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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Oct 13 09:48

Ellen DeGeneres and the Absolution of War Criminals

U.S. culture is infected by a monopolized media that incentives the worship of celebrities. Ellen DeGeneres showed us all why such worship is entirely problematic and devoid of political principle.

Of course, other stories, such as the Ecuadorian peoples’ resistance to Lenin Moreno’s austerity regime or the fact that the U.S.-backed Saudi blockade of Yemen has caused the last hospital in the war-torn nation to close have largely been excluded from the headlines or latest trends on Twitter. Yet these developments are interrelated. When it comes to war crimes, capitalist elites like DeGeneres and George W. Bush are more than willing to put their differences aside.

Oct 13 09:34

The Pentagon Threatening to Revive ISIS

ISIS and the Pentagon Coincidences: Do you believe in coincidences? If you do, at which number of repetitive coincidences you’ll start to see a pattern and even worse: a plot?

Former top al-Qaeda commander said: ISIS is the creation of the USA, just like how it created al-Qaeda before. This insider reported that the US released al Baghdadi from an Iraqi jail, gave him $20 – $30 million and helped with military training camps in Jordan. Here’s his interview about this from more than 5 years ago:

Oct 13 09:18

Erdogan wants to gain some permanent hegemony over large parts of northern Syria: Tim Anderson

On Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s objectives, Dr. Anderson said, “Erdogan’s goal seems to be to gain (or retain) some permanent hegemony over large parts of northern Syria, making use of a mixture of Syrians and international salafists who support his Muslim Brotherhood party in Turkey; and using as a target the pretext of what he sees as a PKK base across the border.”

The following is the full transcript of the interview:

Oct 13 09:00

U.S. HAS SPENT SIX TRILLION DOLLARS ON WARS THAT KILLED HALF A MILLION PEOPLE SINCE 9/11, REPORT SAYS

The United States has spent nearly $6 trillion on wars that directly contributed to the deaths of around 500,000 peoplesince the 9/11 attacks of 2001.

Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs published its annual "Costs of War" report Wednesday.

The final count revealed, "The United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9 trillion (in current dollars) on the war on terror through Fiscal Year 2019, including direct war and war-related spending and obligations for future spending on post 9/11 war veterans."

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Oct 13 08:56

Empire Uses Kurds as Pawns in its Imperial Pursuits in Syria

The situation in the North East of Syria regarding the Kurds seems to be a topic of confusion for most. Understandably so as they have been made to appear by US politicians and news outlets as the most effective fighters against terrorism in Syria. Although they have in fact been successful in driving out terrorists in some areas there is information that needs to be discussed that explains the other half of the story that is purposely hidden in the Kurdish and mainstream media news outlets. We have only been hearing from the Kurdish side now it’s time for the Syrians in Kurdish held areas to have their chance to tell us about the hardships they have been put under by the Kurds.

Oct 13 08:53

The Myth of the Kurdish YPG’s Moral Excellence

It’s difficult to determine with precision how many Kurds are in Syria, but it’s clear that the ethnic group comprises only a small percentage of the Syrian population (less than 10 percent according to the CIA, and 8.5 percent according to an estimate cited by Nikolaos Van Dam in his book The Struggle for Power in Syria.

While the estimates are rough, it’s clear that Kurds make up a fairly small proportion of the Syrian population and that the number of the group’s members living in Syria as a proportion of the Kurd community as a whole is very small.

Oct 13 08:43

Erdogan's isis Cooperation

The heroic Syrian Arab Army and its allies have been fighting a fierce war against multi-national terrorists from all over the globe. The battle against isis was the fiercest.

With the ongoing invasion by Turkey- the main backer of terrorists in Syria- of many towns and villages in North and East Syria, many of isis members and cells were given a boost!

According to different news outlets, many isis terrorists have broken out of prisons in northern Syria after Turkish shelling

Turkey is recruiting and retraining isis terrorists to lead its invasion of Afrin in northern Syria, according to an ex-isis source.

“Most of those who are fighting in Afrin against the Syrian Kurds are isis, though Turkey has trained them to change their assault tactics,” said Faraj, a former isis fighter from north-east Syria who remains in close touch with isis.

Oct 13 07:17

China's Modern Blueprint For Global Power

Authored by Lawrence Franklin via The Gatestone Institute,

The People's Republic of China, which celebrated its 70th anniversary on October 1, is led by the Chinese Communist Party's General Secretary, President Xi Jinping. In his speeches, Xi often refers to "Qiang Zhong Gwo Meng" ("the Chinese dream"), a code phrase for the era of rejuvenation when China will eventually overtake the United States as the most powerful nation in the world.

