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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Jun 25 11:47

How 100 Syrians, 200 Russians and 11 dogs out-witted ISIS and saved Palmyra

The ISIS Plan A was to detonate the massive explosions of “Erase” by using a mobile phone from as far away as between 5 and 10 kilometers to trigger the massive explosion. A backup Plan B triggering method was tied into landline phone lines. Discovered only a short period before the conflagration was likely to be unleashed, arriving Syrian forces acted fast and the first measure they took was to have the two Syrian phone services Syriatel and MTN shut down all the phone lines in and around Palmyra. “Erase” was disabled unless ISIS had a Plan C. If so, it did not work either.

Jun 25 04:08

State Department Syria memo: Setting the stage for war with Russia

Secretary of State John Kerry met Tuesday morning with several of the State Department “diplomats” who drafted an internal dissent memo calling for the US to launch air strikes against the Syrian government, supposedly as a means of bringing an end to the five-year-old war that has claimed well over a quarter of a million lives and driven over half the Syrian population from their homes.

The New York Times reported that Kerry and 10 of 51 mid-level operatives who signed the memo “engaged in a surprisingly cordial conversation” over the memo, which was leaked to the media virtually before the ink on it was dry.

There was nothing surprising about the tone of the meeting. Traveling in Europe when the memo surfaced in the press last week, Kerry described it as “an important statement.”

Jun 24 09:19

GT200: How London Sold Fake Bomb Detectors and Got People Killed

The BBC would publish another report on the GT200 titled, "The story of the fake bomb detectors," in which they detailed the coercive methods used to peddle the useless devices upon unsuspecting nations (emphasis added):

Sales demonstrations would be rigged to succeed, she says. Anyone sceptical of the devices would be publicly humiliated. And users were instructed not to open the equipment - to avoid damaging the "sensitive technology" inside.

Some of the devices came with "detector cards" which were programmed, the fraudsters claimed, to detect everything from explosives, to human beings and dollar bills through concrete, water and from great distances.

Considering how humiliation is used by the Western media to portray anyone questioning the West's various narratives as "paranoid" or as "conspiracy theorists," one can only imagine the abuse one would be subjected to had they accused British ambassadors and British military sales support teams of selling what is essentially and empty plastic case with a disconnected radio antenna on it as a "bomb detector."

Jun 24 09:18

Neocons Endorse Hillary as the US Party of Empire Is Finally Revealed

The husband of State Dept. political agitator Victoria Nuland is raising money for Hillary.

According to Foreign Policy, Robert Kagan, co-founder of the Project for the New American Century, is going to speak at Hillary’s fundraiser in DC’s Logan Circle neighborhood, July 21.

Foreign Policy states that this marks a shift in the Clinton campaign because it seems she is now willing to associate with high level Republicans who are determined to ruin Trump’s chances of becoming president.

Mr. Kagan and Victoria Nuland sit near the heart of a certain kind of global authoritarianism that will use any tool to sustain itself and expand its presence.

Jun 24 09:10

Derailing Chilcot: The Red Herring of Post-War Planning in Iraq

Let’s be clear: the US-UK military occupation of Iraq – full of massive amounts of deadly violence dished out by the US and UK armed forces, torture and destructive divide-and-rule tactics – was a catastrophe for the people of Iraq. And it was hugely unpopular, with a secret Ministry of Defence 2005 poll of Iraqis finding that 82 percent “strongly opposed” the presence of coalition troops, with 45 percent saying attacks against US and UK forces were justified.

However, it is a complete red herring to suggest better planning is the crux of the issue. “The problem wasn’t the way that this was implemented, the problem was that we were there at all,” argued Rory Stewart, who served as the coalition’s provisional authority deputy governorate co-ordinator in Maysan province In Iraq, in 2013:

“All these people who think ‘If only we had done this, if only if we hadn’t de-Ba’athified, if only we hadn’t abolished the army’ misunderstand the fundamental tragedy of that encounter between the international community and Iraqis… it wasn’t the detailed, tactical decisions that were made, it was the overall fact of our presence. The problem was so deep that if we hadn’t made those mistakes we would have made other mistakes. It was a wrecked intervention from the beginning, from the very moment we arrived on the ground.”

Jun 24 05:42

U.S. Air Force looking for Arabic and Dari role players

McGuire Air Force Base will be hosting training exercises in which they need Arabic and Dari speaking actors, “role players,” to participate.

Jun 23 19:25

US Bombing Of Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal

In an internal “dissent channel cable,” 51 State Department officers called for “targeted military strikes” against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a proposal that President Barack Obama has thus far resisted. However, were he to accept the cable’s advice, he would risk a dangerous — possibly catastrophic — confrontation with Russia. And, such a use of military force in Syria would violate US and international law.

Jun 23 17:32

The Pentagon Plans For War On Many Fronts

It is often said that nations typically defend themselves by preparing for the last war. That is what the Pentagon seemed to be doing a few weeks ago in the California desert near Twentynine Palms. The exercise called for one group of Marines to fire live ammunition in order to back up another group of Marines that was attempting to retake a city built to resemble the Iraqi towns of Falluja or Ramadi. When the general in charge was asked what language the participants were speaking, he said “Arabic.”

Jun 23 17:30

UK Stealth Jets Must Be Repaired In US… Despite Being Made By British Arms Firm

Electronic systems in Britain’s multi-billion pound F-35 Lightning fighter jets will have to be sent to the US for repair despite being made by UK arms firm BAE Systems.

The revelations came as BAE explained the vital importance it places on its US-based electronic warfare (EW) division.

Jun 23 15:25

Circles Of War

The world is corkscrewing through loops of violence and war; repeating.

In the UK we have to hold up a mirror to ourselves and accept our own culpability in this global horror-show. Britain’s imperialist pursuit of wealth and power has never really stopped, only changed its mask to better hide its behaviour. The present mask was created under the auspices of neoliberal dogma. It is producing terrible repercussions for our future generations.

Jun 23 15:18

The Coming End Of The EU-USA Military Industrial Complex?

The hallmark of the months leading to today’s EU referendum has been horrifying censorship. One can but hope that Noam Chomsky’s dictum that censorship is a “brand on the imagination” and that it affects those who have “suffered it forever” does not apply.

Jun 23 15:10

Proposed ‘EU Army’ Hidden From British Voters Until After Brexit

As citizens of the United Kingdom prepare to cast their votes in a nationwide referendum to decide whether or not to leave the European Union, a plan detailing the initial framework for the creation of a European Union army is being kept hidden from the public until the day after the vote.

The Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, which envisions the formation of new European military and operational structures, was drafted by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
While the plan clearly lays the framework for a European Union army, details will not be released publicly until the day after the Brexit vote so as not to inflame public opinion in the UK.
Only a small group of EU political and security committee ambassadors, who are required to leave their electronic devices outside a sealed room, can read the proposal; however, they are allowed to take and remove handwritten notes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since the Brexit vote is being stolen away from the citizens of the UK, it figures that this was the next logical step.

And if this doesn't make the hair on the back of your head stand up and break dance, I don't know what will; please read this quote very, very carefully:

"Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and a former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Luxembourg, is a long-time advocate for the creation of an EU army to combat the perceived threat to Europe from Russia."

I would really like EU President Juncker to elaborate on precisely WHAT the perceived threat to Europe from Russia would be; he has absolutely zero facts with which to defend this position, absolutely NONE!!!

Jun 23 13:07

Militias Sneak Into Fallujah; 256 Killed In Iraq Battles, Attacks

Although Shi’ite militiamen promised not to enter the city of Fallujah, witnesses say the militiamen have donned federal police uniforms in order to sneak into the city.

Jun 23 11:00

US Navy Employs Video Games To Prevent A Robot Apocalypse

The United States Navy is using artificial intelligence software to teach its robots about human ethics and norms. They think that way robots won’t become ‘psychotic’ and turn against the human race.

To create the software, the Navy teamed up with a research team at the Georgia Institute of Technology on a project called Quixote, the name of the AI software.

Jun 23 10:38

Canadian Political Candidate James Sears Calls Out Zionism in TV Debate

Jun 23 10:19

The Gulf War Syndrome Plot, Part 2: The US Government’s Conspiracy of Silence and Obstruction Against Gulf War Veterans

Our service men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect us from threats overseas, but when our troops returned home from the Gulf War over twenty years ago, no one told them that they would continue to put their lives on the line again due to experimental drugs and an inadequate VA healthcare system.

Jun 23 09:36

US Wants Assad Killed, Out Of The Way: Analyst

The United States wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “killed and out of the way” and the government replaced with a pro-Western one, a political commentator says.

Jun 23 08:34

Obama Wants to Stop Subsidizing Israel's Defense Industry

If you want to understand just how special the U.S.-Israel relationship really is, look no further than the annual aid package. Israel is not only the greatest beneficiary of U.S. defense assistance, but also the only one allowed to spend a portion of that assistance on weapons and equipment from its own industry. Everyone else has to buy American.

