Sep 02 17:04

The Other Speech: Hillary The Hawk Spreads Her Wings

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

Sep 02 15:38

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

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

Sep 02 10:17

US Arms Makers Invest in a New Cold War

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

As stated later in this article:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 02 09:53

Beyond Treason 2005 - Documentary

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 02 09:17

US Trained Militants That Formed the 'Core of Daesh'

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 02 08:56

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

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

Sep 02 07:45

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

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

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

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

Sep 02 07:31

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

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

Sep 02 07:30

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

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

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

Sep 02 07:22

Marine Le Pen: Hillary Clinton Means War

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

Sep 01 14:55

Japan Wants British Weaponry For South China Sea Standoff

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

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

Sep 01 10:48

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Sep 01 10:06

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 01 10:00

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 01 09:47

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

US approves $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia

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

Sep 01 09:03

Obama Extends Libya War, Will Keep Warships Off Libyan Coast

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Sep 01 08:22

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

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

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Sep 01 08:01

Glenn Greenwald: Clinton Believes Obama Has Not Been Militaristic Enough

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

Sep 01 07:39

Hillary wants war, but Putin is smarter

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

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

Sep 01 06:51

Defense contractors tell investors World War III is great for business

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

Aug 31 16:26

Provoking Nuclear War By Media

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

Aug 31 15:16

US Littoral Combat Ships A Figurative Disaster

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

Aug 31 14:33

Clinton Promises Military Force Against Hackers in Most Hawkish Speech Yet

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

Aug 31 13:47

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

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

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

Aug 31 13:16

US Examines Taliban Video Of Kidnapped Couple

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

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

Aug 31 11:03

Gulf War Syndrome: Emotional Disorder or Vaccine Injury?

By Sarah Carrasco

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

Aug 31 10:24

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 31 10:02

FLASHBACK: Myth Of US Invincibility Floats In The Persian Gulf

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

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

Aug 31 09:36

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 31 09:34

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

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

Aug 31 09:27

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 31 08:29

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

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

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

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

Aug 31 06:36

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

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

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

Aug 31 05:49

Conspirators' Palimpsest Revealed in US Elections

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

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

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

Aug 30 21:38

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

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

John McCain, Traitor and Songbird, sings for his masters

Aug 30 17:58

Defense Contractors Tell Investors World War III is Great for Business

Waking Times

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

Aug 30 15:44

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

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

Aug 30 12:19

US Wars Are For Empire, Not For Profit

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

Aug 30 10:09

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

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

Aug 30 10:05


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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's just that simple, folks.

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

Aug 30 09:45

Graphic Footage of Hillary Clinton Could Damage Her

Aug 30 08:25

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

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

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

Aug 30 07:49

The USS Gerald Ford – A $13 Billion Boondoggle?

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

Aug 30 07:42

The Real Secret of the South China Sea

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

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

Aug 30 06:32

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

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

Aug 29 15:57

ISIS Execute Their Own For Desertion; 57 Killed In Iraq

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

Aug 29 14:59


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

Aug 29 12:39

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 29 12:35

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 29 12:30

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

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

Aug 29 12:12

This Is The Way The World Ends...

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

Imagine the scene following Hillary’s election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Aug 29 09:34

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

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

Aug 29 09:32

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

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

Aug 29 08:43

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

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

Aug 29 07:55

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

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

Aug 28 18:43

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

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

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

Aug 28 11:05

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

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

Aug 28 09:24

The road to WWIII is paved with good intentions

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and littered with sloppy analyses!

Aug 28 07:11

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

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

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

Aug 27 12:58

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

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

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

Aug 27 12:19

UK Defense Contractor BAE Selling Surveillance Gear To Emirates – Report

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

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

Aug 27 11:36

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

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

Aug 27 10:51


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

Aug 27 07:24

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

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

Aug 26 15:57

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

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

Aug 26 13:25

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

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

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

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

Read more at SHTF

Aug 26 12:47


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

Aug 26 11:18

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

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

Aug 26 10:50

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

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

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

Aug 26 10:11

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

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

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

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

Aug 26 09:52

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

These, sir, are war crimes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 26 08:52

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at rbth.com last year:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 26 08:15

