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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

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.

Jun 28 08:30

Raytheon’s profits boom alongside civilian deaths in Yemen

The missile that killed 23 people attending a wedding in northern Yemen in April came from a factory in southern Arizona.

The missile was fired on the night of April 22 by Saudi-led coalition forces, which have been waging war on Yemen’s Houthi clans for three years. The Guardian reported the majority of casualties were women and children. Survivors described how the jets continued to circle the bombing site after the attack, preventing first responders from reaching the victims. The 20-year-old groom, Yahya Ja’afar, and his bride, Fatum Allam, escaped harm, but dozens of friends and family were not so lucky.

Jun 28 08:28

US tries to stop S-400 deal with India

In much the same manner as the US attempted to kill the S-400 deal with Turkey, they are now setting out to end India’s defense relationship with Russia, especially if they can manage to undermine this SAM deal. The idea is to utilize sanctions to get the job done. If the US can manage to dissuade India from buying their SAM systems from India over fear that they might contravene some sanction issued by Washington, then that’s what they aim to do, while simultaneously offering America’s THAAD system to New Delhi as a replacement.

Jun 28 08:10

Space Command Is About to Launch!

The Air Force, which already has a Space Command, will no doubt object to the new arrangement, preferring instead to roll the expanded responsibilities and money into its already existing framework. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is also reported to be against the expansion, explaining in a speech last year that “The creation of an independent Space Corps, with the corresponding institutional growth and budget implications, does not address…our nation’s fiscal problems in a responsive manner.”

Jun 27 18:37

The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance- by Paul Craig Roberts

How is it that Americans can see and reject the inhumane border control policy and not see the inhumanity of family destruction that has been the over-riding result of Washington’s destruction in whole or part of seven or eight countries in the 21st century? Millions of people have been separated from families by death inflicted by Washington, and for almost two decades protests have been almost nonexistent. No public outcry stopped George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump from clear and indisputable illegal acts defined in international law established by the US itself as war crimes against the inhabitants of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.

Jun 27 13:34

Video: Erdogan Firmly In Charge, Confident Should World War III Come To The Region. BBC Biased

Russia, Turkey to keep relations at high level after Erdogan’s re-election — senator Russian Politics & Diplomacy.

Jun 27 09:05

Navy’s Troubled Ford Carrier Makes Modest Progress

A decade after the initial $5.1 billion contract was awarded to begin construction of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, the troubled ship is finally closer to be able to launch and recover a variety of aircraft.

One of the many issues that have plagued the ship — causing years of schedule slippages and cost overruns — has been the reliability of the electromagnetic catapults and arresting gear (EMALS), which a Pentagon report said earlier this year have proven unreliable under all but the best conditions.

But despite slow going and scathing criticism from some in Congress, there appears to be positive progress, according to the maker of the catapults and arresting gear. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems announced today that its Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system caught its first C2-A Greyhound aircraft at a test site in Lakehurst, N.J on May 24. The next day, AAG nabbed an E-2D Hawkeye, followed by an E-2C Hawkeye on June 8.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These tests are taking place on land and will not be moved to the carrier any time soon.

Jun 27 09:03

China Just Blew The US Navy’s Electromagnetic Railgun Out Of The Water

While the United States spent years dithering over the future of its much-hyped electromagnetic railgun project, China ate its lunch. The Chinese navy plans to field its own secretive version of the electromagnetic railgun on naval vessels as early as 2025, according to a U.S. intelligence assessment first reported by CNBC.

China’s interpretation of the long-theoretical supergun, which utilizes a massive amount of power to create electromagnetic fields to accelerate projectiles to hypersonic velocities, is reportedly capable of “striking a target 124 miles away at speeds of up to 1.6 miles per second,” according to CNBC — fast enough to strike Philadelphia from New York in just under a minute.

If the U.S. intelligence assessment is accurate, this is a major strategic coup for the Chinese.

Jun 27 09:00

US Plans to Arm B-52 With ‘Mother of All Bombs’

The US Air Force is seeking to modify its B-52 Stratofortress heavy bombers to accommodate carrying and delivering the so-called “mother of all bombs,” a creative nickname given to the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon, according to a new report.

The bomb made waves last April when a US military plane dropped a GBU-43/B MOAB on an allegedly Daesh-run terrorist camp in Afghanistan. The bomb is regarded as the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the US weapons arsenal. April 13, 2017, marked the first employment of the bomb in combat.

Jun 27 07:20

Joint Military Force: 'EU Attempting to Solve Something That's Broken' - Prof.

Sputnik: How significant will the creation of the European Union intervention force be?

Beatrice Heuser: It's an attempt to salvage something that is breaking, breaking quite horribly and that is an attempt to salvage British participation in European defense which was at the very beginning of the European defense integration. Let me remind you that it was Britain in 1948 that was the first to try and bring some form of European integration which would've included social, political, economic and defense cooperation.

Jun 26 18:00

Veteran who set himself on fire outside Georgia Capitol identified

A disgruntled veteran set himself on fire in protest Tuesday outside the Georgia Capitol in downtown Atlanta, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Authorities said veteran John Michael Watts, 58, who was protesting his treatment by the V.A., used a combination of fireworks and gasoline to set himself on fire. A spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol said officers quickly extinguished the man. Medics rushed him to Grady Memorial Hospital by ambulance. The spokesperson said no one else was hurt.

Jun 26 14:54

Revealed: Marine Corps Loses First F-35B to Fire Caused by Technical Fault

The Marine Corps' F-35B was grounded at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on October 27, 2016, after a midair fire caused by a faulty weapons bay bracket rendered it unsafe to operate.

According to the Marine Corps Times, the lost F-35B is the first loss of the plane for the Corps, but has not been officially listed as such because it may still be used as a trainer, for maintenance or as a museum piece.

Jun 26 11:56

RUSSIA DUMPS $47 BILLION OF US SECURITIES, MASSIVELY BUYING GOLD

In a further sign the US is losing the dominance of the world’s economic system which it has enjoyed since the end of World War 2, Russia is massively divesting from US securities.

In April, Russia dumped $47 billion in US bonds – roughly half of the US debt it holds.

US President Trump’s escalating tariff war, plus ever-expanding US sanctions on Russia, could also be contributing factors to Moscow’s decision to increasingly ditch dollars.

In exchange, Russia is turning to an ancient and time-tested store of value: gold.

The question is, as the US trade war with China escalates, will Beijing follow suit?

Here’s more from RT:

US sanctions have forced Russia to look at ways of securing its foreign reserves. In recent years, Moscow has increased purchases of physical gold and dramatically reduced its share of US debt bonds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could very badly impact the value of the US debt bonds for other countries looking to get away from the dollar as well.

Jun 26 11:56

RUSSIA DUMPS $47 BILLION OF US SECURITIES, MASSIVELY BUYING GOLD

In a further sign the US is losing the dominance of the world’s economic system which it has enjoyed since the end of World War 2, Russia is massively divesting from US securities.

In April, Russia dumped $47 billion in US bonds – roughly half of the US debt it holds.

US President Trump’s escalating tariff war, plus ever-expanding US sanctions on Russia, could also be contributing factors to Moscow’s decision to increasingly ditch dollars.

In exchange, Russia is turning to an ancient and time-tested store of value: gold.

The question is, as the US trade war with China escalates, will Beijing follow suit?

Here’s more from RT:

US sanctions have forced Russia to look at ways of securing its foreign reserves. In recent years, Moscow has increased purchases of physical gold and dramatically reduced its share of US debt bonds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could very badly impact the value of the US debt bonds for other countries looking to get away from the dollar as well.

Jun 26 11:29

50,000 CIVILIANS FLEE HOMES AS SYRIAN GOV’T ATTACK ON REBEL-HELD AREA INTENSIFIES

With the first skirmishes of the Syrian southwestern offensive starting to grow into outright fighting, reports out of the area say that over 50,000 civilians have fled their homes in just the past week. This is overwhelmingly from the areas in the de-escalation zone expected to be major targets in the fighting.

Journalists in the area say that at least 27 civilians were killed. The displaced are scattering in all directions, some going deeper into rebel territory along the border, others heading north out of the likely contested areas.

The de-escalation zone in Daraa was, for quite some time, totally calm, and a lot of the people living in this area were much safer than people in most of the rest of war-torn Syria. That zone is rapidly collapsing, however.

Jun 25 18:34

Defence spending rise needed to keep influence, say MPs

The UK will have to significantly increase defence spending if it is to maintain influence with Washington and Nato allies, MPs have warned.

A House of Commons Defence Committee report says the defence budget should rise from 2% of GDP to 3% (£60bn).

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has reportedly demanded an extra £20bn for his department.

A government spokesman said: "We have been clear we will continue to exceed Nato's 2% spending target."

Jun 25 14:54

Russian Su-57 v US F-35: Which is better?

Su-57 retains a considerable advantage over the F-35 in the air, according to Military Watch. But there is a big question: is the comparison legitimate in the absence of real data?

