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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Aug 02 07:36

PENTAGON, STATE DEPT. SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO ARM UKRAINE AGAINST RUSSIA IN NEW PROVOCATION

As the Syrian military moves farther east and clinches yet more territory from America’s terrorists, the United States establishment is now moving to escalate its provocations in another part of the world – Ukraine. Of course, despite the fact that Russia has launched a massive military operation to protect its strategic interests in Syria, the U.S. terror establishment is attempting to provide more arms and equipment to fascists in Ukraine in a clear effort to push NATO literally up to the Russian border.

It is currently being reported by numerous corporate outlets such as The New York Times that both the Pentagon and the State Department are proposing a plan to the White House that would see the U.S. supply Ukraine with anti-tank missiles and other arms. The transfer would also include antiaircraft systems described as “defensive weaponry.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin, rightly, will see such a transfer of weaponry to the Ukraine military as tantamount to a declaration of war against it, by NATO and the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America.

Aug 02 07:15

White House Looks at Afghanistan Pullout as an Option

After months of the Pentagon failing to sell a concrete plan of escalation to the White House, officials now say that the administration is considering getting back on track with a drawdown headed for a full pullout from the country after 16 years.

This is happening for the same reason the Pentagon hasn’t been able to sell the escalations, that a number of officials are unconvinced that the escalation is going to accomplish anything, and that they don’t think there’s a clear strategy for victory.

The Pentagon was more or less uniform in arguing escalations, albeit of varying sizes, and are said to be objecting to the proposed pullout as a “minority viewpoint,” warning that it does not meet the goals of the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The withdrawal of US and NATO troops, as quickly as is safely possible, is the only sane option left to the US government, coupled with negotiating with whatever "government" is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipelines and mineral rights.

Aug 02 06:56

The Arctic Could Be the Next South China Sea, Says Coast Guard Commandant

Rich with energy resources, minerals and strategic positioning, the warming Arctic is ripe for territorial disputes, Adm. Zukunft warns.

No one’s creating and arming islands in the Arctic today, but that doesn’t mean territorial disputes couldn’t soon heat up in those waters, the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard warned today.

“As I look at what is playing out in the Arctic, it looks eerily familiar to what we’re seeing in the East and South China Sea,” Adm. Paul Zukunft said Tuesday at an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

That means first, audacious territorial claims, Zukunft said: “Russia has claimed most of the Arctic Ocean, all the way up to the North Pole and as a signatory of the Law of the Sea Convention has filed this claim.”

Aug 02 06:53

US Army Boosts Spending on Genetically Engineered Spider Silk for Body Armor, Underwear

What’s almost as tough as Kevlar, as flexible as silk, has the DNA of a spider but comes from a worm? Something the Army is looking to buy for as much as $1 million.

The U.S. Army is upping its investment in genetically engineered spider silk for body armor. Last year, the service paid almost $100,000 to Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, which makes spider silk that can be produced at scale — with silkworms. On Wednesday, the company announced that the Army will move to the second phase of the contract and will look to Kraig to produce a customized strain of the silk for “high-performance fibers for protective apparel applications.” That is: flexible body armor made from genetically engineered spider silk. The total contract amount would reach $900,000 if parameters are met. Army representatives said that interested in the material purely from a research perspective, for now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW; science fiction becomes science fact a lot more quickly than it used to!!

Silk was discovered and used by the Chinese to prevent the penetration of arrows in combat; what it has become, in the 21st century, courtesy of DNA manipulation, would amaze its earliest discoverers.

Aug 02 04:26

US ARMY BOOSTS SPENDING ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SPIDER SILK FOR POSSIBLE USE IN BODY ARMOR, SOLDIER UNDERWEAR

What’s almost as tough as Kevlar, as flexible as silk, has the DNA of a spider but comes from a worm? Something the Army is looking to buy for as much as $1 million.

Aug 01 15:20

When is the World Going to Impose Sanctions on America?

Only when we are living in a world in which sanctions are imposed 'on' the United States rather than 'by' the United States will we know justice reigns.

Aug 01 15:06

PENTAGON, STATE DEPT. SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO ARM UKRAINE AGAINST RUSSIA IN NEW PROVOCATION

As the Syrian military moves farther east and clinches yet more territory from America’s terrorists, the United States establishment is now moving to escalate its provocations in another part of the world – Ukraine. Of course, despite the fact that Russia has launched a massive military operation to protect its strategic interests in Syria, the U.S. terror establishment is attempting to provide more arms and equipment to fascists in Ukraine in a clear effort to push NATO literally up to the Russian border.

It is currently being reported by numerous corporate outlets such as The New York Times that both the Pentagon and the State Department are proposing a plan to the White House that would see the U.S. supply Ukraine with anti-tank missiles and other arms. The transfer would also include antiaircraft systems described as “defensive weaponry.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, Lord, NO: this will be viewed by Moscow as tantamount to an act of war.

Aug 01 13:32

Senator Graham: Trump Is Prepared To Strike; "There Is A Military Option To Destroy North Korea"

Appearing on the Today Show earlier this morning, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that President Trump has indicated to him that the administration is prepared to strike North Korea to prevent an attack against the U.S. Pushed on by Matt Lauer on whether a viable military option exists in the region, Graham responded: "They're wrong. There is a military option to destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself."

"They're wrong. There is a military option to destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself. If there's going to be a war to stop him [Kim Jong Un], it will be over there. If thousands die, they're going to die over there, they're not going to die here and he's [Trump] told me that to my face."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that Senator Graham is not putting words into the President's mouth (as politicians are prone to do).

But if, in fact, he is being utterly truthful, I hope we have a peaceful, fully-vetted negotiating process potentially in place, as is the military option.

Aug 01 13:18

China warns Trump over North Korea: ‘Don’t stab us in the back’

China has hit back at Donald Trump over North Korea, with a top official blaming Washington and Pyongyang for raising tensions, while state media warned the US not to “stab China in the back”.

The US president said in two angry tweets at the weekend that he was “very disappointed” with China and that he would no longer allow Beijing to “do nothing” over North Korea.

Mr Trump has long believed that China holds the key to forcing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme, given that Beijing is Pyongyang’s only diplomatic backer and a key trading partner.

But Liu Jieyi, China’s ambassador to the United Nations, said: "No matter how capable China is, China's efforts will not yield practical results because it depends on the two principal parties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chinese UN Ambassador Jeiyi makes a valid point; talking between the US and North Korean governments is a heck of a lot better way to ratchet down tensions here than throwing bombs and bullets at each other.

Aug 01 12:42

Iraq War: Bid to prosecute Tony Blair rejected by High Court

Former Iraqi general Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat alleged the former prime minister committed "the crime of aggression" by invading Iraq in 2003.
No such crime exists in England and Wales and the court ruled there was "no prospect" of the case succeeding.

The general had wanted to prosecute Mr Blair, ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, and ex-Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.

Last year, Westminster Magistrates' Court had turned down Mr Al Rabbat's bid to bring private prosecution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Al Rabbat should have been better schooled in British law, so that he could bring Tony Blair to the docket on a chargeable offence, under British Law; so unfortunately, because Mr. Al Rabbat did not do that, Phony Tony Blair gets to slip away from the war crimes charges he should be facing yet again.

Aug 01 12:25

North Korea or Iran… Where Will President Trump Attack First?

One press report from an unnamed Pentagon source claimed that President Trump “is to order a military strike against North Korea within a year,” after this weekend’s North Korean test of a longer-range missile.

Iran, which along with North Korea and Russia will face new sanctions imposed by Congress and expected to be signed into law by Trump, is also in President Trump’s crosshairs. He was reportedly furious over his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s certifying that Iran was in compliance with the nuclear deal – even though Iran was in compliance – and he seems determined to push a confrontation.

So whom will Trump attack first? Let’s hope nobody, but with continuing pressure from both Democrats and Republicans over the unproven “Russiagate” allegations, it increasingly looks like he will seek relief by starting a “nice little war.” If he does so, however, his presidency will likely be over and he may end up blundering into a much bigger war in the process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If President Trump order attacks on North Korea, North Korea could plead for military aid from China, and we could conceivably be at war with China.

If President Trump orders attacks on Iran, Iran could conceivably plead for military aid from Russia, and we could conceivably be at war with Russia.

I am looking at a Faux news crawl, and Rex Tillerson is saying that we would be open to talking with North Korea; but I have to wonder what the quid pro quo will be; he is also saying that the US government doesn't want to send the military to North Korea, or create regime change there.

I don't know how disingenuous those statements may be, but the mere fact that he is talking.... about talking to North Korea gives me some hope.

Aug 01 12:20

U.S. to launch yet another test missile from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base

Days after North Korea fired a rocket into the Sea of Japan, the U.S. Air Force is planning to test launch an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The unarmed Minuteman III missile will be launched between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. from the base, about 12 miles northwest of Lompoc, according to Vandenberg’s 30th Space Wing team.

The Air Force Global Strike Command’s missile launch is designed to test the weapon system’s effectiveness, accuracy and readiness, the Air Force said.

Aug 01 12:19

US committed to path of conflict with Russia, tensions higher than in Cold War – Paul Craig Roberts

The new round of sanctions on Russia benefits the US energy industry and military-security complex, and indicates that conflict with Moscow the principal goal of US foreign policy, former Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts says.

The Senate, in a nearly unanimous vote on Thursday, slapped new sanctions on Russia over alleged election interference by Russian hackers. The bill, which will prevent US President Donald Trump from easing existing sanctions on Russia and also imposes sanctions on Iran and North Korea, is sent to President Trump in a veto-proof fashion.

Aug 01 12:10

North Korea ICBM Failed, But US Still Hypes Threat

US officials have responded to last week’s North Korea ICBM test by hyping up the growing “threat” posed by the nation’s missile program, claiming that North Korea now has the capability of hitting “most” of the United States with a missile.

This narrative plays well into the administration’s eagerness to keep escalating threats and sanctions, but it’s not true. As with the previous “successful” ICBM test, this most recent one wasn’t really a success, and once again demonstrated North Korea’s limitations on such missiles.

In reality, experts say the video footage of the ICBM shows that it broke up upon re-entry, and hit the sea in pieces. Lack of re-entry capability, along with lack of advanced guidance technology, were both cited as problems with the previous test as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This means that there is every good reason to sit down an negotiate a peace deal with Pyongyang before it really does develop a steerable, nuclear weapon.

Aug 01 12:09

Killing Them Is Killing Us

The war on terror has laid waste to large swaths of the Middle East and Northern Africa. Cities, towns, and villages have been reduced to smoking, bombed-out rubble, chaos reigns, the carnage is ubiquitous. The US military keeps count of its own personnel wounded and killed, a number in the thousands. Civilian casualties —or collateral damage as the military calls it—across Chaostan (Richard Maybury’s apt coinage) are in the millions, as are the number of people displaced (an estimated 11 million in Syria alone).

Imagine the American fury and media sensationalism if a small US town was carpet-bombed by a foreign power. YouTube’s servers would melt from the overflow of viewers watching videos of parents pulling their dead children from collapsed homes.