Susan Sarandon: Hillary Will Cause World War 3

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

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

Aug 26 07:32


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

Aug 26 07:32

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

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

Aug 26 07:11

Turkey Invades Aleppo With US Backing

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

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

Aug 25 15:43

U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched In Yemeni Blood

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

Aug 25 12:54


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

Aug 25 12:14

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

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

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

Aug 25 11:24

New Arms Race: China, US Prepare for Missile Warfare

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Four More Mega-Banks Join The Anti-Dollar Alliance


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

Goodbye dollar? BRICS set to enhance trade in national currencies

China Says “No Dollars” for New Yuan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Aug 25 09:42

U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched In Yemeni Blood

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

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

Aug 25 09:24


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

Aug 25 09:12

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 25 08:20

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

The US Navy just jumped the Shark!

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

Aug 25 08:15

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 24 15:41

Syria won't reach democracy with Assad, Erdogan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Syria will never "reach democracy" under the leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Erdogan made the remarks on Wednesday following a joint press conference with visiting US Vice President Joe Biden and hours after the Turkish military launched an operation on Syrian soil under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

The Turkish president also noted that Turkish-backed Syrian militants had retaken the Syrian town of Jarablus from Daesh Takfiri militants following the incursion that involved Turkish tanks and special forces supported by US and Turkish fighter jets.

Aug 24 15:39

Provoking Nuclear War By Media

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

Aug 24 15:21

Israel sold weapons to Argentina at height of Falklands War, reveal declassified Foreign Office files

Israel sold weapons to Argentina at the height of the Falklands War in 1982, according to newly declassified Foreign Office files.

British diplomats cited evidence that Israel had supplied the Argentine military junta with arms that were used against the Task Force during the campaign to liberate the islands.

Israeli military exports before the war included the Skyhawk jets that would later be used to bomb British warships, killing dozens of soldiers, sailors and marines.

Aug 24 14:42

Tomas Young’s War Is The Cost Of Empire

When the eulogy for the US Empire is finally written, it will not serve to glorify the exploits of the US government abroad. There won’t be a laudatory recounting of examples of the Empire spreading so-called democracy across the
world by the barrel of gun, or by drone strike, or by military occupation. No one will sing the praises of the world’s leading weapons manufacturer, nor mourn the loss of the only State to annihilate entire cities with atom bombs.

Aug 24 12:55

Syria Condemns Turkish Invasion As "Breach Of Sovereignty" While Joe Biden Meets With Erdogan

Syria's Foreign Ministry, which has the backing of Russia and as of last week, China, condemned Turkey's military incursion against an Islamic State-held Syrian town near its border, aided by aircraft from a U.S.-led coalition, as a breach of its sovereignty, Syrian state television reported. It added that any counter terrorism operations inside its borders had to be conducted in coordination with Damascus and accused Ankara of launching the incursion to replace Islamic State with "other terrorist groups" a reference to rebels.

Aug 24 11:31

The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington’s Military Design in the Asia-Pacific

It is important to focus on Southeast Asia and East Asia in a broader geopolitical context. China, North Korea as well as Russia are potential targets under Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”, involving the combined threat of missile deployments, naval power and pre-emptive nuclear war.

We are not dealing with piecemeal military endeavors. The regional Asia-Pacific military agenda under the auspices of US Pacific Command (USPACOM) is part of a global process of US-NATO military planning.

US military actions are carefully coordinated. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific region. In turn, the planning of military operations is coordinated with non-conventional forms of warfare including regime change, financial warfare and economic sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are peace and prosperity never the options here, only more wars and more destruction?!?

That is a question I want answered by our politicians.

I have a tremendous respect for Professor Chossudovsky; he does have a real gift for calling geopolitical issues like he sees them.

I cannot tell you when a major, dramatic moment of conflict is going to take place; but I can tell you, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that it is coming.

Watching what is going on around the world, courtesy of the US government, is kind of like watching that archetypal dream, where you see the coming of a slow-motion train wreck, and it is impossible to stop. And Mike and I have seen this coming for quite some time.

Here are some links about intelligent prepping, which I hope you will find useful; because at this moment, the most powerful, life-affirming thing we can do is take care of ourselves, and the people we care about.