Military Watch says the two fighters are significantly different. Lockheed Martin F-35 is a light aircraft with lower than average maneuverability. It was designed as a lighter and less costly complement to the elite F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter, a platform no longer in production.

The Su-57 by contrast was designed as a heavy air superiority platform and is more capable in an air-to-air combat role, adds Military Watch. The analysis gives advantage to the Sukhoi Su-57 in its speed, altitude, sensors, missile carriage, engagement range, and maneuverability.

Jun 25 09:01

Army Is Spending Half a Billion to Train Soldiers to Fight Underground

U.S. Army leaders say the next war will be fought in mega-cities, but the service has embarked on an ambitious effort to prepare most of its combat brigades to fight, not inside, but beneath them.

Late last year, the Army launched an accelerated effort that funnels some $572 million into training and equipping 26 of its 31 active combat brigades to fight in large-scale subterranean facilities that exist beneath dense urban areas around the world.

For this new type of warfare, infantry units will need to know how to effectively navigate, communicate, breach heavy obstacles and attack enemy forces in underground mazes ranging from confined corridors to tunnels as wide as residential streets. Soldiers will need new equipment and training to operate in conditions such as complete darkness, bad air and lack of cover from enemy fire in areas that challenge standard Army communications equipment.

Jun 24 16:37

Israel national news paper Haaretz goes public with Israels now 'declared' Nuclear Arsenal

U.S. President Donald Trump became the fourth U.S. president to uphold the decades-long pledge not to press Israel to give up its nuclear weapons after a delegation of senior Israeli officials met with the then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House. In 1969, Prime Minister Golda Meir met with U.S. President Richard Nixon and they reached an unwritten agreement that Israel would not declare or test its nuclear weapons. Ed note, was Fukushima Israel's testing ground? #1 https://bit.ly/2tjXF7O #2 https://fxn.ws/2FW7oW7 #3 https://bit.ly/2MS9uee

Jun 24 16:29

KEN O'KEEFE & CHRIS BOLLYN 9/11, USS LIBERTY, ZIONISM, ROTHSCHILD AND HIGH TREASON.

Ken O'keefe and Christopher Bollyn two heavyweight truthers discuss in length who did 9/11, USS Liberty, Zionism and how America has been infiltrated, the treason committed by the Bush administration and the fake War on terror. Also featured in this discussion is USS Liberty survivor

Jun 23 11:49

Devastating Humanitarian Crisis: Update on the Situation in Hodeidah, Yemen

Quote from NRC’s Hodeidah Office Coordinator, Saleem Al-Shamiri, in Sana’a:

“Many people fled their homes in Hodeidah already. Sana’a and other cities are receiving many displaced. Water supplies have been cut off in some areas. Even families who refused to leave their house behind, have now been forced to flee because the fighting is closing in. Some of my friends arrived yesterday and today early morning. They are concerned for their future and worried they have lost their homes and income. How will they manage to rebuild their lives again?”

“I have friends who can’t leave their homes because they don’t have the means to travel. They are scared for their safety. They might be left in the crossfire without any water, food or way to escape. I am hoping the warring parties will allow safe routes out of the city as the fighting gets closer. People must be given a chance to save their own lives.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I decry the actions of the US government in enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

But I seriously doubt that the Saudi, or US governments, will allow safe passage for innocent civilians, and this is why.

Do you remember the scene in the film "Avatar", and I am paraphasing here, where the General decides to "create a crater so deep in the memories of the Navi people", that they will never dare to fight against the mining coalition which is destroying their planet,, ever again?

This is precisely what the US and Saudi Government have, essentially, vowed to do in Yemen.

They will create hundreds of killing fields, so that the people of Yemen, will never again fight their rule, and will be "pacified" into accepting whatever puppet government the Saudis and the US slide into Saana.

There will be no "humanitarian aid" with which to comfort those left standing; all we will see here, is a slaughter, courtesy of the genocidal Butcher of Yemen, Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, aided and abetted by his BFF in the White House, President Trump.

As I type this, UAE military, overseen by American soldiers, are torturing Yemen prisoners, and unfortunately, again this time, our CIA's Gina Haspel is up to her elbows in more torture, and more blood.

US-Backed forces claime to "liberate" Yemenis, but instead rape detainees in secret.

Why are there no indignant outcries from the corporate Presstitute Media on this?!? Why, in the name of God, are there no requests for US reporters, to embed with these "interrogators" from the UAE?!?

Very simply, they are not allowed. No questions are allowed to be asked, in the runup to this slaughter.

But I will tell you, as long as there is breath in my body, I will continue to witness, peacefully, and never advocating violence, as a Christian, to the evils being done in my name, and in the names of all Americans, here in Yemen.

Jun 23 11:49

Devastating Humanitarian Crisis: Update on the Situation in Hodeidah, Yemen

Quote from NRC’s Hodeidah Office Coordinator, Saleem Al-Shamiri, in Sana’a:

“Many people fled their homes in Hodeidah already. Sana’a and other cities are receiving many displaced. Water supplies have been cut off in some areas. Even families who refused to leave their house behind, have now been forced to flee because the fighting is closing in. Some of my friends arrived yesterday and today early morning. They are concerned for their future and worried they have lost their homes and income. How will they manage to rebuild their lives again?”

“I have friends who can’t leave their homes because they don’t have the means to travel. They are scared for their safety. They might be left in the crossfire without any water, food or way to escape. I am hoping the warring parties will allow safe routes out of the city as the fighting gets closer. People must be given a chance to save their own lives.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I decry the actions of the US government in enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

But I seriously doubt that the Saudi, or US governments, will allow safe passage for innocent civilians, and this is why.

Do you remember the scene in the film "Avatar", and I am paraphasing here, where the General decides to "create a crater so deep in the memories of the Navi people", that they will never dare to fight against the mining coalition which is destroying their planet,, ever again?

This is precisely what the US and Saudi Government have, essentially, vowed to do in Yemen.

They will create hundreds of killing fields, so that the people of Yemen, will never again fight their rule, and will be "pacified" into accepting whatever puppet government the Saudis and the US slide into Saana.

There will be no "humanitarian aid" with which to comfort those left standing; all we will see here, is a slaughter, courtesy of the genocidal Butcher of Yemen, Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, aided and abetted by his BFF in the White House, President Trump.

As I type this, UAE military, overseen by American soldiers, are torturing Yemen prisoners, and unfortunately, again this time, our CIA's Gina Haspel is up to her elbows in more torture, and more blood.

US-Backed forces claime to "liberate" Yemenis, but instead rape detainees in secret.

Why are there no indignant outcries from the corporate Presstitute Media on this?!? Why, in the name of God, are there no requests for US reporters, to embed with these "interrogators" from the UAE?!?

Very simply, they are not allowed. No questions are allowed to be asked, in the runup to this slaughter.

But I will tell you, as long as there is breath in my body, I will continue to witness, peacefully, and never advocating violence, as a Christian, to the evils being done in my name, and in the names of all Americans, here in Yemen.

Jun 23 11:11

The Diseased, Lying, Condition of America’s ‘News’ Media

Both President Trump and former President Obama are commonly said in America’s ‘news’ media to be or to have been “ceding Syria to Russia” or “ceding Syria to Russia and Iran,” or similar allegations. They imply that ‘we’ own (or have some right to control) Syria.

Jun 23 11:08

Militarization of the African Continent: The U.S. Is Building a Massive $110 Million Drone Base in the Sahara

The Drone Base Will Provide a Stronger US Presence in a Region

[Combating Extremism is the stated objective. Terrorism is the Justification for the Militarization of Africa, GR Editor]

Back in 2013, President Obama had ordered a drone base to be built in the capital of Niger, Niamey, but even than military officials already indicated that ideally, they wanted the drone operation to be based outside of Agadez. The NY Times reported moving the drone base to Agadez had two main advantages. First, it is better positioned to launch drone operation throughout the southern regions of the Sahara that are turning into an alleged “terrorist hotbed”. Second, the drone operations are better shielded from prying eyes in isolated Agadez than in Niamey. A third reason, not mentioned by the NYT might well be that with the fall of Libyan leader Gaddafi, Agadez has turned into the smuggling capital of Africa, according to Politico Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is about expropriating more of Africa's resources, to which the US government has absolutely zero moral right, while insuring that those living over said resources get scarce, or zero, compensation for those resources, and they will only be sold in American dollars.

It is just that simple.

Does the US government really want to stop terrorism in its tracks?!? All it has to do, is stop mucking about in other people's countries.

You're welcome! :-)

Jun 23 11:04

Yemen War: Iranian Navy Dispatches Warships to Gulf of Aden

On June 21, the Iranian Navy dispatched two warships to the Gulf of Aden, where a fierce battle is ongoing between the Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis) and the Saudi-led coalition for the port city of al-Hudaydah.

