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Jul 18 10:07

Mike Flynn: ‘Americans Are Fed Up With the Bullshit’

Americans fed up with the bullshit they've been fed for many years. They want the truth.

Flynn: This is where I think the world has misread Donald Trump. He has no intention to step away without examining all relationships that we have. His intent is to relook at the way we are organized globally, where the US is sort of expected to be a global leader, but relook at these alliances and these charters that we are under to make sure that they are still viable for the 21st century. It doesn’t mean that President Trump comes into office and NATO goes away. But I would say that NATO as a political alliance does need to be relooked at in terms of everything — resourcing, capabilities.

Jul 18 10:07

How Extrajudicial Executions Became ‘War’ Policy in Washington

In the years in which the U.S. has up-armored globally, the country has also seen an arms race developing on the domestic front. As vets have returned from their Iraq and Afghan tours of duty, striking numbers of them have gone into police work at a time when American weaponry, vehicles, and military equipment – including, for instance, MRAPs (mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles) – have poured off America’s distant battlefields and, via the Pentagon, into police departments nationwide. And while the police were militarizing, gun companies have been marketing battlefield-style assault rifles to Americans by the millions, at the very moment when it has become ever more possible for citizens to carry weapons of every sort in a concealed or open fashion in public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is most unfortunate, but here is the reality; in the 21st century, both at home and abroad, the United States of America has become the "Assassination Nation".

I have been very concerned that the extrajudicial assassinations, which have been on the forefront of standard US military tactics abroad, would finally come home to roost; and now, they have, in a circumstance that many Americans applauded, in the case of Micah Johnson. He was the "perfect candidate" for the use of such a weapon, to make it acceptable for use against Americans, with utterly no due pocess.

But we are on a very slippery slope here, folks; how long do you imagine it will take for people, simply protesting peacefully, in this country, to get "droned" out of existence, with a double tap, extrajudicial execution?!?

The short answer here is, not very.

Jul 18 08:37

Baton Rouge Shooter Identified As Former Marine, Reportedly Ex-Nation Of Islam Member

The killed gunman in the Baton Rouge shooting was identified as Gavin Eugene Long, a former marine and allegedly a former Nation of Islam member. He reportedly carried out the attack on his 29th birthday.

Jul 18 08:16

Brazil Air Force To Control Rio Olympics Skies

Less than a month ahead of the Olympic games, Brazil reinforces security measures with Air Force.

Jul 18 07:36

“German MP [Sahra Wagenknecht]: US is a threat to European peace, not Russia”… 7-15-16

Someone in one of those NATO countries has waked up, and it is very refreshing to hear MP Wagenknecht lay it on the line.

“What? The US(A CORP) not following it’s own promises or treaties?” What a “surprise”!

““The Americans are placing nukes in Germany, supposedly to counter Putin’s aggression in the Baltics. Do the Americans seriously expect us to believe in such stupidity?” asked Mrs. Wagenknecht to an applause from other MPs.

Jul 17 12:55

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

Throughout the Sanders campaign, the Socialist Equality Party has welcomed the broad shift to the left that it revealed in the thinking of millions of working people and youth, while warning that the Vermont senator would inevitably disappoint his supporters.

Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, not with a bang but a whimper. The Vermont senator formally endorsed his rival in an undignified prostration before the Democratic Party establishment and Wall Street’s favored presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The unity rally featuring Sanders and Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, had all the spontaneity and enthusiasm of a going-out-of-business sale. The funereal atmosphere was perhaps fitting

Jul 17 12:50

Failed Coup – Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich talks to RT

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, independent researcher and writer, talks to RT International on the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey:

“This incident does not have the hallmarks of a military coup. It’s almost like a mutiny.”

Jul 17 07:20

FLASHBACK 20 YEARS! Was TWA 800 Shot Down By a Military Missile?

In 1996 TWA Flight 800 was shot down south of Long Island.
The government of the United States, despite the embarrassment of having been caught in court rigging lab tests and lying in its reports, still officially attributes the disaster to a spark in the center fuel tank, while government spokespeople insist that the witnesses who saw a missile hit the jumbo jet are all drunks.

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Jul 16 20:13

Turkey is a Stupid Place for US to Store Nuclear Weapons

An aside note: It's the things we don't know that frighten me the most. I discovered some relatively unknown history about Turkish involvement with U.S. nuclear weapons while reading former Secret Service officer, Gary Byrne's, Clinton tell-all. Talking about his Air Force days as he establishes his his own credibility and character early in the book, Byrne writes:

"Arriving at Murtad, I learned that AFSP there had caught rogue Turkish officers trying to push an American F-104 Starfighter with a loaded nuke onto the flight line so they could steal a nuke and bomb Greece. Many Turks bitter about the Greco-Turkish War of 1919– 22 wanted a flash point to ignite a new war. I believe this was secretly why JFK took the nukes out of Turkey in 1962. Turks simply hate Greeks. We joked to each other, “Hey, if you’re not careful, I’ll tell the Turks you’re Greek!”"

Jul 16 18:58

Turkey Suspends All US Operations Against ISIS At Incirlik Airbase, Which Vaults B61 Nuclear Bombs

“Arriving at Murtad, I learned that AFSP there had caught rogue Turkish officers trying to push an American F-104 Starfighter with a loaded nuke onto the flight line so they could steal a nuke and bomb Greece. Many Turks bitter about the Greco-Turkish War of 1919– 22 wanted a flash point to ignite a new war. I believe this was secretly why JFK took the nukes out of Turkey in 1962. Turks simply hate Greeks. We joked to each other, “Hey, if you’re not careful, I’ll tell the Turks you’re Greek!””

(Byrne, Gary J.. Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate (p. 9). Center Street. Kindle Edition.)

Jul 16 08:30

THE PROBLEM WITH MIKE PENCE: HE’S A FREE TRADE GLOBALIST

Trump is either a phony or he just set himself up. Ala JFK AND LBJ!

And a war on terror neocon

Although unconfirmed by the Trump campaign, it is being reported that the candidate has chosen Indian Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
If true, this will be problematic for Donald Trump and his criticism of globalist trade and the neocon wars.

Jul 16 07:08

TRUMP TEAM SCORES BIG WIN AS RNC WRITES ITS CONVENTION RULES

The Never Trump movement tried to make a stand. It failed by a massive margin.

CLEVELAND — Efforts to block Donald Trump’s nomination — hyped for months by proponents as a growing grass-roots movement among Republican activists attending this week’s convention — turned out to be a flop.

During key votes on Thursday evening, only 12 hard-core holdouts continued to resist Trump’s nomination when members of on the powerful 112-member Convention Rules Committee considered a proposal to prevent delegates from rejecting Trump.

Jul 16 07:02

Republicans in Cleveland Applaud Trump Pick of Mike Pence

Republican delegates and party leaders gathering in Cleveland for next week’s national convention praised Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, saying it would stabilize the ticket and calm social conservatives.

It adds significant government experience to Trump’s outsider campaign for the White House.

“Principled Conservative” … “Solid Grasp On Policy” … “A Home Run” … “Could Not Have Made A Better Choice”

Jul 16 05:42

Report: $40 Billion US Missile Defense System is Useless

The missile defense system put in place to protect Americans from North Korean nuclear weapons has been declared in a recent report as “unable to protect the US public.”

Jul 15 13:46

Turkey army says has taken power over country

The Turkish army says it has taken power over the country and that the rule of law must remain a priority.

"The power in the country has been seized in its entirety," said a military statement read on NTV television, without giving further details.

Stewart Brennan-3 minutes ago
Let's see who the Turkish Military supports if this coup is successful...the US or Russia...then we will know for sure if US / Saudi Money bought them off or nationalism and security with their neighbours decided this defining moment...

