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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Dec 05 05:05

Donald Trump: Thank you Ohio!

Awesome after Election rally.

Keep it up, Trump supporters! NO to Lobbyists! No to Regime Change Wars! No to the Neocons! We want a foreign policy that puts #AmericaFirst

Thank you Ohio! Together, we made history – and now, the real work begins. America will start winning again! #AmericaFirst

Full Speech: President-Elect Donald Trump 'VICTORY' Rally in Cincinnati, OH 12/1/16

Dec 04 14:24

How Regulators are Helping the 'Keep It In the Ground' Movement

If fossil fuel opponents can’t “keep it in the ground” and stop oil, natural gas, and coal development, then the next best thing in their anti-energy march is ensuring that energy can't go to where it’s needed.

After President Barack Obama refused to permit the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, fossil fuel opponents learned from their success by vigorously targeting other energy infrastructure projects and pressuring regulators to throw up roadblocks. The result, as The Wall Street Journal reports, is billions of dollars in missed opportunities that will hamper the economy:

Dec 04 13:49

Police Brutality: ‘Heads Split Wide Open’ Report Dakota Pipeline Protesters

Activists face extreme police aggression for protesting against the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline on sacred land of Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

Dec 04 10:19

House Passes Massive $611 Billion New Military Spending Bill

In an overwhelming 375-34 vote, the House of Representatives today passed a massive $611 new military spending bill. Though presented as the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017, the bill is only a portion of what the US will ultimately spend on the military in fiscal 2017.

The bill includes bans on any closure of any military bases by the Pentagon, once again rejecting calls by the military leadership to get rid of costly, unwanted bases, and also forbids the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. It also forbids the Pentagon from going through with a plan to reduce the number of active duty soldiers,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps it is quixotic in the extreme, but I yearn for a day when the US government finally figures out how to resolve its geopolitical differences through hard-won, ethical negotiations, rather than through war.

Dec 04 09:32

Congress authorizes Trump to arm Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles

The House voted for the first time today to explicitly authorize the incoming Donald Trump administration to arm vetted Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles.

While the language in the annual defense bill also creates restrictions on the provision of the controversial weapons, it represents a win for Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., a fervent advocate of helping the rebels resist President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies. The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week.

Until now, the transfer of man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADs, had been implicitly authorized in the absence of an outright ban. Critics, however, view the new provision as tantamount to a policy recommendation for the president-elect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Trump is as smart as I think he is, he will veto this deal, and work with Russia to end this war, as quickly as possible.

I would like to politely point out to Senator McCain that continuing to do the same this, over and over (as in, sending weapons to allegedly "vetted, moderate" Rebels"), yet expecting a different outcome (their getting their collective backsides whipped by the Russians an Syrians) is a classic definition of insanity.

Dec 04 09:25

Michael T. Flynn and Islam

This General sussed out ISIS over 3 years ago. One of Trump's best picks!

With a load of bad faith, the Clintonian Press describes Michael T. Flynn, the next National Security Advisor of the United States, as an Islamophobe and a partisan of torture. What’s the truth behind all this?

Dec 04 09:13

General Flynn’s Proposals to Reform Intelligence

General Michael T. Flynn, the next US National Security adviser is in the process of organizing a radical overhaul of the Intelligence Services.

According to our sources, he is getting ready to challenge the big reforms that took place during the Bush and Obama years:

Dec 04 08:19

US Marine Corps Scandal: Colonel Accused of Sexually Assaulting Child

Colonel Daniel Wilson has been charged with three counts of sexually abusing a child, four counts of assaulting a child under the age of 16, one count of failure to obey an order or regulation, and nine counts of conduct unbecoming an officer. He could face a court-martial for these accusations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

He OUGHT to!

Not exactly the image or a Marine you see on those recruiting posters, is it?

Dec 04 07:27

Donald Trump Pentagon Pick Mattis Made Nearly $1,000,000 On Board Of Defense Contractor

In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned that for security and liberty to prosper together, “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.” Fifty-five years later, a new president is planning to have his Pentagon run by a top official at one of the world’s largest defense contractors. President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will appoint retired General James Mattis as the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Not only would Mattis be the first general to hold the traditionally civilian position, he would move into the job directly from his position helping to run General Dynamics — a $30-billion colossus that heavily relies on Pentagon contracts overseen by the Defense Secretary.

Dec 03 09:30

Battle For Mosul: Beating ISIS Won’t End Iraq’s Civil War, UK Experts Tell RT

Caught in the crossfire, driven to hunger, held as human shields – civilians trapped in Mosul face a living nightmare, as coalition forces attempt to topple the last urban stronghold of ISIS in Iraq, while meting out sectarian punishments of their own.

Dec 03 09:18

Is Donald Trump really only a showman who will prepare the USA for war?

Let me begin by immediately say that I have the utmost respect for F. William Engdahl and that I consider him a person far more knowledgeable of US politics than myself. Furthermore, I want to also make it clear that I am not going to refute a single argument Engdahl makes in support of his thesis simply because I believe that his arguments are fact-based and logical. I strongly urge everybody to read Engdahl’s article “The Dangerous Deception Called The Trump Presidency” in the New Eastern Outlook and carefully consider each of his arguments.

My main argument is much more primitive than Engdahl’s and even more circumstantial: I see clear signs of a *real* struggle taking place inside the US elites and if, indeed, such a struggle is taking place, then I conclude that Trump is not a showman who has been “selected” (to use Engdahl’s words) by the US elites but that quite to the contrary, his election is a nightmare for these elites.

Dec 02 18:00

Trending on Twitter: MSM Flips - Trump Risks War With China Because He Called Called Taiwan

The corporate media totally ignores Obama sold $1.83b of weapons to Taiwan and flips out because Trump called Taiwan claiming it will cause a war.

More fake news from the corporate media. Just when you think they can’t possibly lose anymore credibility. You just cant make this stuff up.

The liberal media is flipping out because Trump just made a phone call to Taiwan throw accusations all over the place he at a minimum started a trade war if not an actual war.

Dec 02 16:51

The Iron Heel At Home: Force Matters

I’ve long been taken aback by the readiness of some leading left intellectuals to downplay the role of state violence in the enforcement of social hierarchy and class rule inside the United States. Perhaps you know the argument: thanks to the relative strength of the free speech tradition, outwardly democratic politics, and the related heroic struggles of activists from the abolitionists of the 19th century through the trade union and Civil Rights militants of the last century, the American power elite relies less on force than on “the manufacture of consent” to keep to the citizenry down.

Dec 02 14:24

Destroyer Zumwalt Resumes Voyage to California

Repaired — again — with parts from a sistership, the high-tech destroyer Zumwalt left Panama on Wednesday night bound for California, where a more thorough investigation will try and determine why several rather prosaic pieces of equipment have failed several times in the ship’s short life.

Dec 02 13:20

Iran Threatens to Walk Away From Nuke Deal, Retaliate Against U.S. for New Sanctions

Iran is threatening to walk away from the nuclear deal with the United States and pursue forms of retaliation, including a national boycott of American goods, as a result of Congress’s overwhelming vote on Thursday to level new sanctions against Iran for another 10 years, according to multiple comments by senior Iranian officials.

Following the Senate’s 99-0 vote to renew economic sanctions on Tehran, senior Iranian officials said the United States is in violation of last summer’s nuclear deal and that Iran is prepared to retaliate, which could include abandoning the agreement.

The comments come as the Obama administration scrambles to preserve the deal in its final months in office, ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, who has been assembling a cabinet filled with fierce opponents of the accord.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appears to have been a very carefully crafted tactic by the US Senate to anger the Iranians to the point where they walk away from the P5+1 nuclear deal, and restart their nuclear weapons program as the "justification" for the US declaring war against Iran (which will almost certainly mean war with Russia.)

If I could ever craft an amendment to the Constitution it would be this; when all Congressional candidates declare their candidacy, that is the moment that one of their kids must enlist in the Armed Forces, in units most likely to see front-line action.

I am almost willing to bet that this will dampen Congressional ardor and lust for war, because, this time, with their kids tasked to participate in combat, ...it's personal. It's not just "other people's kids", getting killed and maimed for life, ultimately, for corporate profit; but will potentially be their own.

Dec 02 12:48

Kissinger and Brzezinski to Be Honoured by Nobel Institute and Oslo University

These two top officials behind major US wars (Iran/Afghanistan and Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos) and regime change (against Allende, Chile) will speak at the first of a new event, The Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo, created by the Nobel Institute in Oslo.

The leaders of the two institutions declare that they are proud to have succeeded in getting these two diplomats to Norway – and the media of course will be there. The event is sponsored by the California-based company InCircl – a marketing and mobile payment company.

This is the country that, since 1980, has intervened violently in Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Kosova/Serbia, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, i.e. 14 Muslim countries. It has some 630 base facilities in 130+ countries. It has its US Special Forces (SOF) in 133 countries.

It has used nuclear weapons without apology and owns the second largest arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By inviting warmongers and war criminals like Kissinger and Brzezinski to such an event demonstrates that the Nobel Peace Prize is an absolute, utter fraud!!

It would really be a joke, had not so many people, in so many countries, died because of the wars generated by these men.

Dec 02 12:40

Obama Supports Making Women Register for Military Draft

Continuing the debate over a massive expansion of the Selective Service, the White House today announced that President Obama is in favor of expanding registration for the military draft to include all women when they turn 18.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That include your own kids, Barry?

Dec 02 12:37

North Korea rejects U.N. resolution, vows stronger self-defense measures: KCNA

North Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday it rejects the latest U.N. Security Council resolution imposing fresh sanctions against the country for its September nuclear test, saying it denied its sovereignty and right to survival.

The North's foreign ministry said in a statement that the country will be taking stronger self-defense measures in response to the resolution, the country's KCNA state news agency said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, UN, for creating sanctions which are pushing North Korea into the polar opposite direction from where you say you want them to go!! Smooth move, there, folks!

What the UN, South Korea, Japan, China and US SHOULD be doing, at this juncture, is getting Kim Jung-Un and North Korea back to the negotiating table, and presenting a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, which guarantees freedom of trade in exchange for North Korea stopping their nuclear weapons program, and becoming a signatory to the NNPT.

Unfortunately, however, it appears that this solution is....logical.

And I have learned, very painfully, that logic and the geopolitical process, are frequently mutually exclusive.

And, should North Korea accept such terms and conditions, it cannot be used as a "justification" for a US government's "back door war" against China.

Dec 02 11:49

Australia- Lebanese MP AGREES That Most Terror Suspects Are Lebanese-Muslims

A second generation Lebanese Christian MP has agreed with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s claim that allowing Lebanese Muslim refugees into Australia in the 1970s was a ‘mistake’.

Michael Sukkar, MP for Deakin in Victoria, backed Mr Dutton after he came under fire last week for suggesting the Fraser government ‘did make mistakes by bringing some people in’ to the country during the 1970s.

