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Mar 14 09:26

More than 1,500 children dead in two years of Yemen war: UN

The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 7,700 people, including at least 1,564 children, since a Saudi-led coalition intervened on the government's side two years ago, UN agencies said Monday.

The UN children's agency UNICEF said that by March 10, at least 1,546 children were killed and 2,450 others maimed in Yemen.

Of those killed, 1,022 were boys and 478 were girls while 46 were of "unknown sex", UNICEF said in a statement.

During that same period 1,801 boys and 649 girls were wounded while 1,572 boys were recruited to serve as child soldiers, said UNICEF.

In March 2015, a Saudi-led Arab coalition mounted an air campaign in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi whose authority was being challenged by Shiite Huthi rebels.

The rebels overran the capital Sanaa in September 2014 forcing Hadi to seek first refuge in the southern city of Aden and then exile in Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the last 2 years, the Saudi military have been committing war crimes in Yemen, which the US government has enabled by selling them the bombs, and providing guidance for their targeting; this makes the United States Government complicit in Saudi war crimes.

Additionally, the Saudi military has blockaded Yemen ports which makes it impossible to get desperately needed food aid into the country; consequently, Yemeni children are starving to death.

images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombing strikes

images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports

Of course, the US presstitute media will never show you these images, because it breaks the narrative that somehow, these Saudi war crimes, and the Saudi creation of genocide in Yemen, are done for a "good and noble cause", to get the Houthis out of the country.

But the real reasons for the Saudi invasion, and hoped for occupation, are far different, and include the following:

Riyadh's Dirty Secret: Saudi Arabia Thirsty for Yemeni Oil, Gas Reserves

And from the US government's perspective:

Yemen : US Naval Base on Occupied Socotra Island

As stated in the following article from globalresearch.ca:

The Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is located some 80 kilometres off the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres South of the Yemeni coastline. The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by (UNESCO), as a World Natural Heritage Site. Socotra is at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (See map below). It is of crucial importance to the US military. Among Washington’s strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is a major transit route for oil tankers. A large share of China’s industrial exports to Western Europe transits through this strategic waterway. Maritime trade from East and Southern Africa to Western Europe also transits within proximity of Socotra (Suqutra), through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. (see map below). A military base in Socotra could be used to oversee the movement of vessels including war ships in an out of the Gulf of Aden. “The [Indian] Ocean is a major sea lane connecting the Middle East, East Asia and Africa with Europe and the Americas. It has four crucial access waterways facilitating international maritime trade, that is the Suez Canal in Egypt, Bab-el-Mandeb (bordering Djibouti and Yemen), Straits of Hormuz (bordering Iran and Oman), and Straits of Malacca (bordering Indonesia and Malaysia). These ‘chokepoints’ are critical to world oil trade as huge amounts of oil pass through them.”

Additionally, Socotra is as close as any military base could be to Diego Garcia, being about 1200 miles away.

This is why the US government doesn't want any talk about a political settlement between divided factions in Yemen; a united Yemen would want its island back, and the US government will simply not allow that to happen, so countless more Yemenis will have to die here.

Mar 14 09:00

Why Trump’s Syria ‘Surge’ Will Fail

Last week President Trump significantly escalated the US military presence in Syria, sending some 400 Marines to the ISIS-controlled Raqqa, and several dozen Army Rangers to the contested area around Manbij. According to press reports he will also station some 2,500 more US troops in Kuwait to be used as he wishes in Iraq and Syria.

Not only is it illegal under international law to send troops into another country without permission, it is also against US law for President Trump to take the country to war without a declaration. But not only is Trump’s first big war illegal: it is doomed to failure because it makes no sense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an illegal and immoral war against Syria, under the pretext of allegedly "fighting ISIS."

I am deeply appalled about the utterly lousy quality of advice and information President Trump is getting, and he is making some really morally, and geopolitically, bad decisions because of this.

And what happens when the US military finds itself engaging with Russia in Syria?!? How is that supposed to play out, please

Mar 14 08:57

Trump in Danger, CIAgate, ObamaGate, Drones, and Car Control. Michael Rivero - March 13, 2017

Mar 14 08:42

More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March

We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast.

Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way.

As if this witch’s brew was not sufficiently toxic, US and Russian aircraft and Special Forces are brushing up against one another in Syria. At the same time, the US Navy in the nearby Persian Gulf is provoking the Iranians to please President Donald Trump who seems determined to have war with Iran.

The US Navy is now threatening to impose a naval blockade on war-torn Yemen, another joint US-Saudi warfare enterprise that has gone terribly wrong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned about the lousy quality of counsel, and information, President Trump is getting regarding the US military presence in the Middle East, and Afghanistan, and how things in the countries in which we are fighting are getting worse, and not better at all.

IF the leadership of both NATO and and the US government had a shred of sense regarding Afghanistan, they would have their troops exit this country as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, and the rights to the amazing level of mineral deposits Afghanistan possesses.

Of course... THAT would be logical.

Mar 14 08:26

U.S. Navy SEALs to take part in joint drills in S. Korea

U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict, a military official said Monday.

The U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six will join the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises between the two allies for the first time, along with the Army's Rangers, Delta Force and Green Berets.

"A bigger number of and more diverse U.S. special operation forces will take part in this year's Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises to practice missions to infiltrate into the North, remove the North's war command and demolition of its key military facilities," the official told Yonhap News Agency

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Osama bin Ladin was NOT killed by Seal Team 6; they killed a guy who looked possibly a little like Bin Ladin (if you squint very hard), but the differences between this guy's appearance and that of Bin Ladin were so huge, that they caused the Seal Team to dump his body unceremoniously into the ocean, because they, and Obama's White House, wanted to stick with the false narrative of them actually having killed Bin Laden. Bin Laden died in December of 2001:

Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government

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But what concerns me is, if these are the kinds of exercises in which the US and South Korean military will be participating, like practicing for a decap strike against the North Korean government why advertise it, and have this reverberating around the world in news outlets, to give Kim Jung-Un and his government a chance to prepare, in depth, for such a possibility?!?

It appears that the US and South Korean government are attempting to "groom" both the American and South Korean government for a pre-emptive war against North Korea.

Mar 14 08:10

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 10, 2017

Question: It was recently announced that the United States is about to deploy Marine Corps artillery in Syria, which is a clear departure from the previous administration's vow that there will be no boots on the ground. How will Moscow react to this?

Mar 14 07:56

Report: Trump Gives CIA Permission To Perform Drone Strikes

President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing U.S. officials.

The move would be a change from the policy of former President Barack Obama’s administration of limiting the CIA’s paramilitary role, the newspaper reported.

The White House, the U.S. Department of Defense and the CIA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Strikes by missile-armed Predator and Reaper drones against oversea targets began under former President George W. Bush and were expanded by Obama.

Critics of the targeted killing program question whether the strikes create more militants than they kill. They cite the spread of jihadist organizations and militant attacks throughout the world as evidence that targeted killings may be exacerbating the problem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a country which was engineered, legally, around the concept of due process, extrajudicial assassinations should have utterly no place in American war tactics, and work as marvelous tools of radicalization, inspiring aggrieved young men to seek the revenge of jihad.

These drone strikes are, very practically, a way to perpetuate wars, leaving utterly no chance for political solutions globally.

And given the "rogue agency" status, and capabilities, of the CIA, as witnessed by the Wickileaks "dump" of Vault 7 last week, I have to wonder; what will prevent the CIA from engaging in extrajudicial assassinations here in the US?!?

Unfortunately, the short answer is, not much!!

Mar 14 07:00

Turkey's determination against Kurds alienates US, Russia

Turkey achieved a milestone in its goals in Syria: It established a foothold in the heart of the country's north after driving Islamic State militants away from its borders and seizing al-Bab, one of the extremist group's major strongholds and a major supply route.

But Turkey's determination to also push back the Kurds is alienating the other big players in Syria — Russia and the United States — and threatens to undermine the fight against IS in the imminent assault on Raqqa.

Mar 14 06:54

NATO: A Paper Tiger Trump Should Dump

American President Donald Trump has called NATO “obsolete” in an interview with The Times back in January. The US president’s view mirrors that of generations of Americans and Europeans who’ve wondered at the purpose of the military alliance since the fall of the Soviet Union. In Brussels and Berlin though, the bureaucrats and vested interests scurry like frenzied jungle monkeys posturing to save a paper tiger protector.

Mar 13 16:41

Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Tulsi Gabbard’s “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” in Senate

This week, U.S. Senator Rand Paul introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act (S. 532) to prevent American taxpayers’ money from being used to directly or indirectly support armed militants who are allied with or often working under the command of al-Qaeda, ISIS, or other terrorist groups. The legislation serves as a companion bill to H.R. 608, which Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) reintroduced in January.

Mar 13 15:49

We Are Power

John Trudell, in this amazing speech made on Thanksgiving Day 1979, shortly after Three Mile Island happened, really says it all about Nuclear Energy. This speech was made 7 years before Chernobyl Accident, and 32 years before the Fukushima Accident. His work and his words are beyond inspirational…and they are brutal truth, raw and beautiful.

Mar 13 15:42

UN seeking to put Israeli military on blacklist

because of some 500 Palestinian children who were killed and 3,300 others who were injured during last summer's Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.

Mar 13 13:00

Civilian Casualties Reported In US Fresh Airstrikes In Southern Yemen

The United States has carried out fresh airstrikes in southern Yemen, leaving an unknown number of civilians injured.

Mar 13 12:45

Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields

White House is asked to designate ‘temporary areas of active hostility’, giving commanders same latitude to launch actions as in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria

Mar 13 12:44

Fury in Cambodia as US asks to be paid back hundreds of millions in war debts

Half a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia's countryside Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million ($662 million) war debt.

The demand has prompted expressions of indignation and outrage from Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.

Mar 13 12:36

US Delta Force, SEAL Team 6 Prepare To Take Out Kim Jong-Un, Practice Tactical North Korea "Infiltration"

On March 1, the WSJ reported that the options contemplated by the White House in response to recent North Korean acts, include "the possibility of both military force and regime change to counter the country’s nuclear-weapons threat." The review came es amid recent events have strained regional stability including last month's launch by North Korea of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, and the assassination of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia.

And, according to a report in Yonhap, said "regime change" may come far sooner than expected: the South Korean website writes that U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea "to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict", a military official said Monday.

Mar 13 12:05

U.S. Navy SEALs to take part in joint drills in S. Korea

U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict, a military official said Monday.

Mar 13 11:25

"The Biggest Show Of Force Since World War II": Japan To Send Its Largest Warship To South China Sea

The tension over the disputed territory in the South China Sea is about to escalate to another level: according to a Reuters report, Japan is preparing to to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, in "its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two."

Mar 13 09:56

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and widespread destruction of property among an array of human rights abuses.

The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how operations by the Turkish infantry, artillery, tanks and possibly aircraft drove up to half a million people from their homes over a 17-month period from July 2015 to the end of 2016.

Though the report is focused on the conduct of security forces in southeastern Turkey, the 25-page document underscores the deepening alarm of the United Nations over the measures ordered by Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, since a failed coup attempt last July.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, but what is the UN (and the US government) actually prepared to do about these war crimes?!?

My prediction is that, yet again, the UN will prove impotent, and thoroughly useless in stopping these war crimes in any way.

And one cannot help but notice the hypocrisy that, according to the US government, some war crimes are perfectly acceptable, such as the Saudi war crimes against Yemeni non-combatants, in the killing and maiming of Yemen's children, and the starving to death to of Yemen's children by the Saudi blockade of Yemen ports, meaning no food aid can get in at all.

Images: wounded and slaughtered Yemeni children from Saudi air strikes

Images of starving Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi port blockades

The US government apparently has absolutely no moral qualms about being complicit to Saudi war crimes in Yemen, because it suits its geopolitical agenda; it will be interesting to see what the official Trump administration's response will be this UN charge about Turkish war crimes against the Kurds.

Oh, and did I mention that after the 2015 Saudi invasion of Yemen, the US began a massive construction on a US naval base on the Yemeni island of Socotra?!?

Yemen and The Militarization of Strategic Waterways

And as reported on 29 August 2015 at syria360.wordpress.com:

The US has invaded and occupied Yemen’s strategic Island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean and is now building up its biggest naval base there, media reports said. “Hundreds of workers from Asian countries have been deployed by the US navy to construct its biggest naval base on the island,” Arabic-language Al-Masyra TV quoted a Spanish-language newspaper as saying on Saturday. The Pentagon’s publicly disclosed military and security program for Yemen grew from $4.6 million in 2006 to $67 million last year. “That figure does not include covert, classified assistance that the United States has provided.” [1] In addition, “Under a new classified cooperation agreement, the U.S. would be able to fly cruise missiles, fighter jets or unmanned armed drones against targets in the country, but would remain publicly silent on its role in the airstrikes.” [2] On January 1 General David Petraeus, the chief of the Pentagon’s Central Command, in charge of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as operations in Yemen and Pakistan, was in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and said of deepening military involvement in Yemen, “We have, it’s well known, about $70 million in security assistance last year. That will more than double this coming year.” [3]

I cannot precisely recall the headlines from 29 August, 2015; but I can, with a great deal of certainty, assure you that the invasion, occupation, and the building of this US military base in Socotra, was never mentioned by the corporate presstitutes and whorespondents in the US.

