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Oct 26 08:00

40 Killed, 1,000 Wounded In One Day As Violent Protests Sweep Across Iraq

A surge in violent clashes with police marked another deadly week of protests in Iraq, after two weeks ago over 150 were killed and over 6,000 wounded nationwide when the large-scale demonstrations began.

On Friday over 40 protesters were killed in clashes with police, and according to security sources cited in Reuters, an "Iranian-backed militia opened fire to try to quell renewed demonstrations."

Baghdad's central diplomatic compound area which hosts the heavily fortified American Embassy among others has remained on security lock-down throughout much of the month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How in the world would Reuters know that the killings were done by "an Iranian-backed militia"?!?

The short answer is, they don't; Iran was simply a convenient country to blame for this escalation in violence.

Were I a betting woman, I would almost be willing to bet that those militia members doing the shooting and killing, were either American or Israeli military; this would be "the justification" for stopping the American withdrawal from the country, as its leadership is currently demanding.

Could it have been some of Muktada Al Sadr's people, former members of his Mahdi Army, which gave the US and Debathified Sunni militias such grief after the fall of Saddam Hussein?!? Possibly.

But again, why would Al Sadr's people give the US its excuse for staying in-country?!?

The guy may be many things, but stupid is absolutely not one of them; the fact that he is still breathing air, readily testifies to his mental acuity.

Oct 25 11:59

Escobar: Vladimir Putin, Syria's Pacifier-In-Chief

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Saker blog,

Russia-Turkey deal establishes ‘safe zone’ along Turkish border and there will be joint Russia-Turkey military patrols.

The negotiations in Sochi were long – over six hours – tense and tough. Two leaders in a room with their interpreters and several senior Turkish ministers close by if advice was needed. The stakes were immense: a road map to pacify northeast Syria, finally.

The press conference afterwards was somewhat awkward – riffing on generalities. But there’s no question that in the end Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan managed the near impossible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last paragraph, regarding "Syrian territorial integrity", is nothing less than a miracle here.

But I am very concerned that President Trump has decided to leave US military to guard the oil fields from ISIS; one has to wonder just how soon we may see one, or many, shooting incidents against both Turkish and Russian military.

I am not holding my breath right now, that the US government and military do not want a confrontation here; but again, if that is not the case, why are they not bringing our troops in Syria home?!?

Military action from one NATO member against another, cannot be good for the organization's image, or that of the US for that matter.

And it appears that the President has absolutely no "plan B", if the situation of unwanted troops on Syrian soil brings the shooting war to a head.

Oct 25 11:46

Should Erdogan's Summit With Putin Be Ringing Alarm Bells For NATO?

Authored by Con Coughlin via The Gatestone Institute,

With Turkey seemingly intent on forging an ever-closer relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the time has come to give serious consideration to Ankara's continued membership of the NATO alliance.

When the Turks first became members of NATO back in 1952, it was because their country was seen as a vital bulwark against the Soviet Union. Having Turkey in NATO meant it was easier to monitor the activities of the Soviet Black Sea fleet, and limited Moscow's ability to spread its tentacles into eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Now, thanks to the increasingly anti-Western conduct of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, none of these considerations remains relevant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Coughlin, a word, please.

We know who you are and what you represent; The Gatestone Institute The Wikipedia article goes on to state:

'Gatestone Institute is a conservative think tank with a focus on Islam and the Middle East. It was founded in 2008 by Nina Rosenwald, who serves as its president. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former national security advisor, John R. Bolton, was its chairman from 2013 to March 2018.'

First, I would like to politely ask just what NATO should do with Turkey at this time?!? Invade, perhaps, with Russia coming in to assist the Turks, as they did so remarkably well with Bashar Al Assad's Syria?!?

And what, sir, about the US nuclear missiles, still held at Incirkik?!? Would you suggest some kind of decap strike through which to secure them, then take a beeline out of Turkey, to store them "somewhere safe"?

It looks like the nearest NATO country, and relatively new to NATO participation, is Bulgaria Map: Turkey and Surrounding Countries

We are looking at a nearly 2 hours in, and two hours out; this is way too long to insure safely getting in, and getting out, of Turkey, without affecting a successful decap strike on Istanbul first; at what cost to NATO and Turkish military personnel, Mr. Coughlin?!?

Apparently, Mr. Coughlin has a difficult time getting how NATO has really been ignoring Turkey, as it continues surrounding Russia with NATO troops and equipment in both Europe, and particularly in former Communist entities:

US boosts number of high-precision weapons in sea waters surrounding Russia – Navy chief

Amid rising tensions, NATO chief pitches confrontation with Russia to US Congress

Preperations for War: NATO/US Intelligence Activities Increase around Russian Border

Folks, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for NATO and the US to do, regarding Russia, is utterly zero guarantee that they won't do it.

And I would like to also politely remind Mr. Coughlin, that the US was attempting to sell Erdogan, his Military, and all of Turkey on a still-flawed, horribly dysfunctional defense system in the F-35 fighter.

F35 Flaws are being hidden, so LOCKHEED-MARTIN can declare that the development phase is done.

Pentagon is battling the clock to fix serious, hither-to, unreported F-35 problems

F-35 Fighter Jets Face Serious Flaws, Report Finds

F-35 faces most critical test

And forgive me, Mr. Coughlin, but why in the name of Heaven, is the US President Trump attempting to "sell" our NATO ally, Edrogan's Turkey, on the concept of buying these still very flawed fighters, when the world has seen precisely how wonderful the Russian S-400 defensive system has worked in Syria?

The point is, sir, when the US and NATO push Turkey away from them, Turkey is going to behave as the one which has been slighted here; that no one in the State Department, Pentagon, or White House saw this coming, was absolutely a catastrophic failure of imagination on their part.

Oct 25 07:12

Trump’s Syria ‘oil gambit’ is a crime, and what may be worse – a mistake

Sometimes this guy makes my head spin!

US President Donald Trump’s baffling comments about keeping some troops in Syria to “secure the oil” suggest a confused, contradictory – and ultimately self-defeating – policy.

While Trump has not officially renounced the “Assad must go” policy of his predecessor, the pullout was supposed to be the end of it in practice. The sudden talk about Syrian oil fields, however, suggests that someone from the “swamp” managed to persuade the president to keep one foot in the endless foreign wars he has pledged to end.

The Syrians rightly regard any US attempt to seize the oil fields as theft and piracy.

Oct 25 07:04

Now the Generals Speak Up?

Now they’ve decided to speak out! For years, I’ve published searing critiques of America’s senior generals and admirals for their failure to speak out publicly against U.S. foreign policy and warmongering. Specifically, I’ve argued that it’s their duty to loudly dissent, and if necessary resign, in opposition to the nation’s ongoing, ill-advised, illegal and unwinnable forever wars.

Now, in a rather dark bit of irony, the – mostly retired – generals have turned my advice on its head. In unprecedented numbers, a litany of prominent military leaders have recently spoken out. Unfortunately, they’ve chosen to do so in the name of continuing perpetual war – specifically in Syria. The target of their criticism, of course, is Donald Trump, whose clumsy withdrawal (and partial redeployment) of a modest number of soldiers from northeast Syria has led the military establishment to declare rhetorical war on the president.

Oct 25 06:52

DEAD MEN DON’T NEED IMPEACHMENT. Swamp in Panic: Trump In Danger.

In the Deep State’s current state of mania, an assassination attempt is not only likely but perhaps inevitable. I predict they will have one of their insiders still in the White House do it, or a foreign team (CIA trained) do the hit on his helicopter. Not a single CIA, DOJ, NSA, DNI or Secret Service leftover from Barack Hussein Obama should be allowed near him and then all 17 illegal spy agencies that have so disgraced my nation should be shaken up or even better, shut down.

No other leader in my nation’s history would have the audacity to take on these evil forces—or have a chance of winning other than Donald Trump—and they will do everything possible to take him out before he gets them.

Oct 24 15:06

Pentagon to Test 5G at 4 U.S. Bases Despite Warnings From Security Experts, The U.S. Navy, NASA, Doctors, Engineers, Environmentalists, Meteorologists, and More

By B.N. Frank

A growing list of credible experts continues to warn that incorporating 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technology will one way or a bunch of ways lead to disastrous consequences. Thanks to Nextgov for the heads up on another really horrible 5G idea in the making...

Oct 24 11:02

Car Bombs Rock Northern Syria After "Hundreds" Of ISIS Prisoners Escape

On Thursday a car bomb detonated in the town of Tal Abyad, wounding several Turkish-backed Syrian fighters outside their militia headquarters, following at least three other similar blasts this week, which targeted various groups fighting in northeast Syria.

The AP reports "There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing" and confirmed that "Similar bombings have taken place in the past in another enclave held for several years by Turkey and its Syrian allies on the northwest part of the border." Multiple civilian casualties have been reported in each case.

This sudden spate of mystery bomb attacks in heavily trafficked civilian areas suggests a resurgent ISIS could already be at work, after this month's Turkish invasion of Syrian Kurdish areas has resulted in mass ISIS prison breaks in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, you mean that SAME Isis which has been trained, funded, and provided weaponry by the US and Israel?!?