How to be an intelligent prepper without breaking the bank

Why This NYC Firefighter Is Prepping For The End Of Civilization

Back to Basics: How to Start Prepping Before the SHTF

Prepping 101 – A Step By Step Plan for How to Get Started Prepping – pt.2

Prepping: 10 simple ideas on how to start

Aug 24 10:13

Poroshenko transfers 141 pieces of combat hardware to army to beef up grouping in Donbass

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has transferred 141 pieces of domestically-produced combat hardware to the country’s armed forces to strengthen their grouping in the area of Kiev’s military operation in Donbass.

"Today we’re transferring 141 pieces of military hardware produced and modernized at Ukrainian defense enterprises," Poroshenko said at the handover ceremony in the town of Chuguyev in the north-eastern Kharkov region.
As Poroshenko said, this combat hardware will help the Ukrainian army to defend the country more effectively and finally achieve peace in the Donbass region.

In 2016 alone, the Ukrainian armed forces have received over a thousand units of combat hardware, Poroshenko said. The Ukrainian leader also said that deliveries from foreign partners had been organized as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These tanks and combat hardware are not elements for peace; they are elements with which to start a war against rebel Eastern republics.

As reported yesterday at Mac Salvo's site, www.shtplan.com:

The situation of the rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia is being paralleled by the war of words between the countries’ two leaders. As mentioned in a previous article, Vladimir Putin is still not satisfied with the alleged actions by Ukrainian commandos that killed one FSB officer and one enlisted man on two separate incidents. Putin went on to say that any meetings between Poroshenko and himself in the upcoming G-20 summit would be “pointless,” and accused Ukraine of conducting terror attacks. To further complicate the issue, the attacks were labeled as “border incursions,” as they occurred in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. In addition to this, the 24th of August is rapidly approaching, and this is the date that Ukrainians celebrate their Independence Day…from the Soviet Union. This bears special noteworthiness, as it would be a prime moment to conduct an incursion due to the historical significance of the date. Vladimir Putin visited Crimea on August 19th and said the following to the Security Council of Sevastopol: “I think it’s obvious that Kiev’s current authorities are not seeking ways to solve problems through negotiations, but have turned to terrorism. We’re not going to cut our relations, despite the reluctance of the current authorities in Kiev to have full diplomatic ties at ambassador level.” None of this is sitting well with Poroshenko, and the process for drafting as many as 100,000 men was initiated by him with a letter last week.

These are not the moves of a country's leader who is looking for a peaceful resolution to a geopolitical conflict.

And the US-government-enabled Poroshenko may well believe that if they start a war, to reclaim their breakaway Eastern republics, (and Crimea) that the US will support them militarily, so he just may start a military offensive unilaterally, expecting that the US and NATO will support him.

That he doesn't understand that he is playing with fire, if he does pull a unilateral attack against the Eastern republics, is very, very troubling indeed.

Aug 24 10:04

Damascus slams Turkey’s military 'aggression' into Syrian territory

Syria has denounced Turkey’s recent military incursion into the Syrian territory, backed by the US-led coalition, saying the offensive violates the Arab country's sovereignty.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned Turkey’s military operation in a statement released on Wednesday, Syrian media reported.

The ministry called for an immediate end to the Turkish "aggression," adding that the operation is being carried out under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Aug 24 09:45

Is Obama Enabling the Next President to Launch Illegal Wars?

President Obama has been emphatically warning Americans about the dangers of a Trump presidency. But these warnings divert attention from a much darker reality. His Justice Department is in fact pushing the law in a direction that will enable the next president to declare war against any “terrorist” group or nation without the consent of Congress.

This reality is clear from the Department’s response to a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obama’s war against the Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at poynter.org in October, 2014:

The irony of President Barack Obama, Nobel Prize winner and putative anti-war candidate, launching extensive airstrikes in Syria, quickly led to comparisons with his predecessor, President George W. Bush. President Barack Obama walks with former President George W. Bush during the unveiling of his official portraits in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) President Barack Obama walks with former President George W. Bush during the unveiling of his official portraits in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) PunditFact heard two different comparisons in recent days that we thought we were worth exploring. Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker summed it up in one tweet. "Countries bombed: Obama 7, Bush 4." That’s True. We asked Lizza for his list and he sent us this: Bush: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia. Obama: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Syria. As we fact-checked Lizza’s statement, we found little reason to challenge the nations he named. If anything, he shortchanged both presidents. There is no dispute whatsoever about airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Bush launched wars in the first two countries and drone strikes in Pakistan have been in the news for a long time, with or without official acknowledgment. Airstrikes in those places continued under Obama.