So, in 2016, the US government spent $140 million, give or take, in "security assistance" in Yemen? (read: construction of this military base).

This creates an ability of the US Navy to project power into the Gulf of Aden, and Indian ocean. And I would suggest that this, and not the Houthi rebellion which threw the Al-Hadi government out of power, is the "real reason" the US government is complicit in Saudi war crimes, by allowing them to buy the bombers from US companies, and providing "guidance" for their bombing runs.

In any reasonable political solution to the problems in Yemen (and most experts do agree that the ultimate resolution has to be political, rather than military here), the Yemeni government would want to claim these territories back from the United States; but the continued Saudi, US-enabled attacks simply assure that such a political solution can not possibly happen, until the completion of this US naval base is a "fait accompli".

So according to the US government's "logic", is why Yemenis continue to die of Saudi bombings, and starvation of their children.

Mar 13 09:09

A SHORT HISTORY OF US GOVERNMENT RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE

Does our government respect human life the way it claims to do?

Hardly. And being a soldier is no deterrent.

Ignore for a moment the lies surrounding 9-11, TWA 800, the USS Iowa, and the Gulf of Tonkin, and step back into horrid history with me.

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Mar 12 09:35

FLASHBACK - DoD Tested Weapons On Thousands

Several House members are asking Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to keep alive the Pentagon's investigation into 50 chemical and biological weapons tests in the 1960s that involved 5,842 military personnel.

The Defense Department released the final findings of an investigation into Project 112 and Project SHAD, which were conducted from 1962 to 1973 to test the combat capabilities of biological and chemical agents and ways to protect U.S. troops from such attacks.

Monday's report raised the number of U.S. troops identified as having been present for one or more of the tests to 5,842, many of whom were not informed of their participation.

Mar 12 09:35

How Rothschild Inc. Saved Donald Trump

In the early 1980’s Donald Trump was an up and coming real estate developer in New York. There was no connection between the Trump name and casinos or gambling. The obvious nature of the name Trump and its definition related to gambling and card games foretold of the massive empire which would develop in the coming years.

In 1987 Donald Trump purchased his first casino interests when he acquired 93% of the shares in Resorts International. Resorts International has a sordid history which began in the early 1950’s when it evolved from a CIA and Mossad front company which had been established for the purpose of money laundering the profits from drug trafficking, gambling, and other illegal activities.

Mar 12 09:01

The Korean Crisis and the THAAD Missile Deployment: A Growing Tinderbox in the South

Objections to THAAD are not only coming from Pyongyang. Moscow and Beijing have both spoken up against the new missile system for reasons that are routinely ignored in US media discourse.

South Korea is hardly unprotected and alone. The United States already has 28,500 troops in South Korea. It also has F-16 fighter aircraft and A-10 bomber jets. South Korea’s military is also very well stocked, with F-35 Fighter Jets, Aegis Destroyers, and all kinds of military hardware purchased from the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This implementation of the THAAD system in South Korea is being constructed there for one reason, and one reason only; preparations for war against North Korea.

What President Trump could do to ratchet down the tensions here, would be to engage China to bring back North Korea to the bargaining table with the upcoming new South Korean President and government, and the US in order to hammer out an actual peace treaty to replace the armistice, with guarantees of free movement for North Korean goods, in exchange for North Korea's ending of it's nuclear weapons program.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Mar 12 08:37

‘Bomb the Sh*t Out Of Them!’ – Trump Drones Yemen More in One Week Than Obama in a Year

But although the US escalation in Yemen is sold back home as another aggressive front in the war against al-Qaeda, in fact US operations in Yemen are actually helping al-Qaeda as well as its chief sponsor, Saudi Arabia.

The problem is that because his advisors are increasingly drawn from the neocon camp, the advice he is given is filtered through the “noble lie” that the neocons view as the central tenet of their faith. Thus even though the main enemies of al-Qaeda in Yemen are the Houthis, because Trump has been sold the neocon lie that the Houthis are Iranian proxies Trump is droning Yemen back to the stone age to the advantage of al-Qaeda and Saudi Arabia, who are on the same side.

While it is arguable that the President has authority under the authorization for the use of military force against those attacked us on 9/11 to attack al-Qaeda in Yemen, very few would argue that such authorization extends to actually helping al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only hope of a cessation of hostilities here is political rather than military, and I am appalled at the poor quality of advice President Trump is getting on the issue of Yemen.

President Trump needs to be reminded that, by selling Saudi Arabia the bombs with which to kill and maim non-combatants, plus supporting the Saudi's not allowing food aid to reach children who are, literally, starving to death from malnutrition, he is continuing to put the US government in the position of being complicit in war crimes.

Here's what Yemen looks like right now:

images: wounded and killed Yemeni children, from Saudi bombing raids

images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of Saudi port blockade

And if these images make you uncomfortable, and angry, good! That means you haven't forgotten what it is to be moral and compassionate.

But if there was ever a time to have a national discussion about this war none of the presstitutes in corporate media will touch, because it's geopolitical kryptonite, now, my dear Rivero's Rangers, is the time.

Talk to, and email these images to, your alleged representatives in Congress, and tell them that this war has to stop, and right the hell now. And get on the phones to every presstitute, warmongering media outlet you can and ask them point blank: why do you refuse to cover this story?!?

Mar 12 08:20

Washington Considers Military Action against North Korea to Force “Regime Change”

The White House is considering “possible military action to force regime change” in North Korea, another in a long succession of threats Washington has issued against Pyongyang, piled atop unremitting aggression the United States has directed at the country from the very moment of its birth in 1948.

North Korea has additionally been menaced by annual US-directed war games involving hundreds of thousands of troops, carried out along North Korea’s borders. While US officials describe the twice yearly assembling of significant military forces within striking range of the DPRK as routine and defensive, it is never clear to the North Korean military whether the US–directed maneuvers are defensive exercises or preparations for an invasion. Accordingly, the exercises are objectively minatory.

Mar 12 06:13

Trump’s wiretap claims are totally plausible

The Trump wiretap debacle is laying the US deep state bare.

President Trump’s claim his phone was tapped during the election campaign by the Obama administration has been ridiculed as “outrageous.” Now, with the latest WikiLeaks disclosure of the large CIA hacking capacity, Trump’s claims aren’t crazy at all.

Indeed one might say allegations of illegal surveillance by US intelligence agencies is consistent with the concept of a ‘deep state’ operating as a shadow government.

The WikiLeaks’ bombshell release this week, the so-called Vault 7, of over 8,000 documents purporting to show a global arsenal of CIA hacking methods appears to be authentic. That is, the illegal surveillance of computers, smartphones and even household televisions by the American intelligence agency is happening on a massive scale.

Mar 11 16:01

‘Bomb the Sh*t Out of Them!’ – Trump Drones Yemen More in One Week Than Obama in a Year

Undeterred by the disastrous commando raid on Yemen in the first days of his Administration, where plenty of civilians were killed but the target got away, President Donald Trump has escalated US military involvement in the tragic Yemen conflict to an unprecedented level. In fact as Foreign Policy reports, the US President has bombed Yemen more in the past week than President Obama (no peacenik) has bombed in a year.

But although the US escalation in Yemen is sold back home as another aggressive front in the war against al-Qaeda, in fact US operations in Yemen are actually helping al-Qaeda as well as its chief sponsor, Saudi Arabia.

Mar 11 12:51

The Russian Scare – Israel Shamir

Russia is a Newfoundland dog, not a Rottweiler. It is big, strong, peaceful and not aggressive.

Full disclosure: I’ve met with Russians. I met with a Russian this morning. She brought me coffee. Such crazy and dangerous things can occur in Moscow. I am afraid the CIA and NSA could take notice of this meeting, and then it can be used – even against you. “You have perused an article by Israel Shamir. Were you aware he had Russian contacts?”

Though I am not too young, this is the first time I have witnessed such a witch-hunt. In Russia, there are many foreigners, Europeans and Americans as well, and Russians mingle with them freely, with no fear.

Mar 11 10:03

U.S. forges ahead with South Korea missile defenses, despite upheaval

The U.S. military said on Friday it plans to forge ahead with building the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, separating the issue from a political crisis in Seoul that saw President Park Geun-hye's removal from office on Friday.

The United States started deploying the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defense system in South Korea on Tuesday in response to North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

Leading candidates to replace Park have split over THAAD. One prominent opposition candidate called for a review while another recently told Chinese media that THAAD deployment should be called off.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis described THAAD as something that had already been decided upon between both nations and which was fully justified by the North Korean threat. He declined to comment on internal politics in Seoul.

"Leaders change over time, that's not new," Davis told a news conference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at abc.com:

With Park now formally unseated, the country, by law, must hold a presidential by-election within 60 days. This means the vote will likely take place on May 9.

The winner of the election will be immediately sworn in as the country's leader, according to South Korea's National Election Commission.

Interesting timing; the US/South Korean military exercises, Operation Foal Eagle, end just before the election happens.

Mar 11 09:55

U.S. Drone Strikes Have Gone Up 432% Since Trump Took Office

hen he was in office, former President Barack Obama earned the ire of anti-war activists for his expansion of Bush’s drone wars. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning head of state ordered ten times more drone strikes than the previous president, and estimates late in Obama’s presidency showed 49 out of 50 victims were civilians. In 2015, it was reported that up to 90% of drone casualties were not the intended targets.

Current President Donald Trump campaigned on a less interventionist foreign policy, claiming to be opposed to nation-building and misguided invasions. But less than two months into his presidency, Trump has expanded the drone strikes that plagued Obama’s “peaceful” presidency.

According to an analysis from Micah Zenko, an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, Trump has markedly increased U.S. drone strikes since taking office. Zenko, who reported earlier this year on the over 26,000 bombs Obama dropped in 2016, summarized the increase:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Mar 11 09:52

Trump Should Make a Deal With North Korea

President Donald Trump likes to be known for his deal-making, and now he has the opportunity to make deals that can impact world peace and security, not just real estate or other business deals for his profit. North Korea would be a great place to start.

Regardless of how one feels about any of those issues and Trump’s assertions, he now has a chance to do something Obama didn’t, which is to increase global and regional security by at least halting North Korea’s advances on nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology.

The basic contours of what North Korea wants are well known, at least first steps, and it’s not rocket science. Not necessarily in this order, they are: a formal peace treaty to replace the supposedly temporary armistice at the end of the Korean War in 1953, direct talks with the United States, and relief from what it sees as a confrontational military posture by the US, South Korea and Japan, cessation of war games being the most obvious step.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a sane and reasonable approach to the issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons development program; I hope President Trump is at least open to the possibility.

Mar 11 09:49

Israeli Education Minister: Next Lebanon War Must Target Civilians

Israeli military officials have been saying for the last several years that it’s pretty clear Hezbollah doesn’t want another war with Israel, with the belief that Hezbollah is more focused on fighting against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria than on border skirmishes with Israel.

Still, the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon was very popular on the far-right, and even though Israel was roundly criticized for the civilian toll of their invasion, many are eager to make clear that the next war, which they consider an inevitability, will involve even more deliberate targeting of Lebanese civilians.

That was the message of Education Minister Naftali Bennett today, and while it was couched as a response to Lebanon’s President recognizing that Hezbollah’s militia forces, which have been helping defend the border from ISIS and al-Qaeda raids, are “essential” to Lebanon’s defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the deliberate targeting of non-combatant civilians in Lebanon, in a mass genocide, is Bennett's "Final Solution" for the people of Lebanon?!?

There are a few people in history who would absolutely have LOVED this guy!!!

Mar 11 09:44

Spicer: US Marines With Howitzers in Syria Are ‘Just Advisers’

Continuing the narrative that the ever-growing number of US troops being sent to carry out combat operations across Iraq and Syria are “non-combat,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer today claimed that the US Marines who were recently deployed to the outskirts of the ISIS capital of Raqqa, along with M777 howitzers to fire against the city, are “advisers.”

The claim is important because there is no authorization of war by Congress that justifies the operation, and Spicer is seeking to argue that this isn’t the sort of “hostile action” that would require any Congressional approval, but just another advisory mission.

Yet the troops were presented as explicitly going there to fire artillery shells at a city, which unless they are arguing means the US Marines are “advising” the howitzers on when to fire and when not to fire, doesn’t make any sense as presented by Spicer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Advisory", my astrolabe!!

And Sean Spicer, a word, please; your statements have just caused our bovine excrement meter to rekit and implode.

Should that happen again under your watch, we will have no choice but to bill the White House for its replacement.

Mar 11 09:40

UN Secretary-General: North Korea Missile Launches Undermine Regional Stability

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemns the recent missile launches by North Korea that violate Security Council resolutions and undermine regional stability, UN Secretary-General Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a statement.

