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Mar 30 10:03

SENATE APPROVES MONTENEGRO JOINING NATO DESPITE RAND PAUL’S OBJECTION

Despite a last-minute objection by Senator Rand Paul, who was in turn labeled an agent of Vladimir Putin by Senator John McCain, the Senate has approved Montenegro’s accession to NATO to “send a message” to Russia.
“With Russia’s resurgence and quest for renewed great power status, NATO has given notice that it will stand up for Western democracies too — and has continued to do so,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the Senate approved Montenegro’s accession to NATO.

The vote was 97-2 in favor of accession, with only Paul and Utah Senator Mike Lee voting no.

Paul previously took to the floor to object to an effort by McCain to approve Montenegro’s accession without a roll call vote, questioning the wisdom of the United States continuing to shoulder the costs of defending countries with poorly-funded militaries.

In response, McCain took to the Senate floor and accused Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's take a look at a map, shall we?!?

Map: Montenegro & Surrounding Countries

This granting of NATO membership process to Montenegro gives NATO a great "toehold" in the Adriatic Sea, and cements the process of drawing more and more Eastern European countries, which used to be in the Russian sphere of influence, into the western sphere of influence.

This also provides a greater staging area, should NATO decide to attack Russia from the Western part of Eastern Europe.

Mar 30 09:58

Top U.S. Commander: Iran’s Heightened Threat Since Nuclear Deal May Require Military Action

YUP! Trump is a big idiot!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. needs to consider military action to disrupt Iran’s malign activities in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, which have intensified since the Islamic Republic signed a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, a top American commander warned American lawmakers.

Mar 30 05:32

US Generals: More Civilian Casualties to Come

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Mar 30 03:55

‘Wherever we went, we got bombed’

‘Wherever we went, we got bombed’: Mosul refugees slam Iraqi & US anti-ISIS offensive

related: ‘Credibility’ probe into US-led coalition airstrike in Mosul raised to formal investigation
https://www.rt.com/news/382737-mosul-airstrike-investigation-formal/

related: Hundreds of Mosul civilians killed by airstrikes were told not to flee by authorities
https://www.rt.com/news/382545-mosul-civilian-casualties-amnesty/

related: ‘Unintentional accident of war’? Pentagon says it ‘probably’ played role in 200+ Mosul deaths
https://www.rt.com/news/382635-us-probably-killed-mosul-civilians/

READ MORE: 'US airstrikes that kill civilians in Mosul allow ISIS to thrive'
https://www.rt.com/op-edge/382685-airstrikes-us-mosul-isis/

Mar 29 15:26

Under Trump, U.S. airstrikes have already killed hundreds of civilians

(*If We're Going To Make America Great Again, WE Can't Be Afraid Of Getting A Little Blood On Our Hands)

Mar 29 12:16

‘Unintentional accident of war’? Pentagon says it ‘probably’ played role in 200+ Mosul deaths

The Pentagon has admitted that its air campaign in Mosul “probably had a role” in the mounting civilian death toll in Mosul, including the recent loss of dozens of lives under the rubble of a house that was allegedly booby-trapped by ISIS to maximize casualties.

Mounting evidence of an underreported civilian death toll in Mosul has recently been noted by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Both organizations have criticized the modus operandi of the US-led military campaign.

Hundreds of Mosul civilians killed by airstrikes were told not to flee by authorities – Amnesty

Entire families in Mosul are being killed by airstrikes in their own homes following repeated instructions from Iraqi authorities to stay inside, AI said this week. The NGO emphasized that the coalition forces must have known the strikes were likely to result in civilian deaths.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Civilian deaths are of no consequence, as long as the military objective is ultimately achieved by the US government.

This very much reminds me of the comments made by the Papal Legate at the siege of Montsegur, against the Cathars.

Upon being informed that women and children were also with the besieged men holding out here, the Papal Legate gave the following order: "Kill them all; God will find his own."

Mar 29 10:27

As Yemen War Enters Third Year, Pentagon Moves To Escalate Slaughter

The Pentagon has formally asked the Trump White House to lift limited restrictions imposed by the Obama administration on US military aid to the Saudi Arabian monarchy’s near genocidal war against the impoverished people of Yemen.

Mar 29 09:35

Rand Paul Drops TruthBombs on Congress About US Warmongering And Unconstitutional Wars

Rand Paul: Will we add another commitment to defend yet another foreign country? Will we send more Americans to die in undeclared wars?

Mar 29 09:04

Panic spreads in Iraq, Syria as record numbers of civilians are reported killed in U.S. strikes

A sharp rise in the number of civilians reported killed in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is spreading panic, deepening mistrust and triggering accusations that the United States and its partners may be acting without sufficient regard for lives of noncombatants.

The increase comes as local ground forces backed by air support from a U.S.-led coalition close in on the Islamic State’s two main urban bastions — Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.

Mar 29 08:53

Trump: US troops 'fighting like never before' in Iraq

President Donald Trump offered rare public remarks about Iraq Tuesday, declaring to a group of Senators gathered at the White House that the US is performing "very well" in the country, which remains besieged by violence.

It wasn't clear what fighting Trump was referring to in his remarks, which appeared unscripted. The US combat mission in Iraq ended in 2010 and American troops are now in the country primarily to advise and assist Iraqi forces.

Mar 29 08:34

Dick Cheney Warns of Russian 'Act of War' After Emerging From Winter Warmonger Hibernation

Former Vice President and Halliburton CEO and current Disciple of Satan Dick Cheney has emerged from his Iraqi torture dungeon to issue a dire warning to America: Russia's "election hacks" against the United States should be considered an "act of war".

Let's not pretend that anyone is surprised by Cheney's statement. After all, Russia has twenty million Muslims and an incalculable wealth of oil. It's the perfect candidate for democracy-inducing airstrikes.

Of course, years of bloodlust have slowly chipped away at Cheney's ability to assess who you "can" and "cannot" bomb, but that hasn't stopped him from beating his worn-out war drum:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Dick!

Mar 29 08:23

Clinton's #Emailgate: The Dangerous Militarization of the Asia-Pacific Region

The Obama administration's 'Pivot to Asia' policy has not become a thing of the past, the founder of “Show Up! America” Jan R. Weinberg told Sputnik. The activist explained why the policy, spearheaded by the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, was actually aimed at extensive militarization of the region.

Mar 29 08:13

SPIRIT OF SERBIAN nation was not crushed: Serbia fought and suffered like knights

"So firmly and courageously they resisted the military forces of the country ten times larger than their population and military power, and only after they are three times expelled the Austro-Hungarians and after Germany and Bulgaria come to the aid of Austro-Hungaria, were forced to retreat across Albania .

"And because their country was devastated and their homes destroyed, the spirit of the Serbian people was not broken.

"Though outnumbered by much greater power, their love for freedom remains undiminished. Brute force was left intact their firm determination to sacrifice everything for freedom and independence.

Mar 28 14:08

The Vilification Of Sebastian Gorka And The Weaponization Of History

Sebastian Gorka, aide to President Donald Trump, is a devastating force. When dealing with the mainstream press (hereafter MSM) he is perpetually articulate, intelligent, and capable of withering retorts. He has been an effective one-man counter-narrative. During interviews and discussion panels, his aristocratic bearing, confidence, and unwillingness to back-track in the face of blatant on-air rhetorical attacks has not gone unnoticed. An effective individual like this cannot be allowed to operate with impunity.

Mar 28 13:57

ISIS’s Losses In Syria And Iraq Will Make It Difficult To Recruit

Iraqi forces are stalled and suffering heavy casualties in their assault on the last Isis fighters defending close-packed buildings in the Old City of Mosul. Civilian loss of life is very high as US aircraft, Iraqi helicopters and artillery, try to target Isis strongpoints in a small area in which at least 300,000 civilians are trapped and unable to reach safety.

Mar 28 13:43

We can't just wait until we're destroyed': Japan calls for the right to carry out pre-emptive strikes for the first time since World War II as it seeks to defend itself from North Korea 

Japan has called for the right to carry out pre-emptive strikes for the first time since World War Two in the wake of North Korean aggression.
Politicians in Japan have argued for the technically pacifist country to have the ability to strike North Korea rather than relying on the US for its defence.

The reclusive state has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches in defiance of U.N. resolutions.

He added: 'Our country is protected by other countries, but we can't do anything to protect them. This is not acceptable in the international community anymore.'

Gen Nakatani, defense minister until last year and a member of the committee, told the newspaper: 'I believe that we should consider having the capacity to strike.'

Last week Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared to give weight to the idea, saying he wanted to 'keep an eye' on developments.

Abe oversaw the acquisition of F-35A stealth fighter jets last year, boosting the country's air defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should this legislation come to pass in Japan, and it decides to do a first strike against North Korea, the potential geopolitical fallout is going to be devastating.

What is needed here is for cooler heads to prevail, and for there to be summits, including Japan; South Korea; North Korea; and China to hammer out a true peace deal with which to replace the existing armistice, with the proviso that for this treaty, North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons development program.

Mar 28 13:29

War in This Mideast Country is 'Becoming a PR Disaster for Saudi Arabia, US

The bloody war in Yemen is turning out to be a PR disaster for Saudi Arabia and the US. Furthermore, the Trump administration considers providing more military support for the Saudi-led coalition. Radio Sputnik spoke with Dr. Christopher Davidson, associate professor in Middle East politics at Durham University.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is complicit in Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen which include:

The killing and maiming for life of Yemeni children

Images of wounded and murdered children from Saudi war strikes

The starving of Yemeni children to the point of death by malnutrition by blockading their ports:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition, courtesy of Saudi Arabia's blocking Yemen's ports

And the massive spike in deformities because children are being poisoned in the womb through the Saudi use of depleted uranium in Yemen:

Video: Saudi soldiers using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

I am disgusted by the actions of my government in this matter, and its partnership with Saudi Arabia in these war crimes.

But the only thing I can do, as a Christian Pacifist Activist and Witness, is to document these horrors until these horrors stop.

Mar 28 10:54

"Couldn't Hit An Elephant" - Over-Confident NATO Generals & Russian Retaliation

“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”

Those are purported to be the last words of General John Sedgwick, spoken as he observed distant Confederate troops during the 1864 Battle of Spotsylvania in Virginia. (Historians debate as to whether these were his very final words or amongst his final words, but there is no debate as to whether he then received a mortal bullet wound to his face.)

Mar 28 10:19

Cheney: Russian Cyberattack On Election Could Be Viewed As ‘Act Of War’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in a speech that there’s “no question” Russia attempted to manipulate the U.S. presidential election and that many would consider that “an act of war.”

George W. Bush’s former No. 2 explained Monday at The Economic Times’ Global Business Summit in New Delhi that he thinks the “major concern” now facing America is national security. Cheney pointed to Russia’s “cyber warfare, a cyberattack on the United States — the fact that [Russian President Vladimir Putin] took his capabilities in the cyber area and used it to try to influence our election.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Vice-President Cheney, a word please; given that you lied outright, through your teeth, to "sell" the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the American people, what in the name of heaven (or hell) makes you think you have any credibility whatsoever, with this baseless charge?!?

The short answer is, none, sir.

Please go back to that dark, airless cave from which you emerged to make this speech, never to lie to the American people again.

