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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Sep 12 13:42

Woolsey, James

Project For The New American Century huh! Great pick Donald.

R. James Woolsey, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under President Bill Clinton from 1993-1995, is a well-connected advocate of militarist U.S. foreign policies. He has supported the work of several neoconservative-led groups, including the Committee on the Present Danger, the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, the Project for the New American Century, the Center for Security Policy, among numerous others.

Since 2011, Woolsey has chaired the board of directors of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an important bastion of hawkish “pro-Israel” advocacy in the United States that has served as an outpost for many well-known rightist ideologues.

Sep 12 11:15

Chelsea Manning Begins Hunger Strike, Demanding “Dignity and Respect” in Prison

Starting on Friday, Manning said, she would not willingly consume any food or drink, except water and prescribed medications.

Manning also refused to “voluntarily cut or shorten her hair in any way.” Army officials repeatedly force Manning to cut her hair to “military standards” – an appearance that she says does not reflect her gender identity.

Human rights advocates have repeatedly raised concerns about Manning’s treatment in prison. After her arrest in 2010, she was subjected to solitary confinement for extended periods and repeatedly stripped naked in her cell. Her treatment was so bad that a State Department spokesperson spoke out against the Pentagon and described it as “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”

Since her conviction, Manning has been repeatedly threatened with indefinite solitary confinement, for charges as frivolous as keeping an expired tube of toothpaste in her cell.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman was charged and jailed for telling the truth, in an environment of repeated governmental and military lies.

She embarrassed this government and military for telling the truth; that is why she will most likely die in a military prison.

That the US government and military are trying to make a martyr our of her does not speak well for peace and justice in this country at all.

Sep 12 11:14

Hillary Clinton ‘Overheated,’ Leaves 9/11 Memorial Event In NYC

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to seek rest at her daughter’s apartment after feeling “overheated” at a 9/11 commemoration event.

Sep 12 11:01

The Tyranny of 9/11

We’ve walked a strange and harrowing road since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties.

We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade the citizenry to march in lockstep with a police state. In doing so, we have proven Osama Bin Laden right. He warned that “freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in – and the West in general – into an unbearable hell and a choking life.”

These past 15 years have indeed been an unbearable, choking hell.

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The price American citizens have paid for 9/11 has been that of 15 years of perpetual wars in the Middle East and beyond (with no seeming end in sight), in order to control raw materials, and insure that they are only sold for the US dollar.

The cost of these wars has been staggering, as have been the costs of resettling war refugees in this country.

We can believe nothing the Federal government or their media presstitutes say, after 9/11, and the charge that "Saddam Hussein had weapons of Mass Destruction."

The corrupt, dictatorial narcopracy our government has become reminds me greatly of Terry Gilliam's master film, "Brazil", where the only information one is allowed to have comes directly from the government bureaucracy, and no alternative thoughts were allowed. The citizenry was totally disposable; and torture was a standard way of "getting the truth" out of its citizens.

And if you don't believe such things have not already happened here, you need to read this article from theguardian.com from last year:

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

I criticise this country because, as a Christian pacifist activist, I want it to find ways of resolving its geopolitical disputes other than wars; unfortunately, the US government's engaging in good faith, hard-one negotiations seems no longer something it wants to do, ever.

In looking at the future, and I hope I am absolutely wrong here, I see one which is very bleak for the American people.

It appears that the US government is spoiling for wars against Russia and China; this is a very, very bad idea right now, because, as of this moment, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome to military confrontation with Russia and/or China.

And if you want a perfect example, take a look at all the the problems with the Lockheed-Martin "frankenfighter", the F-35:

F-35 MAY NEVER BE READY FOR COMBAT

We truly have a government of the corporations; for the corporations; and by the corporations; and in the most peaceful, logical way possible, that has got to change.

And there is a duel method for this; the first is throwing every single career politician in DC out of office, and insuring clean, no-glitch voting by using paper ballots, and the presentation of simple-to-acquire voter IDs.

Sep 12 10:55

15 years after 9/11; perpetual war and liberties lost

So 15 years of war has brought us no closer to peace and has cost us our freedoms. After all, war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength. That’s what we should never forget.

Sep 12 10:22

Saudi Airstrikes Kill at Least 21 Civilians in Northern Yemen

A series of Saudi airstrikes against targets in northern Yemen have killed at least 21 civilians and wounded scores of others, with the larger of the two strikes occurring at a water-drilling site in the Arhab District, due north of the capital city of Sanaa.

The first airstrike killed four workers at the site, and attracted local villagers who aimed to carry out a rescue effort. Five more strikes targeted the rescuers, killing at least 11 more civilians and wounding at least another 20, though locals reported that the toll was likely far higher. claiming around 100 casualties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, looks like Saudi pilots are using the good old, US "Double Tap": strike; assassinate the first set of civilians, then assassinate those trying to protect and rescue them!

American readers of this blog, you ever, honestly, think that your country would ever be a proud partner in war crimes?!?

Yes, me neither; until the ugliness of that reality got rubbed in my face, as it is, every day, 24/7 these days.

Sep 12 09:49

'Negative consequences' Putin sends CHILLING warning to North Korea after nuclear test

The Russian leader has pledged to work with its allies to "solve" the worrying North Korea problem.

Pyongyang has rattled the world by holding a nuclear warhead test, which triggered a massive 5.3 magnitude earthquake on Thursday morning.

The North Korean state media confirmed it had carried out the test and revealed the country has a strategic ballistic missile it is ready to use.

But Putin has hit back at Kim Jong-Un's ambitious dictatorship, with a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry stating: "Such demonstrative disregard for international law and opinion of the international community deserves the strongest condemnation.

"North Korea’s actions, aimed at undermining the global non-proliferation regime, pose a serious threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific Region. This will have negative consequences primarily for North Korea itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that North Korean leader Kim Jung Un is listening; Putin doesn't make idle threats, he makes promises.

Unfortunately, however, Kim Jung Un appears to be marching to the beat of his own drummer; and that guy's on bagpipes!!

Sep 12 09:21

F-35 May Never Be Ready for CombatTesting: Report Contradicts Air Force Leadership’s Rosy Pronouncements

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive procurement program in Pentagon history. It’s been plagued by schedule delays, gross cost overruns, and a slew of underwhelming performance reviews. Last month the Air Force declared its variant “ready for combat,” and most press reports lauded this as a signal that the program had turned a corner. But a memo issued from the Pentagon’s top testing official, based largely upon the Air Force’s own test data, showed that the Air Force’s declaration was wildly premature.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It doesn't appear that Lockheed Martin spends all that much on political campaign donations.

Lockheed's Campaign Spending by Cycle

So one has to wonder; just what is the Svengali- like hold this corporation has over the US military, that it issues absolutely rosy pronouncements about a completely, vastly failed fighter production program?!?

Is there an institutional culture, inculcated into our military managers, that they can never admit to having been wrong, even if they were?!?

The mind boggles at the complete disconnect between the real, documented failings of the F-35, and how happy the US military is to commend it. In fact, an article appeared in May of this year, indicating that the production of this fighter is going to quadruple in 2019.

After years of delays, the Joint Strike Fighter program is finally ready to hit the afterburner. FORT WORTH, Texas — As green-skinned, half-assembled F-35 Joint Strike Fighters take shape, this massive factory that once cranked out thousands of World War II bombers is preparing to get real busy again. F-35 production is slated to hit full steam in 2019, and Lockheed Martin is reshaping its final assembly line to get ready. Not far from the nine assembly stations where the stealthy jets are coming together, wooden walls and plastic sheeting rise dozens of feet to the ceiling, blocking off large portions of the plant where new laser-leveled concrete is being poured. Lowered air pressure behind the screens helps keep dust and debris away from the sensitive airframes. Elsewhere, scaffolding is being erected for seven new assembly stations to come.

As most of you who read this blog understand, I abhor war as a way for the US to settle its geopolitical disputes; that being said, when war happens, our men and women in uniform deserve the best this country can deliver.

The F-35 simply isn't it.

If the problems haven't been resolved by now, I seriously doubt that they can be resolved in another 3 years.

And if I were in Congress, I would sponsor legislation insuring that there would be a clause in the weapons makers' contracts, indicating that if cost over-runs went a certain percentage over cost estimates, the weapons were delivered late, and did not function as advertised, there would be jail time for the presidents of those companies for treason.

And NOT in a Club Fed.

These deficiencies are as serious as a heart attack, for our men and women in uniform, and if such a clause in contracts for weapons, draconian as it may seem, is the only way to "cure" the problem, then so be it!!

Sep 12 01:25

Israeli Black Operations in the USA – Operation Honeypot

It is well known that the Israeli Mossad using their Sayanim network in the United States routinely engage in Black Operations (“Black Ops”) against US Citizens here in the United States.

They usually target anyone who they deem to be antithetical or non-supportive of Israeli domestic and foreign policy.

There is virtually no escape from this type of black op once a target has been selected.

They routinely target senators, congressmen, politicians, celebrities, CEOs, academics, intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, or anyone of relative importance in American society.

Sep 12 00:53

LEMOA – Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement Signed by India with the United States

LEMOA adversely impacts India, Asia, Africa, Eurasia and The Non–Aligned Movement

If this decision is not reversed by the Indian or the American people, the signing of these agreements will be another turning point in the political history of India already covertly overrun by Zionist financial and security companies and covert agencies.

Sep 11 16:37

US Proxies And Regional Rivalries

US empire building depends on regional regimes’ support, especially in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. These proxy regimes fulfill valuable military roles securing control over neighboring regions, populations and territory.

In recent times, however, we witness the same proxies developing their own tendency toward expansionist policies – in pursuit of their own mini-empires.

Sep 11 12:30

The Safe World of the 21st Century: 167,000 Victims of Armed Conflicts in 2015

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), 167,000 people were killed in armed conflicts around the globe last year, down slightly from the 180,000 people killed in 2014. There is the belief that we live in an era of global instability that is characterized by increasing numbers of human losses, while the Cold War period is normally considered a period of stability and relative order. However, statistics suggest otherwise: the number of victims of conflicts in the second half of the 20th century is on average three to four times higher than in the 21st century. First, there are virtually no large-scale interstate conflicts today claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands – and even millions – of people (the wars in Korea and Vietnam, the conflict between Iran and Iraq, let alone the wars of the decolonization period).

Sep 10 11:32

The F-35 Stealth Fighter May Never Be Ready for Combat

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive procurement program in Pentagon history. It’s been plagued by schedule delays, gross cost overruns and a slew of underwhelming performance reviews.

Last month the Air Force declared its variant “ready for combat,” and most press reports lauded this as a signal that the program had turned a corner. But a memo issued from the Pentagon’s top testing official, based largely upon the Air Force’s own test data, showed that the declaration was wildly premature.

Michael Gilmore’s latest memorandum is damning. The F-35 program has derailed to the point where it “is actually not on a path toward success, but instead on a path toward failing to deliver the full Block 3F capabilities for which the Department is paying almost $400 billion.”

Sep 10 11:13

Just One of the Israeli Truck Bombs on 9/11

Remember when the Zio-Media just kept running this "Israeli Truck Bomb On George Washington Bridge" story over and over and over and over after 9-11?

Me, neither!!! ;-)

Sep 10 11:00

NATO ‘Welcomes’ Turkish Invasion of SyriaSecretary-General: Staying Out of Syria Not an Option

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu today, and issued a statement “welcoming” Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria, saying that Turkey is a “strong and highly valued” member of NATO and it was important that they are increasing anti-ISIS efforts.

Stoltenberg conceded that Syria was “a very complex and very difficult situation,” but insisted that the alliance did not have the option of remaining out of the Syrian Civil War, saying that the alliance must fight against ISIS inside Syria.

Turkey’s invasion has seen them fight ISIS, at least some of the time, but the invasion has also set its sights on the US-backed Kurdish YPG. Several NATO nations, particularly France have previously expressed disquiet about Turkey’s invasion, despite Stoltenberg’s apparently unreserved endorsement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has Stoltenberg gone absolutely barking dog mad, to have made this statement?!?

Is Stoltenberg for more serial genocide of the Kurds by the Turkish military inside Syria?!?

Is he for Turkey nipping off bits of Syrian sovereign territory, permanently?!?

Because just as certainly as as God made little green apples, these will definitely be the outcomes of this Turkish invasion of Syria.

The layers of complexity in this war just got expanded, exponentially, with Turkey going into Syria now.

Sep 10 10:33

Yemen ‘war crime’ footage emerges day after Theresa May defends Britain’s Saudi arms deals (VIDEO)

Just a day after Prime Minister Theresa May defended UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, cell phone footage has emerged apparently showing a college in Yemen being bombed by Saudi jets.

