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May 04 04:56

YEMEN - MASSACRES AND ASSASSINATIONS TRIGGER A NEW PHASE OF WAR

In mid April some 20+ of Sudanese soldiers were killed in an ambush in northern Yemen. Sudan, which sent up to 10,000 soldiers to Yemen in hope of Saudi money, is reconsidering its engagement. The Gulf states had promised investments in Sudan and the lifting of U.S. sanction in exchange for sending cannon fodder. Neither happened.

May 04 04:02

US troops in Afghanistan ‘are the real Mujahideen’ – US Marines chief

American troops in Afghanistan are apparently fighting for holy jihad. At least that’s the logical conclusion from what the top US Marines general said. He claimed that the Americans rather than the Taliban were the real Mujahid.

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May 03 12:34

Army Green Berets have been helping Saudi Arabian-led coalition fight Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen

U.S. military involvement in Yemen's civil war appears to be larger than originally thought.

A team of about a dozen Army Green Berets was sent to the country's border with Saudi Arabia in December, to aid the Saudi-led forces in their fight against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, according to the New York Times.

Yemen has been in political disarray since 2015, when the Iranian-backed Houthis overthrew the president and took control of most of the western part of the country, including the capital, Sana'a.

Since then, a Saudi-led coalition has been locked in conflict with the rebels, as they work to reinstate President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

According to U.S. officials and European diplomats interviewed by the Times, Army Green Berets have been aiding the Saudis in locating and destroying caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites that the Houthis have been using to attack Riyadh and other Saudi cities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US government and military are neck deep in the war crimes Saudi Arabia is perpetuating in Yemen.

This is a genocide, complete with the wanton killing of infants, children, women, and the elderly medically fragile, and it gets worse; now cholera (possibly weaponised) is spreading in Yemen, and the medical infrastructure desperately needed has, of course, been destroyed by the Saudis and their American counterparts.

The Saudis, again with American military assistance, have also blocked major Yemeni ports, meaning no food can get in, meaning horrendous deaths through starvation/ malnutrition are occuring in Yemen.

I frankly am profoundly uncomfortable being a citizen of a country whose leadership has absolutely zero moral issues with assisting other countries in the commmission of war crimes; unfortunately, Mike and I are too old, and too broke, to become citizens of more civilized countries which do not engage in these practices.

May 03 12:24

ISRAEL COMPLAINS SYRIA IS DEFENDING ITSELF

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is concerned Syria may finally be able to defend itself against Israel’s attacks.

May 03 12:06

"Unaccountable" Pentagon Officials Have "Weaponized" Vetting Of Trump Appointees: WSJ

Nothing ends a Washington career like being branded an unacceptable national-security risk. That’s why officials adjudicating personnel-security cases must act in a mature, objective and nonpartisan fashion. But when it comes to vetting Trump appointees, they often aren’t.

Instead, security clearances are being weaponized against the White House by hostile career bureaucrats, thwarting the president’s agenda by holding up or blocking appointees.

Consider the case of Adam Lovinger. Mr. Lovinger is a highly regarded and politically conservative Defense Department official. In January 2017, the Trump administration made a “by name” request for him to serve as a senior director on the White House National Security Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absolutely unflipping believable, but perfectly predictable; the Pentagon is now practicing the politics of personal destruction, and this just stinks to high heaven!!

May 03 11:47

Iran Envoy: If US Pulls Out, There Is No Nuclear Deal Left

With just over a week until President Trump’s May 12 ultimatum on Iran’s nuclear deal, there is growing speculation about what will happen. If President Trump does withdraw the US from the deal, however, Iran is being very clear what will happen.

“The consequence would be that Iran would in fact be ready to go back to the previous situation,” said Iranian Ambassador Hamid Baeidinejad, who said that without the US “there is no deal left.” European nations had previously suggested the deal might stay intact with or without the US.

The three European parties to the P5+1, Britain, France, and Germany, have been trying to come up with a sideline deal to placate President Trump and avoid the pullout. Whether this is going to be successful or not is still uncertain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian Ambassador Hamid Baeidinejad is entirely correct in his assessment; the question is, with a corruption indictment hovering over his head, will Netanyahu order massive strikes against either Iran, or Iranian bases in Syria well before the 12th, to attempt to misdirect the Israeli public, and the world, from what is going on with him personally (not to mention what Israeli is doing to Gaza)?!?

At this moment in time, understanding he has been caught lying again about Iran's military and nuclear capabilities, he may think he has nothing to lose here, and may to get into this war as quickly as possible, before the American people have the chance to think that their country is again being tricked into a war against a foreign nation by Israeli leadership, as happened with Iraq.

I would like to hope that President Trump is smarter than to fall for this, in a circumstance where Netanyahu is planning to have the costs for such wars to be borne primarily in American blood and American money; but right now, given some of the bone-headed choices his admnistration has made over the course of his presidency, I am really unsure.

And Trump's problem here, is that he has no one around him to advise him on what is really going on in Iran, other than Netanyahu, who is selectively spoon-feeding him every vicious, hubristic lie about the country he can turn his tongue to, in order to encourage an American attack against either Iranian forces in Syria, or against Iran proper itself.

So I would offer a polite caveat I feel compelled to share with both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump here; there is a 6,000 LB gorilla, currently snoozing on the baby grand Bosendorfer in the living room on this issue.

It's name... is Russia.

And Russia been effectively combatting the jihadists in Syria,at Syria's behest, and its leadership, both military and civilian, have both consistently pledged its support to Iran, should Iran get attacked militarily.

War against Russia over Iran and/or Syria ... would be a form of suicide for the US military. And I say this, as someone who cares very greatly about the future of her country, because at this point it its existence, the US government does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome against Russia.

Mr. President, the IAEA is comprised of highly bright, educated, and competent people; and when a bunch of people like those employed by the IAEA tell me that Iran is in full compliance with the P5+1 deal, my first tendency would be to believe them, rather than the lies of a foreign official who is trying to trick America's leadership to get onboard a war bandwagon against Iran.

Please, sir, don't fall for this. The potential repercussions for the US's future, could be both horrific.... and irrecoverable.

May 03 11:22

IAEA refuses to assess Netanyahu’s statement on Iran’s nuclear programMore:http://tass.com/world/1002610

The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), refused to assess the statement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tehran’s alleged nuclear developments bypassing the agency’s control.

"In line with standard IAEA practice, the IAEA evaluates all safeguards-relevant information available to it. However, it is not the practice of the IAEA to publicly discuss issues related to any such information," the agency said in a statement on its website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the IAEA's very polite way, of saying that Netanyahu had "hoisted with his own petard" by making these accusations against Iran!!

May 03 11:13

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TRAINING EXERCISE TERRIFIES UNPREPARED TOTOWA, N.J. RESIDENTS

It started off as a well-kept secret, but the explosions and helicopters ended up giving it away.

Members of the U.S. Department of Defense were conducting training recently in a New Jersey neighborhood, and the result was plenty of residents with frayed nerves, CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported Wednesday.

Cellphone video captured the moment a helicopter flew above Totowa. There was excitement in the photographer’s voice, but that’s because the video was taken on the second night of action.

“I have never seen anything like this before,” resident Michael Melograno said.

Most of the residents on the block came running outside in panic. John Emmolo said his daughter called 9-1-1 to find out what was happening, but got a short answer.

“They said, ‘Well, you have to talk to state police about it,’” Emmolo said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You see, to the Federal way of thinking, American citizens have devolved to simply herd stock, to pay taxes and produce soldiers for these never-ending wars in which the US government finds itself continually embroiled; nothing more.