These illegal and immoral wars, under both Bush's and Obama's watch, are going to be the geopolitical equivalent to "Gambler's Ruin" for this country.

The last time I looked at the US Constitution, it states very clearly that only Congress has the right to declare war; not the President of the United States, no matter how "empowered" he or she might feel in this area..

He or she doesn't have the legal right to do this, period, end of discussion.

And I sincerely hope that the incoming Congress, be they ladies or gentlemen, will "grow a pair of male attributes" on this issue, and NOT allow the next President the "luxury" of acting illegally in office.

Aug 24 09:38

Turkish tanks cross Syrian border in military op to retake city of Jarablus from ISIS

Turkey has launched a ground incursion into Syria targeting Islamic State and Kurdish fighters near the town of Jarablus. Ankara says it wants to take the town to stop cross-border attacks, while the Kurds warn that Turkish troops will get into a quagmire.

“At 4:00 this morning, operations started in the north of Syria against terror groups which constantly threaten our country, like Daesh [Arabic name for Islamic State] and the PYD [he Democratic Union Party of Syria],” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara, adding that the incursion had been prompted by cross-border attacks originating from Jarablus that should be “stopped.”

Aug 24 09:29


The British Foreign Office has recently declassified documents that allegedly prove that Israel sold weapons to Argentina during the 1982 Falklands War between the Latin American nation and the UK. The British government's National Archives department released the files dated November 16, 1984, which include a memorandum from a senior British diplomat who provided details on the Israeli arms sales to Argentina, the London-basedTelegraph reported Wednesday.

Aug 24 07:31

Provoking nuclear war by media – John Pilger

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

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

Milosevic died of a heart attack in 2006, alone in his cell in The Hague, during what amounted to a bogus trial by an American-invented “international tribunal”. Denied heart surgery that might have saved his life, his condition worsened and was monitored and kept secret by US officials, as WikiLeaks has since revealed.

Aug 24 06:49

Israel armed Argentina to deadly effect during Falklands War, secret files show

Britain’s supposedly close ally, Israel, armed Argentina as the South American nation was bombing Royal Navy ships and killing UK troops in the vicious 1982 war to reclaim the Falkland Islands, secret files indicate.

The supply of arms and military equipment may have been fuelled by an old hatred of the British harbored by then Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begin – himself a former Irgun terrorist who fought against British troops in Palestine.

Aug 23 22:55

Speaker: Russia Continues Anti-Terrorism Flights from Iran's Western Airbase

Putin fakes left,then he fakes right to Iran and tucks it in and goes up the middle. They are playing mind games with some razzle dazzle.
Make war by Deception.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani announced that the country's airbase in Hamadan is still being used by the Russian fighter jets to conduct anti-terrorism flights in Syria.

Aug 23 22:28

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

Remember how a couple of days ago the German government advised its citizens to start stockpiling food and water? Well, today they have announced that they are considering reintroducing conscription…the draft, to ‘help with any future disaster’.

And they aren't the only government urging people to prepare.

Do they know something we don’t?

Aug 23 11:37

US War Crimes or ‘Normalized Deviance’

The normalization of deviance from the rules and standards that formally govern U.S. foreign policy has been quite radical. And yet, as in other cases, this has gradually been accepted as a normal state of affairs, first within the corridors of power, then by the corporate media and eventually by much of the public at large.

Once deviance has been culturally normalized, as Vaughan found in the shuttle program at NASA, there is no longer any effective check on actions that deviate radically from formal or established standards – in the case of U.S. foreign policy, that would refer to the rules and customs of international law, the checks and balances of our constitutional political system and the experience and evolving practice of generations of statesmen and diplomats.

Normalizing the Abnormal

Aug 23 11:17

US to Send More Troops to South Afghanistan to Resist Taliban Gains

With gains in the Helmand Province mounting for Taliban forces, and the Afghan military struggling to defend both that and the other provinces around the country which the Taliban are advancing into, the Pentagon has announced an additional deployment of US ground troops into the Helmand capital of Lashkar Gah.

