the claims published in a South China Morning Post report detailing the ZKZM-500 produced by the Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences was a US military and veteran website.

After all, the original report touted the weapon could "burn through clothes in a split second… If the fabric is flammable, the whole person will be set on fire. The pain will be beyond endurance," according to a Chinese weapons expert cited.

Jul 09 09:50

America First, Helsinki, And Trump's Existential Threat To The Empire

The major – perhaps only – redeeming virtue of the Donald’s ersatz campaign platform was his clear intent to seek a rapprochement with Russia, revamp America’s commitments to NATO and other cold war relics and to discard "Regime Change" as the core tenant of foreign policy. In essence, "America First" was to become the new route to domestic security and safety.

Those eminently sensible notions struck the Deep State’s raison d’etre to the quick during the campaign; and by hook or crook, the Donald’s rapid fire actions toward these objectives since April have induced a palpable shock in the Imperial City.

Clearly he means to withdraw America’s 29,000 military hostages now stationed in South Korea in return for some sort of peace treaty, economic normalization and denuclearization arrangement with Kim Jong-un.

Jul 09 09:41

Peace Activist: We Are In a Situation Where Big War Is Not Out of Discussion

While the authorities in Brussels are preparing for the annual NATO leaders meeting, peace activists from all over the world have also gathered in the city to protest against the alliance’s plans and to voice their concerns at a counter-summit. Sputnik met with Co-President of the International Peace Bureau Reiner Braun to discuss NATO’s policies.

Jul 08 06:13

Book Review - Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning by Andrei Martyanov

The fact that the US is facing a profound crisis, possibly the worst one in its history, is accepted by most observers, except maybe the most delusional ones.

When speaking of this crisis, most people will mention the deindustrialization, the drop in real income, the lack of well-paid jobs, healthcare, crime, immigration, pollution, education, and a myriad of other contributing factors. But of all the aspects of the “American dream”, the single most resilient one has been the myth of the US military as “the finest fighting force in history”.

Americans have no experience of real warfare (that is warfare in defense of their own land, family and friends) at all. For Americans warfare is killing the other guy in his own country, preferably from afar or above, while making a ton of money in the process. For Russians, warfare is simply about surviving at any and all cost. The difference couldn’t be greater.

Jul 07 10:54

Leaked Chinese Memo Warns Of "Thucydides Trap" With US, "War Is Unavoidable"

A series of leaked internal documents reveal that China's military reforms are aimed at allowing Beijing to "manage a crisis, contain a conflict, win a war" and overtake the United States in military strength, according to the Express.

The leaked documents were published by the Central Military Commission in February for the purpose of spreading President Xi Jinping’s “thought on strengthening the armed forces”.

If the reforms go ahead, they will lead to heightened tensions with China’s neighbouring countries, including Japan, in the East and South China Seas and the US. -Express

“As we open up and expand our national interests beyond borders, we desperately need a comprehensive protection of our own security around the globe,” read the leaked documents, which adds that a strong military is the best way to "escape the obsession that war is unavoidable between an emerging power and a ruling hegemony".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War with China, by the US, at this point, could well be devastatingly horrific for this country; and I say that, because the US military, at this point in its existence, doesn't have the troop strength, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

And the question which must be asked is, knowing how greatly China has improved its weaponry and ocean and air military capabilities against those of the US, why has this been allowed to happen by subsequent administrations, and put our military development in these areas behind the proverbial 8 ball?!?

Jul 07 10:46

No Gold Ever Leaves China ... They Are Hoarding It and Russia Is Buying It

- U.S. China trade war escalates as Russia stockpiles gold on the Keiser Report
- Trump's erratic and risky trade policies pose a risk to dollar as reserve currency
- China, Russia "getting cosier" with Silk Road and increasing economic cooperation
- China and Russia "want to do business outside of the dollar" and "dollar will finally reach its comeuppance"
- "No gold ever leaves China ... they are hoarding it and Russia is buying it"
- Makes sense to be "accumulating lots of gold"

In this final episode of the Keiser Report from Paris, France, Max and Stacy discuss if a genuine trade war has erupted between China and the U.S. and look at nations, including Russia, stockpiling gold and also cover our recent market update (June 21): Russia Buys 600,000 oz Of Gold In May After Dumping Half Of US Treasuries In April.

Jul 07 10:43

Israel blames Hamas for deaths of children its soldiers killed

Israeli forces shot 22-year-old Muhammad Abu Halima in the chest, killing him, during protests east of Gaza City on Friday.

Nearly 400 people were injured along Gaza’s eastern boundary on the 15th consecutive week of the Great March of Return demonstrations. Nearly 60 were wounded with live ammunition, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

On Wednesday the health ministry announced that Mahmoud Majid al-Gharableh, 16, had succumbed to his wounds after being shot in the head on 14 May, which saw the highest number of fatalities in a single day since the launch of the protests in late March.

Al-Gharableh is the 20th child among the nearly 150 Palestinians reported killed by Israeli forces in Gaza during that period, the vast majority of them during protests. More than 4,000 others have been wounded by live fire.

Crude propaganda
Israel has resorted to crude propaganda to deflect blame for the deaths of Palestinian boys and girls hit by bullets fired by its soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These statements are complete BS, on the part of the Israeli military and government.

Lying to the people of Israel, and to the people of the world, just isn't going to work any more; this is a multi-faceted genocide against the Palestinian people, and the Israelis and the world know it!

Jul 07 10:37

Yemen on Brink of Catastrophe as U.N. Envoy Pushes for Truce: U.S. backing of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could be enabling the disaster.

top U.N. diplomat is trying to broker a truce between warring factions in Yemen as aid groups and country experts warn of a brewing humanitarian catastrophe.

Martin Griffiths, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen, is visiting in the capital of Sanaa to mediate between government forces and Houthi rebels, whose three-year war is seen as a proxy for a broader conflict between a U.S.-allied Arab coalition on one side and Iran on the other.

The United Arab Emirates, which backs Yemen’s government alongside Saudi Arabia, has sent forces to the Houthi-held city of Hodeida, whose port supplies the country with 70 percent of its humanitarian and commercial goods.

Aid groups fear that a battle there could make the port inaccessible to the rest of the country, where some 8.4 million people are on the brink of starvation and millions more rely on humanitarian aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sincerely doubt that Martin Griffiths will be allowed to succeed here, in stopping the fighting.

And I say this, because, like the General in the film "Avatar", the US, UAE and Saudi leadership want to create a crater in the memory holes of the Yemeni people so painfully huge, that they never rise up in this manner again, ever.

And if that means genocide through air and ground attacks, starvation, disease, and amputations on toddler's legs from war wounds, with no anaesthesia, terrific! Bring it!

That appears to be your current view of what is, and should be happening, in Yemen, in the eyes of these men, and their military.

But I would like to politely, quietly, and peacefully suggest to the Butcher of Yemen, AKA, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman, the UAE president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and to President Trump, the world is watching here.

IF you choose not to allow a negotiated peace here move forward, after all the war crimes you have collectively inflicted on the peole of Yemen over the last 3 years, the world will be condemning outright what you are doing here, and history will remember you all as war criminals, but nothing more.

And to Ivanka Trump and Melania Trump, two very smart women to whom the President does pay attention: please show President Trump the following images of what US enabled Saudi war crimes look like in Yemen; I don't think the rest of his advisors have shown him these images, and I think he needs to see them.

Images: Yemeni children killed by Saudi Bombing Runs

And no, ladies; these images have not been photoshopped to make them appear to be more gruesome than they already are.

Jul 07 10:35

Raytheon Is Developing A 100kW Tactical Laser For The US Army

Raytheon is developing a mobile 100 kW laser weapon system under the U.S. Army’s $10 million High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstration (HEL TVD) program contract. With the Pentagon flush with cash from the Trump administration, laser weapon systems have been a significant focus regarding research and development before the next round of global hybrid conflicts.

In a recent news release, Raytheon said the 100 kW laser would be mounted on a Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV).

“The beauty of this system is that it’s self-contained,” said Roy Azevedo, vice president of Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business unit.

As Azevedo adds, “multi-spectral targeting sensors, fiber-combined lasers, power and thermal sub-systems are incorporated in a single package. This system is being designed to knock out rockets, artillery or mortar fire, or small drones."

Jul 07 10:06

BEX? Leaked Chinese Memo Warns Of "Thucydides Trap" With US, "War Is Unavoidable"

A series of leaked internal documents reveal that China's military reforms are aimed at allowing Beijing to "manage a crisis, contain a conflict, win a war" and overtake the United States in military strength, according to the Express.

The leaked documents were published by the Central Military Commission in February for the purpose of spreading President Xi Jinping’s “thought on strengthening the armed forces”.

If the reforms go ahead, they will lead to heightened tensions with China’s neighbouring countries, including Japan, in the East and South China Seas and the US. -Express

“As we open up and expand our national interests beyond borders, we desperately need a comprehensive protection of our own security around the globe,” read the leaked documents, which adds that a strong military is the best way to "escape the obsession that war is unavoidable between an emerging power and a ruling hegemony".

Jul 07 10:04

Craig Murray: No Need For NATO

A NATO summit approaches that brings Donald Trump to Europe and then on to these [British] shores, and brings the usual clamour for more of the taxpayers’ money to be given to arms manufacturers.

Yet NATO is a demonstrably useless institution.

It’s largest ever active military deployment, for 12 years in Afghanistan, resulted in military defeat throughout 80% of the country, the installation of a pocket regime whose scrip does not run further than you can throw the scrip, and a vast outflow of heroin to finance the criminal underworld throughout NATO countries.