Beijing apologists depict China as a non-predatory power, comparing it favorably to Europe's colonial countries in the past and to today's United States.

Similarly, the state-controlled Chinese media depict Chinese statecraft as being based on and reflecting ancient Confucian ethics:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I fail to see precisely where the article is supposed to inform/lead the US government on its foreign policy concerning the stellar rise of China, both economically, and as a nation state; however, that being said, reading the ending attributions does give one a sense of who the person is who wrote it,and their respective mindset.

The guy's name: Lawrence Franklin; please remember that.

So what would this former Iran Desk Officer under former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, a war criminal many times over, have We the People, and the US government, do?

Are we, as were the Pope's soldiers instructed by at the siege of Montsegur during the persecution of the Cathars in Languedoc, administered by Papal Prelate, Dominique de Guzman (who was, of course, later sanctified by the Roman Church as "St. Dominic) supposed to support a movement animated by the cry, "Kill them all; God will find His own"?!?

OK, shall the US government exterminate millions of innocents because it doesn't particularly like the current philosophy and goals of their current government?!? IF it looks like a war crime; moves like a war crime, and smells like a war crime (massive amounts of putrefying human flesh with no remedy for the stench), it's is a war crime, folks.

So what do we do as a country?!? IF it is still possible by any of the alleged brainiacs inhabiting the "think tanks" of this country, OUTTHINK THEM!!!

Put this country on a currency based on intrinsic value; declare a "jubilee" for debt forgiveness; and create weapons which actually, really work in combat.

Next, haul presidents of all the companies who hobnob with Washington's elite, yet consistently turn out junk which, even after years of fixes, and cost-over-runs, like the F-35, fail in combat situations into a court of law, charge and convict them with "failure to deliver", and have them cool their heels in a non "Club Fed" environment for some time.

That would go a long way toward curing the problem; of course, that will never happen, so we are looking at two possible outcomes here; World War III, or a complete collapse of the American government.

I don't like either option; but having this country's government go down into complete financial ruin would be less hazardous to the health of the the entire planet, than another world war.

Sorry for the "gloomanddoomistic" tone of this post, but please remember: everything has a life cycle; people; governments, and yes, planets themselves have a life cycle, including this earth, when our sun becomes extinct.

Oct 12 21:16

Assad Government Saves Christianity in Syria

Syria is being reborn, and its religious pluralism is being resurrected, sometimes literally from the ashes.

The ancient town of Maaloula, where Aramaic, the language of Christ, is still spoken, where St. Takla miraculously cured the sick, where NATO’s takfiri terrorists committed massacres, and destroyed shrines, churches, and mosques, is yet again an example of the religious pluralism typical of the Levant.

Yet again it is attracting people from Syria, Lebanon, and beyond to its sacred sites, ensconced, in the “land of the prophets.”

The twisted ideology and barbarity of the West’s terrorist proxies is gone now.

The Syrian Arab Army defeated Western imperialism here, and the Syrian government promises to continue its righteous fight until every inch of Syria has been liberated.

Oct 12 20:32

An Unfaithful Servant of Imperialism: The Real Reason Trump Is Facing Impeachment

For the neocons and the “liberal” right-to-protect “humanitarian imperialists,” Trump’s lurches in the direction of non-intervention and rapprochement are only venial sins.

by Roger D. H
The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE.”
— Tweet, Donald J. Trump, October 9, 2019.

The key to membership in the power elite club is carrying water for the imperial state, and most club members must go through an elaborate vetting process to prove that they are reliable. Some such as Trump slip through.

Oct 12 20:30

A Generation Deleted: American Bombs in Yemen Are Costing an Entire Generation Their Future

SADAA, NORTHERN YEMEN — Third-grader Farah Abbas al-Halimi didn’t get the UNICEF backpack or textbook she was hoping for this year. Instead, she was given an advanced U.S bomb delivered on an F-16 courtesy of the Saudi Air Force. That bomb fell on Farah’s school on September 24 and killed Farah, two of her sisters, and her father who was working at the school. It will undoubtedly have an irrevocable effect on the safety and psyche of schoolchildren across the region.

Oct 11 22:51

The Art of War Quotes

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
? Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
? Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Oct 11 22:26

Pompeo Can’t Blame Iran For Attacking Itself

This frantic coup to impeach Trump on phony nebulous charges didn't materialize until after Trump refused to attack Iran over the drone shootdown. This is payback from the same people who gave us 911....Israel!!!