Officials are trying to present the deployment as primarily a “training” operation, in keeping with a policy of claiming that everything they do is “non-combat,” but the reality is that there are very limited Afghan forces in Lashkar Gah, and a deployment of around 100 troops by the US is almost certain to mean direct combat roles.

Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland insisted US forces were committed to not allow the loss of Lashkar Gah, and clearly they can’t do this with a little idle encouragement to Afghan forces who are increasingly out-numbered and have been beaten by the Taliban time and again in the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland that one of the classic definitions of insanity is doing the same thing in precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome.

How long have the US and NATO been in Afghanistan?!?

15 years.

How much has been spent by the US government on this war?!?

There are no real figures on this, but most probably into the billions, if not trillions of dollars.

Is there any military metric by which the US and NATO can claim "victory" in this war?!?


So, let me get this straight; the US military and NATO have been in Afghanistan for 15 years, spending billions, if not trillions, of dollars on a war that the US and NATO have not been able to win?

What's wrong with this picture?!?


And I have a modest proposal to float by President Obama; please send our troops,and NATO troops home as quickly as is safe for them, and I would remind our President that Afghanistan isn't called "the graveyard of empires" for no reason.

Let's cut our losses now, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, the minerals (and the heroin, which is flowing like water, ever since the US/NATO occupation happened).

Of course, this solution is logical, but I think, at this point, the US government needs to start embracing logic, rather than the "magical thinking" which has governed the US foreign policy in Afghanistan for all these 15 years.

Aug 23 10:36

Pentagon: ‘Exclusion Zone’ in North Syria Not Technically a No Fly Zone

After warning Syria not to fly planes in the Hasakeh Province or risk getting them shot down by US planes in the area, the Pentagon is struggling to convince reporters that there is some sort of distinction between this zone you can’t fly in and a “no-fly zone.”

Fighting erupted between Syrian Army and Kurdish YPG forces in the city of Hasakeh late last week, with the YPG attempting to take the rest of the city, which had long been jointly held and jointly defended, As the fighting escalated, Syrian warplanes bombed Kurdish forces.

The US has its trooped embedded with the Kurdish forces, and argued that the Syrian airstrikes were endangering them. Over the weekend they repeatedly scrambled fighter jets to chase off the Syrian planes, warning they were going to ‘defend themselves.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Pentagon Spokesperson Cook, please: just how stupid do you think Americans are, to swallow this codswallop?!?

What the US government and military have done is to set up a de facto "no fly zone" here, no matter what you call it.

In fact, let's call it "Sherlock", shall we?!? that's a little more charming and elegant than calling it "an exclusion zone"!!

Aug 23 09:54

China strongly warned Japan not to send SDF to South China Sea

China strongly warned a high-level Japanese official around late June that Tokyo should not send its Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to join U.S. operations that test the freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, diplomatic sources said Saturday.

Aug 23 09:41

'News blackout prevents Americans from knowing what is happening in Yemen'

Barack Obama was betting that whatever the Saudis did in Yemen would not backfire inside of the US, Said Sadek, political sociologist, told RT.

US personnel assisting the Saudi-led coalition in coordinating air strikes in Yemen have largely pulled out from Riyadh in an apparent effort to distance themselves from the mounting civilian death toll in the 17-month long conflict, Reuters has learned.

In addition to withdrawing air support personnel, Lieutenant Ian McConnaughey, a US Navy spokesman in Bahrain told Reuters that the Pentagon also “sharply reduced” its “Joint Combined Planning Cell” (JCPC) staff to under five people.

Aug 23 09:37


Over the course of the 5 year-long civil war in Syria, the US has slowly escalated its military involvement. However one significant move which they have so far failed to implement is a No Fly Zone (NFZ) enforced by their aircraft over all (or just part) of Syria.

Despite this, today the US may have tacitly announced just such a NFZ. In a press conference this evening, the Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, made a number of statements regarding US forces in Syria. These statements came following reports that the US backed SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) had been bombed by Assad Regime aircraft in the city of Hasakah in northern Syria. Such airstrikes were also dangerously close to US Special Forces who were assisting the SDF in their fight against ISIS.