Aug 01 12:08

The Race Against Time

For decades, in discussing the ever-increasing hegemony of the world’s principal governments (US, EU, et al.), I’ve been asked repeatedly, “When will the governments understand that this obsession they have to become all-powerful is not in the interests of the people?”

The answer to this question has also remained the same for decades: never.

Aug 01 11:54

New Russia Sanctions Come as Hacking Narrative Falls Apart

I am interviewed on RT about the new sanctions and my suggestion that within the bill is a measure allowing the government to crack down on Americans working for or appearing on RT:

Aug 01 11:40

Who is the threat to world peace?

North Korea
2% (18 votes)
Russia
0% (3 votes)
China
1% (12 votes)
Iran
0% (3 votes)
The United States
96% (917 votes)
Total votes: 953
Aug 01 09:25

White House Looks at Afghanistan Pullout as an Option

After months of the Pentagon failing to sell a concrete plan of escalation to the White House, officials now say that the administration is considering getting back on track with a drawdown headed for a full pullout from the country after 16 years.

This is happening for the same reason the Pentagon hasn’t been able to sell the escalations, that a number of officials are unconvinced that the escalation is going to accomplish anything, and that they don’t think there’s a clear strategy for victory.

The Pentagon was more or less uniform in arguing escalations, albeit of varying sizes, and are said to be objecting to the proposed pullout as a “minority viewpoint,” warning that it does not meet the goals of the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has proven an unwinnable war from the very beginning; getting out of Afghanistan, then negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the mineral and pipeline rights, is the only logical thing to do.

Aug 01 09:07

Trump, Abe Agree to Step Up Economic, Diplomatic Pressure on North Korea

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed during a phone conversation to step up economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea over its ballistic missile tests, the White House said in a statement.

"President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to address North Korea’s launch of another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The two leaders agreed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other countries near and far. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe committed to increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea, and to convincing other countries to follow suit," the statement said on late Sunday.

The White House added that Trump had reaffirmed the US "ironclad commitment" to defend Japan and South Korea from any possible attack

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds great; but what can Japan and the US do, when North Korea's biggest trading partner, which is China, has a finite upper limit to what it is willing to do regarding North Korea?!?

It appears that the US government believes it is "past the point of no return" when it comes to negotiating with North Korea, and they have abandoned all pretenses in that direction.

But what should be happening right now, is a concerted effort toward talks including China, South Korea, North Korea, and the US, to replace the existing armistice with an iron-clad peace treaty, offering absolutely unrestricted trade for North Korea, in exchange for them dropping their nuclear weapons program.

That would be both logical and reasonable; and that, unfortunately, is why such an approach is considered worse than kryptonite to government officials, who have absolutely lost their capability for accomplishing hard-won, good-faith negotiations.

Kim Jung Un is neither crazy, nor suicidal; he simply wants to stay in office, and not continually get taunted or sanctioned by the US and the West.

Aug 01 08:55

PENTAGON REPORTEDLY DEVISES PLAN TO ARM UKRAINE WITH ANTITANK MISSILES

The US Defense and State Departments have come up with a plan to supply Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry and are awaiting White House approval, US media reported on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The arms, which are characterized as defensive, are apparently meant to deter aggressive actions by Russia in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing American military officials and diplomats.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis supports the plan, the paper reported, citing US officials.

A senior White House official told the newspaper that a decision has not yet been made on the arms proposal.

A violent military conflict in Ukraine started in 2014 after the residents of the eastern Donbas region refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government that came to power in what they perceived to be a coup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US was thoroughly complicit in that coup in 2014; President Obama admitted it.

President Obama admitted that the US government was complicit in the Ukrainian riots which unseated Yanukovich in 2014

And if the Trump administration doesn't believe that getting these offensive arms to the Ukrainian government will not be perceived by Moscow as tantamount to an act of war, they had better darn well think again.

Aug 01 08:45

MEANWHILE, SOMEWHERE IN THE PENTAGON…

My point here is that operational plans to decapitate North Korean nuclear and ICBM capabilities exist and are constantly being revised and refined in light of new intelligence. It’s not the planners’ job to make the geopolitical or ethical calculations that inform such a drastic decision. It’s the planners’ job to make sure a strike ordered by the elected civilian leadership of the nation achieves its goal, i.e. eliminates North Korea’s nuclear and missile delivery capabilities completely.

It’s easy to say nuclear weapons should never be used, but what if conventional weapons can’t do the job, or create greater risks? Would you consider it a good ethical trade-off to wait for millions to die before killing thousands? That’s a political choice, and one that will always be second-guessed or disputed. But making such decisions is the purpose of elected civilian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am really hoping that whatever President Trump decides to do, does not mean that China, North Korea's biggest trading partner, will feel obligated to come to North Korea's defense militarily.

At this point in its history, the US military does not have the weaponry; the manufacturing; the troop strength; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a war against China right now.

Aug 01 08:38

Bullhorns: Sanctions war

I suppose it is time to speak the obvious: Cold War 2.0 is officially on, though this Cold War is different and possibly far more dangerous. The world is in uncharted waters as the Trump White House attempts to find its footing.

Aug 01 08:25

Why World War 3 could happen in 2017 – threats from North Korea, Syria, Putin and Isis are worse than during the Cold War

2017 has already seen a number of major terrorist attacks, which, coupled with rising tensions around the world and nuclear sabre-rattling from North Korea, have increased fears of a major military conflict.

Jul 31 14:00

U.S. Warns The World About 19,000 ISIS Fighters On The Loose

ISIS may be under pressure in Syria and Iraq, but that may mean greater threats outside the immediate combat zone, which has fueled worries by Western officials.

Jul 31 14:00

US to beef up military presence in Lithuania as Russia and Belarus team up for drills

A rotating contingent of Lithuania’s NATO allies involving 100 personnel and four fighter jets is stationed at the Lithuanian Zokniai air base

Jul 31 12:46

Scott Adams: Can a Nation Attack a Company?

North Korea keeps testing missiles that can reach the United States. China could turn off trade with North Korea, and effectively force them to stop, but that isn’t happening. Why the hell not?

Jul 31 11:51

New Air Force Study Warns of Chinese Hypersonic Weapons

The Air Force is aggressively accelerating its hypersonic weapons development effort, following findings from a recent service report identifying Russian and Chinese ongoing hypersonic weapons testing.

A recent Air Force Studies Board report identified that the U.S. is not alone in its quest for this increased speed, an Air Force statement said.

The statement went on to say that China and Russia are already flight testing hypersonic weapons, and several other countries have shown interest in pursuing many of the underlying technologies for hypersonic flight.

“We must push the boundaries of technology in every area," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein said in a statement. "Our adversaries aren’t standing still. They are looking for every advantage they can get.”

Jul 31 11:35

The Next Escalation: Pentagon Offers To Arm Ukraine, McCain Delighted

When we reported yesterday about Putin's surprisingly harsh response to last week's House legislation to launch new sanctions against Russia, which also binds Trump from unilaterally removing sanctions without getting Congressional approval, we concluded that "now we await the US re-retaliation in what is once again the same tit-for-tat escalation that marked the latter years of the Obama regime, as the US Military Industrial Complex breathes out a sigh of relief that for all the posturing by Trump, things between Russia and the US are back on autopilot."

We didn't have long to wait.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia will see this as tantamount to a declaration of war against it by the United States.

Jul 31 11:25

US tanks head for Tbilisi as NATO flexes muscles in ‘largest ever’ joint drills with Georgia

The war games with the Caucasian state kicked off at the Vaziani and Camp Norio training areas near Tbilisi on Sunday.

The drills, considered "the largest ever" between Georgia and NATO, will run for two weeks, with some 2,800 military personnel from NATO states and their partners – the US, UK, Germany, Turkey, Slovenia, Armenia, Ukraine and Georgia – taking part. The latter three states are not members of the alliance but “voluntarily contribute” to NATO forces, according to a US Army Europe statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More of NATO'S attempts to "play picador" to Russia, I see.

Jul 31 11:15

US Ready to Move Additional THAAD Systems to South Korea as Quickly as Possible

The United States is ready to quickly move the remaining pieces of THAAD system into South Korea, US Department of Defense spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said in a briefing on Monday.

"We are certainly ready to move additional pieces in as quickly as we can," Davis told reporters when asked about THAAD.

THAAD in Alaska
© MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
In the Shadow of Pyongyang Missiles, US Touts Success of THAAD Intercept Test
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who officially came to office on May 10, has repeatedly criticized the previous government under impeached leader Park Geun-hye for agreeing to host the THAAD system without first seeking parliamentary approval. Moon subsequently suspended the deployment in order to carry out an investigation into the environmental consequences of the move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the situation on the Korean Peninsula are about to get very ugly, and very quickly.

Jul 31 11:12

US Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Starts Anti-Daesh Air Campaign in Syria, Iraq

The aircraft carrier Nimitz Strike Group has entered to air campaign against the Daesh terror group (banned in Russia) in Syria and Iraq with a series of strike sorties, the US Navy announced in a press release on Monday.
"The first aircraft launched from USS Nimitz was an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the ‘Argonauts’ of Strike Fighter Squadron 147," the release said.

The Nimitz Strike Group's deployment to the US 5th Fleet area of operations supports Operation Inherent Resolve and signals the continued commitment to defeat and destroy Daesh], the release said.

In addition to targeting Daesh, the ship and strike group are also conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation and maintain the free flow of commerce, the release added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is put forward are the "good reasons" for the US military striking in Iraq and Syria; but particularly with Syria, I want to know what the "real reasons" are for us to be in Syria militarily, when the US has had no invitation, whatsoever, from the Syrian government to be there.

Jul 31 10:57

Kremlin Stops Waiting for Trump and Moves to Retaliate Against US Sanctions

Donald Trump is the weakest President I have seen in my lifetime.

President Trump was very clear about wanting good relations with Russia, and the Putin government was very clear about holding off any retaliation, waiting for Trump to come through. At this point, they’re done waiting, and starting to retaliate.

This both reflects growing impatience within Russia to do something about repeated US sanctions and public brow-beating of Russia, and a growing recognition among top officials that President Trump’s “political impotence” means he’s never going to deliver what he promised.

Jul 31 10:56

As Saudi King's Health Wanes, War Architect Bin Salman Set To Become King

Bin Nayef’s ouster was initially reported by international media as having gone “smoothly.” However, it soon emerged that bin Salman had planned the entire affair and that the former Crown Prince, following his acquiescence of the title, was essentially under house arrest. Since then, rumblings have emerged that many in the Saudi royal family, which has long been guided by deference to elders and group consensus, are none too happy with the sudden turn of events in the normally stable kingdom.

A warhawk ascends to the throne

While speculation is rife over how bin Salman is set to manage domestic affairs, there seems to be little disagreement over bin Salman’s likely handling of key foreign policy issues, considering his tenure as Defense Minister has shown his penchant for war, as well as his hotheadedness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if Saudi Arabia is being given the greenlight from DC to engage in a proxy war with Iran; that could wind up being very horrific military engagement, with Russia taking Iran's side in such a conflict.

Jul 31 10:52

Trump vows 'all necessary measures' to protect allies from North Korea, says Abe

Donald Trump has vowed to take “all necessary measures” to protect United States allies from North Korea’s evolving military threat, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has said following a phone conversation with the US president.