The footage, filmed in January 2016 and first published in the UK by independent media outlet The Ferret, appears to show a college hit by an airstrike. Attacks on schools are explicitly outlawed under the Geneva Convention, and thus constitute a war crime.

Filmed by a security guard on a cell phone, the footage was first passed to the Yemeni NGO Mwatana and then submitted to the UK government’s Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC).

A leaked draft of the report claims: “The weight of evidence of violations of international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition is now so great that it is very difficult to continue to support Saudi Arabia.”

The revelation comes just a day after British PM Theresa May was confronted with the issue in the House of Commons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Britain's Prime Minister May: it's only the money for your arms manufacturers that you allow the continuing Saudi slaughter in Yemen, right?!?

Well, Prime Minister May, I invite you to take a good, hard at the following images, and please explain to the world how the slaughter of Yemeni children is "...keeping Britain safe."

Images of extrajudicial assassinations of Yemeni children by Saudi Forces

We are waiting, Madame Prime Minister; how does the slaughter of these kids "make Britain safer"?!?!?

And how would you characterise these killings of children to their mothers, "retroactive birth control"?!?

Madame Prime Minister, you sicken me, in your absolutely shameful, hypocritical attempt to defend the indefensible.

With these statements, you have just incontrovertibly demonstrated that you have had your conscience surgically removed before you became Prime Minister.

The UK deserves far better, Madame Prime Minister.

Sep 10 10:04

‘UK acting as weapons pimp, reaping rewards of Saudi Arabia’s dirty work’

We know Riyadh has invaded Bahrain to suppress lawful and legal protests that were going on there, and they have also attacked the indigenous of Yemen, the Houthis, Raza Kazim, Islamic Human Rights Commission, told RT.

A cross-party group of British MPs have to decide whether to call for the suspension of UK weapons sales to Saudi Arabia or not. The British Prime Minister Theresa May insists sales should continue, and claims the close ties to the country are necessary to keep British people safe.

Sep 10 09:12

Russia and US reach tentative agreement for Syria ceasefire

Pause in fighting to begin on Monday night, allowing humanitarian aid to flow – with Russian and US forces set to launch joint airstrikes against extremists

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is struggling to remain relevant in Syria and not look like they are losing their fight to replace Assad.

Sep 10 08:33

The War Economy: CNN's Wolf Blitzer Warns About Job Loss If US Stops Arming Saudi Arabia

Ladies and gentlemen, it appears the long anticipated moment of peak mainstream media stupidity may have finally arrived. This is what passes for journalism in America today.

Sep 09 15:08

Yemen ‘War Crime’ Footage Emerges Day After Theresa May Defends Britain’s Saudi Arms Deals

Just a day after Prime Minister Theresa May defended UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, cell phone footage has emerged apparently showing a college in Yemen being bombed by Saudi jets.

The footage, filmed in January 2016 and first published in the UK by independent media outlet The Ferret, appears to show a college hit by an airstrike. Attacks on schools are explicitly outlawed under the Geneva Convention, and thus constitute a war crime.

Sep 09 13:03

Is Putin a Lousy Dancer?

A lousy dancer blames the uneven floor, and Mme Clinton had proven to be an unexpectedly lousy dancer in the competition for the presidency against the blundering New York tycoon. We would expect her to win or lose graciously, as befits a former First Lady, but gosh, she is clumsy – and blames her lack of grace on poor Mr Putin.

Caesar was renowned for his multitasking; he could dictate seven letters at once, wrote Pliny. But even Caesar lookalike Putin can’t play the role prepared for him by Ms Clinton and other mainstream Western politicians, that is to bear blame for all their shortcomings.

Sep 09 12:38

Don’t Mention The War: Argentina Considering Joint Falklands Oil & Gas Project With Britain

Argentina is considering a joint fossil fuels exploration project with Britain around the Falkland Islands, also known as the Islas Malvinas, in a sign of thawing relations between the two nations.

Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra expressed a desire to see an end to the era of confrontation between Britain and Argentina over the disputed islands, which lie 300 miles (483km) from South America’s southern coast.

Sep 09 10:31

Rift Appears Within NATO Over the Bloc's Provocative Policy Toward Russia

NATO is taking every effort to justify its raison d'etre. However, the Alliance's saber-rattling on Russia's doorstep is triggering deep concern and anxiety among its members. Although "the marriage of interests" still holds, cracks are appearing among the bloc's members.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO European leaders understand full well that the US is looking for some kind of an excuse to exploit to start a "hot" war against Russia, through which it believes it can rescue its tanking economy.

NATO European leaders have had a ringside seat to wars on their very front lawns; they do not want to see that happen ever, again.

NATO leadership, which continually whines and moans about alleged "Russian aggression", is completely out of touch with its member states, and all parties need to sit down, and plot a rational, sane course for NATO's future which does not involve spoiling for a fight with Russia.

Unfortunately, the Obama Administration may just not allow that to happen.

If internal White House and DNC polls demonstrate that Trump is going to cream Clinton in the November elections, the US government may well do something to provoke a war against Russia, even before Trump can take the Oath of Office in January.

Sep 09 10:27

MORE WMD FRAUD: Sexed-up UN ‘Chemical Weapons’ Report on Syria Contrived to Trigger More Sanctions, Intervention

When the UN released its summary of their ‘chemical weapons’ report on August 30th, the usual suspects – led by the US, UK and France, immediately rushed to their media pulpits to claim that this was “proof” that Syria, under the leadership under President Bashar al Assad, was somehow guilty (again) of the charge of “using chlorine bombs against its own people.” This latest UN report was the result of a year-long joint inquiry with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Before the full report was even release, western official and their media surrogates began hysterically claiming that it was imperative for the UN Security Council to move for more sanctions against Syria, as well as a ‘Safe Zone’ (No-Fly Zone) be imposed, and possibly more license to increase the US-led military intervention in Syria.

Sep 09 09:59

"Dear Mark Zuckerberg. No, I Will Not Remove This Picture..."

Dear Mark Zuckerberg.

I follow you on Facebook, but you don’t know me. I am editor-in-chief of the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten. I am writing this letter to inform you that I shall not comply with your requirement to remove a documentary photography from the Vietnam war made by Nick Ut.

Not today, and not in the future.

The demand that we remove the picture came in an e-mail from Facebook’s office in Hamburg this Wednesday morning. Less than 24 hours after the e-mail was sent, and before I had time to give my response, you intervened yourselves and deleted the article as well as the image from Aftenposten’s Facebook page.

To be honest, I have no illusions that you will read this letter. The reason why I will still make this attempt, is that I am upset, disappointed – well, in fact even afraid - of what you are about to do to a mainstay of our democratic society.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the New Amerika, Mr. Hansen; where dictatorship, and the shunning of any narrative, other than that of the official story, are the rules of the game.

I am quite sure that thinking Americans, and Europeans, who do not want their views censored will find other platforms than "Wastebook", where the forums are free from these kinds of strictures, and enabling of intelligent on line conversations.

Sep 09 09:21

Israel Starts Home Demolitions in Syrian Golan, Plans Illegal Annexation, Opens “Corridor” for Syrian Al Qaeda

Israeli occupation authorities in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, on Wednesday, for the first time demolished a home, claiming it was built without permission. The demolition and claims the house was built without permission violates Israel’s obligations under international law, according to which an occupying power must assure that administration in occupied territories adhere, to the greatest possible degree, to the law of the occupied country’s territory.

Israel has, however, enforced new Hebrew as official administrative language, denies building permits and engages in other violations of international law that aim at oppressing the Arab population and culture and Syrian administration in the occupied Golan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is very simple; Israel wants to steal more Syrian territory, and by any means necessary.

They are doing precisely to the Syrian residents of Occupied Golan Heights what they do to Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Look for some major Israeli incursions into Syria when Tel Aviv thinks no one is looking.

Sep 09 09:13

The Unspoken War on Yemen, Anglo-American Crimes against Humanity, U.N. and Media Silence, Complicity of “The International Community”, Destruction of an Entire Country…

On Tuesday 6th of September, twenty-four hour monitoring by Yemen’s Legal Centre for Rights and Development (LCRD) recorded the bombings by the Saudi led “coalition”, armed by the US and UK and advised by their military specialists, thus collusion and co-operation of both countries render them equally culpable for the carnage.

Yemen has a population of just 24.41 million (2013 figure) and according to the Rural Poverty Portal:

“ … is one of the driest, poorest and least developed countries in the world. It ranks 140 out of 182 countries on the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index (2009). An estimated 42 percent of the people are poor, and one Yemeni in five is malnourished. Poverty is endemic, particularly in more remote and less accessible areas.”

In the one day and night period covered here, attacked were the capital Sana’a and Sa’dah, Marib, AlJawf, Hajjah, Hodeidah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Americans, your country, and the UK, are complicit and enablers in the war crimes of the Saudi Government, the House of Saud, and the Saudi Military.

The Yemeni people's crime in all this?!?

Having thrown off a brutal dictator, the US sponsored and anointed Al-Hadi, and replaced his government with that of the Houthi rebels.

The Saudis are killing innocent civilians, including children; they are blowing up hospitals, schools, private residences, and market places in order to cow the Yemeni people into submission.

These acts are war crimes.

But this military campaign was supposed to end quickly; and after 18 months, the Yemeni people show absolutely no signs of backing down from this Saudi military onslaught.

So, I have to wonder what the UK and the US are going to offer the Saudis in terms of new weaponry; perhaps, since the US has blocked the transfer of cluster bombs to the Saudi military, will the UK fill in the gap?!? More air to air missiles?!? Perhaps a tactical nuke or two?!?

I am most certain that the US and UK have many more goodies for their defense industries to offer the Saudi military; it's just a question of the price.

But I would really like for you to see just what these airstrikes are accomplishing; they are accomplishing this, and I warn you, this is an horrifically graphic image:

At least 10 children killed in Saudi airstrike in Yemen

I do hope this image burns in your memory for a very, very long time, because henceforward, you cannot say, "I didn't know the US government was doing in Yemen with it's military partner, Saudi Arabia."

So, this is the bottom line of what the US and UK are doing by enabling this Saudi war against Yemen; the assassinations of innocent civilians, including children, from the sky, with bombing runs.

Please take a good, hard look at these tiny dead bodies for a moment, and yes, I know, if you have any compassion at all, this is very hard; then, imagine, for one brief moment, that they had been your kids.

And, understandably, not a word from the American presstitutes and whoresspondents on these extrajudicial assassinations.

The airwaves, and the net, are filled with mindless distractions, digital heroin, if you will, to keep people from focusing on what is going on the real world; and while you have been distracted, the US and UK continue to be the Merchants of Death to realms which routinely suppress their own populations, and commit war on others.

The United States of Amerika is now a proud sponsor of war crimes: I never, growing up, thought that I would actually see this come true, but it has.

This is terrible, horrific truth with which to have to live; but what I can do is bear peaceful, Christian witness to the crimes of this government, and hopefully, to get the American people to awaken to them.

Sep 09 08:29

US Denies Entry to Ex-UK Ambassador Who Is Critical of US Foreign Policy

The United States over the weekend denied travel to a former British ambassador, Craig Murray, who was also a British diplomat for some 30 years, and is the author of several books.

Murray has stood twice for election to the House of Commons. He was “honored” by being thrown out of Uzbekistan by its repressive government after risking his life to expose appalling human rights abuses there. He is not a terrorist and is not a social media jihadi. He has no criminal record, no connection to drug smuggling, and does have a return ticket, a hotel reservation and ample funds to cover his expenses.

He is however seen as a threat to the United States.

Ambassador Murray was headed to the U.S. this week to be Master of Ceremonies at an award ceremony honoring John Kiriakou, the CIA torture whistleblower. Kiriakou was the only US government official to go to jail in connection with the torture program, and all he did was help expose it to the media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the kind of governmental behaviour one expects of petulant, childish dictatorships, where the mere whisper of a narrative which might not be to the government's liking, is slammed down hard.

That's precisely what the US government did to Murray here, and that is what this country has become, courtesy of the last several administrations; a "soft" dictatorship, but a dictatorship, none the less.

"Welcome to Amerika, folks: your papers, PLEASE!!"

Sep 09 08:14

U.S. agrees to help enhance Ukrainian forces, dispatches adviser

The United States and Ukraine on Thursday agreed to cooperate on defense technology and improve Ukraine's forces in a move aimed at boosting Ukrainian defense and enhancing U.S. assistance, the Pentagon said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter also named naming a senior U.S. adviser to oversee the effort.

Carter and Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak signed the partnership agreement at a meeting in London in which they also discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian government forces confront Russian-backed separatists.

The partnership aims "to enhance the defense capacity of Ukraine's forces, advance critical Ukrainian defense reforms, improve resource management processes and boost defense technology cooperation," the Pentagon said in a statement following the meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given General Abizaid's background, I sincerely doubt that the response of the US to Ukraine's request for military aid, is going to stay "...focused on defensive support." for very much longer.