Look at this chart closely, and marvel at the fact that the NATO occupation began in early 2002.

Jul 07 10:04

THIS IS WHAT WAR PROPAGANDA LOOKS LIKE IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

I’ve been noticing videos going viral the last few days, some with millions of views, about Muslim women bravely fighting to free themselves from oppression in the Middle East. The videos, curiously, are being shared enthusiastically by many Republicans and pro-Israel hawks, who aren’t traditionally the sort of crowd you see rallying to support the civil rights of Muslims. What’s up with that?

Well, you may want to sit down for this shocker, but it turns out that they happen to be women from a nation that the US war machine is currently escalating operations against. They are Iranian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by these moves.

Jul 07 09:33

Incoming Mexican president to seek negotiated peace in drug war

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s transition team unveiled a plan on Friday to shake up the fight against crime, including reduced jail time but stiffer controls on weapons, as the country reels from a militarized drug war.

The concept of “transitional justice” is part of the incoming government’s integral security strategy, Olga Sanchez, Lopez Obrador’s proposed interior minister, told Reuters in an interview before her team unveiled the plan.

Transitional justice typically involves leniency for those who admit guilt, truth commissions to investigate atrocities and the granting of reparations for some victims.

“Not only will it be amnesty, it will be a law to reduce jail time,” Sanchez said.

“We will propose decriminalization, create truth commissions, we will attack the causes of poverty, we will give scholarships to the youth and we will work in the field to get them out of the drug situation,” she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish President Obrador all the luck in the world in these efforts, as the people of both Mexico and the US border states, have been terrorized by this drug war, for far too long.

Jul 07 09:09

SOUTH SYRIAN REBELS AGREE SURRENDER DEAL, ASSAD TAKES CROSSING

South Syrian rebels agreed to give up arms in a Russian-brokered ceasefire deal on Friday, rebel sources said, surrendering Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies, reports Reuters.

The Syrian government recovered the Nassib border crossing with Jordan, held by rebels for three years, state media reported, after an assault in insurgent territory along the frontier backed by Russian air strikes.

A state television correspondent said the rebels had agreed to hand over heavy and medium weapons in all the towns and cities included in the surrender deal.

Rebel sources said Russia would guarantee the safe return of civilians who fled the government offensive in the biggest exodus of the war, with 320,000 people uprooted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on the Russians for having negotiated this deal; they have saved a lot of future bloodshed by getting the rebels to surrender, and at this point, are really looking like the "Adults in the Room" when it comes to Syrian geopolitics.

Jul 07 09:06

EFFORTS TO SAVE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL BRING RUSSIA AND CHINA CLOSER TO EUROPE

The remaining parties to the P5+1 nuclear deal, China, Russia, Germany, France, and Britain are all trying to save the pact since the pullout of the US. Whether they’ll be able to do so remains to be seen, but the joint effort is bringing the nations all closer together.

A Friday meeting in Vienna centered on saving the deal, and also provided opportunities for top-ranking diplomats from the various nations to hold closed-door, sideline talks. With the US having withdrawn itself from the deal, discussions on the deal are effectively now bringing everyone else in line and facing the US opposition to the deal as a mutual problem.

The nations are not only in agreement about the need to save the deal but seem to be heading in a direction which Iranian FM Javad Zarif called “practical,” in their united opposition to the US pullout from the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, yes, one of the "brilliant" unintended consequences of President Trump backing out of the P5+1 deal, to appease Sheldon Adelson and Benyamin Netanyahu; the world is coming closer together to save the Iran deal!

Bravo, Mr. President, for your unending idiocy, and this listening to really bad advice, on the issue of Iran.

And if you haven's seen this (and I would sincerely doubt that anyone in your cabinet would have referred this to you), please check out the following video:

Don't Tell Mother I'm In Irana,available on the subscription channel of Nat Geo.

Jul 06 15:31

FLASHBACK - The FBI Announces Gangs Have Infiltrated Every Branch Of The Military

The FBI has released a new gang assessment announcing that there are 1.4 million gang members in the US, a 40 percent increase since 2009, and that many of these members are getting inside the military (via Stars and Stripes).
The report says the military has seen members from 53 gangs and 100 regions in the U.S. enlist in every branch of the armed forces. Members of every major street gang, some prison gangs, and outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) have been reported on both U.S. and international military installations.

Jul 06 12:03

Blaming Iran for the Sufferings of Yemenis Is Laughable

The new U.S. leadership is resorting to every ploys and lies to demonize Iran. The new project of Iranophobia has intensified since Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state in late April. He seems to be superseding in animosity against Iran in comparison to John Bolton, the national security advisor to Trump.

Pompeo’s degree of hatred toward Iran was fully laid bare during his speech at the Heritage Foundation on May 21 in Washington.

It is quite clear to the entire world that it is Saudi Arabia and the UAE – the United States’ close friends – which have created human tragedy in Yemen by strangulating and starving millions of people in the poor Arab country. Maybe it is the easiest way to blame Iran for what Washington’s friends have been doing.

How can Iran, even if it wanted, to help Yemeni rebels while the country is besieged by the Saudi-led alliance. Attempts to link the miseries of the Yemenis to Iran can never hide the crimes being committed by the Saudi-led coalition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would characterise President Trump, in his wanting to sell more and more weapons to the Saudis, for the purpose of its genocidal assault against Yemen, as the American Merchant-of-Death-in-Chief.

Oh, and BTW, Mr. President: here is what US government-enabled Saudi war crimes in Yemen look like:

Images: Yemeni children murdered by Saudi bombing runs

Mr. President, as a Christian pacifist activist, and witness, as long as there is breath in my body, I will continue to advocate for a US foreign policy which values moral, hard-won negotiations over the use of bombs and bullets, as the way the US should be resolving its international disputes.

But to blame Iran for the craziness of the US-enabled Saudi military's war crimes in Yemen, is disingenuous beyond belief, sir: it will not, and cannot, work, because the American people have awakened from their geopolitical slumber, after having been lied to about the justifications for the wars in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan, and will be both peacefully, and effectively vigilant, that the US not be lied into another war, this time against Iran, no matter how much Sheldon Adelson, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the Butcher of Yemen (AKA Prince bin Salman) want the US military to fight this war.

Jul 06 11:43

How $21 Trillion in U.S. Tax Money Disappeared. “Full Scope Audit” of the Pentagon

According to the Department of Defense Inspector General and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, $21 Trillion in Taxpayer Funding Is Unaccounted For.

To help people comprehend the scale of this, $1 Trillion is $1000 Billion. This means that $21,000 Billion in taxpayer money has gone missing.

It is as if the accountability and appropriations clauses of the U.S. Constitution were just window dressing, behind which this mind-numbing malfeasance thrives.

Technically, this is a violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, a statute carrying felony sanctions of fines and imprisonment.

Congress and the Pentagon annually report and hold hearings on DOD’s lack of financial accountability and sometimes enact new laws, but many of the new laws simply permit the Pentagon to ignore the previous ones; others are eyewash.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Increasing money into a continually corrupt, under-performing military industrial complex, will not solve the problem; changing the corporate culture of the military industrial complex will.

This approach has to be two-pronged; the first is, that military contractors can no longer line the pocket of both parties, both overtly, and covertly, with contributions which make their companies the most likely to get the opportunity to bid expensive military contracts. This should be a meritocracy, where smaller, leaner companies get the opportunities to bid also.

Secondly, and this should be written into every military/industrial contract, failure to deliver product, on time, within budget, and performing as advertised, will become a felony against the American people, for which those executives can be tried, found guilty, and subject to hard jail time.

Those two actions, taken together, would cure the problem; unfortunately, given the insane level of corruption in both our government and procurement processes, that is apt to happen... just about when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Jul 06 11:29

AN AMERICAN CENTURY OF BRUTAL OVERSEAS CONQUEST BEGAN AT GUANTÁNAMO BAY

IT IS A testament to the Washington establishment’s rhetorical dexterity that it labeled Guantánamo Bay home of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. U.S. leaders meant, of course, to refer to the hundreds of non-Americans detained at the base over the past 16 years. But a closer look at the history of Guantánamo tells a different story — one in which the United States, beginning 120 years ago this June, used the enclave in southeastern Cuba to launch decades upon decades of terroristic overseas conquest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A " take the high moral ground" country would let go of Guantanamo, and give it back to the Cuban government long ago; however, unfortunately, at this time in its history, the US is not that country.

Torture of prisoners of war goes unabated, both at Gitmo, I was force-fed at Gitmo; what guards are now doing is far worse and at Emerati "Dark Sites" in Yemen.

Yemeni prisoners say the Emeriati offices sexually torture them

Torture rarely produces actionable intelligence, but produces, instead, false confessions, in order to get the torture to stop, and adds "depth and dimmension" to the agendas created with which to support and justify the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America's endless wars on hapless countries which have never done anything to us, but just happen to sit on resources, like oil, rare earth minerals, or opium poppies, which the US government wishes to expropriate.

I would like to politely point out that such torture, particularly in Yemen, is being done under the watch of Gina Haspel, CIA Director, who just assured Congress that she would no longer allow torture, if she got confirmed to the post of CIA director.

Unfortunately, it is painfully apparent that with Ms. Haspel, that public posture, and reality, have utterly no meaningful relationship whatsoever in her world.

Jul 06 10:55

Putin Is Preparing a Deal Trump Can Tout After Summit

Kremlin officials are in intense negotiations with their counterparts in Washington to strike at least one deal they hope will let President Donald Trump tout his summit with Vladimir Putin as a triumph that justifies steps to repair relations.