Color me unsurprised here.

Oct 24 10:11

RUSSIA TAKES S-400 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM TO SERBIA FOR ITS FIRST EVER DRILL ABROAD (VIDEOS)

SOURCE: RT
Moscow sent its latest S-400 Triumf and Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile systems to the Balkans for their first ever exercise abroad.
The S-400s, along with a battery of Pantsirs, were deployed at Batajnica Air Base, 25 km from Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday. They are there to take part in the ‘Slavic Shield 2019’ joint military drill.

It is the first Russian-Serbian exercise of its kind, as well as the first time Moscow’s state-of-the-art air defense missile systems have taken part in a drill abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks to me as though the Russians are not bashful about showing off how wonderfully some of their war toys work; I wish that the US government could honestly say the same about the state of their weaponry.

Oct 24 09:57

IRAQI DEFENSE MINISTER GIVES US TROOPS 4 WEEKS TO LEAVE IRAQ

SOURCE: NY POST
US troops withdrawing from northeastern Syria to Iraq are “transiting” and will leave the country within four weeks, Iraq’s defense minister said Wednesday.

Najah al-Shammari made the remarks to the Associated Press following a meeting in Baghdad with visiting US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who arrived as Iraqi leaders chafed over reports the US may want to increase the number of troops based in Iraq, at least temporarily.

Iraq’s military said Tuesday that American troops leaving northeastern Syria don’t have permission to stay in Iraq in a statement that appeared to contradict Esper, who has said all US troops leaving Syria would continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group from Iraq to prevent its resurgence in the region.

He later added that the troops would be there temporarily until they are able to go home, but no time period has been set.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, a word, please; the gentleman with whom you should be negotiating, and right the heck now, is Muktada Al Sadr, the Iranian cleric who gave the US the ultimatum that they had to leave the moment the Original SOFA with Iraq said they should, otherwise, they would all be "fair targets" for his Mahdi Army.

Without his word on any kind of promise regarding how long US service members can actually stay in Iraq, you are just ...wasting time, and the US taxpayer's money.

I would politely like to remind you that Al Sadr is one of the most powerful men in Iraq with utterly no title or governmental job whatsoever, but it is his coalition which rules Iraq at this time.

Please remember that, in your coming negotiations, this is the only guy whose opinion really counts in Iraq.

Oct 24 09:33

 A YEAR AFTER KHASHOGGI MURDER, 'ALL IS FORGIVEN' AS WALL STREET FLOCKS TO MBS' "DAVOS IN THE DESERT"

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
When last year Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) hosted his second annual Future Investment Initiative, he was under international condemnation and scrutiny, and his invitation for major investment in modernizing the kingdom was immediately branded with pariah-status by global elites, given the event dubbed "Davos in the Desert" awkwardly came a mere three weeks after the Oct. 2, 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the consulate in Istanbul.

A year later we now know more about the Saudi state-sanctioned murder, with comprehensive investigative reports by the UN and CIA pointing the finger directly at MbS for ordering the grizzly hit and dismemberment, and though last year's "Davos in the Desert" was boycotted by a number of high profile companies and CEOs, this year's MbS-hosted investment forum in Riyadh appears business as usual once again, a mere one short year later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not only for Kashoggi and the family and friends who still grieve for his loss; it is also for every Yemeni child; woman; and man who has been cut down far before their time, in this US government-aided and abetted, ongoing slaughter in Yemen.

Most of you do not like the pictures I put up, when I mention the war against the Yemeni people; but only by continuing to tell the truth, in the best manner I can, will, hopefully, enhance the causes of peace and Justice in this war-ravaged part of the world.

Warning; these images may cause you to lose your lunch, but it is imperative that the citizens of this country have a civil conversation about how much these strikes in Yemen are "protecting American's way of life". Do these kids have to sicken and die, please, for that to happen?!?

Images:
Yemeni kids killed or severely crippled by US-assisted Saudi Air Strikes

2. Images: children suffering massive deformities due to Saudi use of depleted uranium in Yemen. That picture of that tiny, failing infant on the exam table, says it all; I so want to reach through that computer screen, hold them in my arms, and comfort them, for at least a couple of moments; but of course, the one thing that the people of this country have a really difficult time comprehending that their government has been consorting with war criminals, which makes this country's population war criminals as well. So, what are we going to do about it, keep ignoring this?!?

Images; Yemeni children dying of starvation because no food can get into the country

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera, because the Saudi/US forces have destroyed the water infrastructure

I cannot, and will not, turn away from these images; these children are NOT collateral damage, but kids who need healthy food and water; an education; loving parents; and an opportunity to fulfill whatever they can do successfully.

Please, share this article with your friends and neighbors, and please, not on line; all this information will be deplatformed immediately by those forces for evil/profit, who want to see the slaughter in Yemen continue, as that means big bucks for their stock portfolios in the MIC (Military industrial Complex) with which they are making a killing, literally and figuratively.

Oct 23 09:13

Trump to lift Turkey sanctions as he claims ALL credit for Syria border de-escalation

The Border crossing between Iraq and Syria is now open. In due time the US base at Al Tanf will be closed and evacuated and we will be out of Syria.
Russia,Iraq and Iran will have access to the Med. China will build railroad and highway links and pipelines through Syria to the Med and another part of the Silk Road will be completed.

US President Donald Trump says he’ll lift sanctions on Turkey, unless he’s “not happy” with its actions in northern Syria, as he took complete credit for “saving” of Kurds, claiming the outcome was created by “no other nation."

Trump said Turkey had confirmed that it would make an earlier five-day ceasefire permanent and that it was holding "very well" so far.

He said the US would welcome the help of other countries in dealing with the conflict, adding that a "small number" of US troops would remain in the area "where they have the oil."

Oct 23 09:12

Turks appeased, Kurds saved, US gets breathing space: ‘Russia takes on job that US failed at’ in Syria

A Russian-Turkish deal on security arrangements in northeastern Syria is a major win for Moscow’s diplomatic approach, but Washington was hardly crushed by it, Middle East experts tell RT.

On Tuesday the security crisis in northeastern Syria, which was triggered by US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops embedded with Kurdish militias in the face of a looming Turkish crackdown, deflated. The breakthrough comes from Russia, where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian host Vladimir Putin signed a short agreement on how security should be provided along the Syrian-Turkish border

Oct 23 08:19

Is Tulsi Gabbard Controlled Opposition?

By wmw_admin on October 23, 2019

Antifa Fascist Fangirl Tulsi Gabbard posing with Evan Duke, leader of Portland Antifa and Occupy ICE pic.twitter.com/XIBJg62qed

— badluck (@badluck_jones) October 20, 2019

Of course she is! She hates the 2nd Amendment. She is a supporter of the LGBTQ movement which is castrating little boys and masculineizing little girls! She is in favor of abortion. She is a feminist. She is in favor of illegal immigration. Believes in so-called climate change. And she supports Israel.She is in favor of almost everything that is destroying America! She is a dyed in the wool socialist!
By the way Evan Duke has been indicted in Portland for rioting among other things. 2 felonies and one misdemeanor.

Oct 23 08:06

The New World is Emerging Before Us

Thierry Meyssan underlines the extreme gravity, not of the US withdrawal from Syria, but of the collapse of the world’s current landmarks. According to him, we are entering a short transition period, during which the current masters of the game, the "financial capitalists" - and those he refers to here have nothing to do with either original capitalism or the original bank - will be rejected in favour of the rules of law laid down by Russia in 1899.

It’s a time that only happens once or twice a century. A new world order is emerging. All previous references disappear. Those who were doomed to grieve triumph, while those who ruled are thrown into hell. The official statements and interpretations made by journalists clearly no longer correspond to the events that follow one another. Commentators must change their discourse as quickly as possible, overturn it in its entirety or be caught up in the whirlwind of history.

Oct 23 08:02

When U.S. Officials Ignore The President The Outcome Is Chaos

Since Donald Trump became president many of his subordinates have tried to subvert his policies. Instead of implementing Trump's idea and preferences they have tried to implement their own. Some have done so because they believed that it is the "right thing to do" while others have ignored Trump's wishes to play their own game.

A recent example can be found in a Washington Post Ukrainegate story:

Oct 23 07:50

The Tide Is Turning In America

Brother Nathaniel Kapner is optimistic. He thinks the tide is turning.I sure hope so!

Oct 23 05:44

How Much Oil Is At Stake In Syria?

Though it's as yet uncertain whether the Pentagon is actually going to execute the plan, Trump is mulling keeping a small US troop contingency in Syria in order to "secure the oil".

The president said at a cabinet meeting Monday: “I always said if you’re going in, keep the oil,” the WSJ reported. “We’ll work something out with the Kurds so that they have some money, so that they have some cash flow. Maybe we’ll get one of our big oil companies to go in and do it properly.”

