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Feb 20 12:52

Tulsi Gabbard Versus "Regime Change" Wars

I support Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, going to Syria and meeting with President Bashar al-Assad because the congresswoman is a brave person willing to take criticism for challenging U.S. policies that she believes are wrong.

It is important that we have representatives in our government who will go to countries where the United States is either killing citizens directly by U.S. intervention or indirectly by support of militia groups or by sanctions.

We need representatives to sift through what the U.S. government says and what the media reports to find out for themselves the truth, the shades of truth and the untruths.

We need representatives willing to take the heat from both their fellow members of Congress and from the media pundits who will not go to those areas and talk with those directly affected by U.S. actions. We need representatives who will be our eyes and ears to go to places where most citizens cannot go.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Democrats are smart, they will support Tulsi!

Feb 20 12:48

US Navy: Nuke-Capable Submarine Missiles Tested Successfully Off California Coast

Over the past week, the US Navy has revealed that they carried out four test fires in a matter of three days of Trident II nuclear-capable ICBM missiles off the course of California, insisting that all four launches were a success.

The missiles are submarine launched, and designed to carry up to eight nuclear warheads 4,000 nautical miles. The missiles, which were first deployed in 1989, are called Trident because they are meant to be part of a three-way nuclear capacity, including land, sea, and air nuclear weaponry.

Officials insisted, of course, that the missiles were not armed when they were fired, and were carried out at the usual Pacific Test Range. Ohio-class submarines are capable of firing 24 such missiles each, and officials say the tests are commonly conducted.

Feb 20 12:47

US to Send 1,000 Troops to Poland to ‘Deter Russia’

Adding to the ever-growing number of US military deployments into Eastern Europe, the Army announced over the weekend that the US will send some 1,000 US troops and vehicles to Orzysy, a town in northeastern Poland, another deployment done as part of the huge “spearhead” force against Russia.

Feb 20 12:22

Stepping Away From Microscopes, Thousands Protest War On Science

Responding to the troubling suppression of science under the Trump administration, thousands of scientists, allies, and frontline communities are holding a rally in Boston’s Copley Square on Sunday.

Feb 20 11:01

Trump’s Defense Chief: We’re Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody’s Oil

“I think all of us here in this room, all of us in America have generally paid for our gas and oil all along and I’m sure that we will continue to do so in the future.”

The U.S. military is not in Iraq “to seize anybody’s oil”, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump at the start of a visit to Iraq on Monday.

Mattis, on his first trip to Iraq as Pentagon chief, is hoping to assess the war effort as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launch a new push to evict Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the city of Mosul.

But he is likely to face questions about Trump’s remarks and actions, including a temporary ban on travel to the United States and for saying America should have seized Iraq’s oil after toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Trump told CIA staff in January: “We should have kept the oil. But okay. Maybe you’ll have another chance.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, please allow me to educate you as to the origins of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

This invasion and occupation of Iraq was purely economic, and done to prevent Iraq's oil to be sold for any other currency than the petrodollar.

Iraq war: the dollar versus the Euro

And so, sir, what do we have in Iraq today?!? We have an absolutely destroyed Iraqi infrastructure, coupled with a completely corrupt US-Centric (and dependent) Iraqi government, and its oil sold only in US dollars.

But that was the point of the exercise, was it not?!? It doesn't have anything to do with "seizing the oil"; it has everything to do with Iraqi oil being sold only in US dollars.

You're welcome, sir!!

Feb 20 10:48

Donald Trump’s Shift On Yemen Risks Plunging The Country Into Famine

President Donald Trump may be on the brink of sparking a full-blown famine in Yemen ? all because of a subtle shift in messaging that risks effectively cutting off humanitarian relief to the war-torn nation.

For more than a year, former President Barack Obama’s administration urged a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates not to attack or seize the critical port of Hodeidah on Yemen’s west coast. The bulk of humanitarian supplies that enter Yemen flow through Hodeidah, and attacking the port, which is controlled by the Houthi rebels, would likely put it out of commission, the Obama administration warned.

But now the coalition, allied with the nominal Yemeni government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has been redirecting humanitarian and commercial ships carrying food away from the Hodeidah port, relief workers told The Huffington Post. That redirection is itself a major blow to relief efforts. But it could also signal an attack is imminent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"President Donald Trump may be on the brink of sparking a full-blown famine in Yemen ....."

MAY BE?!? Has whoever wrote this piece of codswallop not been paying attention for the last couple of years, when President Obama signed off on assisting the Saudi assault against Yemen by selling them bombs, and providing guidance for aerial bombing assaults?!?

This is what life looks like for Yemeni children these days:

Images: wounded and murdered children, from Saudi aerial bombing raids

Starvation has been the norm, particularly for Yemeni children, because food aid has been largely closed off by the Saudis at port cities for nearly the last two years. These Yemeni kids now look like this:

Images: starving Yemeni children, 2016

Mr. President, the Saudis have been committing war crimes with impunity every since they attacked the country of Yemen when the Houthi rebels displaced the Al-Hadi government nearly two years ago. The targeting of schools; hospitals; and open air markets, coupled with the assassination of non-combatants, all constitute war crimes, sir.

And yet I see that earlier this month, you signed off on more weapons for both Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, one of the most brutal, tone-deaf and democracy-deprived oppressors of its Shiite majority in the Middle East..

President Trump approves more weapons for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

Sir, upon this further enabling of the Saudi slaughter in Yemen, which may well be called genocide, and the enabling the Al-Khalifa's monarchy's monstrous repression of its own people, you have demonstrated, perfectly clearly, that you are quite comfortable in the United States being complicit in war crimes, and as a Christian Activist Pacifist, I am a very unhappy witness to this reality.

To be brutally honest, I had expected much better of you, because someone in your administration, with their head on straight, should have counseled you by now that the only solution possible in Yemen at this point has to be political, rather than military.

Feb 20 10:08

NORTH KOREA'S REGIME IN JEOPARDY AFTER CHINA BANS ALL COAL IMPORTS

North Korea just lost a very big ally.

On Saturday, China said that it was suspending all imports of coal from North Korea as part of its effort to implement United Nations Security Council sanctions aimed at stopping the country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile program. The ban, according to a statement posted on the website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, takes effect on today and will last until the end of the year. While China will hardly suffer material adverse impacts, Chinese trade - and aid - have long been a vital economic crutch for North Korea, and the decision strips North Korea of one of its most important sources of foreign currency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of this economic blow to North Korea is a very clear message to the Trump administration; now is the time to get China, North and South Korea, and the US to the negotiations table to cobble together a peace deal which will guarantee trade, and freedom of movement for North Korea, in exchange for North Korea's ending its nuclear weapons development program forever.

Feb 20 09:40

CHAOS at NATO air base after 'MISSILE INBOUND' warning accidentally sent to US airmen

The bright-red test message was only meant to be sent to one person but was instead sent to all wing personnel at Nato’s Spangdahlem Air Base, 100 miles west of Frankfurt.

The message was labelled “high severity" and read: “MISSILE INBOUND. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jahn Badham's movie, "Wargames", starting Matthew Broderick, was based on a similar incident. The real event was not triggered by an outside hacker. Someone at Cheyenne Mountain accidentally fed a training simulation tape into the system which made it look like there was a real Russian attack underway. That was one of the many times we came very close to a real nuclear exchange with Russia.

Feb 19 15:40

Syria: Supporting Terrorists Causes Refugee Crisis

Syrian President Bashar Assad has told Russian Television (RT) that Europe is not dealing with the cause of the current refugee crisis because they are continuing to support terrorists in Syria who are driving people away.

Feb 19 15:37

FLASHBACK : The Roots of the Refugee Crisis Caused by the West

“The reason so many are fleeing places such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that U.S. and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery,”explainedformer congressman and three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, a leading voice for a constitutional, non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy. “This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing ‘democracy’ at the barrel of a gun.”

“Contrary to what one might expect, U.S. military aid doesn’t produce willing, cooperative, or effective security partners. Instead, it incentivizes bad behavior and drives the sources of terrorism: corruption, violence, and poor governance. Unwittingly, this policy is creating its own enemies,” writes Jeremy Ravinsky.

Feb 19 10:58

US Aircraft Carrier Strike Group Begins Patrols In South China Sea

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun what the US Navy called “routine patrols” in the South China Sea days after China warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the disputes waters.

Feb 19 10:19

U.S. deploys carrier to contentious South China Sea

The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to patrol the increasingly contentious South China Sea on Saturday despite Beijing’s warnings not to challenge its sovereignty in the resource-rich sea.

In a statement, the Navy described the launch as the beginning of “routine operations” in the South China Sea. China claims most of the sea as its own, despite overlapping territorial and jurisdictional claims from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.

On Wednesday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang denounced advance news of the deployment at a news conference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Trump and General Mattis; gentlemen, please, what the hell are you thinking with this move?!?

At least you, General, understand that the South China Sea, and the islands on it, were awarded to China after World War 2.

Cairo Treaty: China’s Moral Claim to the Diaoyu Islands

Was this treaty made to ultimately be broken, when allowing it to stand was "inconvenient" for the US government?!?!? Please; let's not go there, gentlemen!!

It appears that these alleged US "Freedom of Navigation" exercises are engineered to provoke China into a military response, as the "excuse" for a military attack against it.

But gentlemen, please hold up a minute; right now, the US military does not have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

And if you do not understand this, you, collectively, need your very own "Buddha on the Road" moment, in terms of how our weapons manufacturers think and behave.

The heads of these corporations appear to believe that it is perfectly acceptable to deliver their products so late that by the time they are field-deployed, they are obsolete; these weapons rarely function as advertised; and when they are delivered, they are hugely over budget.

Need I remind both of you of the debacle which has been the F-35?!?

The F-35, amazingly, has even more problems than we thought

President Trump and General Mattis, these issues need to be sorted; and right the hell now.

These provocations against China, at this time, may well result in an outright and spectacular disaster for the American military, until these challenges are met, honestly, and with moral integrity.

Feb 19 10:00

‘Blackwater Air’ Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces

A corporate descendant of the notorious guns-for-hire firm just got a $204 million contract to support American troops in Africa.

A mercenary air force that became a symbol of the U.S. occupation of Iraq is back in action—this time in Central Africa, supporting a shadowy American U.S. Special Forces commando operation targeting the Lord’s Resistance Army.
In late January, a source on the ground in Central African Republic spotted a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter with the registry number N408RC carrying American Special Forces troops.

The LRA, a cultish band of thieves and rapists led by warlord Joseph Kony, is most active in the forested region where Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo meet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kony and "The Lord's Resistance Army" are the "good reason" for US troops to find themselves in Africa; the "real reason" the US is in Africa, however, is quite simple; an embarrassment of barely exploited resources, which the US government wants for itself, and its geopolitical cronies.

The Natural Resources of Africa

Feb 19 08:48

How German guns often end up in child soldiers' hands

Michael Davies from Sierra Leone was once a child soldier fighting in the civil war-torn west African country. His weapons of choice: German.

“When I had to fight as a young person in Sierra Leone, I saw many G3 rifles,” Davies said in a statement regarding the German-made Heckler & Koch gun.

“Weapon deliveries to conflict regions urgently need to stop. They inflame the conflicts.”

Feb 19 08:23

America is No Longer Top Dog: Chinese Military “Reaching Near-Parity” With the West

We’re a wealthy nation with an unbelievably massive military budget. They could never conduct enough scientific research or build enough advanced war machines to compete with us in a conventional war.

