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Aug 29 01:19

Nearly two dozen Saudi troops enter US base in northeastern Syria: Report

Saudi Arabia has reportedly deployed nearly two dozen combat troops to a US-run military base in Syria’s oil-rich northeastern province of Hasakah as the Riyadh regime and some of its regional allies are vying with the United States to loot the natural resources of the war-ravaged country.

Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network, citing an informed source, reported that 20 Saudi soldiers, led by an officer called Saud al-Joghaifi, arrived at the US base in the city of Shaddadi on Wednesday.

The source added that the Saudi troops were accompanied by a convoy of US-led forces from the coalition purportedly formed to fight the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which withdrew from Camp Taji, situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, earlier this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So it's not JUST the US stealing Syrian oil; it's the Saudis as well!!

Aug 29 01:04

Swedish Police 'Have No Control' as Koran Burning Sparks Riots in Malmo - Photos, Videos

A group of activists burned a copy of the Islamic holy book and uploaded the video, depicting it online after police arrested a leader of "Hard Line" political party was arrested by authorities.

Mass riots hit Malmo, Sweden after a public Koran burning. At least three hundred enraged people rallied in the Muslim-majority neighbourhoods, with a crowd torching cars and throwing stones at the police officers, who tried to ease the tensions.

"We have ongoing and violent riots right now that we have no control over", police spokesman Rickard Lundqvist told journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sweden; another absolutely no-go zone; how is that "cultural enrichment" working out for the citizens of Malmo?!?

One does have to ask.

Aug 29 00:43

Is Syrian Oil Now A ‘U.S. National Interest’? We want to hear how keeping our troops there in harm's way is 'America First.'

Sure, officially, the military says we are there for stability operations, keeping the peace between the competing factions in the contested areas of Northeastern Syria near the Turkish border. They will say we are still patrolling with Kurdish fighters against the remnants of ISIS. More importantly, however, is Trump’s reason for leaving some 500 troops there—for protecting the oil fields from the Syria government on behalf of the Kurds. More on that in a minute.

While RNC surrogates were congratulating Trump for “rebuilding the military” and his America First virtues in countering China and Iran last night, four American soldiers were recuperating from injuries sustained when a Russian armored vehicle sideswiped their own Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) as they were both racing down a highway in Dayrick near the Turkish border on Aug. 24.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was an absolutely detestably bad call on the part of President Trump, and needs to be reversed ASAP.

Aug 29 00:40

US Says China’s South China Sea Claims ‘Ridiculous: ’US warship sent to disputed area around Paracel Islands

The guided-missile destroyer the USS Mustin has entered the South China Sea and is sailing near the Paracel Islands. The islands are claimed by China, though the US does not recognize that claim. China objected that they didn’t authorize the US to sail there.

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien called China’s claims in the South China Sea ‘ridiculous,’ saying they’ve been rejected by all the major countries. Most countries in the region have conflicting claims in the South China Sea, and to the extent they overlap with Chinese claims, the US backs everyone else’s claims.

In rejecting their claims, the US has repeatedly carried out “freedom of navigation” exercises near Chinese claims just to prove that they can’t enforce those claims. China is objecting to those incursions, and earlier this week fired anti-ship missiles into contested waters to prove they could challenge those ships if they have to.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest, that the US military back the flip off here, unless their real goal is a war against China, and I have to ask; with Chinese military equipment evolving at the rate it has been, how winnable is such a war at this point, when the US doesn't have the money; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the weaponry to insure a positive outcome to such a war?!?

Aug 29 00:36

The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All: The U.S.-brokered pact makes no pretense of peace for Palestinians. Instead, it sharpens a regional coalition against Iran.

In some ways, the U.S.-brokered plan for mutual recognition between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is big news. For more than a quarter of a century, only two Middle Eastern countries – Egypt and Jordan – had officially recognized Israel. None of the Gulf monarchies did.

So, it was a pretty big deal when the announcement was made. Except, actually, not so much.

Despite the UAE’s claimed adherence to a decades-long position that no Arab country should normalize relations with Israel until it ended its occupation of Palestinian land, ties between the UAE and Israel had been quietly underway for years. The same is true of many other Arab states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow, this looks more like a cynical "same-old same-old", than a real move for peace in the region.

Aug 29 00:33

Russian Troops Active In Belarus War Games As Putin Unveils "Law Enforcement Reserve" Standing By

Early this week the US State Department said there were no signs that Russia's military plans to intervene in ongoing chaotic events in Belarus where swelling protests in the tens of thousands have brought Minsk to a standstill as opposition activists and strikers demand 26-year ruling President Alexander Lukashenko step down, or at least hold "fair" and not "rigged" elections.

As of last Monday Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said there were no indications to suggest Moscow planned to intervene in the political crisis, which many see as resembling the 2014 crisis in Ukraine where the country was split between pro-EU and pro-Russian factions and interests.

That assessment might have changed by end of the week, as regional headlines have confirmed Russia's military is assisting Belarus in conducting war games on Thursday, Friday, and into next week.

Aug 29 00:28

"Terminate Bush's War": Trump To Reduce Troops In Iraq By One-Third Just Ahead Of Election

Republican leadership at the RNC Convention this week talked a big game when it comes to "bringing the troops home" - something Trump has been promising since 2016 - but which has not yet ultimately been realized. But can he deliver now as part of a pre-election promise? It looks like the wheels are finally in motion.

Multiple reports citing Pentagon officials on Friday say up to one-third of all American soldiers will permanently return from Iraq over the next two to three months.

This would bring numbers down from 5,200 to about 3,500 according to Pentagon officials. Trump is in the meantime expected to tout an Iraq withdrawal as a success in ending the wasteful wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Aug 29 00:04

The COVID-19 Scamdemic, Part 1: The Hard Road To A New World Order

Authored by Iain Davis via In This Together blog,

Among many similar globalist states, The UK State is a public-private partnership between government, financial institutions, multinational corporations, global think tanks, and well funded third sector organisations, such as so called non governmental organisations (NGO’s) and large international charities.

Through a labyrinthine structure of direct funding, grant making and philanthropy, the UK State is a cohesive globalist organisation that works with selected academics, scientific institutions and mainstream media (MSM) outlets to advance a tightly controlled, predetermined narrative.

This designed consensus serves the the interests and global ambitions of a tiny group of disproportionately wealthy people.

Aug 28 04:59

Beijing warns of possible ‘military accidents’ after US carries out ‘provocative’ operation in South China Sea

Beijing has cautioned against further US naval operations in the South China Sea, claiming that recent activities by the American side create conditions for an unintentional military confrontation.
A spokesman for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said on Friday that a US warship entered Chinese territorial waters without permission.

“We urge the US to stop such provocative behavior and restrict its maritime actions to avoid possible military accidents,” Senior Colonel Li Huamin said, adding that PLA naval and aerial forces monitored the vessel as it traveled through the South China Sea.

The US Navy said that the USS Martin carried out a “routine” operation in the region. Washington has cited the so-called “freedom of navigation” principle to defend its regular activity in the sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is going to be a "point of no return" in these American "exercises", past which China will believe they have no point but to respond in kind; that is where we could be looking at World War III, and barely understand how it started.

Aug 28 04:41

Kamala Harris pledges unconditional support for Israel

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris reiterated that Joe Biden will not impose any conditions on US aid to Israel, saying that assistance would not be linked to "any political decision" made by the Israeli government.

Her remarks, about eight weeks before the election, come at a time when the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still considering annexing large parts of the occupied West Bank.

"Joe has made it clear he will not tie security assistance to any political decisions that Israel makes, and I couldn't agree more," Harris told a virtual fundraiser with Jewish-American voters on Wednesday.

That California senator went on to promote Biden's "unwavering support" for Israel and his role in securing military assistance for the Israeli government when he served as Barack Obama's vice president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the Palestinians have lost out completely with these campaign pledges yet again.

Aug 28 04:36

US, Russia Trade Blame Over Syria Road Incident

Wednesday’s incident on the roads on northeast Syria, in which Russian and US MRAPs reportedly collided, injuring four US troops, continues to be a major issue. The US and Russia are both trading blame for the incident, and for the generally tense situation in Syria.

The White House presented the incident as an escalation of tensions, and presented it as a “clash” with Russia. Their version involved Russia “boxing in” the US vehicles, and that Russian helicopters were flying dangerously low above the US MRAPs.

Video of the incident didn’t tell anything nearly so clear-cut, with it not at all obvious what the vehicles were trying to do, and showing only a very minor collision, which the US says led to four soldiers having concussion-like symptoms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military was not invited at the behest of the Syrian government; Russia's was.

And Russia has equipment in the field which will do what its government says it does.

The US military presence in Syria is a very bad call on the part of President Trump, and should be reversed ASAP.

Aug 28 04:22

WESTERN WAR PROPAGANDA STILL AIMS AT SYRIA

SOURCE: TONY CARTALUCCI

While US regime change in Syria appears to be a terminal failure, various propaganda ploys used to sell the war continue in the hopes that - at the very least - such ploys can be polished and improved upon when and where the US turns its attention next.

The accused - Anwar Raslan, a former colonel in the Syrian military, and co-defendant Eyad al-Gharib, who allegedly worked under Raslan, had been living in Germany as refugees and were arrested in February last year.

The article also notes that:

Germany is using a legal principle called universal jurisdiction to trial Raslan and al-Gharib.

This allows German prosecutors to work on war crimes cases, whether they have a close connection to Germany or not.

Universal jurisdiction could result in an alternative means for the international community to bring war criminals to account.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, I have some places where universal jurisdiction should be used; how about at US/run "black sites" and Gitmo, where people were tortured?!?

That has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?!?

Aug 28 03:44

NATO's "Unified Front" At Breaking Point

Authored by Danny Sjursen via The Future of Freedom Foundation,

Last month, a Turkish warship came one step away from firing missiles at a French naval vessel off the coast of Libya. In response, Paris suspended its involvement in Operation Sea Guardian — a multinational maritime effort to provide security in the Mediterranean Sea and halt the arms trafficking fueling Libya’s ongoing civil war. Initially, only eight member states — notably excluding both the U.S. and U.K. — supported France’s official complaint. This was only the latest incident in the increasingly frequent — and exceedingly awkward — tensions between several of Washington’s core North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies.

Indeed, from South America to East Asia, NATO members stand divided over many critical foreign policy issues of the moment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO, as an entity, no longer has any clear direction, and is seeing member nations going after other member NATO members, as Turkey is with Greece, concerning Mediterranean drilling rights, and appears to be one step away from implosion.

Aug 27 11:59

Creeping Thucydides Trap: Esper Vows "Won't Cede An Inch" In South China Sea After 4 PLA 'Warning' Missiles

The Pentagon revealed Thursday that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) "warning" to the US on Wednesday involved the firing of “four medium-range missiles into [an] area between Hainan and the Paracel Islands,” a defense official was quoted in FT.