In response, former special presidential anti-ISIL envoy Brett McGurk, who served under both the Obama and Trump administrations, stated the obvious: “Oil, like it or not, is owned by the Syrian state,” he said Monday. “Maybe there are new lawyers, but it was just illegal for an American company to go and seize and exploit these assets."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once this country has started down the road of no boundaries whatsoever, it sincerely risks becoming a kelptocracy, which in so many many ways, the Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika has become.

The natural inclination of our Deep State Leadership, is to proclaim, in a hubristic fashion, its "Pax Amerikana" upon all countries in the world, declaring that somehow, the US government, by its fiat and "divine right", can make it completely OK for the US to expropriate resources to which it has utterly no moral right, and sell those resources only to those who pay in American dollars.

But there is something stirring in the winds; and those are the winds of palpable unrest, in nations which are being strangled by US foreign policy, or the dollar dictatorship and hideous austerity programs of the IMS (most of IMF members know i a "collection context" via taxes, which has nothing to do with their brilliantly Cartier-encrusted lifestyles).

We are very close to an actual breaking point, where the US will not have enough military support, or weapons, to put down popular uprisings which are happening so many places on this planet.

And unfortunately, this kind of unrest could also come to the US in short-term fashion; the huge agricultural swaths of land in this country have become both unplantable, and unharvestable, due to massive floods, in terms of our once-held glory as a "breadbasket to the world".

Food will become much more expensive, even for the very basics, and some people in this country may - literally - starve to death.

I would therefore suggest very politely that perhaps the turn of gaze inward,, at America's own difficulties and concerns, would be a far more fruitful enterprise for this government.

How are your going to feed those food insecure this fall, Mr. President?!? Will Syrian oil be that big a deal when this country starts to have riots over food, and in massive ways?!?

Oct 23 05:23

Physically, Mentally Frail Assange Suffers "Vicious Travesty Of Justice" In Latest Court Appearance

Authored by Craig Murray,

I was deeply shaken while witnessing yesterday’s events in Westminster Magistrates Court. Every decision was railroaded through over the scarcely heard arguments and objections of Assange’s legal team, by a magistrate who barely pretended to be listening.

Before I get on to the blatant lack of fair process, the first thing I must note was Julian’s condition. I was badly shocked by just how much weight my friend has lost, by the speed his hair has receded and by the appearance of premature and vastly accelerated ageing. He has a pronounced limp I have never seen before. Since his arrest he has lost over 15 kg in weight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Learned Helplessness"; wasn't this taught to the alleged interrogators for the "grand inquisitions" at Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, simply to get the tortured to commit through confessions, things they had never actually done?!?

And have these practices not also been defined as "war crimes"?!?

And THIS... from the country which gave the world the Magna Carta?!?

To Queen Elizabeth II; Your Majesty, this ... is by far, magnitudes worse than any behaviour in which your extended family may, or may not, possibly have participated; and I suggest that your turn your gaze elsewhere.

And I would, as someone with a very British heritage (the names of Rawson and Yarbrough are names in my Mom's side of the family) very politely summon the heads of MI5 and MI6 to Buckingham palace, to explain to you, the titular royal head of a country which, theoretically, believes in Freedom of Expression, just what the HELL they have done with Assange, and when can you, and the country, please, expect this to stop?!?

The application of torture to a person who amounts to a political prisoner, I believe is not legal in the UK, right?!?

IF in fact Craig Murray is correct in his assessment, it appears that the UK has been complicit in war crimes; one does not know about the range of psychological torture Assange has endured; but right now, I would almost be willing to bet it has been chemical as well. He might be quietly pronounced as having cancer, and assassinated to insure he can never stand trial in the US.

Oct 22 21:48

Russia replaces US as Mideast power broker

The US is well on it's way to 3rd world status and will soon be thrown on the dung heap of history. Sad,but well deserved. 400 years of Blood Sweat and Tears down the crapper of history!

Less than 48 hours after US troops were pelted with tomatoes and stones as they abandoned their former Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria, Russia has moved in as the region’s new referee.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, after marathon six-hour talks with his Turkish counterpart, secured an agreement to halt a Turkish invasion of the border area – instead offering joint patrols with his forces in specific border towns.

Oct 22 21:43

Up In Smoke: The Neocon Assault on Syria Is Finally Over

By a vote of 354-60 last week the U.S. House of Representative proved that Imperial Washington is addicted to war, and that the level of ignorance, bellicosity and mendacity among the people’s representative has reach appalling heights.

Having never voted for Washington’s pointless, illegal and destructive fomenting of Syria’s calamitous civil war in the first place, as the constitution requires, the bipartisan congressional mob actually had the gall to vote to keep US forces in the middle of a centuries old Kurd/Turk conflict that has zero implications – and we mean as in none, nichts and nada – for the security and safety of the American homeland.

Oct 22 13:12

Trump: US May Have to Go to War With Iran Soon

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, President Trump bragged about his efforts to try to get the US “out of wars,” then warned that “we may have to get in wars, too. OK?“

Trump continued on talking about how ready the US is for a war with Iran, and how Iran will get hit “like they’ve never been hit before.” The implication is clear that Trump is nominally ending wars, but that America’s hawks will get fresh, new wars to replace them.

That’s likely a rather cynical political ploy, given how much political heat the administration is under for appearing to almost end the Syrian War. That war may not be ending, but offering to trade it for a much bigger Iran War would probably placate many critics.

It’s likely also related to Trump’s interest in portraying himself as generally tough and the best at war. That, and his fondness for threatening Iran with unprecedented horrors seem destined to keep threatening an Iran War forever a possibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(sigh) Mr. President, a word, please; you appear to be ready to bring this war-weary, and war-skeptical country into yet more and more geopolitical confrontations, for which you have absolutely zero actionable evidence .

The issue of Iran is, indeed, a very complicated issue; but attempting to "just do it", i.e., go to war against it, to appease your biggest supporters, the Israeli Government; Bibi Netanyahu; the US Deep State, and Sheldon Adelson,many well have far more, potentially devastating consequences for this country than you can possibly imagine at this point in time.

I see you surrounding yourself with "yes people", when what you need is a dedicated Department of Peace, to give you alternative possible actions from which you can choose to get what the the US government wants to see happen.

As Putin did with Syria, should the US government attack Iran, you may well see Russian Troops and equipment, available to Iranian troops, as a supplement; Iran and Russia conscript, and lately, Russian defensive systems have been proven to very possibly eclipse whatever the US, at this point in its weaponry development, can do (if not light-years ahead of us, but I digress).

Mr. President, I would like to politely but firmly suggest that you pay maximum attention to the following, and because this is serious business, and affects everyone who lives here.

New Flood Dangers in South/
central US Face Slow Grind of Recovery

2019:
Midwestern US Floods

Grain Supplies Likely hit if Farmers Turn to Payouts

The Hidden Catastrophe of the Midwest's Floods

Persistent Wet Weather interferes with Midwest Farmers' Planting

Bad Weather and Trade Wars Complicate Planting for Midwest Farmers

The Bottom Line here, Mr. President; we may have problems with food insecurity right here in this country, and the prices are going to rise substantially because of this, for whatever food is available.

This will not interfere with the lifestyles of your very rich friends; but we have a huge number of people who are already marginalized, and this is going to be one lousy winter.

So the question is, rather than try to kill off a governmental system in the Middle East, perhaps now is the time to mobilize the USDA, social media, and teach people with very small resources how to slow cook, and make the best of their resources by teaching them how to preserve food.

Please remember; a population which is having difficulty feeding their families, are not going to vote for the people who were in charge of that economy which failed them with a basic human need, that... of sustenance.

Oct 22 12:28

U.S. Military Seeks A.I. “Quarterback” to Call Plays for The Internet of Battlefield Things

By Nicholas West

Similar to its civilian counterpart, The Internet of Things, the military has been trying to increase the integration between physical objects, data collection, data analysis and autonomous decision making into The Internet of Battlefield Things.

Now, they are flat-out stating that the Quarterback A.I. will "select the most appropriate strategy" for how to wage war...

Oct 22 07:48

Iran Prepares For War With Israel

Iran Prepares For War With Israel
By Yossef Bodansky - Oct 21, 2019, 1:00 PM CDT
Iran Prepares For War With Israel

Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on October 10, 2019, at the memorial for the fatalities of the October 1973 War, and focused on the rising Iranian threats to Israel.
He strongly hinted at the possibility of both an Israeli preemptive military strike against Iran and the specter of a major protracted regional war.

Iran Prepares For War With Israel (Part 2)
All of the recent geopolitical developments in the Middle East have not been lost in Jerusalem.
Even as Israel remained immersed in a major political crisis in the aftermath of two inconclusive parliamentary elections, the security cabinet and the defense establishment are focused on the looming Iranian threat and the specter of a major war.
https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Iran-Prepares-For-War-With-...

Oct 22 07:16

Iran FM: I’m ready to visit Saudi Arabia to settle differences

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he is ready to visit Saudi Arabia to help reduce tensions between Riyadh and Tehran if suitable conditions existed.

Iran's top diplomat made the remarks while answering a question posed by Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news agency on the sidelines of a conference held in Tehran on Monday themed “Unilateralism and International Law.”

