Feb 15 09:03


As details continue to emerge of last week’s US attacks on pro-Syrian forces, it appears that dozens, or by some accounts scores, of the slain were actually Russian military contractors working for the Syrian government. The raises the stakes about US attacks in Syria fueling a direct conflict with Russia.

Over the weekend, the US struck again, with officials now confirmed that a US MQ-9 Reaper drone attacked and destroyed a Russian T-72 tank in Eastern Syria, in what US officials are claiming was an act of “self-defense.”

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian says the drone saw the tank “that took a shot at us,” and that he believes the US rules of engagement allowed for the tank to be destroyed in self-defense to protect the drone. Three people within were killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government and military appear to be inching toward a direct conflict with Russia in Syria; this appears to be by design.

And I would like to remind our readers that Russia was invited by the Syrian government to work with their military to remove the jihadists from Syria.

What the US government has done, and there is no way to put lipstick on this particular geopolitical pig, is invaded a soverign country which has NOT invited the US military for assistance.

Despite whatever name the military and government give to its military action in Syria, this is about partitioning the country, period, end of discussion.

Even Sergei Lavrov, that usually mild mannered Russian minister of Foreign Affairs, said it out loud, and exasperatedly, this last Tuesday:

The US is Trying to create a quasi-state in Syria

The article, from RT, written on 13 Feb 2018, goes on to state:

"The US has likely taken a “course to create a quasi-state” in the Kurdish SDF militia-held regions of Syria, despite the proclaimed adherence to the territorial integrity of the country, Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov said.

The US activities in Syria are driven by undertaking “dangerous, unilateral steps” instead of trying to “achieve a common understanding” between all the parties, Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday.

He warned that Washington’s true goal might be the partitioning of Syria. The recent steps of Washington, including the creation of the so-called Border Security Force (BSF), operating under the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have prompted even more questions in Moscow."

Folks, we are being "frog boiled" into a major confrontation with Russia over Syrian territory.

This US invasion of Syria was completely illegal; but then again, what should we expect from a US foreign policy has devolved into "Invasions R Us", from the Bush regime to the present.

We had better start asking our (alleged) Representatives in Congress some rather pointed questions, including why we are really in Syria in the first place, and what the hell are we doing, colluding with Saudi Arabia in war crimes in Yemen.

If we do not, I expect a relatively quick return to the draft in this country, coupled with even more repressions of American civil liberties, up to, and including, the invocation of martial law here, so that the American Deep State can go on conducting its endless wars with absolute impunity, dealing with no protests against them whatsoever.

Feb 15 08:47

Three Navy leaders fired after officer found drunk, naked in woods: report

The U.S. Navy has fired an entire unit's command leadership after the unit's executive officer was found drunk and walking naked in the woods, The Navy Times reported Wednesday.

Lt. Cmdr. Jason Gabbard — of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4, currently deployed to Okinawa, Japan — was fired Feb. 11.

Leadership relieved Gabbard after he was discovered in the woods on Camp Shields wearing only his boots, following a command gathering for chiefs and officers, service officials told Navy Times.

Commanding officer Cmdr. James Cho and Command Master Chief Jason Holden were also let go. A source told The Navy Times that they were fired because they attempted to cover up the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yeah; we're ready to win a war against Russia and China!

Feb 14 15:08

The Causes of the “Civil War” in the Words of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis

“When [the states] entered into the Union of 1789, it was with the undeniable recognition of the power of the people to resume the authority delegated for the purposes of that government, whenever in their opinion, its functions were perverted and its ends defeated . . . the sovereign States here represented have seceded from that Union, and it is a gross abuse of language to denominate the act rebellion or revolution.”

–Jefferson Davis, First Inaugural Address, Montgomery, Alabama, February 1861.

Lincoln asserted that it was not voluntary, and was more like what future generations would come to know as the Soviet Union – held together by force and bloodshed.

Feb 14 15:04

Southerner Sessions: 'Slavery' alone caused the Civil War

Doesn't know anything about Cannabis or American History it would seem. PC for sure though.


Jeff Sessions, a son of the South and President Trump’s attorney general, celebrated former President Abraham Lincoln’s 209th birthday with a blunt and bold statement that clashes with some of his fellow Alabamians and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Speaking Monday at the Union League of Philadelphia’s Annual Lincoln Day celebration, he said slavery alone was the cause of the Civil War.

Feb 14 14:30

“US Foreign Policy Is the Greatest Crime Since WWII,” Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark

The US Secretary of State’s criminally insane back handed remarks favoring a civil war, with all the probable loss of lives a civil war would bring, seems to fit as appropriate within a US foreign policy of world domination. Human suffering has never been of any consequence to the financial interests of that 1/10 of 1 per cent of Americans who, to one degree or another, rule us all.

That is the way it has been since the end of the Second World War, a war made possible by US investments and joint ventures in the rearming of Nazi Germany,[ 2] a war that made the USA rich and the first all powerful single superpower.

Feb 14 08:23

Introducing the IDF’s new ‘missile corps’

After a long-standing debate and objections from senior General Staff members, Defense Minister Lieberman has decided—in full agreement with Chief of Staff Eisenkot—to build a surface-to-surface missile arsenal in the Ground Forces; within two years, Israel Military Industries will supply missiles with a range of 150 kilometers and the ability to destroy any target within five minutes, which will later be joined by missiles covering all of Lebanon and reaching deep into Syria as well.

Feb 14 08:17

France sticks by plan for new compulsory 'national service' for young people

Two decades after it scrapped its compulsory military service France will introduce a mandatory "national service" for all young people, the government said Tuesday, confirming a campaign pledge by President Emmanuel Macron.
Macron took the country by surprise a year ago when he announced that, if elected, he would make all young people spend a month getting "a direct experience of military life with its know-how and demands".

He billed it as a way to build social cohesion and patriotism in a country battling deep divisions, by bringing young people from different backgrounds together in a barracks.

But the proposal raised hackles in the army, which is already stretched thin by anti-terrorism operations in the Middle East and West Africa as well as patrols against jihadists at home.

Feb 14 06:03


Yesterday, an article from CNBC highlighted comments from leading futurists and businessmen at the recent “World Government Seminar” in Dubai. The leading topic was the idea that humans will need to merge with computers in order to keep up with the rapid development of artificial intelligence. As many economists and trend watchers have pointed out, gaping societal divides will inevitably ensue with the further development of artificial intelligence and robotics. The political divides of the future could be between “naturals” – those who refuse to merge their minds and bodies with machines – and “ESI’s” – individuals who have enhanced themselves with technology.

Feb 13 18:29

Macron brings back national service two decades after it was scrapped in bid to heal deep divisions in the country

French President Emmanuel Macron is re-introducing compulsory national military service for young people in France, the government said today.

By bringing back national service two decades after it was scrapped, Macron is fulfilling one of his campaign pledges.

During his presidential campaign, Macron promised to make all young people spend a month getting 'a direct experience of military life with its know-how and demands'.

He billed it as a way to build social cohesion and patriotism in a country battling deep divisions, by bringing young people from different backgrounds together in a barracks.

But the proposal raised hackles in the army, which is already stretched thin by anti-terrorism operations in the Middle East and West Africa as well as patrols against jihadists at home.

Feb 13 14:59

Encircling: US intends to deploy 37 more missile defense systems around Russia

The US administration has asked to allocate funds for the construction of 37 Aegis missile defense systems in Romania and Poland, the operations director of the Missile Defense Agency, Gary Pannett, said on Monday.

"Within the framework of the draft budget for the 2019 financial year, we have requested 1.8 billion dollars for the systems. The missile defense agency will provide 37 Aegis SM-3 systems to facilities in Romania and Poland, as well as on ships along the respective coasts," Pennett said at a special briefing in the Pentagon.

Feb 13 13:12

US launches full-scale confrontation with China: Scholar

The United States has “launched a full-scale confrontation with China,” because Washington is unable to compete with Beijing economically, an American writer and retired professor says.

James Petras, who has written dozens of books on international issues, made the comments in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday, after the US Defense Department called on Congress to approve a major budget increase in order to counter “threats” from Russia, China, and North Korea.