Or could they?

It appears that China might be able to. Or at least that’s what the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) thinks. They’re a British think tank that’s been around since 1958, and they have countless members who formerly worked for the British and American governments. The IISS specializes in researching geopolitical issues, and every year they publish the Military Balance report, which examines the military capabilities of the world’s nations. Their latest issue should give the American defense establishment pause.

Feb 18 20:02

SAA Tiger Forces capture 8 towns from ISIS in east Aleppo

Great combat footage of the Syrian military handing ISIS it's @$$!

Feb 18 10:43

Does Donald Trump Have The Fortitude To Take On And Defeat The Deep State?

Donald Trump needs to study well how Vladimir Putin defeated the Deep State in order to liberate his People and his country from Occupation...

Even though Donald Trump’s various “America-First” agendas were pronounced crystal clear since the day he began to run for office, he is now fully hitting the Deep State obstructionists on a near daily basis who are literally using their clandestine skills to destroy his agenda, and consequently, the Mandate given to him by the American People in the November 2016 election.

Feb 18 10:39

Insanity of NATO 2.0 for MidEast

If this is to be the new NATO for the Middle East then the world is truly about to descend into barbarism on a scale not seen since the Second World War.

As US President Donald Trump hosts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House this week on the agenda is the formation of a “NATO-style” alliance for the Middle East, according to reports.

As if one US-led warmongering alliance in Europe and the North Atlantic were not enough. Now the world will see a clone of NATO let loose on the already conflict-torn Middle East region, if the reported discussions materialize.

Feb 18 08:05

Mercenary Group “Blackwater” Receives $204m Government Contract

‘Blackwater Air’ Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces:

A mercenary air force that became a symbol of the U.S. occupation of Iraq is back in action—this time in Central Africa, supporting a shadowy American U.S. Special Forces commando operation targeting the Lord’s Resistance Army.

In late January, a source on the ground in Central African Republic spotted a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter with the registry number N408RC carrying American Special Forces troops. The LRA, a cultish band of thieves and rapists led by warlord Joseph Kony, is most active in the forested region where Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo meet.

Feb 18 07:49

European Union as NATO’s Auxiliary Economic Alliance

In a recent interview, Donald Trump has praised Britain for opting out of the European Union and called it a smart move. Moreover, he also said that the NATO military alliance is obsolete and it needs reform. In order to understand his remarks, we should keep in mind that both NATO and EU were conceived during the Cold War to offset the influence of the Soviet Union in Europe. Therefore it is not a coincidence then that the Soviet Union was dissolved in December 1991 and the Maastricht Treaty that further consolidated the European Community and laid the foundations of the European Union was signed in February 1992.

Feb 18 07:45

Obama Appointees at the Pentagon Do the UNTHINKABLE to General Mattis! Trump is FURIOUS!!

“Holdovers from the Obama administration in the Pentagon are hampering efforts to fix the military’s major readiness problem, leaving Secretary of Defense James Mattis alone in his efforts to properly equip U.S. forces, according to the chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services.”

Feb 18 07:20

Hitler's American Business Partners

Feb 17 15:16

Russian strategic bombers hit ISIS in Raqqa in coordination with Pentagon via ‘deconfliction line’

Interesting! They let Mad Dog know,but they sent a heavy fighter escort to protect the old Bear bombers. ISIS has no AF,but we do!

Russian Tu-95 bombers have struck Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria's Raqqa region using X-101 cruise missiles, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that it informed the US about the operation.

In Syria, the bombers operated under cover of Su-30 and Su-35 fighter jets scrambled from the Khmeimim Airbase in Syria's western Latakia region. The bombers then returned to their bases in Russia, the statement says.

The ministry also said it notified Washington about the strikes in advance using the “de-confliction” hotline.

Feb 17 15:09

Navy Seals in Yemen Kill Tribal Leader Working With US-Backed Government

We attacked our allies,not AlQaeda and killed our allies women and children.
YUP! Putin appears to have taken the gloves off after Trump's comments on giving Crimea back.

New details of a January raid by US forces against al-Qaeda in Yemen that left 26 people dead are raising new questions about the mission. A tribal leader enlisted by the US-supported Yemeni government to fight Shiite rebel factions was among those killed in the raid, according to local authorities.

Feb 17 11:14

Putin Accuses NATO Of Trying To Draw Russia Into A Confrontation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused NATO of constantly trying to provoke Russia in an attempt to draw them into a confrontation.

Feb 17 10:00

Is the US Air Force's X-37B space plane finally set to land after secret two year mission?

One of the most mysterious craft ever to be flown by the US military has been in orbit for almost two years.

The X-37B space plane, an experimental program run by the Air Force, launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20, 2015.

Now, experts claim it may be about to finally return to Earth - almost two years later.

Feb 17 09:18

Putin urges FSB to counteract Ukrainian terrorism and foreign destabilization efforts

On February 16th, at his annual meeting with the Collegium of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russian President Vladimir Putin named the main threats to Russia’s security to be: international terrorism, foreign intelligence services, and the instability of neighbors, particularly Ukraine.

Putin also drew attention to the fact that at the NATO summit in Warsaw in July last year, for the first time since 1989 Russia was recognized to be the main threat to NATO’s security and deterring Russia was officially declared to be the new mission of NATO.

Feb 17 07:48

Endless war explained

Feb 17 06:29

Russians Plan Exercise ’83 Times Larger’ Than In 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet publically confirmed exactly just how many troops will participate in this fall’s ????? 2017 (Zapad 2017), but reports are saying that exercise transport has been bolstered 83 fold over 2013 numbers.

Feb 17 00:13

Reasons Why Michael Flynn Was Fatality #1 in the Trump Presidency Takedown

By Joachim Hagopian
February 17, 2017
Each ideological camp, the Trump/right wing supporters and the Obama-Clinton/left wing supporters, has legions of foot soldiers ready to fight the second civil war. They’ve largely fallen prey to the elite’s divide and conquer trap. The bottom line reality is regardless of who or what party occupies the White House, the same controlling interests that select and finance the two major party candidates are still pulling the puppet strings whichever one is placed in power. In other words, every American president over the last half century has served the diabolical elite, and not the people. And the last president that tried to serve the American people was murdered.

That said, there are real differences between two factions currently operating within deep state America that are battling for upper hand control right now.

Feb 16 20:27

US ‘not in a position right now to collaborate’ with Russia militarily - Pentagon chief

As President Donald Trump repeatedly stressed the need to get along with Russia, two of his top Cabinet members were abroad, saying the US is ready not for closer ties until Moscow “proves” its commitment to international agreements.

On Thursday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said at a NATO meeting in Brussels, Belgium that the US isn’t ready to collaborate militarily with Russia against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) or other threats."Russia's aggressive actions have violated international law and are destabilizing," he added.

Before the US is willing to work with its former Cold War rival, "Russia is going to have to prove itself first," Mattis said. "The point about Russia is they have to live by international law just like we expect all nations on this planet to do."

Feb 16 19:52

Fmr Navy SEAL rejects offer to be Trump’s national security advisor

Smart man!

The Trump administration’s staffing problems continue, as retired Vice Admiral Bob Harward turned down an offer to be President Trump’s national security advisor, replacing General Michael Flynn. The circumstances surrounding Harward’s decision are still unclear.

Following Flynn’s sudden departure after just 24 days on the job, Trump's first choice to fill the vacant seat rejected the offer on Thursday. Harward told the Associated Press that the decision was “purely a personal issue," and said the White House was "very accommodating to my needs, both professionally and personally."

He explained that he is “in a unique position finally after being the in military for 40 years to enjoy some personal time."

Feb 16 13:48

Proposal To Deploy US Ground Troops In Syria Is ‘Possible’ – Pentagon Official To CNN

Conventional US ground troops may for the first time be stationed in Syria “for some period of time” to combat Islamic State, according to a CNN report citing anonymous defense officials.

“It’s possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time,” a defense official told CNN on Wednesday. It is the sole quote in the report, but CNN sources multiple US officials as clarifying that this is just a concept, not a formal proposal.

Feb 16 10:53

Netanyahu to ‘Examine’ Possibility of Settlement Freeze

As long as Trump "gives him" Syria's Golan Heights.

Following the meeting with President Trump in the White House, the Israeli premier promised to ‘examine’ Trump’s public request that he ‘hold back’ on construction in the West Bank; Netanyahu also asked the president to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, adding, 'I wouldn't say that he was surprised by my request.'

Feb 16 09:04

Mattis Warns Europe: Start Paying For Your Own Defense, or US Will 'Moderate' Its NATO Spending

Defense Secretary James Mattis has informed Europe of the new "political reality" in the United States: If Europe is so terrified of Russia, it will have to pay its fair share of the saber-rattling expenditures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that! The only reason we went along with all this 'Russia is evil' crap is we were promised some big bucks!" -- European Disunion

Feb 16 08:43

Dennis Kucinich: Push for ‘New Cold War’ Behind Effort Against Michael Flynn

Former US House of Representatives Member Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) presented an urgent warning to the American people in a Wednesday Fox Business interview regarding the resignation of Michael Flynn from the position of national security advisor after information was leaked about a phone conversation Flynn had with the Russian ambassador to the United States. “At the core” of the intercepting of the then-incoming national security advisor’s phone conversation and the sharing with media of related information by US intelligence officials, Kucinich says, “is an effort by some in the intelligence community to upend any positive relationship between the US and Russia.”

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Feb 15 23:21

The anti-Flynn ‘deep state’ coup – spelling it out in the clearest way possible

Okay, my sense is that a large number of commentators are misunderstanding the nature of what is going on. So, this time, rather than writing an analysis, I will spell it out, ‘talking points’ – style and, hopefully, do a better job about making my point. So, here we go.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT FLYNN. Let me repeat that once more. THIS IS NOT ABOUT FLYNN!!! Please don’t come and tell me that Flynn was wrong on Iran, on Islam or on China. I agree. But,
==>>THIS IS NOT ABOUT FLYNN!!!<<==
THIS IS ABOUT POWER. As in, who is boss? Who is number one? Who is the alpha dog? The President or the ‘deep state’? That is what this is all about – showing everybody who is in charge.
Whether Trump lacks brains, spine, or balls is anyone’s guess, but it is now painfully clear that he has much more in common with Yanukovich then with Putin.

Feb 15 21:52

A Win for the Deep State

Flynn was in the crosshairs of the War Party because he’s the most prominent of those around Trump who advocated for détente with Russia. Also, his somewhat loopy belief that Islam, per se, is a pernicious political ideology rather than a religion, made him a natural enemy of the pro-Saudi faction within the intelligence community, which had long worked with Riyadh to, among other things, overthrow the government of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad.

The Flynn resignation is just the beginning. As one Politico writer put it, it won’t stop there. They’ll move on to new targets, and they won’t rest until they’ve bagged their real target: the President of the United States

This isn’t about Mike Flynn. It isn’t even about Trump. It’s about the future of our republic. Will we allow rogue national security officials to run rampant and utilize police state methods to advance their policy goals? If the answer is yes, then we’re doomed.

Feb 15 20:29

HAYWARD: Flynn Resignation Is a Surveillance State Coup Nightmare

Will civil libertarians now speak up for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whose career has been destroyed with a barrage of leaked wiretaps? Does anyone care if those leaks were accurate or legal?

Over the weekend, a few honest observers of the Flynn imbroglio noted that none of the strategically leaked intercepts of his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak proved he actually did anything wrong.