Jul 15 13:40

Turkish military seizes state power according to media reports; jets flyover Ankara, Istanbul’s bridges closed

The Turkish military has reportedly released a statement to Reuters confirming they are in control of the government.
Turkish military aircraft were also reported flying low over the capital of Ankara late on Friday evening (July 15), according to Agence France-Presse.

Jul 15 11:23

U.S. Warships Surround Disputed Chinese Waters, Prepared for War: “WW III At Stake”, by Mac Slavo

Territorial disputes are a delicate thing… and potentially deadly as well.

That’s why the U.S. is backing up its positions with an ever-increasing presence of warships in the South China Sea.

China is very touchy about these territories, and unwilling to give up what they perceive as their waters, even as a UN tribunal just denied their claims and strengthened the U.S. hand.

Indeed, the entire situation is combustible and very dangerous.

Now, there is not only an escalation, but an acknowledgement on both sides of the Pacific that things are headed towards war – and it is being openly discussed in those stark terms:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One does NOT create an atmosphere conducive to negotiations by surrounding a contested sea region with military hardware, even to the point of sending a guided missile destroyer there (which President Obama did, several months ago).

Jul 15 10:40

USA is about to start WW3 in Poland

Jul 15 10:04

US Warns Allies Not to Rush to Capitalize on South China Sea Ruling

While the Hague Tribunal ruling against China on its territorial claims in the South China Sea was loudly endorsed by US officials, American diplomats are cautioning their allies in the region, including the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia, not to rush to try to press those claims overtly against China.

The Philippines was the one who won the Tribunal case, which ruled they had certain fishing and energy exploration rights China had contested. Vietnam was said to be interested in filing a quick case of their own against China to cash in on the previous ruling.

At the same time, China and Taiwan are both spurning the ruling, and China has vowed to defend its interests in the Sea. They accused the US of “stirring up trouble” in backing such efforts against them, and indeed the US has made a habit of backing everybody’s claims in the South China Sea so long as they intersect with China’s claims.

Jul 15 09:48

The Most Important US Air Force Base You’ve Never Heard Of

Known as “Little America” in this mainly rural corner of Germany, the area now includes 57,000 US citizens clustered around Ramstein and a dozen smaller bases. The Defense Department calls it “the largest American community outside of the United States.” Ramstein serves as the biggest Air Force cargo port beyond US borders, providing “full spectrum airfield operations” along with “world-class airlift and expeditionary combat support.” The base also touts “superior” services and “exceptional quality of life.” To look at Ramstein and environs is to peer into a faraway mirror for the United States; what’s inside the frame is normality for endless war.

Jul 15 09:33

IN ATTEMPT TO DODGE SUIT, WHITE HOUSE ARGUES FUNDING WAR MAKES WAR LEGAL

A lawsuit filed earlier this year charging President Barack Obama with waging an illegal war against the Islamic State (or ISIS) was met on Tuesday with a motion from the Obama administration asking the court to dismiss it.

In its motion to dismiss (pdf), the administration argues that Congressional funding for the war amounts to Congressional approval for it.

The lawsuit (pdf) was filed in U.S. district court by Capt. Nathan Michael Smith, an intelligence official stationed in Kuwait, in May. Smith has been assigned to work for "Operation Inherent Resolve," the administration's name for the nebulous conflict against the terrorist group ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congress, collectively, has behaved as though it is completely scrotumless on this issue of authorizing the use of force in this manner; and according to the Constitution, only Congress can declare war.

Funding for military activity is NOT, therefore, tantamount to Congressional approval, under the War Powers Resolution.

And let's be clear here; ISIS has been trained, funded, and allowed to fester, courtesy of US foreign policy, and is used terrify the American people of what will happen if the US government is not in control of the assets of foreign countries it wants to control, Like Iraq's oil, and Afghanistan's mineral resources, pipelines, and opium.

And if what you are seeing, in terms of US foreign policy, appears to be a foreign policy engineered to create perpetual war, you are absolutely correct.

Jul 15 09:15

Western-Backed Chechen “Freedom Fighter” Named as Istanbul Attack Mastermind

The true extent of U.S.-NATO involvement in the Chechen struggle for independence is still a well-guarded secret but Chatayev’s story sheds some light on dubious Western machinations that have fueled terrorism in Russia and beyond.

In 2003, “Akhmed One-Arm” moved to Austria. He was granted asylum and received Austrian citizenship. While enjoying Austrian hospitality, Chatayev made extensive use of his new passport that “allowed him to travel freely in Europe and elsewhere.”

Russian media reports suggest that Chatayev was wanted by Russian authorities since 2003 on suspicion of recruiting fighters and raising funds for the North Caucasus insurgency. According to sources in Chechen Islamic groups, this task was assigned to him by none other than Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov.[9]

Neither Chatayev’s close connection to Umarov nor his criminal activities seemed to bother anyone in the West. Russia repeatedly tried to get him extradited, to no avail.

Jul 15 08:06

The Media's Main Source on Syrian Conflict Is a T-Shirt Shop

Western media regularly quotes the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on statistics regarding the current Syrian conflict. Take, for example, this recent article from the Guardian, which reported the “UK-based monitor says dozens have died after [an] attack near [the] border with Turkey.” Referring to the SOHR as a “monitor” or “monitoring group” is a common practice corporate media employs to lend the organization legitimacy. So who—or what—is the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights? The truth is stranger than fiction.

Jul 15 08:05

Mike Pence, Trump’s likely running mate, has backed every free trade deal in the last 15 years

A horrible choice!

There are multiple reports that Mike Pence will be Donald Trump’s vice presidential candidate. If he is, how will he explain away his support for the very same free trade deals that Trump has been bashing for more than a year?

Pence, like most economic conservatives, has been a staunch supporter of these deals—in particular, he backs the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade deal negotiated by the Obama administration with twelve nations around the Pacific rim.

Pence also defended the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and voted for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and continued trade with China during his 14 years in Congress.

Jul 15 08:03

Germany proposes EU defence union after Brexit

With Britain out of the picture, Germany and France will forge deeper defence cooperation in the European Union. As reported by the Reuters news agency, Germany’s Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on July 13 that Britain had “paralysed” such initiatives in the past.

Jul 15 07:04

A Hillary Clinton presidency could end up letting Isis and al-Qaeda off the hook

Hillary Clinton’s expected choice as Defence Secretary, Michèle Flournoy, has just co-authored a report by the Centre for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington that recommends that the destruction of Isis should no longer be the overriding objective of the US in Syria, but that equal priority should be given to taking military action against President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian Army. A new pro-US armed opposition would be built up to fight Assad, Isis, al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda clones, a process that the report admits could take years – and “during that time the dangers posed by Isis will remain”. This is not a marginal opinion among hawks in Washington, as a recently leaked memo from 51 serving State Department officials argued very much the same thing.

Jul 15 06:33

France to Escalate Strikes in Syria and Iraq After Nice Attack

French Prime Minister Francois Hollande said Friday morning local time that he would "strengthen our actions" in Syria and Iraq and extend the state of emergency another three months, hours after a truck ran into a crowd of revelers and killed at least 80 people in Nice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter what happens, the first thing politicians think is how to use it for their agenda.

1. The driver of the truck was from TUNISIA, so how does that connect with bombing Iraq and Syria?

2. Setting aside attempts to link this incident to Al Qaeda through a 2010 article in INSPIRE magazine (which is actually a western propaganda front), this appears to be a road-rage incident committed by a known criminal whose wife just left him. He was reported to be dealing with severe depression, which means he may have been on prescription anti-depressants, which have a long history of triggering extremely violent behavior.