At the top of the list for the July 16 meeting in Helsinki, Finland, is Iran’s role in Syria, an issue that Moscow is simultaneously negotiating with Tehran, a senior Russian official said on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized to comment on the record.

Putin has agreed in principle to U.S. and Israeli demands that Iranian-backed forces in southern Syria be kept away from Israel’s border, replaced with troops loyal to the government in Damascus, two Kremlin advisers said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My fingers are crossed on this; but what gobsmacks me here, is the number of people who are utterly committed to this meeting being an abysmal failure, and are doing everything within their power to prevent a positive, and reasonable, outcome from this summit.

Jul 06 10:35

The Pentagon's new mission statement: Neo-colonialism & hegemony unmasked

The US has long sought to deny its hegemonic character while emphasizing its democratic character. It now seems all such pretence has been abandoned.
“False face must hide what the false heart doth know,” Shakespeare writes, in words that for time immemorial should have sat pride of place under the Great Seal of the United States on front of the podium whenever any president, cabinet member, congressman, or indeed any US official proclaimed their country a champion of democracy.

Now, with the US Department of Defense amending the mission statement of the US military from a ‘deter war’ stance to a ‘sustain American influence abroad’ stance all pretense, as mentioned, is over, allowing the country’s political and military elite to bask in the warm glow of hegemony unmasked.

Jul 06 09:00

MAX BOOT, PRO-REGIME CHANGE, PRO-WAR NEOCONSERVATIVE, NOW FORMER REPUBLICAN, BASICALLY COMPARES TRUMP’S GOP TO THE NAZI PARTY

What is going on here? Seriously? The Russia thing isn’t working so now they are trying to play up the “Trump is a Nazi” and you are a horrible, deplorable person if you like him in any way? That’s the tack this week?

Jul 06 08:28

Ready for a New ‘Missile Gap’ and Arms Race?

Apparently spending 60% of our annual tax payments on the military and on pointless wars around the world that only seem to create more chaos and more hatred of the US as we already do now isn’t enough. We need to blow even more of our hard-earned income on weapons and war in another pointless arms race that never should have even been contemplated, much less launched. Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s it was the so-called “Missile Gap” that led to a paroxysm of massive spending on developing ever larger missiles and nuclear bombs to be carried by them, the construction of costly missile silos to house them, and a fleet of huge missile launching submarines to bring them closer to the coasts of the Soviet Union and China.

Jul 05 16:09

‘To Prevent Veterans’ Suicide, US Should Stop Waging Wars Across The Globe’

Moral injury is the real reason why US veterans are committing suicide, as they realize all the horrors of war and innocent people killed were for nothing but US corporate interests, US Iraq war veteran Vince Emanuele told RT.

Jul 05 15:35

Do We have to Worry About President Trump Using the NDAA?

Now since Hillary is not president and Donald J Trump is now the commander-in-chief. He has a lot of laws that were meant to put down the Patriot movement now can be used against the globalist assets. It is not talked about but I can tell you it probably has the globalist scared.

Jul 05 09:42

Trump will tell NATO nations U.S. cannot be the world's piggy bank

“What the president is going to do is go into these meetings with the mindset to protect the American people, stand with our partners and allies - but as he has said many times before America is thought so often to be the world’s piggy bank. And that’s gotta stop,” Gidley told reporters as Trump flew to West Virginia. Trump has pressured some NATO allies to significantly increase military expenditure.

Jul 05 08:56

Trump Reportedly Asked Aides About Invading Venezuela

Apparently, President Trump's offhanded remarks about sending tanks to Venezuela were more than just a scare tactic. Trump reportedly asked a group of senior administration officials why the US couldn't simply invade Venezuela during a meeting in the Oval Office, according to the New York Post. The meeting was called to discuss sanctions against members of the Venezuelan regime.

?Trump's suggestion shocked members of his administration who were in the room, including former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former national security adviser HR McMaster. Months later, Trump was told by his aides not to mention his invasion suggestion during private dinner with leaders from four Latin American allies on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. But he did it anyway, surprising members of his staff. Trump also raised the idea with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Jul 05 08:25

EU to create first-ever joint fund to finance defense technologies development, fight inefficiency

For the first time ever, the European Parliament has approved setting-up an EU-wide fund to support the development of defense technologies and equipment. The move is aimed at boosting the European defense spending efficiency.

The initiative called the European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP) is aimed at lending financial assistance to the EU defense companies in development of “new and upgraded products and technologies,” a press release published on the EU Parliament’s website says. The program, which envisages allocating €500 million ($582 million) from the EU 2019-2020 budget to co-finance defense projects, is expected to make the EU “more independent” in the defense field while making its defense spending “more efficient.”

Jul 05 08:15

Farage Slams EU Army Plans, Bloc ‘Hell-Bent on Collision with Trump’

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has slammed the European Commission president for building an army to rival NATO and the U.S. military, claiming the bloc is “hell-bent to be in direct collision with Donald Trump”.

The former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) blasted the unelected Brussels boss Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

He was attacking the bloc’s ‘PESCO’ project, a Brussels defence cooperation agreement signed in November 2017 by 23 member states, informally known as the European Union (EU) army.

Jul 05 07:49

The United States of Terror!

Two recent articles* have again demonstrated that the greatest “terrorist” entity on earth is not the bogymen – Russia, China, Iran, North Korea – so often portrayed by Western presstitudes and the American government, but the United States itself! Ever since World War II, the US has been the most militaristic, far surpassing all of the Communist and dictatorial regimes combined.

Some startling and rarely reported facts:

Currently, the US drops on someone or something a deadly explosive once every12 minutes

W. Bush’s military dropped 70,000 bombs on five different nations during his murderous regime

Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Barrack Obomber, launched 100,000 bombs on seven countries

Funding this mass murder is a reportedly $21 trillion (!) that is unaccounted for in the Pentagon’s coffers

Jul 05 07:39

‘To prevent veterans’ suicide, US should stop waging wars across the globe’

Moral injury is the real reason why US veterans are committing suicide, as they realize all the horrors of war and innocent people killed were for nothing but US corporate interests, US Iraq war veteran Vince Emanuele told RT.

Jul 05 04:53

EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THE MILITARIZATION OF POLICE FORCES LEADS TO MORE CIVILIAN DEATHS.

Why do some police officers resort to lethal force so quickly? In new research, Edward Lawson Jr finds that this growing tendency is closely linked to the increasing militarization of American law enforcement. A more militarized worldview, he writes, leads to police departments acquiring more military equipment and pushes officers towards the use of lethal force instead of other, potentially non-lethal, options.

Jul 04 19:30

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier

An ancient Irish lament, sung by Diane Taraz on her CD "Songs of the Revolution."

Jul 04 19:18

Fife and Drum Music of the Revolutionary War

Excerpts from "Fife and Drum Music of the American Revolution: Military Music in America series, vol. 1," produced by the Company of Military Collectors & Historians, Washington, D.C. with George P. Carroll, Director of Music -- from about 1976.
(Improved audio from my earlier upload of this same.)

Jul 04 19:14

American Revolutionary Song: Chester - William Billings

Chester was a patriotic anthem composed by William Billings and sung during the American Revolutionary War. Billings wrote the first version of the song for his 1770 songbook The New England Psalm Singer, and made improvements for the version in his The Singing Master's Assistant (1778). It is the latter version that is best known today.

The curious title of the song reflects a common practice of Billings's day, in which tunes were labeled with (often arbitrarily chosen) place names. Billings's song evidently has little more to do with any particular town named Chester than his hymn tune Africa has to do with Africa. With identifiable names for compositions, performers could select different lyrics to sing with the music without creating confusion.
This song would rival Yankee Doodle as the unofficial anthem of the rebel colonies

Jul 04 19:12

American Revolutionary War Song:Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys

Lyrics:

Ho--all to the borders! Vermonters, come down,
With your britches of deerskin and jackets of brown;
With your red woolen caps and your moccasins come,
To the gathering summons of trumpet and drum.
Come down with your rifle!
Let gray wolf and fox
Howl on in the shadow of primitive rocks;
Let bear feed securely from pig-pen and stall;
Here's two-legged game for your powder and ball.
Then cheer, cheer, the green mountaineer, then cheer, cheer the green mountaineer

On the south came the Hessians, our land to police;
And armed for the battle while canting of peace;
On our east came the British, the red coated band
To hang up our leaders and eat up our land.
Ho--all to the rescue! For Satan shall work
No gain for the legions of Hampshire and York!
They claim our possessions--the pitiful knaves--
The tribute we pay shall be prisons and graves!
Then cheer, cheer, the green mountaineer, then cheer, cheer the green mountaineer

Jul 04 12:31

Boys are forced to rape their MOTHERS and little girls are told witchcraft will allow them to catch bullets: UN report reveals mass rape and cannibalism in Congo war

Horrific atrocities including mass rape and cannibalism are taking place in a war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a UN report.

Testimony from the country's Kasai region included boys being forced to rape their mothers, little girls being told witchcraft would allow them to catch bullets, and women forced to choose gang-rape or death.

Both rebels and government troops have committed atrocities during the conflict including dismemberment of civilians, according to accounts published by a team of U.N. human rights experts who said the world must pay heed.