“If suitable conditions are provided, I would be ready to travel to Riyadh to settle differences” between the two countries, Zarif was quoted by ISNA as saying.

"Tehran welcomes any initiative that aims to ease tensions in the region and will cooperate [with other parties] to end Yemen’s war," he added.

Oct 22 07:11

Trump warns U.S. 'may have to get in wars'

OH! Please Donald! STFU while you are still ahead! ZIP IT!!!

President Donald Trump on Monday offered a confusing description of his foreign policy priorities as commander in chief — insisting that he is working to bring home American soldiers, while warning the U.S. may soon enter into new military conflicts.

“I'm trying to get out of wars. We may have to get in wars, too. OK? We may have to get in wars,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

“We're better prepared than we've ever been,” he continued. “If Iran does something, they'll be hit like they've never been hit before!

Oct 22 06:48

Transit only: US troops pulled out of Syria & moved to Iraq are now asked OUT of the country

US forces that crossed into Iraq after pulling out from Syria can only use its territory for transit and do not have permission to stay, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday.

Oct 21 13:17

The Turkish invasion of Rojava

Very interesting article. Maybe Trump and Putin should share The Nobel Peace Prize.
by Thierry Meyssan

While the international community publicly fears the brutality of the Turkish intervention in northern Syria, it unofficially welcomes this intervention as the one and only solution to bring peace to the region. The war against Syria ends with one more crime. The fate of Idleb’s foreign mercenaries, the rabid jihadists during eight years of a particularly savage and cruel war, has yet to be determined.

The international press, which has not followed the events on the ground and has been satisfied with the contradictory official statements of recent months, is astounded. All states in unison denounce the Turkish operation, including the United States, Russia, Israel, Iran and Syria, although they have all negotiated and validated it.

Oct 21 08:11

The Army Is Building A Cannon Capable Of Firing From Nashville To NYC

The U.S. national defense budget is one of the most bloated in the world, with funding exceeding $1 trillion as the Pentagon and defense industry-friendly politicians seek to secure the unquestioned dominance of the U.S. Armed Forces across the globe.

However, advances in the military-technical field by U.S. rivals like China and Russia - who have each developed advanced hypersonic deterrent weapons - have gripped U.S. war-planners with a feeling of insecurity over the state of the U.S. military’s overstocked arsenals, as well as a nagging sense that U.S. power is on the long-term decline.

Oct 21 05:57

Winners and Losers in the Turkish attack on the Kurds in Syria (part 3 of 3)

In the Levant, the US has dramatically failed to reach its objectives, but it has succeeded in waking Russia from its long hibernation, to challenge the US unilateral hegemony of the world and to develop new forms of alliance. Iran has also challenged the US hegemony incrementally since the 1979 “Islamic Revolution”. Iran has planned meticulously, and patiently built a chain of allies connecting different parts of the Middle East. Now, after 37 years, Iran can boast a necklace of robust allies in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan- who are all ready, if necessary, to take up arms to defend Iran. Iran, in fact, has greatly benefited from US mistakes.

Oct 20 13:43

A New Middle East Thanks to Putin

If The Nobel Peace Prize Committee wants to restore it's credibility,The Nobel Peace Prize should go to President Vladimir Putin of The Russian Federation!

Peace in the Middle East is coming at us fast and we’re going to have Russian President Vladimir Putin to thank for it.

From the moment Putin began his intervention into Syria the U.S.’s punditocracy said he would get bogged down in a quagmire. That he couldn’t afford the coming war with entrenched ISIS fighters.

Within days of Russian air operations beginning the Syrian Arab Army began taking large chunks of territory from U.S. and Turkish-backed rebels and from ISIS.

The efficiency of the Russian air crews was off the charts and the results on the ground spoke for themselves........

Oct 19 21:14

Babylon wrecked by war

Troops from the US-led force in Iraq have caused widespread damage and severe contamination to the remains of the ancient city of Babylon, according to a damning report released today by the British Museum.

John Curtis, keeper of the museum's Ancient Near East department and an authority on Iraq's many archaeological sites, found "substantial damage" on an investigative visit to Babylon last month.

The ancient city has been used by US and Polish forces as a military depot for the past two years, despite objections from archaeologists.

"This is tantamount to establishing a military camp around the Great Pyramid in Egypt or around Stonehenge in Britain," says the report, which has been seen by the Guardian.

Oct 19 21:09

Turkish bombing damages 3,000-year-old temple in northern Syria

Turkish airstrikes against Kurdish forces have partially destroyed a 3,000-year-old temple in northern Syria, according to a monitoring group and the Syrian regime.

The neo-Hittite temple of Ain Dara was built in around 1300 BC and is famous for its elaborate images of lions and sphinxes.

The temple was at least 60 per cent destroyed by Turkish forces as they attacked the Kurdish-held area of Afrin, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

Pictures posted online by the group appeared to show part of the temple had been reduced to rubble.

Oct 19 17:36

Pentagon ‘Dumps’ 1970s Floppy Disks Securing Nuclear Missile Launches

Oftentimes in the military, the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” becomes hard to argue. And in a world where threat actors from enemy nation states probe for any and every weakness, replacing a system that has been glitch and breach free for decades is a tough ask. So it is with the U.S. military’s decision to shift its Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS) from 1970s tech to something more contemporary. As reported by defense news site C4isrnet, the highly secure U.S. military messaging services has finally “dumped the floppy disk.”

Oct 19 06:15

Secret NATO Military Exercises in Germany Drill Nuclear War Scenario – Report

The reported war games are being held a few months after the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between Russia and the US, which was prompted by Washington’s move to withdraw from the accord on 2 August.

NATO allies are holding secret military exercises in Germany, which aim to drill a nuclear war scenario, the German newspaper Kronen Zeitung reports.

During the drills, codenamed “Steadfast Noon”, the military personnel utilise warplanes which could be equipped with nuclear weapons in the event of a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why in the name of heaven are the US political classes planning Armageddon for the rest of us, who do not have "panic bunkers", rather than attempting to ratchet down tensions with Russia, which could mean peace and prosperity for a lot of people around the world?!?

Because, in a few words, we are completely expendable to them, other than as cannon fodder.

Russia understands what happens when war is on their doorstep; most Americans have absolutely zero connection with the American Civil War, so their only connection to war are the "sanitized" bits of footage and soundbites they get from their television, if it ever gets discussed by the talking head/Corporatistas at all.

And for me, all wars represent "a catastrophic failure of imagination" when other modalities for conflict resolution are not employed.

Oct 19 06:01

Getting Out Of Foreign Wars: Next Up, Ukraine?

Authored by Doug Bandow via The American Conservative blog,

Recently Ukraine has been thrown into the spotlight as Democrats gear up to impeach President Donald Trump. More important, though, is its role in damaging America’s relations with Russia, which has resulted in a mini-Cold War that the U.S. needs to end.

In 2014, Washington and European governments backed a street putsch against the elected, though highly corrupt, pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych. The Putin government responded by annexing Crimea and backing separatist forces in Eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region. Washington and Brussels imposed economic sanctions on Russia and provided military aid to Kiev.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Annexing Crimea"?!? Sir, let's stop with the codswallop, because it has become far too much to swallow. And President Obama admitted to the US role in this Ukrainian putsch during a televised interview:

Obama admists that the US government brokered a deal in support of Regime Change in Ukraine

Apparently, you have utterly no grasp of what really happened, after Poroshenko was "anointed" as Ukraine's geopolitical "saviour" in 2014.

The people in Crimea knew that there would be no decency, or real representation in government coming out of Kiev (you do know what country of which the city is capital, don't you?!?) forthcoming for a long time to come. So this is what the people of Crimea did:

1. In a fair and honest referendum, the Crimean government asked its people if it wanted to stay with Ukraine, or leave it, after the "election" to install Poroshenko. Overwhelmingly, Crimea voted to leave Ukraine, and request that the Russian Federation allow Crimea to return to as a member of the Russian Federation.

2. Here is the BBC article on this; had you actually done your homework, and researched this intelligently (which you obviously did not), you would have realized that this was a documented referendum, and a documented return to Russia as a choice by the Crimean people

And I would like to add here, that "peaceful self-determination" is one of the most critically important portions of the UN charter, to which both Russia and the US are also a signatory./ Crimea referendum: Voters 'back Russia union' Russia then accepted them as full members of the Russian Federation; there was no "annexation" whatsoever, period, end of discussion.

Oct 19 05:21

Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Syria. Russia is the Most Successful Player

Russia imposed the Astana process instead of Geneva for peace talks, it offered countries to use their local currencies for commerce rather than the dollar, and it is dealing pragmatically with Iran and Saudi Arabia, and with Assad and Erdogan. The Americans, by their recklessness, showed themselves incapable of diplomacy.

Moscow mediated between the Syrian Kurds and the central government in Damascus even when these had been under US control for years. Putin behaved wisely with Israel even when he accused Tel Aviv of provoking the killing of his officers, and stayed relatively neutral in relation to the Iran-Israel struggle.

