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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Aug 31 09:27

Gambling with the gov’t’s dime: Pentagon employees used work credit cards at casinos, strip clubs

It’s no surprise that government workers like to party ? just look at the myriad Secret Service and Drug Enforcement Agency scandals. Even the Pentagon has gotten in on the action, with employees using government travel cards at strip clubs and casinos.
Not only did Defense Department employees improperly use their work credit cards, but their supervisors failed to take appropriate action after discovering the malfeasance, a report by the Pentagon’s inspector general found. The investigation was a follow-up audit of a previous report, which discovered that the military racked up 5,000 charges at casinos and strip clubs totaling more than $1 million over the course of a year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, it's not like it's their own money they are spending!

Aug 31 08:29

Ex-head of the Army apologises to troops given anti-malaria drug Larium which left his son 'extremely depressed' but it is STILL being given to soldiers

Lord Dannatt, who was chief of the general staff between 2006 and 2009, apologised on the BBC to troops who took Lariam while under his command.

It has been associated with depression, hallucinations and panic attacks in some users - and Lord Dannatt admitted the side-effects could be ‘pretty catastrophic’.

But the Ministry of Defence confirmed that Lariam is still being prescribed to some troops because officials ‘have a duty to protect our personnel from malaria’.

Aug 31 06:36

A Leading French Intellectual Explains: There is Danger of War in Europe

There is a worrying risk of a military clash between NATO and Russia over the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, jammed between the Baltic countries and Poland, which are all new members of the EU and NATO. Military pressure keeps increasing in the Baltic region. The situation is far more dangerous than it was during the crisis of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, because Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave at the core of the EU and NATO.

Officials and the Western media, as well as the governments of Poland and the three Baltic countries governments – and of course, Washington – are accusing Putin’s government of machiavellianism and ‘provocation’, seeking a casus belli with Kaliningrad. On the contrary, the Russians are the victims of a provocation: NATO is seeking an armed conflict, limited if possible, to be able to put down the regime of Putin that they hate so much. Will Kaliningrad be the pretext?

Aug 31 05:49

Conspirators' Palimpsest Revealed in US Elections

The Wolfowitz doctrine is the basis of US policy toward Russia (and China). The doctrine regards any power sufficiently strong to remain independent of Washington's influence to be "hostile." The doctrine states:

"Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power."

The Wolfowitz doctrine justifies Washington's dominance of all regions. It is consistent with the neoconservative ideology of the US as the "indispensable" and "exceptional" country entitled to world hegemony.

Aug 30 21:38

Braindead AZ voters re-elected Songbird' John McCain in 2016 Primary

Breaking News: John McCain’s 1969 “Tokyo Rose” Propaganda Recording Released Showing he WAS a Traitor who Turned Against His Own Country

John McCain, Traitor and Songbird, sings for his masters
https://www.oathkeepers.org/breaking-news-john-mccains-1969-tokyo-rose...

Aug 30 17:58

Defense Contractors Tell Investors World War III is Great for Business

Waking Times

If you had any remaining doubts that the world is being forced into perpetual military conflict so that a morally corrupt world elite can garner huge profits, then consider recent comments by members of the military industrial complex about the benefits of escalating tensions between Russia and the west.

Aug 30 15:44

Hatred or history? Veterans Affairs quietly bans Confederate flag at cemeteries…

The Veterans Affairs Department quietly moved this month to ban flying of Confederate flags from fixed flagpoles at the cemeteries it runs, striking yet another blow against the "controversial" emblem.

Aug 30 12:19

US Wars Are For Empire, Not For Profit

Yemen is being destroyed. A US-backed “Saudi Coalition” has been bombing and shelling Yemen for 16 months. The UN puts the civilian death toll at 3700, but (aside from the question of why combatants’ lives apparently only count if they are Western soldiers) this probably vastly under-represents the death toll by both direct violence and by the indirect effects of the war. Most of the country has no reliable access to clean water and people, particularly young children, are dying of disease and deprivation.