"The Secretary-General condemns the reported firing of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea," the release stated on Monday. "Such actions violate Security Council resolutions and seriously undermine regional peace and stability."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The headline of this article should have read: UN impotent...yet again."

Mar 11 09:29

THOUSANDS OF US TROOPS HEAD TO KUWAIT TO FIGHT IN SYRIA, IRAQ

Instead of directly deploying thousands of additional ground troops into Iraq or Syria, the sort of precipitous escalation that might get Congress voting on the war, the Trump Administration appears to have decided that the solution is to send thousands of US ground troops to Kuwait, and let the commanders in Iraq and Syria just take what they want.

Early reports of this strategy emerged Wednesday, when officials said there were considerations of sending around 1,000 troops into Kuwait for this operation. Just two days later, the figure was up to at least 2,500, with signs that it is continuing to grow all the time.

While President Obama was micromanaging the escalations, particularly in Iraq, where every couple of weeks another hundred or two troops would be sent, the Trump Administration appears to be throwing the troops into a big pile and leaving the deployments up to the commanders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial-strength, palm to forehead moment, upon reading this; I am profoundly disappointed at this turn of events.

The French have a saying; the more things change, the more they remain the same; I am deeply concerned that this is imminently true of the Trump Administration.

Mar 11 08:51

“They [Americans] are invaders,” says Syrian President in new interview

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called the foreign troops in Syria "invaders" - stating that Russia is the only serious fighting force battling terrorists in his country.

Mar 11 08:37

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO APPROVE NEW ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIAN WAR CRIMINALS

First, here’s a little background from The Washington Post:

The State Department has approved a resumption of weapons sales that critics have linked to Saudi Arabia’s bombing of civilians in Yemen, a potential sign of reinvigorated U.S. support for the kingdom’s involvement in its neighbor’s ongoing civil war.

The proposal from the State Department would reverse a decision made late in the Obama administration to suspend the sale of precision guided munitions to Riyadh, which leads a mostly Arab coalition conducting airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

While the U.S. military has provided support to the Saudi-led air campaign since 2015, including aerial refueling for Saudi jets and a U.S. advisory mission in the Saudi operations headquarters, the Obama administration sought to scale back that support last year amid alleged Saudi strikes on civilian targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please.

Collective punishment is defined as a war crime; by aiding, arming, and abetting the Saudis, the US government has become complicit in war crimes.

That you don't understand this, or do, and it doesn't matter, angers me to the core of my being.

Not only are the Saudi military killing innocent men, women, and children; they have also closed down the Yemeni ports, so no food aid can get in, and because of this, Yemeni children are literally starving to death.

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed from Saudi airstrikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi port blockades

But there is a much larger part of the puzzle here which needs to see the light of day.

The US now claims a Yemeni island as its own, and has built a huge naval base on it.

Map: Island of US military-occupied Yemeni Island of Socotra, and surrounding waterways

The reason why is explained in the following articles:

The US geostrategic objectives behind the war in Yemen

The Useful Island of Socotra

This article goes on to state:

"The Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is located some 80km off the Horn of Africa and 380 km South of the Yemeni coastline. The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site. Socotra is at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (See map below). It is of crucial importance to the US military. Among Washington’s strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is a major transit route for oil tankers. A large share of China’s industrial exports to Western Europe transits through this strategic waterway. Maritime trade from East and Southern Africa to Western Europe also transits within proximity of Socotra, through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. A military base in Socotra could be used to oversee the movement of vessels including war ships in and out of the Gulf of Aden. Amjed Jaaved, in A new hot-spot of rivalry, Pakistan Observer, Jul 1 2009, points out:

"The Indian Ocean is a major sea lane connecting the Middle East, East Asia and Africa with Europe and the Americas. It has four crucial access waterways facilitating international maritime trade, that is the Suez Canal in Egypt, the Bab-el-Mandeb, bordering Djibouti and Yemen, the Straits of Hormuz, bordering Iran and Oman, and the Straits of Malacca, bordering Indonesia and Malaysia. These choke points are critical to world oil trade as huge amounts of oil pass through them.

From a military standpoint, the Socotra archipelago is at a strategic maritime crossroads. Morever, the archipelago extends over a relatively large maritime area at the Eastern exit of the Gulf of Aden, from the island of Abd al Kuri, to the main island of Socotra. This maritime area of international transit lies in Yemeni territorial waters. The objective of the US is to police the entire Gulf of Aden seaway, from the Yemeni to the Somali coastline. Socotra is some 3000 km from the US naval base of Diego Garcia, which is among the US’s largest overseas military facilities."

Images: massive US military buildup on Socotra

So this whole, sordid genocide of the Yemeni people isn't really about the Houthi rebels, and the "danger" they allegedly present to Yemen; it is about US military power projection in Middle Eastern waterways.

Mar 10 15:35

Surge in Afghan Blood: CENTCOM Seeks to Warrant Permanent War and Occupation

This is while the US was supposed to have completed its pullout from Afghanistan by now, though this was repeatedly pushed back during the Obama administration’s waning years, and ultimately halted. All indications from Pentagon figures since are that they envision troop levels growing from this point – for a never-ending war and occupation. It’s a humiliating attempt to save a dying empire in a region increasingly hostile to its colonial policies and plans:

The US-led invasion was a catastrophe from day one. US airstrikes have killed many civilians already - though the Pentagon denies that. The new surge seems to be aiming for these sorts of targets again - as the CENTCOM claims “the Taliban are all hiding in these areas.”

Mar 10 12:26

CHINA WARNS OF NUCLEAR FIRST STRIKE IN RESPONSE TO THAAD DEPLOYMENT

China warns that it is reconsidering its policy not to use nuclear weapons against South Korea in response to the U.S. deploying the THAAD missile system and sending B-52 bombers to protect its ally.

THAAD is being deployed to shield South Korea from North Korean ballistic missiles after several tests by the Stalinist state in recent months. Beijing is furious because the system will also be capable of detecting and tracking missiles launched from China.

It was also reported yesterday that the U.S. will send B-1 and B-52 nuclear bombers to South Korea in order to display a stern show of strength.

300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 US personnel have also started their annual Foal Eagle military exercise. The USS Carl Vinson nuke-powered aircraft carrier will join the drill – carrying dozens of fighter jets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly would not test China to not keep its word on this.

but right now, the adults in the room in DC and Beijing have to step back from the brink of a war which benefits neither country.

I would like to hope that some intelligent, back-channel discussions are happening with reasonable, responsible diplomats, trying to keep things from escalating any further.

Because any further escalation between North Korea, the US, and China, may well lead to a war that the US military might well not win.

And I say this because I still care about this country.

Right now, the US military doesn't have the money; the manufacturing; the weaponry, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

China needs to lean on its client state North Korea just as hard as it can right now, and do the best it can from preventing another barrage of missiles to go flying about, most probably landing in the Sea of Japan.

Because if that happens, all bets are off.

Hopefully, both sides will be able to deescalate without "losing face".

And someone close to President Trump, who has his ear, is going to have to make sure he understands this, and does not do something irrevocably stupid.

Mar 10 12:11

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Made in Britain, Tested on Yemenis: The Reality of Working for the “Bomb-makers”

Jack sits down with his pint in the Fielden Arms in Mellor, and contemplates his latest shift making Typhoon warplanes for the Saudi air force.

Tucking into steak and chips, the 25-year-old talks of moving in with his girlfriend, his good pay at the nearby BAE factory – £40,000, almost twice the local average - and the security it brings.

And then he thinks of the people those planes will be sent to kill.

“You see the children in Yemen starving on the 10 o’clock news,” he tells Middle East Eye. “But you try to not pay attention and just get on with it.”

His friend, Harry, interjects: “It’s really weird and there is no way to describe it, because you are in essence building a weapon of mass destruction.”

So why don’t they quit? “Good pay and job security,” Jack responds, taking another sip of his beer. “If the military contracts go, 7,000 people go with them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These factory workers need to do what all the politicians in the UK have done, in signing off on BAE's production of their weapons for Saudi Arabia; have their conscience collectively surgically removed.

I mean, hell, what's all the fuss about being complicit to genocide in Yemen, when it's "money uber alles" that really matters, right?!?

Mar 10 12:06

Syria: Dangerous Fracture in US, Turkey and Russian Interests, as Operation to Oust ISIS from Raqqa Begins

Here’s where the tension lies: the United States may also have sent in ground assets as show of force in support of its allies the YPG (Kurdish People’s Protect Units in Syria). This is a potential spat between the two NATO member states – which is a major problem for Turkey. The Turkish government considers them a terrorist organisation, an appendage to its nemesis the Kurdish PKK. It’s also a problem for Russia too, insofar as Russia is attempting détente with Turkey by coordinating military operations as they pertain to fighting ISIS in northern Syria, and with the eventual joint siege of Raqqa.

Mar 10 11:36

Into the Syrian Quagmire – Trump meets complexity

In order to fulfill his pledge to “quickly” dispatch ISIS, Trump is ramping up the US presence – and we’re well on the way to getting sucked into the Syrian quagmire.

Donald Trump thinks he’s going to get rid of ISIS in Syria “quickly,” and then we’ll be on our way to making America great again – but already he’s finding that the terrain there is a bit crowded, and that he has a bit more than the fast-dissipating “Caliphate” to contend with.

According to reports, the Pentagon has come up with a plan to carry out Trump’s pledge, as ordered, but reality is racing ahead of the generals – and auguring a clash of civilizations in the midst of Syria’s blasted out cities.

Mar 10 09:14

Donald Trump set to send B-52 NUCLEAR BOMBERS to South Korea after North fires missiles at Japan and US warns of ‘overwhelming’ response

DONALD Trump is reportedly planning to send nuclear bombers to the Korean peninsula as tensions in the region reach breaking point.

North Korea and the US have been teetering on the brink of war for months after Kim Jong-un carried out a series of controversial missile launches.

Earlier this week, trigger-happy Kim pushed his luck once more when he fired off four ballistic missiles into the seas near Japan.

Now US military chiefs are reportedly planning to fly in B-1 and B-52 bombers – built to carry nuclear bombs – to show America has had enough, according to the Korea Times.

South Korea and the US have also started their annual Foal Eagle military exercise sending a strong warning to North Korea over its actions.

A military official said 300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 US personnel are taking part in the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These military exercises are scheduled to last for two months, and have just begun. That's a lot of time for something to go "south", either in terms of an accidental blunder, or a deliberate"false flag", to be blamed on the North Korean government.

What would deescalate the situation would be if the US, Japan, South Korea, and China were to get North Korea back to the bargaining table, and replace the current armistice with an actual peace treaty with North Korea, with the caveat being, that in return for a legitimate peace treaty, North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Mar 10 08:57

HOUSE PASSES $578 BILLION MILITARY SPENDING BILL

The House of Representatives today voted 371-48, with massive majorities in both parties, in favor of another $578 billion military spending bill to cover the remainder of fiscal year 2017. The bill now moves on to the Senate, where it again is expected to easily pass.

The exact meaning of the figures is a little difficult to understand this time around, because Congress had already passed a military spending bill for fiscal year 2017 back in December, which was $611 billion. That bill was only ever intended to be a fraction of what was to be spent, aiming to give way to a second “emergency” bill before April, which is today’s bill, which would cover the rest of the year. That said, there is a lot of overlap between the two and the overall budget is not just a matter of adding the two together.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Trump and Congress: please spend this money more wisely than it has been spent in the past, particularly when it comes to America's weapons makers.

The practice of delivering weapons which are obsolete upon delivery; which do not perform as advertised; or have horrific cost over-runs cannot, and should not be tolerated by the US government or We the People.

Mar 10 08:44

THE CONFLICT WITHIN THE DEEP STATE JUST BROKE INTO OPEN WARFARE

This profound split in the Deep State has now broken into open warfare. The first salvo was the absurd propaganda campaign led by Establishment mouthpieces The New York Times and The Washington Post claiming Russian agents had "hacked" the U.S. election to favor Trump.

This fact-free propaganda campaign failed--having no evidence didn't work quite as well as the NYT and Wapo expected-- and so the propaganda machine launched the second salvo, accusing Trump of being a Russian patsy.

The evidence for this claim was equally laughable, and that campaign has only made the Establishment, its propaganda mouthpieces and the neocon Deep State look desperate and foolish on the global and domestic stages.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was not terribly surprised by Wikileak's Vault 7 dump.

The CIA/US Deep State are not here to protect you and me, the average working stiffs; they are there to protect the monied interests in this country, and "invest" time and energy in that which will bring them the necessary cash for "off the shelf" operations over which Congress has utterly zero oversight.

And if you are wondering about why the US and NATO still in Afghanistan, nearly 16 years on, when the logical course of action would be to withdraw troops as quickly as would be safe, then negotiating with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights, and the mineral rights, here's a big part of it:

US troops guarding opium poppy fields in Afghanistan.

And as noted at aljazeera.com in October of last year:

Afghanistan: 43 percent rise in estimated opium harvest: figures from government and UNODC show 10 percent increase in poppy cultivation and 91 percent decrease in eradication.