The people squawking the loudest about the President’s recent policy decisions in the Middle East are the ones most likely behind this.

The most likely candidate is the one actor who has consistently overstepped its bounds in attacking neighbors it considers hostile for any reason. Israel.

If the neocons and Israeli Firsters in Congress (and formerly in his cabinet) have turned on Trump to the point of starting impeachment proceedings against him for not going to war with Iran, then Trump is free to finally just blow it all wide open.

Which is exactly what he is doing. The Kurds were simply mercenaries to help us defeat ISIS. Job’s done, your beef with Turkey is your problem.

Oct 11 22:19

Are These the Five Tweets That Change the World?

Over the weekend I asked whether Donald Trump had risen to the level of Grey Champion. A few days later Trump takes to Twitter and puts a big line item in his resume.

There have been signs of change coming since Trump rightly refused to go to war with Iran over their shooting down an unmanned U.S. drone.

Oct 11 17:22

Drazha Mikhailovich: the man upon which the future Serbia will be rebuilt!

This is a very special day for me, because the topics I will be covering are all very dear to my heart and to my entire family. Following the Bolshevik revolution my family and another 1.5 million Russians fled their beloved motherland at the end of the civil war. All our so-called European “allies” immediately betrayed us (what else is new?), organized an intervention and backed the russophobic Bolshevik regime (yes, helping both side in turn, like the Empire today in, say, the Kurdish areas of Iraq and Syria). All except one: the Serbs which, at the time, were triumphant (WWI) but also had to rebuild a war ravaged Serbia, with most of its infrastructure destroyed, and coping with the death of nearly 30% of its entire population.

Oct 11 17:17

Debunking the Putin and Netanyahu/Israel work together canard (final installment)

This will not be an analysis or even a commentary. Neither am I siding with, or expressing support for, the Turkish military operation in norther Syria. Finally, I am not discussing the legitimacy (or lack thereof) of the Kurdish Independence movement. All I propose to do here, is to draw your attention to a series of facts and logical imperatives which, in my opinion debunk and falsify the disinformation campaign aimed at convincing us that Putin and Netanyahu are working hand in glove or, even better, that Putin is a puppet of the Israelis. So, with that in mind, here we go:

Oct 11 11:57

Sanctioning Away Free Speech: Americans Meet with Iranians at Their Peril

The issue of the United States waging what seems to be a global war by way of sanctions rarely surfaces in the western media. The argument being made by the White House is that sanctions are capable of putting maximum pressure on a rogue regime without the necessity of having to go to war and actually kill people, but the reality is that while economic warfare may seem to be more benign than bombing and shooting the reality is that thousands of people die anyway, whether through starvation or inability to obtain medicines. It is often noted that 500,000 Iraqi children died in the 1990s due to sanctions imposed by the Bill Clinton White House and current estimates of deaths in Syria, Iran and Venezuela number in the tens of thousands

Oct 11 08:32

The Basics of a Staged Bioterror Attack

By Jon Rappoport

There are future scenarios which, with enough exposure before they’re staged, can be stopped—or at least analyzed correctly when they occur.

A calculated bioterror event is one of those.

The primary fact is: no matter what kind of germ you’re talking about or where it came from, releasing it intentionally does not guarantee predictable results. Far from it...

Oct 11 06:38

IRANIAN OIL TANKER REPORTEDLY STRUCK BY TWO MISSILES OFF SAUDI COAST

"All the responsibility for the act, including the extensive environmental pollution in the region, fall on those behind the dangerous adventure," said a spokesman for Iran's foreign minister.

Oct 11 05:51

Winston Churchill – Traitor and Murderer

“World history: There are two world histories. One is the official and full of lies, destined to be taught in schools – the other is the secret history, which harbours the true causes and occurrences.” Honore de Balzac

Winston Churchill; the man voted in a newspaper poll as the ‘greatest ever Englishman,’ was actually an evil, self-serving, narcissistic, opportunistic, hypocritical, treacherous, traitorous, perverted paedophile and a murdering psychopath.

Preposterous you say? Read on and see if you still believe this statement to be untrue at the end of this article…

The truth about Winston Churchill is that he was a menace to liberty, and a disaster for Britain, for Europe, for the United States of America, and for Western civilisation itself.