President Barack Obama is now looking to end this U.S. subsidy of Israel's defense sector, according to U.S. and Israeli officials. They say the "offshore procurement" provision, unique to Israel's aid package, is one of the last obstacles to completing an agreement to extend aid until 2029. Obama would like to phase out the agreement that allows Israel to spend 26 percent of U.S. annual aid at home. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, so far, disagrees.

Jun 23 08:15

US Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal

In an internal “dissent channel cable,” 51 State Department officers called for “targeted military strikes” against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a proposal that President Barack Obama has thus far resisted. However, were he to accept the cable’s advice, he would risk a dangerous – possibly catastrophic – confrontation with Russia. And, such a use of military force in Syria would violate U.S. and international law.

While the cable decries “the Russian and Iranian governments’ cynical and destabilizing deployment of significant military power to bolster the Assad regime,” the cable calls for the United States to protect and empower “the moderate Syrian opposition,” seeking to overthrow the Syrian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the US being in Syria, bombing anyone without Syria's permission, is illegal!

Jun 23 07:59

Putin: International Situation Today Like at Start of World War II

Speaking to the State Duma at its closing session, Vladimir Putin reminded deputies of the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of the USSR. He also said Russia sought cooperation on international security, but there is no reciprocation from the other side

Jun 23 07:08

“hello, lenin!” three components of america’s misguided foreign policy

by Edward Lozansky and Jim Jatras

Since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy could almost have been designed to undermine our national interests. Whether under Republican George W. Bush or Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, we have seen “regime changes” and “color revolutions,” facilitation of global jihadism while claiming to combat it, and gratuitous confrontation with post-communist Russia which was going out of its way to become our reliable ally.

Donald Trump is right to question the value of these foolish and dangerous commitments. If he is elected, he needs to take a hard look at the three components that have ill-served us for so long and should be jettisoned the same way Russia dumped Marxism-Leninism in 1991. If on the other hand Hillary Clinton, a Leninist if ever there was one, is elected, we know that she will continue and even intensify them with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Jun 22 19:05

“China Will React If Provoked Again: You Risk The War”

A documentary filmmaker, novelist, essayist, philosopher and intellectual, multi-faceted Vltchek is the cosmopolitan man par excellence, a “true revolutionary” as he likes to call himself. In recent years with his camera and his extraordinary commitment against injustice on this planet he has explored every corner of the Earth and taken over the length and breadth of Western terrorism, one that our media likes to censor and hide from our consciences.

Jun 22 18:59

DHS Analyst Caught With Weapons, May Have Planned Violence Against Senior Staff – Court Documents

A federal investigation is on after a top-secret clearance staffer with Homeland Security was apprehended with a gun and other weapons. Authorities are investigating whether the individual was planning to commit violence against senior DHS staff.

Jun 22 16:25

Air Supremacy Isn’t What It Used To Be Jun 22, 2016185 0

On October 7, 2001, less than a month after the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration launched a bombing campaign against Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. An invasion to “liberate” the country followed.

Jun 22 16:01

German FM Criticized Back Home For Calling NATO Actions ‘Warmongering’

The German Foreign minister has recently criticised NATO for what he called its “war-mongering” in Eastern Europe.

Jun 22 14:23

Carter Using Orlando Massacre To Wage ‘More Wars’ In Middle East

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is using the recent Orlando shooting to “promote more wars” in the Middle East, says a political commentator.

Jun 22 12:34

U.S. to give Afghan forces $3 billion a year from 2018-2020: official

The United States plans to provide more than $3 billion a year in support for the Afghan national security forces from 2018 through 2020, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a think tank, Olson also said the United States planned to ask Congress for about $1 billion a year in development and economic assistance for Afghanistan from 2018 through 2020.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, bomb Afghanistan into rubble, then loan them the money to rebuild.

Jun 22 12:04

“Hillary ready to storm Russia tomorrow”: Putin warns public of US elections outcome

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country faces a greater threat of war from Hillary Clinton becoming US President, as opposed to Donald Trump.

Jun 22 11:32

OBAMA TRIES TO WOO ALLIES IN FINAL PUSH FOR TRADE DEALS ONLY CORPORATIONS LIKE

President Barack Obama’s recent trips to Europe and Asia were more than farewell tours with photo ops. While the media focused on an admittedly cute picture of thepresident shaking hands with Prince George, and dutifully reported his official remarks in Vietnam and Hiroshima, Obama was busy pushing some of the policies he sees as integral to his “legacy.”

These include a military buildup against a newly assertive China and beating the drums for two international trade deals that are increasingly opposed in the United States, Europe and Asia as being too corporate-friendly.

Jun 22 11:15

Is the Syrian War About to Experience a Major Escalation?

We’re going to war — either hybrid in nature to break the Russian state back to its 1990s subordination, or a hot war (which will destroy our country). Our citizens should know this, but they don’t because our media is dumbed down in its “Pravda”-like support for our “respectable,” highly aggressive government. We are being led, as C. Wright Mills said in the 1950s, by a government full of “crackpot realists: in the name of realism they’ve constructed a paranoid reality all their own.” Our media has credited Hillary Clinton with wonderful foreign policy experience, unlike Trump, without really noting the results of her power-mongering. She’s comparable to Bill Clinton’s choice of Cold War crackpot Madeleine Albright as one of the worst Secretary of States we’ve had since … Condi Rice? Albright boasted, “If we have to use force it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future.”

Jun 22 09:24

Merkel wants Germany military budget boosted to counter ‘external threats’

Germany should substantially increase its defense spending to cope with “external threats,” Chancellor Angela Merkel has said, stressing that Berlin can’t count on the US, and the EU is incapable of defending itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine an EU army. Then Erdogan forces Turkey into the EU and begins provoking its neighbors into conflicts. It would turn into Erdogan's army and he would use it to gain power and control the EU and the region, thus creating his Sultanate.

Jun 22 09:04

ISIS used nerve gas against Syrian Army outside Raqqa

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shelled government troops retreating from areas in southwestern Raqqa with homegrown rockets containing nerve gas, a field reporter confirmed.

The Syrian Armed Forces withdrew from areas it controlled during a three-weeks military campaign aimed to recapture the ISIS bastion in al-Raqqa, raising questions about the effectivity of the offensive and the role played by Syria’s staunch ally; namely Russia.

A field reporter who was covering the offensive said the retreating troops were bombed with home-produced rockets filled with nerve gas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, I wonder who gave ISIS that nerve gas! :)

Jun 22 09:03

Obama is gutting Medicare

Under the guise of “reform,” President Obama is dismantling Medicare — dooming seniors to needless pain and disability and shortening their lives.

The stakes are high, because Medicare and the access it gives patients to medical innovations have transformed aging. Before Medicare, older folks languished in nursing homes or wheelchairs with crippling illnesses. Now, seniors dodge that fate, thanks to hip and knee replacements, cataract operations and heart procedures — all paid for by Medicare.

The American Journal of Public Health reports that a man turning 65 can expect to live almost five years longer than he would have in 1970 — and almost all of it in good health. What a priceless gift.

A gift Obama is snatching away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, we have to come up with all that cash for Israel, and that means you old and useless folks are going to have to forget about hip and knee replacements! Governing is choosing. Governing is prioritizing!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 22 08:52

New U.S.-Israel 10-Year Military Aid Deal ‘Very Close’

Nor are Israeli officials conflating talks over a new Memorandum of Understanding – which they hope will amount to $5 billion a year in defense aid – with their concerns that the Obama administration may support international initiatives on Middle East peace at the UN Security Council this fall, the official added.

Jun 22 07:48

Japan: US to hand over controversial land as anti-base resentment surges in Okinawa

“The United States Marine Corps in Okinawa may hand back a 40.5 square km tract of land to Japan early next year, its commander said on Saturday, as Washington confronts a surge in opposition to US military bases there following the murder of a Japanese woman.

“Okinawa, which was under US occupation until 1972, still hosts 30,000 military personnel living and working on bases that cover a fifth of the island. Local resentment about that burden surged after an American civilian working at a US base was arrested last month in connection with the murder of a local 20-year-old Japanese woman.

Jun 22 07:13

Putin: Russia Achieves 'Significant Progress' With Missile Defense Systems

On Friday, President Vladimir Putin declared that Russia has achieved significant progress in the development of its missile defense systems.

"We will perfect our missile strike capability to preserve balance, only because of that," he said.

Jun 21 16:07

Destroying Fallujah To ‘Save It’

One of the concepts that emerged from the Vietnam War was that of destroying a village to save it.

The idea was that by leveling a place where people once lived, the area would be denied to the Viet Cong. The people? Well, they’d just have to find somewhere else. And you’re welcome, for your freedom!