Folks, this is no "accident" or "coincidence"; as reported at globalresearch.ca in 2005:

Narcotics: Second to Oil and the Arms Trade The revenues generated from the CIA sponsored Afghan drug trade are sizeable. The Afghan trade in opiates constitutes a large share of the worldwide annual turnover of narcotics, which was estimated by the United Nations to be of the order of $400-500 billion.

The CIA is not here to protect our freedoms, or liberties, and the much-vaunted "American Way of Life"; it exists to support the Deep State's agenda, most generally tied in with wars, assassinations, and regime change; in fact, those activities are the CIA's "unholy trinity".

They just don't want average Americans to understand that this is precisely what they do; therefore this data dump embarrassed the hell out of them.

It is time for this agency to be completely disbanded, and its employees barred from any lobbying whatsoever for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, that may only happen when pigs fly

Mar 10 08:11

Trump Invades Syria

Make no mistake: this is big news. And very bad news!

Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions.

This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.

Mar 10 08:03

US Rejects Talks over North Korea, Declaring “All Options on Table”… Including War against the DPRK?

Amid sharply rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the Trump administration has flatly rejected a Chinese proposal for negotiations with North Korea despite warnings from the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, that Washington and Pyongyang were on a collision course. A confrontation looms as huge South Korean-US military exercises are underway, involving over 300,000 troops backed by an US aircraft carrier strike group, stealth fighters and strategic bombers.

China is clearly alarmed at the prospect of war on its doorstep. Speaking in uncharacteristically blunt terms in Beijing yesterday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned:

“The two sides are like accelerating trains coming toward each other with neither side willing to give way,” he said. “The question is: Are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision? Our priority now is to flash the red light and apply the brakes on both trains.”

Mar 09 15:25

US Mulls Boosting Kuwait Force For Syria, Iraq Deployment: Report

Washington is mulling the creation of a 1,000-strong Kuwait-based military force allegedly aimed at engaging Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

Citing unnamed officials, Reuters said in Wednesday report that the administration of US President Donald Trump was considering bolstering the country’s Kuwait-based troops by around 1,000 to act as reserve in the battle against terrorism.

Mar 09 15:14

Urban Warfare: 45,000 Flee Mosul In Wake Of New Anti-ISIS Military Op

The number of refugees fleeing Mosul continues to escalate.

Mar 09 09:44

Trump Invades Syria

Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions.

This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.

Mar 09 08:58

The Government is still the enemy of freedom

“Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter. Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize the government … doesn’t care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety… It’s interested in its own power. That’s the only thing. Keeping it and expanding it wherever possible.”— George Carlin

Mar 09 07:08

Berlin Beware: EU Army is Chance for US, France 'to Wage Wars With Our Soldiers'

Germany should avoid joining a European army because it would put German military might at the disposal of its war-mongering neighbors, German politician Willy Wimmer told Sputnik.

Mar 08 15:24

Donald Trump Needs To Pull A “Ronald Reagan” And Start Firing All Disloyalists

Donald Trump needs to follow in the footsteps of his mentor Ronald Reagan and start "pruning the tree" of disloyalists within his government who are actively obstructing, sabotaging and interfering with his Agenda for America.

Things are getting progressively worse for the Donald Trump Administration as it seems that the Obama/Bush/Clinton/Bush Sr holdovers of the past 28 years are literally, and in almost coordinated unison, acting to team up and gang-stalk Donald Trump and his administration, cabinet appointees, and other Trump loyalists using the Mainstream Media to carry their water.

Mar 08 13:50

MoD Leaves Widows Off Guest List For Unveiling Of War Memorial To Their Loved Ones

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) forgot to invite war widows to the unveiling of its new arms industry-funded war memorial to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

The memorial is due to be unveiled on Thursday to commemorate military and civilian personnel who served in the Gulf War, 2003 Iraq War and Afghanistan War.

Mar 08 10:41

Shameless Coalition Propaganda and the War on Yemen

The Wall Street Journal gives the UAE’s ambassador a platform to recite the Saudi-led coalition’s propaganda:

Checking Iranian aggression will not be easy, but the stability of the region depends upon it. Holding the country to its commitments would be an important first step. Rebuilding America’s ties to its traditional partners in the region would be another. So too would be directly confronting Iranian interference in places like Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The nearly two-year Saudi War against Yemen happened because the Houthi rebels overthrew the "anointed", western-centric President, Monsour Al Hadi.

And BTW, pop quiz; when Al-Hadi was "elected" as President, how many other names were on the Yemeni ballot?!?

None.

Yemen election: one person; one vote; one candidate

The Saudi government and military have opted for a "scorched earth" policy in their fight against the Houthi rebels, which means infrastructure has been destroyed; schools, hospitals, water treatment plants, and open air market places have all been bombed by the Saudis. Children are being maimed and killed by these airstrikes; additionally, Yemeni children are starving to death, because the Saudi military has blocked all the Yemeni ports, to insure that food cannot get in.

The US government is selling the Saudi military the bombs with which to commit this genocide against the Yemeni people, and providing "bombing targeting".

I would like to politely remind President Trump, as a Christian witness, and Christian Pacifist Activist, that collective punishment, as is being visited upon the the Yemeni people, courtesy of the Saudi Military, is a war crime, and US governmental assistance in this matter makes the US government complicit in war crimes.

And Mr. President, the following graphic and horrific images are the results of these Saudi war crimes, and US government's aiding and abetting them:

Images: wounded and killed Yemeni children, resulting from Saudi air strikes

Images: starving Yemeni children, due to Saudi Yemen port blockade

Yes, Mr. President, these images are terrible; but THIS is what Saudi Arabia is doing to the children of Yemen every day. You're a dad, and a grandfather, so I implore you to understand that slaughtering the children of a country....is taking away that country's future.

Mar 08 08:16

The US plan for Macedonia: Keep Serbia down and Russia out

The role of the United States in the breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is often overlooked by people who are critical of Washington’s intervention in the internal affairs of independent, sovereign countries.

For it was in the former Yugoslavia that the precedent was set for future American intervention in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo provided the launch pad for the West’s concept of humanitarian intervention, which, in reality, is a pretext for safeguarding and enhancing US global hegemony.

Mar 08 07:28

Serbia Starts Snap Combat Readiness Inspection of Armed Forces

Serbia has started a snap combat readiness inspection of its Armed Forces in accordance with the decision of Defense Minister Zoran Drodevic and President Tomislav Nikolic, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

"This is the extraordinary and unannounced field inspection of the operational capabilities of rapid response force units, which will last through March 9 in many locations in Serbia," the statement said.

Mar 08 05:46

Wikileaks unveils ‘Vault 7’: Cia dump

Last night Wikileaks announced that it has released an encrypted torrent file which reportedly contains information on the mysterious “Vault 7”, and which we now know is the biggest “collection of material about CIA activities obtained by WikiLeaks.publication in history.” It can be downloaded now at the following URL, and accessed using the password “SplinterItIntoAThousandPiecesAndScatterItIntoTheWinds”

Mar 07 15:31

‘ISIS Cuts Heads, Breaks Legs & Provokes Airstrikes’: Refugees Describe Mosul Terror

As US-backed Iraqi troops push deeper into the IS-held areas of Mosul, thousands of civilians are forced to flee amid the terrorist's increasingly gruesome attempts to hold them as human shields, inhabitants of an overflowing refugee camp told RT.

Mar 07 14:40

OBAMA’S WIRETAP SCANDAL

This is a massive scandal the likes of which we've never seen asserts Levin. Let's examine this.

There is a much bigger scandal here, he said.

Was the President of the United States on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party using our Intelligence services with the FISA court, to gather information on their opponents ?

WHAT HIGH PRESSURE FRONT IS BEHIND TRUMP’S WIRETAP TWITTER STORM?

Mar 07 14:37

A New Era in Politics

Western publics see ballot box to upset and reshape policy agendas.

The West appears to have entered into a new era – the era of the political upsets, growing anger, and increased disillusionment with ruling elites. It is not a question of leftwing – rightwing politics. It is all about a failing status quo.

Mar 07 11:50

THAAD Arrives on the Korean Peninsula

U.S. Forces Korea continued its progress in fulfilling the Republic of Korea (ROK) – U.S. Alliance decision to install a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) on the Korean Peninsula as the first elements of the THAAD system arrived in the ROK.

North Korea’s repeated nuclear and ballistic missile tests have underscored the importance of the Alliance decision to deploy THAAD. Work continues to operationalize THAAD as quickly as possible.

“The timely deployment of the THAAD system by U.S. Pacific Command and the Secretary of Defense gives my command great confidence in the support we will receive when we ask for reinforcement or advanced capabilities,” said Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Forces Korea commander.

THAAD is a missile defense system aimed solely at defending the ROK against North Korea missiles. THAAD is strictly a defensive system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The huge military exercises, featuring 320,000 US and Korean troops; the 60 day timeline of these games; and now, coming implementation of the THAAD.

At the moment, I would not bet against a major strike against North Korea in the next 60 days.

Mar 07 11:21

North Korea Warns Of ‘Actual War’ Over Military Exercises

North Korea said on Tuesday it would pursue its nuclear deterrent and weapons program as huge U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises it says model a “pre-emptive nuclear attack” against Pyongyang continued.

South Korea and the United States, which led condemnation of North Korea’s latest missile tests at the Conference on Disarmament, said their military drills were to test defensive readiness against possible aggression from the North.

North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Choi told the United Nations-backed forum that the allies’ annual exercises were “a major cause of escalation of tension that might turn into actual war”.

“The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is firm in its determination to further bolster its defense capabilities with a nuclear deterrent as a pivot so as to put an end to danger of nuclear war caused by the United States,” Ju said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at the World Socialist Website this morning:

The missile launch took place amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula as the US and South Korean militaries started their annual Foal Eagle war games. The joint exercises over the next two months reportedly involve at least 320,000 South Korean and American military personnel backed by a US aircraft carrier and its strike group, and advanced US fighters and bombers.

OK, let me wrap my head around this: 320,000 troops?!? A US aircraft carrier and its strike group?!? Advanced fighters and bombers?!? In a military exercise set to last for 60 days, for Pete's sake?!?

It sure looks the heck to me that the US "deep state" and military, are spoiling for a war against North Korea.

And 60 days is one heck of a long time for a military exercise to carry forward, and long enough that a huge tactical, communications, or other kind of " mistake" (or false flag) to happen, leading to military confrontation between South Korea, the US government, and North Korea.

Mar 07 10:08

‘Help Your Uncle Sam Win the War’

'Help your Uncle Sam win the war': Extraordinary collection of First World War propaganda posters intended to boost US morale comes up for sale

Mar 07 09:47

WEAPONRY, NOT IDEOLOGY, IS THE STRENGTH OF ISLAMIC STATE:

I think I might have serendipitously discovered the answer to this riddle in an unprecedented December 2013 news report [1] from a website affiliated with the UAE government which supports the Syrian opposition: it is clearly mentioned that along with AK-47s, RPGs and other military gear, the Saudi regime also provides machine gun-mounted Toyota pick-up trucks to every batch of five jihadists who have completed their training in the training camps located at the border regions of Jordan. Once those militants cross over to Daraa and Quneitra in southern Syria from the Jordan-Syria border then those Toyota pick-up trucks can easily travel all the way to Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor and thence to Mosul in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many, many years ago, I mentioned on this blog that the de-Baathification of the Iraqi military was, perhaps, the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could have done in Iraq. Unfortunately, time has proven this to be a correct assessment on this issue.

And note who is doing the actual training of these jihadis: the CIA in collaboration with the Turkish, Jordanian and Saudi intelligence agencies

Frankly, if this is not a "We have met the enemy, and he is us" moment for you, I don't know what can be.

The US government, in its lust to further destabilize the Middle East, and forcibly bend it to its will (according to Israel's desires), has created a world of hurt enabling it to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; making sure the governments of those countries wind up western-centric, even if it has to destroy those countries to make that happen; and insure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

The degree to which these activities by my government constitute war crimes, at this point in its history, is frightening and morally monstrous; there are moments when I wake up in the morning, and think I've awoken in the wrong country, but no.

I have awakened in what used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave; But in the last two decades, it has morphed into a thorough police state, where one is presumed guilty until proven innocent; surveilled every moment; and its people painfully exploited by the 1% who do not understand how angry the rest of us are.

As a Christian witness and Christian pacifist activist, I will never advocate violence; but I understand how violence can come about.

I am, however, advocating that all of the readers of this blog, and listeners to Mike's radio show,to quietly prepare themselves in terms of food; potable water; medication, and plans to reunite with their families, if they are separated if the excrement hits the ventilation system; 2017, at every level, may be a roller coaster ride of epic proportions.

Mar 07 08:36

‘Help Your Uncle Sam Win the War’

'Help your Uncle Sam win the war': Extraordinary collection of First World War propaganda posters intended to boost US morale comes up for sale

Mar 06 15:53

US Ramps Up Bombing Campaign In Yemen

In a major escalation of operations in Yemen, the US military carried out more than 30 airstrikes and drone strikes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, hitting multiple targets allegedly linked to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). As many as 20 people were reported killed in the attacks, which hit the southern governorates of Shabwa, Al Bayda and Abyan.