Aug 30 10:09

Can Americans Overthrow The Evil That Rules Them? — Paul Craig Roberts

Trump has said that he doesn’t see any future in the conflict Washington has initiated with Russia, and Trump questions the point of NATO’s continuing existence. These peaceful attitudes make Trump into a “national security risk” according to Wolfowitz. What Wolfowitz means is that a peace candidate is a threat to Wolfowitz’s doctrine of US world hegemony. In the crazed mind of Wolfowitz and the neoconservatives, America is not safe unless it rules the world.

Aug 30 10:05

TELL US WHY WE’RE AT WAR, CANDIDATES

In 2011 the president and his secretary of state, now running for president herself, told us we needed regime change in Libya, to protect us from an evil dictator. We believed. It was a lie.

In August 2014 the same president told us we needed to intervene again in Iraq, on a humanitarian mission to save the Yazidis. No boots on the ground, a simple, limited act only the United States could conduct, and then we’d leave. We believed. It was a lie.

That same president later told us Americans will need to fight and die in Syria. He says this is necessary to protect us, because if we do not defeat Islamic State over there, they will come here, to what we now call without shame or irony The Homeland. We believe. We’ll let history roll around again to tell it is again a lie.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a brilliant and critical question, which is why it will never be allowed to come up for either candidate.

One thing Karl Marx mentioned that makes tremendous sense is that, ultimately, all wars are economic in nature.

Right now, the US economy is in an absolute mess; over 90 million Americans who want to work cannot find jobs; but if they have been out of the work force for "too long", they are not counted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, to make the unemployment numbers look good.

This is somewhat akin to touching up an x-ray to make a patient believe that their illness is "not so bad" after all, and one of the innumerable ways in which the American government lies to its people.

The economies of Russia and China are on the ascent; their currencies are starting to stabilize and grow.

The purpose of these coming wars is to destabilize the financial foundations of both countries, and keep the US dollar as the world's hegemonic currency; they are also about creating the massive profits which come from war to the military/industrial complex in this country, which is part of America's "deep government."

And let's not forget the banks, which loan to all sides, because...wars take money.

These coming wars will not be about courage, honor, or "preserving the American way; they are all about who controls world resources, and in what currencies those resources are purchased.

It's just that simple, folks.

And as "Deep Throat" said during the investigation of the burglary at the Watergate hotel, "Follow the money."

Aug 30 09:45

Graphic Footage of Hillary Clinton Could Damage Her

Aug 30 08:25

U.S. Gov’t. Says It’s No Longer Against Al Qaeda

“We’re not focused on the former al-Nusra Front [Al Qaeda in Syria]. We’re focused on Daesh [ISIS]. And that’s what we’re fighting and that’s where therefore we look and where we target.” U.S.Defense Department press briefing, 16 August 2016

Basic to America’s war against terrorism was Al Qaeda as being the specific target, but, on August 16th, a U.S. Defense Department spokesperson said that Al Qaeda is no longer an enemy of the United States at all, and that only ISIS is America’s enemy in the war against terrorism.

Aug 30 07:49

The USS Gerald Ford – A $13 Billion Boondoggle?

The new Ford class of super-carriers is years overdue, billions over budget, and not combat worthy. Meanwhile to justify the expense, Washington is ginning up tension in the Persian Gulf and South China Sea. How long can this continue?

Aug 30 07:42

The Real Secret of the South China Sea

To understand the Big Picture, we need to go back to 1890 when Alfred Mahan, then president of the US Naval College, wrote the seminal The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783. Mahan’s central thesis is that the US should go global in search of new markets, and protect these new trade routes through a network of naval bases.

That is the embryo of the US Empire of Bases – which de facto started after the Spanish-American war, over a century ago, when the US graduated to Pacific power status by annexing the Philippines, Hawaii and Guam.

Aug 30 06:32

US Slams Turkish Bombing Of American Coalition Partners As "Unacceptable And A Source Of Deep Concern"

Things are turning increasingly sour for the US, which is barely able to keep track of which feuding factions it supports in the escalating Syrian war.