The talks between Trump and Abe came after North Korea conducted its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on Friday – a move analysts said put most of the US within range of Pyongyang’s missiles.

Jul 31 10:40

Trump: "We'll handle North Korea. It Will Be Handled. We Handle Everything"

With Gen. John Kelly set to be sworn in as Trump's new Chief of Staff, just days after the latest and most advanced North Korean ICBM test yet, one which can reportedly reach as much as half the major metro areas on the continental US, President Trump on Monday pledged to "handle" North Korea's provocative belligerence, without specifying exactly how he would do so as he faces rising tensions and limited options.

"We'll handle North Korea. We're going to be able to handle North Korea. It will be handled. We handle everything," Trump told reporters at the start of Monday's first Cabinet meeting with his new Chief of Staff, flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sure as heck wish I knew precisely what the President meant by that; it just sounds very cryptic right now.

Living on a first strike target which China could easily hit, this statement makes me more than a little nervous!!

Jul 31 10:31

Rand Paul Blocks NDAA Over Indefinite Detention

Sen. Rand Paul (R – KY) has blocked a motion by majority leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) to advance the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the massive military spending bill, saying that the bill should instead face debate and possible amendments.

This sets the bill back for 6 weeks, at least.

In particular, Sen. Paul is seeking two amendments, one which ends NDAA authorization for indefinite detention of suspects, and another related to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), something that was added to the House version but later quietly removed by the Speaker.

Paul’s protest is expected to delay the NDAA vote through at least the August recess, meaning a vote is unlikely until September. While this gives plenty of time for amendments to be debated, it’s not clear the Senate leadership will allow that no matter how much time they’re given.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that Senator Paul did this for all the right reasons, and he does have my support on this issue.

Jul 31 10:13

Donald Trump Shouldn’t Start Second Korean War

If policymakers are so worried about a North Korean nuclear attack, the easy answer is to withdraw U.S. forces from the Korean peninsula. The Republic of Korea has twice the population and 40 times the GDP of the North. The ROK long has been able to provide for its conventional defense. The next step would be to drop any objections to the South, as well as Japan, from developing a countervailing nuclear deterrent. It’s not a good solution, but neither is the U.S. risking Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York to protect Seoul. Moreover, the mere possibility might galvanize China to take a more active role in dissuading North Korea from moving ahead with missile and nuclear tests.

Jul 31 10:03

The Tweet That Is Shaking the War Party

Most of the Donald’s tweets amount to street brawling with his political enemies, but occasionally one of them slices through Imperial Washington’s sanctimonious cant. Indeed, Monday evening’s 140 characters of solid cut right to the bone:

The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad…..

Needless to say, we are referencing not the dig at the empire of Bezos, but the characterization of Washington’s anti-Assad policy as "massive, dangerous and wasteful".

No stouter blow to the neocon/Deep State "regime change" folly has ever been issued by an elected public official. Yet there it is – the self-composed words of the man in the Oval Office. It makes you even want to buy some Twitter stock!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senator Mc Cain's net worth is estimated at +/- $21 million dollars.

John Mc Cain's estimated net worth

So one has to wonder: just how many investments in the Military/Industrial complex he has, when his job as a senator only pays $174,000 annually. Something HAS to be filling in that gap, and my best guess would be investments in bombs, bullets, and aircraft; you know, the stuff that kills people.

So of course, he had to attempt to neutralise President Trump with that stupid, sophomoric comment about the President playing into Putin's hands.

Jul 31 09:54

Advisers trump going to punish China for North Korea

Senior advisers to the President of the United States Donald trump’s “behind the scenes” develop economic sanctions against China.

The reason for this step was the inaction of Beijing in relation to the nuclear issue of North Korea, writes Politico, citing officials of the US administration.

Jul 31 09:52

MSM Blames Russia for Nuclear Power Plant Hack: You Won't Believe Their 'Proof'

Two major US news organizations citing anonymous officials have reported that Russian hackers have broken into the computer networks of over a dozen US power facilities, including nuclear plants. Political observer Ilya Kharlamov says the timing of the suspected hack attack could not have been more convenient for Washington's anti-Russia hawks.

Jul 31 09:33

Over 40 Killed in Fighting Over Southwest Yemen Port of Mocha

Pro-Saudi forces may have seized the Khalid ibn al-Walid military base near the key port of Mocha last week in Yemen, but that hasn’t done much to slow the fighting in the surrounding area, as the Shi’ite Houthis continue to resist the advance of the Saudi-backed forces and try to push them out of the strategic area.

Heavy fighting has continued over the past several days both around the base and in towns around the area, with over 40 fighters killed, split between 16 Houthis and 27 Saudi-backed fighters. Neither side appears to be seriously gaining or losing ground.

The fighting has even extended off the coast of Mocha, with the Houthi rebels attacking a UAE warship with a boat full of explosives just off the coast. Saudi coalition officials say there were no casualties, not significant damage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This US-enabled, Saudi genocide in Yemen is barely getting a word of coverage from the Western Press;and yet, there should be a national conversation on this moral outrage in which the US government and military collude with the Saudi government and military to kill non-combatants; block Yemeni ports, so children are starving of malnutrition; and where cholera (which may have been weaponised) is now killing Yemenis to the point of 300,000 having been infected.

These are war crimes, pure and simple, folks; and they are being done in your name, with your tax dollars.

Jul 31 09:26

Centcom: Qatar Blockade Hinders Long-Term Planning at Udeid Airbase

Central Command (Centcom) has expressed concern in new statement about the impact of a long-term blockade on the nation of Qatar on the United States’ ability to carry out wars in the long-term operating out of the al-Udeid Airbase.

Al-Udeid is the forward operating headquarters for Central Command, hosting some 10,000 US troops, and is basically the site from which America’s constant wars across the Middle East are conducted. Officials say that so far, the wars haven’t been impacted by the blockade on Qatar.

They’re not at all clear how that’s going to work in the long run, however, as hopes that the diplomatic crisis would be resolved in a few weeks haven’t exactly panned out. Admission it could last months also comes with comments from some of the blockading states that it could basically be permanent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps President Trump might have considered this before he tweeted that Qatar is a sponsor of terrorism, a statement from which the Defense Department had to distance itself, very quickly thereafter.

Pentagon Distancing Itself From Donald Trump On Qatar

Jul 31 09:13

RUSSIAN 6TH-GENERATION FIGHTER WILL EMPLOY POWERFUL LASERS TO BURN ENEMY MISSILE

Air-to-ground or air-to-air missiles have one thing in common — they have a seeker head, or targeting system on the missile that uses radar or heat-seeking technology to find and lead the weapon to the target to destroy it. The Russian defense industry says it will deploy powerful lasers on its new sixth-generation fighter that will be able to “burn” enemy homing systems on projectiles fired in their direction, to make them unable to hit a target.

Jul 31 09:01

Trump Blames ‘Previous Administrations’ For North Korea, Issues Blunt Warning: ‘We’ll Handle North Korea’

President Donald Trump spoke briefly to the White House press pool Monday prior to his first full Cabinet meeting with retired Gen. John Kelly installed as Chief of Staff.

And in his remarks, he — ever so casually — tossed some shade in the direction of his Oval Office predecessors.

“We have some interesting situations that we’ll handle,” Trump said. “North Korea, Middle East, lots of problems that we inherited from previous administrations but we’ll take care of them. We’ll take care of them very well.”

Jul 31 08:35

China reveals its terrifying military weapons with vast parade including stealth jets, nuclear missiles, attack helicopters and thousands of elite troops

President Xi Jinping - wearing his military fatigues - inspected his troops personally just hours after the latest North Korea crisis.

The Americans were warned by Beijing after stepping up the deployment of its THAAD missile defence system in South Korea.

The move was in response to Kim Jong-un's latest ballistic missile test on Friday night.

But a stern China warned Washington: "The Chinese side is deeply concerned about the situation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that President Trump got the message from this Chinese demonstration of force; that any attack against North Korea will be double plus ungood for the Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika.

It feels to me as though a US war against North Korea (and very probably, by extension, China) is imminent.

And living on a "first strike target" (all US military communications run through a facility here on Oahu, which Chinese missiles can hit), color Mike and me just a little nervous about such a prospect!!

Jul 31 08:00

Russia warns of further retaliation against US

A top Russian diplomat has warned that expulsion of US diplomats and seizure of US diplomatic properties would not suffice as a response to a recent barrage of sanctions imposed by Washington on Moscow, warning that more retaliatory moves would come if the US decides to go further.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Sunday that Moscow was carefully pondering what could come next in response to the Thursday's passage of controversial sanctions in the US Senate.

“If the US side decides to move further towards... deterioration, we will answer. We will respond in kind. We will ... retaliate,” Ryabkov said, calling the Congress bill “weird and unacceptable,” and saying it was “the last straw.”

Jul 31 07:59

Georgia begins US-led military exercise a day before VP's visit

The Georgian army began two weeks of military exercises with the United States and other partner countries on Sunday, a day before US Vice President Mike Pence visits the ex-Soviet nation.

Jul 31 07:22

Pence blasts Russia's 'unacceptable' activities, North Korea's missile test

During a visit to Estonia, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirms that President Trump will sign a bill on new sanctions on Russia passed by Congress and warns North Korea that “all options are on the table”.

Jul 31 07:19

Nikki Haley Rejects More U.N. Sessions on North Korea: ‘the Time for Talk Is Over’

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley brushed off reports that the U.S. is seeking an emergency Security Council session over North Korea, saying in a Sunday statement, “The time for talk is over.”

North Korea’s launch of a second intercontinental ballistic missile Friday—a missile some believe has the potential to reach U.S. cities—led to speculation that the U.S. would go to the U.N. to seek an emergency session and a resolution to put more pressure on the rogue state. CBS News reported Saturday that the U.S. was seeking an emergency session on Monday, but Haley shot down such reporting as “mistaken.”

“There is no point in having an emergency session if it produces nothing of consequence,” Haley said, before noting that North Korea is already the target of a number of Security Council resolutions which, she said, “they violate with impunity.”

Jul 30 10:47

Putin Says Russia Will Cut US Diplomatic Presence by 755 People

US diplomatic presence in Russia will be cut by 755 people, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday.

Jul 30 10:37

China reveals its terrifying military weapons with vast parade including stealth jets, nuclear missiles, attack helicopters and thousands of elite troops

CHINA launched an awesome show of its military might – just hours after warning Donald Trump about his involvement in North Korea.

Tens of thousands of Chinese troops marched alongside tanks and nuclear weapons as stealth fighters and attack helicopters roared overhead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF President Trump is unable to find another position other than supporting war against North Korea, we may well be looking at going forward with a war against China... and perhaps Russia.

Jul 30 10:01

As Saudi King’s Health Wanes, War Architect Bin Salman Set To Become King

While his health and even sanity have been in doubt for years, fresh rumors are spreading that King Salman of Saudi Arabia’s physical condition has further deteriorated. According to Saudi sources cited by Oil Price, Salman’s health will likely forced him to abdicate the throne in the next few months. Though it was long believed that Mohammed bin Nayef, the king’s nephew and the country’s Minister of the Interior, would assume the throne, bin Nayef’s sudden ouster as Saudi Crown Prince during Ramadan definitively changed that, with King Salman’s son and the current Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, now positioned to take control.