And informing citizens before a night-time, live fire exercize is conducted, guaranteed to stoke fear in the hearts of those who don't know what is going on?!?

In the immortal words of the character in the TV series The Suppranos, "Fuggetaboutit!!"

May 03 10:22

Boom Beta: US Testing Newest B61 Nuclear Gravity Bomb

The US Air Force has conducted more than two dozen engineering, development and guided flight tests of the new B61-12 guided nuclear gravity bomb, a US Air Force general said May 1.

The service has "already conducted 26 engineering, development and guided flight tests," Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein told Military.com, adding that the program was "doing extremely well." The new version of the B61 gravity bomb is said to be more than three times more accurate than its predecessors, according to the news outlet.

The 12th version of the B61 bomb, originally designed in 1963, will have a new capability that its cousins don't: underground penetration so it can strike fortified command and control centers. Its explosive yield is estimated at 50 kilotons, or roughly four times the power of the bomb the US used to destroy the Japanese city of Nagasaki in August 1945.

May 03 09:55

Is the US Being Pushed Into a War With Iran: Tucker Carlson interviews Douglas Macgregor

A great segment on Tucker Carlson’s show on Israel pushing the US into supporting war on Iran.

May 03 09:08

The Truth about Oil and the Iraq War, 15 Years Later

April 24 marks the 15th anniversary of my initial entry into Baghdad as the senior oil advisor to retired Lieutenant General Jay Garner, our US government civilian leader in Iraq. It was the beginning of my six plus years in Iraq working on the oil sector and denying the allegation that the Iraq war had an oil agenda. I can no longer refute such an allegation.

Was there an oil agenda for the Iraq war? If you had asked me that question four years ago, I would have said no, absolutely not. And, I said no on national television in 2014.

Ambassador L. Paul (Jerry) Bremer and I went on the Rachel Maddow Show to refute Maddow’s position that the Iraq war was largely about oil. Specifically, I said that I had not witnessed any serious oil agenda during my time at the Pentagon and in Iraq. I cannot honestly say that today. So what has changed my mind?

May 03 08:28

Dramatic pictures show elite Royal Marines storming Scottish beach alongside thousands of troops for Exercise Joint Warrior

ELITE Royal Marines stormed a Scottish beach along with thousands of troops yesterday – but there is no need to panic.

The Green Berets were among 11,600 military personnel to take part in the huge training exercise off Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway.

May 02 12:12

Why Can’t the World’s Best Military Win Its Wars?

“Full spectrum dominance” was the watchword in a 2000 document, “Joint Vision 2020” (updated from a 1996 version), which the authors described as a “conceptual template” for the U.S. military’s evolution over the two decades to come. Its language was even more hubristic than that slogan suggests: “a force that is dominant across the full spectrum of military operations – persuasive in peace, decisive in war, preeminent in any form of conflict… prepared to win across the full range of military operations in any part of the world… [with the ability] to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the full range of military operations.”

Defeat any adversary? Control any situation?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian pacifist activist, I would very much appreciate it if this country tried to achieve its geopolitical goals with hard-won, intelligent, and morally honorable negotiations rather than through wars.

Unfortunately, the leadership of this country has gotten drunk on the smell of its own propaganda, and is both morally, and intellectually, slack, when it comes to finding other solutions to its perceived geopolitical challenges than war; I am very sorry to have to say this, but it is the God's truth right now.

The US government is riding herd over an empire in decline, and doing just what every empire, at this point in its devolution, does; fighting back with every bit of fire power at its descretion to prevent the inevitable. It may be able to postpone its demise, somewhat, but not prevent it.

Like everything else on this planet, empires have a life cycle; a beginning, a middle, and an end; we are very close to that end, at this moment in history.

May 02 11:51

Did John Bolton Leak Intelligence To Sabotage a Trump-Kim Deal?

The still-unscheduled Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit offers the opportunity for a denuclearization deal that would avoid a possible nuclear war, but that potential deal remains vulnerable to a hostile corporate media sector and political elites in the United States. At the center of this hostility is national security adviser John Bolton, who’s not just uninterested in selling a denuclearization deal to the public. He’s working actively to undermine it.

Strong circumstantial evidence indicates that he leaked intelligence to a Washington think tank sympathetic to his views in order to generate media questioning about the president’s announced plan to reach an agreement with North Korea’s leader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John (never met a war in which he wouldn't love to get the US military involved) Bolton is vehemently anti-peace, no matter how that peace may positively affect the daily lives of We the People.

And yes, President Trump seems to be moving in the right direction here, but Bolton will do his level best to scuttle the deal, no matter what it takes.

May 02 11:46

US plan of last push against ISIS raises specter of Syria partition

Announcing the start of military operations against the remaining strongholds of Islamic State, the US State Department included some pointed language, hinting at de facto partition of Syria, analysts tell RT.
“The days of ISIS controlling territory and terrorizing the people of Syria are coming to an end,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Tuesday.The operations will be conducted by the US-led coalition and local partners, including the Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces.

The US will also work with Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon to “secure their borders” from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Nauert said. This is intriguing, because the only remaining IS presence is near the Iraqi border, with a pocket south of Damascus currently being cleared out by Syrian government forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither the US nor Israel, are finished in Syria yet; not by a long shot.

May 02 11:45

FLASHBACK - US investigates illegal military equipment shipments from Israel to Iran

Israeli arms dealers twice tried to send spare parts for fighter planes to Iran, The Telegraph has established, flouting an international arms embargo and openly contradicting the bitter enmity between the Jewish state and the Islamic regime.

The illegal shipments are now being investigated by the US Homeland Security Department after they were intercepted by authorities in Greece.

The potentially explosive revelation came as six world powers resumed negotiations with Iran in Vienna aimed at reaching a long-term agreement over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

May 02 11:42

Putin Tries Adding Weight To Iran Conflict With U.S.

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have an ally in Russia. When it comes to Washington (and Tel Aviv's) penchant for calling foul on the Iranian nuclear deal, the two largest economies in the eurozone can count on Vladimir Putin to stand in their corner.

Putin reiterated Russia's position that the Iranian nuclear deal made by former president Barack Obama is "of paramount importance for ensuring international stability and security" and must be "strictly observed by all parties," the Kommersant business daily reported on Tuesday.

Putin reportedly discussed the Iranian nuclear power deal with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who just hours before had come out with his own intelligence agency's report alleging evidence that the Islamic Republic was indeed enriching uranium for military use and not just for energy use. The report said that Israel initiated the call.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Israel goes to war against Iran, for allegedly "lying" about its nuclear weapons program, the entire world will most likely be sucked into this war, with Iran, Russia, and China on one side, and the US, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and NATO on the other.

There are times when the interests of Israel and the US government align; this is not one of those times, and President Trump is a consummate fool, if he decides to pull out of the P5+1 deal, as a prelude to this war.

I hope Russia's President Putin did mention to Israel's Prime Minister Netantahu, that should such a war happen, based upon Israel's lies about Iran's alleged nuclear weapons, there will be costs incurred by Israel, which may well be devastating to the country's potential for further existence.

Such a war, again, based on lies to control Iran's oil, and the currency in which it is sold, just as happened with Iraq, will break the Unhinged, Surveilled state of Amerika, morally, economically, and politically.

The US military, at this time in its history, doesn't have the money; the manufacturing; the weaponry; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome against the forces which will be martialled against it.

Yes, the US government spends a lot of money for its weaponry; what it gets, is, generally, late, with horrific cost overruns, and many times obsolete upon delivery, or doesn't work as advertised.

I give you the Lockhee-Martin F-35 as an example here.