Aug 29 15:57

ISIS Execute Their Own For Desertion; 57 Killed In Iraq

Iraq has formally asked Saudi Arabia to replace the current ambassador, Thamer al-Sabhan, over remarks he has made concerning potential assassination plans. Sabhan believes that Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias are trying to kill him. Saudi Arabia and Iran broke off relations in 2011 over allegations that Iran was attempting to assassinate the envoy to the United States.

Aug 29 14:59

FLASHBACK - MCCAIN AND THE POW COVER-UP

John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

Aug 29 12:39

Obama, Putin Likely to Speak at G20 Despite No Formal Meeting Planned

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely speak at the G20 Summit next week in Beijing despite having no formal meeting scheduled, US National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes said in a press briefing on Monday. "We don’t have a bilateral meeting scheduled; however, it has been the case at each of the summits that they both attend that we usually try to find an opportunity for the two leaders to spend some time together, usually to focus on Syria and Ukraine," Rhodes told reporters. "So, I don’t know that they’ll have a formal bilateral meeting, but I expect that they’ll have an opportunity to speak on the margins of the G20."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With so much tension going on in the geopolitical sphere, it is critically important that these two leaders speak, intelligently, and rationally, with each other.

I have rarely seen the world on such a hair-trigger towards total war in my lifetime

Aug 29 12:35

Arms Race: China’s New Missile Defense System to Defend Against US, South Korea

With ongoing tensions in the South China Sea and on the Korean peninsula, Beijing has deemed its third-generation surface-to-air missile combat-ready. In the latest sign of a new arms race between the United States and China, Beijing’s Air Force has announced the completion of a new missile defense system. © AP PHOTO/ CHIANG YING-YING Taiwan to Indict Three Soldiers Over Accidental Missile Launch Toward China "Through innovation, ground-to-air defense troops are able to deal with far-range, medium-range and short-range missiles which can come in on high, medium and low altitudes," PLA Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said in a statement released on China’s Defense Ministry website, according to the International Business Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As much as I hate to say this, it appears that the US government is escalating its plans for initiating a shooting war with both China and Russia.

As we have said many times on this site, what matters most is an intelligent preparation for such an act on the part of the US government.

Aug 29 12:30

A Disturbing Series of Events: Governments Around the World Seem to Be Preparing for War

Remember how a couple of days ago the German government advised its citizens to start stockpiling food and water? Well, today they have announced that they are considering reintroducing conscription…the draft, to ‘help with any future disaster’. And Germany isn’t alone. There are increasing hints in countries around the world that something big is on its way…and it won’t be pretty. Do they know something we don’t?

Aug 29 12:12

This Is The Way The World Ends...

Would fate permit it, the election of Hillary Clinton will be the supreme and perhaps terminal act in an Anything-Goes-And-Nothing-Matters society. Yet, even with the fabulous luck of running against a consummate political oaf, she struggles to get the upper hand, and she may land in the White House with the lowest voter turnout in modern history. And then her reward in office may be to dodge indictment for four years while the nation crumbles around her. This is the way the world ends: not with a bang or a whimper but with a cackle.

Imagine the scene following Hillary’s election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not in any way consider Trump a "consummate Oaf"; that being said, everything in this article feels bang spot-on.

A Clinton presidency will absolutely destroy this country; of that I am entirely certain.

I don't necessarily love everything that comes out of Trump's mouth; but his saving graces to me are that he is a successful business person, and he does have the capacity to learn quickly.

Aug 29 09:34

Is the ‘biggest scandal and coverup in American History’ about to come crashing down?

As the 2016 presidential season begins to kick into high gear, Americans are now witnessing one of the biggest political coverups in the history of our nation with Hillary Clinton closing in on the White House despite a never-ending list of war crimes and scandals that continue to follow her around, along with an ever-expanding count of dead bodies lining up behind her. The fact that FBI files linking Hillary to the ‘suicide’ of Vince Foster have suddenly vanished from the National Archives should tell us that Hillary is ‘playing for keeps’, even if that means completely deleting history.

