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Nov 09 09:42

NATO Intensifies its Preparations for War With Russia

NATO is building the command and logistical infrastructure to enable it to quickly move thousands upon thousands of troops to Russia's borders

Nov 09 09:39

Which Path to Persia?: Redux

While the "easier" nations of Tunisia and Egypt were picked apart by foreign-funded color revolutions, the global corporate-financier oligarchs knew well in advance nations like Libya, Syria, and Iran would be fundamentally different. Nations including Belarus, Pakistan, Myanmar, and Thailand, come next, posing similar hurdles, and of course Russia and China remain at the end of the road and will require the most vigorous of all campaigns to effect regime change and assimilate them into the Wall Street/London corporate-financier dominated "international community."

Nov 09 09:15

Cost of U.S. War on Jihadists: $5.6 Trillion, 7,000 Deaths, 52,500 Injuries

According to Brown University’s Cost of War project analysis, authored by Neta Crawford, the total estimated cost of U.S. wars between 2001 and 2018 amounts to about $23,386 per individual American taxpayer, which is more than three times the amount ($7,740) calculated by the Pentagon.

Nov 09 09:08

Pentagon Confirms Joint Drill Of 3 Aircraft Carriers In Pacific

Three US aircraft carrier strike groups will hold joint drills in the Western Pacific, the Pentagon has confirmed. It comes as the US President continues his Asia tour, reiterating Washington’s willingness to use military force against Pyongyang if necessary.

Nov 09 02:03

A Year on, Foreign Policy Restrainers Assess the Trump Administration

The American Conservative’s conference in Washington last week was a more somber affair than the heady gathering after Trump’s shock victory last year.

The atmosphere in George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium was anything but ebullient: nearly a year after much of the leadership of The American Conservative proclaimed its hope for Donald Trump’s presidency, it was clear that a number of leading realist thinkers gathered Friday viewed the past year as a decided setback. TAC editor Robert Merry, a staunch realist and prolific author, went further than many: “There is no realism and restraint in American foreign policy in the Trump era.”>>>

Nov 09 01:36

Dick Cheney Once Warned Against Military Action on North Korea

Newly declassified documents show that a quarter-century ago as worries were emerging over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told allies the U.S. should not consider military action as it could jeopardize diplomatic efforts.
Cheney would later serve as vice president to George W. Bush. He was a leading advocate of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein over fears he had weapons of mass destruction, which turned out not to be the case.
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In 1991, when Cheney served as Pentagon chief for President George H. Bush, his outlook on how to deal with North Korea was very different from his later approach to Iraq.

Nov 08 14:41

Three Decades Of Terror

This is the fascinating map that exposes every terror attack across the globe in the last 30 years.

Nov 08 12:24

NATO Agrees on New Command Structure to Move Forces Across Europe - Stoltenberg

The move comes amid the unprecedented NATO military buildup in eastern Europe, which has been further boosted since 2014 in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — NATO members have agreed on instituting a new adaptive command structure to improve the alliance’s ability "to improve the movement of military forces across Europe," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in press conference after the North Atlantic Council Defense Ministers Meeting on Wednesday.

"Today, we agreed on the outland design for an adaptive NATO command structure which will be the basis for further work."

According to Stoltenberg, it is vital for the alliance to improve the movement of forces across Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: NATO is preparing for a war against Russia, as completely stupid and pig-ignorant as that would be.

Nov 08 12:15

Saudi Arabia’s King to 'stand down and hand power to son after purging' rivals

KING Salman is reportedly preparing to make his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman the ruler of Saudi Arabia in a shock move following a corruption purge, reports claim.

Saudi expert James Dorsey, a senior fellow at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said: "The most recent crackdown breaks with the tradition of consensus within the ruling family whose secretive inner workings are equivalent to those of the Kremlin at the time of the Soviet Union.

"Prince Mohammed, rather than forging alliances, is extending his iron grip to the ruling family, the military, and the National Guard to counter what appears to be more widespread opposition within the family as well as the military to his reforms and the Yemen war.”

The news comes after the US promised to aid Saudi Arabia in neutralising “Iran’s destabilising influence” and battle extremism in the Middle East, the Pentagon has announced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These events are moving a breakneck speed.

The Saudi-led, US-government enabled genocide in Yemen will continue unabated now, and will soon spread into both Lebanon, and Iran.

Nov 08 12:09

Iran-North Korea's 'axis of evil' may be Trump's biggest threat

With sanctions and rhetoric, President Donald Trump may be pushing North Korea and Iran closer together. On Wednesday, while in Seoul on his Asia tour, three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups displayed military strength nearby, while Trump gave dire warnings to North Korea's leader to abandon nuclear weapons. "Do not underestimate us, and do not try us," Trump said while addressing the National Assembly. It's a dangerous game of brinkmanship.

In refusing to certify Iranian compliance with the JCPOA — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal — the Trump administration hopes to keep Iran from becoming another nuclear armed adversary state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Demonizing both North Korea and Iran with these accusations of weapons collusion is not helping ramp down the tensions in either case.

and let's face it here; if you were either Kim Jung Un or Iran's Rouhani, wouldn't you want to do everything possible to keep your governments from being regime changed by the US?!?

There is only one logical answer here, and that ISN'T "no".

And with President Trump having decertified the P5+1 deal, from the US government's perspective, what he has demonstrated to North Korea is that the US government cannot ever be expected to keep its word on a treaty.

Nov 08 11:59

SAUDIS, IRAN ON PATH TO 'VERY, VERY BLOODY' WAR

While the world tries to interpret Saudi Arabia’s moves to clamp down on corruption and watches the kingdom accuse Iran of an “act of war,” a former Reagan administration Pentagon official says Saudi Arabia is gearing up for the very real possibility of a “very, very bloody” war with Iran.

Within the past several days, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is next in line to the Saudi throne, has ordered the arrests of many government officials, including 11 princes, on allegations of corruption. More recently, the crown prince accused Iran of an “act of war” after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen launched an Iranian missile toward the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

The Houthis admit firing the missile, and Saudi investigators say the fragments prove the missile is from Iran. Furthermore, the Saudi-friendly prime minister of Lebanon abruptly resigned, and many other elements of the Lebanese government are loyal to the Shiite regime in Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, the fragment was adjudged by both Saudi and Yemeni military officials to be Yemeni-manufactured, and Yemeni fired; it was absolutely NOT Iranian in origin.