Jul 30 09:24

Petitioning Donald Trump Revoke the U.S. Citizenship of George Soros and Cancel His Passport

George Soros, an immigrant from Hungary, is using his vast wealth and influence to foment riots and strife in the United States. He has a long history of meddling in the internal affairs of foreign countries and is using the same tactics to destabilize the United States, where he was given citizenship in 1961. We call on the Trump Administration and State Department to revoke his citizenship, cancel his passport and shut down his organizations.

Jul 30 09:23

Far-Left militia group claiming 30-plus branches nationwide training for CIVIL WAR with conservatives, Trump supporters

It’s beginning to look a lot like the 1990s again when Bill Clinton’s famous liberalism and fears of government take-overs followed by gun bans inspired the creation of right-leaning militia organizations willing to stand and fight against imagined tyranny.

Only, this time around it’s the far Left that is doing the preparing.

A web-based group that keeps an eye on Left-wing militancy is reporting that one movement claiming at least 30 branches nationwide are preparing members to wage civil war against conservatives and Trump supporters.They promote several PDFs that endorse “armed struggle” and even offer a 36 page “Mini-Manual Of The Urban Guerrilla” which pictures left-wing militants using RPGs and outlines tactics for guerrilla warfare including sections on “sabotage,” “kidnapping,” “executions,” “armed propaganda,” and “terrorism.”

This all sounds like typical Leninist/Marxist ‘revolutionary’ claptrap. But these fools believe it.

Jul 30 08:47

Pleading for bi-partisanship. Senator McCain said "We don’t covet other people’s land & wealth."

Jul 30 08:42

Trump rips China after North Korea missile tests

A day after North Korea tested a ballistic missile that it claims can reach all of the United States, US President Donald Trump ripped China for not reining in Kim Jong Un and his missile program.

"I am very disappointed in China," Trump wrote in a pair of Twitter posts. "...they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!"

North Korea's test Friday of an intercontinental ballistic missile was its second of the long-range weapon in a month. The first on July 4 showed the missile had the range to reach Alaska.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: what you ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WANT TO SEE HAPPEN, is a war between the US, North Korea, and China, assisting North Korea against the US.

This country absolutely does not have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

What really needs to happen here, is a peace conference, to be attended by South and North Korea, China, Japan, and the US, which creates a peace treaty to supplant the existing armistice, with North Korea guaranteeing that they will stop its nuclear weapons program in exchange for unrestricted, unsanctioned trade.

Of course, that... would be logical.

Mr. President, in such a deal, everyone wins, and there is no chance of war with China.

Jul 28 08:59

Trump's 'Fantasy' Military Budget Hides the Real Costs

To spend even more than the staggering amounts already given to the military, U.S. lawmakers have used the foreign war budget as a "slush fund" to circumvent Pentagon budget caps imposed by law, says William Hartung"

Jul 28 05:43

Countdown To War On Venezuela

On Sunday Venezuela will hold an general election of participants of a constitutional assembly. Half of the representatives will be elected from regular electoral districts. The other half will be elected from and by eight special constituencies like "workers", "farmers", "employers", etc. The second part may be unusual but is no less democratic than the U.S. system which gives voters in rural states more weight than city dwellers.

Jul 27 14:25

UK To Send Warship To South China Sea Amid Maritime Dispute – Defense Sec

The Royal Navy will deploy a warship to the South China Sea next year for a so-called freedom of navigation mission – a challenge to Beijing’s claim of sovereignty over the area – UK Defence Minister Michael Fallon said.

“We hope to send a warship to [the] region next year. We have not finalized exactly where that deployment will take place, but we won’t be constrained by China from sailing through the South China Sea,“ Fallon told Reuters during a trip to Australia.

Jul 27 13:52

I Was Once Transgender. Why I Think Trump Made the Right Decision for the Military

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he wouldn’t enable transgender individuals to serve in the military:

Jul 27 13:39

US Military Completes Test-Dropping Leaflet Bombs Using B-52 Bombers

The US military says it has successfully test-dropped a number of leaflet bombs, capable of delivering thousands of leaflets to people located in a target area.

Jul 27 13:21

U.S. Backs War As UN Agencies Make Urgent Plea To End 'World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis'

In a joint statement released Wednesday, the United Nations’ top relief agencies urged the international community to help provide humanitarian aid to Yemen, where a major cholera outbreak has been spreading rapidly since April.

As UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Food Program (WFP) reported following a trip to the war-ravaged country, nearly 1,900 people have died in the past three months, and 400,000 cases of suspected cholera have been recorded.

Jul 27 13:19

Transgender Troops Welcome In British Military After Trump Ban, Say Generals

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s shock ban on transgender troops serving in the US military, senior British officers have insisted the UK has no intention of following suit.

Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm that the ban on transgender service personnel would be reinstated.

Jul 27 12:30

Iran poised to launch rocket into space, as North Korea readies another missile test, US officials say

Two enemies of America are poised for upcoming rocket launches, two senior U.S. officials told Fox News, with another North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile launch expected as soon as Wednesday night and Iran on the verge of sending its own vehicle into space.

Iran's Simorgh space-launch vehicle is believed to be carrying a satellite, marking the second time in more than a year that Tehran has attempted to put an operational satellite into orbit -- something the Islamic Republic has never done successfully, according to one of the officials who has not authorized to discuss a confidential assessment.

Iran's last space launch in April 2016 failed to place a satellite into orbit, the official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the conspiratorial tone of the article, as though there is a "linkage" between North Korea and Iran, because "North Korea and Iran have long been accused of sharing missile technology", an accusation which cannot be proven at this point.

Iran absolutely should NOT be looked at as an enemy; this is only happening because Israel sees it as an "existential threat" whose current government must, ultimately, be wiped off the face of the earth (using only American blood and American money, of course!).

Were it not for this poisonous sentiment, taken from a completely overblown, and thoroughly disingenuous representation of Iran's regional "threat" by Israel's government to that of the government of the US, Iran would be a natural trading partner for the US.

The IAEA has stated that Iran is in absolute, full compliance of the P5+1 accord.

The sanctions placed against Iran are stupid, counterproductive, and punitive; punishing Iran for doing something (like developing defensive missiles, which was NEVER a part of the P5+1 agreement) is not a way to get the country back to the negotiating table on other issues.

The sanctions placed against North Korea are about the same, and will only hasten that country's development of a guided, steerable nuclear device, which can get to where it is aiming.

Sometimes, I look at what the Federal government is doing and it (very painfully) reminds me; just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could be doing, is utterly no guarantee that it will not do it!!

Jul 27 12:17

Top U.S. Military Officer Says Transgender Soldier Policy Won't Change – Yet

This Marine is insubordinate. It isn't up to Dunford or Mattis. They have been given the Order by the President and refuses to carry it out.

(WASHINGTON) — The nation's top military officer says U.S. policy on transgender individuals serving in uniform has not — and will not — change until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives the president's policy direction and Mattis determines how to implement it.

Gen. Joseph Dunford is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford made the statement in a note Thursday to all service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the note.

Jul 27 09:58

Trump To Ban Transgenders From All Military Service

US President Donald Trump says any military service would be banned for transgender people.

Jul 27 09:56

US Navy's 'Star Wars' mach 6 railgun goes mobile: Radical new weapon set for its first tests outside the lab

It has been dubbed 'Star Wars technology' by researchers, and can fire projectiles at six times the speed of sound.

Now, it's ready to hit the road.

The US Navy has revealed its railgun prototype will soon begin its first field demonstrations in Virginia.

Jul 27 09:38

CIA Gives More Power to Spies to Bolster Intelligence Operations. Pompeo: China, not Russia, poses greatest long-term threat

U.S. Faces Growing Threats From China, North Korea

Over the longer term, however, Pompeo singled out China as the most serious security challenge.

While China, Russia, and Iran all are expected to pose significant problems in the future, China is a greater threat because of its robust economy and growing military power—both aimed against the United States.

"I think China has the capacity to present the greatest rivalry to America of any of those over the medium and long term," he said.

China's military is building up forces that are aimed at countering U.S. power projection around the world, he said.

"So you see that, whether it's going on in the South China or East China Sea, or the work they're doing in other parts of the world," Pompeo said.

In acquiring foreign technology, he noted: "If you look at them, they are probably trying either to steal our stuff, or make sure they can defeat it. And most often, both."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China's burgeoning economy, and its ability to make things people want to actually buy, is definitely a problem for the US government; please remember that the iphone...is made in China.

China's weaponry is on point to match, or exceed the capabilities of US-made weaponry, because the culture of the military/industrial complex in this country has become decadent, to the point where CEOS of the companies making our weapons, planes, and ships, believe it is perfectly acceptable to deliver products so late as to be obsolete by the time they are field-tested; to deliver products which absolutely cannot perform as advertised (think: Lockheed Martin's F-35), and have cost overruns which make the budgets for these items wildly out of control.

IF we are going to have a tiny chance to defeat the Chinese in military combat, which may well be coming, to attempt to destroy the yuan, this has to change.

As those of you who read this blog understand, I detest war as a method of resolving geopolitical conflicts; that being said, when our military is tasked with being at war, they deserve the best the military/industrial complex can provide.

And right now, they are not getting that, and not by a long shot.

Jul 27 09:30

Nikki Haley Seeks Ancient Neocon Wisdom From Demonic Walrus Moustache John Bolton

We are all deeply nostalgic for the days of yore—the days before Nikki Haley was muzzled by the State Department—when our favorite South Carolina peach made daily headlines with her barely literate, Facebook-rant diplomacy.

Of course, in accordance with official Trump policy, Haley is still allowed to preach from the Bible of Bomb Iran; so her status as a rogue psycho has been downgraded to "standard psycho".

But there's always room for improvement.

Jul 27 09:01

US Congress following Israeli anti-Iran agenda: Pundit

The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions against Iran. The lower chamber of Congress approved the bill on Tuesday. The move came days after the Donald Trump administration certified, for the second time, to Congress that Iran was in compliance of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.

Press TV has interviewed Scott Rickard, a political analyst and former American intelligence linguist from Tampa, Florida, and Jim Walsh, a research associate with MIT Security Studies Program at Massachusetts Institute from Boston, for their thoughts about the imposition of new sanctions against Iran.

Rickard lashed out at US lawmakers, saying the financial backers of the congressmen are forcing them to approve anti-Iran bills.

Jul 27 08:55

THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IS UNDERMINING US NATIONAL SECURITY

The ongoing problems with the F-35 and other military programs, stemming from virtually unlimited budgets, underline the inefficiency of the American military-industrial complex (MIC). In contrast, Moscow develops armaments capable of counteracting the latest technological advances of the US at minimal cost.

One of a state’s most insidious mechanisms is the inefficiency of the military-industrial sector. When looking at the world's first superpower, this becomes all the more pronounced. Still, the ongoing problems highlighted by the F-35 program and failed missile interceptions by ABM systems are a good demonstration of how inefficiency in the US military sector has risen to worrying levels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This culture of waste, and a complete lack of meritocracy, on such a massive scale, must be dealt with.

