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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Feb 28 07:07

The threat of a Russia-Turkey-NATO hot war over Idlib is a godsend for US foreign policy

Turkey is calling for NATO’s protection after 33 of its soldiers were killed in an apparent Syrian airstrike in Idlib, allegedly while fighting in terrorist ranks. In the regional chaos that ensues, only one player stands to gain.

Speculation over what’s to come next has seen #article 5 trending on Twitter in the hours following the attacks, after Omer Celik, spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AKP party, indicated to reporters in Ankara that he was looking at requesting formal NATO protection against Damascus and, by proxy, the Russian air force.

“We call on NATO to [start] consultations. This is not [an attack] on Turkey only, it is an attack on the international community. A common reaction is needed. The attack was also against NATO,” Celik told Turkish media.

Article 5 of the NATO treaty says an attack on one member is an attack on them all.

Feb 28 06:10

India’s Waging a State-on-Citizen Hybrid War to Build Modi’s Hindu Rashtra

The Modi Mob Might Be Planning A Massive Anti-Muslim Massacre

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That vague, but persistently awful, and chronic, sound you are hearing, is that of Mahatma Gandhi, not thumping from the grave, as he was cremated after his assassination, but thumping from heaven itself, and screaming to the Indian government, "What the hell do you think you are doing to my India, which should have been a place where people of all faiths should be able to live together, peacefully and responsibly"?!?!?

Feb 28 06:01

Capture of M5 Hama-Aleppo Highway: One of the Most Celebrated Prizes in Damascus’ Campaign to Regain Territory

The return of the M5 should lower costs of shipments of goods between Aleppo and Hama, Homs and Damascus at a time the Syrian economy is in crisis due to nearly nine years of warfare and US and European sanctions. Jamil’s journey shows that travel has been eased for civilians who save time as well as rationed petrol.

The capture of the M5 by the Syrian army is one of the most celebrated prizes in Damascus’ campaign to regain territory lost to takfiris and rebels since unrest erupted in 2011. The 450-kilometre M5 links Syria’s main cities, Deraa, Damascus, Homs, Hama and Aleppo, and was the main artery for both commercial and personal travel before the war. The government began to lose control of the highway when diverse rebel and takfiri groups seized different sectors.

Huge Advances by Syrian Army Transform Syrian War

Feb 28 05:45

The War Scenario Between Israel and Hezbollah

Sources within the “Axis of the Resistance” believe the next battle between Hezbollah and Israel, if ever it takes place, would be “controlled and not sporadic, with a focus on specific military objectives without damaging the infrastructure, on both sides”.

The sources consider Gaza as a precedent. In Gaza Palestinians and Israelis have fought many recent battles that lasted only a few days in which the objectives bombed were purely military. This is a new rule of engagement (ROE) regulating conflict between the belligerents. When Israel hits a non-military target, the Palestinian resistance responds by hitting a similar non-military target in Israel. The lesson extracted from the new ROE between Israel and the Palestinians is that every time exchanges of bombing go out of control, both sides understand they have to bring it back to an acceptable and equitable level, to limit damage and keep such mutual attacks from targeting civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Hezbollah seems to be discounting, and this is a highly dangerous, if not a thoroughly naive position for Hezbollah to embrace, is that there is zero guarantee that Israel will not deploy chemical/biological weapons against it to "enhance" its capabilities on the ground, no matter how many missiles Hezbollah may have with which to do damage to Israel.

Feb 28 05:15

Pentagon Papers Case Vindicates Julian Assange

Under the First Amendment, affirmed by the Supreme Court in the Pentagon Papers case, analogous to the Trump regime v. Assange, no one may be lawfully punished for truth-telling — not journalists or anyone else.

In wanting Julian Assange extradited to the US for prosecution under the long ago outdated Espionage Act relating to WW I, the Trump regime aims to reverse the landmark Supreme Court Pentagon Papers ruling.

Arguing to uphold speech and press freedoms when the case was heard by the High Court, Justice Hugo Black said the following:

The government’s injunction to prohibit publication by the NYT and Washington Post “should have been vacated without oral argument when the cases were first presented,” adding:

“(E)very moment’s continuance of the injunctions…amounts to a flagrant, indefensible, and continuing violation of the First Amendment.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Punishing people for telling the truth, is an anathema, in a truly democratic society, which unfortunately, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America, is not any more.

Feb 28 05:11

U.N.'s Bachelet urges Saudi to release women activists, uphold rights

- U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet urged Saudi Arabia on Thursday to uphold freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly and review convictions of activists, religious leaders and journalists as it prepares to host a G20 summit this year.

Bachelet, in a speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, called on Riyadh to release several Saudi women activists jailed for demanding “reforms of discriminatory policies”.

“I also call for full transparency in the ongoing judicial proceedings, and comprehensive accountability, regarding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” she added, referring to the U.S.-based journalist killed by Saudi agents at its Istanbul consulate in October 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good luck on THAT, my dear!

The only way this will change, is for all Saudi women for whom it is possible, to immigrate out of the country; cause birth rates to plunge; and cause men to be unable to find wives, at any possible bride price.

That ... is the only thing which may, over time, cause the Saudi stance on women to begin to soften somewhat.

Because right now, women are considered "useful", only as creators of children for their families; and do not get me wrong, this is vital if a society is going to grow, and prosper.

But that being said, if there was ever a country where a middle eastern version of "Stepford Wives" might be possibly and potentially, already in the works, it would be Saudi Arabia, because of their government's consistent denial of basic human rights for women.

Oh, and let's not forget the potential cloning of children here, when the birth rate plunges below zero; one has to wonder if Saudi Arabia has already borrowed a page from China's gene/birth manipulation process, to produce their own version of "super babies", because women do not want to bear children, given the unbelievably restrictive set of policies by the Saudi government against women Saudi nationals.

Feb 28 05:07

US Says No Arms Race, But Scrambles to Get More Nukes to Target Russia

If you asked the Pentagon, they would tell you in no uncertain terms that the US is not engaged in any sort of nuclear arms race. At the same time, the US is spending heavily on new nuclear weapons, and is particularly scrambling to get weapons designed to target Russia.

Feb 28 05:05

The Paradox of America’s Endless Wars

Here’s a word that essentially dropped out of Washington’s dictionary in this century: peace. It used to be part of the rhetoric, at least, of politicians there, but in the era of the war on terror it’s barely made an appearance. In election year 2020, however, it’s back, not as a global phenomenon or as a general term, but very specifically connected to the more than 18-year-old American war in Afghanistan. News reports now regularly refer to a “peace deal” or “peace agreement” that’s been secretly (and yet half-publicly) negotiated between the Trump administration and the Taliban and that will reportedly be signed at the end of this month; if, that is, it doesn’t collapse the way the last version of it did when Donald Trump canceled a meeting with Taliban officials at Camp David.

Feb 28 04:57

Donald Trump's Erratic Foreign Policy Is a Failure

One of the most memorable parts of the 2020 State of the Union was President Trump’s surprise reunification of a military family. “For the past seven months, her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Townsend Williams, has been in Afghanistan on his fourth deployment,” the president said, introducing Amy Williams and her two young children before revealing to thunderous applause that Sgt. Williams was present in the House chamber. A happy moment, but why shouldn’t all military families experience the same joy?

Reuniting one family is good, but what about the tens of thousands of other families still separated by wars Trump could end at any moment? The president talks a good talk about ending “endless wars,” to use a phrase from last year’s SOTU, but he has failed to extricate the United States from a single conflict. The incongruity is indefensible.

Feb 28 04:55

Beyond Israeli Elections: Israel at the Cusp of a Bleak Era

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, must be channeling the spirit of Houdini as he continues to plot his escape from one of the most convoluted political dilemmas in Israel’s history.

It is no secret that Netanyahu’s political behavior is almost entirely shaped by his desire to survive in office for as long as possible in order to avoid possible jail time. But how long will the Israeli escape artist manage to survive, now that a date for his trial has already been set?

After months of bargaining with the country’s political elite, on one hand, and pleading to his own right-wing constituency on the other, Netanyahu has failed to create the necessary momentum that would render him immune from prosecution and secure his position at the helm of Israeli politics.

After failing to form a government following the April elections, Netanyahu has masterfully linked his fate as a Prime Minister to all of Israel’s affairs, internal and external.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why Netanyahu desperately needs a "misdirection", to deflect Israeli anger at his failure to deliver a government twice, not to mention his upcoming corruption trial.

The man is certainly not above creating a "false flag" in order to do this, let's say, creating a false flag strike against Saudi and US military personnel in Saudi Arabia, then blaming it on Iran.

Israeli elections start this Monday, and trust me; the man will do everything in his power, to stay in power, and present himself as "untouchable" in these ongoing corruption investigations.

The big question for Israeli voters is, how much is he actually willing to risk in terms of Israel's security, in order to attempt to pull something like this off?!?

I must tell you, I wouldn't want to have to be an Israeli voter, pondering that question right now.