The team investigating a conflict in the region told the U.N. Human Rights Council last week that they suspected all sides were guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Jul 04 12:05

‘This Is Apartheid, There Is No Better Word for It’: Calls for Boycott Growing Among Mainstream Israelis

A prominent Israeli scientist and a translator penned a joint op-ed for the Guardian last week calling on the international community to intervene on behalf of Palestinians, before time runs out. The pair, vice-president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities David Harel and writer and translator Ilana Hammerman, gained traction not only because of what they wrote, but who they are: They are not marginal public figures, they are not boycott or BDS activists, and they are not anti-Zionists. They are established and mainstream career professionals renowned in arts and science circles. And they fear, “The state of Israel is facing a catastrophic situation, which could, alarmingly soon, lead to extensive bloodshed.”

From their editorial:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are very, very brave people whose work in this direction needs very much to be commended.

But they are working against a wretchedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons, and I am hoping, and praying, as a Christian, that peaceful progress between Israelis and Palestinians can happen.

Unfortunately, however, Israel doesn't want peace; it wants territory, and by any means necessary. I think that the next couple of months will be momentous, in seeing what transpires here, but I wish I had a better sense for the evolution of a potential deal for peace, but just do not see anything that will give Palestinians satisfaction for giving up the Right of Return.

Jul 04 11:39

Iraq expands airbase near borders with Syria, likely to receive more U.S. troops: Officer

Iraq has started expanding an airbase in Anbar province, a senior Iraqi army office was quoted saying on Tuesday, adding that the expansion is likely to receive U.S. troops.

Speaking to the London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper, the office said construction work as well as expansion at Ain al-Assad base have started on an area of several kilometers. “The expansion included the northern and western parts of the airbase.”

The expansion, according to the source, “takes place under strict security measures.” The officer did not clarify the real reasons behind the expansion, saying it’s likely “to receive more troops in the base, located in a desert region, which still has havens of Islamic State members.”

The source did not rule out that the expansion of the military base could be “to receive U.S. troops, especially with news on surveillance operations by the U.S. forces near Iraqi-Syrian borders.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US war against Iraq, begun in April of 2003, will never be ended.

The US miitary is insisting it stay, so that it doesn't appear to have lost.

I am, however, wondering if, after the recount of the Iraqi election, which started yesterday, Mugtada Al Sadr's block is still deemed to be in power, just how he and his loyalists are going to take the memo about potentially more American troops being placed there!!

Jul 04 11:09

Another Saudi Coalition Wedding Massacre in Yemen

This is just the latest wedding massacre carried out by Saudi coalition forces. The coalition has illegally treated all of Saada as a military target for three years, and it has routinely struck civilian targets ever since. U.S. military assistance to the coalition enables attacks like this one, and it has not made coalition attacks any less likely to hit civilian targets. On the contrary, by providing the coalition with unconditional backing for its campaign and refusing to criticize them for their war crimes the U.S. makes attacks on civilians a certainty. There is no excuse for providing weapons and fuel to governments that slaughter people in their homes, schools, markets, and during their wedding celebrations. That support must end, and it is long past time that Congress voted to end it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As long as I have breath, I will peacefully, logically, and clearly witness to the US enabling of Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

These people, particularly the children, are not "expendable" or collateral damage; they were innocent civilians who had the horrifically bad luck to be at the absolute wrong place at the absolute wrong time.

Here are some images of what the US is assisting the Saudis in doing in Yemen:

Images: Yemeni civilians, infants, and children, slaughtered by Saudi air raids

If you can look at these, and feel absolutely nothing about the pain, suffering, and death these US-enabled Saudi troops are creating, toward a complete genocide of the Yemeni people... I'm sorry, but you cannot truly be a human being.

Jul 04 10:45

US And Israel Form "Working Group" To Overthrow Iran Government

When economic protests quickly turned into widespread anti-regime protests engulfing some 75 mostly provincial cities and towns across Iran in late December and into January, we took note of the State Department's brazen pro-revolutionary rhetoric calling for "elements inside of Iran" to lead a "transition of government" in spokesperson Heather Nauert's own words (echoing prior statements by then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson).

We posed the question then, and raised it again with renewed unrest in Tehran and the southern city of Khorrmashahr over this past week: are we witnessing regime change agents hijacking economic protests?

Indeed a high level joint US-Israeli "working group" has been meeting for months with just this goal in mind as Axios confirms in a bombshell new report: "Israel and the United States formed a joint working group a few months ago that is focused on internal efforts to encourage protests within Iran and pressure the country's government."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is geopolitical hubris on an order of magnitude that amazes even me, and that is a rare situation!

There are too many countries all too ready to do business with Iran for its oil, sidestepping US sanctions, and avoiding the US dollar alltogether. These include China, India, and Turkey. In fact, the Trump administration has had to soften its stance on this demand:

U.S. Softens Demand That Countries Stop All Iran Oil Imports

And note the curious date by which these countries were supposed to comply; 4 November. So one has to wonder; will there be another blustery "OR ELSE!!" from the White House against these countries, or is this a date by which a go/no go decision will be made on a military attack against Iran, if the current protests are unsuccessful at achieving the regime change in Tehran wanted by the US and Israeli governments?!?

Jul 04 10:30

China's Aircraft Carrier Fleet Poised to Expand Rapidly

There is a “considerable chance” the number of aircraft-carrying ships available in the Chinese navy will be seven instead of four by 2025 because of a “lower profile defense program” that has already taken shape, a new report indicates.

The People's Liberation Army-Navy has plans to build three large aircraft carriers in addition to the Liaoning, a carrier whose frame was built in the former Soviet Union before being purchased and retrofitted by the Chinese. Each follow-on carrier to join the Liaoning in the Chinese carrier fleet is at various stages of development and construction, with the Type 001A, the country's first domestically built carrier, already past its first sea trials.

In addition to the heavy duty carriers, though, the Chinese navy has several smaller aircraft carriers in development similar to the America-class and Wasp-class ships operated by US Marines and the US Navy, military analyst Abraham Ait wrote in a report published by the Diplomat June 30.

Jul 04 10:30

30 YEARS AGO TODAY, U.S. SHOT DOWN A PASSENGER PLANE KILLING 290 CIVILIANS AND COVERED IT UP

On July 3, 1988, the United States killed 290 innocent Iranian civilians when it shot down Iran Air Flight 655—a tragic event that is not mentioned in history textbooks in school, and that is widely ignored in the context of current relations between the U.S. and Iran.

The scheduled flight was traveling from Tehran to Dubai, and there were 66 children on board, all of whom were killed, as no passengers or crew members survived the attack. The plane was shot down by the USS Vincennes, which was operating within Iranian territorial waters. It targeted the large Airbus A300 and then insisted that crew members mistook it for an F-14 fighter jet, despite the obvious difference in size.

At the time, Iraq and Iran were engaged in a bitter war that was declared by Saddam Hussein on Sept. 22, 1980. The United States’ support for Iraq in the conflict is notable because it would later go on to overthrow Hussein in 2003.

Jul 04 10:14

The S-500 system got a rocket capable of firing at 185 kilometers high

Russia's zenith-rocket systems will get a "long arm" that will allow them to "catch up" even in the cosmos.

This is an assessment by Moscow military experts after successfully testing a long-range missile that will also target the S-400 and S-500, which will soon be available to Russian missile and ground forces.

The tests were carried out on the famous military field Kapustin Jar, and the rocket itself - which received the condition mark 40N6E - may be ready for use this year. And this, even if it is shifted toward the end of the year, will be 'happening'.

The 40N6E rocket is capable of hitting targets in a near cosmos - at altitudes of up to 185 kilometers.

In the distance - up to 400 kilometers.

Jul 04 10:01

GERMAN PROTESTERS FED UP WITH US WARS BLOCKADE RAMSTEIN AIR BASE

About 2,500 people gathered outside the largest US base in Germany over the weekend as the Trump administration considered a possible US withdrawal from the country.

Sputnik Deutschland contributor Marcel Joppa was on the scene for Saturday’s protest, joining people of all ages including seniors as old as 80 years old, who endured the summer heat and faced down the police to show their discontent with US military operations launched from German soil.

Organized by the “Stop Air Base Ramstein” civil group, the protest was attended by several politicians, most notably Sara Wagenknecht, the leader of The Left Party faction in the Bundestag.

Addressing the crowd, Wagenknecht spoke out on the issue of drone warfare, “which although not written about much in the big press continues to take place.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on you, Sara; good on you!

And, BTW. did you hear a word on this protest from last weekend, from the American Presstitutes?!? Nothing, Nada, Nein, Zip!!!

Jul 04 09:52

CIA Undermines North Korea Summit By Leaking Report To Media Asset

Just as it was reported that the summit between the United States and North Korea was back on and that Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea was on his way to New York to meet with officials in preparation for the June 12 summit, the CIA leaked an intelligence assessment concluding that “North Korea does not intend to give up its nuclear weapons any time soon.” The timing of this leak is striking, as it seems to be an effort to undermine negotiations between the two nations and comes just days after ranking members of the Democratic Party and Republican hardliners attacked President Donald Trump over his efforts to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Jul 04 09:25

LEAKED EMAILS REVEAL PRO-SAUDI INTRIGUE AT 2016 GOP CONVENTION, ATTEMPTS TO SUPPRESS 9/11 DOCUMENTS

Late last week Middle East Eye published the bombshell contents of newly leaked emails which confirm that "the relationship between the Emiratis and the president’s [Trump's] inner circle was cemented earlier than previously thought." And this follows previous emails which we've reported on here.

The new batch of emails shed further light on UAE and Saudi efforts to penetrate the Republican platform in 2016, which the emails show "was altered to remove a call for the publication of 28 pages of allegedly incriminating documents from the 9/11 inquiry" — and attempts to prevent Trump from making any remarks that could potentially embarrass Saudi Arabia, specifically (as one email reads) "the issue of her [Hillary Clinton] taking Saudi Arabian money".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have almost all but given up on the American political process, because of the naked corruption evidenced by both sides of the aisle.