Should such a war happen, look for a return of the draft in the US, but this time, the process will be going after both our young men and our young women. There may well be massive riots against it, which the US government will put down with extreme prejudice. It is possible that the Constitution and Bill of Rights will be suspended, and martial law will be invoked.

May 02 11:33

More American, French Military Convoys Arrive in Northern Syria

The US and France have dispatched new military convoys to the town of Manbij, North-East of Aleppo province as tensions go high in the region, a media outlet reported on Tuesday.

Orient news website reported that the American and French forces have deployed near Sajour River Northwest of the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo.

Also, other sources reported that the Kurdish militias have been put on alert in the town of Manbij and have started to set up more checkpoints in and outside the town.

In the meantime, local sources in the town of al-Bab reported that the US and French forces have deployed in a region between the Kurdish positions and the regions held by the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield forces.

In a similar development last week, several units of France's Special Forces arrived in the Kurdish-controlled areas in Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria as foreign military troops are intensifying their movements in the region.

May 02 11:20

LIBERMAN WARNS TEHRAN: DON’T TRY TO MESS WITH US

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Iran not to tangle with Israel, one day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday unveiled a secret Mossad operation that lifted half a ton of documents out of Tehran.

“Iran is trying to hurt us and we will respond appropriately,” Liberman said. “The State of Israel cannot afford to ignore the threats of Iran, whose senior officials routinely threaten the State of Israel, promise to wipe it out and continue to support terror, and therefore we will do everything we need to do.”

May 02 10:49

NETANYAHU SLAMS IRAN FOR 'SECRET NUKE PROGRAM,' WON'T SAY WHETHER ISRAEL DEVELOPED NUKES IN SECRET

On CNN Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Iran for allegedly working to develop nuclear bombs in secret, but refused to say whether Israel did the same (in violation of US non-proliferation law).

From The Daily Caller:

“A ‘yes-no’ question for you,” [CNN’s Chris Cuomo] said. “You know where I’m going with this. Does Israel have nuclear capabilities and nuclear weapons, yes or no?”

“We’ve always said that we won’t be the first to introduce it, so we haven’t introduced it,” Netanyahu replied.

“That’s not an answer to the question. Do you have them or do you not?” Cuomo asked.

“It’s as good an answer as you’re going to get,” Netanyahu said. “Iran said they don’t have this nuclear weapons program and Iran calls daily for the annihilation of my country. We don’t do that.”
Cuomo admitted Iran has a reputation for being dishonest but continued to press the prime minister about his country’s nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please; on that last statement of yours, " “One thing is clear, Israel is not threatening the annihilation of any country.”, our BED (Bovine Excrement Detector) re-kitted, completely, and will have to be immediately replaced.

The next time this happens, sir, we will be left with no option, other than billing the Israeli government for its replacement, because the world knows ...you, and your government in Tel Aviv, are full of it!!

And I would like to add, sir, that every dollar, and every weapon, the US government gives to Israel is illegal, under the Syminton Amendment, and the Glenn Amendment

The Symington Amendment, and the Glenn Amendement

These amendments state quite clearly:

"The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 was amended by the Symington Amendment (Section 669 of the FAA) in 1976. It banned U.S. economic, and military assistance, and export credits to countries that deliver or receive, acquire or transfer nuclear enrichment technology when they do not comply with IAEA regulations and inspections. This provision, as amended, is now contained in Section 101 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).

The Glenn Amendment (Section 670) was later adopted in 1977, and provided the same sanctions against countries that acquire or transfer nuclear reprocessing technology or explode or transfer a nuclear device. This provision, as amended, is now contained in Section 102 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA)."

Please note that legally, Israel has no exemption from these laws, except for the reality that the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika is not a country ruled by law, but a country ruled by corrupt individuals.

May 02 10:34

Israel cancels US-based test of its Arrow-3 missile defense system until ‘maximum readiness’ ensured

A planned test of the Israeli Arrow-3 long-range ballistic missile interceptor has been postponed indefinitely, to ensure that the system is indeed fully ready for the test, the Israeli Defense Ministry has announced.

“Following consultation between the American Missile Defense Agency and the Israeli Defense Ministry, it was decided to postpone the test of the Arrow-3 system in Alaska — this is in order to reach maximum preparedness ahead of the test in the American [airfield],” the ministry said in a statement. The ministry then said that it was working with its US partners to set another date for the test but did not reveal any details about a future schedule.

May 02 10:33

US JUDGE ORDERS IRAN TO PAY BILLIONS TO FAMILIES OF 9/11 VICTIMS

Tehran has been ordered by a US court to pay more than $6 billion to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, despite the fact that most of the plane hijackers were Saudi nationals, and no direct link was ever found to Iran.
On Tuesday, a federal judge in New York found Iran, the country’s central bank, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps liable for the deaths of more than 1,000 people in the September 11 attacks. As a consequence, District Judge George Daniels ordered Iran and its entities to pay over $6 billion in compensation to the victims’ families.

The default judgment seeks compensation of $12.5 million per spouse, $8.5 million per parent, $8.5 million per child, and $4.25 million per sibling. The US could potentially retrieve the sum from billions of dollars in Iranian assets that were frozen in the US and Europe over the years. This is unlikely, however, as the ruling is seen as symbolic and unenforceable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More sound and fury, signifying absolutely nothing, other than heaping more scorn and demonisation against Iran ahead of 12 May, when President Trump makes the go/no go decision about decertifying Iran's compliance with the P5+1 accord.

And please remember; as of this moment, the IAEA team which has been certifying Iran's full compliance with the deal, says that they are still in complete compliance with it.

The last thing these people are...are idiots.

IF the US withdraws from the agreement, to placate Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, it will be a breathtakingly lousy moment in the history of the world, because Israel will probably haul off, and attack Iran directly, or attack its assets in Syria.

In fact, with Israeli police stating that they have enough info with which to indict Netanyahu on corruption charges, Israeli PM faces toughest political challenge, but is unlikely to go quietly,,he may in fact feel that a war with Iran, in Syria, or against Iran proper, may be his only options for deflecting a trial on corruption charges.

And if he thinks and feels that such a trial is imminent, he may well haul off far before the 12 May date, at which President Trump is to make the decision as to whether the US believes Iran in compliance with the P5+1 deal.

Of course, given that the world knows he may be going on trial for corruption, the optics will be horrible; but in order to save his own political skin from ruin, he may decide that a war, where hundreds of thousands of people may well die, is far preferable than having to defend himself in court.

This is simply the way the man thinks.

I would like to hope that he understands that the 6,000 lb gorilla, snoozing on the Bosendorfer grand in this situation... is Russia.

Russia has historically stated, and this comes from both civilian and military leadership, that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid militarily.

However, unfortunately, looking at Netanyahu's characteristic hubristic behaviour, I doubt that this will factor into his decision to attack either Iran, or Iran's assets in Syria, if he feels the coming trial is "too close for comfort."

May 02 10:08

HOW WESTERN MEDDLING AND A DUST BOWL DROUGHT IGNITED SYRIA’S CIVIL WAR

The reported “chemical attack” at Douma, Russia has claimed, was fake news. One U.S. news agency has now confirmed from the location of the reported attack that April 7, 2018 was an uneventful day in this Syrian city and not one single person in Douma corroborated the story of a chemical attack taking place.
It is the latest in a long series of false-flag reports generated about Syria by the United States and forces that oppose the government of President Bashar al Assad. This trickery dates back to at least 2006, when a WikiLeaks cable exposed U.S. political treachery at its very worst; calculated meddling designed to harm the government and population of Syria.