His bio indicates that this man is a very formidable leader and manager, particularly in war situations.

Bio: John Abizaid

With this appointment, look for things in Ukraine to start heating up, and most probably very quickly; the US military is not likely going to appoint someone with a background like his, and not utilize him in developing a shooting war scenario, to make it look like it's start was "Russia's fault".

Sep 09 07:56

US Military Admits To Failure In Saving Hostages In Afghanistan

The United States military has admitted to its failure in rescuing two universality professors held hostage in Afghanistan.

Two professors at the American University — an American and an Australian — were kidnapped in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul last month.

Sep 09 07:43

Turkish Troops Trade Fire With Syrian Kurds Along Border

Turkish forces and the Syrian Kurdish YPG have exchanged fire across the border between Turkey and Syria today, according to military officials. There were as yet no details about the casualties, but the fighting does point to Turkey’s operations inside Syria, since their invasion two weeks ago, moving into a new anti-Kurdish phase.

Both sides accuse the other of firing first, and look officials in Afrin, the Kurdish-held town, denied that they returned any fire at all, insisting it was simply another round of “Turkish aggression” that threatened to ignite a war against them.

Turkey made much of invading Syria not just to fight ISIS, but to expel the Kurds from west of the Euphrates River. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter today reiterated that the Kurdish YPG had totally withdrawn from Manbij. Turkish officials have repeatedly said that the Kurds have not withdrawn from the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Turkish serial genocide against the Kurds, I see; and of course, the US government is doing absolutely nothing about it!!

Sep 09 07:42

IT IS STILL 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT!!!

2016: "Last year, the Science and Security Board moved the Doomsday Clock forward to three minutes to midnight, noting: 'The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.' That probability has not been reduced. The Clock ticks. Global danger looms. Wise leaders should act—immediately." See the full statement from the Science and Security Board on the 2016 time of the Doomsday Clock.

Obama has the dubious distinction of being the only president that has brought the clock closer to midnight during his presidency without backing it off. I would actually put the clock 2 minutes or closer to midnight! Gawd help us all if the bell actually tolls!

Sep 09 07:33

About 450 More US Troops Arrive in Iraq to Back Mosul Drive

About 450 more U.S. troops have arrived in Iraq in the past week to support the imminent offensive to drive ISIS from Mosul, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said Thursday.

Air Force Col. John Dorrian, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, declined to give a time frame for the start of the offensive but added, "We're going to have to get started soon" if Mosul is to be wrested from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria by the end of this year.

Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, task force commander, appeared to suggest in a Wall Street Journal interview that the Mosul offensive could begin as early as next month to fulfill Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's prediction that the strategic northwestern city would fall before the end of the year.

However, in a Pentagon briefing from Baghdad, Dorrian denied that Townsend said that the Mosul push would begin in early October.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is never, fully, leaving Iraq, in order to control which corporations sell Iraq's oil, and in what currencies it can be sold.

And BTW, there is one guy who is very steamed about this, none other than the Shiite cleric, Muqtada Al Sadr, who is encouraging his followers to demonstrate against the current Al-Abadi government for its corruption and incompetence.

As reported at presstv.com in July of this year, he made the following statement:

Iraqi shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has told his followers to target US troops who are to be deployed in Iraq as part of Washington’s alleged fight against the Daesh terrorist group. On Monday, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that 560 more US troops will be sent to Iraq as part of an upcoming operation aimed at retaking the key city of Mosul from Daesh. A comment was posted on Sadr’s official website after one of his followers asked for the cleric’s response to the announcement. "They are a target for us," replied Sadr, without further elaborating, Reuters reported on Sunday. The move to increase the number of US troops comes despite growing concerns among the Iraqi public that the US is planning to use battle against Daesh as a pretext to return to Iraq. US forces invaded Iraq in 2003 to topple long-time dictator Saddam Hussein but the large-scale military operation deteriorated security in the Arab country and gave birth to various militant groups

Were I Sec Def Carter, I would most certainly take this man at his word, because I don't think he is bluffing at all about this threat. We will see how this plays out, but my bet is that not only will US troops be fighting Daesh; they will also be fighting the Mahdi Army, and they are a force with which to be reckoned.

Sep 08 17:41

Quantum radar can detect what’s invisible to regular radar

From their description the design sounds reminiscent of a basic interferometer system that uses a probe beam and a reference beam. The converter creates the microwave probe beam that would illuminate the object to be detected, while the visible arm acts as the reference beam — or ‘idler beam’ as they call it. The two beams then interfere with each other in the detector.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A caller into the radio show asking about quantum radar and here is an article which describes the concept.

Sep 08 15:35

US Ex-Drone Operators Join Yemeni Drone Victim in Court Challenge

Reprieve

Three American ex-drone operators have filed a legal brief in support of an innocent Yemeni drone victim’s lawsuit in Washington DC.

Brandon Bryant, Lisa Ling and Cian Westmoreland, who have all worked on the Obama Administration’s drone killing program, weighed in to support Faisal bin ali Jaber, a Yemeni environmental engineer whose innocent family members were killed in a US strike...

Sep 08 14:59

Is Israel Pushing For A Palestinian Civil War?

Division within Palestinian society has reached unprecedented levels, becoming a major hurdle on the path of any unified strategy to end Israel’s violent occupation or to rally Palestinians behind a single objective.

Sep 08 11:31

New York Times and the New McCarthyism

Traditional U.S. journalism and the American people are facing a crisis as the preeminent American newspaper, The New York Times, has fully lost its professional bearings, transforming itself into a neoconservative propaganda sheet eager for a New Cold War with Russia and imposing a New McCarthyism on public debate.

The crisis is particularly acute because another top national newspaper, The Washington Post, is also deeply inside the neocon camp.

The Times’ abandonment of journalistic principles has become most noticeable with its recurring tirades about Russia, as the Times offers up story after story that would have embarrassed Sen. Joe McCarthy and his 1950s Red-baiters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why people are flocking to the independent media, and shunning the presstitutes and whoreespondents as though they were the plague.

After the corporate media got dutifully on the bandwagon to flog Bush's outlandish lie that "Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, in order to "sell" the American people on the war against Iraq, these corporate media outlets have ceased to have any credibility whatsoever.

The magnates who own these institutions need to be collectively sued out of existence for lying, and die a paupers' death.

Sep 08 10:45

Turkey May Go Deeper in Syria, Citing Kurdish Forces

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli today suggested that the Turkish military, which invaded northern Syria two weeks ago, is preparing to go deeper into Syrian territory in the near future, suggesting that Turkey may ultimately want a deeper slice of Syria than just the 90 km border stretch.

While this would include some ISIS territory deeper into the country, Canikli’s comments centered heavily on the Kurdish YPG, and continued Turkish annoyance that they have forces west of the Euphrates River, and have not totally withdrawn.

Turkey made a big point, during their initial invasion, of saying that a major factor was the Kurdish expansion across the river, which Turkey had long insisted was a “red line.” The main Kurdish territory on the west side of the river is in and around Manbij.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "slicing off" pieces of Syria by Turkey is bound to complicate the Syrian civil war intensely.

And what happens to the Kurds, who have been strong allies and resourceful fighters for the US?!? Unfortunately, I am afraid that they will be thrown under the proverbial bus by the US, and their dreams for an independent Kurdistan will be dashed yet one more time.

Sep 08 10:39

US Defense Secretary Slams Russia for ‘Eroding International Order’

US officials have been coming up with excuses for military confrontation with Russia for some time now, and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter seems to be the latest beating that increasingly tired war-drum, declaring Russia both a threat to “collective security” and of plotting to erode “international order.”

Carter’s complaints, like so many others in recent months, centered around supposition and allegations, claiming that Russia’s support for the Syrian government means they are “prolonging” the war, and similarly making the conflict “more dangerous.”

Carter even played up the dubious allegations of Russia trying to “hack the election,” even though the comments come just a couple of days after intelligence officials were conceding that there was no real evidence to support these claims, insisting the US would not tolerate Russia’s “attempts to interfere with our democratic processes.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Ash Carter; sir, the language of diplomacy should contain logic, weight, elegance, and power.

This Russia-bashing, in which you have so petulantly and childishly indulged, has absolutely none of that; in fact, these Russiophobic fantasies you have conjured sound like desperation on the cusp of madness.

But you must understand that because Americans were lied to about "Saddam Hussein's weapons of Mass Destruction" to sell them the Iraq war, you have a war-weary, war-skeptical nation which ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT be sold codswallop about Russia being the "bad guy", when it is the US military continuing to surround Russia with troops and arms in Eastern Europe.

Of course, if the White House and DNC numbers show that Donald Trump will win this upcoming Presidential election in a landslide, this administration is certainly not above beginning a war with Russia and/or China with which to "gift" Donald Trump even before he takes the Oath of Office in January, is it?!?

Forgive my cynicism, Sec Def Carter, but this administration has completely earned it!

Were President Obama to come back to Oahu for a visit, knock on my door, and tell me the sun was shining, I would be morally obligated to walk outside and see for myself.

Sep 08 09:35

TERRORIST SUPPORT GROUP NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

As if the world couldn’t get any crazier, the committee in charge of nominating prospective recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize has recently nominated a terrorist organization for the award. The White Helmets, the notorious mop-up wing of Nusra (Jobhat al-Nusra or Jobhat Fatah al-Sham) will now be in the running for not only the cash prize that comes with winning the Nobel but also the undeserved and cult-like appreciation of winners as if, in some parallel universe, the award was actually given to people who promote peace.[1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Nobel Prize has become a joke ever since Kissinger received the award; it is now irrelevant, and has no significance whatsoever.

Sep 08 07:23

Ash Carter: Russia sowing seeds of global instability

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Russia on Wednesday of sowing seeds of global instability and questioned whether Moscow genuinely wants a viable cease-fire in Syria.
In a hard-hitting speech at Oxford University, Carter emphasized deep skepticism about Russian intentions in Syria, even as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to fly to Geneva for more talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Their discussions last weekend, on the sidelines of an economic summit in China, failed to produce a nationwide cease-fire in Syria or a US-Russian military cooperation agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, the US demanded Russia step back and let the US install a puppet government in Syria. Russia said "nyet", and Carter is trying to portray Russia as the bad guy. But ...The US attacks Yemen in 2002. US sends troops to the Philippines in 2002. US sends troops to Columbia in 2003. US invades Iraq in 2003 (blaming them for 9-11). US sends troops to Liberia in 2003 to effect regime change. US sends troops to Haiti in 2004 to effect regime change. US bombs Pakistan in 2005. US sends troops to Somalia in 2006 to effect regime change. US attacks Syria in 2008 to effect regime change. US attacks Yemen (again) in 2009 to effect regime change. US attacks Libya in 2011 to effect regime change. US attacks Iraq (again) in 2014. US attacks Syria (again) in 2014 to effect regime change...

And RUSSIA is destabilizing the world?!?

Sep 08 06:18

Obama offered $115bn arms sales to Saudi Arabia: Report

The administration of US President Barack Obama has offered Saudi Arabia $115 billion in arms sales, a report seen by Reuters has found.

The offer, including weapons, other military equipment and training, is the highest the United States has offered in its 71-year alliance with the monarchy, the agency reported Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Much of it is to replace the arms Saudi Arabia has lost in Yemen.

Sep 07 22:30

Pentagon And CIA at War in Syria

What a mess! In the crazy Syrian war, US-backed and armed groups are fighting other US-backed rebel groups. How can this be?

It is so because the Obama White House had stirred up war in Syria but then lost control of the process. When the US has a strong president, he can usually keep the military and intelligence agencies on a tight leash.
But the Obama administration has had a weak secretary of defense and a bunch of lady strategists who are the worst military commanders since Louis XV, who put his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, in charge of French military forces during the Seven Year’s War.

As a result, the two arms of offensive US strategic power, the Pentagon and CIA, went separate ways in Syria. Growing competition between the US military and militarized CIA broke into the open in Syria.

Fed up with the astounding incompetence of the White House, the US military launched and supported its own rebel groups in Syria, while CIA did the same.

Sep 07 22:25

It’s All About Russia

In the real world both Hillary and Wolfie sometimes visit, there is renewed enthusiasm for jumping on the hate Russia bandwagon.

Many issues characteristically beloved by Democrats are being raised to disparage Donald Trump.

Hillary, who has held nearly every senior government office that a human being can reasonably aspire to but the one she is currently lusting after, is unlike Trump only sufficiently deranged to kill people if they live somewhere in the third world and can’t do anything about it.

Sep 07 22:20

The Tide is Turning: The Official Story Is Now The Conspiracy Theory — Paul Craig Roberts

The question is: who are the real conspiracy kooks, the majority who disbelieve the official lies or the minority who believe the official lies?