Mar 28 09:48

U.S. TO SEND HUNDREDS OF PARATROOPERS INTO MOSUL

On Sunday, reports began emerging that the Pentagon was intending to send more combat troops into western Mosul, the latest in a long line of escalations of US military involvement in the battle over Mosul, with an eye toward getting Iraq’s stalled offensive back on track.

Yesterday, the Military Times finally got the specifics of the deployment, with officials saying that two infantry companies and a route-clearance platoon will be sent to Mosul, paratroopers numbers somewhere around 300 fighters, which will officially be labeled an “advise and assist” operation.

And a “temporary” deployment. Officials have labeled thousands of the ground troops in Iraq as “temporary” to avoid putting them in the official count of how many US troops are deployed to Iraq, even though in this case, as in so many others, there is no specific deadline for ending the deployment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; this is an open-ended deployment which may last well after Mosul is retaken by the Iraqi government, and we have not a clue as to how many are actually being deployed, or where they might be deployed post-Mosul.

Mar 28 09:13

Yemen: Hundreds Of Thousands Rise Up Against Saudi-US Invasion

Hundreds of thousands of desperate citizens of Yemen took to the streets of Sanaa on Sunday, in a massive demonstration aimed at drawing the world’s attention to the devastating Saudi-U.S. bombing campaign in the country.

Mar 28 08:39

US Radars Cover Almost All Russian Territory - Russian MoD

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the US missile defense capabilities threaten almost all low orbit space stations.

According to Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, US missile defense systems also threaten space exploration activities by other countries, including Russia and China.

"Almost all low orbit stations located in the area of missile defense systems' damage volume are under the threat of destruction. Given the global nature of the antimissile missile ships, space activities of any state, including Russia and China, are under threat," he said.

Mar 28 08:36

What Is Trump Thinking? President Gives CIA New Authority To Authorize Drone Strikes

By Brandon Turbeville

The testy nature of the public relationship between Donald Trump and the CIA is well known with the agency putting forth a number of unproven and laughably ridiculous assertions that Trump is working with Russia as well as the President publicly criticizing the intelligence community for these claims. More serious, however, is the fact that the CIA monitored and essentially ousted former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn.

So with Trump engaging in a relatively public and behind-the-scenes war with the CIA, it may come as a surprise that Trump has given the agency even more authority to conduct secret drone strikes...

Mar 27 15:15

US, UK, France Will Boycott Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Talks At UN: Haley

The United States says it will boycott the United Nations negotiations aimed at creating a nuclear weapons ban treaty, as some 120 countries are participating in the talks on the subject.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters at UN headquarters in New York City on Monday that a worldwide nuclear ban was simply not “realistic.”

Mar 27 14:55

US Sends 200 More Troops To Mosul For ‘Advise & Assist’ Mission – Defense Officials

The US military is deploying an additional 200 troops to Mosul to “advise and assist” Iraqi forces in their bid to retake the city, according to ABC, citing defense officials.

Two companies – comprising 200 to 300 soldiers in total – from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team (2nd BCT) are deploying to Iraq to render additional “advise and assist” support to Iraqi forces, Colonel Joseph Scrocca, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told ABC News on Monday.

Mar 27 14:55

Pentagon Chief Asks For Deeper Military Involvement In Yemen

Defense Secretary James Mattis has asked the White House to remove restrictions on US military support for Saudi Arabia and its allies engaged in a military offensive against Yemen that has caused significant civilian casualties, according to a report.

Mar 27 13:01

World Countries To Start Talks On Nuclear Weapons Ban

World countries are set to launch talks on a global nuclear weapons ban despite objections from major nuclear powers.

Some 123 member states of the United Nations (UN) had announced in October last year that they would launch a UN conference to negotiate a legally-binding nuclear ban treaty. The initiative is scheduled to be launched at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

Mar 27 12:33

Despite Campaign Promises, Trump Set To Outdo Obama On Military Adventurism

When asked about Trump attitudes toward war, MIT professor and renowned linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky told MintPress News that the idea that he was an anti-war candidate “was based on his criticisms of the Iraq and Libya attacks (which, contrary to his lies, he supported) and his ambiguous statements about reducing tensions with Russia – a good thing, if he meant it. But his actual policies are extremely dangerous.”

“[This includes] the sharp increase in the military budget, the weakening of restrictions on drone strikes, and the wild charges about Iran,” Chomsky said, adding that what really worries those who pay attention to these issues “is his megalomania and unpredictability…we know how someone who goes berserk over minor slights might react in a moment of crisis.”

Mar 27 12:31

Inventing Enemies

On February 22, Adam Purinton of Olathe, Kansas, was at Austin’s Bar and Grill. He saw two men, both from India, and began to argue with them. “Get out of my country,” Purinton said to the two men, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and Alok Madasani, 32, both tech workers at the multinational technology firm Garmin. Purinton began to yell racist slurs at the men, got out his gun and began to shoot. A bystander, Ian Grillot, rose from his hiding place to catch the gunman. He was then shot through his chest and hand. Kuchibhotla died, while Madasani survived his wounds. Grillot, one of whose vertebrae was fractured, also survived. “I was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being,” he said from his hospital bed.

Mar 27 11:36

US General: 5,000 More Troops Needed for Afghanistan

Gen. Nicholson now says he wants another 5,000 US and NATO troops, saying he believes the US needs that many to “break the stalemate” in the war. Nicholson has repeatedly labeled the conflict a “stalemate” in recent weeks, which appears to be an overestimation of the situation, with the Taliban continuing to gain ground against Afghan security forces.

The US has repeatedly run into this problem in Afghanistan, with the government’s forces unable to stand up to the Taliban by themselves, and NATO growing weary of continuing to prop them up. This has led to escalations and deescalation for years, constantly trying to save the Afghan government from outright defeat.

Nicholson argued that because 9/11 involved Afghanistan, a loss in the country would embolden terrorists globally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Nicholson, a word, please.

As you well know, Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11: it is the self-perpetuating lie/narrative that the US government continues to flog as its "justification" for having invaded, and continuing to occupy this country with US and NATO troops.

Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11

There is, after 16 years and counting, absolutely zero military metric by which Afghanistan can be characterised as a military success.

The invasion, and occupation was all about rights to pipeline routes and the rights to that embarrassment of natural resources Afghanistan which Afghanistan possesses.

Pipeline to Afghanistan

Afghanistan's mineral wealth

And lastly, sir,I have an incredible set of concepts which would stop any terrorism against the US or any of its assets overseas, and most probably very quickly:

1. Create working alternative energy which does not leave the US dependent on fossil fuel.

2. Stop mucking about in other people's countries to expropriate resources to which the US government has no moral right.

3. Stop regime changing those countries to become western-centric.

4. Stop insisting that those resources only be sold in US-denominated currency.

YOU'RE WELCOME!!! :-)

Mar 27 11:15

Defense Secretary Seeks Deeper US Involvement in Yemen War

Defense Secretary James Mattis is said to be pushing for the White House to remove all restrictions, placed during the waning months of President Obama’s presidency, on US military support for the Saudi invasion of Yemen, seeking deeper direct US involvement in fighting the Yemeni Shi’ites.

Mattis is said to be pushing National Security Adviser HR McMaster to agree that US support would combat the “common threat” the US and Saudi Arabia face in Yemen, which appears to be continued Shi’ite autonomy in the northern half of the country.

The US, of course, has already been directly involved in the Saudi war in Yemen from the beginning, providing in-air refueling for Saudi warplanes and participating in a naval blockade that has caused massive food shortages across northern Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a word please: by participating in the Saudi genocide in Yemen, which has involved the assassination of wide swathes of civilians, including children; starving Yemeni children to death with malnutrition from the port blockades, and the poisoning of children in the womb through the Saudi's use of depleted uranium weapons, the United States government is complicit in its war crimes.

Mike and I are way too poor, and too old, to be accepted as a citizen of any other country at this stage in our lives; because right now, if Mike and I could, we would!

That being said, I find it morally reprehensible that both you, and President Trump, have absolutely no qualm of conscience about continuing to aid and abet these horrific acts on the part of the Saudi military.

Mar 27 11:07

Syria Threatens Scud Strikes If Israel Attacks Again

Israel had been intermittently attacking Syrian military targets throughout the Syrian Civil War, but that conflict has escalated dramatically in recent weeks, with Syria resisting larger Israeli strikes with anti-aircraft missiles, and Israel continuing to strike, and threatening to wipe out Syria’s air defenses outright.

Syria has a considerable cache of Scud missiles, which it acquired over the years in large part related to their ongoing arms race with Israel. Syrian officials reportedly threatened to hit military bases in northern Israel, and potentially strikes against the Haifa Port if Israel attacks civilian targets in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Syrian President Al-Assad, a word, please; do NOT give the Israeli government the "justification" for Israel and the US to go into Syria militarily, by using these scud weapons.

Right now, your best recourse is appealing to Russia President Putin for the best defensive weapons they can provide you.

Mar 27 11:01

US Sends More Combat Troops to Mosul in Latest Escalation

Iraqi officials had previously predicted they’d have western Mosul fully “liberated” by the end of March. With just a few days left, the offensive remains largely stalled however, with the offensive moving at a snail’s pace. Hoping to speed things up, the US has announced another escalation, sending more combat troops into the city.

The size of this escalation is as yet unknown, with the Pentagon only announcing that the deployment was being ordered, putting more combat troops into the city for “advise and assist” operations. These appear to be some of the troops previously tapped to go to Kuwait.

The only clue officials would give to the size of the new deployment is that it would not “reunite the entire brigade,” which means that the new deployment is at least less than 2,500. The troops are being considered “temporary,” like many of the troops in Iraq, which means they aren’t part of the official count.

Mar 27 10:50

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS GATHER IN MASSIVE PROTEST TO US SPONSORED SAUDI TERRORISM IN YEMEN

Sana’a, Yemen — Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a to protest the second anniversary of the invasion by Saudi Arabia, as well as the ongoing military offensive by the loosely U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition of nine nations attempting to crush the Shia Houthi rebellion.

“I participated in the protests against the aggression (by the Saudi-led coalition), maybe our voice will be heard by the world over to stop the war,” the Associated Press quoted protester, Ahmed Mohsen, who, along with war-weary throngs of others — participated to try to call attention to the U.S.’ other major conflict.

“Two years of wanton violence and bloodshed, thousands of deaths and millions of people desperate for their basic rights to food, water, health and security,” railed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, “enough is enough.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not only are the Saudi troops murdering and starving children in Yemen:

Images: wounded and killed children by Saudi bombing raids in Yemen

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

The Saudis are also poisoning the people of Yemen, and causing massive amounts of child deformities and deaths through the use of depleted uranium weapons.