Feb 28 04:40

2,500 US Troops Now Stationed in Saudi Arabia to ‘Deter’ Iran

Al-Qaeda was very publicly using the presence of US ground troops in Saudi Arabia as a recruiting tool in the period around 9/11. Suggesting that many lessons have not been learned, some 2,500 US troops are back in the kingdom, and readying for a long stay.

Hype surrounding military tensions with Iran are driving this US deployment back into the region. More and more ground troops are being sent every time there is even a little tension, nominally to “deter” Iran from attacking the Saudi kingdom.

These deployments began in earnest when Yemen’s Houthis fired at missile at Saudi oil producing regions, and the Saudis blamed Iran for it. US military tensions in Iraq led to many more troops being sent, since Iraq made clear they didn’t want more US troops there, and the US wanted them somewhere near Iran.

US hostility toward Iran isn’t getting better, so a decision to leave seems unlikely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please; the leadership of Iran may be many things, but one of them, sir, is NOT overtly stupid; they understand that any attack directly against Saudi Arabia will translate into a US attack against it which would leave the country a radioactive puddle of oozing glass and concrete.

So who, in the region, might be the likely culprit for a false flag attack against Saudi Arabia, to be blamed against Iran?!?

In a word sir, one of your BFFs in the Middle East, and the guy who is fighting back for his political life, struggling against corruption charges, and a new election next month; and yes, that person would be... (drum roll, please) none other than Bibi Netanyahu.

And if you think, for a millisecond, Mr. President, that Netanyahu would not order such a strike, to attempt to save his own skin, you are horrifically mistaken; Netanyahu, right now is, and has been, a geopolitically wounded animal, between the corruption charges, and twice having been unable to form a new government.

Geopolitically wounded candidates are the most dangerous.

And would he inform you about such a false flag strike before it happened?!?

Mr. President, in order to inflict maximum world geopolitical shock at such an act, to be blamed ultimately on Iran, I doubt like hell this is going to happen, and you have now positioned US troops in Saudi Arabia as absolute "sitting ducks" for such an attack.

Mr. President, I care about our troops; many of them come very much from families like mine - middle class, who believe that service to their country, is an honor, which I also believe.

But sir, Israeli elections will start to be held on this Monday, 2 March
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Please keep a close eye on your BFF Netanyahu throughout this process; his internal polls may suggest that he needs something terrifying substantive to happen pull people together to support him, and an alleged Iranian attack against Saudi Arabia may just be what he chooses, to galvanize his base around him.

Feb 28 04:16

Russian Airstrikes Kill at Least 34 Turkish Soldiers in Syria

Weeks of threats by Turkish President Erdogan to retake Syria’s Idlib Province by force went extremely poorly on Thursday, when Turkish forces moved into an observation post south of Idlib City, and were immediately hammered by airstrikes from both Russia and Syria.

At least 34 Turkish soldiers were reported killed in this strike, a major number of casualties. Turkey’s Hatay Governor reported casualties were still flowing into his province from Idlib.

Turkey has put thousands of troops in Idlib recently, and Erdogan had promised to reclaim all 10 of the observation posts, while ultimately expelling Syria from Idlib. They negotiated with Russia on getting Syria to surrender, but that failed.

Turkey seemed to be under the assumption that they could overrun Syria’s military, still taxed by a long civil war, with little problem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And we have a companion piece to this, also from antiwar.com, with the following headline: Turkey Set for Lone War as US Dismisses Idea of Reentry:
Esper: I don't see any likelihood that we would be back

The article goes on to state: "Turkey’s repeated escalations in Syria’s Idlib Province came at least in part with US officials endorsing them and the idea of confronting Russia. But as Turkey risks blowing this up into a whole new war, it’s a war that they’ll be fighting alone.

US officials are making clear they aren’t considering joining the war in any real way. Defense Secretary Mark Esper in particular said that 'I don’t see any likelihood that we would be back along the border.'

There were few reasons to think the US would want to get sucked back into a war in Syria, particularly one against Russia. This is likely informing Turkey, in the recent flare-up, were trying to play this up as a fight against the Assad government, and not Russia.

That makes sense, of course, because Turkey’s military is in a decent position to fight a one-on-one conflict with war-weary Syria over Idlib Province. Fighting Russia is something else entirely, especially with the US not interested in getting sucked in."

IF Edrogan thought for one second, that his position was secure in Syria, because the US military would be coming to his aid, he really mis-read the tea-leaves here, to the point of being utterly dead-wrong.

I hope that his supporters in Turkey understand that this hairbrained campaign was utterly not in their best interests, and although I do not believe that Turkish law has any equivalency to the US's 25th Amendment, I hope (and pray) that the Turkish people get disillusioned with their current national leadership in a way which will leave room for cooler heads to prevail on the stage of international geopolitics, the next time there is a national election.

Feb 27 21:43

Even Trump is Smarter than Erdogan: 37 More Turkish Soldiers Killed in Idlib

What is known so far is the Syrian Arab Army bombed a Turkish military column of armored vehicles that were moving to aid al-Qaeda in Saraqib after the terrorists were defeated. The military column is ‘deleted’

Feb 27 21:40

Israeli helicopters fire missiles at Syrian army positions, three soldiers injured

Israeli military helicopters have attacked Syrian army positions in the Arab country’s southwestern province of Quneitra near the occupied Golan Heights as tensions soar between the Tel Aviv regime and the Damascus government over an earlier airstrike.

Feb 27 21:38

Turkey in social media BLACKOUT amid fears of all-out war in Syria

Turks are getting their butts handed to them.

Social media platforms across Turkey winked out after reports of an airstrike in Syria killing dozens of Turkish soldiers fueled rumors of an all-out war. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and YouTube were all reported down.

Feb 27 21:35

33 Turkish soldiers confirmed killed in Idlib airstrike as Erdogan chairs emergency meeting on Syria

At least 33 Turkish servicemen have been killed in an airstrike in Syria’s Idlib province, while an unspecified number of soldiers were injured. Turkish officials attributed the strike to the Syrian military.

Feb 27 21:33

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Feb 27 21:31

Turkey ‘puts all known targets of Syrian regime under fire’ in retaliation for airstrike

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 A.M.) – Turkey’s communication director announced this evening that their forces have put all Syrian military positions under fire from the air and ground, citing this attack as retaliation for the airstrike that targeted their soldiers earlier tonight.

Feb 27 21:29

33 Turkish Troops Killed by Airstrike in Syria's Idlib

Some 33 Turkish servicemen have been killed as a result of an airstrike in the Syrian province of Idlib, Rahmi Dogan, the governor of Hatay province, located close to the Turkish border with Syria, said.

Feb 27 09:39

RUSSIA'S MILITARY ROLLS OUT NEW 'CRUISE MISSILE KILLER' WEAPONS SYSTEM

Moscow's military has received its latest anti-air system and tested its ability to take on incoming aircraft at a time when Russia and the United States were competing for cutting-edge warfighting capabilities.

Russia's aerospace forces commissioned the new S-350 Vityaz surface-to-air missile system on Wednesday. The system was delivered to the Air and Space Defen?e Academy in the Leningrad region and underwent training "to detect and destroy a mock air enemy."

"The S-350 combat crew demonstrated their skills, hit a mock enemy with electronic missile launches, and marched to a new position area," the Russian Ministry of Defense said Wednesday in a press release.

Feb 27 03:24

Israel to form 'anti-Palestinian resistance force' in occupied West Bank

Israeli authorities will establish a joint defence agency tasked with "supressing Palestinian resistance", if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes ahead with plans to annex West Bank settlements, according to a Haaretz report.

Composed of state institutions - including the army and police - the new agency is drawing up contingency plans for a range of possible scenarios, including mass popular uprisings in cities across the West Bank.

Intelligence assessments fear mass unrest among Palestinians in the event of Netanyahu's victory in next week's elections, which will likely pave the way for Israel to impose full sovereignty over settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The Knesset caretaker government's attempts to adopt the measure in December drew criticism from Israel's security establishment due to its timing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The potential here for mass Palestinian violence - and massive Israeli military/police crackdown against it- is greater now than it has been for quite some time.

Feb 27 03:15

Lieberman says government to be formed without Netanyahu: No chance for unity

Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman, who emerged as kingmaker in Israel's two previous elections this year, said on Wednesday that he is ruling out the possibility of forming a unity government with Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud after the March 2 ballot.

Speaking at the Ma'ariv Business Conference 2030 in Herzliya, Lieberman said: "Gantz and Netanyahu together reached 65 seats [in the last election], and I told them to form a government, but they preferred to argue over who would be first and who would be second," Lieberman said.

"There is no more unity government. It's clear that nothing can be built with those two, so we're preparing ourselves," the former defense chief added. "We're ready for the day after the election. We will have 61 Knesset seats without Netanyahu, Dery and Litzman," referring to the heads of the two ultra-Orthodox parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how this plays out, come 2 March; but looking at how Netanyahu has positioned himself here, particularly with the approval of the E1 Settlement Netanyahu approves new settlement units in E1, one week before the election, I would not count him out just yet.