Among them included nuclear-capable DF-26 missile and the anti-ship DF-21D ballistic missile. Beijing said they demonstrated the PLA's ability to deny outside military access to the South China Sea.

The missiles were fired in response to the major incident from Tuesday, wherein China's PLA military angrily charged that a US U-2 spy plane entered a 'no-fly zone' off China's coast while the PLA conducted live-fire military drills.

The PLA has since ratcheted up its drills, with FT reporting Thursday the military "announced it was conducting another live fire exercise in waters off the eastern city of Taizhou, bringing the number of drills off its coast this week to five."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military is "playing picador" with China; and there is going to be a point of no return for the Chinese government, and I have to wonder just what President Trump is truly prepared to do, when that moment comes; declare war?!?

Aug 27 10:51

Robot Generals: Will They Make Better Decisions than Humans or Worse?

With Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of U.S. service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relying ever more frequently on intelligent robots to conduct hazardous combat operations. Such devices, known in the military as “autonomous weapons systems,” include robotic sentries, battlefield-surveillance drones, and autonomous submarines. So far, in other words, robotic devices are merely replacing standard weaponry on conventional battlefields. Now, however, in a giant leap of faith, the Pentagon is seeking to take this process to an entirely new level — by replacing not just ordinary soldiers and their weapons, but potentially admirals and generals with robotic systems.

Aug 27 10:28

William Shatner Wants US Space Force To Use Navy Ranks, Just Like Star Trek

Late last year, the United States Space Force was created, separating the Space Command division from the United States Air Force into a new separate branch of the US military. In the last few months there has been some debate over whether Space Force should maintain the rank structure of the Air Force (with lowest ranked officers as lieutenants and highest rank as generals), or use the US Navy system (with ensigns and admirals). Now Star Trek’s first captain is weighing in on the debate.

Aug 27 08:51

US’ F-35s Jets Not Really Stealth As German, Russian Firms Expose Its Loopholes

However, despite US President Donald Trump reiterating the same beliefs of the fighter jets being “truly invisible and simply impossible to be seen with the naked eye”, a German defense contractor, Hensoldt has debunked such myths by stating that its newly invented radar system, named TwInvis, which reportedly it tracked the jets for nearly 100 miles.

Aug 26 13:57

Rand Paul Delivers Blistering Foreign Policy Attack: "Biden Will Choose War Again"

“I fear Biden will choose war again,” Paul asserted. “He supported war in Serbia, Syria, Libya. Joe Biden will continue to spill our blood and treasure. President Trump will bring our heroes home.”

“If you hate war like I hate war, if you want us to quit sending $50 billion every year to Afghanistan to build their roads and bridges instead of building them here at home, you need to support President Trump for another term,” said Paul, who has long been a fierce critic of former President Obama's foreign policy, including overt intervention in Libya, and covert action toward destabilizing Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As much as President Trump has been a profound disappointment to me, over the course of the last 4 years, I will still back his Presidency over that of Biden, because Rand Paul is absolutely correct in his assessment here.

Aug 26 13:46

US Troops Injured After Russian Chopper & Vehicles Gave Chase To American Convoy In Syria

Dramatic video which emerged Tuesday shows the latest "close call" between US, Russia, and Syrian national forces who are jostling for control of northeast Syria, after a prior incident resulted in a rare exchange of fire at a Syrian Army checkpoint, killing two Syrian soldiers.

The Pentagon is reporting multiple US troops injured with what are being described as "concussion-like injuries" as a result of collisions with Russian armored vehicles.

The footage is being widely reported as showing Russian Army vehicles and even a chopper giving chase to an American armored convoy in northeastern Syria.

And here's the account of Beirut-based al-Masdar News, which is known for having reporters on the ground and sources within the Syrian Army:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned about a major escalation here before November's election, and hope and pray that President Trump and the Joint Chiefs collectively have the horse-sense to not let this happen.

Aug 26 06:58

Russian Military Expo Starts With A 'Bang'

The International military-technical forum "Army-2020" outside Moscow, Russia, began this week with a 'bang', as high-tech tanks, new lightweight assault rifles, stealth drones, and other advanced weaponry were displayed to foreign clients and visitors, reported RT News.

On Sunday, as the week-long annual defense expo began, Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said this year's event would merge military forum and an international military sports competition.

A record number of defense companies are attending the expo this week, showcasing more than 28,000 products. The Russian Defense Ministry has already said 39 contracts worth $15.6 billion have already been signed.

Here is some of the military tech featured at the expo this week:

Aug 26 06:52

Artificial (Un)intelligence and the US Military

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the U.S. military, as TomDispatch regular Michael Klare informs us today, has had a brilliant idea – robot generals (!) – into which to sink yet more billions of our tax dollars as divestment in our infrastructure, schools, health care, and the like only continues in the age of Trump and the midst of a grim pandemic. Of course, given American generalship in the “forever wars” of the twenty-first century, who doesn’t feel that almost anyone or anything could have done better? Still, to turn the potential destruction of the planet itself (via nuclear arms) over to computers? I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

Aug 25 07:17

IAEA Chief Visits Tehran, Asks for Access to Former Sites

The sites in question are a pair of sites that the IAEA has claimed might have been nuclear sites, based on Israeli allegations and US backing of Israeli allegations. The US has pushed the IAEA to investigate the sites.

Iran did grant the IAEA access before, and it didn’t find anything definitive one way or another. They’ve kept asking for extra visits, even though Iran insisted neither was relevant to their nuclear program, and that letting them just keep visiting keeps it unresolved forever.

This puts things in an endless loop, where the US will ensure the IAEA keeps saying the issue is open, and Iran can’t resolve the matter outright, and has to just keep responding or be accused of a coverup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder what new strictures will be placed against Iran between now, and 18 October, when the UN ban on Iranian purchases of foreign weapons ends; I sense that in order to keep his numbers up, President Trump may well find a way of declaring war against someone; Iran is high on his list, I am sure, because very few Americans understand the history of this Middle Eastern country, and the role the US played in its subjugation, when the legitimately and democratically elected elected Prime Minister, Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, was overthrown and the Shah was empowered as Iran's ruler by the US' CIA.

I don't want to be Mrs. Chicken Little of Indiana 2020 here; but the stench of blood is in the air for me right now, and I am telling Mike that my "nesting instincts" are running at full tilt boogie right now.

And IF President Trump declares a "national emergency", he is fully within his FEMA designated capability of suspending the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

I am hoping and praying that I am completely wrong on this; but please remember the immortal words of George Carlin, who, in retrospect, was half comedian, half prophet; and note - for some of our more think-skinned readers, the obscenities might be a little much for you, but Carlin's observations in this monologue are bang spot-on:

We Like War!!

Aug 25 07:03

Iran successfully used Russian-made radar to track US F-35 jets — designer

Russian-made radar Rezonans-NE, which Iran purchased to identify and track stealth aircraft and hypersonic targets, successfully spotted and tracked US F-35 fighters near the country’s borders during an aggravation of tensions at the beginning of 2020 following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the deputy CEO of the research center Rezonans Alexander Stuchilin told TASS on Monday.

Aug 25 06:48

No armor, no cry? UK govt reportedly debates SCRAPPING TANKS in favor of hi-tech weapons

A radical plan currently being debated by the government would see the British Army boost its air and cyber warfare capabilities while mothballing its armored fleet, according to a newspaper report.

British defense chiefs have outlined plans to deactivate the Army’s Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Warrior armored fighting vehicles (AFV), as the costs of maintaining them have skyrocketed, the Times newspaper has reported.

Costs aside, the armored fleet – which currently consists of 227 Challengers and 388 Warriors – has reportedly been deemed “obsolete.” Some in the military have argued that 21st-century warfare will rely on cyber capabilities, along with space-related and other cutting-edge warfighting technologies.

Aug 25 06:29

China Arms Pakistan With 'Advanced Warships' As Threats Of Nuclear War With India Escalate

When the Trump administration withheld billions of dollars in security aid to Pakistan in 2018, the logic then was that the Pakistani military would be forced to form greater ties with the US and surrounding allies to reclaim lost aid.

Fast forward today, the new reality, Pakistan abandoned the West and its allies for China.

Pakistan quickly bolstered ties with China via billions of dollars in Belt and Road projects over the last two years. China has also provided the Pakistani military with aircraft, weaponry, and other advanced hardware. The cooperation between both countries has taken another giant leap as China just delivered the first of four "most advanced" warships to the Pakistani Navy, a move that will clearly upset India and the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There was no "logic" to this decision to withhold aid; only immense stupidity and hubris, in not realizing that China would rush to fill the void with its own weapons; and in the immoral words of the American comedian Ron White: "You can't fix stupid!!"

Aug 24 07:29

CNO nominee vows probe into Navy SEAL scandals

The nominee for the Navy’s top uniformed post promised to “quickly and firmly” deal with any leadership failures among his service’s special operations forces in the wake of a series of embarrassing scandals for the elite sailors.

Aug 21 05:33

Nolte: Gang that Led Us into Iraq War Reunites to Support Joe Biden

Iraq Debacle, a hugely popular metal band some 15 years ago, has reunited for a reunion tour in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Band members include former Secretary of State Colin Powell, neocon cheerleader Bill Kristol, former Defense Secretary and Sen. Chuck Hagel, the Ghost of John McCain, neocon columnists Max Boot and George Will, former Govs. John Kasich and Christine Todd Whitman, former Reps. Susan Molinari and Joe Walsh, former intellectual Jonah Goldberg, failed GOP consultants Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson, some guy named David French, and a number of bit players from the W. Bush Administration…

What do these aging losers all have in common…?

They are/were all Republicans and they all own a big pair of pom poms.

Aug 20 06:04

The US and Japan just teamed up for multiple joint air and sea exercises in a message to China

In an implicit message to China, the Japanese and U.S. militaries teamed up this week for a number of joint exercises involving warships, heavy bombers, advanced fighter jets and an aircraft carrier in the waters and airspace near Japan.

The scale and tempo of the multiple joint exercises was noticeably large and came as Sino-U.S. tensions continued to spiral over security, economic and human rights concerns.

Aug 20 06:03

U.S., Japan to build network of missile-intercepting satellites, report says

The United States and Japan are to jointly build a network of small satellites capable of detecting new missiles, as Tokyo warns of increasing threats from North Korea.

The purpose of the satellites would be to complement the currently existing system of missile defense, which includes Japan's PAC-3 missile interceptors, the Nikkei reported Wednesday.

Aug 20 05:45

UK journalism org unveils ‘defense & security’ award sponsored by killer drone manufacturer Northrop Grumman

Military contractor Northrop Grumman is sponsoring an award for best “aerospace, defense and security” journalism at PressGazette’s British Journalism Awards, a crude act of public relations that doesn’t seem to faze the media.