Increase in infant deformities in Yemen suggest that the US/UK supplied Saudi Arabia with depleted uranium weapons

Media coverage of uranium weapons and the spiraling sickness has been meager. Malak Hamden said when she and colleagues published the 2010 Fallujah study, “CNN said something, but no newspapers touched the story.” A BBC reporter told Williams the public doesn’t want to know about uranium weapons. In the meantime, the United States continues to build them. Williams notes that U.S. Patent Office records show Lockheed Martin and Raytheon hold patents for enhanced bombs and cruise missile warheads that include uranium options. Related Stories Putin’s Reckless Nuclear Saber-Rattling Is Just Show Secret Indian Nuke Site Sparks New Arms Race Is Putin’s Half-Baked ‘Secret' Super-Nuke Torpedo For Real? For Soldiers With Gulf War Illness, a Clue to the Mystery in Their Cells Today, with the U.S., Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and Russia bombing Syria, and with the Saudis bombing and the U.S. firing drones into Yemen—with some of the same kinds of weapons unleashed in Iraq—it is likely that the people living there, along with fleeing refugees, will suffer just as the Iraqis and veterans have. As Busby notes, uranium oxide dust is like a bomb that keeps going off. “People’s genes are damaged for generations. Scientists found this in 22 generations of mice, after Chernobyl. The only way mutated genes disappear is when carriers don’t have children.”

Warning: horrifically graphic video of Yemeni children born with severe birth defects, generated by Saudi Arabia's use of depleted uranium in Yemen.

Infant deformities in Yemen linked to Saudi-led bombardment (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

I think there must be a very special place in hell designated for the people who manufacture these weapons, sign off on the use of these weapons, and use weapons like this.

Poisoning children in the womb is one of the most morally vile, and reprehensible forms of child abuse I can imagine; it not only destroys the child and the child's family: it also destroys the future of a country, because it frightens young couples into not having children, because there is no remedy against this toxic substance, and the damage depleted uranium does to human DNA.

And if you look at the children in the video, you will see that the damage is very similar, or nearly identical to, the damage the US military created in the Iraqi town of Fallujah, where depleted uranium was also used.

(warning: very graphic images)

Images: Fallujah children born with massive birth defects resulting from the US military using depleted uranium weapons

Mar 27 10:14

Trump Budget Has Some Good Cuts… But it raises spending on the merchants of death…

It’s interesting that Trump & Co. have cut funding for US allies, culture, education, the poor, and just about everything else except the Pentagon and Israel. Not a penny was reduced from Israel’s recent grant of $38 billion in arms spending over ten years. Not a peep about this from Congress or Trump. An honest war tax would show Americans the real cost of their imperial adventures and spare their children from having to pay for such dumb wars as Afghanistan and the Mideast.

Mar 27 09:23

These Democrats Seem To Really Want A War With Russia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Mar 27 09:14

US admits killing 200 civilians in Mosul air strike while world focuses on London terror attack

Amid the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the UK’s Parliament, which killed four people including a police officer, another mass casualty further afield has been buried in the headlines.

Over the weekend the US Pentagon has admitted to another air strike in Mosul, which is believed to have killed more than 200 civilians including women and children.

It has been described as a “humanitarian disaster” by Iraqi Vice President Osama Nujaifi, and United Nations officials said they were “profoundly concerned” by the attack.

Isis' losses in Syria and Iraq will make it harder for it to recruit
The Pentagon released a statement, saying it had targeted Isis fighters and equipment “at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties”.

“The coalition respects human life, which is why we are assisting our Iraqi partner forces in their effort to liberate their lands from ISIS brutality.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...respects human life...", MY ASTROLABE!!

The stark, and unassailable reality here, is that the US military will kill ANYONE who, even accidentally, gets in the way of Iraq continuing to be led by a western-centric government, and with all the oil being sold only in US dollars.

And let us not forget that other inconvenient truth about war in the region:

The US Government created Al Qaeda and the ISIS terror group

Mar 27 09:07

RAW: SAA Consolidates Ground In Northern Hama After Heavy Clashes

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to push back Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, in northern Hama after losing ground to the terrorist organization.

Mar 27 09:05

The Unwinnable Vietnam War

Although the Vietnamese had been rebelling against the French since their arrival in S.E. Asia, World War I was the initial catalyst for Vietnam’s independence. Vietnamese and other Indochinese troops, notably Cambodians, in the French colonial forces went to Europe and the Middle East in World War I to serve in both combat and support roles.

Mar 27 08:25

PARKINSON’S LAW ALSO APPLIES TO THE PENTAGON

Back in the 1950’s, a British professor at the distinguished University of Malaya, C. Northcote Parkinson, observed that as the post-war Royal Navy shrank in size, its bureaucracy continued to expand.

Parkinson formulated a law that bureaucracies will naturally grow at 5-7% per annum. He also wisely added ‘Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.’

All bureaucracies, public and private, must be periodically forced on a diet. US President Donald Trump is, as promised, taking an axe to Washington’s dense bureaucratic undergrowth. He claims the cuts will save $2.5 trillion over ten years.

Mar 27 08:11

US Democrats Portraying Russia’s Alleged Interference As Act Of War

Democratic lawmakers are stepping up the United States’ anti-Russia rhetoric over Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, which yielded President Donald Trump.

Mar 27 07:27

Daesh, Creature of the West

According to Saudi intelligence, Daesh was invented by the US government – in Camp Bacca, near the Kuwait border, as many will remember — to essentially finish off the Shiite-majority Nouri al-Maliki government in Baghdad.

It didn’t happen this way, of course. Then, years later, in the summer of 2014, Daesh routed the Iraqi Army on its way to conquer Mosul. The Iraqi Army fled. Daesh operatives then annexed ultra-modern weapons that took US instructors from six to twelve months to train the Iraqis in and…surprise! Daesh incorporated the weapons in their arsenals in 24 hours.

In the end, Shea frankly admitted to the source that Gen David Petraeus, conductor of the much-lauded 2007 surge, had trained these Sunnis now part of Daesh in Anbar province in Iraq.

Mar 26 09:44

Congress Needs to Stop Trump’s Escalation of the War on Syria

? During the 2016 GOP presidential primaries and on through to the end of last year’s general election campaign, candidate Donald J. Trump repeatedly derided the fact that the United States had spent upward of $6 trillion dollars on wars in the Middle East because we, in his words, “have nothing to show for it.” One might then have reasonably expected Trump to begin the process of unwinding our overstretched positions in the region when he became president.

But alas.

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That there is utterly zero debate on this (and on the US government's enabling of Saudi Arabia's invasion and occupation of Yemen) disgusts me thoroughly.

Our "alleged" Congressional Representatives collectively have the moral sense of a dead tree stump (and you KNOW I will get enraged emails and texts from dead tree stumps on this analogy!).

But what really, deeply concerns me is, how willing is the US government to go to war with Russia over Syria?!?

Because should the US military escalate even further, it is nearly a dead moral certainty that this will happen.

Russia has been invited by the Al Assad government to get rid of the jihadists, and combined with the Syrian military, are doing just that rather successfully.

The US military has not been invited here, and such a conflict appears to be to be a question of when, and not if.

I just hope and pray that Sec Def Mattis understands that at this point in its history, the American military doesn't have the weapons; the manufacturing; the troop strength, or the money to ensure a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Mar 26 09:13

Netanyahu Rejects US Proposal on Reining in Settlement Growth

After four solid days of negotiations, the US-Israel talks on a deal for slowing settlement construction in the occupied West Bank still does not appear to be close to resolved, with all indications that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is continuing to reject all specific proposals.

Netanyahu actually initiated the talks as a way of trying to resolve a disagreement over the rate of settlement expansion with the Trump Administration, and he is said to have agreed “in principle” with the idea of slowing construction. Getting him pinned down on exactly what that means is another matter.

Netanyahu already made the announcement that the deal, which hasn’t been reached, won’t include any restrictions on construction in occupied East Jerusalem. The most recent US proposal would’ve conceded that point and given a specific metric on construction in the main settlement blocs in the West Bank, but Netanyahu rejected it because it called for halting expansion in the isolated settlements.

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President Trump, a word please; focusing your foreign policy efforts on exercises in futility will not move your foreign policy forward.

May I strongly suggest that you move away from the Israeli/Palestinian issue for this very reason, at least at this moment in Israeli history.

You need to wait until the people of Israel regain their collective geopolitical sanity, and vote him out of office.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is the kind of interesting, and belligerently hubristic, piece of work human being who will "relieve himself" in your face, then insist it must be raining.

Mar 26 09:07

Mattis: US Troops Need to Stay in Iraq for ‘Years’

With US officials still hopeful that Iraq’s ongoing offensive in Mosul is the beginning of the end of ISIS’ presence in that country, top Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, are also eager to point out that it’s not going to mean the end of the US military presence in Iraq.

In comments to Congressional committees over the course of the week, Mattis was very clear about the need to keep US troops in Iraq, calling it a “national interest” and insisting US forces need to stabilize Iraq, while downplaying the idea that this would be nation-building.

It’s not going to be a short process either. While Mattis wasn’t very specific on how long this post-ISIS US military presence would last, he made it clear that it would be “years,” and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joe Dunford said the same thing later.

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Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Iraq because of the oil, and the pipelines.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

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Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 26 08:52

US General Wants to Hike Intervention in Somalia

US African Commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser today confirmed that he is still seeking increased authority to carry out attacks in Somalia, seeking President Trump’s permission for more “flexibility” in carrying out airstrikes and using ground troops in the country.

It was reported last month that the Pentagon was looking to expand involvement in Somalia, though Waldhauser today confirmed that the White House has not granted them the permission that they were seeking, leaving unclear what the holdup is, as the Trump Administration is sending more and more forces across Africa.

According to Waldhauser, the changes would not just open up an increase in operations in Somalia, but also allow the pentagon to provide increased direct aid to the Somali National Army, including potentially putting embedded troops in with them in areas close to combat forces.

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So, that's what they're calling "advisors" these days at the Pentagon, "embedded troops?!?

There's the alleged "good reason" why the American military is in Somalia, i.e., fighting the "good fight" against Al-Shabaab, the African "flavor" of Al Qaeda.

And then, there is the "real reason why the US is in Somalia. And that can very easily be found and identified by the Index Mundi, sourced from the CIA Fact Book:

Natural resources: uranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, likely oil reserves

A lot of what you see here keeps the 21st century world humming, and again, the US government wants to expropriate these resources, to which it has no moral right; insure that the government is Western-centric; and lastly, insure that these resources are only sold for US dollars.

Any questions?!?

Mar 26 08:39

War on Terror Unites Trump and the Establishment

It’s conventional wisdom that Washington, DC is a city marked by gridlock. Republicans obstructed President Obama’s agenda on principle, as Democrats are attempting to do now with Donald Trump. To give even an inch is a sign of political weakness. Trump is, admittedly, a polarizing figure, and there is certainly plenty of dissent in today’s political environment on a host of issues. The War on Terror, though, continues the same trajectory it’s been on for the better part of this century. President Trump, like President Obama before him, has mainstream support for his terror policies and approach to the conflicts in the Middle East.

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I had hoped that at least, in terms of foreign policy, a Trump Presidency would give our country, and the world, a more nuanced approach, featuring a real push in the direction of hard-won, moral negotiations and a return to something approximating true diplomacy.

Unfortunately, so far, it has been painfully apparent to anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together, that this is not happening, and that the US government's attempted, and unhinged, martial conquest of all the world's resources continues, unabated.

Mar 26 07:50

Iran Denies Harassing U.S. Warships In Gulf, Warns Of Clashes

ran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were “harassing” warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.