According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, Iran sent a helicopter-carrier and a naval destroyer. The deployment of Iranian warships in the area will likely further complicate relations between Riyadh and Teheran. However, two warships will not be enough to lift a naval blockade from al-Hudaydah.

Meanwhile, the Houthis repelled another attempt by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies to capture the al-Hudaydah airport in western Yemen recapturing most of the positions, which they had lost previously.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government's participation in Saudi war crimes in Yemen does NOT make me proud to be an American; and it is a matter of great concern to me, that President Trump's two BBFs in the Middle East, are Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza, and the Saudi Crown Prince Salman, the Butcher of Yemen.

Jun 23 10:58

'CHINESE MARITIME MILITIA' LAUNCHES LASER ATTACKS AGAINST US MILITARY PILOTS IN PACIFIC OCEAN

Pilots of American military aircraft operating over the western Pacific Ocean have been targeted by lasers more than 20 times in recent months, US officials told The Wall Street Journal, following similar incidents in which Chinese nationals used lasersagainst American fighter pilots operating over Djibouti.

In April, the Pentagon issued a NOTAM, or “Notice to Airmen” warning of “unauthorized laser activity” resulting in minor injuries to an unspecified number of pilots over Djibouti. The lasers originated from a Chinese military base in the African country, just 8.3 miles from the American base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What were these injuries, and to whom did they occur, if in fact, they existed?!?

Is this real... or more demonisation of the Chinese ahead of a war against it?!?

I noticed a companion piece in zerohedge.com this morning:

China Steps up Cyber attacks as trede tensions worsen.

And I am reminded of a Paul Craig Roberts story, presented last year:

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

Just because such an action on the part of the US government would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is utterly no guarantee that this government will not do it.

IF the US government understands what CIA Director Haspel is doing in Yemen, courtesy of her UAE minions (torture, actually, and BTW, they do), any horrifically idiotic decisions the US government could possibly make, may well happen, and soon.

Jun 23 09:40

Millions Lack Food, Housing, and Healthcare, But 38 Democrats Just Joined GOP to Spend $716 Billion on Endless War and Empire

Had the Pentagon's budget simply remained the same as it was in 2017, Congress "could have funded public college for every student in the U.S. and had $12 billion left over," noted media analyst Adam Johnson

Jun 23 09:39

This Is The Military Base Water Contamination Study The White House Didn’t Want You To See

Toxic breast milk. Contaminated umbilical cords. Testicular cancer. Organ failure.

These are just some of the side effects of the chemical compounds that have poisoned drinking and groundwater sources at dozens of military bases across the country, according to a major government study that the White House and Environmental Protection Agency sought to keep from the American public.

Jun 23 08:18

Priceless: NATO Members Look Less Than Thrilled When Trump Calls Them Out For Slacking on Defense Spending

Earlier today President Donald Trump visited the newly unveiled NATO headquarters in Brussels, where he gave a much anticipated speech.

During his remarks, Trump pointed out 23 of 28 NATO member countries aren't paying the required two percent of GDP to sustain the alliance and took a shot at the cost of the fancy new building they were all standing in.

"The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia and on NATO’s eastern and southern borders. These grave security concerns are the same reason that I have been very, very direct with Secretary Stoltenberg and members of the Alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense," Trump said.

Jun 22 12:23

The Most Important Theory In The World

and yet MSM still talking about Russia, Russia 24/7

Jun 22 08:50

Theresa May furiously denies reports she 'privately admitted Britain is no longer a top-tier military force' and insists she is committed to defence spending

Theresa May today furiously denied reports she questioned Britain's role as a top tier military power in private talks with her Defence Secretary and military chiefs.

The PM challenged Gavin Williamson to justify why Britain needed to stay a 'tier one' power - holding nuclear weapons and with Army, Navy and Air Force assets it can deploy anywhere in the world, it was claimed.

She is said to have told Mr Williamson he needed to rethink the capabilities needed to be a modern military force and focus more on Britain's ability to tackle any cyber warfare threats, including from Russia.

But Mrs May lashed out at the reports - describing them as 'not correct' at a press conference in London alongside NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg.

Jun 21 19:27

The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

Millions of people have been separated from families by death inflicted by Washington, and for almost two decades protests have been almost nonexistent. No public outcry stopped George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump from clear and indisputable illegal acts defined in international law established by the US itself as war crimes against the inhabitants of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. We can add to this an eighth example: The military attacks by the US armed and supported neo-Nazi puppet state of Ukraine against the breakaway Russian provinces.

The massive deaths, destruction of towns, cities, infrastructure, the maiming, physical and mental, the dislocation that has sent millions of refugees fleeing Washington’s wars to overrun Europe, where governments consist of a collection of idiot stooges who supported Washington’s massive war crimes in the Middle East and North Africa, produced no outcry comparable to Trump’s immigration policy.

Jun 21 13:21

NATO Has No Chance To Take Crimea, Warns Russian Defense Minister

The Russian troops in the Crimea will give “no chance” to opponents who dare to attack the peninsula, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday.

“A unique interdisciplinary group has been created and strengthened on the peninsula. Its modern state-of-the-art weapons systems do not give a chance to a potential adversary who dares to invade what is intrinsically Russian territory,” he said.

According to him, for Russia this peninsula “always played a role of special importance”. The minister also stressed that, over two and a half centuries, events in the Crimea have been vital to the country’s fate.
“The glorious victories of the Black Sea Fleet have made international history and became our pride,” he added.

Jun 21 11:21

The National Interest: American aircraft carriers have no chance against the Russians in the Baltic

RENOMATED and influential US newspaper The National Interest published a warning-warning that US aircraft carriers will be helpless in the Baltic Sea ahead of Russia's airborne and anti-aircraft defense in the event of war.

The text explicitly emphasizes:

" Nimitz and Ford aircraft carriers are too big and vulnerable to be able to function successfully in a limited area of the Baltic Sea. In addition, Russian anti-ship missile systems - both land and sea - are a real threat to our aircraft carriers. "

The National Interest further indicates that the Russian anti-ship missile "Oniks" is capable of hitting "every boat in the Baltic Sea from Kaliningrad to the Swedish coast".

The export version of the rocket P-800 "Oniks" - also known as "Jahont" - has a range of 300 kilometers.

However, those that are only for the Russian army can have several times the range.

Jun 21 11:19

Massive Battle For Southwest Syria Could Trigger US-Israeli Intervention

The long awaited battle for Daraa has begun despite repeated warnings issued to the Syrian government from the US not to extend its military campaign to the country's south, where the conflict first began with fierce anti-Assad protests in 2011 and then quickly spiraled into violence.

Fighting began Tuesday night as the army's elite Tiger forces assaulted an air base in northeast Daraa which had been under jihadist control — namely the US-backed FSA "Southern Front" group and allied Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (formerly Nusrah, al-Qaeda). After liberating the base government forces are now pounding opposition controlled towns with artillery fire which have for years been a hotbed of the al-Qaeda and ISIS terror insurgency.

Jun 21 10:04

James Mattis Is a War Criminal: I Experienced His Attack on Fallujah Firsthand

While reporting from inside Fallujah during that siege, I personally witnessed women, children, elderly people and ambulances being targeted by US snipers under Mattis' command. Needless to say, all of these are war crimes.

During the November siege of Fallujah later that same year, which I also covered first-hand, more than 5,000 Iraqi civilians were killed. Most were buried in mass graves in the aftermath of the siege.

Mosques were deliberately targeted by the US military, hospitals bombed, medical workers detained, ambulances shot at, cease-fires violated, media repressed, and the use of depleted uranium was widespread. All of these are, again, war crimes.

Jun 21 10:02

Op-Ed: James 'Mad Dog' Mattis, war criminal

Once Operation Vigilant Resolve, also known as the First Battle of Fallujah, began on April 4, however, Mattis' concerns were overridden by the military mandate to get the job done as quickly and with as little loss of American life as possible.

Four days into the offensive, women, children and elderly residents were allowed to leave the besieged city, but males over the age of 14 were not. Families faced the horrific choice of splitting up or staying together to face the fury of the invading Marines.
It was some fury. According to witnesses and survivors of the assault, Marines indiscriminately killed men, women, children, the elderly and disabled alike. Civilians waving white flags of surrender were cut down by snipers, who also targeted ambulances carrying the wounded and dying to the few functioning clinics not destroyed by U.S. bombs.

Jun 21 09:58

The Massacre of Haditha - The Revenge Killing of 24 Iraqi Civilians Images of the Killings - A Photo Series

Mad Dog Mattis covered this up! Take a good look!

The photos show the aftermath of the killings 19 other Iraqi civilians, including 6 children and an elderly couple, inside one of three houses in the vicinity of the roadside bomb attack. The photos a stills from a video that was shot on November 20th by a journalism student from the Haditha area. The photos were later distributed by the Associated Press.