Mar 06 13:46

8,000 NATO troops launch exercise near Russian-Norwegian border (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A total of 8,000 NATO soldiers have been deployed to the Finnmark region of northern Norway, 160-300 km from the Russian border, for a series of joint military exercises.

Mar 06 12:41

US Marine Corps Investigating Nude Photos Of Female Members

The US Defense Department has launched an investigation into release of hundreds — possibly thousands — of naked photographs of women service members and veterans.

The announcement was made after members of the Marine Corps recently posted the photos in a Facebook group called “Marines United,” with around 30,000 followers.

Mar 06 10:25

US Drone Strikes Wound Several Civilians in Yemen

Beginning an intense campaign of drone strikes against Yemen on Thursday, US forces continued to pound targets in the country throughout the weekend, with little sign that anything high value was hit, but Yemeni officials continuing to label everyone anonymous person on a motorcycle killed as a “suspect,” with two more suspects killed today.

As the attacks stop being restricted to the mountains and start hitting actual towns and villages, however, the anonymity of the victims isn’t always solid, with reports out of Shabwa Province that some of the US strikes hit civilian homes, wounding a number of civilian bystanders.

Pentagon officials have largely not addressed the question of who is being targeted in specific strikes, saying only that broadly the efforts are meant to prevent al-Qaeda forces from being able to organize and carry out attacks overseas from locations within Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President: a word here.

As a Christian witness, and a Christian pacifist activist, it appears that I must politely remind you that collective punishment, as is being visited upon the Yemeni people through US and Saudi bombing raids... is a war crime.

And I would like to politely suggest to you that our complicity in Saudi war crimes will not "Make America Great Again"; it will simply make the government of this country, yet again, complicit in war crimes.

I was fervently hoping that you meant what you said about wars not being the answer to every geopolitical "threat" the US government faces when you were on the campaign trail.

Unfortunately, it appears, through this accelerated bombing campaign against Yemen, that you never meant those statements to actually be taken seriously by the voting public.

Mar 06 09:32

GRAPHIC: MCCAIN INSTITUTE TAX FILE FROM 2014 SHOWING $300,000 GIVEN BY ROTHSCHILD'S AND 1 MILLION BY THE SAUDI'S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John Mc Cain's estimated net worth stands at around $21 million dollars.

John Mc Cain's estimated net worth

And of course, a financial empire like that requires constant care and feeding, hence the contribution from Saudi Arabia to the Mc Cain Institute. And the question which must now be asked is, how much of that $1,000,000.00 contribution from Saudi Arabia trickles back to Senator Mc Cain himself?!? And who are the other "contributors" to this institute, potentially from the US's military industrial complex?!?

Pay to play, anyone?!?

This must be the reason why Mc Cain is constantly advocating for war against Iran, and supports the Saudi's carnage in Yemen, where schools and hospitals are getting bombed; children get bombed from the air by Saudi attacks; and children are dying of malnutrition because Saudi military have blocked the ports, so no food can get in. And just to spell it out for you in the most graphic way I can, here is what Senator Mc Cain is supporting in the Saudi war against Yemen:

Images: Yemeni children killed or wounded by Saudi air strikes

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, due to Saudi military closing Yemeni ports to food aid.

It is painfully apparent that, as a Christian witness and Christian Pacifist activist, I need to remind Senator Mc Cain that collective punishment (as is being visited upon the Yemeni people by the Saudi military) is a war crime.

But hey, Senator, all that death and destruction going on in Yemen, courtesy of a foreign government with supports you financially, is just collateral damage, and nothing to be morally concerned about in any way, right sir?!?!?

Mar 06 09:08

GEORGE W. BUSH STANDS BY THE IRAQ WAR AND IS EMBRACED BY LIBERAL MSM (VIDEO)

Anyone who knows anything about Soviet politics, understands the process of a public figure being officially rehabilitated by the state.

Essentially, when a public figure is officially condemned by the authorities, months, years or sometimes decades later he or she can be rehabilitated. It’s as if to say, ‘we were wrong, he was actually a patriot and a good guy after all’.

An example close to my heart is that of my favourite 20th century composer, Aram Khachaturian. In 1948, Soviet politician Andrei Zhdanov pronounced a degree whereby Khachaturian’s music was branded as formalist (where technicality is valued over a style which supports communism) and as a result he was shunned by the state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Bush is a war criminal, pure and simple.

And if any actual justice existed in this country, he would be put on trial, convicted for his monstrous evils, and put away, doing hard time in a cell somewhere.

But of course, at this point in its history, "American Justice" can be only either be bought, or bribed to stay away; this is precisely what is going on with Bush.

He is able to bribe or purchase his "rehabilitation" from the Deep State, because he furthers the war agenda, as being a "good and necessary thing", when other methods of getting what the US government wants geopolitically, like hard-won, ethical negotiations, are completely ignored in favor of war.

This sickens me no end.

And after Obama became the President, and made that statement that he would look forward, not backward, on the crimes of the Bush presidency,

On Face the Nation, President Obama says he will not investigate Bush war crimes

you had to know that the proverbial "fix" was in.

Mar 06 08:56

Chinese troops appear to be operating in Afghanistan, and the Pentagon is OK with it

There is mounting evidence that Chinese ground troops are operating inside Afghanistan, conducting joint counter-terror patrols with Afghan forces along a 50-mile stretch of their shared border and fueling speculation that Beijing is preparing to play a significantly greater role in the country's security once the U.S. and NATO leave.

The full scope of China's involvement remains unclear, and the Pentagon is unwilling to discuss it. “We know that they are there, that they are present,” a Pentagon spokesman said. Yet beyond a subtle acknowledgement, U.S. military officials in Washington and in Kabul would not respond to several detailed questions submitted by Military Times.

This dynamic stands in stark contrast to the two sides' feisty rhetoric over their ongoing dispute in the South China Sea, and to Washington's vocal condemnation of Russian and Iranian activity in Afghanistan. One explanation may be that this quiet arrangement is mutually beneficial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With a restive Western Muslim population in Xingiang, the Chinese government doesn't want to see anything remotely looking like outside elements of jihad making it through that 50 mile border with Afghanistan.

So from the Chinese governmental perspective, what they are doing in Afghanistan is perfectly logical.

There is utterly no military metric by which the US and NATO occupation of Afghanistan can be judged as a "success"; rather, these last 16 years have been serial failures, with never enough troops to overwhelm and terminate the Taliban; and now, elements of jihad are sparking new conflicts, and placing even more strain on this occupation.

IF the American government and NATO high command had one shred of horse-sense between them, they would pull all their troops as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul regarding the pipeline rights and mineral rights; of course, those actions....would be logical.

And please remember the deep history of this sordid war against Afghanistan; the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban over the oil pipeline routes, but told the Taliban that their fees were "too high", as reported here:

July 21, 2001: US Official Threatens Possible Military Action Against Taliban by October if Pipeline Is Not PursuedEdit event Niaz Naik. Niaz Naik. [Source: Calcutta Telegraph (left)] Three former American officials, Tom Simons (former US Ambassador to Pakistan), Karl Inderfurth (former Deputy Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs), and Lee Coldren (former State Department expert on South Asia) meet with Pakistani and Russian intelligence officers in a Berlin hotel. [SALON, 8/16/2002] This is the third of a series of back-channel conferences called “brainstorming on Afghanistan.” Taliban representatives sat in on previous meetings, but boycotted this one due to worsening tensions. However, the Pakistani ISI relays information from the meeting to the Taliban. [GUARDIAN, 9/22/2001] At the meeting, Coldren passes on a message from Bush officials. He later says, “I think there was some discussion of the fact that the United States was so disgusted with the Taliban that they might be considering some military action.” [GUARDIAN, 9/26/2001] Accounts vary, but former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik later says he is told by senior American officials at the meeting that military action to overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan is planned to “take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest.” The goal is to kill or capture both bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar, topple the Taliban regime, and install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its place. Uzbekistan and Russia would also participate. Naik also says, “It was doubtful that Washington would drop its plan even if bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taliban.” [BBC, 9/18/2001] One specific threat made at this meeting is that the Taliban can choose between “carpets of bombs” —an invasion—or “carpets of gold” —the pipeline. [BRISARD AND DASQUIE, 2002, PP. 43] Naik contends that Tom Simons made the “carpets” statement. Simons claims, “It’s possible that a mischievous American participant, after several drinks, may have thought it smart to evoke gold carpets and carpet bombs. Even Americans can’t resist the temptation to be mischievous.” Naik and the other American participants deny that the pipeline was an issue at the meeting

So this was a war over oil pipeline routes and mineral wealth; the late Karl Marx had some very frivolous things to say, but when he made the observation that all wars are, by their very nature, economic, he was bang spot-on.

Mar 05 23:31

Washington and America Self-Implode at the Hands of a Treasonous, Obama Led Shadow Government

The United States federal government in Washington is under attack today. Our nation’s capital is presently under siege, not from military bombs or rockets fired by any foreign enemy but from powerful enemies within. With Obama-Hillary-Soros forces ostensibly maneuvering outside official government channels, against America’s legitimately elected President Trump, and their loyalist foot soldiers – the neocons and intelligence community loyalists within the CIA/NSA/FBI still operating inside deep state, criminally conspiring with Mainstream Media, this sinister alliance is also organizing legions of clueless young leftist protesters to be at the ready for deployment in the streets to wreak havoc violently rioting as paid agitator insurgents.

Mar 05 18:58

Russia is a Diversion

The neocons want war; they want to ensure the trillion dollars or more per year keep flowing. They need to keep Russia as the enemy. Everyone is piling on – republicans and democrats.

Russia is a diversion; it is useful as a means to an end. It isn’t the end. The end is the salvation of the many pillars of the progressive agenda; the end is the final destruction of western, classical liberal, civilization.

Mar 05 15:40

Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump's Wiretapping Claim

They are going for the throat now. Session's recusal means an Obama appointed Assistant AG will make the decision Comey requests.

WASHINGTON The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump's assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump's phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement.

Mr. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said.

A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to comment. Sarah Isgur Flores, the spokeswoman for the Justice Department, also declined to comment.

Mar 05 13:24

Wanting Improved Ties with Russia Considered Heresy. Deep State Supporters Want Trump Removed From Office

Trump fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn over nothing, bowing to opposition forces wanting him out “ solely for being soft on Russia, wanting improved relations.

So does AG Jeff Sessions, why he's targeted for removal, not for speaking to Russia's ambassador to Washington when a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

On Thursday, Sessions shamefully recused himself from federal investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign, related to (nonexistent) Russia election hacking “ groundless claims with evidence.

FBI investigations so far found nothing, including about allegations of Trump financial ties to Russian pubic or private figures.

Witch-hunt investigations continue, checking phony allegations of relations between Trump aides and Moscow.

Mar 05 13:15

U.S. steps up bombing raids on al Qaida in Yemen, citing threat to West

Trump has granted U.S. commanders, through Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the temporary authority to order military strikes without going through the White House for approval.

Mar 05 11:52

Ex-British PM Tony Blair in talks to become Trump's Middle East adviser!

I sure hope this isn't true. If it is, this is another example of Trump's stupidity!

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has discussed becoming Donald Trump's adviser on Middle East policies, during talks in the White House earlier this week, The Mail on Sunday reported.

Blair, who was in charge of the UK government in 1997-2007, met Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner in Washington on Wednesday, the papers claims, citing it's source.

The meeting in the West Wing of the US presidential residence lasted for three hours, according to The Mail on Sunday report.

Mar 05 10:34

Govt Insider Confirms Israel's Role In 9/11 Attacks!

huzzah! AJ!

Pieczenik says the Israelis, Saudis and neocons were behind the 9-11 attacks.

Given evidence of Mossad's checkered past and involvement with the attack of the USS Liberty on Jun. 8, 1967, killing 34 American soldiers, Pieczenik's comments wont be received as a big surprise to many Americans.

Mar 05 08:45

Decision 2017: War With Russia or Deep State Coup? Media Reports, You Decide!

America. It's a "democracy". That means every few years Americans are allowed to choose between two things that nobody wants or needs.

And now it's time to make another important choice: War with Russia, or full-blown deep state coup? The media reports, you decide.

Mar 04 09:36

White House pushing back against Mattis appointment

This guy is insubordinate and should be fired immediately. He is trying to pack the defense department with Obamanoids who are in good with terrorists.
And besides this individual is a war criminal who gets his men off for raping and murdering little boys and girls. He dishonored the CORPS!

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis wants to tap the former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, as his undersecretary of defense for policy, but the Pentagon chief is running into resistance from White House officials, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

As ambassador to Egypt between 2011 and 2013, Patterson worked closely with former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist government. She came under fire for cultivating too close a relationship with the regime and for discouraging protests against it—and White House officials are voicing concerns about those decisions now.