Jun 21 15:34

Bernie’s Capitulation And Hillary’s Syrian War To Come

In his quasi-concession speech last Thursday, broadcast without a live audience (probably due to the fear of loud boos), Bernie Sanders began with the observation, “Election days come and go. But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end.”

Jun 21 15:29

Florida Republican Giving Away AR-15 Assault Rifle Just Week After Deadliest US Mass Shooting

A Florida Republican running for Congress has launched a Facebook competition to give away an AR-15 rifle, because “terrorism [is] on the rise.” This comes a week after a similar rifle was used in America’s deadliest mass shooting to date – also in Florida.

Jun 21 15:24

As If PTSD, CTE, And Moral Injury Weren’t Enough

Throughout history, it’s been obvious that soldiers returning home from war are changed men. From being silent to just “different,” soldiers have been suffering what’s been variously called, in the last 200 years, “soldier’s heart,” “shell shock,” “war neuroses,” and, more recently, post-traumatic stress syndrome. Sometimes, PTSD is a result of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a form of dementia caused by degenerative brain tissue and characterized by deep depression, failing memory, and rage.

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Jun 21 15:04

Carter Urges Allies To Defeat Daesh After Orlando Massacre

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the Orlando massacre reportedly inspired by Daesh (ISIL) underscores the urgency to accelerate the military campaign against the terrorist organization.

Jun 21 14:39

NATO Commander Admits There's No Threat of Russia Invading the Baltics

NATO has launched an unprecedented buildup in Eastern Europe, specifically focusing on the Baltic region, continuously citing "Russian aggression." But one alliance general has suggested that the West has no reason to believe Moscow has any intention to invade its neighbors.

Last Tuesday, NATO agreed to deploy "four robust multinational battalions" that will serve in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland on a rotational basis. According to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, these troops are necessary to show that the alliance will "continue to protect and defend all Allies against any threats coming from any direction."

US Army soldiers representing units participating in the the Anaconda-16 military exercise, attend the opening ceremony, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, June 6, 2016.
© AFP 2016/ ALIK KEPLICZ
NATO Battalions on Russian Borders Could Easily Grow Into Larger Contingent

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pavel's comments assure me that there some "adults in the room" in NATO high command; my great fear, however, in this circumstance, is that Pavel and his logic will be overruled by other commanders, drunk on the smell of their own cork, who really WANT a war with Russia, and believe, with intense hubris, that they could actually win it.

Jun 21 14:35

US Military Losing Billions In Recent Aircraft Crashes: Report

The US military is facing growing questions about the way it trains pilots and maintains aircraft after it lost several servicemen and billions of dollars in damages in a recent spate of aircraft crashes.

Last week, an American MH-60S helicopter went down in Virginia’s James River during a training mission, marking yet another major, but non fatal, military incident in June, after two F-16C fighter jets collided over Georgia, CNN reported.

Jun 21 14:21

Trolling For War With Russia

Some 50 State Department officials have signed a memo calling on President Obama to launch air and missile strikes on the Damascus regime of Bashar Assad.

Jun 21 13:59

‘AS FAST AS THEY WANT’: US COMMANDER SAYS RUSSIA OUTPACES NATO IN DEPLOYMENT CAPABILITIES

Russian capabilities to deploy troops at long distances are “scary” as they outweigh those of NATO, the commander of US Army Europe has said, calling for “a military Schengen zone” that would allow troops to move back and forth within the bloc’s territory.

“Their snap exercises that they [Russia] do, I personally am surprised each time they do it. And so you can see why that scares me,” Gen. Hodges said, obviously referring to the Russian Army’s large-scale military drills intended to test troops’ readiness and combat capabilities.

Hodges’s remarks echoed a February report by RAND Corporation that claimed NATO “cannot successfully defend the territory of its most exposed members,” adding that the Baltic cities of Tallinn and Riga would be overrun by Russian forces in less than “60 hours.” The alarming report came as the Pentagon announced plans to quadruple its spending in Europe in 2017.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question one has to ask (but didn't get asked of Gen. Hodges) is why in sam's hill would Russia want to invade a NATO country?!?

This just absolutely does not make sense; Russia wants to trade and do business with the world; not invade the rest of the planet!!

Jun 21 13:54

U.S. military says will not disclose details on injured service members

The U.S. military will not provide details on specific cases of American service members injured in Iraq and Syria because it could give information to Islamic State militants, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday

The spokesman, Peter Cook, was responding to a question at a Pentagon press briefing seeking confirmation that four Americans had been wounded in Syria earlier this month.

Cook said there had been no a change in policy and aggregate numbers would still be provided.

"Our policy is not to identify wounded service members for a variety of reasons, including operational security, including privacy reasons," Cook said.

"Also, we do not want to provide additional information to the enemy that might enhance their own assessment on the battlefield situation," he said.

However, the Pentagon has released such information in the past and responded to queries, and it was unclear how Cook's comments were consistent with previous disclosures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Pentagon does not want to release this information, because it does not want the American people knowing how many of our military have actually been deployed in these countries.

Jun 21 13:35

America Threatens China: Two US Aircraft Carriers in War Games in Western Pacific

In a provocative move directed against China, the US Navy dispatched two huge nuclear-powered aircraft carriers—the USS John C. Stennis and the USS Ronald Reagan—to engage in three days of military exercises in the Philippine Sea—adjacent to, but not in, the South China Sea. The vessels and their accompanying strike groups of cruisers and destroyers carry 12,000 sailors and 140 military aircraft.

The war games, which finished yesterday, involved long-range strikes as well as sea surveillance, air defence drills and defensive air combat training. Rear Admiral John Alexander, commander of the USS Reagan carrier strike group, boasted: “No other navy can concentrate this much combat power in one sea … It was truly impressive.” While the navy neither confirms nor denies the presence of nuclear weapons, both aircraft carriers are capable of carrying them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of these exercises was absolutely no accident; and I have to ask, who, please, is acting as the aggressor here?!?

And I will tell you: it is not China right now.

Jun 21 13:17

Florida Woman Charged For Threatening To Blow Up Mosque

A woman was arrested at the Islamic Foundation of South Florida on Sunday after threatening to bomb the mosque. Among other charges, she is accused of damage to property and possession of what turned out to be a hoax bomb.

Jun 21 11:57

US ‘Alarmed’ By Bahrain’s Decision On Sheikh Qassim

The US is “alarmed” by a decision to revoke the citizenship of senior Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim in Bahrain, home to the Fifth Fleet of the United States Navy.

Jun 21 11:42

America Trashes NATO Founding Act

The NATO Founding Act was agreed to between the U.S. and Russia in 1997 in order to provide to Russia’s leader Boris Yeltsin some modicum of assurance that America wouldn’t invade his country.

Jun 21 10:43

CHINA THREATENS TO LEAVE UN SEA CONVENTION IF COURT INVALIDATES MARITIME CLAIMS

As an arbitration court in The Hague gets ready to make a decision regarding an ongoing territorial dispute between China and the Philippines, China has reportedly told some other Asian countries that it may leave the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea if it disagrees with the ruling.

The Philippines has been the most vocal critic of China's activities in the South China Sea, and filed a case with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2013 in an attempt to invalidate China's "nine-dash line", China's version of what territory it owns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but didn't this actually get sorted at the Cairo Convention, shortly after World War II, to which the US was a signatory?!? As reported at en.people.cn yesterday:

As early as the early 20th century, China has exercised continued sovereignty and maintained complete and uninterrupted control of its sovereign rights over the South China Sea islands, particularly the Nansha Islands. As one of the Allies of World War II, China recovered sovereignty of the South China Sea islands under the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation. A landmark event occurred in December 1947, when the (then) Republic of China’s Ministry of Interior published a map entitled “Location Chart of the South China Sea Islands (‘Nanhai Zhudao Weizhi Tu’)”. The map features a broken U-shaped line comprising eleven segments, starting from the China-Vietnam border at the Beilun River estuary in the west, down south to the Zengmu Shoal, and extending to the maritime zone off the north-eastern coast of Taiwan Island. Indicated within the demarcated region are the names of entire island groups, that is, the Dongsha Islands (also known as Pratas Islands), Xisha Islands (also known as Paracel Islands), Zhongsha Islands and Nansha Islands, and even the names of copious individual features, including islands, reefs, banks and cays. In February 1948, the Ministry of Interior officially published the Location Chart of South China Sea Islands as part of the “Atlas of Administrative Regions of the Republic of China (‘Zhonghua Minguo Xingzheng Quyu Tu’)”. The South China Sea dash-lines have prevailed to this day.

This was part of the terms of surrender for Japan, following World War 2.

But if the ruling of this maritime court goes against China, do expect to see the US government behaving even more aggressively against China, militarily.

Jun 21 07:27

Saber-Rattling vs Common Sense: NATO Drills in Poland 'Remarkably Foolish'

NATO's Anaconda 2016 military exercises, which recently wrapped up in Poland, were exceptionally foolish because of their deliberately provocative nature, according to John Mearsheimer, a University of Chicago political scientist.

