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Dec 04 19:27

Just 30 Out Of 650 MPs ‘Could Be Bothered’ To Attend Emergency Debate On Yemen War

The Commons has come under fire after only a small number of MPs showed up at a debate on the “world’s biggest humanitarian crisis” in Yemen. Campaigners spoke out against the embarrassingly low turnout at the emergency debate.

Dec 04 16:50

US military agency invests $100m in genetic extinction technologies

A US military agency is investing $100m in genetic extinction technologies that could wipe out malarial mosquitoes, invasive rodents or other species, emails released under freedom of information rules show. The documents suggest that the US’s secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has become the world’s largest funder of “gene drive” research and will raise tensions ahead of a UN expert committee meeting in Montreal beginning on Tuesday.

Dec 04 14:59

U.S. Military Personnel Deployments by Country

There was no shortage of cuts proposed in Trump’s budget for 2018, which was released earlier this week.

However, one of the few departments that did not receive a haircut was the Department of Defense. If the proposed budget ultimately passes in Congress, the DoD would be allocated an extra $54 billion in federal funding – a 10% increase that would be one of the largest one-year defense budget increases in American History.

To put the proposed increase in context, the United States already spends more on defense than the next seven countries combined. Meanwhile, the additional $54 billion is about the size of the United Kingdom’s entire defense budget.

Dec 04 14:59

F-22 Raptor Struggles During Korean Peninsula War Games

While it’s the US F-35 joint strike fighter that usually makes headlines for engine fires and other technical failures, this time it was a US F-22 Raptor that suffered an embarrassing performance failure during military exercises on the Korean Peninsula, according to reports from the scene.

Dec 04 11:35

Jared Kushner at Saban Forum: Israel needs peace with Palestinians before it can form alliance with Arab states – U.S. News – Haaretz.com

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, said Sunday that Israel needs to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians before it can form an alliance with the greater Arab world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Kutchner may be well-intentioned, but it is inexplicable to me that this gentleman is pathologically incapable of reading the facts on the ground, as Israel has manipulated them, to make it impossible for a contiguous, whole, state of Palestine, to exist.

And he needs to start by fully comprehending the realisation that Israel does not want peace but territory, and territory by any means necessary.

Has no one ever shown him, or does he not have the intellectual curiosity, to understand what the very notion of "Eretz Israel means, in terms of territorial expansion, and this is what the Zionists have been pushing for ever since the founding of Israel?

Let's take a look at what that territorial expansion, if realized, would mean for other countries around it, shall we?!?

Map: Eretz Israel, or greater Israel

Notice how many bits and pieces of surrounding territory get "gobbled up" by such an expansion?!?

Israeli Settlements Make 2-State Solution Impossible

Israel: 50 Years of Occupation abuse

The Israelis also make critically needed medical care for most ill Palstinians impossible:

Israel's Deadly Restrictions on Palestinian Patients

Israel routinely imprisons and tortures children, in order to "extract" confessions from them on what their older relatives may be doing or thinking, and have them sign those confessions in a language they cannot speak, Hebrew.

Military detention and torture routine for Palestinian children

Israel tortures Palestinian children and keeps them in outdoor cages in winter

It is threatening war against Lebanon, because of the presence of Hezbollah there:

A new ware could erupt as tensions rise between Israel and Lebanon

IF Mr. Kuchner cannot see that all of the above is not the behaviour of a civilized country, truly wanting peace with the Palestinians and its neighbors around them, but the behaviour of a country only wanting territorial expansion, at the cost of robust displacement and genocide of the Palestinian people, President Trump is getting some very lousy advice from him, and Kutchner should be sacked, and as immediately as possible.

Dec 04 09:42

McMaster: Potential for war with North Korea 'increasing every day

White House national security adviser HR McMaster said Saturday that North Korea represents "the greatest immediate threat to the United States" and that the potential for war with the communist nation is growing each day.

"I think it's increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem," McMaster told an audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California when asked if North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday had increased the chance of war.

President Donald Trump remains committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, McMaster said, adding that there are nonmilitary ways to deal with the issue, such as calling on China to impose greater economic sanctions against Pyongyang. McMaster noted that Beijing's "tremendous coercive economic power" over North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HR, a word, please; what, precisely, please, does China get from the US for exerting its "tremendous coercive economic power" over North Korea to get it to denuclearize?!?

And just in case, sir, you are dealing with a really stubborn case of SMD (Selective Memory Disorder), are you having difficulty remembering that a couple of weeks ago, when China sent one of its top level diplomats/Negotiators to North Korea, Kim Jong Un refused to see him?!?

Kim Jong Un Refuses to see top Chinese Amgassador

I would also like to politely remind you that the US has, historically, begrudgingly acknowledged, and lived with, nuclear nations for whose leadership our leadership didn't hold much of a positive thought; Pakistan comes to mind here. The bottom line here, is we have learned to live with nuclear armed countries we don't like, and whose leadership doesn't particularly like that of the US.

That the potential for war war between the US and North Korea getting uglier, and from your perspective, more close, on a daily basis, is not solely the fault of North Korea, but also the faults of the choices the US government has made, over the last 60- plus years of the Armistice, to not negotiate a true peace treaty with North Korea, unlimiting and unsanctioning trade, and working with North Korea to enter into dialogue about their weapons program.

It originally worked with Iran, although Israel's Netanyahu is cheerleading for a US-led war against it; there is no logical reason that it cannot work with North Korea, except that the US government is hell-bent against really giving it a logical try.

This week, as you well know, there is a huge war game, with South Korean and US troops doing what can only be interpreted as a "dry run" for a bombing campaign against North Korea. This campaign ends this Friday.

During this time-frame, I would not bet against some kind of a "false flag" happpening, to be engineered to appear that North Korea did it, as the "justification" for mounting a full-scale military campaign against it.

But you are going to have to ask yourself, Mr. McMaster, in the most bluntly honest way you can conjur, if this false flag can be done in such a way that it appears credible to the Chinese government; because if it does not, this most probably means war with China over North Korea.

Just a few thoughts, sir.

Dec 04 07:19

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Explains Why Nuclear Holocaust Is Now Likely

The Stanford mathematician William J. Perry was a strategic nuclear advisor to U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, and then he became U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton.

He stated in a speech on November 28th at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, that “inexplicably to me, we’re recreating the geopolitical hostility of the Cold War, and we’re rebuilding the nuclear dangers,” and he went so far as to make clear why "I believe that the likelihood of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe today is actually greater than it was during the Cold War."