Aug 29 09:32

US Air Force Drops Vicious Next Gen ‘Smart’ Missile From B-52 Bomber (VIDEO)

This week the US Air Force dropped three Joint Attack Surface Standoff (JASSM) missiles from a B-52 Statofortress long-range heavy bomber demonstrating the aircraft’s ability to launch the JASSM from the Conventional Rotary Launcher (CRL) of the warplane’s internal weapons bay.

Aug 29 08:43

‘Where is the city?’ US soldiers arrive in German town, mistaking it for Liechtenstein

Two US soldiers who decided to discover the world, starting with Liechtenstein, were baffled after finding themselves in a tiny German town instead, some 600 kilometers away from their intended destination.

Aug 29 07:55

Syrian government, Kurds condemn Turkish incursion into ISIS held border area

Syria condemned Wednesday’s Turkish incursion into an Islamic State group-held border area as a “flagrant violation” of its sovereignty as Kurdish authorities said the action amounted to a “declaration of war”. The foreign ministry in Damascus said it “condemns the crossing of the Turkey-Syria border by Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles towards the Jarabulus area with air cover from the US-led coalition and considers it a flagrant violation of Syrian sovereignty”.

Aug 28 18:43

‘No Idea For Three Loops:’ US Pilots Recount How They ‘Shadowed’ Syrian Aircraft

American pilots that recently intercepted Syrian warplanes over the country’s northeast say the government jets had no idea they were being shadowed, while admitting that they could have easily shot down the planes if ordered to do so.

The US pilots involved described the situation for USA Today. On August 19, the Pentagon said that it had scrambled two F-22s after Syrian SU-24 jets reportedly conducted a bombing raid close to the positions of Kurdish forces and American advisers near the Syrian town of Hasakah.

Aug 28 11:05

Philippines Threaten 'Bloody Confrontation' with Beijing Over South China Sea

The bombastic Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte moved to escalate tensions in the South China Sea knowing that the United States is under a treaty obligation to defend the Philippines.

Aug 28 09:24

The road to WWIII is paved with good intentions

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and littered with sloppy analyses!

Aug 28 07:11

From bad to worse: Clinton laying foundation for increasingly hostile relations with Russia

Let’s be honest: Hillary Clinton and Vladimir Putin aren’t exactly the best of friends. But Clinton appears to be intent on making a bad situation worse — and all to score a few political points.

The relationship with Russia is one Clinton should be taking very seriously. If she wins the presidency in November, relations between Washington and Moscow will continue to be a major foreign policy priority. They have already hit a 25-year low. It should go without saying then, that when it comes to Russia, Clinton should not mince her words.

Aug 27 12:58

Utterly Despicable: Mourners At Funeral For ‘Child Air-Strike Victims’ Killed By Barrel Bombs

At least 15 civilians have reportedly been killed by a suspected barrel bomb attack on a funeral being held in the Syrian city of
Aleppo.

Residents had gathered in the rebel-controlled Bab al-Nayrab district to mourn 11 children who died in air strikes two days before on Saturday when the explosions struck.

Aug 27 12:19

UK Defense Contractor BAE Selling Surveillance Gear To Emirates – Report

The Danish subsidiary of a British defense contractor is selling surveillance gear to the United Arab Emirates, according to documents obtained by a Danish newspaper. The deal has sparked fears that the system will be used to repress political opponents.

The papers from the Danish Business Authority show that it issued an export permit last month to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence A/S, which gives the company the right to sell an “IP monitoring and data analysis system relating to national security and the investigation of serious crimes” to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dagbladet Information reported.

Aug 27 11:36

Hillary Clinton’s “Humanitarian Interventionists” Prepare for War in Syria

Defense One, the online magazine published by the self-described “neocon guy" David Bradley, has called for a no-fly zone in Syria. Evelyn N. Farkas, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a NATO operation, writes the United States is “morally complicit in the worsening humanitarian catastrophe that is Syria,” but not for the reason you might think. The United States is guilty because it has not intervened more directly. “We should be ready to enforce [a no-fly zone] through military force and communicate this directly to the Russian government. We should seek U.N. Security Council approval, but be prepared to proceed without it.”