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile over capital

The article goes on to say that the missile was Yemen's Defense Ministry said the missile attack "shook the Saudi capital" and the operation was successful. The attack was conducted using a Yemeni-made, long-range missile called the Burqan 2H, it said.

So if, in fact, it was a Yemeni made and launched missile, how could it, please, have been Iranian in origin?!? What is the Saudi "proof" that this is the truth?!?

No: this is an absolute lie.

And the reason for this lie is that this article is setting forth a narrative, one of "Good little Saudi Arabia (with a known "human rights record" just to the right of that of Attila the Hun) getting "beat up" by a nasty, horrible Iran, and therefore, the US has to get dragged into this fight on the side of Saudi Arabia, cheerled by Israel which, like Saudi Arabia, labels Iran as its "existential threat" in the region.

And also, like Saudi Arabia, Israel is expecting that regime change in Tehran will primarily be purchased at the costs of only American blood, and American money.

I frankly do not want to see one more American kid killed or maimed for life in a war over resources in the Middle East, yet I see this war coming, and frightully soon.

Mike and I have been speculating about precisely when such a war would start. The Israeli military and its coalition (which probably includes Saudi Arabia, but un-named for geopolitical reasopns) are doing a massive military exercise, over the period of the next two weeks.

Israel begins largest military drill as Saudis consider Missle Strike by Iran as an Act of War

the only, slightly, minor problem with this headline is that it wasn't the Iranian military which launched this missile; it was the Yemeni Houthis who did this.

People, we are being "groomed" for a war against Iran, taking Saudi Arabia's and Israel's side in it, there is no mistake about it; Iran is getting villified, and Saudi Arabia is getting held up high as a shining example of "moderate Muslim behaviour".

The facts on the ground in Yemen speak a very different and horrific narrative, with the US government colluding in Saudi war crimes, such as the assassination of Yemeni children; deaths from complications of malnutrition in Yemeni children, courtesy of the duel US-Saudi blockading of Yemeni harbors; and now, a massive outbreak of cholera, most probably weaponised.

IF the US government does go to war against Iran, to mollify Saudi Arabia and Israel, we may very well looking at miilitary confrontation with Russia as well, as historically, their political and miilitary leaders have vowed to protect it, should it become militarily threatened.

And lastly, should the US government go to war against Iran, it will absolutely not be on the right side of either history, nor any kind of true regional "justice".

Nov 08 11:35

Finsbury Park Mosque Trustee Exposed As Hamas Political Influencer

A leading member of one of Britain’s most prominent mosques is a senior member of Hamas, it has emerged. Mohammed Sawalha, a trustee of Finsbury Park Mosque, is a top figure in the Palestinian group, considered a terrorist organization by the UK and US.

Nov 08 11:14

NATO Ministerial Meeting: Preparing for War on Russia?

America’s diabolical agenda involves endless wars of aggression, wanting all sovereign independent nations replaced by US vassal states, creating ruler/serf societies globally, an open-air prison for ordinary people disposed of if resist – a world unsafe and unfit to live in.

On November 8 and 9, NATO ministers are meeting in Brussels. Like his predecessors, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was appointed to serve US interests, taking orders from Washington.

Issues to be discussed Wednesday and Thursday include revising NATO’s command structure, including “a new command to help protect sea lines of communication between North America and Europe, and another command to improve the movement of troops and equipment within Europe,” said Stoltenberg – stressing “our ability to move forces,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lest you think this just the silly rantings of a paranoic, delusional Russian defense minister, please do feel free to read the following:

Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense. In previous posts in recent years I have pointed out both written documents and changes in US war doctrine that indicate that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia and China. More recently, I have shown that Washington’s demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion. It is extremely dangerous to all of mankind for Washington to convince two nuclear powers that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear strike against them. It is impossible to imagine a more reckless and irresponsible act. Yet this is precisely what Washington has done. Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, Deputy Head of Operations of the Russian General Staff has concluded that Washington in pursuit of global hegemony is implementing an anti-ballistic missile system that Washington believes can prevent a Russian nuclear response to a US pre-emptive attack. http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/04/us-forces-preparing-sudden-nuclear.html Careful studies have convinced the Russians that Washington is investing in and arranging components that have no other function than to devastate Russia and cripple the country’s retaliatory capability. In short, Washington is preparing to launch a nuclear war. https://www.rt.com/news/386276-us-missile-shield-russia-strike/

Nov 08 10:58

US Strikes Soaring in Afghanistan, Along With Civilian Deaths: UN Expresses Concern Over Mounting Casualties, But Does Nothing.

With the US once again escalating the war in Afghanistan, the number of US warplanes dropping munitions on the central Asian country are on the rise, and with it, the number of civilians being killed in those strikes.

Seemingly every month the US announces that coalition munitions dropped are up dramatically from the month prior, and while a lot of the civilian casualties are officially still just “under investigation,” the UN is openly expressing concern about the rising toll.

The UN has reported 466 civilian casualties, including 205 deaths, just in the first nine months of 2017, which is already a 52% increase from the number killed in 2016. With strikes continuing to escalate, the final figure will only be higher.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec Def Mattis' latest "strategy" was supposed to make a difference; apparently, the only "difference" it has made, so far, is this massive rise in civilian casualties.

I am frankly amazed that he has not, to date, ordered a complete carpet bombing of the entire country, killing every Afghani left breathing, so that the expropriation of opium poppies, rare earth minerals, and the pipeline routes can continue, unabated.

With the politics and culture of Western corporatism, no military official can "double down" on "magical thinking" which does not deliver the goods to those who supported the party they purchased with their contributions for very long.

I have to wonder how long Mattis is going to last, if he cannot deliver in Afghanistan.

Nov 08 10:54

BULGARIAN MIG-29 PILOTS REFUSED TO TAKE PART IN NATO AIR POLICING

On October 24, the Bulgarian pilots of MiG-29 jet fighters from the 3rd airbase “Graf Ignatievo” refused to take part in the NATO Air Policing due to safety reasons. The pilots didn’t want to risk their lives flying the fighter jets which just had their engines “repaired” without any licensing in Poland. This led to major concerns in the army.

Nov 08 10:45

US Demands UN Action Against Iran Over Yemen Missile

Though Saudi Arabia accused Iran (and Lebanon for that matter) of being behind a Yemen missile strike over the weekend, they offered no evidence that this was the case. Indeed, while they claimed Iran provided the missile, they also confirmed the missile was a Burqan 2H, which is a Yemen-made design, and which Yemen’s Defense Ministry confirmed firing themselves.