Dec 03 10:53

Western Media Finally Wake Up to Libyan Slave Trade, but Completely Whitewash all Western Responsibility for its Emergence

Western Media Finally Wake Up to Libyan Slave Trade, but Completely Whitewash all Western Responsibility for its Emergence

Twenty-first century slave markets. Human beings sold for a few hundred dollars. Massive protests throughout the world. The American and British media have awakened to the grim reality in Libya, where African refugees are for sale in open-air slave markets. Yet a crucial detail in this scandal has been downplayed or even ignored in many corporate media reports: the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in bringing slavery to the North African nation.

Dec 03 09:20

Netanyahu and CIA Director Pompeo Threaten Iran

Washington, Israel and Saudi Arabia comprise a sinister alliance against Iran, risking greater regional war than already.

Last month, Netanyahu vowed to prevent Iran from using Syria “as a base from which to destroy Israel” – invoking the long ago discredited canard.

Iran threatens no one, not Israel or any other countries. The Big Lie persists to justify unjustifiable US/Israeli/Saudi hostility toward the Islamic Republic.

Following Israeli warplane terror-bombing of a Syrian military target overnight Friday, naked aggression by any standard, Netanyahu released a disinformation statement, roaring:

“Let me reiterate Israel’s policy: We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons.”

“We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US citizens have been lied into two wars in recent memory, the Iraq war, and the Afghanistan war; we will not sit still for being lied into a third against Iran, for which Saudi Arabia and Israel are cheerleading, but fuly expect that the costs of "victory" (if there is one) will be exclusively borne by American blood and American money.

And I hope, if President Trump, signs off on such a military misadventure, as has been Afghanistan, Lybia, and Iraq, that he will seriously consider the following hard reality; Russia has vowed to come to Iran's aid, if attacked militarily.

Dec 03 09:07

US and South Korea Begging for War with North Korea. Preparation for Military Onslaught under Operation “Vigilant Ace”

On November 23, the U.S. and South Korea confirmed that they will be deploying yet another menacing military demonstration against North Korea, with 230 aircraft, including F-22 Raptor stealth fighters and F-35 aircraft, 12,000 U.S. personnel, with the participation of the U.S. marines and navy. This preparation for military onslaught against the DPRK, called “Vigilant Ace,” will begin on December 4, and this “Sword of Damocles,” which the U.S. and South Korea hold over North Korea is a perpetual form of terrorism. Confronted with these constant and deadly military threats and intolerable provocations, the DPRK had no alternative but to increase its defense, and on November 28 tested another ballistic missile.

Dec 03 08:59

US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital will destroy peace process – Palestine & Arab League

The Palestinian Authority and the Arab League have warned the US against recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital, saying it would increase instability and put an end to the peace process. Armed group Hamas threatened more violence in the city.

“The world will pay the price” for any change in the status of Jerusalem, Mahmoud Habash, one of the top advisors to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Saturday. Habash, who was speaking in the presence of Abbas, added that the recognition of the city as the Israeli capital will lead to “complete destruction of the peace process,” as cited by Ynet News.

Also Saturday, Abbas spoke on the phone with Jordan's King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, French President Emmanuel Macron and Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, asking the leaders to put pressure on US President Donald Trump to give up on his plans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Abbas really doesn't understand the agenda here at all; I am perplexed that he doesn't realize by now that Netanyahu is one of President Trump's most trusted "President Whisperers".

The purpose of this coming recognition, is to create a situation where massive Palestinian violence ensues, giving Netanyahu the "justification" for creating mass genocide against Palestinians, men, women, and children.

That is precisely the outcome Netanyahu, and President Trump, want to achieve through this recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Dec 03 08:46

U.S. Navy commander sentenced in massive corruption scandal

A U.S. Navy commander has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his part in a fraud and bribery scheme, which cost the government about $35 million.

On Friday, Cmdr. Bobby Pitts, 48, of Chesapeake, Virginia, was sentenced in connection with a decade-long scam linked to a Singapore defense contractor known as “Fat Leonard” Francis.

The 350-pound Francis, former CEO of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), earned the nickname “Fat Leonard” due to his “ample frame,” according to Fox5. He led a scheme which involved scores of U.S. Navy officials and millions of dollars in bribes and improper gifts, according to prosecutors.

Dec 03 08:16

HOW A DUBIOUS BBC REPORT GAVE ISRAEL THE "GREEN LIGHT" FOR LAST NIGHT'S ATTACK ON SYRIA

Syrian state television has confirmed that Israel attacked a military base outside of Damascus overnight on Friday, which Israeli media reports involved both surface-to-surface missiles and airstrikes, while Syria says its air defense systems were engaged and intercepted two missiles. Like other recent strikes inside Syria, the Israeli jets reportedly fired from over Lebanese airspace, in order to avoid both Syrian anti-aircraft missile systems and provoking a Russian response. Though the extent of the damage or casualties is not yet known, Syrian media has confirmed material damage to the base, and other reports indicate mass power outages in some of parts of Damascus occurred immediately after the attack, which SANA says happened at 12:30am local time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is going to be a point past which Russia is going to need to stop Israel from these unprovoked attacks against Syria; the only questions are, when, and how dramatically this will happen.

Dec 03 08:11

Trump administration allegedly considering plan to privatize CIA operations

The United States Central Intelligence Agency and the White House are considering several proposals to hire private companies to carry out covert operations abroad, according to a report.

BuzzFeed News said on Thursday that the proposals were communicated to the White House in the summer. The news site, which described the proposed plans as “highly unusual”, quoted “three sources who have been briefed on or have direct knowledge of the proposals”. The sources told BuzzFeed that, if approved, the plans would include the establishment of large intelligence networks in so-called “denied areas” —namely foreign environments deemed hostile. The networks would recruit and handle local agents, carry out psychological operations, capture terrorism suspects and rendition them to the US or third countries. “Islamic extremism” is mentioned as the primary target of the proposals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am more than a little concerned over Mike Pompeo's desire to make the the CIA "much more vicious". What, precisely, please, did he mean by that?!?

Is the US about to outsource torture, so that the CIA can collectively say with a straight face, "we didn't torture the guy, honest!!"?!?

Torture rarely produces actionable intelligence; it gets the tortured person to say what he thinks his torturers want to hear in order to get the torture to stop.

And when agents of the US torture, or outsource the torture, two things happen; people around the world understand, fully, that this country lies through its teeth about respecting the rights of prisoners of war, even as a signatory to the Geneva Conventions, and such torture gives carte blanche of leaders of other countries to torture Americans and our American military.

One of the people who used kindness, and never violence, in his interrogations was Germany's Hans Scharff, during World War II.
Hans Scharff,Nazi Germany's Master Interrogator, used kindness, not brutality.

He was so well respected by the American military that he was hired to teach classes in his process in this country after the war.

What an apparently very misguided Mike Pompeo needs to do is to make interrogations more effective and actional-evidence proucing, which is completely, utterly incompatible with making interrogations more brutal and sadistic.