Feb 27 02:59

Erdogan Says Turkey Will Risk Everything to Expel Syria From Idlib: Says Syria will be ousted from Turkish posts this week

urkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised Turkey will risk “all kinds of sacrifices” in its upcoming military conflict with Syria, promising to see Syria ousted from Idlib Province, and not accepting the smallest step back.

Erdogan in particular is focusing on wanting to reclaim military posts ion Syrian territory, but it’s clear his war is going to go beyond that, as he’s repeatedly talked of retaking towns for the rebels.

Erdogan has said the offensive is still coming this week, with the goal of having all the posts reconquered by week’s end. That’s very ambitious, particularly with Russia backing Syria. Thousands of Turkish troops are in Idlib in anticipation of this fight.

A lot of this depends on how willing Turkey is to take this fight into a full-scale war, with the risk of Russian involvement looming large.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Erdogan is threatening to do, is only completely in-your-face insane, if he doesn't have the covert, and full assurance of the Trump administration to support him in these efforts, as another ploy to regime change Damascus, and Turkish troops are now the US "proxies" in Syria for so doing, at least for the time being.

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government and military could do, is utterly no guarantee that they will not try to do it; a US war against Russia in Syria could well be one of the worst military catastrophes in which the US could find itself potentially enmeshed, and this may well be upon us, before some adults in the bowels of power in DC have the ability to prevent it.

Feb 27 02:51

Netanyahu approves new settlement units in E1 one week before election

Just one week before elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his approval of 3,500 new illegal settler homes in the highly contested ‘E1’ area of the central occupied West Bank.

“I have given instructions to immediately publish for deposit the plan to build 3,500 housing units in E-1,” Netanyahu said in a speech on Tuesday, adding that the plans “had been delayed for six or seven years.”

Israel’s plans for the E1 corridor, which has been in the works since 1995, has been consistently delayed due to pressure from the international community, including the EU and former US administration.

The E1 plan seeks to create a settlement bloc connecting the mega settlement of Ma’ale Adumim with Jerusalem, effectively splitting the West Bank in two, cutting off the north from the south.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This also insures that if Palestine ever is allowed to exist by Israel, that there can be no contiguous Palestinian border.

Feb 26 22:59

Badass of the Week: Jacklyn H. Lucas

It's such a heroic testament to the will of the human spirit that more Medals of Honor and Victoria Crosses have been handed out for this single act than for any other deed in the history of combat.

Unfortunately, despite this being a universally-acknowledged feat of righteous heroic awesomeness, the fact that the entire action is over in three to five seconds combine with some horrifically tragic consequences for the hero to make grenade-hopping a pretty tough subject to write a Badass of the Week article about.

Unless, of course, we're talking about Jack Lucas of the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines.

Because Jack Lucas jumped on not one but two grenades to save his friends.

And lived.

Feb 26 12:15

Dr. Peter Hammond – Remembering The Late Great General Ben Partin

In today’s show originally broadcast on February 20 2020, Andy interviews Dr. Peter Hammond, for a show entitled, “Remembering The Late Great General Ben Partin.”

Feb 26 10:14

US troops arrive in Germany for 'Defender Europe 20' military maneuvers

Looks like the US is getting ready to attack Russia. It wont end well. It will be the end of America and of most of us who live here. Thanks Trump!

A massive trans-Atlantic military exercise has gotten underway with over 40,000 US troops and military vehicles expected to arrive in Europe. It is the largest US troop movement across the Atlantic in 25 years.

In total, over 20,000 troops and 20,000 pieces of equipment are being shipped across the Atlantic, arriving at six European seaports. They will then transfer to staging areas and on to military maneuvers with European partners, the US Army said.

A significant part of the troops and equipment are expected to be deployed to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

Feb 26 07:11

America's Newest Most Powerful Submarine Has A Stealth Problem

The Navy's newest fast-attack submarine was recently spotted with structural damage to its stealth coating after returning from its first deployment, which brings into question the manufacturing process of the shipbuilder, reported Forbes.

The USS Colorado (SSN 788), a nuclear-powered US Navy Virginia-class attack submarine, was recently photographed with large sections of its stealth coating, known as anechoic coating, missing on its starboard side. The layer is an outer skin, consisting of a sonar-absorbing material that makes the vessel virtually undetectable.

Feb 26 03:07

The U.S. Is the World Leader of Bio-Weapons Research, Production, and Use Against Mankind

While tangible evidence is not available, the new Coronavirus, (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) one in a line of many that could have been produced by man in laboratories, is affecting almost exclusively the Chinese at this point. This has seemingly opened the floodgates to speculation as to its exact origin. This virus has unique characteristics that have happened before with SARS and MERS, and has genetic material that has never been identified, and is not tied to any animal or human known virus. This should be troubling to all, because if this is manmade, it was manufactured as a weapon of war. So who is responsible for its release in China? It is possible that this virus was created in China and was “accidentally” released into the population, but that does not sound credible at any level. Do any think that the Chinese government would create a Chinese race specific virus and release it in their country?

Feb 26 02:55

Overt Trump Regime Support for Al-Qaeda Offshoots in Syria, ISIS-Daesh Et Al are Pentagon/CIA Proxies

Both right wings of the US war party support ISIS, Al-Qaeda, its offshoots, and likeminded terrorist groups in Syria and other countries where their fighters are deployed as Pentagon/CIA proxy troops.

Instead of explaining reality on the ground in US war theaters, establishment media blame nations victimized by its aggression for high crimes committed against them.

Syria is Exhibit A, US aggression ignored, government forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower, vilified for liberating cities, towns and villages from US-supported “jihadists” — what’s currently ongoing in Idlib province, the last stronghold in the country of these elements.

On Monday, Trump’s envoy for regime change in Syria James Jeffrey indirectly expressed support for Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — the al-Qaeda offshoot al-Nusra by another name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once you realize that this is all about fossil fuel; the control of it, and the selling of it only in American dollars, does the American position of utilizing terrorists to further their objectives in the region become crystal clear.

Feb 26 02:43

Israel’s Netanyahu threatens Gaza with ALL-OUT WAR if missile attacks continue

Israel will stop at nothing to ensure its security and may well launch a broad military campaign against Gaza if the local armed groups continue with missile strikes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Air raid sirens were heard across southern Israel for the second straight day on Monday. The IDF said that some 50 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli territory, with 90 percent of them intercepted.

The missile strikes were met with a harsh response, with the Israeli Defense Forces confirming on Twitter that multiple strikes against targets in Gaza have been carried out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for many more alleged "Palestinian missiles" to target Israel as the "justification" for the IDF to go in and bomb every Palestinian still breathing, and very soon.

After all, Israel's next election happens this Sunday, 2 March Israel calls for another election for March, the third in one year, and Netanyahu, with his corruption trial moving forward, is feeling the pressure to present his electorate with as many dead Palestinians as humanly possible, before this happens.

Expect a massive Israeli bombing campaign raining fire and flames down on Gaza before Sunday's election, and I would not be surprised to see such a campaign begin ... today.

Time is short for Netanyahu to "deliver" on this.

Feb 25 02:24

ASSANGE EXTRADITION HEARING OPENS WITH SCATHING CONDEMNATION BY MAINSTREAM MEDIA

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
The extradition trial of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange got underway at Woolwich Crown Court in London today. Assange, 48, is wanted by the U.S. government on 18 charges of hacking and breaches of the Espionage Act, specifically for the publication of evidence leaked by Pvt. Chelsea Manning that detailed evidence of American war crimes in the Middle East. If found guilty he faces up to 175 years in prison.

The prosecution, led by James Lewis, Q.C., began by reading out a damning statement from five leading media organizations, The Guardian, The New York Times, El País, Der Spiegel and Le Monde, all of whom had partnered with Wikileaks, gratefully publishing the group’s revelations but now condemned them, helping his prosecution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; nothing ever published by Wikileaks, has ever been proven to have been wrong, or a lie.

IF the prosecution is successful here, it will mean we have truly come to the end of independent American journalism, and that all we can expect from a monied-protecting infrastructure, coupled with the US military industrial complex, are more lies out of the presstitute media, aimed at intensifying and keeping current US-enabled global wars going, through which to expropriate other countries' raw materials, and creating new fronts through which this country will be fighting more wars for resources.

Is we look at what is happening now in this country and beyond, what we see, when focused through a very long lens, a "history telephoto" lens, is the coming last gasp of the American empire.

And when conscription comes back in this country, (and right now, it appears to be a question of when, rather than if), it will absolutely not come for those scions of rich Americans families; the US government and military, will be coming for your sons (and your daughters) this time, and there will be no way out for them, but to be of service; not actually in service to the American republic, you understand, but to those monied in this country, who, through supporting wars to leverage expropriation of foreign resources, profit immensely.

There are moments when I really wish I had less of a "jaundiced eye", when looking at geopolitical events unfolding all over the globe, and could be slightly more optimistic about the future of humankind; unfortunately, logic, and the sheer weight of the bad decisions this US government continues to make, render optimism impossible, under such circumstances.