Mar 04 09:00

CHINA EXPANDS ITS STRATEGIC AIRLIFT CAPABILITY, PREPARES TO EXPAND ITS SPHERE OF INFLUENCE

Although combat aircraft such as the J-31 stealth fighter and J-15 aircraft carrier strike aircraft have made most of the headlines, China has made significant accomplishments in the realm of military transport, long range maritime patrol and carrier borne AEW&C aircraft over the past year. First operational in 2016, the Y-20 military transport is now the largest such aircraft in production in the world. Roughly the size of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster, the Y-20 is a crucial component in China’s growing ability to expand its strategic power projection capabilities. After initially expressing a need for 400 of these aircraft, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) later stated that this number was revised to 1000.

Mar 04 07:48

Tulsi Gabbard continues to push congress to stop funding ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria

Tulsi Gabbard continues to push for bipartisan support for her new bill which would restrict US agencies from supporting terrorists overseas. A little over a month ago, Gabbard went on CNN to report some real news about how the Barack Obama White House was arming Al Qaeda and ISIS, in an effort to overthrow Assad’s government.

Mar 03 23:11

NATO Commander Declares Russia Meddling in US Election Could Be ‘Act of War’

NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe has declared that alleged Russian meddling in the US election could be considered an “act of war” and prompt a military response.

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, a citizen of the UK, has alleged that an “international disinformation campaign” through websites such as Sputnik News and Russia Today could also be included in NATO’s definition of an “attack.”

According to the NATO treaty, “an armed attack against one or more [members] shall be considered an attack against them all,” and allies may use any action necessary for defense. In recent years, this has been expanded to include cyber attacks and hacking.

Mar 03 14:36

Pentagon Conducts 20 Airstrikes In Yemen, First Since Botched Raid

The Pentagon has carried out its first major military operation in Yemen since a botched raid in January that killed women and children as well as an American commando.

US forces conducted more than 20 airstrikes involving a mix of manned and unmanned aircraft early on Thursday, the Pentagon said.

Mar 03 14:36

Nuclear Midnight Is Closer Than Ever – So Where’s The Resistance?

I watched from the front gates of Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:39 pm PDT on February 8, 2017 as a pencil-thin beam of light shot above the treeline and disappeared into the atmosphere.

Mar 03 12:38

After Border Flare-up, Hamas Mouthpiece Warns: Israel Crossing Red Lines, War May Follow

Israeli soldiers sustained gunfire on Thursday near along the border with Gaza. None were hurt in the incident, the army said, but a patrol car was hit.

"If Israel wants a long period of calm, it must understand that the equation has changed, and may now be based on the principle of attack-for-attack, outpost-for-outpost and target-for-target," said the website. "The last challenge faced by the resistance portends a scenario of conflict similar to the equation in the last round of hostilities, or even a breakup of the equation should matters continue to escalate."

Military Intelligence chief Herzl Halevi told Knesset members Wednesday that the economically ailing Gaza is nearing a crisis under Hamas.
Halevi was speaking a day after the state comptroller harshly criticized Israeli political and military leaders for their performance before and during the 2014 Gaza war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if the second paragraph down was actually written by an anonymous Hamas spokesperson; or if it was some kind of clandestine IDF intelligence agent, attempting to push Hamas into doing something really unhelpful right now.

With various scandals, the Israeli government and the IDF may feel very cornered right now, and may collectively believe that the only reasonable distraction is yet another assault against Gaza; were I a betting person, I would not bet against this right now.

Mar 03 12:31

ISRAELI JETS, TANKS STRIKE HAMAS TARGETS IN RESPONSE TO CROSS-BORDER FIRE

Israeli jets and tanks retaliated to the shooting with strikes on three Hamas posts in the Strip.

Troops carrying out routine security activities near the border security fence had come under fire, and while no one was injured, a military tractor was lightly damaged.

Moira Dror, from Moshav Netiv Ha’asara, directly across the border from Beit Lahiya, told The Jerusalem Post that despite the shelling by the IDF, “the [enemy] outpost is still standing.”

Dror, who can see the outpost from her kitchen window, said that even the antenna of the post was still there, adding, “Perhaps this [the IDF response] is a warning to them.”

According to Dror, it had been quiet since the end of Operation Protective Edge in August 2014. “We’ve been living a normal life, not thinking about where and when the next rocket will come. But recently things have been heating up,” she added, referring to a rocket Gazans fired at Israel on Wednesday night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Trump distracted by those out for blood against his administration, I wouldn't bet against a 2nd "Operation Protective Edge" by the Israeli military against Gaza, and very soon.

Netanyahu desperately needs a diversion from the potential criminal charges which may be leveled against him, and he may believe more carnage in Gaza is just the ticket with which to distract the Israeli people.

I would suggest that such a ploy may go over like a lead balloon.

Mar 03 12:07

TRUMP’S “MODERATE” DEFENSE SECRETARY HAS ALREADY BROUGHT US TO THE BRINK OF WAR

DID YOU KNOW that the Trump administration almost went to war with Iran at the start of February?

Perhaps you were distracted by Gen. Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser or by President Trump’s online jihad against Nordstrom. Or maybe you missed the story because the New York Times bizarrely buried it in the midst of a long piece on the turmoil and chaos inside the National Security Council. Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to the paper, had wanted the U.S. Navy to “intercept and board an Iranian ship to look for contraband weapons possibly headed to Houthi fighters in Yemen. … But the ship was in international waters in the Arabian Sea, according to two officials. Mr. Mattis ultimately decided to set the operation aside, at least for now. White House officials said that was because news of the impending operation leaked.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a word, please.

Can you please define, for me, the rest of the country, and the world, just what the heck Iran has actually done to tick you off so badly you would like to start a war against it?!?

Has it not, sir, come to your attention, that Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years?!?

Is Saudi Arabia, and/or Israel, and their perceptions of Iran, pushing you in this direction?!?

Would such an incident not been a "back door" to a war against Russia, which will almost inevitably come to Iran's aid militarily?!?

And sir, the timing for such a confrontation is thoroughly ill-advised right now, and for the following reasons; at this point, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia over Iran.

And I am not saying anything you shouldn't know by now, sir; facts are facts.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who constantly exhorts her government to achieve its geopolitical goals through hard-won, honest, ethical negotiations, I am appalled that this kind of action even crossed your mind, as the "right thing" to do to Iran's military on the suspicion that some of their ships may be running arms to the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

And the US-government enabled Saudi bloodbath in Yemen can only be stopped ultimately through negotiations.

Sir, the entire situation in Yemen needs to be re-thought; the Saudi campaign here, two years on, is primarily destroying infrastructure; slaughtering civilians; and starving innocent children.

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombing runs

Images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi blockades of Yemen's ports

By supporting the Saudi government in this genocide of the Yemeni people, the US government is complicit in war crimes, Sec-Def Mattis.

As a Christian witness, who never condones violence,I am, therefore, imploring you, as someone I believe to ultimately be an honorable person, to find another way to stop this madness in Yemen which doesn't involve more slaughter of the Yemeni people.

Mar 03 11:30

US deploys Black Hawk choppers in Latvia to protect ‘sovereignty & bright future’ (VIDEO)

“US Air Force transport aircraft with UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and military units Phoenix 10th Air Brigade of the US Army arrived at Riga airport,” the Latvian Defense Ministry reported. The ministry said earlier that the new arrivals will replace the existing unit of Black Hawk helicopters deployed at the Lielvarde Air Base in central Latvia.

“We are thrilled to welcome so many excellent American soldiers, who will serve as members of the continuing US aviation presence deployed to NATO’s eastern flank in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve,” Ambassador Pettit said at Riga International Airport.

“This year, thousands of US soldiers will rotate through Latvia…,” Pettit added. “You can be assured that they… are committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with our Latvian allies to protect the independence, sovereignty, and security of Latvia.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Thousands" of US troops?!? Really?!?

Let's look at a map of Latvia:

map of Latvia

The border extends about 133 miles between Latvia and Russia.

This deployment is rather like having Russia massing thousands of its troops on the Mexican border, yet telling Americans to stay calm, and that nothing is amiss.

but again, as with the case with the Swedish Defense spokesperson, upon whose statement I commented in an earlier post, the timing makes it painfully obvious that the "deep state" in the US and NATO want a war with Russia

Mar 03 11:16

Sweden reinstates military draft over concerns about Russian aggression

Sweden is reinstating the military draft — for men and women — because of dwindling volunteers and growing concerns over a more assertive Russia in the Baltic and Ukraine.

"The security environment in Europe and in Sweden's vicinity has deteriorated and the all-volunteer recruitment hasn't provided the Armed Forces with enough trained personnel," the Swedish defense ministry said Thursday. "The re-activating of the conscription is needed for military readiness."

A defense ministry spokesperson says 4,000 men and women will be called up in July for service beginning in January 2018. They will be drawn from some 13,000 people born in 1999.

Marinette Nyh Radebo told the BBC the "security change in our neighborhood" prompted the move by Sweden, which is not a NATO member.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A word of caution for Defense Ministry Spokesperson Radebo; your false narrative about Russia having "annexed" Crimea is a pure, deliberate lie, stated to complement the agenda of alleged "Russian Aggression", and you know it!! And so does the BBC, and everyone else on this planet with a brain.

In 2014, the US/Soros/EU/IMF "coup" in Kiev threw the duly elected Ukrainian President, Yanukovich, under the proverbial bus, and the western-centric Poroshenko was "anointed" in an alleged election which was more crooked than a dog's hind leg

You appear to be suffering from SMD (selective memory disorder), and particularly, regarding Victoria Nuland's very public boast in 2013,about how much money the US government had spent on destabilizing Ukraine:

Regime Change in Kiev - Victoria Nuland Admits: US Has Invested $5 Billion In The Development of Ukrainian, "Democratic Institutions"

Sorry, my dear Ms. Radebo; one cannot unsee this, or not realize the point to which the US government was complicit in this regime change!!

Not only that, but President Obama admitted that the US was behind regime change and the destabilisation of Ukraine's government!!

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

So if there is any "aggression" to be charged, it should, rightly, be charged to the actions of the USA under President Obama's watch.

Post-putsch, Crimean officials understood that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, so - in a free and fair referendum - asked their people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition the Russian government to become a part of the Russian Federation. Overwhelmingly, the people of Crimea voted to petition the Russian Federation to join it.

There is a value, enshrined in the UN charter, and that is the right for people to exercise peaceful self-determination; but Ukraine, NATO, and the US got furious when that happened in Crimea, so...blamed the Russians for something they never, ever did.

And BTW, did you NOT get the memo that the "big lie" went out with the whoopie cushion and the dribble glass?!? Just checking.

But these statements have made one thing painfully obvious; the march against Russia, heading to a war against it, is gathering steam; the deep state in Europe, NATO, and in the US are on track for making that happen, no matter what the citizens of Europe and the US want!!

Mar 02 12:58

Deep State War?

Six Russian diplomats have died in the last 60 days. As Axios notes, all but one died on foreign soil. Some were shot, while other causes of death are unknown. Note that a few deaths have been labeled “heart attacks” or “brief illnesses.”

Mar 02 12:41

Is The Intelligence Community At War With Trump?

Phil Giraldi, a career intelligence officer, takes a look at the bizarre standoff between President Trump and the US intelligence community.

Mar 02 12:38

Is There More to the Flynn Story?

A strange resignation in a UK intelligence service suggests U.S. partners may have been involved.

The Hannigan resignation is not occurring in a vacuum, and some in the large and highly networked retired intelligence community have come to believe that it is connected to the investigation and downfall of Trump’s first national-security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has detailed exactly how the Flynn case does not appear to fit into any acceptable category that would have mandated an investigation and interrogation by the FBI. Surveillance of a Russian official would be authorized under FBI guidelines, but to extend that type of monitoring or investigation to a U.S. citizen would require specific authority from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to issue a warrant based on probable cause.

Mar 02 11:39

DEPLOYED US NAVY HAS A PREGNANCY PROBLEM, AND IT’S GETTING WORSE

A record 16 out of 100 Navy women are reassigned from ships to shore duty due to pregnancy, according to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

That number is up 2 percent from 2015, representing hundreds more who have to cut their deployments short, taxing both their unit’s manpower, military budgets and combat readiness. Further, such increases cast a shadow over the lofty gender integration goals set by former President Barack Obama.

Mar 02 10:46

The Clinton system to discredit Donald Trump

These are the seditionists and insurrectionists who are trying to overthrow the government of the United States of America.
Trump may be the target but the Republic is what these traitors are trying to bring down. Spirit of 76!

This article is a warning - in November 2016, a vast system of agitation and propaganda was set up in order to destroy the reputation and the authority of President Donald Trump as soon as he arrived in the White House. It is the first time that such a campaign has been scientifically organised against a President of the United States, and with such resources.

Mar 02 09:08

Former Marine's Facebook Post On VA Treatment Of Patients Causes Outrage

A former Marine and his wife say the scene inside a Veterans Administration hospital in Durham, North Carolina, was so shocking that they took pictures and posted them to Facebook.