Dec 02 11:33

Russian FM Reveals First Victims in Case of War on Korean Peninsula

Russia condemns the provocative actions of the United States with regard to North Korea, as well as Washington's attempts to involve Tokyo and Seoul in provocations, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated, adding that Japan and South Korea "will become the first victims in case of the outbreak of a war on the Korean peninsula."

According to the minister, Pyongyang has refrained from launching missiles for over two months prior to the latest launch on Wednesday.

Lavrov explained that the US officials made it clear to Russia that next US drills close to the North Korean borders were not scheduled to take place until spring 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The level at which the US is playing "picador" with North Korea, Russia, and China on the issue of North Korea's missile tests, is nothing less than terrifying.

And to assure Lavrov that there would be be no massive US/South Korean war games until 2018, then do a 180 degree turn on that commitment, is thoroughly geopolitically reckless on the part of this Administration, and demonstrates that it cannot possibly be trusted by the world's leadership.

Dec 02 11:22

Paul Craig Roberts: "Can't You See War On The Horizon?"

According to news reports in the British press, Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed Russia’s industries to prepare themselves to be able to make a quick switch to war production.

Clearly, the Russian government would not make such an announcement unless it was convinced that the prospect of war with the West was real.

For some time I have emphasized in my columns that the consequence of years of hostile actions taken by Washington and its European vassals against Russia was leading to war.

It is easy to understand that the massive US military/security complex needs a convincing enemy in order to justify its enormous budget, that the crazed neoconservatives put their fantasy ideology of US world hegemony above the life of the planet, and that Hillary and the Democratic National Committee will do anything to overturn Trump’s presidential victory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer to the question posited by Paul Craig Roberts in this article is, HELL, yes!!

And I know I sound like a chipped CD on this but please, now is the time to prepare, if you haven't done so already. Storable food, potable water, and extra meds for yourselves and your pets. Have a way of protecting what you have stored with which you feel comfortable.

Dec 02 10:42

The Coming War on Lebanon: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Prepare for a Long-Planned Middle East War

Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have one main objective at the moment and that is to destabilize Lebanon and attempt to defeat Hezbollah before they prepare for another offensive in Syria to remove Assad from power. Before they declare an all-out war on Iran, they must neutralize their allies, Hezbollah and Syria which is by far an extremely difficult task to accomplish.

The Curse: Lebanon’s Natural Resources and the Greater Israel Project

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, with regard to the thoroughly morally depraved Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman, Mr. Friedman wrongly conflates the term "reformist policies" with utter genocide.

And I hope that President Trump clearly understands that should the US invade Iran, Russia will most probably come to its aid militarily, as it has promised to do for decades.

And as we have seen from its triumphs in Syria, Russia does have military equipment which actually works, and well.

Dec 02 10:13

Sergey Lavrov Blasts Washington’s North Korea Policy

Everyone everywhere wanting peace, not war, should blast it, imperial madness threatening life on earth.

The Trump administration wants North Korea isolated, all countries urged to sever ties with its government.

China and Russia reject bellicosity toward the country, neither willing to sever ties, fundamentally against Washington’s imperial agenda, calling for stepping back from the brink, engaging in responsible diplomacy to resolve contentious issues - what the Trump administration refuses to do.

On Thursday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “sever(ing) ties with (the DPRK) would be the easiest thing to do. The question is what we will do to resolve the issue. We believe that we should pool our efforts to…reach a settlement.”

Sergey Lavrov was uncharacteristically blunt, saying “(t)he latest US action seemed to be directed towards provoking Pyongyang into taking some rash action.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is entirely correct in his assessment; he is someone I would characterize as "a true adult in the room" of geopolitics, and would be delighted to meet him one day.

But if EVER there was a moment in world history, when this country needed a department of peace, it is right the hell now.

And I am, unfortunately, thoroughly convinced that war is coming, because the US government has lost its ability to achieve its geopolitical objectives in any other way.

And Lendman is very precient when he talks about wars against Iran Russia and China; Paul Craig Roberts reported last Spring that the US government has plans to attack China and Russia, and this guy does have the contacts and knowledge of the inner workings of DC to have gotten this story correctly:

Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

Dec 02 10:02

Lebanon will only survive if Hezbollah disarms: Saudi minister

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday that Lebanon had been “hijacked” by Hezbollah and could only flourish if the Iranian-backed group disarmed.

The Shi‘ite Muslim militia was set up by the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in the 1980s and has grown steadily in influence, sharing power in the Beirut government and giving crucial support to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s civil war.

Its growing strength has alarmed Saudi Arabia, a Sunni Muslim monarchy that is Shi‘ite Iran’s arch-rival for regional influence.

“Lebanon will only survive or prosper if you disarm Hezbollah,” Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a conference in Italy. “As long as you have an armed militia, you will not have peace in Lebanon.”

Jubeir said the situation in Lebanon was “tragic” and accused Iran of fomenting unrest across the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saudi Prime Minister Jubeir, a word please; how is your country's genocide against Yemen NOT "fomenting unrest across the Middle East"?!?

You have what we Americans colloquially describe " the Horse Sense" to understand that should Hezbullah disarm, it makes Lebanon suseptible to a hostile takeover by either your country, or Israel.

The Lebanese people understand this, and see Hezbollah as a force for good; I doubt that they will disarm any time soon.

Dec 02 09:47

Ravaged by Cholera, Yemen Faces 2nd Preventable Scourge: Diphtheria

Diphtheria, a deadly infectious disease once thought to have been largely eradicated, has now joined cholera as a public-health scourge threatening war-torn Yemen, where a blockade by Saudi Arabia has impeded emergency aid.

Officials at the World Health Organization said Friday that at least 22 people in Yemen had died of diphtheria and nearly 200 had been sickened since it was detected three months ago.

The disease, which the medical charity Doctors Without Borders said had not been seen in Yemen for 25 years, has now spread to 13 of Yemen’s 22 governorates.

Officials warned that young children were especially vulnerable to the disease, which spreads through the air and could escalate quickly into an epidemic in Yemen if health workers there lack the antitoxins and vaccine to control it. Currently they have little of either.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, from the perspective of the thoroughly, morally depraved Saudi Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman, the Yemenis, and particularly their children haven't suffered enough, and not enough of them have died from Saudi bombings; death by malnutrition; death by cholera, and death by diptheria.

And the US government is blissfully happy in enabling this genocide.

Of course, I fully understand that people in the highest levels of government in this country have had their conscience surgically removed before taking office.

I don't think that I am alone here in feeling very morally uncomfortable in being a citizen of a country which colludes in war crimes, which is precisely what the US government is doing with Saudi Arabia right now.