Dec 02 11:21

Centcom Commander: US Must Keep Troops in Afghanistan to ‘Send a Strong Message’

Speaking at the Foreign Policy Initiative’s forum today, Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of Central Command, praised President Obama for not following through on planned drawdowns of ground troops in occupied Afghanistan, saying he wants to keep troop levels at least this high for the foreseeable future.

Gen. Votel argued that keeping 8,400 troops in Afghanistan more or less permanently was “a very wise move,” and that it would “send a strong message” to the people of Afghanistan that the US believes “the military strategy is working.” The US invaded and occupied Afghanistan in 2001.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has US General Votel gone absolutely barking mad, and lost his reality licence, to have made such a statement...in public?!?

Were I able to invite this man over for tea (and I sincerely doubt he would accept the invitation), I would have to ask him, point-blank: what are the metrics to which you can honestly point which indicate, 15 years on, and with the Taliban taking more and more territory here on a daily basis, that the US military strategy is actually "working"?!?

What do you actually mean by that?!?

So I must be brutally honest here; the only element right now for whom this occupation is "working" is the burgeoning Afghani opium trade.

As reported at thefiscalnews.com last month:

Losing the War on Heroin: Poppy Production Soars in Afghanistan

Oh, and it gets worse: not only is the opium trade growing like crazy; US troops are also being tasked with guarding the opium poppy farms.

images: US soldiers guarding opium fields in Afghanistan

So please, General Votel, cut the crud, already; we know why you are keen on keeping US and Coalition soldiers in Afghanistan for as long as possible, and it is not for taking territory away from the Taliban, or insuring the freedom of the Afghani people.

It is to guarantee the continuation, and expansion, of opium production here, to fund various "off the shelf" activities of various US alphabet soup agencies, and insure that Congressional oversight is completely non-existent.

Dec 02 10:55

Obama Supports Making Women Register for Military Draft

Continuing the debate over a massive expansion of the Selective Service, the White House today announced that President Obama is in favor of expanding registration for the military draft to include all women when they turn 18.

The announcement comes ahead of a planned House vote on a bill to study the expansion of the military draft, or to potentially eliminate the Selective Service outright. The White House has repeatedly insisted they have no plans to bring the draft back, but want to force everyone to register anyhow to “foster a sense of public service.”

The administration opened all combat roles to women, and officials say they believe expanding the registration system is a “logical next step,” ensuring “gender equality” in forcing the public to register for potential conscription in future wars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...to foster a sense of public service...", MY ASTROLABE!!

This is about the DOD and Pentagon wanting to bulk up their resources by conscripting women, as well as men, for the wars they are scheming to hatch within the next 50 years.

Dec 02 10:52

10 Dead, 80 Injured In 'Human-Caused' Wildfires In Tennessee

At least 10 people have lost their lives in the US state of Tennessee’s raging wildfires, which some officials say were likely “human–caused.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Thursday called the wildfires the state’s largest in about 100 years.

Dec 02 10:47

UN: Iraq Troop Deaths Soar With Mosul Invasion

Between Iraq’s military, militias, and the Kurdish Peshmerga, some 50,000 troops invaded the area around Mosul. The Peshmerga is reporting that they lost a large chunk of fighters by themselves, with 1,600 killed and some 10,000 wounded since late October.

That of course is only a fraction of the overall death toll for the month of November, as some 2,227 ISIS fighters were also killed. Among civilians, the UN only counted 926 killed, but the figure is actually several hundred higher, with the UN continuing to exclude deaths in Anbar from their official figure.

All told, that puts the death toll at 5,719 for Iraq in November, which is roughly in line with October. the November figures show a six-fold increase in Iraqi troop deaths, with ISIS casualties on the decline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These horrific numbers are the "legacy" of President Bush's war and occupation of Iraq.

I have to believe that there is a special place in hell for people who lie to get their countries involved in pre-emptive wars of conquest.

Dec 02 10:45

Pentagon's top tester: Littoral ships 'have a near-zero chance of completing a 30-day mission'

The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program is behind schedule, hundreds of millions over budget, and incapable of conducting most of the basic missions it was intended to carry out. Senators on Thursday said they wanted to know why.

Dec 01 21:22

Wounded Soldiers’ Payment Scheme Overhauled To Spare MoD Embarrassment In Court

The British government is so determined to avoid the embarrassment of soldiers’ compensation cases that it may change its entire damages scheme in order to keep cases out of the public sphere, critics allege.

Dec 01 16:13

More War? New U.S. Troops Arrive in Yemen while Saudis Kill 13 more Civilians

A report says more American military forces have arrived in Yemen’s port city of Aden to join the contingent of U.S. troops allegedly fighting al-Qaeda militants in the country’s south. Yemen’s al-Masirah television channel published footage showing American troops arriving in Aden.

Dec 01 12:15

China military says it's seriously concerned by Japan-South Korea pact

China's Defence Ministry on Wednesday expressed serious concern about South Korea and Japan signing a military intelligence pact to share sensitive information on the threat posed by North Korea's missile and nuclear activities.

The signing of the General Security of Military Information Agreement had originally been expected in 2012, but South Korea postponed it due to domestic opposition.

The case for the neighbors to pool intelligence has increased, however, as North Korea has been testing different types of missiles at a faster rate, and claims it has the capability to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile.

Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said the move would add a new unsafe and unstable element to northeast Asia and smacked of a Cold War mentality.

"China's military expresses serious concern about this," Yang told a monthly news briefing, adding to previous opposition to the deal from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun: please, try to this from both the Japanese and South Korean perspectives.

Your client State, North Korea, appears drifting toward more instability, and this is coupled with the reality that its President, Kim Jung-Un, appears to be hell-bent to develop a viable nuclear weapons program, which has guidance that works, and soon.

Sir, forgive me, but if you were heads of state, or even citizens, in either South Korea or Japan, would you not be just a little ...nervous, knowing that this was going on?!?

I would strongly suggest, sir that your President, Xi Jinping, needs to recommence negotiations with North Korea, bringing in South Korea, Japan, and the US government, to hammer out a true peace treaty.

This would replace the current Armistice, which is simply a cessation of hostilities, and would include the provision for trade guarantees, as long as North Korea stops developing nuclear weapons, and becomes a signatory to the NNPT, as Iran did.

It can be done, if the will is there. And I hope China's experience with President-Elect Trump will be a far more positive working relationship than it has been with the current (and soon to be Ex) President Obama.

That Obama dissed China at the last G20 meeting, hosted by China, by accusing them of South China Sea "aggression", was the geopolitical equivalent to relieving oneself in someone's face, then telling them it was raining.
G20: Obama warns Beijing against South China Sea aggression

Dec 01 11:55

In Yemen’s war, trapped families ask: Which child should we save?

The family of Osama Hassan faced a wrenching choice as his tiny body wasted away. Should they use the little money they had, in a time of war, to take the 2-year-old to a hospital? Or should they buy food to feed their other children?

His family chose food.

Outside their hut, Ahmed Sadek grimly observed his frail grandson, who was lying on a wooden cot and staring blankly at the gray sky. His hair was sparse, his teeth decayed, his arms sticklike. He could no longer walk on his spindly legs.

With every raspy breath, Osama’s ribs protruded through his dry skin.

“There’s nothing we can do for him,” Sadek said. “I know he’s going to die.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good, hard look at that dying kid, held by his grandfather.

And isn't it comforting to know that the US government has been complicit in this kid's death, by militarily enabling the Saudi military, which has blockaded Yemen's ports, and prevents food from getting to desperately poor families like this, in their war against Yemen?!?

In President Obama's world, the death of children through starvation is perfectly acceptable, if the Saudis are ultimately able to grind the Houthi rebels into a pulp, and restore the presidency of Al-Hadi.

They're just "collateral damage"; not human beings, entitled to care, food, the tenderness of a loving family, and the opportunity to grow up to fulfill their destinies.

THIS ... is what President Obama's enabling of the Saudi military has created in Yemen; I am absolutely certain that, as a father himself, he will be absolutely delighted with this images:

Images of starving Yemeni child reduced to bone surfaces on social media

These images are not photoshopped: they are real testaments to the horrific nature of the US-enabled/Saudi fought war on Yemen.

I would like to politely remind both President and the House of Saud that collective punishment is a war crime; and one of the most barbaric collective punishments which can possibly be inflicted upon a people is the death of their infants, through certain and slow starvation because food is just not available.

In both the Bush and Obama administrations, there should have been a plaque behind their desks, boldly proclaiming: The United States of America; a proud partner in war crimes!!"

I am hoping - and praying - that President Elect Trump will be working in both a moral, and trade-friendly way to avoid this happening to our country, under his watch.

Dec 01 11:08

EU Plans Big Military Spending Increase

The European Union today unveiled their “European Defense Action Plan,” which aims at a major military spending increase alliance-wide, with some $5.8 billion a year being set aside to acquire more weaponry, including attack helicopters and drones.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker argues that the spending is needed to ensure that Europe’s military industrial base remains “competitive” enough to give them strategic autonomy. Alliance-wide, the EU member nations spend over $210 billion on their military every year.

A lot of the effort seems focused not on building or buying equipment anyone actually wants, but rather in ensuring that EU-based companies have the capability of doing so, and funding research into more future weapons that they will also buy, but not actually want.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me for being a tad confused here, but... against what countries does EU President Junker believe he will be fighting with this EU Army?!?

Russia?!? Russia wants trade.

China?!? China wants trade.

Or, perhaps, is this EU Army being created to put down uppity nation-states who ultimately want out, because membership in the EU is not benefiting their citizens economically at all?

Of course, after Italy's referendum this weekend, the entire point of the EU might be made moot anyway.

Italy's referendum: A nightmare scenario in the heart of Europe

Dec 01 11:02

The Constitution is our national strategy

Contrary to conventional wisdom (which is invariably wrong), the United States Constitution is the nation’s strategy for greatness. The strategy entails invincible self-defense; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations; and, entangling alliances with none.
At present, that strategy means returning our troops stationed abroad back to the United States to defend we the people, not foreigners whose loyalties lie elsewhere. It means repositioning all of our air and naval forces to defend we the people, not foreigners whose loyalties lie elsewhere. I

Dec 01 10:59

Trump Ponders Petraeus for Senior Job

The news that President-elect Donald Trump called in disgraced retired Gen. David Petraeus for a job interview as possible Secretary of State tests whether Trump’s experience in hosting “The Celebrity Apprentice” honed his skills for spotting an incompetent phony or not.

Does Trump need more data than the continuing bedlam in Iraq and Afghanistan to understand that one can earn a Princeton PhD by writing erudite-sounding drivel about “counterinsurgency” and still flunk war?

In 2007, Adm. William Fallon, commander of CENTCOM with four decades of active-duty experience behind him, quickly took the measure of Petraeus, who was one of his subordinates while implementing a “surge” of over 30,000 U.S. troops into Iraq.