Feb 24 15:52

Prof. Francis Boyle: 13,000 “death scientists” hard at work destroying humanity with a $100 billion germ warfare “criminal enterprise”

Today we bring you an important article about Prof. Francis Boyle, authored by Sherwood Ross. This article / interview ties together the coronavirus outbreak with the bioweapons program run by the NIH and funded by U.S. taxpayers, mostly without their knowledge.

I am currently scheduled to interview Francis Boyle this Wednesday, Feb. 26th, at noon central time, on InfoWars.com. Be sure to tune in to InfoWars to catch that interview (I’m hosting the first half of the show, followed by Alan Keyes who takes over).

We are reprinting the article with permission:

Feb 24 13:07

FLASHBACK: Syrian soldiers tortured and executed by US backed 'Rebels' in #Aleppo

Two young Sunni Syrian soldiers from Aleppo,were beaten and executed by Jaish Al fattah rebels in Aleppo a few days ago. Jaish Fattah A coalition of US backed rebel groups and AlQaeda (Jabhat AL Nusra). The video of the soldiers being humiliated was posted by am ember of the white helmets Syrian Civil Defence, who the US gave 23 million dollars to.

Feb 24 09:33

How the ‘Interpreter’ Scam Brought 75,000 Iraqis and Afghans to America

One fact about all empires. The Homeland becomes over run by foreigners. Happens to every empire and helps to destroy it.

The latest battle over Special Immigrant Visas pitted Stephen Miller, President Trump’s senior advisor, against the Pentagon. The military brass was lobbying for 6,000 special immigrant visas for Iraqis who worked for American forces in the country. These visas were once again billed as helping “interpreters”.

That’s a lot of interpreters considering that there were only 5,200 American troops in Iraq.

How could there be more Iraqi interpreters for American troops than there are troops?

Feb 24 08:12

The Lima Group Is More than Just About Venezuela. Scheduling More Coups and Color Revolutions in Latin America?

At the behest of Donald Trump and Chrystia Freeland, the Lima Group met in Ottawa on February 20th, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne dutifully mouthed their set lines and good Samaritan posturing in the pretense of democracy, humanitarianism and the rule of law. Ostensibly, the purpose of this meeting was to devise and orchestrate ways to oust the vile, murderous dictator, as Washington has sought to cast the duly elected President Nicolás Maduro.

Progressive chroniclers and activists have almost exclusively been concerned with the notion that a dismembered Venezuela is the main, or even the only, labor of love of this nefarious little band of economic fundamentalists, death-incanting, democratically-challenged member regimes of the Lima Group. I fear that we may not fully appreciate what this cartel is up to.

Feb 24 08:07

Lest We Forget – Hillary Clinton: We Must Destroy Syria for Israel

This article was originally published in 2018.

A leaked Hillary Clinton email confirms that the Obama administration, with Hillary at the helm, orchestrated a civil war in Syria to benefit Israel.

The new Wikileaks release shows the then Secretary of State ordering a war in Syria in order to overthrow the government and oust President Assad, claiming it was the “best way to help Israel”.

Newobserveronline.com reports:

The document was one of many unclassified by the US Department of State under case number F-2014-20439, Doc No. C05794498, following the uproar over Clinton’s private email server kept at her house while she served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.

Although the Wikileaks transcript dates the email as December 31, 2000, this is an error on their part, as the contents of the email (in particular the reference to May 2012 talks between Iran and the west over its nuclear program in Istanbul) show that the email was in fact sent on December 31, 2012.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just in case we are looking at a "brokered Democratic convention", (read; insert Hillary as (failed) Presidential candidate again), please remember; we are looking at a woman for whom American lives are expendable for Israel, no matter how much blood and money is spent on wars with which to protect it from its own bad behaviour.

Feb 24 07:40

What We’re Not Allowed To Know About the Afghan War

So, to hit only the highest of the highlights: let’s review just what’s (sequentially) in, the security section of SIGAR-46 – with particular attention to what it says, doesn’t say, and says it doesn’t say. The darn think begins with a instructive admission from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, in which he admits the Afghan War is "still" in "a state of strategic stalemate." Not too comforting, that – especially after 19 years of killing and dying. Then, it quotes a January 22, 2020 White House statement that President Trump’s goal is for the Taliban to demonstrate "a significant and lasting reduction in violence…that would facilitate meaningful negotiations on Afghanistan’s future."

Feb 24 07:34

Five things to know about emerging US, Taliban peace deal

The hardest part is yet to come.

Skeptics of the Trump administration's peace efforts have long said the most difficult part will be intra-Afghan talks.

It's also the most critical part, they say, because peace won't happen without political reconciliation in Afghanistan.

The Taliban has previously resisted talks with the Afghan government, which it sees as a puppet of the United States.

Political turmoil within the Afghan government could also complicate talks by giving Afghan President Ashraf Ghani a weakened hand.

Ghani was just declared the winner of the September 2019 presidential elections this past week. But he got only 50.64 percent of the vote, just a smidge above the 50 percent needed to win.

And his chief rival, Abdullah Abdullah, is still disputing the election results, claiming victory himself and pledging to form a government of his own.

Lawmakers remain skeptical.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Had the war criminal President Bush simply paid the price the Taliban was originally asking for lease of Afghanistan pipelines in 2001, none of this would ever have happened.

9/11 and the Afghan Pipeline

Feb 24 05:41

Pentagon officials keeping an eye on morale at nuclear bases

The Defense Department is asking for tens of billions of dollars this year to maintain and modernize U.S. nuclear capabilities, while at the same time checking in with personnel at the remote bases maintainers and operators call home.

In recent years, issues like cheating on exams and marijuana use have plagued Air Force bases in Montana, North Dakota and Nebraska, calling into question whether the quality of life in those areas was taking a toll on troops.

Feb 24 05:37

‘Sick People’: Russian Officials Blast Pentagon Over Drill Simulating ‘Russian Nuclear Attack’

On Friday, the Pentagon reported that it had staged a “mini-exercise” in which Russia dropped a low-yield nuke on a European NATO member. The drill followed a recent House Armed Services Committee hearing in which a senior Pentagon official said that the US needed a plan to be able to “fight and win” wars in a nuclear-contaminated environment.

Russian lawmakers have reacted to the Pentagon’s fantastical scenario involving Russia’s alleged plans to use low-yield nukes on the battlefield, calling the exercise outrageous and offering various ways that Moscow can respond.

Feb 24 05:34

Dangerous games: US NUKES Russia in ‘mini exercise’ attended by Pentagon chief

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper played himself in a drill at the US Strategic Command HQ in Nebraska, which featured a bizarre scenario of America nuking Russia in response to its own nuclear strike against a ‘NATO ally’.

US military exercises simulating various crises are not that uncommon, yet, out of all plausible scenarios, this particular drill apparently simulated a highly unrealistic one. The classified exercise conducted at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha on Thursday focused on an imaginary nuclear conflict between the US and Russia in Europe.

Feb 24 00:22

Where Have You Gone, Smedley Butler?

There once lived an odd little man — five feet nine inches tall and barely 140 pounds sopping wet — who rocked the lecture circuit and the nation itself. For all but a few activist insiders and scholars, U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlington Butler is now lost to history. Yet more than a century ago, this strange contradiction of a man would become a national war hero, celebrated in pulp adventure novels, and then, 30 years later, as one of this country’s most prominent antiwar and anti-imperialist dissidents.

Feb 23 09:47

Obama DHS Whistleblower Phil Haney Shot Dead, Called Suicide, But Friend Says He Warned Her He Could Be ‘Suicided’ a Month Ago

My friend Phil Haney was found shot yesterday in CA. I had lunch with him a month ago. He warned something could happen to him. He was to get married in a month. It will be falsely called a suicide.

— Jan Markell (@OliveTreeMin) February 22, 2020

Feb 23 09:35

Turkey, So Much We Aren’t Being Told

Iran is deeply resentful of the US and the assassination of Soleimani, particularly since the New York Times article that has made the actions on the part of the US so much more serious than simply the murder of a high-ranking perceived enemy. From the New York Times, February 14, 2020:

“Washington ordered the assassination of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani to sabotage de-escalation talks between Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates following a report by Israel’s Mossad spy agency, according to the New York Times.

The paper reported on Thursday that General Soleimani had been arranging talks in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates in order to de-escalate tensions with Tehran.

Feb 23 04:13

The Bush Dynasty: Nazi Germany, The Bin Ladens and the Mexican Drug Lords

Is it Coincidental? The Bush family had close links with Nazi Germany, the bin Laden family and the Mexican Drug cartel.

Two members of the Bush dynasty acceded to the White House.

Had the US public been fully informed by the media, who in America would have voted for George W. Bush?

Feb 23 04:05

Today in History: FDR Issues Executive Order Creating American Concentration CampsBy: Dave Benner|Published on: Feb 19, 2020|Categories: History

On this date in 1942, Franklin Roosevelt signed the infamous executive order 9066, authorizing the War Department to establish military zones that would serve as internment camps for mostly Japanese and Italian Americans.