UK journalism organization Press Gazette has announced a pair of new categories for 2020’s British Journalism Awards: “anti-corruption journalism,” sponsored by human rights NGO Global Witness, and “aerospace, defense and security,” sponsored by Northrop – a company one might charitably call the polar opposite of a human rights NGO.

Aug 20 05:37

Let them eat yellowcake: As Powell backs Dems, warmongers seek to regain full control of US policy, regardless of what voters want

By Tony Cox, a US journalist who has written or edited for Bloomberg and several major daily newspapers.

The neoconservatives have a new party. It’s called Democratic, and it’s every bit as warmongering and interventionist as the Republicans were during the Reagan era or that of the Bushes.

We keep hearing how radical leftists have taken over the Democratic Party, but guess who stole the limelight at Tuesday’s Democratic National Convention: the disgraced former Secretary of State Colin Powell who endorsed their presidential candidate, Joe Biden.

In fact, Powell, who helped George W. Bush’s administration lie America into the ruinous Iraq War, was given a full extra minute to speak when compared to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the face of the woke left.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think I'm about to get physically nauseous; so, Powell, who so graciously assisted the Bush administration by lying this country into war, is now supporting....the Biden/Harris ticket?!?

And for this, he is getting "rehabilitated" by the Democrats?!?

Folks, I am again walked back to the place of reality here, and that is, no matter who runs for President, every 4 years, we only have the illusion of choice, without genuine choice; if the American people had choice, these endless wars (which will ultimately end badly for this country), would stop, and stop immediately.

The war party always wins, no matter who ultimately "gets elected".

Aug 20 04:55

Erdogan says no threats can deter Turkey's operations in Mediterranean

ANKARA (Reuters) - No threats can deter Turkey from seeking natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding that Ankara expects actors in the region to take steps to de-escalate tensions.

Greece and Cyprus are locked in a dispute with Turkey over overlapping claims to areas potentially rich in resources. Two Turkish survey vessels are in areas claimed by the three countries. On Tuesday, Cyprus said it was willing to engage with all its neighbours on defining maritime boundaries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sure as heck hope that someone is "working the phones" between Ankara, Athens, and Nicosia, trying to ramp down the potential for war here, as this is another international flashpoint which could flare out of control in a heartbeat.

Aug 20 04:41

Five days before deadline, Israeli election appears imminent as Netanyahu, Gantz lock horns

The two leaders have not spoken in over a week, and Israel appears to be headed straight to its fourth election in less than two years.

With no compromise in sight between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and Defense Minister Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan parties over the state budget, parliament could dissolve on Monday and Israel will head to its fourth election in less than two years.

Negotiations are deadlocked over a proposed bill to extend the deadline for passing a new budget, which expires on Monday. With talks stalled, Netanyahu and Gantz have not spoken in over a week.

Likud wants the bill, which would give the government until November to pass a budget, to include “exit points” every 10 days that allow revoking the extension, which would effectively force a new election. Kahol Lavan opposes the proposal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is unfortunate that apparently, the Israeli voters don't have much of a choice in this next election; no matter for whom they vote, they are voting for more war, and more destruction.

Aug 20 04:37

Afghan Army Tells Personnel to Be Ready to Return Fire Against Pakistan

Constant tensions along the ill-defined Afghan-Pakistan border look to be coming to a head again, with the Afghan Army issuing a statement in which they instruct personnel to prepare for retaliatory fire against the Pakistani military in case they cross the border.

This comes after an overnight incident in Kandahar, in which Pakistani artillery fired across the border, killing nine civilians and wounding scores of others in a residential area. Details on this attack are still not entirely clear.

The incidents are not clear, but not unusual, as the Durand Line border tends to be contested by both sides, and cross-border fire happens, often without a solid explanation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would this continue to be happening, had the US not invaded Afghanistan all those years ago?!? I would suspect, most probably not.

Aug 20 04:16

Trump Demands ‘Snapback’ Sanctions on Iran

President Trump has demanded the reimposition of ‘snapback’ sanctions on Iran as part of the P5+1 nuclear deal, and revealed the US will go to the UN Security Council on Thursday to demand full imposition of all those sanctions without objection.

Within the nuclear deal, there is a clause that allows the US to snapback all sanctions if they believe Iran is failing in the deal. The clause also says no members of the deal can veto the measure. This is the plan the US is resting on.

And yet President Trump withdrew from the deal in May 2018, and had failed to live up to requirements before then. This raises serious doubts that the US can impose ‘snapback’ under the terms of a deal that they are no longer party to, or whether nations like China and Russia would be compelled not to veto it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this is like "being a little bit pregnant"; one is either part of the deal, or one is not part of the deal, from which President Trump withdrew American participation in May of 2018.

If the US is no longer a part of the deal, its leadership has utterly no right to demand a snapback to all sanctions.

One has to wonder; is this administration suffering from some kind of collective lead poisoning from the water pipes in DC?!?!?

Because I have to tell you; from where I sit, this looks like desperation on the cusp of madness, and were I a betting woman, the US is going to be made to appear thoroughly, hysterically unhinged, if this administration really pushes these demands today at the Security Council.

Aug 20 03:50

ISRAEL LAUNCHES WEEK-LONG BOMBING CAMPAIGN IN GAZA AMID ONGOING WAR CRIMES INVESTIGATION

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
Last Monday night Israeli fighter jets executed airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip for the ninth night in a row in an act that may be another on Israel’s long list of possible war crimes.

Israeli leaders characterized the actions as retaliatory, naming Gazan “incendiary balloons” and “riots” as justification.

This is just the latest in what mainstream media generally depicts as a “protracted conflict” between “the militant group Hamas and Israel,” after “months of calm” (5 Gazans have been killed in 2020; Israel has shot at farmers and fishermen hundreds of times; no Israelis have been killed).

The plight of Palestinians in Gaza, a population of almost two million crammed into a region the size of Detroit, has been hidden from the view of most, even as the US funds its occupier with over $10 million a day in military aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has devolved into a cruelly apartheid theocracy with nuclear weapons; what could possibly go wrong in the region henceforward?!?

A great deal, my friends; a very great deal.

Aug 19 15:37

Video: Rain of Rockets Hits US Forces in Iraq. Israeli-UAE Peace Deal Crumbles Days after Its Announcement

As it was expected, the ‘historic’ UAE-Israeli peace deal did not contribute to the stability in the Middle East. Instead, the situation has been slowly, but steadily moving towards a larger confrontation in the region.

Immediately after the announcement of the US-sponsored peace deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that his country is not going to fulfill one of its key provisions – the suspension of the annexation of West Bank territories. The prime minister emphasized that the annexation plan was just delayed, but not suspended.

“There is no change to my plan to extend sovereignty, our sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, in full coordination with the United States,” Netanyahu said adding that “Israel will have comprehensive peace agreements with other Arab countries without returning to the 1967 borders.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how long it is going to take President Trump to realize that Netanyahu has 'played him' on this issue, and Israel was never going to stop this coming annexation, ever.

Continually, throughout their relationship, which very far pre-dates Trump's presidency, Netanyahu has been "relieving himself" in President Trump's face, and telling him it's raining; this is simply more of the same.

Aug 19 15:30

American Politics: Send in the Clowns for the Circus Is in Town

By Edward Curtin

The French writer Guy Debord called this The Society of the Spectacle.

For many months now, all eyes have been directed to the Covid-19 propaganda show with Fauci and Gates, and their mainstream corporate media mouthpieces, striking thunderbolts in the storm to scare the unknowing audience into submission so the transformation of the Great Global Reset, led by the World Economic Forum, Wall Street, the International Monetary Fund, et al can proceed smoothly.

Meanwhile, as the circus rolls along, far away and out of mind, shit happens:

With more than 400 military bases equipped with nuclear weapons surrounding China, the United States military continues its encirclement of China and China enters a “state of siege.”

King Joe and the Round Table: Biden’s America in a Multipolar World

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article walks the American people, and the world, back to the grim reality that with every Presidential election cycle happening in this country every 4 years, Americans actually have no real choice regarding the leadership of this country; the war party always wins, every single time.

Aug 19 15:22

Israel bombs Gaza after warning Hamas it risks war

Israeli warplanes bombed the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip overnight after Palestinians fired a rocket into southern Israel, the army said.

The latest exchange came as Israel warned Hamas it was risking "war" by failing to stop fire balloons being launched across the border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu could certainly use a distraction right now, between the stalled annexation; his corruption trial; and his horrific debacle at dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic; perhaps this is how he sees that distraction playing out right now.

Aug 19 07:16

Space Force to begin sharing technical space data with UK

The U.S. Space Force will begin sharing valuable space situational awareness data with the United Kingdom as part of Operation Olympic Defender, the service announced Aug. 14.

Under a recently signed agreement, the Space Force will share it’s Standardized Astrodynamics Algorithm Library with the U.K.‘s Ministry of Defense. SAAL is a collection of the Space Force’s understanding of orbital physics and algorithms that helps the service predict the trajectories of objects on orbit.

Aug 19 07:13

Street Gang-Connected Crimes in US Army ‘Steadily Increasing,’ Report Finds

The most recent report on street gang activity in the US Army reported a 66% increase from the previous year.

The Gang and Domestic Extremist Activity Threat Assessment, compiled annually by Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) at the behest of the US Congress, reported a 66% increase in law enforcement reports (LERs) across the military that involved known or suspected gang or domestic extremist group members.

Aug 18 15:19

Belarusian Media Publish Alleged Opposition Program to Move Minsk Away From Russia Toward West

Belarusian state television has publicized what it says is the platform of the united opposition, with the document, the authenticity of which has yet to be independently verified, said to include elements which would dramatically weaken Belarus's relationship with Russia and move Minsk toward closer relations with the West and NATO.

The program, dubbed the ‘Emergency Package of Reforms for Belarus’, is said to have been approved by the main opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, during the election campaign. According to Belarus 1 TV, the document was recently pulled offline, but remains accessible in Google’s cache.

The program purportedly proposes abolishing the Union State with Russia and erecting a proper border with the country, leaving the Eurasian Union and Customs Union, and withdrawing Belarus from the Collective Security Treaty Organization military alliance, which in addition to Russia and Belarus includes Armenia, Kazakhstan,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't know if Russia's President Putin can stop this from happening, but the way this is framed, makes one think that the US, NATO, and Europe are squarely behind this move toward the West, and away from Russia.

But we have a companion piece, from rt.com, with the following headline:

As EU talks sanctions, Putin warns Merkel & Macron foreign interference in Belarus’ affairs is ‘unacceptable’ & could backfire

Aug 18 06:10

Trump says he ‘totally rejected’ Pentagon plan to slash military healthcare by $2.2 billion, vows to protect ‘heroes’ from cuts

Donald Trump has poured cold water on the idea of drastically reducing spending on military healthcare, after a report emerged claiming that the Pentagon was hoping to make sweeping budget cuts.