U.S. Navy commanders earlier accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by “harassing” warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and said future incidents could result in miscalculation and lead to an armed clash.

They spoke after the U.S. aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush confronted what one of the commanding officers described as two sets of Iranian Navy fast-attack boats that had approached a U.S.-led, five-vessel flotilla as it entered the Strait on Tuesday on a journey from the Indian Ocean into the Gulf.

It was the first time a U.S. carrier entered the narrow waterway, where up to 30 percent of global oil exports pass, since President Donald Trump took office in January pledging a tougher U.S. stance towards Iran.

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I would like to suggest that the Deep American State, with which, incredulously, I see President Trump aligning himself on so many issues, is hungry for a war against Iran, to create another "regime change", as the US did in 1953, when they ousted its democratically elected Premier, Mohammed Mosaddeq, and replaced him with the hideously repressive Shah of Iran.

So President Trump, a word, please; a war against Iran will almost certainly bring Russia into the fray, on Iran's side.

I would like to hope and pray that Sec Def Mattis has informed you that right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

If there was ever a time, and country, which needs your vast expertise with "The Art of the Deal", that time is now, and that country is Iran.
With just a little intelligent diplomacy, this country could ultimately become a friend of the US, rather than an imagined foe.

Yes, I know, Israel's Netanyahu has been cheerleading for years in favor of an American war against Iran; but you have to remember that the man ultimately doesn't give a damn about you or this country.

The cold, hard reality here is, Netanyahu would infinitely prefer see our American military get killed or maimed for life, in such a war than any members of the IDF, to extinguish this "alleged existential threat" to Israel, and that is why AIPAC has been pushing Congress, through a combination of threats and contributions, overt and covert, to sign off on this.

And lastly, Mr. President, there is a video I urge you to see. This is part of a series done by a very charming Jewish videographer, and has the following title:

video: Don't tell mother I'm in Iran

Mar 25 10:21

Trump Is Dragging Us Into Another War... And No One Is Talking About It

Quietly, while Americans have been focused on the ongoing drama over repealing the Affordable Care Act and the new revelations about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, President Trump has been busy dramatically expanding the American troop presence inside Syria. And virtually no one in Washington has noticed. Americans have a right to know what Trump is planning and whether this will lead to an Iraq-style occupation of Syria for years to come.

Without any official notification, Trump sent 500 new American troops into Syria, ostensibly to take part in the upcoming assault on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. News reports suggest this deployment may just be the tip of the iceberg, with some saying that the plan is for hundreds more American troops to be added to the fight in the coming weeks. No one actually knows how many troops are inside Syria now, because the administration has largely tried to keep the build-up a secret.

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Senator Murphy, a word please; WRH has been following, and reporting on, as best we can, the escalating situation in Syria, and we share your concerns.

However, there is one issue which you chose not to address in this article, and that is, Russian troops are in Syria, dealing with the Jihadists, at the behest of the Syrian government; the US troops are NOT there upon the invitation of the Syrian government.

So what is going to happen, as it almost inevitably must, that US forces start tangling with Russian forces?!? This could set off a chain reaction which would result in a US/Russian war over Syria, and THAT, Senator, would be a big, fat, hairy no-no.

And I say that because, at this time in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Mar 25 09:42

Mainstream media largely ignores Mosul death toll in anti-ISIS ops

More than 200 civilians are feared to have been killed during the latest anti-ISIL offensive in Mosul, which is supported by the U.S.-led coalition. RT

Mar 25 09:26

Ukrainian arms warehouse storing 138,000 TONNES of rockets and tank ammunition is blown up by saboteurs forcing 20,000 to be evacuated

The Ukrainian military said Russian or separatist saboteurs blew up a warehouse storing tank ammunition at a military base in the east of the country early on Thursday.

The base, which contained about 138,000 tonnes of ammunition including rockets and tank ammunition, is located in the city of Balakleya about 100 km (60 miles) from the frontline of Ukraine's war against Russian-backed separatists.
Rescue teams were helping residents nearby villages in the eastern Kharkiv region, the military said, and up to 20,000 were evacuated after the suspected drone attack.

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The question I have to ask is, how in the name of heaven could that weapons depot have been so unguarded that this was allowed to happen, or did someone do something stupid with a cigarette?!?

And by the time they get this horrific fire out, chemical forensics will be all but impossible.

Mar 25 07:19

The Unaccountable Military Industrial Complex Is Destroying America and the Rest Of The World Too

On Jan. 17, 1961, US President Eisenhower gave the nation a dire warning about what he described as a threat to democratic government. He called it the military-industrial complex.

He warned, "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist."

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Mar 25 06:51

US Led Air Strikes Kill More Than 200 People In Iraq

Over 200 civilians were killed in a US-led coalition raid on Mosul according to local reports.

Mar 24 20:00

Yemenis Paying The Price For US & UK Arms Deals With Saudi Arabia

Amnesty International has slammed America and Britain for supplying arms to Saudi Arabia which have then been used to kill hundreds of civilians in Yemen.

Mar 24 14:44

Infant deformities in Yemen linked to Saudi-led bombardment (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Doctors in Yemen have reported an increase in children born with deformities as a result of the two-year war that has left the country on the brink of famine.
The al-Sabeen Maternity and Child Hospital in the capital, Sana’a, has seen an increase in babies being born prematurely and with deformities, which doctors say is a result of the war and the Saudi-led coalition’s bombs.

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Are these Saudi monsters,enabled by the US military, using DU weapons, like US forces did in Falujah, Iraq?!? The level, and nature of these deformities reminds me very much about what we saw after the American military used depleted uranium weapons in Iraq.

Now, I am going to guarantee you that this image of an Iraqi child, ravaged in the womb, by DU, looks identical to the image of the child you see in the article above:

Image: Iraqi child suffering from DU exposure

Mar 24 11:19

Pentagon Denies Trying To Shelve Study That Found $125 Billion In Waste

The Defense Department on Tuesday denied it tried to quash a 2015 study that found it could save $125 billion in noncombat administrative programs but admitted it has so far only found a small fraction of those savings.

Mar 24 10:33

US General: Russia ‘Perhaps’ Supplying Taliban

In the past few months, US officials have increasingly found it convenient to blame Russia for anything that goes wrong, no matter how little credibility such an accusation has. NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, US Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, may have gone the farthest, however, saying that it was conceivable that Russia was providing unspecified “supply” to the Afghan Taliban.

Gen. Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had “seen the influence of Russia of late,” and that “perhaps” this included supplies, though he neither offered any details on what sort of supplies he was accusing Russia of “perhaps” giving the Taliban, nor any evidence that anything he said was true.

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Gen. Scaparrotti, a word, please; trying to blame the nearly 16 year old, utterly failed US/NATO occupation on Russia, and providing absolutely no evidence with which to support your claim, is, shall we say diplomatically, completely counter-productive.

Mar 24 10:27

US Army Orders Multimillion Contract for Support Services at Kuwait Base

Pentagon reported that Vectrus Systems had received a more than half a billion dollar US Army contract to provide services for Kuwait base operations.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Vectrus Systems has received a more than half a billion dollar US Army contract to provide services for Kuwait base operations and security support, the Department of Defense said in a press release.

"Vectrus Systems Corporation [of] Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $521 million modification… contract for services for Kuwait base operations and security support services in the Kuwait area of responsibility," the announcement stated on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's look at a map of Kuwait:

Map of Kuwait and surrounding countries

There are 10 US military bases in Kuwait:

And as reported at globalsecurity.org in 2012:

The Associated Press reported in June 1012 the precise numbers on US forces in Kuwait, a presence that Pentagon officials has only reluctantly acknowledged. There were 15,000 troops stationed at Camp Arifjan, Ali Al Salem Air Base and Camp Buehring, in Kuwait. The U.S. uses Kuwait in its war planning as “staging hubs, training ranges and locations to provide logistical support” and to give it “flexibility” should the White House decide on a “pre-emptive” military strike against Syria or Iran. The U.S. military is maintaining at least 10 bases around the tiny emirate, including a command headquarters, a logistics center and two Air Force bases. During the two decades since U.S. and Coalition forces liberated Kuwait, a robust US presence -- military and civilian -- has become virtually a fixture in Kuwait. This posture has been encouraged by a welcoming host government that has seen its own long-term security linked to a significant USG presence, particularly on the military side. The generally hospitable official Kuwaiti environment, expressed in material terms by over US$1.2 billion annually in such benefits as free access to bases, waived port and air support fees, customs waivers, subsidized fuel and other services, rendered Kuwait an indispensable ally in the conduct of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and the US presence in Kuwait significantly facilitated US operations in the AF/PAK theater. US military operational flexibility here was governed by the favorable terms of a Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) with the Government of Kuwait signed in 1991 and extended for ten years in 2001; at the conclusion of the extension, the DCA continued in force indefinitely unless terminated by either side on one years' written notice.

So, if the US government is beefing up these bases now, and Kuwait is a place for power projection into the Persian Gulf, and construction is supposed to be completed in March of next year, what is the US military planning for the spring of 2018?!?

I do not know; but my gut is telling me, something wicked this way comes.

Mar 24 10:21

Gun Owners of America: Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 Still Contains Gun Control

Trump is becoming a nightmare!

Gun Owners of America (GOA) is warning that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.o still contains measures that will allow doctors, insurance companies, and the ATF to use medical records to further a gun control agenda.
The first thing GOA points out is that Ryan’s bill “needs to be amended to prohibit the ATF from trolling the national health database, or Medicaid, or any new entitlement program for persons with PTSD, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, or merely ‘anxiety.’” GOA says the recently repealed Social Security gun ban allowed such trolling, which opened the door to the ATF growing the list of the persons prohibited from gun ownership based on otherwise private information gathered from health records.

Mar 24 10:11

Reports: US Airstrikes Killed 230 Civilians in Mosul Overnight

As the US airstrikes in the Iraqi city of Mosul are increasingly concentrated around densely populated neighborhoods in the city’s west, the death toll from those airstrikes in spiraling rapidly out of control, with the most recent figures out of the area suggesting around 230 civilians were killed overnight in US and coalition strikes in just a single neighborhood.

That’s an enormous toll, of course, but is reported from several sources telling largely the same story, including that a single US airstrike against a large building full of civilians in Mosul killed over 130 people, while the other 100 or so were killed in the surrounding area.

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Centcom will NEVER take responsibility for this slaughter; to them, these women and children were just "collateral damage who had the poor taste to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, right when it was bombing their city."

Mar 24 08:30

A Conspiracy Theory that became a “Conspiracy Fact”: The CIA, Afghanistan’s Poppy Fields and America’s Growing Heroin Epidemic

Now the question is why heroin use has dramatically increased since 2002? Maybe the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 after the September 11th attacks under the Bush regime had something to do with it? The main-stream media (MSM) establishment mouthpiece The Washington Post admitted in 2006 that heroin production in Afghanistan “broke all records” while under U.S. occupation:

Opium production in Afghanistan, which provides more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin, broke all records in 2006, reaching a historic high despite ongoing U.S.-sponsored eradication efforts, the Bush administration reported yesterday.