Dec 01 10:17

Flint family claims retaliation from Navy over criticism of water crisis response

The Walters lived in Flint, because that’s where father and husband Dennis Walter, a Navy sailor, was stationed. The family later moved to Virginia when the Navy placed Dennis at the Sewells Point Police Precinct at Naval Station Norfolk, and that’s when the alleged retaliation began. Lee Anne and Dennis accuse the Navy of harassing him since Lee Anne testified to Congress in March about the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Dec 01 08:57

Operation in Syria only targets terror, Erdo?an clarifies

Turkey’s military operation in Syria is not against any country or person but terror groups in general, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said, in contrast to earlier remarks that Turkey’s objective was to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following.

“The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation is no country or person but only terror organizations. No one should doubt this issue that we have uttered over and over, and no one should comment on it in another fashion or try to [misrepresent its meaning],” Erdo?an said at a 30th gathering with village chiefs at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Dec. 1.

On Nov. 29, Erdo?an sought to explain the reason for Ankara’s military offensive into Syria, saying: “We entered there to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan just blinked.

And possibly, the wisdom of thinking about the impact of what he says before words come out of his mouth, has just occurred to him, in a blinding vision of light.

Turkey's military actions here are about preventing the formation of an independent Kurdistan on the Turkish/Syrian border.

Dec 01 08:48

How the US Conceals American Military Combat Casualties in Syria and Iraq

The US Central Command (USCENTCOM) announced the death of an American soldier in Syria last week. According to the Pentagon this is the first time a US service member lost his life in combat in this country, however such claims are questionable given that the US troops have been illegally present in Syria since a long time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you are my age you will recall how Americans did not find out how many of our kids died in Vietnam until after it was over!

Dec 01 08:40

The Real Reasons Why Another American Civil War Is Possible

You have to hand it to the regressive left, when they conjure propaganda they really know how to run with it. When their indoctrination doesn’t take, and the public stops them cold with a wall of skepticism, they don’t give up! No — the little buggers double down and go for broke!

I would point out, however, that this seemingly boundless drive to forsake all logic and reason in the name of ideology is not due to these people being special in their ambition. Rather, they are following a somewhat successful historic model; the model of communism. And by successful, I mean successfully destructive.

Nov 30 14:54

FLASHBACK - IG Report: 300,000 Veterans Died While Waiting for Health Care at VA

More than 300,000 American military veterans likely died while waiting for health care -- and nearly twice as many are still waiting -- according to a new Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report.

Nov 30 14:53

What the VA Was Spending Money on Instead of Vets

Some of the more ludicrous purchases included:

--$670,000 for a pair of sculptures in California—to decorate a facility serving blind veterans,

--$285,000 on decorative rocks,

--$600,000 in artwork for a VA hospital in Puerto Rico,

--and $21,500 for an artificial Christmas tree in Ohio.

Nov 30 14:31

Military Draft For Women Among Dropped Ideas In Compromise 2017 Defense Bill

Congress has managed to finalize a $618.7 billion defense bill for the 2017 fiscal year, boosting it with an extra $3.2 billion for manpower, while stripping extra ships and jets. Requirements for women to register for the draft are also gone from the bill.

Nov 30 11:26

Daesh Claims Responsibility For Ohio Stabbing Attack

The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the stabbing attack in the US state of Ohio that led to the injury of nearly a dozen people.

Nov 30 08:23

Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan's remark about toppling Assad

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's statement that his forces in Syria were there to topple President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara.

"The announcement really came as news to us," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

"It is a very serious statement and one which differs from previous ones and with our understanding of the situation. We hope that our Turkish partners will provide us with some kind of explanation about this."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's encouraging that Reuters felt they finally had to cover this, but were 24 hours late on the story, compared to the independent media:

Erdogan declares war on Syria, 29 November 2016

Nov 30 07:56

Congress drops plans to make women register for the draft

Lawmakers have officially dropped plans to make women register for the draft, instead opting for a review of the ongoing need for the Selective Service System.

Nov 30 07:02

US Congress to allocate $350 mln on military aid for Ukraine

"It is authorization for lethal assistance," the source said, adding that the decision on allocating the money will be in the authority of the US president.

Nov 30 06:17

Obama administration expands elite military unit’s powers to hunt foreign fighters globally

The Obama administration is giving the elite Joint Special Operations Command — the organization that helped kill Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid by Navy SEALs — expanded power to track, plan and potentially launch attacks on terrorist cells around the globe, a move driven by concerns of a dispersed terrorist threat as Islamic State militants are driven from strongholds in Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials said.

Nov 30 03:33

Turkey Has Declared War On Syria – Does This Mean That World War 3 Is About To Erupt In The Middle East?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has just announced that the only reason Turkish military forces have entered northern Syria is to “end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad”.

Nov 29 17:10

Intel Officer Plotting With ISIS To Blow Up Intel Headquarters Arrested In Germany

Germany has arrested an intelligence officer which infiltrated the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BvF) on behalf of ISIS after he was outed for leaking classified information to the terrorist group in a plot to blow up the office’s headquarters.

Nov 29 16:33

John Pilger: The Coming War On China

A major US military build-up – including nuclear weapons – is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China.

Nov 29 16:29

URGENT: Turkey invades Syria to remove Bashar al-Assad

Turkey has been illegally running soldiers, artillery and infantry in and out of Syria for much of the duration of the present conflict. Now, however, the proxy and shadow war, which Turkey has been waging against the Syrian Arab Republic, has just become official.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has just announced that Turkish troops have entered Syria with the intention of removing President Assad from power. It is a formal declaration of war.

Nov 29 15:01

US serviceman knifes Japanese female employee at Misawa Air Base

A US employee at Misawa base in Aomori prefecture, Japan, is being accused of slashing a local woman with a knife and reportedly injuring her face, Japanese media report. She has been taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Nov 29 11:52

Press Tags Along For British Military’s Mosul Propaganda Drive

British mainstream media have pounced on a Ministry of Defence (MoD) invitation to meet a misty-eyed sniper who yearns to take on jihadists from the UK’s Camp Havoc base in Iraq.

Media outlets, including the Murdoch-owned Times and the Guardian, were invited to visit the base, where around 250 British infantrymen plus support personnel are stationed.

Nov 29 11:25

Turkey entered Syria to end al-Assad’s rule: President Erdo?an

The Turkish military launched its operations in Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said Nov. 29.

“In my estimation, nearly 1 million people have died in Syria. These deaths are still continuing without exception for children, women and men. Where is the United Nations? What is it doing? Is it in Iraq? No. We preached patience but could not endure in the end and had to enter Syria together with the Free Syrian Army [FSA],” Erdo?an said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul.

“Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice. We entered there to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason,” the president said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I nearly fell out of my chair, upon reading this, and thought, "Is this some horrific mistranslation?!? Has this guy utterly lost his reality licence?!?

But I googled the headline, and this came up in over 5 different times, in 5 different, credible resources, and yes, the headline is absolutely correct; Turkey has just declared war on the government of Syria.

There is however, a slightly different "spin" on this, courtesy of Russia Today (rt.com) In its coverage it added the following caveat: "However, many observers have said that Ankara aims to suppress Kurdish forces in Syria and prevent them from connecting three de facto autonomous Kurdish areas into one enclave south of the Turkish border."

Putin will not let a decap strike against Al-Assad happen.

So what's Erdogan's plan to avoid military conflict with the Russians, if regime change in Damascus is really his goal here?!?

Has President Obama, and NATO's Secretary General Stoltenberg given Erdogan some kind of covert promises to come in and assist, if the going gets rough against the Russian military (which it will)?!?

IF the answer to that question is in the affirmative, then the US government is on it's way to war with Russia and World War III even before Donald Trump gets to take the Oath of Office.

And what are the corporate presstitutes saying about this right now?!?

Absoflippinglutely NOTHING; zero, nada, zip.

Nov 29 11:11

Trump must stand up to Russia, not treat it as equal – UK defense secretary

Britain will not shift from its tough stance on Russia and US President-elect Donald Trump must not treat Moscow as an equal partner on the world stage, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay Michael, if you really feel that way; Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. Here's a da-glo orange jumpsuit left over from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport plane and we'll phone Putin and tell him you are on your way to kick his ass all by yourself.

Have fun!

Nov 29 10:51

Obama Redefines Terrorism to Expand Targeted Killings in Somalia

The outgoing Obama administration recently broadened the umbrella of the war on terror by placing the jihadist Somali group al-Shabaab (the youth) under armed conflict legislation drafted by Congress to target terrorist groups involved with the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

9-11; the one-size-fits-all excuse for war!

Nov 29 10:47

The Empire’s War On ‘Terror’

The “war on terror” has simultaneously been a war on truth. For fifteen years—from 9/11 to Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” and “al Qaeda connections,” “Iranian nukes,” “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” endless lies about Gadaffi, “Russian invasion of Ukraine”—the governments of the so-called Western democracies have found it essential to align themselves firmly with lies in order to pursue their agendas. Now these Western governments are attempting to discredit the truthtellers who challenge their lies.

Nov 29 08:47

ISIS Planning More Terror Attacks In Europe, Captured Documents Reveal

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is planning attacks across Europe, according to intelligence seized by Western-backed rebels in Syria, a British general has claimed.

Major-General Rupert Jones, deputy commander of US-led operations against the terrorist group, said that information retrieved by Kurdish and Arab militias in the former IS stronghold of Manbij indicates that there are explicit threats to Europe and elsewhere.

Nov 28 15:45

US Military Unable To Win Major Wars, Trump-Affiliated Think Tank Warns

All branches of the US military – Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps – have shrunk so much that they are now incapable of winning two regional wars at once, a report from an influential think tank that helped shape Donald Trump’s defense views says.

Nov 28 12:55

US Air Force Facing Severe Pilot, Aircraft Shortage: Commander

The US Air Force says a severe shortage of fighter pilots and aircraft has made the force nearly unable to satisfy combat requirements abroad.

The USAF is currently authorized to hire 3,500 fighter pilots but it is 752 pilots short, Voice of America (VOA) reported Monday, citing Major General Scott Vander Hamm, who is tasked with fixing the pilot crisis.

Nov 28 12:16

De Facto NATO “Invasion” of Syria? US, Turkey Military Operations in Syria Are Intervention

Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield to clear the Syrian border town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area of the Daesh, outlawed in Russia and many other countries. As Jarabulus was retaken, the joint forces of Ankara, the coalition and Syrian rebels continued the offensive southwest.

“There is no coordination between us on the one side and Turkey and the United States on the other… We believe that the actions of these two countries in northern Syria are interference in our internal affairs, aggression and intervention,” Brig. Gen. Samir Suleiman, Head of the Media Affairs of the Syrian Army’s Political Office, said.