On the other hand, Tel Aviv never thought Syria would be reunited. Today Damascus has armed drones, precision and cruise missiles from Iran, supersonic anti-ship Russian missiles- and has survived the destruction of its infrastructure and so many years of war.

Oct 19 05:10

US Military Unlikely To Withdraw From Syria's Key Oil Fields: Report

Via AlmasdarNews.com,

The U.S. Armed Forces are not withdrawing from the eastern Euphrates River Valley region of Deir Ezzor or its plethora of oil fields, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News.

According to the source, the U.S. Armed Forces won’t withdraw from these areas because of Iran’s presence in eastern Syria and the reality that Damascus would again have access to Deir Ezzor’s vital oil fields.

He would add the United States' two largest military bases in Syria are in the east near some of the country’s largest oil fields like Al-Omar.

Damascus has wanted the Al-Omar and Conoco oil fields to be returned to their government; however, with the U.S.’ large military presence in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, they have found themselves blocked from these critical petrol supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US government and military believes they are going to occupy Syria's oil fields forever?!?

How many have actually been withdrawn, or will withdraw from Syria, ahead of a major Turkish onslaught ?!? Were I a betting person, I would say, darned few.

Oct 19 03:25

The Chaos Of Baltimore Explained, How The Descent Into Hell Continues

By now, you should already know that Baltimore City is imploding on itself. The housing market has stalled, millennials are trapped in overpriced rowhomes, and widespread violent crime has taken over the region.

The deteriorating situation in Baltimore is nothing new. It started in the late 1950s when deindustrialization began, and white flight of the 1960s/70s/80s sent hundreds of thousands of Baltimoreans packing their bags for the suburbs. From the late 1950s to let's say today, the city's population has collapsed from 960,000 to around 600,000.

The city is a hollow out shell of something that was great, and also is an accurate depiction of our country at the moment.

Violent crime in the city spiked during the 1980s and surged even more during the crack epidemic of the 1990s. But a revival was in the making by the mid-2000s (violent crime dipped and a housing boom began), it was the millennials, who picked up the broken baton and wanted to revive Baltimore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a story which pairs nicely with what exists above, from August of this year, and may, potentially, carry some hope for this embattled city:

Baltimore hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since the 1960s. Meet the people trying to change that.

Oct 19 02:41

Japan To Send Its Own Military Force To Strait Of Hormuz

Ever since the new round of 'tanker wars' began in Strait of Hormuz in mid-June with a mysterious mine attack on multiple tankers, one involving a Japanese-owned ship, Tokyo has reportedly mulled sending a Japanese defense force to the area to help protect vital shipping lanes.

In a rare move, the pacifist nation appears ready to pull the trigger, as FT reports, citing chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, who indicated that "the government was planning to deploy forces in a region where a Japanese tanker, the Kokuka Courageous, was recently attacked with a limpet mine."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Japanese government does move forward with this action, that moment in time may, most probably, just barely be in front of "excrement hitting the ventilator" at warp speed, in terms of some kind of hot altercation between the US government; Israel; and Iran.

Oct 19 02:30

6 Warning Signs That Civil Unrest Is Imminent

Authored by J.G.Martinez D. via The Organic Prepper blog,

This week has been “interesting” in South America. Interesting, indeed, but as in the ancient Chinese curse style.

Here are 6 signs that civilian unrest is impending or already occurring.
The first sign, of course, is bad looks when you walk on the street.

The second sign, perhaps this is more subtle, when you see people that normally would be polite or indifferent, as a minimum, starts to look at you in sort of aggressive manner.

The third sign, of course, is people disappearing off the streets.

The fourth sign is (obviously) Law Enforcement Officials (LEOs) presence in massive amounts in the streets.

The fifth sign in modern times would be (because in the demonstrations the uniforms used it massively to identify potential groups as a target) drones flying close to some blockage or LEOs control point.

The sixth sign, and the last one, is when you start seeing people wearing a single color.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The time you have to think about these kinds of actions happening where you are, should far before they even seem to happening, and learning to make conscious decisions about what you would be comfortable doing, and what you would not be comfortable doing.

Only keep enough money in the bank to pay the bills; think about picking up some food and how you will create potable water, if you are thinking that some civil disorder may be coming, and make sure that you have additional meds, if you and the family are going to need them.

Civil unrest can absolutely go to hell in a handbasket, and breathtakingly quickly.

Find out who in your community you feel you can work with, barter with, and protect you, your family, and theirs, if things get ugly.

Oct 19 02:14

Twitter War Breaks Out Between "Russian Asset" Tulsi Gabbard And "Warmongering Queen" Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard - who like Trump was quickly put in the crosshairs of the military industrial complex, the deep state and the pro-war Atlantic Council for her de-interventionist foreign policy - fired back at Hillary Clinton, accusing her of being behind a "concerted campaign" to destroy her reputation and challenged her to stop hiding and enter the 2020 presidential race. Earlier in the day, Hillary Clinton floated a conspiracy theory that the Russians are "grooming" the Hawaii congresswoman to be a third-party candidate in 2020, while claiming 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein is "also" a Russian asset.

“Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton,” Gabbard tweeted late on Friday afternoon. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YOU GO, TULSI!!

Although I seriously doubt that Representative Gabbard will receive the Democratic nomination for President (and trust me; the Military Industrial Complex will see to that!) ,I am continually amazed at her courage.

Speaking out like this against one of the main purveyors of "geopolitical toxic shock syndrome spreaders", like the Clintons, takes... male attributes to the max.

Oct 18 21:46

Democrats Have No Answer for Trump's Anti-War Posture

Maj. Danny Sjursen

I hate to say I told you so, but well … as predicted, in the wake of Trump’s commanded military withdrawal from northeast Syria, the once U.S.-backed Kurds cut a deal with the Assad regime. (And Vice President Mike Pence has now brokered a five-day cease-fire.) Admittedly, Trump the “dealmaker” ought to have brokered something similar before pulling out and before the Turkish Army—and its Sunni Arab Islamist proxies—invaded the region and inflicted significant civilian casualties.

Oct 18 18:34

All the Hypersonic Missile Types Russia’s Massive Kirov Class Cruisers Will Deploy After Refurbishment

A Russian Kirov Class cruiser, the world’s largest class of surface combat ship, is currently undergoing a comprehensive refit and modernisation and is scheduled to enter service in the Russian Navy in the year 2021. The warship Admiral Nakhimov was commissioned by the Soviet Navy in 1988, and while initially deploying a sizeable arsenal of P-700 ‘carrier killer’ long range cruise missiles and an S-300F surface to air missile system as its primary armaments, these are being replaced by a sizeable arsenal of lighter, faster and more modern cruise missiles and a navalised variant of the more advanced S-400 air defence system.

Oct 18 15:41

Has Iran Won The War For The Middle East?

The most important historic milestone was not the heavy damage to the Saudi oil installations during the attacks on them on September 14, 2019.

Rather, it was a quiet Ashura ceremony held in the Imam Khomenei Hussainia in Tehran on September 11, 2019. Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamene‘i led the mourning ceremony for the Martyrs of the Tragedy of Karbala on the Day of Ashura1. To Khamene‘i’s left, sitting on cushions on the ground, were, in order of proximity to Khamene‘i, Hojjat al-Islam Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shi’ite-Iraqi leader known as “nationalist” and far from being Tehran’s protégé, and then, Qods Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Maj.-Gen. Hossein Salami.

Oct 18 11:47

Who Needs Missiles, Anyway? Bird Takes Down US Navy 'Doomsday' Aircraft

Despite the considerable expenses incurred by this incident, no one aboard the plane was injured, and the aircraft itself has since returned to service.

A E-6B Mercury belonging to the US Navy and assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 at Maryland-based Naval Air Station Patuxent River ended up sustaining at least $2 million in damages and was left temporarily grounded after being hit by a bird.

According to Navy Times, the plane, which serves as an airborne command and control post, and which connects US nuclear forces to the president and the secretary of defence, sustained damage after a yet unknown species of avian got sucked into one of its four engines when the aircraft was performing a touch and go landing on 2 October.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The following headline gives one just a little more perspective on the issue:
The US Navy Doomsday-plane, suffers millions of dollars, thanks to bird strike

The $141 million 'doomsday' plane was landing at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland when a bird was sucked into one of its four engines
No one was injured in the incident on October 2, but the damage amounted to at least $2million."

So let me get my head around this, please; the Americans pay $141 million per fighter jet plane, which is engineered to fend of Armageddon, but cannot handle a bird strike?!?

And of course, the company manufacturing this is.....Boeing.

So please, Dennis A. Muilenburg, Boeing CEO, please explain how your staff of engineers can put up something that can withstand a nuclear strike, but not a bird strike?!?

The tax-paying citizens of this country are very keen to know, sir.