3. The current State of Emergency did not prevent this tragedy from happening, so why extend it?

Jul 14 17:47

CIA supplies ISIS with an airforce with help from Khazarian Mafia, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey and Israel

Saakashvili was made governor of Odessa in order to oversee a massive smuggling operation that is keeping Islamic State well supplied with weapons, munitions and all the other necessary goods to wage war. The route to ISIS is across the Black Sea to the port of Batumi, capital of Georgia which sits just a few miles north of the Georgian-Turkish border. From Batumi, the supplies are trucked into Turkey and then onto IS in the south. This is the fate of that dozen missing MiG-21s – they were crated and shipped from Odessa to Batumi then trucked down to Incirlik air base in southern Turkey.

But why would the CIA and their Saudi allies supply their IS proxy army with refurbished half a century old MiG-21s when they have the money and connections to source just about any state of the art hardware their hearts may desire?

This is where the deception part of the operation comes into play – the Syrian air force is still operating MiG-21s, therefore it is a simple matter to paint those dozen IS MiGs in Syrian colours and have them impersonate the Syrian air force for nefarious purposes.

Jul 14 17:23

ISIS Battlefield Numbers Plummet, Global Attacks Increase – Leaked Intel Report

The number of foreign Islamic State fighters has halved in just one year, according to a classified White House intelligence report seen by NBC News. The data, however, says these fighters are now carrying out attacks across the world.

Jul 14 17:05

Patience Not A Virtue With The Islamic State

In the last six months, two different incidents of the smuggling of nuclear material have been intercepted in Georgia. In the most recent, a group of three Georgians and three Armenians attempted to sell a small amount of uranium, estimated at $27 a pound for the fanciful price of two million dollars. At the Daily Beast, Anna Nemtsova explains how poor Georgians and Armenians are.

Jul 14 15:59

Are We In For Another Increase In Military Spending?

At the present time, an increase in U.S. military spending seems as superfluous

as a third leg. The United States, armed with the latest in advanced weaponry, has more military might than any other nation in world history. Moreover, it has begun a $1 trillion program to refurbish its entire nuclear weapons complex.

Jul 14 15:34

Former Admiral Urges America to Prepare for Imminent Naval Battle with China

By James Holbrooks

In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, former Director of National Intelligence and retired Navy admiral Dennis Blair told the panel that the United States should be prepared to use military force to oppose Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

“I think we need to have some specific lines and then encourage China to compromise on some of its objectives,” Blair, who headed the U.S. Pacific Command while in the Navy, said at the hearing.

The admiral’s recommendation came the day after a United Nations tribunal invalidated China’s claim of territorial rights to nearly all of the waters in the South China Sea. Other nations in the region — including the Philippines, who brought the action against China in 2013 — also claim sovereignty in that zone...

Jul 14 15:22

The Great Iraq War Fraud

Last week, seven years after the Iraq Inquiry was set up, Sir John Chilcot finally delivered his long-awaited report. Although it stopped short of declaring the Iraq war illegal, and although it failed to examine the real motives for war, the report was not quite the whitewash that had been feared by peace campaigners.

Jul 14 13:59

Vladimir Putin Is The Only Leader The West Has — Paul Craig Roberts

Putin does not want war. He is doing everything in his power to avoid it.

The trip-point of World War III will be the installation of Washington’s missiles in Poland and Romania. As Putin recently made clear to the imbecilic Western journalists, these missiles can easily and secretly be changed from anti-ballistic missiles to nuclear attack missiles that can strike their Russian targets within 5 or fewer minutes of launch, thus depriving Russia of its retaliatory deterrent. Once these missiles are in place, Washington can issue orders to Russia.

Whatever the evil men and women in Washington who are gambling with the life of the planet think, Russia is not going to accept these missiles.

Jul 14 13:49

Brexit campaigner David Davis to lead Britain out of the EU in Theresa May’s new Cabinet

Mr Davis, a former Tory leadership rival to David Cameron, has described Brexit as one of the biggest issues facing Britain.

“The biggest issue over coming years will be managing Brexit, improving UK trade position, controlling borders and enhancing democracy,” Mr Davis tweeted last month.

Making trade deals with countries outside Europe should be a top priority.

“That needs vision, optimism, energy and drive – that is why I am backing @BorisJohnson for Conservative leader,” he added.

Jul 14 13:10

Soldiers May Quit Military Over ‘Flea-Infested, Filthy’ Housing – MPs

Military personnel may quit in droves because housing provided to their families under a privatized scheme has left them dealing with fleas, rats, and broken heating, a cross-party committee of MPs has found.

Jul 14 12:34

Boost In US Arms Sales Meant To Placate Arab States: Ex-Pentagon Official

The impending approval of nearly $40 billion in US foreign military sales in the 2016 fiscal year is actually aimed at calming the United States’ Arab allies in the Middle East, says a former Pentagon official.

Jul 14 06:06

U.S. missile defense system is 'simply unable to protect the public,' report says

The system designed to defend American cities and towns against a nuclear attack by North Korea is “simply unable to protect the U.S. public” and will remain ineffective unless Congress exerts rigorous oversight, according to a new report.

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Jul 14 01:33

RAND PAUL LAUNCHES PETITION TO HOLD HILLARY CLINTON ACCOUNTABLE

“IF YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT NO AMERICAN–EVEN A CLINTON–SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM, SIGN THE PETITION DEMANDING THAT HILLARY CLINTON BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL HER VIOLATIONS.”

In the video below, Paul says that “if the FBI’s decision to not prosecute Hillary Clinton is accepted, we will have become a nation of two sets of laws: one for the Clintons, and one for everyone else.”

Jul 14 01:25

Vladimir Putin Is The Only Leader The West Has — Paul Craig Roberts

Putin does not want war. He is doing everything in his power to avoid it.

A Reuters news report under the names of presstitutes Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold shows how devoid the West is of honest, intelligent and responsible journalists and government officials.

First we will examine the dishonesty or incompetence of the reporters and then that of Western government officials.

Jul 13 16:28

SAS Chief In Iraq Angry At UK Running ‘Latin American-Style Death Squads’

Details have emerged of how US and UK Special Forces clashed and drifted apart over the conduct of the Iraq occupation, with one British officer complaining about the use of tactics more akin to “Latin American-style” death squads than a modern military.

Jul 13 15:21

Iraq War, An Unaccountable Crime

Britain’s Chilcot report recalled the Iraq War lies that justified an aggressive war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, but this international crime has largely been sloughed off with almost no accountability, as Eric S. Margolis noted.

Jul 13 13:04

The Myth Of The ‘War On Terrorism’

Remember “We’re fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here”? That was the justification for the worldwide war on terrorism the Bush administration trumpeted in the early days of the post-9/11 era.

Jul 13 12:49

It’s Official: Robots Are Now Injuring And Killing Humans

By Nicholas West

Even as robotics experts, universities and tech luminaries sound the alarm about the potential for a future filled with killer robots, this technology evidently already has arrived … minus the stringent ethics.

There can be no debate about the use of killer robots in the military. We are in the middle of an admitted global drone arms race in which there are mass civilian casualties occurring under a specious U.S. legal framework that has thus far not even excluded its own citizens from being targeted for assassination. There is also a host of ground- and sea-based systems that are equally lethal and continue to be tested in massive joint military exercises.

Then there is the artificial intelligence contained in autonomous vehicles and security robots...

Jul 13 12:11

China calls on US to cease THAAD deployment in South Korea

China has reaffirmed its strong opposition to the US deployment of an advanced missile system in neighboring South Korea, warning that Beijing would take necessary steps to protect its interests.

Jul 13 11:14

Thousands of S. Koreans protest US missile defense system as Seoul announces location

South Korea’s military has announced the location of its THAAD anti-missile defense system, intended to deter threats from North Korea. The plan, which greatly angered regional powers, has led thousands of Koreans on to the streets in protest.
Seoul and Washington say the system is intended to both counter threats in the region and defend US troops stationed there. It forms the core element of the America’s multilayered defense program. But the local residents fear it will lead to deteriorating health and will negatively impact the agricultural economy. The system’s high-powered radar has been linked to infertility and cancer, according to local rumors, which the government dismissed as “baseless.”