On Tuesday, Eli Lake of Bloomberg News joined the chorus of skeptics who said the hive of anonymous leakers infesting the Trump administration never leaked anything that proved Flynn lied to Pence:

Feb 15 15:35

Evan McMullin: President Donald Trump Is a ‘Domestic Enemy’

Former CIA operative and 2016 third-party presidential candidate Evan McMullin took to Twitter and CNN on Wednesday to defend rogue intelligence agents who break the law to leak classified information, saying President Donald Trump “presents a threat to the country.”

Feb 15 13:25

Survivor of Israeli Attack on USS Liberty: It Could Not Have Been a Mistake

Donald Trump just loves Israel!

Published on Jul 1, 2015

To mark the 48th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, TRNN speaks to survivor Sgt. Bryce Lockwood and former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern

Feb 15 13:17

Trump promises Israel that Iran will never get bomb

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump hailed the United States' "unbreakable" bond with Israel on Wednesday and promised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon.

Trump's vow was designed to address Israeli concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, which Netanyahu has warned expires too soon to permanently remove the threat.

"With this visit the United States, again, reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel," Trump said.
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/content/washingtons-farewell-address...

Feb 15 07:36

Israeli Companies Accrued $1 Billion From F-35 Deals

Israeli defense contractors have generated more than $1 billion in revenues since 2010 for assisting with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the most expensive weapons program in history.

Feb 15 07:24

The original 9/11 in 1898

No one reading this is old enough to remember the "Remember the Maine" campaign.

It started with a spectacular explosion in Havana harbor and the sinking of the USS Maine.

It was blamed on "bad guys" who the US conveniently already had detailed plans of attacking.

The real story only came out 90 years later and it probably wasn't in your school history book.

The parallels with 9/11 are chilling.

Feb 14 23:02

Trump ‘told me to go out and talk more’: Flynn’s final interview before resignation

In General Michael Flynn's last interview hours before resigning as President Donald Trump's national security advisor, he said “there were no lines crossed” in his telephone call with Russia’s Ambassador to the US, and called the leaks “a criminal act.”
Trump “expressed confidence” in him, enough anyway, to tell Flynn “that we need to go out and talk more.”

Flynn expressed reluctance to go out and talk more, “But this is ridiculous,” he said. “It’s so out of control. I’ve become an international celebrity for all the wrong reasons.”

Feb 14 18:43

No aircraft carriers off #EastCoast of CONUS while #Russian #spyship creeps only 70-miles out

Russians test known gap in U.S. defences, send spy ship

Feb 14 17:41

‘Do You Like Camping?’ FBI Uses 48 Questions To Calculate A Person’s Terrorism Risk

Determining whether someone will carry out a terrorist attack is a struggle for governments across the globe. However, the FBI uses a survey of 48 questions to help them decide – and one of the indicators is apparently if a person likes to go camping.

Feb 14 16:45

COMING SOON TO A CITY NEAR YOU: THE U.S. MILITARY’S PLAN TO TAKE OVER AMERICA

“Our current and past strategies can no longer hold. We are facing environments that the masters of war never foresaw. We are facing a threat that requires us to redefine doctrine and the force in radically new and different ways. The future army will confront a highly sophisticated urban-centric threat that will require that urban operations become the core requirement for the future land-force. The threat is clear. Our direction remains to be defined. The future is urban.”— “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a Pentagon training video created by the Army for U.S. Special Operations Command
The U.S. military plans to take over America by 2030.

No, this is not another conspiracy theory. Although it easily could be.

Nor is it a Hollywood political thriller in the vein of John Frankenheimer’s 1964 political thriller Seven Days in May about a military coup d’etat.

Although it certainly has all the makings of a good thriller.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have said, over the years, that if you have families and skills, get the hell out this country while you still can; looking at this article makes me think that NOW would be a very good time to do this.

If you can find a piece of rural land that is miles from everything, that may be the place to set up home, if possible.

I don't know about you, but this article - and video - collectively scare the stuffing out of me!!

Feb 14 13:27

WAR-MONGERING BEX - Russia sends spy ship near US coast, deploys banned missiles at home, officials say

The Russian ship was in international waters, 70 miles off the coast of Delaware and heading north at 10 knots, according to one official. The U.S. territory line is 12 nautical miles.

It was not immediately clear where the ship is headed.

Feb 14 11:56

Trump expects Russia to ‘return Crimea' – White House

Trump has lost his mind or he is not in control of the government!

US President Donald Trump has been tough on Russia and expects Moscow to “return” the Crimea peninsula to Ukraine, the White House spokesman told reporters.

Addressing the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn – hounded by the media over his contacts with Russian diplomats prior to Trump’s inauguration – Spicer pointed out that Russia “seized” Crimea under the Obama administration and that the Trump-appointed ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has “strongly denounced the Russian occupation.”

"President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea," Spicer said at the daily news briefing on Tuesday. “At the same time, he fully expects to – and wants to – get along with Russia."

Feb 14 09:24

The Crossroads of History: Is the European Union Becoming the 4th Reich?

With the serious economic and political crisis showing no signs of abating in Europe, both geographical and moral boundaries are being erased in the name of globalization, Sputnik Italy quoted participants of a round table discussion in Rome as saying.

Feb 14 08:24

FLASHBACK - MAJESTIC MEMORIES

Looking back on that time, while the US Government declared political victory in the war, and the "Captains of Industry" grew rich turning looted war material into corporations that could hardly fail in competing with nations whose industrial bases had been bombed into rubble, I recognize that the town I grew up in had been defeated in that war. It had been eviscerated. It had had its very heart cut out of it; a gaping hole that never healed, but could only in time be forgotten.

The government may declare victory in wars started in foreign lands, but for the people who live in small towns in this land the results are barely distinguishable from defeat. Lives are lost, families destroyed, futures shattered, hopes ruined; all this is the price paid by the people for the "foreign entanglements" we were long ago warned to avoid. The real price of war is paid not just by those who died in it, but by those who are left behind who bury their dead and pay the bills.

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Another repost in response to increasing talk of wars, both civil and world.

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Feb 14 07:48

A Prerequisite for Ending the Cold War in Europe: Return Occupied Kaliningrad Back to Königsberg

The Kaliningrad Oblast is useful to Russia primarily as a potential staging ground for launching a quick ground invasion into Central Europe. The benefits of air rights and adjacent sea rights, featuring an ice-free port, cannot be ignored either.

Feb 14 07:36

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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As the war drums beat louder for war, both civil and world, I am going to keep reposting Claire's "In Times of War" as a reminder to everyone of how common people on both sides are made to suffer for the ambitions of a few. Feel free to share this.

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Feb 14 07:32

A Time Of Great Uncertainty: “There Is A Tremendous Amount Of Volatility In Eastern Europe Politically, Economically, and Militarily”

There is a tremendous amount of volatility in Eastern Europe politically, economically, and militarily. The volatility translates into tremendous shifts in these areas: nations of Eastern Europe are shifting toward either the American/NATO axis or toward stronger alliances with Russia. Although the election of President Trump has the potential to make a total reset with Russia and promises stronger inroads of cooperation between him and Vladimir Putin, there are still some “sore spots” that may hinder that progress.

One of those “sore spots” is named John McCain, Republican Senator of Arizona. Rather than a renewed spirit of détente between the U.S. and Russia, McCain desires nothing more than to start a war with her. Let us first examine some of the major nations in-between: those caught between the U.S. and Russia, yet forced to pick a side, although all have not completely decided.

Feb 13 21:27

Gen. Michael Flynn retires as National Security Advisor

Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, has resigned, following a scandal over his ties to Russia.

Trump named retired Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as Acting National Security Advisor, according to Flynn's resignation letter.

Feb 13 17:52

Sabotage: Obama Is Commanding An Army Of 30,000 Anti-Trump Activists From His Home 2 Miles From The White House

Throughout American history, most ex-presidents have chosen to move away from Washington D.C. once their terms have ended, and the vast majority of them have tried very hard not to interfere with their successors.

Feb 13 14:59

Two-thirds of Navy strike fighter jets can't fly

Nearly two-thirds of the US Navy's F/A 18 strike fighter jets are currently unable to fly, grounded due to repair delays or because they are awaiting spare parts.

Feb 13 09:20

US Soldiers Pose For Regrettable Photograph — This Time on Russia’s Border

American soldiers love to flaunt their stuff. Whether they're posing next to a pyramid made of naked detainees, or just hanging out with their favorite Waffen SS flag, everyone knows that wherever U.S. soldiers go, embarrassing photographs are sure to follow.

And now that U.S. soldiers are congregating on Russia's borders, it was just a matter of time before they took a picture of themselves doing something regrettable. Well, here they are, enjoying Estonia's border with Russia, just like the brainwashed meatheads that came before them:

Feb 13 08:37

Pentagon Caught Peddling Fake News About Airstrikes

Newsflash: The Pentagon has been lying to you for years.

OK, OK, so this is hardly a "Stop the presses!"-type revelation.

After all, this is the same Pentagon that still can't account for trillions of dollars in "year end adjustments" on its books.

This is the same Pentagon that oversaw the theft of billions of dollars in cash that was sent to aid "reconstruction" efforts in Iraq following the 2003 invasion.

Heck, this is the same Pentagon that paid a British PR firm to make fake Al Qaeda videos for their black propaganda operations.

To appropriate an old joke: How can you tell if a Pentagon official is lying? His lips are moving.

So it shouldn't be a surprise to discover that years and years of official Pentagon airstrike data has just been proven to be a complete fabrication.

Feb 12 08:44

FAKE NEWS WEEK: Government & Mainstream Media’s ‘Wag the Dog’ War on Reality

The purpose of this article is to illustrate how three rather large mainstream media lies were used as a pretext for war in the Middle East, three aspects that have separately, albeit symbiotically, altered the course of Western foreign policy by way of deception, and dramatically paved the way to destabilization in Iraq, and later to Libya, and finally to Syria.

Government entities, along with mainstream TV news, print media and PR firms – have all worked hand in hand to heavily influence the public’s political perspective concerning the reality of modern warfare. Let’s take a look a how deliberate fabrication was used to accelerate Western interests in the Middle East…

Feb 11 12:41

Trump’s Foreign Policy at a Crossroads

By Robert Parry

If you wanted to bring sanity to a U.S. foreign policy that has spun crazily out of control, there would be some immediate steps that you – or, say, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – could take, starting with a renewed commitment to tell the truth to the American people.

If you wanted to base U.S. foreign policy on the firm foundation of reality, you also could let the American people in on who is actually the principal sponsor of the terrorism that they’re concerned about: Al Qaeda, Islamic State, the Taliban – all Sunni-led outfits, none of which are backed by Shiite-ruled Iran. Yet, all we hear from Official Washington’s political and media insiders is that Iran is the chief sponsor of terrorism.

Feb 11 10:53

CIA honors Saudi crown prince with 'George Tenet Medal'

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has honored Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef with its prestigious “George Tenet Medal” for his "intelligence work in the fight against terrorism."

The medal was handed to Nayef, who is deputy prime minister and minister of interior, by CIA Director Micheal Pompeo on Friday during a reception ceremony in Riyadh.

Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, and several other senior Saudi officials were also in attendance.

In a statement after receiving the medal, Nayef said he appreciated the CIA honor and framed it as a recognition of what he called Saudi Arabia’s anti-terrorism efforts under the directives of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

“Saudi Arabia rejects and denounces strongly terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” the crown prince was quoted as saying by the Saudi media.