The Pentagon on Monday asked for a budget of $686 billion to be allocated to military spending in 2019. The requested amount is one of the largest in US history, and is also focused on beefing up the country's nuclear arsenal. The budget sees an increase of $80 billion from 2017.

Feb 13 13:05

US Deploying Thousands of Marines to Deter China

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon may send a combat marine expeditionary force to deter “growing Chinese influence” while drawing down Middle East force levels.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan declined to elaborate, saying “(t)he Department of Defense continually evaluates how we employ our forces throughout the globe but it would be inappropriate to discuss any ongoing planning.”

Defense Priorities analyst/retired army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis/believes the move “plays directly into the concerns and the fears of North Korea that we’re actually preparing for an attack,” adding:

“Effective diplomacy (with China) can’t take place if you have a hammer hanging over the head of your negotiating partner.”

Feb 13 12:50

Turkish Warships Block Cypriot Drilling Rig In Dispute Over Mediterranean Gas Field

Amid escalating tensions between Cyprus and Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea, the two countries could be headed towards a resource war.

On Monday, the Cypriot government released a report according to which Turkish warships continue to heavily restrict one of its deepwater drilling rigs from reaching its intended site off the Cyprus coast, where Italian energy company Eni is planning to conduct a drilling operation.

Feb 13 10:48

The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America

“Why throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion this year) than the next seven countries combined? Do we need 1.4 million active military personnel and 850,000 reserves when the enemy at the moment — ISIS — numbers in the low tens of thousands? If so, it seems there's something radically wrong with our strategy. Should 55% of the federal government's discretionary spending go to the military and only 3% to transportation when the toll in American lives is far greater from failing infrastructure than from terrorism? Does California need nearly as many active military bases (31, according to militarybases.com) as it has UC and state university campuses (33)? And does the state need more active duty military personnel (168,000, according to Governing magazine) than public elementary school teachers (139,000)?”

Feb 13 10:11

John Yoo: President Can Wage War Without Congressional Declaration

There’s a lot of talk today about the feebleness of Congress, whether on its inability to pass real spending budgets or confront knotty but inevitably crucial issues like immigration. But there’s nothing that gets constitutionalists more agitated than lawmakers’ seeming abdication of their war powers.

“They are the invertebrate branch,” charged Bruce Fein, a constitutional scholar who moonlights as James Madison in rotating theater performances inside and outside the Beltway. “Pure cowardice,” he adds, once or twice for good measure.

Feb 13 10:03

Pentagon to NATO-Member Turkey: ‘You Hit Us – We Will Respond Aggressively’

urkey demands US military pulls out of northern Syria to the west of Euphrates around Manbij. US refuses to do so. Turkey threatens it will launch an offensive on Manbij whether US is still present there or not. Turkey adds it may not be able to distinguish between Kurdish militiamen and US troops in battle and could target both. US sends a hi-ranking Pentagon delegation to Manbij to deliver the message the US “will respond aggressively if attacked”. — This has all happened. Welcome to 2018 where the nations with two largest militaries in NATO are issuing threats, warnings and ultimatums…to each other.

Feb 13 09:54

If America Wasn't America, The United States Would Be Bombing It

On January 8, 2018, former government advisor Edward Luttwak wrote an opinion piece for Foreign Policy titled “It’s Time to Bomb North Korea.”

Luttwak’s thesis is relatively straightforward. There is a government out there that may very soon acquire nuclear-weapons capabilities, and this country cannot be trusted to responsibly handle such a stockpile. The responsibility to protect the world from a rogue nation cannot be argued with, and we understandably have a duty to ensure the future of humanity.

However, there is one rogue nation that continues to hold the world ransom with its nuclear weapons supply. It is decimating non-compliant states left, right, and center. This country must be stopped dead in its tracks before anyone turns to the issue of North Korea.

Feb 13 08:58

Pentagon Requesting $66 Million For Laser Drones to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles

The Missile Defense Agency is rushing to put more solutions in the field and trying to put past failures behind them.

One of the smaller line items in the Missile Defense Agency’s $9.9 billion budget request for 2019 is also one of the most interesting: $66 million to keep developing a laser that can be mounted on a drone and used to destroy enemy missiles on the launch pad — or shortly after takeoff.

That amount includes $61 million to continue the laser-on-a-drone program, called the Low Power Laser Demonstrator, or LPLD, and $5 million to scale up its laser to sufficient destructive power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the fact that Kim Jong Un's Sister just handed a letter to South Korea's President Moon, inviting him to Pyongyang, is it just possible that such a weapon will not be needed, because it looks to me as though there is a distinct possibility of peace, and possibly, reunification, breaking out between the two Koreas?

Were I the chairperson of the committee with the power to approve this line item or not, I would certainly want to delay its implementation, to see what dimplomatic process evolves here, after the Winter Olympic Games, which are still in progress, and will not end until the 25th of this month.

Feb 13 07:21

Israeli Army Court Closes Doors on Palestinian Teen's Trial

The closely watched trial of a Palestinian girl for slapping and punching two Israeli soldiers opened before an Israeli military court in the West Bank on Tuesday, but the judge ordered all proceedings to be held behind closed doors in a case that has drawn wide criticism of Israel for prosecuting the teenager.

Feb 12 13:40

Israel "Preparing For War In North", Boosts Air Defenses; Warns Iran

One day after the most "significant escalation" in tensions between Israel and Syria/Iran, when an Israeli F-16 was shot down over the Golan Heights after it attacked a Syrian base which allegedly launched a drone into Israeli airspace, Israel appears to be "preparing for war in the North" according to the Jerusalem Post, which reports that the Jewish state has boosted its air defense in the region along the Syrian border following the "significant confrontation between the Jewish State, Syria and Iran."

Witnesses cited by JPost reported seeing a convoy of missile-defense batteries heading north near the Israeli-Arab city of Baka al-Gharbiya. Other witnesses posted photos of several trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel.

Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets.

Feb 12 11:56

Russia in the Crosshairs

Eric Zuesse notes that only Syria and Russia complain about Washington’s illegal occupation of Syrian territory, an occupation that has no UN authorization and is a complete and total violation of international law, and Israel’s continual attacks on Syria.

Washington’s continuing support for war against the legitimate government of Syria and support for Israeli and terrorist attacks on Syrian and Russian forces are undermining Russia’s efforts to bring peace to the region. Zuesse also notes that Washington and its UK puppet block all UN action against Washington’s illegality.

Zuesse is correct. But is the continuation of Washington’s campaign against Syria and Russia largely the fault of Russia? Stephen Lendman makes a case that it is Russia’s fault.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would argue that Russia doesn't wish to get into direct military conflict with the US in Syria, because it understands that this could well generate more wars with the US, which for reasons I will articulate later, which the US and NATO appear to be gung-ho to fight, putting Russia in the position of being forced to fight both in Syria, and in Ukraine.

Putin is moving heaven and earth to avoid that happening, understanding full well that the current anti-Russian hysteria in Congress and beyond, may well be a prelude to the larger war he is trying to prevent.

Putin has a very real world understanding of just what a world war does to the people who fight it; the civilian populations enduring it and the bitter physical results to places which have been utterly destroyed by wars; and because he has a very clear understanding of what World War II did to his country, he does not want to see it repeated, not in Ukraine, Syria, or Iran.

Steve Lendman, whose work I greatly respect, and frequently link to, needs to understand the following; like a giant ant, the US government is "trapped in the amber" of an absolutely unrepayable debt load, toward which the current spending legislation is adding, big-time.

The US government desperately needs a war with which to attempt to "misdirect" the American people about the reasons why their standards of living have slipped horrendously, as US government debt grows, unchecked,and there are many in the "bowels of power" in DC, who believe that a good war will be just the ticket to get the US government out of its debtload, and back on its feet.

Israel, with its recent attacks on Syria, against Syrian and the (alleged) Iranian presence will hardly stop now. They will continue these attacks until someone strikes back, or, allegedly has struck back, courtesy of an Israeli/US generated false flag.

Sooner or later, the US military will be called upon by Israel for a general invasion of Syria, "to defend Israel's right to exist", and to affect regime change in Damascus; The optics here mean that Iran most probably will not let this stand, so we will see Iran join the fray as well, on Syria's side.