I wish Mike and I could claim asylum, or citizenship, in a country which doesn't stoop to war crimes through which to achieve its geopolitical agendas (as in the US government enabling the Saudi government with war crimes in Yemen), but we are, unfortunately, both too old, and too broke, to make something like this happen.

Jul 03 12:00

Cyber Command moves closer to a major new weapon

The Air Force issued a formal proposal earlier this month for the Department of Defense’s long-awaited cyber weapon system, known as the Unified Platform, sources tell Fifth Domain.

DoD officials have said the Unified Platform is one of U.S. Cyber Command’s largest and most critical acquisition programs to date. Industry officials have said it is necessary to conduct cyber operations and is critical to national security.

Jul 03 11:57

Senators 'dismayed’ as new report reveals Pentagon overestimated F-35 savings by $600 million

A Senate committee has slammed the Pentagon's beleaguered F-35 fighter jet program, for claiming that a $661mn spend on bulk-buying parts would help it save some $1.2 billion. The real amount is half that, it has been revealed.
The Senate Appropriations Committee, which has recently greenlighted a boost in spending for the F-35 program, despite it being plagued by delays and cost overruns, raised the issue last week, after the Defense Department's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office report revealed that the Pentagon had greatly exaggerated the economic effect from its attempt to cut the F-35 program costs.

Jul 03 11:55

EXCLUSIVE: Documents reveal Pentagon censorship of military suicides, trauma in Hollywood

A 2016 study found that 20 US veterans kill themselves every day. Department of Defence (DOD )statistics show that the suicide rate among veterans is around twice the rate in the non-military population. An analysis in 2017 said that a suicide attempt in a military unit makes other attempts more likely, and that 20% of all the suicides in the US are by military veterans.

These brutal statistics testify to the futility of our post-9/11 wars, as well as the horrors inflicted on those employed to fight these wars on the ground.

What has never previously been reported is the extent to which the Pentagon’s entertainment liaison offices manipulate and censor films, TV shows and documentaries to try to downplay or erase the widespread problem of military PTSD and suicide.

Jul 03 11:50

'Continued Underspending': Trump Slams NATO Over Inadequate Defense Expenditures

US President Donald Trump has sent letters to the leaders of some NATO states expressing Washington's discontent over the countries' non-compliance with their obligations to increase defense spending, The New York Times reported.

The letters to NATO allies, including Belgium, Canada, Germany and Norway, have been sent as early as last month, The New York Times newspaper reported on Monday.

"As we discussed during your visit in April, there is growing frustration in the United States that some allies have not stepped up as promised…Continued German underspending on defense undermines the security of the alliance and provides validation for other allies that also do not plan to meet their military spending commitments, because others see you as a role model," Trump's letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in particular, said as quoted by the media outlet.

Jul 03 09:15

Russian Military Signs Contract For First Batch Of Fifth-Generation Jet Fighters

The Russian military approved the first state procurement contract for a dozen fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft, said Deputy Defense Minister of Russia Alexei Krivoruchko on Saturday.

Krivoruchko told reporters that a batch of the Sukhoi Su-57, a stealth, single-seat, twin-engine multirole fifth-generation stealth fighter will be delivered to the Russian military in the near term.

Speaking highly of the work by the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer on the production of the fifth-generation fighter jet, Krivoruchko added that engineers are concluding the last round of tests on the aircraft’s second-stage engines.

The aircraft will be manufactured at Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant, based in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East, which is the largest aircraft-manufacturing company in the country.

Jul 03 08:23

Iranian General warns against US plot to transfer chemical agents to region

A spokesman for the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces cautioned against “dangerous” moves by Washington to justify its presence in the region and said a ship loaded with chemicals has arrived in the Persian Gulf waters under the escort of a US warship.

In comments released on Sunday, Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said the American ship “MV Cape Ray” carrying chemical materials has recently docked at a port of a Persian Gulf littoral state under the escort of a US Navy destroyer.

The past records of the American ship show that it has been present in some coasts of Iraq and Syria, where the Americans have taken military action under the pretext of responding to alleged chemical attacks, he noted.

The American vessel loaded with chemicals has entered the region with the aim of transferring these materials to parts of Iraq and Syria, the senior spokesman added.

Jul 03 08:14

Behind the secret U.S. war in Africa

American special operations teams are playing a more direct role in military actions against suspected terrorists in Africa than the Pentagon has publicly acknowledged, planning and participating in combat raids by African troops in multiple countries including Somalia, Kenya, Tunisia and Niger, under a set of classified programs.

In repeated public statements, military spokespeople have said the American role in Africa is limited to “advising and assisting” other militaries. But for at least five years, Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other commandos operating under a little-understood authority have planned and controlled certain missions, putting them in charge of their African partner forces.

Jul 03 07:47

Does DoD know how to supply intel for cyber ops?

Cyber has been an official domain of warfare for nearly a decade, yet the Department of Defense is still learning how to integrate it with operations. And some members of Congress are concerned the traditional military intelligence organs to this day don’t understand intel support to cyber ops.

The House Armed Services Committee is directing that a briefing on the subject must take place by December 1, 2018. The briefing — delivered by the under secretary of defense for intelligence, in coordination with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the military services — is expected, according to a provision in the committee’s annual defense policy bill, to address multiple issues, including:

Efforts to standardize a common military doctrine for intelligence preparation of the battlefield for cyber operations;

Efforts to develop all-source intelligence analysts with the capability to support cyber operations; and

Jul 03 07:45

US spy planes are breaking down ? and lawmakers want answers

America’s aging C-135 reconnaissance planes keep breaking down, and alarmed lawmakers want the U.S. Air Force to tell them why.

Based at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, the 55th Wing’s Boeing-made reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering aircraft, all more than 50 years old, are meant to carry out critical missions from operating bases in England, Greece, Japan and Qatar.

But an Omaha World-Herald investigative series has found that mechanical problems plague the jets, cutting short 500 of their flights since 2016 and one of every 12 missions since 2015. That’s prompted Nebraska lawmakers to write to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, urging her to probe and report on the health of the 55th Wing’s worn-out fleet.

Jul 03 07:43

173rd Airborne Brigade’s new communications system aims to cut through fog of war

First put to use this spring, the system comprises both civilian and military technologies: smartphones, along with multiband inter/intra team radios that link to a network, and “the entire suite of devices in a modern military operations center,” Bradley said.

Brigade signal officer 1st Lt. Julianne Steurer said the network “provides the whole battlefield picture.”

The system allows for soldiers at the squad level to share graphics, photos and other battlefield information with one another and with commanders and technical operations centers — giving a clear, comprehensive battlefield picture.

Jul 03 07:43

Semper Bumble: Are Marines taking to dating app to find new recruits?

And while there are plenty of jokes to go around — like applauding his expert crayon response — witnessing such an exchange prompts one to ask: Is the military actually resorting to using dating apps to meet recruiting quotas?

It would appear the answer is yes.

It’s hard to dispute the sales pitch above as manifesting from anyone except an authentic Marine recruiter.

“Why?” you ask. Because no other person from any other profession would dare sell someone on the lie of financial stability after enlisting in the Marine Corps.

Every enlisted Marine — in every clime and place — knows that financial stability is as fabled a myth as Homer’s “Odyssey.”

Additionally, the proclamation of “hundreds of job opportunities” being available is true, but only in the sense that 99 percent of those jobs include police-calling cigarette butts on the parade deck at 5 a.m. with the assistance of a Vietnam era “moonbeam.”

Jul 03 07:41

X-ray bombs: When conventional explosives just won’t do

The U.S. Defense Department is researching how to use an X-ray bomb to neutralize chemical and biological weapons without damaging the structures that hold the weapons, New Scientist reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Biological weapons, yes. Chemical weapons, not so much.

Jul 02 12:49

CIA Teams Up With Defense Industry To Undermine Korea Negotiations

In a new development that will shock no one, factions within the CIA attempted for the second time in just over a month to undermine President Trump's peace overtures towards North Korea by leaking information calculated to decrease confidence in Kim Jong Un's willingness to earnestly negotiate.

On June 29, 2018, NBC News released a report quoting anonymous CIA officials who claimed that North Korea was increasing nuclear production at "secret sites" without providing any actual evidence for such claims. The report's credibility is further weakened by the fact that it also cited reports from a think tank which has strong connections to the defense industry and other private special interests.

Jul 02 11:11

Gaza family mourns slain son, 11: 'Not last child to be killed'

On Friday afternoon, as Israeli soldiers from the other side of the fence were firing tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition, Yaser Abu al-Naja and a few friends took cover behind a waste container away from the front lines of a protest in the Gaza Strip.

As Yaser briefly peeked out from behind the bin, an explosive bullet hit him in the head. His skull was shattered, resulting a bloody pulp in one side, eye-witnesses said.

Yaser was 11 years old.

His killing on Friday made him the 16th Palestinian child to be shot dead by Israeli forces since the launch on March 30 of the Great March of Return protests calling for the right of refugees and their descendants to return to the homes and lands from which they were violently expelled from in 1948.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A note to Palestinian parents; please know where your kids are, particularly as young as 11, and keep them indoors and safe; the IDF sharpshooters are going to look for the youngest ones, and savagely kill them in cold blood, as a "lesson" to their families for wanting their Right of Return.