Oct 11 05:45

Waging War on Iran Would Be Madness

All nations the US doesn’t control are on its target list for regime change, especially challengers to its hegemonic aims like China and Russia, along with oil rich ones like Iran and Venezuela.

That’s what US hostility toward these countries is all about, not because of a national security threat they pose — other than supporting multi-world polarity, conflicting with US hegemonic unipolar aims, a notion whose time has passed.

Iran can’t match US military power, but its capabilities can hit back hard against aggressors anywhere in the region.

Oct 11 05:39

Damascus vows to confront 'brutal' Turkish aggression by all legal means

“After his continuous support for terrorism in Syria, training, arming, protecting and sending terrorists to kill Syrians, the head of the Turkish regime came up today with statements that can only be made by a person detached from reality. He speaks of his commitment to protect Syrian people whilst he has the blood of the Syrian people killed by terrorists on his hands,” Syria’s official news agency SANA cited an unnamed source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates as saying in a statement on Thursday.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

The YPG constitutes the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an anti-Damascus alliance of predominantly Kurdish militants.

Oct 10 19:57

U.S. “Military Aid” to Al Qaeda, ISIS-Daesh

Author’s Note and Update

This article was first published by Global Research on October 2, 2016.

The United States and its allies use arms trafficking –i.e. the unregulated illicit trade in light weapons through private traders including organized crime–, to channel large amounts of weapons and ammunition to the terrorists inside Syria.

The US led coalition uses the illicit trade in light weaponry produced in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, China, etc. for delivery to rebel groups inside Syria, including ISIS-Daesh and Al Nusra. In turn, operating out of the occupied Golan Heights, Israel’s IDF has provided weapons, ammunition, logistical support to Al Qaeda rebels operating in Southern Syria.

Oct 10 16:15

Syrian gov’t rules out peace talks with Kurdish forces

Looks like The Kurds screwed themselves again.

“The armed factions betrayed their country and committed crimes against it. We will not accept dialogue with those who became hostages of foreign forces. There will not be any foothold for agents of Washington on Syrian soil,” Mikdad said.

Oct 10 12:21

Is Trump At Last Ending Our ‘Endless Wars’?

Among those objecting most loudly to an American withdrawal from the forever wars of the Middle East are those who were the most enthusiastic about plunging us in.

Oct 10 11:13

Turkey’s Syria assault triggers war within GOP, as Trump battles neocon wing

Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria following President Trump’s unexpected pullback of troops from the border region has reignited a fight within the Republican Party over America's role in the Middle East -- and seen the president face withering criticism from some of his otherwise staunchest allies in Congress.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday that Ankara had launched its offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria – a key U.S. ally in the battle against the Islamic State. As convoys of Turkish Armed Forces vehicles rolled toward the border with Syria, Turkey launched airstrikes and artillery fire at Kurdish strongholds in the country.

Oct 09 12:02

Scott Adams: Is California a Third World Country, Kurds, Bill Gates Saving the World

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1181932641072795649?s=20

There are bad Kurds and good Kurds?
Ukraine planned to investigate Burisma MONTHS before the call?
We’re pulling out of the open skies agreement
What is it and why are we pulling out?
Chinese officials complicit in suppressing Muslim minority
Visa restrictions issued for Chinese officials suppressing Muslims
President Trump is supporting Muslims in other countries
Is America interfering in China’s domestic affairs? Is that bad?
Bernie announces reduced campaign efforts
Bill Gates TerraPower development of SAFE Gen IV nuclear power
Eliminate men & women sport leagues…just have skill based leagues
Leagues by skill level qualifications, not M, F or T

Oct 09 08:57

Amazon Is Becoming One Of America’s Biggest Military Giants

By Aaron Kesel

Amazon is on its way to becoming one of the U.S. military’s biggest security giants, with a pending $10bn JEDI cloud computing deal that the company could win, MIT Technology Review reported.

In August the Pentagon halted the controversial contract deal, known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), an initiative to “aggressively accelerate the Department’s adoption of cloud architecture and services, with a focus on commercial solutions.”...

Oct 09 06:30

The US military dropped more bombs on Afghanistan in the last month than it has since 2010

U.S. military aircraft dropped more bombs and fired more missiles in Afghanistan last month than it has in nearly a decade, Air Force statistics show.

In September the U.S. military dropped 948 munitions in Afghanistan, according to U.S. Air Forces Central Command's latest summary of wartime missions. The last time so much ordnance was used in Afghanistan was October 2010, when the coalition tracked 1,043 weapons releases.