Jul 13 10:32

U.S. Endorses Expansion of Military Force Used By U.N. Peacekeepers in Combat Zones

By Brandon Turbeville

In yet another step towards the establishment of a world military force that seeks peace through the absence of dissent, the United States announced its support in May for a set of principles that will allow the United Nations’ peacekeeping troops and UN police to use force in order to “protect civilians” in combat zones and areas of armed conflict.

U.S. Ambassador the U.N. and notorious warmonger against Libya and Syria, Samantha Power stated that the Kigali Principles would “make peacekeeping missions more effective, improve security and save lives.”...

Jul 13 10:01

Beijing Vows To ‘Take All Necessary Measures’ To Protect Sovereignty In South China Sea

China vowed to take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty over the South China Sea and said it had the right to set up an air defense zone, after rejecting an international tribunal’s ruling denying its claims to the energy-rich waters.

Chinese state media called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague a “puppet” of external forces after it ruled that China had breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights by endangering its ships and fishing and oil projects.

Beijing has repeatedly blamed the United States for stirring up trouble in the South China Sea, where its territorial claims overlap in parts with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

“China will take all necessary measures to protect its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests,” the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily said in a front page commentary on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, these statements are deadly serious, on the part of China's leadership.

I would like to politely suggest to both President Obama and the Philippine President Duterte to be prudently cautious in response to these statements. And I say this because in January of this year, the US entered into a new US-Philippine Defense Pact, dubbed the EDCA. As reported at thediplomat.com in January of this year:

The agreement paves the way for a massive increase in the American military footprint on Philippine soil, particularly across a series of much-prized bases, some of which are close to the South China Sea. Yet there is no assurance that this will significantly enhance Manila’s hands in the disputed waters. If anything, the regional maritime disputes could get even more complicated as two superpowers, China and the United States, move dangerously close to each other. The EDCA provides U.S. forces rotational, negotiated, and limited access to a number of mutually-agreed upon locations. So far, the Americans have zeroed in on at least eight prime military bases, including Subic and Clark — the site of largest American military bases during Cold War — as well as Oyster Bay in Palawan, strategically close to disputed land features and waters in the South China Sea. Instead of permanent U.S. bases, we are instead looking at the establishment of forward operating sites and cooperative security locations, where the host nation (theoretically) enjoys considerable supervision and control over the activities of visiting forces. The EDCA is particularly beneficial to the United States, because it will no longer have to pay huge sums to rent out Filipino bases à la Cold War days, not to mention that the Philippines will actually end up paying for the transportation and utility costs of visiting forces. In short, the Pentagon will enjoy low-cost and flexible access to premium locations in the Philippines. So what is the Philippines is getting in exchange? There is nothing in the EDCA that compels the United States to come to the host nation’s rescue as far as Sino-Philippine territorial disputes are concerned. The Obama administration has consistently reiterated that the agreement is not aimed at China, but instead is aimed at enhancing the two allies’ capabilities in the realm of humanitarian relief and disaster-management operations. A gray area in the alliance A cursory look at Washington’s diplomatic position reveals that throughout the past decades, various U.S. administrations refused to clarify whether the U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) will be applied in the event of a conflict over Philippine-claimed/occupied territories in the South China Sea.

Anything which even appears "militarily muscular" on the part of the Philippine or US government may well start a "hot war" with China, which may well be what the Obama Administration would like to see happen, to snap the rise in the now gold-backed yuan, and re-enforce US dollar hegemony.

However, at this time in its history, the US military does not have the troop strength, the weaponry, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive result to a conventional war against China.

Jul 13 08:53

US-Led Economic War, Not Socialism, Is Tearing Venezuela Apart

Americans have been trained by decades of Cold War propaganda to look for any confirmation that ‘socialism means poverty.’ But in the case of Venezuela and other states not governed by the free market, this cliche simply doesn’t ring true.

Jul 13 08:25

Caught On Tape: State Department Refuses To Answer Any Questions On Arming Syrian Rebels

If for some bizarre reason you still have any faith left in the U.S. government, this should take care of it.

"Thanks for the question... and we have no comment because there is an ongoing investigation.." rinse. repeat.

Jul 13 07:53

Why Hollande Spoke Up: 'NATO Doesn't Get to Decide Europe's Russia Relations'

“NATO has no role at all to be saying what Europe’s relations with Russia should be. For France, Russia is not an adversary, not a threat,” these words by French President Francois Hollande as he landed in Warsaw to attend the alliance’s summit meeting on July 8-9 bring home the undercurrents in European politics following Brexit.

Jul 13 07:52

NATO's Warsaw Summit suggests US-led military bloc is divided

The Financial Times is as pro-NATO as a newspaper possibly could be. So when it revealed on Sunday the organization is increasingly divided, it confirmed what many sharp analysts have suspected for some time - NATO is split on the ‘Russian question’.

Jul 13 07:47

The Military Is An Unholy Institution

My articles are usually rated G for general audiences. I don’t normally write articles directed toward a particular group. But since the juggernaut of military idolatry is proceeding full speed ahead through conservative Christian churches, I must address conservative Christians directly.

Jul 13 07:25

Putin on Hillary Clinton and her attempts to destabilise Russia as a Secretary of State

Jul 12 16:02

Life After Wartime

Burned all my notebooks
What good are notebooks?
They won’t help me survive
My head is burning
Feels like a furnace
That burning keeps me alive

You haven’t been to war until you’ve learned to flinch at the sound of a traffic helicopter overhead, as your body waits for the pop of machine gun fire spattered on the crowds below.

Jul 12 15:38

Westerners Forget – Or Don’t Care – That Most Victims Of Islamic Extremist Attacks Are Muslim

Recent attacks by Islamist extremists in Istanbul, Iraq, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have been staggering: over 300 dead. Westerners always complain that Muslims don’t speak out enough about atrocities that impact the West. We forget, though, that the vast majority of the victims of Islamic extremists attacks are Muslim noncombatants. Sympathy for them from the West is decidedly lacking.

Jul 12 15:05

Rikers Prison Gets $1.2mn Military Weapons Upgrade, Incl. Tasers, Kel-Tec Shotguns

New York’s Rikers Island prison has a bleak reputation for excessive use of force, inmate deaths, overcrowding and corruption. Militarization may soon be added to the mix, with weapons like the Kel-Tec shotgun being considered for elite jail captains.

Jul 12 14:53

ALL WARS ARE BANKERS' WARS!

I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations. There is ample precedent for this.

The United States fought the American Revolution primarily over King George III's Currency act, which forced the colonists to conduct their business only using printed bank notes borrowed from the Bank of England at interest.

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Jul 12 13:51

The West Is Provoking A World War: ‘Russia Is Being Pushed To Its Limits’

Many things have happened this past week, especially toward the end of the week, the new “norm” for events to “happen” just prior to the weekend. In this manner the events escape most of the public’s view. Case in point to start out with the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, and Obama committed 1,000 more American troops to a 4,000 troop increase in Poland and the Baltic States.

It was also announced that air and sea patrols will be increased in the region. The deputy national security advisor in D.C., Ben Rhodes stated that “continued aggression by Russia would provoke a response by NATO and a greater alliance presence in Eastern Europe.” Already the Western Press is escalating its actions of “demonizing” Russia, likening it to an aggressive colonizing power. This came from Associated Press, and the skew can clearly be seen:

Jul 12 11:32

SAS CHIEF IN IRAQ ANGRY AT UK RUNNING ‘LATIN AMERICAN-STYLE DEATH SQUADS’

Details have emerged of how US and UK Special Forces clashed and drifted apart over the conduct of the Iraq occupation, with one British officer complaining about the use of tactics more akin to “Latin American-style” death squads than a modern military.