Jul 02 10:58

Air Force T-6 squadron pauses training after more physiological scares

The Randolph pause follows a larger stand-down in February of the T-6 Texan II aircraft. The 19th Air Force grounded its T-6 fleet Feb. 1 after 13 pilots at three bases experienced “unexplained physiological events” during the last week of January.

Oxygen issues have plagued trainer and fighter aircraft across the military. Loss of proper oxygen levels, pressure or mixture have led to disorientation, consciousness and deaths for pilots that depend upon the systems to breathe as they maneuver at high altitudes.

Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force officials have previously said the rise in physiological events, or PEs, may in part be due to greater awareness by crews of potential symptoms, which has led to an uptick in reported events. Both the Navy and Air Force to date have been unsuccessful in finding a root cause behind the sharp increase in oxygen system failures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporations whose engineers who designed and built these systems, have the ultimate responsibility for fixing them.

IF they cannot, they should be thrown out of bidding on any other military contracts, and immediately.

Jul 02 10:54

Iran Aims to Keep Oil Exports Flowing Despite US Sanctions

Last week, US State Department officials announced that they are pushing nations to bring down purchases of Iranian oil to zero. With the US pulling out of the P5+1 nuclear deal, they are trying to restore a ban on Iran exports.

Iran, however, says that they intend to try to circumvent the US ban with new rules to make it easier to export oil. This will include allowing private companies to directly export the oil. Officials say they are determined to keep the oil flowing.

The US “down to zero” plan rests heavily on banning India and China from buying from the Iranians, and while Indian companies have suggested they will dial it back, China remains in the nuclear deal and almost certainly won’t give in to US demands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this US government tactic will fail; unfortunately, the next step, after failing to accomplish a financial destruction of Iran, will be US/Israeli military destruction against Iran.

But both countries need to take notice of the following reality; Russia has historically claimed that should Iran be attacked militarily, Russia will defend it.

I would politely suggest that both President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister need to take Russia at its word on this.

Jul 01 11:59

Obsessed With Regime Change: Trump’s Iran Gambit Won’t Pay Off

It is as clear as day that President Trump is obsessed with regime change in Iran. What is not made clear is how much his gambit is damaging to Americans and American interests.

Without cause or justification, Mr. Trump pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), striking a hard blow to America’s European allies – and its own credibility. Moreover, he threatened European countries with secondary sanctions should they continue to trade with Iran.

To top it all, in his latest move, he has called for all Iranian oil exports to be cut off by November. Or in practical terms, he is imposing an economic blockade on Iran. This is a similar scenario that was played out by the British in 1951 against Iran and Dr. Mossadegh – who was later overthrown in the 1953 British-US coup. But today, the IR of Iran is not the Iran of 1953, and the brunt of American demands and actions will not be borne by Iran alone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What President Trump cannot accomplish economically, post the mid-term elections, against Iran, he will try to accomplish by force against it.

And that ... is where he will well and truly fail, because in order to attack Iran successfully, he cannot be fighting Russia at the same time, as Russia has vowed to defend Iran should it be attacked militarily.

The US military, at this time in its history, does not have the money, the troop strength, the manufacturing, nor the weaponry to go head to head with Russia on Iran; and I would like to hope that the White House knows this.

Jul 01 11:47

US Senate Confirms New Military Commander In Afghanistan

The United States Senators approved a lengthy slate of nominations in the waning hours of work before their Fourth of July break, including a new commander for US and NATO’s Resolute Support Forces in Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. Austin Scott Miller, the 17th commander to oversee the American and NATO mission in Afghanistan, will succeed Gen. John Nicholson in that role and received his fourth star as part of the confirmation process.

Miller had a largely friendly confirmation hearing before the committee last week, in which several senators said they expected him to be confirmed easily.

He was questioned on plans to turn around the 17-year-old war.

According to a report by The Hill, US Senator Elizabeth Warren pushed Miller the hardest on the issue, quoting several past defense leaders as saying Afghanistan reached a turning point.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Changing the military command head in Afghanistan is somewhat akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, after it got rammed by the iceberg. Nothing here will change the outcome.

IF NATO and the White House had two braincells left to rub together, they would have their troops exit as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever govenment was left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights, rare earh development, and the opium poppies, the production of which has SOARED under US/NATO occupation.

Jul 01 11:30

Princely Visits

While the British prince was touring the country and uttering the fitting phrases about a "just peace", another prince from overseas was doing the same. Jared Kushner, the Jewish son-in-law of President Trump, was also touring the country. He was accompanied by Jason Greenblatt, another Jewish emissary from Trump. This holy pair, who make no secret of their utter contempt for the Palestinians, is supposed to make peace.

How will they succeed where dozens of other initiatives have failed? Why should they have more chance than the dozens who preceded them?

Well, they have a Big Plan. A Plan so Big that cannot be refused. A Secret Plan.

Secret from whom? From the Palestinians, of course. Binyamin Netanyahu was a partner in shaping it. If not actually its author.

Today, several wars later (who is counting?), Israel dominates in different ways all of historical Palestine. And peace seems far, far away.

Jul 01 11:21

End the Wars To Halt the Refugee Crisis

Italy’s new government, a coalition of the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement and the far-right League party, seems intent on stopping the flow of refugees into the country, as promised on the campaign trail.

However, if politicians continue to ignore the root causes of the problem, the refugee crisis will not go away on its own.

The disturbing truth is this: Europe is accountable for much of the mayhem under way in the Middle East. Right-wing pundits may wish to omit that part of the debate altogether, but facts will not simply disappear when ignored.

European politicians should honestly confront the question: what are the reasons that lead millions of people to leave their homes? And fashion equally honest and humane solutions.

In 2017, an uprising-turned-civil-war in Syria led to the exodus of millions of Syrian refugees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stop the wars; stop the mass migrations!

You're welcome, President Trump!! :-)

Jul 01 10:41

TRUMP ALLY GIULIANI SAYS END IS NEAR FOR IRAN’S RULERS

US President Donald Trump will suffocate Iran’s “dictatorial ayatollahs”, his close ally Rudy Giuliani said on Saturday, suggesting his move to re-impose sanctions was aimed squarely at regime change.

The former New York mayor who is now Trump’s personal lawyer was addressing a conference of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella bloc of groups of exiled Iranians opposed to the Islamic Republic.

“We are now realistically being able to see an end to the regime in Iran,” Giuliani said, pointing to recent protests in the country sparked by a currency collapse after Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal. Giuliani added:

When the greatest economic power stops doing business with you then you collapse … and the sanctions will become greater, greater and greater

At the same conference last year, John Bolton, who was appointed Trump’s National Security Advisor in April this year, told NCRI members they would be ruling Iran before 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The P5+1 deal was working perfectly, at least according to the IAEA, before "wreck-it Donald" decided to withdraw from it, under pressure from Israel's Netanyahu, and his biggest contributor, Sheldon Adelson.

And were I thinking about regime change in Iran, were I Rudy Giuliani, I would perhaps, temper my enthusiasm.

As long as its major partner/power players and in Europe, continue to trade with it (and using other than US dollars to pay for Iran's oil), Like Russia and China, Iran will be in no condition to collapse economically any time soon.

Meaning, if you want regime change in Iran, you (read: the US) will have to invade it, fight it, and conquer it, which will just get Russia's Putin laughing so hard at the insanity of it, that he will barely be able to walk.

And the reason I say this, is that at this time in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to successfully invade and conquer Iran.

And if there is anyone on President Trump's staff with even a little tiny bit of knowledge in Iranian regional history (which I would sincerely doubt at this time), they will advise President Trump that Russia has historically stated, most emphatically, that should Iran be invaded, Russia will come to its defense.

War with Russia... over Iran?!? In the immortal word/words of the TV show character Tony Soprano: "Fuggetaboutit!!"

Jun 30 10:06

Tusk Warns 'Immense Pressure' From Trump May Lead to NATO Collapse

The European Union should boost its defenses and be able to act independently of the United States, the 28-member bloc’s leaders said in a summit statement, released earlier in the day.

During a summit dinner, the president of the European Council laid out his concerns that the “immense pressure” the Trump administration is exerting on the North Atlantic Alliance could lead to its collapse.

“Despite our tireless efforts to keep the unity of the West, transatlantic relations are under immense pressure due to the policies of President Trump,” he said.

Jun 30 10:02

Plot E and American Soldiers’ Brutal Practices in WWII

The Oise-Aisne cemetery, dedicated to the fallen Americans in the First World War, has a small plot impossible to visit in which rest the remains of 94 soldiers executed for committing all kinds of atrocities against the civilian population.

The work of the soldier is always dark and anonymous. It consists, as General George Patton said at the time, in a basic rule: “The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his.” As if that were not enough, the story always reminds the high officials, but never the soldiers that shed their blood in Salerno or the fine sand of Normandy. That is why monuments and military cemeteries are so important for the nations like the United States because the names of the combatants allow to honor the memory of soldiers and not to forget them. Resting places such as the cemetery of Coleville, Omaha, are an example of this, hosting more than 10,000 American heroes.

Jun 30 09:59

War-Fighting and the Loss of Liberty

Professor Tucker argues in his Liberty Forum essay that a grand strategy, at least one that is dreamed of by experts, “is not a possibility for the United States,” and that if it were, we Americans would have fewer liberties. I agree. But I think he should have pursued that point much more aggressively. Partly because U.S. governments in this century and the last did pursue ambitious goals in other countries, we already have fewer liberties.