Oct 18 11:13

Trump Claims European Nations Will Take Back ISIS Prisoners

Following reports that several high-value ISIS prisoners and their families had escaped Kurdish detention facilities during the chaos that has dominated northeastern Syria over the past week, President Trump tweeted Friday afternoon that he had convinced several of his European partners to accept responsibility for ISIS members in the custody of Syria's Kurds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, but I cannot for a moment believe this, until President Trump has named names of European leadership who have committed to this, and it is then confirmed by their individual press offices.

Oct 18 07:08

The army hoists national flag on public institutions in Ayn al-Arab

The most combat hardened army in The Middle East.

Oct 18 07:04

Kurdish forces block Syrian Army, Russian military from entering Raqqa: video

The Kurds are dumber than a box of rocks. This wont last long.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reportedly blocked the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian military from entering the city of Raqqa in northern Syria this week.

Oct 18 07:00

Syrian Army, SDF deploy missiles to Turkish border region: video

Trump's tough talk to the would be Caliph of a revived Ottoman Empire has given the Syrians 5 days to liberate large parts of northeastern Syria and to surround the Turkish Salient(Cauldron) with massive amounts of armor,artllery,men and material.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were filmed transporting grad missiles and military equipment to the Syrian-Turkish border on Thursday.

Oct 17 14:45

US & Russia work together to end conflict in Syria

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how the Russian and US military appear to be coordinating their moves in Syria so as to prevent Turkey from moving further into Northern Syria, while using diplomacy to bring the Kurds into the framework of a united Syria.

According to AMN (https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/...), Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Mark Milley and Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov held a phone conversation on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria, the JCS press service said.

“The two military leaders exchanged their views on issues of mutual concern in Syria,” the JCS said in a statement. “The two leaders have agreed to keep the specific details of their conversation secret.”

The Russian Defense Ministry issued a similar statement earlier in the day, providing no details as well.

Oct 17 12:03

Donald Trump, Alone Against All

Alone, against his opposition, against his administration and against his allies, President Trump does not seem to be able to fulfil his campaign commitments. Three years after his election, the House of Representatives launched an impeachment procedure against him because he is fighting against the corruption of the Clinton clan.

Donald Trump’s main campaign commitment to end the offensive Rumsfeld/Cebrowski military strategy and replace it with a policy of Jacksonian cooperation is met with strong internal US and external opposition from US allies. More than ever, the President appears alone, absolutely alone, in the face of the transatlantic political class.

As soon as he was elected and even before the transfer of power in 2017, Donald Trump was presented as a manic-depressive narcissist, a weak and authoritarian personality, a crypto-fascist. As soon as he joined the White House, the press called for his physical murder

Oct 17 07:37

House Dems Unanimously Vote to Condemn Withdrawal From Syria

Positions from Democrat leaders suggested an unconditional opposition to Trump ending any war and withdrawing any troops under any circumstances. They also objected to the notion that a president could end a war without their permission.

Oct 17 07:29

America sold over $55 billion in weapons in FY19

The U.S. sold $55.4 billion worth of weapons to allies and partners around the globe in fiscal 2019, a nearly flat change from the previous fiscal year.

Of that total, $48.25 billion came in payments from partner nations, $3.67 billion from grant assistance programs such as Foreign Military Financing and the Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative, and $3.47 billion for cases funded under Department of Defense Title 10 grant assistance programs, such as train and equip programs or the Afghan Security Forces Fund.

In FY17, the U.S. sold $41.93 billion in Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, deals. That number jumped a dramatic 33 percent in FY18 to $55.6 billion in deals.

While another major jump did not happen in FY19, Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, the head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, expressed confidence that the various efforts to reform his agency would continue to pay off.

Oct 17 06:14

Report–George W. Bush: Trump’s ‘Isolationist’ America Is ‘Dangerous’ for Global Peace

Former President George W. Bush, who led the United States into war across the Middle East, attacked President Trump on Wednesday night, saying U.S. intervention is necessary “for the sake of peace” around the globe.
During a panel alongside former President Bill Clinton at the Nir School of the Heart, Bush laid into Trump for his recent decision to withdraw up to 1,000 American troops from northeast Syria — fulfilling his longheld campaign promise to bring troops home after more than a decade of war.

“An isolationist United States is destabilizing around the world,” Bush said, according to the Washington Post‘s Josh Rogin. “We are becoming isolationist and that’s dangerous for the sake of peace.”

Oct 16 22:42

Manbij is ours! US military left a message

Inside the US base. The cokes were still cold.

Oct 16 22:38

How The Win-Win-Win-Win Plan For Syria's Northeast Succeeds

The Syrian and Russian operations in the northeast of Syria are going well.

Russian troops prevented attempts by Turkish supported Jihadis to attack Manbij. Russian and Syrian units now also entered Ayn al-Arab/Kobani. Syrian government troops took control of the electricity producing dam in Tabqah and some units set up posts in Raqqa. Other units entered the Conoco and Al-Umar oil fields north of Abu Kahmal and east of Deir Ezzor. Some local tribe which profited from the oil explorations there held a small protest against the return of government control.

The Russian air force in Syria is preventing the use of the Turkish air-force in support of the Turkish attacks. Yesterday a Turkish F-16 entered Syrian air space but retreated when some Russian fighters appeared to hunt for it.

Oct 16 21:59

The Russian Masterpiece in Syria: Everyone Wins

Putin is a genius!

Russia’s operation was complicated and required a lot of patience; but thanks to negotiations supervised by Russia, together with the bravery and courage of Syrian soldiers, almost all of the terrorist pockets scattered around Syria have been progressively overcome.

Erdogan currently finds himself boxed in, squeezed in by a collapsing economy, threatened by his allies (the purchase of the Russian S-400 system irritated many in Washington and in NATO): he desperately needs to present some kind of victory to his base.

With Trump, he is desperate to shift attention away from the impeachment proceedings (a hoax), and similarly needs to present some kind of victory to his base.

Erdogan and Trump have also solved the embarrassing internal conflict within NATO between Turkey and the US, probably reestablishing personal relationships (the tough talk from the White House notwithstanding).

Oct 16 19:33

Trump warned Erdogan in letter: 'Don't be a tough guy' or 'a fool'

This is a damn good letter Trump sent to the would be Caliph of a revived Ottoman Empire!
Some peoples reaction to it makes me put a palm to my forehead!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

Trump had the letter released to bolster his view that he did not give Turkey a green light to invade Syria. Many lawmakers have been sharply critical of his decision to remove American forces from the conflict zone.

“I have worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don’t let the world down. You can make a great deal,” said Trump in the letter.

He said he had confidentially enclosed to Erdogan a copy of a letter Mazloum had sent him.

Oct 16 14:52

'Don't be a tough guy!' What Donald Trump wrote to Turkey's president while Syria invasion began - as he promised 'concessions' from Kurds and warned history would see Edrogan as 'the devil' if he attacked

President Donald Trump tried to cajole Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Turkish counterpart, into negotiating with Syrian Kurds instead of invading, a letter released by the White House reveals.

'History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen,' the president wrote on October 9, as Erdogan's forces prepared to cross into Syria.

'Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!' he wrote. 'I will call you later.'

Trump told reporters during a press conference Wednesday that he hadn't given Erdogan 'a green light' to invade, and claimed releasing 'a very powerful letter' would dispel misconceptions about the impact of his troop withdrawal from Syria days before he wrote it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sitting at my desk here, and having a palm-to-forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

That President Trump believed that he could influence Erdogan by insulting him, painfully demonstrates a reckless professional idiocy, writ large, under his watch.

This... is really painful, to watch a President of the United States behaving in this manor, and actually thinking he could "save the day" by doing so.

Oct 16 14:31

Russia patrols will not allow conflict between Turkish, Syrian armies

Good on Russia's leadership!! And I know this will happen when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic, but I think, right now, for his intelligent, adult work in and for Syria, Putin really deserves a Nobel peace prize.

Oct 16 14:26

Turkish invasion creates better conditions for Islamic State terrorists as it creates chaos, Assad’s key adviser tells RT

There is a risk of an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) resurgence in Syria, and it is Turkey’s invasion of the northeast that should be blamed, Bouthaina Shaaban, a political adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, told RT.
“Every war creates chaos and chaos is a good climate for terrorism. So this invasion creates better climate for ISIS terrorists,” she said, referring to the terrorist group by its old name. “But the major force that is fighting for Turkey now are the Jabhat al-Nusra. So the terrorists are led by Turkey now to occupy part of the Syrian land.”

And from beginning it was Turkey, who allowed terrorists from all over the world to cross the border and fight this war against the Syrian people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You mean, the US-funded and trained and armed jihadists groups, sometimes called ISIS?!?

Operational scope Weapons sales, training of Syrian rebel forces
Location Eastern Europe, Jordan, Syria
Planned by Central Intelligence Agency
Target Syrian Army
Date 2012 – 2017
Executed by Central Intelligence Agency
United States Department of Defense
Jordanian Armed Forces
General Intelligence Directorate (Jordan)
Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah (Saudi Arabia)
Qatar State Security
Secret Intelligence Service (UK)

us GOVERNMENT created Al Qaeda and the Isis Terrorist Group

THOSE GUYS?!?