Jun 21 09:42

INGLORIOUS AMERICANS: Killing German POW During WW2

It has been established that half of US documented accounts of WW2 are embellished as falsified lies, cover-ups to deviate from the truth of the horrific and despicable War Crimes committed by the US Army which makes them no better then the Nazis, Japanese & Russians.

Jun 21 09:40

Rape And Abuse of Japanese Women By American Soldiers During WW2

Japanese historian Oshiro Masayasu writes about the large scale rape by American soldiers in Okinawa in 1945. He reports the incident at a village in Motobu peninsula where GIs landed and found only women, children and old folks there. What followed was abominable. There was a hunt in broad daylight for Japanese women who were ravaged mercilessly.

Jun 21 09:39

Mad Dog Mattis, the destroyer of Raqqa, frets about losing moral authority

It’s parallel universe time when US Pentagon chief James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis complains that America’s “moral authority” is being undermined by others – specifically Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
This is the ex-Marine general who gained his ruthless reputation from when illegally occupying US troops razed the Iraqi city of Fallujah in the 2004-2005 using “shake and bake” bombardment of inhabitants with banned white phosphorus incendiaries.

A repeat of those war crimes happened again last year under Mattis’ watch as Pentagon chief when US warplanes obliterated the Syrian city of Raqqa, killing thousands of civilians. Even the pro-US Human Rights Watch abhorred the repeated use of white phosphorus during that campaign to “liberate” Raqqa, supposedly from jihadists.

Jun 21 09:37

Allied soldiers 'raped hundreds of thousands of German women' after WW2

Hundreds of thousands of German women were raped by British, American and French soldiers after the end of the Second World War, a German historian has claimed.

In a new book, Professor Miriam Gerhardt, a well-regarded German academic, challenges the established view that Soviet troops were responsible for the vast majority of rape cases in occupied Germany.

“The assumption that Western Allied soldiers would not do such a thing turned out not to be true,” she said, to the broadcaster Deutsche Welle. “In the method and violence of rap there was no different between American GIs and the Red Army, as far as I can see.”

Jun 21 09:36

The GIs who raped France: We know about the mass rape of German women by Stalin's soldiers. Now a new book reveals American troops committed thousands of rapes on French women they were 'liberating'

While the Germans had French girlfriends,the American military had a different approach.

As Professor Roberts says: ‘My book seeks to debunk an old myth about the GI, thought of as a manly creature that always behaved well — the GIs were having sex anywhere and everywhere.’

In total, it is estimated that some 14,000 women were raped by American GIs in Western Europe from 1942 to 1945. In France, 152 American soldiers were tried for rape, of whom 29 were hanged.

‘Normandy women launched a wave of rape accusations against American soldiers,’ Roberts writes, ‘threatening to destroy the erotic fantasy at the heart of the operation. The spectre of rape transformed the GI from rescuer-warrior to violent intruder’.

Jun 21 09:33

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen promises US significant defense budget increase

Speaking in Washington, German Defense Minister von der Leyen said Germany is committed to increasing its defense budget. US Defense Secretary Mattis said Germany's spending plan is "on the right track."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"There is nothing in man's industry but his greed and his sloth; his heart is in his weapons!" -- George Bernard Shaw

"Once all the Germans were warlike and mean, but that couldn't happen again. We taught them a lesson in 1918, and they've hardly bothered us since then!" -- Tom Lehrer

Jun 21 09:07

Russia Has a Scary New Way to Sink a US Navy Ship

Russia’s military spending cannot match the Kremlin’s ambitions. Western sanctions and low gas prices forced a big cut to the Russian military budget in 2017, bedeviling a host of military projects. However, Russia is looking at cheap and easy ways to equip its forces — particularly the navy — with sophisticated weapons.

Specifically, modular weapons that can easily swap in and out of different ships — with the most well-known example being Club-K anti-ship missiles hidden inside shipping containers, which Russia offers for sale to export customers. Any coastal defense force on a budget can have a well-camouflaged warship killer hidden in a civilian port.

Jun 21 09:00

Neocons, Puppet Masters, Ron Paul And Freedom Documents

Neocons are America’s biggest threat. Neolibs are partners in crime with Neocons but are inferior in power and influence. Neocons have been in control of Washington, D.C., since the administration of G.H.W. Bush—and they are still in control today, a Trump presidency notwithstanding.

Republicans and Democrats always seem to be fighting each other, and on many issues these fights are genuine. But always remember that these fights mostly concern two things: 1) obtaining or securing their own political power inside the Beltway and 2) keeping their constituents happy enough so as to be re-elected. But at the end of the day—after all of the political fighting—both sides frequent the same bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, cocktail parties, lavish "fact-finding" trips and vacations, backroom fundraisers, etc. Many of them even share the same mistresses (or whatever you call the male equivalents).

Jun 21 08:52

Russia says to respond equally to NATO's bolstering combat forces

The Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of strengthening combat forces near Russia's border and warned that Moscow will take mirror-like actions against NATO's moves.

"Since the beginning of the year, NATO countries have conducted thirteen large-scale exercises in the South-West Strategic Area with over 40,000 troops and 2,000 units of military equipment," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the Defense Ministry's senior officials in the city of Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula.

"This forces us to take symmetrical measures to neutralize the emerging threats and combine strategic deterrence with increasing combat readiness," he said.

This came at a time when the hysteria over the alleged Russian aggression has become increasingly intensified among the Baltic States and Poland.

Jun 21 08:50

Soldiers are being forced to recognize one of their greatest vulnerabilities on the battlefield

As Army soldiers in Europe await the expected arrival of a new electronic warfare planning tool known as Raven Claw, several other recent technology upgrades are forcing better awareness of one of their own, greatest vulnerabilities: spectrum.

Certainly, soldiers understand the potential for EW. Raven Claw, for one will allow them to manage the electromagnetic environment on the move and without network connection. And its Versatile Radio Observation and Direction capability, or VROD, and related VMAX “search and attack” function mean warfighters can detect and target potential electromagnetic interference threats.

Another tool, Sabre Fury, offers similar capabilities in a vehicle-mounted format, available for use on Humvees and Strykers.

The tools were delivered in late 2017 and early 2018.

Jun 21 08:10

Trump’s military drops a bomb every 12 minutes, and no one is talking about it - Lee Camp

We live in a state of perpetual war, and we never feel it. While you get your gelato at the hip place where they put those cute little mint leaves on the side, someone is being bombed in your name.

While you argue with the 17-year-old at the movie theater who gave you a small popcorn when you paid for a large, someone is being obliterated in your name. While we sleep and eat and make love and shield our eyes on a sunny day, someone’s home, family, life and body are being blown into a thousand pieces in our names.

Once every 12 minutes.

Jun 20 15:04

Lives in the Balance Jackson Browne + Lyrics

This is the song "Lives in the Balance" by Jackson Browne released in 1986, with Lyrics.

Jun 20 14:46

Weapons of Mass Migration

In Goodbye Europe? Hello, Chaos? – Merkel’s Migrant Bomb, Michael Springmann analyzes evidence suggesting that US intelligence may be organizing the mass migration of millions of refugees as a form of asymmetric warfare.

Springmann also quotes anonymous intelligence sources who claim the mass migration into Europe is being coordinated by the US National Intelligence Council (NIC), MI6 (Britain’s secret intelligence service) and Turkish secret services, with financing from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. He also alleges routine collaboration between CIA case officers and human rights and pro-migrant groups to pay off people smugglers.

I have often wondered how hundreds of thousands of unskilled workers from a broken Syrian economy could come up with the $5,000-10,000 smugglers charge to ferry migrants across the Mediterranean.

Jun 20 14:31

The go anywhere craft set to take US Marines into battle: BAE reveals $6.2 billion amphibious combat vehicle

The Department of Defense estimated that procurement and maintenance of all 208 vehicles in the program will be about $6.2 billion over their lifetime.

Jun 20 13:10

I Remember When America Was A Free Country

I remember when America was a free country. You could get on an airliner without an ID. Driving licenses didn’t even have photos. If a friend was coming through your city on a flight and had a few hours layover, you could meet them inside the airport for lunch or dinner. You could meet friends, children, and relatives at the gate or see them off at the gate. Parents could actually put children on the plane and grandparents could take them off.

Your flight ticket was good at any airline. If something happened to your flight or you missed it, you could use the ticket on another airline going to the same place. On international flights you were permitted two free stopovers prior to your destination. If you were going to Athens, Greece, for example, you could first visit Paris and then Rome. It worked both ways, over and back. So one air ticket, six cities.

Jun 20 09:11

Scapegoating Iran

Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is resurgent and has a presence in over 70 percent of the country. Libya is a failed state. Yemen after three years of relentless airstrikes and a blockade is enduring one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.

The 500 “moderate” rebels we funded and armed in Syria at a cost of $500 million are in retreat after instigating a lawless reign of terror. The military adventurism has cost a staggering $5.6 trillion as our infrastructure crumbles, austerity guts basic services and half the population of the United States lives at or near poverty levels. The endless wars in the Middle East are the biggest strategic blunder in American history and herald the death of the empire.