Specifically Peter Cook said that the US would use its airpower “as needed” to protect US personnel and partner operations. The aim of this was reportedly to send a message to other parties to “stay away from our forces”.

Aug 23 09:27


Neocons and Clintonites have launched a major campaign with the goal of direct U.S. military intervention and aggression against Syria, potentially leading to war with Iran and Russia.

An early indication emerged as soon as it was clear the Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Party nominee. Following the California primary, The New York Times reported on State Department diplomats issuing an internal memo “urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al Assad.”

.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a United Nations Security Council Session on the situation in Syria at the United Nations in New York on Jan. 31, 2012. [State Department Photo]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My dear Neocons/Clintonites; forgive me for my perplexity here.

The Russian military has been invited by the Syrian government to get rid of all the jihadists, attacking the country of Syria.

To the best of my knowledge and belief, as of today, the US military has NOT been invited to do the same, yet the US military is attempting, directly and indirectly, to bomb the crud out of Syria in order to affect regime change in Damascus.

And yesterday, the following statement was made by a very high ranking military official, to the effect that the US is ready to bomb Russian troops, defending the Syrian government;

Pentagon Says US Ready To Target Russian & Syrian Planes In Syria

Forgive me, but have you all gone collectively barking mad, just to please your Israeli/AIPAC enablers?!?

Israel wants regime change in Damascus in order to ultimately destroy Iran.

The US military, at this point in its existence, does not have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Our weapons procurement system is incestuous in the extreme, because those same Congressional Representatives who award weapons contracts are those same Representatives getting large contributions from our major arms manufacturers.

And how does this translate?!? By the time weapons are delivered to those military personnel who are supposed to use them, they many times are obsolete, in terms of other countries' weapons development, dysfunctional, and way over budget.

And one of the things which strikes me here is...the timing of this pressure on Obama to escalate this war.

The November election looms large, and I am willing to bet that both the DNC's and White House's internal polling show Trump winning that election in a landslide.

And what could be the nastiest thing the Democrats could possibly conjure, even before Trump takes the Oath of Office?!?

War with Russia over Syria must certainly sound like a delicious option to them.

After all, it is generally never their kids who get who get killed, or maimed for life, in such wars; it's other people's kids.

Aug 23 08:52

Veterans rage at war trauma scheme they say aims to deny them compensation

British military veterans are incensed at a government mental injury compensation scheme they say is trying to deny them proper benefits.

Aug 23 08:27

‘We Continue Living’ – Aleppo Residents Refuse To Leave City Despite War

Heavy fighting in Aleppo has forced many of its residents to flee. But some of those who have the opportunity to do so, have decided to stay despite the risks.

Aug 23 07:32

Footage Of Boy In Aleppo Is Opportunistic, Vile Propaganda From Western Media

It’s August, 2016 and the Western mainstream press is parading yet another injured child in front of a population of normally uncompassionate audiences in order to drum up support for some type of NATO military action against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

Aug 23 07:22

Hillary Clinton’s Uncanny Fulfillment of Israel’s Yinon Plan for a Middle East Riven with Conflict

Wikileaks has released what may be the most underreported story of the year in a year full of them, Hillary Clinton’s uncanny fulfillment of Oded Yinon‘s plan for the Middle East according to Israel 30 years ago. This was summed up in Yinon’s “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties.” Yinon, an influential right-wing Israeli strategist, envisioned a Middle East riven with conflict between Arab tribes and religious denominations, unable to oppose Israeli ambitions for regional dominance.

Aug 23 07:21

Syrian boy’s image shamelessly exploited for West’s war agenda

How many times have we seen this before? Western media selectively focusing on, or distorting, human suffering in order to fulfill a base political agenda – war – for powerful interests.
It is no coincidence Western media fevered with images of a five-year-old boy, pulled from rubble in Aleppo after an alleged air strike by Syrian government or Russian forces – and the very next day US warplanes were scrambled over northern Syria reportedly to ward off Syrian Su-24 fighter bombers.

American political analyst Randy Martin at crookedbough.com told this author: “This is a prelude to an all-out war in Syria – one that would inevitably bring American and Russian forces into direct confrontation.”