In a few days it will be the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and this November 13 will be the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. These two state crimes against democracy destroyed American democracy, accountable government, and the Constitution’s protections of civil liberty.

Years after the damage done by these events the American people no longer believe the official stories. Neither does the government, but the government will never validate the distrust that Americans now share of “their” government by acknowledging the truth.

Sep 07 13:29

US spy planes intercepted near Russian border had transponders off – Russian MoD

US spy planes have twice tried to approach the Russian border over the Black Sea with their transponders off, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that SU-27 fighter jets were scrambled in response.

“On September 7, the US P-8 Poseidon surveillance airplanes tried to approach the Russian border twice… with their transponders off,” Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

Sep 07 11:31

Obama Won’t Promise Not to Launch Nuclear First Strikes

Though it has been over 70 years since the United States last used nuclear weapons in an offensive manner during a war, US governments have continued to retain some deliberate ambiguity on their policy toward the future use of such weapons.

Though there was considerable speculation that would change, President Obama is now believed to have abandoned any plans for a no first use statement with respect to America’s massive nuclear arsenal, facing too much opposition from the rest of the administration and giving up on the idea pretty quickly.

At present, China and India are the only two nations with a well-established no first use policy. North Korea has hinted at a similar position, though somewhat nebulously, and the Soviet Union also had such a position, though Russia does not retain that policy, saying it might use nuclear weapons in defense against an overwhelming conventional attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the world's geopolitical climate at the moment, this is not a comforting thought at all.

Sep 07 10:55

Bad Luck and Worse Manners Tarnish Obama’s Asia Trip

Mr. Obama is dealing with other headwinds, not least that he is a lame-duck leader in the last five months of his term. Back home, his struggles are viewed through the unforgiving lens of election-year politics. Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee, tweeted that the Chinese snubbed Mr. Obama and that Mr. Duterte called him a “?‘son of a whore.’ Terrible!”

For a president eager to burnish his legacy, the trip has in fact yielded progress on several fronts, most notably climate change. But the miscues illustrate how poor planning, or even plain bad luck, can undermine a president’s performance abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are a couple of really, unforgivable gaffes on the President's part at the G-20 which NYT refuses to discuss, and they are as follows:

Obama Crashes G20 by Warning Beijing of ‘Consequences’ in the South China Sea


This was the geopolitical equivalent to "relieving oneself" in a host's pool or tub, then assuring them it was raining.

And then, he had the following exchange with Russia's President Putin:

Obama Threatens Cyber War on Russia at G20

Why, in the name of heaven, and in the hosting country of China, he could have been so terribly, brazenly petulant at the leaders of both China and Russia is a mystery.

But there is one scenario in which these accusations and insults make sense; and this is, if the White House and DNC polls show Trump winning the election in November by a landslide, the current administration would love to "gift" President Trump with one or perhaps two wars, before he has even taken the Oath of Office.

Sep 07 10:33

Phyllis Schlafly Opposed The Wars

Phyllis Schlafly was a giant of the conservative movement. And she opposed America’s recent wars. An early fighter, who started up with opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment to the constitution, died at 92 years old.

I knew her for 30 years and she had known my mother, Freda Utley, before that. Much is written about her including nearly a full page in the New York Times. But very little is reported about her opposition to America’s recent, disastrous wars.

Sep 07 10:33

TURKEY CALLS FOR “BUFFER ZONE” IN SYRIA AS MILITARY SEIZES TERRITORY CALLED FOR BY BROOKINGS, MSM

With this invasion, Turkey has solidified its willingness to risk outright war with Syria and perhaps even Russia in order to fulfill the goals of NATO and Anglo-American powers who have sought to destroy Syria from the beginning.

Part of this strategy is the creation of “buffer zones” and “safe zones” in the north, precisely the concepts that were re-floated and discussed by the United States and U.K. only days before the invasion. Note that the invasion and operations are centering around Jarablus, the eastern border of the famed Jarablus corridor which, bordered by Afrin and Azaz in the West, make up the last fully functioning terrorist supply routes coming in from Turkey.

Sep 07 10:30

ISIS Upping Efforts To Smuggle Terrorists Into Britain – Reports

Islamic State is increasing its efforts to smuggle terrorists into Britain to launch attacks on civilians, according to new intelligence gathered following last year’s Paris massacre.

The 900,000 pages of intelligence from European investigations into the November attacks, in which 130 people were killed, has reportedly revealed the scale of the slaughter could have been much worse.

Sep 07 09:51

Stand Down: All US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships Ordered Ashore Pending Review

After a series of mechanical breakdowns, all US Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) have been ordered to “stand down” until engineers can review the state-of-the-art vessels and retrain crew members.

Last month, the USS Coronado was forced to return to Pearl Harbor after experiencing an engineering failure while en route to the Western Pacific.

Sep 07 09:48

Virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC honors those who died in the Vietnam War. Their relatives and friends leave letters, poems, and photographs at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and on this web site. We bring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to your home to help remember the sacrifices of the fallen and their families.

Sep 07 08:53

RT Crosstalk 7 Sep Hillary the Warmonger

Sep 07 08:36

Erdogan proposes no-fly zone in northern Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he had proposed, to the US and Russia, the setting up of a no-fly zone in northern Syria, after Ankara-backed fighters pushed the Islamic State (IS) group from the border area.

"We are working for this region to be declared no-fly zone," Erdogan said at the G20 meeting in China, referring to the land extending from Jarabulus to Azaz in northern Syria seized from IS militants.

"This is my proposal to Mr Putin and Mr Obama. This can be done with coalition forces," he added in televised comments.

Turkey launched an operation inside Syria on 24 August, sending tanks and special forces in to back opposition fighters.

On Sunday, IS were expelled from their last positions along the Turkish-Syrian border depriving the group of a key transit point for recruits and supplies.

Sep 07 08:06

The Disturbing Signs Of Global Conflict Continue To Gather Pace

The signs are ominous, the rhetoric constant. Whichever way you look at it, the world is slowly descending into an ever greater spiral of conflict. We all know that the current wars raging in the Middle East have the potential to go catastrophically wrong and pull the super-powers into something much bigger.

Sep 07 07:46

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Will Test Sentiment Analysis to Help Sniff Out Insider Threats

If the one-year pilot program is successful, a ‘full and open competition’ could follow to broaden the software’s use inside the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. A spy agency plans to identify people within the organization likely to abuse their access privileges by analyzing pieces of text.

Sep 07 07:41

Putin is ‘DELIBERATELY destabilising’ the world: US defence chief issues Russia warning

RUSSIA'S Vladimir Putin is making deliberate attempts to destabilise the rest of the world, the US Defence Secretary has warned during a visit to the UK.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so let me see if I have this straight. US invades Afghanistan in 2003 (blaming them for 9-11). US attacks Yemen in 2002. US sends troops to the Philippines in 2002. US sends troops to Columbia in 2003. US invades Iraq in 2003 (blaming them for 9-11). US sends troops to Liberia in 2003 to effect regime change. US sends troops to Haiti in 2004 to effect regime change. US bombs Pakistan in 2005. US sends troops to Somalia in 2006 to effect regime change. US attacks Syria in 2008 to effect regime change. US attacks Yemen (again) in 2009 to effect regime change. US attacks Libya in 2011 to effect regime change. US attacks Iraq (again) in 2014. US attacks Syria (again) in 2014 to effect regime change...

And PUTIN is destabilizing the world?!?

I wonder if the presstitutes and whorespondents at The Express realize how silly they look!

Sep 06 15:45

War Pabulum: The Perils Of War As A Master Narrative

I was reading the novelist Ursula K. Le Guin and came across the following commentary by her:

“A hero whose heroism consists of killing people is uninteresting to me, and I detest the hormonal war orgies of our visual media … War as a moral metaphor is limited, limiting, and dangerous. By reducing the choices of action to ‘a war against’ whatever-it-is, you divide the world into Me or Us (good) and Them or It (bad) and reduce the ethical complexity and moral richness of our life to Yes/No, On/Off. This is puerile, misleading, and degrading. In stories, it evades any solution but violence and offers the reader mere infantile reassurance. All too often the heroes of such fantasies behave exactly as the villains do, acting with mindless violence, but the hero is on the ‘right’ side and therefore will win.”

Sep 06 13:23

The FBI’s Secret War

The idea that a tyrannical government is secretly plotting against US citizens is a popular and longstanding belief among much of the American far right. The scenario has many variations, but the basics are that politicians, threatened by a potentially rebellious populace, are watching and listening in on them, working to undermine them and readying for the day they will wrench away their freedoms.

Sep 06 12:31

Military boost to Trump as 88 retired generals and admirals say he, not Clinton, should be commander in chief

Scores of retired generals and admirals have come out in support for Donald Trump, saying the billionaire Republican candidate should be the next commander-in-chief.

In a letter published on Tuesday, 88 former military figures - including a Holocaust survivor - said they trusted Trump to 'rebuild our military, to secure our borders, to defeat our Islamic supremacist adversaries and restore law and order domestically.'

The letter did not mention Hillary Clinton by name but it took a sideswipe at the former secretary of state, saying that the army needs someone who has not been responsible for 'the hollowing out of our military'.

Sep 06 10:26

Empowering Terrorism to “Stop” Terrorism: America’s Foreign Policy in Syria Summed Up in Three Headlines

1. Empowering Terrorism to “Stop” Terrorism

Newsweek published an article titled, “How the U.S. Can Win in Syria,” written by Brookings Institution policymaker Michael O’Hanlon. In it, he claims;

…we need to be somewhat more willing to work with groups that are tainted by past association with the Nusra Front, as long as we can vouch for the fact that they are not themselves Nusra members. We should give them anti-tank missiles—though not anti-aircraft missiles—and much more help in terms of ammunition, logistics assistance and food, to help them build up their forces.

Quite literally, a US policymaker is calling for the bolstering of groups tied to Jubhat Al Nusra, a US State Department designated foreign terrorist organisation and the very source of the Islamic State’s rise to power in the first place to ”defeat ISIS, defeat the Nusra Front and replace Assad.”

2. Perpetuating the Misery of the Syrian People

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In short, we have an hysterically dysfunctional State Department, Pentagon, and White House, all with competing plans to attempt to achieve the same outcome; regime change in Damascus.

What ever happened to the possibility of the US government engaging in good faith negotiations with other countries, and the US government's former (if fragile) conflict resolution skills? Those seem to be lost on today's US government.

To a child with a hammer, everything is a nail which immediately needs to be tamped down. For the US government, these days, it appears that the hammer is military conflict resolution only, and that puts us at dangerous odds with a number of other countries.

Sep 06 09:26

Drone Speedboats to be Tested in Massive Military Drill “Unmanned Warrior 2016”

By Nicholas West

Now that the air is filled with automated weapons of war, the next part of the drone matrix is being built in earnest...

Sep 06 09:24

India to replace some pellet guns with chilli-filled shells in Kashmir

Indian security forces will use shells full of a chilli compound as an alternative to shotgun pellets, to control crowds in Kashmir, the interior minister said on Monday, after widespread use of the weapons wounded thousands and inflamed public anger.

More than 3,800 people have been wounded and one killed by shotgun pellets since protests against Indian rule erupted in the disputed territory in early July, with more than 100 left partially or fully blinded, official figures show.

Doctors say most cases go unreported, and critics want the government to use less harmful ammunition.

"The committee has given its suggestions and the alternative of the non-lethal weapon has been suggested as PAVA shells," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters as he led an all-party delegation to Srinagar, the summer capital of India's northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Home Minister Rajnath Singh: sir, forgive me, but you are missing the point entirely.

You have a restive population in Kashmir which has been promised an opportunity for a referendum on its status for decades, which the Indian government has never allowed to go forward.

IF India continues on this path of repression, and does not honor the principal of peaceful self-determination by allowing the Kashmiri people to choose their own fate, you may well have a civil war on your hands, and that could get ugly, and very quickly.

Such a civil war, when you have the logical, peaceful tools through which to avert it, would be an horrific, moral stain on one of the most diverse democracies on this planet.

Please tell me you don't want that, won't you?!?

Sep 06 09:14

The Starvation of Yemen

Peter Oborne and Nawal al-Maghafi have produced an extensive report on the appalling conditions in Yemen. Here they discuss some of the effects of the Saudi-led blockade:

We were also told by doctors that the blockade of Yemen, legitimized by the United Nations Security Council, and backed by Britain and the United States to prevent arms supplies reaching the warring sides, has also prevented vital drugs and medical equipment from reaching the country.

‘There are babies dying in incubators because we can’t get supplies to treat them’

At the Republic teaching hospital in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, Dr Ahmed Yahya al-Haifi spelt out what he saw as the consequences of the Saudi blockade: “We are unable to get medical supplies. Anaesthetics. Medicines for kidneys. There are babies dying in incubators because we can’t get supplies to treat them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the starvation of children is simply brushed off as 'normal collateral damage" by the House of Saud; the Saudi Government, and the Saudi military, telegraphs that these are among the most morally bankrupt people on the face of this earth.