Jun 20 09:09

Ike Was Right!

Our working hypothesis is that General Eisenhower was right. There were two big temptations to the American Republic of the 1950s; subsequent generations gave in to both of them.

They spent their children’s and grandchildren’s money. Now, the country has a government debt of $21 trillion. That’s up from $288 billion when Ike left the White House.

And they allowed the “unwarranted influence” of the “military/industrial complex” to grow into a monster. No president, no matter how good his intentions, can stop it.

Jun 20 08:37

The world may soon be awash in advanced, lethal drones

U.S. military forces face a growing threat from sophisticated and often deadly drones, due to the broad proliferation of related weapons and surveillance technologies that until recently have largely been in the hands of friendly countries, according to a new report prepared for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The global spread of these technologies was supposed to be controlled by a system of export controls created by the West to block the spread of advanced missiles, but that system has failed to obstruct the development of drones that have potent surveillance and destructive power by potential American adversaries, the report says.

Countries like China, Russia, Iran, and even the United Arab Emirates are not only producing lethal drones but in some cases exporting both the drones and their underlying technologies.

Jun 20 08:35

Why Do US Media Only Worry About One Authoritarian’s Nukes?

The world waits with bated breath as a “mad king” descends on Singapore, his finger itching to press the launch button and totally destroy his adversaries. Few disagree that a “radical and absolutist” dictator who can “use the power of the state to suppress the opposition while shielding itself from all potential sanction or limitation” should not have access to a possibly world-ending arsenal of nuclear weapons.

“Surrounded by a clique of sycophants who are willing to justify any course he might take,” there is little stopping this impulsive ruler from making a sudden, cataclysmic decision that could forever alter the course of human history. Indeed, “a party organized around a single extreme personality seems like a brittle proposition.” With this “cult of personality” in place, his people will be dragged unwittingly and hopelessly into the nuclear abyss along with him.

Jun 20 08:34

Turkey to receive first F-35 fighter jets despite US Senate decision: FM

Turkey expects that the United States will deliver the first F-35 joint strike fighters on June 21 with a ceremony despite the U.S. Senate decision to block the procurement of the aircraft to the Turkish government, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu has said.

“There have been attempts in the U.S. parliament regarding the F-35 delivery. Two fighters will be delivered to us on June 21 and there are also attempts [to block this delivery]. We can’t sustain a healthy relationship as such,” Çavu?o?lu said on June 19 during a live interview with the private broadcaster NTV.

“Come and let’s talk like we did in Manbij. Turkey is an important ally and it cannot be in any entity that would risk NATO. They should not test sanctions by making an excuse of it,” he added.

Jun 20 08:33

In South Sudan's war, thousands suffer rape and sex attacks

Although thousands of women have reported rape and other sexual atrocities in South Sudan's war, human rights groups say the figure is likely to be much higher.

Jun 20 08:01

The U.S. Navy Wants to Ditch Missile Defense

The head of the U.S. Navy would like to transfer the mission of ballistic missile defense to land-based forces, freeing up his ships for other missions. The remarks by U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson come as the navy is showing increasing signs of wear, the result of a shrinking fleet and growing set of responsibilities.

According to DefenseNews, Richardson told U.S. Naval War College’s Current Strategy Forum that “it’s time” to transfer the mission of defending Europe and Asia from Navy destroyers and cruisers at sea to a land-based ballistic missile defense system. Currently, the Navy has a half-dozen warships around the world patrolling the seas to defend against ballistic missile attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Especially since those US Navy ships have a bad habit of shooting down passengers jets they confuse with inbound ballistic missiles.

Jun 20 07:51

Can The US Produce Artillery To Rival Russia?

The United States is preparing a “powerful competitor” for Russian artillery, the media has claimed. Military specialist Konstantin Sivkov estimated at what cost the Americans will try to reach their goal.

Military magazine Warrior Maven says that the United States is creating the prototype of a howitzer, whose range must exceed twice that of the existing artillery.

This is the M777ER shell that is being developed under the Cannon Reach Artillery program (ERCA). The new North American weapon will be created based on the M777?2 shell that has a range of 30 kilometers. It is noted that the M777ER can reach targets at a distance of more than 70 kilometers.

Jun 19 11:38

Saudi-backed Yemeni forces capture Hodeidah airport

Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces have captured the airport at Hodeidah and have started preparations for the more complex task of capturing the city and its port nine miles (15km) to the north. The port is critical to the supply of aid to the rest of the famine-struck country.

Confirmation that the airport on the southern outskirts of the city had been seized after three days of fighting came from both TV pictures and eyewitness accounts. At least 40 Houthi fighters who had held the airport were killed, but most retreated into the city, preparing to fight a potentially intense street-by-street campaign that could endanger tens of thousands of civilians.

Jun 19 11:13

As Tensions Rise, Greeks See Sudden 90% Surge In 'Asylum-Seekers' Across Land Border With Turkey

In the last few months, tensions between two NATO member states have escalated dramatically - Turkey has threatened to invade Greek islands, Greece has responded, Turkey has violated Greek airspace 100s of times, and Greeks now see Turkey as the greatest threat to their existence.

And now, in the first five months of 2018, KeepTalkingGreece.com reports that Greece has been Europe’s top entry point for refugees and migrants. According to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontext, over 19,800 people entered Greece during January – May 2018. At the same time, the land border crossing from Turkey to Greece increased by 90 percent. The majority of these people were Syrians and Iraqis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the fact that both countries are NATO members, it would seem that the guy for the job here would be none other than NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, if he really wants NATO to get its MOJO back.

Stop the squabbling here, get Turkey to behave itself, and not ratchet up international tensions any more than they already are.

Jun 19 11:07

EU Backs Effort To Prosecute Israeli Military Officials For Human Rights Violations

The European Union is funding a project to prosecute Israel Defence Forces (IDF) officers for committing violations against Palestinian civilians, according to Israel Hayom, which quotes a local human rights organisation.

The pro-Israel group NGO Monitor analyses the funding and performance of non-governmental organisations which keep an eye on violations committed by the IDF.

“Following the request of Israeli human rights organisations,” it reported, “the European Union has begun funding a project for the prosecution of Israeli military staff involved in the violation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such prosecutions will be symbolic only; Israel will never allow their IDF members to be extradited for trial, and will continue in defending their worst horrendous behaviour with the excuse: "The Palestians MADE them do it; particularly that Palestinian baby who died of tear gas inhallation at a protest!!"

Jun 19 11:03

Trump To Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Today

Two years after Russia was kicked out of the UN Human Rights Council, while that paragon of humanitarian virtue Saudi Arabia was reelected, the WaPo reports that the Trump administration is set to withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council as soon as today, making good on a pledge to leave a body that Trump has repeatedly accused of hypocrisy and criticized as biased against Israel.

Per The Washington Post, the decision to leave the 47-nation body, as most observers anticipate, would be more definitive than the lesser option of staying on as a nonvoting observer.

It would represent another retreat by the Trump administration from international groups and agreements whose policies it deems out of sync with American interests on trade, defense, climate change and now, human rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is a very sad day when the US government pulls out of a UN sponsored organization when it should be at its head, championing basic human rights for all people... one might say, even those of the Palestinians.

But no, Trump cannot have that, because any attempt to identify Israel as the culprit/creator of the catastrophic situation of Gazan Palestinians, goes against the grain of his bromance with Netanyahu, and he is willing to put everything, and everyone else, under the proveribal bus, to defend that relationship; even potentially going to war against Iran.

And speaking of BFFs in the Middle East, what does it say about President Trump, that his two "fave" guys from the region, are Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is having every Palestinian he can assassinated, and their lands expropriated, and Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, who, as I type this, is on the way to having as many Yemeni infants, children, women, and medically fragile elderly, assassinated at the seige of the Yemen port of Hodeidah as humanly possible?!?

This reality gives me pause for thought here.

Jun 19 10:45

Here Are The Six Ways China Could Retaliate In Trade War With The U.S.

There are 6 possible things that China can do at this time, in order of escalating severity:

1. China could de-escalate tensions by presenting a list of actions it will follow to reduce its significant trade deficits in services with the US.

2. China will likely launch an economic subsidy for its economy in the form of further easing in financial conditions to offset any potential trade-drag.

3. China could unleash differential treatment of local enterprises: as some have suggested, Beijing could simply opt not apply its "market access liberalization" policy recently announced.

4. China could also choose a diplomatic retaliation, and order Kim Jong Un to scuttle the recent agreement North Korea signed with the US, humiliating Trump by showing that it was Beijing all along who made the US-N. Korea summit possible and successful.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What really concerns me here, is how trade wars can morph into currency wars, then into actual shooting wars.

Jun 19 10:41

Stop the wars to end the refugee crisis

Europe is facing its most significant refugee crisis since World War Two. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because those charged with doing so have ignored the root causes of the problem.