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OK, overwhelming nausea just started to hit, upon reading this.

And you have to appreciate the absolute, extreme irony and hypocrisy of the Saudi Crown Prince's statement that "Saudi Arabia rejects and denounces strongly terrorism in all its forms and manifestations."

What about the Saudi crackdown against peaceful political activists?!?

Rights groups slam Saudi Arabia for cracking down on activists

What about the war crimes the Saudi military is committing in Yemen, enabled by the US Government?!?

Images: wounded and killed children, from Saudi air strikes in Yemen

Images:starving Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi military blocking Yemen ports

Apparently, CIA Director Pompeo is delighted to award this medal to a war criminal country, and its war criminal ruling family.

When it comes to geopolitics...the US government knows its own.

However, it is utterly no surprise, as the US government has been complicit in war crimes for going on decades now, and will continue to do so, unless it is stopped, either by complete financial meltdown, or by a war it finds itself incapable of winning.

That is simply the reality in which we live right now.

Feb 11 10:16

Rand Paul On Opposing Elliot Abrams: "A Never Trumper Should Never Be In The State Department!"

Rand Paul did a great job yesterday: "Particularly since they don't agree with President Trump's vision of 'nation building's a mistake; regime change is a mistake; Iraq war is a mistake; I mean Elliot Abrams was one of the chief architects of the Iraq war. Also he was convicted of lying to Congress. We have to have people in the Executive Branch who will listen and understand that they work for the people and they work under the direction of the Congress...No war is to be initiated without the approval of Congress. That's in the Constitution and yet Elliot Abrams was involved in covert wars...I don't want a government within a government. I don't want a secret government thats waging secret war without the permission of the people. Our founding fathers didn't want this. I don't believe Donald Trump wants that."

Feb 11 09:43

Bravo, Donald! The Imperial City Can’t Stand The Truth About Its ‘Bloody Hands’

In short, most of today’s insufferable cant about American exceptionalism emerged during the last 25 years after the cold war ended. That’s when neocon ideology caused Washington to wreak murderous high-tech military destruction on much of the greater middle east – from Kabul to Tripoli – and then to justify it with an utterly spurious theory of moral superiority.

Any nation that has inflicted the pointless and wanton destruction that is evident in the Pashtun homelands of Afghanistan, the rubble that remains in Anbar Province of Iraq or the wreckage of Aleppo and Benghazi is not exceptional at all; it has blood on its hands like few empires that went before.

So after Donald Trump by inadvertence or honesty, as the case my be, stated the obvious, Imperial Washington came down on his head with rhetorical guns blazing. The archetypical expression came for the Wall Street Journal‘s insufferable neocon warmonger, Bret Stephens, who tweeted,

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Wars are simply about corporate and banking profits; it is just that simple.

While the US government and their kept presstitutes prattle on about "glory, honor, bravery, and protecting the American way of life and Democracy" through these wars as their justifications for them, the US government uses these wars to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; attempts to insure that the rulers of those countries are "western-Centric"(generally after a bloody coup, as happened with Qaddafi); and that those resources are only sold for US dollars.

This is a very clear pattern.

And the military who are killed or maimed for life in these wars are considered "collateral damage" by the very institutions which are enriched by their fighting, and should they survive, but become mentally and/or physically damaged through the process of fighting, are then discarded as "irrelevant", the moment they can no longer wield their weapons.

Just take a good, hard look at what is continuing to happen with our Vets right now: this...is also... a very clear pattern.

Feb 11 09:21

Trump: Iran’s Rouhani ‘Better Be Careful’ in Comments

Continuing his ratcheting up of tensions with Iran, President Trump today responded to quotes by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who had warned that people who approach Iran with “the language of threats” would come to regret doing so.

Trump responded to the report by declaring that Rouhani “better be careful” about what he says. Trump has previously announced Iran to be “on notice,” and insisted he would not rule out military action against Iran in the future.

The Trump Administration began picking up anti-Iran rhetoric two weeks ago, following an Iranian test of a medium-range ballistic missile. US officials initially suggested the test might have been a violation of a UN resolution, though this ultimately was not the case.

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A memo to President Trump; sir, was this statement an attempt to get get the Iranian government to back of dropping the use of the US dollar in trade on 21 March?!?

Because if not, the timing of your escalation in your rhetoric against Iran....is utterly, and amazingly, lousy.

And just in case Sec Def Mattis hasn't clued you in, the reason I am making this observation is that should there be a US military attack against Iran, Russia is most likely to assist them militarily.

And right now, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to ensure a successful outcome to a war against both Iran and Russia.

I would therefore like to politely suggest that you cool the rhetoric until such time as this situation can be remedied; otherwise, you may be signing a collective death sentence to our men and women in uniform by throwing them into military hostilities with which they may well be unable to cope immediately.

And if no one on your team has had the intestinal fortitude to mention this to you, I felt I compelled to do so.

The Russians and Chinese don't spend anywhere near as much on their weapons as does the US government, but they are getting far better "bang" for their weaponry bucks, quite literally.

The corporate heads of weapons manufacturing companies here in the US think it is perfectly fine to deliver their products so behind schedule as to be obsolete, upon field delivery; this equipment rarely functions as promised (just think the debacle which is the F-35); and cost overruns into the millions of dollars are simply normal.

This, sir, has to change, and quickly.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates violence, I would much rather my government achieve its geopolitical goals by hard-won, good-faith, ethical negotiations.

But if a decision is made by this government to wage war, our men and women in uniform deserve, and must have, the best possible weapons equipment, delivered on-time, completely functional, and done without massive cost over-runs, which US taxpayers have to pay.

Feb 10 20:34

More Than Half Of The U.S. Navy's Fighter Jets Can't Fly: Report

More than half of the U.S. Navy’s aircraft can’t fly because there isn’t enough money to fix them, Defense News reports.

Feb 10 18:42

Winter March: US Troops Conclude NATO Drill In Latvia

Around 160 US and Latvian troops concluded a march on Wednesday, as part of the Bayonet Vanguard military drills that also encompassed Lithuania, Estonia.

Feb 10 14:23

Iran pledges missile retaliation to 'confront' US warning 'DARK DAYS' ahead for Trump

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sneered at Trump's threats over Iran's nuclear programme after the Middle Eastern power fired a missile last week.

Trump had warned Iran was "on notice" and "playing with fire" but Tehran is continuing its missile drills – firing another weapon on Sunday.

Tehran has now warned the US and Iran have "dark days ahead" as thousands flooded the streets with banners reading "Down with USA".

Earlier this week Khamenei struck back after a meeting with his military leaders and promised the nation is planning to respond to mark today's anniversary of the Iran's revolution in 1979.

Since then Trump's administration has threatened to blacklist Iran's elite military force the Revolutionary Guard as terrorists as tensions continue to brew.

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A memo to President "The Art of the Deal" Trump: I hope to heck that you've got Vlad (the non-impaler) Putin's direct cell number on speed-dial right now.

And I say that because, if you ever needed a partner in de-escalating this situation with Iran, through quiet, back-channel negotiations, it is right the darned heck now!!

Any outright attack against Iran will almost inevitably get Russia involved, militarily, on Iran 's side, and the US military does not have the weaponry, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia right now.

Feb 10 13:59

Its Foreign Greed And Delusion That Kills Yemeni Children

Ten-thousands, and soon hundred-thousands die in Yemen as result of zealotry, greed and bureaucratic infighting of foreign countries. The Wahhabi Saudis fight in Yemen against Iranian Shia that ain’t there. Under the eyes of the CIA they nurture local al-Qaeda forces to do their bidding. The UAE seeks new ports in Yemen thereby disturbing Saudi pipeline dreams.

The Pentagon tussles with the CIA over budgets of special operations. The minor local Yemeni conflicts between the various tribes develop into a war due to foreign interference and financing. Bombing campaigns have replaced tribal mediation.

The executive branch of the United Nations is under pressure from the U.S.-Saudi coalition. It is not allowed to report on the real consequences of the devastating war on Yemen.

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the Saudi military have been conducting a scorched earth campaign in Yemen, and committing war crimes and atrocities with impunity in this beleaguered, desperately poor country, whose only collective "sin" was kicking out the western-centric "puppet", Mansour Al-Hadi.

Children, women, the medically fragile and elderly are being gleefully slaughtered by the Saudi military, in numbers that absolutely constitute a genocide against the Yemeni people. Infrastructure is being destroyed daily.

And unfortunately, the US is complicit in these war crimes, because they are providing targeting, and selling the Saudis the missiles used in these air strikes. Just yesterday, President Trump approved of weapons sales to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia:

President Trump approves of weapons sales to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

This is what the views on the ground look like in Yemen: and yes, I will warn you that these are the most graphically gruesome I could find, because American citizens need to know what US foreign policy is "accomplishing" in Yemen.

Images: wounded and killed children from Saudi bombing raids

Images: starving Yemeni children due to Saudi port blockade

We the People need to have a national conversation about this conflict, and put pressure on the White House (and Saudi Arabia) to commit to resolving this issue diplomatically, because at the end of the day, it is only a diplomatic solution which will end this ongoing tragedy.

Feb 10 13:31

Strategy to 'destroy' North Korea missiles to be applied during exercises

A bilateral U.S.-South Korea strategy to detect, defend, disrupt and destroy North Korea missiles, also known as 4D, is to be applied to the upcoming Key Resolve joint military exercises.

The 4D operations, jointly approved in November 2015, were first employed in drills in 2016.

In March, the strategy is to become more "concrete," according to Yonhap news agency.

The Command Post Exercises are to simulate a full-scale war scenario that assumes the deployment and readiness of THAAD, the U.S. missile defense system, at its designated location in central South Korea.

This year's Key Resolve exercises are expected to be the largest on record.

Details of strengthening the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises were discussed during recent talks between U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and his Seoul counterpart Han Min-koo, a Seoul defense official told Yonhap.

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Forgive me, but I am having a palm-to-face moment, at warp speed upon reading this.

I do have a memo for both the US and South Korean governments; such exercises, as those described in this article, are simply going to push Kim Jung-Un to accelerate his drive for guideable, nuclear weapons.

IF both countries want to reduce this possibility, what you need to do is obtain China's cooperation in getting the North Korean government to the conference table to create a peace deal, with guarantees on trade, to replace the armistice, in exchange for the North Korean military ending their nuclear weapons program.

These exercises are likely to make an already more than slightly mentally unhinged Kim Jung-Un go ballistic...literally.

There were days when the US government understood how to do intelligent, smart negotiations to get what they wanted. If what the Trump administration wants is for North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program, an intelligently
negotiated deal is the only answer here; not more military belligerence, by way of these exercises.

Feb 10 13:14

NATO allies lock in U.S. support for stand-off with Russia

Immediately after Donald Trump was elected, U.S. diplomats urged Lithuania to rush through an agreement to keep American troops on its soil, reflecting alarm that the new, Russia-friendly U.S. president might try to stop more deployments in Europe.

The agreement was signed just a few days before Trump's inauguration, according to a document from the Lithuanian defense ministry, and became the first step locking the new U.S. president into a NATO strategy to deter Russia in Poland and the Baltics, following Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

European allies are growing confident that, with the arrival of U.S. troops in Poland, plans ordered by Barack Obama will hold. They are reassured by Trump's remarks to U.S. forces in Florida this week, when he said: "We strongly support NATO."

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Reuters is pathologically incapable of stopping lying about the alleged "Russian annexation" of Crimea, which actually never took place.