Both President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper have said the U.S. military has escalated attacks against the Taliban following the breakdown of peace talks in early September.
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Oct 09 06:19

Did China Just Announce the End of U.S. Primacy in the Pacific?

For decades, the United States has taken China’s ballistic missile capability for granted, assessing it as a low-capability force with limited regional impact and virtually no strategic value. But on October 1, during a massive military parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Beijing put the U.S., and the world, on notice that this assessment was no longer valid.

In one fell swoop, China may have nullified America’s strategic nuclear deterrent, the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and U.S. missile defense capability.

Oct 09 06:14

Beetle-like Iranian robots can roll under tanks

In a video demonstration, the rovers are either single-use mines or armed with machine guns. They are shown being used as combined arms with flying multirotor scouts. Whatever the guts of the new rolling rovers, the ability to guide them remotely to targets spotted by drone adds to the range of threats small robots can pose to armored vehicles.

Oct 09 06:10

US cuts Turkey’s access to north-east Syria airspace ahead of military campaign

The United States (US) military has severely limited Turkey’s access to the airspace over north-east Syria, making the upcoming Turkish military operation into the area difficult without the benefit of air cover.

The US has taken a series of actions since yesterday which would potentially hinder the operation, with Pentagon spokeswoman Carla Gleason informing reporters that the Combined Air Operations Centre has removed Turkey from the anti-ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) coalition’s air tasking order, through which it coordinates the flights of member nations.

Oct 09 05:47

US forces filmed withdrawing from key border areas in Syria: videos

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The U.S. Armed Forces were filmed withdrawing from several border points in northern Syria on Monday, putting an end to their long presence in this part of the country.

Oct 09 05:35

Syrian Army deploys large number of soldiers to Deir Ezzor for potential Euphrates offensive

Hence the rebridging of The Euphrates 2 weeks ago by Russian Special Forces.S-300
SAM systems have been in place for months now near The Euphrates to prevent the US from bombing the bridge as they did in 2017. Looks likeThe Kurds are now back with Damascus! Checkmate!

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has deployed a large number of soldiers to the Deir Ezzor Governorate today as they prepare for a potential offensive east of the Euphrates.

According to an army source in Deir Ezzor, the Syrian military deployed several units, including personnel from the National Defense Forces (NDF), to front-lines with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Oct 09 05:27

Russian jet allegedly stops Israeli warplane from bombing Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – Last night, a Russian jet intercepted an Israeli warplane that was preparing to bomb a site inside of Syria, the Gallifrey Technologies Telegram channel alleged, as reported by Avia.Pro.

Shortly after this claim, the Syrian Military Capabilities Twitter account, which often reports about air activity in Syria, said an Israeli attack was expected before Russian planes swarmed southern Syria.

Oct 09 05:23

Reality is Not Sexist | Live From The Lair

Biological fact doesn't change just because you bitch about it. The proof is in the pudding: Army document reveals 86% of female soldiers failed new physical fitness test

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The “unisex” Army Combat Fitness Test has become a disaster for female Soldiers, as around 84 percent of them can’t seem to pass it, according to a leaking army document.

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Oct 09 05:08

Between Washington's rock & Ankara's hard place, Kurds had better choose Damascus

The Kurdish people should have never placed their fate in the hands of a far off and thoroughly unreliable US “ally” which has picked them up only to put them back on the shelf so many times before. Syrian Kurds belong to Syria and it is with their Syrian neighbours and government that the SDF should have been in alliance.

But if the US has no business in Syria neither does Turkey. Least of all killing Kurds.

Oct 09 04:59

How An Ever Sanctioning Superpower Is Losing Its Status

The Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke yesterday at the yearly Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi. A video with English translations and excerpts of the transcript are here.

With regards to the global system Putin made an interesting historic comparison:

The U.S. sanctions and sanctions and sanctions but never checked if sanctions work to the intended purpose. The efforts to sanction Russia have surely led to some unintended consequences. They are the reason why the alliance between China and Russia deepens every day. The U.S. has the exorbitant privilege of having its own currency being used as the international reserve. The sanctioning of U.S. dollar transactions is the reason why the U.S. is now losing it:

But the U.S. is not losing its financial or sole superpower status because of what China or Russia or Iran have done or do. It is losing it because its has made too many mistakes.