Jun 20 20:10

The Assault | The Battle of Stalingrad (1 of 3)

"The Eastern Front experienced the viciousness of war on a scale of unimaginable horror and brutality. The bloodiest and most savage fighting took place in Stalingrad between August 1942 and February 1943. Stalin's city on the Volga had military significance for Hitler. It carried the name of his enemy and therefore had to be destroyed. The ensuing battle sealed the fates of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians and marked the turning point of World War II. It was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

Filmed from both the German and Russian perspective, the series contains footage shot by soldiers during the siege. The Russian archives opened their doors to the filmmakers, granting them exclusive access to previously unreleased material.

Jun 20 15:52

After Orlando, Democrats And Republicans Clamor For Expanded Police State

The horrific massacre in Orlando has once again thrust the specter of domestic terrorism into the limelight, and into the media space. Pundits and politicians alike have taken the incident as yet another opportunity to thump their chests about the need for even more counter-terrorism legislation, a further increase in surveillance state activity and, of course, more war abroad.

Jun 20 14:55

US Supreme Court Turns Down Challenge To Assault Weapons Ban In 2 States

The US Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to laws in two states that restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms.

Jun 20 14:51

Jihad An Equal Opportunity Employer

“Could Mateen have been caught?” asks Michael Hirsch in Politico magazine of the Orlando mass shooting. “It’s unfair to expect that U.S. law enforcement can track and stop every would-be terrorist,” he writes.

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 20 13:00

Read This Before The US Government Uses the Orlando Shooting to Start Another War

Late Thursday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported, 51 State Department officials signed a statement condemning U.S. policy in Syria in which they repeatedly call for “targeted military strikes against the Damascus government and urging regime change as the only way to defeat the Islamic State.”

“In other words,” as Zero Hedge summarized,

“over 50 top ‘diplomats’ are urging to eliminate [Syrian Pres. Bashar al] Assad in order to ‘defeat ISIS’, the same ISIS which top US ‘diplomats’ had unleashed previously in order to … eliminate Assad.”

Jun 20 12:11

Gen. Breedlove, Strangelove-Ian War Hawk

At this conclusive stage of the presidential campaign cycle, Foreign Affairs magazine is doing what it traditionally does, showcasing on its pages candidates for appointive office in the cabinet of the next president whom the magazine’s editorial board would like to see installed.

Jun 20 12:11

Boeing Jets To Get Costlier If Foreign Sales Slump: US Navy

The US Navy has warned that the cost of buying new Boeing aircraft is slated to rise unless the government approves more foreign sales.

Jun 20 11:13

U.S. Sets Stage for Libya-Like Regime Change in Eritrea, “Africa’s Cuba”

The United States is methodically setting the stage for a so-called “humanitarian” military intervention against the small northeast African nation of Eritrea, under legal pretexts much like those used to justify NATO’s war of regime change against Libya, in 2011. As in Libya, the U.S. has hijacked the United Nations human rights apparatus to claim a “responsibility to protect” (R2P) Eritrea’s citizens from alleged abuses by their own government. War and regime change are the intended result.

Jun 20 10:55

The US Navy Is Dumping Billions into New Aircraft Carriers—It Could Be a Disaster

The U.S. Navy has fallen into a troubling pattern of designing and acquiring new classes of ships that would arguably best be left as single ship?—?or at most in limited numbers. It’s also building several types of new aircraft that fail to meet specifications.

The Navy is developing a new class of supercarriers that cannot function properly, and has designed them to launch F-35 fighters that are not ready to fly their missions. This is all happening during an era of out-of-control budgets, which bodes poorly for American sea power and leadership ahead.

That the Navy is concentrating larger percentages of its total force structure on large, high signature and increasingly vulnerable ships endangers America’s future.

Jun 20 10:20

VA Violated Disabled Vets Law, Deprived Contract To Vet-Owned Business – Supreme Court

The Veterans Affairs Department lost a Supreme Court battle in a controversial lawsuit that accused it of denying federal contracts to veteran-owned businesses. The high court ruled that the VA failed to comply with the law.

Jun 20 09:46

Russia successfully tests anti-satellite missile capable of wiping out US navigation, communications and intelligence devices

The Nudol direct ascent missile was launched from facility in north Russia[/*]Launch represents a major milestone for nation as it modernises weaponry[/*]Russian reports have insisted the missile is to provide 'long-range defense'[/*]See more Russia news as country successfully tests anti-satellite missile[/*][/list]Russia has successfully tested an anti-satellite missile capable of wiping out U.S. navigation, communications and intelligence devices.

The Nudol direct ascent missile was launched from a facility in Plesetsk, 500 miles north of Moscow, and was monitored by U.S. intelligence.

It is unknown whether the Nudol was fired at a target or just launched on a suborbital trajectory but the successful test represents a major milestone for Russia as it continues to modernise its strategic arsenal under President Vladimir Putin.

Jun 20 09:45

A Force To Be Reckoned With: China And Russia Are Building Some Seriously Advanced Sea-Based Weapons

Along with the mounting tensions between the United States and China in the Pacific, and the former and Russia in the Atlantic comes a steady buildup of submarines in both respective theaters of naval combat. The Russians have been accomplishing a great deal in stealth technology, especially with Kilo-class boats converted into stealth subs. Dubbed “the black holes of the Russian Navy,” these quiet refitted diesel subs with the stealth technology are starting to roll steadily off of the assembly lines.

Jun 20 09:16

America’s War On Terror Is A Matrix Of Lies And Deceit

So how is your war on “terrorism” going? I’m not doing too well at it since I have no idea who the enemy is. Like the American black comedian, Dick Gregory, who, on hearing that President Johnson had declared a war on poverty, ran out onto the street with a hand grenade to throw it at some poor people, I have no idea who the real enemy is, who to throw a grenade at. That makes me think.

Jun 20 09:09

US PRAISES SAUDI LEADERSHIP IN SYRIA, BUT DOCS REVEAL COLLABORATION IN CREATION OF ISIS

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, the United States and Saudi Arabia are vowing to turn up the heat against terrorists and religious extremism in the Middle East. But these allies have a history of supporting the same tenets of religious extremism that lead to terrorism and repression of human rights. On June 13, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry hosted Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Kerry’s home in Washington, where the pair shared dinner. The meeting came a day after Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 more at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, apparently pledging allegiance to Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the terrorist group known in the West as ISIS or ISIL) during the attack.

Jun 20 09:03

Naked and Afraid – Government Uncut!

As usual, Justin Raimondo is insightful and accurate. He is bold and honest in a world where honesty and courage are rare. With links to primary sources, he succinctly explains the failed and failing Iraq war, and the US Syria agenda – and ties it to U.S. presidential election sloganeering.

The truth is not “out there,” it’s right here:

“[Trump gets] the largely unknown history of our intervention in Syria, where Hillary Clinton was the jihadists’ best friend and benefactor. It was she who led the charge to “liberate” Syria, to arm the “moderate” head-choppers and do to that war-torn wreck of a country what she had done to Libya.”

Jun 20 08:46

“Great Danger”: US-NATO Missiles Threatening Russia. Putin: “We Know and they Know that we Know…People do not Understand how Dangerous the Situation Really Is”

The main problem, according to the Russian president, is that people do not understand how potentially dangerous the situation really is. “The world is being pulled into a completely new dimension, while [Washington] pretends that nothing’s happening,” Putin said, adding that he has been trying to reach out to his counterparts, but in vain.

“They say [the missile systems] are part of their defense capability, and are not offensive, that these systems are aimed at protecting them from aggression. It’s not true,” Putin told the journalists, adding that “strategic ballistic missile defense is part of an offensive strategic capability, [and] functions in conjunction with an aggressive missile strike system.”

The “great danger” is that the same launchers that are used for defense missiles can be used to fire Tomahawks that can be installed “in a matter of hours,” Putin noted. “How do we know what’s inside those launchers? All one needs to do is reprogram [the system], which is an absolutely inconspicuous task,” he said, adding that the governments of the nations on whose territories these NATO complexes are based would have no way of knowing if this had happened.

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Jun 20 08:13

U.S. and Russian Jets Clash Over Syria

U.S. and Russian fighter jets bloodlessly tangled in the air over Syria on June 16 as the American pilots tried and failed to stop the Russians from bombing U.S.-backed rebels in southern Syria near the border with Jordan.

The aerial close encounter underscores just how chaotic Syria’s skies have become as Russia and the U.S.-led coalition work at cross-purposes, each dropping bombs in support of separate factions in the five-year-old civil war.

The near-clash also highlights the escalating risk of American and Russian forces actually coming to blows over Syria, potentially sparking a much wider conflict between the world’s leading nuclear powers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to point out that Russia is in Syria at the express invitation of the Syrian government.

The US is not!

Jun 20 07:57

Putin Thinks West Supported Coup in Kiev to Justify Existence of NATO

Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks that the West supported the coup in Ukraine to justify the existence of NATO.