For Russia, it painfully clear that the breakaway former areas of Ukraine, and Ukraine itself, are preparing for another round of military conflict.
Monitors warn of Preparations for a Fresh Surge in Fighting in Ukraine

This is where NATO will most likely be assisting the Ukrainians militarily, to attempt to gain back some of their purpose and credibility, and the US has already sided with Ukraine should the conflict escalate. After all, President Trump has signed off on supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons.
US to send anti-tank missiles to Ukraine By now, those weapons should have been delivered to the Ukrainian military.

So we will, I believe, have Russia - and the US - fighting on several different fronts, with NATO fighting against Russia in Ukraine, assisted by the US; Syrian, Iran, and Russia, fighting the US and Israel in Syria (and possibly against Iran) in a major war there.

I would like to hope to hell that I am absolutely wrong on this assessment; however, current events, particularly the major strike by the Israel's IDF against Syria last week, compels me to conclude, at the moment, that this is how the geopolitics of the next great war are going to play out.

Feb 12 10:58

Turkey could JOIN FORCES with Assad's Syria regime in MASSIVE SNUB to US after talks

Serkan Topal, a deputy in the Turkish parliament, has suggested Turkey and Syria restore diplomatic communication.

He said: “Ankara and Damascus have to put dialogue back on track.

“I brought the issue to the agenda at a parliamentary session, pointing out that it has to be discussed in the ministerial council.

“So far, we haven't received a response with regard to the initiative.

Feb 12 10:45

Koreas Defy Naysayers on Winter Olympics Diplomacy

Diplomacy at the Winter Olympics has been an event covered like no other, and while some media outlets are in awe at the amount of progress that, by most accounts, has been made, there are also a lot of naysayers casting doubt on whether it amounts to anything.

The official US position has been to simultaneously downplay the talks, and to make some fairly high-profile efforts to undermine them. That seems to have been picked up by a lot of analysts as gospel truth.

The historic visit by a North Korean delegation that included both the parliamentary president and the sister of Kim Jong Un, handshakes, talks, and an invitation to South Korean President Moon to visit North Korea, have all been shrugged off by many as some sort of combination of a North Korean trick to undermine US interests, and one officials insist will fail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both North and South Korean leadership want peace, even if the two Koreas cannot agree on a reunification process; the only International actor in the region which DOESN't appear to want want such peace to happen... is the United States.

And - at antiwar.com this morning, right underneath this breathless headline, come the following headlines:

North Korea invites South Korea's President tio Pyongyang

and...wait for it...

Secretary of Defense Mattis: North Korea cannot divide the US from South Korea

Forgive me, Sec Def Mattis; it appears, as my late grandmother would say, "The Horse is Already Out of the Barn." on this issue.

And sir, the optics of any attempt to squelch this newfound ratcheting down of tensions between North and South Korea, are going to be perceived by the rest of the world, as a barbarically martial and repugnant on the part of the US government.

I mean, can you seriously be thinking in this direction?!?

One would hope to heck, NOT!!

Feb 12 07:45


San Francisco, CA — In the land of the free, government and law enforcement not only wage war on the poor and homeless through various unscrupulous means designed to extract revenue and attack the right to exist but those who try to help the homeless—by feeding, clothing, or sheltering them—also face the wrath of the state. As the following case illustrates, even those who’ve laid down their lives for the state—veterans—and the ones who help them are now being targeted.

Judy Wu, a landlord in San Francisco has converted 12 properties she owns into 49 housing units over the last decade which she and her husband, Trent Zhu, rent to homeless, low-income and disabled veterans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Herrera comes off as a moral monster here, no matter what the law says, just wanting another conviction to provide yet another "notch in his belt" to insure future promotions.

The criminalisation of homelessness, particularly if they are our Vets, continues apace.

As a native San Franciscan, I can say unequivocably, that the city has lost both its mind... and its soul, if this conviction is allowed to stand.

Feb 11 10:24

Israel warns Iran after launching major raids in Syria

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will defend itself "against any attack" after carrying out what appear to be its largest strikes on sites in Syria in decades.

Israel launched raids against Iranian targets after saying it had intercepted an Iranian drone crossing the Syria-Israel border.

Iran denies the allegation.

During the offensive an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down by Syria air defences, crashing in northern Israel.

Its pilots ejected from the plane and were taken to hospital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Netanyahu is going to start a major war to distract from his coming indictment for corruption.

Feb 11 10:00

Israeli warplane downed by Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles

IAF chief Tomer Bar reveals F-16 intercepted following strike in Syria was likely shot down by barrage of surface-to-air missiles, shot by Syrian armed forces and made, supplied by Russia; mission 'a complete operational success' despite downing, Bar stresses; stray missiles from the barrage may have reached Israel's Central District—missile trails spotted in region.

The Israeli Air Force's leading conjecture on the F-16 plane that was shot down by anti-aircraft fire on Saturday morning is that Syrian forces used a Russian made SA-5 Gammon medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air missile to intercept the Israeli aircraft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the Israeli military doesn't know if it was a Russian SAM which shot down the Israeli F-16, but they will tar Russia for it anyway.

I would almost be willing to bet real money that this coming week, , the link between alleged "Syrian/ Iranian Agression" and Russia will be the mantra of the presstitutes in the corporate news.

Feb 11 09:50


(Please be aware: this op-ed is how the Jpost is covering the events of yesterday. It takes outright lies and shapes them into propaganda, somewhat akin to what a magician does to create balloon animals, to advance their agenda of an open war against both Syria and Iran. ckr).

"This was long in the making. Years ago, the Iranians came to the rescue of Bashar Assad in Syria and, together with Russia, ensured his survival. The problem is that they haven’t left. On the contrary – even though Assad is today in control of the majority of Syria, Iran is staying put and trying to establish an even greater presence within the country. On Saturday, we saw how determined it is to do just that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yesterday, Russia's President Putin warned Israel's Netanyahu that there needed to be "restraint" on the part of all parties here, and that the Israeli bombings should not be permitted to endanger Russia Troops on the Ground.

Putin urges Netanyahu to avoid escalation in Syria.

Yesterday, Netanyahu made the following statements:

Netanyahu Vows To Defend Israel Against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the latest developments in the region.

Netanyahu says Saturday that he informed Putin of Israel's intention to continue defending itself against any aggression and to prevent Iran from establishing a presence "in Syria or anywhere else."

The questions come to mind: What precisely is Iran doing in Syria which causes Netanyahu to play the "self-defense" card, when it is essentially Israel which is the aggressor here?!?

When you invade a sovereign country, like Syria, and shoot bombs to destroy targets on the ground, is that not an act of war, rather than alleged "self-defence"?!?

By weasel-wording his language, (how Orwellian of Netanuahu, but he is sooo damned clever at this, as we have observed over the years), he is defining Israel aggression as acts of "defense"; and that, by international standards, should be indefensible.

Where is the incontrovertible proof, please?!?

But of course, neither Netnayahu, or the author of this codswallop, wants proof and truth; they want to escalate this into a full-blown regional war, until there is regime change in Damascus, and Tehran.

And of course, when it comes to actual blood and money to be spent on achieving those objectives, Tel Aviv thoroughly wants it to be American blood and American money spent; not Israeli.

Feb 11 09:23

US Nuclear Doctrine Threatens War Against 'Any Rival Challenging US World Order'

A few days ago, the US Department of Defense published the US's new nuclear doctrine. Together with the National Security Strategy and the National Defense Strategy, adopted earlier, the new nuclear doctrine represents the official system of thought of America's leadership under President Donald Trump.

The document sets forth a course for achieving all-round US superiority over any enemy, in line with Trump's 'America First' and 'Peace Through Strength' slogans, and as demonstrated by Washington's actions. The US is prepared to unleash a war against any rival who encroaches on America's monopoly position, or who violates the 'world order' established by the USA, in which they dominate over others.

Feb 11 09:20

Conventional strikes, no nukes: Emergencies Ministry outlines likely scenarios if Russia is attacked

Enemy commando raids and conventional strikes are the most likely scenarios of war against Russia. The use of nuclear weapons is an unlikely outcome, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said in a report.