Of course, the US government is no stranger to child starvation as a component of war. Take a look at the video below.

Madeleine Albright says 500,000 dead Iraqi Children was "worth it" wins Medal of Freedom

Sep 06 09:11

Julian Assange says “1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton’s collection” proves she sold weapons to ISIS in Syria

In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorized the shipment of American-made arms to Qatar, a country beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood, and friendly to the Libyan rebels, in an effort to topple the Libyan/Gaddafi government, and then ship those arms to Syria in order to fund Al Qaeda, and topple Assad in Syria.

Clinton took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” (aka Al Qaeda/ISIS) to back the CIA-led insurgency for regime change in Syria.

Under oath Hillary Clinton denied she knew about the weapons shipments during public testimony in early 2013 after the Benghazi terrorist attack.

In an interview with Democracy Now, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is now stating that 1,700 emails contained in the Clinton cache directly connect Hillary to Libya to Syria, and directly to Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Sep 06 09:04

UK journo: Syrian kidnapper who shot me twice is now a CIA-vetted “moderate”

Still more proof that the Obama administration can’t distinguish “moderates” from “extremists.” And how could it possibly do so, when it refuses even to admit the existence of the ideology of Islamic jihad?

UK journo: Syrian kidnapper who shot me twice is now a CIA-vetted “moderate”
SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 11:20 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER 18 COMMENTS

Still more proof that the Obama administration can’t distinguish “moderates” from “extremists.” And how could it possibly do so, when it refuses even to admit the existence of the ideology of Islamic jihad?

Anthony Loyd

“British Journo: Syrian Kidnapper Who Shot Me Twice Is Now a CIA-Vetted ‘Moderate,'” by Patrick Poole, PJ Media, September 3, 2016:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

So THESE are the people the US government, the CIA and military are backing in Syria, with your tax dollars, and in your name?!?


Heaven help this country!!

Sep 06 07:33

THE HOPE AND CHANGE CON?

Consider Obama’s record on human rights: one of the first steps he took upon getting into office was to backtrack on his own fervent vows to investigate and stop CIA torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo. Over 100 detainees had died in US custody, several in truly horrific circumstances. For instance, Gul Rahman was beaten, stripped, shackled to a wall at very low temperatures where he froze to death. Manadel al-Jamadi was beaten, shackled, and with five broken ribs, couldn’t breathe and died. An investigating army general concluded there was “no doubt” war crimes had been committed — the real question was would there be an accounting?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At every turn, and by every possible metric, President Obama has been an epic failure as our President.

I feel very frustrated by a political process which rarely gives the American people the best and the brightest choices.

Our elections are most generally a complete sham, electronically hacked, and a Kabuki-like exercise in the illusion of choice.

Because at the end of the day, we choose those candidates best vetted by the corporations to make sure their profits will continue to expand; We, the People, have become nearly completely expendable and irrelevant to this process.

This November's election, however, is critical to the future of this country.

There are things which are offsetting about Donald Trump, and yes, sometimes, he does behave a bit like a blunt instrument. Do I like everything he says? No. But do I think he offers the American people a choice of something which is NOT "business as Usual", which translates into politicians lining their pockets with corporate cash, and being completely tone-deaf to the real needs and concerns of We the People?!? Absolutely.

However, that being said, I encourage people to think about what a Clinton presidency will bring to our nation's future; more horrific corruption; more "pay to play" favors for foreign nations; more lies; more wars; more offshoring and outsourcing of American jobs; possible conscription; and a nation mired in poverty and inequality.

Oh, and BTW, did I happen to mention that every North African and Middle Eastern Country which donated to the Clinton Foundation, without exception, chemically castrates, jails, or executes its LGBTQ community, and permits the female genital mutilation of their women?!?

Hillary Clinton Took Millions from Anti-LGBT Countries That Jail and Execute Gays

Prevalence of female genital mutilation by country

And all you Clintonistas out there, don't you dare tell me she "didn't know"; If I was able to do the research here, and make the correlations, why couldn't some hired researcher have come to the same conclusions I did, and tell her that there could be problems down the road from accepting this money from these countries, because somebody was going to discover this, and it could be a major headache for her campaign?!?

So, let's go to the second premise: she knew full well about these abuses, but took the money anyway.

How can one claim to be pro-LGBTQ and pro-women, and do this, knowing these abuses in these countries continued, unabated, and still accept their money at the Clinton Foundation?!?

The short answer is, Hillary Clinton has utterly no moral center: it is all about power, wealth, and using that power and wealth to amass more.

That's it, folks; Hillary Clinton is just one more empty, very expensive talking suit, ravenously glutenous for more power, more wealth, and more corruption.

Sep 06 07:06

THE NSA’S BRITISH BASE AT THE HEART OF U.S. TARGETED KILLING

For years, journalists and researchers have speculated about what really goes on inside Menwith Hill, while human rights groups and some politicians have campaigned for more transparency about its activities. Yet the British government has steadfastly refused to comment, citing a longstanding policy not to discuss matters related to national security.

Now, however, top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept offer an unprecedented glimpse behind Menwith Hill’s razor wire fence. The files reveal for the first time how the NSA has used the British base to aid “a significant number of capture-kill operations” across the Middle East and North Africa, fueled by powerful eavesdropping technology that can harvest data from more than 300 million emails and phone calls a day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) These extrajudicial assassinations have absolutely no place whatsoever in the basis of American law. And in President Obama's having so favored this technique, seeming to move this country away from due process internationally (which is at the heart and core of American jurisprudence), I have to wonder just how soon the US government and judicial system will move away from due process here at home.

I think this a fair, and legitimate, question.

What these assassinations seem to be very good at accomplishing, however, is encouraging more jihad, because they kill not only the target, but potentially the target's mom, kids, and fragile elderly uncles.

Perhaps this is the real point of extrajudicial assassinations; creating a state of perpetual war, which causes the military industrial complex to thrive.

Unfortunately, this is what our country has become; a fiscally bankrupt, geopolitical monster, hungry for the blood of foreign wars which brings obscene wealth to the warmongers and weapons makers.

I used to think I understood this country; not any more.

Sep 06 06:44

Top US Navy Admiral Says Russia, China Defenseless Against US Aircraft Carriers

In an interview with National Interest, Admiral John Richardson claimed that US aircraft carriers could operate unscathed within China and Russia’s anti-access area denial (A2/AD) zones boasting about the long standing naval superiority of America’s Pacific Fleet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, like the Gerald R. Ford!

Sep 06 06:34

Rasmussen: NATO to re-arm Ukraine, ''Lethal Weapons''

Former NATO Secretary General, Advisor to the President of Ukraine, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the West will give Ukraine lethal weapons in the event that Russia "destabilizes eastern Ukraine."

Sep 06 06:32

US Arms Makers Invest in a New Cold War

The Air Force and Marines have both declared the Joint Strike Fighter ready for combat, and Congress is now forking over billions of dollars a year to acquire what is slated to become a fleet of 2,400 jets.

Yet the world’s most expensive fighter bomber still doesn’t work properly and may never perform as advertised. That’s not “dezinformatsiya” from Russian “information warfare” specialists. That’s the official opinion of the Pentagon’s top weapons evaluator, Michael Gilmore.

Sep 05 21:23

Fact-Check — Top 20 Lies in Hillary’s ‘Alt-Right’ Speech

In his book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!, Andrew recalled how he warned the Tea Party what lay ahead for them: “I said that they’d be labeled racists and hate mongers and violent criminals, that they’d be depicted as the dregs of society, people to be excluded from dinner parties because of their made-up closet KKK status. They were about to be targeted.”

Andrew added:

“They need to marginalize and demonize those that would stand up to their hardball, toxic, and antidemocratic tactics … But it won’t work. Given a fair hearing, given just the slightest exposure — and the American people will rise to the occasion. They see these tactics for what they are.”

Sep 05 15:44

The Libertarianism Antithesis: War

Until the longest war in U.S. history ends, substantive liberty will not return to American soil. Nothing is more important to freedom than to oppose the militarization of society because the two social models cannot coexist. Inevitably, one will overthrow the other.

Sep 05 11:43

The Ultimate 21st Century Choice: OBOR Or War

The G20 meets in tech hub Hangzhou, China, at an extremely tense geopolitical juncture.

China has invested immense political/economic capital to prepare this summit. The debates will revolve around the main theme of seeking solutions “towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy.”

G20 Trade Ministers have already agreed to lay down nine core principles for global investment. At the summit, China will keep pressing for emerging markets to have a bigger say in the Bretton Woods system.

But most of all China will seek greater G20 backing for the New Silk Roads – or One Belt, One Road (OBOR), as they are officially known – as well as the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

So at the heart of the G20 we will have the two projects which are competing head on to geopolitically shape the young 21st century.

Sep 05 11:37

Abe "Strongly Protests" After North Korean Ballistic Missile Launch Into Japan's Air Defense Zone

Just a month after Japan ordered its military to a "state of alert," and as world leaders gather in China for the G-20 summit, AP reports that North Korea fired three ballistic missiles off its east coast Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Abe "strongly condemned" the actions, as the missiles fell into Japan's air defense zone, declaring the launch a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

As AP reports, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the three missiles, launched from the western North Korean town of Hwangju, flew across the country before splashing in the waters off its east coast, but officials did not describe the range of the missiles.

Before the firing, on Monday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, South Korean President Park Geun-hye criticized the North for what she called provocations that are hurting Seoul-Beijing ties.

Sep 05 11:06

"Who Is He To Confront Me?" - Philippines President Unloads On "Son Of A Bitch" Barack Obama

What was an embarrassing weekend for president Barack Obama, whose arrival at the G-20 summit in China was a case study in diplomatic humiliation, just turned even worse when on Monday, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte warned the US president not to question him about extrajudicial killings, or "son of a bitch I will swear at you" when the two presidents meet at a summit in Laos in the coming days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, there is one thing to be said for Duterte: you know precisely where he stands!!

But for Obama to even BEGIN to lecture Duterte about extrajudicial assassinations, when the US has an assembly line going for such a process internationally, under Obama's "He Needed Killin' " decree (with actually no legal precedent to stand on), smacks of hypocrisy of the highest order.

Duterte had probably better start wearing his Kevlars; the US government, after this very public humiliation, could well decide that such criticism of President Obama should result in Duterte's "neutralization".

Sep 05 11:02

FLASHBACK: US Now Admits it is Funding “Occupy Central” in Hong Kong

Posted in regards to the elections just held in Hong Kong.

Just as the US admitted shortly after the so-called “Arab Spring” began spreading chaos across the Middle East that it had fully funded, trained, and equipped both mob leaders and heavily armed terrorists years in advance, it is now admitted that the US State Department through a myriad of organizations and NGOs is behind the so-called “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong.

Sep 05 10:52

The Next Escalation: Turkey’s Invasion of Syria

The Syrian conflict has been an object study in murkiness and orchestrated dissimilitude. Its prolongation signals, not so much clarity as readjustment for the next intervention, the next interference. The big powers continue to soil themselves; smaller powers hope for some look-in in a potential redrawing of the Syrian map.

Turkey’s operation was bound to overcook the new found value between Ankara and Moscow. The Jarablus operation could hardly have had the imprimatur of Moscow. There was more than a touch of irritation registered in such channels as Kommersant, which tends to take its draught from semi-official, if not official sources. “The operation in Syria, not coordinated with Moscow, threatens to complicate the process of normalization of bilateral cooperation” agreed between Turkey and Russia in St. Petersburg on August 9.[4]

Sep 05 10:33

Turkey pushes plan for establishing no-fly zone in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeated his previous call for establishing a no-fly zone in Syria, saying it would be needed to stop the flow of Syrian refugees into Turkey and other places.

Sep 05 10:16

Would America Really Go to War Over the South China Sea?

So then the hard question must be answered. We can imagine the scene in the Situation Room. The diplomatic and strategic advisers remind the President that this is not about someone else’s islands or waters: America’s credibility and the future of its leadership in Asia is on the line. Stepping back and allowing China to defy Washington’s warnings would fatally undermine the entire U.S. position in Asia, and reinforce China’s. The stakes are therefore enormous, and argument for military action is correspondingly clear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...preserving U.S. primacy in these regions was the non-negotiable goal of US policy." ?!?!?

The cost, to the US government, in terms of blood and money already spent to enforce its alleged "U.S. supremacy", through such polices and conceptual codswallop, has been staggering.

The cost to the American people, who have lost family, and friends, or seen them maimed for life, in wars for global conquest of resources, has been staggering.

Every bit of military spending dead-ends the economy, as the US infrastructure is absolutely crumbling.