Oct 09 04:52

The U.S. Navy Isn’t Ready to Take On Iran

Whatever lay behind the indecisive Trump administration response to the alleged Sept. 14 Iranian missile and drone strike on Saudi oil facilities, one thing is clear. The United States’ ability to project power into the Persian Gulf region via carrier strike groups, the go-to U.S. option in such situations for decades, is not what it used to be, nor what it might have been.

Oct 09 04:47

Iran, Israel and Destiny

Although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggles to form a new government and tries valiantly to stay out of jail but he has managed to find the time to pledge to spend many more shekels. Finally, it dawned on Netanyahu that Israel lags Iran in an arms race.

Israel has seriously mismanaged its conflict with Iran. For over a decade, Israel has relentlessly threatened and sought to intimidate Iran. Iran’s response has been effective: slowly but surely Iran encircled the Jewish state. Israel doesn’t share a border with Iran but Iran is present on so many of Israel’s borders.

A conflict with Iran could have lethal consequences for Israel. Israeli military experts expect that such a conflict would subject Israel’s cities to attack by thousands of well-aimed missiles and result in total devastation.

Oct 08 10:50

Scott Adams: Kurds and South Park

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1181570272417075200?s=20

South Park’s brutal China episode…and South Park’s apology
A LOT of people just found out about China
Matt Gaetz brilliant “divorce” framed tweet for Syria pullout
AOC wants a conversation about abolishing prisons
How exactly, do people know President Trump acted impulsively?
Ukraine transcript proves BOTH sides are correct?
What conservative critics of the President don’t understand
Elizabeth Warren’s latest “Corn Pop” moment
Joel Stein’s new Book: In Defense of Elitism
Lengthy, factually inaccurate chapters about me

Oct 08 09:57

SDF considering partnership with Assad to fight off Turkish invasion

With the Kurds coming back into the Syrian Fold,the Russian ability to bridge the Euphrates in 48 hours or less under fire demonstrated in 2017, SAM systems deployed near the Euphrates US troop deployment in eastern Syria will become untenable.

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:35 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) might go on an alliance with Syrian President Bashar Assad in order to repel the Turkish military in northern Syria.

“We are considering a partnership with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with the aim of fighting Turkish forces”, the Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Armed Forces, Mazlum Abdi, said.

This comes a few hours after US President Donald Trump announced withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria as Turkish military prepares full invasion.

“Frankly, this makes us disappointed. The decision harms Syrian trust in the United States and the credibility of the United States”, Abdi commented.

Oct 08 09:32

Syrian Kurds hint at possible talks with Damascus amid US troops withdrawal

This is the only choice Syrian Kurds have. A rapprochement with Syria. With the Kurds back in the Syrian fold US troop deployment will be untenable. Neither the Iranians,Syrians or Russians are screaming bloody murder against the Turkish invasion of NE Syria as of yet. I see Putin's genius behind this. And remember the Bridge.
https://tass.com/defense/967468

A top Kurdish official says the Kurdish forces controlling northern Syria may open talks with Damascus and Russia, after the United States announced it was withdrawing troops from the area in the wake of Ankara’s looming military operation against Kurdish militants from the People's Protection Units (YPG).

“If America vacates the area and especially the border area for certain we, as a self administration and as the SDF, will be forced to study all the available options,” Badran Jia Kurd told Reuters news agency on Tuesday.

Oct 08 09:17

The Truth About This "Independent Kurdistan": Criminal Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman States That Independent Kurdistan Will Be A "SECOND ISRAEL" Where Israel Can Weaken Russia And Iran!

Yes, today is the day when the formal announcement of an "Independent Kurdistan" is made and that bogus nation takes form in northern Iraq and very soon northern Syria as well.... I have said for the longest time that this is a HUGE mistake by the Kurds as they will foolishly play right into the sick and twisted game of the US-Israel criminal cabal.... It will only lead to more bloodshed in the entire region (which is exactly what the psychos in Israel want) and could lead to a mass genocide of the Kurdish people....

Oct 08 09:12

The United States of Betrayal

An independent Kurdistan has always been an Israeli project. The only choice the Syrian Kurds have is to have a rapprochement with Assad and Syria.

by Maj. Danny Sjursen, USA (ret.) Posted onOctober 08, 2019

Oct 07 09:19

Syria - Trump Gives A Green Light For Another Turkish Invasion

Erdogan wants to take a 30 kilometer deep strip including the M4 highway which runs west to east in that area.

But the border area Erdogan marked is quite populated with some 850,000 people living there. Most of them are Kurds.