Nov 28 11:00

Obama Expands Global War on Terror to Somalia

With just over a month left in office, President Obama has once again expanded America’s global war on terror, announcing that he has formally added Somali militant faction al-Shabaab into the “perpetrators of 9/11” war authorization from back in 2001.

Passed on September 14 of 2001, the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was intended to authorize the war against al-Qaeda, but officials have used as the legal justification of myriad unrelated American wars around the world, of which al-Shabaab is just the latest.

The AUMF authorized war against any nations or organizations involved in 9/11. Al-Shabaab didn’t exist until years later, with the group forming in 2007 and becoming a US-listed terror group in 2008. President Obama, however, seems comfortable continuing to abuse the AUMF for any war that strikes his fancy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please give me a moment to wrap my brain around this; am I correctly understanding that Obama is adding Somalia's Al-Shahab to the "perpetrators of 9/11" terrorist list RETROACTIVELY, in light of the fact the group didn't exist until 2007?!?

Is Al-Shabab a "threat" to the homeland of the US in any way?!?

Absolutely not.

But here are some interesting facts about the country, the first, courtesy of google.com:

Somalia has untapped reserves of numerous natural resources, including uranium, iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt and natural gas. Due to its proximity to the oil-rich Gulf Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the nation is also believed to contain substantial unexploited reserves of oil.

Secondly, as reported on 4 October of this year at nationalinterest.org:

Al Shabaab, the most powerful Islamist group in Somalia, aligned itself with Al Qaeda in 2012. But in contrast to the globally-oriented Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab has focused on military and political objectives in Somalia and neighboring countries, demonstrating a nationalist brent that the broader Al-Qaeda movement lacks. Nonetheless, the U.S. military has conducted drone strikes on Islamist militants in Somalia since at least 2011. But lately, American intervention has escalated. Both the frequency of — and casualties from — U.S. drone strikes in Somalia increased dramatically. No fewer than 194 people have died in American drone strikes in Somalia as of September 2016. That’s a tenfold increase over 2015, according to the United Kingdom-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The U.S. military and intelligence services have also deployed manned warplanes from bases in Ethiopia and Djibouti, as well as from ships at sea, in order to strike targets and collect intelligence. American and British commandos have been active on Somali soil since at least 2007 — and probably as early as 2003 — for individual reconnaissance and kill-or-capture missions. As with the drone strikes, ground activity has increased markedly in recent years. In addition to unilateral missions aimed at high-value targets, U.S. Special Operations Forces have been embedding with Somali and Ethiopian troops as “advisers” — and have even found themselves in gunfights with Al Shabaab fighters. This practice seems to have begun in earnest in 2015, when Pentagon press releases began to refer to “self-defense strikes” by drones and other aircraft in support of U.S. troops and their allies after they had come under fire. This choice of words is not without its ironies, as a close reading of these reports makes clear that in most — if not all — cases, U.S. troops were involved in offensive missions, where return fire was practically guaranteed.

Simply put, the US government is at war in Somalia to prevent its resources from being controlled by Al-Shahab elements, in order to control the sale of those resources by US approved trans-national corporations, and prevent them from being sold internationally in other than the US petrodollar.

Nov 28 10:42

What The DAPL Protesters Aren’t Telling You…

Local tribes have turned into useful idiots for the global warming activists.
Via Grand Forks Herald:
With the help of celebrities and professional activists, protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota attracted international attention. The shouting and violence have drawn sympathy from people who are hearing only one side of the story — the one told by activists.

Were the full story to be heard, much, if not all, of that sympathy would vanish.

Protesters claim that the pipeline was “fast-tracked,” denying tribal leaders the opportunity to participate in the process. In fact, project leaders participated in 559 meetings with community leaders, local officials and organizations to listen to concerns and fine-tune the route. The company asked for, and received, a tougher federal permitting process at sites along the Missouri River.

Nov 28 08:57

4,000 NATO troops take part in Lithuania’s largest exercise near Russia’s border

Nov 28 08:57

Michael Fallon: Nato prepared to go to war with Russia and respond to Putin's threats

SIR MICHAEL FALLON has warned Nato is “prepared to defend” any of its member states amid rising tensions between Russia and the West.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle......

Nov 28 08:54

The Western War On Truth

The “war on terror” has simultaneously been a war on truth. For fifteen years—from 9/11 to Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” and “al Qaeda connections,” “Iranian nukes,” “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” endless lies about Gadaffi, “Russian invasion of Ukraine”—the governments of the so-called Western democracies have found it essential to align themselves firmly with lies in order to pursue their agendas.

Nov 28 08:49

Seeking The True Path

One of the more subtle manifestations of the intimate link between (unconscious) human emotions and behaviour is illustrated by the simple concept of choice and how this is so often reduced to a dichotomy between two bad options. In such circumstances, most people choose whatever they consider to be ‘the lesser evil’.

Nov 28 00:16

The Hidden Communist History of the Neo-Conservatives (“Neo Cons”)

Neo-conservatism fully began to rear its ugly head in the 1990’s when they thoroughly infiltrated the once patriotic and pro-America Republican party.

It is therefore incumbent upon each and every single patriotic American who cares about the future of their country (especially federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutor offices) to immediately begin to identify, isolate, marginalize, investigate, indict, arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate all Neo-Conservatives as an internal and national security threat to the welfare of the United States of America.

Nov 28 00:11

Foibles, Fables and Failures – The Financial Press and its Keepers

The Presidential elections made millions of American voters starkly aware of the mendacity of the mass media and the corruption of the Clinton political elite.

The world’s largest billionaire bankers had bankrolled Secretary Hillary Clinton, the ‘million-dollar-a-speech’ War Goddess. They had bet heavily against the populist-nationalist Donald Trump and they lost. Their pre-paid political manifestos, addressed to the readers of the NY Times, flopped and sputtered: Most readers and investors in domestic markets had placed their bets on ‘The Donald’. Their domestic celebrations pumped up the market after the election.

The unimaginable had happened: George Soros had bet and lost! The ‘deplorable’ electorate preferred the obnoxious nationalist to the obnoxious speculator. ‘Who’d a thunk it?’

Nov 27 23:53

Trump the Great — Paul Craig Roberts

If Trump can defeat the oligarchy and save America, he can go down in history as Trump the Great.

What we don’t know is why groups that allegedly are liberal-progressive-leftwing are such fervent supporters of Hillary.

To the extent any of the Trump protesters are sincere and not merely paid tools of oligarchs, such as George Soros, military and financial interests, and global capitalists, they should consider that false claims and unjustified criticism can cause Trump and his supporters to close their ears to all criticism and make it easier for neoconservatives to influence Trump by offering support.

Nov 27 16:58

The Democrats’ real strategy in launching recounts

By Richard Baehr
The recount in Wisconsin, and the coming ones in Michigan and Pennsylvania will not change the outcomes in any of the states. No recount ever changes thousands of votes. I do not think that is the purpose........

Nov 27 13:40

Israeli Airstrike Kills Four ISIS Fighters Along Syria Frontier

Interesting.

Israeli and ISIS forces exchanged gunfire today in the Golan Heights, leading to an Israeli military airstrike against what they described as an ISIS vehicle, killing four people within. This is the first time the two sides have exchanged fire during the course of ISIS’ expansion across the region.

Nov 27 05:43

After President-Elect Donald Trump and Russian President Putin agreed to work together to defeat ISIS in Syria, George Soros’ plans for war with Russia have been put on hold.

The US military-alert level has gone from a DEFCON 3 rating (with nuclear bombs at the ready) to DEFCON 5 (considered to be a non-threat, stable level). Now Soros is meeting with other billionaires to bring about regime change in the US through race war.

Nov 26 18:00

The Iran-Russia-China Strategic Triangle

21 November 2016
By F. William Engdahl

The developing economic, political and military links binding Iran, China and Russia in what I see as an emerging Golden Triangle in Eurasia, are continuing to deepen insignificant areas. This, while it seems to be US geopolitical strategy in a prospective Trump Administration to distance Washington from both Iran and from China, while dangling the carrot of lessened confrontation between Washington and Moscow–classic Halford Mackinder or Kissinger geopolitics of avoiding a two-front war that was colossally backfiring on Washington by trying to shift the power balance. At present, the dynamic of the past several years of closer cooperation by the three pivotal states of the Eurasian Heartland is gaining strategic momentum. The latest is the visit of China’s Minister of Defense and of Russian senior officials to Teheran

Nov 26 14:15

The Hidden Communist History of the Neo-Conservatives (“Neo Cons”)

Neo-conservatism fully began to rear its ugly head in the 1990’s when they thoroughly infiltrated the once patriotic and pro-America Republican party.

At the helm of this nightmarish and Frankenstein-like transformation of the USA into something more akin to the former USSR and/or NAZI Germany, is the “National Security State/Military Industrial Complex,” spearheaded by the Deep State Plutocrat/Oligarch Elite, using their most effective “useful idiot” agents, the Neo-Conservative (“Neo-Con”) movement.

Nov 26 13:20

44 Killed, 103 Injured In Horrifying Train Collision Near Tehran

Passenger train crashed into another parked at Haftkhan station around 250km east of Iranian capital Tehran.

Nov 26 11:24

Asylum in Kiev for Islamic State Terrorists? “ISIS is Our Ally in the Struggle Against Russia”. Ukrainian Nationalist Leader

A Ukrainian nationalist, leader of the “Brotherhood,” Dmitry Korchinsky proposed to offer asylum to ISIS terrorists in Kiev, the former head of UNA-UNSO [Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-defense] wrote on his social network page. According to Korchinsky, SSU (Security Service of Ukraine) must see ISIS as “allies in the struggle with Russia.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Korchinsky, a word, please: just because ISIS members may be granted asylum in Ukraine is absolutely no guarantee that they, as individuals, will not treat Ukrainian women just the way they have treated European women, when they have been granted sanctuary in various European countries.

But even making this suggestion - in public - demonstrates that you consider war with Russia, including ISIS attacks against targets in Russian-held territories like Chechnya and Dagestan, as the only way forward for Ukraine when, in hard truth, it is not.

By offering asylum to ISIS members, as a "safe space" from which to attack Russia, these attacks may push Russia to extinguish ISIS, both in Ukraine, and the Middle East, to the point where not even one member of the organisation is left alive.

Financial support for it will be withdrawn from such countries as Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, as it will have outlived its usefulness.

Then, sir, what happens to Ukraine, a country which has provided a safe haven for ISIS jihadists?!?

Your military is in total disarray, and new conscripts are deserting like flies; corruption at every level of government abounds; and it is thoroughly unlikely that either NATO or the new Trump administration are going to be very enthusiastic about lending military support to your country, should Russia attack it in any way, either financially, or militarily.

My guess will be that the Russian response will be asymmetric in nature; they are rather accomplished at that.