In addition to a 26 percent production increase over past year — for a total of 5,644 metric tons — the amount of land under cultivation in opium poppies grew by 61 percent. Cultivation in the two main production provinces, Helmand in the southwest and Oruzgan in central Afghanistan, was up by 132 percent

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Mar 24 08:11

If we're going to rule out negotiations with North Korea, we have to be ready for war

“Twenty years of talking has brought us to the point we are today,” Tillerson said at a news conference. “Talk is not going to change the situation.” If North Korea threatens South Korean or American forces or elevates the level of its weapons program, Tillerson warned, preemptive military action is “on the table.”

Tillerson’s comments did not come entirely out of left field. For months, Washington has been abuzz over the possibility that North Korea may successfully test an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to an American city. In a New Year’s address, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un indicated such a test could come sooner than we think.

But Tillerson’s warning did signal that the Trump administration is taking U.S. policy toward North Korea in a new direction — that we may be serious about abandoning engagement and willing to pursue containment through military action.

Mar 23 17:04

The Season of Sacrifice

With the attack in London yesterday the season of sacrifice has begun. Take the time to listen to this broadcast about this time period of the year. Pay attention to all of the events that have happened in this time period over the years. It's a pattern that can be clearly seen when one's eyes are open to it. Remember ladies and gentlemen, it does not matter if you believe in this, the powers that shouldn't be do. To have any chance of winning a battle one must fully understand the opponent.

***FROM THE SHOW DESCRIPTION***

On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes back to the broadcast close friend, and occulted knowledge specialist Mark Passio. The two of them cover “The Season of Sacrifice” that takes place every year in the beginning of April, it’s origins, and what it means to the powers that shouldn't be. They showcase how many different tragedies have happened during this time period.

Mar 23 12:04

75yo Man Charged With Deserting From US Military 45 Years Ago

A Florida man is in custody after the Air Force determined he went “absent without leave,” or AWOL, 45 years ago. The 75-year-old was found living a quiet life with his wife under an assumed identity, and his neighbors had been none the wiser.

Mar 23 10:59

F-35 Flaw Has Lockheed Scrambling for a Solution

The F-35C, which the US Navy ordered to be designed for stationing on aircraft carriers, is having more issues with the nose gear, or landing gear, which is especially significant for planes taking off and landing on airstrips with limited space.

Lockheed expects to issue a new report detailing fixes for the issue, Defense News reported. Pilots aboard the USS George Washington have expressed an inability to read flight instruments and physical pain arising from issues with the F-35C model’s ability to conduct catapult take-offs aboard the aircraft carrier.

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"No problem; we'll just build bigger aircraft carriers! Miles long! They will be impressive!!! Cost a fortune!!!" -- The Pentagram

Mar 23 09:01

Tillerson Confirms US Plans For Long Term Military Presence In Iraq

(*vindicating my personal point of view , when presented with Bush the second was delusional when he declared Mission Accomplished , in Iraq .
When looked at one way , yes! , he was as much a knucklehead , as Trump is naive .
My point of view is Bush was honest , for a change . After his dad made that mess , in the original Gulf War presented by the US Government, and CNN , the 'mission' , for Bush Jr. was to get us back IN , PERMANENTLY . making it easier for Tillerson amd Trump , to keep the thumb on those people .)

Mar 23 08:50

$10 Trillion Heist: The Pentagon Has Never Been Audited

The Department of Defense has never had an audit. The result? $10 trillion in taxpayer money has gone unaccounted for since 1996

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A trillion here, a trillion there; soon you are talking some real money!

Mar 23 07:48

Is Criticizing neocon thuggery anti-Semitism?

The hatred of Trump runs so deep that a leading neocon Bill Kristol actually tweeted that he would prefer a country run by bureaucrats and special interests rather than the current constitutional arrangement.

Mar 23 00:06

Nuclear War: Hopefully Just A Bad Dream

Go here
for the full text of my description, with images as closely resembling as I could find.

From the conclusion:

Notably, there were two types of nuclear scenarios with which The Powers That Be in my dreamworld had not seen fit to torture me, and with which I therefore had not had the misfortune to have had any familiarity. One of them is the aftereffects, environmental and political, of a modern-day First Strike by the United States....

Excerpts:

Dreamt, last night, that WW3 started.

And we may have started it.

Mar 22 16:06

Video: Civilian Crossfire: Iraqi Army Pushes Further Into Mosul In Anti-ISIS Op

Iraqi forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, are pushing deeper into the densely populated areas of western Mosul.

Mar 22 15:45

Welsh ISIS Hacker Hid Information On Secret Cufflink Memory Stick

An Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) hacker who hid terrorism data in memory sticks disguised a cufflinks and plotted to down drones now faces jail.

On Monday, Samata Ullah admitted his membership of a secretive IS hacking collective and planning weapons programs.

Mar 22 13:53

ENLISTMENT FORM FOR THE US MILITARY

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Print this out, and every time you hear someone say, "We MUST invade [insert nation here]" hand them this form. If they are not willing to go and fight, tell them to shut the fuck up!

Mar 22 12:43

‘Winged Bull’ Destroyed By ISIS In Iraq Will Grace London’s Trafalgar Square Plinth

A recreation of an artwork destroyed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq will be the next sculpture adorning the fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2018.

‘The Invisible Enemy Should not Exist’, by Michael Rakowitz, features the Lamassu, a winged bull that stood at the Nergal Gate of Nineveh from 700BC until it was destroyed by the extremist group in Mosul’s museum in Iraq.

Mar 22 12:25

Saudi Arabia’s Brutal and Futile War in Yemen Turns Two

The Saudi-led—and U.S.-backed—war in Yemen turns two on March 26. The war, initially dubbed “Operation Decisive Storm,” and now more ironically called “Operation Restoring Hope,” has failed to achieve any of its aims. Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who Saudi Arabia erroneously claims are Iranian proxies, have retained control of northwest Yemen and Yemen’s unpopular government remains in exile. In addition, the war has succeeded in impoverishing millions, empowering al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and now threatens the broader region with increased instability.

Yemen, already the Middle East’s poorest country, now faces a catastrophic famine. Sixty percent of Yemenis are at risk of starvation. More than 17 million people out of the population of 24 million are in need of immediate aid. Two years of often indiscriminate bombing by Saudi Arabia and its primary partner, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have laid waste to Yemen’s infrastructure.

Mar 22 11:52

‘You Can’t Buy Your Way Out’: Military Bureaucracy Causing Skilled Service Members To Leave – Report

After President Donald Trump proposed a $54 billion increase in military spending, a new report suggests that money will not fix fundamental problems that have existed since the Cold War ended.

Mar 22 09:55

FEDERAL JURY RULES IN FAVOR OF TORTURED TO DEATH ARMY VETERAN. FAMILY AWARDED $10 MILLION (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

A federal jury has ruled in favor of the estate of an Army veteran who died on the floor of a jail in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Elliott Williams broke his neck and was lying naked and paralyzed for 51 hours. The county is ordered to pay the family $10 million.

On Monday, the jury returned after deliberating for around 10 hours and found that Williams’ civil rights were violated by both the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and former Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who was ordered to pay the family an additional $250,000 in punitive damages from his own pocket.

Williams, an Army veteran, was arrested by Owasso police after suffering a mental breakdown. His only alleged crime was a misdemeanor for obstruction, but Williams died in custody before the formal charges could be filed.

During the first day of the trial, jurors saw the last 51 hours of William’s life captured by the jail’s surveillance cameras.

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Whoever was involved in this horrific act against this Vet should be spending the rest of their lives in jail, period, end of discussion.

Mar 22 08:24

Russia Has Unfair Military Advantage Because It’s Not Bombing Seven Countries, Notes US Smartypants

The Pentagon is forced to spend large sums to bomb defenseless brown people in faraway lands. Meanwhile, Russia and China modernize their armies. That's not fair

Mar 22 08:15

"You Spent $9,000,000 On A Report That Doesn't Exist" Jason Chaffetz Crushes DoD Twerp

Mar 21 16:04

Reality And The U.S.-Made Famine In Yemen

This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby prepared a presentation for a local high school. She’ll team up with a young friend of ours, himself a refugee from Iraq, to talk about refugee crises driven by war. Sabia recently returned from Kabul where she helped document the young Afghan Peace Volunteers’ efforts to help bring warmth, food and education to internally displaced families living in makeshift camps, having fled the Afghan War when it raged near their former homes.

Mar 21 12:29

Kyrie Eleison - Anti-War Music Video - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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Mar 21 12:27

You're Selling Us War (But We're Not Buying) - Claire K. Rivero

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Mar 21 12:19

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

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I figure this one is due for a re-post!

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Mar 21 11:37

The Korean Crisis, the US' Next Phase of Pan-Eurasian Containment

The security situation has markedly deteriorated on the Korean Peninsula in recent days following the North’s latest missile test, which Pyongyang antagonistically said was a drill for striking US bases in Japan in response to the latest US-South Korean military exercises that it rightly views as a sign of hostility.

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I wish the two "adults in the geopolitical room", and I am talking about Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov, would get involved here; they are about the only two human beings in the world who could, potentially, de-escalate this mess, and come up with a face-saving plan which all the major actors could get behind, and help forge a peace treaty with North Korea, in return for its abandoning its nuclear weapons program.

Unfortunately, I am very concerned that the American Deep State will not allow this to happen, and continue to push, and provoke North Korea into a place where it feels it has no choice but to lash out militarily, which will be the "excuse" for a huge, US-sponsored military decap strike against it.

At least, that is the way I'm reading the "tea leaves" on the issue at the moment.

The large scale US/South Korean military exercises will continue until the end of April of this year, right before the South Korean elections in May;

US, South Korea launch large-scale military exercises

After the impeachment and removal of President Park from office this month, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn took over as acting President. Moon Jae In, a progressive who advocates the "Sunshine Policy", and is doing very well in the polls,is encouraging more rapprochement with North Korea, and may, if elected, want direct negotiations with Kim Jong-Un at a summit, as reported at pressreader.com on 11 March, 2017:

South Korea likely to reset its relationship with the North after Presidential election

It is a very certain bet that, should he get elected, the US government will do everything in their power to crush such an outreach, and insure that his ability to negotiate with North Korea becomes limited in the extreme.

Mar 21 11:20

U.S. CRIES FOUL AS RUSSIA TESTS 9M729 CRUISE MISSILE, BUT WHO VIOLATED THE INF TREATY FIRST?

Should the reports of a land-based cruise missile system be confirmed, there are several possible explanations which are not necessarily mutually exclusive. The first explanation is that the missile is INF-compatible, because its range is in excess of 5,500km. The INF Treaty was, after all, negotiated in the 1980s, and at that time a cruise missile capable of such performance would have had the size of at least a fighter aircraft. Thirty years later, however, considering the advances in jet propulsion technology, such performance can be built into a small weapon. If that is the case, it is equally likely that the other contemporary Russian cruise missile systems, namely the Kalibr and the Kh-101, are capable of a similar range.

Mar 21 10:35

The Pentagon: Americans Support Increasing Budget of Most Wasteful Federal Department

A Politico and Morning Consult poll, a scientific sampling of 1,992 registered American voters, which was first published on March 8th, asked «Here is a list of federal departments and agencies. For each of the following, please indicate if you think the department or agency should have its annual budget increased, decreased, or kept about the same». Here is what it found:

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I do not believe in giving the DOD more money, when they cannot account for the money they have already been given, and they should have to process their spending through a strict audit structure which would make them accountable.