Furthermore, on 11 June, Italy’s new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, blocked the Aquarius rescue ship from docking in Italian ports. It was carrying 629 refugees and economic migrants. A statement by Doctors without Borders (MSF) stated that the passengers included 123 unaccompanied minors and seven pregnant women.

“From now on,” said Salvini, who also heads the far-right League Party, “Italy begins to say NO to the traffic of human beings, NO to the business of illegal immigration.”

The number of refugees was repeated in news broadcasts time and again, as a mere statistic. In reality, there were 629 precious lives at stake, each human being with a compelling reason why s/he has undertaken the potentially deadly journey to Europe.

Jun 19 10:37

Whose Wars?

The US has surrendered its sovereignty to a tiny client state, and now our foreign policy is not even remotely connected to actual U.S. interests. This refleects Jewish power in the US and powerful Israel-centric lobbies and media outlets. Israel is not just getting the US to do its bidding in Syria, but also using Syria as a stepping stone to Iran itself. Whatever is best for Israel.

Jun 19 10:07

Afghan peace marchers arrive in Kabul exhausted and tired of war

Hundreds of Afghan peace marchers arrived exhausted in the capital, Kabul, on Monday after spending the fasting month of Ramadan crossing the sun-baked, war-torn country, much of it under Taliban control.

The marchers, all men, including teachers, students and war victims on crutches and one in a wheelchair, were welcomed along the way by village women carrying the holy Koran, men singing and dancing or offering bread and yoghurt, some in tears.

"I saw and learnt things that I had never thought of before," said Iqbal Khayber, 27, a medical student from Helmand.

"We met people in areas controlled by the Taliban and in areas under government control - everyone is really tired of war."

The march was triggered by a car bomb in Helmand on March 23 that killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens. No group claimed responsibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, as long as the US government and NATO want to see this horrific, senseless war continue, it will continue.

And why will it continue, these miserably long 17 years on?!?

Because the US government doesn't want the world to see this as another failed military campaign; so it doesn't matter how many Afghanis or US or NATO troops get killed, or maimed for life; after all, it's only a show about the US's and NATO's superior military capabilities, demonstrating that if they haven't left, they haven't lost, either.

IF US and NATO leadership had two braincells to rub together, they would evacuate their troops as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the pipelines, the rare earth development; and the opium crops.

OF course, that... would be logical.

Jun 19 09:50

Saudi-led Coalition Enters Main Airport Compound of Yemen's Hodeidah

Saudi-led coalition forces stormed the airport after fierce battles broke out between coalition forces and Houthi militants who hold the main port city of Hodeidah, a local resident said.

"They have stormed the airport," said one Yemeni military source.

The Saudi-led coalition's aircraft carried out airstrikes, targeting Houthi fighters at the airport in Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah on June 18 in response to a missile targeting the southwestern Saudi city of Jizan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect a Saudi-generated bloodbath here, with utterly no quarter given, and no chance for infants, children, women, or the medically fragile elderly to survive.

And please remember; the US government is complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, done in your name, and with your tax dollars.

And from antiwar.com, datelined yesterday, we have the following story:

UAE demands unconditional rebel pullout from rebel portThe article goes on to state:

"There are also an estimated 250,000 civilians left in Hodeidah. With airstrikes against the city on the rise, officials for the attacking forces say that only withdrawing from the city can “save the population.”

The massacre of citizens in Hodeidah... is coming; these conditions placed on the rebels by the UAE just telegraphed it with these demands.

Jun 19 09:45

Unprecedented Israeli Strikes Target Iraqi Shia Militias In Syria

A day after a mysterious airstrike close to the Iraq-Syria border reportedly killed over 30 Syrian government soldiers and Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran, a US official has told CNN the attack was carried out by Israel and not by the US coalition.

Syrian state media blamed the strike on the US-led coalition — though in the immediate aftermath any level of confirmation or evidence was hard to come by. The claims prompted the US coalition spokesman to issue a formal denial, calling Syria's accusation "misinformation" as US-backed SDF forces are only operating east of the Euphrates, and not near Abu Kamal, which lies west, according to the statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Israel is, once again, playing picador with Al Assad and Putin, in essence, daring them to go after an Israeli strike plane, to "justify" a massive attack against Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian forces there, as their way of accomplishing regime change in Damascus.

Fortunately, Al Assad and Putin have had the horse-sense not to respond to these attacks.

Jun 19 09:39

News FeedWashington committed to Syrian southwest ceasefire arrangement, Pompeo tells LavrovMore:http://tass.com/world/1010062

The United States is committed to maintaining a de-escalation zone in southeast Syria, warning Moscow and Damascus against unilateral activity in the area, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the phone on Monday.

According to US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, Lavrov and Pompeo had discussed "issues and concerns related to Syria and the bilateral relationship." "Secretary Pompeo reemphasized the US commitment to the (Syrian) southwest ceasefire arrangement that was approved by President (Donald) Trump and President (Vladimir) Putin one year ago," Nauert said.

US Secretary of State noted that "it was critical for Russia and the Syrian regime to adhere to these arrangements and ensure no unilateral activity in this area," she added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, let me get my head around these statements.

Syria is, allegedly a sovereign nation, the leadership of which the US government wants to regime change in Damascus.

The Russian military is there at the behest of the Syrian government, to throw out the US backed, trained, and funded Jihadists.

And now, neither Russia, nor the Syrian government are "being allowed" by the US government, to operate within the sovereign state of Syria, but the US government and military is supposed to be moving with utterly no restrictions here?!?

Do Pompeo and Nauart understand just how utterly stupid these statements must have sounded to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday?!?

The US military is digging in, militarily, in Syria, and has established a "beachhead" at Deir Ezzor. As reported at themilliniumreport.com by South Front in April of this year:

Why did the Trump Admnistration put a military base near the largest oil field in Syria?!?

The article goes on to state:

"The US is building a large military base in the vicinity of Syria’s largest oil field – the Omar oil field, Mehdi Kobani, a press secretary of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Deir Ezzor confirmed to Sputnik Turkiye.

The Omar oil field was captured by the US-backed SDF during its anti-ISIS campaign in eastern Syria. According to Syrian sources, the military installation in the area is aimed to allow the US to consolidate control of the oil resources in the eastern part of the country setting ground for further occupation of the area. These oil resources will also be used to strengthen the influence of the US proxies – the SDF – in the area."

Jun 19 09:10

ISRAELI WARPLANES BOMB GAZA IN RESPONSE TO PROTESTERS FLYING BURNING KITES

Israeli warplanes on Monday conducted air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip in response to incendiary kites being sent into Israeli territory, the military said, as two Palestinians, including a 13 year old, died later in the day in distinct circumstances.

Israel said it had carried out nine strikes targeting two Hamas compounds and one Hamas weapons manufacturing site and photos showed explosions lighting up the Gaza City skyline.

Colourful kites decorated with flags, slogans and patterns have become a symbol of resistance in the face of overwhelming Israeli military force during weeks of demonstrations.

Some with flaming tails have also been flown towards Israeli territory, causing several fires in farmlands and forests adjacent to Gaza and prompting Israeli officials to warn that kite fliers risk being targeted by snipers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why did the IDF see fit to assassinate a 13 year old boy?!?

Because they could, with absolutely impunity, and no worries about having to deal with pesky human rights questions!!Because, in the thinking of the IDF sniper who most likely killed him, he was a Gazan Palestinian, he simply deserved to be put down, like a mangy dog.

The flaming kite thing is absolutely wrong, and I condemn it; but I also condemn the Israeli military brutality which led to a feeling among some Palestinians, that this was the only way left for them to protest the utterly insane, open air prison in which they find themselves, called Gaza.

Jun 19 09:01

Pentagon Goes on Cyberwar Offensive, Raising Risk of Conflict

The US Cyber Command was meant to protect the US in general, and the Pentagon in particular, from cyberattacks. In recent months, however, the Pentagon has been unilaterally redefining their posture away from defensive operations toward a focus on aggressive offense.

Officials say that now, the US Cyber Command is conducting nearly daily raids on foreign computer networks, supposedly trying to preempt cyberattacks against the US with attacks of their own. This is not consequence-free, however.

On the one hand, US cyberattacks risk provoking retaliation from targeted nations. After years of the US threatening to retaliate with military strikes over cyberattacks, it’s possible that other nations may feel the same about US attacks. Moreover, in attacking other nations, the US is also infiltrating a number of other countries’ networks incidental to the attacks.

Jun 19 08:51

Nato chief warns over future of transatlantic relationship

The head of Nato has warned that the deep divisions between the US under Donald Trump and its European allies are not going away and there is no certainty that the transatlantic relationship and its military alliance will survive.

Against a backdrop of Trump’s open baiting of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, over immigration and her domestic difficulties, Jens Stoltenberg has called for all Nato members to work to avoid a disastrous breakdown in western unity.