This suggestion, sir, if accepted by the Ukrainian government, could lead to the absolute destruction of your country; I therefore strongly urge you to reconsider your stance here.

Nov 26 10:52

The Lie of the 21st Century: How Mainstream Media “Fake News” Led to the U.S. Invasion of Iraq

Just to be clear, there are a number of websites that do spread misinformation including those in the alternative media, but it is fair to say that they never have caused the deaths of millions of people like The New York Times when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. A recent example is the U.S. led war against Iraq in 2003. After the September 11th attacks, the George W. Bush administration made a false accusation that the Iraq government had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) which led to a U.S. invasion eventually toppling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The U.S. led war turned out to be a calculated plan by The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a neo-conservative think-tank who wrote the secretive blueprint called ‘Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century’ to remove Saddam Hussein and the Ba’ath party from power. The blueprint was originally written for the neocon lunatics who served under then-President George W.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the New York Times, aided and abetted by Judith Miller, became the Bush Administration's "Ministry of Propaganda" to "sell" the Iraq war to the American people on a package of lies and disinformation.

And they have the nerve, and effrontery, to label the entire independent media as purveyors of "fake news"?!?!

How bloody dare they, after laying the propaganda groundwork for a war in which over 4,000 Americans, and over half a million Iraqis have died, accuse the independent media of lying, and/or colluding with the Russians?!?

Folks, this is collective desperation on the cusp of madness; they cannot "sell" their poison anymore to a war-weary, and war-skeptical American public, so they are attempting to suppress those voices in the alternative media who ARE telling the truth, the best they can.

And I consider WRH to be in great company with those other sites listed in the WaPo article about alleged "fake news", because I know that the people who run them are people of moral integrity, and clarity.

And thank you, WaPo, for your bellicose, hubristic screed against the truth tellers; it means we are making a difference in the way people and getting their news, and responding to it, and that is the best possible news all of us could be receiving at this critical transition point for this country!!

Nov 26 10:28

US Navy Plans To Release 20,000 Tons Of Explosives, Heavy Metals Into Pacific Ocean

The US Navy is set to release massive amounts of explosives and contaminants along the country's Western coast over the next 20 years.

Nov 26 10:24

Pakistan warns India over rising tensions

Pakistan's air force chief has warned arch-rival India against escalating the dispute over Kashmir into full-scale war.

Marshal Sohail Aman's warning on Thursday comes as tensions soar between Islamabad and New Delhi over the contested Himalayan territory after a day of violent exchanges.

The Pakistani army said Indian fire killed 12 civilians and three soldiers on Wednesday - the deadliest incident in weeks of border clashes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that SOME responsible adults in the world of geopolitics are working the phones this weekend, and suggesting that both nuclear-armed countries cool their jets, and back away from confrontation.

The regional, and world, consequences from the devastation from such a conflict would create would be horrific...and irreversible.

Nov 26 10:18

Russia: US Should Stop Getting In the Way of Syria Fight

While European officials expressed a lot of uncertainty over reports that Russia may have shipped jet fuel to their own air force in Syria, docking in an EU port along the way, and potentially violating EU sanctions in doing so, the US State Department responded with a statement of condemnation against Russia.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov responded angrily, insisting that in the US doesn’t intend to fight terrorists in Syria they should at least get out of the way and let Russia do it.

Konashenkov went on to say that the US policy is to repeatedly hamper Russia’s ability to fight terrorism, as an effort to conceal their own failures. The US has repeatedly condemned Russia for carrying out airstrikes against al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and its territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the most classic definitions of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over, yet expecting a different outcome; this is precisely what the US military is doing with it's Syrian "policy" of arming alleged "moderate rebels", (of whom there are none), and expecting that they will somehow overcome both Russian and Syrian military, destabilizing the country to the point of regime change in Damascus.

Such a policy has to be the "love child" of completely magical thinking, and the pathological inability to logically develop any scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Unfortunately, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov is absolutely correct when he talks about US governmental hypocrisy, in attempting to prevent Russia from doing what it promised the Syrian government it would do, which is to get rid of all the jihadists in Syria (including those the US has trained, armed, and funded.)

What is extremely dangerous here is the possibility that, now with US troops on the ground in Syria (we lost one the other day, to an IED), is that US and Russian forces may find themselves in a military confrontation, which would escalate the tensions in Syria exponentially; and please be assured, there are elements within the current government which would love nothing more than to get a hot war going - anywhere - and saddle Trump with it, even before he takes the Oath of Office.

Nov 26 10:01

WikiLeaks’ ‘Yemen Files’ Reveal Scope of US Involvement in Yemen War

WikiLeaks has released a new collection of 500 internal documents today from the US Embassy in Sanaa, the latest in a long series of leaks the group has obtained over the years. The documents detail US involvement in Yemen in the lead up to and during the Saudi invasion.

Dubbed the “Yemen Files,” it covers emails from 2009-2015, covering Secretary of States Hillary Clinton and John Kerry’s terms. The files include considerable details of US arming and training of Yemeni military forces in the build up to the Saudi invasion.

Of course, the US also backed Saudi Arabia in their invasion, leading WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to note that most of the bombs that have fallen on Yemen over the course of the war were American made.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US militarily-enabled Saudi military has bombed schools, hospitals, and open air markets.

They have murdered children.Images of Yemeni children killed or maimed for life from Saudi air strikes
and many of those left standing are starving to death, courtesy of the Saudi naval blockade of Yemen.Images of dead and starving children, courtesy of Saudi military bombing and blockade

The US and UK, through their selling of bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia for this assault on Yemen, coupled with the US military "providing guidance" for Saudi air strikes, makes the US, and the UK, complicit is Saudi war crimes against the people of Yemen.

This serial genocide of the Yemeni people began, 19 months ago, for them having had the temerity to overthrow their sitting President, Al-Hadi. And does anyone else remember how many names were actually on the ballot when al-Hadi was elected?!? Only one; his.

Yemen holds presidential election with one candidate

It was an experiment doomed to ultimate failure.

What the Trump administration needs to do, just as soon as it has practically assumed power, is to very publicly announce that it will no longer support this immoral and illegal war against the Yemeni people, but will only support an immediate cease-fire from all sides, and a peaceful dialogue between the Houthi rebels and the Al-Hadi loyalists so that they can work out a positive future for this country.

The Saudi blockade of Yemeni harbors needs to cease immediately, so that food, and medical aid can be brought in quickly, to prevent more famine, and resulting deaths.

I don't know how the rest of our readers feel about this, but I am not particularly happy about being a citizen of a country which enables and abets war crimes, and I am pretty sure that a good number of my English cousins in the UK feel precisely the same way about the UK government also being complicit in these war crimes in Yemen.

Nov 26 09:21

Giuliani Will Follow Clinton’s War Policy With Russia In Syria: Scholar

If former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is appointed the US secretary of state he will probably follow on Hillary Clinton’s war policies with Russia in Syria, and will try to undermine the Iran nuclear agreement, an American scholar and political analyst says.

Nov 26 08:44

Artificial Intelligence and Biotech: Striking a Technological Balance of Power

By Tony Cartalucci

During World War 2, nations desperately raced to harness the atom. The United State ultimately won that race, and during their victory lap – being the sole nation to possess nuclear weapons – used them against their enemy Japan … twice.

Tens of thousands of lives were extinguished in the blink of an eye and Japan, already a defeated nation, submitted absolutely to US hegemony which would prevail both over Japan and most of Asia for nearly a century onward...

Nov 25 15:07

Syrian Air Force denies bombing Turkish Army in east Aleppo

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:45 A.M.) - A high-ranking official from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAYF) told Al-Masdar on Thursday night that their fighter jets did not bomb the Turkish Army in east Aleppo.

"No Syrian or Russian aircraft bombed the Turkish Army near Al-Bab on November 23rd - all reports claiming otherwise are lies," the official confirmed to Al-Masdar on Thursday.

Nov 25 13:24

Pentagon Plans to Invest Billions in Undersea Drone Network

By Nicholas West

Despite ongoing evidence of colossal economic waste and manifest ineptitude by the Pentagon’s network of defense contractors, it isn’t stopping their commitment to spending many more billions of taxpayer money. Moreover, their plans are becoming even more long-range, saddling future generations with even more debt to service.

Their latest brainchild, according to a report in the Washington Post is an undersea network of drones and drone launch “pods” that will cover the 7 seas with patrol and defense capabilities...

Nov 25 13:04

Alpha Jetman – Human Flight And Beyond 4K

Published on Nov 24, 2016
The Patrouille de France and the three Jetmen Yves Rossy, Vincent Reffet and Fred Fugen fly together in an unprecedented aerial choreography.
Two different aeronautical experiences come together as one adventure, portraying the beauty of human flight and beyond.

Nov 25 13:03

Anti-Trump Rioters calling for a Race War

Anti-Trump rioters are calling for a race war as the media pushes the false narrative Trump is collaborating with white supremacists to start a holocaust.

Nov 25 12:26

Trump appoints Fox News analyst as deputy NatSec adviser

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Fox News analyst KT McFarland to serve as deputy national security advisor to General Michael Flynn. Campaign finance lawyer Donald McGhan was reportedly chosen as White House counsel.

She was on Henry Kissinger’s national security staff during the Nixon administration, and worked for Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger from 1982 to 1985, during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the board of the Jamestown Foundation, a think-tank focused on China, Russia, Eurasia, and global terrorism.

Not too friendly towards Russia.
https://jamestown.org/programs/edm/

Nov 25 11:32

Kiev to hold missile-firing exercise over Crimea, where civil aviation performs flights - Moscow

kraine has made a unilateral decision to organize missile-firing exercises over Crimea, in the sovereign airspace of the Russian Federation, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsiya reported. Missiles will be fired in regions where civil and state aviation flights run.
Kiev’s move breaches a number of international laws and agreements, Rosaviatsiya said, adding that not only will the military exercise invade Russian territory, but the plans also had not been coordinated with Moscow.

Ukraine released an aviation notification on Thursday, activating "dangerous zones" in all flight levels near Crimea and the city of Simferopol for December 1 and 2, the agency reported. It added that the “dangerous” areas included airspace above open sea which is in Russia's area of responsibility, and over Russian territorial waters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

December 1 and 2 happen next week, folks; this is about as confrontational as it gets!

Remember when we have mentioned, on this site, that some in this government hate Trump so intently that they want to jinn up a war between the US and Russia even before Trump takes the Oath of Office in January?!?

This may well be the start of such a war.

I will be watching very intensely to see Russia's reaction to these drills.

Nov 25 11:28

NoDAPL Protestor Faces Possible Loss Of Her Arm After Police Attack

A 21 year old from New York, who was attempting to exit the bridge when police fired multiple rounds of rubber bullets and threw two grenades, one of which exploded directly on her arm.