The president’s message was in response to a report published by Politico, which stated that the Department of Defense wanted to trim healthcare spending over the next five years as part of Secretary Mark Esper’s call for Pentagon belt-tightening.

“A proposal by Pentagon officials to slash Military Healthcare by $2.2 billion dollars has been firmly and totally rejected by me,” Trump tweeted. “We will do nothing to hurt our great Military professionals & heroes as long as I am your President. Thank you!”

Aug 16 02:06

over millennials’ spending habits?Are China's Naval Ambitions A Global Threat?

Update: Adding fuel to the fire that Coughlin describes below, Global Times Editor Hu Xijin tweeted the following earlier today:

The more US aircraft carriers come to the South China Sea and exert pressure on China, the more it will prompt the PLA to develop complete and reliable methods against them. Once a war begins, these aircraft carriers are more likely to become vulnerable targets.

Authored by Con Coughlin via The Gatestone Institute,

China's decision to launch a fresh round of military exercises close to the disputed territory of Taiwan demonstrates that Beijing's communist rulers have little intention of backing down in their increasingly provocative confrontation with America and its allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Over the years, I have observed that Con Coughlin never found a potential war with which he wasn't absolutely in love; one has to wonder what his investment strategy is, regarding the military industrial complex.

But that being said, in order to win such a war against China, many major changes are going to happen in that part of the US economy which he obviously adores.

First, the military industrial complex must never be allowed to contribute one dime to Presidential or State political campaigns.

It is very difficult to scream at someone over dinner, for providing completely horrible, antiquated products to be used in battle, when the heads of those very companies have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to one's political campaign.

Secondly, those heads of the companies which are the backbone of the military industrial complex in this country must understand, that when they sign contracts to create weapons, that if those weapons do not work as advertised, are delivered too late to work against emerging weapons developed by other countries, or at an exorbitant cost overruns, they are signing their own sentence to hard jail time, as having been instrumental in industrial military treason against the US.

Hard money needs to be re-established that is actually backed by something other than fiat money; the fiat money system is doomed to ultimately collapse, and we are observing the death-throes of the American dollar right now.

The draft will have to be re-instituted in this country; we don't have the troop strength to win against China, and the all-volunteer military is not creating either the quality or quantity of military personnel necessary to pursue a successful war against China.

Aug 15 07:37

Escobar On Battleground Beirut: Western Colony Or Back To The East?

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times

Facing oh so timely color revolution-style “protests”, the current Lebanese government led by Prime Minister Diab has already resigned. Even before the port tragedy, Beirut had requested a $10 billion line of credit from the IMF – denied as long as trademark, neoliberal Washington consensus “reforms” were not implemented: radical slashing of public expenses, mass layoffs, across the board privatization.

Post-tragedy, President Emmanuel Macron – who’s not even capable of establishing a dialogue with the Gilets Jaunes/Yellow Vests in France – has opportunistically jumped in full neocolonial mode to pose as “savior” of Lebanon, as long as the same “reforms”, of course, are implemented.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Lebanese people deserve far better than what they have received from whatever the next government shapes up to be, and I hope they get a government who will put the needs and concerns of the Lebanese people first, second, and third.

Aug 14 10:29

Soldiers arrested in child sex trafficking sting in more bad news for Fort Hood

Two Fort Hood soldiers and one soldier from Fort Sam Houston were recently arrested as part of a two-day child sex trafficking sting in the latest bad news coming out of the Texas Army post. The men were arrested and charged with prostitution when they arrived at a location where they believed they would be meeting up with underage girls who they were paying for sex.

The two soldiers from Fort Hood, 25-year-old Spc. Anthony Xavier Antwon and 30-year-old Pfc. Timmy Jones Jr., were hit with felony charges of prostitution under the age of 18. The two men are being held at Bell County Jail on $50,000 bond. Meanwhile, 32-year-old Staff Sergeant Pierre Jean, a combat medic assigned to Fort Sam Houston, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for prostitution.

Aug 14 06:29

US B-2 Bombers Deploy to Diego Garcia

A group of three B-2 Spirit bombers have arrived at Diego Garcia this week. Pentagon officials emphasized that this is a national-defense strategy, and the bombers are “sharpening our lethality.”

Bombers from Diego Garcia tend to be used against Iraq and Iran, along with some sorties into Afghanistan and the South China Sea. In general, the deployments are seen to target Iran, though the tensions in the South China Sea may also play a factor.

Long-range sorties are often carried out as part of multi-national training operations, and in support of US carrier strike groups. Diego Garcia is a popular place for the US to station bombers because of its proximity to several areas.

Diego Garcia is subject to a territorial dispute from its native population, which was expelled by Britain before the island was leased to the US. Despite ongoing lawsuits, neither the US nor Britain has any intention of allowing the natives to return.

Aug 14 06:28

US, NATO Boost Presence Near Russia

US military officials are discussing an intention to shift military forces out of Central Europe, and into the Black Sea, which they believe is a growing hotspot in NATO tensions with Russia. European Command says this will increase operational capabilities in the area.

NATO’s military deployments tend to be Russia-centric, previously shifting into the Baltic states to get troops close to Russia, and now having done that, the Black Sea is the new target. Defense Secretary Mark Esper tied this to US troop cuts from Germany.

NATO has talked about trying to get their handful of Black Sea states to invest more in their navies, but the most recent incidents have seen the US repeatedly deploying spy planes around the Russian border, only to get intercepted and driven away.

Aug 14 06:24

New Report Reveals US Special Forces Active In 22 African Countries

A new report published in South African newspaper The Mail and Guardian has shed light on the opaque world of the American military presence in Africa. Last year, elite U.S. Special Operations forces were active in 22 African countries. This accounts for 14 percent of all American commandos deployed overseas, the largest number for any region besides the Middle East. American troops had also seen combat in 13 African nations.

The U.S. is not formally at war with an African nation, and the continent is barely discussed in reference to American exploits around the globe. Therefore, when U.S. operatives die in Africa, as happened in Niger, Mali, and Somalia in 2018, the response from the public, and even from the media is often “why are American soldiers there in the first place?”

Aug 13 05:50

Serbia’s Intention to Buy Chinese Weapons. US Concerns

Belgrade’s announcement that it may purchase the Chinese FK-3 anti-aircraft missile system was enough for the U.S. to express concern about Serbia’s future, not only with Europe, but with the entire world.

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade said that

“procuring military and defense equipment is a sovereign decision. However, governments should understand the short- and long-term risks and costs involved in doing business with Chinese companies. Procurement choices should reflect Serbia’s stated policy goal of greater European integration. Alternative vendors which are not beholden to authoritarian regimes offer equipment that is both capable of meeting Serbia’s defense need and comparable in quality and cost.”

Aug 13 05:11

US Space Force Faults Russia, China for ‘Militarizing Space’, Which Pentagon Did Decades Ago

US defense leaders have firmly pointed the finger at Russia and China as the raison d’etre for the US Space Force (USSF), claiming the nations have “militarized space,” requiring the US to respond. However, what is really threatened is US space superiority, as the Pentagon has tested space weapons for decades.

Aug 13 05:09

ENGDAHL: TOWARDS A US-CHINA WAR? THE CREATION OF A GLOBAL TOTALITARIAN "ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT" SYSTEM?

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

SOURCE: F. WILLIAM ENGDAHL VIA GLOBALRESEARCH.CA
If we step back from the details of daily headlines around the world and try to make sense of larger patterns, the dominant dynamic defining world geopolitics in the past three years or more is the appearance of a genuine irregular conflict between the two most formidable powers on the planet - The Peoples’ Republic of China and the United States of America. Increasingly it’s beginning to look as if some very dark global networks are orchestrating what looks to be an updated rerun of their 1939-1945 World War. Only this time the stakes are total, and aim at creation a universal global totalitarian system, what David Rockefeller once called a “one world government.” The powers that be periodically use war to gain major policy shifts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to strongly, but politely, suggest to the Adults in the Room in DC (the one or two perhaps still left standing in Congress and our military), that a war against China would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US could possibly do at this point in its history.

Unfortunately, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing this country could possibly do, is no guarantee that the US will not do it.

We don't have the troop strength, the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to pursue a positive outcome to such a war.

For example, the Chinese now have ai weapons.

AI weapons in China's military innovation

Chinese Military Shows Off ‘Rifle-Size Railguns’ In New Video

China's showing off new weapons likely to send a message

Chinese nuclear weapons stoke Pentagon Anxiety

Oh, and BTW, the design flaw-fraught F-35?!?
F-35 Design flaws mounting, new document shows.

The article goes on to state: "A new document obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) shows that the F-35 program office has made little progress in fixing the fighter jet’s hundreds of design flaws, and continues to discover more of them. The Joint Strike Fighter Program Office’s Deficiency Report Metrics document, dated February 28, 2020, shows the program is currently dealing with 883 unresolved design flaws—and has no plan for correcting over 160 of them.

The F-35 has 162 deficiencies listed as “open, no planned correction.”

More than half, 448 deficiencies, remain “open, in dispute.” This means pilots or engineers believed they found a problem, but the contractors tasked with fixing the problems are claiming no problem exists. Multiple sources inside the F-35 program told POGO that the default response from the program’s prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, to any identified shortcoming is to say that the company’s design meets contract specifications, and that any further changes can only be made with a contract modification. In other words, the contractors will not fix the design flaws until the government pays for the changes. More worrying are the 162 deficiencies listed as “open, no planned correction.”

The fact that Lockheed Martin Corporate believes it can "get away with this kind of thinking", betrays at least an extraordinarily cavalier attitude toward the lives of those military personnel who depend on these aircraft for mission and survival, and if President Trump is going to turn this around, he needs to do so via executive order, and right the hell now.

If Lockheed Martin Corporate is obdurate, then henceforward, in every single contract for military product development, there needs to be a very clear statement that to not deliver a military product up to spec, on time, and for massive cost over-run is a form of treason which will not be allowed to stand, and that hard jail time is waiting for those execs who do not adhere to these requirements.

Draconian?!? Absolutely. Would it "cure the problem" of corporate malfeasance for our military?!? I would suggest it may well do that.

And the next thing that has to happen, is that the military industrial complex not be allowed to contribute one penny to political campaigns, either at the state or national level, because it is very difficult to yell at a corporate exec whose company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to your campaign, when their product does not perform as advertised in the field for our military.

Aug 12 07:31

Gordon Duff Says Israel Nuked Beirut

More info available in a one hour Interview between Gordon Duff and Kevin Barret on this topic here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40266269
Youtube video: https://youtu.be/FPiFIT40feA

Aug 12 05:42

China's Military Ordered "Not To Fire First Shot" In Any Stand-Off With US Forces

At a moment of increasingly dangerous military flexing both over Taiwan and in the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army has reportedly been ordered “not to fire the first shot” in any potential confrontation with the United States. It suggests this emerging 'new Cold War' scenario could turn hot at any moment.