The details of the Balad special forces base and its operations, which came to shape the war, are not recounted in last week’s long-awaited report by Sir John Chilcot.

However, kill or capture operations in and around Baghdad, launched from the Balad base 50 miles (80km) north of the city, were a key if little known chapter in Britain’s shadow war, the Independent reports.

Despite killing or taking as prisoner up to 3,500 insurgents, the mission against the Sunni insurgency caused deep rifts to the point where a senior commander, himself ex-SAS, demanded to know why the UK Special Forces were “helping to run Latin American-style death squads?”

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But now that British military have been banned from discussing the Chilcot report, we will never know precisely what happened here; both the US and the UK military and government need to have a moral, public conversation about this, so the atrocities from this war will never, ever be repeated.

Jul 12 09:59

Rights Group Slams US Police For Militarized Tactics

A prominent US civil rights group has criticized tactics used by US police against people who were protesting at recent killings of African Americans.

Jul 12 09:16

Not Just For Government Spying And Killing

Drones have a rather negative reputation these days and for good reason. They bring to mind government surveillance and extrajudicial killings in foreign countries. And in the civilian world they are at best a nuisance, and at worst they can be used by hobbyists to spy on their neighbors. And among the more paranoid members of our society, (though in all fairness, being paranoid doesn’t mean you’re wrong) drones bring to mind the possibility of automated killing machines taking over the human race in the near future.

Jul 12 09:08

Video: Friendly Competition: ‘Open Water’ 2016, A Russian Military Contest

Build Rafts, overcome water obstacles, get combat vehicles to destination – this is the Russian military ‘Open Waters’ 2016 games.

Jul 12 09:03

US Hypocritical In Fight On Daesh: Analyst

The United States is pursuing a hypocritical policy towards its fight against Daesh in the Middle East, says political analyst Keith Preston.

Jul 12 08:23

NEW IDF CHIEF RABBI SAYS SOLDIERS CAN RAPE ARAB WOMEN DURING WARTIME TO BOOST MORALE

Outgoing chief rabbi, Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz, of the Israeili Defense Forces, who is stepping down after six years in the position is being replaced. And, his successor, Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim’s appointment is being met with backlash — as he is outspoken for allowing soldiers to rape women during wartime. Karim, who was announced on Monday as the intended new IDF chief rabbi, has provoked controversy with previous misogynistic statements, such as opposing female conscription and implying that rape was permissible in times of war.

Jul 12 07:38

US Marines begin arriving in Darwin in fourth rotation as part of US 'pivot' to the Asia-Pacific

About 1,150 US Marines have begun arriving in Darwin as part of the United States military's broader long-term "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific region.

The influx comes amid concern the growing US military presence could cause tensions with China.

Jul 12 06:59

THE ARMY IS TESTING GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SPIDER SILK FOR BODY ARMOR

Inserting spider DNA into silkworms yields a tough fabric that’s far more flexible than Kevlar. Spider silk is one of nature’s toughest substances, similar in strength to the Kevlar plastic found in bulletproof vests but much more flexible. Kraig Biocraft, a company out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, genetically altered silkworms to produce a fiber that’s similar to pure spider silk. Today, they announced an Army contract to test this so-called Dragon Silk for possible use in body armor.

Jul 11 18:20

U.S. To Deploy 560 More Troops To Iraq

By Brandon Turbeville

Years after Obama claimed he ended the war in Iraq, the United States is once again announcing the deployment of hundreds of U.S. military personnel to the embattled Middle Eastern country. This time, the U.S. is announcing the deployment of 560 troops to Northern Iraq for the purposes of “aiding” and “assisting” in the battle for Mosul.

After the hard-fought liberation of the Qayara airbase by the Iraqi military, which is located about 50 miles from Mosul, the Department of Defense is allegedly deploying the troops so that they can provide “logistical” and “other” support for the battle for the ISIS-controlled city. In other words, to replace ISIS proxy control over Mosul with U.S. occupation … again. That is, if the re-re-re-conquering of Mosul is actually the goal and not merely the cover by which more American troops are being inserted into Iraq strategically for a coming operation against Syria and/or Russia in Syria...

Jul 11 15:26

Blair Asked UAE For $35mn To Boost Gulf State’s ‘Reputation, Influence’

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair offered to boost the reputation and influence of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in return for $35 million, it has emerged.

Blair, whose role in the Iraq war was savaged by the long-awaited Chilcot report last week, is on friendly terms with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayad Al Nahyan.

Jul 11 14:44

Who Is General Michael Flynn?

When I first heard that Gen. Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under President Obama, was rumored to be on Donald Trump’s short list for the GOP vice presidential nomination, my ears pricked up.

Jul 11 14:01

Are Terrorists Setting U.S. Wildfires?

As WND reported in June, an expert on Islamic terrorism believes a wildfire that ravaged the outskirts of Colorado Springs, Colo., killing two people and destroying more than 500 homes, should be examined by terror investigators.

Jul 11 13:59

Newt Gingrich Pals Around With Terrorists Saddam Hussein Once Armed

Newt Gingrich, who is being vetted to be Donald Trump’s running mate and appeared with the candidate in Cincinnati on Wednesday, left the campaign trail this weekend for an unusual reason. The former Speaker of the House had to fly to Paris to appear at a gala celebration for the Mojahedin-e Khalq, or People’s Mujahedin, an Iranian exile group that wants Washington’s backing for regime change in Iran.

In his remarks, Gingrich heaped praise on the MEK’s efforts, and congratulated them on the presence of another dignitary, Prince Turki al-Faisal, a senior member of the Saudi royal family and a former head of that nation’s intelligence service.

Jul 11 12:00

The Chilcot Report Fails To Speak Plain Truth: Bush Lied, So Did Blair

The newly released Chilcot Report on Iraq is British understatement, to a fault. In fact, it is understated so far as to miss the plain truth of the matter. Saying only that extremely questionable intelligence “was not challenged [by the Bush and Blair regimes] and it should have been” is failing to say plainly what the evidence so clearly shows: George W. Bush lied; so did Tony Blair.

Jul 11 11:33

Gorbachev: 'The Next War Will Be the Last'

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev declared in an interview with radio station Echo Moskvy that if the crisis escalates to another war, this war will be the last.

This picture shows the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, on July 7, 2016, the venue of the upcoming NATO summit
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NATO Not to Cooperate With Moscow in Usual Format Until Minsk Obligations Fulfilled - Obama
NATO leaders agreed on Friday to deploy military forces to the Baltic states and eastern Poland while increasing air and sea patrols to demonstrate readiness to defend eastern members against the alleged ‘Russian aggression.'
Mikhail Gorbachev reportedly said after the summit that the decisions made at NATO summit in Warsaw should be regarded as a preparation for a hot war with Russia.

On Saturday, Gorbachev told Echo Moskvy in an interview that he sticks to what he had said earlier and that he considers NATO decisions short-sighted and dangerous.

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This man is not only an adept student of history; during his time as President of the Soviet Union, he was also a very powerful creator of history as well.

And remember; if President Obama declares martial law as a result of these riots in the US, if they escalate, he may stay in office during a "transitional period", and this will give him both time, and carte blanche to work with NATO in declaring war against Russia, with both no Congressional or popular support on launching such a war.

And if Russia gives Obama no military cause to create war, NATO and the west will just create a false flag incident to be blamed on Russia to start the war.

Unfortunately, just because a move would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the American government can do is absolutely no guarantee that it will not be done.

And a war against Russia would be one of the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could possibly, in either the long or short term.

The US military doesn't have the troops strength, the weaponry, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against either Russia and/or China, and if they don't understand this, we are all headed for a great amount of hurt.

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Jul 11 10:59

Brexit: Could a Messy Divorce Damage NATO?