And secondly, the culture of our weapons manufacturers has to change.

That the CEOS of such companies believe it is perfectly acceptable to deliver products that are obsolete, compared to what Russian and Chinese weapons manufacturers are delivering to their countries; and that it is acceptable to deliver products with huge failure rates, which may never work as advertised (like the F-35); and that huge cost over-runs, coupled with horrifically late deliveries are standard operating procedures, can no longer be tolerated.

And instead of fines, when the above-mentioned happens, there needs to be hard jail time for those executives who signed off on those practices; this is the only way this corporate culture will be "inspired" to change, because everything else the US government has tried here, to accomplish this, has been an epic failure.

Mar 21 10:18

US Commander Announces New Deployment to Poland Starting in April

US Army Lt. Col Steven Gventer, today announced that the United States will be leading a battalion of NATO troops on a deployment into northeastern Poland, beginning in early April, as the latest in a string of NATO deployments “in response” to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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Jason Ditz, a word, please: I guess you did not get the memo that an attempt to promulgate "the big lie" to support a US governmental agenda, went out with the whoopie cushion and the dribble glass.

By making this claim, you are presenting a very strong case of SMD (selective memory disorder), so let us get to the facts of the situation with Crimea.

In 2014, the duly elected President of Ukraine, Yanukovych, got thrown under the proverbial bus in a US/IMF/Soros-orchestrated coup.

Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych 'kicked out' of party

And in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg,the western-centric Petro Poroshenko was "elected" as president of Ukraine.

Poroshenko elected as Ukraine's President

Mr. Ditz, do you NOT remember that President Obama admitted that the US played a part in the destabilization of Ukraine?!?

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

And do you NOT remember how much Victoria Nuland, Undersecretary of State, admitting how much money the US had spent to destabilize Ukraine?!?

Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine"

And do you, sir, NOT remember, post-putsch, that the Crimean people, understanding that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, held a referendum to determine whether to stay with Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to become a member state?

Tense Crimea votes over 90 percent to leave Ukraine for Russia

Do you NOT remember that Crimea petitioned Russia to become a part of the Russian Federation, after this referendum?!?

Crimea applies to be part of Russian Federation after vote to leave Ukraine

There is a principal enshrined in the UN Charter, Mr. Ditz, and that is the principal of peaceful self-determination, which is precisely what the Crimean people did, post-putsch; but because that self-determination angered the now western-centric Ukraine, and the US, Russia got accused, and summarily punished by sanctions, for something it absolutely did not do.

And it almost makes me laugh at the blatantly hypocritical attitude of the US government that, just like in George Orwell's "Animal Farm", "some acts of peaceful self-determination are more equal than others."

And in the US government's view, punishing a country, in this case, Russia, for something it absolutely did NOT do, is perfectly acceptable, if it suits the US government's geopolitical agenda.

But this placement of US and European troops on Russia's borders is very worrying indeed, and may well be a prelude to war against it.

Unfortunately, because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the American government could do, is utterly no guarantee that they will not do it.

A war between the US/NATO/Europe and Russia, over a lie (anyone out there remember "Saddam's weapons of mass destruction", which never existed, but served as the excuse to start a war against Iraq?!?)may well be a thorough military catastrophe for the US government, as our military is without cost-effective and militarily effective weaponry; without the necessary troop strength; without the money; and without the manufacturing (it's been offshored) to insure a positive result to a conventional war against Russia.

Which means this war is likely to go nuclear.

Mar 21 09:49

TOON OF THE DAY ~~ NATO’S ‘WAR ON TERROR’

There’s a lack of food, but plenty of ammunition

Mar 21 09:42

US Launching Soaring Number of Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

With the fighting against ISIS increasingly confined to densely populated cities like Mosul and Raqqa, the US air war against them continues to escalate precipitously, with record numbers of airstrikes in recent months, and the coalition dropping over 7,000 munitions on Iraq and Syria in just the last two months.

Air Force Central Command spokeswoman Capt. Kathleen Atanasoff attributed to the continued increase in strikes to the effort to support Iraq’s invasion of Mosul, a city of well over a million people. With the fighting there heavily confined to residential neighborhoods, however, the heavy use of airstrikes must raise concern of large civilian tolls.

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Civilian casualties are never a concern of the US military, when it comes to Iraq's oil being under control of a US-centric government, and only sold for US dollars.

And the civilian death tolls in Iraq and Syria, will most likely skyrocket from here.

Mar 21 09:38

Trump Expands Special Forces Deployments Around Africa, Mideast

Reports from earlier this month that Pentagon has been increasing deployments of special forces around the Middle East and Africa appears to be continuing apace, with the most recent reports suggesting that President Trump has expanded the deployments into Central Africa, and is continuing the policy across the region.

The use of small-scale special forces as an alternative to larger deployments of regular combat soldiers became popular in the Obama Administration as a way to keep official troop levels comparatively low while getting into more and more military operations around the world.

While President Trump has been deploying larger numbers of regular ground troops into Syria and Iraq, the special force deployments have continued apace, and those familiar with the situation say he is likely to remove current restrictions on the special forces carrying out raids into Somalia.

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There's a saying in French, and the approximate translation is, "The more things change, the more they remain the same", and I am seeing this as a very honest leitmotif for the Trump administration's early months.

The US government is continuing to flex its military muscle around the world to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; make sure that the rulers in the countries which have those resources are western-centric; and insure that those resources are sold only in US dollars.

I...am not amused.

Mar 21 09:23

U.N. Nuclear Inspector: North Korea’s Capability Has Entered A ‘New Phase’

North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has entered a “new phase,” with the country having doubled the size of its uranium-enrichment facility in recent years, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told The Wall Street Journal.

“The situation is very bad …. It has gone into a new phase,” Amano told the publication Monday. “All of the indications point to the fact that North Korea is making progress, as they declared.”

And while Amano believes a diplomatic solution, like the one he helped broker between world powers and Iran in 2015, is “essential,” he’s skeptical such an agreement can be reached with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government.

“We don’t have the reason to be optimistic,” he told the Journal.

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So, because "“We don’t have the reason to be optimistic”, is Amano "grooming" the US and the West for a war against Korea, and most probably China?!?

That would be a pure, utter catastrophe for the United States government right now, due to its military's lack of cost-effective, and militarily effective weaponry, compared to that of China and Russia; its lack of funds to pursue such a war; the lack of troop strength, compared to that of Russia and China; and a lack of domestic manufacturing.

To avoid such a war, negotiations present the only possible solution, with North Korea given full trade privileges, in exchange for abandoning its nuclear weapons program.

Mar 21 07:45

US and Russian Military Leaders Are Meeting Again, Breaking a Long and Dangerous Drought

The military leaders of the world’s most lethal nuclear-tipped states met in February, the first such meeting in three years. The two generals got together again earlier this month, once more in relative obscurity that belied their meetings’ tremendous importance.

Long projected, but politically and geographically difficult to finalize, the Feb. 16 meeting was a personal first for Gen. Joseph Dunford and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, respectively the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Russia’s chief of the General Staff. They met in Baku, Azerbaijan, and frankly but cordially discussed the overall diminished state of U.S. and Russian military relations, the need for better communications between key leaders, and ways to deconflict military activities that could inadvertently put both countries at risk.

Mar 21 07:23

Russia vs. USA: Who is the Threat, Who is the Aggressor?

GOP and Democratic Party leaders and media pundits like Rachel Maddow are raising their anti-Russian rhetoric to cold-war levels. Jeffrey Tayler, contributing editor to The Atlantic, says they are ignoring the history of broken American promises, NATO expansion and attempts to develop American first strike nuclear capability.

Mar 20 12:51

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsIsrael Continues to Attack Syria, Warns Syria Against Resisting Planes

Tensions continue to rise along the Golan Heights frontier, as Israeli warplanes continued to carried out airstrikes against Syrian soil over the weekend, killing a commander in a pro-Syrian militia, and issuing statements warning Syria not to resist the strikes in the future.

Israel responded with shock after Friday’s attacks against Syria saw the Syrian government fire anti-aircraft missiles against the attacking warplanes. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned that if Syria attempts to fire on any attacking airplanes in the future Israel will destroy their air defense systems “without the slightest hesitation.”

Throughout the six years of Syria’s war, Israel has launched regular attacks against Syrian military targets, and this is the first time Syria has tried to chase Israeli warplanes out of their airspace. They succeeded, though Israel touted their use of an anti-missile system to shoot down one of the anti-aircraft missiles.

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OK, please let me get my head around this: Israel has attacked a sovereign nation, against which it has not declared war, and screams to the Syrian government not to attempt to shoot the Israeli planes down when they are bombing Syria?!?

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please: when you bomb a sovereign nation, that nation absolutely has the right to shoot back, perhaps even to the point of taking down that aircraft. At this point, the Syrian military is well integrated with that of the Russian forces, placed there by invitation of the Al-Assad government, so if the IDF goes in and targets more places in Syria, you may well hit Russian defensive capabilities as well, potentially risking war against Russia.

Mar 20 11:58

JOHN MCCAIN - THE RISE AND FALL OF AN AMERICAN 'HERO'

As of late, we the people of Arizona are very shocked to see what he has become. He is a caricature of a man who, around here, is about as popular as the ping-pong president. How could the people of Arizona, the state that brought you the O.K. Corral, the Grand Canyon, constitutional carry, and sunshine 360 days a year re-elect such a steaming lumpen pile?

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It is profoundly unfortunate that there is no equivalent for (alleged) Congressional Representatives of the 25th Amendment, when they start working against the true interests of We the People, as has Senator Mc Cain for some time now.

I have speculated, on many an occasion, about whether all the stocks he holds are military/industrial complex-centric; at this moment, I would not bet against it.

It is also a shame that Congressional Representatives are not required to put their finances into a blind trust, as does the President.

Mar 20 10:53

The Crimes Of Apartheid

Apartheid is a powerful word, with evocations of the South African experience and with implications of crimes against humanity. The United Nations does not use this word loosely. It rarely enters UN reports, and is not heard from the lips of UN officials. But now, in a report released on March 15 in Beirut, Lebanon, the UN has proclaimed that Israel ‘is guilty of the crime of apartheid’. This is a very significant judgment, one with important ramifications for the UN, for the International Court of Justice and for the international community.

Mar 20 10:19

ISRAEL: AMERICA’S MAD DOG IN SYRIA

Israel has played an increasingly provocative role in the destructive conflict unfolding within and along Syria’s borders since 2011. To many observers, it appears Israeli policy borders between opportunistic and unilateral aggression. In reality, Israel’s role in the Syrian conflict fits a much larger and long-term pattern with Anglo-American plans not only for Syria but for the entire region.

A more recent row between Israel and Syria was the reported incursion of Israeli warplanes into Syrian airspace, including attacks near the eastern Syrian city of Palmyra. Palmyra hosts an ongoing battle between Syrian forces and the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) terrorist organization. Israeli airstrikes against Syrian forces – then – would have facilitated ISIS operations in the region.