Aug 27 10:51

THE CASE FOR DONALD TRUMP

Anyone who knows my writing and background knows I am not a conservative and certainly have little use for the right wing anywhere.
But they will also know that I despise war and that I believe America’s establishment has brought moral degradation to the country’s international affairs. It has also brought degradation to America’s own people, completely ignoring their welfare for decades, regarding them only as a herd from which to solicit votes with television advertising and from whom to collect taxes.

Aug 27 07:24

Daesh-Gate: The Scandal That Could End Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Russian-Israeli journalist and political analyst Israel Shamir offers his insights on why Trump's comments about Obama and Clinton being 'the founders of ISIS' may just put an end to Hillary Clinton's White House ambitions.

Aug 26 15:57

Turkey Invades Northern Syria — Truth of Turkish "Coup" Revealed?

Syria's conflict has escalated into dangerous new territory as Turkish military forces cross the Turkish-Syrian border in an attempt to annex the Syrian city of Jarabulus. The operation includes not only Turkish military forces, but also throngs of Western-backed militants who will likely be handed control of the city before expanding operations deeper into Syria against Syrian government forces.

Aug 26 13:25

The Future of War Looks Like Hollywood: “Terminator-Like Machines to Fight in Battlefields”

The future might be unrecognizable, and the battlefield may soon become a place where humans don’t stand a chance.

The future of war will involve autonomous robots instead of humans, according to Air Force General and Vice Chair of the Joint of Chiefs of Staff Paul Selva, who warned enemies could build “Terminator”-like machines to fight in battlefields.

“I’m talking about a wholly-robotic system that decides whether or not, at the point of decision, it’s going to do lethal ops.”

Read more at SHTF

Aug 26 12:47

BRITISH COMPANIES ARE SELLING ADVANCED SPY TECH TO AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES

Since early 2015, over a dozen UK companies have been granted licenses to export powerful telecommunications interception technology to countries around the world, Motherboard has learned. Many of these exports include IMSI-catchers, devices which can monitor large numbers of mobile phones over broad areas. Some of the UK companies were given permission to export their products to authoritarian states such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Egypt; countries with poor human rights records that have been well-documented toabuse surveillance technology.

Aug 26 11:18

Video: Japan Holds Live-Fire Drills Day After N. Korean Missile Test

Tanks, artillery and hundreds of troops took part in Japanese Self Defense Forces (SDF) live-fire drills near Mount Fuji.

Aug 26 10:50

"I Didn't Serve, I Was Used": How Veterans Are Losing The War At Home

A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said,

“Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” That got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home.

Aug 26 10:11

The $400bn F-35 is 'not on a path to success': Damning test report warns fighter jet is 'running out of time and money'

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been hailed as the 'most expensive weapon in history,' and with a price tag of $400 billion for 2,457 planes, the fifth-generation fighter has been plagued with issues.

But it appeared the tide had finally turned earlier this month when the U.S. Air Force has declared an initial squadron of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35A fighter jets ready for combat.

Now, the Pentagon's director of operational testing has poured cold water on the announcement, slamming the planes readiness.

Aug 26 09:52

In ‘Peace Initiative,’ Kerry Demands Yemen’s Houthis Surrender and Disarm

Visiting the city of Jeddah, Secretary of State John Kerry announced a deal with Saudi Arabia on a new “peace initiative” related to the ongoing Saudi invasion of Yemen. As with all previous such initiatives, Kerry’s statement laying out the plan demanded that the Shi’ite Houthis, who the Saudis are fighting, must immediately surrender all territory and unilaterally disarm before being allowed to participate in any talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Secretary Kerry: this proposal has been engineered to fail, and you know it.

The US-enabled Saudi military has been targeting hospitals, schools, and innocent civilians.

These, sir, are war crimes.

And this makes the United States of America complicit in war crimes.

And sir, I hate to be cynical, but it is really difficult for me to keep up these days.

As reported at reuters.com on 9 August of this year:

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from the capital, Sanaa. Human rights groups have criticized the coalition's air strikes because of the deaths of civilians. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale.