So again, I consider it my great pleasure to educate Robin Emmott and Andrius Sytas , the auteurs of this piece of codswallop, as to what actually happened.

Apparently, this "historically deviant duo" have a bad case of SMD (selective memory disorder) regarding the events of spring, 2014, when the duly elected President of Ukraine, Yanukovych, was thrown under the proverbial bus in a US/NATO/IMF-sponsored putsch, and Poroshenko was "anointed" as president in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg. President Obama admitted the US role in Ukrainian regime change, as documented in the following article.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

Apparently, the writers of this article are painfully ignorant of this reality, or have an agenda to attempt to sell their readers.

Also, they seem to have "forgotten" how Victoria Nuland, under-secretary of state in the Obama Administration, bragged about how much money had been spent to regime-change Ukraine:

Victoria Nuland Admits: US Has Invested $5 Billion In The Development of Ukrainian, "Democratic Institutions"

Sorry, folks; in looking at this presentation, you cannot "unsee" it!!

Additionally, Ms. Nuland further thoroughly embarrassed herself, and the US government with the following, now-infamous "F**k the EU declaration:

Ukraine crisis: Transcript of leaked Nuland-Pyatt call

Post-putsch, the Crimean officials understood that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, so they took the following two steps.

First, in a globally-recognised free and fair referendum, they asked the Crimean people is they wanted to stay with Ukraine post-putsch, or petition the Russian Federation for Crimea to join it.

In an overwhelming decision, the Crimean people voted to petition the Russian Federation to join it.

Crimeans vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian federation to join it.

The Russian Federation then accepted Crimea as a member-state.

But in the thinking of both the US and Ukraine, "peaceful self-determination", as enshrined in the UN Charter, cannot possibly exist for the Crimeans, so used these decisions by the Crimean people, post-putsch, to declare that Russia had "annexed" Crimea, which never, ever actually happened.

I really hope and pray that President Trump has the smarts to realize that Russia isn't going to invade the Baltic States - or anyone else, unless really, really provoked. But there are those in NATO who appear to be hell-bent to start a war with Russia, and Russia has responded to the NATO buildup asymmetrically:

US sends special forces to RUSSIAN BORDER as NATO is poised to strike back against Vladimir Putin’s ‘aggression’ Russia is reportedly deploying nuke-ready missiles in the province of Kaliningrad which borders Lithuania

Let us all hope and pray that President Trump has the horse-sense to realize that a NATO/RUSSIAN war would be a really terrible idea, and bring this situation back from the brink.

The US government should be supporting NATO only to the point where NATO is supporting the US and its people, period, end of discussion.

Feb 10 12:29

Iran Hawks Take the White House

The United States is adding new sanctions on Iran over that country’s alleged misdeeds, and nearly all of those allegations are either out-and-out lies or half-truths. It has a familiar ring to it, as demonizing Tehran has been rather more the norm than not since 1979, a phenomenon that has included fabricated claims that the Iranians killed American soldiers after the U.S.’s armed interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time around, the administration focused on the perfectly legal Iranian test of a non-nuclear-capable, medium-range ballistic missile and the reported attack on what was initially claimed to be a U.S. warship by allegedly Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi fighters. The ship was later revealed to be a Saudi frigate.

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The reality that such a move would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things this administration could do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that they will not do it.

Because such a military action against Iran would almost certainly guarantee that Russia would come in on the side of Iran against the US.

And at this moment in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia.

And the weaponry issue is a big one. Both Russia and China spend far less on their weaponry, but within the last decade, have been coming up with amazing feats of weaponry engineering.

Unfortunately, here in the US, the collective weapons executive culture believes it is perfectly fine to create weapons which are obsolete upon field delivery; that do not operate as advertised; and cost wildly over original budget estimates.

That has to change, and quickly.

But I'm a bit lost on what Flynn is characterising as "...Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community."

What, precisely, has Iran done, please, to inflame the General's ire?!?

Is it that the standard of living has improved over 67% since the ousting of the US puppet, the Shah or Iran?

36 years after the revolution, where is Iran now?

Is it perchance that Iran's science and engineering students are overwhelmingly female?

How did Iran manage to get 70% of its engineering and science graduates to be women?

Is it that its health care is rated the 30th most efficient health care systems in the world?!?

Health Care in Iran

Is it that Iran has informed the US that it will drop the dollar in its oil trade as of the 21st of next month?!?

Iran will officially ditch the dollar as of 21 March, 2017

BINGO!!!

I don't know what odds the Vegas bookies are taking on their being some kind of an "incident/false flag" happening before that date, as the excuse for attacking Iran; but if I were a betting woman, I would not bet against it.

Feb 10 12:14

CSX train passing east bound through Lagrange Kentucky loaded with military equipment

Feb 10 12:04

The Warlords of Kiev

The warlords of Kiev are going on the offensive, violating the terms of the Minsk peace accords, and attacking separatist rebels in the eastern part of the country in a desperate bid to provoke open conflict with Russia. What motivates them is fear of President Donald Trump, who has often expressed a desire to “get along with Russia” and who has openly said Ukraine is not a vital US national security interest. What motivates their new aggression is the possibility that the US subsidies that have kept their vicious war on their own people going – 10,000 killed so far – will dry up.

Ever since US and European Union-backed shock troops overthrew the democratically elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych, the coup leaders in Kiev have waged a relentless war against their rebellious subjects in the east.

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It was originally and widely believed by members of the Obama administration, that supporting Ukraine, post the US/IMF/EU-generated putsch in 2014, would destabilize Russia; precisely the opposite has occurred, and Russia is infinitely stronger now, economically, than it was before this happened.

It is high time for the US government to cut its losses, and allow Poroshenko's Ukraine to collapse under the weight of its own corruption.

Feb 10 11:57

Trump Nixes Elliott Abrams for State Dept. Job

Despite a media campaign trying to offload neoconservative Elliott Abrams onto the Trump administration, and considerable pressure from within the cabinet to appoint him Deputy Secretary of State, President Trump has decided against including the controversial interventionist and Iraq war supporter in his administration.

Like virtually all of his fellow neoconservatives, Abrams disdained Trump’s unwillingness to kowtow to our alleged "allies" and sneered at him for his supposed "ignorance."

Media accounts – see here and here – attribute this to Trump being "thin-skinned" – Abrams was highly critical of Trump during the presidential campaign, as I pointed out on Twitter. But this is a remarkably superficial analysis of what really went on, for Abrams’ critique of Trump was that of a globalist who is unalterably opposed to Trump’s "America First" foreign policy views.

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This is definitely cause for a (small, microscopic) sigh of relief!!

Feb 10 11:53

Saudi Arabia Intensifies Crackdown on Writers, Activists - HRW

HRW said that Saudi Arabia stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017.

Saudi Arabia stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017, the US-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a press release.
“Saudi Arabia is trying to silence and lock away anyone who doesn’t toe the official line or dares to express an independent view on politics, religion, or human rights,” HRW Middle East Director Sarah Whitson stated in the release on Monday.

In January, a Saudi court sentenced two prominent activists to long jail terms, accusing them of being in contact with international media and human rights organizations. The authorities jailed two others, one of whom remains in detention while under investigation.

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Please remember: this is the same Saudi Arabia with which the US is complicit in committing war crimes in Yemen, and recruiting unwitting US Vets to combat the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)!!

Feb 10 11:47

U.S. General Seeks ‘a Few Thousand’ More Troops in Afghanistan

The commander of the American-led international military force in Afghanistan, warning that the United States and its NATO allies are facing a “stalemate,” told Congress on Thursday that he needed a few thousand additional troops to more effectively train and advise Afghan soldiers.

“We have a shortfall of a few thousand,” Gen. John W. Nicholson said in a sober assessment of America’s longest war to the Senate Armed Services Committee .

The international force that is helping the Afghans currently has 13,300 troops, 8,400 of whom are American.

Afghan forces have taken heavy casualties over the last year as they have sought to hold off the Taliban and prevent them from capturing provincial capitals.

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A memo to General Wilkerson and President Trump: gentlemen, how long has the US government and NATO "occupied" Afghanistan?!?

15 years and counting.

And by what military metric, please, has this occupation been a "success"?!?

Absolutely none.

So I, and the rest of the American people have to ask; what is the real reason to continue this occupation, which shows utterly no signs of resolving in the favor of the US and NATO?!?

Absolutely none.

Afghanistan is not called "the graveyard of empires" for no good reason; the Brits found that out; so did the Russians; and now, the Americans and NATO are discovering that for themselves, and very uncomfortably, I might add.

"Magical thinking", coupled with a pathological inability to see any scenario through to its logical conclusion, is the absolute death-knell for any intelligent foreign policy, and gentlemen, we are there, right the heck now, in this ham-fisted, pig-headed occupation of Afghanistan, which was doomed to failure from the start.

So, what is to be done?!?

The US and NATO should be evacuating their troops from this country as rapidly as is safely possible, and then the US and NATO should be negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights (which is originally what this was all about), plus access to Afghanistan's embarrassment of natural resources.

Of course, all of this...would be logical.

President Bush's administration, plus elements at UNOCAL attempted to negotiate with the Taliban before 9/11, but thought the prices quoted were "too high", threatened an invasion, and suddenly, "out of no where", 9/11 happened as the "excuse" for an invasion of Afghanistan.

It was all about the pipeline routes and natural resources all along.

US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11

Feb 10 11:23

SAUDI LOBBYISTS RECRUITING VETERANS TO KILL 9/11 LAWSUIT

Using misinformation and lots of cash, Saudi Arabia is luring well-meaning U.S. military veterans into its campaign to eviscerate a recently-passed law allowing 9/11 families to sue the monarchy for its alleged role in facilitating the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

It’s a brazen effort, considering 9/11 inspired so many veterans to enter military service. However, working through hired American proxies who don’t draw attention to their Saudi sponsorship, the kingdom is finding success by taking advantage of veterans’ patriotic instincts.

Specifically, lobbyists are telling veterans that, if other countries reciprocate by passing laws like the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), military service members and veterans will be sued in foreign courts.

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This is so completely morally ill and vile that I almost do not know where to begin.

But then, it is perfectly predictable from a sclerotic monarchy/dictatorship which so staunchly defends, and believes in, the moral rightness of its genocide and war crimes in Yemen, in which, unfortunately, the US government is a proud participant.

History will not judge the House of Saud kindly on these actions.

Feb 10 11:14

Andrew Jackson Tough as Old Hickory

Old Hickory is President Trump's model.

I thank God that my life has been spent in a land of liberty and that He has given me a heart to love my country with the affection of a son.Andrew Jackson Firsts, Lasts & Onlys

First president to be a resident of a state other than Massachusetts or Virginia
First Tennessee representative to the U.S. House
First president to ride a train
First president to be assaulted while in office
First president to be the target of an assassination attempt
First president born to immigrant parents
Last president to serve in the Revolutionary War (he participated at age 13!)
Only president to have been held as a prisoner of war
Only president to raise a Native American child—Lyncoya, who was found orphaned after the Battle of Tallushatchee (1813)
Only president to serve in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812
Only president to pay off the national debt

Feb 10 10:13

'Wars not diminishing': How Putin's iconic 2007 Munich speech sounds today

On February 10, 2007, Vladimir Putin delivered his keynote speech at the Munich Security Conference, challenging the post-Cold War establishment. RT looks back a decade to see how accurate his ideas were.

The Munich speech presented criticism of a world in which the US gets to unilaterally take decisions on most important global issues with little regards to the interests of other nations, especially those not allied with Washington.