For far too long, the US military has put up with equipment which is delivered so late as to be obsolete; does not perform as advertised; and is riddled with massive cost overruns.

President Trump needs to change this; there need to be stringent checks in place to prevent this from continuing, including jailing executives of companies which fail to deliver working, cost-contained, and state-of-the-art weapons for our military.

As draconian as this sounds, it would definitely be a move which would change the culture of this industry forever in this country.

But of course, this will only change when pigs fly; the military industrial complex owns this government, covertly and overtly, and they know it.

This is why the next major war in which the US government and military is involved will most probably be a war it cannot win.

Jul 27 07:59

GOP Lawmakers Block Popular Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For Veterans

By Aaron Kesel

Yesterday, Republican lawmakers blocked a bipartisan proposal designed to allow Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana as a substitute to big pharma’s opioids where the drug is legal for veterans.

The House Committee stopped the “Veterans Equal Access” amendment from moving to debate on the House floor by keeping the measure out of the VA funding bill for next year...

Jul 27 05:56

Congress Wants to Start a War with Russia Using Senate Bill 722

Would the new bill that the Senate has quietly passed actually remove executive powers from the President and start a war with Russia?

Our US Congress is filled with criminals, liars, people with serious health problems that could impair their judgment, and lifers with all the signs of advancing dementia, and yet these people are making decisions that could mean the difference between life and death for the rest of us while completely circumventing the checks and balances put in place by the Constitution.

A bill called "Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017" is, unsurprisingly, inaccurately named. (Aren't all of the most powerful bills? I mean, the Patriot Act was anything but patriotic.)

Really, it's all about Russia and disabling the Executive Branch.

Jul 26 15:54

Learning To Love Perpetual War

For Americans who oppose perpetual war, no member of Congress has been more admired than Barbara Lee. Ever since she cast the only vote against a blank-check war resolution, three days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Oakland Democrat has earned a reputation for bravely speaking antiwar truth to militarist power.

Jul 26 15:07

Venezuela On The Edge Of Civil War

Venezuela is a step closer to civil war after July 20th‘s “fake referendum ” held by the government opposition. Corporate Fake News (i.e. mainstream corporate media) haled the fake referendum as a vote of “no confidence” for President Nicolas Maduro.

Jul 26 11:49

Iran Slams Provocation as US Ships Fire on Patrol Boat

Iranian officials were deeply critical today of an incident in which US warships fired “warning shots” at a small Iranian patrol boat that was operating off the coast of Iran. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard called it a “provocation” by US forces.

One of the American ships that fired on the smaller Iranian boat
US Navy officials claimed the Iranian boat didn’t “follow the rules of the road,” and was a collision risk, though they conceded the boat was never less than 150 yards from any US warship in the first place.

This has been a recurring problem, with the US making a point of having a number of warships parked off the Iranian coast, and getting furious every time Iran’s own navy sends ships anywhere near them, even though the Iranian ships are usually in their own territorial water.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the US Navy has been given its marching orders; create a provocation, get the Iranians to react militarily, so that the US has its excuse to open fire against it.

It appears that in this incident, the Iranians were the model of restraint.

Jul 26 11:30

Trump Finds Reason for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals

President Trump, searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war, has latched on to a prospect that tantalized previous administrations: Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth, which his advisers and Afghan officials have told him could be profitably extracted by Western companies.

Mr. Trump has discussed the country’s mineral deposits with President Ashraf Ghani, who promoted mining as an economic opportunity in one of their first conversations. Mr. Trump, who is deeply skeptical about sending more American troops to Afghanistan, has suggested that this could be one justification for the United States to stay engaged in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Swell; just another damned (and possibly very specious) reason to stay in Afghanistan, because the Pentagon, State Department, Congress, and the White House, can't think of anything else to do here.

Before President Trump signs off on this, there should be an impartial mineral engineering study of those areas with supposed large mineral wealth, and a very sober, intelligent budget for doing this.

But the most important conversation to be conducted here, concerns a mechanism which insures that a reasonable portion of this wealth actually goes back to the Afghani people, rather than being simply expropriated by US companies, who have no moral right to do this, and may potentially give nothing back.

Of course, that will happen when pigs fly.

Jul 26 11:15

Thousands of Jordanians protest killing of teenager in embassy, chant 'Death to Israel'

Thousands of Jordanians joined the funeral procession of a teenager shot dead by an Israeli security guard during a standoff at the Israeli embassy. The mourners have demanded authorities close the embassy and tear up Jordan’s peace treaty with Tel Aviv.

The people who joined the procession chanted, “No to an Israeli embassy or ambassador on Jordanian land” and “Death to Israel” as they accompanied the coffin of the killed teenager from his home city of the city of Wihdat, east of the Jordanian capital of Amman, where a large Palestinian refugee camp is situated.

The mourners were carrying pictures of the dead teenager, identified as Mohammed Jawawdeh, 17, as well as Palestinian and Jordanian flags. They also called for a “jihad” against Israel, Reuters reports.

"We will go to Jerusalem as martyrs by the millions,” people chanted, according to AFP. Jawawdeh’s uncle also appealed to Jordan’s King Abdullah II, asking him to avenge the teenager’s death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"By accident", my astrolabe!!

But the big question now, is how how King Abdullah of Jordan and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, are going move forward to take steps to insure that such an incident never happens again, and compensate the family of this kid for their loss (as though money could ever compensate for the loss of a loved one).

Jul 26 10:54

A Quick and Simple Plan For Politicians to UNFUCK AMERICA

I was recently asked by a person in the UK government to list the steps I would like to see the US government take in order to actually Make America Great Again.

Here are my first ten actions, in no particular order, with a little bit of color commentary:

Jul 26 10:49

IMF may soon be moving to China – Christine Lagarde

Head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde says the organization may move its headquarters from Washington DC to Beijing in a decade if the growth trend in China and other major emerging markets continues.

Changes in big emerging markets will be reflected in the IMF's voting structure, and the Fund will need to increase its representation in the region, according to Lagarde.

“Which might very well mean, that if we have this conversation in 10 years' time...we might not be sitting in Washington, DC We'll do it in our Beijing head office,” the Fund’s Managing Director said.

Lagarde highlighted that emerging economies are currently growing larger and more influential.

She added that the IMF's bylaws call for the institution's head office to be located in the largest member economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why so many in the Bowels of Power in DC are itching for a war with China (which we very well may not win), to prevent a financial overtake of the US.

Jul 26 10:44

With Washington’s Blessing, Seoul to Mount 1-Ton Warhead on Ballistic Missile

Seeking to increase the chances of taking out North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the event of war, South Korea wants to boost its 500-mile range ballistic missile warhead from 1100 pounds to one ton.

By doubling the warhead size, Seoul asserts that it can mitigate the threat of nuclear attack by the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), and strike underground bunkers where the Pyongyang brass will hide in the event of war, according to the Korea Times.

But to make the dream a reality, Seoul must first get the approval of Washington, as an existing treaty between the allies describing guidelines for the country's missiles prevents the kind of upgrades sought by the South Korean military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

looking at the rapid escalation of North Korea's missile program, I would suspect that permission on this will happen sooner than later, and that it may even happen before this upcoming Security Conference.

Jul 26 10:43

US Navy Ballistic Missile Intercept Test Failure Blamed on Sailor Error

Reports have identified human error as the likely cause of a failed June 22 SM-3 Block IIA ship-launched Aegis missile test — a relief to military contractors and the Pentagon, who have been speeding the advance of US anti-missile technology.

As threats of intercontinental ballistic missile attacks by the People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK) continue unabated, the US, in cooperation with regional allies, is quickly developing new anti-missile defense technologies, including the ship-launched SM-3, a Raytheon Aerojet, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries weapons collaboration program between Tokyo and Washington currently fast-tracked by the Pentagon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jul 26 10:39

Impossible to Prevent US Weapons Sent to Ukraine From Expanding Conflict

Once the United States ships weapons to Ukraine it will be impossible to prevent them from being used for offensive purposes as well, former CIA officer Phil Giraldi told Sputnik.

The US government is pushing ahead with plans to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine despite concerns in the Department of State that they could be used to escalate violence and increase the risk of conflict with Russia.
"On the ground, tank destroying missile systems would by their very nature be quite usable in an offensive, mobile fashion to neutralize any disadvantage in armor," Giraldi said.

Giraldi observed that the tactical impact of such an arms package had been seriously discussed in US military and government s circles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The shipping of US weapons to Ukraine will almost inevitably lead to war with Russia.

And then, we have this little "gem" of a faux pas, courtesy of President Trump's ambassador to Ukraine in an interview yesterday:

US President Donald Trump's new representative for the Ukraine, Kurt Volker, says Washington is considering giving arms to Kiev. In an astonishingly naive interview, he said he did not believe arming the Ukrainians would be a provocative gesture.

Forgive me, but has this gentleman gone absolutely foaming at the mouth, barking dog mad, to have made this observation?!?

Russia will almost surely see this as an overt act of war against it, and retaliate in kind.

Jul 26 10:10

Terrorists Control Less than 10sq/km of Area in Arsal, Hezbollah on Verge of Great Victory

Only 7sq/km of land has remained under the control of the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) in the mountainous region at Lebanon-Syria Border, a military source said, adding that the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters are now on the verge of capturing the entire of Arsal heights.

The source confirmed that only three heights stretching over 7sq/km of area are under Al-Nusra Front's control in Arsal heights, adding the resistance forces will soon reach the regions of Wadi Hamid and al-Malahi after capturing the terrorist-held three heights.

Once, Hezbollah seizes control over the three heights, it will complete liberation of Arsal heights, the source said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe this is the reason for the sudden White House concern over Hezbollah; they are speeding up the end of the war in Syria!

Jul 26 10:05

Are America’s Wars Just and Moral?

“One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius.

Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded Americans. What justifies America’s participation in this slaughter?

Jul 26 10:04

Trump Pledges Support for Lebanon’s Anti-ISIS Push

Speaking today with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, President Trump praised ongoing efforts in Lebanon for the nation to “guard its borders” and prevent infiltration by ISIS and other militant groups, pledging unspecified amounts of US aid to help with that effort.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, they are going to extend the war into Lebanon!

Jul 26 10:01

The World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis Is Basically Being Blacked Out by Western Media

The Arab world’s richest country, Saudi Arabia, went to war against the Arab world’s poorest country in 2015. In this period, Yemen – with a population of 25 million – has been substantially destroyed. The United Nations has been tracking the scale of the atrocity. The numbers are bewildering. Close to 20,000 people have died in this war, at least half of them civilians. The numbers of those injured could not be tabulated as half of Yemen’s hospitals and medical centers do not work. This means there is no accurate measure of those who come in to be treated.