The comprehensive 164-page paper released by the emergencies ministry (EMERCOM) describes in detail how the Russian authorities would respond to disasters caused by enemy strikes. One notable passage was hidden deep in the middle of the lengthy document.

In an armed conflict, “the use of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, is unlikely,” the EMERCOM report states. The likeliest scenario would involve “the use of modern conventional weapons as well as operations by Special Forces.”

Feb 10 13:17

Navy SEAL Jason Redman To Host Los Angeles Fundraiser for Warfare Disability

Though there are many programs that help warriors find educational opportunities and employment opportunities, one of the key problems is many warriors do not know who they are in the civilian world yet.

Navy SEAL Jason Redman To Host Los Angeles Fundraiser to Benefit the Combat Wounded Coalition and The Overcome Academy

Feb 10 13:06

Grassley Memo Shocker! Did The UK Meddle In Our Elections? With Guest Phil Giraldi.

Grassley Memo adds several fascinating layers to the story of who was meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election.

For some reason the Sen. Grassley Memo released earlier this week is being largely ignored by the media.

Former CIA officer Phil Giraldi joins today’s show to discuss the operatives behind the scenes…

Feb 10 12:25

Russian-Turkish axis in Syria faces meltdown

With suspicions running high that the nominal allies drew each other's blood on February 3, Ankara may well seek a modus vivendi with the US.

Two things differentiate the downing of a Russian Su-25 ground-attack jet in the western province of Idlib on February 3 from the drone attacks on the Russian air base at Hmeimim a month earlier.

Suffice to say, the air is thick with innuendos and dark hints that Russia and Turkey may have drawn each other’s blood on February 3, despite notionally being allies in Syria’s hybrid war.

Feb 10 12:14

The Nunes Memo Needs More Work – Philip Giraldi

As a former intelligence officer, the first thing I noticed was that the claim by Democrats on the Committee that the memo’s release amounted to “treason” and would compromise classified information does not hold water.

Even the FISA court is aware of FBI inventiveness.

FBI procedures and ambiguities aside, this is nevertheless serious business.

If it can be determined that the omissions in submissions to the FISC were deliberate and calculated, the astute blogger Publius Tacitus has correctly observed that some senior FBI and DOJ officials who signed off on misleading or fraudulent applications concealing the antecedents of the so-called Steele Dossier to the FISC are now facing possible contempt-of-court charges that would include prison sentences. They include James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Dana Boente and Rob Rosenstein.

Feb 10 12:08

The FBI and the President – Mutual Manipulation

Seldom has there been greater collusion in the perpetration of crimes against civil liberties, electoral freedom and free and lawful expression as what has taken place between the FBI and the US Justice Department.

Few government organizations have been engaged in violation of the US citizens’ constitutional rights for as long a time and against as many individuals as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Seldom has there been greater collusion in the perpetration of crimes against civil liberties, electoral freedom and free and lawful expression as what has taken place between the FBI and the US Justice Department.

Feb 10 09:46


Israel’s military said on Saturday Iran and Syria were “playing with fire” but that it was not seeking an escalation after a confrontation resulted in large-scale Israeli air strikes inside Syria. It was the most serious confrontation between arch foes Israel and Iran since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

Feb 10 09:01

Israel Downs Iranian Drone, Strikes Syria; Israeli F-16 Shot Down

One pilot in serious condition

Israel attacks Syrian, Iranian targets in fresh strike

Rocket sirens sound throughout northern Israel

Feb 10 08:51


China’s J-20 stealth fighter has entered combat service, the country’s armed forces confirmed on Friday, expanding the military’s air power options as it presses on with a massive modernization program.

Feb 10 01:11

Yemenis destroy Saudi-led missile system in Ta'izz with ballistic missile: Report

The Yemeni army, supported by allied fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, has managed to successfully destroy a missile system run by Saudi Arabia’s mercenary forces in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta'izz, a report says.

Feb 10 01:04

Air force bombs Iranian targets in Syria in response to border breach, meeting heavy anti-aircraft fire; F-16 crashes in Israeli territory, one pilot seriously injured

Shaul Pinkerfeld, a security officer at Kibbutz Harduf, told Walla news: “A little bit after 6 a.m. we heard explosions. We woke up and understood that there was a plane or the remains of a plane on fire near the kibbutz entrance.

Feb 10 01:01

Israeli media admits F-16 jet fell down over Galilee, its pilots injured

Occupied Jerusalem, SANA- Media of the Israeli enemy on Saturday admitted that F-16 jet fell down over Galilee and that its pilots were injured.

Feb 10 00:58

Second major confrontation between Syria, Israel ongoing in Damascus

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 A.M.) – For the second time today, the Israeli Air Force and Syrian Air Defense are battling one another within in the souwthwestern countryside of Damascus.

Feb 10 00:52

Army air defense confronts new Israeli aggression on military base in central area, hits more than one aircraft

Damascus, SANA-The army air defense confronted a new Israeli aggression on a military base in the central area and hit more than one aircraft.

Feb 10 00:46

Israeli F-16 fighter jet shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed after Syria responded with anti-aircraft fire to an Israeli operation in its territory. Syria says its military base came under Israeli fire, and it hit multiple aircraft in response.

Feb 09 14:16

Turkey bombs US-backed militants in northern Syria

Turkey has bombed US-backed Kurdish fighters in Afrin with impunity, just after Washington cited an alleged attack on the militants to target pro-government forces in Syria.

The Turkish army said in a statement on Friday that the overnight strikes destroyed 19 targets, including ammunition depots, shelters and gun positions, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven US-backed militants with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as well as two civilians were killed in the attacks.

Turkey began the attacks on January 20, but halted them after terrorists downed a Russian jet in the northwestern Syria province of Idlib, in order to allow Moscow to reinforce its air defense system.

The offensive is aimed at the YPG, which Turkey says bears ties with anti-Ankara militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This feels to me to be getting more dangerous by the moment.

The US has stated that it will NOT move its troops embedded with the Kurds at Manbij, which he Turks have stated they will invade next.

I really think that the US, by having a physical presence in Syria, is setting our military up at Manbij to become "sacrificial lambs" for a bloody display of a false flag to be blamed on Syria, so that the US has another "justification" for a full-on invasion of Syria.

Feb 09 13:17

US Strikes in North Afghanistan Target Chinese Uighur Faction

The ever-escalating US air war in Afghanistan is having little real effect on the war against the Taliban, but has managed to ensnare an entirely distinct faction in Northern Afghanistan into it, one which the US hadn’t been targeting for years.

Chinese Uighurs, operating under the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) banner, were regularly swept up in the initial US invasion a decade and a half ago, and recent US airstrikes in the area along the Chinese-Afghan border have increasingly targeted their forces as well as Taliban in the area.

Why the US is suddenly interested in targeting them is unclear, though NATO issued a statement suggesting it was to prove to them that cross border attacks weren’t safe. Either way, the Chinese are expected to be quite happy about this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghanistan border with China may become one of the most dangerous places on earth to be right now.

The borders here are porous, and families on either side of the border must be terrified for their very lives at the moment.

Feb 09 13:12

US, South Korea Openly Disagree on North Korea Diplomacy

Weeks of diplomatic efforts with North Korea have the South Korean government upbeat, and presenting the Winter Olympics as the next step toward even better bilateral ties, and new opportunities to come.

While the US had previously been loathe to publicly clash with South Korea about the matter, the fact that the diplomacy is ongoing is clearly irking the administration, and has them now openly taking an opposite position to the South.

Where South Korea sees opportunities to improve ties, Vice President Mike Pence is very clear that he sees an opportunity to worsen them. South Korea seeks sports diplomacy at the Winter Olympics, and Pence wants to use it as a pretext for more sanctions and acrimony.

This public split is casting a long shadow over the Olympic games, where South Korea will have to manage Pence’s visit while also trying to keep him from doing too much damage to their diplomatic efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hopeful that the South Korean government does a successful job in "managing Pence's visit"; anyone with two braincells to rub together will see that it is obvious that officials from North and South Korea are having a reflective time, to see what can be done to mend relations, not further exacerbate them.