Feb 10 07:52

Trump Plays Cat and Mouse with Iran

Iran needs to shrug off the provocations, and keep up their end of the deal. That’s it; just hang tight and stay cool.

Why is the Trump administration threatening Iran?

On February 1, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced that the administration was “putting Iran on notice” after it tested a ballistic missile which the US sees as a violation of Iran’s treaty obligations. Flynn’s frigid tone made it clear that the administration is considering the use of military force. But why?

Feb 10 07:49

We Thank Trump for Exposing the Reality of the U.S – Ayatollah Khamenei

In its 200 years of expansionism, the US has paused too seldom and too briefly to consider the culture, history, lives and dignity of other lands.

Leader Khamenei stressed a “dignified” response to threats and bullying.…

In his February 7th speech, Leader Khamenei has wisely rejected the “threats” already issuing from the Trump Administration. Leader Khamenei stressed a “dignified” response to threats and bullying. I wholeheartedly applaud the emphasis on “dignity” and respect—respect for treaties between democratic governments, respect for the cultures and lives of citizens of this fragile, shrinking planet.

Feb 09 17:45

Trump Releases List Of Two Dozen Terror Suspects Allowed In To US From ‘Banned’ Countries

In an effort to defend its temporary travel ban on seven countries where extremism is rife, the Trump administration released a list Wednesday of 24 individuals suspected of terrorism who were admitted into the US in the past 8 years.

Feb 09 16:46

A Deadly Legacy: CIA’s Covert Laos War

In the first of many mistakes of the Vietnam War, President Dwight Eisenhower said in 1954, “You have a row of dominoes set up, you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is the certainty that it will go over quickly.”

Feb 09 15:43

ISIS-Linked Hackers Attack British Health Service Websites

Hackers linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have carried out an attack on a series of National Health Service (NHS) websites, exposing serious flaws in security systems holding personal information, it has emerged.

Feb 09 15:00

Draft Executive Order Reveals Trump Plan To Expand Offshore Prison

A draft executive order reported to be circulating within the Trump White House calls for keeping the notorious Guantánamo Bay prison open and allowing for individuals associated with the Islamic State (ISIS) to be sent there—a plan described by one expert as “toxic policy” and “a national security disaster.”

Feb 09 11:56

Up For Auction: WW2 Spy Weapons & Escape Tools Used By British Secret Agents

Deadly spy weapons and escape tools used by secret agents during the Second World War are to go on sale at auction for the first time.

The tools include a multi-bladed knife designed to help prisoners of war escape, a hidden compass that fits inside a tunic button, and a cleverly concealed cyanide suicide pill hidden inside what looks like a key.

Feb 09 10:10

RUSSIAN AIRSTRIKE ACCIDENTALLY KILLS THREE TURKISH SOLDIERS IN SYRIA

A Russian airstrike accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others during an operation against the Islamic State in northern Syria on Thursday morning, Turkey's military said in a statement and Moscow confirmed.The head of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, said the warplanes were targeting Islamic State sites in the al-Bab area.

Whether indeed "accidental", or payback for the downing of a Russian jet over the Turkish-Syrian border in November 2015 is unclear, but according to Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences over the accidental loss of life in the airstrike, in a phone call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,

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Hopefully, consistent and solid communication will prevent this from happening in the future; but it is tragic that it took an accident of this magnitude to get Turkey and Russia talking about coordinating day-to-day activities with their air strikes.

Feb 09 08:16

Rand Paul warns neocons will ‘scurry in’ with Abrams, and Kristol says that’s anti-Semitic

The battle against picking Elliott Abrams for the number two position in the State Department is on. Republican Senator Rand Paul played a crucial role in blocking the naming of John Bolton to that position in December– along with Bolton’s mustache, that is–and Paul issued a statement last night titled, “Do not let Elliott Abrams anywhere near the State Department.” It savaged Abrams as a neoconservative who along with his buddies is dedicated to perpetual war.

Feb 09 07:59

Essential context about Trump’s refugee ban – Made in Israel

President Trump has issued an executive order suspending entry to the U.S for people from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Yemen (the order is called “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”). These same countries were the focus of the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” under President Obama.

While reports on Trump’s ban emphasize that these are Muslim majority countries, analysts seem to have ignored another significant characteristic that these countries share.

With just a single exception, all of these countries were targeted for attack by certain top U.S. officials in 2001. In fact, that policy had roots that went back to 1996, 1991, 1980, and even the 1950s. Below, we will trace this policy back in time and examine its goals and proponents.

Feb 09 07:48

How Trump Can Defeat ISIS

Attacking Iran will not win the war on terror. Working with Russia and Syria might.

If you recall, Trump came roaring off the campaign trail with the foreign policy priority of defeating ISIS, so why the sudden confrontation with the Islamic Republic of Iran? Though Flynn apparently thinks otherwise, ISIS and Iran are not the same thing at all—they are the exact antithesis of each other.

Feb 09 07:22

US Soldier: “The Real Terrorist Was Me And The Real Terrorism Is This Occupation”

A powerful confession by US soldier Mike Prysner on his experience fighting in Iraq: “Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land whose names or policies we don’t understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it’s profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it’s profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it’s profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us.” – Mike Prysner

Feb 08 15:59

Add your name to stop the U.S. government from arming terrorists

This week, I introduced new legislation called The Stop Arming Terrorists Act. This legislation will prohibit the federal government from using taxpayer dollars to arm and support groups cooperating with or affiliated with terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS. I believe our nation’s leaders must stop aiding terrorist organizations who are wreaking havoc, destruction, and death at every turn.

This madness must end. We must stop arming terrorists. Add your name to our petition in support of my bill to require our government to abide by the same laws that apply to its’ citizens.

Feb 08 15:11

US Army Approves Final Phase Of Controversial Dakota Pipeline

The US Army has granted the final permit for the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline after an order from President Donald Trump to expedite the project, dealing a blow to Native American tribes and environmental activists.

Feb 08 14:58

Myanmar crackdown has allegedly killed 1,000 Rohingya: UN officials

More than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims have allegedly been killed in Myanmar amid the army's intensified crackdown on members of the minority group, two senior United Nations officials have disclosed the horrifying fact.

Feb 08 14:52

Thousands Of US Airstrikes Unaccounted For: Report

A Military Times investigation reveals that US Central Command has been misleading the public in its assessment of the number of airstrikes that have taken place during America’s ‘war of on terror’.

Since 9/11 the Pentagon has failed to account for thousands of airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria,

Feb 08 13:53

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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Feb 08 13:01

Eastern Europe & World War III

Europe could become the site of a new global war in the East as tensions build there against refugees and the economic decline fosters old wounds. The EU is deeply divided over the refugee issue and thus it is fueling its own demise and has failed to be a stabilizing force.

Feb 08 12:57

Civil War Is Coming to the U.S.: “Left WILL Resort To Large Scale Violence… To Stop Fascism”

Editor’s Comment: The situation is becoming desperate. Perhaps Trump was meant merely to distract Americans, or perhaps he is doing exactly what is expected of him – by those who placed him in power. Either way, the country is bitterly divided along partisan lines. Many of the most important principles have been abandoned for a cultural war that isn’t likely to stop, or die down, but rather to explode in the volley back and forth between left wing and progressive opponents, and alt right and conservative factions.

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How does the government expect to fight a civil war and a world war at the same time?

Feb 08 12:50

ALL WARS ARE BANKERS' WARS!

I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations. There is ample precedent for this.

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TIME FOR A REPOST! Iran announces they are dropping the US dollar, and immediately there is a ratcheting up of calls for war on Iran. The link between private central bankers and wars does not get more obvious than this!

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Feb 08 12:48

Russia Mobilizes S-400 Missiles Systems Near Moscow To "Test Readiness Against A Possible Attack"

One month ago we reported that Russia had deployed S-400 air defense missile systems in proximity to Moscow, which were then put on combat duty. “The SAM combat squads of the Moscow Region aerospace forces have put the new S-400 Triumph air defense missile system into service, and have gone on combat duty for the air defense of Moscow and the central industrial region of Russia,” the Defense Ministry’s Department of Information and Mass Communication told Interfax in early January.

Feb 08 12:42

NATO Battalion Arrives in Lithuania in Anti-Russia Buildup

A NATO battalion of some 1,000 ground troops, led by German forces, has arrived in Lithuania as the first of a series of such deployments as part of the continued anti-Russia buildup in the Baltic states, with officials saying it is meant to assure the nations there of NATO’s military commitment.

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Feb 08 12:39

Poland Seeks Massive Nuclear Weapons Arsenal for EU

In what would serve as the launching of the biggest arms race in generations, Polish ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski is urging the European Union to embark on a process of massive-scale nuclear armament, insisting the union needs to be a “superpower” with a nuclear arsenal on par with Russia’s, the largest in the world.

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Feb 08 11:10

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION APPARENTLY HEADING FOR WAR AS IRAN DUMPS U.S. DOLLAR

While many were hoping against all odds that a Trump administration would live up to some of its campaign rhetoric and begin to back away from imperialistic foreign adventures, it seems those hopes are being dashed by the day as Trump and his team are giving every indication that they are moving toward war with Iran.

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A memo to President Trump:

Mr. President, I am begging you to listen to me; such a war is apt to go very badly for the US government and its allies.

It appears, and I am very concerned if this in fact is true, that your Administration has taken a page from the following Brookings Institute report:

WHICH PATH TO PERSIA?

In it, the suggestion is made to give Iran a real "sweetheart deal" (as happened with the P5+1 and President Obama), then make the Iranian government look "ungrateful" for the deal they have been given, as a pretext for war against it.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, and even in one today, should the US attack Iran, the Iranian government will most likely get extensive military aid from Russia.

And the US military does not have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a successful outcome to war against Russia and/or China.

President Trump, please don't get fooled by the people who want this war, many times because they will profit economically from such a war. Please remember that it is only the President who has to put his affairs into a blind trust, upon accepting the position of President; the rest of any cabinet members can make a killing (both literally and figuratively) by investing in the military/industrial complex.

Banks also love wars, as all sides borrow - at huge interest rates - to keep the war machines going, and to rebuild afterward.

I am hoping and praying that this is simply a strategy to get the P5+1 deal renegotiated; otherwise, God help this country, lurching into what may well be an unwinnable war that never should have been fought in the first place.

Feb 08 11:06

Putin Prepares Russia For War, Readies Aerospace Forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an urgent inspection of Russia’s aerospace forces in readiness for a potential war with NATO.

Feb 08 10:41

US AND OTHER GLOBAL POWERS CONDUCT WAR GAMES 50 MILES OFF IRAN’S COAST

As U.S. tensions with Iran rose last week, 17 ships from the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Australia launched a major war game just 50 miles from the Iranian coast.
Smack dab in the middle of the gulf, the ships steamed together in wedge formation in the first iteration of the exercise dubbed “Unified Trident.”

HMS Ocean, a British amphibious assault ship carrying about 750 personnel, 150 of them Royal Marines, led the way.

About 500 yards behind was the French destroyer FS Forbin, and about 500 yards behind was the U.S. destroyer USS Mahan. Another 500 yards behind was the Australian destroyer HMAS Arunta. Each carried about 300 sailors.

Another destroyer, an Aegis cruiser, a supply ship, mine sweepers, patrol boats, and Coast Guard cutters made up the flanks.