Writing in the Guardian, Nato’s secretary general admits that “political storm clouds” are putting a strain on the ties that bind the Nato allies. But, in an appeal to leaders before the military alliance’s summit in July, the former prime minister of Norway says that “where differences persist, we must limit any negative impact on our security cooperation”.

Jun 19 08:34

MILLIONS LACK FOOD, HOUSING, AND HEALTHCARE, BUT 38 DEMOCRATS JUST JOINED GOP TO SPEND $716 BILLION ON ENDLESS WAR AND EMPIRE

In a vote that further "entrenches endless war and bloated Pentagon spending" and places greater nuclear capacity in the hands of President Donald Trump, 38 Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) joined nearly every Senate Republican on Monday to pass a $716 billion defense bill that boosts military spending by over $80 billion and authorizes another $21.6 billion for nuclear weapons programs.

"We cannot spend more on our military than the next 10 nations combined while millions of Americans do not have food and housing and healthcare...That is why I voted against spending $716 billion on the military today."
—Sen. Bernie SandersHad the Pentagon's budget simply remained the same as it was in 2017, Congress "could have funded public college for every student in the U.S. and had $12 billion left over," noted media analyst Adam Johnson.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sickening, but perfectly predictable from the current crop of alleged Congressional representatives.

One has to wonder just who is taking money from what entity in the military industrial complex, to insure that this bill carried the day.

Upon entering Congress, representatives should turn their financial affairs over to to a blind trust, as does the President; unfortunately, that will only happen...when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Jun 18 15:47

Israeli use of live fire in Gaza Strip creates unprecedented crisis: Red Cross

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says Israeli troops’ unrestricted use of live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian protesters in the besieged Gaza Strip has left the enclave’s health workers struggling to cope with an unprecedented crisis.

More than 130 Palestinians, including 14 children, have so far been killed by Israeli troops since the Great March of Return rallies commenced in the blockaded sliver on March 30. Some 13,300 Palestinians also sustained wounds, of them 300 are currently in a critical condition.

Robert Mardini, the regional director for the Middle East at the ICRC, further said at a press conference on Monday that the “vast majority” of more than 13,000 hospitalized demonstrators had suffered severe injuries, including multiple gunshot wounds.

“This is I think a crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the Gaza Strip,” Mardini said, adding that he was in talks with the Israeli military in a bid to minimize civilian harm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, you mean So now, the IDF will allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded to safety, the same kinds of activities which got Gazan First Responder Razan al-Najjar assassinated?!?

Razan al-Najjar: 21-year-old Palestinian medic who became a symbol in Gaza

Jun 18 12:19

Nearly 2,000 Dead In Myanmar Amid Military-Led Ethnic Cleansing Of Rohingya

The horrific ethnic cleansing and genocide being perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by military and paramilitary forces left at least 400 dead following the most recent attacks. The total number killed has been estimated to be nearly 2,000, with some Rohingya activists claiming an even higher death toll.

Aung Su Kyi, a Nobel Prize laureate and de facto leader of Myanmar, has been criticized for being morally irresponsible in regards to responding to attacks against the Rohingya population, as well as accused of “legitimizing genocide.”

Jun 18 08:55

Gabbard a Lonely Vote for Russia in Congress

This year Gabbard was the only member of the House Armed Services Committee to vote against the NDAA, which passed 60 to 1.

Then, on May 22, she took to the House floor to fight for an amendment that would have cut language in the bill that allows the secretary of defense and secretary of state to develop a strategy that counters the “destabilizing activities of (Russia’s ally) Iran” without congressional approval.

During a four-and-half-minute floor speech she said the provision, if it remained, would allow the U.S. to go to war with Iran (which is backing Russia's ally Assad in Syria). It was one of the main reasons, she said, she voted against the NDAA in committee.

Gabbard then went on to criticize the U.S. for participating in “military adventurism and interventionist wars,” including (against Iranian forces) in Yemen and (Russia’s ally) Syria, where she traveled in 2017 to meet with President Bashar al-Assad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Gabbard runs for President, I will support her.

Jun 18 07:15

The Death of Independence

The inevitability of a decent into despotism, built into the structure of Article VI, Paragraph 2 of the U.S. Constitution, commonly referred to as the Supremacy Clause, has proven true. It establishes that the federal constitution and federal law generally, take precedence over state laws, and even state constitutions.

Insatiable appetites and lust for power marks the ascendency of legislative, bureaucratic and judicial careers throughout the three branches of central government. Incrementalism and deception has evolved into open defiance and unfettered arrogance. The political class pretends that partisan parties actually offer loyal opposition, when both are camouflaged versions of the same vermin. As likely that cockroaches will inherit the earth, it is more certain that parasitic politicians steal the hopes and dreams of citizens, while destroying any chance for the common-man to have a future worth living.

Jun 17 21:14

Trump to Europoodles: “Roll Over. Bark. Beg…Crawl.: With a Korean Preface

I don’t get it. I know, I know, I’m just some mutt in Mexico with a computer, and easily puzzled. But…huh? Trump, we are told, pulled off a master stroke in Singapore. All the world reels at this astonishment. We see Talleyrand and Metternich rolled into one gorgeous taco. But…but….

Who did the doing, and who got done?

Jun 17 08:51

Fatal Flaw Reportedly Paralyzes the 'Backbone of the British Royal Navy'

A number of Britain’s top-notch warships ended up spending more time docked than at sea due to their temperature-sensitive engines.

The six Type 45 guided missile destroyers which comprise “the backbone of the Royal Navy” spent the majority of 2017 at the dock awaiting an expensive refit, which is only expected to begin in 2020, The Daily Mail reports.

"HMS Dragon spent 309 days in Portsmouth last year, followed by HMS Daring with 232 days and HMS Diamond with 203. HMS Duncan spent the most time at sea, but was still in dock for 197 days. From January to March this year, HMS Daring, HMS Dauntless and HMS Defender have not left port," the newspaper stated.

Jun 16 11:43

Funding for the US Military: Public Barred from National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Senate Committee Markup

On May 24th, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) met behind closed doors and approved the massive 1140 page National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA S 2987 ) of 2019 by a 25-2 vote which authorizes ‘funding and provides activities for the US military.’ At the same time, the Committee‘s l0 page Executive Summary and its 654 page Committee report were released explaining ‘details’ of the $716 billion legislative package.

While the Committee dutifully heard public testimony on the NDAA including Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on April 26th , once the SASC subcommittees began their mark up on May 21 and May 22 and the Full SASC met to begin its two day mark-up on May 23 and May 24th, all SASC consideration of the NDAA was declared “SECRET” as committee doors were sealed shut preventing all public and press attendance

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in the opinion of this Administration, the people who ultimately pay for these wars, have utterly no right to know what funding is actually going to be spent to enable those wars?!?

Jun 16 11:37

War of Aggression: The Saudi & UAE Slaughter in Yemen isn’t a Proxy Conflict with Iran

Alongside their throttlehold over which reporters can visit what parts of Yemen, and thus what story they can tell, Saudi and Emirati investments in public relations, lobbying, think-tanks, and political consultants are shaping the narrative about their war there. Headline writers, pundits, Wikipedia, news correspondents, and even some so-called experts frame the asymmetric conflict as a “proxy war.” Sunnis nations led by Saudi Arabia are battling Shi`a Iran and its regional proxies, the story goes; the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster thus appears as un-named collateral damage.

Jun 16 11:32

‘The Israeli military said,’ the New York Times reports

New York Times reporter David M. Halbfinger didn’t know whether the demonstrations in Gaza were “peaceful protests or violent riots.” So he embedded himself with Israeli snipers poised on the perimeter of Gaza concentration camp to find out (“At Gaza Protests: Kites, Drones, Gas, Guns and the Occasional Bomb,” June 8, 2018).

One might suppose if he wanted an answer to that question, the obvious place to go would be among the demonstrators. But never mind.

According to human rights organizations, the weekly Gaza demonstrations have been overwhelmingly nonviolent. But from day one, Halbfinger and his Times colleagues have recurrently portrayed them as armed confrontations in which Israeli snipers return the fire of protesters. They rely on official Israeli statements that are quoted without demurral, without further investigation, and without independent corroboration from, say, human rights monitors:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any stories about this conflict, written by minions of the (thoroughly muzzled and neutered) US presstitutes will, of course, only present Israel's side of the conflict; it's a given.

Jun 16 11:28

US Threatens ‘Measures’ Against Syria for Offensive in Southwest

With the Syrian government saying that any more failures to take back the country’s southwest diplomatically would lead them to launch an offensive, the US State Department is threatening “firm and appropriate measures” to punish Syria for any such attempt.

Syria has been expected to launch such an offensive for awhile. Russia negotiated with Israel to get them to agree to keep out of the fighting, in return for Russia urging Iran and Hezbollah to remain out of the border region. The assumption has been for some time this cleared room for the push.