That does not mean that we, as Americans, should not have a grand strategy. I believe we should. Our strategy should be to maximize our liberty subject to the constraint that we should be relatively safe in the larger world. Fortunately, this strategy of maximizing our liberty would likely increase the liberty of many others in many other countries.

Jun 30 09:56

Officers censured for bringing 'embarrassment' on Navy in 'Fat Leonard' scandal

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has issued letters of censure to a retired rear admiral and two other officers found to have accepted inappropriate gifts and maintained unethical relationships with “Fat” Leonard Francis, the central figure in a widespread fraud investigation.

The censures – formal, permanent acknowledgements of wrongdoing – were issued last week to retired Rear Adm. Richard Wren, retired Capt. Timothy Conroy and Capt. Charles Johnson, the Navy announced Wednesday in a statement. The letters do not impact retirement benefits or pay for the officers reprimanded.

Jun 29 10:34

Prosecute Blair govt officials at ICC after torture report – ex-diplomat Craig Murray (VIDEO)

Craig Murray, the only British civil servant to express written concerns over UK complicity in torture and rendition, has told RT that former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw should face the International Criminal Court.
Murray was the British ambassador to Uzbekistan when he noted that MI6 operatives were receiving intelligence from the "torture chambers of the Uzbek regime," later expressing written concerns back to the Foreign Office and "to Jack Straw personally," only to be told that "in the War on Terror, the decision was that we would accept intelligence from torture."

"I subsequently became aware that in fact the Americans were also shipping people into Uzbekistan specifically in order for them to be tortured under the extraordinary rendition system," said Murray.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Torture is not about getting actionable intelligence; it is about getting confessions to use, in order to justify the US's current occupation of... well, fill in the blank: Iraq; Afghanistan; Libya; or Niger, or whatever country is coming up next on the US government's "to invade' list.

One German interrogator from World War II stood out from the rest; his name was Hanns Scharff, Wikipedia: Hanns Scharff and he never used violence or torture. In fact, he did the absolute converse, and was very kind to the men he interrogated, and took them on day passes for cultural events in the community.

He was so respected by the Allies that after the war, he was invited to teach his techniques to the American military.

Torture is uselessly barbaric, and those countries still using it, should be prosecuted to the fullest possible extent of international law; unfortunately, that will only happen...when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Jun 29 09:46

Trump Rapidly Expands Cold War-Era Footprint In Europe To Counter Russia

Does ‘America first’ really mean ‘Europe first’ in the preparation for war with Russia?

At the expense of the American taxpayer, the Trump administration wants to restore the Cold War-era footprint in Europethrough massive investments in military infrastructure to deter Russian aggression and reinforce allies.

It is odd that the administration wants to spend massive amounts of money on infrastructure projects in Europe, but has yet to fix America’s crippling D- infrastructure. Somehow, the priorities of this administration of ‘America first’ have been lost through the alignment with the military-industrial-complex and Washington’s warmongers.

The Trump administration asked for $828 million in 2019 to expand and upgrade military infrastructure projects throughout Europe as part of a continuous fearmongering campaign against Russia to allocate more money to defense. Nearly half of that construction funding would go towards U.S. Air Force projects.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but unfortunately, perfectly predictable for this Administration.

Jun 29 09:08

Yemen President Rejects UN Deal to Take Hodeidah, Raising Fear for Civilians

The fate of the Yemeni aid port of Hodeidah is in many ways the fate of millions of civilians across Northern Yemen, who rely on it as a sole source of food and medicine. The city is under attack by Saudi-led forces, and that is a massive risk.

The UN has tried to prevent this by negotiating a takeover of the port, an idea supported by the Houthi rebels who hold it. The deal, however, appears to have failed, with Saudi-backed President Hadi rejecting any deal to let the UN manage the city as an aid port.

Barring any changes, this leaves the Saudi-led forces continuing an invasion, reliant heavily on airstrikes and drawing increasingly near the ports themselves. This raises the likelihood of the port being severely damaged, and inoperable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely what the Butcher of Yemen, Saudi Prince Salman, wants to see happen here.

He will most probably order his military to shoot to kill those with the bad luck to be left alive after the port is taken, including infants; children; women; and the medically fragile elderly.

Jun 29 09:04

Saudi Arabia’s Misleading Email to Congress After Bombing of MSF Cholera Hospital

The Saudis must have been especially worried this time around. In the hours following the bombing of the MSF facility that Monday, June 11, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis acknowledged that the U.S. military advises the Coalition of “no-fire areas where there are civilians, where there’s mosques, hospitals.” When asked specifically about the cholera hospital, Mattis said emphatically, “We have to find out what happened there.” Mattis told the gaggle of reporters that he “just got off the phone” with Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, and that Votel’s staff was “scrambling” to determine what the Coalition had done. It was another admission on Mattis’ part that, at least this time, the United States would independently assess the Coalition’s actions, a responsibility which the Pentagon has not always acknowledged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis have deliberately bombed schools and hospitals in Yemen for the last 3 years; this is no different from their usual MO, methodically destroying what, for civilized people, should be sanctuaries of healing and respite.

It's presisely what the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Mohammed bin Salman, wants to see happen.

Jun 29 08:57

Why Palestine Matters

Why does Palestine matter? It’s a question I ask myself nearly every day. Another way to put it is, “Is the devotion of major attention to the plight of the Palestinians an obsession worthy of suspicion or an appropriate response to a grave historic and continuing injustice?

No one will be surprised when I reply that major attention is an appropriate response. Palestine matters and should matter. I will try to explain why.

First, perhaps most basically, the sheer cruelty – the scope of the violation of human, i.e., natural individual, rights – of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians warrants the concern of all who favor freedom and other (classical) liberal values: justice, social cooperation, free exchange, and peace.

Jun 29 08:48

Contact group says warring sides in Ukraine reach new ceasefire

The Ukrainian government has reached a fresh ceasefire with pro-Russia forces fighting in the east of the country, a contact group says, raising hopes for an end to a deadly four-year-long conflict.

The truce, which is slated to come into force on Sunday, was agreed at a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Ukraine in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk on Wednesday, said Darka Olifer, the spokesperson for Ukraine’s representative in the group.

The TCG, which comprises representatives from Kiev, Moscow, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), was formed in May 2014 in an attempt to facilitate a diplomatic solution to the war in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, collectively known as the Donbass.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed that this holds.

And we also have an interesting companion piece from unian.info:

Poroshenko set to send Constitution amendments to Rada to pave the way for EU, NATO

Jun 29 08:42

House passes $675B defense spending bill

The House easily passed $675 billion in defense spending Thursday after lawmakers tacked on provisions to bar the Pentagon from doing business with the Chinese telecom firms ZTE and Huawei and to pave the way for a dual purchase of aircraft carriers by the Navy.

The vote was 359-49, with 137 Democrats joining all but three Republicans to pass the fiscal 2019 defense appropriations bill.

The legislation would continue Republican-led efforts to build up the military. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), who chairs the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, called the legislation the "next critical step" in boosting U.S. military might.

"The priorities funded in this bill not only stop the erosion, but also enable our military to restore and increase their competitive advantage," Granger said on the floor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NO, Representative Granger, the quality of product in America's weaponry will not improve until a couple of things happen, and I will tell you what they have to be.

First, corporate heads of weapons manufacturers believe that, because they contribute so much campaign money to both parties,that it is just fine if products are delivered so late that they are obsolete upon delivery; that products don't have to function as promised, and that vast budget over-runs are completely normal.

There need to be two laws to address that; and the first is that weapons manufacturers should be forbidden by law from giving campaign contributions. And secondly, and this should be in every contract signed for military weaponry and components; if the products are delivered so late as to be obsolete upon delivery;, do not function as advertised; and have huge cost over-runs, that the presidents of those companies will be considered to have committed treason against the US military, tried, convicted, and serve jail time.

As draconian as these steps sound, they will cure the problem of the US military not getting its "bang" out of the money it spends on its weaponry.

The Russian and Chinese military now have the technological lead in weapons design and execution, and are spending far less than does the US military; so now, the US government and military are being forced to play "catch up".

As much as I hate war as a way with which to resolve international differences, when US-made weapons are deployed, I want our men and women in uniform to have the best of the best.

Jun 29 08:22

PUTIN WITHDRAWS 13 AIRCRAFT, 14 HELICOPTERS, 1140 SOLDIERS FROM SYRIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of some equipment and troops from Syria. He said that 13 warplanes, 14 helicopters, and 1,140 Russian soldiers have left Syria in the past few days.

Russia Today (RT) reported, today, that at a ceremony in honour of Russian military university graduates, Putin said that, “during its fight against terrorists in Syria, the Russian army clearly demonstrated its increased fighting capabilities and high level of coordination among its units”.

Addressing the freshman graduates, Putin added, “Today you and your colleagues should take full advantage of this experience in combat training.”

The Russian president pointed out that the new sophisticated weapons the Russian army will soon receive will multiply its military capabilities, adding that the intercontinental Avangard hypersonic missiles will be used by the Russian forces in the near future then to be followed a year later by the Sarmat missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported 3 days ago by theindependent.co.uk, by Robert Fisk:

This moment will go down in history: the US has given up on the overthrow of Assad in Syria

Jun 29 08:15

It’s delusional to think Britain should be a global military power

The armed forces want a big increase in defence spending. They are dreaming up threats

Jun 29 07:40

The NWO Globalists are attempting to destroy the American Republic with civil war.

The New World Order globalist cabal has given marching orders to the American political class, top corporate officers and leadership throughout civil society to launch the next phase of CIVIL WAR 2.0.

It’s the Rothschild international banking cartel that appears to be instigating this ever-intensifying civil war via foreign agents such as George Soros.