Feb 09 13:05

Japan ruling party body pushing for Article 9 revision draft within month

The Mainichi Shimbun reports that a body of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will try to draft a proposed revision of Article 9 of Japan’s pacifist constitution as early as this month.

The effort is in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to define legally the existence of the country’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) as part of the document.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Japanese Prime Minister is looking to get this passed before the end of this month (and folks, the end of February is only 19 days away), it does not augur well for peace between North Korea and her neighbors, particularly South Korea and Japan.

Timing, for getting this bill pushed through Japan's legislature before the end of the month is not accidental, and may well be telegraphing that the plans for an assault on North Korea in the early spring, perhaps March or April of this year, are close to getting greenlit.

I am hoping and praying that President Trump is listening to Sec Def Mattis on this one, and choses to avoid an outright military confrontation against North Korea; the aftermath could be more horrific than anyone can realise, and most likely, should the US govenment do a pre-emptive strike against North Korea, China will most likely side with North Korea militarily.

Feb 09 07:25

In America, the ‘Syria experts’ have turned into ‘Iran experts’ overnight

The ease with which American foreign policy “experts” can suddenly reinvent themselves, switching focus as the DC mood changes, exposes the Washington think tank racket as a giant sham designed to manipulate opinion.

When protests broke out in Iran at the end of 2017, Washington think tanks were ecstatic. They saw an opportunity to push for regime change and they went for it. Almost overnight, all of the self-proclaimed "Syria experts" who spent the last several years arguing for the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar Assad shifted their focus to Tehran.

The Hudson Institute, a conservative pro-war Washington outfit funded by major corporations and oil companies, is a case in point. On January 16, Hudson hosted a panel of so-called experts, titled “Iran Protests: Consequences for the Region and Opportunities for the Trump Administration.” The panel featured a who’s who of warmongers discussing how to weaken yet another Middle Eastern state.

Feb 08 21:44


In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years.

Feb 08 13:18

We asked, you voted: 89 percent said no to Trump’s military parade

Born on base when my Dad was in the service,this restores some faith in the rank and file. HUZZAH!

As the Pentagon continues to work on parade options to present to President Donald Trump, an overwhelming number of Military Times readers have weighed in: Don’t have one.

The informal poll was launched Wednesday after news reports that Trump had requested a military parade and that the Pentagon was working on parade options for him.

As of Thursday afternoon, more than 51,000 readers had responded. The majority, 89 percent, responded “No, It’s a waste of money and troops are too busy.”

Feb 08 13:16

Professor Stephen F. Cohen: Rethinking Putin – A Critical Reading

Professor Cohen is right: the real Putin has absolutely nothing, nothing at all, in common with the pseudo-Putin the Western media presents to its infinitely gullible and zombified audience.

I do believe that Professor Cohen will eventually go down in history as the most intellectually honest and courageous Russia expert in the US. In the meanwhile, the West is still stuck in its old, ideological ways: imperialism, nationalism and messianic exclusivism on one hand, and a complete surrender to post-modernism, cultural self-hatred, petty minority politics and moral relativism on the other.

Feb 08 13:12

FBI and DOJ Corruption Beget Justice Denied

Both the FBI and DOJ are under the direct authority of the President. Yet their senior staff operates as if they are omnipotent unto themselves.

The facts about the collusion among the Deep State operatives regarding their plan to eliminate the Donald Trump Presidency have been covered in detail.

Feb 08 12:05

US and Israel Escalate War on Syria

Both countries pursue regime change, wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing Assad.

Endless war rages despite all-out Russian efforts for diplomatic conflict resolution.

It’s nowhere in sight, war likely to continue as long as Assad remains Syrian president – even if he’s reelected in an internationally monitored open, free and fair election like in June 2014, Washington, Israel and their rogue allies not likely to accept results as valid.

For the second time since last November, the third time since 2013, Israel reportedly terror-bombed Syria’s Jamraya Research and Information Center north of Damascus – its warplanes operating from Lebanese airspace.

An unnamed Trump administration official said all options are on the table.

“Using military force is something that is still considered.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely like to remind President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister that Russia was invited to take care of Syria's jihadists; neither the US nor Israwl were invited.

And gentlemen, should Russia's Putin decide not to let this military malarkey by the US and Israel continue in Syria, do you think for a minute hw will not suddenly, and very forcefully, cause it to stop?

Feb 08 11:24

Man Who Sold America The Iraq War Just Warned Iran Is Next... But Is Anyone Listening?

Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, helped the then-secretary “paint a clear picture that war was the only choice” in his infamous 2003 speech to the U.N. This week, writing for the New York Times — an outlet that, at the time, parroted misleading narratives in support of the war — Wilkerson accused the Trump administration of manipulating evidence and fear-mongering in the same way the Bush administration did to cultivate public support for ousting Saddam Hussein.

In his Monday op-ed, titled “ I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It’s Happening Again,” he wrote:

Feb 08 11:22

US Navy Wants to Skip ‘Shock Testing’ of New Aircraft Carrier, Pentagon Protests

Shock testing involves setting off underwater charges against the ship while the crew is onboard to see how the ship reacts to attacks that are supposed to deal minimal damage. It's seen as valuable because it can expose the weaknesses in the design or construction of the vessel — but it will also stall the combat readiness of the ship.

Under political pressure from US President Donald Trump, who vowed to construct the "12-carrier Navy we need" on the deck of the Ford in March 2017, the Navy has sought to fast-track the carrier by omitting shock testing from their FY 2019 budget.

Feb 08 11:12

US Troops Train for Sub-Zero Combat as Tensions With Russia, North Korea Rise

The US Army and Marine Corps recently announced their plan to roll out cold-weather gear for American ground forces in preparation for potential wars with North Korea and Russia as tensions continue to rise.

For decades, both the Army and Marine Corps have become accustomed to fighting in the deserts of the Middle East. However, both services are now getting ready to fight in the cold as Russian-American relations reach new lows and tensions between Washington and Pyongyang froth.

Feb 08 10:57

“We Are The Death Merchant of the World”: Ex-Bush Official Lawrence Wilkerson

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is tired of "the corporate interests that we go abroad to slay monsters for."

As the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, Wilkerson played an important role in the George W. Bush administration. In the years since, however, the former Bush official has established himself as a prominent critic of U.S. foreign policy.

"I think Smedley Butler was onto something," explained Lawrence Wilkerson, in an extended interview with Salon.

Feb 08 10:56

Munich Report: EU, NATO Face Growing Risk of Inadvertent Russia War

The annual Munich Security Report, this year entitled “To the Brink – and Back?” warns that the European Union and NATO are facing a massively increased risk of an inadvertent war with Russia.

The report, due to be published later this week, cites mounting security concerns in Eastern Europe, fueled by weakening of nuclear treaties, mounting tensions, and mutual military buildups along the frontier.

Each of these increases the possibility of a miscalculation or other misunderstanding that would lead to a military conflict, which could quickly escalate out of control into a massive nuclear war.

This report echoes what many other reports have already warned about, that NATO-Russia relations are at their worst since the height of the Cold War, and that there aren’t enough safeguards to prevent a disastrous conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this looks like to me is more propaganda in an attempt to "sell" a NATO war against Russia, using some kind of a false flag to kick it off.

And if NATO is truly looking for some kind of repair in the relationship, and a ratcheting down of tensions, why are they not having some kind of delegation immediately negotiating with their counterparts in the Kremlin to prevent an horrific "accidental war" from happening?!?

Of course, THAT... would be logical.

The fact that no one in NATO's high command seems to want to negotiate with the Russians, to fix these problems, does not augur well for peace.

Feb 08 10:46

EU Threatens Force Against Countries Refusing Migrants

European globalists are preparing to "force" Central European nations to accept mandated migrant quotas and open borders, according to Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban.

Following a meeting with fellow Fidesz party officials, PM Orban posted a short video on Facebook summarizing the threat leveled by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel at Hungary and allied governments, vowing to stand firm in defense of European civilization and Christian identity.

"The presidency of Fidesz has discussed yesterday the announcement of the Belgian prime minister, that they will - if necessary with force - obligate Central European countries, including Hungary, to accept migrants," Orban said. "According to their plan, this will happen in June at the summit of the prime ministers in Brussels."