The ships cast dark gray silhouettes against a light gray sky and a bluish-gray sea, which was fairly calm, though the winds started to pick up.

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There are those in the deep state in the US who feverishly want war against Iran, and one can see that playing out on Fox this morning, where they are commenting that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insulted President Trump yesterday by describing him as "The newcomer" (I wish I had a friend who speaks Farsi, who could tell me precisely what the guy said).

I would like to hope that President Trump will proceed with absolute caution regarding Iran.

Because a war against Iran will almost certainly involve Russia coming to its aid militarily. And I hope that President Trump clearly understands how completely, and woefully, unprepared the US military is to fight and win a war against Russia.

At this point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to have a positive outcome even to a conventional war.

And the weaponry issue is huge. Many times, after equipment is delivered to our troops, it is delivered so late as to be obsolete; not performing as promised, and hideously over budget. The culture of American weapons manufacturers needs to change, and rapidly, if these issues are to be intelligently addressed.

But far ahead of any potential military hostilities I hope that the US, Russia, China, and Iran can negotiate their differences with morally clean, honest negotiations which will give all of these countries something significant to take home with them.

As a Christian pacifist activist, this is what I exhort the US government to do consistently.

And selfishly, Tehran is absolutely on my "bucket list" of places I would love to see, for the history; the art; the music; and the food, and to let the Iranian people know that Americans don't hate them, but that the US government can REALLY hold a grudge for the fact they ousted it's puppet, the Shah of Iran, in 1979.

Feb 08 09:45

MAPPING THE WAR MACHINE

What follows are two dozen pictures mapping war and militarism and the struggle for peace overlaid on a global image of nations. These are drawn from — and you can create your own with — an online tool for mapping militarism published by World Beyond War at bit.ly/mappingmilitarism. This tool has just been updated with new data. On many of the maps at that link, unlike with the static images that follow, you can scroll back in time to see changes over recent years.

By laying some important facts about war on the map, we’re able to recognize some ideas that rarely make it into prose. Here are a few examples:

The war in Afghanistan and the foreign occupation of Afghanistan have officially ended, but a map of the nations with troops still occupying Afghanistan still looks like NATO colonialism.

Feb 08 09:32

Amnesty International “Human Slaughterhouse” Report Lacks Evidence, Credibility, Reeks Of State Department Propaganda

By Brandon Turbeville

In yet another act of “convenient” timing, Amnesty International has released a bombshell report alleging the execution by hanging of 13,000 Syrian prisoners by the Syrian government from 2011-2015. The report, “Human Slaughterhouse: Mass Hangings And Extermination At Saydnaya Prison, Syria,” which contains rather detailed descriptions of torture, rape, and execution as well as other horrific activity has no doubt caught the attention of many people, even those who have followed the events transpiring in Syria for the last six years. However, there is one important aspect of the report that Amnesty International lacks . . . evidence...

Feb 08 09:08

Yemen Withdraws Permission for US Ground Operations

Trump is now a killer of children. The man is losing support fast and by the day with his neocon cabinet and talk of war. Let us see if the Soros sponsored snowflakes step up their violence,which always seems to bring more support to Trump.

The Trump Administration’s claims that a January 29 ground raid in Yemen was a “success” appear to be on increasingly flimsy ground, with the Yemeni government today announcing it has revoked permission for all future US ground operations on their soil.

Feb 08 08:29

Army preps for urban warfare in megacities: “mass migration, disaster and inner-city turmoil”

There will be war in the streets of America. Things have been engineered that way.

The scenarios are many, the issues are complex. The current anger from the left, who are violently protesting against President Trump, is just one aspect of it.

Feb 08 08:17

The Pentagon Wars

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I refer to this movie all the time, and someone posted it to YouTube, so ...

Feb 08 08:06

House Armed Services chair says US needs missiles that can reach Iran, N Korea

The chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee has called for long-range ballistics, citing concerns about Iran and North Korea. Both countries have released statements claiming to only be preparing to act in self-defense.

Rep. Mark Thornberry (R-Texas) told reporters that the US should expand its ballistics arsenal to include long-range missiles that could reach Iran or North Korea. "If you look at what's happening around the world, I would mention Iran and North Korea, the importance of missile defense is increasing," Thornberry said Monday.

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Actually, we already have missiles that can hit Iran and North Korea. It's called the Trident, it's carried on Ohio class SSBNs, and aside from a tendency to occasionally fly the wrong way can drop 8 fifty-kiloton MIRVs onto those nations.

Feb 08 07:47

BEX? F-35 War Games: Beleaguered Fighter Jet Commands Skies with 15:1 Kill Ratio

In realistic battle simulations held at an airbase in Nevada, the F-35 demolished expectations after losing just one aircraft for every 15 enemies eliminated.

During desert drills, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter faced potent threats, including radar jammers, surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles, and mock opposition aircraft. The F-35’s avionics software was “the star of the show,” Popular Mechanics reported.

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After the long series of reports of the troubled F-35, I find this sudden "success" to be questionable, coming as it does right after Trump expresses doubts about the cost-effectiveness of this system. And it needs to be remembered that Popular Mechanics pushes the official government propaganda, such as regularly attacking the 9-11 truth movement.

Feb 07 19:17

White House Lists 78 Under-Reported Terrorist Attacks

The topic of under-reported terrorist attacks became a focal point after Kellyanne Conway, Trump counselor, erroneously referred to a “terrorist attack in Bowling Green” that never occurred. She subsequently clarified that she misspoke. The list furthers the Trump administration narrative that the “dishonest press” focuses on the wrong things and is hostile to the White House.

Here’s another Whencast that shows the number of persons wounded or killed in the 78 incidents.

Feb 07 15:19

Video: ‘Everything Is Broken…’: Locals In Donetsk Clear Debris After Days Of Shelling

The eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk is dealing with extensive damage done by days-long shelling.

Feb 07 15:14

US Tanks, Troops Arrive In Estonia As Part Of NATO Anti-Russia Build Up

As part of continued a NATO build-up and US efforts to counter an alleged Russian threat, US military hardware, including M1A2 Abrams battle tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles have arrived in the northern Estonian town of Tapa, shortly after similar deployments were made to other Eastern European nations including Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany.

"The movement of equipment and troops into and around Europe marks the beginning of a continuous rotation of armored brigade combat teams from the United States as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve," the US Defense Department said in a statement, commenting on the move. It added that "Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued US commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine."

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Sorry, DOD; your allegation of "Russian intervention in Ukraine" never, ever happened, except in the fevered, and deteriorating brains of some warmongers in the American Deep State.

Let's go back to spring of 2014, when the US/EU/IMF machine threw the duly elected Ukrainian government President, Yanukovych, under the proverbial bus.

Obama actually publicly admitted US involvement in this putsch, which "anointed" Poroshenko as President of Ukraine in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

Victoria Nuland, undersecretary of State at the time, publicly bragged about how much money the US had spent to destabilize Ukraine.

Regime Change in Kiev

Victoria Nuland Admits: US Has Invested $5 Billion In The Development of Ukrainian, "Democratic Institutions"

And to the DOD, if one looks at the video, it is pretty darned hard to "unsee".

Crimean officials understood that post-overthrow, there was no legitimate government in Kiev, so they did two things.

First, they petitioned the Crimean people to determine if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-putsch, or petition Russia to become a part of the Russian Federation, and in an overwhelmingly positive response, the Crimean people voted to petition Russia to join the Russian Federation.

95.7% of Crimeans in referendum voted to join Russia - preliminary results

The Russian Federation accepted the petition, and Crimea became part of Russia.

"Peaceful self-determination" is enshrined in the UN Charter, an issue on which apparently our DOD is experiencing a massive SMD moment (selective memory disorder) in talking about this alleged "Russian aggression", which never, ever happened.

But we are in a very dangerous moment at this crossroads of history.

One stupid mistake, one stupid act of miscommunication, (or one act of treachery), and this world could very well be on the doorstep of World War III.

Feb 07 15:13

As Tensions with Iran Escalate, US Launches Major War Game Just 50 Miles off the Iranian Coast

The exercise was called “Unified Trident”… and supposedly it was planned two months ago, but the timing sure was swell as it just so happened to coincide with Trump and his administration putting Iran “on notice” and slapping the country with fresh sanctions.

What a “coincidence” huh?

Feb 07 13:03

Poroshenko’s Last Chance Saloon

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko is playing a desperate poker game in which he is gambling his political future with an all-out war in Europe.

In a scene reminiscent of an old Hollywood B-movie Western, Poroshenko appears like a washed-up gunslinger with a lousy hand of cards who is bluffing with empty bravado.

However, the difference is Poroshenko is no gunslinger. And this is not fiction. It is grim reality where lives are suffering from his poker games.

Feb 07 10:29

Trump Administration Apparently Heading For War As Iran Dumps U.S. Dollar

By Brandon Turbeville

While many were hoping against all odds that a Trump administration would live up to some of its campaign rhetoric and begin to back away from imperialistic foreign adventures, it seems those hopes are being dashed by the day as Trump and his team are giving every indication that they are moving toward war with Iran...

Feb 07 10:16

NOTORIOUS BUSH-ERA NEOCON ELLIOTT ABRAMS UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE

The Iran-Contra Affair happened some 35 years ago. A major black eye for the Reagan Administration, it was also the first in a long line of blotches on the record of then-Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams, who was convicted of two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding the affair, pardoned in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush. As a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, he was a supporter of the US invasion of Iraq, and played a major role in the failed military coup in Venezuela.

Feb 07 09:50

How US Believes Impossible Things

A year ago, following the release of Russia’s new national security document, naming as threats both the United States and the expansion of the NATO alliance, a Pentagon spokesman declared: “They have no reason to consider us a threat. We are not looking for conflict with Russia.”

Meanwhile, in early January, the United States embarked upon its biggest military buildup in Europe since the end of the Cold War – 3,500 American soldiers landed, unloading three shiploads, with 2,500 tanks, trucks and other combat vehicles. The troops were to be deployed in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and across the Baltics. Lt. Gen. Frederick Hodges, commander of U.S. forces in Europe, said, “Three years after the last American tanks left the continent, we need to get them back.”

Feb 07 09:27

REFUGEE POLITOONS

Don’t like refugees? Stop bombing their countries!

Feb 06 22:36

Ron Paul: Business As Usual - Is Trump's Foreign Policy Just More Bush And Obama?

On this episode of the Ron Paul Liberty Report, Dr. Paul asks "In the first weeks of his presidency, Donald Trump looks like he is taking up his predecessors' aggressive foreign policy and kicking it up a notch. Is this what America voted for? More war?

Feb 06 16:11

The Double Standard On Yemen’s Suffering

The long-running U.S.-backed Saudi war against a Yemeni rebel group has led to mass hunger and civilian slaughter — suffering comparable to the humanitarian crisis of Aleppo in Syria though treated very differently by the U.S. establishment, according to investigative journalist and historian Gareth Porter.

Feb 06 14:44

Klein: The Left’s Latest Desperate Tactic – Smear Trump As Mentally Unfit

Since President Donald Trump took office on January 20, a trend has been emerging in which news media outlets have featured articles quoting health care professionals questioning the billionaire’s mental stability in a seeming bid to delegitimize the president.

Feb 06 14:11

A Hard Look At Islamists Hiding Behind The Pink Pussy Hat Protesters

Around the world legitimate protests in recent years were turned into color revolutions. So-called humanitarian groups attach themselves to protests and in many cases changed the agenda and nature of the protest. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood took leadership of a leaderless protest in one month and then deposed Hosni Mubarak. They replaced him with a short-lived Brotherhood dictatorship.