The South China Morning Post broke news of the standing military orders on Tuesday based on unnamed sources: China has told its service personnel “not to fire the first shot” as Beijing looks to de-escalate tensions with the United States in the South China Sea, it reports.

Further SCMP cites that "The sources said Beijing had ordered pilots and naval officers to exercise restraint in the increasingly frequent stand-offs with US planes and warships."

Aug 11 11:27

Banning Killer Robots is 'No Longer an Option', We Must Now Focus on Control, Argues Futurist

Autonomous killing machines are becoming a growing reality worldwide, one which has sparked intense debate and resulted in an increasing number of governments and civil society organisations calling for a ban over the use of the technology.

There is growing support worldwide for an outright ban over the use of fully autonomous weapons, also known as Killer Robots, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW). In its latest report, HRW details the publicly known positions of 49 countries on the development and use of Killer Robots following a global campaign to ban the technology, which was first initiated by an international coalition of civil society and other groups, in 2012.

Aug 11 11:15

We Have House Armed Services Committee Democrats To Thank for Trump’s Horrific War Budgets

I recently discovered the extent to which Democrats routinely vote for Republican policies and expenditures at the committee level. Such enabling committee-level "yes" votes often fly under the radar, since members of Congress who cast these damaging votes often vote "no" on the House or Senate floor. They then point to their "no" floor votes as evidence of their ostensible opposition to the policy that they just encouraged and enabled by their much more powerful committee "yes" vote.

Aug 11 04:29

China is increasing its military drills as tensions with US heat up

China is stepping up military drills around East Asia as a war of words with the United States heats up over Washington's military activities and the visit of a US cabinet secretary to Taiwan.

One Chinese think tank even says the People's Liberation Army (PLA) may consider live-fire exercises near the US island of Guam.

Beijing has stepped up the pace of its war games in recent weeks, after the US sent two aircraft carrier strike groups on rare dual-carrier exercises in the South China Sea twice in the month of July.

But the visit of US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to the self-governed island of Taiwan this week has added fuel to the smoldering tensions. Azar is the highest-ranking US official to visit the island -- which Beijing regards as Chinese territory -- in decades.

Azar's presence in Taipei is "a serious breach" of US commitments on Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Monday afternoon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chines Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lijian, please be aware that "Health and Human Services" Secretary is no where near a "Secretary of Defense"; please, we all need to pull back from this cliff, and right the heck now!!

Aug 10 14:19

US-China relations: America is looking to outgun PLA in Indo-Pacific, observers say

US Army Chief of Staff James McConville said at a recent online event hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank, he was making “long-range precision fire” his top priority and was looking at options for basing such weapons systems in the Indo-Pacific as part of America’s deterrence strategy.

The changes “will allow us to overmatch” potential adversaries like China and Russia, he said, adding the move would also include “establishing joint all-domain task forces”.

McConville’s comments came after US Marine Corps commander General David Berger said in March in his “Force Design 2030” plan he wanted to reduce the role of marines in ground warfare and leave the bulk of that responsibility to regular troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious that there are those in power in this country who are just trigger happy enough - and vile enough - to magically believe that another world war would magically resolve all of the US's economic problems, which it will not.

This country doesn't have the money; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the weaponry to pursue a successful conclusion to a war against China. And such a war will not resolve those situations, only exacerbate them.

Aug 10 14:05

Germany Pullout: Esper Says Troops are Moving Closer to Russia

President Trump’s plan to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany has received enormous backlash from Congress and the media. The common criticism is that the move is a “gift” to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But that argument ignores the fact that about half of the troops that are leaving Germany are moving closer to Russia’s border.

In an interview with Fox News, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the troop movement will “deter” Russia. “We are moving many troops further east, closer to Russia’s border, to deter them,” Esper said. The Pentagon chief took the line of argument President Trump is making and said Germany is not paying its “fair share.”

Esper also pointed out that despite the drawdown from 36,000 to 24,000 troops, Germany will still host more US military personnel than any other NATO ally. “It is collective security, it is about our collective responsibility to stand up to the Russians.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, Secretary Esper, but from WHAT are the US troops "deterring Russia", and why do we have to "stand up to them"?!?

Considering the massive expense of these deployments, how in the world are they actually benefiting Americans going about their daily business of life?!?

Aug 10 14:05

Germany Pullout: Esper Says Troops are Moving Closer to Russia

President Trump’s plan to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany has received enormous backlash from Congress and the media. The common criticism is that the move is a “gift” to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But that argument ignores the fact that about half of the troops that are leaving Germany are moving closer to Russia’s border.

In an interview with Fox News, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the troop movement will “deter” Russia. “We are moving many troops further east, closer to Russia’s border, to deter them,” Esper said. The Pentagon chief took the line of argument President Trump is making and said Germany is not paying its “fair share.”

Esper also pointed out that despite the drawdown from 36,000 to 24,000 troops, Germany will still host more US military personnel than any other NATO ally. “It is collective security, it is about our collective responsibility to stand up to the Russians.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, Secretary Esper, but from WHAT are the US troops "deterring Russia", and why do we have to "stand up to them"?!?

Considering the massive expense of these deployments, how in the world are they actually benefiting Americans going about their daily business of life?!?

Aug 10 06:13

China Slaps Retaliatory Sanctions On Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio & Other China Hawks

In retaliation for Washington slapping sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, along with several mainland officials, China on Monday has slapped sanctions on ten American lawmakers - all Republicans - over their support for the Trump Administration's decision to strip Hong Kong of its "special status" and America's hectoring of Chinese (and HK) officials over their support for the new Beijing-imposed national security law.

Critics, including the US, UK and most western Democracies, have accused Beijing of willfully violating international law by imposing these "illegal" changes to the HK Basic Law, a UN-registered international treaty. Now, Beijing is accusing the US of foreign meddling in Hong Kong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions are more for show than anything else, to make it appear that Beijing is actually "doing something" to respond to the sanctions against it, which are also more for show than anything tangible.

Aug 08 08:12

Erdogan says Turkey has resumed drilling in eastern Mediterranean

NATO members Turkey and Greece have long been at loggerheads over overlapping claims for hydrocarbon resources.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkey has resumed energy exploration work in the eastern Mediterranean, saying Greece had not kept its promises regarding such activities in the region.

NATO members Turkey and Greece have long been at loggerheads over overlapping claims for hydrocarbon resources and tensions flared up last month, prompting German Chancellor Angela Merkel to hold talks with the country's leaders to ease tensions.

"We have started drilling work again," Erdogan told reporters after participating in Friday prayers at the Hagia Sophia mosque. "We don't feel obliged to talk with those who do not have rights in maritime jurisdiction zones."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If I were a crew member on the Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa right now, I would be advocating for extra-hazardous combat pay; Greece will respond, when it feels the time is right.

The question is, how proportionate will be the punishment for what Turkey is doing.

Aug 08 07:50

India and China: Behind the Conflict: The two most populous countries in the world are battling over a border, but it’s really about energy and water.

Chinese and Indian forces have pulled back from their confrontation in the Himalayas, but the tensions that set off the deadly encounter this past June – the first on the China/India border since 1975 – are not going away. Indeed, a poisonous combination of local disputes, regional antagonisms, and colonial history could pose a serious danger to peace in South Asia.

In part, the problem is Britain’s colonial legacy. The “border” in dispute is an arbitrary line drawn across terrain that doesn’t lend itself to clear boundaries. The architect, Henry McMahon, drew it to maximize British control of a region that was in play during the nineteenth-century “Great Game” between England and Russia for control of Central Asia. Local concerns were irrelevant.

The treaty was signed between Tibet and Britain in 1914. Although India accepts the 550-mile McMahon Line as the border between Indian and China, the Chinese have never recognized the boundary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that some "Adults in the Room" of geopolitics can get tensions ratcheted down, before something truly even more ugly than what has happened this year, happens again, and from which there will be no backing down by either side.

And there is a companion story, also at antiwar.com, with the following headline:

The Standoff with Chine will be Long, warns a pulled Indian statement.

Aug 08 07:22

Biden intervened to keep Israel ‘occupation’ out of Democratic platform

Before presumptive presidential candidate stepped in, progressives had secured agreement to include word for the first time in party manifesto.
By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Joe Biden personally intervened to keep the word “occupation” out of the official Democratic platform, according to a new report.

Foreign Policy reported Thursday that Biden intervened after pro-Israel groups appealed to him, citing three sources, including Jason Isaacson, the chief policy and political affairs officer at the American Jewish Committee.

“The question of whether to allow the text to refer to ‘occupation’ or use the phrase ‘end the occupation’ was taken to the vice president and he said ‘no,’” Isaacson told Foreign Policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my complete absence of shock over this omission!

When you want to know how owns US foreign policy, all you have to do is look at the areas where you cannot criticise a foreign government, and the answer will be self-evident.

Aug 08 07:16

Russia warns it will see any incoming missile as nuclear

by: The Associated Press

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 / 08:28 AM EDT / Updated: Aug 7, 2020 / 08:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will perceive any ballistic missile launched at its territory as a nuclear attack that warrants a nuclear retaliation, the military warned in an article published Friday.

The harsh warning in the official military newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) is directed at the United States, which has worked to develop long-range non-nuclear weapons.

The article follows the publication in June of Russia’s nuclear deterrent policy that envisages the use of atomic weapons in response to what could be a conventional strike targeting the nation’s critical government and military infrastructure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would certainly like to hope and pray, that the US government would never order such a strike against Russia; that would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things the US government could possibly do.

Aug 06 14:32

Trump's 'Special Envoy' To Tehran Quits As UN Vote To Extend Iranian Arms Embargo Looms

During a day where there have been "a lot of crosscurrents" unfolding as the world awaits word from a 5 pm negotiating session between the White House and Congressional Dems, Brian Hook, the Trump Administration's special envoy to Iran, has quietly bowed out.

Here's more on that from Reuters, which explains that the timing of Hook's decision is notable, given next week's UN SC vote on an Iranian arms embargo.

U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook is leaving his post and U.S. Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams will add Iran to his role “following a transition period” with Hook, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

Hook’s departure comes as the United Nations Security Council prepares to vote next week on a U.S. bid to extend an international arms embargo on Iran. Some diplomats have said the measure lacks support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Iranian arms embargo ends on 18 October this year; 24 days before the US election.

One has to wonder what Pompeo, Netanyahu, and President Trump are plotting, if the embargo is not renewed, and how soon on the heels of a "No" vote it will come; it is obvious to me that Hook knows, and wants to be no part of this.