"After the ‘Arab Spring’ they have already moved closer to our borders. Why did they need to support the coup in Ukraine? There is a complicated internal political situation there, and the opposition that is in power today would have most likely come to power by democratic means, through elections, as well. That’s it, we would have worked with them just like we worked with the authorities before (former Ukrainian) President (Viktor) Yanukovych," Putin said on Friday at a plenary session at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

"No, they had to take it to the coup with victims, to cause bloodshed, civil war, to intimidate the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine’s south-east and in Crimea. What for?" he asked adding that Moscow "just had to take measures to protect certain groups of population," he continued.

Jun 20 07:56

INTERVENTIONISM, NOT ISLAM, IS THE PROBLEM

The terrorism problem America has been facing even before 9/11 isn’t due to Islam, Muslims, or the Koran. Instead, the anti-American terrorism problem is rooted in U.S. interventionism in the Middle East and Afghanistan, specifically the ongoing death and destruction that the U.S. military death machine has been wreaking in those parts of the world on an ongoing basis for the past 25 years.

Jun 20 07:52

Call for a National Debate on U.S. “Regime Change” Policy

We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens currently visiting Russia with the goal of increasing understanding and reducing international tension and conflict. We are appalled by this call for direct U.S. aggression against Syria, and believe it points to the urgent need for open public debate on U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 20 07:48

Neoliberalism And The Globalization Of War. America’s Hegemonic Project

The world is at a dangerous crossroads. The United States and its allies have launched a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Far East. The US-NATO military agenda combines both major theater operations as well as covert actions geared towards destabilizing sovereign states.

Jun 20 07:44

Record number of people became refugees last year with 24 people fleeing their homes EVERY MINUTE fueled by conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan, UN report finds

Twenty four people flee their homes every minute bringing the total number of refugees to an all-time high of 65million due to conflict in the Middle East, new figures reveal.

There are now more refugees than during the Second World War and the number has risen by ten per cent since it broke all-time records the previous year when it topped 60million.

Jun 19 18:05

Big Trick Hybrid Op at Orlando or just another Sandy Hoax?

Some of these events have plenty of real dead people. Some of these events are totally staged with no dead people. And some are hybrids with real dead people and staged events all rolled into one to keep everybody utterly confused!

Could it be that the KM/EH deployed a new hybrid form of false-flag, one that used both really dead victims and really stupid obvious crisis actors and staged phony victims afterwards? Could it be that they figured they could set a big trap and later release actual photos and autopsies and death certificates on some real victims?

A hybrid false-flag with both some real dead victims and some stupid looking phony crisis actors to provide the appearance that the whole op was virtual only with no dead, would serve a very big trick, if it could be sold both ways — First as a phony op to the researchers, and later as a real op to everyone by releasing real incontrovertible evidence later of actual dead victims.

Jun 19 10:28

SYRIA - RUSSIAN SURPRISE ATTACK BLOWS UP KERRY'S DELAYING TACTIC

The U.S. is unwilling to stop the war on Syria and to settle the case at the negotiation table. It wants a 100% of its demands fulfilled, the dissolution of the Syrian government and state and the inauguration of a U.S. proxy administration in Syria.

After nearly four month Kerry still insists that the U.S. needs even more time for the requested separation of its proxy forces from al-Qaeda. Foreign Minister Lavrov recently expressed the Russian consternation:

The Americans are now saying that they are unable to remove the 'good' opposition members from the positions held by al-Nusra Front, and that they will need another two-three months. I am under the impression that there is a game here and they may want to keep al-Nusra Front in some form and later use it to overthrow the [Assad] regime," Lavrov said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time the Obama administration thinks it's slightly ahead of Russia in Syria, Putin is ahead by at least 500 chess moves.

I am hoping and praying that President Obama's petulance, coupled with being precisely on the wrong side of history here, will not get us into World Ward III with Russia, although that appears to be the design objective here.

Jun 19 10:13

The Pentagon's controversial plan to hire military leaders off the street

Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants to open the door for more “lateral entry” into the military's upper ranks, clearing the way for lifelong civilians with vital skills and strong résumés to enter the officer corps as high as the O-6 paygrade.

The idea is controversial, to say the very least. For many in the rank-and-file military, it seems absurd, a bewildering cultural change that threatens to upend many assumptions about military life and traditional career paths. But while it's not universally embraced, there is interest in Congress and among some of the military's uniformed leaders — even, they say, in exploring how the services could apply this concept to the enlisted force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if such a move will not be, ultimately, replaced by a "back door draft" of people with skills in cyberwar and space, and shredding age limitations in these arenas, where the US military could definitely use the help and expertise.

Jun 19 08:41

U.S. Carriers Sail in Western Pacific, Hoping China Takes Notice

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sure China noticed!

Jun 19 08:40

Merchants of Death: Obama, Clinton run weapons to ISIS from Libya say intelligence documents

lthough the news media and Democrats believe government control of guns owned by Americans is politically necessary, what may be equally important is the investigation into the President Barack Obama-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton illegal weapons deal in Libya that helped to arm the Syrian-based Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The thinking in 2012 was that the fall of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad made a U.S.- Muslim terrorist alliance worth the few negative news stories or Republican criticisms

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And let's not forget the US Government arming Mexican drug criminals ... at the expense of the same US taxpayers the government demands surrender their guns!

Jun 19 08:07

Huge Scandal Erupts Inside NATO: Alliance Member Germany Slams NATO "Warmongering" Against Russia

but even more troubling, was NATO's assessment that it may now have grounds to attack Russia when it announced that if a NATO member country becomes the victim of a cyber attack by persons in a non-NATO country such as Russia or China, then NATO’s Article V “collective defense” provision requires each NATO member country to join that NATO member country if it decides to strike back against the attacking country.

Jun 19 07:57

Syrian Army demolishes rebel building in Zamalka

The SAA reduces the terrorist strong point by tunneling under the building and placing tons of HE under the building and detonating it!

Jun 18 21:12

Syria - Russian Surprise Attack Blows Up Kerry's Delaying Tactic

The U.S. is unwilling to stop the war on Syria and to settle the case at the negotiation table. It wants a 100% of its demands fulfilled, the dissolution of the Syrian government and state and the inauguration of a U.S. proxy administration in Syria. After the ceasefire in Syria started in late February Obama broke his pledge to separate the U.S. supported "moderate rebels" from al-Qaeda. In April U.S. supported rebels, the Taliban like Ahrar al Sham and al-Qaeda joined to attack the Syrian government in south Aleppo. The U.S.proxies broke the ceasefire. Two UN resolutions demand that al-Qaeda in Syria be fought no matter what. But the U.S. has at least twice asked Russia not to bomb al-Qaeda. It insists, falsely, that it can not separate its "moderates" from al-Qaeda and that al-Qaeda can not be attacked because that would also hit its "moderate" friends.

Jun 18 14:59

Russian defense minister meets Assad, inspects Khmeimim airbase in Syria

Putin's answer to Kerry's state department memo.

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has visited Syria where he met with President Bashar Assad and inspected the Khmeimim air base, the Russian military said on Saturday. Shoigu and Assad discussed military cooperation and fight against terrorism.
Shoigu has met with the Syrian leader upon the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defense Ministry’s spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

The minister inspected Russian Khmeimim air base in Latakia Province and also inspected the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system deployed there.

The visit was not previously announced.

Jun 18 13:48

U.S. diplomats call for "targeted military air strikes" against Assad's government

More than fifty U.S. diplomats have circulated an internal memo to fellow Department of State employees, criticizing the administration’s policies in Syria and calling for air strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government forces. The Wall Street Journal reports that the “dissent channel cable” was signed by fifty-one mid-to high-level State Department officials involved in advising on Syria policy. The document calls for “targeted military air strikes” against Assad’s government.

Jun 18 12:07

Clinton: Destroy Syria for Israel

A newly-released Hilary Clinton email confirmed that the Obama administration has deliberately provoked the civil war in Syria as the “best way to help Israel.”

In an indication of her murderous and psychopathic nature, Clinton also wrote that it was the “right thing” to personally threaten Bashar Assad’s family with death.

Jun 18 11:06

Trump's No Fool: Hillary's American Empire is the Real Danger

Earlier this month Hilary Clinton made a major foreign policy address in which she criticized Trump's statement in April that Japan and South Korea should have their own nuclear armaments rather relying on the US because it is costing too much money.

"I would rather have them not arm, but I'm not going to continue to lose this tremendous amount of money. And frankly, the case could be made that let them protect themselves against North Korea. They'd probably wipe them out pretty quick," Trump said.

"If they fight, you know what, that'd be a terrible thing. Terrible…. But if they do, they do."

In response, Hillary Clinton said that Trump is "not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes – because it's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin."