The country has a war-weary, war-skeptical electorate which understands, painfully clearly, the depths to which the US government lied about "Saddam's weapons of mass destruction" in order to "sell" them a war which was ultimately about the corporate control of Iraq's oil, and in what currency that oil will be sold.

The scenario with China isn't terribly different; although having witnessed some bumps in the road economically, and experiencing difficulty with financial reporting issues, China does seem to be on the ascent, economically.

It now offers a gold-backed yuan, which is not at all convertible to US dollar currency.

The US government wants to see China's economic ascendancy broken, and by any means necessary; one of those means, obviously, would be a war against it.

I am certain that some of their thinktankers (like the Rand corporation) have already laid out numerous possibilities for "selling" the American people on the necessity for this war, and the logistical issues which must be addressed to potentially create a successful war.

Of course, it's never "their kids" who get killed and maimed in war; it's always "other people's children", which makes them simply irrelevant, and their collateral damage simply the "cost of doing the business of war."

However, in looking at the "miredness" of the US government and our military, in these current wars, overt and covert, in places like Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, and Somalia, I would like to hope that these chronic, EPIC military fails might give politicians and the corporate heads of the military/industrial complex, who drive American foreign policy, just a little moment to pause here.

Because if the US-enabled Saudi military is unable to "win" against the people of Yemen, can someone please tell me how the Sam Hill the US government believes it can win a shooting war against China?!?

China conscripts, and has a huge edge in terms of troop strength.

China's recent advances in weaponry and warfare electronics is nothing short of amazing (of course, President Clinton aided and abetted this "great leap forward" by authorizing that transfer technology, courtesy of Loral, which has come to be known as "Chinagate").

Simply put, this time in its history, the American Military does not have the money, the troop strength, the weaponry, or the manufacturing to insure a successful conventional war with China.

Therefore, I would strongly caution our President, our Pentagon, and the corporate heads of the military/industrial complex that now would be a lousy time to pick a military fight with China, because the US government may well lose, because of those facts I have articulated above.

The results of such a war could be both catastrophic...and irreversible.

Sep 05 09:40

A calamity is unfolding in Yemen and it is time world woke up

The humanitarian calamity in Yemen entered a terrifying new phase of horror this month as air strikes on the capital city of Sanaa started again after a five-month lull.

Planes from the Saudi-led coalition bombarded the city following the collapse of peace talks in Kuwait. The assaults are destroying civilian infrastructure, and threaten to prevent food and desperately needed aid from reaching the capital.

A young girl undergoes hospital treatment in Sadaa (Mohammed Al-Mikhlafi/MEE)
Many of the attacks seem to have been indiscriminate. At least 16 people, all of them said to have been women and children, died when a potato crisp factory was struck.

The nearest military post was more than one kilometre away and a friend of the owner told us that there was no military activity on the site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Very simply put, the UK and the US governments have been partners and enablers in Saudi war crimes, period, end of discussion.

The Yemenite people support the Houthi rebels, and do not want the Western-imposed al-Hadi back in power.

And does anyone out there remember, please, how many names were on the ballot for the last election in Yemen?!?

Only one: that of Al-Hadi.

You have to LOVE the "democratic process" in Yemen.

What the sclerotic (and nearly broke) House of Saud is seeing, right on its border, is the kind of revolution from autocratic oppression it fears may well be its own downfall.

And of course, for the US government any rebuff of any US-installed puppet cannot go unanswered; but of course, it had no direct reason it could possibly "sell" a war against Yemen to the the American public; so, enter the House of Saud, fearful of its own downfall, and willing to "show those Houthis and Yemenites who's the boss."

With US/UK government enabling, the Saudi military has bombed hospitals, schools, and areas where large numbers of innocent civilians may be gathering, like market places.

These are war crimes, folks, done with your tax dollars and in your name.

How does that make you feel?!?

The blood of innocents is on the hands of the UK/US and Saudi governments.

But I understand, at least for the moment, that the only thing I can do is continue to bear Christian witness to the fact that these atrocities continue, courtesy of "our" (alleged) government.

Sep 05 09:19

US, Russia Again Fail to Reach Syria Deal

Despite repeated claims in recent weeks that a deal was all but imminent, the US and Russia have once again failed to reach a deal in their attempts to negotiate the start of a new ceasefire within Syria, with President Obama claiming “grave differences” yet remain.

Exactly what the differences are isn’t totally clear, but previous US interests in launching a joint military operation against the Nusra Front appear to have evaporated with Nusra’s official rebranding, which ended their official status as an al-Qaeda affiliate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence) of surprise!!!!!

It also validates my thought that should it appear, in DNC and White House polling, that Trump is going to win in November in a landslide, the DNC will "gift" him with one (if not several) wars before Trump even takes the Oath of Office in January.

Sep 05 09:11

US Preparing Electronic Warfare for 'Force-on-Force Conflict in Europe'

Having looked at the Russian military’s cyber warfare modernization, the United States rushed to develop similar capabilities that could be used in the event of a “large force-on-force conflict in a place like Europe.”

On August 11, the US Army announced the creation of the Army Rapid Capabilities Office to prevent “capability gaps” that have formed within the American military in recent years.

“Our adversaries are modernizing at a rapid rate, and in some cases, our capabilities are inadequate to keep up, to maintain our edge,” Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, who is in charge of the operations in the new office said in a statement. "We need to … make sure that they are offset from us, not the other way around.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And why and how have these "gaps" evolved?!?

Because the US weapons and electronics contracts procurement process is thoroughly incestuous.

The same weapons and electronics defense contractors who get the contracts, "lubricate" the political campaigns of congressional representatives who green light these contracts in the first place with generous donations .

How that generally translates, once equipment is field deployed, is that this equipment does not function as advertised; is hideously over budget; or, by the time it is field deployed, is already obsolete.

I am a Christian pacifist activist, who hates the idea of war as a way for the US government to resolve its geopolitical differences, and constantly exhorts this government to resolve disputes through hard-won, good faith negotiations.

That being said, when our military needs the best in weaponry and electronics possible, they should never have to do with anything less, period, end of discussion.

Sep 05 08:15

Exceptional Nation

The United States certainly has the largest military spending of any country on earth; I don’t know if that translates automatically to “the greatest military,” especially considering that there hasn’t been a major war in which the US came out on the winning side since 1945. So, I would label this a lie.

Sep 05 08:08

ISRAEL SHELLS SYRIA, HEZBOLLAH IS PREPARING A RESPONSE

In the morning it was reported that Israeli bombers began shelling the border with Syria from the Golan Heights, territory occupied by Israel. In addition, the Israeli government issued a statement in which it blames Syria for the shelling.

Despite the fact that there are no victims among the civilian population, these bombings hamper the liberation of Syrian territory of terrorists from ISIS, and similar groups.

Sep 04 12:01

My List Of The Ten Worst U.S. Presidents

At any rate, with my Facebook post I made my list without explanation. I will use this column to share a little bit of the reasoning behind my selections. So here goes: my top ten worst presidents in U.S. history:

1. Abraham Lincoln (Republican)

Without an ounce of doubt in my mind, Abraham Lincoln is America’s absolute worst President. He did not free a single slave; but what he did do was begin the process of enslaving free men. It is no hyperbole to say that Lincoln truly governed as a dictator, not as a President.

Sep 04 12:01

The Importance for the USA to Join Hands with the World

If America truly believes in its “exceptionalism,” then it should, with supreme confidence, enter the world as an active participant, and not as a spoiled “bully in the school yard.”

Now that former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski has openly declared that the United States of America should abandon their quest for global hegemony, American leadership should take heed and amend their foreign policy objectives accordingly.

Sep 04 11:51

China forces Barack Obama to emerge from Air Force One's 'ass' in sharp diplomatic snub

This headline doesn't mislead! Great headline!

US President Barack Obama, often heralded as the world's most powerful leader, was forced to go out of Air Force One's "ass" when his plane landed in China in what has been regarded as a sharp and calculated diplomatic snub by Beijing.

Conspicuously, there was also no red-carpet welcome for the US president at the tarmac unlike in the case of most other leaders including Russia President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Theresa May, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. All the leaders are in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou for the G20 summit.

Obama's unusual exit and the less-than-graceful welcome were shortly followed by a verbal encounter between the American press corps and Chinese security officials. The US National Security Adviser, Susan Rice,

Sep 04 11:50

Muslim Press interviews American poet, writer, and columnist Gary Corseri

We live in an Age of Distractions--false premises, false promises.
‘Not only neocons but “neo-liberals” see no space between the interests of the US and Israel!’

Was the human race fated to make the same stupid mistakes over and over? War after war after war?

Sep 04 11:47

Uncle “Sham” Says Dance, And the Band Played On

As usual, I have much to absorb and learn….

Those political, Republicratic “Conventions” clarified nothing and–despite the glitter, sparkle, balloons and flags, the pledges of allegiance, hands over the Constitution &/or one’s heart, the pretty words and gruff challenges—they succeeded in confounding and bewildering.

And this is the US political scene now! A barrage of imagery and fantasies—onrushing and nearly exploding our heads… and the band plays on!

Look for substance, and you will not find it. It’s a mirage. A chimera. It’s smoke in your hands.

Sep 04 11:39

Cracks emerge in China's image as Obama snubbed at G20 summit

Misleading headline! This reflects on Obama and his NWO policies.He also managed to insult the Brits today. This "man"is bringing America into total disrepute. Does anybody in the District of Criminals even care?

In a series of heated disputes that nearly led to blows, Chinese officials harassed foreign reporters and embarrassed U.S. President Barack Obama from the first moments of his arrival.

Other leaders, including President Shinzo Abe of rival Japan, walked off their airplanes onto red carpet-draped steps. Mr. Obama emerged from an auxiliary exit in the bowels of his plane, as Chinese officials then tried to bar the travelling press corps from watching and blocked U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice. “This is our country. This is our airport,” one official said in withering explanation.

Sep 04 11:29

BEXALERT: G20 ‘staircase snub’ for Obama was United States’ decision, reveals Chinese official

This is really funny.Notice that the Chinese official isn't named!

It was Washington’s decision to have US President Barack Obama disembark from his plane through a small bare metal stairway instead of the usual rolling red-carpet staircase that state leaders get, a Chinese foreign ministry official has revealed.
Speculation has been flying about whether China was deliberately snubbing Obama since media reports on Saturday showed the US leader exiting the Air Force One through the small stairway.

On Sunday, Obama told reporters that the significance of a row between US and Chinese officials on the airport tarmac upon his arrival should not be overblown.
“I wouldn’t overcrank the significance” of tensions at the airport, Obama said later on Sunday, according to Reuters.

Sep 04 11:07

The Neocon in the Oval Office

Neoconservatives are wedded to war, death and destruction. It is the foundation of their policy and it dominates the culture that they have created.

If Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes US President, she will be the first neoconservative to actually occupy that office.

Israel and its supporters were inseparable from the neoconservative movement from the beginning.

Many neocons were already Zionist or pro-Zionist, and their support for aggressive militarism was largely indistinguishable from Israel’s own strategic plans.

To the extent that the neocon movement could sell Israel’s views as solidly American, it could bend the resources of the most powerful military on earth for Israel’s own ends.

Sep 04 10:14

Green Beret warns: “World governments are preparing for disaster and war”

As written in previous articles, it is my firm conviction that we will be involved in a World War that will be initiated by an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon detonated over the continental United States.

Sep 04 09:17

New Investigation Reveals 48% Hike In US Warplane Crashes

The entire US military has witnessed a 48-percent hike in aviation crashes in 2014 and 2015 compared with the two previous years, a new investigation based on press reports reveals.

Sep 04 09:12

'Accounting Problem at the Pentagon is Huge, But No One Seems to Care'

“The problem we have at the Pentagon is that people get away with anything. This is a very small amount of money, but they didn’t correct it and the big problem at the DoD is that they can’t keep tabs on what has been going on for decades. We are talking about trillions of dollars unaccounted for. The accounting problem at the Pentagon is really huge, and it doesn’t get much publicity,” Ivan Eland noted.

He said that there have been some articles in the foreign press, but the American press does not really cover this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Too bad they don't spend like that for our returning veterans!

Sep 04 08:28

Obama Extends 9/11 “Emergency” War on Terror Powers as US Says Al Qaeda No Longer Target

By Justin Gardner

Fifteen years ago the U.S. government, in response to 9/11, took the unprecedented step of declaring war on a tactic. Waging a ‘war on terror’ gave the president and his neocon cabal vast new powers to make the world a battleground and sacrifice constitutional rights.

Key to this was the declaration of a “State of National Emergency” on September 14, 2001. This, combined with the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), gave the executive branch dictatorial powers...