So, Secretary Kerry, let me get this straight: a private US company, General Dynamics, is selling weaponry to a country which has been proven to be committing war crimes, and the Administration is perfectly fine with this?!?

Many Americans, as they head to the polls in November, are very concerned about these damnable, never-ending pre-emptive wars the US government has either started, or enabled.

And they are asking themselves; do they want another warmonger in chief, which is what a Clinton presidency will guarantee they will have, or a businessman who wants peace through commerce and trade?

The choice for the American voter could not possibly be more stark, Mr. Secretary; and people are paying attention to the potential, horrific, consequences of electing another war-centric candidate.

Aug 26 08:52

China Calls for Calm as India Moves to Deploy Missiles to Disputed Region

As India plans to equip its troops along the Chinese border with the BrahMos missile, China’s Defense Ministry has called for calm. A long term territorial dispute between Beijing and New Delhi has been brewing along the Tibetan border. China lays claim to roughly 35,000 square miles ruled by India, while India says that China is currently occupying 14,600 square miles of its territory.

India Accuses China of Sending Troops, Helicopter Across Border To assert its own claims, New Delhi plans to deploy advanced BrahMos cruise missiles to the region. Introduced in 2007, the projectile is one of India’s most versatile weapons, capable of being launched from ships, submarines, aircraft, or land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at rbth.com last year:

In September 2010 India’s newly constituted tri-services Strategic Forces Command (SFC) submitted a proposal to the Defence Ministry for setting up two dedicated squadrons of aircraft comprising 40 Su-30MKI air dominance fighters. The task of this “mini air force” is to deliver nuclear weapons. The picture became clearer in October 2012 when the Cabinet Committee on Security green lighted a programme to carry out structural and software modifications on 42 Su-30MKIs and acquire 216 air-launched Brahmos missiles. Until then, the Brahmos – the product of an India-Russia joint venture – was for exclusive use by the Navy. пустым не оставлять!! FGFA may be armed with BrahMos cruise missiles In March 2015 the SFC received the first of these 42 Sukhois equipped with the air launched version of the supersonic BrahMos. This is the first time that the SFC, which at present depends on the Indian Air Force (IAF) for delivering nuclear weapons under its command, is acquiring its own aerial assets.

Translation: the Indian military has moved nuclear-capable fighter aircraft to the Tibetan border.

The Indo/Chinese conflict in this region gets very little US corporate press, but it is, indeed, one of those hair-trigger conflicts which could well generate World War III.

Let us hope that cool heads on both sides of a hastily-called peace conference on this issue, prevail.

And an earnest, honest plea to Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov; you two gentlemen are "the adults in the room" when it comes to ratcheting down geopolitical tensions.

Please, start working the phones here and see what areas of agreement you can create between these two nuclear armed countries to keep things from spiraling out of control.

Aug 26 08:15

Susan Sarandon: Hillary Will Cause World War 3

Actress Susan Sarandon thinks Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is “very dangerous” on foreign policy and would almost certainly start World War III.

Sarandon told The Daily Caller News Foundation at an anti-oil pipeline rally that Clinton’s foreign policy record is alarming. Clinton has armed dangerous people in Syria, the actress said.

Aug 26 07:32

AN ANALYSIS OF ANTHONY M. BARRETT’S PERSPECTIVE ON U.S.-RUSSIAN NUCLEAR WAR

If one is to take careful measure of Anthony M. Barrett’s perspective essay entitled “False Alarms, True Dangers? /Current and Future Risks of Inadvertent U.S.-Russian Nuclear War”, [ next article down] we might possibly assume that the analyst’s suggestion of an ‘inadvertent’ nuclear war is more of a false flag scenario than a veiled threat - a pre-emptive, nuclear strike by either of the two nation-states. In the beginning of his essay, Mr. Barrett gives the signal that he is truly concerned about “an inadvertent nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia—that is, a conflict that begins when one nation misinterprets an event (such as a training exercise, a weather phenomenon, or a malfunction) as an indicator of a nuclear attack or a provocation”.