Aug 22 16:00

Nicholas Kristof: War Crimes Enabler

We all saw the little Syrian boy in besieged Aleppo, wiping blood from his forehead, covered in dust and clearly in shock. How could we help it? Practically every newspaper in the country printed his photo, along with a caption blaming the Syrian military and/or the Russians for his plight.

Aug 22 15:08

Iraq Is Preparing an Armed Robot to Fight ISIS

The armed robotic system on display at a security and defense exhibition in Baghdad in early 2016. The Baghdad Post says the machine-gun-wielding unmanned ground vehicle will be used in the effort to retake Mosul. A video posted with the story shows off a wheeled vehicle about the size of a small car. Dubbed loosely Alrobot, (Arabic for robot) it has four cameras, an automatic machine gun, and a launcher for Russian-made Katyusha rockets, and can be operated by laptop and radio link from a kilometer away, the story says.

Aug 22 12:09

BREAKING - Israel shells Syria after stray mortar crosses into its territory

The IDF says it has attacked a Syrian Army launch site near Israel’s border in the Golan Heights, after a Syrian mortar landed inside Israeli territory. The initial incident produced no casualties or damage, according to Israeli media.

Aug 22 11:40

UK Military Not Ready For War With Russia, China: Admiral

The UK military is not adequately equipped to deal with the growing threat of a world war, a top British military commander has warned, renewing calls for more funding.

Admiral Alan William John West, who once led Britain’s Royal Navy, told the Daily Star on Sunday that the world “is more dangerous and chaotic” than at any time and major international conflicts are looming.

Aug 22 10:51

What Should We Do About Crimea?

Is Crimea about to explode? The mainstream media reports that Russia has amassed troops on the border with Ukraine and may be spoiling for a fight. The Russians claim to have stopped a Ukrainian sabotage team that snuck into Crimea to attack key infrastructure. The Russian military is holding exercises in Crimea and Russian President Vladimir Putin made a visit to the peninsula at the end of the week.

Aug 22 09:21

Tesla’s anti-gravity research in use in dozens of secretive military projects

Doctor Richard Boylan, and numerous others have already let the cat out of the bag when it comes to anti-gravity space flight, so why do Boeing and Lockheed, two of America’s largest military industrial contractors, and the recipient of trillions in tax payer ‘black budget’ dollars still hide that they are operating at least 12 anti-gravity aerospace platforms?

Aug 22 08:25

Rand Corp advising US to start War with China sooner rather than later

A new study by the RAND Corporation titled “War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable” is just the latest think tank paper devoted to assessing a US war against China. The study, commissioned by the US Army, provides further evidence that a war with China is being planned and prepared in the upper echelons of the American military-intelligence apparatus.

That the paper emerges from the RAND Corporation has a particular and sinister significance. Throughout the Cold War, RAND was the premier think tank for “thinking the unthinkable”—a phrase made notorious by RAND’s chief strategist in the 1950s, Herman Kahn. Kahn devoted his macabre book On Thermonuclear War to elaborating a strategy for a “winnable” nuclear war against the Soviet Union.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Aug 22 08:20

BREAKING: US Occupation of Syria now official

Over the last 24 hours, the United States has made clear its status as a hostile occupational force in Syria. Yesterday, the US issued a communique to the legitimate Syrian government and the Russian anti-terrorist coalition assisting the Syrians. The United States has indicated that it has carved out a swath of Syria with boots on the ground fulfilling the roles of active duty personnel, such as special ops forces, advisors, trainers, mechanics, and supporting units. The US has declared a no fly zone and threatened to target and shoot down Syrian and Russian planes within Syrian airspace [over the Kurdish autonomous region - ed].

Aug 22 07:35

Follow the money trail for source of 'Russian threat' paranoia

Ask yourself who benefits financially from all this scaremongering and then you’ll understand it.

This week, The Intercept revealed how US defense contractors have been telling investors that the so-called ’Russian threat’ was good for business.

Retired Army general Richard Cody, vice-President of the US’s seventh largest defense contractor, L-3 communications, bemoaned the fact that "when the old Cold War ended’ defense budgets went south". Now though a ’resurgent Russia’ meant an "uptick was coming".

There was a similarly upbeat message from Stuart Bradie, chief executive of CBR, who talked of the "opportunities" the current situation presents.