Dec 02 09:35

A MORALLY RUDDERLESS AMERICA

A U.S. Navy pilot flying over far north Okanogan County, Washington, is in hot water for leaving contrails in the sky in the shape of a penis. According to a report from CBS News affiliate KREM, people on the ground saw the image and complained. One mother was “upset because she might have to explain the drawings to her kids.” The reporter assured listeners that “we’re deliberately not showing you those drawings because they’re offensive.”

For over half a century the U.S. government has sent our military (and plenty of military aid) to foreign countries, to kill and maim and torture, to overthrow democratic governments and shore up corporate dominance, to prop up brutal dictators, and ultimately to protect America’s global hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I feel a moment coming on in which I feel compelled to honor America's painfully funny (and prophetic) comedian George Carlin, in his discussion about US foreign policy: and a warning here; this monologue is heavily laced with profanity. If you don't like it, please don't watch/listen.

George Carlin on US foreign policy

Dec 02 09:20

Pakistani Taliban Attacks Peshawar School; 14 Killed

At least 14 people were killed Friday, and 25 wounded, in the hostel of the Peshawar Agricultural Training Institute in northern Pakistan, when attackers from the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) faction attacked the site.

Three explosions were reported in the early morning, after which five gunmen, disguised in burqas, snuck into the facility and opened fire on students within. Officials say the casualty toll is likely to rise.

Peshawar police said the death toll included eight students, one guard, and five attackers. Students and police were among the injured. The TTP was quick to claim the attack, and Pakistani officials say they believe the attackers had connections to the Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What sleazy monsters assassinate... innocent kids, just trying to get an education?!?

Dec 02 09:19

Robert Mueller Has a Plan

We are headed for civil war folks. Here is Muellers strategy.

I write here to make three points. 1) The plea deal continues Robert Mueller’s strategy of neutralizing Trump’s pardon power. 2) The obstruction of justice charge against Trump just got a whole lot stronger. 3) Everyone is rightly focusing on Trump, but Vice President Mike Pence and White House Counsel Don McGahn are in bigger trouble than ever.

Dec 02 09:16

Israeli Attacks Reported Near Damascus, Israeli Media Removes Story

Reports out of metro Damascus indicate that Israeli warplanes have carried out airstrikes in the area. Details of the attack are still unclear, as the first reports were in the Israeli media, and within a matter of hours were removed.

The Israeli reports claimed the strikes targeted the “Iranian base” south of Damascus. This military facility has never been confirmed by anybody as actually belonging to Iran, but Israeli outlets played that narrative up as part of the “Iranian threat.” Ironically, one Haaretz analysis piece which makes tangential reference to the incident, but the news article it was clearly meant to accompany is gone.

This isn’t entirely unusual within Israel, as the military censors often compel the media not to report stories. It is unusual, however, for them to let the story out and then recall it after the fact.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how long the Russians are going to put up with these brazen, hubristic Israeli attacks against Syria without giving them some of their own medicine.

Dec 02 09:10

EU resolution calls for arms embargo against Saudi Arabia, accuses it of war crimes

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution, which calls for an EU-wide embargo on arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the alleged war crimes it has committed in Yemen. The resolution also criticizes EU members selling arms to the Gulf kingdom.
The EU parliament “condemns in the strongest terms the ongoing violence in Yemen and all attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, which constitute war crimes,” the resolution passed on Thursday says. It goes on to say that “dozens of Saudi-led airstrikes have been blamed for indiscriminately killing and wounding civilians in violation of the laws of war, including through the use of internationally banned cluster munitions.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo to the EU on this one; however, unfortunately is most likely to be thoroughly ignored by the two major weapons-sellers to Saudi Arabia, and those countries would be the UK and the US.

Their Merchants of Death are simply making too much money, and all profits - no matter where they come from - are deemed "good for the economy", right?!?

Dec 02 08:36

EXPECT DESPERATE, INSANE BEHAVIOR FROM GOVERNMENT IN 2018 – PART 1

As we head into 2018, I believe governments around the world will become increasingly insecure about their positions of power and control, which will result in increased paranoia about whether or not they have the consent of the governed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are indications of internecine madness coming from those in the Bowels of Power in DC, and I expect them to get worse, until one of two possible outcomes happens; either a complete economic collapse in this country, or a world war, out of which this this country will most likely not emerge victorious.

Dec 02 07:43

Reapers in the Sahara: US Military to Deploy Armed UAVs to Niger

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) will be adding armed drones to their Nigerien arsenals to bolster their combat capabilities after the October ambush that left four US soldiers and five Nigerien soldiers dead.
Niger had already given the US permission to fly surveillance drone missions out of bases in their country, but now Niamey and the Pentagon have come to an agreement to allow AFRICOM to add MQ-9 Reaper drones equipped with a suite of missiles on bombs to their assets.

Dec 01 20:26

WAR DOGS ON DEATH ROW

WAR DOGS ON DEATH ROW Veteran dogs which saved thousands of lives while on duty in Afghanistan both face being put down — because Top Brass claim they can’t be re-homed
Sign the change.org/saveveterandogs petition to save hero Belgian shepherds Kevin and Dazz from lethal injections in the coming days

Dec 01 18:35

If Clinton Won We Would Be At War

Actress and activist Susan Sarandon believes that had Hillary Clinton won the election, “we would be at war.”

“I did think she was very dangerous,” Sarandon said in an interview with The Guardian, as she continues to attract criticism from Clinton loyalists over her support for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and her subsequent vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein during the 2016 election.

Dec 01 10:38

IDF-linked Think Tank Admits Israel, ISIS Are Allies in Confronting Iran in Syria

A new Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center report says that ISIS and Israel are temporary allies against Iran.

A new report suggests that in the area of countering Iran’s presence in Syria, ISIS and Israel’s interests may converge, which in a way makes them allies. Despite suggesting no formal alliance between ISIS and Israel, an IDF affiliated think tank Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reports that interests of both ISIS and Israel align, making them allies against Iran.

Regarding ISIS, the report says it,

“will likely change its combat patterns and revert to guerrilla tactics and terrorism following the end of the campaign against it in Iraq, and may carry out hit-and-run attacks against Iranian vehicles moving along the land corridor (Iranian vehicles may be perceived as attractive targets for ISIS in its new incarnation).”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I singularly unsurprised here?!?

Dec 01 10:28

Misusing Intelligence to Sell Conflict with Iran

Although nobody knows exactly where Donald Trump intends to go with his campaign of seeking confrontation with Iran, his administration already has provided disconcerting parallels with the techniques an earlier U.S. administration used in selling its launching of a war against Iraq. Among these techniques is the cherry-picking of intelligence not to inform policy-making or to enlighten the public but instead to inculcate false perceptions among the public and thereby to muster support for a policy already chosen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the Israeli Firsters around President Trump are cheerleading for regime change in Tehran, but please understand: they only want this to happen at the cost of American blood and American money, and they don't give a damn about what the costs of such a war will be.