But as the ramifications of the UK’s exit from the EU and the myriad potential problems, pitfalls, and divisions that this process could trigger – or once again force to the surface – begin to become clear, the question can be asked: how will this affect the relationship of NATO allies and the cohesion and stability of the Alliance? If the UK’s divorce from the EU becomes a messy and painful affair it will strain relations between the two and could spill over into the NATO realm. NATO’s integrity being vulnerable may sound far-fetched, but not long ago so too did the UK leaving the EU.

Jul 11 09:44

Paul Craig Roberts — Vladimir Putin Is The Only Leader The West Has

A Reuters news report under the names of presstitutes Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold shows how devoid the West is of honest, intelligent and responsible journalists and government officials. First we will examine the dishonesty or incompetence of the reporters and then that of Western government officials.

Emmott and Siebold describe NATO as a “Western defense alliance.” Since the Clinton regime NATO has been an alliance for waging offensive war, a war crime under the Nuremberg rules established by the United States. Under the NATO banner a number of countries have been bombed, invaded, and had their governments overthrown by Washington acting under the cover of NATO.

These destroyed countries posed no threat whatsoever to the countries of the NATO alliance and undertook no aggressive actions against NATO members. How is it possible that Reuters’ reporters and editors are not aware of this? Why do they call an instrument of Washington’s aggression a “defense alliance”?

Jul 11 08:58

NATO Disorients Raison D’etre: All Not Quiet on Eastern Front

Instead of joining forces in the War on Terror in Syria, the War Party in Washington continues to provoke Russia by shifting NATO’s focus to increasing military buildups in Eastern Europe.

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Jul 11 08:37

To Prosecute Blair for War You Do Not Need the ICC

To prosecute Tony Blair or George W. Bush or others responsible for the criminal attack on Iraq, or other top officials for other recent wars, does not require the International Criminal Court (ICC).

It is commonplace to insist that the ICC cannot handle the supreme crime of aggression, although it might at some point in the future. The United States is also believed to be immune from prosecution as a non-ICC member.

But this focus on the ICC is a sign of weakness in a global movement for justice that has other tools readily available. When the losers of World War II were prosecuted, there was no ICC. The ICC's existence does not impede anything that was done in Nuremberg or Tokyo, where the crime of making war was prosecuted by the victors of World War II under the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

Nor does the existence of the UN Charter throw up any obstacles. The invasion of Iraq (and every other recent Western war) was just as illegal under the UN Charter as under Kellogg-Briand.

Jul 11 08:17

SEND OUR WAR CRIMINALS TO THE HAGUE COURT

This week’s Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.

Such government reports and commissions, as was wittily noted in the delightful program ‘Yes, Prime Minister,’ are designed to obscure rather than reveal the truth and bury awkward facts in mountains of paper.

And beneath mountains of lies. The biggest lie on both sides of the Atlantic was that the invasion and destruction of Iraq was the result of ‘faulty intelligence.’ The Bush and Blair camps and the US and British media keep pushing this absurd line.

Jul 11 07:49

U.S. MISSILE BROUGHT DOWN RUSSIAN HELICOPTER IN SYRIA: REPORT

Two Russian airmen killed in Syria on Friday were shot down with American weaponry, the Interfax news agency said Sunday, quoting a Russian military source. It said insurgents from the Islamic State group hit the airmen’s Mi-25 assault helicopter with a U.S.-made TOW heavy anti-tank missile, a weapon that uses guidance from a ground station. The high-tech system is in service with the U.S. military.

Jul 11 07:45

What Is NATO — Really?

When NATO was founded, that was done in the broader context of the U.S. Marshall Plan, and the entire U.S. operation to unify the developed Atlantic countries of North America and Europe, for a coming Cold War allegedly against communism, but actually against Russia — the core country not only in the U.S.S.R. but also in Eastern Europe (the areas that Stalin’s forces had captured from Hitler’s forces).

Jul 11 07:09

Hillary Emails, Gold Dinars and Arab Springs

Buried amid tens of thousands of pages of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s secret emails, now being made public by the US Government, is a devastating email exchange between Clinton and her confidential adviser, Sid Blumenthal. It’s about Qaddafi and the US-coordinated intervention in 2011 to topple the Libyan ruler. It’s about gold and a potentially existential threat to the future of the US dollar as world reserve currency. It’s about Qaddafi’s plans then for the gold-based Dinar for Africa and the Arab oil world.

Jul 11 07:09

“The Doomsday Forum”: Senior Military, Nuclear Weapons Officials Convene… America’s “$1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Plan”. Take out Russia, Iran and North Korea?

On June 21, 250 top military brass, military planners, corporate military-industrial ”defense” contractors, top officials and scientists from the nuclear weapons laboratories as well as prominent academics gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico to discuss, debate and promote the Pentagon’s One Trillion Dollar Nuclear Weapons program.

Russia is allegedly “threatening the Western World”. The objective is to develop the pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons (i.e. nuclear war as a means of self-defense).

The event organized by “The Strategic Deterrent Coalition” (a non profit organization) was funded by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Orbital ATK, BAE Systems among other generous donors.

Jul 11 07:07

NATO Marches Toward Destruction

As the West’s elites growl about “Russian aggression” – as they once did about Iraq’s WMD – NATO leaders meet in Poland to plan a costly and dangerous new Cold War, while shunning the few voices of dissent, John V. Walsh warns.

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Jul 11 06:43

Military chiefs gagged over Chilcot

Downing Street gagged military chiefs from responding to the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry and prevented them from issuing their own views to soldiers, sailors and airmen, it has been disclosed.

Interviews with chiefs were forbidden, while Downing Street gave them “agreed top lines” to pass down to troops according to communications orders seen by the Telegraph.

Jul 10 21:35

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

UK’s investigation into Iraq invasion is ‘example of what we could do with political courage’, says codirector of Iraq Veterans against the War.

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

The UK’s Chilcot inquiry was released on Wednesday, and while it is no secret in the US that the invasion was a failure, nothing so damning as the 2.6m-word British inquiry has been released by an independent US government body.

Jul 10 14:03

Iraq War Was Illegal: John Prescott

Tony Blair’s deputy prime minister John Prescott says that the UK broke international law when it joined the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Prescott’s remarks came a few days after the publication of a damning report on Britain’s role in the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Jul 10 12:51

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere – Justin Raimondo

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster.

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

A good decade after being announced, the Chilcot report has finally been released, and what it shows is that the phrase “Bush’s poodle” is blatantly unfair to poodles: after all, even a poodle is known to have gone off its leash every once in a while – but not Tony.

Jul 10 12:34

US Plays A 'Quiet But Lethal Role' In Lives Of Yemeni Civilians

Washington has been playing a “quiet but lethal role” in Yemen through its persisting weapons sales to the Saudi regime, including the globally-banned cluster bombs, a report says.

In an article published on Saturday, the Washington Post exposed the US support for the Al Saud royal family in its war on the ipoverished Yemeni neighbors.

Jul 10 07:57

They were confidants and political bedfellows but fell out spectacularly over the Iraq War. Now PIERS MORGAN reveals the insanity inside BLAIR'S BUNKER in his explosive diary entries

In the week that the long-awaited and shamefully overdue Chilcot Report into the war was published, severely castigating Blair, I revisited my diaries from the time.

They paint a unique insider picture of the dramatic build-up to the war, the inner workings of Tony Blair’s mind as he made the momentous decision, and all the fallout from the shocking, disastrous aftermath.

It was the worst foreign policy mistake in modern British history, and for Blair a personal disaster from which his reputation may never recover. A war which cost the lives of 179 British soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

This, in real time, is how I saw it all go down. You, the reader, can decide if this changes or reinforces your view of Blair’s War.