ISRAEL IS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR, NOT A CHAMPION AGAINST IT

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From its very inception, Israel has been a rogue nation, driven by its own mythology of achieving its territorial claims to all the lands between the Nile and the Euphrates (Biblical Israel)

Let's look at a map, to see what those claims actually entail;

Biblical Israel, from the Nile to the Euphrates

As you can see, this alleged "promised land" includes bits of Iraq; Egypt; Syria; Saudi Arabia, Jordan; and Lebanon.

The reason that the Israeli government refuses to define its borders is that its religious right believes that those borders extend into these countries, the governments of which should just roll over and play dead, enabling the IDF to claim bits of these countries for "eretz Israel" (Greater Israel)

The problem for the Israeli government is that this rolling over and playing dead, to enable this annexation, just hasn't happened yet. And because of that, in the minds of those in the Knesset in Tel Aviv, that makes Syria a prime target for destabilization and regime change.

Mar 20 09:47

U.S. Army Readies Next Generation Of Laser Weapons For Testing and Deployment

By Nicholas West

Controlling the electromagnetic spectrum constitutes the future of warfare, and defense contractors continue to rapidly develop new weapons.

Mega defense contractor, Lockheed Martin, has been leading the way in developing solid-state lasers that can be employed by a range of military vehicles including ground, sea and air-based systems...

Mar 20 09:20

Tammy Baldwin Paid Clinton Lawyer $90K For Crisis Control After VA Scandal

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) paid Hillary Clinton's campaign lawyer $90,000 for crisis control following a Veteran Affairs facility scandal that engulfed the senator and her staff.

Baldwin, who was first elected to the Senate in 2012, was the only member of Congress from Wisconsin to receive an official federal government inspector general report warning of the over-prescription of narcotics given to veterans at the Tomah VA facility in her state. The abuses at the facility ultimately led to the death of a Marine.

A memo was first circulated in 2009 warning of the dangerous amounts of narcotics prescribed to veterans at the Tomah VA facility by Dr. David Houlihan, the Tomah VA chief of staff.

Workers at the facility were hesitant to speak out against Dr. Houlihan, who earned the nickname "the candy man" from his prescriptions, due to fear of losing their jobs.

Mar 20 09:18

House Democrat Warns Nuclear War With Russia "Real Possibility"

Having failed to find any evidence that Russia interefered with the election, it seems Democrats are resorting to the 1980s playbook as Rep. Seth Moulton - a member of the House Armeed Service Committee - tells CNN that a nuclear war with Russia is a real possibility the U.S. should prepare for.

Mar 20 09:17

Hedge Fund CIO: "The Odds Of Trump Succeeding Are Zero In The Absence Of A New War"

Peel back the patina and you’ll discover that today’s monetary policy, tax policy, foreign policy, trade policy, and regulations of every stripe are levers the elite pull to entrench their interests. Secular stagnation is what we came to call the symptom without identifying this cause. Then came a synchronized global cyclical recovery, which we may now confuse as a Trump inspired break from this stranglehold.

“If I thought our new president could increase budget deficits by another 2% per year, my thesis would crumble. I’d be wrong. But the odds of this are zero in the absence of starting a new war.” He paused, considering the rebound in interest rates, the record equity highs.

Mar 20 09:12

Which "War Torn" Country? - U.S. Slaughter In Somalia, Yemen And Syria

When I saw the above tweet this morning I wondered which "war torn" country those Somalis were fleeing from when they were murdered. The tweet doesn't say. Were they fleeing from the "war torn" Somalia? Or were the fleeing from "war torn" Yemen?

It is a sad world when has to ponder such.

It tuned out these people were fleeing from both wars:

Coast guard Mohammad Al Alay told Reuters the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab Al Mandeb strait.

Mar 20 07:10

America First? 200,000 Troops Deployed To 177 Nations

Internationally, there are just under 200,000 troops that are stationed in 177 countries throughout the world.

In 2015, Politico estimated that there are 800 U.S. bases abroad, and that it costs up to $100 billion annually to maintain this international presence.

Mar 19 08:50

THE ROTHSCHILD AND SAUD FAMILIES FUND BOTH JOHN MCCAIN AND HILLARY CLINTON

On 21 October 2016, I headlined “An Email From Lynn Forester de Rothschild to Hillary Clinton, Against Elizabeth Warren” and reported extensive back-door funding of Hillary Clinton by the Rothschild family.

On 15 December 2016, I headlined “U.S. Gov’t. Is Secretly Allied with America’s Enemies“ and noted that:

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Why would the Rothchilds be covertly funding candidates who seem, on the surface, so ideologically incompatible?!?

The answer is very simple; both Mc Cain and Clinton are warmongers of the highest order, and bankers love wars, because all sides have to borrow money at horrific interest rates, to keep those wars going.

Mar 19 08:07

Trump says Germany owes NATO 'vast sums'

US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused Germany of owing "vast sums of money" to NATO, and said Berlin should pay Washington more for defense, a day after meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The two leaders showed little common ground Friday over a host of thorny issues, including NATO and defense spending.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted: "Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!"

Mar 19 07:48

From Nuisance to Threat: The High Cost of Truth — Paul Craig Roberts

I am convinced that the US, and probably the entire Western world, that is, the American Empire, has entered an era in which respect for truth does not exist in public and private institutions. We have been watching this develop for some time. Think, for example, back to August 3, 2002, a recent time in terms of our present predicament, but a time prior to political consciousness of anyone younger today than 33 years old. In the summer of 2002, the world was being prepared by propaganda for a US invasion of Iraq. On August 3 of that year, the prestigous British publication, The Economist, summed up the consensus of ruling opinion in two sentences: “The honest choices now are to give up and give in, or to remove Mr. Hussein before he gets his [nuclear] bomb. Painful as it is, our vote is for war.”

Mar 19 07:45

US landing ship with marines enters Black Sea for drills with Romanian navy

“The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in the Black Sea March 17, to participate in bilateral training exercise Spring Storm 17 with Romania,” the US 6th fleet said in a statement.

Mar 19 07:44

The West’s sights are now clearly set on Iran

The British-US plan to weaken Iran via the proxy war on Syria has spectacularly backfired. Now they are more desperate than ever to bring Iran to its knees.

Mar 19 07:21

We Kill Each Other For PAPER

Mar 19 07:19

The Five Blinding Myths About Iran

President Trump lines up with the Washington Establishment on at least one point: that Iran is the chief source of terrorism. The only problem is it’s not true, just one of the “Iran myths,” Ted Snider explains.

Mar 18 16:39

US Kills 42 Syrian Civilians In Bombing Raid During Ceasefire

US warplanes have killed at least 42 Syrian civilians in a mosque during an air raid overnight in a village west of Aleppo.

Mar 18 14:16

Underground home in Las Vegas, converted from a Cold War-era bunker

At 3970 Spencer St., 26 feet underneath a suburban neighborhood just off the Las Vegas Strip, exists a home like no other. This 70s-era bomb shelter also happens to be a 16,000 square-foot underground estate, complete with backyard, trees (made of plastic), pool, Jacuzzi AstroTurf, a full kitchen, “outdoor” water well, wet bar, and fireplace. The three bedroom home is “self-sustaining,” said Realtor Winston King, and has lighting systems that reflect the time of day.

Mar 18 10:42

China Pushes Back on U.S. Talk of ‘All Options’ Over North Korea

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushed back against the tougher U.S. line on North Korea, reiterating his country’s view that the only way to rein in its reclusive neighbor is through talks.

Wang spoke at a briefing in Beijing with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who in Seoul on Friday refused to rule out a preemptive strike against Pyongyang if the threat from its weapons program was deemed severe enough. While that’s largely in line with prior U.S. positions, Tillerson’s comments -- and Twitter posts from President Donald Trump -- signal the level of concern over North Korea is rising.

“The most important principle we have identified is that no matter what happens, we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek a peaceful settlement,” Wang said on Saturday. “We hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a cool-headed and comprehensive fashion and arrive at a wise decision.”

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Foreign Minister Wang has it entirely correctly.

The only thing that will de-escalate the situation is for North Korea, the US, China, and South Korea to go to the negotiating table and hammer out a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, with very clear language that in exchange for the peace treaty, North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program.

Unfortunately, it appears that the US government wants war against North Korea, soon, and by any means necessary. Tillerson's position that Kim Jung Un has to give up his nuclear weapons program before negotiations can even begin, betrays an absolute cynicism toward any peaceful means of resolving this issue.

And Secretary Tillerson a word, please; if the US military attacks North Korea, China is treaty-bound to defend it militarily.

Have you, sir, wargamed this scenario with Sec Def Mattis?!? If not, I think it would be reasonable to do so. And the reason I am mentioning this is that, right now, the US military does not have the money, the weaponry, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

Mar 18 10:05

Saudi General: Trump Promises Increased Support Against Iran

Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Asiri today told a group of US reporters that the Trump Administration has made promises to “significantly” increase US intelligence and military support for the kingdom against Iran, with a particular eye of fighting against the “Iran-backed” Shi’ites in Yemen.

Asiri presented the move as a necessary US commitment to “restore” US-Saudi ties after Saudi resentment that built up during President Obama’s time in office. Though he did not elaborate, Saudi Arabia’s main source of anger at Obama was going along with the nuclear deal with Iran.

Saudi Arabia has long presented its invasion of Yemen as being about the Shi’ites there being an “Iranian proxy,” though evidence suggests no real Iranian support for the Houthi movement before the invasion, and very limited support, mostly to spite the Saudis, afterwards.

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President Trump, a word here please.

Iran has not started a war of aggression in over 300 years.

The IAEA says that Iran has been complying will all facets of the P5+1 Agreement.

If the US and Saudi Arabia start a war against Iran, Russia will definitely come to its defense militarily.

And right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And finally, Mr. President, I would like to politely point out to you that it is not Iran which is slaughtering children, women, and non-combatants in Yemen, or starving them to death; it is your good pal, Saudi Arabia, in whose war crimes in Yemen you have decided that the US government will continue to be complicit.

Mar 18 09:57

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsSome in Pentagon Fear ISIS War Surge Is ‘Mission Creep’

Just a couple of months out from inauguration, President Trump has been pushing for some pretty substantial escalations of America’s involvement in the ISIS war. This is true the world over, with special forces being deployed in growing numbers, but nowhere is it more obvious than in Syria, where the US has gone from a few hundred troops to a few thousand.

As those troops increase, so do the military goals being set out for Pentagon commanders, which has many of them concerned that they are facing large-scale mission creep, and are being pushed in the direction of scrapping previous efforts to make sure local forces were doing all the heavy lifting on the ground, and that US troops were just facilitators.

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In the case of Syria, the US military is invading the country in order to attempt regime change here; let us be very clear on the objective, and the alleged "fighting ISIS" is just the cover story, because the Syrian and Russian troops have been quite effective in beating back ISIS here.

Mar 18 09:46

Russia urges US comment on reports of fatal Syria mosque strike

The Russian Defense Ministry has urged a comment from the US after photos of a purported US missile fragment found in the rubble of a bombed Syrian mosque emerged online. The Pentagon denies that their forces hit the mosque.
“A photo showing a fragment of an air-to-surface AGM-114 Hellfire missile has emerged. It leaves no chance for the US-led coalition to remain silent as usual and for diplomats to spout anti-Russian rhetoric,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov said Friday.