Now, as AP reports, thousands of people are expressing outrage and the head of the medical center says an employee involved has been removed from patient care pending an internal review.

Mar 02 08:23

US Congress Member: To Help Refugees, Stop Arming Terrorists

Member of the US House of Representatives, Tulsi Gabbard, called for the US to stop aiding terrorists like Al-Qaeda and ISIL, while her guest at the presidential address to Congress, a Kurdish refugee activist, called for an end to the US policy of “regime change in Syria.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am REALLY starting to like Tulsi!

Mar 02 08:10

Thousands of teens to be called up for military service

Sweden's government has formally announced that it is bringing back conscription.

The former centre-right government scrapped compulsory military service in 2010, but the current Social Democrat-Green coalition wants to reintroduce the concept, or at least a light version of it, from January 1st 2018.

Some of the reasons are a perceived deterioration of the security situation in the Baltics and that the Armed Forces have struggled to attract enough new military recruits to plug a significant staff shortage.

Mar 02 08:05

Sick and Depraved: NATO 'Saddened' by Explosions in Serbia

Hey Serbia: NATO is super sad about the "explosions" in your country which killed "at least one person". Can you please join NATO now? That would be very helpful. Thanks. Also, please forget about this:

Mar 01 17:03

‘Unmanned Warfare Is Coming,’ Says UK Defense Secretary

Unmanned warfare across land, sea, and air will soon be the norm, and the UK is intensively researching cutting-edge drone technology, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said at an event at the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science.

Mar 01 16:14

Berta Cáceres' Murder Linked To U.S.-Trained Soldiers, Leaked Court Docs Show

Leaked court documents obtained by the Guardian and reported on Tuesday appear to corroborate a whistleblower’s claim that U.S.-trained special forces within the Honduran military were responsible for the death of prominent Indigenous land defender Berta Cáceres last year.

Mar 01 11:18

Gaza War: 11 Key Headlines From Scathing Report Rattling Israel's Politicians and Military

The 200-page report is being released about a year and a half after the end of the war in August 2014. The report deals both with the decision making process in the security cabinet relating to Gaza before Operation Protective Edge, as the war is officially known in Israel, and at its outset but also with the issue involving dealing with the attack tunnels in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, as well as preparation for the intelligence, technological and operational response to the this threat in the years prior to the operation.

Mar 01 07:27

Meet China's triple-hulled warship of the future

At the Dubai IDEX defense exposition, arms makers from around the world show off their latest wares. A notable debut at the recent 2017 show: a new, triple hulled Chinese warship design.

While showing off a model of the planned ship, China Shipbuilding Trading Company announced that it is aiming to start construction on a "trimaran" warship in 2018 for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

The Chinese navy already uses smaller trimaran ships for noncombat missions—think training torpedo recovery, search and rescue, and oceanographic research.

So what exactly are trimaran ships? The major distinction is they three hulls: one large, central one and two rearward smaller hulls connected by decks or girders. The design is used in the U.S. Navy's new USS Independence subclass of the Littorial Combat Ship, and in fact the new Chinese ship looks very similar to that class.

Mar 01 07:14

Backstage at the Trump vs. Deep State Cage Match

According to the insider, which I named "X", "Flynn was removed because he was agitating for a strike against Iran which would have had disastrous consequences. That would have led to Iranian strikes against Western oil supplies in the Middle East, raising Russia's economic power as the oil price would have soared to over $200 a barrel, and the EU would have had to join the Russian-Chinese block, or not be able to obtain sufficient energy to survive. The United States would have been completely isolated."

Feb 28 16:43

U.S. Doubles Down On ISIS Drones Warning; Now Terrorists Could Launch Swarms

By Nicholas West

Yesterday I covered an urgent request that was placed by the United States Air Force to obtain drone killing technology that could be used against ISIS’ newly formed “Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen.” The result of this urgency was a $15.6 million no-bid contract with an Israeli company to develop portable systems to combat small drones that are alleged to be in use and under rapid development by ISIS and other terror groups in the region.

Although it’s merely one day later, the “urgency” has become nearly breathless, as today the Pentagon’s counterterrorism chief, Lt. Gen. Michael Nagata, is warning that since terrorists have demonstrated a clear intention to use drones, the next step would be to launch drone swarms...

Feb 28 15:32

Deadly Yemen Raid Resulted In No Valuable Intel – Officials

A US raid in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of one Navy SEAL and at least 25 civilians has been found to have yielded no significant intelligence. This comes after weeks of the White House doubling down on the mission and praising its success.

Feb 28 15:32

Political Castration Of State: Militarization Of Government

Poor Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, presiding over what had until now been the crown jewel of the president’s cabinet, and reduced instead under Trump practically to a footnote on the organization charts. This appears deliberate. State historically had been identified, correctly or not, with the pursuit of peace in international relations. Actually, market penetration and the negotiation of alliances, usually with military implications and geostrategic planning, are more like it.

Feb 28 12:24

Downplaying US Contribution To Potential Yemen Famine

For almost two years, the United States has backed—with weapons, logistics and political support—a Saudi-led war in Yemen that has left over 10,000 dead, 40,000 wounded, 2.5 million internally displaced, 2.2 million children suffering from malnutrition and over 90 percent of civilians in need of humanitarian aid.

Feb 28 11:14

No Mercy': Russia 'Should Prepare to Live Under Sanctions Indefinitely' - PM Politics

So much for better relations with Russia under Trump. Russian media the last few weeks is really going after Trump.The overall tone in Russian media is one of great disappointment and somewhat of betrayal. Trump is blowing it across the board.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia should prepare to live under sanctions indefinitely, the country is able to develop in these conditions well, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.

"I have repeatedly spoken about sanctions. We must prepare for living under sanctions indefinitely. See what our friends both overseas and in Europe are doing. They are perpetuating the sanctions," Medvedev said in an interview with the Vestu v Subbotu television program.

Feb 28 10:22

There's a flaw in the homeland missile defense system. The Pentagon sees no need to fix it

The Pentagon is pushing ahead with an expansion of the nation’s homeland missile defense system, despite a newly recognized deficiency that affects nearly all the system’s rocket interceptors, a Los Angeles Times investigation has found.

The problem threatens the performance of small thrusters attached to the interceptors. In the event of a nuclear attack, the thrusters would be relied on to steer interceptors into the paths of enemy warheads, destroying them.

Feb 28 10:20

US Navy’s Own Report Indicates Washington is Looking for a Pacific Fight

The Pacific Ocean is large. Since World War II, weapon systems operating in this theater have required special provisions regarding extensive range, long duration performance and relative self-sufficiency during operations.

From America’s Gato-class submarines and PBY Catalina flying boats used to fight the Japanese and reassert American hegemony across Asia-Pacific during WWII, to America’s continued presence in Japan, South Korea and islands throughout the region, it is clear the lengths the US has gone through then and now to remain “engaged” in the Pacific.

More recently, a report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), commissioned by the US Navy titled, “Restoring American Seapower: A New Fleet Architecture for the United States Navy,” obsesses over not how to defend American shores, but how to remain involved in Asia-Pacific despite the immense distances between there, and America.

Feb 28 10:05

Pentagon Pushes Missile Defense System With Faulty Interceptors – Report

A new investigation has revealed that despite failures in the capacity of cruise-missile interceptors to eliminate enemy threats, including warheads fired from smaller-scale nuclear powers like North Korea, some US government officials continue to insist that problems do not exist.

Feb 28 08:31

Suspect in fatal Kansas shooting thought Indian victims were Iranian – 911 call

The chief suspect in a fatal shooting in Kansas thought his two Indian victims were Iranian, according to a 911 call from a bartender who reportedly witnessed the man’s confession. The crime has renewed concern over the treatment of immigrants in the US.

Adam Purinton, 51, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder after shooting at two 32-year-old Indian men at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, last week.

Feb 28 07:43

More Death Spending? It’s Trump versus Trump, says Ron Paul.

Following the President’s constantly changing policies can make you dizzy. That’s a shame because the solution is very simple: end the US military empire overseas, cut taxes and regulations at home, end the welfare magnet for illegal immigration, and end the drug war. And then get out of the way.

Feb 27 15:06

US To Resume Military Drills With Egypt: CENTCOM Chief

The administration of US President Donald Trump intends to resume major military drills with Egypt, according to the head of the Central Command, amid concerns that the Middle Eastern country is tilting towards Russia.

Feb 27 13:42

Dozens Of German Tanks Arrive In Lithuania For NATO Deployment

Military equipment from the mechanised infantry battalion of the Federal Defence Forces of Germany, the Bundeswehr, arrived at Sestokai Train Station.

Feb 27 12:11

George W. Bush Throws Shade At Donald Trump

Former President George W. Bush took President Donald Trump’s administration to task on Monday.

The 43rd president called for a “welcoming” immigration policy and underscored the importance of a free press during an interview with Matt Lauer on the “Today” show.

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy,” Bush told Lauer. “We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive, and it can be corrosive.”

Bush recalled spending time during his presidency attempting to convince other world leaders, specifically Russian President Vladimir Putin, to “accept the notion of a free press.”

“It’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press if we’re not willing to have one ourselves,” Bush said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a memo for President Bush: sir, your statement is so richly ironic, and exploding with such blatant hypocrisy, examining your record as President, I just don't know where to begin.

The hard reality, sir, that your concept of an alleged "free press" was a docile, easily-controlled government narrative-affirming bunch of presstitutes, with a large, well-funded electronic bully pulpit, who would only say what you told them to say, and never raise a logical question against your agenda, to further your geopolitical and/or your corporate cronies financial goals (which, ultimately, were one in the same).

What do Afghanistan, Enron, 9/11 , Anthrax, and Iraq have in common?

Under your watch, 9/11 became the "justification" for the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, when the real reason was the pipeline routes. and there were no foreign hands in the creation of 9/11, except those of the Israeli government and intelligence agencies.
The Five Dancing Israelis Arrested On 9-11

And for all of these lies, corporate media duly carried your water, and went along completely with both ignoring the real reasons for 9/11, who actually perpetrated this act, and the true reasons you wanted to invade and occupy Afghanistan.

And when you lied again in the spring of the following year, with the statement that "Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons", the corporate presstitutes just dutifully swallowed, then regurgitated out, the projectile vomit of that lie.

Trump was Right: Bush lied a bout a little-known par of the bogus case for war


A History Of Lies: WMD, Who Said What and When

Any attempt by the burgeoning independent media to actually look at the facts were met with both scorn, and if possible, professional, or personal retribution. Whistleblowers like John Kirakou were punished severely, because their public statements did not match the official narrative of the American Deep State:

The Man Who Said too Much

And your final coup de grace against the American people, over and above these horrific wars for private profit, were your Draconian signature Homeland Security Act, and Patriot act, which moved the American people from a state of being innocent until proven guilty under the law, into some sort of Code Napoleon "no-man's land", of now being presumed guilty before being proven innocent, unless one is very monied, and powerful.

Through these wars, supported by this legislation and your lies, you drove this country right into a fascistic nightmare, where it remains to this very day, governed by an elite set of deep-state globalists who only see ordinary working people as expendable fodder for their wars of aggression; congratulations, Mr. President: under your watch, you brought this country to half-past George Orwell's "1984". You must feel very proud of yourself for that.

So, in summation, Mr. President, you are a serial liar of the highest order, and only love "the alleged free press" when it said what you wanted it to say, and was your journalistic "bitch", if you will.

And when you made that statement that “I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy,”, you were obviously not talking about the independent media, which asks uncomfortable, logical questions, kicks butt, and names name.

You are talking about the "illusion" of a democracy, as dictated by the deep state, so as to make every war, every horrific act of national aggression to expropriate resources to which this country has no moral right, then insure that their governments are western-centric,and only sell those resources in US dollars, palatable to average Americans, because the corporate presstitute media has couched the arguments for so doing in such "reasonable, bite-sized rhetoric", that people are most generally not going to complain too loudly about the coming cost in blood and money of these actions, and what the geopolitical moral ramifications of such actions will be.

The difference between the lapdog, cooing and comfortably compliant "media" you love, and the independent media people need to make informed decisions, and participate in the political discussion of real issues, both domestic and international, sir, is the difference between night and day.

And thankfully, Mr. President, because of the work of the independent media, some daylight is starting to emerge.

Because people are aware about the degree to which they have been lied to, by your and the administrations which came to power after your watch, they are both completely skeptical of anything the government says, and of the corporate presstitutes, because of their collective complicity in disseminating these lies.

When President Trump stated that the media was the "enemy of the people", he was not at all wrong for the following reason: the presstitutes are still in deep with the "American Deep State", and will say anything which advances their agenda.

Feb 27 10:48

AL-QAEDA GETS AN OSCAR

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the U.S. marketing and lobby organization of the movie makers, hands out some yearly rewards arranged to promote specific movies or persons in the movie business. The academy award ceremony is a rather boring event but it gets a lot of hype and media attention (and thereby generates lots of advertisement revenue).