"Our presidency has taken a stand: we cannot give in to extortion. We will fight those who want to change the Christian identity of Hungary and Europe."

Webmaster's Commentary: 


Are you flipping kidding me?!?

Feb 08 10:29


(ANTIWAR.COM) Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver on Tuesday revealed that the Pentagon expects the cost of the Afghan War in 2018 to come to $45 billion.
This obviously is subject to change, in the face of more probable escalations. The cost includes $13 billion in direct cost for US troops already committed, $5 billion to prop up Afghanistan’s own struggling military, and other funding for logistics, aid projects, and other assorted expenses.

That’s a lot of money to throw at the war in its 16th year, and there is a lot of questioning of the merits among senators of both parties, concerned that yet another doubling down on a war long since lost may not be the most prudent of courses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This horrific waste of money, 16 years on, with a war which cannot be won, is just thoroughly immoral, when there are so many real needs back here at home which are desperately in need of attention.

There can be no military metric by which the US government and NATO can say that they are "winning" this war; and with all the cost of blood and money spent, it has been a real catastrophe for both the Afghani people, and for an American government with the hubris and idiocy to start it in the first place.

It was, morally, and militarily, unjustafiable, and will remain an horrendous stain on the character of US governmental leadership in Washington.

And President Trump, and NATO high command, I will tell you precisely how to end this war; evacuate all troops as safely as is possible, and negotiate with whatever government which is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights; that is what this was all about in the first place, as Bush's operatives in DC thought the Taliban's price was "too high", so decided to "win" the rights to those pipelines through a quick war.

This continued occupation of Afghanistan does not make Americans more safe; on the contrary, these mass extrajudicial assassinations, a favorite tactic of both President Obama and President Trump, both here and other places when the US military has been deployed, has "inspired" younger wanta-be jihadis to do damage to Amercian soldiers, and American assets around the world.

Feb 08 09:46

Execution-Style Killer Of Denver RTD Worker Sentenced To Life

A U.S. Army veteran who claimed he shot an RTD security officer last year, "for the pleasure of Allah," was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole, a statement from the Denver District Attorney's office said.

Joshua Cummings, 38, shot and killed RTD security contractor Scott Von Lanken in the head at point-blank range Jan. 31, 2017. Prosecutors claimed that Cummings thought Von Lanken was a police officer because of his uniform. According to his arrest affidavit, Von Lanken was speaking to two women who were asking for train schedule information. According to their witness accounts, Cummings approached behind Von Lanken and said "Do what you are told," then shot Von Lanken and fled on foot. Witnesses described Cummings as having "a swollen face with different/weird looking eyes." After his arrest, DA Beth McCann said Cummings's eye was swollen because of an infection, not any treatment received in custody.

Feb 08 09:01

SELCO: The Brutal Truth About Violence When the SHTF

Are you prepared for the extreme violence that is likely to come your way if the SHTF? No matter what your plan is, it’s entirely probable that at some point, you’ll be the victim of violence or have to perpetrate violence to survive. As always, Selco is our go-to guy on SHTF reality checks and this thought-provoking interview will shake you to your core.

Feb 07 19:42


Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver on Tuesday revealed that the Pentagon expects the cost of the Afghan War in 2018 to come to $45 billion.

Feb 07 13:27

At US outpost in Syria, US general backs Kurdish fighters

On the ground in Syria, the top U.S. general in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group pledged on Wednesday that American troops would remain in the northern Syrian Kurdish town of Manbij despite Ankara's demands for a U.S. pullout.

"We're here to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS is maintained in this area," Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk said during a visit to U.S. forces in Manbij. ISIS is an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.

Funk's visit comes amid rising tensions between Turkey and the United States — NATO allies that have ended up on opposing sides in some aspects of the multi-layered war in Syria.

While fighting IS in Syria, the U.S. has backed the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the People's Protection Units or YPG — a group that Ankara considers "terrorists" and allied with Kurdish insurgents within Turkey, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The YPG makes up the backbone of a force that fought IS in Syria.

Feb 07 13:23

Genocide Washington Style – Venezuela Next?

Why does nobody dare to pronounce the term “Genocide” in connection with the Washington committed atrocities around the globe? – If there is one nation that is guilty of mass-murder it is the United States of America and her Zionist handlers. But nobody seems to pay attention. Or, rather, nobody dares to say so. It has become the new normal. Enshrined in people’s brains. The exceptional nation can do whatever she wants, whenever she wants and wherever she wants – sowing wars and conflicts, killing millions and millions of people, blaming Russia and China – and of course, Iran, Venezuela, Syria, Cuba, North Korea and the list of disobedient countries goes on.

Feb 07 13:21

Pentagon Expects Afghan War to Cost $45 Billion in 2018

Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver on Tuesday revealed that the Pentagon expects the cost of the Afghan War in 2018 to come to $45 billion.

Feb 07 13:17


Countering Russia has become a lucrative industry in Washington. In recent years, the think tank business has exploded. But who funds these organizations, who works for them and what are the real agendas at play?

From the start, let’s be clear, the term "think tank" essentially amounts to a more polite way of saying "lobby group." Bar a few exceptions, they exist to serve – and promote – the agendas of their funders.

However, particularly in the United States, the field has become increasingly shady and disingenuous, with lobbyists being given faux academic titles like "Senior Non-Resident Fellow" and "Junior Adjunct Fellow" and the like. And this smokescreen usually serves to cloud the real goals of these operations.

Feb 07 11:33

Mattis: Sea-Based Nukes Needed as ‘Leverage’ Over Russians

Speaking at the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis was in a foul mood, again lashing the committee and Congress in general for not offering a more stable assurance of the Pentagon’s record budgets.

The comments were mostly focused on the Nuclear Posture Report, and in particular the establishment of a whole series of different types of nuclear arms that might be more useful to the administration, and certainly much more expensive.

Mattis in particular was keen on the establishment of new sea-launched nuclear cruise missiles in his comments, insisting those in particular would give the US great leverage over the Russians, and that the US could force the Russians to make all sorts of concessions in return for not developing such weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a quiet, polite word here.

I would imagine that someone, at least a minor official, in your office knows who and what I am; a Christian pacifist activist, who is constantly advocating her government to use any and all moral, hard-won negotiations as a a method of resolving this country's geopolitical differences, rather than resorting to war.

I never advocate violence of any kind, and definitely not here home, because I understand this this government has both the means and the will to destroy any such violence with extreme prejudice.

With that being said, sir, you need to cast a wider net of understanding of what is going on here. This country is broken; its government is broke and corrupt belief. The wars with which the US military are already entangled appear to be without end, and perhaps, you and those involved with our military want to keep it that way. After all, war is said to be "good for business."

We have kids in this country who are living in extreme poverty, and who barely have enough to eat; We have have Vets sleeping rough in the streets, and those who need the best of medical care, are, many times, denied the care they are due.

We have schools that propagandize rather than teach, and many students, when they finish high school (IF they finish) are unable to read, write, or reason. This is a form of criminal neglect of the future of this country, sir.

The GMO additives to our food, coupled with medications which are touted as "safe' by the big pharmaceutical companies, but are not really safe, and have intense nasty side-effects, are making people ill, to the point of dying. We have some of the most intensely costly medical service in the world, but rank miserably, in terms of international outcomes from that medical service.

These sea-launched nukes will only "keep the party going" for the elites, in terms of threatening Russia or China, but only for a very limited period of time; but there will come a point where, if the issues I have mentioned, are not resolved, intelligently, and morally, when this country will be in grave danger of literally falling apart, and balkanizing.

This is not what I want for this country; but it will the result of the logical progression of decay I am seeing here.

Feb 07 11:21

Senate reaches two-year bipartisan budget deal: leaders

The U.S. Senate has reached a two-year bipartisan budget deal that would lift caps on defense and some domestic government spending, and provide funds for disaster relief, infrastructure and programs addressing opioid abuse, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate said on Wednesday.

Feb 07 11:01

US Has ‘No Plans’ to Meet With North Korean Officials at Olympics

"[There are] no plans to meet with North Korean officials during or after the Olympics," Nauert said. "There is no shift in US policy regarding this."