US officials, however, say that Syria would be violating the previous de-escalation deal made between the US, Russia, and Turkey, as some of the offensive would take place in that area. Other de-escalation zones have effectively been erased by government gains, or the wiping out of certain rebels by others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that this alleged "de-escalation deal", for some bizzare reason, does not seem to involve the sovereign state of Syria; only Russia, Turkey, and the US appear to be named.

But we all understand the simple translation of these Washingtonese statements; the US government is looking for any excuse with which to justify a full-scale invasion of Syria, and to affect regime change in Damascus.

However, there is a 600 lb gorilla, draped across the Bosendorfer grand in the living room here, and that is is Russia; the possibility of a misunderstanding, leading to a "hot confrontation" between Russia and the US military in Syria, excalates exponentially, every day the US forces stay on Syrian soil.

Jun 16 11:19

French special forces on the ground in Yemen: Le Figaro

French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military sources.

The newspaper gave no further information about their activities. The Defence Ministry was not immediately available for comment, but its usual policy is not to comment on special forces’ operations.

A French parliamentary source recently told Reuters French special forces were in Yemen.

Forces from an Arab alliance entered the airport in Yemen’s main port city on Saturday, in the biggest battle of the coalition’s war against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

The French Defence Ministry said on Friday that France was studying the possibility of carrying out a mine-sweeping operation to provide access to the port of Hodeidah once the coalition had wrapped up its military operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient for the Saudis, that France is about to participate in the genocide of the Yemeni people!!

And we have a little companion piece to that, courtesy of antiwar.com:

UAE says that the US government rejected repeated requests to help attack Yemeni port

How true this is, remains to be seen; but it appears that the US government has suddenly understood that the optics of the US military participating in this slaughter of the Yemeni people, is not going particularly well for them, as more and more Americans realize that their country's military has been participating in Saudi war crimes for years.

Jun 16 11:09

US senators urge Pentagon to fully disclose its role in Saudi-led war in Yemen

Three US senators have called on the Pentagon to immediately reveal the extent of US military support to the Saudi-led Arab coalition that launched an attack on Hodeidah, a key port city and last humanitarian lifeline in Yemen.
“We call on you to immediately disclose the full extent of the US military role in the Saudi-led war against Yemen’s Houthis, including the use of special operations forces; disclose any role that the Pentagon is currently performing, has been asked to perform, or is considering performing regarding an attack on the port of Hodeida,” says the letter sent to Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday, and signed by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kind of disclosure from Sec Def Mattis... will only happen when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

These three Senators need to understand that both the US and UK military industrial complex are making a killing, literally and figuratively, from the arms sales to the Saudi government for its genocide in Yemen, so no public declaration opposing this impending assault will ever happen from either government.

Are they not aware that the UN rejected an immediate cease fire in Yemen yesterday, and that move was orchestrated by the US and UK?!?

UN rejects plan for an Immediate ceasefire in Yemen

Both countries want to see the war move forward, and to see as many Yemeni people as possible murdered, through direct military assault; disease; and malnutrition; after all, do these Senators not understand just how "swell" war is for business?!?

Jun 16 11:00

US to Leave ‘Foolish, Unworthy’ UN Human Rights Council Over Anti-Israel Bias

The United States’ demands regarding reforming the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have failed to be met, and as such Washington is reportedly ready to pull out over what it calls anti-Israel bias and the inclusion of alleged rights abusers.

Diplomats told Reuters that it's merely a matter of time before the US exits the council, which will convene Monday for a three week convention that will last until July 6. One US source who spoke anonymously said that an announcement looks "imminent."

Another US official in Geneva, where the UNHRC will meet June 18, said, "we are still moving ahead with our engagement for the coming session."

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations NIkki Haley speaks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2017
© REUTERS / JOSHUA ROBERTS
"Blood Is on Your Hands": Nikki Haley Heckled During University Speech (VIDEOS)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and UK have lost any credibility at the UN in general, and the Human Rights Council in particular, by preventing the vote on an immediate cease-fire in Yemen.

UN Rehects Plan for an Immediate Cease-fire in Yemen.

Madam Ambassador, you may as well pack it up, and resign; the UN has just proven itself impotent to stop the bloodshed here, and it is primarily because of grandstanding by the US and UK here, that this has happened.

It appears, in this move, that both you and the UK's Ambassador to the UN, Karen Pierce, have both had your consciences surgically removed, so that arms sales to Saudi Arabia by both countries can continue at warp speed, and the Saudi genocide against the Yemenis can continue, unabated.

Oh, and by "human rights abusers", are you talking about the US's new BFF, Saudi Arabia, which is conducting this genocide against the people of Yemen, enabled through US military participation in their war crimes?!?

Ambassador Haley, let's be clear about for whom you are working at the UN; you are not working for the needs and concerns of We the People; you are working for the needs and concerns of the US military/industrial complex, the Saudi government, and its new-found ally, Israel.

There is blood on your, and on the President's hands, because of this; and those with any shred of moral decency still left in them, will not soon forget this.

Jun 16 09:45

UN REJECTS PLAN FOR IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE IN YEMEN PORT

A Swedish call at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in the Yemen port of Hodeidah was derailed during a closed session Friday. The US and Britain both expressed opposition to the measure, designed to prevent Saudi-led forces attacking a port responsible for feeding 8.4 million civilians.

Britain insisted on the meeting being a closed session, meaning specific comments during the hearing, and the reiteration from UN officials of the humanitarian crisis threatening to kill millions, would not be done for the public to see.

US officials did not publicly comment on why they’re opposed to the ceasefire, but likely is a reflection of the Saudis really wanting to attack the city. British Ambassador Karen Pierce said their opposition was made purely based on “the British national interest.”

It’s not clear exactly how preventing food being delivered to Yemeni civilians is in the British national interest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let the assassinations, and deaths from starvation and disease continue!!- Official UN Souse.

By this action, the UN has just proved itself irrelevant, useless, and impotent, against the forces of US and Saudi war and destruction, and has become a sponsor of genocide and war crimes in Yemen. Those member countries of the UN need to just pack it in, declare its uselessness, and go home, now.

The agenda for the US and UK, is to continue to sell their weapons of mass destruction to the Saudis, with which they are blowing up schools, medical centers, as they did with the hit on the cholera center in Yemen, and practicing infanticide, and murder against women, and the medically fragile elderly.

The UN has just given the green light to genocide against the Yemeni people; and to be very frank about it, I, for one, hate to have to be a citizen of a country which enables such genocide and war crimes.

There are countries on this planet which don't stoop to such abominable actions, but unfortunately, Mike and I are too broke, and too old, to immigrate to those countries.

Jun 16 09:26

Payback Time? Trump Reportedly Urging UK to Contribute More to NATO Budget

US President Donald Trump has long called on other NATO members to contribute their fair share of the military bloc’s budget to end overreliance on Washington for funding.

Trump is pressuring the UK to financially contribute more to NATO despite it already meeting the specified military spending target of two percent of GDP, The Times reported, citing a “senior source.”

The move is part of the Trump administration’s plan to get European NATO members to increase their defense spending, and senior officials in Washington are hoping that Britain – as the US’ closest ally – will set a good example for the rest of the continent.

Jun 16 09:05

Pentagon Admits Afghanistan's New Black Hawks Can't Match Its Older Russian Choppers

A report from a top U.S. military watchdog has finally acknowledged that the UH-60A+ Black Hawks that the United States is supplying to the Afghan Air Force are less capable and harder to maintain than the Russian-made Mi-17 Hip helicopters they have now. The review raises concerns that this could limit Afghanistan’s ability to conduct operations across the country unless steps are taking to mitigate the loss of capability, something we at The War Zone have long warned could easily be the case.

The Pentagon’s own Office of the Inspector General included these frank admissions in a routine, periodic update on U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, nicknamed Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, and assistance to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), which it released in May 2018. The Department of Defense leads this oversight effort, which also includes representatives from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Jun 16 09:02

Russia Challenges U.S. Tankers To Compete In Its Annual "Tank Biathlon"

"Unfortunately, tank crews from the EU and U.S. are avoiding taking part in tournaments like this one. It's time for a face-off with you, guys. Instead of pointing guns at each other, let's compete with each other on training grounds. Do come. We'll be waiting for you."

Jun 16 08:54

The Marines Are Still Trying To Figure Out When Their F-35Bs Might Literally Fall Apart

On June 6, 2018, the F-35 aircraft, an A model, arrived at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research, or NIAR, as part of the Joint Strike Fighter program's durability testing regimen. Manufacturer Lockheed Martin had sent the jet from its Fort Worth plant to the research facility so that specialists could tear it down and inspect its internal structure to determine whether it had adequately withstood earlier tests. At present, the F-35A, B, and C are all supposed to have a lifespan of 8,000 flight hours.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Each F-35 is supposed to cost $80 million. They actually cost more than that at present, but let's start with that. If the plane costs $80 million and is only good for 8000 hours, that works out to $10,000 per hour of flight, not counting weapons, fuel, ground crew, and pilot!

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