After the United States entered World War II, the president felt that the presence of foreign nationals could not be tolerated in time of war, and would produce seditious and rebellious behavior:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many, particularly internment camp members from Hawaii, never got anything back, in terms of money, or lands they may have owned before their internment; it was, at worst, a cynical land and money grab, many times from Asian citizens who never did - or would have - hurt this country in any way.

Feb 23 04:01

Saudi Arabia Says It Intercepted Several Missiles From Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s state media has reported that they intercepted several missiles Friday which were fired from northern Yemen. They say the missiles were deliberately aimed at civilians, accusing the Houthis of turning the Yemeni capital of Sanaa into a hub for missiles.

The Houthis confirmed their strikes, saying they hit targets in Saudi Arabia “with precision” and that Saudi Aramco was struck. Aramco made no comments on the incident, and Saudi reports similarly made no mention of them being hit.

In the past, successful Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia have been blamed more or less entirely on Iran. Saudi coalition officials this time are trying to emphasize the Houthi “threat” to civilians to justify the ongoing war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis need to stop attempting to position themselves as "a force for good" in Yemen, when they are methodically slaughtering infants; toddlers; children; women; and the medically fragile elderly, then attempting to blame the Houthis for these assassinations.

It's not working; even the American people are awake enough to understand who the "bad guy" is here, and that ... is saying something.

Feb 23 03:56

Pompeo Stresses Iranian Threat in Saudi Visit, Meets New Sultan in Oman

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been on a world tour that brought him to Munich, parts of Africa and, most recently, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Not surprisingly, Pompeo’s visit to the two Gulf countries was mostly focused on countering Iran, although he was forced to address the issue of imprisoned US citizens inside Saudi Arabia.

Before traveling to Saudi Arabia, Pompeo talked to reporters in Ethiopia on Wednesday about the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. “The pressure campaign continues. It’s not just an economic pressure campaign, it’s diplomatic pressures, isolation through diplomacy, as well,” Pompeo said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More sound and fury, on the part of Pompeo against Iran, signifying.... absolutely nothing.

What, please, has Iran done to the world to make it the world's enemy, except to thrive economically, after the 1979 Revolution?!?

The short answer is, nothing.

And before it gets pulled from English speaking audiences, please bop over to the English language version of www.presstv.com, and see just what the Iranians are saying about themselves, and about world affairs.

I would politely suggest to both Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, and the US's President Trump, that although Iranian leadership may be many things (including being a theocracy, as is Israel Israel has evolved from democracy to theocracy) , one of them is not wild-ass crazy; they will not do something overtly aggressive, because they understand that should they do something stupid, it will result in that country being melted into green glass by a joint US/Israeli nuclear strike against it.

Feb 23 03:43

As Turkey Escalates Syria Fight, Growing Pressure for US to Get InvolvedTurkey wants US warplanes, Patriot missiles in Idlib

Turkey continues to step up fighting in northern Syria, running up against Russian forces, and giving the appearance of an imminent war in the Idlib Province. Turkey’s willingness to escalate seems to have been picked up by US encouragement, and now Turkey seems to be leading the call to get the US dragged into this conflict as well.

US interests in the Idlib Province are virtually non-existent. Any US-backed rebels that were once there have been wiped out, or aligned to some Islamist group long ago. Arguments for intervention are that Idlib is becoming a flashpoint between Russia and Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Turkey, looking at its battered and flagging options in Syria, against Syrian and Russian military push-back, wants war between the US and Russia in Syria.

And we have a companion piece on this issue, also from anti-war.com,featuring the following headline: As Syria’s War Escalates, Growing Risks of Regional Turmoil:
Conflict increasingly centered around major foreign actors

The article goes on to state: "This week of fighting in northeastern Syria saw a disturbing escalation, with Turkey bringing itself more directly into the war, and several other foreign powers at risk of being dragged in as well.

Turkey’s commitment to prevent Syria from winning the war has threatened to turn this into a border war, and there are a lot of regional interests that could be involved. Russia has warned Turkey away and almost certainly is going to limit how far Turkey can go before they directly intervene to stop them.

That’s already a substantial fight, and with Turkey trying to get the US directly involved in this part of Syria, it could kick off direct military confrontation between the US and Russia. The US has been publicly endorsing Turkey’s action, but it remains to be seen if they’ll get themselves drawn into a war over it."

Unfortunately, just because something is the most monumentally ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government and military could possibly do, is utterly no guarantee that the US will not do it.

I am quite certain that one of the world's best "Trump Whisperers", Bibi Netanyahu, facing one of the most contentious political fights for his life, come the Israeli elections in early March, is "encouraging" Trump to take this idiotic step, toward "regime change" in Damascus, no matter even if it will mean war with Russia, even though the US military is woefully unprepared, under-staffed, and dealing with inferior weaponry, in attempting such a task.

Mr. President: I am respectfully requesting that you NOT commit to a war in Syria at this time. Our military is stretched to the limit with regard to personnel; there is no money, no manufacturing, and no real weaponry advantage we have over the Russian military at this time, and anyone with any horse-sense on this issue, will tell you so, no matter how angry that will probably make you at this time.

And if what I am telling you regarding the status of the US military is the butt-ugly truth right now, (and sir, forgive me, but it is), you have a national, and moral, obligation to fix it: please do so, and right the hell now.

You are welcome, Mr. President.

Feb 23 03:01

"Biggest Humanitarian Horror Story Of The 21st Century": Up To A Million Refugees Trying To Flee Idlib

The ongoing final battle for Idlib could unleash the biggest refugee exodus the nine-year war has seen, United Nations officials are warning.

Recent statements from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs puts the latest wave of civilian displacement since December 1 at 700,000.

Turkey's Erdogan is now petitioning the US and NATO to given military assistance against the rapidly advancing Syrian Army backed by Russian air power. International reports suggest up to one million internally displaced persons are now surging toward the Turkish border.

The Wall Street Journal reports that "Families in northwestern Syria are trapped between the advancing Syrian military — backed by Russian airstrikes and pro-Iranian militias — and Turkey."

The report notes Turkey has sealed the border using its military:

"The border is closed to refugees, secured by walls, trenches and guards who have shot people trying to cross without permission," according to the WSJ.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, the Wall Street Journal will not mention what the US has supported here for years; that would really eviscerate the narrative that "Whoever the US sponsors, are always the good guys."

There are no easy answers here; but that being said, the US is horrifically culpable in this humanitarian catastrophe, having supported/armed/financed alleged "Syrian moderate rebels" ( read: ISIS, Al Qaeda) for years here.

Feb 23 02:49

Erdogan, Putin, Merkel and Macron to Meet March 5 on Idlib

The Turkish, Russian, German and French leaders will meet on March 5 to try to find a solution to the crisis in the city of Idlib as Turkey and Russian-backed Syrian forces risk confrontation in the region.

Following phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that he will meet them all on March 5, without disclosing the location. As Turkey slides toward war, Ankara has appealed to the U.S. and its European allies for support in a conflict that risks undermining the friendly ties he’s built with Moscow.

READ: Turkey and Russia Near Breaking Point in Syrian Standoff

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what kinds of back-channel communications are going on here, between Ankara and DC; because the US still wants al-Assad out of Damascus, has Turkey been promised some kind of quid pro quo, for keeping Turkish, and Turkish-backed rebels in Idlib, no matter the costs from Syrian and Russian military?!?

Looking at the apparent madness of Edrogan's stand and demands here, this is almost the only thing which makes sense.

Feb 23 02:30

TRUMP APPOINTS PRO-ISRAEL, ANTI-IRAN AMB. RICHARD GRENELL AS ACTING INTELLIGENCE CHIEF

SOURCE: CHRIS MENAHAN, INFORMATION LIBERATION
President Donald Trump on Wednesday appointed US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as the acting director of national intelligence, making him the first openly gay person to serve in a cabinet-level position.

Donald J. Trump
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@realDonaldTrump
Thank you to our great US Ambassador to Germany, @RichardGrenell, for stepping in to serve as acting DNI. I will be nominating a terrific candidate for the job very soon. Stay tuned!

As The Jerusalem Post reports, Grenell is known for his "pro-Israel and anti-Iran" stances.

"For Israel's security and defense establishment, Grenell's hawkish views towards Iran's regime will be welcomed with open arms," Foundation for Defense of Democracies fellow Benjamin Weinthal said.

Though Grenell officially serves as the US' ambassador to Germany, one might assume by looking at his Twitter feed that he was Israel's ambassador to America.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This absolutely does not augur well for peace in the Middle East, at all; but peace, of course, is utterly not what either Netanyahu nor President Trump wants to see happen here, but a massive "regime change" in Tehran, to be brought about "by any means necessary".

I would, however, like to politely remind Prime Minister Netanyahu; President Trump; and Acting DNI Grennell, of the following, reported in the English language version of the Moscow Times last summer:

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

The article goes on to state: "“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.”

So, gentlemen, there you have it; should the US(and/or Israel) attack Iran, Russia, and some other, yet to be identified regional players, will be working with Iran to stop such a campaign.