Feb 06 13:53

Was Riyadh hit with Ballistic Missile from Yemen?

I can't find anyone credible reporting this. Nothing from the BBC, Western papers, or anything similar. There just seem to be a small collection of blogs and websites that could be anything.

If this is true, Saudi Arabia is about to deploy missile defense systems like Israel has. The reason this seems dubious is they most likely already have them. I can't imagine a country with a military budget like Saudi Arabia not including missile defense in the package somewhere.

According to my mother's friend in Riyadh, this is "fake news."

Feb 06 12:55

China Unveils New Ballistic Missile Capable Of Hitting Taiwan, US Bases In Asia

Two weeks after China allegedly unveiled a new ICBM system "in response to Trump's provocative remarks", a report which however was subsequently denied by Chinese officials, China had no qualms about revealing another highly accurate ballistic missile in recent Rocket Force drills, which is capable of threatening not only Taiwan and the contested South China Sea islands, but also U.S. and Japanese bases in Asia.

Feb 06 11:27

"Day Of Terror": Munduruku Village Attacked By Brazil's Federal Police

The Tapajós River Basin lies at the heart of the Amazon, and at the heart of an exploding controversy: whether to build 40+ large dams, a railway, and highways, turning the Basin into a vast industrialized commodities export corridor; or to curb this development impulse and conserve one of the most biologically and culturally rich regions on the planet.

Feb 06 11:13

Thousands Of US Airstrikes Unaccounted For In Syria, Iraq & Afghanistan – Report

US Central Command has been misleading the public in its assessment of the overall progress in the war on terror by failing to account for thousands of airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iran, and Syria, a Military Times investigation reveals.

The investigation revealed that open source data of US Air Force strikes does not contain all the missiles fired. That incomplete data, however, continues to be used by the Pentagon on multiple occasions in official reports and media publications.

Feb 06 10:10

RUSSIA, UKRAINE - NEOCON CEASEFIRE SABOTAGE FAILS TO CHANGE TRUMP'S MIND

There are serious signs that the Trump administration will continue to seek better relations with Russia. It declines to get involved in the hustling in Ukraine. It is ready to give up on the catastrophic regime-change agenda the neocons implemented in Kiev with the help of Ukrainian Nazi organizations.

Let us recap. On New Year the neo-conservative Senators McCain and Graham were in Ukraine to fire up Ukrainian troops at the front lines for a new fight with Russia supported rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk. A few days later then Vice President Biden also dropped in on Kiev. The three are declared enemies of Trump's more friendly position towards Russia. They obviously intended to reignite the conflict in Ukraine to sabotage Trump's new foreign policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact this read is true, it gives me reason for hope, that Trump's administration will pull back from what could be a thoroughly disastrous war with Russia.

Feb 06 10:02

NOW THAT TRUMP’S IN OFFICE, MEDIA SUDDENLY CONCERNED WITH US MILITARY KILLING CIVILIANS

For the last eight years, Peace Prize recipient and ostensible savior of the free world, Barack Obama, rained down hell from the sky on brown people across the Middle East. Obama far exceeded his predecessor, George W. Bush, in the use of drone strikes, killing more civilians than ever before and aiding in the creation and growth of worldwide terror.

On top of this warlord president receiving the Peace Prize, in his final days in office, Barack Obama was ironically given the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service “as a token of appreciation for his service as commander in chief” at a farewell ceremony on January 4. The medal is the highest honorary award at the Department of Defense and is presented by the Secretary of Defense.

In his last year alone, Obama authorized the United States military to drop more than 26,000 bombs in 7 countries, according to an estimate by the Council on Foreign Relations. During the prior year, the numbers were similar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US enabling of Saudi war crimes in Yemen must stop, and these extrajudicial assassinations must also stop.

This is what life looks like to a Yemeni child right now:

Images: dead and wounded Yemeni kids, from Saudi bombings

Or, if they are still alive, they are starving from hunger, courtesy of Saudi military blocking Yemen's ports:

Images: starving Yemeni kids, due to Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports

So I have a memo to President Trump; stop this US complicity in Saudi war crimes, and right the hell now; stop assassinating and being part of the collective punishment of innocent children who are starving to death in Yemen.

You are called, by both the Constitution and the will of the people to be the Commander in chief; not the butcher in chief!!!!

Feb 06 08:16

Can Hezbollah Be Used To World War III?

ISIS was created by the U S and its Allies to fight against Hezbollah. General Wesley Clark

The United States government was in operational control of Al Qaeda on 9-11-2001. Sibel Edmonds, FBI translator and whistleblower

The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) gained control of the George W Bush administration’s Defense Department. 85% of its members were Jewish and many held dual US and Israeli citizenship. PNAC was replaced by the Foreign Policy Institute in 2009. Both organizations were founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan. Robert Kagan is the husband of Victoria Nuland (Nudelman) who was the architect of the $5 billion coup in the Ukraine. He is also a lobbyist for Monsanto.

Feb 06 08:16

The U.S. military's stats on deadly airstrikes are wrong. Thousands have gone unreported

The American military has failed to publicly disclose potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes conducted over several years in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, a Military Times investigation has revealed. The enormous data gap raises serious doubts about transparency in reported progress against the Islamic State, al-Qaida and the Taliban, and calls into question the accuracy of other Defense Department disclosures documenting everything from costs to casualty counts.

Feb 06 07:47

Failing ship engines & glitching drones: ‘Gaping holes’ in UK defense revealed in report

Ships so loud they can be heard 100 miles away, malfunctioning drones, and armored vehicles too big to fit into transport aircraft are signs of “gaping holes” in UK defense capabilities, according to an investigation by the Sunday Times.

The Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers are so loud they can be heard by enemy submarines a hundred miles away, according to Rear Admiral Chris Parry, a former director of operations at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), told the publication. While Russia has invested in new, Kilo-class submarines, nicknamed ‘Black Holes’ in the West because they are so quiet, the MoD has not taken appropriate measures to silence their own vessels, the report says.

Feb 06 07:20

Coffee Company Responds To Starbucks, Pledges To Hire 10,000 Veterans

Shortly after Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz penned a letter in which he promised to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years in the aftermath of Trump's immigration executive order, a veteran-run coffee company has issued a rejoinder to Starbucks, promising to hire 10,000 veterans itself according to Fox News.

Black Rifle Coffee Company, or BRCC, which describes itself as a “premium small-batch, roast to order, veteran owned and operated coffee company” responded to Starbucks - or “Hipsterbucks” as they call the global coffee chain - announcing a pledge via Instagram to hire 10,000 veterans. This is what CEO Evan Hafer tweeted on Wednesday.

Feb 06 07:19

“America First” Means Arising from Zionist Captivity: A New US Embassy “to” Jerusalem Sets a Good Tone

One of President Trump’s most popular slogans in the context of key policy goals is “America First”, which necessarily implies that this ideal is not currently – and has not in the recent past – been the case. More importantly, in light of the facts, it signals a direct challenge toward the only foreign entity, together with its domestic supporters, that brazenly demands that its interests to be place ahead of America’s and has repeatedly gotten its way through its lobbying efforts: Israel. Political pundit Patrick Buchanan put it succinctly many years ago when he pointed out that Capitol Hill was Israeli-occupied territory.

Feb 05 23:18

Yemeni forces launch new missile against Saudi Arabia: Video

These guys make their own rockets.It is not the first time the Saudi's have been hit with a Yemeni Army Borkan Missile.

Yemeni army forces have launched a locally designed and manufactured ballistic missile towards an area deep inside Saudi Arabia in response to Riyadh’s atrocious aerial bombardments against the crisis-stricken Arab country.

On Friday, the media bureau of the operations command in Yemen released footage showing the missile attack against a stationary target in the Saudi city of Ta'if, located more than 700 kilometers (434 miles) southeast of the capital, Riyadh.

The video shows the Borkan-1 (Volcano-1) blasting off from a launcher deployed in an unknown location in Yemen. The voice of a man can be clearly heard as he chants slogans against the United States and Israel.

The solid propellant and Scud-type Borkan-1 missile reportedly has a range of more than 800 kilometers (497 miles).

Feb 05 21:51

Knauff v. Shaughnessy 338 U.S. 537 (1950)

Some case law

The alien wife of a citizen who had served honorably in the armed forces of the United States during World War II sought admission to the United States. On the basis of confidential information, the disclosure of which, in his judgment, would endanger the public security, the Attorney General denied a hearing, found that her admission would be prejudicial to the interests of the United States, and ordered her excluded.

Feb 05 12:13

“Taking Down” British Officials – Philip Giraldi

A quite incredible story out of England has not received much media coverage in the United States. It concerns how the Israeli Embassy in London connived with government officials to “take down” parliamentarians and government ministers who were considered to be critical of the Jewish State.

It was also learned that the Israeli Embassy was secretly subsidizing and advising private groups promoting Israeli interests, including associations of Members of Parliament (MPs).The story is interesting on several levels, particularly given the recent furor in the U.S. over allegations that Russia has been interfering in American politics.

Feb 05 12:10

Israel’s manipulation of UK politics: time for zero tolerance

Both the Foreign Office and Boris Johnson, the UK’s foreign secretary, have declared the Shai Masot affair “closed” after Masot, an employee of the Israeli embassy and probably a Mossad asset, plotted with gullible British MPs and political hangers-on to “take down” senior government figures, including Johnson’s deputy, Alan Duncan.

We have Aljazeera to thank for the brilliant exposé where our own security services failed.

Feb 05 12:05

The Importance of Maintaining The Balance of Power

No one, or country, no matter how novel or inventive they are, has any right, or can be trusted, with absolute power over everyone else.

It is absolutely essential for political leaders, all across the world, to ensure that the balance of power exists, in all spheres of power and the body politic, both domestically as well as internationally, because there is no way that any one individual or government can ensure the equal protection of the people, in all of their myriad conflicts and challenges, from the very large, to the very small.

Feb 05 12:03

Trump or Putin? EU Loses Plot on Biggest Threat

Blaming Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin for the demise of the EU is the ultimate form of scapegoating by a bunch of incompetent leaders.

If ever an image captured the dysfunctional nature of the European Union it was the assembled leaders of the 28 member states photographed at an ancient fortress on the Maltese island this week.

Feb 05 12:00

Taking the Long View – Justin Raimondo

Dismantling the empire (war party) won’t happen overnight

The other day on Twitter someone tweeted me the news of the latest drone strike in Yemen, with the taunting message: “Congrats, @JustinRaimondo.” I had to laugh, and bemoan my fate: “I am now to be held responsible for everything the Trump administration does, especially their failure to go full pacifist!” Of course, you don’t have to be a pacifist to oppose our drone campaign, in Yemen or elsewhere, as I do, but the comment and my response underscore a basic flaw in the thinking of Trump’s anti-interventionist critics.

Feb 05 09:14

Pentagon Caught Using 10-Year-Old Video To Push For War In Yemen

The Pentagon has awkwardly removed a 10-year-old video from its website after trying to pass it off as new evidence that a full-scale United States invasion of Yemen is not only justifiable but is in the interests of ordinary Americans.

Feb 05 08:34

Taking the Long View

Dismantling the empire won’t happen overnight

Feb 05 05:41

President Trump: McCain And Graham Are Trying To Start WW3

President Trump lashed out at Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham for attacking his policies, saying they are “always” trying to start World War 3.

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