Still, one allegation from the Saudis was enough for US Ambassador Nikki Haley to come to the UN Tuesday to demand international action against Iran, claiming the missile “may be of Iranian origin” and that would be a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Saudi Arabia has been frustrated by how poorly the war in Yemen is going, and has been keen to pick fights with Iran. The Trump Administration has very much been supportive of that idea, and subsequently is backing the Saudi allegations against Iran, even though they are transparently untrue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Haley, a word, please: the "big lie" went out with the whoopie cushion and the dribble glass, and this seems to be understood by every UN member country's Ambassador....except for yourself, the Ambassador from Saudi Arabia, and the Ambassador from Israel.

Unfortuntely, it appears that you are violently allergic to the truth, and in a massive depth of geopolitical denial which is going to ultimately get the US sleepwalking into a war against Iran, using Saudi Arabia, as a proxy, which will most likely ultimately involve Russia on Iran's side.

And although Saudi Arabia and Israel's political leadership have been cheerleading for a war against Iran, regime change in Tehran is most apt to be borne at the costs primarily of American blood, and American money.

Nov 08 10:30

WATCH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY WON’T VOTE ON WAR IN YEMEN

THE BRUTAL WAR in Yemen has intensified in recent days, with the Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States increasing its bombing campaign and blockade of ports. Meanwhile, the architect of the war, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has launched a widespread purge of the government, while using a missile launched from Yemen as a pretext to threaten war with Iran.

Yet American lawmakers are still avoiding a vote on authorizing U.S. involvement in the conflict.

Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the U.S. military for intelligence sharing, refueling flights for coalition warplanes, and the transfer of American-made cluster bombs, rockets, and other munitions used against targets in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one factor that Mr. Fang misses in this article and video, and the other reason why Congressional representatives may be "punting" on this; they may be making a "killing", literally and figuratively, from their investments in the military/industrial complex which have sold Saudi Arabia billions of dollars worth of weapons since the war began in 2015.

Congressional representatives are not bound by American law to put their financial estates into a blind trust, when they assume office, as is the President, so can make beaucoup bucks through tips and inside trading.

Nov 08 10:23

Saudi Airstrikes Kill Over 30 Civilians in Northern Yemen

Saudi warplanes targeted a residential area in Yemen’s Hajj Province Tuesday, leveling a large building that served as housing for an extended family, killing all within. Over 30 people were killed in the attacks, overwhelmingly women and children.

The attacks took place against a village not far from the Saudi border, and left a number of other civilians wounded. It’s not clear why the attacks were carried out in the first place, and Saudi officials have not commented on the matter.

Saudi airstrikes have been killing dozens of civilians on a regular basis since early 2015, leading to a massive death toll. This has fueled international criticism of Saudi war crimes, and both the US and British governments for selling the Saudis such arms when they’re used so recklessly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply a matter of revenge against the Houthis, who lobbed a Yemeni home-made missile at Riyadh, which was intercepted, a couple of days ago.

The killing of innocent women, children, and infants is standard stock in trade for the Saudi military; but this senseless act of murderous revenge will only inflame Houthi resolve to hit Saudi Arabia harder, unfortunately.

Nov 08 10:19

NATO wants Europe’s civilian infrastructure ready for war

NATO needs civilian infrastructure in Europe to meet its growing military requirements, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said ahead of a meeting in Brussels. This will mean coordination with national governments and the private sector, he added.

Defense ministers from the 29 NATO states arrived in Brussels to begin discussions on a “revision” of the NATO Command Structure. What is envisioned is a new command to protect sea lines between North America and Europe, and another to “improve the movement of troops and equipment within Europe.”

Nov 08 08:38

Trump: Year One – Justin Raimondo

Trump is neither monster nor savior, and that is surely evident on this first anniversary of the Trump victory

As the one year anniversary of Trump’s triumph approaches, the pathetic remnants of American liberalism still haven’t recognized its meaning, or reconciled themselves to their loss of State power. They dream of impeachment, or even an outright coup: their contempt for the Great American Middle – “the deplorables!” – defines their politics, which, by now, are almost entirely negative: anti-Trump, anti-Russia, anti-bourgeois.

Nov 08 07:56

Trump Pentagon pick says its 'insane' for civilians to own semi-automatic weapons

No difference between Hillary and Trump now. Support America and the Constitution not corrupt politicians.

President Trump’s nominee to lead the military health system said Tuesday he thinks it is “insane” for civilians to be able to purchase semi-automatic rifles like the one a gunman used to kill 26 people at a Texas church.

Dean Winslow, a professor at Stanford University and retired Air Force colonel, made his remarks during his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Service committee, according to the Washington Examiner.

“I may get in trouble with other members of the committee just say how insane it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy a semi-automatic like an AR-15, which apparently was the weapon that was used,” Winslow said. “I think that's an issue not as much for this committee, but elsewhere.”

Nov 07 20:09

Finsbury Park Mosque Trustee Exposed As Hamas Political Influencer

A leading member of one of Britain’s most prominent mosques is a senior member of Hamas, it has emerged. Mohammed Sawalha, a trustee of Finsbury Park Mosque, is a top figure in the Palestinian group, considered a terrorist organization by the UK and US.

Nov 07 16:37

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I figure it's time for a repost.

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Nov 07 16:25

Yemen's Houthis threaten to hit ports, airports in Saudi Arabia, UAE

Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement, which aids the country's army in its fight against Saudi Arabia’s deadly military campaign, has threatened to launch more missile attacks on ports and airports in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in retaliation for the massacre of thousands of Yemenis.

“All airports, ports, border crossings and areas of any importance to Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be a direct target of our weapons, which is a legitimate right,” the Houthi political office said in a statement on Tuesday.
“We will not stand idly by, we will seek more radical means to prevent both the tightening of the blockade and all acts aimed at starving and humiliating the people of Yemen,” the statement added.

The development came a day after the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen announced that it had “decided to temporarily close all Yemeni air, sea and land ports.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note that it was not an Iranian official making this threat; it was a member of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Nov 07 16:03

Criminal War Propaganda 

The Pentagon budget alone for illegal war propaganda is about $626,000,0001 per year. Generous taxpayers relinquish these funds so that the Pentagon can contaminate the public mindset to the detriment of humanity, foreign and domestic.

The contamination of the public mindset is a necessary precondition to aggressive, criminal warfare in furtherance of a self-devouring political economy. Once the public is convinced that there is a War On Terror (which is a Big Lie), further astronomical transfers of money from the people to the oligarchs and narrow vested interests – all to the detriment of the vast majority of the population – are easy to justify.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember; the government's job is to lie to you to further its geopolitical agendas.