Earlier, however, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not rule out a possible meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean representatives during his upcoming trip to South Korea.

In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea.
Lack of US Ambassador to South Korea Could Signal Fear of Imminent Attack - Expert
"With respect to Vice President’s trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for him to have a meeting with North Korea, I think we’ll just see, we’ll see what happens," Tillerson said in a joint press conference with Peruvian Foreign Minister Cayetana Aljovin in Lima, Peru on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why the hell is Pence going here?!? What is he doing, except potentially attempting to "shake down" other countries which might still be trading with North Korea?!?

That there is no intention of speaking with North Korean officials by the US officials traveling here, means that this is another wasted opportuntiy; and the US cannot afford many more wasted opportunities here with which it could potentially avert the military confrontation it has been threatening to use, most likely drawing Russia and China into the fray as well.

This country's leadership has managed, to work with nuclear armed countries it sometimes loves, like Israel, and sometimes, grudgingly, has a "frenemy" relationship with those countries it doesn't particularly like; Pakistan comes to mind here.

But a military option, which will potentially leave thousands upon thousands of both North and South Koreans dead, or maimed for life, is absolutely not the road of moral high ground here, simply because it is something the US government can do.

Someone needs to politely remind the President of this reality, and soon; because I don't believe that his unholy Triumverate of "President Whisperers", consisting of Mattis, Kelly, and McMaster is making this side of the military equation clear to him at all.

Feb 07 10:45

Beijing's 'island fortresses': China's aggressive militarization of diusputed South China Sea is revealed in new photos showing the communist nation's 'unrestrained' show of power

Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea has been revealed in new aerial photos obtained by a newspaper in the Philippines.

In what the news organisation described as an 'unrestrained' show of power China has apparently transformed seven reefs in the Spratly islands into military island fortresses featuring runways and observation towers.

The dramatic military build-up is shown in pictures taken from a height of 1,500m (4,920 feet) in the last six months of 2017, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

One of the fortresses is situated on Panganiban, a reef which a United Nations-backed court has previously ruled belongs to the Philippines, it is reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chinese government would not be so keen to arm these islands to the teeth, if they didn't believe that a potential US attack against it, at some point, is a dead moral certainty.

And Paul Craig Roberts, in whose credibility I have more than a little faith, has already warned those who can handle the truth of the following:

Washington planning a preemptive strike against Russia and China

The article then goes on to state:

"Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense.

In previous posts in recent years I have pointed out both written documents and changes in US war doctrine that indicate that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia and China. More recently, I have shown that Washington’s demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion."

Many Chinese speak very excellent English. If I have read this, it is obvious that many Chinese officials, both government and military have read this as well.

What we are seeing here is an "early response" if you will, to any potential harm or threat they see coming from this country.

Feb 07 09:25

How Al-Qaeda Ended Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Here Is The Congressional Authorization

Though US intelligence and defense officials have long denied that so-called "vetted" groups in Syria were recipients of anti-aircraft systems, rumors to the contrary have been persistent for years. The latest denial came immediately on the heels of Saturday's Russian jet shoot down, which resulted in the death of the pilot on the ground as he came under fire by jihadists. Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway told Russia's TASS: "The United States have not provided any of its allied forces in Syria with anti-aircraft weapons."

Feb 07 09:17

No Math, No Problem: Budget Realities Threaten Trump’s Military Expansion

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that the military will grow under his watch, financed by increasing an already large defense budget. However, a number of factors are poised to make the effort to fund this expansion more difficult than Trump may have realized, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report.

The Congressional Budget Office previously showed that if Trump's full-year military budget were passed, the national debt would grow an extra $683 billion over the next 10 years.

On top of rising healthcare costs, more expenditures for Social Security and higher interest payments on old debt, the CBO now reports there are even more financial worries that could risk ambitious military plans for a 350-ship navy, the purchase of more fighter jets and increased manpower.

Feb 07 09:16

Trump requests 'military parade' to show America's might

First reported by the Washington Post and later confirmed by NBC and ABC, President Trump has tasked the Pentagon with planning a parade designed to show off the US armed forces. The cost of the would-be parade is estimated to be in the millions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very Soviet!

Feb 06 09:10

Nunes Duels the Deep State

From the Nunes memo, there was, at the highest level of the FBI, a cabal determined to derail Trump and elect Clinton.

From the Nunes memo, there was, at the highest level of the FBI, a cabal determined to derail Trump and elect Clinton. Heading the cabal was Comey, who made the call to exonerate Hillary of criminal charges for imperiling national security secrets, even before his own FBI investigation was concluded.

Feb 06 08:42

US F-35s Flying Nearly Around the Clock in Indo-Pacific Region

The US Air Force’s F-35A fighter squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, has been flying at a relentless pace since the squadron’s aircraft started to arrive at the base in late October, according to a new report.

"We're approaching 1,000 flight hours and 500 sorties; we'll probably have that here in the next few weeks," Master Sgt. Brian Sarafin told Defense News in a report published Monday. An average day consists of the 12 F-35 aircraft flying between 12 and 14 sorties per day. Since the plane is frequently damaged or malfunctioning, repair and maintenance crews are working "around the clock" to keep the planes ready to fly, Defense News noted.

Feb 05 19:42

Will The Conspiracy Against Trump and American Democracy Go Unpunished?

Dear Readers: This is one of the most important articles I have written, along with this one: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/02/02/nuclear-posture-review/. If the Russiagate conspiracy against Trump and American democracy goes unpunished, accountable government in the United States will cease to exist. US security agencies have long been involved in coups against foreign governments. Now they are involved in one against America. There is great danger that Republicans are so worshipful of “national security” and so determined to protect the reputation of the US government that they will give a pass to the high officials who participated in a conspiracy against the United States.

Feb 05 11:43

The Syrian Madhouse Gets Even Crazier

Why on earth are at least 2,000 US troops mixed up in this fracas in darkest Syria? Because the pro-Israel neocons in Washington, who pretty much run US foreign policy these days, are determined to have revenge for the defeat of US-backed rebel forces in Syria. So it’s once more into the breach near Afrin and the town Manbij though America has zero national interests in Syria. The US first tried to overthrow Syria’s governments in Damascus in 1948 because it was too independent and flirting with the Soviets. Today’s intervention is part of Israel’s plan to fragment Syria and gobble up its water and fertile land resources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned that a clash between Turkish and US military in Syria, will lead to broader confrontation against Russian forces here.

War in Syria, to fragment it, possibly involving Russian troops, is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could do right now; unfortunately, however, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is absolutely zero guarantee that the US governmen will not do it.

Feb 05 11:32

Ankara vows revenge as 7 Turkish soldiers killed in clashes near Syria’s Afrin

Seven Turkish soldiers were killed and a tank lost in Ankara’s ongoing military campaign against Kurdish militias in Syria's northwestern Afrin region. The casualties marked the deadliest day for Turkey since the offensive began.

Five servicemen died in fighting near the settlement of Sheikh Haruz located north-east of Afrin, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing a statement issued by Turkey’s General Staff. The soldiers were killed as a Turkish tank came under attack, it said.

Earlier, the General Staff also reported about the death of two other Turkish soldiers. One was killed in clashes with local armed groups on Syrian territory, while another lost his life during an attack by what Ankara described as “terrorist groups” in Turkey's Kilis province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What in heaven's name were the Turks thinking, that the Kurdish people inside Northern Syria were going to welcome them with flowers, as they were bombing the hell out of Syria?!?

And here's a companion headline of note, which may be one of the sources of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's ire:

Turkey sustains growing losses in Syria Invasion

Feb 05 11:26

Massive Pentagon agency lost track of hundreds of millions of dollars

One of the Pentagon’s largest agencies can't account for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spending, a leading accounting firm says in an internal audit obtained by POLITICO that arrives just as President Donald Trump is proposing a boost in the military budget.

Ernst & Young found that the Defense Logistics Agency failed to properly document more than $800 million in construction projects, just one of a series of examples where it lacks a paper trail for millions of dollars in property and equipment. Across the board, its financial management is so weak that its leaders and oversight bodies have no reliable way to track the huge sums it's responsible for, the firm warned in its initial audit of the massive Pentagon purchasing agent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; this is the same government which demands to know where you spent every penny, but cannot manage to find 800 million dollars spent by the US military.