Aug 06 07:42

War Drums Beat In The Middle East After Thousands Of Casualties In Beirut Explosion

Initial reports suggested that the explosion may have been caused by an incident in the firework storage area. However, later, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, which is typically used as an agricultural fertilizer, had been stored for six years at a port warehouse without proper safety measures, “endangering the safety of citizens.”

This statement was backed by General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim, who said a “highly explosive material” had been confiscated years earlier and stored in the warehouse, just minutes’ walk from Beirut’s shopping and nightlife districts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF there was ever a time for some "adults in the geopolitical room" (and guys, you KNOW who you are!!) to be working the phones to ratchet down the tensions here, now is bloody well the time for them to get to it.

And folks, regarding a potential de-escalation of tensions, don't look at all to President Trump for help; he is way too enmeshed in his own pre-election issues to care.

Aug 04 04:47

HOW THE BILLIONAIRES CONTROL AMERICAN ELECTIONS

OURCE: ERIC ZUESSE
The great investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald gave an hour-long lecture on how America’s billionaires control the U.S. Government, and here is an edited summary of its opening twenty minutes, with key quotations and assertions from its opening — and then its broader context will be discussed briefly:

“How Congress Maintains Endless War – System Update with Glenn Greenwald” - The Intercept, 9 July 2020

2:45: There is “this huge cleavage between how members of Congress present themselves, their imagery and rhetoric and branding, what they present to the voters, on the one hand, and the reality of what they do in the bowels of Congress and the underbelly of Congressional proceedings, on the other. Most of the constituents back in their home districts have no idea what it is that the people they’ve voted for have been doing, and this gap between belief and reality is enormous.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes it pretty clear that no matter who wins an American election, it is the war party which always wins, period, end of discussion.

Aug 04 04:29

Afghan Warlord’s Promotion Highlights the Bankruptcy of America’s Longest War

When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, his main political opponent, signed a power-sharing deal in May, it ended eight months of bitter post-election dispute. It also came with a disturbing price tag, one hashed out among rounds of backroom deals, tense negotiations, and desperate U.S. attempts to keep the government from imploding. Abdul Rashid Dostum, Ghani’s vice president until last year and one of the country’s most notorious warlords, demanded a promotion to the rank of marshal, only awarded twice before in Afghan history. Ghani, who’d long vowed to clean out the warlords, complied.

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Color me completely unsurprised by these developments; the US presence in Afghanistan, was never about strengthening the government in Kabul; it was all about the pipelines and leasing them, and who controlled those activities.

Aug 03 15:10

Another Hiroshima Is Coming — Unless We Stop It Now

Today, an unprecedented campaign of propaganda is shooing us all off like rabbits. We are not meant to question the daily torrent of anti-Chinese rhetoric, which is rapidly overtaking the torrent of anti-Russia rhetoric. Anything Chinese is bad, anathema, a threat: Wuhan …. Huawei. How confusing it is when “our” most reviled leader says so.

The current phase of this campaign began not with Trump but with Barack Obama, who in 2011 flew to Australia to declare the greatest build-up of US naval forces in the Asia-Pacific region since World War Two. Suddenly, China was a “threat”. This was nonsense, of course. What was threatened was America’s unchallenged psychopathic view of itself as the richest, the most successful, the most “indispensable” nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the US setting up these "freedom of navigation" exercises in the Pacific, is right now, the military equivalent of the role of a picador in a bull fight; get the bull enraged so that it charges the matador, ultimately with deadly consequences for the bull.

I would like the people who think this would be a "great idea" to consider the following; the US government and military doesn't have the money; the manufacturing; the troop strength, or the weaponry to create a positive outcome to a war against China.

I don't really know who will win the 2020 Presidential election in this country, but I would almost bet real money on the following; that shortly after the winner takes the Oath of Office in January, there will be a coming national discussion of the return to a draft in this country, and why our weaponry seldom lives up to the hype; many times is obsolete before delivery to our military; and costs so much more than Chinese or Russian weaponry cost their respective countries.

Aug 03 06:30

Poland Says US to Deploy Troops on Eastern Border

The US announcement of 12,000 troops leaving Germany now sees another scramble to secure US presences. Poland is reportedly keen to have a “permanent” US presence, complete with a command. They say at least 1,000 US troops will be involved.

Polish officials say the troops will be on the eastern border, and the command will manage all NATO troops on the Russian frontier. Poland has been courting a US presence for years, suggesting at times they’d joined NATO specifically for the opportunity to host US troops.

The opportunity to bring thousands of US troops back home, disappointingly, seems to have been short-lived hope. Worse still, the shaky suggestions from pullout critics that leaving Germany was a favor to Russia may well have played a role in a hasty scheme to dump some of the troops even closer to Russia, worsening the tensions in Eastern Europe.

Aug 03 06:26

Here’s All the Military Pork Baked Into the Proposed COVID-19 Bill

Yesterday, Senate Republicans unveiled a proposed bill that would authorize a $1 trillion spending package ostensibly to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts it has had, especially economically, across the country this year. The draft law immediately drew criticism for including a raft of line items that seem at best tangentially related to those efforts, while many are not at all, including around $30 billion in defense spending, which would be on top of the more than $705 billion in the proposed defense budget for the 2021 Fiscal Year.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, formally introduced the proposed bill on July 27, 2020. It would need the full Senate to pass it and for the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives to pass their own version before it could even head to President Donald Trump’s desk, where he could then sign it into law.

Aug 02 05:52

Alleged Russian Satellite Weapon Test Has Put US Space Force On 'High Alert'

FT is out with this alarming and intriguing headline: "Russia satellite weapon test reignites space arms race fears," and meanwhile FOX writes that the latest 'mysterious' Russian test of an anti-satellite weapon in orbit has put the newly established US Space Force on "high alert".

It was the US Space Command that first made the public charge last week of a new experimental Russian weapon in orbit: "On July 15, Russia injected a new object into orbit from Cosmos 2543," the U.S. Space Force said in a statement. "Russia released this object in proximity to another Russian satellite, (which was) inconsistent with the system's stated mission as an inspector satellite."

Jul 31 06:59

US Lawmakers Demand 'Immediate' Action From Navy Chief Over Alleged Naval Sex Trafficking Scandal

US lawmakers are calling on Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite to explain how the service is responding to allegations that US sailors were involved in the commercial sex trade in Bahrain.

"We request immediate information on the steps you have taken to remedy the deplorable circumstances in Bahrain, combat the broader culture that allowed these crimes to flourish, and ensure that justice is delivered to trafficking survivors and their family members," Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) wrote in a letter sent to Braithwaite on Tuesday, Military.com reported.

Jul 30 14:12

Israel Moves Advanced Missile Systems To Lebanese Border On Fears Of Hezbollah Attack

Via AlMasdarNews.com

A Hebrew-language channel stated on Wednesday night that the Israeli army expects an attack by Hezbollah during the Islamic Eid Al-Adha holiday.

The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, Kann, reported that Israel fears a “second attack” by Hezbollah in the next 48 hours, that is, during the celebration of Eid al-Adha.

The news channel reported that, based on this expectation, the Israeli army has strengthened its forces in the north near the Lebanese and Syrian borders, deploying advanced missile systems, special rockets and intelligence-gathering capabilities, for fear of a reaction from Hezbollah, after one of its members was killed in an airstrike on July 20th in Damascus.

The Israel-based news channel quoted a “Lebanese diplomat in Beirut” – whom they did not name – as saying that Hezbollah does not want a comprehensive escalation with Israel, but that it is looking for a real retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this for real, or is the Israeli government broadcasting it is preparing to try a "false flag" against Hezbollah?!?

False flags are a very common form of Israeli statecraft; I am hoping (and praying) for calm, but I don't know that this will happen, looking at the level of distraction Netanyahu needs to misdirect Israeli citizens away from looking at the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and his own corruption trial problems.

Jul 30 06:25

New Pentagon training refers to protesters, journalists as 'adversaries'

A new mandatory Pentagon training course aimed at preventing leaks refers to protesters and journalists as "adversaries" in a fictional scenario designed to teach Defense Department personnel how to better protect sensitive information.

The new course was recently launched as part of Defense Secretary Mark Esper's effort to improve "operational security," or OPSEC, and clamp down on leaks. The training materials are public and include a video message from Esper, as well as a July 20 memo outlining his concerns about operational security and directing all DoD personnel — military, civilian and on-site contractors — to take the course within the next 60 days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary Esper, allow me to introduce myself; I am Claire Karst Rivero, a published Christian composer, and a Christian pacifist activist.

I have advocated, peacefully and rationally, for many years, for a US government which understands that there are many tools in its "arsenal" to get what it wants, geopolitically, through moral, responsible, and hard-won negotiations.

I would never, knowingly, use any information which could compromise the government of the country of my birth and my nationality.

That being said, sir, I graduated from high school at the height of the Vietnam War, and at that point, understood the depths to which the Federal government would lie to me, and my brother and sister Americans, to appear to be winning a war which was, according to the Pentagon Papers, unwinnable.

Unfortunately, sir, the lies still continue, regarding countries like Iran, the only "crime" of which they have been tried and convicted in the court of hysterically illogical US public opinion, was throwing out the US puppet, the Shah, and replacing him with an Islamic theocracy.

And of course, Secretary Esper, this country HATES theocracies... unless, of course, the country creating that theocracy is the State of Israel, which did this in July of 2018.
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Israel Declares Itself 'Jewish State,' Jerusalem as Eternal Capital

I would like to politely remind you that while Israel does NOT have a constitution, Iran does. And that constitution means that although I cannot celebrate Communion at a Christian, English-speaking church in Iran, I can worship with that faith community.

We are constantly told that we have "enemies everywhere", particularly in Russia, South America, Iran, and China. But I would logically suggest, sir, that it has been US foreign policy, which has driven people critical of US foreign policy together as a matter of necessity and survival.

It is utterly no accident, Secretary Esper, looking at US sanctions against countries like Venezuela and Iran, that these countries are working together to circumvent those sanctions as best they can.

Sir, I would like to assure you that I am NOT your enemy; I'm just a 71 year old blogger, weighing in at about 112 pounds soaking wet, who believes that fact, truth, logic, and moral sense should be driving this country's foreign policy; your true enemy... is those decisions taken by this administration which do not honor fact, truth, logic, and moral sense.

Jul 29 07:09

Turkish Magazine Calls For Revival Of Caliphate 

The Turkish bar association has filed a criminal complaint against pro-Islam magazine Gercek Hayat for instigated hatred and called for an armed rebellion against the Turkish government, reported RT News.

Ankara Bar Association requested government prosecutors to investigate the magazine's editor-in-chief, Kemal Ozer, and columnist Abdurrahman Dilipak, claiming their radical newspaper called for an Islamic caliphate.

RT News notes a caliphate is a state "dedicated to the cause of Islam, seeking to be a unifying and defending force for all Muslims. The word had received plenty of negative attention in recent times since the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) claimed the title for itself."