Jul 26 09:51

Putin: "Aggression is a sign of weakness" - Hillary, take note! [Video]

On July 21, President Putin held an almost 4 hour long session with students of all ages from "Sirius" in Sochi. The Center is a multi-disciplinary educational facility for gifted children, offering everything from sports to music, maths, physics and even chess. It was opened in 2014, and was Putin’s own creation. In this outtake, President Putin talks about the importance of being able to keep your cool in stressful situations, which in turn is an advantage in dealing with people who cannot. “When a person has no better argument – they become aggressive.” Hillary, take note!

Jul 26 09:43

Putin, Iraqi vice-president discuss possible supplies of T-90 tanks

Possible supplies of Russian-made T-90 tanks to Iraq were discussed at today’s talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki, chief of Russia’s Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said on Tuesday.

"This topic was raised, as was the entire current agenda," he told journalists but refused to say whether the meeting has yielded any concrete decision on that matter.

"We have an intergovernmental commission which works under its own plan. I would not comment on any details [concerning tanks supplies], on any nuances about the quantity, etc.," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The performance of Russian military equipment in Syria has been stellar, and people are noticing.

So now, ironically, the US government's regime change in Baghdad is bringing Russia and Iraq closer, both in terms of relationships, and military hardware?!?

Baghdad seeking ‘substantial’ Russian military & political presence in Iraq – vice-president

Call me silly, but I sincerely doubt that this was the outcome President Bush envisioned when the US military invaded Iraq to control its oilfields, and in what currency that oil was sold for!!

Jul 26 06:48

US govt will not ‘accept or allow’ transgender people to serve in military ‘in any capacity’ – Trump

Transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the American military in any capacity, President Donald Trump said, adding that US forces shouldn’t be “burdened by” medical costs and “disruption” they would bring.

"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow ... Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump wrote on Twitter.

Jul 25 13:58

IS burns 10 militants to death

Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State executed ten members, including Arab leaders, in west of Mosul, a security source from the army’s Joint Operations Command was quoted saying.

Jul 25 12:56

WaPo Worships Principled, Humanitarian McCain That’s Never Existed

In a fawning editorial Saturday (7/22/17), pillar of the national security establishment Washington Post fell over itself to commend a John McCain that never existed, instead lavishing praise on a well-curated PR facsimile developed over decades.

After praising McCain for issuing a “toughly worded criticism” on Twitter of Donald Trump for allegedly ending an entirely pointless, destructive and likely illegal CIA program supporting unnamed “rebels” in Syria (the highest act of moral courage for the Post is gunrunning to CIA proxies), the Fred Hiatt–run editorial board proceeds to paint McCain as the antidote to the problem of “partisan warfare, where politicians will say just about anything at all, true or untrue, to gain an advantage.”

Jul 25 12:28

"Time Is Running Out" - China Is Planning For A Crisis Along North Korean Border

Despite Chinese officials reassurance that "military means shouldn’t be an option," WSJ reports that China has been bolstering defenses along its 880-mile frontier with North Korea and realigning forces in surrounding regions to prepare for a potential crisis across their border, including the possibility of a U.S. military strike.

While all eyes in America are once again distracted by "Russia"-related narratives and the dismal GOP efforts to replace, repeal, re-who-knows-what Obamacare, the threat of North Korea has not gone away... and neither has China's preparations. As President Trump stepped up the rhetoric, pressuring China to do more to 'solve' the North Korean problem, and threatening military action to halt Kim's nuclear weapons program ambitions, it is clear that China has used this crisis to not just prepare for potential problems with North Korea but to reinforce military forces elsewhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder what President Trump's and DC's reaction is going to be to the next North Korean ICBM launch; I frankly don't think their collective reaction will be "Sit down, let's talk".

I am very concerned that their response will ultimately be military; look for some major battle carriers to be heading toward the North Korean peninsula in the not too distant future.

Jul 25 12:09

52% Say US Would Lie About Foreign Chemical Weapons

A statistically significant poll of the American adult Internet population reveals that 52.4% believe the US government would mislead them "about a foreign government’s use of chemical weapons in order to justify US military action." 45.7% responded that they did not believe the US government would mislead them, while the remainder (1.9%) provided other responses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am utterly flabbergasted that the number was that low, looking at the continuous flurry of lies fed to the American people on a daily basis, then dutifully regurgitated by the presstitute media!!

Jul 25 12:05

North Korea v USA live: Kim Jong-un ‘preparing for V-day missile test’ – latest updates

KIM Jong-un is preparing to launch a second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, a US defence official has said. Here is the latest news and live updates.

North Korea is preparing to launch an ICBM within the next few days, a US defence official has said.

China has deployed troops to patrol its border with North Korea amid concerns about an influx of refugees.

US military officials have warned that war remains a possibility.
6.20 pm: North Korea warns Donald Trump of 'powerful nuclear hammer'

Pyongyang is ram pig up its threats in a bid to dissuade the US from attempting to remove Kim Jong-un from power.

A foreign ministry spokesman, quoted in the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), said: “Should the US dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ONLY thing which will work here will be getting all parties to the negotiating table (China, the US, North, South Koreas, and Japan) and to hammer out a peace deal, supplanting the existing armistice, which guarantees North Korea the right to unrestricted, unsanctioned trade, in exchange for North Korea ending its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, THAT... would be logical.

And we already had that statement a couple of days ago from General Dunford, attempting to "groom" the American people for a potential war against North Korea:

A North Korean Military Option is Not Unimaginable

Unfortunately, just because something would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the American government and military could do, is utterly no guarantee that they won't do it.

I would hope that President Trump's response, should there be another North Korean missile test soon, will be measured; my gut is telling me, however, that the warmongers among his closest advisors will not let that happen.

Jul 25 10:54

Red Cross: Yemen Cholera Deaths Expected to Double by Year’s End

The forecast for Yemen’s cholera epidemic looks grim, as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warns that by the end of 2017 the number of cholera cases will double, reaching 600,000.

President of ICRC Peter Maurer called the massive outbreak "alarming and growing" on Sunday while on a five-day visit to the country. Zee News quoted him saying, "The great tragedy is that this cholera outbreak is a preventable man-made humanitarian catastrophe."

He explained that devastation of Yemen’s health system and infrastructure by the ongoing civil war is directly responsible for the health crisis. Maurer said, "I find this needless suffering absolutely infuriating. The world is sleep-walking into yet more tragedy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ICRC President Maurer, there is a correction to your perception of how this epidemic got started that you need to understand; it has been the indiscriminate Saudi bombing, enabled by the US military, which has destroyed Yemeni infrastructure; Yemeni ports have been blocked, courtesy of US military-enabled Saudi troops, so no food can get in, leading to malnutrition; and sir, there is, of course, the question of has this cholera epidemic been weaponised, courtesy of a joint Saudi-US scientific collaboration?!?

It gives me no joy, whatsoever, to be a citizen of a country whose government colludes in Saudi Arabian war crimes in Yemen, and yet to be utterly powerless to do anything about it, except to bear Christian witness, and expose, as best I can, what is going on here.

Jul 25 10:43

China will protect border with India ‘at all costs’

How India border stand-off gives China a chance to burnish its global image

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said later in the day that Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval would be among the guests hosted by Beijing during a security officials meeting of the BRICS countries on Thursday and Friday, also involving Brazil, Russia and South Africa.

State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who along with Doval is the special representative on the border issues, will also attend.

Lu refused to confirm whether the border issue would be discussed at the meeting.

“China hopes to maintain the peace and stability of the China-India border area, but certainly will not make any compromise on issues of territorial sovereignty,” Reuters cited Lu as saying.

Xi Jinping picks war games over military parade for Chinese army’s 90th birthday bash

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sincerely hoping that a hot war will not develop between these two nuclear-armed countries, and that cooler heads will prevail, and some negotiated settlement can occur; but passions on both sides of the issue are running very high, and all it will take is one stupid mistake, or stupid miscalculation, to get a war going here.

Jul 25 09:13

Trillions of Dollars in U.S. Military Spending Is Unaccounted-For. Tax Payers’ Money is Missing

according to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense — many billions, and sometimes even trillions, of dollars, in the Department’s periodic financial reports, are not documented. What has happened to the taxpayers’ money is unknown — it’s missing (alleged to have been spent, but to payees unidentified).

Jul 25 08:51

BEX ALERT - Iran will soon have ICBMs armed with nukes by way of North Korea. Team Trump must act now

Here’s a prediction by yours truly that you can take to the bank: In just a few years Iran will have intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, that can attack targets all over the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

And it might all be thanks to the rogue state the Trump administration has labelled the biggest national security threat of our time: North Korea.

Oh, and to twist the knife in a little deeper, those missiles could be armed with nuclear weapons—once the Iran deal expires. That is, unless America puts a stop to this threat once and for all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, if you really feel that way about it ... here's your rifle, and here's your parachute. Watch your head climbing into the transport and we'll call North Korea and Iran and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But we the people remember all the times the corporate media has lied us into wars.

We remember how Saddam didn't really have Nuclear weapons.

We remember that Iran wasn't actually building nuclear weapons.

We remember that Iran has not initiated a war of conquest in over 200 years while the US cannot seem to go for 6 months without bombing, invading, drone-striking, or regime-changing other nations that have done nothing to deserve such treatment.

We remember that there were no torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor.

We remember that the Lusitania was in fact smuggling weapons to Great Britain in violation of the United States claim of neutrality, thus making her a legitimate target of war.

We remember that Roosevelt goaded the Japanese into the attack on Pearl Harbor.

We also remember that for all the talk about Iraq's nuclear weapons, and Iran's nuclear weapons, and North Korea's nuclear weapons, and Disneyland's nuclear weapons, that in all of human history one and only one nation has actually used nuclear weapons of mass destruction against the civilians of another country, and the nation that committed that atrocity is the United States.

Jul 25 08:41

HALLIBURTON’S QUESTIONED AND UNSUPPORTED COSTS IN IRAQ EXCEED $1.4 BILLION

Reports of Halliburton’s excessive billings have multiplied since the invasion of Iraq. Former Halliburton employees have described how the company charged $45 for cases of soda and $100 to clean 15-pound bags of laundry. U.S. government auditors have also issued dozens of reports finding questionable billings, including unreasonable fuel prices and charges for meals that were never served to the troops.

Jul 25 08:09

$700bn Pentagon bill funds US presence in E. Europe & weapons for Ukraine

A Senate committee proposal for the 2018 military budget would further boost Pentagon spending on troops and equipment, make the US presence in Eastern Europe a persistent feature, and supply lethal weapons to Ukraine, among other things.

Adopted in the Senate Armed Services Committee by a vote of 27-0, the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would add $97 billion to the total military budget proposed by President Donald Trump last month.

Jul 25 07:06

The Trump White House's War Within

His national security team wants a stepped up fight in Afghanistan , there's just one problem; A President who doesn't want to be there .

>>>

Jul 24 14:53

HALLIBURTON’S QUESTIONED AND UNSUPPORTED COSTS IN IRAQ EXCEED $1.4 BILLION

Webmaster's Commentary: 

$1700 for gallon of gas for all military equipment & $1200 per case of soda pop

Jul 24 12:53

The Bloody ‘Liberation’ Of Mosul

The Iraqi and U.S. governments have declared Mosul as liberated from its ISIS occupiers. But author Vijay Prashad says it’s not so simple: the “liberation” included the slaughter of civilians by both sides and left large swaths of the ancient city — the second largest in Iraq — in rubble and ruins. And ISIS is still entrenched in other parts of the war torn country.