If Kabulov has made the Iranian diplomats who attended this conference such a promise, you can bet it came directly down from "the boss", Vlad Putin; career politicians like Kabulov do not even fart, without Putin's express permission.

So, gentlemen, war with Russia over.... Iran?!?

Would someone please, run a cost/benefit analysis of what such a US military campaign would cost, in American blood and money?!?

And President Trump, are you willing to bet the future of your political party on such a dicey prospect, at the end of your first term, or the beginning of your second?!?

And are you willing to face the political consequences of having to reintroduce the draft, which this time, according to legislation quietly ready for implementation, will be coming not only for our young men, but also for our young women as well?!?

I would hope that the answer here will be, "HELL, no!!"

Feb 22 23:46

Clusterfuck Nation – Blog February 21, 2020 Keep Throwing Spaghetti at That Wall

We’re reminded this morning by The New York Times, America’s official psychotic fantasy generator, that the Russians are coming (again!) as an ad hoc arm of the committee to re-elect Mr. Trump. You have to ask yourself: Does Mr. Trump actually need their help? His opponents have been self-meddling so diligently that their party now looks like a Frankenstein creature assembled from the spare parts of Herbert Marcuse, Tupac Shakur, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, and Jame Gumb. Imagine that monster running a government.

Feb 22 22:39

ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Did Sen. Warner and Comey Crush Assange Immunity Deal?

The U.S. was in talks for a deal with Julian Assange but then FBI Director James Comey ordered an end to negotiations after Assange offered to prove Russia was not involved in the DNC leak, as Ray McGovern explains.

Feb 22 13:58

Unknown fighter jets tried to attack the Russian air base in Syria

A few hours ago, Syrian television reported that the city of Jebla, located just one kilometer from the Russian military airbase Khmeimim, was subjected to rocket fire from the Mediterranean Sea, Eurasia Diary reports citing Bulgarian Military News.

Toward the Russian military airfield, several air-to-surface missiles were launched.

Feb 22 11:34

110 US troops suffered concussion, brain injury in Iranian strike: Pentagon

The US Defense Department has yet again raised the number of troops wounded in Iran's retaliatory missile attack in Iraq last month, saying they have suffered “traumatic brain injuries.”

The Pentagon said on Friday 110 service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following the Iran strike on January 8. The figure is higher than the last toll that was announced on February 10.

Feb 22 11:00

Chuck Baldwin - This is ZOG (Zionist Occupational Gov't.)

While US troops are fighting Israel's wars abroad, the homeland has been conquered not by arms, but by money. How should Americans respond to being subjugated?

by Chuck Baldwin
(Abridged by henrymakow.com)
. The entire political debate in America centers on the left-right paradigm. If you are a Republican, Democrats are the enemy; if you are a Democrat, Republicans are the enemy. The entire political world revolves around this notion.

It's all a game, a façade, a hoax.

Here's how it works: When the ruling class wants to focus on building a socialist Welfare state, dismantling traditional cultural and religious norms and enacting gun control, it puts liberal Democrats in power. And when it wants to focus on building the Warfare State and creating foreign enemies for the purpose of expanding the "war on terror" and a global surveillance state, it puts conservative Republicans in charge.

Feb 22 10:57

Assad Forces Give Turkish Army Whipping In Eastern Idlib

On February 20, the 2nd Army of NATO and its proxy forces once again failed to capture the village of Nayrab, eastern Idlib, from the Syrian Army. The Turkish attack involved 2 dozens of military equipment pieces, including battle tanks and artillery, over 200 Turkish soldiers and approximately 300 members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and other Turkish-backed groups.

Feb 22 10:46

Additional US service member diagnosed with brain injury from Iran attack

One more U.S. service member has been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury following Iran’s January missile strike in Iraq, the Pentagon announced Friday.

The new diagnosis brings the total number of U.S. service members who suffered brain injuries in the attack to 110.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1421110/nm-army-national-guard-soldier-dies...

https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/national/military-news/oregon-soldie...

Feb 22 10:42

2/7/20 Danny Sjursen on America’s Coming Battle for Eurasia

Danny Sjursen is back for part two of his conversation with Scott about America’s foreign policy disasters, this time focusing on what Sjursen calls “the coming battle for Eurasia.” According to an old theory of geopolitics, the power that controls central Eurasia—that is, eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East, with all its natural resources and strategic position—will be the dominant global hegemon. Obviously, certain figures in the American government would like to be in that position. The problem, Sjursen points out, is that America is way too far away to have any business trying to do this, especially while countries like Russia and China might have an interest in trying to stop us. He says that based on his experience in the military, people seem to think the U.S. could wage a conventional war with tanks, infantry, and aircraft carriers against other world powers, without resorting to nuclear weapons.

Feb 21 07:07

Toggle navigationSYRIA - TURKEY'S BLUFF IS CALLED - MEDIA OPPOSITION SOURCES RUN BY BRITISH INTELLIGENCE

SOURCE: MOON OF ALABAMA

Russia has called Turkey's bluff of a wide ranging attack on Syrian government forces. The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will now have to find a way out of the Idleb trap he set himself in. His excellent Syria adventure is coming to an end.

Meanwhile we learn that the British military intelligence ran another large dis-information campaign that brought 'Syrian voices' into the 'western' press.

Erdogan continues with his wild rhetoric over Syria.

#ERDOGAN: "#Turkey cannot be confined within the 780,000 km2 border. #Misrata, #Aleppo, #Homs & #Hasaka are outside our actual borders, but they are within our emotional & physical limits, we will confront those who limit our history to only 90yrs."
The Turkish talks with Russia have not gone well. Russia had proposed the following points:

1- 16-km border strip in Idlib under Turkey control
2- Russia controls crossing between Idlib strip and Afrin

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Edrogan's brain is writing checks his military are singularly unable to cash, and his military and political friends back home, had better do some creative heads-up, thinking back in Ankara over this weekend.

I do not know if Turkish law has a legislative equivalent to the US Bill of Rights' 25th Amendment, or if snap elections are allowed, but the rest of the Turkish government, and his military, needs to do something to cage the "Erdo-Madness" here, and right the flip now; otherwise, Russia is going make it difficult for Turkey to be able to do anything on the International stage, and that should give both Turkish political and military leaders an industrial-strength pause for thought right now.

Feb 21 06:57

NETANYAHU “OPTIMISTIC” ISRAEL CAN USE POLITICAL PRESSURE TO SHUT DOWN ICC WAR CRIMES PROBE

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
TEL AVIV — Since the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced it would investigate war crimes committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank last December, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been attempting to rally Israel’s allies in a multilateral effort to stop the ICC’s probe.

Those efforts have now left Netanyahu “optimistic,” with the embattled Prime Minister reportedly telling members of his cabinet that Israel’s efforts to lobby other countries against the ICC case is paying off, according to a recent report published by Reuters. “We are struggling against this [proceeding] and, at our side, I must say, are many friends around the world [which] joined the U.S. in a steadfast stand alongside Israel,” Reuters quoted Netanyahu as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Israel has utterly nothing to hide, in terms of its treatment of Palestinians, why, then is it so terrified of this ICC probe?!?

Is it possible (gasp) that there is some kind of "smoking gun" in the evidence the ICC has garnered, which is going to really make Israel look bad and rotten, should it come to light in the legal process of discovery?!?

The short answer has to be, "HELL, yes!!!", for Netanyahu to be taking such extraordinary steps to shut this investigation down.

Feb 21 06:33

Judge Orders US Navy to Review, Release Docs Related to Imploded USS Thresher

The US Navy is expected to make public unclassified documents associated with the 1963 implosion of the USS Thresher (SSN-593), which claimed the lives of nearly 130 individuals and was the catalyst for the service’s Submarine Safety Program (SUBSAFE).

On February 10, US District Judge Trevor McFadden ordered the US Navy to begin releasing unclassified documents on the sinking of the Thresher on April 10, 1963, while the nuclear-powered vessel was conducting deep dive exercises.

According to US Naval Institute News, the service has been ordered to finish a review of 300 documents by April 30 and release them to the public by May 15.

Feb 20 18:43

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Feb 20 11:06

Russian Su-24 Planes Strike Pro-Turkish Terrorists, Allowing Syrian Army to Repel Attacks

According to the Russian Reconciliation Centre for Syria, pro-Turkish militants, with the support of the Turkish artillery, broke through the defences of the Syrian army in the areas of Qminas and Nayrab.

Russian Su-24 aircraft have conducted airstrikes against pro-Turkish terrorists, which allowed the Syrian troops to repel all attacks successfully, the Russian Reconciliation Centre for Syria said in a statement.

"The Syrian troops destroyed one tank, six infantry fighting vehicles and five pickup trucks containing large-calibre weapons", the message said.
The Centre also added that four Syrian servicemen were injured by Turkish artillery. The organisation went on to say that Turkey halted shelling against Syrian government troops as soon as Russia notified Ankara that it had detected the Turkish artillery fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey's government is very much on the cusp of writing checks its military cannot cash in Syria, and Russia is none too happy about this; I would suggest that Erdogan rethink his position here, as his military is getting out-fought, and out-maneuvered by Russian/Syrian forces, toward a very ignoble, and nasty, end.