These agendas are generally involved with regime change; making a country's government more US and Western-centric than it was in its previous incarnation; and expropriating resources to which the multinationals contributing to both US political parties, have utterly no moral right.

Rinse, repeat.

The entire goal is to put as much of this planet under US hegemonic control as possible, and insure that the money paid for the resouces of that country are only US dollars, and only to countries the US government feels is sympathetic to to its goals and financial/geopolitical outcomes.

Americans are among the most lied-to people on the face of this earth; but now, I think that there is a great awakening coming, particularly with all the current political scandals and revelations coming out of the DNC's shenanigans in last year's elections.

Nov 07 15:34

US-ROK Alliance Commit to Continuing Military Exercises; U.S. Lawmakers Push to Prevent First Strike on North Korea

The U.S. and South Korean defense chiefs agreed last week to bolster their joint military capabilities against North Korea. At the 49th annual US-ROK Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) held on October 28 at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, Secretary James Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo released a joint statement committing both countries to increase the scale of future joint military exercises. The statement also included plans to expand the presence of U.S. strategic assets in and near the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The defense chiefs praised past joint naval exercises, including the most recent exercise in October, which featured U.S. nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. The two countries plan to enhance naval exercises near the Northern Limit Line — the contested maritime demarcation boundary separating North and South Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only thing these moves are going to do, is push Pyongyang harder, and more quickly, toward a viable nuclear deterrent.

Nov 07 15:29

NATO Intensifies Its Preparations for War with Russia

In the document entitled “Progress report on the Alliance’s Enhanced Deterrence and Defence Disposition,” leading military figures call for a major boost to military capabilities in order to conduct a so-called “Major Joint Operation Plus.” The abstruse terminology in fact stands for a war involving the main military organisations of all NATO countries, i.e. hundreds of thousands of soldiers. Der Spiegel notes: “The period of the peace dividend is past, the command structures of the Cold War are returning.”

The secret report states that NATO must be able to “quickly strengthen one or more threatened allies, underpin peace and wartime deterrence, and support allies in the event of an attack.” The mobilisation of the necessary troops requires “robust military logistics and capabilities”. The lines of communication would have to extend from North America to the eastern and southern borders of the NATO Alliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) If there was ANY time in its history that NATO, Europe, and the US government needed a Department of Peace, it is right the heck now!!

Nov 07 15:26

Is Saudi Arabia Engaging Iran in a New Regional Conflict?

While Hariri stepped down in a televised address from Saudi Arabia and blamed Hezbollah and Iran for meddling in the country’s internal affairs, this might only be a prelude to a new Hezbollah-Israel war—something that might enable the Saudis to force Iran to shift its focus away from Iraq and Syria.

This is how things might be forced to turn ugly in Lebanon. The Saudis, by pulling Hariri out of his office, seem to be hoping to ensure that Hezbollah gets stuck with the blame and responsibility for Lebanon’s challenges, from caring for Syrian refugees to wiping out Al Qaida and ISIS affiliates. This will probably require Hezbollah to assume more control in Lebanon—something that Israel is most likely to sees as a red-line. A stronger Hezbollah in Lebanon means a stronger Iranian presence close to Israel, forcing Israel in a conflict with them.

Nov 07 15:16

Saudi Arabia Says Lebanon, Iran Declare War

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by north Yemeni forces at their capital city. The missile was identified as a Burqan 2H, a Yemeni design, and Yemen’s Defense Ministry confirmed firing it.

Rather than just the latest retaliation in Saudi Arabia’s two and a half year war in Yemen, however, Saudi officials seem to be looking to turn the incident into the start of a region-wide war, saying it amounted to a declaration of war against them by both Lebanon and Iran.

This claim centers on Saudi claims, which appear to have started Monday but weren’t mentioned over the weekend when the interception happened, that the missile was an “Iranian” missile, fired at the Saudi capital by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, which is part of the Lebanese government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is insane; this charge has been proven absolutely wrong by its identification by Saudi and Yemeni military as a Burqan 2H, of Yemeni manufacturing, and Yemeni design.

This is not an Iranian designed or manufactured missile.

But we have a two week huge military exercise by Israeli and "coalition" forces,in one of the most dense, integrative natures ever conducted by the Israeli military; the purge of Saudi royalty and businessmen who didn't like where Prince Salman was going; and the resignation of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, which is going to leave that country in great geopolitical turmoil.

And I hope President Trump understands that even though Prince Salman and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu have been "cheerleading" for regime change in Tehran, it will primarily be bought, if Trump is foolish enough to sign on to this, at the costs of American blood and American money.

Think about it, Mr. President, please, before you sign off on this; and please remember that Russian military and political personnel have long pledged to come to Iran's aid militarily, should it be attacked.

And on top of this, comes this very sad statement about how President Trump is characterizing this purge:

Trump Endorses Saudi Crackdown to "neutralize" Iran.

Nov 07 12:57

US Expanding Military Drills In Asia

While the US, Australian and South Korean navies are conducting joint exercises in the East China Sea, US officials have also revealed  three US aircraft carrier strike groups will exercise together in the Western Pacific in the coming days in a show of unprecedented force as President Donald Trump visits the volatile region.

Nov 07 12:56

DEFEATED ELSEWHERE, SAUDI TYRANT DECLARES WAR ON LEBANON

The Saudi clown prince Mohammed bin Salman is purging all potential internal resistance and solidifies his dictatorial position. (The move includes a huge money grab. All assets of those accused of corruption are confiscated by the state which, in Saudi Arabia, is the tyrant himself.) The internal consolidation of power is the prelude for a larger external venture.

At the same time as the internal purges proceed, MbS implements an extremely aggressive foreign policy agenda targeted at Iran and its allies. Having been defeated in Iraq and Syria and at stalemate in Qatar and Yemen the Saudi ruler decided to try his luck in Lebanon. The Saudi declares war on Lebanon and will put enormous economic and political pressure on it. But all of that will be to no avail. The war will only cause Lebanon to move deeper into the "resistance" camp and join its forces with Syria, Iran and Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, please; don't panic here.

But do plan.

The situations in both the Middle East and Asia are getting about as serious as is a heart attack, and you need to make contingency plans in order to keep your family as safe as possible.

If you do not already have resources in place for long term storable food and water, and any medication you and the family needs, get them now. If the cell system goes down, you will need long-range, walkie-talkies. Start working with them now, and make sure you are comfortable, so that if you need to use them, you can.