In this article we will review false revelations and calculated moves undertaken by politicians to undermine Syria’s government, which is designed to provide protection to religious minorities and freedom for people of all faiths, who lived securely in Syria until civil war broke out in 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, I fear that the dark spectre of US intervention in Syria is far from over, as indicated by the following report:


23 CIVILIANS KILLED IN SYRIA IN SUSPECTED US COALITION AIR STRIKES

As happened in Iraq, and most probably soon to happen against Iran, this is all about the control of Middle Eastern oil, and in what currencies it will be allowed to be sold.

And the other question which has to be asked is the following; how long will Russia allow this nonsense to continue, without lashing out, militarily?!?

May 02 10:03

What Can be Done? Europe’s Acceptance of Washington’s Vassalage

It is up to Europe whether or not the Earth dies in nuclear Armageddon.

European governments do not realize their potential to save the world from Washington’s aggression, because the western Europeans are accustomed to being Washington’s vassal states since the end of World War 2, and the eastern and central Europeans have accepted Washington’s vassalage since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Vassalage pays well if all the costs are not counted.

May 02 08:00

23 CIVILIANS KILLED IN SYRIA IN SUSPECTED US COALITION AIR STRIKES

At least 23 civilians, including some ten children, have been killed in suspected US-led airstrikes in the eastern Syrian province of Hasakah yesterday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The victims of the strike on the village of Al-Qasr are believed to have belonged to two families, with several people still in critical condition.

May 01 12:16

US Officials: Israel Preparing For War With Iran, Seeking US Support

Not that there was much doubt who was behind it, but two days after "enemy" warplanes attacked a Syrian military base near Hama on Sunday, killing at least 11 Iranians and dozens of others, and nobody had yet "claimed responsibility" the attack, US officials told NBC that it was indeed Israeli F-15 fighter jets that struck the base, NBC News reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

May 01 12:09

Netanyahoo To Again Cry Wolf - But Something Bigger Is Up (Updated)

U.S. President Trump wants to end the nuclear agreement (pdf) with Iran and wants to eliminate Iranian forces in Syria which support the Syrian government. Something is being prepared to make that happen.

Last week General Joseph Votel, commander of CENTCOM - the U.S. military command for the Middle East, was in Israel. It was the first ever visit of a CENTCOM commander to Israel which usually works with the European command EUCOM.

Yesterday former CIA director and now Secretary of State Pompeo visited Israel. A few hours later Israel bombed two ammunition depots in Syria which are supposedly related to Iran. This was a clear attempt to provoke Iran into some reaction.

The Israeli defense minister Lieberman just visited Washington DC and only today came back to Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When leadership from both the US and Israel are wracking up the frequent flyer miles to each others' capitals, I get ..... very nervous; and the current flurry of activity is no exception.

May 01 11:47

UN nuclear agency: ‘No credible indications’ of Iran nuclear activity after 2009

The United Nations's nuclear agency on Tuesday rejected claims from Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran's government is conducting nuclear weapons research in secret.

In an assessment released Tuesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency wrote that there is "no credible indications" to support claims that Iran was continuing its "coordinated" nuclear weapons program after 2009, The Associated Press reports.

Netanyahu made the claims Monday in a speech in Tel Aviv as part of his effort to urge President Trump to scrap the Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015 under the Obama administration, which was meant to ensure Iran does not complete development of a nuclear weapon.

Critics say the deal is too weak and has led to Iran pursuing the weapons in secrecy.

On Monday, Netanyahu called the deal "terrible" and urged Trump to do the "right thing" and exit the agreement with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu; you may be able to lie the President of the United States into contributing to a war against Iran, but this time, you cannot lie the American people into wanting such a war.

The US government and military going to war against Iran on a fabrication, just as it did against Iraq, which it declared to have "weapons of mass destruction", which it did not, was simply about controlling Iraq's oil, and in what internationally currency it would be sold; ultimately, the same will be true of Iran.

But to Netanyahu and Trump, I offer the following caveat from Sun Suu, from "The Art of War", paraphrased: soldiers must believe that they have the moral high ground on their side. The Iranians do, should such a war happen, because they are defending their country; the US, and Israel, will not.

And then, there is the 6,000 lb gorilla, snoozing on top of the Bosendorfer Grand; that 6,000 lb gorilla, right now, is Russia, whose military and political leadership have collectively vowed to protect Iran, should it be attacked militarily.

Were I Netanyahu and/or President Trump, I would be thinking about this very, very carefully right now, before either leader does something potentially catastrophic against Iran.

May 01 11:35

Israel ready to bomb Iran if necessary: Report

Israeli defense officials have told their American and Russian counterparts that if Iranian-backed forces attack Israel from inside Syria, Jerusalem will not hold back from retaliating with direct strikes against Tehran or other targets in Iran.

The officials delivered the message ahead of a national security statement expected Monday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to Iranian threats to hit Israel after recent strikes on Tehran-backed assets in Syria, according to a report by Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: look for a massive Israeli "false flag", to appear to have be created by the Iranian military against Israeli from Syria, and this war is off and running.

I would like to hope that Russian President Putin, in a conference call with Netanyahu, has completely disabused Netanyahu about pulling a stunt like this; however, one can never account for the ways in which Israeli hubris can lead to a catastrophe, as it well might under these circumstances.

And please note: such Israeli raids against Syria are against a soverign nation, which has invited Russian and Iranians there to help clamp down on Western-funded jihadists, are illegal under international law.

May 01 11:29

The Military Doesn't Advertise It, But U.S. Troops Are All Over Africa

When U.S. troops were ambushed in Niger last October, the widespread reaction was surprise: The U.S. has military forces in Niger? What are they doing there?

Pentagon Cites Multiple Missteps That Led To Ambush Of U.S. Troops In Niger
Yet in many ways, the Niger operation typifies U.S. military missions underway in roughly 20 African countries, mostly in the northern half of the continent. The missions tend to be small, they are carried out largely below the radar, and most are focused on a specific aim: rolling back Islamist extremism.

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Allegedly "rolling back Islamist extremists is the "good reason" for the US military's being in Africa; the real reason, however, is for the US and its allies to control the continent's resources, to which they have no moral right, and exploit them, without any thought of profiting/compensating the people who live there.

May 01 11:17

U.S. CONFIRMS DELIVERY OF JAVELIN ANTITANK MISSILES TO UKRAINE

The United States has confirmed to RFE/RL its delivery of American-made, Javelin antitank missile systems to Ukraine in a move that is welcome in Kyiv but will almost certainly enrage Moscow amid a four-year conflict that pits Russia-backed separatists against Ukrainian national troops.

"They have already been delivered," a U.S. State Department official confirmed on April 30 in response to an RFE/RL query on the handover of Javelins.

A shipment of lethal aid would appear to deepen U.S. involvement in the simmering conflict and mark at least a symbolic victory for Ukraine in its effort to maintain Western backing in the ongoing conflict.

After months of heated debate in Washington and, reportedly, much reluctance on the part of U.S. President Donald Trump, the White House was said to have approved the Javelin sale in December.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And to add insult to injury, we see the following headline in whatdoesitmean.com:

As ATO Ends, joint forces operations are launched against Donbas

Both stories, taken together, do not augur well for peace in the region, and make the possibility of a Russian war against the US and NATO in Ukraine that much more potentially palpable.

May 01 10:53

WHY IS ISRAEL DESPERATE TO ESCALATE SYRIAN CONFLICT?

After seven years of utter devastation and bloodletting, a consensus has emerged among all the belligerents of the Syrian war to de-escalate the conflict, except Israel which wants to further escalate the conflict because it has been the only beneficiary of the carnage in Syria.