In the National Interest, Eland points out that despite criticism from Clinton, Japan and South Korea, Trump's foreign policy idea actually makes more sense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Clinton's hubristic, war-hawk stance guarantees that under her watch, if she wins/steals the election, there will be more wars, and because of them, a universal draft of both young men and women; more economic misery in the US; more outsourcing/offshoring of American jobs; and more "pay for play" by foreign governments, as demonstrated by the contributions to the Clinton Foundation.

And for the Clintonistas out there, please remember this fact; the countries in the Middle East which contributed money to this foundation all still permit female genital mutilation.

What kind of a conscience in an allegedly "pro-woman" presidential candidate would possibly permit the acceptance of money from countries which still allow this barbaric practice to continue?!?

Food for thought, ladies, and the men who love you; just... food for thought.

Jun 18 10:31

Tensions Between US/NATO & Russia Are Flaring Dangerously

The bottom line is this: If you're not already mentally and physically prepared for the prospect of a NATO/US war with Russia, you really should be.

Perhaps the chances of outright war are still low on a relative scale, but the costs would be catastrophically high -- making this worthy of your attention. A low risk of a catastrophic outcome is the very reason we all buy insurance – life, auto, and home. Not because we wish things to go wrong in our lives, but because they sometimes do nonetheless.

A Russian Warning

The list of aggressive provocations by NATO that have been received as belligerent acts by Russia is quite long. It stretches back several years and continues to grow rapidly, making the chance for an ‘accident’ or unplanned incident quite high.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the US and NATO are lacking, so far, is some sort of action or incident by Russia which can be used as an excuse to declare war; so most likely, the US and NATO will have to create some kind of false flag with which to sell their respective citizens on the need for war against Russia.

But I would strongly caution both NATO and the US government; after 9/11, and understanding how and why that was used as the premise for the US government to go to war against Afghanistan and Iraq, you have a very cynical, logical public, which refuses to get manipulated into another war on a pack of lies.

And should war be declared against Russia, you can bet that there will be a very vocal,(and hopefully, peaceful) and robust protest against it; and yes, the President can suspend the Constitution and declare martial law, but it will cause world leadership to see the US government for what it is; a collection of corporately-owned warmongers, pledged to keep the 1% which profits from death and destruction, blissfully profitable, at the expense of its own citizens and the world.

And the other caution I would share with those in Foggy Bottom and beyond is the following; right now, in its current state, the US military doesn't have the money; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

The US's weapons procurement process can only best be characterised as incestuous, and that is because the politicians who hand out the contracts have their campaigns fully supported, overtly and covertly, by the arms manufacturers who want those contracts. So the outcome here is weaponry which is defective (think the F-35), way late to the point of being obsolete when it is finally deployed, and profoundly over budget.

In consideration of all this, I would strongly urge members of Congress, the White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon, to be very, very careful about what you decide to do as your next move against Russia; the results of a war against Russia could well be both catastrophic, and irreversible, for the entire human race.

Jun 18 10:12

Neocons Scheme for More ‘Regime Change’

In 1985, the diplomat and historian George F. Kennan published a seminal essay in Foreign Affairs magazine in which he took on the topic of “Morality and Foreign Policy.” Objecting to the habit of American policymakers to link foreign policy objectives to specific desired outcomes within the borders of sovereign nations, Kennan struck a blow for the Westphalian interstate system which had been the cornerstone of international life since 1648. Standing against the neocon tide yelling “stop!”, Kennan decried what he called the “histrionics of moralism” that guided American policymakers into believing they were responsible – and worse still, had it in their power – to right every wrong in every corner of the globe.

Jun 18 08:56

NATO’s Collapse: Turkey May Exit Over Refugee Blockade, Arming of Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan envisioned himself the Sultan of a new Ottoman Empire, but now faces the bleak reality that he is the annoying little brother of the US and Europe who will never get his way.

Jun 18 08:54

Korovin: Eastern Europe set to be "sacrificial victim" in US-NATO war on Russia

NATO structures are increasingly engulfing Europe. The director of the Center for Geopolitical Expertise and member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, Valery Korovin, expressed the opinion live on Sputnik radio that Europe is nothing more than expendable material for American military interests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, you Europeans did sort of okay the last two times we laid waste to your homes; you can do it again!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 17 14:37

NATO storing tanks & military hardware in Cold War-era Norwegian caves

NATO is deploying tanks and military equipment to a series of caves in Norway. They have been largely redundant since the end of the Cold War, but now the alliance is stocking up on hardware, which will be deployed near NATO’s border with Russia.

Jun 17 14:37

Clinton: Destroy Syria for Israel

A newly-released Hilary Clinton email confirmed that the Obama administration has deliberately provoked the civil war in Syria as the “best way to help Israel.”

In an indication of her murderous and psychopathic nature, Clinton also wrote that it was the “right thing” to personally threaten Bashar Assad’s family with death.

Jun 17 09:48

Pacific Powder Keg: US Deploys More Ships Raising Stakes in South China Sea

The Obama administration continues its drift towards World War III through an openly confrontational policy towards Beijing in the South China Sea, harkening memories of the 'Guns of August.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The hawks are going to start WW3 for real before Trump can be sworn in as President.

Jun 17 08:35

The Untold Story Behind The "Mutiny At The State Department" Where Dozens Demand War With Syria

Confirming once again that the entire US Middle-East campaign over the past 4 years has been one ongoing plan to destabilize and eliminate Syria's president Bashar al-Assad from power - certainly including the involvement of ISIS which as we reported a year ago was "created" and facilitated by the Pentagon as a tool to overthrow Assad, an analysis which yesterday gained renewed prominence - overnight the WSJ reported that dozens of State Department officials this week protested against U.S. policy in Syria, signing an internal document that calls for "targeted military strikes against the Damascus government and urging regime change as the only way to defeat Islamic State."

In other words, over 50 top "diplomats" are urging to eliminate Assad in order to "defeat ISIS", the same ISIS which top US "diplomats" had unleashed previously in order to... eliminate Assad.

Jun 17 08:23

Computer Crash Wipes Out Years of Air Force Investigation Records

The U.S. Air Force has lost records concerning 100,000 investigations into everything from workplace disputes to fraud. A database that hosts files from the Air Force’s inspector general and legislative liaison divisions became corrupted last month, destroying data created between 2004 and now, service officials said. Neither the Air Force nor Lockheed Martin, the defense firm that runs the database, could say why it became corrupted or whether they’ll be able to recover the information.

Jun 17 07:52

NATO chief makes personal pitch for Canada to join Baltic force to deter Russia

While Canada is facing a lot of international arm-twisting to join a NATO brigade destined for Eastern Europe, sources are telling CBC News the Trudeau government is hesitating over concerns participation could detract from future peacekeeping missions.

Jun 17 07:11

CIA Chief Contradicts Obama On ISIS Threat, Warns Of Intensified Terror Campaign

Less than 48 hours after President Obama reassured the nation that his strategy against ISIS is working, Obama’s CIA director told the Senate the exact opposite. ISIS is, he said, as formidable a threat as it ever was.

Obama’s remarks came after a meeting with his National Security Council, during which he spent a significant amount of time detailing all the many successes his strategy is having against the Islamic State (which Obama calls ISIL instead of ISIS), progress that he thinks is being obscured by recent terrorist attacks in the U.S. committed in the name of ISIS.

Sounds like Obama’s really on top of the situation, doesn’t it?

Except that on Thursday, CIA Director John Brennan told a far different story about ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given Obama's penchant for discarding members of his team who have a different "narrative" on what is going on, both nationally, and internationally, I am rather surprised that Brennan still has his job.

But that being said, one has to look at these issues with a great deal of logic, and ask yourself, who benefits?!?

Certainly, jihadist attacks at home or abroad do not benefit the American people at all.

But the narrative supported by US government-enabled jihadist attacks in the Middle East is supposed to make Americans believe that by US staging military attacks against these operatives, we will be safer here at home.

And yet, the US government was impotent to prevent the horrific massacre in Orlando, and what has been the primary call of politicians?!? To enact more gun control, and take guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. This has all the earmarks of yet another false flag.

Let's be intelligent about this; there are people who should not have access to guns, including felons, and people on psychiatric medications.

But that being said, there were some very viable reasons why the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution was created; the founding fathers (and the women who loved them) knew all too well that a disarmed populace was an enslaved population.

We as Americans, would do well not to forget that.

The original "Contract with America" consists of the Constitution and Bill of Rights

Jun 17 06:57

U.S. says it will stay in Black Sea despite Russian warning

The United States will maintain its presence in the Black Sea despite a Russian warning that a U.S. destroyer patrolling there undermined regional security, the U.S. Navy Secretary said.