IF you and the family get separated, have a plan to get back together. Have a bugout kit, which gets reviewed episodically, to make sure your equipment, or food, has not expired. Non-leaking batteries are a must on the equipment side.

If you have kids in school, find out their policy regarding taking them out of school before the end of the school day, if you see that you are looking at some kind of emergency coming forward.

IT is always better to have and not need, rather than need and not have...

Nov 07 12:43

"EXPLOSIVE" LEAKED SECRET ISRAELI CABLE CONFIRMS ISRAELI-SAUDI COORDINATION TO PROVOKE WAR

Early this morning, Israeli Channel 10 news published a leaked diplomatic cable which had been sent to all Israeli ambassadors throughout the world concerning the chaotic events that unfolded over the weekend in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, which began with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's unexpected resignation after he was summoned to Riyadh by his Saudi-backers, and led to the Saudis announcing that Lebanon had "declared war" against the kingdom.

The classified embassy cable, written in Hebrew, constitutes the first formal evidence proving that the Saudis and Israelis are deliberately coordinating to escalate the situation in the Middle East.

The explosive classified Israeli cable reveals the following:

On Sunday, just after Lebanese PM Hariri's shocking resignation, Israel sent a cable to all of its embassies with the request that its diplomats do everything possible to ramp up diplomatic pressure against Hezbollah and Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to shake my head and ask: how are Saudi Arabia and Israel defining "regional subversion"?!?!? Is there anything concrete at all to this?!?

And a quick question; do both Netanyahu and Prince Salman understand, even remotely, that such an attack against Iran will most probably bring Russia into the war on Iran's side, as its military and civilian leadership has long promised to come to Iran's aid if attacked militarily?!?

War with Russia over Iran?!? Gentlemen, please think about it...long and hard.

And to President Trump, a word, please; the Saudis and Israelis are cheerleading for regime change in Tehran, but primarily at the costs of American blood and American money.

Mr. President, those Americans who put you into the White House last November, simply will not tolerate yet another war, this time for the conquest of Iran's oil, when all the previous military misadventures over the last 16 years in places like Niger; Libya; Aftghanistan; Iraq; and Somalia have gone so miserably badly for the American military.

Nov 07 12:29

A LIST OF SAUDI OFFICIALS ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND…AND THEIR TIES TO PODESTA GROUP

The Duran reported yesterday that happened over the weekend in Saudi Arabia wasn’t just a “deep state” coup or counter-coup (depending on one’s angle), but a brilliant plan straight out of the movies where an up-and-coming young leader disrupts the entire power structure in his country by jailing its top oligarchs and then redistributing their wealth to the masses via ambitious socio-economic programs.

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had to make sure that all of the targeted individuals were in the capital at the same time, which would ordinarily be very difficult to do considering that most of them likely have foreign penthouses and other better priorities than to come together on a random occasion for a cup of tea in the Kingdom.

Considering that he was dealing with oligarchs, however, Mohammed Bin Salman knew that the best way to get them all in one spot was to appeal to their inner greed, and that’s exactly what the recent tech-investment forum in Riyadh accomplished.

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My, how times change!!!! Looks like Prince Talal is about to experience a "reversal of fortunes", big time.

Nov 07 11:40

Is Netanyahu pushing Trump to war with Iran?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Presidents of the 52 Major Jewish American Organizations are leading President Trump, like a puppy on a leash, into a major war with Iran.

Nov 07 09:36

UN: Saudi blockade hindering aid delivery to starving Yemenis

The United Nations has said that Saudi Arabia’s decision to shut down Yemen’s air, sea and land borders has prevented the UN from sending aid to the war-torn country.

Nov 07 08:59

60 US Navy admirals snared in ‘Fat Leonard’ corruption scandal

The Justice Department’s probe into a corruption scandal revolving around an Asian defense contractor has expanded to include 60 admirals and hundreds of officers with the US Seventh Fleet, which is going through turmoil after deadly ship collisions.

Nov 06 16:52

Nigerien Soldier Contradicts Pentagon’s Claims About Ambush

A Nigerien soldier who survived the Daesh ambush that claimed eight lives in early October has told the Washington Post that the US special forces were assisting Niamey in a search and destroy operation - which runs counter to the Pentagon’s claim that the troops were on a simple and low-risk reconnaissance mission when they were killed.

Nov 06 16:30

Chickenhawk Donald: a Complete and Total Disgrace

Donald Trump styles himself “Commander in Chief.” As a candidate he called himself “the most militaristic person there is.” He “always felt that” he was in the military because his parents shipped him off to a military school as a teen to curb his bratty behavior. He loves military pomp and pageantry. But he actively avoided military reality when it counted.

Instead of enlisting and putting his vaunted warrior spirit to the test during Vietnam, Trump took five draft deferments: Four for college and one on a claim of “bone spurs” in his feet (they hadn’t stopped him from participating in athletics, of course).

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t blame Trump for avoiding Vietnam. I blame him for not learning a little bit of humility from his experience.

Nov 06 15:59

7 U.S. Aircraft Carriers Are Now Simultaneously Underway

Seven out of 11 U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers are underway simultaneously for the first time in several years, USNI News has learned.

Three are on operational deployments in the Western Pacific with full air wings and carrier strike groups — USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).

Four more are out for short training missions as part of training operations or workups ahead of deployments. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) are operating in the Eastern Pacific. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and the Navy’s newest carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) are operating in the Atlantic.

Nov 06 13:35

On Legalization’s 5th Anniversary, Here’s What We’ve Learned

Monday, November 6, 2017, marks the five-year anniversary of the glorious back day in 2012 when Colorado and Washington voted to become the first two US states to legalize recreational cannabis.

Since then, the data generated by those two states have refuted pretty much every dire fear that the nation’s drug warriors predicted would come to pass. Legalizing and regulating cannabis has made for a safer and more just society, while ushering in the beginning of the end of a costly, massively corrupt, and wholly counterproductive war on a largely beneficial plant.

Nov 06 12:23

Russian general reveals truth about 9/11

Konstantin P. Petrov (August 23, 1945, Noginsk, Moscow Region - July 21, 2009, Moscow) - Soviet and Russian military leader, a Russian social and political activist. Candidate of Technical Sciences. Member of International Informatization Academy. Major-General. Prematurely discharged from the Armed Forces in November 1995. Chairman of the Presidium of the Central Council of the political party "Course of Truth and Unity." Head of the department at the Udmurt State University.