Over the years, Israel has not only provided medical aid and material support to the militant groups battling the Syrian government – particularly to various factions of the Free Syria Army (FSA) and al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front in Daraa and Quneitra bordering the Israel-occupied Golan Heights – but Israel’s air force has virtually played the role of the air force of the Syrian jihadists and has conducted more than 100 airstrikes in Syria and Lebanon during the seven-year conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the view of Tel Aviv, Syria must be neutralized before there can be a meaningful attack against Iran, primarily with American troops, and the costs borne in American blood and American money, which the US government does not have.

But the one question President Trump needs to ask himself, if he goes full-tilt buggie on Syria and Iran, by way of an invasion, and a greater war, is just what Russia's President Putin will do to respond to such acts.

And President Trump had better think long and hard about this, because today, the US military doesn't have the money; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a war against either Syria or Iran, or possibly both.

May 01 10:48

Can the Navy protect this ship from hackers?

The Navy’s Expeditionary Fast Transport, or EFP, class of ships may be vulnerable to hackers and isn’t achieving key performance milestones, including some related to the cybersecurity of the ship’s systems, according to a new inspector general’s report.

The aluminum catamaran-style ships, which are designed to quickly move troops and supplies, “lacks capability,” an April 2018 report from the Department of Defense Inspector General found. One of those capabilities is securing control systems aboard the vessels.

May 01 10:47

‘Push button’ captains in the Navy now one step closer to reality

The Navy is one step closer to recruiting officers with much-needed skills into the service and immediately promoting them to a pay grade up to captain ? O-6 ? without any prior military experience.

It’s a move the Navy has been asking Congress to allow for the past couple years, specifically in the hope of adding high-powered cyber experts to expand the service’s uniformed information warfare capabilities.

Though it’s not a done deal, the move has passed its first hurdle in the approval process and was announced by the House Armed Services Subcommittee as one of its personnel proposals included in the latest mark-up of the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act.

May 01 10:46

Report To Army Finds Blast From Some Weapons May Put Shooter's Brain At Risk

Military personnel may be endangering their own brains when they operate certain shoulder-fired weapons, according to an Army-commissioned report released Monday.

The report, from the Center for a New American Security, says these bazooka-like weapons pose a hazard because they are powered by an explosion just inches from the operator's head.

"When you fire it, the pressure wave feels like getting hit in the face," says Paul Scharre, a former Army Ranger who directs the technology and national security program at the center. Scharre is a co-author of the center's report: Protecting Warfighters from Blast Injury.

The report looks at a range of injuries caused by blast waves — pulses of high pressure air that emanate from an explosion and travel faster than the speed of sound.

May 01 10:42

Pentagon Chief Pushes to Waive Sanctions for US Allies That Buy Russian S-400s

US Defense Secretary James Mattis is seeking to circumvent potential conflicts with US allies that have purchased Russian military equipment with an appeal to US legislators to relax sanctioning requirements against countries that do so.

Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that "national security exemptions" ought to be injected into the existing Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), arguing that it is in the US' long-term interest to avoid such conflicts with its allies.

"There are nations in the world who are trying to turn away from formerly Russian-sourced weapons and systems," Mattis said, arguing that those countries still rely on Moscow to update their existing systems with new technology.

May 01 09:57

Russian fighter jet buzzes US military spy plane over Baltic Sea, officials say

A Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. military spy plane in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday morning, two defense officials told Fox News.

The Russian Su-27 jet performed a “safe” but “unprofessional” intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane while flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

The Russian jet came within about 20 feet of the U.S. Navy aircraft, but the American pilots told officials they never felt threatened or unsafe.

May 01 09:34

JOURNALISTS CHALLENGE THEIR INCLUSION ON A US DRONE ‘KILL LIST’

Two journalists have today filed federal court cases in the United States to challenge their inclusion on a classified US “Kill List”, Reprieve said in a statement. Bilal Abdul Kareem, an American citizen and journalist working in Syria, escaped being killed by drone strike on five occasions, including two strikes on cars he was travelling in. Two additional strikes were executed on his independent news agency, On the Ground News, while he was working in the studio.

May 01 09:21

Building For Sale, All Bids Considered: the UN and the Middle East

Founded in San Francisco on October 24, 1945, the United Nations opened with endless promise. As proclaimed in its lofty preamble, the original 51 member states committed themselves to saving

succeeding generations from the scourge of war… [reaffirmed]… faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights… of nation’s large and small… to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from… international law [could] be maintained… to ensure… that armed force [would] not be used, save in the common interest.

With all too comfortable ease, 73 years later, these passionate words of humanity have once again proven themselves to be little more than idle gossip in which the powerful not only craft the tone of the debate but set about to ensure its content reflects their unique and predatory vision of the rule of law.

May 01 08:17

America's Jews Are Driving America's Wars

UPDATE: On the morning of September 21st Phil Giraldi was fired over the phone by The American Conservative, where he had been a regular contributor for fourteen years. He was told that “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars” was unacceptable. The TAC management and board appear to have forgotten that the magazine was launched with an article by founder Pat Buchanan entitled “Whose War?” which largely made the same claims that Giraldi made about the Jewish push for another war, in that case with Iraq. Buchanan was vilified and denounced as an anti-Semite by many of the same people who are now similarly attacking Giraldi.

Apr 30 15:43

WW3 ALERT: Iran Threatens ‘Strikes Will Be Met With Force’ After US-led Syria Attacks - Mac Slavo

Iran has issued a chilling new warning to the United States an allied forces which allegedly coordinated an attack on Syria on Sunday. Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has warned that attacks on Iranian military bases by the US or its allies will not be tolerated and will be met with “firm force.”

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, has launched a blistering verbal attack against the US in the wake of missile strikes on Syrian bases in Hama and Aleppo on Sunday night, according to The Daily Star. In a bellicose speech on Monday, Khamenei accused the US of causing a “regional crisis” in the Middle East by creating “instability” that has “brought misery to people.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We the People are no longer in control of this government; the American deep state, and the military industrial complex are in complete control, no matter who sits at that desk in the Oval Office.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, who fervently believes that the US should be resolving its geopolitical issues with moral, hard-won negotiations, rather than bombs and bullets, all I can do is witness, as I do at this blog, and pray that there will be some mechanism to stop what I see coming, which is a global war, with Iran, China, Russia on one side, and the US, NATO, Israel, and Saudi Arabia on the other.

Apr 30 15:36

Iran: The True Focal Point for the IMF-NATO Hegemony, by Jeremiah Johnson

The “Iranian problem” is one that was created by the United States and Britain decades ago. Mossadegh was removed from office when the Shah was inserted…that selfsame Shah who supported Anglo-American oil interests in his country until Ayatollah Khomeini sparked the Iranian Islamic Revolution in ’79. That revolution began the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Teheran and the hostage situation that effectively ended the Carter presidency (rather his actions to resolve it, such as Operation Desert One). President Reagan came in, the hostages were released, Iran and Iraq fought a bloody war, and relations with the U.S. were discontinued.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but consistently predictable from this government, no matter who is allegedly guiding it as President.

Does President Trump think, for a millisecond, that Russia's President Putin will just hold hands with the Duma, and sing "Kumbyah" at a concerted set of US/Israeli airstrikes against Syria?!? I would respectfully suggest that this only will happen after pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

A war with Russia over Syria is as insane as it can possibly get, unless you factor in the war Netanyahu wants the US to fight against Iran, which would be another idiotic thing for this Administration to decide to do.

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

If President Trump goes for both of these wars (after an "alleged" terrorist false flag inside this country, or against American interests overseas most probably, or a cyber 9/11), look for the return of a military draft, supported by both parties, and the devolution to an even worse climate for civil liberties, and the questionings of why these wars are necessary to wage for the protection of American people.