The case for higher defense spending to counter the ‘Russian threat’ has been made by a series of think-tanks. And guess what? The most hawkish of these lobbyists - sorry, ‘think tanks’ - receive sizable funding from US defense contractors!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that a lot of people will get killed in these "sales support" wars is just the cost of doing business.

Here is the problem. Our economy cannot support any additional military spending. This new cold war followed by massive defense contracts could collapse the US economy completely. Russia isn't the existential threat, the military-industrial complex is!

Aug 22 07:25

‘Obama has been too Soft on Putin,’ Said Soros as he Called the Shots on Ukraine

A leaked document, from the massive 2,500 file dump by DC Leaks of George Soros’ most sensitive Open Society Foundations communications, show the inordinate amount of power and authority the Hungarian billionaire wielded over Ukraine in the immediate aftermath of the Maidan government overthrow.

Soros, along with key executives from the Open Society Foundations, held extensive meetings with nearly every actor involved in the Maidan coup including Ukraine’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health and Education as well as US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and the regional director of USAID. However, the documents do exclude one key official, Victoria Nuland, who was allegedly involved in steering the opposition to the Yanukovych government.

Aug 22 06:57

Foreign hyper-glide weapons ‘challenge’ to American Defense – media

It is “becoming increasingly more difficult” for the US to track down and tackle the foreign hyper-glide vehicles, Admiral Cecil Haney, chief of US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said as quoted by the media outlet. “Hyper-glide vehicle technology can complicate our sensing and our defensive approaches,” he added.

Hyperglide vehicle’s (HGV), also known as boost gliders, are unmanned weapons that are launched by ballistic missiles. After separating from the rocket, they follow their own track path, reaching speeds of at least Mach 5 (five times faster than the speed of the sound) or more.

Aug 22 06:40

A New Counter-terrorism Strategy that Works

As demonstrated by the recent wave of attacks, terrorists find ways to thwart counter-terrorism defenses. However, for leaders who seek it, there is a simple and cost-effective solution to create lasting peace known in military circles as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT). This method comes from the fields of social sciences and quantum unified field theory -- not from conventional approaches utilizing weaponry, and not from the field of politics.

Aug 21 22:55

Athens presses German reparations bid

Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis emphasized over the weekend that Athens will push its demands for wartime reparations from Germany, despite the insistence by Berlin that the matter has been resolved, noting that the issue is primarily a moral one for the Greek government.

Aug 21 20:27

The REAL M1 Abrams! Chapter 1: Overview

Works against 3rd world army's with 1950's tech. Against the big boys....not so good!

Uploaded on Dec 5, 2009
The M1 Abrams MBT is by far the most overrated tank of all time.

It's the world's most expensive and cumbersome tank, it costs more than any of it's contemporaries, and yet it's compat results fall well short of it's predecessors and contemporaries.

Yet, it's the most popular tank ever built.

This series will reveal the truth behind one of the worst tanks ever built. Namely, what it can and can't do (there's a LOT more of the latter), how and why it became what it is, how it compares to the other tanks out there, and more.

Aug 21 14:38

Pentagon Can’t Account For $6.5 Trillion Of Taxpayer Money – IG Report

The Pentagon failed to account for $6.5 trillion in its financial statement, a recently-recovered Inspector General’s report on the 2015 fiscal year said. It reveals the audit of the Department of Defense was “materially misstated.”

The army failed to provide “accurate, complete, timely and well-supported” documents that could have explained the use of trillions of dollars in quarterly and yearend adjustments.

Aug 21 13:11

Ex-Navy SEAL To Pay $7mn For Unauthorized Book On Bin Laden Raid

A former US Navy SEAL who has written a book on his involvement in the military mission to assassinate al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden will be forced to pay the government nearly $7 million in royalties to avoid prosecution for not getting the necessary pre-publication approval for the work.

Aug 21 10:31

China’s Pivot to World Markets, Washington’s Pivot to World Wars…

China and the United States are moving in polar opposite directions: Beijing is rapidly becoming the center of overseas investments in high tech industries, including robotics, nuclear energy and advanced machinery with collaboration from centers of technological excellence, like Germany.

In contrast, Washington is pursuing a predatory military pivot to the least productive regions with collaboration from its most barbaric allies, like Saudi Arabia.