Nov 06 11:33

Trump begins 12-day Visit to Asia to Build War Coalition against North Korea

Donald Trump, accompanied by a coterie of minders and corporate executives, departed yesterday for a 12-day tour of what US foreign policy strategists now officially designate as the “Indo-Pacific.”

This will be one of the longest official trips to Asia ever undertaken by an American president, and its objectives are clear. In the short-term, Washington is seeking to stiffen the backbone of its allies for a catastrophic and potentially nuclear war against North Korea. In the longer term, US imperialism is seeking to maintain its waning global dominance by exerting military and economic pressure on China in order to undermine, and ultimately shatter, its growing influence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This coming war with North Korea will horrific, if war is chosen as the method of "pacifying" North Korea away from its nuclear stance.

And living on a first-strike target here on Oahu which China can hit, because all military comms run through here eastward, does make Mike and me very nervous!!

Nov 06 11:24

Israel Begins “Largest-Ever Aerial Military Drill”, As Saudis Consider Missile Strike (Allegedly) by Iran as “Act Of War”

Air-forces from nine countries with about 50 planes are now starting to drill in the most southern region of the country utilizing Ovda Air Base in Israel.

Teams from India, the United States, Greece, Poland, France, Italy and Germany with be flying over 300 sorties simulating ‘real war’.

According to Israel Defense,

Throughout the first week of the two-week-long exercise, the international aircrews will acclimate themselves to the base and get to know each other. Throughout the second week, the participants will rehearse complex scenarios and coalition flights.

During some of the sorties, the participants will fly against the “Flying Dragon” Squadron, the IAF’s aggressor squadron, which will simulate enemy forces via “enemy” aircraft, SAM (Surface-to-air missile) batteries and MANPADS (Man-portable air-defense systems).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, the situation in the Middle East is getting to be just about as serious as is a heart attack.

These huge exercises are due to last two weeks, during which I believe that the Israeli/US-led coalition, in concert with Saudi Arabia (which doesn't want to be named, for obvious geopolitical reasons), will be making a go/no go decision for a decap strike against Tehran.

Here is a map of the Middle East;

Map of the Middle East

Eliat, the Israeli resort at Israel's southernmost tip, is closely located to the Ovda Air Base in Israel. This airbase, from which these exercises will take place, borders Aquaba, Jordan.

With Lebanon in geopolitical meltdown, after the resignation of Prime Minister Harriri; Saudi Arabia claiming that Iran shot a missile into Riyahd; Syria mopping up the last of their jihadis; and Iraq still in geoppolitical shock from the continued occupation, the shortest way into Iran appears to be a skip through Lebanese, Syrian and Iraqi airspace.

Nov 06 10:51

Mattis, Tillerson Want Blank Check to Wage Illegal War 

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on October 30 that the Trump administration has all the legal authority it needs to kill people anywhere in the world. But just in case Congress wishes to update its old Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), Mattis and Tillerson told them how to do it: Write a blank check to the president.

The October 4 killings of four US soldiers on a “routine training mission” in Niger brought the committee’s hearing into sharper focus. It turns out the presence of these troops in Niger was unlawful.

Mattis claimed the four dead US soldiers were just there on a train-and-advise mission. “I think it was reasonable to think they could go out there and train these [Niger] troops without the idea they’re going into direct combat; but” he admitted, “that’s not a complete answer. I need to wait until I get the investigation to fully appraise it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To Mattis and Tillerson, a word, please: in the Constitution of the United States (a document which is the cornerstone of American law, and with which you might want to re-acquaint yourselves) it states very specifically that only Congress can declare war.

Only Congress can Declare War

Not the President; not the Secretary of Defense; not the Secretary of State, but it is Congress which must declare war.

What you gentlemen are proposing is both extraconstitutional, and illegal; there can be no "blank check" given to any President of the United States to declare war, which, given the emotional (and financial) proclivities of some of our Presidents, could turn into an unmitigated disaster.

This cannot happen, legally, without a Constitutional Amendment being ratified in all 50 states, , and I don't think that is going to happen.

Nov 06 10:39

LEBANESE PRESIDENT WON'T ACCEPT PM'S RESIGNATION UNTIL HE RETURNS

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned on television while visiting Saudi-Arabia, leaving the validity of his abdication unclear.

Lebanon's president will not accept the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri until he returns to Lebanon, palace sources said on Sunday, delaying for now politically difficult consultations on his successor.

Hariri left Lebanon for Saudi Arabia on Friday and resigned on Saturday in a televised statement that took the Lebanese political establishment by surprise.

A resignation would thrust Lebanon back into the arena of regional rivalry between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, an ally of Hariri, and Shi'ite Muslim Iran, which backs Hezbollah.

President Michel Aoun, a political ally of Hezbollah, will wait to accept or reject Hariri's resignation until he returns to Lebanon to explain his reasons, sources at the presidential palace said.

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At this point, Lebanes President Ayoun has to consider the very real possibility that Harrari will not return to Lebanon, because he feels his life is at risk, should he do so.

Nov 06 10:21

US Boosts Special Operations Forces Presence At Russia's Border

The deployment of US Special Operations Forces in Europe is never in spotlight but it is rapidly increasing. There can be no other purpose than acquisition of capability to deliver strikes deep into Russia’s territory.

Nov 06 10:18

Russian Bases in Cuba, Vietnam Could Help Prevent Growing 'US Aggression' - MP

Viktor Bondarev, the head of the Russian upper house's Defense and Security Committee, has outlined in an interview with Sputnik his views on the relations between Moscow and its "historical partners" Hanoi and Havana in the current political landscape on the international arena.

Nov 06 10:14

Getting Oriented: Why the US is So Interested in the South China Sea

Donald Trump is on 11-day trip to Asia, the longest tour of the region by a US president in 25 years and includes visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The latter three countries are involved in a territorial dispute over the South China Sea. Defense analyst Carl Thayer explains what the US interests in the region are.

Nov 06 09:48

Trump Tweets After Army Sgt Bergdahl Spared Prison Term

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been spared jail time by a military court, receiving a dishonorable discharge instead. Donald Trump condemned the ruling, branding it a “disgrace” to the US and its military.

A military judge made the ruling in Bergdahl’s case on Friday. The serviceman was captured by Taliban in Afghanistan back in 2009, when he deserted his post. Bergdahl claimed he did so to report a case of “leadership failure” in his unit.

Nov 05 19:19

Three-Star General Wants AI in Every New Weapon System

“The Department of Defense should never buy another weapons system for the rest of its natural life without artificial intelligence baked into it,” Shanahan said.