Looking at this, one has to wonder if this very public "spat" between DC and Istanbul, is not a "cover" for bringing ISIS back into Syria for a decap strike against Damascus.

The big question is, what will Russia do now, and what will happen in Sochi next week, when Edrogan will be having some face time with Russia's President Putin?!?

Oct 16 14:10

Israeli Defence Engineer Reveals Why Saudi Defences Failed to Repel Aramco Attacks

Previously, a source in the Russian Defence Ministry expressed an opinion that American Patriot systems, which were protecting the oil refineries, failed to do their job due to their low efficiency against drone swarm attacks.

Former Director of the Israel Missile Defence Organisation Uzi Rubin has revealed in an interview with the Defence News media outlet that Saudi air defences, namely Patriot systems, failed to repel the combined drone and missile attack on the country’s oil facilities in September due to the aerial assailants flying below the horizon. According to him, the defences were not prepared to detect such targets.

"When it comes to missiles, missile defence sensors will aim above the horizon because the missile is above it and you don’t want clutter. So when it comes to guarding, the issue is things that can sneak in near the ground", he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) And this... is the best American weaponry designers can come up with?!?!? Why did they never consider the possibility that they may need to hit targets below the horizon?!?

Oct 16 14:04

Turkish President Plans to Visit Russia's Sochi on October 22 - Erdogan's Office

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to visit Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 22, the Turkish presidential administration announced on Wednesday.

Erdogan spoke by phone with Putin on Tuesday. The leaders discussed the situation in Syria and the ongoing Turkish Operation Peace Spring on the Syrian territory. At the end of the conversation, Putin invited Erdogan to visit Russia in the coming days.

"Our president plans to pay a visit to Sochi on October 22," the Erdogan's administration said in a statement.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier confirmed that Putin and Erdogan would discuss the developments in Syria in light of the Turkish military operation against Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria during the Turkish president's visit to Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, that's next Tuesday.

And the decision to send VP Pence to Turkey this week, when President Trump had to know, that Erdogan would only talk to him, rather than to his "Second Lewie", was a thoroughly, and painfully, bone-headed decision.

One has to wonder if Putin is going to offer Erdogan an opportunity to join a major Defense Pact with Russia; suggest that Turkey resign its membership in NATO; and have both countries trading in local currencies, rather than in the US dollar.

But if any of this comes down as a result of this meeting, I have to blame it squarely on the head of President Trump, who absolutely misread Erdogan's intentions here.

And please note; as the US government throws former geopolitical friends under the proverbial bus, the more it is running those former friends into the arms of Russia and China, which I think is about to happen to Turkey very quickly, as Erdogan gets cozy with Putin at Sochi.

Oct 16 13:27

U.S. Sanctions Could Push Turkey to Leave NATO

Erdo?an’s next decision towards Syria will heavily impact the future of not only the region, but his relations with the U.S. and Russia. With murmurings existing for years now whether Turkey should leave the NATO alliance, these sanctions against Turkey, a country already in a deep economic crisis, will only bring this question to the forefront of debate.

Although the U.S. cites human right abuses as the reason for the sanctions, an allegation that cannot be taken seriously considering their own long list of war crimes, it is likely Trump is ‘punishing’ Erdo?an for his insistence and defiance in buying the Russian S-400 system. This means that the souring relations between Washington and Ankara provides the perfect moment for Russian President Vladimir Putin to consolidate his country’s relations with Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not know what the US government is thinking about the issue of Turkey, but I do think that Putin is laughing hysterically, at those people "advising" the President, that they never saw the possibility, outlined in the last paragraph, as seriously possible.

Oct 16 10:34

The Syrian Debacle Is Actually Well Planned Chaos

Op-Ed by Brandon Smith

For many years now I have focused a considerable amount of analysis on the subject of Syria, with an emphasis on the country’s importance to the global elites as a kind of geopolitical detonator; the first domino in a chain of dominoes that could lead to a war involving international powers. I believe this war will develop on multiple fronts, most importantly on the economic front, but it could very well turn into a shooting war involving numerous actors.

Syria is so important, in fact, that the establishment has been careful to smother all discussion about what is really going on there in a fog of propaganda. And make no mistake, BOTH Republicans and Democrats as well as Eastern and Western governments are participating in the lies and misdirection. Obviously, the first and most important lie is a multi-sided one, and we can’t continue forward until it’s dissected – I am speaking of the lie of US involvement in the region...

Oct 16 08:07

9/11 and the War on Terror: Israel's History of False Flag Operations against the U.S.A.

The 911 False Flag.Atrocity was part and parcel of The Yinon Plan for a greater Israel and should be seen in that context.

"We have spent $7 trillion – trillion with a T – $7 trillion in the Middle East. You know what we have for it? Nothing. Nothing." - President Donald Trump, April 28, 2018
Dear Mr. President,

In order to correct our policy we need to understand who got us into this mess in the first place. The 9/11 event as a false flag operation and the War on Terror campaign were both conceived by Israeli military intelligence in the 1970s under the leadership of Menachem Begin, the self-proclaimed "Father of Terrorism" and founder of the Likud party who became prime minister in 1977.

The Israeli trick was to get the U.S. military to neutralize and fragment its enemies, most notably Iraq and Syria, under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Oct 16 08:05

Speeches that still matter: Gen Wesley Clark on US going to war in 7 countries in 5 yrs

‘If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail’ – General Wesley Clark comments about the US plan to go to war in 7 countries in 5 years.

Oct 16 08:03

The Oded Yinon Plan : Greater Israel in never seen before detail

To understand the current situation here in the 1st world and the wars in other parts of the world, it is imperative that you understand that there is an agenda that is being enacted upon as you are reading and watching this video.

Oct 16 08:01

The Yinon plan: “Greater Israel”, Syria, Iraq, and ISIS

The Zionist Plan for the Middle East, also known as the Yinon Plan, is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing war on Syria, not to mention the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East. The latter consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of an Israeli expansionist project.

“Greater Israel” consists in an area extending from the Nile Valley to the Euphrates.
http://defence.pk/pdf/threads/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-...

Oct 16 08:00

The Turkish Invasion of Kurdish-Occupied Syria

October 13, 2019

The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria has finally brought some much-needed media attention on the U.S. military presence in the war-torn country. The media reports, however, all fail to explain why U.S. troops are in Syria in the first place and the purpose of their presence.

The cover story for the U.S. presence in Syria is that it is meant to fight "Islamic State" (ISIS or ISIL) but if that were truly the case, why has the U.S. sided with Kurdish separatists rather than the government of Syria?

There is certainly no U.S. national interest in this policy. It is actually an Israeli strategy called the Yinon Plan, which was crafted in 1982 by an Israeli advisor to Ariel Sharon. The first targets of the Yinon Plan were Iraq and Syria.

Oct 16 07:55

9/11 and the War on Terror: Israel's History of False Flag Operations against the U.S.A.

The 911 False Flag.Atrocity was part and parcel of The Yinon Plan for a greater Israel and should be seen in that context.

"We have spent $7 trillion – trillion with a T – $7 trillion in the Middle East. You know what we have for it? Nothing. Nothing." - President Donald Trump, April 28, 2018
Dear Mr. President,

In order to correct our policy we need to understand who got us into this mess in the first place. The 9/11 event as a false flag operation and the War on Terror campaign were both conceived by Israeli military intelligence in the 1970s under the leadership of Menachem Begin, the self-proclaimed "Father of Terrorism" and founder of the Likud party who became prime minister in 1977.

The Israeli trick was to get the U.S. military to neutralize and fragment its enemies, most notably Iraq and Syria, under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Oct 16 07:48

Speeches that still matter: Gen Wesley Clark on US going to war in 7 countries in 5 yrs

‘If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail’ – General Wesley Clark comments about the US plan to go to war in 7 countries in 5 years.

Oct 16 07:46

The Oded Yinon Plan : Greater Israel in never seen before detail

To understand the current situation here in the 1st world and the wars in other parts of the world, it is imperative that you understand that there is an agenda that is being enacted upon as you are reading and watching this video.

Oct 16 07:44

The Yinon plan: “Greater Israel”, Syria, Iraq, and ISIS

The Zionist Plan for the Middle East, also known as the Yinon Plan, is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing war on Syria, not to mention the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East. The latter consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of an Israeli expansionist project.

“Greater Israel” consists in an area extending from the Nile Valley to the Euphrates.
http://defence.pk/pdf/threads/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-...

Oct 16 07:36

The Turkish Invasion of Kurdish-Occupied Syria

The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria has finally brought some much-needed media attention on the U.S. military presence in the war-torn country. The media reports, however, all fail to explain why U.S. troops are in Syria in the first place and the purpose of their presence.

The reason U.S. troops have helped the Kurds seize a quarter of the country is because the policy being pursued is a covert policy to support the non-Arab Kurds to fragment Syria along ethnic lines.

It is actually an Israeli strategy called the Yinon Plan, which was crafted in 1982 by an Israeli advisor to Ariel Sharon. The U.S. involvement in Syria began with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012.