Jul 24 10:39

Trump, On New Aircraft Carrier, Urges Military Funds Boost

President Donald Trump urged Congress to pass a budget that provides for higher, stable and predictable funding for the U.S. military.

Jul 24 10:33

British, Turkish warships arrive in Ukraine for NATO Black Sea drills

A British missile destroyer and a Turkish frigate have docked at the port of Odessa in Ukraine for a joint NATO maritime exercise, which comes just a week after the bloc’s massive Sea Breeze war games took place off the same shore.
The Royal Navy’s ‘HMS Duncan’ and the Turkish Navy frigate ‘Yildirim’ moored in the Black Sea port of Odessa on Monday, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry wrote on its website. Both ships, which belong to NATO Standing Maritime Group 2 (NSMG2) covering the Mediterranean, are expected to remain in Ukrainian waters until July 27.

“The program of the ships’ visit includes a joint exercise with the Ukrainian Navy to train mid-sea survival skills as well as surveillance operations,” the press release said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These nearly round the clock, NATO exercises in Europe and beyond, seem to indicate to me that something wicked this way comes, in terms of a potential military attack against Russia.

Unfortunately, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly thing for NATO and the US government to do, is no guarantee that they will not do it.

The demonisation of Russia continues, absolutely fact-free of any genuine Russian threat against the US or NATO.

Jul 24 10:27

Sweden to hold ‘biggest military exercise in decades’ with NATO amid fears over Russia

Sweden is preparing to hold what it calls the “first and largest” exercise of its kind in over 20 years involving all of its military branches as well as troops from several NATO countries, to boost its deterrence capabilities, the Swedish military said.
The exercise, Aurora 17, which is scheduled for September, is designed to strengthen Sweden’s defense capabilities and create a “credible and visible” deterrent that would force any potential enemies “to carefully consider the risks of attacking our country,” the Swedish Armed Forces said in statement.

Some 19,000 soldiers from all military branches are expected to participate in the exercise, which will be conducted in the air, on land and at sea. The major training areas will be in the southeastern Stockholm-Maelaren region and the Gothenburg area, as well as on and around the island of Gotland, not far from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely senseless, unabashed propaganda; why in the name of heaven would Russia want to invade Sweden, when all Russia wants right now is trade and peace?!?

Jul 24 09:28

Dick Cheney Poisoned Hundreds of US Troops—They’re Dying & Were Just Told They Can’t Sue

The families of suffering and dying Iraqi veterans, who breathed in toxic fumes because of the negligence of military contractors, received some horrible news this week. A federal judge in Maryland just dismissed a massive collection of cases brought against the contractor who claimed that the open burn pits in Iraq left them sick and dying from serious illnesses.

The legacy of death and misery from the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan continues today, and, once again, Dick Cheney plays a central role. The company at the center of the myriad of lawsuits is the infamous government contractor, Kellog, Brown, and Root (KBR).

Jul 24 09:23

When Will America’s Crime Spree in Afghanistan End? “Punitive Raids” under the Cloak of “Humanitarian” Warfare

At the beginning of the year The Intercept published a lengthy article straightforwardly titled “The Crimes of the SEAL Team 6.” The article tells little about the heroism or professionalism of the servicemen of the American special forces unit SEAL Team 6, which Hollywood and bestselling authors are so fond of. The Intercept took the courage to investigate the darker side of war – crimes that are being routinely committed by US servicemen. The investigation into SEAL Team 6 was conducted for two years and included 18 interviews with former and current soldiers and officers of the unit. The Intercept article is somewhat reminiscent of The New York Times piece on the same topic published back in 2015.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact these charges are true, this is appalling.

And yet, 16 years on, the Taliban is still gaining territory in Afghanistan, as I posted earlier today.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING.

Jul 24 09:03

Strip-Mining The World

A gigantic mine engages in every conceivable destructive practice—strip mining, heap leaching, tailings dams and ponds and so on. It pays such low wages its workers only make ends meet by borrowing from the company at usurious rates. The mine has befouled the air and poisoned the water. Many workers are chronically sick and their children are afflicted with birth defects. The mine’s absentee owners know that the mine is played out and the tailings dam is structurally unsound. They close the mine, count their profits, and move on. A month later the dam gives way. A deluge of noxious sludge inundates the town below the dam, sparing no one and rendering the area uninhabitable.

The government is a strip mining operation, plundering the dwindling residual value of a once wealthy America. Forget ostensible justifications, policy is crafted to allow those who control the government to maximize their take and put the costs on their victims, leaving devastation in their wake.

Jul 24 08:25

US Joint Chiefs Chairman: Attacking North Korea Is Not ‘Unimaginable’

Gen. Joe Dunford, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, complained over the weekend that a lot of people are rejecting the idea of the US attacking North Korea, saying the possibility shouldn’t be taken off the table, and that attacking them is “not unimaginable.”

While Dunford conceded that a US attack on North Korea would lead to a “horrific” war, with a death toll unlike anything seen since World War 2, he insisted that the US had to develop a “military option” for the war because otherwise North Korea might nuke Denver, Colorado.

The choice of Denver, Colorado in the comments is a strange one, but likely reflects Dunford’s comments being made in Aspen, Colorado. At the same time, virtually everyone agrees North Korea lacks the capability to hit the US mainland, let alone do so with a nuclear weapon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: through this statement by General Dunford, the American people are being "groomed" for a US military attack against North Korea, and my sense is, sooner rather than later.

Jul 24 08:21

Taliban Gains Mount in Afghanistan: Two More Districts Overrun

The weekend once again saw the Taliban racking up territorial gains within Afghanistan, seizing the Taywara District in the Ghor Province, and also taking control of the Kohistan District in the far northern Faryab Province, forcing security forces in both districts to retreat and wait for reinforcements.

Taywara is the bigger fight, according to reports, with around 70 Afghan soldiers killed and 30 others wounded in the fighting. In Faryab, the attack was more of a surprise, with Taliban arriving under the cover of night and burning the police headquarters and other office buildings.

This is likely to be a recurring problem for the Afghan military, as the force is nowhere near as large as it is on paper. Many of the Afghan soldiers officials on the payroll are actually “ghost soldiers,” just names that are on the books so some higher ranking official can pocket their salary without any real soldier to complain that he didn’t get paid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My, how "brilliantly" the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan is going; the Taliban are gaining more of a foothold in the country, 16 years on, and the US/NATO Coalition is painfully impotent to stop this.

IF the US and NATO leadership had two brain cells to rub together, they would have to admit, after all the blood and money spent here, that there is utterly no military metric by which this insane war can be characterized as "having been won."

What they should do is to remove all Western troops as soon as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the Afghani pipeline and mineral rights; of course, that would be logical, but the collective governmental and military hubris of both sides of the Coalition won't let it happen.

Jul 24 08:10

US Coalition Sees a ‘Lot More’ to Do in Syria After Raqqa: Will Continue to Back Kurdish Forces in Taking ISIS Territory

The US-led coalition in Syria believes they have a “lot more” to do in their war against ISIS in the country, even if they manage to expel ISIS from their capital city of Raqqa, with the deputy commander saying they’ll go after the rest of ISIS territory, backing the Kurds.

ISIS still holds a substantial amount of territory outside of Raqqa, including the majority of the Deir Ezzor Province. US officials have previously even singled out Mayadin as the “next capital” for ISIS, which they’ll invade next.

In Iraq, the US has styled their military presence as basically a permanent reality now, irrespective of ISIS’ status, but in Syria, where the US-led coalition isn’t authorized to be in the first place, justifying their long-term presence is going to be trickier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's see here: another US invasion of a sovereign Middle Eastern country, completely unauthorized by Congress, where Russia has been invited at the behest of the Syrian government, to deal with the jihadists, but the US military has not; what could possibly go wrong?!?

Jul 24 08:03

Al-Qaeda Takes Control of Syrian City of Idlib From Rival Jihadist Group

Underscoring that Friday’s ceasefire was a de facto military victory for them, al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front now totally controls the Idlib Province’s capital city of Idlib, following the other ceasefire party, Ahrar al-Sham withdrawing over the weekend.

The two sides had spent over a week fighting around the province, ending with Nusra having a large contingent of Ahrar al-Sham surrounded at the border crossing into Turkey. This was followed by a ceasefire that aimed to remove all combatants from the crossing itself.

Still, it was no real secret that the deal came simply to prevent a bloodbath, and Ahrar al-Sham fairly quickly had packed everyone up on their vehicles and headed further south, into territory in Idlib Province that they still control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the Syrian Army and Russia have their work cut out for them in Idlib.

Jul 24 07:38

– IN RETALIATION FOR THE SAUDI’S ONGOING AGGRESSION AGAINST YEMEN, YEMENI FORCES HAVE TARGETED AN ARAMCO SAUDI OIL REFINERY IN YANBU PROVINCE WITH A LONG-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILE.

The Saudi-led coalition tend to order anywhere from 20 to 70 airstrikes against various Yemeni provinces on any given day. Any province under control of Yemen’s Popular Forces is fair game. Hot spots currently include Taiz, Marib, the vital Hodeidah port town, and the densely populated capital city of Sana’a. So in retaliation, Yemeni forces have struck a Saudi oil refinery.

Just yesterday, Saudi airstrikes attacked a fishing boat killing 8 workers on board and wounding at least one more. Other targets frequently include civilian homes, crowded markets, funerals, schools, and all other civilian infrastructure. Despite this terrorism, arms from the west– especially the United States and United Kingdom– continue flowing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the US government chooses to partner with Saudi Arabia in its war crimes against Yemen is very troubling to me. I wish Mike and I were a lot younger and a lot less broke; then, maybe, we could apply for citizenship in a country which, on moral grounds, would never commit such crimes.

Here's the reality of what is going on in Yemen: the Saudis have been killing and maiming innocent civilians; with US military assistance, they have blocked Yemeni ports so no food can get in, leading to massive deaths by malnutrition; and then, of course, is the horrific outbreak of cholera in Yemen (possibly weaponised), which has seen a toll of over 300,000 people sickened by it.

It appears that our US government has morphed into something far more sinister than the Unhinged Surveilled States of America; it has morphed into the Unhinged, Surveilled States of War Crimes, where profits for the American merchants of death, is all that matters to this government.

Ultimately, there will be costs, financially, physically, and morally, to this country, and its leadership, and those costs may well be devastating.

Please understand that everyone who does not, peacefully, logically, and morally speak out against these practices, on the part of this country, are also complicit in these crimes.

Now is hardly the time to be complacent, or think, for a moment, that they will ultimately not affect you, because, down the road, they will.

Jul 23 09:20

Investigation Reveals Navy At Fault For Massive USS Fitzgerald CollisionJONAH BENNETT

A preliminary investigation into the collision of the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine cargo ship in June has revealed that the U.S. Navy is at fault.

According to two defense officials who spoke with CNN, the crew aboard the USS Fitzgerald made numerous abysmal mistakes which led to the collision with the ACX Crystal in an area known for commercial shipping.