So I sincerely hope that President Trump realizes that should the US and/or Saudi Arabia attack Iran, Russia will most probably jump into the fray on Iran's side, as their military and political leadership have long vowed that should Iran be attacked, Russia willcome to its aid militarily.

Dec 01 10:11

Coalition: Over 400 US Marines to Leave Syria

According to the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, some 400 US Marines and accompanying artillery have been ordered back to the United States, with their involvement in the capture of the Syrian city of Raqqa over.

Coalition director Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga says that the remaining forces will continue to stay in Syria to fight against ISIS or the emergence of future ISIS groups, and to assist “international governments and NGOs.”

The presence of US troops in Syria at all is a controversial one, since Syria never authorized such a deployment. US officials, however, have indicated that they don’t intend to leave,and that the deployment as such is open-ended.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the US is unable to regime change Damascus, then why is even one US service person left in Syria?!?

There is absolutely zero logical reason for this to be happening!!

Dec 01 10:04

Quds commander declines letter sent from CIA director, Iranian official

The commander of the Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, declined to receive and read a letter sent by CIA Director Mike Pompeo when he was in al-Boukamal, a border area between Syria and Iraq which was liberated by the Syrian regime this month, chief of staff of Iran’s Supreme Leader claimed on Thursday.

Mohamadi Gulpaigani said that the American official sent the letter to Soleimani, from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), through an intermediary.

He did not mention the time of the alleged incident, but said it happened “recently,” Fars News Agency, close to the IRGC reported.

“The head of the CIA through one of its intermediaries in the region sent a letter to General Soleimani, but he [Sleimani] responded: I will not accept your letter, nor will I read it. I have nothing to do with these people,'” Gulpaigani quoted the Iranian commander as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Most likely, Pompeo's letter was an informal "cease and desist" order, with regard to Iranian assistance to the Syrian government against the jihadis; but not knowing the "or else" time constraints the Iranian military may have been given in this letter, may well work to their disadvantage in Syria.

Dec 01 10:01

Michael Flynn pleads guilty to false-statements charge in Russia probe

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of making false statements to the FBI, becoming the latest Trump associate ensnared by Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Dec 01 09:58

Saudis Intercept Ballistic Missile Fired From Yemen

It's deja vu all over again in Saudi Arabia. Al Arabiya reports that a ballistic missile from Yemen has been intercepted on Thursday by Saudi air defense forces in southern city of Khamis Mushait in the south western province of Assir.

Huthi rebels fired a ballistic missile today that hit a military target in Saudi Arabia, rebel media in Yemen said, after the leader of the group threatened Riyadh with retaliation over a blockade.

"We confirm the success of our ballistic missile trial, which hit its military target inside Saudi Arabia," the Huthi-run Al-Masira television channel said.

Earlier, rebel chief Abdulmalik al-Huthi warned against "prolonging the blockade" imposed on Yemen following a November 4 Huthi missile attack that was intercepted near Riyadh international airport.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somehow, in the Saudi military mindset, the rebels are not supposed to be able to hit back, in this going-on 3 year genocide against Yemen, courtesy of its butcher, Prince Salman.

Dec 01 09:52

Crisis Management: Top US, Chinese Generals Talk North Korea After Missile Test

The meetings were held on Wednesday and Thursday, just hours after Pyongyang's intercontinental ballistic missile test early Wednesday morning.

People's Liberation Army Maj. Gen. Shao Yuanming and the US Defense Department's Lt. Gen Richard Clarke discussed ways to improve communication channels regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the South China Morning Post reports.

A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman told SCMP Thursday that the discussion focused on crisis management but did not divulge further information. The talks were originally scheduled for August but only took place this week, according to the Hong-Kong based newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At least, high level Chinese and US military personnel are talking about it; the question is, how do they bring North Korea to the bargaining table?!?!?

My concern is, I don't think they can.

Dec 01 08:47

AMERICA’S MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL ADDICTION

Polls show that Americans are tired of endless wars in faraway lands, but many cheer President Trump’s showering money on the Pentagon and its contractors, a paradox that President Eisenhower foresaw, writes JP Sottile.

The Military-Industrial Complex has loomed over America ever since President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of its growing influence during his prescient farewell address on Jan. 17, 1961. The Vietnam War followed shortly thereafter, and its bloody consequences cemented the image of the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) as a faceless cadre of profit-seeking warmongers who’ve wrested control of the foreign policy. That was certainly borne out by the war’s utter senselessness … and by tales of profiteering by well-connected contractors like Brown & Root.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given its current configuration, and its addictive "hold" over Congress and the President, the Military/Industrial complex virtually assures more wars, more deaths for Americans, and more misery for people around the world who have the absolute hubris to live over, or adjacent to, resources the US government and the corporations which own it, want to expropriate, and sell only for American dollars.

Dec 01 07:32

FLASHBACK - Neocon meteor Sen. Cotton is funded by Abrams, Adelson and Kristol and loves war a little too much

The letter by those 47 Senators is getting scorned and abused nationwide. The hashtag #47Traitors has been trending on twitter. Huffpo speculates that it was “treason.” And no wonder, USA Today says the letter has subverted US diplomacy. Slate calls the letter stupid and idiotic. Salt Lake City Tribune says it was felonious:

Chances are that the foolish, dangerous and arguably felonious attempt by the Obama Derangement Caucus of the Senate will soon be forgotten.

The Tribune labels Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton an “uber-hawk.” The letter is sure to define his career, and not in a good way. The Kansas City Star says:

On Tuesday, Tom Cotton, the freshman senator from Arkansas who started the letter, defended it and said he wasn’t a traitor.

Dec 01 07:23

Activist: Expect War with Iran, North Korea if Pompeo Becomes Secretary of State

The New York Times reported on Thursday morning that sometime in the near future, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be ousted in favor of sitting CIA Director Mike Pompeo - and Pompeo’s job will be taken by hawkish Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.

The Times made the report with high confidence, citing "senior administration officials." Tillerson's exit has been long-rumored due to his numerous clashes with US President Donald Trump. Spokespeople for both the White House and the State Department refused to confirm or deny the reports when asked.

Dec 01 07:23

US Military Reverses Course, Won’t Ban Use of Cluster Bombs

US President George W. Bush declared in 2008 that US would stop using cluster bombs by 2019. On Thursday, though, the Pentagon declared that the weapons have a legitimate use in military operations.

When deployed, cluster bombs scatter hundreds or thousands of bomblets across swaths of territory than can encompass several football fields. The bombs are notorious for failing to explode during the initial weapon deployment — leaving mine-like explosives that can blow up decades later. Anywhere from two to 20 percent of the bomblets released in modern cluster bombs fail to detonate on first use, according to Legacies of War, a Washington-based non-profit.