There is only one solution for them. They will have to call up the Syrian government and ask it to come back into the north east. That would remove the Turkish concerns and would likely prevent further Turkish moves.

Oct 07 09:16

The Washington Tyranny destroys Democracy - Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Herland Report TV

Herland Report Podcast: "If there is a war, Europe is going to disappear. The Russians have already said that they will not fight another war on their territory. There are no independent governments in Europe, Washington owns them," states Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.

Oct 07 09:10

China’s New Silk Road through Syria provokes the US: The Sanctions only help China’s power to grow

A map of the likely final routes of the land and sea trade corridors which China is working to build in cooperation with local nations along the route goes a long way in explaining why the United States is conducting troop exercises, engaging in military conflicts and threatening new military conflicts in key spots along the New Silk Road.

The following map shows the routes of China’s New Silk Road. Each number corresponds to an area where US troops or their allies are either active in a conflict zone or have recently engaged in military exercises.

Oct 07 09:00

A Turning Point for America and The World?

11 days ago the Russian Combat Engineers completed a bridge across the Euphrates, under fire,connecting Western Syria with Eastern Syria,capable of handling 8,000 vehicles a day.
https://theduran.com/syrian-war-update-russia-builds-bridge-across-eup...
https://tass.com/defense/967468

Neither Syria,Russia or Iran are protesting the Turkish invasion as of yet.

Today President Trump announced a pullout of US troops from Northeast Syria in anticipation of a major Turkish incursion into Northeastern Syria.
https://www.rt.com/news/470361-us-syria-tribal-wars/
https://news.antiwar.com/2019/10/06/us-troops-will-withdraw-from-north...
Russia demanded all uninvited foreign troops leave Syria.
https://sana.sy/en/?p=175065

Oct 07 08:29

Russian army puts up bridge in record time to deploy heavy arms, aid across Euphrates

Damascus main forces are gearing up for a mass crossing of the Euphrates

DEIR EZ-ZOR /Syria/, September 26. /TASS/. Russian road service military experts have erected a bridge across the Euphrates River, a few kilometers away from Deir ez-Zor in northeastern Syria. It will be used to deploy military equipment and troops to the eastern river bank.

The bridge is 210 meters long. It can serve 8,000 cars a day. The bridge supports heavy armored vehicles, such as tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and multiple-launch rocket systems, Burovtsev said. The bridge will also be used for aid convoys to liberated communities and medical evacuations.

Oct 07 07:37

John Lennon vs. the Deep State: One Man Against the “Monster”

By John W. Whitehead

Long before Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, it was Lennon who was being singled out for daring to speak truth to power about warmongering, having his phone calls monitored and data files illegally collected on his activities and associations...

Oct 07 07:36

US gives green light to Turkey to launch military operation in north Syria

This is very big! With the Turks coming in from the Northeast,US troops being pulled out, the Russian built bridge across the Euphrates being able to handle 8,000 vehicles a day and Russia telling the US to get it's troops out of Syria this war may be over soon. We shall see!
Meanwhile the neocon traitors in the district of criminals and the wicked witch of Arkansas screaming blood murder that Trump is betraying our allies. The shit is hitting the fan politically! Big! Big! News day!

The United States has given the green light to Turkey to launch a military operation against Washington's long-time Kurdish allies in northern Syria.

The decision came after a phone conversation between US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday.

“Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into northern Syria,” the White House said in a statement.

Oct 07 07:29

US Troops Will Withdraw From Northeast Syria to Avoid Turkish Assault

In a surprise announcement late Sunday night, the White House Press Secretary released a statement that said, “Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation in Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in that operation, and the United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area.”

The statement does not make it clear if U.S. troops will fully withdraw from Syria or if they will just relocate. The statement also says, “Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years.”

Oct 07 07:26

Kremlin: All military forces present in Syria illegally must leave

Moscow, SANA – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday reiterated Russia’s position which stresses that all foreign military forces that are present in Syria illegally must leave.

Oct 07 07:24

Syrian war update: Russia builds bridge across the Euphrates

ALEXANDER MERCOURIS
Editor-in-Chief at The Duran.

The US proxy war against Russia in Syria is not being fought so much as it is being lost
In the complex three cornered fight for Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria between the Russian backed Syrian army, the US backed Kurdish militia, and ISIS, the Russians and the Syrians have just taken a dramatic step to gain for themselves strategic dominance over the other two.