Feb 20 11:01

Ayatollah Tweets "Wealthy Zionists" Control America Amid Push To Get Him Banned From Twitter

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has marked the latest national event commemorating the death of IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani by tweeting a deeply provocative statement asserting that “wealthy Zionists” control America.

The United States has reached the “peak of arrogance,” and is controlled by “wealthy Zionists and their corporate owners,” which makes it a “manifestation of oppression, abhorred by the world,” he said further, as reported in The Jerusalem Post.

The statement comes after the Islamic Republic's top cleric and head of the regime previously slammed Trump's Mideast peace plan “Deal of the Century” as “satanic” because it ultimately represents the “Jewishization” of Jerusalem and the suppression of Islamic identity.

“To the dismay of US politicians, the satanic, evil US policy about Palestine — the so-called Deal Of The Century— will never bear fruit, by the grace of God,” Khamenei wrote on his official Twitter account in late January.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am respectfully requesting that Twitter does not ban either this man, nor other of his Iranian contemporaries, no matter how much hawkish Republicans want to see these statements banned.

And folks, one of two things will happen here; either these charges will wither in the light of logic, or they will not.

What concerns me so deeply about Twitter, and these Neocons, is that they don't believe that thinking Americans have the ability to think critically about what they see coming from Iran, and do a reality test.

It appears that both Twitter and these Neocons have already made the decision that Americans are pathologically incapable of deciding for themselves what the truth of a situation may be, so need to be "protected" from these kinds of statements from members of the Iranian leadership by censoring them, before they get to the American people; but is this really the truth?!?

So I have to ask; what are Twitter and these Neocons afraid of, if these statements are absolutely lies, on the part of Iranian leadership?!?

The short answer is, absolutely nothing, which is why such statements should not be censored, period, end of discussion.

Feb 20 09:21

‘Asking for trouble?’ VIDEO shows American APC pushing Russian army jeep off road in Syria

They should not provoke us to respond, otherwise it will end badly. I believe wise-minded people in the Pentagon should think about that.

Feb 20 08:50

Trump & The Masonic Jewish Tag Team

This article from Jan 17, 2017, is looking increasingly prescient.

Trump belongs to the Zionist faction. Does this portend another world war?

By Henry Makow Ph.D.

What is Donald Trump's place in the big picture?

Trump is a Freemason and probably a crypto Jew. He is surrounded by Jews. The Masonic Jewish (Illuminati) goal is the reduction of the human race (goyim) to the status of domestic animals serving them. We see this emergent pattern in the gross disparities of wealth in today's world.

The Illuminati advance this agenda through mind control (mass media, education) and war. They can't subjugate humanity alone; they need the goyim to destroy each other.

Feb 20 07:00

NATO Top Military Officer: 'Defender 20' Is Facing Problems

Defender 20 is a large-scale military exercise that has gotten under way in recent weeks. This year in February Americans will deploy 37,000 soldiers to Germany, Poland and the Baltic States. U.S. Army Europe’s Chief of Staff German Brig. Gen. Hartmut Renk gives a few remarks for DW.

“Defender-Europe 20 is slated to be the largest deployment of U.S.-based soldiers for an exercise to Europe in 25 years. This will be a massive exercise that will send U.S. soldiers to the continent next spring to conduct force projection and readiness training to deter potential adversaries,” stressed the German general.

Defender 20 is a US-led multinational exercise that involves 19 countries.

Feb 20 05:10

The Perpetual War Scam

Years ago the late great historian and author Gore Vidal came up with that phrase ‘Perpetual War’. He knew, that even back to the early days of our republic, we are a nation predicated on Perpetual War. Whether it be war on Native Americans ( who were here way before the Mayflower landed), or war on different people of color ( Mexican War, subjugation of the Filipino people, orchestrated Coup de Tats against Cubans, Nicaraguans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, Chileans… to name but a few), and of course WW1 and WW2, the Cold War vs. our former allies the Soviet Union ( who actually defeated Hitler’s Nazi juggernaut), Coup de Tats in Iran, Iraq, Egypt and much of Africa ( the latest being Libya ), subversions in Italy and Greece after WW2…. and on and on as my Yiddish friends would say Oy Gevalt!

Feb 20 04:36

WORTH THE PRICE? Joe Biden and the Launch of the Iraq War (narrated by Danny Glover)

Feb 20 04:26

Pentagon to Adopt Detailed Principles for Using AI

The Defense Department will soon adopt a detailed set of rules to govern how it develops and uses artificial intelligence, officials familiar with the matter told Defense One.

A draft of the rules was released by the Defense Innovation Board, or DIB, in October as “Recommendations on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence.” Sources indicated that the Department’s policy will follow the draft closely.

Feb 20 04:25

Navy Takes Major Step Toward Building Its Drone Ship Fleet

Dozens of companies will vie for nearly $1 billion in Navy contracts as the service works toward building a fleet of new high-tech, self-driving unmanned ships.

Naval Sea Systems Command selected 40 companies that will compete for work in developing payloads, sensors, autonomous systems and other technologies for the Navy's future fleet of unmanned surface vessels.

Feb 20 04:24

100 soldiers will leave the Army for the Space Force sooner than you think

Some soldiers will soon leave the Army and join the new Space Force, becoming whatever the new branch decides to call their service members sooner than they may have thought.

In the Army's fiscal year 2021 budget request, released last week, the service says that of the 1,000 soldiers it's looking to add in that year, 100 of them will "transfer to the United States Space Force."

Feb 19 22:51

Olympia woman tests positive for coronavirus after Diamond Princess cruise

Marianne Obenchain, who lives in Olympia, has tested positive for coronavirus or COVID-19. She was tested by Japanese health officials Saturday, when the U.S. government evacuated American citizens off the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Obenchain said she was surprised to get the results.

“That news almost floored me,” she said. “I wasn’t showing any symptoms.”

Feb 19 11:15

Erdogan’s Excellent Syrian Adventure

by Daniel Lazare Posted on February 19, 2020

What’s a political strongman to do when his economy is weak and another round of financial turbulence is on the way? When political support is languishing and a series of budget-busting construction projects has people shaking their head in dismay?

The answer is obvious: he invades another country in order to distract attention and give his poll numbers a boost. Better yet, he invades two countries and then travels to a third in order to make highly bellicose comments about a forth. Then while the press back home buzzes with excitement, he folds his hands and prays that somehow it will all work out.

Feb 19 08:31

Europe’s Nuclear Weapons and the Arms Reduction Treaty

© Photo: Flickr / EU2018BG
It is intriguing but almost inevitable that examination of so many European policies must begin with reference to the United States. The reason is that the US is majestically (and the word is used advisedly) important to Europe, and no matter what opinions may be held of Washington’s policies under the erratic Trump, these will always have influence in Europe’s capitals.

One major Europe-US consideration is the Trump administration’s decisions on nuclear strategy which have an enormous impact that will be likely to shape international relations indefinitely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As an American, I do not feel at all safter, in light of the Trump Administration's seeming to want to ignore this treaty completely, and Macron is absolutely correct to bring it up in this address.

Feb 18 23:45

Never before seen footage of Syrian Army advance across Idlib and Aleppo

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The ANNA News Agency released a 48-minute-long video on Tuesday, chronicling the entire Syrian Arab Army (SAA) operation to capture the last remaining jihadist-held sites along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5).

Feb 18 14:35

The United States Is in Syria Illegally as a Proxy for Israel and Saudi Arabia

The first week in February was memorable for the failed impeachment of President Donald Trump, the “re-elect me” State of the Union address and the marketing of a new line of underwear by Kim Kardashian. Given all of the excitement, it was easy to miss a special State Department press briefing by Ambassador James Jeffrey held on February 5th regarding the current situation in Syria.

Feb 18 13:13

US openly paves way for INF-banned missiles to be placed in Europe & Asia – Lavrov

Just out of a milestone nuclear missile accord, the US is about to deploy short- and intermediate-range missiles in Europe and Asia, prompting Moscow to engage France and other partners to preserve security on the continent.

"In order to agree on specific solutions, we need multilateral talks and multilateral consultations involving, of course, the United States, who destroyed the treaty," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday, referring to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Feb 18 13:05

White House effectively admits Iran did not pose an 'imminent threat'

By Steve Benen

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sat down with NBC News' Richard Engel last week and reflected on the violence between the United States and Iran last month. Zarif argued in the interview that the Trump administration brought the region very close to the brink." He added, "We were very close to a war."

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(4) “Internationally protected person” means—

(A) a Chief of State or the political equivalent, head of government, or Foreign Minister whenever such person is in a country other than his own and any member of his family accompanying him; or

Feb 18 12:50

Liberating Northern Syria Km by Km

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Russian airpower and material support on the ground turned defeat into hoped for triumph of Syrian forces against the US, NATO, Turkey, Israel, the Saudis, and their jihadist proxies.