Jul 10 07:38

Cojones! How gung-ho George Bush goaded Tony Blair to war in Iraq with a humiliating phone call

Details of the humiliating phone call when George Bush finally crushed Tony Blair’s hopes of persuading the US President not to invade Iraq without United Nations backing have been revealed for the first time.

In the extraordinary conversation just two weeks before the 2003 conflict began, a gung-ho Bush says he is ready to ‘kick ass’ and praises Blair for having the ‘cojones’ (a Spanish word politely translated as courage) to back the US.

When a nervous Blair replies: ‘It might be my epitaph,’ Bush says: ‘Like, RIP here lies a man of courage, you mean?’ To which Blair’s prophetic response is: ‘Yeah, right.’

Jul 10 03:28

Catholic Priest Accuses Tony Blair of Opening the Gates of Hell

How stained is Tony Blair’s soul?

It’s not possible to speak about the state of another man’s soul, but it would appear that he has lied to and deceived the public. He seems to be deceiving himself now. He led the country into a war which was completely unjust. In a sense we are all complicit but in this country he has the highest share of that complicity in mass murder that’s still going on. He opened the gates of hell, metaphorically speaking, with the chaos that’s come out of the invasion of Iraq. What he’s done has caused massive evil and suffering. Morally he’s in very serious trouble.

Jul 09 20:35

“CrossTalk” Aggressive NATO

Now NATO has focused on what is described as “Russian aggression.” Does NATO create its own security risks?

Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has been trying to find its new role. Its operations in Afghanistan and Libya were disasters.

Jul 09 20:33

Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence

U.S. intelligence veterans are calling on German Chancellor Merkel to bring a needed dose of realism and restraint to the upcoming NATO conference, which risks escalating the dangerous new Cold War with Russia.

MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

We longtime U.S. intelligence officers again wish to convey our concerns and cautions directly to you prior to a critically important NATO summit – the meeting that begins on July 8 in Warsaw. We were gratified to learn that our referenced memorandum reached you and your advisers before the NATO summit in Wales, and that others too learned of our initiative via the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which published a full report on our memorandum on Sept. 4, the day that summit began.

Jul 09 20:29

NATO Marches Toward Destruction

The Brexit is just one rumbling of such discontent.

As the West’s elites growl about “Russian aggression” – as they once did about Iraq’s WMD – NATO leaders meet in Poland to plan a costly and dangerous new Cold War, while shunning the few voices of dissent.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s cry of distress is that of a man watching a tidal wave of destruction gathering force, similar to ones that have engulfed his country twice in the Twentieth Century.

Jul 09 11:23

Call for a Washington Demonstration to Stop the Drive to World-War III

This is a call for demonstrations in Washington to stop the drive to World War III.

In its pursuit of planet-wide dominance, the U.S. government has over the past 15 years waged wars which have moved our planet step-by-step to the precipice of a nuclear war which can destroy our planet. It has initiated illegal wars of aggression which continue in various forms to this day in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, while covertly financing and arming Jihadists in Syria and other countries.

Meanwhile, U.S. government-led Nato forces have for some time sought military encirclement of Russia, with U.S. and Nato forces now moving up to its very borders on the false pretext of imaginary ‘Russian aggression, while new military bases and movement of high tech military equipment, new military bases, and engagements in the South China sea threaten to trigger war with China.

Jul 09 08:39

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

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See THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY. There was no mistake. George Bush lied us into a war of conquest!

meanwhile read the comments in the above article!

Jul 09 08:14

NATO to deploy up to 4,000 troops to boost eastern flank against Russia

NATO leaders have agreed to deploy thousands of troops in Poland and the Baltic states in a bid to strengthen the 28-nation alliance’s eastern borders in Europe against Russia.

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Attention people of Europe. The US and NATO are going to start a war in which your children will be killed and crippled, in which the front lines will be your front lawns. This is not theoretical! They are really going to do it because they have wrecked the world and blowing it all up is the only way they can think of to hide their guilt!

Jul 09 08:13

NATO missile defense goes live in Europe, isolating Russia not the goal – Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance’s ballistic missile defense system in Europe is now operational. The system includes warships, long-range missile defense interceptors and radars placed across the territory controlled by the allied forces.

“Today we have decided to declare initial operational capability of the NATO ballistic missile defense system. This means that the US ships based in Spain, the radar in Turkey and the interceptor site in Romania are now able to work together under NATO command and NATO control," he explained.

Stoltenberg added that the shield is “entirely defensive" and "represents no threat to Russia's strategic nuclear deterrent.”

Jul 09 07:43

The US too needs a report

As the UK parliament released its long-awaited Chilcot report on the country’s role in the Iraq war, there have been renewed calls all over Britain to try former prime minister Tony Blair for war crimes. This brings up another question: what about George W Bush?

Jul 09 07:42

Whitewash Won’t Cover Blair’s Guilt

This week’s Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.

Jul 08 16:39

Iraq verdict: Trouble if heads don't roll

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

Jul 08 15:41

John Walsh: NATO Marches Toward Destruction

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s cry of distress is that of a man watching a tidal wave of destruction gathering force, similar to ones that have engulfed his country twice in the Twentieth Century.

Jul 08 15:26

A Third Navy Seal Trainee Just Died in Six Months, Death Ruled a “Drowning Homicide”

Twenty-one-year-old Navy SEAL trainee James Lovelace (above) died on May 6th after he was repeatedly dunked in a pool during a training exercise in his first week of training at the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado...

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Jul 08 14:25

Gaza: Living And Dying With Drones

Two years ago, on July 7, 2014, the Israeli government launched a horrific 51-day air, land and sea attack on the people of Gaza. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fired missiles, rockets, artillery and tank shells relentlessly on 1.8 million Palestinians squashed by Israeli land and sea blockades into a narrow strip 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, one of the most densely populated places in the world.

Jul 08 13:23

British instructors to train 4,000 Ukrainian soldiers by March 2017 – British FM

British instructors will complete the training of 4,000 Ukrainian military personnel by March 2017, UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond told journalists on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw.
"We have a very active cooperation with Ukraine. The UK will train 4,000 Ukrainian servicemen until March 2017," Hammond said.

The minister also expressed his hope to deepen cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, adding that the UK plans to make a significant contribution to this cooperation, particularly in the field of training Ukraine’s servicemen.

He also emphasized that the process of Montenegro’s accession to NATO shows that the alliance’s door is potentially open to all countries, including Ukraine.

In March, British Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon said in a statement that the UK instructors and advisers already trained 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers, adding that there are plans to train 300 more in 2016.

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I would definitely like to ask UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond, what precisely, are these troops being trained for?!?

Combat?!? Against whom, please, perhaps Russia, in what would be a disastrous attempt to take back Crimean?!?

Peace-keeping operations?!?

Participation in relief efforts?

NATO operations?

British citizens and taxpayers very much need to be asking those very pointed questions to their MPs and Lords; because I am getting this very sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that the Ukrainian military is being groomed as an adjunct force to work with NATO against Russia, even to the point of participating in a hot, shooting war against it.

Jul 08 13:02

US Sends Another 1,000 Troops To Poland As Part Of NATO Effort To Counter Russia

President Obama is in Warsaw, Poland today where NATO members are holding a summit to show the alliance will stand firm against new threats, including a “resurgent Russia.” The Warsaw meeting is being held in a district of the capital, Praga, that Poles view as a symbol of Russian betrayal of their nation.

In the meeting, Obama called on NATO to "stand firm" against Russia, terrorism and other challenges even as a key member, UK, retrenches from Europe. In an op-ed published in the Financial Times on Friday, Obama says the U.S. and European nation "must summon the political will, and make concrete commitments" to affirm European cooperation.

“This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the Cold War,” Obama wrote. “Russia’s aggression against Ukraine threatens our vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.” The US president added that “NATO will once again send a very clear message that we are here.”

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I am sorry: it is NATO and the US who are doing the aggression here.