Nov 30 11:39

RT EXCLUSIVEBlaming Russia for everything is ‘insane’ & reminiscent of McCarthyism – Oliver Stone to RT

As the US continues to accuse Russia of meddling in its presidential election, RT has spoken to filmmaker Oliver Stone about the ongoing trend of blaming Moscow for everything – from hacking Western politics to planting bots on social media.
Speaking to RT's Sophie Shevardnadze, three-time Oscar winner Stone said the policy of blaming Russia for everything is irrational. "Of course, the United States scares me in the sense that it might lose its self-control and out of a sense of panic and fear, attack.”

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© Randy Credico‘US wants phony Russiagate probe kept alive’: NY comedian summoned over Assange interview tells RT
"This concept that Russia is responsible for everything is insane, but it’s very easy to resort to that kind of early 1950s primitivism like Joe McCarthy did."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stone is entirely right in his assessment, but he doesn't quite go the extra analytical step; demonization of any country is generally a prelude to a war against it, as are inflicting sanctions for stuff a country never did, and in Russia's case, it DID NOT annex Crimea.

But Crimea's having held two referendums to first, determine if its people wanted to leave Ukraine in 2014, after the US sponsored putsch, then petitioning the Russian Federation to become a member, is not at all matching the US government's narrative that Russia "annexed Crimea", therefore, the US had the moral "justification" to punish it with sanctions.

Nov 30 11:26

US-China Economic Dialogue Has "Stalled; No Plans To Revive Talks": Malpass

At the start of the year, one of the often repeated risk factors was that a trade war between China and the US could break out due to Trump's hardline stance on the US trade deficit with Beijing. Since then, such fears have largely faded as the status quo re-established itself, and trade between the two nations has proceeded largely unchanged. However, one year later, dark clouds may finally be gathering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I really hate the way trade wars can morph into shooting wars.

and the timing really bites right now.

Nov 30 11:20

Collecting Russian DNA? Confronting the Threat of Ethnic-Specific Bioweapons

The United States Air Force’s 59th Medical Wing’s molecular biology branch recently was revealed to have been collecting specifically Russian RNA and synovial (connective) tissue samples, prompting fears in Russia of a possible US directed ethnic-specific bioweapons program.

TeleSUR’s article, “‘Ethnic Bomb’ Feared as US Air Force Confirms Collection of Russian DNA,” would report:

Russia has raised its concerns over attempts by the U.S. military to collect DNA samples from Russian nationals, noting the potential use of such biological samples for the purpose of creating new genetic warfare weaponry.

The U.S. Air Force has sought to calm the Kremlin’s concerns, noting that the samples would only be used for so-called “research” purposes rather than for bioterrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF any element of the US government or military says something is not so, it most probably is; we have just become accustomed to their lying so completely that plausible deniability cannot possibly work for them.

And if they are not working on a biological weapon against the Russian people, what other possible motive could they have for doing this?!?

The short answer in, none whatsoever.

Nov 30 11:05

More Cuts For Britain’s Fading Military As Report Concludes ‘Cyber More Important’

It’s bad news for Britain’s creaking and shrinking military. A national security review says extra funding to defend Britain should actually be funneled into combating cyberattacks, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Military chiefs had hoped a national security review would decide extra cash should be given to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in order to bolster its resources. But according to the paper, National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill claimed countering cyberattacks is more important than increasing defense capabilities.

Nov 30 10:53

Is Trump Going to Lie Our Way Into War With Iran?

A decade and a half ago, in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush’s administration conjured up not only terrifying images of nuclear mushroom clouds but also of Saddam Hussein plotting with Osama bin Laden to attack the United States.

Mr. Bush himself declared that Mr. Hussein “aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al Qaeda” while Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld called links between Iraq and Al Qaeda “accurate and not debatable.”

It wasn’t true, of course. But it helped make the case for war.

That may be why a similar lie is getting trotted out again now, except this time the target is Iraq’s neighbor, Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The President would do well to remember; a war against Iran will probably mean war with Russia, whose political and military leadership have consistently, and collectively gone on record as stating that Russia will defend Iran, should it be attacked militarily.

And, as evidenced by their astounding victories in Syria, the Russian military has weaponry which actually works.

Nov 30 10:47

Trump’s Mission Creep in Syria

The U.S. military presence in Syria is set to continue indefinitely:

The justification for this continued presence is bizarre:

An abrupt U.S. withdrawal could complete Assad’s sweep of Syrian territory and help guarantee his political survival — an outcome that would constitute a win for Iran, his close ally.

To avoid that outcome, U.S. officials say they plan to maintain a U.S. troop presence in northern Syria — where the Americans have trained and assisted the SDF against the Islamic State — and establish new local governance, apart from the Assad government, in those areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how long Russia will put up with this nonsense before it responds militarily.

Russia was invited by the Syrian government to assist it in getting rid of the Jihadis; the US government was not.

Nov 30 10:41

North Korea’s Nuclear Power Declaration Could Be a Prelude to Talks

Following Tuesday’s missile test, North Korea has declared itself a full nuclear power, saying they have the ability to deliver a “super-large heavy warhead” anywhere within the mainland United States now.

The declaration is presented by some US officials as just grandstanding, but it might also portend a shift in North Korea’s strategy, and open up the possibility of real negotiations with the United States.

After all, North Korea has been very open about its goals in developing missiles and nuclear weapons being a deterrent force to prevent US attacks on them. This latest missile test may have been the culmination of that.

Analysts note that while there are still questions about North Korea’s missiles, the fact that they could plausibly fire a nuclear weapon at New York City at this point, even if it’s not with 100% certainty, should be enough to deter a US first strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope, with all my heart, that this blogger is correct in his assessment.

But with Kim Jung Un, will....enough deterrent ever be really "enough deterrent"?!?

Nov 30 10:18

Trump talks to Jinping after Pyongyang's ICBM launch, says US to impose more sanctions on North Korea

The US will impose additional "major sanctions" on North Korea for its latest missile test, President Donald Trump said today as he spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to press Pyonyang to halt its "provocative actions".
During the phone call, Trump underscored the determination of the US to defend itself and its allies from the growing threat posed by the North Korean regime, the White House said.

The two leaders discussed North Korea's latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch, it said.

The missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea yesterday, and travelled about 1000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan's Economic Exclusion Zone.

"Just spoke to President Xi Jinping of China concerning the provocative actions of North Korea. Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!" Trump tweeted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder: just what does President Trump have left to throw at North Korea in terms of sanctions?!?

Food?!?

Medicine?!?

The optics of these kinds of sanctions would be thoroughly lousy, but it is possible Trump believes that they are the only methods left to avoid a military confrontation with Pyongyang.