Nov 05 14:25

Does Russia Now Have Superior Military Technology? – The Saker

Americans are hands down the leaders in quantitative terms; but in qualitative terms they are already behind the Russians and falling back faster and faster with each passing day.

“what happened” and “why nobody seems to be aware of it”.

“Do you think his assessment is accurate?” was the subject line of an email I got from a good friend recently. The email referred to the article by Paul Craig Roberts “One Day Tomorrow Won’t Arrive” which claimed that “the US military is now second class compared to the Russian military“.

Nov 05 14:22

Tillerson’s Wobbly War Assurance – Finian Cunningham

Washington has spurned appeals from Russia and China for multi-party talks and a “double freeze” on all military actions by the US and North Korea.

Surely, Russia and China should draft a resolution at the UN Security Council demanding implementation of their diplomatic roadmap. If the US vetoes then it stands to be exposed as an aggressor.

A war with North Korea is completely unnecessary. It is a gratuitous calamity in the making.

Nov 05 10:05

ISIS WAS STATE-SPONSORED BY US ALLIES, SAYS FORMER GOVERNMENT INTELLIGENCE ANALYST

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the peer-reviewed paper published in the Routledge journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism in July, confirms not only that several regional states deliberately empowered al-Qaeda and ISIS foreign fighters for their geopolitical ends, but that many of these states are ostensibly US allies in the ‘war on terror’: including Turkey, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Study author Professor Daniel Byman of Georgetown University’s Security Studies Programme was previously a Middle East analyst for the US intelligence community, and headed up the Center for Middle East Studies at the RAND Corporation?—?a major US government defence contractor.

‘NON-STATE’ TERROR IS OFTEN STATE-SPONSORED

Flying in the face of much conventional wisdom on the ‘non-state’ nature of international Islamist terrorism, the study finds that:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, for those who have been paying attention, these revelations come as no major surprise.

The US government will stop at nothing to destabilize those regimes it wants to destroy or regime change.

That hasn't worked out quite so well for the US government with Syria, so one has to wonder what the US is going to do there next, considering Russia's intense protection of the current regime.

Nov 05 08:59

Gordon Brown admits Iraq War was not "justified"

Gordon Brown admits the war with Iraq was "not justified" and claims the US "misled" the UK over Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.

Nov 04 09:12

ISRAEL CONSIDERING SYRIA OPERATION IN GOLAN HEIGHTS

The Israeli military said on Friday it was ready to protect the Druze village of Hader on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights after a car bomb killed nine people in a Druze town.

The statement was an unusually explicit Israeli pledge to intervene in the war in Syria, where Israeli officials are voicing deeper alarm at the role of Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, which are fighting alongside the Syrian government.

Syrian state media said Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly the Nusra Front, was responsible for the bomb which killed nine people and injured 23 in southwestern Quneitra.

Rockets and gunfire followed the bomb, the report said, adding the number of casualties was expected to rise.

Syrian rebel groups launched an attack on Syrian government-held areas in Quneitra on Friday, with the aim of connecting two insurgent-held areas. The attack included the car bomb in Hader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The primary operative question here, is just how long, and to what degree, will Russia allow this before turning on the Israeli force and blowing it, ultimately, to kingdom come.

The Russian government is not going to be very tolerant of any force in the region which attempts to further destabilize the Al Assad regime, and can be expected to respond forcefully to anything which appears to be a significant step in that direction.

Nov 03 19:49

Why Was CIA Coup d’état Expert Ed Lansdale In Dealey Plaza When JFK Was Shot?

Col. L. Fletcher Prouty discusses photos of General Ed Lansdale in Dealey Plaza on November 22nd 1963. Ed Lansdale was a CIA agent whose cover title was that of an Air Force Colonel and later General, who worked directly for CIA Director Allen Dulles. Lansdale specialized in political-psychological warfare operations, and manipulation of governments. The photo of him in Dealey Plaza on November 22nd 1963 reveals a deep level of involvement with certain factions within the CIA in the planning, operational phase, cover story, and cover up of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22nd 1963. Such operations (Coup d’état) were Gen. Lansdale’s specialty.

Nov 03 14:10

US Launches First Airstrike Against ISIS Fighters In Somalia

The Pentagon’s gradually escalating combat mission in Somalia reached another important milestone Friday - one of many that have occurred since the inauguration of President Donald Trump - when the military revealed that it had carried out the first airstrikes against Islamic State-linked fighters in Somalia.

The news comes as ISIS forces in Syria were driven out of their last remaining patch of territory as Syrian Army forces retook the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, inspiring even anti-Assad pundits to marvel at the Army’s advance against seemingly insurmountable odds.

A US official told the Associated Press the strikes were carried out in northeastern Somalia, with the first around midnight local time and the second later in the morning. The official was not authorized to discuss the mission publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is in Somalia for the same reasons it is occupying large swathes of real estate in so many other countries; to regime change the government toward a US/Western-centric stance; to expropriate natural resources to which the US government has absolutely no moral right; and to insure that those resources are sold only in US dollars, and to countries of which we approve.

No real surprise here.

Nov 03 13:38

Is Trump Planning Escalated US Aggression in Syria?

According to Major General James Jarrard, head of US special operations in Syria and Iraq, 4,000 Pentagon troops are in Syria. Trump claimed 500.

It’s an open secret that far more US military personnel are deployed in combat and other theaters, Pentagon commanders suppressing what’s vital to know.

Trump claimed around 5,300 US troops in Iraq. The actual force may be double or triple this number. Their regional presence has nothing to do with combating ISIS, a scourge Washington supports, along with al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot and other terrorist groups, used to advance America’s imperium.

Russia and Washington submitted separate Security Council resolutions on extending the OPCW/UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), investigating use of CWs in Syria, falsely blamed on Damascus despite no evidence proving it.

Russia wants the JIM extended until May 16, 2018. Washington proposed another 24 months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What confounds me about this Presidency, and the people President Trump has around him is an appalling lack of imagination regarding any way to resolve any geopolitical situation, other than war.

Nov 03 13:32

A Currency War Will Escalate as China’s ‘Petro-Yuan’ Is Set to Challenge the U.S. Military-Backed ‘Petro-Dollar’

One quote that always crosses my mind regarding the decline of the U.S. dollar and the state of geopolitics associated with it, is by Gerald Celente, founder of the Trends Research Institute who said that “When all else fails, they take you to war.”