Someone in the US Congress better darned well get ready to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, stating that if a President is unable, mentally or physically, to stay in office, needs to be replaced by the Vice-President.

Obama definitely qualifies right now, because he cannot possibly be in his right mind, and is unfit to lead the country.

It is obvious, in making this statement, that President Obama has utterly lost his reality license.

Jul 08 12:22

Chilcot And The End Of The Anglosphere

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

Jul 08 11:52

‘They Took One Saddam, But Got Us Many More’: Young Iraqi Man Tells RT He Wants Justice For Blair

Blair’s apology for the Iraq invasion is not going to bring the “destroyed” country and dead people back, a disabled Iraqi man, who lost his whole family, told RT. He demands justice for those whose actions only created “many more Saddams”.

Jul 08 11:49

20 Veterans Committed Suicide Every Day In 2014 – Study

An average of 20 American veterans committed suicide daily in 2014, the US Department of Veterans Affairs revealed in its “most comprehensive” study of vet suicide rates yet.

Jul 08 11:23

Putin LOSES IT, Warns Journalists of War: 'I Don't Know How to Get Through to You People' (Video)

Putin railed against the journalists for their "tall tales" in blindly repeating lies and misinformation provided to them by the United States on its anti-ballistic missile systems being constructed in Eastern Europe. He pointed out that since the Iran nuclear deal, the claim the system is to protect against Iranian missiles has been exposed as a lie.

The journalists were informed that within a few years, Russia predicted the US would be able to extend the range of the system to 1000 km. At that point, Russia's nuclear potential, and thus the nuclear balance between the US and Russia, would be placed in jeopardy.

Putin completely lost patience with the journalists, berating them for lazily helping to accelerate a nuclear confrontation by repeating US propaganda. He virtually pleaded with the western media, for the sake of the world, to change their line:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Russian President Putin: the independent media (like this website) fully understand the danger of a potential war between Russia and the US and do not want to see that happen.

That is why, to the best of our abilities, we are working to get the truth out there.

I don't know if there is a "mirror" to this site in Russian, but certainly wish right now there were, even though I understand you speak a brilliant English.

And sir, in geopolitics, I consider you the ultimate "adult in the room", working to maintain peace, trade, and good relationships with other countries.

I surely wish that other countries (like the United States) were even trying to return the favor.

For a child with a hammer, everything appears to be a nail. And with the current thinking in DC, the "hammer" is our military capabilities, and we seem to be using that to acquire other countries' natural resources, to which we have absolutely no moral right or claim.

Please understand; no moral, or thinking, American wants a war with Russia; we want cooperation, scientific research, trade, and good relations.

Jul 08 10:24

Ron Paul And Jacob Hornberger On NATO’s Warsaw War Plans

The big NATO 2016 Summit begins in Warsaw today. On the agenda is approving a NATO force of up to 4,000 troops to be stationed on Russia’s borders in the Baltic. It will be the first regular troop deployment aimed at Moscow since the fall of the Berlin Wall more than a quarter-century ago.

Jul 08 10:08

Marine To Use Clinton’s Non-Indictment As Defense In Classified Information Case

A Marine Corps officer who is facing discharge for the mishandling of sensitive information is demanding the same treatment that Hillary Clinton received when the FBI chose not to indict her over her storage of classified emails.

Jul 08 09:31

As US-Controlled NATO Plots

What we shouldn’t do now is inflame the situation further through saber-rattling and warmongering…

Whoever believes that a symbolic tank parade on the alliance’s eastern border will bring security is mistaken. ..

We are well-advised to not create pretexts to renew an old confrontation…
(It would be) fatal to search only for military solutions and a policy of deterrence.

Jul 08 08:54

Paul Craig Roberts: Are You Planning Your Retirement? Forget About It. You Won’t Survive To Experience It.

The Israeli agents who comprise the Neoconservatives, a collection of war criminals that control US foreign policy, have already handed you your death certificate. The neoconservatives have far more power than they have intelligence or humanity.

At the recent St. Petersburg International Economic Conference, President Putin excoriated Western Journalists for endlessly repeating Washington’s lies that are driving the world to nuclear war. He asked Washington’s bought-and-paid-for-whores, the scum who comprise the Western news media: “How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction toward nuclear war?”

Jul 08 08:31

US Marines Can't Figure Out Why Their Planes Keep Crashing

As the US Marine Corps faces an unprecedented number of accidents, the military has turned to outside help to determine the cause.

Jul 08 07:19

EU propaganda against Russia

At the initiative of Zbigniew Brzezi?ski and Polish figures who have already launched an "initiative for information warfare" against Russia at the heart of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington, NATO has established a Centre for strategic communication in Latvia and the European Union should adopt a similar structure.

The idea is to centralize all media manipulation efforts thus far divided into fields of psychological warfare, propaganda etc.

The initial program was entirely directed against Russia.

Jul 08 07:17

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster

Jul 08 07:16

Why People Never Believe That War Is Coming – Until It Is Too Late

War always starts unexpectedly. Deepest dreams occur before dawn. People cannot believe that their peaceful lives are over. On June 21, 1941 the Soviet nation was more sure than ever that war wouldn’t happen. It was clear to everyone that sooner or later they would have to fight the fascist beast, but not today. Not tomorrow. German troops along our borders were just training. The main thing was not to panic and respond to provocations. Knowing the inevitable, a human heart desperately clings to the hope that the storm will pass. The enemy always takes advantage of this, attacking when least expected.

Jul 08 00:03

Israeli troops rustle 450 goats from southern Lebanon

Qassem Hashem on Wednesday, the Israeli troops snatched his goats and relocated them to the Israeli-occupied section of the Shebaa Farms.

UN peacekeepers and Lebanese troops are currently trying to retrieve the stolen livestock.

Jul 07 17:55

"Causes and Necessity of taking up Arms" 1775. Are we there yet?

"Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of taking up Arms" written July 6, 1775, was a declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America setting forth the causes and necessity of their taking up arms.
Based on this document compared with our situation in the United States today, how close are we to the situation that our forefathers had when they declared they were taking arms?

Four basic reasons given for taking arms against the King of England.
1. The Legislature must show "an inordinate passion" for unjustifiable power that is rejected by the constitution.
2. The people are not successful in legal contests against the Government in regards to truth and laws.

3. Our politicians and leaders, can't be chosen by the people (ie. no vote or fixed voting), are exempt from the laws and are not subject to the people's control.

4. The people have to have tried peaceful means of changing the government for at least ten years without results.

Jul 07 15:26

Terrorism’s Murky Message

A certain litany of comments and even vocabulary seems to be required after terrorist incidents. High-casualty attacks are “horrific,” certain methods of attack are said to be the “hallmark” of certain groups, and so forth. And with any set of incidents occurring within a short time, explanations are offered that assume a connection among the incidents, especially in terms of a presumed careful strategy being executed by a particular group.

Jul 07 15:24

Confessions Of A War Propagandist

In explaining Donald Trump and the train wreck of the Republican Party, neoconservative contempt has targeted cultural rot, immigrant haters, and according to the the National Review, prescription drug addicted hillbillies. These poor, dumb racists have latched on to a celebrity shyster who has no conservative principles and worst of all, no understanding of international affairs.

Jul 07 14:03

Blair Should Have Focused On ‘Legal’ Afghanistan, Not Iraq – Alex Salmond

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should have “abstained” from invading Iraq by “all means”, focusing instead on “justified and legal” military action in Afghanistan, Scotland’s former first minister Alex Salmond told RT.

Jul 07 13:14

Merkel Urged To Temper NATO’s Belligerence

U.S. intelligence veterans are calling on German Chancellor Merkel to bring a needed dose of realism and restraint to the upcoming NATO conference, which risks escalating the dangerous new Cold War with Russia.

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

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