This policy was put into effect because it was seen as the best way to "help Israel", according to an email leaked from Hillary Clinton's account.

Oct 15 21:29

‘Show of force’: US jets & helicopters threaten Turkish-backed fighters who came VERY CLOSE to American troops in Syria

Earlier today the Russian Air Force scared Turkish F-16's away from an attempted bombing of a Syrian armored column. Tonight the USAF and US army put on a show of force and scared Turkish forces away from our guys. I like this!

US fighter jets and gunship helicopters were sent to scare off Turkish-backed militants in northern Syria after they came “very close” to US troops at Ain Issa, the Pentagon said. Washington has also sent a complaint to Ankara.
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A senior US official told reporters the following about the proxy force Turkey is relying on as part of its Syria invasion: "They could have used Turkish regular troops,...Instead they decided to use these thugs & bandits & pirates that should be wiped off the face of the earth"

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Oct 15 18:53

Jubilation! - TTG

If this works,Putin and Trump and Assad should get the Nobel Peace Prize.

Damascus is on her way in achieving her ultimate goal of regaining control over all her territory and achieving peace thanks to VV Putin and the welcome and necessary assistance of DJ Trump. There’s no other way to put it. Elijah Magnier has summarized the current situation in a series of tweets this afternoon. If his summary is accurate, it is indeed good news.

Oct 15 18:38

Lying New York Times Claims That Terrorist Cave Base Was Actually Hospital Bombed By Russia!

Russian Ministry of Defense commented on the article in the New York Times about alleged bombings of Syrian hospitals by the Russian Air Force. Major General Igor Konashenkov denied these allegations.

Oct 15 18:32

Locals Receiving SAA Units Coming to Protect them in Tal Tamr, Hasakah

After years of living under NATO terrorists of ISIS, Nusra Front, FSA, and SDF, this is how the locals received the advancing Syrian Arab Army units in the town of Tal Tamr, Hasakah province, northeast Syria, video report by Lebanese Al-Mayadeen News channel from Tal Tamr:

Oct 15 17:53

Forest fires in Homs, Lattakia and Tartous decimate Syrian environment

While everyone is focused on the dramatic events in north-eastern Syria, other areas of Syria are burning. Forest fires in Homs, Lattakia and Tartous are raging across much of the farmland and vast olive and fruit tree groves. This is a disaster for the smallholders who rely upon the yield from these trees for survival and warmth in the soon-to-be-here winter.

These fires are being fought and extinguished by the SYRIAN Civil Defence, the REAL one, the Syrian Civil Defence and Fire Brigades that were established in 1953. These brigades have been the quiet heroes in this 8 year proxy war waged against the Syrian people by the western imperialist alliance.

Oct 15 17:46

The Gulf Attempts to Save Face as The Dominoes of War Fall in Yemen

Today, after a difficult period of aggression on Yemen, we see dominos of aggression falling day after day, and the geopolitical volatility of the Gulf, increasingly in the field of air warfare.

Oct 15 17:42

FLASHBACK: What we saw in Syria goes against everything we read in the United States

What I have been seeing online the last few days proves the point of this 3 year old article. Syrians are turning out by the thousands to greet their Syrian Army Forces. Reminds me of the people in France greeting the American Military in WW2 as they liberated France from the NAZI's!

“When you go to Syria, which I did last month, the popularity of the government and the Syrian Arab Army is rampant. It's not out of some dream fantasy. It comes obviously from the government and the army being the only thing between living a secular life on the one hand and the hatred and violence of ISIS and the various other terrorist groups underwritten by the terrorist Saudis and US and their allies on the other.

Oct 15 16:53

Update- Army units complete deployment in Manbej, enter new villages in Hasaka countryside

15 October? 2019

Aleppo, SANA – Syrian Arab Army units completed their deployment in the city of Manbej and its surroundings in Aleppo province’s northeastern countryside, where they were welcomed by the locals.

Oct 15 16:30

One Rocket Provoked the US Withdrawal: Details of the Kurdish-Russian-Syrian Deal

The killing of any US soldier in Syria would effectively have been a nail in the coffin of the US President Donald Trump’s electoral campaign in 2020. France and Britain, who maintain Special Forces in NES, will follow the US forces out of Syria.

The Syrian forces were given orders to deploy in NES following a deal between Russia and Turkey, and between Russia and the Syrian officials, to guarantee the safety of the separatist Syrian Kurds.

The Russian-Kurdish deal consists of the deployment of the Syrian army on all borders with Turkey and the return of all sources of energy (gas and oil) to the Syrian government-controlled forces.

A US withdrawal from the al-Tanaf border crossing between Iraq and Syria is also expected when a solution is found for the 64,000 refugees at the Rukhba camp.

Oct 15 16:02

Syrian Army enters strategic city in Al-Raqqa with heavy equipment: video

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) convoy was filmed heading to the Al-Raqqa city of Al-Tabaqa this week after reaching an agreement with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Oct 15 08:59

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 15, 2019: SYRIAN ARMY TAKING CONTROL OF KEY POSITIONS IN SDF-HELD AREA

On October 14, units of the Syrian Army started entering areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria.

The terms and conditions of the deal made by the SDF and Damascus are yet to be revealed, but government troops already deployed in Tabqah, Tabqah Airport, Tabqah Dam, Ayn Issa and Tal Tamir, and in the Manbij area. Syrian Army troops also moved towards the border town of Kobani. However, the situation there remains unclear. According to pro-Kurdish sources, US troops deployed there have attempted to prevent Syrian troops from entering the town by blocking the Qaraqozak bridge.

Turkey reacted to the Damascus-SDF deal by increasing its military efforts against the SDF around Tell Abyad and Ras al-Ain. Furthermore, Turkish-led forces launched an advance towards Ain Assa and Manbij, where they clashes with detachments of the Syrian Army.

Oct 15 07:32

Syrian govt., not US, must protect Kurds against Turkey: Trump

I have to wonder now whether Putin,Trump,Assad and Erdogan made some kind of deal.

US President Donald Trump says the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other countries should be responsible for protecting the US-allied Kurds in northern Syria against a Turkish incursion, not the US which is "7,000 miles away" from Syria.

"Let Syria and Assad protect the Kurds and fight Turkey for their own land. I said to my Generals, why should we be fighting for Syria and Assad to protect the land of our enemy?" Trump tweeted on Monday.

"Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte. I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!" he went on to say.

Oct 15 06:28

Cautious Optimism on Turks and Kurds

Amid the usual hysterics of ‘impending genocide’ and ‘brutal betrayal’, the long-expected Turkish operation in northeast Syria is rolling, and Turkish troops accompanied by their Syrian rebel allies quickly advance into the former US occupation zone east of the Euphrates River, pushing the Kurdish nationalist militias away from the border. The American soldiers withdrew from the area by the order of their Supreme Commander (save some Special Forces who came under fire but safely retreated).

Oct 15 05:49

Erdogan Holding 50 US Tactical Nukes 'Hostage' As Trump Authorizes Sanctions

Amid all the media and pundit outrage since Turkey's President Erdogan launched his so-called 'Operation Peace Spring' into northeast Syria last week, vowing to wipe out Syrian Kurdish forces who've long held the border areas, what's been largely missing is acknowledgement of the uncomfortable fact that NATO ally Turkey has long hosted a major portion of America's nuclear Cold War-era arsenal stored across Europe.

And as Erdogan threatens to "open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants" to Europe while under increased international criticism for the rapidly rising civilian death toll in Syria, The New York Times reports the following bombshell Monday: some 50 US tactical nukes are "now essentially Erdogan’s hostages".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute lack of thinking, on the part of those who are supposed to be counseling President Trump on issues like this, is painfully on full display right now, with this horrific oversight being one of the more glaring examples.

So, what are Turkey and Edrogan, going to do with these weapons?!? Will Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan order some Pakistani nuclear scientists to reverse engineer the damned things, and make sure their Turkish counterparts understand precisely how to make them work, and how to aim them?!?

I don't know just how terrifying this prospect is to you; but it scares the very stuffing out of me.

Oct 14 22:44

Russian Navy holds military drills off Syrian coast

The Russian Navy’s missile frigate Admiral Makarov held a gunnery exercise in the East Mediterranean, Ship Commander Captain 2nd Rank Anton Kuprin said on Monday.

Oct 14 22:41

Russian Naval Modernisation and the Vital Role of Zicron Hypersonic Cruise Missiles

The Russian Navy is reportedly preparing for a new flight test of the Zicron cruise missile, a hypersonic anti-ship platform which will be capable of approaching speeds of Mach 9 and performing complex in-flight manoeuvres. The missiles are capable of engaging targets at ranges of up to 1000km - unrivalled by existing anti-ship platforms other than the subsonic Chinese YJ-100.

While Russia appears to be neglecting investment in heavy high endurance warships such as cruisers and destroyers, by equipping ships such as the Admiral Gorshkov Class with world leading anti ship missiles it is hoped that these platforms will have an asymmetric advantage over their heavier counterparts deployed by the navies of its adversaries.

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