Nov 25 11:16

Japan Releases Instructions for Citizens in Case of Nuclear War with North Korea

JAPANESE people are bracing themselves for nuclear attack with chilling advise on what to do if Kim Jong-un presses the red button.

For the first time since North Korea began a series of nuke tests, people in Japan are being issued with terrifying instruction on how to deal with nuclear war.

A downloadable pamphlet is now available on the island nation’s civil defence website.

Called “Protecting Ourselves against Armed Attacks and Terrorism,” it outlines emergency measures in the event North Korean missiles are fired at the country.

It bears similarities to the creepy Protect and Survive documents issued in Britain and Northern Ireland during the early 1980s following the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

Like the UK’s booklet it give top-tips on how to avoid being fried and radiated.

It urges people to take shelter indoors behind thick walls to avoid blast injuries but also radiation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of the release of such information by any government is never accidental. But I have to ask: why is this info being disseminated now?!?

Is the Japanese government concerned about an "accidental" nuclear strike because of the historical failure of North Korea's missile guidance systems?!?

Traditionally, the big problem for the North Korean military and scientists have had with their missiles, has been that of guidance.

I have a hard time believing that this has been miraculously "cured" since North Korea's last underground nuclear test last September.

That being said, I think we may be in for at least another missile test, or underground nuclear test...or perhaps both, from North Korea, and soon.

Kim Jung-Un appears to be using these tests as "leverage" against the US, South Korea, and Japan, after seeing what happened with the P5+1 agreement with Iran.

What Kim Jung-Un wants is a true peace treaty to replace the armistice which has existed between North and South Korea for the last 60 years, with guarantees on trade, in exchange for stopping his nuclear weapons program.

And the sooner the US can cajole China into sitting down at the table to make such negotiations happen, the better.

Of course, that will not happen now until Trump is President, looking at the horrific gaffe Obama pulled that last time he was at the G20 meeting in China, where he excoriated China about its actions in the South China Sea.

G20: Obama warns Beijing against South China Sea aggression

Nov 25 11:14

Kiev to hold missile-firing exercise over Crimea, where civil aviation performs flights - Moscow

Hold on to your horses boys cause we are in for a hell of a ride!

Ukraine has made a unilateral decision to organize missile-firing exercises over Crimea, in the sovereign airspace of the Russian Federation, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsiya reported. Missiles will be fired in regions where civil and state aviation flights run.

Nov 25 10:14

Turkey’s “Unofficial” Invasion: Syrian Airforce Responds by Targeting Turkish Ground Forces in Northern Aleppo

Last night, the Syrian Air Force delivered air strikes on the Turkish Armed Forces near the ISIS controlled town of al-Bab in northern Syria, according to local sources in the Aleppo province.

The Turkish military confirmed that three Turkish soldiers and 10 others wounded (one of them seriously)were as result of an air strikes thought to be carried by the Syrian military. The wounded soldiers were taken to the hospital in the Turkish province of Gaziantep, bordering Syria.

Ankara added that the attack occurred at around 3:30 am (0030 GMT) in the course of the Turkish-led military operation (code-named Operation Euphrates Shield) in the area of al-Bab.

At the same, non-official Turkish and Syrian sources said that the attack resulted in killing over 5 Turkish soldiers and wounding of 16 others.
Meanwhile, intense fighting is ongoing between Turkey-led forces and Kurdish YPG forces in the province of Aleppo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder as to what the odds are of direct Turkish/Russian military confrontation in Syria, should things get very nasty very quickly here.

And at that point, what will the US government and military do?!?

Nov 25 09:37

West Aims to Revise Nuclear Deal With Iran Ahead of Trump Inauguration

While the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran has been in place for almost a year now, and the only real compliance questions center around the US not following through on all the pledged lifting of sanctions they were supposed to do, officials now say the Obama Administration and the rest of the West are pushing to add even more restrictions on Iran.

It’s not so much that there’s a technical justification for any of these new restrictions. Rather, officials say the goal is to even further limit Iran’s civilian nuclear program before US President-elect Donald Trump takes office, in hopes that it will eliminate any excuse he has to scrap the pact.

Though Trump campaigned on the idea of ripping up the Iran deal if elected, though since then his aides have said the focus will be on strict enforcement of the pact. This enforcement strategy is also being advocated by Republicans and the Israeli leadership, both of whom previously opposed the deal on any terms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Scrapping the pact may well ultimately lead to war with both Iran AND Russia; this would be a truly lousy outcome, and not something President-elect Trump should even be thinking about right now.

Forget for a moment, that a US-led, Israeli-enabled invasion of Iran would definitely put us absolutely on the wrong side of history here; unfortunately, right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia.

Nov 25 09:29

Syrian Rebels Show Off New Anti-Aircraft Missiles

After months of the US assisting weapons smuggling to rebels in Syria but also trying to keep anti-aircraft missiles out of the country, the US-backed rebels in the south, including Ansar al-Islam forces have issued a video of their fighters parading around with anti-aircraft weapons.

The weapons shown in the video were 9k32 Strela-2 missiles, a Soviet design from the late 1960s which remains a popular shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft missile across the world. It is unclear where the rebels got them, but they claimed to have a “good number” of them.

Saudi Arabia has been keen to get anti-aircraft missiles into the hands of rebels for years, but had so far been blocked by the US. It is possible they were finally able to do so, and while the Saudis aren’t themselves users of that particular design of missiles, they are common enough on the export market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if President Obama "greenlit" this in the closing days of his administration, to keep the war in Syria continuing against the Al-Assad government.

Nov 25 09:23

US Soldier Killed in North Syria IED

The small, if not always totally certain number of US ground troops in Syria has meant they’ve mostly remained off the front lines, embedded with the Kurdish YPG. The first death among US soldiers in the country was reported today near Kurdish-held Ayn Issa, north of Raqqa.

The soldier was wounded in an IED blast near Ayn Issa, and did not survive. Centcom confirmed the incident but did not offer any particular details on what the soldier was doing at the time. Kurdish forces are advancing southward from Ayn Issa toward Raqqa, however.

While the first US military death in Syria, it’s also the second death in as many months in anti-ISIS offensives, with another soldier killed near northern Iraq’s city of Mosul. In similar fashion, that soldier was killed in a roadside bomb while embedded with Kurdish troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the hell is the US government doing, sending ground troops into Syria?!?

It is a blatant violation of Syrian national sovereignty, not to mention that the duly elected Al-Assad government has not invited the US government for help to get rid of the jihadists, battling his regime.

And of course, the reality that the US government has trained and funded many of these jihadists (the "moderate" guys, right?!?) is not helping the situation.

I have to wonder if our troops are in Syria to assassinate the heads of those units the US supported and trained, in order to regime-change Damascus, before they can blab to the world about who they really work for?!?

Nov 25 09:13

Royal Navy’s hi-tech destroyer breaks down in NATO wargame, towed back to port

One of the Royal Navy’s cutting edge Type 45 destroyers had to be humiliatingly towed back to port just two days after setting off to take part in NATO exercises.
The HMS Duncan is believed to have suffered total propulsion failure, forcing it back into Plymouth harbor on Wednesday, according to the Telegraph.

Nov 24 09:26

Invasion of Syria by NATO Member State: Turkey Establishes Second Military Base in Syria.

Turkey has set up a military base in Akhtarin in the province of Aleppo, according to local media activists. The Turkish army, Special Forces and intelligence agencies are expanding their presence in northern Syria amid ongoing clashes between pro-Turkey militant groups and the SDF over the possibility to seize from ISIS the key town of al-Bab.

On November 21, Kurdish forces attacked pro-Turkey militant groups in Sheikh Nasir and seized the village.

Earlier this year, reports appeared that the Turkish Armed Forces set up a military base south of al-Rai.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very lousy development in the Western war against Syria, and may well put Turkey in direct conflict with Russian forces.

Nov 24 09:14

More Rohingyas flee to Bangladesh as violence spreads in Myanmar

More Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar poured into neighboring Bangladesh this week, with some feared to have drowned after a boat sank during a bid to flee violence that has killed at least 86 people and displaced 30,000.

Some Rohingya refugees have been missing since Tuesday after a group crossed the River Naaf that separates Myanmar and Bangladesh. Those who managed to enter Bangladesh sought shelter in refugee camps or people's homes.

"There was a group of people from our village who crossed the river by boat to come here, but suddenly the boat sank," said Humayun Kabir, the father of three children untraceable since the mishap.

Although many of those on board could swim, and were able to reach the river bank, seven people remain missing, he added, his children among them.

Myanmar troops poured into the western state of Rakhine along the frontier with Bangladesh in response to coordinated attacks on three border posts on Oct. 9 that killed nine police officers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aung San Suu Kyi's inability to put down the violence against the Rohingya does not augur well for the future of peace in her country.

I frankly would have expected more of a Nobel Peace Prize winner; but then again, look at all the carnage the US's President Obama has created since becoming a recipient of that prize, which actually makes the awarding of it to him on esick joke!!

Nov 24 09:03

End the war in Yemen, Mr. Trump

If Trump does want to bring some positive change to U.S. foreign policy, he should seek to end the war in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it would not extend a 48-hour cease-fire in its war there. The war doesn't make many headlines in the United States, even though the U.S. is directly involved in helping the Saudi military fire at targets in Yemen and blockade that country.

The humanitarian effect of the war has been disastrous. Over three million Yemeni people have been displaced from their homes. Another 14 million are threatened with what the U.N. calls "food insecurity," because blockading efforts and the war itself have a devastating effect on the import-dependent food supply of the nation.

But the United States does not have to continue exacerbating the situation. It's an immoral and unjust war on a population that does not threaten the United States.

Nov 24 09:00

Trump loses half his transition team in purge of lobbyists

Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to ‘drain the swamp’ of Washington ...
The Trump transition team has lost nearly half its staff and volunteers in a matter of days since instituting a ban on registered lobbyists at the end of last week, the Daily Mail has learned.

‘All the lobbyists are gone,’ said one source familiar with the transition. ‘Lobbyists were the vast majority. Now, today you go in and you could count [them] maybe on one hand.’

The source estimated that the number of staffers and volunteers working on the transition plummeted from around 250 late last week to less than 125 on Tuesday.

Nov 24 08:57

West Already Weaponizing Fake News

Maybe the internet will not succumb to the latest Western crusade against “fake news”.
You really know that masses of people are living within a mind-control matrix when the greatest, most pervasive purveyors of fake news denounce others for the practice.

And yet they do so without the slightest hint of awareness about their own monstrous hypocrisy.

“Fake news” has become a hot issue following the surprise US election victory of maverick business tycoon Donald Trump. Supposedly serious Western media outlets have highlighted the spread of hoax stories purporting to be news reports as having swayed the presidential race in Trump’s favor against his rival, Democrat career politician Hillary Clinton.