They are not; they are simply wars of aggression against two countries Israel wants the US to beat up militarily, which have absolutely done nothing to us, no have any mind to do so. and I must politely remind you; Tel Aviv wants the costs for these wars to be borne only in American blood and with American money.

Netanyahu's half hour of spewing fakeries on Faux TV, was just that; a fabulous story, well spun, with utterly no hard evidence.

Number one, how would have Israeli intelligence spirited those documents out of the country, which Netanyahu was using to justify his assertions that Iranian leadership has a secret nuclear missile program; and number two, if such a program exists, how could the IAEA, which has been monitoring Iran for compliance on the P5+1 accord, not know that such a facility existed?!?
I can guarantee you; the CVs of the members of the Iranian monitoriing team, would leave you breathless, at their collective levels of technical expertise.

The timing of Netanyahu's heavy-handed insanity, coming right before 12 May, when President Trump is to either recertify Iran as compliant with the accord, of decertify the US's agreement to the accord, is both scarily telling, and troubling; I doubt that the US government is going to recertify Iranian compliance here, which will lead to more US sanctions, which will lead to Iran walking away from the deal entirely.

That is the design intent for such US sanctions, period, end of discussion.
How soon a shooting war breaks out, I cannot tell you; the dangers which will be created by such a war, just feel...imminent, at this moment.

Apr 30 14:10

Army Vet Takes Shocking Photos Of Trashed VA Clinic

Mismanagement at VA hospitals is endemic across the U.S. More than 6,000 of the VA’s medical professionals haven’t passed background checks, even if they’ve worked for the department for years. The veteran’s hospital in Washington, D.C., is so poorly managed that it’s endangering military service members and wasting millions of taxpayer dollars, according to a March report.

Apr 30 13:19

Trump Proclaims Netanyahu Announcement on Iran Shows ‘I’ve Been 100% Right’

Wrong! You folks who still support this Israeli lovin bum are nothing but neocon traitors!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kFUNZ_8dKA

From a White House Rose Garden podium this afternoon, President Donald Trump declared that he has been “100 percent right” on continued Iran nuclear development and brand new evidence from the Israeli Prime Minister proves that.

Apr 30 11:55

Pompeo meets Netanyahu in Tel Aviv

Newly-appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has underlined Washington’s unwavering support for Israel in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting was held hours after Pompeo repeated Washington’s anti-Iran accusations during talks with Saudi officials in Riyadh.

Apr 30 11:05

The Military Doesn't Advertise It, But U.S. Troops Are All Over Africa

When U.S. troops were ambushed in Niger last October, the widespread reaction was surprise: The U.S. has military forces in Niger? What are they doing there?

Yet in many ways, the Niger operation typifies U.S. military missions underway in roughly 20 African countries, mostly in the northern half of the continent. The missions tend to be small, they are carried out largely below the radar, and most are focused on a specific aim: rolling back Islamist extremism.

In almost all of the missions, the Americans are there to advise, assist and train African militaries — and not to take part in combat. Still, those supporting roles can often take U.S. forces into the field with their African partners, as was the case in Niger.

Apr 30 10:58

Marines want Russian-styled aircraft to realistically practice challenging them

The Marine Corps wants to get acclimated to fighting peer-level adversaries with peer-level air forces, and a new request shows it’s starting with Russian-styled aircraft.

Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command filed the solicitation Thursday, requesting either a Mi-24 HIND attack helicopter or Mi-17 HIP transport helicopter capable of using tracking pods compatible with the training range in Yuma, Arizona.

“The attack helicopter, due to its size, flight profile, firepower and defensive maneuvering capabilities, constitutes a unique threat creating a realistic, dissimilar and credible opposing force,” the solicitation reads.

Apr 30 10:33

Pompeo’s thumbs up for Israel to counter Russian-backed Iranian drive in Syria

Pompeo said the US is committed to “rolling back to the full range of Iranian malign influence in Syria,” specifically mentioning “Iran’s missile systems, its support for Hezbollah, its importation of thousands of Shiite fighters into Syria.” Pompeo added, “We strongly support Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself.”

DEBKAfile: This was taken as a US green light for Israel to take on the elements threatening its security from Syria. The secretary also stressed that the US would continue to fight ISIS and not tolerate the Assad regime using chemical weapons.

Apr 30 09:54

The U.S. Militarily Is America’s Worst Enemy

A few thoughts on our disastrous trillion-dollar military:

It is unnecessary. It does not defend the United States. The last time it did so was in 1945. The United States has no military enemies. No nation has anything even close to the forces necessary to invade America, and probably none the desire. A fifth of the budget would suffice for any real needs.

“Our boys” are not noble warriors protecting democracy, rescuing maidens, and righting wrongs. They are, like all soldiers, obedient and amoral killers. Pilots bombing Iraq or Syria know they are killing civilians. They do not care. If ordered to bomb Switzerland, they would do it. This is the nature of all armies. Glamorizing this most reprehensible trades is just a means of usefully stimulating the pack instinct which we often call patriotism.

Apr 29 11:55

Scott Adams: My North Korea Blog Posts – Indexed for Historians

My opinion about North Korea was that we were dealing with a psychological problem — literally a set of illusions — masquerading as a set of physical problems. If we could figure out how to think about the problem right, we’d find a solution without firing a shot. Luckily for the world, the United States had recently elected a President with every tool needed for that job. To me, it seemed like a once-ever chance to solve the unsolvable. And fingers crossed, we might be close to an outcome that is not just a fix, but something beautiful.

See also: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1YpKkEvnooZJj

Apr 29 09:49

Bundeswehr 'Confidence' in Government 'Dangerously Undermined' – Sen. Officer

The German army needs increased funding, otherwise the modernization program started by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen could fail, Die Welt newspaper wrote, citing head of the German Bundeswehr Association Lieutenant Colonel André Wüstner.

Germany's defense budget should grow by 15 billion euros by 2021, or the country might face "unforeseen consequences in the field of state security," André Wüstner, a Bundeswehr representative, warned.

According to the official, without additional financial resources, the German army won't be able to update its infrastructure and weapons.

Apr 29 08:37

THE US GAVE ITS CLIENT STATES HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS FOR ANTI-TERRORISM, THEN CROOKED UK MILITARY CONTRACTORS RIPPED IT ALL OFF

Defense Secretary James Mattis has announced a criminal investigation into the misuse of $458,000,000 that the US government gave to Iraq and Afghanistan to build out mass-scale domestic surveillance apparatus and other "anti-terrorism" capabilities. An audit by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that, since 2007, New Century Consulting had taken most of that money, without any indication that it had performed any of the work for which it had been paid.

Apr 28 10:51

EPIC FAIL: Why Most US Weapons Systems Are Worse than Russia's

Lately we have seen some good analysis on the limits and vulnerabilities of the American military in light of events in the former Ukraine and especially Russia’s demonstrated competence in Syria.

So we have the “what” of the issue, but how about the “why”?

As a U.S. Army veteran and a longtime resident of the Beltway—including four-and-a-half years living on Crystal Drive in Arlington, Virginia, which has probably the densest concentration of “defense” contractors anywhere in America—I think I understand what is fundamentally wrong with the U.S. military-industrial complex (MIC.)

First and foremost, the MIC has long been incapable of producing durable, efficient, versatile weapons.

We don’t even have to look to the F-35 on this one.

Apr 28 10:50

The Latest Russian Fighter Jet Blows America's Away

Built to be the deadliest hunter killer aircraft of all time, the F-35 has quite literally become the hunted. In every scenario that the F-35 has been wargamed against Su-30 Flankers, the Russian aircraft have emerged winners. America’s newest stealth aircraft – costing $191 million per unit – is riddled with such critical design flaws that it’s likely to get blown away in a shootout with the super-maneuverable Sukhois.