To further increase its value this years event plagiarized the idea of the Miss Universe promoters. One of the hosts announced the wrong winning movie for some category and then reversed himself to announce a different "real" winner. It was a "mistake" just as surely as Hollywood's latest movie was a description of real life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This reminds me of the Oscars presentation when one of the most brilliantly created anti-war films of all times, "Avatar" was ignored, and the film "The Hurt Locker", pro-military, pro-deep American State narrative, won the Oscar.

Apparently, the Oscar for "alleged best picture/documentary" is just about as worthless as was President "Bathed in Blood Barak" Obama's Nobel Peace Prize; full of sound and fury, and signifying ...nothing.

Feb 27 10:28

FIGHTING IN DONBASS, COAL BLOCKADE, AND INFIGHTING IN KIEV, AS UKRAINE’S CRISIS DEEPENS

The last few weeks have witnessed an acceleration of Ukraine’s downward slide.

Following the bitter fighting in and around Avdeevka and the angry telephone exchange between Russian President Putin and German Chancellor Merkel, an attempt was made to bring the fighting in the area around Avdeevka to an end and to arrange for a mutual pullback of forces to the starting lines.

As always the Ukrainians proved unwilling to comply with their commitments to do so, and yesterday the whole process was thrown into chaos when militants from the far right Azov Brigade stormed and took over a water filtration plant from the local Ukrainian authorities, seeking to cut off the water supply to Donetsk without apparently realising that large areas of Ukrainian controlled territory also depend for their water on the plant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The situation in Ukraine appears to be worsening by the day, and the deadly combination of paralysis and government corruption appears to not be able to make any positive move forward for the Ukrainian people.

Simply put, Poroshenko is running out of time, money, and options.

So the Poroshenko regime may well collapse of its own weight of corruption; at that point, who knows; they may install a morally ethical,Russian-centric strongman as their leader, because Ukraine needs Russian trade (and money) to keep them afloat until, and beyond, the point where the Ukrainian economy has a chance to right itself.

And at that point, the US/EU/NATO/IMF/SOROS-sponsored 2014 coup, for all the blood and money spent, will have come to absolute naught.

Feb 27 10:16

Risks In Rush To Crush ISIS

A couple of tendencies that are all too common in policymaking and policy debate tend to make for unwise foreign commitments or overextended foreign expeditions. One is to treat a goal that is at most an intermediate objective as if it were an end in itself. Doing so obfuscates clear analysis of means and ends, overlooks other ways to achieve the same ends, and distorts perception of the costs and benefits associated with achieving the immediate objective.

Feb 27 08:14

Arms Race 2.0? US, China Ramp Up Fleets, Blame Each Other

Since US President Donald Trump took office in January, both China and the US have kicked off a massive naval buildup, and both cite fears of the other’s increasing maritime military power as the reason. Are we to see another arms race between the rival powers?

Feb 26 10:03

Make America British again? Queen may bring former colony into Commonwealth

This better be fake news or there is going to be a 1776 Part Deux!

As a former British colony, the US could be the next “associate member” of the Commonwealth – thanks to President Donald Trump’s reported love of the UK and Queen Elizabeth II.

The plan, which is reportedly being backed by the Queen, is for the Commonwealth Society to open a branch in the US, according to The Telegraph.

Feb 25 11:40

Hailed a hero, bar shooting victim says he did 'what was naturally right to do'

A vet,drunk on his ass decided to kill some Muslims at a bar in Kansas and managed to murder one Indian Hindu employee of Garmin,seriously wound another Indian and seriously wound this fellow who tried to stop the idiot!

In the video posted to YouTube, Ian Grillot has his neck in a brace and his surgically repaired hand bandaged and protected.

He has heard, he says in the footage, that some have called him a hero.

"No, it's not like that," Grillot says. "I was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being. It's not about where he was from or his ethnicity. We're all humans. I just felt I did what was naturally right to do."

Feb 25 10:53

U.S. Air Force Gives No-Bid Contract to Israeli Company To Destroy ISIS Drones

By Nicholas West

A new narrative has emerged in military circles that indicates an added feature to the never-ending conflict in the Middle East, and one which threatens to become another justification for the wider War on Terror: ISIS drones...

Feb 25 10:51

Bill Gates: ‘Bioterror is far scarier than nuclear war and a bigger threat’

Billionaire and founder of Microsoft Bill Gates briefed world leaders and others at the Munich Security Conference last Saturday on emerging megatrends which Gates said could lead to the demise of the human race.

Feb 25 10:48

Here’s how the Deep State is trying to lead President Trump into a nuclear war

Before Donald trump took office, he promised to rebuild the US military by diverting a lot more funding into the armed forces. And when he made that promise, he wasn’t just talking about our conventional forces. He also proposed expanding America’s nuclear capability; a position he recently reiterated in an interview with Reuters. He stated that “It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.”

Feb 25 10:02

THE U.S. CARRIED OUT REGIME CHANGE IN SYRIA IN 1949 … AND TRIED AGAIN IN 1957, 1986, 1991 AND 2011-TODAY

The CIA backed a right-wing coup in Syria in 1949. Douglas Little, Professor, Department of Clark University History professor Douglas Little notes:

Recently declassified records… confirm that beginning on November 30, 1948, [CIA operative Stephen] Meade met secretly with Colonel Zaim at least six times to discuss the “possibility [of an] army supported dictatorship.” [“Cold War and Covert Action: The United States and Syria, 1945-1958,” Middle East Journal, Winter 1990, p. 55]

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As early as 1949, this newly independent Arab republic was an important staging ground for the CIA’s earliest experiments in covert action.

The CIA secretly encouraged a right-wing military coup in 1949.
The reason the U.S. initiated the coup? Little explains:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As the French say, "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"; the more things change, the more they remain the same.

Feb 25 09:49

DICK CHENEY POISONED HUNDREDS OF US TROOPS IN IRAQ. NOW THEY’RE DYING, AND THE MEDIA IS SILENT

The legacy of death and misery from the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan continues today, and, once again, Dick Cheney plays a central role. A new book by Joseph Hickman, a former U.S. Marine and Army sergeant, titled The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers, details how soldiers and local civilian populations were exposed to constant streams of toxic smoke from the burning of waste.

The infamous Kellog, Brown, and Root (KBR), which was a part of Dick Cheney’s corporate empire under Halliburton, operated about 250 burn pits which contributed to the $40 billion that Halliburton made during the Iraq occupation. “Every type of waste imaginable” was burned, including “tires, lithium batteries, asbestos insulation, pesticide containers, Styrofoam, metals, paints, plastic, medical waste and even human corpses.”

This reprehensible practice proves yet again that nothing is sacred when it comes to the military machine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For politicians like Cheney, it's all about the money, period, end of discussion; and for these folks, it's "profits uber alles."

To get to their "safe space", in terms of preventing any moral reflections whatsoever about what they have done, these people have their consciences surgically removed before running for office. That means that they feel utterly zero remorse about the evils they have done; money gets made, and that is all that matters, and damn the physical and emotional costs to the people who get hurt in the process.

In fact, one of the most astonishing things about Cheney's heart transplant, to many people, was that he actually had one in the first place.

If ever there was a personification of corporate evil incarnate, it is Dick Cheney; history will not look kindly upon his tenure as Vice-President, for all the death and destruction which occurred, both domestically and internationally, under his watch.

Feb 25 09:16

Just over a week into the Trump Administration, the President issued an Executive Order giving Defense Secretary James Mattis 30 days to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS

Just over a week into the Trump Administration, the President issued an Executive Order giving Defense Secretary James Mattis 30 days to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS. According to the Order, the plan should make recommendations on military actions, diplomatic actions, partners, strategies, and how to pay for the operation.

Feb 24 15:38

Britain’s Nigel Farage exults over Trump and Brexit wins at CPAC

FARAGE insists the tide that caused Brexit and Trump’s victory will not stop.

His speech was entitled ‘Brexit and What it Means for the World’.

Farage claims the people of Europe are tired of being ruled by “boring grey men in Brussels”.

There were loud boos when Farage mentioned former British PM Tony Blair.

He referred to Blair’s recent comments about EU membership.

He said: “Blair is wrong because what happened in 2016 is not the end of this great global revolution.

“What happened in 2016 is the beginning of a great global revolution.”

Feb 24 15:37

Sleepwalking Into A Nuclear Arms Race With Russia

The Nuclear Question is becoming increasingly obfuscated by spin and lobbying as the West sleepwalks into Cold War II — a walk made all the more dangerous when the loose lips of the U.S. tweeter-in-chief announced that another nuclear arms race is a great idea (see link and link).

Feb 24 11:23

Weapons Amnesty In Posh English County Turns Up 100s Of Deadly Knives, Swords, & Guns

A weapons amnesty in the posh English county of Surrey has collected hundreds of knives, swords, and guns, which will now be made into a sculpture.

Feb 24 11:22

JOHN MCCAIN ILLEGALLY TRAVELS TO SYRIA, MEETS WITH LEADERS AND FIGHTING GROUPS; NO CRITICISM FROM MSM

Shortly after the mainstream media erupted in hysteria and neo-McCarthyistic attacks against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for having a routine conversation with the Russian Ambassador and for once having dinner with the President of Russia as part of an event, aging warmonger Senator John McCain recently announced that he had traveled illegally into Syria to meet with U.S. troops illegally stationed there as well as to meet with ISIS supporter and President of Turkey, Recep Tayip Erdogan. McCain also met with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and crown prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In addition, McCain also met with Kurdish fighters on the ground in Syria.

On February 22, McCain’s spokeswoman, Julie Tarallo, confirmed that McCain had made the trip, saying it was a “valuable opportunity to assess dynamic conditions on the ground in Syria and Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We're all familiar with the tag line from the commercial about the credit card, asking "What's in YOUR wallet"?!?

And I have to admit that I have been curious as to what is in Senator McCain's financial portfolio; and how many of those companies are a big part of the US's military/industrial complex.

It is very unfortunate for this country that Congressional Representatives, unlike their President, are not obliged to put their financial affairs into a blind trust, upon taking their oath of office. And what, you might logically want to ask, right now about Senator McCain's estimated net worth?!?

Senator McCain's estimated next worth is 21 million dollarsd

NOW, THAT is a financial empire....which, geopolitically needs constant tending, so here's the most probable "back story" for his little, Logan Act- defying "junket" to the Middle East.

His loyalty to his corporate, warmongering masters cannot be disputed at this point; and this little "visit", I am reasonably certain, was not about creating regional peace through hard-won, moral negotiations which might alleviate the need for any further US military intervention in the Middle East, , but the incitement of even more bloody wars, from which his "good friends" in the military/industrial complex and the financial industry, will profit mightily.

Feb 24 10:24

SYRIAN WAR PROPAGANDA AT THE OSCARS

The Western-backed war in Syria, like the invasion of Iraq, was so smothered by propaganda that truth was not only the first casualty but has been steadily suffocated for five years, now reaching the Oscars, says Rick Sterling.

The Netflix movie “The White Helmets” may win an Oscar in the “short documentary” category at the Academy Awards on Sunday. It would not be a surprise despite the fact that the group is a fraud and the movie is a contrived infomercial.

The “White Helmets” symbol, expropriating the name of “Syria Civil Defense.”

Awarding “The White Helmets” an Oscar would fit with the desire of Hollywood to appear supportive of “human rights,” even if that means supporting a propaganda operation to justify another bloody “regime change” war in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This so reminds me of the year when John Cameron's masterpiece "Avatar", one of the most brilliant anti-war movies ever made, was snubbed in favor of "The Hurt Locker", lionizing war.

Should this film win the Oscar for (alleged) best documentary, it will again underscore just how irrelevant the Oscars have become, and demonstrate the corrosive influence of the "deep state" in presenting propaganda as truth to the American people, and beyond.

Feb 23 20:15

'Treated like s***' Ministry of Defence doesn't BOTHER to enforce Armed Forces Covenant

MILITARY heroes are being "treated like s***" by the Ministry of Defence, which is selling off 56 bases and barracks to the highest bidder but making absolutely no attempt to ensure developers give homeless veterans a roof over their heads.

Feb 23 16:49

Ron Paul: End Unlimited Presidential War Power

Interviewed Tuesday by host Kennedy at Fox Business regarding efforts by United States House of Representatives members to limit US wars overseas, former House member Ron Paul (R-TX) agreed with Kennedy’s assessment that the ability to unilaterally pursue war is “the most egregious area where there is too much power concentrated in the presidency.”

Feb 23 15:13

Western Russophobia in Psychotic Phase

Divorced from reality this mindset has become psychotic.

Western politicians, military leaders and corporate news media increasingly blame Russia for all manner of perceived transgressions. Whether it is alleged interference in national elections or alleged aggressive military maneuvers, the unremitting demonizing of Russia is astonishing.

It is all the more astounding because the anti-Russia accusations are leveled with such high-handedness and yet with so little evidence to support.

Feb 23 12:06

Video: British ISIS Suicide Bomber Was Ex-Gitmo Detainee Who Won £1mn Compensation

Suicide bomber Abu-Zakariya al-Britani detonated a car bomb outside an Iraqi military base southwest of Mosul, 12 years after winning £1 million.

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