A general view shows the debris following a reported airstrike on a mosque in the village of Al-Jineh in Aleppo province, March 16, 2017.

The airstrike on a mosque in Syria’s Aleppo province happened overnight into Friday, March 17. At least 40 civilians are feared killed.

“I think we should expect comments from the US partners anytime soon,” Konashenkov noted.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

I am having a palm to forehead moment at warp speed, upon reading this!!

Additionally, there is even further damning evidence of potential US military complicity in this bombing from theintercept.com on the incident:

Pentagon Denies Bombing Syrian Mosque, But Its Own Photo May Prove That It Did

Mar 18 09:22

WHICH "WAR TORN" COUNTRY? - U.S. SLAUGHTER IN SOMALIA, YEMEN AND SYRIA

When I saw the above tweet this morning I wondered which "war torn" country those Somalis were fleeing from when they were murdered. The tweet doesn't say. Were they fleeing from the "war torn" Somalia? Or were the fleeing from "war torn" Yemen?

It is a sad world when has to ponder such.

It tuned out these people were fleeing from both wars:

Coast guard Mohammad Al Alay told Reuters the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab Al Mandeb strait.
An Apache attack helicopter shot up the refugees' boat. There are Saudi, United Emirati and U.S. Apache helicopters in or around Yemen. It is unknown which of them ordered and which executed the strike. These helicopters, their ammunition and the service for them are a favored U.S. export to belligerent dictatorships like Saudi Arabia.

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I remember something the brilliant comedian (and near-prophet) George Carlin once said, and I am paraphrasing here, but the concept was that the US government, and military, were very adept at killing brown people; unfortunately, that hasn't changed since Carlin's death.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist and witness, I am constantly exhorting my government to resolve its geopolitical disputes through moral, hard-won diplomatic negotiations, rather than through war.

Unfortunately, there is, apparently, a tumultuous river of blood-lust running through the veins of the American Deep State, and a deeply held conviction that killing is always the preferred way of resolving disputes, rather than negotiating. In the minds of the members of the Deed State, slaughter is potent; it creates death and fear.

And it doesn't seem to matter which party is in power; the US government's enthusiastic participation in war crimes remains the same.

The Saudi war crimes in Yemen are atrocious and unspeakable, yet the US government continues to sell the bombers, and the bombs, for this genocide, and provide guidance for the bombing runs. Additionally, because Saudi forces have closed Yemeni ports, the Yemeni people, particularly the children, are starving to death.

This is what the US complicity in Saudi war crimes has "accomplished" for the Yemeni people:

Images: wounded and dying Yemeni children from Saudi bombing strikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death because of Saudi port blockades

The images you are seeing are real; this is the unspeakably ugly face of this country we are projecting abroad, through these horrific wars, and the US government's complicity in war crimes.

I would like to think my brother and sister Americans have not been so sedated by social media, coupled with drugs and a completely dumbed-down education, that they cannot see what is happening, and in the most peaceful way possible, tell the US government that these wars must stop.

Mar 18 08:55

Tillerson Urges China to Refrain From Retaliation Against THAAD in S Korea

It isn't economic retaliation Tillerson is bleating about. China moved some heavy EW jammers up to where they can jam THAAD making it useless against an NK riposte!
The Chinese say checkmate.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China on Friday to refrain from creating economic policies which could hinder South Korea’s deployment of a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system.

"While we acknowledge China's opposition, its economic retaliation against South Korea is inappropriate and troubling. We ask China to refrain from such actions," Tillerson said during a press conference following his talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.

Mar 18 08:53

Facts Are Irrelevant. The Information War Against Russia Must Continue

Although none of the assertions that Russia has been conducting a cyber war against America can be substantiated, Washington’s anti-Russia propaganda campaign will continue for the foreseeable future

Mar 17 12:55

Apocalypse Now? Ex-Commando Colonel Claims Moral Collapse In Killer Marine’s Unit

The former commander of Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, whose battlefield murder conviction was quashed Wednesday, has claimed the jailed soldier’s unit fell apart due to command failures.

Colonel Oliver Lee, the youngest marine colonel since WWII who resigned over the Blackman case, told the Guardian how command failures caused J Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, to descend into chaos.

Mar 17 12:46

Mass Exodus: Almost 100,000 Displaced In West Mosul In 19 Days

Almost 100,000 people have been displaced from the Western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul in the last 19 days, over which the fighting has intensified, according to the UN refugee agency.

Mar 17 12:35

Aid Worker Decries U.S.-Backed “Relentless War” In Yemen Causing Widespread Threat Of Starvation

The United Nations has warned that the world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War.

Mar 17 10:35

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson ruled out on Friday opening any negotiation with North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile programs and said for the first time that the Trump administration might be forced to take pre-emptive action “if they elevate the threat of their weapons program” to an unacceptable level.

Mr. Tillerson’s comments in Seoul, a day before he travels to Beijing to meet Chinese leaders, explicitly rejected any return to the bargaining table in an effort to buy time by halting North Korea’s accelerating testing program. The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said on New Year’s Day that North Korea was in the “final stage” of preparation for the first launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ruling out any negotiations before the DPRK stopped their nuclear weapons development program was a non-starter, because Kim Jung Un sees these weapons as a deterrent against Western aggression; Tillerson had to know that.

I also noticed that there were no real public statements from Tillerson after he met with South Korean dignitaries; I have to wonder if Tillerson actually got what he came for, which I believe, would have been the proverbial "blank check" for permission for an overt attack against North Korea.

I will be very interested to see what Tillerson's and Chinese officials' comments will be after the meeting in Beijing.

Mar 17 10:09

NATO Troops to Arrive in Estonia on Friday

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) contingent consisting of 130 British servicemen will arrive in Estonia on Friday, the Estonian Defence Forces inform.

Mar 17 10:09

China promises ‘firm response’ if Japan interferes in South China Sea

China pledged to have a “firm response” if Japan further fans regional tensions and “threatens China’s sovereignty and security.” The statement comes after a Reuters report that Japan will send its largest warship to the disputed South China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing on Thursday that based on its own interests, Japan has recently been compromising stability in the South China Sea, “causing strong dissatisfaction and opposition from the Chinese people.”

“If Japan persists in taking wrong actions, and even considers military interventions that threaten China’s sovereignty and security… then China will inevitably take firm responsive measures,” she said.

Mar 17 10:04

@JulianAssange: What could possibly go wrong?

Giving the competent, rational professionals [of the CIA] control over their own flying robot assassination fleet.

Mar 17 10:02

Beijing Goes Global: China to Expand Marine Force by 400%; First Overseas Military Base Almost Complete

Chinese media is reporting the People’s Liberation Army’s ambitious new plans following the announcement of a 7 per cent increase to $AU200 billion in defence spending last week.

Chinese officials have stated this is to protect arterial maritime trade routes and enforce its growing overseas interests.

“What growing overseas interests” you might ask? Well, China has been in the process of building their first overseas military base in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa. And that base is expected to be completed this summer.

Mar 17 09:24

Sirens blare as Japan, fearing North Korea, holds first missile drill

Sirens blared and loudspeakers broadcast warnings in Japan's first civilian missile evacuation drill on Friday, conducted in a fishing town by officials wary about the threat of North Korean missiles.

The exercise comes more than a week after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan's northwest coast, with one rocket landing about 200 km (124 miles)from the town of Oga.

Friday's drill played out a scenario in which North Korea had fired a ballistic missile on the Japanese islands.

"The missile is seen to have landed within a 20-km (12-mile) boundary west of the Oga peninsula," a speaker blared during the evacuation. "The government is currently examining the damage." (For a graphic on missile evacuation drill in Oga, Japan, click tmsnrt.rs/2ngq11y)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My heart just wants to reach out and hug the kids in that top photo.

There are ways other than war with which to resolve this conflict, but the American Deep State will have none of it.

Mar 17 09:09

Shoring Up Defense? US to Deploy Stinger Missiles to Europe

The US is planning to deploy Stinger man portable air defense systems to Europe in support of maneuver units, US Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lieutenant General John Murray said in testimony to the US House Armed Services Committee.

Mar 17 08:05

US Expects More Missile, Nuclear Testing by North Korea

With tensions between the US and North Korea always rising in the first quarter of every year, only to fall off when North Korean forces are redeployed to help plant crops, there is still time for North Korea to launch another provocative round of tests for either missiles or their nuclear weapons program, and US officials believe such tests are likely imminent.

Officials quoted by CNN say that the US has deployed a growing number of surveillance satellites over North Korea to track equipment movements that might signal such tests, and that North Korea is moving equipment to unusual, previously unused locations, which they think might be a sign they’re going to try to test from places less covered by the satellites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No sourced quotes whatsoever, and look at the mealymouth wording; " US officials believe such test are likely imminent" "which they think might be a sign..."

Could the US government be broadcasting more loudly for the world to expect a false flag to be blamed on North Korea?!?

Most probably, not!!

Mar 17 07:58

US Sends Attack Drones to South Korea Ahead of Simulated Invasion of North

The United States has announced it will send a wing of Grey Eagle attack drones to be permanently stationed in South Korea. Is this a part of a larger strategy?

Brian Becker invited Will Griffin, a member of the US-based task force Stop THAAD in Korea and US Militarism in Asia and & Pacific, to discuss the issue.
The Korean Peninsula has captured the world's attention of late. While North Korea launched a ballistic missile that is in theory capable of delivering a nuclear device, the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, was impeached over corruption allegations, leaving the nation in the state of disarray. So why would the US send a wing of attack drones to be permanently stationed in South Korea?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that political message is, from the US government perspective, "My way, or the highway!!"

Mar 17 07:36

Rex Tillerson: When It Comes To North Korea, All Options Are On The Table

A U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday, adding that military action would be “on the table” if North Korea elevated the threat level.

Tillerson began his first Asian visit as secretary of state in Japan on Wednesday and will travel to China on Saturday with a main focus on finding a “new approach” on North Korea after what he described as two decades of failed efforts to denuclearize the insular nation.

“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table,” Tillerson told a news conference in Seoul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tillerson is telegraphing a coming false flag, to be blamed on North Korea, to "kick this up a notch"

Mar 17 07:32

U.S. ARMY LAUNCHES "JUNGLE WARFARE TRAINING" CAMP

The United States Army gave up its jungle training school in Panama in 1999 when the U.S. returned land there to the Panamanian government. A couple years later jungle training was all but phased out in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks as the Army focused money and manpower on preparing soldiers to fight in the mountainous desert terrains of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Now, surviving and fighting in tropical rainforests has once again recaptured the Army’s interest and sparked the launch of its first jungle training school in decades located some 30 miles inland from Hawaii's Waikiki Beach.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Part of the US Military's "pivot to Asia", I suppose; but this decision to bring back jungle warfare techniques telegraphs that this not for the US government's resolving its geopolitical conflicts in a peaceful way, full of moral, hard-won negotiations.

Mar 17 07:11

Busted! US Soldiers Caught with $12M Worth of Crystal Meth in South Korea

South Korean prosecutors allege that two American troops stationed in the country smuggled nine pounds worth of methamphetamine from California using the Army’s postal service.

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