Stubby wings (that reduce lift and maneuverability), a bulbous fuselage (that makes it less aerodynamic) low speed and a super hot engine (which a half decent radar can identify) are just a few of the major flaws that will expose its vulnerability during air combat.

Apr 28 10:06

AIRBUS TO GERMANY: DON’T BUY THE F-35

The CEO of Airbus Defense urged Europe to keep its military independence and warned Germany not to procure F-35s from the US, arguing it would kill the Franco-German effort to build their own fifth-generation jet.
“As soon as Germany becomes an F-35 nation, cooperation on all combat aircraft issues with France is dead,” Dirk Hoke, the CEO of Airbus Defense and Space at Airbus Group, told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

“Europe needs to define its sovereignty more clearly and state that we need to remain independent in defense and space,” Hoke said, referring to the joint Franco-German project to develop a fifth-generation fighter, according to the newspaper.

France and Germany unveiled plans to develop a next-generation European fighter jet in July of last year. While little is known about the new plane’s layout and features, it is understood the jet would replace the Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon, rival fourth-generation jets that compete on international markets.

Apr 28 10:05

Germany's SPD Party Out of Touch With Defense Issues - AfD speaker

The politicians of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), which is part of the ruling coalition, have "lost professionalism" on defense issues, while Germany needs to respect its engagements within NATO, Jens Kestner, the defense spokesman for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, told Sputnik.

German media reported earlier this week that the country's government was planning to supply the German Armed Forces with new weapons. German parliament's military commissioner Hans-Peter Bartels said in February that the budget cuts led to German armed forces seriously lacking both in personnel and in equipment, with the latter often outdated or not even fully operational.

"Basically, we consider that the SPD politicians in the coalition are not sufficiently familiar with military matters. They touch the surface but have lost the professionalism in defense issues that existed in the days of late Chancellor Helmut Schmidt," Kestner said.

Apr 28 10:00

Bonding and bombing – Trump and Macron kiss, hold hands and reminisce about Syria

There was a heartwarming display of affection in Washington as Emmanuel Macron visited his best buddy Donald Trump, and the two couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

Geopolitics’ very own odd couple nauseated the world, and possibly their onlooking wives, as the French and US presidents celebrated becoming brothers in arms after an airstrike against some empty warehouses in Syria.

Apr 28 09:56

DEATHBY GOVERNMENT

Just to give perspective on this incredible murder by government, if all these bodies were laid head to toe, with the average height being 5', then they would circle the earth ten times.

Apr 27 22:56

FLASHBACK: Russia: Revolutionary secret warfare system tested with capability to 'switch off enemy weapons'

"It will fully suppress communications, navigation and target location and the use of high-precision weapons," said adviser to the KRET first deputy CEO Vladimir Mikheyev.

"The system will be used against cruise missiles and will suppress satellite-based radio location systems.

"It will actually switch off enemy weapons."

Apr 27 22:32

FLASHBACK:Russian Jamming System Kills All NATO Electronic Systems In Syria

Russia have deployed new electronic jamming systems that are able to blind radar, disrupt electronic guidance systems, and interfere with satellite imagery.

NATO have complained that Russia have effectively blinded their electronics in Syria, inside a bubble of 600 km in diameter.

Apr 27 22:28

Electromagnetic weapon of Russia, English subtitles

TV movie telling about Electromagnetic weapon of Russia, with English subtitles. Some ignorant and primitive thinking of Western people (sometimes even become senators or politicians) are not even aware of the existence of certain military technologies are not available for the vast majority of countries, but available for Russian army.

Apr 27 22:23

Controlling the airwaves: Russia's electronic warfare systems

Modern armed forces are equipped with systems capable of disabling enemy equipment and weaponry by attacking their electronics, and Russia’s military is no exception.

Electronic warfare (EW) systems are not at all inferior to direct impact weapons in terms of efficiency, but unlike cannons and missiles, they destroy not the enemy's manpower and equipment, but its "nervous system" – systems of control, guidance and surveillance.

Such a strike can at once deprive it of all opportunities to fight – disabling electronics, shutting down electrical wires, blinding radars, and immobilizing combat aircraft and warships.

Apr 27 21:34

The fiasco of the bombing raid on Syria

The Inhibitor!
However, the Russian army observed the shots and transmitted the coordinates of the Allied missiles to the Syrian Arab Army in real time, in order to allow the Syrians to destroy them. Besides this, when the Syrians became swamped by the number of allied missiles, the Russian army deployed its system for inhibiting the commands and controls of NATO, which paralysed most of their launchers.

The most that we know for certain is that a French plane was unable to fire one of its missiles, and was obliged to jettison it out to sea without triggering it [9], and that two French multi-mission frigates suffered a computer failure and were unable to fire their naval Cruise missiles [10] — these are symptoms that are well known by anyone who has had to face up to the Russian inhibitor weapon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvDAHmQ1_tw

Apr 27 14:19

FLASHBACK: How North Korea Can Become Switzerland of the East

". . . . allow me to suggest a winning option for all involved. I call it the Switzerland of the East plan." ~ Scott Adams

See also:

http://blog.dilbert.com/tag/north-korea/

Apr 27 14:12

Gold Leaving US Vaults: Signs of Upcoming Currency War and Armed Conflict

An armed conflict with Iran might be much closer than generally believed. The nuclear deal has been honored, to everyone’s satisfaction but to Washington’s chagrin. Iran undoubtedly has no military capability that would be a threat to the US. It has never been responsible for any terrorist acts committed abroad or things like that. But it has done something unforgivable in the eyes of the US. It has threatened the USD. That’s what Washington cannot accept, because if it does not support the dollar, there will be problems financing the US government’s huge federal debt. A war with Iran would eliminate the largest non-USD oil exporter. One thing leads to another. The gold repatriations are a precursor to a currency war and armed conflict. That’s what drives US foreign policy.

Apr 27 11:48

Mattis: Pentagon Moving Away from War on Terror to Challenges by China, Russia

The Pentagon is moving away from the war on terror, choosing instead to primarily focus on deterring “strategic competitors” China and Russia, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis stressed while testifying before a Senate panel on Thursday.
Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee via written testimony:

The global situation is sobering. Russia is modernizing its full range of nuclear systems while espousing a theory of nuclear escalation in military conflict. China, too, is modernizing and expanding its already considerable nuclear forces, pursuing entirely new capabilities. China is also modernizing its conventional military forces to a degree that will challenge U.S. military superiority.

Apr 27 11:47

How Many Millions Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars?

For Iraq, my final estimate of about 2.4 million people killed was based on accepting the estimates of the 2006 Lancet study and the 2007 Opinion Research Business (ORB) survey, which were consistent with each other, and then applying the same ratio of actual deaths to passively reported deaths (11.5:1) as between the Lancet study and Iraq Body Count (IBC) in 2006 to IBC’s count for the years since 2007.

Apr 27 09:56

Russian Missile Tech has Made America's Trillion Dollar Navy Obsolete

The ultimate inheritor of this naval imperial project is the United States, which, with the new addition of air power, and with its large aircraft carrier fleet and huge network of military bases throughout the planet, is supposedly able to impose Pax Americana on the entire world. Or, rather, was able to do so—during the brief period between the collapse of the USSR and the emergence of Russia and China as new global powers and their development of new anti-ship and antiaircraft technologies. But now this imperial project is at an end.