Nevertheless, it is the likes of George Soros, Barack and Michelle Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Tim Kaine, John Podesta, John Brennan, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, Andrew McCabe, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Tom Perez, Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, Kamala Harris and many other Democratic traitors who willingly carry water for the NWO cabal. Therefore, the single most effective initiative that President Trump can take to prevent civil war is to arrest George Soros.

Jun 29 07:22

How America’s Wars Fund Inequality at Home

On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump wasn’t shy when it came to the issue of debt. As he told Norah O’Donnell of CBS This Morning at the time, “I’m the king of debt. I’m great with debt. Nobody knows debt better than me. I’ve made a fortune by using debt and if things don’t work out I renegotiate the debt. I mean, that’s a smart thing, not a stupid thing.” So how perfect that he would become the president of debt, presiding (like his two predecessors) over what TomDispatch regular Stephanie Savell, co-director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University, calls America’s “credit-card wars.” Those conflicts, already almost 17 years in the making and still spreading, may, when the costs finally come due, lend a hand in the bankrupting of America and leave those who don’t fit comfortably into the 1% bracket in a ditch somewhere in Trump country.

Jun 28 15:23

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Jun 28 12:49

Iranian President Reopens Nuclear Plant: "We Will Bring The US To Its Knees"

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday: “We will bring the US to its knees in this battle of wills.” The Iranian government is continuing to warn of harsh retaliation against the United States after the Trump administration pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

According to PressTV, the threat comes as Washington continues to attempt to bully its allies into halting imports of Iranian oil after Donald Trump unilaterally quit the cornerstone international nuclear agreement instituted by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Iran has previously said there would be consequences should the US decide to withdraw from the agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This withdrawal from the P5+1 deal, is going to wind up costing President Trump very dearly, and will give the appearance that the US government cannot be trusted when it signs an agreement, and then renigs, on another Presiden't watch.

There was much about which I critized President Obama, but this agreement was not an area of disagreement between us; it worked, to the point where the IAEA has consistently reported that Iran has been complying will all the terms of the agreement since 2015.

To simply attempt to wreck it, both to destroy President Obama's legacy, and to appease one of his two BBFs in the Middle East, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, was a seismic geopolitical blunder on his part, and may well insure that the US will ultimately be going to war with Iran, a war which Netanyahu wants to see happen, but only at the costs of American blood, and American money.

But there is one factor here, which I am hoping President Trump will take into account in this issue, and that is the presence of Russia, whose politicians and military personnel have consistently promised to defend Iran, should it be attacked militarily.

Mr. President, I hope that you are, soberly, and clearly, taking into account of the ramifications of those promises; do you really want to see the US go to war against Russia over Iran?!?

This, sir, would be a war that the US military might well not win, because we are lagging far behind Russia in terms of troop strength, weaponry, and manufacturing.

Jun 28 11:18

UN Report: Saudi Coalition Behind Most Yemen Child Casualties

The annual “Children and Armed Conflict” report from the United Nations details the deaths of Yemeni children in the Saudi-led invasion. Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority of the slain were killed by the Saudi-led coalition.

The UN report verified 552 children killed in 2017 in Yemen. 67% of those children, 370, were directly attributable to the Saudi coalition, predominantly the result of Saudi airstrikes. Saudi airstrikes killing civilians have been an ongoing problem since the invasion.

The report said 83 children were killed in actions by the Houthi rebels, with another 41 killed by fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed government. The others were killed by that government, international allies, and a handful by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is deeply enmeshed in enabling these Saudi war crimes in Yemen; and as an American who does care, very much, about the future of American foreign policy, I am absolutely outraged at this, and also at the lack of outrage I see in the attitudes of my brother and sister Americans; of course, they can be forgiven, to some degree, for their willful ignorance, but not completely.

After all, when was the last time you saw US military involvement in Yemen covered by the corporate US presstitutes, whose business it is to deflect American awareness from the evil which this country inflicts in so many parts of this planet?!? The short answer is, nearly never.

But I am calling on everyone who doesn't know or understand what is going on here, to take a good hard look at the following compilation of images, and ask themselves: do I really want this being done in my name, and with my tax dollars?!?

Images: Yemeni children getting killed by Saudi airstrikes

If these images don't tear your hearts apart, particularly in understanding that the US government and military are enabling these Saudi war crimes in Yemen, you cannot possibly be human.

Jun 28 11:04

1,000 Surrender to Syrian Army in Southern Amnesty Offer

Syrian state media is reporting that an estimated 1,000 wanted men in southern Syria’s Daraa Province surrendered to the army on Wednesday. This included members of rebel groups, as well as draft dodgers and others.

This was part of an attempted reconciliation effort. The Syrian government promised amnesty, saying they’d clear the records of everyone who reached out to the army for a surrender instead of waiting to be captured.

The Syrian government is planning a large offensive in Daraa, one of the last rebel-held areas in the country’s south. There are some moderate rebel groups in the area, along with al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the Syrian government and Russia, are about to win this one!!

Jun 28 10:57

Syria’s Idlib Residents Warn of Potential Provocation by White Helmets

Residents of the Syrian province of Idlib have warned the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation about potential provocation by the White Helmets group that may involve the use of chemical agents, head of the Center Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov said Wednesday.

"Residents of the Syrian province of Idlib called the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria warning about upcoming provocation by the White Helmets organization. According to the residents, a convoy of six cars with White Helmets emblems and a truck, loaded with individual protection equipment, visual equipment and seven rockets, as well as with canisters filled with liquids, arrived in the city of Idlib on Sunday," Tsygankov said.

White Helmets uniform found during the search of terrorists’ headquarters in Eastern Ghouta.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: get ready for yet another false flag attack in Syria.

Jun 28 10:53

China won’t concede an inch, Xi Jinping tells US defence chief Jim Mattis on South China Sea and Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping has told visiting US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis that China will make no concession on its core interests, despite calling for stronger ties between the countries’ militaries.

“Our attitude is firm and clear in terms of Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity, that we would not lose a single inch of the lands we inherited from our ancestors, while we would not take a single penny of others’ possessions,” Xi said to Mattis on Wednesday in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Mattis’ visit comes at a time of sharp US criticism of China’s militarisation of islands in the South China Sea and tensions over Taiwan, and a trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nor should China be expected to refrain from building on these islands, which were restored to them by treaty, after World War 2.

China's moral claim to the diaoyu islands

When countries attempt to mess with treaties, after those treaties have been ratified, those countries attempting to void or reconstruct those treaties must be seen as pathologically incapable of keeping their word.

Jun 28 10:33

CITIBANK, ARAB BANK STOP MONEY TRANSFERS TO PALESTINE NGO AFTER PRESSURE FROM ISRAEL LOBBY

UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) announced on Tuesday that their group had succeeded in stopping Citibank and the Arab Bank from allowing donations to be transferred to the NGO Defence for Children International Palestine (DCI-P).

UKLFI hailed the move, claiming that DCI-P had some members who were also connected with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a leading member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, considered a terror organisation by Israel.

“UKLFI wrote to Citibank and to Arab Bank in May 2018, highlighting DCI-P’s links to the terrorist groups, and requested that Citibank and Arab Bank withdraw their banking services to DCI-P. Now these banks no longer provide banking services to the terror linked NGO,” UKLFI said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The UKLFI is obviously willing to do ANYTHING to destroy the future of Palestinian kids, and through charges which are, at present, unsubstantiated.

One has to wonder if these solicitors fantasize, collectively, about marching into Israeli jails, and just assassinating Palestinian children outright; but they know that the optics would be horrific.

So, they have decided to destroy these kids economically rather than physically. And the following behaviour, on the part of Israeli authorities, is what they want to insure continues:

Video: Palestinian children speak of abuse under Israeli Custody

353 Palestinian children inside Israeli Jails on Palestine Children's Day

Palestinian Children still jailed in violation of International Law

Palestinian Children live life of Hardship in Israeli lockup

240 Palestinian children sexually abused in Jerusalem Dentention Centres, Group Claims

Israel and Palestine

Youngest Palestinian children held in Israel are jailed for months

Palestinian teen loses eyesight due to Israeli prison neglect

These articles must bring tears of joy and relief to UKLFI members; the abuse, neglect, and torture of these children must continue, in their collective mindset.

But then, what is to be expected from a group which extols the "virtues" of a wretchedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons?

Jun 28 09:19

US Navy’s Future Surface Fleet Will Have Drone Ships

At some point in the future, the US Navy’s fleet of surface vessels will feature unmanned and optionally unmanned ships, a top service official said recently.

While the inclusion of the unmanned and optionally unmanned ships in the surface force is a certainty, it is not clear when the change will unfold and be visible around the world.

The commander explained that unmanned surface vessels (USVs) can distribute the US Navy's capabilities over a larger geographic area at a lower cost than manned counterparts.

Jun 28 08:50

How alleged Air Force deserter was found 35 years later living under fake name

A man who allegedly deserted the U.S. Air Force and vanished without a trace 35 years ago was found at a California home living under a fake name, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a news release.

William Howard Hughes Jr. allegedly deserted the Air Force in July 1983 after coming back from temporary duty in Western Europe, the Air Force said.

At the time, Hughes was single and assigned to an Air Force center in New Mexico, where he had responsibilities including "classified planning and analysis of the NATO command, control, and communications surveillance systems," the Air Force said.

He had been sent to the Netherlands July 18, 1983, to work with NATO officers and was due back in Albuquerque on Aug. 1, the Air Force said.

But he disappeared.

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