The investigation is likely to result in recommendations for possible punishment, making the review “dual purpose.”

“They did nothing until the last second,” one official said, speaking of the crew on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. “A slew of things went wrong.”

The second official stated that the crash “will wind up being our fault.”

Jul 23 09:07

CNN Readies Russophobic Show To Scare Suburbia

Much of the American public no longer cares about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. They also don’t care about the Senate investigation, or the House investigation.

So it’s unsurprising that CNN, in a seemingly blatant example of suburban scaremongering, will attempt to revive the anti-Russia hysteria that permeated the political climate just a few months ago, by preparing to debut “The Spies Next Door: Operation Ghost Stories." The documentary focuses on the story of undercover Russian sleeper living in the US. The show details “one of the largest counterintelligence investigations in the history of the FBI," reads a release from the network via the Hill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CNN, a word, please: you are dealing with a VERY war-weary, war-skeptical pubic at this point. And having lost any shred of credibility for continually having regurgitated the White House lie that "Saddam Hussain had weapons of mass destruction", on which to "sell" the American people on a war against Iraq, I am rather surprised that you would continue to pour more kerosene upon the corpse of the tatters of your integrity.

A war against Russia would be financially and militarily insane right now; the US military just doesn't have the troop strength, the weaponry, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive US outcome to a war against Russia.

Unfortunately, that being said, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is utterly no guarantee that it just won't haul off and do it.

We've got NATO and American troops surrounding Russia, and a new US military base in the Republic of Georgia, right on Russia's border, and that facility will be ready for use, and occupancy, right around the end of this year.

Therefore, my guess for the timing of a "false flag", to be blamed on Russia as the "justification" for military action against it, will be toward the end of this year, or beginning of next.

But in response to your coming demonisation of Russia, as a potential prelude to a shooting war with this country, a composer I know very well once wrote:

"You're selling us war... but we're just not buying
You've got your talking heads all cued, but we know they're lying
Just how many more ... will you condemn to dying?!?
You can't justify this war, so just stop trying!"

Oh, and I will be recording the first episode of the show... to know which commercial sponsors against whom I will need to organise a national boycott!! :-)

Jul 23 08:35

Watch Russia’s Favorite Fighter Jet Pull Off The Most Insane Aerobatics We’ve Ever Seen


The Russian military’s state-of-the-art Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E multi-role fighters aren’t just turning heads and dropping jaws over the wastelands of Syria anymore. During a flight demonstration ahead of Russia’s annual Moscow Air Show, one of the country’s finest fighter jets pulls off a series of amazing aerobatic maneuvers that might make even the most experienced throttle jockey’s guts turn.

Jul 23 08:23

ASSANGE: ‘CIA NOT ONLY ARMED SYRIA’S INSURGENTS–IT PAID THEIR SALARIES’

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is continuing his attempt to “take down America any way he can” by accurately reporting the truth.

Saturday on Twitter, Assange highlighted an article from Thursday where the Financial Times noted how many Syrian rebels are getting salaries from the CIA.

Assange said they “buried the lede”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I absolutely not surprised at this?~?

And CIA Director Pompeo, a word, please: you have simply found yourself tripping over your own lies, both to the American people and the world, regarding the US's true mission in Syria.

Originally, the American military presence in Syria was allegedly to "fight ISIS"; but what was really going on, as clearly demonstrated by the Financial Times article, which you hate, because the truth is gradually coming out, was to finance, train, and help the rebels destabilise Syria to the point where regime change in Syria was in the sites of DC.

In light of Russia's support for the Al Assad Administration, (and I would like to politely remind you, Mr. Pompeo, that the Russians are in Syria at the behest of the Syrian government, which we never were), that was just not going to happen.

The American people are now war-weary, and war-skeptical. They understand that the lies emanating from DC, and regurgitated by the presstitutes in Corporate Media, are simply put forward to sell various geopolitical agendas, and can no longer be believed.

Julian Assange has never lied to me; the US government, on innumerable occasions, has, sir: so, who do you think I am going to trust, henceforward?!?

Jul 23 08:06

ASSANGE: ‘CIA NOT ONLY ARMED SYRIA’S INSURGENTS–IT PAID THEIR SALARIES’

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is continuing his attempt to “take down America any way he can” by accurately reporting the truth.

Saturday on Twitter, Assange highlighted an article from Thursday where the Financial Times noted how many Syrian rebels are getting salaries from the CIA.

Assange said they “buried the lead”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised at this?!?

And a short word to CIA Director Pompeo: you get angry when you get embarrassed by someone like Assange succeeds in uncovering the evils this government sometimes perpetrates in order to effect "regime change", as you have been doing for over half a decade in Syria.

The American people cannot possibly believe or stomach your lies anymore, particularly after the "Saddam had weapons of mass destruction" lie to "sell" American into a war with Iraq; they have become war-skeptical, and war weary.

When faced with choosing between what the US government tells me, and what Julian Assange tells me and the world, I will, thank you, stick with Assange; he hasn't lied to me yet, whereas the only thing I expect from my government these days, is continual lying to support its geopolitical agendas.

Jul 23 08:05

Yemeni Forces Strike Saudi Oil Refinery with Long-Range Ballistic Missile

In retaliation for the Saudi’s ongoing aggression against Yemen, Yemeni forces have targeted an Aramco Saudi oil refinery in Yanbu province with a long-range ballistic missile. The Saudi-led coalition tend to order anywhere from 20 to 70 airstrikes against various Yemeni provinces on any given day. Any province under control of Yemen’s Popular Forces is fair game. Hot spots currently include Taiz, Marib, the vital Hodeidah port town, and the densely populated capital city of Sana’a. So in retaliation, Yemeni forces have struck a Saudi oil refinery.

Jul 23 07:54

Top general says Russians could force US out of Syria, as Congress strikes deal to slap them with new sanctions

US forces have a less credible military foothold in Syria than the Russians do, and could be expelled from the country after the defeat of ISIS, a top US general has said.

Russia, unlike the US, operates in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government, said General Raymond 'Tony' Thomas, the head of the Special Operations Command, at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Friday.
'Here's the conundrum: We are operating in the sovereign country of Syria. The Russians, their stalwarts, their backstoppers have already uninvited the Turks from Syria. We're a bad day away from the Russians saying, "Why are you still in Syria, US?" Thomas said, according to Newsweek.

'If the Russians play that card, we could want to stay and have no ability to do it,' Thomas continued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since President Trump has ordered the CIA to stand down in their funding, training, and supporting ISIS, there is utterly no credible claim by the US government for a reason for the US military to be in Syria, period, end of discussion.

We have invaded a sovereign country with the original expectation of being able to regime change Damascus; that is not possible, and perhaps, it never was. But the reality on the ground is very clear here; time to go.

Jul 22 16:31

Anger over Army plans to cut soldiers’ welfare links by scrapping regimental headquarters

PLANS to scrap Army regimental headquarters, which currently provide vital support in soldier welfare and recruiting, have caused outrage.

Championed by head of the Army General Nick Carter as part of a cost-cutting drive, the move would cut 200 jobs and let the Army sell real estate.

Last night, as sources suggested the end-game may see one super HQ in Andover, Hampshire, critics warned that the move to a “call centre” could jeopardise important welfare links for soldiers, and sever regional ties at a period when morale in the Army is already low.

Jul 22 10:36

UK MILITARY WILL USE ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT LASERS TO EXPAND BRITAIN’S ECONOMIC EMPIRE

The British press has been rather over-excited about the Tory government’s plans to fund a new fleet of destroyers.

So over-excited that pundits have overlooked the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones’, extraordinary assertion that Britain’s plan to expand its Navy is:

“… in order to support the UK’s growing global economic ambitions.”
Oh, and he also mentioned that under the same plan, the Navy would be deploying an advanced laser weapon, along with autonomous, artificially intelligent weapons systems.

To his credit, Admiral Sir Jones does mention the obligatory objective of ‘world peace’ and such like, but he is also quite candid about the pre-eminence of Britain’s economic interests.

Here are the relevant passages of his message in bold:

“Meanwhile in the Gulf [we] are working to protect international shipping in a region which is essential to the UK’s economic security…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, it's back to expropriating resources to which the UK has utterly no moral right; regime changing countries to become more British-Centric; and making certain that these resources are only sold in specific currencies to specific countries, right?!?

WOW, I love the smell of neocolonialism in the morning!!

Jul 22 08:43

Syria Gas Attack and Russian Election Hacking… Ron Paul Debunking Fake News With Scott Ritter

Former Marine intelligence officer and UN Chief Weapons Inspector for Iraq, Scott Ritter, joins the Ron Paul Liberty Report today to shed light on the phony “17 intelligence agencies agree on Russian election hacking” story and to explain why in his vast intelligence and WMD experience why the UN “investigation” into the April “sarin gas” attack in Syria was deeply flawed and should not be believed. Also don’t miss Ritter’s fascinating explanation of the real purpose of the so-called “White Helmets” in Syria!

Jul 22 08:41

Neocons return

Like a bad cold you can’t shake, the neocons are back – and they are back with a vengeance. Long associated with the extremist wing of the GOP and tied with catastrophic policy failures, they have now found themselves being embraced by the Democrats and the liberal media. It would seem being anti-Russia attracts strange bedfellows.

Jul 22 08:28

Trump to attend commissioning of USS Gerald R. Ford, newest aircraft carrier

President Trump will travel to Virginia on Saturday to preside over the commissioning of the nation’s newest aircraft.

“This morning I will be going to the Commissioning Ceremony for the largest aircraft [carrier] in the world, The Gerald R. Ford. Norfolk, Va.,” Trump tweeted at 7 a.m. ET Saturday.

Jul 22 08:27

What's happening on British bases in Cyprus?

When it comes to Cyprus, many people think of it as one of the most popular tourist areas of the Mediterranean due to its famous vacation spots. However, the truly unique characteristic of Cyprus is its strategic location in the Middle East. That is the reason why Britain kept the island under its rule from 1878 to 1960 and has maintained its presence on the island by way of its military bases since then. The fact that these bases are of indispensable importance for Britain is a reason that goes beyond simply enabling air operations in the Middle Eastern countries: Intelligence activities.

Jul 22 08:19

Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War

Nevertheless, for the astute observer of the ‘Great Game’ of politics, it is an unending source of wonderment to stumble across ever more astounding examples of the monstrous machinations of which wealthy and powerful elites are capable. Indeed, it is precisely here that authors Docherty and Macgregor enter the fray and threaten to take our breath away entirely.

Thus, the official, canonized history of the origins of the First World War, so they tell us, is one long, unmitigated lie from start to finish. Even more to the conspiratorial point is the authors’ thesis that – and to paraphrase a later Churchill who figures prominently in this earlier story – never were so many murdered, so needlessly, for the ambitions and profit of so few.

Jul 22 07:01

UK military will use artificially intelligent lasers to expand Britain’s economic empire

The British press has been rather over-excited about the Tory government’s plans to fund a new fleet of destroyers. So over-excited that pundits have overlooked the First See Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones’, extraordinary assertion that Britain’s plan to expand its Navy is: “… in order to support the UK’s growing global economic ambitions.”

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

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