Apr 27 08:31

Island Of Fire

As we’ve come to appreciate with each passing year, World War Two was the most evil manifestation in human history. No other conflict even comes close in matching that war for its vast and unspeakable crimes. Mass murder of surrendering soldiers, mass starvation of helpless civilians, mass rape of women and children, assembly-line style torture in the tens of thousands, uprooting and expulsion of millions to certain death, the deliberate destruction of ancient cultures--these atrocities and many more add annually to World War Two’s menu of beastly war crimes.

Apr 27 07:45

BEXALERT!: Israel: Iran Has More Than 80,000 Fighters in Syria

I posted this one as science fiction. They get caught passing off an airport in Tehran as an Iranian airbase in Syria and now this.

The Times of Israel reports: Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday presented an aerial photograph of an alleged Iranian base outside Damascus that he said Tehran was using to bring in and train tens of thousands of fighters for the militias it backs in Syria.

observers.france24.com/en/20180419-idf-israel-syria-iran-airport-photo-debunked

Apr 26 18:45

Iraqi Village of Amputees

So numerous are the wounds inflicted by mines and ordnance in Jurf al-Milh that the southern Iraqi village is better known as al Bitran, which means "the amputees" in the local dialect.

Apr 26 15:32

RIP: Pentagon Kills $89.4 Million X-Plane Drone

The Pentagon’s secret weapons maker has dustbinned its LightningStrike experimental drone project with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a contract to Aurora Flight Sciences in 2016 to build an unmanned VTOL X-plane as part of the program known as LightningStrike. Flight demonstrations were supposed to take place this year, but DARPA killed the program before the full-scale demonstrator ever got off the ground in flight tests, DARPA spokesman Jared Adams confirmed to IHS Jane's on Wednesday.

The decision to terminate the program was made by the agency during a recent program review, Tactical Technology Office Director Fred Kennedy told the news outlet April 25.

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So, $89 million wasted.

Apr 26 11:15

My experiences of Vietnam War agitprop make me skeptical of West's excuses for bombing Syria

My generation endured fear of the draft because disinformation helped drag our country into a terrible war. That conflict was Vietnam, and the agitprop used to conjure consent for military assaults on Syria now gives me deja vu.

Back in 1972, as a 19-year-old Australian male, I was required to register for the ballot to determine conscription for Vietnam, where my country was allied with the US and South Vietnam against the Vietcong and North Vietnam.

I turned 65 in March. And that's a landmark which can inspire a bit of reflection. Anyway, back in that final teenage year, I hadn't registered, and I wasn't going to. However, had Gough Whitlam's Australian Labor Party not won the election that year, I would have been a draft resister – a stance which would have had surely led to consequences.

Apr 26 10:53

Trump is Pushing US Into Scripted and Pre-Planned World War III

Apr 26 10:52

Western Countries Find Loophole To Veto Russia At UNSC

The British newspaper The Guardian notes that Russia has already used the right of veto 11 times to stop Western actions against Syria. In this regard, the West intends to use the UNGA resolution of 1950, which allows the transfer of the issue from the Security Council to the General Assembly.

68 years ago this resolution was already used to ignore the position of the USSR on the war in Korea. Then the US and its allies could act in the DPRK under the ‘auspices of the world community.’

Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for increasing the effectiveness of NATO and immediately reforming the UN by depriving the “aggressor country” of the right to veto.

Apr 26 10:29

US military sex assault reports up 10%

Reports of sexual assaults across the US military jumped by nearly 10 per cent in 2017, a year that saw a massive online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the services.

Officials familiar with the data say the overall increase was fuelled by a nearly 15-per cent surge in sexual assault reports in the Marine Corps.

The Marines were at the centre of last year's online investigation. The military services launched a campaign to raise awareness of inappropriate behaviour and beef up enforcement of social media rules and conduct.

Apr 26 10:29

War and the Separation of Powers

A popular way to begin the first day of class in constitutional law in many American law schools is to ask the students what sets the U.S. Constitution apart from all others. Usually, they answer that it’s the clauses that guarantee the freedom of speech, privacy and due process.

Yes, each of those guarantees – if upheld – is vital to restraining government, but the overarching and most important unique aspect of the Constitution is the separation of powers. The constitutions of many totalitarian countries pay lip service to free speech, privacy and due process, but none has the strict separation of powers that the U.S. does.

Apr 26 10:18

The Lies Behind America’s Interventions

Official Washington and those associated with it have misrepresented the facts numerous times in the service of military actions that might not otherwise have taken place. In the Middle East, these interventions have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Arab civilians, brought chaos to Iraq and Libya, and led to the expulsion of a million Christians from communities where they have lived since biblical times.

The most famous of these episodes, of course, was the U.S. government’s assurance to the world that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which formed the basis for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. The government also insisted Saddam had ties to al-Qaeda, bolstering the call to war. Of course neither was true.

Apr 26 10:17

IS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT EVIL? YOU TELL ME

Is this a trick question?
Is the U.S. government evil?
You tell me.

This is a government that treats its citizens like faceless statistics and economic units to be bought, sold, bartered, traded, tracked, tortured, and eventually eliminated once they’ve outgrown their usefulness.

This is a government that treats human beings like lab rats to be caged, branded, experimented upon, and then discarded and left to suffer from the after-effects.

This is a government that repeatedly lies, cheats, steals, spies, kills, maims, enslaves, breaks the laws, overreaches its authority, and abuses its power at almost every turn.

This is a government that wages wars for profit, jails its own people for profit, and then turns a blind eye and a deaf ear while its henchmen rape and kill and pillage.

Apr 26 09:57

Russia and China Militaries Reach ‘New Heights’ Together, Agree to Challenge U.S. in Middle East

Russia and China have pledged to strengthen their bilateral military and political ties as part of a strategic cooperation that challenges U.S. interests, especially to Washington's stance on Middle East allies Syria and Iran.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met Tuesday with Air Force General Xu Qiliang, deputy vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, and other regional military officials as part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the eastern city of Qingdao. As increasingly powerful Russia and China build up their clout on the world stage, they sought a more united front against the U.S., which frequently challenged their rise.

Apr 26 09:32

Where Is The Shame?

Now that the Trump, May, and Macron regimes have proven beyond all doubt that they are lawless war criminal regimes, what is next?

Will the Russian president and foreign minister continue to speak of “our Western partners” and seek common ground with proven lawless war criminals? What would that common ground be?

How can other governments accept the US, UK, and French governments that intentionally lied about a Russian chemical attack on the Skripals and about a Syrian chemical attack on Douma, risking a third world war, and then themselves attacking Syria on the basis of a transparent lie unsupported by any evidence? How exactly do you conduct diplomatic relations with war criminals?

Apr 26 05:09

NEVER LET ANYONE CALL YOU CRAZY FOR DOUBTING ESTABLISHMENT WAR NARRATIVES

There has still been no retraction or correction of The Guardian‘s demonstrably false and completely indefensible claim that two normal antiwar Twitter accounts were controlled not by real people but by bot programs based in Russia. This is the sort of environment that has been created by the ongoing Russia panic that is plaguing the western world: one wherein mainstream news outlets can openly lie about dissenting voices and antiwar activists, refuse to retract or apologize for those lies, and suffer no consequences.

Apr 25 14:30

Breaking: Donbass Shelled Under NATO Command

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

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

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

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

Apr 25 12:44

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

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

Apr 25 12:41

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

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

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

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

Apr 25 12:39

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

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

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

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

Apr 25 11:00

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

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

Apr 25 10:58

Armenia Heats Up As The Proxy War Continues

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 25 10:53

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 25 10:43

Turkey’s Military Offensive in Afrin

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

Apr 25 10:32

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

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

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

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

Apr 25 10:15

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 25 10:12

House Lawmakers Close Pentagon Budget Hearing to the Public

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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