Jun 17 06:42

Foreign Engagement Versus Aggression

The double standard in the media’s treatment of U.S. plans and actions (“us”) and those of our allies, on the one hand, and enemy/target plans and actions (“them”), on the other hand, applies at many levels. The United States has been intervening and fighting wars abroad almost continuously since World War II. This has involved frequent aggressions, using standard definitions of the word, with many of them extremely destructive, and with effects often not consistent with claimed objectives and very costly to U.S. taxpayers. But these cannot be designated “aggression” in our well-honed propaganda system. That word is reserved for dastardly actions such as the Russian takeover of Crimea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ignoring that small detail that Crimea voted to leave Ukraine and then voted to merge with Russia.

Jun 17 06:31

Documents: Image of chained, diapered detainees worried Bush

Newly declassified documents offer more details about a detainee who died inside the secret prison network the CIA operated abroad after the Sept. 11 attacks and disclose that President George W. Bush was worried about the image of shackled detainees wearing adult diapers.

Among the 50 documents released was a heavily redacted memo in which then-CIA Director Porter Goss recounts a meeting with Bush on June 7, 2006. The only sentence left to read said: "The president was concerned about the image of a detainee, chained to the ceiling, clothed in a diaper and forced to go to the bathroom on themselves."

Human rights advocates said Wednesday that this week's release of the documents — many footnoted in the 2014 Senate report on the torture of detainees — depict the human suffering associated with the CIA's enhanced interrogation program, which President Barack Obama said did significant damage to America's standing in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Bush was more worried about the damage that these images of this man might cause, rather than forbidding the acts of torture which were recorded by these images, is very much a real insight into the the utter absence of any decency or morality Bush consistently demonstrated as President.

Torturing was OK, but actually having images of the torture recorded, and ultimately seen, was the big, hairy, tacky no-no, in Bush's tortured logic.

And President Obama, if these images caused a "significant damage to America's standing in the world.", they should have!!

NO leader of the free world should NEVER, EVER torture, period, end of discussion.

There were no moral reasons, and no justifications, for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq was about the oil; Afghanistan, about the pipeline routes and the opium from which to make cheap, potent heroin.

Ultimately, these wars were all about corporate profit; those brave young men and women, who fought, died, and got maimed for life in these wars were simply "collateral damage", and were considered irrelevant by Bush and his minions, except to secure the financial gains they thought these wars would bring them.

Jun 17 06:13

Taliban Holds More of Afghanistan Now Than Any Time Since 2001

The installation of Lt. Gen. John Nicholson Jr. as the 17th commander of nearly 15 years of US-led occupation in Afghanistan provided yet another occasion for the US to take stock, this time with an eye on Nicholson’s proposals to loosen the rules of engagement for US combat troops.

That meant another accounting of just how badly the war is going, and it’s bad. After ousting the Taliban, which was Afghanistan’s government before the 2001 invasion, they’ve been slowly but surely losing ground back to them, and the Taliban now controls more territory than any time since the war began.

That reflects both the steady erosion of Afghan government territory in the south, and more rapid Taliban gains in both Helmand Province and around the city of Kunduz. The Taliban has intermittently taken Kunduz itself, a northern city which was largely rebel-controlled before the war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

This is an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions, and there is utterly no military metric by which the US/NATO occupation could ever be characterised as a "success".

The bottom line here is: the situation is worse than when the invasion began in 2001, and for all the blood and money spent, only to achieve an absolute failure in Afghanistan, after 15 years, is staggering and pretty damned near incomprehensible.

IF President Obama is looking at having any sense of a "legacy" from his Presidency, he would be wise to pull the US out of Afghanistan as quickly as would be safe for our troops.

Of course, wisdom, and the current, and previous administrations, didn't have much of an on-going relationship, unfortunately...

Jun 17 06:00

Worried About “Stigmatizing” Cluster Bombs, House Approves More Sales to Saudi Arabia

THE HOUSE ON THURSDAY narrowly defeated a measure that would have banned the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, but the closeness of the vote was an indication of growing congressional opposition to the conduct of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing coalition in Yemen.

The vote was mostly along party lines, with 200 Republicans – and only 16 Democrats – heeding the Obama administration’s urging to vote against the measure. The vote was 204-216.

“The Department of Defense strongly opposes this amendment,” said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., chairman of the House Committee on Defense Appropriations, during floor debate. “They advise us that it would stigmatize cluster munitions, which are legitimate weapons with clear military utility.”

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ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?!?

This proxy war against the Houthis, abetted and enabled by the US government in Yemen has been an absolute....fluster cluck.

The Saudi government and military have never met a war crime they didn't embrace, such as killing civilian targets, women, children, and the medically fragile elderly, and bombing hospitals and schools.

And these bombs, if unexploded, and played with by kids, do a magnificent job of tearing toddlers, limb from limb.

And you had better see what this looks like. The following images are from a Syrian bombing of a rebel held city near Damascus, but the carnage these bombs create is still the same today.

image of cluster bomb destruction

And because they so resemble emergency food packages which are dropped, kids who cannot read English cannot tell the difference.

food package and unexploded bomblet

The reason these bombs should not be used, ever again, is that it is estimated that 98% of their victims are civilians, and 40% are children, as estimated at reddit.com

Should these cluster bomb munitions be "stigmatized" for the deaths and injuries they cause civilian victims?@/

HELL, yes!!

Jun 16 23:12

Hawks rising: Dozens of State Dept officials call for US strikes against Assad in Syria

These people are crazy!

Bucking current US policy, dozens of State Department officials have reportedly signed an internal document calling for military action and regime change in Syria, claiming it is the only way to defeat Islamic State and end the war.

The document is alleged to have expressed frustration with America’s inability to halt a civil war in Syria that has killed around half a million people and contributed to a worldwide refugee crisis.

Jun 16 15:01

US Ready To Allow For Israeli Demands On Military Aid: Official

An American official says the US administration is ready to incorporate missile funds in a decade-long agreement on military aid to Israel.

The US and Israel have been engaged in intense negotiations in recent months to outline America’s military aid to Israel for the next 10 years.

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Jun 16 12:40

US 'Having Hard Time' Forcing EU to Deploy Troops Near Russian Borders

The attitude of NATO countries toward the planned deployment of troops in the Baltic States is far from united. There is a fierce debate going on in the alliance, with the United States literally struggling to coerce European states to strengthen military presence in the east, German magazine Focus Online wrote.

Jun 16 12:31

Russian ships ‘shadowing’ US, NATO vessels in Baltics

A US Navy commander says Russian surveillance ships are shadowing American and NATO vessels in the Baltic Sea where they are staging a drill.

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I'll bet if you held those drills in the Gulf of Mexico, Russia wouldn't show as much interest!

Jun 16 11:30

The Orlando Shootings And The War On Terror

“Americans have been told that their government is keeping them safe by preventing and prosecuting terrorism inside the US… But take a closer look and you realize that many of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring, and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.”

– Human Rights Watch

Jun 16 11:20

The U.S. Air Force Lost 12 Years Of Investigations Thanks To A Corrupted Computer File

The U.S. Air Force Inspector General tracks all their investigations on fraud, abuse, and everything else down to office disputes in a database maintained by Lockheed Martin. Now it looks like somebody broke it, destroying data collected since 2004.

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Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure!

Jun 16 11:14

NATO aims to feed fears by painting Russia as ‘treacherous enemy’ – Russian Defense Ministry

Russia’s Defense Ministry has rejected allegations from NATO accusing Moscow of thwarting military transparency in Europe by holding an “unexpected” military exercise. The ministry blamed the block for deliberately creating the perception of a “Russian threat.”

Jun 16 10:28

Orlando And The Future Of Terrorism

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the recent tragedy that left 49 dead at a gay bar in Orlando. The shooter, Omar Mateen, declared his allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call he made during the massacre. President Obama and much of the news media have declared the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history an act of terrorism.

Jun 16 10:15

Syria Condemns German, French Military Presence in Aleppo

Syria strongly condemned the presence of French and German Special Forces in the war-hit country, after media reported the deployment of the two countries’ military forces in Northern Syria.“The Syrian government consider German and French military presence in Ain al-Arab and Manbij areas as a blatant interference, a flagrant violation of UN Charter’s principles and an overt unjustified aggression on the sovereignty and independence of Syria,” Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Syrian response comes as Russia’s Sputnik news agency on Tuesday has revealed Germany started deploying troops to the Northern part of Syria “to help the Kurdish fighters in the battle against ISIL in Aleppo province”.

The Arabic-language service of the news agency further added that the German troops have been deployed near the besieged town of Manbij.

Jun 16 09:59

US ready to allow for Israeli demands on military aid: Official

An American official says the US administration is ready to incorporate missile funds in a decade-long agreement on military aid to Israel.

Jun 16 09:37

German ‘Boots on the Ground’ as NATO Troop Build-Up Continues on Syria-Turkey Border

The US and NATO are pulling out all stops to turn their Syrian quagmire into something resembling their objectives in Syria. While US and UK troops had been setting up base in the north of Syria ostensibly in order to strike ISIS in Raqqa, the Syrian Arab Army has stolen a march on them with air-cover from the RUAF.