Aug 26 07:32

False Alarms, True Dangers? Current and Future Risks of Inadvertent U.S.-Russian Nuclear War

How could miscalculations and misperceptions lead to the use of nuclear weapons in three scenarios: an early warning system's false alarm, an escalation of a conventional conflict in Russia's "near abroad," and a false indication of a nuclear attack by Russia's "Dead Hand" system?

Aug 26 07:11

Turkey Invades Aleppo With US Backing

TURKEY invaded northern Syria yesterday with US military and diplomatic backing, striking at both Islamic State (Isis) and Kurdish forces.

Turkish troops and up to 20 tanks accompanied by extremist insurgents pulled from fronts in the Syrian civil war to capture Jarabulus, the key Isis-held border town in the north-east of Aleppo province.

Aug 25 15:43

U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched In Yemeni Blood

When Pope Francis visited the U.S. Congress in September 2015, he boldly posed a moral challenge to his American hosts, asking: “Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?”

Aug 25 12:54

PENTAGON HAS NO IDEA WHERE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF GUNS WENT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

The U.S. government has shipped over 1.4 million guns to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, according a new analysis by the U.K.-based watchdog Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), but the Pentagon is only able to account for fewer than half of them. AOAV released its analysis of publicly available data on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contracts on Wednesday, and added that when requested to provide its own accounting for the small arms provided to the war-torn nations, "the DoD data shows that over 700,000 small arms were sent from the U.S. to Iraq and Afghanistan within these periods. However, this amount only accounts for 48 percent of the total small arms supplied by the U.S. government that can be found in open source government reports."

Aug 25 12:14

Police: Man Shouts 'Allahu Akbar' In Australian Knife Attack

A French man shouting the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two men in an attack at a hostel in northeast Australia, police said Wednesday.

The 29-year-old suspect did not have any known links to the Islamic State group and appeared to have acted alone, Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said. Police were trying to determine whether the man had been motivated by extremism, or something else.

Aug 25 11:24

New Arms Race: China, US Prepare for Missile Warfare

In signs of a new Cold War, China is building an arsenal of both offensive and defensive missiles to prepare for a hypothetical conflict with the United States. In recent months, tensions between the two nations have reached new heights. In the South China Sea, Beijing and Washington are at loggerheads over the former’s construction of artificial islands, with the US concerned China is attempting to establish an air defense zone. In the neighboring East China Sea, Tokyo and Beijing are at odds over the Senkaku islands, a conflict partly driven by the United States pressuring its Pacific allies into taking a harder stance against China’s growing influence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very sorry to have to say that I do not see this as the preparation for a "new cold war" between China (and Russia) and the United states: I see it as preparation, on all sides for a shooting war in which millions will most probably die.

I wish I had a far more rosy, positive assessment of what is going on, but the confluence of international tensions cautions against that.

And what is accelerating the coming of these wars is the rapid slide of the US dollar, due to the following reasons:

Four More Mega-Banks Join The Anti-Dollar Alliance

23 COUNTRIES NOW ABANDONING US DOLLAR

Putin Targets US Monetary System: "Aims To Eliminate US Dollar From Trade"

Goodbye dollar? BRICS set to enhance trade in national currencies

China Says “No Dollars” for New Yuan

The Collapse of the Western Fiat Monetary System may have Begun. China, Russia and the Reemergence of Gold-Backed Currencies

Of course, the US dollar is still around, courtesy of all the blood and money spent to keep it propped up with these vicious pre-emptive wars, courtesy of the US government; to control the resources, like oil, and guarantee that those resources will only be sold in the US dollar. But the oligarchs, the 1 percenters, the Fed, and the banks want to see this arrangement continue for as long as possible.

As a Christian pacifist activist, I have consistently urged my government to negotiate, logically, in good faith to resolve all the geopolitical disputes it has with other countries on the planet; the US government has chosen the tools of war over the tools of negotiation: that is why we are constantly being propagandized by the presstitutes, spewing their codswallop all over the corporate airwaves, as to which country is the "villain du jour" that day, week or month.