Nov 24 08:55

Saudi Airstrike Kills 12 Civilians in North Yemen

Adding to the growing list of civilians slain in Saudi airstrikes across Yemen since last year’s invasion, 12 more civilians were killed when a Saudi warplane destroyed the truck they were traveling in in the northern Hajjah Province.

The civilians were traveling to a nearby marketplace from a village when they were attacked. There is no hint as to why the vehicle was targeted, and Saudi forces have so far not commented publicly on this latest incident.

It is not unusual, however, for vehicles in general in rural Yemen to be targeted, as the fuel shortage caused by the Saudi naval blockade since last year. The assumption seems to be anyone who still has a functioning vehicle and fuel this far into the war must be up to no good.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, serial genocide against Yemeni civilians; it's the Saudi way!!" - Official spokes slug for the House of Saud.

Nov 24 08:55

The Upcoming War On The Alternative Media By The Deep State Mainstream Media

This declaration of war was typified by Google and FaceBook
The Mainstream Media (“MSM”), fully owned and co-opted by the Deep State Plutocrat/ Oligarch Elite, are extremely unhappy that Donald Trump won the 2016 Election.

They did not bank on this, and were completely and totally confident that their trillions of dollars of money issued by the Federal Reserve and international central banks, control of the National Security State as represented by the Military Industrial Complex, and bought and paid for representatives in the United States Legislature (Congress and Senate), Executive Branch, and Judiciary would have ensured their victory.

So what turned this election around, to upset the proverbial apple cart and deliver the Presidency to Donald J. Trump?

Nov 24 08:52

‘We are at war with Russia’: EU Parliament resolution to counter Russian media

The resolution is a sign of the “political degradation” of the western “idea of democracy” - Putin

For decades the EU has been lecturing Russia and touting freedom of speech as one of its core principles, but hypocritically dismissed it as an unnecessary luxury once their narrative was challenged, RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said.

“We of course are extremely disappointed, this is really outrageous,” Simonyan said on the subject of the EU’s so-called anti-Russia propaganda resolution.

Nov 24 08:51

Fighting Intensifies Between Indian and Pakistani Forces in Kashmir

Heavy fighting continued along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, as Indian forces launched a bombardment of Pakistani military and civilian positions across the line in one of the deadliest exchanges of fire in recent weeks.

At least three Pakistani soldiers were killed in the firing, and Pakistan claimed to have killed another seven Indian soldiers in retaliatory fire. The bigger death toll was among civilians, however, with at least 11 civilians slain when artillery shells hit a passenger bus and a nearby motorcycle.

Pakistan reported the incident as “unprovoked firing” from the Indian side, while Indian officials presented it as retaliation for three Indian soldiers killed the day before, including one whose body was mutilated. The soldiers were killed by militants who infiltrated across the LoC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could completely explode out of control very quickly.

Nov 24 08:45

Personal Data Of Over130,000 US Sailors Breached, US Navy Says

The Unites States Navy says personal data of 130,000 of its sailors have been stolen.

The US Navy made the announcement on Wednesday, adding that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service had launched an investigation into the breach.

Nov 23 17:28

Historians Warn of Trump Death Squads, Mass Killings and Ghetto Intermittent Camps

Liberals contemplate launching a preemptive civil war as historians warn a holocaust us inevitable if Trump is allowed to take power.

Their warning is dire: America will soon face a Holocaust complete with mass killings committed by paramilitary death squads, ghetto interment camps and a raging world war which will all be justified by flag terrorist attack and false accusations of a military coup if Trump is not prevented from taking power.

Historians are sounding the alarm that Trump must be prevented from taking power because once he does it will be too late.

At the same time the corporate media continues to flame conspiracy theories that Donald Trump and those in his inner circle are racist fascists supported by a massive base of white racist sexist males.

Nov 23 16:13

Philippines Reduces Joint Military Drills With US

The Philippines will be holding less joint military drills with the US next year, says the Southeast Asian country’s military chief, indicating President Rodrigo Duterte’s strong determination to reduce ties with Washington.

Nov 23 13:12

U.S.S. Arizona is seen for the first time since being sunk nearly 75 years ago during the attack on Pearl Harbor in new film

A new film has shown the face of the U.S.S. Arizona to the world nearly 75 years after it was sunk when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Surviving crewman Donald Stratton, who was on board the vessel on that fateful day on December 7, 1941, told Fox News he never thought he'd see it again.

But a remotely-operated underwater vehicle swam to the depths of the Pacific Ocean where the ship now lay and sent back images of the Arizona's interior and exterior.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Depths of the Pacific Ocean?!?" The Arizona sits on the floor of Pearl Harbor, so shallow that portions of it still emerge above the water!!!!

Nov 23 12:21

The Liberation of the Slaves

Donald Trump can find better Jewish allies than Zionists or liberal NWO Jews.

Donald Trump’s electoral victory unleashed pent-up tectonic energies on an unprecedented scale.

The world has been changed, much more than could be expected from any election of a US president. Just a short time has passed since election day, but it appears that the New World Order has received a shattering blow. There is a great feeling of freedom in the air, as if the vote broke the chains of a generation, and we suddenly found ourselves free.

Nov 23 10:53

Fact Check: Trump Never Said He Will Not Investigate Hillary Clinton - NY Times Lied & MSM Echoed it

Audio Transcripts reveal the New York Times Lied, Donald Trump said he is not taking Hillary Clinton email and foundation investigations off the table.

Claim: Donald Trump will not investigate Hillary Clinton for crimes involving the Benghazi emails and foundation scandals.

Citing The New York Times reporting on their exclusive interview with Donald Trump, the corporate media widely reported yesterday that Donald Trump will not investigate Hillary Clinton regarding her email and foundation scandals.

Further perpetuating the false reports, Trump transitions team members defended Trump's position not knowing Trump never stated he was dropping the investigations.

Nov 23 10:38

Intelligence agencies are running al-Qaeda camps in North Africa?—?UN consultant (EXCLUSIVE)

An unpublished report by a government advisor and UN consultant, obtained exclusively by INSURGE intelligence, accuses Western and Algerian security services of complicity in al-Qaeda terrorist activity across North Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my shock!

Nov 23 10:35

Draft Dodger Howard Dean Attacks War VET Tulsi Gabbard

Howard Dean is upset that Gabbard might join Trump's cabinet...

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Nov 23 09:40

Trump Transition: As Secretary of State, Tulsi Gabbard offers potential for peace with Syria, Russia

So far as world peace and prosperity goes, most of the names currently being kicked around for America’s top diplomatic position do not inspire a great deal of confidence. It’s easy to feel uneasy when you see recycled neoconservative hawks like John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani, or old hands like Mitt Romney who previously stated that ‘Russia is America’s greatest threat.’

Nov 23 08:30

Clash Of Belief Systems Dominates The Biological Weapons Convention

By Janet Phelan

Conflict broke out on the floor of the Biological Weapons Convention in Geneva on the third day of the three week long meeting, with the growing division between Russia and her allies on the one hand and the US and hers on the other, evidencing in verbal accusations launched by both sectors.

Russia exerted her “right of reply” to respond to statements made by the US and Sweden which implicated Syrian forces in the use of chemical weapons in that war torn country.

According to the spokesperson for the Russian Federation, such accusations were not only “off topic” at a meeting devoted to biological—not chemical—weapons but were also patently false...

Nov 23 08:29

Berating The POTUS / 'THEN' and now

FLASHBACK 3/14/2003: Dixie Chicks pulled from air after bashing Bush

CNN- DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) -- There are a lot worse things in country music than your wife leaving you or your dog dying. There's stations not playing your music because you done gone and said some things against the president.

Music superstars the Dixie Chicks are finding out that criticizing President Bush's plans for war in Iraq can cost you air play, big time.

Country stations across the United States have pulled the Chicks from playlists following reports that lead singer Natalie Maines said in a concert in London earlier this week that she was "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."

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(*No Tag For DOUBLE STANDARDS )

Nov 23 08:26

Not Again! US Navy ‘Stealth’ Destroyer Towed Into Port After Another Break Down

Built at a cost of more than $4 billion, the high-tech USS Zumwalt only made it to the Panama Canal while on its first journey to its homeport in San Diego. A malfunction left the warship in need of tugboats so that it could reach the closest port, where it remains under maintenance.

Nov 22 15:58

‘Walter Mittys’ Wearing Fake Medals Should Be Jailed – MPs

Military imposters – often known as Walter Mittys – should face criminal charges for wearing medals they have not earned, the Commons Defence Select Committee says.

Committee members are urging other MPs to back a private member’s bill to outlaw the wearing of unauthorized decorations by making their use punishable by a jail sentence or thousands of pounds in fines.

Nov 22 13:31

Fall and Rise of the Forgotten ‘Deplorables’

We’re in for a few surprises, for better or worse...

As might be anticipated, in the wake of Trump’s historic victory — a win that for all sorts of reasons has shaken the Beltway establishment and beyond to its core, and one that political junkies will be fixating on for years — there’s been much handwringing about how so many folks got the outcome so wrong. All of this has been accompanied by the obligatory hyperventilating and existential angst about what Trump’s election portends for the future.

Nov 22 09:57

Rohingya villages 'destroyed' in Myanmar, images show

More than 1,200 homes have been razed in villages inhabited by Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority in the past six weeks, Human Rights Watch says.
The group has released a batch of new satellite images that it says show 820 structures were destroyed between 10-18 November.
The military is conducting security operations in Rakhine but the government denies it is razing homes.

The Rohingya are one of the world's most persecuted minority groups.
The BBC cannot independently verify the extent of destruction in Rohingya villages as the government has blocked international journalists from visiting the area, from where tens of thousands of people have fled.
But a BBC correspondent on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border has spoken with fleeing Rohingya families who described what was happening in northern Rakhine as "hell on earth".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last statement is complete, Grade-A bovine excrement.

With all the other persecutions of the Rohingya going on at the hands of the Myanmar government, the torching of their homes, apparently, has become the government's "new normal".

And if you claim that no atrocities are being visited on these people, why do you forbid reporters from going where they (formerly) lived?!?

What is happening to the Rohingya is nothing short of ethnic cleansing, and serial genocide against them.

and Aung San Suu Kyi, State Councellor of Myanmar, and recipient of the Rafto Prize; Sakharov Prize; Nobel Peace Prize; Jawaharlal Nehru Award; Order of Australia; US Congressional Gold Medal; and Presidential Medal of Freedom: your devastating silence on this issue brands you a hypocrite of the highest magnitude.

SHAME ON YOU FOR SAYING NOTHING, AND ALLOWING THESE ATROCITIES TO CONTINUE!!