Despite raping and destroying one country after another, the US hasn’t won a war throughout the post-WW II period.

Feb 18 11:33

Can the World’s Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War

February 15 marks the day, 17 years ago, when global demonstrations against the pending Iraq invasion were so massive that the New York Times called world public opinion “the second superpower.” But the U.S. ignored it and invaded Iraq anyway. So what has become of the momentous hopes of that day?

The U.S. military has not won a war since 1945, unless you count recovering the tiny colonial outposts of Grenada, Panama and Kuwait, but there is one threat it has consistently outmaneuvered without firing more than a few deadly rifle shots and some tear gas. Ironically, this existential threat is the very one that could peacefully cut it down to size and take away its most dangerous and expensive weapons: its own peace-loving citizens.

Feb 18 11:11

Haftar-Led Libyan National Army Says It Destroyed a Turkish Vessel With Weapons in Port of Tripoli

Ankara previously deployed military advisors and instructors to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) against the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Khalifa Haftar.

Spokesman of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Ankara can't confirm claims that its vessel has been destroyed in the port of Tripoli, Libya.

The statement comes hours after the Libyan National Army (LNA) said in an official statement on Facebook that its forces had destroyed a Turkish vessel, carrying weapons and ammunition that was docked in the port of Tripoli. According to the LNA, by delivering the cargo, Ankara has violated an international agreement banning arms sales to the country.

Feb 18 11:09

Russia vows to keep supporting Syrian Army in Idlib despite Trump’s call

Moscow has vowed to continue its fight against terrorism in Syria’s Idlib province alongside Damascus, even though this doesn’t fit with Washington’s vision for resolving the crisis.

Feb 18 11:04

Syrian tribal leader claims Russian military protected during confrontation with US forces in northeast Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Sheikh Faisal al-Yousef, the tribal leader of the Arab “Ghanamah” clan in the Al-Qamishli countryside confirmed to Sputnik Arabic that his tribe participated in the confrontations with the U.S. forces in northeastern Syria last week.

Feb 18 10:36

Erdogan’s Long-Coming Reality Check:

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog

It is hard to say if Erdogan is running out of choices, friends, time, or all of the above; and his stands on various issues and the contradictions he ploughs through are making his situation increasingly untenable.

For the benefit of readers who haven’t heard this before; Erdogan is juggling being a Turkish Muslim reformer who parades under the photos of Turkish secular anti-Muslim nation-builder Mustafa Kemal; an EU-aspiring member and also an aspiring global Sunni leader; an ally of Israel as well as Hamas; an Islamist who is also at odds with the Wahhabi Islamists; a nationalist Turk who wants to curb Kurdish aspirations not only in Syria and Iraq but also in Turkey; a Sunni leader who wants to restore the Sultanate and Caliphate and the fundamentalist Sunni version of anti-Shiite Islam but is also a friend of Shiite Iran; a NATO member with a special relationship with America, and a special friend and ally of Russia.

Feb 18 10:20

STILL No Non-East Asian Deaths From Corona—But CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Won’t Admit It

The story so far: There is still no confirmed case of the Coronavirus killing anyone other than ethnic East Asians. The Drudge Report today (February 15) features FRANCE REPORTS FIRST DEATH OUTSIDE ASIA... but the underlying story, from Bloomberg via Yahoo Finance, says the victim was an “80-year-old Chinese tourist.” Drudge, of course, is just scaring up clicks. But why does the rest of the Main Stream Media, and the medical Establishment, want to suppress a possibility that could relieve fears around the world: that the Coronavirus disproportionately impacts, and perhaps only kills, East Asians?

Now read on.

Feb 18 07:03

Wake Up Senators! New bipartisan War Powers Act to Constrain Military Action against Iran

Last week, the Senate voted 55/45 for a new bipartisan War Powers Act to constrain military action against Iran. The [House] voted a similar act. Both are designed to start returning the right to make war to Congress, as the Constitution clearly intended. The president is not the Warlord-in-chief in spite of what he thinks.

Feb 18 06:58

‘NY Times’ covers up annexation plan scheme to ‘denationalize’ 350,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel

The U.S. mainstream media, with the New York Times in the lead, is covering up a shocking feature of the Netanyahu/Trump annexation plan that would strip 350,000 to 400,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel of their citizenship. The “denationalization” proposal is a crime against humanity, but the American press is ignoring it.

Thabet Abu Rass lives in the affected area, a predominately Palestinian part of northeast Israel known as “The Triangle,” where he heads an organization devoted to promoting peace between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens. Here’s how he translated the denationalization proposal:

Just imagine if today Donald Trump would tell Hispanic Americans living in the southwest, in territories annexed to the United States from Mexico in the 19th century, that they are Mexican citizens now and no longer American citizens. . . That is exactly what they are trying to do to us.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To those who have been following the Israeli/Palestinian struggle for some time now, it should come as absolutely zero shock, that Israel essentially gets everything out of the alleged "deal of the century", while Palestinians get nothing, except more marginalization.

Feb 18 06:54

Libyan Rivals Readying for Long Fight - Weapons flood into the country as war looks set to escalate

With more weapons flooding into the country and no real peace talks, the various combatant factions in Libya are all gearing up for a protracted civil war. This is true both of the large groups, like Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and the UN-backed unity government, and smaller tribal groups.

With fighting looking to get worse, not better, the oil ports of Libya are under a state of blockade, with LNA forces and allies controlling the area, and everyone demanding a bigger cut of revenue to let the unity government restore shipments.

UN efforts to keep arms out of the country are failing miserably, and now every group sees new fighting as inevitable and is snatching up as many weapons for themselves as possible before that new round of violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about to get infinitely more ugly, courtesy of the absolute power vacuum left after the assassination of Ghadaffi, courtesy of the ACUS war criminal, Hillary Rodham ClintonAC

Feb 18 03:25

Yemeni Survivor Calls for Probe Into U.S. Mercenary Attack

A Yemeni who survived an assassination operation ordered by the United Arab Emirates and led by American mercenaries has spoken out a

Abdullah Suliman Abdullah Daulah, a former journalist, was caught up in the 2015 attempted assassination of Yemeni politician Ansaf Ali Mayo in the southern city of Aden, which was then under the control of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council.bout his campaign on the U.S. government to hold those responsible to account.

American mercenaries working for the Spear Operations Group carried out the mission, in which no one was killed. A 2018 Buzzfeed report detailed how the UAE contracted the Americans in their campaign against "terrorist" targets in Yemen, many of whom were linked to the Islamist Al-Islah political party—a Yemeni affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood organization that is banned in the UAE.

Feb 18 03:17

Satellite Images Show Heavy Damage From Israeli Attack on Damascus AirportSeveral warehouses destroyed

On February 13, Israel attacked the Damascus Airport with a series of missile strikes. Israeli media were quick to label the attack as targeting “Iranians,” which is what Israel always says it is attacking in nearby nations.

Israel’s reports were non-specific, and Syria’s reports were on some missiles being intercepted. Specific details on the damage are only now starting to emerge with commercial satellite images showing a number of warehouses destroyed.

Israeli media, dutifully, reported those as Iranian warehouses, and further suggested that the airport site must’ve been the headquarters of the Iranian Quds Force, despite no evidence supporting such a claim.

Feb 18 02:01

US MILITARY PREPPING FOR CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

SOURCE: MILITARY TIMES

U.S. Northern Command is executing plans to prepare for a potential pandemic of the novel coronavirus, now called COVID19, according to Navy and Marine Corps service-wide messages issued this week.

An executive order issued by the Joint Staff and approved by Defense Secretary Mark Esper this month directed Northern Command and geographic combatant commanders to initiate pandemic plans, which include ordering commanders to prepare for widespread outbreaks and confining service members with a history of travel to China.

The Navy and Marine Corps messages, issued Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, reference an executive order directing U.S. Northern Command to implement the Department of Defense Global Campaign plan for Pandemic Influenza and Infectious Diseases 3551-13.

The document serves as the Pentagon’s blueprint for planning and preparing for widespread dispersion of influenza and previously unknown diseases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That bit about "previously unknown diseases", is causing the hair on the back of my neck to start break-dancing, a usually double-plus ungood sign.

I would like to suggest that if you have not been to your health care professional in some, time, now might be a reasonble time to check in, and make sure that your immune system is doing as well as it can.

Please have the horse-sense to be eating intelligently and well, and follow some common-sense rules about supplementation.

But I am having to wonder; is this military preparation a rehearsal for the invocation of martial law in this country, in order to prevent the outbreak of this virus from becoming just as virulent as it has become in China, and just how draconian is civilian and military leadership thinking about getting here?!?

Feb 18 00:00

Syrian citizens of Aleppo celebrating the complete liberation of Aleppo from Terrorism.

Syrian Arab Army declared all of Aleppo city including countryside safe and clean from terrorism the blessed Sunday night of 16-2-2020, Syrians started to celebrate the victory and this is one of hundreds of videos, including formal news agencies to cover this event.

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