"Historically, four major caliphates existed, the latest being the Ottoman Empire. Modern Turkey was founded by Kemal Ataturk on the ruins of this fourth caliphate as a modern secular republic that had cast away the outdated institutions of its predecessor," RT said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that the world pay less attention to what Edrogan's spokesperson says, and more attention to what Edrogan's government is doing.

Fact: Turkey invaded Northern Syria last Fall;

Turkey Invades Syria

Fact: Turkey is prosecuting its Christian citizens.
Christians a welcome scapegoat in Turkey

Fact: Edrogan just ordered Hagia Sophia to be converted into a mosque, from an historical museumEdrogan orders the Hagia Sophia converted into a mosque

Fact: Turkey just ended oil exploration in disputed waters also claimed by Greece Turkey to suspend research in waters disputed with Greece

Fact: Turkey has invaded Libya, allegedly in support of the UN-backed government
What is Turkey doing in Libya?!?

Erdogan's ambitions have not gone unnoticed by either Turkish citizens, or world leadership; and if this is anything but attempting to establish a caliphate in everything but name, I absolutely don't know how to characterize it.

I think the writers of this magazine called this correctly, but that made Erdogan angry, which is why this complaint has been filed against it.

Jul 29 05:18

Senate GOP coronavirus bill includes $29.4B for Pentagon

The Pentagon would get nearly $30 billion under the Senate Republicans’ coronavirus relief plan, including $8 billion for weapons systems.

The $29.4 billion for the Pentagon is included in the $1 trillion coronavirus aid package Senate Republicans released Monday night.

Democrats have already declared the bill a non-starter, but it lays out Republicans and the White House’s priorities heading into negotiations.

Republicans are defending the funding for acquisition programs as supporting the defense industrial base at a time of economic hardship and job losses, but Democrats are blasting it as a giveaway to defense contractors.

Jul 29 05:17

US presence in Black Sea for training helps send ‘message to any adversary,’ USAFE leader says

“Conducting operations in the Black Sea ensures stability throughout the region,” Gen. Jeff Harrigian, USAFE commander, said in a statement. “Our combined presence strengthens relationships with our allies and partners while sending a message to any adversary that we are committed to collective defense and ready to respond in a complex security environment.”

In addition, more than 2,000 troops from eight countries are taking part in training exercise Sea Breeze, scheduled through July 26. The exercise is in its 20th iteration and includes personnel from Ukraine, Norway, Spain, Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, and the U.S.

Jul 28 14:41

This is a critical point in US history. We’ve entered a dangerous, chilling period that could lead to a race or civil war

BY Mitchell Feierstein

The Democratic Party and its willing cabal of party activists will do anything in its power to get rid of Donald Trump. This cabal works hand in hand with their friends over at the fake news media who report that the widespread rioting, race wars, looting and arson are nothing more than “peaceful protests.” The stark choice on offer for the 2020 US Presidential election is a modified Trump or Biden’s unknown handlers.

Jul 28 11:15

Heightened Tensions Along the Lebanese/Israeli Border

Along with Iranian military advisors and Russian air support, Hezbollah fighters are involved in aiding Syria combat US aggression, including its ISIS, al-Nusra and other jihadist proxies.

Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed Hezbollah fighters before. Its leadership vowed to retaliate against Israeli aggression when any of its personnel are harmed.

For days, tensions along the Lebanese/Israeli border remain heightened.

On Monday, Lebanese Al-Manar television reported the following:

Israel’s IDF “claim(ed) that “Hezbollah attempted to carry out an infiltration operation and that the Israeli army frustrated the attack and killed a number of its fighters,” adding:

“Hezbollah then issued a statement to refute the Israeli claims and stress that the Israeli army unilaterally opened fire for fear of Hezbollah response to the killing of the martyr Ali Mohsen in the latest raid on Syria.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It feels as though the entire Middle East is about to be set ablaze; unfortunately, the guys striking the match are Prime Minister Netanyahu's government in Tel Aviv, and their enablers in this US administration and Congress. After all, it's not THEIR kids who will get killed and maimed for life, in a campaign against Lebanon and Iran.

And here is a companion story, also from globalresearch.ca, which should catch everyone's attention:

Military Escalation in the Middle East: Is Israel Planning a Multi-Front War against Its Arab Neighbors?

Jul 28 11:07

The Beginning of the U.S.-Iran Hot War?

“Americans should not blame others in vain,” Iranian general Esmail Gha’ani has declared, “this is a fire they have lit and today has engulfed them.” Gha’ani, a veteran military commander who heads the Quds Force, the branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) responsible for extraterritorial operations, was speaking about the massive fire that has overtaken a U.S. navy vessel in San Diego.

The provocative remarks come amid signs of a new level of covert warfare being waged against Iran. The country has been beset by its own mysterious infernos and explosions, including at parks, medical clinics, power plants, ports, factories, a missile production compound, and a nuclear facility. The latter has been attributed to Israel by a source speaking to the New York Times. The incidents also come as the Trump administration has greenlighted the CIA to target Iranian infrastructure with cyberweapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump has utterly no clue of what he might unleash, if he either he joins with Israel to attack Iran, or attacks Iran directly, for which Netanyahu has been constantly been agitating.

Am I the only human being on this planet without SMD (selective memory disorder) who remembers what Moscow's envoy said at a diplomatic conference to his Iranian counterpart last summer, when the guy made the statement: Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says The article goes on to state the following:
"“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

When asked if Russia was ready to provide material support to Iran if the U.S. attacks it, Kabulov said that “specific actions are a question for the Russian president.”

“But it’s not just Russia, many other countries sympathize and empathize with Iran,” the Kommersant business daily quoted him as saying. “Tehran won’t be alone if the U.S., God forbid, takes wild and irresponsible actions against it."

War with Russia over Iran?!? You have GOT to be flipping kidding me!!

However,unfortunately, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government and military could possibly do, is utterly no guarantee that they won't do it.

Next Monday is 3 August; we're barely 90 days out until the next election, and between the Covid 19 pandemic and the economic depression with which the country is dealing, President Trump is losing the window on gaining another term in office, and rapidly.

Animals are at their most dangerous when wounded, and between the "Nothing-gate/Russiagate", and his current woes in office, the President is a very definitely geopolitically wounded politician.

He may think that his only card, right now, he's left with, is to play "the war card" against Iran, and that this country, and the world, will line up behind him solidly on this; the man could not possibly be further from the truth.

As long as I have breath, and it does not become illegal, through the suspension of the Constitution and Bill of Rights as a "wartime measure", I will continue to advise President Trump, and this administration, against this recklessly dangerous path of action.

And there is a companion article, from sputniknews.com today, with the headline reading:

This article goes on to state: "At the same time, Washington has repeatedly ignored Tehran's calls for the US to stop sending its carriers to the Gulf and its warnings that such actions only contribute to the escalation of tensions in the region, not to security.

The US Navy has criticised Iran’s military drills that are taking place along the waterways in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, adding that it is monitoring them closely. The American military further called the war games an Iranian attempt "to intimidate and coerce", without clarifying whom or for what purpose.

"We are aware of the Iranian exercise involving attacking a mock-up of a vessel similar to a motionless aircraft carrier [...] We are always watchful of this type of irresponsible and reckless behaviour by Iran in the vicinity of busy international waterways", US Fifth Fleet spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich said in an interview with AFP."

Folks, something wicked this way comes.

Jul 28 06:43

This Is Bigger Than COVID But Few People Are Paying Attention

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

Most people realize that 2020 has thrust two game-changing trends upon us that will change the world for years to come.

The first is Covid.

In less than six months, this virus has created extreme global hysteria and economic devastation.

Then there’s the social justice movement… which tore onto the world stage two months ago with a desire to make important cultural changes.

At its core, the movement is virtuous. After all, it’s supposed to be about freedom.

But it has quickly become divisive, menacing, and pointlessly violent.

Everything is offensive. Intellectual dissent must be immediately squashed. People lose their jobs, receive death threats, or are censored, merely for expressing completely valid (and even supportive) opinions.

This third major trend is rational. And that’s why it’s largely been ignored. But its impact could be far bigger and longer lasting.

I’m talking about conflict with China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trade wars can become shooting wars very quickly; I would politely suggest that some Adult in the Room, advising President Trump (IF there are any), would strongly caution against a military strike against China at this time.

We don't have the money; the manufacturing; the troop strength, or the weaponry, to create a successful outcome to such a war; to even suggest that we do, is desperation on the cusp of madness.

Jul 28 06:33

More Explosive Leaks From OPCW Show Trump Bombed Syria On False Grounds

As the ongoing increased sanctions regimen on Syria demonstrates, Washington's pursuit of regime change against Assad is not over, despite Damascus clearly having won the war, and with the US having wisely ditched talk of some kind of overt major Iraq-style military intervention (as was the case under Obama in August 2013).

While mainstream media has largely "moved on" from coverage of Syria (so much for feigned humanitarian "concern" for millions of Syrians suffering under severe American-led sanctions!), some analysts like independent journalist Aaron Maté have been detailing damning leaks from the chemical weapons watchdog Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

"A series of leaked documents from the OPCW raise the possibility that the Trump administration bombed Syria on false grounds and pressured officials at the world’s top chemical weapons watchdog to cover it up," Maté's latest report in The Nation begins.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised at these revelations; President Trump has been a profound disappointment to me, both domestically, and internationally.

And yet I look at the possibility of a Biden presidency with just as much sang foid as I do for Trump getting another 4 years in office and have to ask; why are our choices for President of this country so horrendously awful, no matter for whom we vote?!?

And no matter who wins, the war party always wins the in US, period, end of discussion.

Jul 28 06:25

US Military Flies Record Number Of Planes Near China’s Coast In July

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

As part of Washington’s increased military presence in Indo-Pacific, the month of July has seen a record number of aerial surveillance flights by US military aircraft in the South China Sea and near China’s coast. A Beijing-based think tank counted over 50 sorties by US military aircraft in the region in the first three weeks of July.

“At the moment the US military is sending three to five reconnaissance aircraft each day to the South China Sea,” the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) said. While July saw record numbers, the increased flights started earlier this year with “much higher frequency, closer distance and more variety of missions,” SCSPI said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And this is supposed to "help better" US/China relations .... how, please?!?

Is the US government literally "gunning" for a confrontation here?!?

Is President Trump so completely and thoroughly deluded by his "President Whisperers" that he truly believes a war with China would make him "look butch", ahead of November's election?!?

Right now, were I a betting woman, I would not bet against this possibility...

Jul 28 06:21

"It Reeks Of Orwell" - The COVID Coup (& How To Unlock Ourselves)

Authored by Angelo Codevilla via AmericanMind.org

Establishing any infectious disease’s true lethality is characteristically straightforward: test a large sample of the population proportionately representative of location, age, sex, race, socioeconomic categories. Follow up with the subjects a month later to add up the rate of infections and learn the results thereof. Period. Today, we still lack this definitive, direct knowledge of COVID’s true lethality because bureaucrats have prevented widespread testing for the purpose of firmly establishing the one figure that matters most. That is because that figure’s absence allows them to continue fearmongering.