I want to see a forensic accounting review on this missing money, before the US military is awarded one more cent!

This is absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Feb 05 10:42


A damning report by the EU-funded Conflict Armament Research has found that the majority of weapons that ended-up in the hands of Daesh/ISIS were purchased from Eastern European stockpiles by the United States or Saudi Arabia and transferred to opposition militias in Syria. In many cases there is clear evidence to suggest that the arms were transferred into ISIS possession in less than a month, as US-backed groups amalgamated into ISIS or the weapons were sold on a thriving black market.

A significant proportion of the weapons examined were unauthorised for retransfer, meaning that they had End User Clauses for US and Saudi military or police use that were quickly violated, not even being shipped to their country of authorised usage in many cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war criminality of the US government, in enabling and abetting this transfer of weapons, is truly staggering.

Feb 05 10:33


Last week we reported that days Turkey valiantly demanded that US forces vacate military bases in the Syrian district of Manbij, the US predictably refused, and on Monday a top American general said that US troops will not pull out from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, rebuffing Ankara demands to withdraw from the city and risking a potential confrontation between the two NATO allies.

One week later, in the latest dramatic escalation between the two NATO members, Turkey's Deputy PM has warned that US troops fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish militias in the same uniform may be targeted by the Turkish army due to the difficulty of distinguishing them in the heat of battle, effectively stating that US troops in northern Syria are now "fair game" in the ongoing deadly conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am hoping - and praying - for, is that this major escalation in tensions, and the war of words, between DC and Ankara, does NOT mean that our troops in Syria are being considered "sacrificial lambs" by this administration, to be used as a pretext and justification, to establish a wider US footprint in Syria.

Remember: regime change in Damascus is ultimately the issue to which this Administration keeps stubbornly clinging like a tick, no matter how high military and civilian casualties might be in pursuance of that goal.

I just have to wonder at what point Russia, which was invited by the Syria govenment to get rid of its jihadis will say "NYET!!" to a further American invasion of this sovereign country, and what actual steps may be taken by the Russians to prevent this from happening.

Because if the game plan by DC is to engage Russia in Syria militarily, it is obviously a game plan which was never thoroughy vetted, or thought through, with any degree if intellectual rigor.

Feb 05 10:11


A damning report by the EU-funded Conflict Armament Research has found that the majority of weapons that ended-up in the hands of Daesh/ISIS were purchased from Eastern European stockpiles by the United States or Saudi Arabia and transferred to opposition militias in Syria. In many cases there is clear evidence to suggest that the arms were transferred into ISIS possession in less than a month, as US-backed groups amalgamated into ISIS or the weapons were sold on a thriving black market.

Feb 05 08:36

The GOP Memorandum should be called the Trey Gowdy Memorandum.

Rampant abuse and possible contempt of Court: full analysis of GOP memorandum.

GOP memorandum exposes extraordinary catalogue of due process violations in application for surveillance warrant.

It is in the overwhelmingly strong interest of the United States that the truth about all of this be told...

Feb 05 07:26

Swamp Watch: The deep state

Listen to Steve Hilton, the host of - The Next Revolution, expound on this sick swampy joke.

Yes, there is a Deep State.

The rise of a permanent ruling class in our Federal Bureaucracy.
The size and scope of the federal bureaucracy has become so unaccountable that it is actually unclear how many federal agencies exist.

?The intelligence bureaucracies have become swollen with unaccountable power and resources since 9/11 attack.??

Feb 04 11:07

US Sanctions, Baffled Russians, Hot Air and History – The Saker

The paradox: US sanctions – a blessing in disguise?

Now that the the US Treasury has released this “list of marked individuals” (and their families, relatives or associated corporate entities) for potential, unspecified, future sanction, who do you think will freak out most, the Eurasian Sovereignists or the Atlantic Integrationists?

What is absolutely certain is that this latest move by the US is, again, a dream come true for Putin and his supporters, especially right before the elections.

Feb 04 10:18

US-Backed Free Syrian Army Group Shoots Down Russian Jet, Kills Pilot

The Jaysh al-Nasr rebel group in Syria, part of the US-backed Free Syrian Army, has posted footage of its fighters celebrating the shoot-down of a Russian Suhkoi-25 jet fighter in the Idlib province of Syria. It is the first time a Russian fighter has been shot down by Syrian rebels attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The 2017 US military spending bill provided authorization for the Department of Defense to arm the rebels with shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles or ManPADS.

Feb 03 13:33

NFL to salute Medal of Honor recipients at Super Bowl LII

NFL to salute Medal of Honor recipients at Super Bowl LII
National Football League

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that the NFL will salute 15 recipients of the Medal of Honor -- the United States' most prestigious military decoration -- at Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
"The NFL is proud to honor our Nation's heroes at Super Bowl LII," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "These courageous individuals deserve to be recognized on America's biggest stage. We are grateful for their service to our country and we are pleased to continue the NFL's longstanding tradition of hosting special tributes to service members at the Super Bowl."

The NFL and U.S. military have more than 40 years of shared history at the Super Bowl>>>

Feb 03 12:07

Pentagon ‘Can’t Afford’ F-35’s Trillion Dollar Plus Sustainment Costs

“Right now, we can’t afford the sustainment costs we have on the F-35,” Ellen Lord, the new Defense Department undersecretary for defense acquisition and sustainment, told reporters this week. “And we are committed to changing that.”

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapons program in US history and remains the Pentagon's "most significant" program, according to Lord.

According to the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, "sustainment is a key component of performance. Including sustainment planning ‘up front' enables the acquisition and requirements communities to provide a weapon system with optimal availability and reliability to the warfighter at value."

Feb 03 12:02

Can The Impending Collapse Of Russiagate Halt The Slide Toward A Nuclear 1914?

Who in the years, say, 1910 to 1913, could have imagined that the decades of peace, progress, and civilization in which they had grown up, and which seemingly would continue indefinitely, instead would soon descend into a horror of industrial-scale slaughter, revolution, and brutal ideologies?

The answer is, probably very few, just as few people today care much about the details of international and security affairs. Normal folk have better things to do with their lives.

To be sure, in that bygone era of smug jingosim, there was always the entertainment aspect that “our” side had forced “theirs” to back down in some exotic locale, as in the Fashoda incident (1898) or the Moroccan crises (1906, 1911). Even the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 seemed less a harbinger of the cataclysm to come than local dustups on the edge of the continent where the general peace had not been disturbed even by the much more disruptive Crimean or Franco-Prussian wars.

Feb 03 11:51

US is in talks with Turkey about Manbij: Mattis

The United States is in talks with Turkey about Manbij, Syria, but it is not the right time to discuss it publicly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Feb. 2.

"I am not going to discuss [it] right now," Mattis told reporters at a news conference. "It is simply not the right time to do this in the public square."

Mattis was referring to Turkey’s plan to launch a military operation in the strategically important northern city as part of Operation Olive Branch.

Manbij lies northeast of Aleppo but just south of the Turkish border. Washington has voiced concern about the safety of U.S. troops in Manbij amid Turkey's ongoing operation in northeastern Syria.

There are about 2,000 American soldiers in Manbij.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that these talks will ratchet down the tension here, but it is hard to know what will ultimately be decided.

The one think I am hoping and praying that doesn't happen is that these US troops not be used as "sacrificial lambs", toward a greater US footprint in Syria, which means we will be looking at being at war with Russia also.

Feb 03 11:20

As Expected, Press Prostitutes Lie Through Their Teeth About House Intelligence Committee Report

Why the Republicans, armed with enough information to smash the FBI, Obama DOJ, DNC, and presstitute conspiracy, can’t put their act together is a mystery.

The FISA court document, declassified and released, contains confessions from both the FBI and DOJ that the agencies misled the court and falsely acquired surveillance permission.

Why did the FBI and DOJ rush to confess to the FISA court? The reason is that NSA Director Adm. Rodgers discovered their illicit spying, investigated it, and let it be known that he was reporting the FBI and DOJ malfeasence to the FISA court. Adm. Rodgers also informed President Trump.