And what of China's real influence here?!? A senior Chinese diplomat flew to Pyongyang a couple of weeks ago, but was rebuffed by Kim Jung Un.
Did North Korea's Kim Jung Un Just Slap China in the Face?!? This was as big an insult as Kim could possibly hurl at their benefactor, China, and yet he believed he could get away with it with impunity.

And if President Trump supports a military solution to the North Korean issue before the US or coalition members are actually attacked, how is China going to respond?!?

Nov 30 09:25

US BOWS TO ISRAELI/SAUDI ALLIANCE IN BLAMING IRAN

Contrary to common belief, Israel supported Iran’s Islamic Republic for more than a decade in the 1980s before shifting its favors to Saudi Arabia in the 1990s and making sure the U.S. followed suit, recalls Ted Snider.

At first, American officials couldn’t believe it. In 1993, the Israelis began pressuring the Clinton administration to view Iran as the greatest global threat. Only a short time earlier, in the 1980s, Israel had been cooperating with the Iranians militarily and selling them weapons to fight Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, Tel Aviv wants regime change in Tehran, but only at the costs of American blood, and American money.

Nov 29 09:29

ISIS Supporter Found Guilty Of Planning Attack On Justin Bieber Concert

An ISIS supporter in Britain was charged Monday for planning an attack last June that included possible targets such as a Justin Bieber concert.

The unnamed 17-year-old boy, who described himself as “a soldier of the Islamic State” in a “martyrdom letter” found by police, planned to drive a vehicle into a crowd of people in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

Nov 28 12:16

Can’t You See War On The Horizon? — Paul Craig Roberts

According to news reports in the British press, Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed Russia’s industries to prepare themselves to be able to make a quick switch to war production. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/vladimir-putin-russia-b...

Clearly, the Russian government would not make such an announcement unless it was convinced that the prospect of war with the West was real. For some time I have emphasized in my columns that the consequence of years of hostile actions taken by Washington and its European vassals against Russia was leading to war.

Nov 28 12:16

Poland’s Patriot Missile Purchase Is a Paid Bribe to America

Poland announced that it will purchase $10.5 billion worth of anti-air Patriot missiles from the US.

Technically, the official news event is that the State Department approved the possible sale and that Congress has 30 days to block it, but for all intents and purposes it’s widely considered that the deal will go through as planned. This means that the Central European country will strengthen its frontline position as NATO’s anti-Russian vanguard, crucially functioning as an indispensable component of the missile defense shield that the US is constructing around Russia’s borders. In and of itself, the Patriot system is presently incapable of neutralizing Russia’s nuclear strike capabilities, especially given the hypersonic missile advancements that Moscow has undertaken over the past couple of years in invalidating this strategy, but it worryingly sets the precedent that further missile-related infrastructure could one day be deployed on Russia’s borders.

Nov 28 10:50

The American Dream Has Been Irreparably Broken

U.S. Senator James W. Fulbright (1905-1995) The Arrogance of Power, 1966.

Despite having met and befriended some fine Americans over the years, my long-held opinion of the U.S. in particular and the American people in general — an opinion confirmed after I read Senator Fulbright’s book in the late 60s — has not only remained doggedly unchanged, but has in fact become more entrenched and pessimistic. Such entrenched pessimism stems from the inescapable truth that regardless of an illusory concept of the “American exceptionalism” that arrogantly presumes to present itself as the “superpower” champion of democracy and human rights, the U.S. is in reality the world’s biggest violator of the very ideals it so hypocritically claims to champion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sadly, post World War II, the "American Dream" has morphed into the American nightmare, with jobs offshored/outsourced, and the former American middle class forced into a downward spiral of diminishng returns, increasing debt, and decreasing possibilites of escape from their economic circumstances.

The growth of the bloated US military around the world, and it's position as "Enforcer" of US government rights to expropriate resources globally to which it has no moral right, is absolutely in inverse proportion to the economic status of American citizens here at home.

Finally, our "alleged representatives" in Washington are only the property of the corporations which own them, and do not at all represent the concerns and wishes of the people who put them in office.

Nov 28 10:42

Can’t You See War on the Horizon?

According to news reports in the British press, Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed Russia’s industries to prepare themselves to be able to make a quick switch to war production.

Clearly, the Russian government would not make such an announcement unless it was convinced that the prospect of war with the West was real. For some time I have emphasized in my columns that the consequence of years of hostile actions taken by Washington and its European vassals against Russia was leading to war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war I see coming is bigger than just between the US government and Russia.

The demonization of Russia, North Korea, and Iran continues apace.

And note, of late, an attempted "linkage" between North Korea and Iran, regarding North Korea's weapons program.

Demonization, coupled with sanctions, are nearly always a prelude to war.

I hope to hell that I am wrong, but I see a world war coming to this planet, within this next year, and one which will bring back the draft, in this country, of both our young men and our young women.

Nov 28 10:35

Is the Islamic State a “Geopolitical Tool”? US Looks to Southeast Asia to Unleash Its ISIS-Daesh Hordes

Western think tanks have been increasingly busy cultivating a narrative to explain the sudden and spreading presence of militants linked or fighting under the banner of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) across Southeast Asia.

This narrative – these think tanks would have audiences believe – entails militants fleeing Syria and Iraq, and entrenching themselves amid supposedly sectarian conflicts in Southeast Asia. The think tanks conveniently never mention how tens of thousands of militants are funding the logistical feat required to move them to Southeast Asia or sustain their militant operations in the region once they arrive.

Among these think tanks is the so-called International Crisis Group (ICG). In its report, “Jihadism in southern Thailand – A phantom menace,” it claims:

The decline of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the advent of ISIS-linked violence in South East Asia evince the possibility of a new era of transnational jihadist terrorism in the region.

Nov 28 10:25

The Catch-22 that keeps many vets from getting help

Joseph Heller would have had a field day describing what happens to too many American soldiers these days. While on active duty in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, they begin suffering mental health problems -- often they reflect the early onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Because of their illness, they act out, get in trouble with their chain of command, and are forced to leave with less than honorable discharges.

But when they return home, their less than honorable discharges prevent them from being considered veterans, so they can't get help from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to address their PTSD.
It's a classic Catch-22.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please share this article with anyone even thinking about enlisting.

And please remind them; all wars are economic in nature, and are not fought for honor, glory, or "The American Way of Life", whatever that is.

Wars are all about resources, and their acquisition, period, end of discussion.

Iraq was all about the oil, and insuring that it was only sold in US dollars.

Afghanistan was, and is, about pipelines, natural resources, and the opium.

The coming war against Iran is, again, about the oil, and making sure it is sold in US dollars.

Nov 28 10:18

After Cheerleading for Invasion of Iraq, Tom Friedman Glorifies Saudi Arabia’s War Criminal

Thomas [Tom] Friedman, the supposedly liberal columnist of the New York Times and the "imperial messenger" of the US establishment, needs no introduction.