And what is painfully apparent to me is that this "deep state" government, no matter who is at the helm, consistently, over the last two administrations, and the current administration, never sees negotiations, peace, and prosperity as viable options.

So, right now, Russia, China, and Iran are the alleged "bad guys" against whom we are expected to boo, hiss, and complacently sent off our sons, daughters, and friends to fight, die, and get maimed for life in pursuit of the continuance of US dollar hegemony.

Wars are absolutely never about "freedom, honor, and the American way of life"; they are always about which currencies shall reign supreme after the war's end, and what companies will be making a killing (sometimes, literally) through these wars. Karl Marx once observed that all wars are economic in nature: he was entirely correct in his assessment.

So I have one memo for the Obama Administration: and that is, in the most peaceful, logical way I can pursue, I absolutely I will not go along with your war agenda, because I fully appreciate that it is based on lies you are hoping will shape a narrative of acceptance of these wars in the minds of the American people.

But as a people who were lied to about "Saddam's weapons of mass destruction", as a way to "sell" one of the last wars (What, again, was the obscenely lame excuse for the US military to invade Afghanistan?!?), which was, as usual, about controlling Iraq's oil, and making sure that the oil was sold only in US dollars, we understand that we can never believe anything the US government tells us again.

Never.

And President Obama, if you were to knock on my door, and tell me it was sunny outside, I would be morally obligated to walk out my door and check for myself.

I think we need to watch the G20 in China in early September very closely; it appears to be truly the last chance of possibly salvaging any possibility of peaceful resolutions of some of these major geopolitical conflicts in which the US is embroiled.

I would like to be pleasantly surprised, but I am not counting on it.

Aug 25 09:42

U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched In Yemeni Blood

When Pope Francis visited the U.S. Congress in September 2015, he boldly posed a moral challenge to his American hosts, asking: “Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?”

“Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money,” he solemnly concluded. “Money that is drenched in blood.”

Aug 25 09:24

US-TURKEY LAUNCH OPERATION "ISIS SHIELD" TO CLEANSE MODERATE ARABS AND KURDS UNDER THE COVER OF FIGHTING ISIS

Sadly, the Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become the pets and toys of the two-faced gangsters in Washington. If Uncle Sam tells them lay down, they lay down, if he tells them fetch, they fetch.

Aug 25 09:12

Colombia, FARC to sign historic peace deal today, ending 52-year war

Colombia’s government and the leftist FARC rebel organization have reached a final and comprehensive peace agreement which puts an end to Latin America’s longest war. The FARC campaign against successive Colombian governments began in 1964, leaving more than 220,000 people dead and more than six-and-a-half million displaced. After four years of negotiations, the pace deal will be signed Wednesday evening in Havana, Cuba.

The front-page headline of this morning’s (Wednesday) El Tiempo says it all: “¡Histórico!: Gobierno y Farc llegan a acuerdo y cierran negociación.”
Indeed. Colombia’s government and the leftist FARC rebel organization have reached a final and comprehensive peace agreement which puts an end to Latin America’s longest war. The FARC campaign against successive Colombian governments began in 1964, leaving more than 220,000 people dead and more than six-and-a-half million displaced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed that this holds, and that FARC becomes a political voice, and force for peace and justice in Columbia.

Aug 25 08:20

BEXALERT!: Boats Estimated to Come About 300 Yards Away From Destroyer

The US Navy just jumped the Shark!

While presenting the moves as “an interception” and “unsafe and unprofessional,” the video footage showed the speedboats barely visible in the distance, before zooming in to present them as somewhat larger, blurrier shapes in the distance.

Aug 25 08:15

Syria 'No Fly Zone' Is Last-Ditch US Effort To Save Al-Qaeda

"... this de facto "no fly zone" ... may be a US last-ditch effort to prevent Syrian government forces, aided by Russia, from taking back Aleppo and thus breaking the back of the foreign-backed insurgency."

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Obama doesn't want this generation's Vietnam as part of his legacy, no matter how much it costs other peoples' money and lives!

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