Jul 28 06:15

Watch: Israel Reinforces Troops Near Golan Heights Fearing Hezbollah Retaliation To Strikes On Syria

Submitted by South Front,

The Middle East is rapidly moving towards a new round of confrontation between the US-Israeli bloc and Iranian-led Shiite forces...

On July 26, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) deployed M109 Doher howitzers near the separation line with Lebanon. The deployment of howitzers became the latest in a series of broad measures employed by the IDF near Lebanon recently. Earlier, the 13th “Gideon” Infantry Battalion of the IDF’s elite 1st “Golani” Brigade reinforced troops near the border. The number Israeli Hermes 450 drone reconnaissance flights also significantly increased over southern Lebanon. Additional IDF units were also deployed in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. On top of this, the IDF announced that it will hold the Lebanese government responsible “for all actions emanating from Lebanon”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the election-year turmoil here in the US, coupled with the broader issues of Covid 19 and riots in major metropolitan areas of the US, Netanyahu feels he can "get away with" major provocations in Syria and Lebanon, and that President Trump will do utterly nothing to stop him; the world is in for a profoundly dangerous set of moments which may well not resolve themselves until far after the US elections in November.

Jul 28 06:10

Turkey On The Warpath

Authored by Uzay Bulut via The Gatestone Institute,

Turkey is currently involved in quite a few international military conflicts -- both against its own neighbors such as Greece, Armenia, Iraq, Syria and Cyprus, and against other nations such as Libya and Yemen. These actions by Turkey suggest that Turkey's foreign policy is increasingly destabilizing not only several nations, but the region as well.

In addition, the Erdogan regime has been militarily targeting Syria and Iraq, sending its Syrian mercenaries to Libya to seize Libyan oil and continuing, as usual, to bully Greece. Turkey's regime is also now provoking ongoing violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan is doing this now, because he feels he can "get away with it", while the US government is in such turmoil, between elections, Covid-19, and riots in major metropolitan areas.

President Trump has to convince him otherwise; if this doesn't happen, and soon, Turkey may well light the world ablaze on a path to another world war.

Jul 28 04:36

Russia sends Su-27 fighter jet to intercept US spy plane over Black Sea

The Russian defense ministry said it had sent a Su-27 fighter plane on Monday to intercept a US surveillance plane over the Black Sea that it said was approaching the Russian border.

The US plane, identified as a P-8 Poseidon, has changed course to move away from the Russian border, the ministry added.

Jul 28 03:50

Cold Wars & Profit

The UPA was, without any shadow of a doubt, responsible for the slaughter of at least 200,000 Polish civilians; they liquidated whole Polish communities in Volhynia and Galicia, including the women and children. The current Polish government, which is as anti-Russian and pro-NATO as they come, nevertheless has declared this a genocide.

It certainly was an extremely brutal ethnic cleansing. There is no doubt either that at times between 1942 and 1944 the UPA collaborated with the Nazis and collaborated in the destruction of Jews and Gypsies. It is simplistic to describe the UPA as fascist or an extension of the Nazi regime; at times they fought the Nazis, though they collaborated more often.

Jul 27 14:49

Why Does It Feel Like We’re In “Life During Wartime”?

This is "life in wartime," where the battles are waged in narratives, confidence and magical thinking! The reality? Foundations are collapsing, but by all means, please keep your eye on the decaying corpses: didn't an eyelid flicker in that one? I could swear that one moved its foot...

Jul 27 07:35

37 Senate Dems Join GOP to Approve $740 Billion War Budget

Progressives reacted with disgust at the misplaced priorities made evident by the Senate’s approval of the Pentagon budget and the GOP’s proposal on Covid-19 relief.

Jul 26 05:52

Watch: China Answers Houston Closure With Raid On US Consulate In Chengdu

China has slammed what it says is a violation of international law after on Friday a group of US federal agents were seen forcing open doors at the Chinese consulate in Houston using power tools and crowbars on Friday as consular staff inside prepared to leave after its ordered closure.

The Trump administration had given China until 4pm Friday to vacate the Houston consulate. Mike Pompeo had charged that the consulate was “a hub of spying and intellectual property theft”.

China has shuttered the US consulate in Chengdu in response on Saturday:

Security was tight outside the U.S. consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu as staff prepared to leave, while U.S. officials took over the closed Chinese consulate in Houston https://reut.rs/2OUcOIj

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shutting down consulates most generally is a prelude to war; I would like to hope (and pray) that President Trump is not so seriously mentally unhinged as to believe that a war against China would "make him look butch" ahead of November's elections, but with this guy, one never really knows.

I would like to hope that some "Adult in the Room" advising him, would calmly suggest that this is the absolute polar opposite of how he should be behaving with regard to China.

Jul 23 04:26

US Marine Corps to Send More Troops to Norway During Drills

According to Norwegian Defence Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen, the US presence in the country will be made more dynamic. Instead of maintaining a force of 700 in the country, the US presence will soar during drills and diminish in peacetime.

Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway at the US Marine Corps Forces European Command has assured Norway that despite the restructuring of the US Marine Corps, which may have consequences for the allies' defensive capabilities, the US still promises to fully support Norway and meet it obligations.

“We will continue to develop our strong security cooperation with Norway,” Rankine-Galloway told the newspaper Klassekampen.

He added that American participation in Norwegian exercises will increase, while the continuous presence will be made more dynamic.

Jul 21 06:35

NATO Black Sea exercise kicks off as Moscow puts its regional forces on alert

The U.S. warship Porter entered the Black Sea on Sunday to take part in an annual NATO exercise, days after Russia placed its Black Sea forces on alert.

Sea Breeze 2020 is cohosted by the United States and Ukraine and involves more than 2,000 personnel from Bulgaria, Georgia, Norway, Romania, Spain and Turkey.

It will run through July 26 and focus on warfare areas such as air defense, anti-sub warfare, damage control and search and rescue, according to a Navy release.

A Navy P-8A Poseidon sub hunter aircraft is also participating.

The exercise will take place exclusively at sea to help mitigate COVID-19, according to the release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...to help mitigate COVID-19", MY ASTROLABE!!

What damned kind of fool does the US government and military take Putin to be, by releasing this kind of malarkey?!?

One can describe Russia's Putin in many ways; "fool" is absolutely, irrevocably, and completely NOT a part of that description.

Jul 21 06:34

US Deploys B-1B Bombers to Guam

US bombers in Guam have tended to be used to threaten North Korea, and a new deployment this week sees a pair of B-1B Lancer bombers arriving in Guam, after a brief stop-off in Japan to participate in a joint exercise.

Though such bombers tend to be used for operations near North Korean airspace, officials are also emphasizing the US tensions with China in the South China Sea. It’s hard to imagine that, with China’s substantial air defenses, these deployments would be likely to see use against them.

The South China Sea, however, seems like it’s going to be an ongoing issue, as the US insists that they will never accept Chinese claims on islands in the area. The Chinese, however, show no interest in giving up on any of those claims either.

The deployment of these bombers comes as the US has sent more forces into the area, with two carrier strike groups currently in the South China Sea.

Jul 21 06:31

The JCPOA at 5: How the U.S. squandered an unprecedented diplomatic opening with Iran

The deal was never intended as a grand bargain. But by stopping the nuclear capability clock for a decade and a half, with intrusive inspections, it offered an off ramp, an ecosystem conducive to diplomacy and a stepping stone to a mutually brighter future.

President Trump’s impatience has proven costly. Iran has reduced its compliance with the nuclear deal and floats consideration of abandoning it altogether and the NPT as well.

If change is to take place, as much effort, persistence, financial resources, and patience should be devoted to diplomatic solutions as has been devoted to sanctions and pressure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason President Trump did this, is that he can only see Iran, and its political and economic struggles, through the jaundiced perspective of Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, who continually describes Iran as an "existential threat" to Israel, when the "threat" is primarily economic in nature, rather than existential.

Recently, Iran's Chief Rabbi, Yehuda Gerami, made the following statement:
"There is a big difference between Zionism and Judaism," says Rabbi who also hails former Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani as a "national hero."

Iran's chief rabbi: The Israeli government doesn't care about Judaism

The article goes on to state: "The chief rabbi of Iran's Jewish community, Yehuda Gerami, lambasted the Israeli government on Sunday, denied any connection between Judaism and Zionism and said there was "total freedom of religion" in Iran.

In a Hebrew-language interview with Al-Monitor, published Sunday and broadcast on Israel's Channel 12, Gerami denied that the conflict between Iran and Israel is a religious one and took aim at the Israeli government.

People tend to get confused, but there is a big difference between Zionism and Judaism. Judaism is a religion that is 3,300 years old, while Zionism is a national and political movement that is just 100 years old. As a country, the State of Israel has nothing to do with religion in general and Judaism in particular," he said.

"The Israeli government doesn't care about Judaism at all. Everything that they supposedly give to the Orthodox is because of some political deal or other, and not because of their religious approach," said Gerami."

What Netanyahu is trying to conjure, is for the US to confront Iran militarily, so that it's "the others of the earth" who get their hands dirty with yet another immoral, illegal war, with no basis in realty; in the 20th and 21st century, the US government has excelled in such wars..

But he is going to have to do this well before the elections, because, unfortunately, President Trump is just unhinged enough, and completely under Netanyahu's Svengali-like influence, to think he can justify such a war with the American people; he cannot, and I would like to hope that there is at least one "adult in the room" who can dissuade him from such an insane act, because such a war... will most probably mean a war with Russia as well.

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

Time is very much running out for Netanyahu to get this to happen, as we are are at the end of July, and the election happens 3 November; unfortunately, however, with Netanyahu a politically wounded animal, facing massive corruption charges in Israel, one cannot tell of what he might be truly capable, to divert attention from this trial, and plunge the world, if he thinks this is "the only way out" of his trial woes.

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The Forgotten Conflict That Is Threatening Energy Markets

In the last week, the military conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has reignited, with the two nations having already been engaged in a military confrontation for decades. Nagorno Karabach, an Armenian enclave inside of Azerbaijan, is one of the main underlying factors for the conflict, but the growing rivalry between Russia and Turkey is also playing a part. More than 16 soldiers have been killed in the most recent round of fighting. Both sides are accusing each other of aggression and military action. The use of full scale armed forces and drones have been involved, killing several soldiers on both sides and reportedly an Azerbaijani general. The current outbreak of fighting has been the deadliest since the “April War” of 2016. While most clashes normally occur in and around the Armenian controlled Nagorno-Karabakh region, the current clashes are on the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The international community is urging both sides to end the clashes.

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