Sep 03 09:08

Blood-Stained Politics: Wider War on Syria Will Cause Geopolitical Chaos, Numerous Innocent Deaths

Experience tells us that by widening the war, the United States and its client states are not going to rescue the Syrian people from the bloodletting when they are doing precisely the opposite. Widening US intervention would only make things worse:

- Whoever chooses to bomb Syria in a wider war is confusing cause and effect. The war started because the United States and its client states highjacked grassroots peaceful protests, then engineered, recruited, trained and deployed terrorists into Syria. They are the first aggressors and gave ISIL and Al-Qaeda legitimacy. Chemical attacks by ISIL and Al-Qaeda affiliates are only designed to encourage outside powers to intervene and save these proxies from a complete failure. In turn, this provides the regime changers with legitimacy to intervene on a “humanitarian” basis. So bombing Syria amounts to doing these terrorist groups a favour and will not eradicate extremism, much less save civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not know who wrote this op-ed for the English language version of Fars News; but I certainly would like to meet them, and congratulate them for their observations.

What they have offered here is a completely, stunningly logical, lucid assessment of the present situation in Syria, and what can be done to keep things from getting worse.

Unfortunately, if internal White House and DNC polls indicate that Donald Trump will win the Presidency in November, we can look for a major, military escalation of one - if not many - of the simmering hot spots all over the globe, and Syria might well be one of them.

This may well be the DNC's parting "gift" to Trump: one or several major wars before he even takes the oath of office in January.

Sep 03 07:34

U.S. vs. U.S. in Syria

What a mess! In the crazy Syrian war, US-backed and armed groups are fighting other US-backed rebel groups. How can this be?

It is so because the Obama White House had stirred up the war in Syria but then lost control of the process. When the US has a strong president, he can usually keep the military and intelligence agencies on a tight leash.

But the Obama administration has had a weak secretary of defense and a bunch of lady strategists who are the worst military commanders since Louis XV, who put his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, in charge of French military forces during the Seven Year’s War. The French were routed by the Prussians. France’s foe, Frederick the Great of Prussia, named one of his dogs, “la Pompadour.”

As a result, the two arms of offensive US strategic power, the Pentagon, and CIA, went separate ways in Syria. Growing competition between the US military and militarized CIA broke into the open in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Syria has been one of the most epic fails in the entire Presidency of Barak Obama, and looks to be getting far worse in the months ahead.

If Clinton thinks she can win points by hanging on to Obama's coattails in terms of his foreign policy "successes", she is delusional in the extreme.

Sep 03 07:25

Andrew Bacevich: ‘Christian realism’ for foreign affairs

Describe your approach to foreign policy.

Andrew Bacevich: If I had to assign myself a label I would call myself a ‘Christian realist.’ Christian realism is a foreign policy perspective that originated with Reinhold Niebuhr, the famous moral theologian and public intellectual who was really a titanic figure on the American scene from the 1930s into the 1960s. The essence of Christian realism—which is very much at odds with anything that smacks of utopianism—is to appreciate that there is evil in the world to which we must respond but also to appreciate that our own motives are likely to be less pure than we may fancy them to be. It’s not simply that the motives of the other guys are suspect but we ourselves should always be mindful of the extent to which our own motives [may] be subject to question. That’s the outlook that I tend to adhere to when I look at the world and the way it works.

Andrew Bacevich: ‘Christian realism’ for foreign affairs

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I like the way this guy thinks!! :-)

Sep 03 07:25

Some Hindsight: The Lies That Dumped America Into the Syrian War

Checking out the news these days, it might seem pretty clear why the U.S. is at war in Syria: destroy ISIS. That is almost certainly the way the two main presidential candidates will see it during their upcoming first debate, in a rare point of agreement.

The funny thing is that ISIS did not become the reason for what now is a major regional war until late in the game.

If we rewind about three years, the original justification was to “rid the world of the dictator,” Syrian president Bashar Assad. The US involvement was started under the pretext that Assad was using chemical weapons against the other side in what was once confined to a civil war. American declared Assad thus had to go to avoid a genocide and humanitarian disaster.

FYI: If you read no further, remember anytime a politician uses the word “genocide” these days we’re about to be dragged into another conflict that will morph into a quagmire.

Sep 03 07:22

Putin: I dare you to open Pandora's box, but WWII is over

At the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 1st, Russian President Vladimir Putin once again slammed attempts at revising the history and results of World War II. In an interview with Bloomberg, Putin said that reviving territorial disputes could lead to unpredictable consequences and are tantamount to “opening Pandora’s box.”

“If someone wants to start revising the outcomes of the Second World War, then let’s try discussing the topic. But then we’d have to talk not so much about Kaliningrad as the eastern lands of Germany and all the way up to Lvov, which was part of Poland, and so on and so on. There’s also Hungary and Romania there too,” Putin said.

He continued: “If someone wants to open this Pandora’s box and start working with it, then, please, flag in hand, go ahead.”

Sep 03 07:19

Amid Turkey Invasion, Syrian Kurds Fear US Betrayal

A population of some 30 million people spanning a large territory, that the Kurds haven’t had a meaningful period of autonomy in many centuries reflects historical imperial realities, but that they’ve not been able to secure such autonomy recently is seen by many Kurds as the result of systematic mistreatment not just by regional powers, but by the international community as well.

The expectation among many is that they are little more than an alliance of convenience for anyone in the region, and after a couple of years of substantial US support allowing them to grow a large, nominally autonomous territory in northeast Syria, last week’s invasion of northern Syria by Turkey is looking an awful lot like business as usual.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the US government's proclivity for throwing supporting elements under the proverbial bus as it becomes "necessary", the Kurdish people have every reason to fear for the worst here.

Sep 03 07:17

The Art of New Generation Russian Warfare

As Sun Tzu has stated on these issues of short or long wars “There has ever been a state that benefited from an extended war. Hence, if one is not fully cognizant of the evils of waging war, he cannot be fully cognizant either of how to turn it to best account… Hence, in war prize the quick victory, not the protracted engagement” No amount of high-tech media and generations of propaganda warfare, including guerrilla warfare that is tied to “the popular elements of war” will win an ultimate victory against an adversary.

Sep 03 06:56

Islamic militants Abu Sayyaf blamed for deadly Philippine bomb attack

Duterte, who had been mayor of Davao for most of the past two decades, declares a national “state of lawlessness” to give military extra powers to conduct law enforcement operations.

Philippine authorities on Saturday blamed a notorious group of Islamic militants for the bombing of a night market in President Rodrigo Duterte’s home town that killed at least 14 people.

An improvised explosive device tore through the bustling market in the heart of Davao city and close to one of its top hotels just before 11 pm on Friday.
Authorities said the Abu Sayyaf, a small band of militants that has declared allegiance to the Islamic State group, most likely carried out the attack in response to a military offensive launched against it last week.

The office of the president texted and confirmed that was an Abu Sayyaf retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like a civil war has begun in the Philippines.

I have to wonder just what draconian steps Duterte will take to stop the violence, if in fact, he can.

Sep 03 06:46

Improving Relations? Israeli Air Force Trains Alongside Pakistan, UAE

As part of joint military drills in the United States, Israeli jets have operated along their Pakistani and United Arab Emirates counterparts for the first time.

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Wait until those Israelis and Pakistanis find out they are being set up to go against the Russians!

Sep 03 06:35

John Pilger: Provoking nuclear war by media (longread)

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has quietly cleared the late Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre at Srebrenica.

Far from conspiring with the convicted Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Milosevic actually "condemned ethnic cleansing", opposed Karadzic and tried to stop the war that dismembered Yugoslavia. Buried near the end of a 2,590 page judgement on Karadzic last February, this truth further demolishes the propaganda that justified Nato's illegal onslaught on Serbia in 1999.

Sep 03 06:02

NAVY COVERED UP AFGHAN SEX SLAVE PROBLEM TO PUNISH MARINE – DOCUMENTS

US Navy lawyers have advised against hearing a Marine’s appeal on the premise that it would grant attention to an Afghan sex slave scandal. The officer sent a classified memo via his own email to warn fellow Marines of danger, shortly before three were killed.
In the summer of 2012, Captain Brian Donlon reached out to a fellow Marine Corps officer – Major Jason Brezler, then in the USMC Reserves – to ask about Sarwar Jan, a police chief in Afghanistan’s Helmand province with a reputation for corruption and keeping boys as sex slaves. Brezler answered by sending a dossier on Jan, using his Yahoo email account. Donlon warned him the document was classified, and refused to open it; Brezler reported the violation to the military authorities himself.

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So, it was "propagandistically inconvenient" to mention that some of our "Best Afghani Buds" indulge in child sex abuse?!?

No. This behaviour should be shouted from the rooftops, so that Americans really know what American and NATO troops are not supposed to either see, or mention.

Sep 02 17:04

The Other Speech: Hillary The Hawk Spreads Her Wings

While the media and the American people were avidly watching and commenting on Donald Trump’s much-awaited immigration speech, another peroration by a presidential candidate somehow got overlooked: Hillary Clinton’s appearance
before the American Legion.

Sep 02 15:38

In The Money: Clinton Amasses $143 Million Election War Chest In One Month

Marking the most bountiful fundraising month of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to date, $143 million was raised in August. The total, to be shared with other Democratic groups, breaks a record set in 2008, when the Obama campaign raised a comparatively meager $66 million.

Sep 02 10:17

US Arms Makers Invest in a New Cold War

The U.S. military has won only a single major war since the end of World War II (the Gulf War of 1990-91). But U.S. military contractors continue to win major budget wars in Congress nearly every year, proving that no force on earth can resist their lobbying prowess and political clout.

Consider the steady march to victory of the biggest single weapons program in history — the planned purchase of advanced Lockheed-Martin F-35 jets by the Air Force, Navy, and Marines at a total projected cost of more than $1 trillion.

The Air Force and Marines have both declared the Joint Strike Fighter ready for combat, and Congress is now forking over billions of dollars a year to acquire what is slated to become a fleet of 2,400 jets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hype does not win wars; a combination of weapons that actually work, coupled with brilliant tactics, and a thorough knowledge of one's enemies, win wars.

As stated later in this article:

Think tanks like the Lexington Institute are prime movers behind the domestic propaganda campaign to revive the Cold War against the diminished Russian state and justify weapons programs like the F-35. As Lee Fang observed recently in The Intercept, “The escalating anti-Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries.” Thus the Lockheed-funded Aerospace Industries Association warns that the Obama administration is failing to spend enough on “aircraft, ship and ground combat systems” to adequately address “Russian aggression on NATO’s doorstep.” The Lockheed- and Pentagon-funded Center for European Policy Analysis issues a stream of alarmist reports about Russian military threats to Eastern Europe. And the highly influential Atlantic Council — funded by Lockheed-Martin, Raytheon, the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and even the Ukrainian World Congress — promotes articles like “Why Peace is Impossible with Putin” and declares that NATO must “commit to greater military spending” to deal with “a revanchist Russia.”

That the warmongers in the military/industrial complex are driving US foreign policy is no secret; but unfortunately, the "cold war" after which they lust, could very quickly turn into a hot war around the world, in places like the South China Sea; Ukraine; Syria; and beyond.

The F-35 is symptomatic of everything that is completely wrong with the US government's weapons procurement program, and demonstrates, painfully clearly, the incestuous relationship between weapons manufacturers, and those congressional representatives who green light their contracts, yet get heavy elections contributions from those same weapons manufacturers.

This has to stop, for the weapons procurement programs to function effectively.

But unfortunately, this "much-challenged" F-35 could well prove the US military's "Waterloo", if deployed without getting these engineering deficits sorted in short order.

And Lockheed-Martin should pay for their fixes out of their own pocket, having gouged the American taxpayer for a fighter jet costing one trillion dollars which does not function.

Sep 02 09:53

Beyond Treason 2005 - Documentary

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This is a very long video that strengthens the case that "Gulf War Syndrome" was caused by experimental drug tests on our soldiers, and was not just "all in their head."

Sep 02 09:17

US Trained Militants That Formed the 'Core of Daesh'

A top Daesh leader with a 3-million-dollar bounty from the US State Department on his head received counter-terrorism training in the United States for 11 years, CNN reported. In an interview with Sputnik, Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, political analyst told Radio Sputnik that the case with Khalimov is not isolated.

According to Ben-Meir, US trained militants that formed the core of what is now known as Daesh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There was a line from the old comic strip "Pogo", and that was: "We have met the enemy, and he...is us!!"

Looking at the way the US government has been training people who are "allegedly" our enemies the statement would be: "We have met the enemy...because we have trained him!"

It is painfully obvious by now that the groups, such as Daesh and Isis have been trained, funded, and equipped by the US government to serve as the "Emmanuel Goldsteins" of the 21st century, against whom Americans need to be spewing their "15 minutes of hate", and buy the narrative that the US government "has to do something" about them.