This is the same man who was the leading cheerleader for the illegal and criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003 that set the Middle East on the path of bloodshed and destruction. This is the same man who called the invasion of Iraq "the most radical-liberal revolutionary war the US has ever launched." The is the same pundit who, about a month after George W. Bush declared "mission accomplished" – and the mission, destruction of Iraq and the rest of the Middle East, has indeed been accomplished – stated in an interview with Charlie Rose about that war,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Friedman is a presstitute and warmonger of the most despicabler order, which is why he should be ignored, and become irrelevant to any future discussion of American foreign policy.

It therefore is completely logical that he should defend Saudi Prince Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, in his genocide against that country; that is what he is paid to do, defend the indefensible, in order to line the pockets of the Merchants of Death which own him and the NYT.

Nov 28 09:56

Nothing personal - just business: US already supplies arms to Ukraine

Until the end of the week, US President Donald Trump should sign a new defense law, which provides $ 50 million to grant Ukraine lethal defensive weapons. Kyiv, for its part, continues to hope that the Pentagon will use these funds for its intended purpose, and Ukraine will finally get access to modern weapons of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great; so US companies are already delivering weapons to Ukraine; what could possibly go wrong with this?!?!?

Nov 28 09:49

Britain's secret role in Saudi Arabia's dirty war: UK troops are training army that has left a million on the brink of starvation, investigation finds

The British Army is secretly training Saudi Arabian troops to fight in Yemen, where the country has been accused of committing crimes against humanity, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Up to 50 UK military personnel have been teaching battlefield skills to soldiers who will be deployed in the so-called ‘dirty war’.

Thousands of civilians have been killed in bombing raids and an estimated one million children are facing starvation and serious illness as a result of the conflict.

The Army’s involvement is part of Britain’s ‘shameful complicity’ in the suffering, according to Tory MP and former Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand; what Saudi Prince Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, wants to see happen here, is a total and complete genocide of the Yemeni people.

And to that end, the US and UK have been incredibly complicit in making this guy's sick, twisted dream become a reality on the ground.

The picture which accompanies the article says it all; an innocent toddler, starving to death, who will probably never gain back either his intelligence or his health in full measure.

Prince Salman is utterly furious that this child, and all the other Yemeni children like him, have not already starved to death.

I am thoroughly amazed that he hasn't ordered a complete carpet bombing of the country, creating mass murder of every Yemeni civilian still breathing; but perhaps, that is his next step in the country's total obliviation and destruction.

And to the American and British legislators who have signed off on this; you no longer represent your alleged constitutents; only the corporations, particularly those merchants of death, which own you, and are making tremendous money peddling their wares to the Saudi governement for the genocide it is creating in Yemen.

And having signed off on this Saudi genocide in Yemen, this demonstrates, incontrovertibly, that you have collectively have had your consciences surgically removed before having taken office.

Nov 28 09:36

MOSCOW SCRAMBLES FIGHTER JET AFTER DETECTING US SPY PLANE APPROACHING RUSSIAN BORDER

Russia has scrambled a Su-30 fighter jet after detecting an American ?8? Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea, according to a Defense Ministry statement. The US spy plane was approaching at high speed to the Russian border, it said.

The Russian fighter jet buzzed the US Navy reconnaissance plane at around 1pm local time (10:00 GMT) as it was flying over the neutral waters of the Black Sea, the ministry said.

“After moving closer, the Russian [Su-30] fighter jet flew over the object and visually identified it as an American reconnaissance aircraft ?8? Poseidon,” the statement reads.

After the spy plane was intercepted by the Russian Air Force, the US aircraft changed course and flew away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the tense environment between Russia and the US geopolitically and militarily, now is NOT the time for the US military to be playing "chicken" over neutral waters.

Nov 28 08:47

Shadow World

Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade, the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. Based on Andrew Feinstein’s acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, the film explores how governments, their militaries and intelligence agencies, defense contractors, arms dealers and agents are intertwined.

Nov 27 17:18

A Breakthrough in Soft Robot Muscles, Funded by the Military

Future military robots may come in softer, more cuddly, and stranger forms.

Nov 27 15:25

Used As “Guinea Pigs” By The US Military, Then Discarded

When we think of the harm that befalls soldiers during wartime, specific images come to mind. The fallout from scientific experiments — especially those carried out by our own government — isn’t one. But that was the reality of tens of thousands of military men in the 1940s, who were poisoned with mustard gas by the U.S. government to see how their bodies would react. It took decades to bring to light the vast scope of the experiments, and it couldn’t have been completed without the work of two NPR journalists.

Nov 27 15:12

‘Islamophobes’ Exploiting Terrorist Attacks For More Twitter Followers – Study

UK terrorist attacks have been exploited by an international network of anti-Muslim activists, a study by anti-racism group Hope not Hate has found. Prominent Islamophobic Twitter accounts used bots and fake news, and manipulated images to boost their followings.

Nov 27 13:37

Why Mueller Is REALLY Indicting Flynn

So why is Mueller really going after Flynn?

When Flynn was head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and afterwards, he blew the whistle on the U.S. and its allies willfully allowing Islamic terrorists to flourish in Syria.

That didn’t ingratiate him with the Deep State …

Then last November, Flynn ruffled more feathers by writing:

The primary bone of contention between the U.S. and Turkey is Fethullah Gülen, a shady Islamic mullah residing in Pennsylvania whom former President Clinton once called his “friend” in a well circulated video.

Nov 27 11:32

Saudi-led ‘Arab NATO’ declares total war on terrorism; Iran, Iraq & Syria not invited

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman has vowed to “wipe” terrorists from the “face of the earth” using resources available to the Islamic Military Alliance, a so-called ‘Arab NATO’ which claims to be targeting a “faceless enemy,” rather than any particular “sect” or “country.”

Formed in 2015 by then-deputy Crown Prince and defense minister of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, the IMA has so far only functioned on paper. Now the Crown Prince wants to take his brainchild to the next level by declaring a total “war against terrorism,” during the Sunday summit of IMA, also referred to as the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) or the “Arab NATO.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OH, REALLY?!?!?

Forgive me, but I am nearly close to choking from nausea, invoked by the glaring hipocrisy of the words coming out of this guy's mouth, relative to the hellish realities on the ground he has created for the people of Yemen.

So please: when does Prince Salman intend to announce the end of the terror he and his coalition are raining down on Yemen with these damnable bombing raids, which are killing civillian women, children, and the medically fragile elderly here?!?

When will he stop the US-enabled blockades of Yemeni ports, leading to massive deaths by malnutrition?!?

And when will he get a reasonable, and rapid, medical response going to the horrific outbreak of cholera, which is killing thousands in Yemen?!?

Prince MBS, if you want to stop a lot of terror in the region, you had better damned well take a good, long look in a mirrior first.

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