As reported on the 17th of this month at cnn.com:

Women wail in the background as the camera pans across the scene. "Oh brothers, look at this, look," the narrator says, as he films the remnants of a burned house, bodies clearly visible sticking out of the mud and ash. The disturbing video is one of a handful that have emerged from northern Rakhine State, in Myanmar, where human rights groups warn of widespread human rights abuses. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed in multiple villages amid an ongoing crackdown by the Burmese military following violence last month, according to Human Rights Watch. Burmese authorities claim the fires were set by local militant groups, and have disputed HRW's account. Authorities in neighboring Bangladesh said dozens of people have attempted to flee across the border in recent days.

I frankly doubt like hell the Human Rights Watch has got this wrong, because it rarely does.

Nov 22 09:39

America’s Spiral Into Permanent War Seems More Foolish Than Ever

Danner – an award winning journalist, professor, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations who has covered war and revolutions on three continents – begins Spiral with the aftermath of a 2003 ambush of U.S. troops outside of Fallujah, Iraq.

The insurgents had set off a roadside bomb, killing a paratrooper and wounding several others. “The Americans promptly dismounted and with their M-16s and M-4s began pouring lead into everything they could see,” including a passing truck, he writes. “By week’s end scores of family and close friends of those killed would join the insurgents, for honor demanded they kill Americans to wipe away family shame.”

The incident encapsulates the fundamental contradiction at the heart of George W. Bush’s – and with variations, Barack Obama’s – “war on terror”: The means used to fight it is the most effective recruiting device that organizations like Al Qaeda, the Taliban, the Shabab, and the Islamic State have.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US foreign policy seems to be engineered to keep these wars of conquest going perpetually; I do not think that this is by accident.

Nov 22 09:35

Trump’s Tulsi Gabbard Factor

Two weeks after Donald Trump’s shocking upset of Hillary Clinton, the imperious and imperial neoconservatives and their liberal-interventionist understudies may finally be losing their tight grip on U.S. foreign policy.

The latest sign was Trump’s invitation for a meeting with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on Monday. The mainstream media commentary has almost completely missed the potential significance of this start-of-the-work-week meeting by suggesting that Trump is attracted to Gabbard’s tough words on “radical Islamic terrorism.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.
Far more important is that Gabbard, a 35-year-old Iraq War veteran, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries because of his opposition to neocon/liberal-hawk military adventures. She starred in one of the strongest political ads of the campaign, a message to Hawaiians, called “The Cost of War.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a great deal of respect for this lady, and hope that Trump can work with her to outline and accomplish a foreign policy that makes real sense, as the foreign policy for the last 16 years absolutely has not; unless one is a money junkie with lots of money invested in the military-industrial complex, that is....

Nov 22 00:02

GREY CHAMPION ASSUMES COMMAND (PART TWO)

Those hoping for the Trump presidency to somehow derail this Fourth Turning are delusional. Fourth Turnings never de-intensify. They build to a bloody crescendo, with the existing social order left in tatters and clear winners and losers. I think it is useful to describe this Fourth Turning in terms everyone should understand. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote his Lord of the Rings trilogy in the midst of the last Fourth Turning. It’s not a coincidence the heroic figure of Gandalf the Grey saves the day during the Battle of Helm’s Deep. He was the Grey Champion.

Nov 21 17:02

Laura Ingraham: 'We Have A Mass Of Humanity Just Walking Across Our Border, While We Ignore Our VETERANS!'

'The American people would be shocked, ABSOLUTELY shocked if they saw what was happening on our Southern border. The waves of humanity never stop.'

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Nov 21 16:27

Trump's VA Chief | Scott Brown On Fixing The VA System

Former Senator Scott Brown met with Trump today about the cabinet position. Also very interesting comments from Sen. Chuck Schumer on working with Trump.

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Nov 21 15:30

Does James Mattis come in peace?

Donald Trump says he wants to stop overthrowing governments and turn toward peace. But not only does he also say he wants to increase the military spending that produces more wars, but he’s considering for Secretary of so-called Defense someone whose entire outlook is offensive in every sense of the word.

Nov 21 12:13

Dear President Trump: Just Say No to the Neocons

President-elect Donald Trump in his April 27 foreign policy speech, in which he said:

“My goal is to establish a foreign policy that will endure for several generations. That’s why I also look and have to look for talented experts with approaches and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect résumés but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war. We have to look to new people.

“We have to look to new people because many of the old people frankly don’t know what they’re doing, even though they may look awfully good writing in The New York Times or being watched on television.”

Nov 21 12:10

The Upcoming War On The Alternative Media By The Deep State Mainstream Media

This declaration of war was typified by Google and FaceBook

The Mainstream Media (“MSM”), fully owned and co-opted by the Deep State Plutocrat/ Oligarch Elite, are extremely unhappy that Donald Trump won the 2016 Election.

They did not bank on this, and were completely and totally confident that their trillions of dollars of money issued by the Federal Reserve and international central banks, control of the National Security State as represented by the Military Industrial Complex, and bought and paid for representatives in the United States Legislature (Congress and Senate), Executive Branch, and Judiciary would have ensured their victory.

So what turned this election around, to upset the proverbial apple cart and deliver the Presidency to Donald J. Trump?

Nov 21 11:58

Trump Prepares to Take Over the Fed

Now their little party is coming to an end.

In Donald Trump’s first four years as president, he will not only choose three judges for the Supreme Court, he’ll also pick five of the seven members on the Fed Board of Governors. It would be impossible to overstate the effect this is going to have on the nation’s economic future. With both houses of Congress firmly in the GOP’s grip, we could see the most powerful central bank in the world transformed into a purely political institution that follows the diktats of one man.

Nov 21 11:48

Russia Deploys Nuclear Missiles In Retaliation To NATO "Threats"

While the detente between Russia and US president-elect Donald Trump could not have come at a more tense time, the Kremlin appears to be accelerating its head-on collision course with NATO, and as a highly placed defense official said on Monday, Moscow will deploy S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander systems in the exclave of Kaliningrad in retaliation for NATO deployments, confirming previous media reports of Russian intentions to once again blanket central Europe with potential nuclear ICBM coverage.

While Russia has previously said it periodically sends Iskanders to Kaliningrad, until now it has always said these were routine drills. Moscow has not linked the moves explicitly with what it says is a NATO military build-up on Russia's western borders.

Nov 21 10:48

Pakistan: India shells kill three children in Kashmir

An official in the Pakistani-administered area of Kashmir has accused Indian forces of firing mortar shells that targeted a village along the disputed Line of Control, leaving three children dead and three others injured.

"Two girls and their brother died when mortar shells fired by Indian troops hit their house in Kotli district along the Line of Control (LOC)," Raja Arif Mehmood, a local administration official, told AFP news agency on Saturday.

He said the eldest girl was aged 10 and the youngest girl was five.

"All belonged to the same family," he added.

Kashmir: Shelling forces thousands to flee their homes

Indian news sites citing government sources have also reported ongoing clashes in another Kashmir district, Pulwama, but made no mention of the three child deaths in Kotli.

The reports from Indian Express and Times of India claimed that armed men in the Kakapora area of Pulwama opened fire at Indian security forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi: sir, you have an opportunity to do something which is both morally right, but extremely politically dangerously for you.

So I would strongly encourage you to consider offering the Kashmiri people a referendum, as to whether they want to stay a part of India; align with Pakistan; or become independent.

This will not stop the bloodshed overnight, as we both understand, but will go a long way toward alleviating it, and give the Kashmiri people the chance to heal old wounds, and old political rivalries.

Not doing this risks escalating the probability of nuclear war between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

Nov 21 10:43

Does James Mattis come in peace?

Donald Trump says he wants to stop overthrowing governments and turn toward peace. But not only does he also say he wants to increase the military spending that produces more wars, but he’s considering for Secretary of so-called Defense someone whose entire outlook is offensive in every sense of the word.

Here’s James Mattis in his own words:

Nov 21 09:55

UK’s Iraq War Probe Designed To ‘Avoid Blame,’ Whitehall Memos Reveal – Report

The injury into UK’s involvement in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was designed by the government to avoid allocating blame to individuals and departments, memos obtained under the Freedom of Information Act have reportedly revealed.

The papers were made public thanks to Chris Lamb, an FOI campaigner from Bristol, who had won a two-year court battle for the right to access classified memos by government officials relating to the creation of the Chilcot Inquiry. The memos were penned in the four-week period in May and June 2009, the Observer reported.

Nov 20 20:36

Trump’s top Pentagon pick said settlements were creating ‘apartheid’

This guy,they aren't mad about so to speak.

Retired Marine Corps general James Mattis, seen as front-runner for defense secretary post, also insisted the US pays a price in Middle East for its support of Israel

Nov 20 12:24

Twitter Verifies Muslim Brotherhood Account After Purging Conservatives

Twitter just verifed @Ikhwanweb as official Muslim Brotherhood account “Jihad is our way” but conservatives are purged. Let this sink in.

Not only have conservative accounts been purged on Twitter, numerous social networks and the corporate media have launched a campaign to smear numerous conservative websites as being fake news and are making platform changes to censor their free speech and economically disable their sites.

Nov 20 12:19

Russian government spokesperson says 'the Jews' knew Donald Trump would win US election

Nope! Putin and Lavrov have not been fooled.

Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman has claimed “the Jews” knew Donald Trump would win the US election.

Maria Zakharova told a TV chat show in Russia that to gauge such political outcomes in the future, “don’t read the mainstream newspapers”.

“Our people in Brighton [Beach] will tell you everything,” she said, referring to a district of New York which is home to a large number of Jewish emigres from the former Soviet Union.

Putting on a mock-Jewish accent, the 40-year-old said Jewish people had told her: “‘Understand this – we'll donate to Clinton, of course. But we'll give the Republicans twice that amount.’

“That was it. The matter was settled for me, personally.”

Nov 20 12:15

Neocon ‘Blasts from the Past’ Threaten to Undermine Trump Presidency

During his uphill campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination and subsequent race for the White House, president-elect Donald Trump called NATO «obsolete», implied that Russia had not committed «aggression» by re-incorporating Crimea following a popular referendum in that region, and proclaimed he would be an «honest broker» in negotiations between Israel and Palestine. These may be mere words, not backed up by U.S. foreign policy changes, if Trump continues to bring discredited neo-conservatives – neocons – from the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush into his inner circle of advisers and, potentially, into senior national security and foreign policy positions in his administration.

Nov 20 10:13

Britannia Rules The Waves? Royal Navy Ships May Lose Their Main Missiles

Britain’s Royal Navy ships may be left defenseless because no replacement has been made available for the current Harpoon anti-ship missile system.

According to the defense website IHS Jane’s, a lack of funds could see the ships left vulnerable to attack by other military vessels.

Nov 20 10:06

Turkish Media Lights Up with Gen. Michael Flynn’s Call to Extradite Gulen

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Turkish media have picked up an opinion piece by key Trump foreign policy adviser Gen. Michael Flynn calling for the extradition of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, while at least one Turkish official has expressed eagerness to work with an incoming Trump administration to have the cleric returned to his home country.

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