As reported at mintpress.com in December of last year:

Daesh: The ‘Enemy’ The US Created, Armed, And Funded

Please do not be deceived; the Deep Government, the banks, and Military/Industrial Complex in the US wants perpetual war, and will do anything to achieve that end.

That it winds up always being your sons and daughters getting slaughtered, or maimed for life, is completely irrelevant to them.

They, and their propagandists, will always wrap these wars in a pretty little flag, as though this country's soldiers are actually fighting for "democracy, honor, and the American way of life"; but at the end of the day, it is always about which countries and corporations control the world's resources, and in which currencies those resources will be sold.

Sep 02 08:56

Top 7 ways America has alienated Vladimir Putin (and vice-versa)

Western media and thinktankdom have gone wildly off the rails regarding the Russian leader, blaming anything and everything on Vladimir Putin. The public has largely bought the raw propaganda wholesale and this is a tragedy for US-Russian relations.

Sep 02 07:45

Hillary's American Legion Address: A Near-Declaration of War on Russia

According to Parkes, Western monied interests believe the solution to precarious world economic conditions adversely affecting business is global war for its profit potential.

He envisions a scheme to provoke belligerence against Russia, launching WW III. Whether he’s right or wrong remains to be seen.

Clearly, US hostility toward Russia risks the unthinkable. Possible East/West confrontation is too great a risk to ignore - especially if Hillary succeeds Obama, a war goddess, a neocon Russophobe.

Sep 02 07:31

Third US Navy Freedom-Class Ship Breaks Down in Past Eight Months

"Based on initial assessments from the inspection, Freedom’s #2 [main propulsion diesel engine] will need to be removed and rebuilt or replaced," Pentagon officials said, according to Military.com.

Sep 02 07:30

Could the Pentagon’s $12.9 Billion Warship Be Obsolete Before its Maiden Voyage?

"With the benefit of hindsight, it was clearly premature to include so many unproven technologies [on the vessel]," Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, wrote in a memo, according to the Japan Times.

The new, unproven technologies include propulsion and electrical system components, launch and recover systems for aircraft, and radar "integration issues." "What we have to determine now is whether it is best to ‘stay the course’ or adjust our plans," the memo reads.

Sep 02 07:22

Marine Le Pen: Hillary Clinton Means War

France’s National Front (FN) party leader Marine Le Pen has compared herself to US presidential candidate Donald Trump, warning that the Republican’s rival, Hillary Clinton, would bring world instability.

Sep 01 14:55

Japan Wants British Weaponry For South China Sea Standoff

Tensions in the South China Sea have led Japan to splurge on British-made hardware to prepare for a confrontation with China. Recent saber-rattling by North Korea has also given Japan cause to restock its armory.

Antagonism between China and Japan over a contested island archipelago has the Japanese Defense Ministry chasing an injection of cash to buy a range of new kit.

Sep 01 10:48

Europe Reels As A New Wave Of Refugees Begins To Flood The Continent

Angela Merkel, and Europe in general, had hoped they had managed to move beyond the unprecedented wave of refugees unleashed on the content in 2015 courtesy of the German Chancellor's open door policy, with the fragile March 2016 refugee deal signed with Turkey. Sadly - for both Europeans who have suffered a surge in terrorist attacks as a result and for Merkel, whose approval rating has subsequently plunged - Europe is once buckling under the weight of a new wave of migrants.

According to Reuters, some 3000 migrants were saved in the Strait of Sicily in 30 separate rescue missions just on Tuesday, the Italian coastguard said, bringing the total to almost 10,000 in two days and marking a sharp acceleration in refugee arrivals in Italy. The migrants were packed on board dozens of boats, many of them rubber dinghies that become dangerously unstable in high seas. No details were immediately available on their nationalities.

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US-created and/or enabled wars are driving this migration crisis.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that these wars are going to end any time soon.

Sep 01 10:06

‘Open fire if the Germans approach our trenches’: Newly-released pencil-written military order reveals how Army top-brass tried to prevent the famous Christmas truce of 1914

Opposing troops singing carols as they clambered over the top for a game of football has long been seen as a hallmark of humanity during the horror and bloodshed of the First World War.

However, after more than a century an order has come to light from Britain's military chiefs ordering that any Germans wandering over for a friendly kickabout on Christmas 1914 should have instead be gunned down.

The signal message, sent to troops at 11.15pm on December 24, 1914, has never been seen in public and tells a completely different side of the story.

Battle commanders had become frustrated with soldiers fraternising with the enemy and, fearing it could lead to mutiny, warned that anyone caught would be shot.

Sep 01 10:00

Death in Yemen: British Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, and the “Proper Use” of Illegal Arms

The death toll in Yemen is now so high that the International Committee of the Red Cross is donating “entire morgue units” (1) to hospitals still standing, having so far escaped the illegal Saudi assault, backed, advised and armed by the US and UK.

“The hospitals were not able to cope,” said Rima Kamal, a Yemen-based spokesperson for the Red Cross. “You could have more than 20 dead people brought into one hospital on one single day. The morgue capacity at a regular hospital is not equipped to handle this influx of dead bodies.”

“It is not that common for the ICRC to donate morgues,” she observed. “The fact that we now do is telling of the size of the human tragedy in Yemen.” The ICRC has donated body bags and refrigerated storage facilities to three hospitals with: “More in the pipeline.”

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The leadership in the UK should be ashamed of this trade in weapons, and the war crimes committed by the Saudi military against the people of Yemen; of course, that "being ashamed" reaction only happens when one has not had one's moral conscience surgically removed.

Sep 01 09:47

Last Remaining U.S. Maker of Cluster Bombs Stops Production

The last remaining United States manufacturer of cluster bombs is ending production of the controversial weapon, citing regulatory scrutiny and reduced orders for the internationally banned munition.

The decision by Rhode Island-based Textron Systems follows a White House order last May to block the transfer of a Textron shipment of CBU-105 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, a move first reported by Foreign Policy.

The White House had come under intense pressure by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International after those groups documented instances in which Saudi-led forces used CBU-105 munitions in multiple locations around Yemen, including Al-Amar, Sanhan, Amran and the Al-Hayma port.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This blocked transfer is cosmetic only, as a sop to various human rights organisations who documented this carnage.

The US continues to provide "guidance" and weapons to the Saudi Military, which continue to commit war crimes in the destruction of schools, hospitals, and killing innocent civilians. In fact, the US government has just approved a massive shipment of arms to Saudi Arabia recently:

US approves $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia

When I was a kid growing up, I never imagined, for one moment, that a sitting President could potentially have a plaque on their desk, reading: The United States of America: Proud Partner in War Crimes", but yet, at this part of the 21st century...here we are, and have been here since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Sep 01 09:03

Obama Extends Libya War, Will Keep Warships Off Libyan Coast

On August 1, the Obama Administration ordered attacks on ISIS in the Libyan city of Sirte, starting another American war. Officially, Congress was informed that this would be a 30-day operation, but even when it started officials were conceding that there really was no “end point” for the war in any plans.

Unsurprisingly we’re now 30 days in, and there’s still no end point, so President Obama felt obliged to confirm a 30-day extension of the war, with officials saying it was done at the recommendation of senior military leaders. As before, this stated length is little more than a bureaucratic placeholder, and there is no reason to believe the war won’t just continue o indefinitely.

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I would imagine that the war-hawks and the heads of corporations for the military industrial complex have a nickname for President Obama; perhaps something like St. Barak, the Warmonger/Profit-Bringer in Chief?!?

These endless, undeclared wars are going to be the death of this country, and create permanent outrage, translating into more jihad and more wars.

But perhaps, that is just the point.....

Sep 01 08:22

Trial by Fire? Marines to Use F-35’s First Action to See What Still Needs Fixing

To determine what aspects of the F-35B still need fixing, the US Marines have decided the best way to perform diagnostics is to throw the fifth-generation fighter into the field.

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Sep 01 08:01

Glenn Greenwald: Clinton Believes Obama Has Not Been Militaristic Enough

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald looks at the foreign policies of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Sep 01 07:39

Hillary wants war, but Putin is smarter

The main question which those following the Ukrainian crisis can ask themselves boils down to one word: “Why?” Why have they done this? Answering this question is easy if we take for granted that the decision to send saboteurs to Crimea was taken not in Kiev, and didn’t even factor in the interests of Ukraine or the Kiev regime. One can easily see the greasy fingerprints of Hillary Clinton and her supporters in this provocation who are largely found among the American intelligence services and diplomatic corps. They have very recognizable handwriting.

The goal of the Crimea operation was clear: achieving what didn’t happen in 2014, i.e., a full-fledged war.

Sep 01 06:51

Defense contractors tell investors World War III is great for business

The mainstream media has been working overtime to position Putin’s Russia as our newest and most pressing international threat, and now even the most absurd events in media are

Aug 31 16:26

Provoking Nuclear War By Media

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.

Aug 31 15:16

US Littoral Combat Ships A Figurative Disaster

When a branch of the US military starts rolling out a new pet project, it is rarely either cost effective or literally effective. The US Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS) program is really underscoring that recently, with more ships breaking at seemingly random, meaning four nearly brand new ships have broken down in less than a year.

Aug 31 14:33

Clinton Promises Military Force Against Hackers in Most Hawkish Speech Yet

Speaking before a group of veterans on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave perhaps her most hawkish speech to date, with sharp words villainizing Russia and promises to respond to cyberattacks with military force.

Aug 31 13:47

‘It’s Coming!’ Churches Must Prepare For ISIS Attack, Counter-Terrorism Experts Warn

Terrorism experts fear supporters of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) will target churches in the UK after extremists attacked Catholic priests in Indonesia and France in recent weeks.

New counter-terrorism advice urges churches to prepare for similar attacks, including learning how to identify a semi-automatic weapon, how to challenge a suspicious person and how to take cover in the event of gunfire.

Aug 31 13:16

US Examines Taliban Video Of Kidnapped Couple

The US State Department is reportedly evaluating a video released by the Taliban in Afghanistan that shows a Canadian man and his American wife warning that they will be killed unless their captors’ demands are met.

John Kirby, the US State Department spokesman, made the announcement in a press briefing on Tuesday, saying, the video purportedly showing Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman is “being examined for its validity.”

Aug 31 11:03

Gulf War Syndrome: Emotional Disorder or Vaccine Injury?

By Sarah Carrasco

In our spoiled, American, cushy lives, we have lost sight of why this nation was founded. America was founded by people who were escaping persecution and tyranny. Two hundred forty years later, it seems tyranny has reared its ugly head and chosen our military as its latest victim...

Aug 31 10:24

Russian fighters Su-34 and MiG-29SMT intercepted and destroyed the "enemy" in the stratosphere

CREW Russian fighter Su-34 and MiG-29SMT - which took off from air bases of the Russian Western Military District in Voronješkoj and Kursk areas - were intercepted by means of air attack "enemy" in the stratosphere.

These combat mission pilots are solved within the framework of a sudden check combat readiness ending 31 August.

The press service of the Western Military District emphasized that the task of discovering the goal, intercepting and destroying his crew had worked off at a height of more than 11 kilometers.

It is the complexity of the flight at an altitude of more than 10 kilometers due to thinner air, which reduces engine power and aircraft management.

After successful execution of tasks, the crew were landed at the airport itself unknown in the Southern Military District.

Aug 31 10:02

FLASHBACK: Myth Of US Invincibility Floats In The Persian Gulf

This was in 2002. The Iranians have vastly increased their firepower in the Persian Gulf. They have torpedoes that do over 180 mph and hundreds if not thousands of cruise missiles including some that are supersonic.
The US is a destabilizing force wherever it goes.Our military does not protect America.They protect the corporation and banks that own them lock,stock and barrel!

His name was Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper, and he had played the role of the crazed but cunning leader of the hypothetical rogue state. Gen. Van Riper dismissed the new military concepts as empty sloganeering, and he had reason to be skeptical. In the first days of the "war," Van Riper's Force Red sent most of the US fleet to the bottom of the Persian Gulf.

Aug 31 09:36

Centcom Commander: US Will Protect Itself From Iran in ‘Arabian Gulf’

Speaking at a press briefing today, Centcom commander Gen. Joseph Votel claimed an “uptick in confrontations by Iranian vessels in the Arabian Gulf,” insisting that US Naval forces operating off the coast of Iran are prepared to “defend themselves” and “improve stability and security in the region.”

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Much of the Persian gulf is bordered by Iran. It's their coastal waters. In contrast, the US is operating 6000 miles away from any US territory. So, who is the aggressor here?

Aug 31 09:34

UN Coordinator: At Least 10,000 Killed in Yemen War

Death tolls in the Saudi invasion of Yemen have been tough to come by, in no small part because much of the country has become a no-go area in the course of the reckless Saudi air campaign. Food shortages, medical shortages, destroyed hospitals, and hasty burials have conspired with mass internal displacement to make tracking casualties all but impossible.

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