As the U.S. dollar continues to lose its status as the world’s premiere reserve currency, the reality of a world war seems inevitable, especially when major countries such as China, Russia and Iran are making strategic moves to bypass the U.S. dollar in favor of other currencies such as China’s ‘Petro-Yuan’. China has made the decision to price oil in their own currency the “Yuan” by a new gold-backed futures contract which will change the dynamics of the world’s economy. China is preparing to launch the petro-Yuan later this year that will eventually threaten the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Karl Marx said about all wars being economic in origin seems to cast a profound shadow on this country 21st century, with so many countries on the US government's and military's "hit list", in terms of regime changing them, and forcing them back to using the US petrodollar.

Nov 03 13:02

Defense Department: The War On Terror Has Cost $250 Million A Day For 16 Years

American taxpayers have spent $1.46 trillion on wars abroad since September 11, 2001.

The Department of Defense periodically releases a “cost of war” report. The newly released version, obtained by the Federation of American Scientists Secrecy News blog, covers the time from the September 11th terrorist attacks through mid-2017.

The Afghanistan War from 2001 to 2014 and Iraq War from 2003 to 2011 account for the bulk of expenses: more than $1.3 trillion. The continuing presence in Afghanistan and aerial anti-ISIS operations in Iraq and Syria since 2014 have cost a combined $120 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an utterly insanely astronomical number!!!

Nov 03 12:58

25 Killed in Fighting Between Turkish Troops and Kurds Near Iraq Border: Turkey Says 12 Kurds Killed Trying to Flee Into Iraq

Fighting was reported in Turkey’s southeast Hakkari Province on Thursday, along the Iraqi border, with at least eight Turkish soldiers killed and 17 Kurdish fighters, who the Turkish government identified as members of the PKK.

Fighting began early in the day, when PKK members were crossing through the mountains near the border and got in a clash. Five Kurdish fighters were killed, along with the Turkish forces. Helicopters were deployed to the border to look for more.

In the course of that search, Turkey spotted another 12 Kurds trying to flee into Iraq. Warplanes quickly attacked and killed all of them, and identified all of the slain as PKK, though it doesn’t appear there was any fighting in this case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was only a matter of time before something like this happened....

Nov 03 12:55

White House Says World ‘Running Out of Time’ on North Korea

White House officials are again talking about the idea that the soaring tensions with North Korea have a time limit attached to them, and at some point time will “run out” and the US will do something particularly rash, presumably starting a war.

H.R. McMaster says that President Trump will be touring the Pacific next week to inform the world that time is running out, and in particular to pressure China to “do more” against North Korea to try to force them to make concessions.

This appears to be built on the long-standing assumption within the administration that China could readily “solve” North Korea, and the fact that they aren’t doing so is an insult to the US. At other times, US officials have conceded that China doesn’t have near as much influence as they initially thought.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are moments with President Trump, particularly in the arena of foreign policy, in which he does appear to take on the characteristics of a very blunt instrument; and as someone who describes himself as a great negotiator, he frequently disappoints me, and causes me great concern for the future of this planet.

Not everything can be "resolved" by waging or declaring war, and the current impasse with North Korea is one of of those areas which most probably cannot be resolved through the waging of war. And of course, the personal insults against Kim Jung Un have not helped in the diplomatic gulf between Kim and President Trump.

What this country desperately needs right now, is a "Department of Peace", which demonstrates positive ways of resolving geopolitical issues which don't require hittng people about the head and shoulders with bombs or bullets. And I am talking realistic, meticulously crafted well thought-out scenarios which can make a difference in resolving problems.

Nov 03 08:28

Explosive Brazile Confession: Trump and Bernie Were Right, DNC Rigged Nomination For Hillary From the Start

Fire up the microwave and pop some popcorn; things are about to get really ugly inside the Democratic Party.

Throughout the primary election cycle last year, Bernie Sanders and his supporters angrily alleged that the DNC — supposedly a neutral arbiter — was actually in the tank for Hillary Clinton. This was denied up and down, with a top Hillary spokesman even wielding Bernie’s questions about party favoritism as an attack against him.

Nov 03 08:20

How the DPRK riddle is freaking out the US establishment

China and Russia to provide US option to resolve DPRK.

Asia-Pacific is where the real action is – geopolitically and geoeconomically.

The 19th Party Congress has made it very clear that “socialism with Chinese characteristics” – as codified by President Xi Jinping – is China’s road map ahead.

Nov 03 01:23

DoD: Cost of War Post-9/11 Exceeds $1.4 Trillion

The Department of Defense has spent more than $1.46 trillion for direct war-related costs since September 11, 2001, according to the latest Pentagon tabulation of war costs obtained by Secrecy News.

The 74-page DoD report provides extensive and detailed reporting on war-related appropriations and expenditures. See Cost of War Update as of June 30, 2017. https://fas.org/man/eprint/cow/201706.pdf

Some previous iterations of the cost of war report can be found here. https://fas.org/man/eprint/cow/index.html

The current total includes $83 billion in classified spending, the new DoD report https://fas.org/man/eprint/cow/201706.pdf <?small> said. But it does not include “non-DoD classified programs” such as those conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency.

Nov 02 14:41

Washington Corruption Is Unparalleled In History – Paul Craig Roberts

This is a disservice not only to President Trump but also to the American people and the planet itself.

Dr. George Szamuely, a distinguished member of the Global Policy Institute of London Metropolitan University, is a British citizen and not a partisan of US politics. He has carefully investigated the so-called Russian dossier and reports that it was entirely the work of the Hillary Democrats.

This fact was known at the beginning both to former CIA director John Brennan and to former FBI director James Comey. Yet both went along with the DNC-invented story of Russian election hacking and Christopher Steele’s fake “dossier” on Trump’s imagined relations with Russians.

Nov 02 11:44

CrossTalk on Manafort: Let the Games Begin!

But still there is no Russia connection.

With the indictment of Paul Manafort and his associate, the special investigation into what is called Russiagate has yielded some results. It has been long thought Manafort and others may have committed financial transgressions. Essentially, this is about following the money.

Nov 02 11:41

Sorting Out the Russia Mess – Robert Parry

U.S. mainstream media, most of which has embraced Mueller’s acceptance of Papadopoulos’s story as the long-awaited “smoking gun” of Russia-gate.

Russia-gate special prosecutor Robert Mueller has turned up the heat on President Trump with the indictment of Trump’s former campaign manager for unrelated financial crimes and the disclosure of a guilty plea from a low-level foreign policy adviser for lying to the FBI.

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