Jun 16 08:52

Clinton’s National Security Strategy: Endless Wars of Aggression

Her deplorable record speaks for itself, publicly supporting all US wars of choice, naked aggression against nonbelligerent states, raping them, responsible for mass slaughter, destruction and appalling human misery.

Don’t let her deceptive rhetoric fool you. Urging escalated war on ISIS ignores its US creation along with likeminded terrorist groups – used as imperial foot soldiers.

America’s phony war on terror is a pretext for state terror, targeting sovereign independent nations worldwide, justifying homeland repression, turning planet earth into a battleground, risking its destruction.

The possibility of a Clinton presidency should terrify everyone. She deplores peace and stability, wants America leading aggressively in waging global wars – not to “defeat ISIS” or “disrupt and dismantle the growing terrorist infrastructure… around the world.”

Jun 16 08:44

NATO Says It Might Now Have Grounds To Attack Russia

NATO is now alleging that because Russian hackers had copied the emails on Hillary Clinton’s home computer, this action of someone in Russia taking advantage of her having privatized her U.S. State Department communications to her unsecured home computer and of such a Russian’s then snooping into the U.S. State Department business that was stored on it, might constitute a Russian attack against the United States of America, and would, if the U.S. President declares it to be a Russian invasion of the U.S., trigger NATO’s mutual-defense clause and so require all NATO nations to join with the U.S. government in going to war against Russia, if the U.S. government so decides.

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I hope this is just an attempt to bluff Putin into not releasing Hillary's emails!

Jun 16 08:19

Hillary Clinton’s Project For A New American Century

Here we go again. Earlier this year, some were surprised to see Project For The New American Century (PNAC) co-founder and longtime DC fixture Robert Kagan endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.

They shouldn’t have been. As is now clear from a policy paper [PDF] published last month, the neoconservatives are going all-in on Hillary Clinton being the best vessel for American power in the years ahead.

The paper, titled “Expanding American Power,” was published by the Center for a New American Security, a Democratic Party-friendly think tank co-founded and led by former Undersecretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy. Flournoy served in the Obama Administration under Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and is widely considered to be the frontrunner for the next secretary of defense, should Hillary Clinton become president.

Jun 16 04:45

Video: Like Clockwork, Every Stupid Argument for Destroying the 2nd Amendment

Again, the guy was supposedly a security contractor for DHS who had been investigated and cleared by the FBI three times... A division of the FBI maintains the "no-fly no-buy" list, which this guy WOULDN'T have been on because he was already cleared by both DHS and the FBI...

So, buying all of this b.s. at face value, how would the no-fly no-buy list have stopped the Orlando shooting? Answer: IT WOULDN'T HAVE

Jun 15 21:53

Authoritarian Control and Mass Murder In America The Hegelian Dialectic Way

This article will demonstrate how New World Order globalists and their neocon puppets in Washington have consistently employed this repeating cycle of the Hegelian Dialectic consisting of the problem (originally called thesis), reaction (anti-thesis) and solution (synthesis) during this century’s federal governmental domestic policies. Inasmuch as US Empire virtually controls all Western nations as well as nearly all Third World nations, this insidious undemocratic process is unfolding globally on the geopolitical chessboard with the ultimate objective of establishing one world government tyranny.

This endless do-loop application stateside will be analyzed to demonstrate how the feds have amplified and concocted a “homegrown” enemy of radicalized violent extremists to intentionally include millions of non-violent, law abiding US citizens as the identified problem.

Jun 15 18:31

NDAA 2017 Includes Draft for Women, Indefinite Detention of American Citizens

By Derrick Broze

The U.S. Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2017 with provisions that will force women to sign up for potential military draft and continues the practice of indefinite detention.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved a $602 billion annual defense budget that President Obama has promised to veto because the bill does not allow for the closing of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Senate Bill 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, passed with a vote of 85 Senators in favor and 13 against...

Jun 15 16:40

Counting The Crimes Of The War On Terror

“The cold was terrible but the screams were worse,” Sara Mendez told the BBC. “The screams of those who were being tortured were the first thing you heard and they made you shiver. That’s why there was a radio blasting day and night.”

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Jun 15 15:12

Violence Begets Violence

AMERICANS HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT IS KEEPING THEM SAFE BY PREVENTING AND PROSECUTING TERRORISM INSIDE THE US… BUT TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AND YOU REALIZE THAT MANY OF THESE PEOPLE WOULD NEVER HAVE COMMITTED A CRIME IF NOT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ENCOURAGING, PRESSURING, AND SOMETIMES PAYING THEM TO COMMIT TERRORIST ACTS.”—HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

We can rail against ISIS, hate crimes, terror threats, Islamic radicalization, gun control and national security. We can blame Muslims, lax gun laws, a homophobic culture and a toxic politic environmental. We can even use the Orlando shooting as fodder for this year’s presidential campaigns.

Jun 15 14:54

NATO Says It Might Now Have Grounds To Attack Russia

On Tuesday, June 14th, NATO announced that if a NATO member country becomes the victim of a cyber attack by persons in a non-NATO country such as Russia or China, then NATO’s Article V “collective defense” provision requires each NATO member country to join that NATO member country if it decides to strike back against the attacking country. The preliminary decision for this was made two years ago after Crimea abandoned Ukraine and rejoined Russia, of which it had been a part until involuntarily transferred to Ukraine by the Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev in 1954. That NATO decision was made in anticipation of Ukraine’s ultimately becoming a NATO member country, which still hasn’t happened. However, only now is NATO declaring cyber war itself to be included as real “war” under the NATO Treaty’s “collective defense” provision.

Jun 15 14:44

The Next U.S. Foreign/Military Policy

From Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, October 2011 as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan appeared to be ending.

THERE ARE THOSE ON THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SCENE WHO ARE CALLING FOR US NOT TO REPOSITION [TO ASIA], BUT TO COME HOME. THEY SEEK A DOWNSIZING OF OUR FOREIGN ENGAGEMENT IN FAVOR OF OUR PRESSING DOMESTIC PRIORITIES. THESE IMPULSES ARE UNDERSTANDABLE, BUT THEY ARE MISGUIDED.

Jun 15 14:00

NATO Violates Pledge to 'Not Station Permanent Combat Troops' in E. Europe

As NATO continues its largest military buildup in Eastern Europe since the end of the 20th century, international affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda discusses the West’s fueling of a new Cold War.

"Four thousand troops is not a military threat to Russia in any way, shape or form," Sleboda says, describing NATO’s plan to deploy four new battalions to the Baltics and Poland.

Jun 15 12:45

Hillary Clinton Thinks Women Should Be Included In The Draft

Hillary Clinton said she backs legislation requiring women to register for the draft, moments before the Senate voted in favor of the measure.

“I do support that,” Clinton told The Huffington Post on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A vote for Hillary means your daughters, along with your sons, come back from the wars in wheelchairs ... or worse.

Jun 15 12:39

U.S. Third Fleet expands East Asia role as tensions rise with China

The U.S. Navy's Third Fleet will send more ships to East Asia to operate outside its normal theater alongside the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a move that comes at a time of heightened tensions with China.

Jun 15 12:21

PLANS FOR AFGHAN WAR QUIETLY EXTENDED THROUGH 2020: WILL COST $5 BILLION PER YEAR

The war in Afghanistan — America’s longest conflict — will grind on for at least another four years as NATO allies are prepared to commit $5 billion through 2020 to train, equip and pay Afghan security forces, according to a senior NATO diplomat. Last week, President Obama granted U.S. troops in Afghanistan expanded authority to attack Taliban insurgents. The new rules allow U.S. forces to advise regular Afghan combat units and to call in airstrikes. There are about 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and Obama has pledged to reduce their number to 5,500 by year’s end.

Jun 15 08:08

Saber Strike Military Exercises Kick Off in Estonia

This year, over 10,000 servicemen from 13 NATO and partner nations are taking part in the drills. Participating nations include three Baltic states, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Yet another "exercise" right on Russia's doorstep.

Jun 15 07:55

$40 billion aid to Israel is 'largest ever' to any country, says Susan Rice

U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the proposed military aid package to Israel is larger than any the United States has ever offered to any country.

Jun 14 16:00

NATO has declared the cyberspace as "operational domain, just like air, sea & land"

NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that the alliance had decided to designate cyberspace as an official operational domain of warfare, such as land, sea and air. Earlier, a member of the Congress Permanent Select Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) claimed that any cyberattack on American surveillance satellites could be considered an act of war, suggesting that the US should respond to hackers with weapons.

Jun 14 15:15

Love And Desire: The Truest Resistance To Terror And Power

The victims in Orlando were killed because of who they loved, who they desired, and for no other reason. The massacre was not “an attack on our country.” It was a savage hate crime against gay people by a known homophobe (and aspiring policeman) trained in the use of weapons by the world’s largest corporate security firm.

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