This takes the form of a bridge built apparently built under fire from ISIS in just two days by Russian engineers across the Euphrates river near the city of Deir Ezzor, which will make possible the sending of armoured units of the Syrian army across the Euphrates river to bring the fight against ISIS and conceivably the Kurdish militia to the territories they occupy on the river’s east bank.

Oct 07 07:22

Russia builds bridge to move troops across Syria's Euphrates river: TV

(Reuters) - The Russian military has built a bridge across the Euphrates river near Deir al-Zor to move troops and vehicles to the other side to support a Syrian army offensive, Russian TV reported on Tuesday, showing footage of trucks moving across the bridge.

Oct 07 07:21

US Troops Will Withdraw From Northeast Syria to Avoid Turkish Assault

This is big news. Russia and Syria have been building several bridges across the Euphrates to allow Syrian Forces access to eastern Syria. Let's see how this thing plays out

In a surprise announcement late Sunday night, the White House Press Secretary released a statement that said, “Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation in Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in that operation, and the United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area.”

The statement does not make it clear if U.S. troops will fully withdraw from Syria or if they will just relocate. The statement also says, “Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years.”

Oct 07 07:16

Ardent Trump defender Graham calls decision to withdraw from Syria ‘DISASTER in the making’

Shut your mouth you neocon girly man! You too Wicked Witch of Arkansas!
The SHIT is hittin the fan bigtime!

Senator Lindsey Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, has lashed out at his decision to withdraw US troops from northeastern Syria ahead of an imminent incursion by Turkey.

Oct 07 07:15

‘Time to get out of these ridiculous endless wars’: Trump orders US pullback from Syrian border before Turkish operation begins

Finally Trump is keeping his promise!!!

It’s time for the US to “get out of ridiculous endless wars,” President Donald Trump said ahead of a withdrawal of US troops from border areas in northeastern Syrian as the Turkish military prepares for an anti-Kurdish incursion.
“The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight,” Trump said in a Twitter thread on Monday just as US troops stationed in northeastern Syria were reportedly pulling back from their positions.

Oct 07 07:05

Ardent Trump defender Graham calls decision to withdraw from Syria ‘DISASTER in the making’

Shut your mouth you neocon girly man! You too Wicked Witch of Arkansas!
The SHIT is hittin the fan bigtime!

Senator Lindsey Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, has lashed out at his decision to withdraw US troops from northeastern Syria ahead of an imminent incursion by Turkey.

Oct 07 07:01

Breaking: US forces allegedly withdraw from Turkish border

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition forces have allegedly withdrawn from the Turkish border with Syria, the Sputnik News Agency reported, citing the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Oct 06 23:29

‘No longer in the area’: US troops will neither help nor hamper Turkey’s cross-border operation in Syria

The US will neither support nor otherwise be involved in the looming Turkish military operation in northern Syria, nor will it interfere, as American troops will no longer be in the “immediate area,” the White House has announced.

Oct 06 21:29

Russian S-500 “Prometey” Missile: Able To Intercept Ballistic Missiles & Stealth Warplanes Fighters.

OP Info invites you to watch ….
Russian S-500 “Prometey” Missile: Able To Intercept Ballistic Missiles & US Stealth Warplanes Fighters.

Pepe Escobar is reporting on his FB that a battery has been deployed on a Russian warship off the Syrian Coast.
Pepe Escobar
October 4 at 2:08 AM ·
BOMBSHELL

From one of my top intel sources: a Russian S-500 missile battery is installed in one of the warships off the coast of Syria. The Russians obviously will not be forced into using it - as no one is going to attack a Russian warship. It is there with a specific purpose – and that, only the Defense Ministry knows.

Yes, you read it right: S-500. Which has already been tested. And the S-600 has already been designed.
https://www.facebook.com/pepe.escobar.77377

Oct 06 20:21

PENTAGON SPOKESMAN WARNS TURKEY FROM CONDUCTING UNCOORDINATED OPERATION IN NORTHEASTERN SYRIA Donate

In a response to the recent threats by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a spokesman for the Pentagon said on October 5 that any uncoordinated Turkish operation in northeast Syria would cause “grave concern” to Washington.

Oct 06 04:56

Trump Cannot Be Anti-Globalist While Working With Global Elites

Early on I posted stories about Trump's bailout by the Rothschilds and Wilbur Ross. I posted stories about his profitable business dealings with George Soros. His connections to Israel and Jeffrey Epstein.
I decried him stuffing his cabinet with Globalist Swamp Critters. He has broken his promise on pulling back from all these wars. He has broken his promises on immigration. Hillary and Bill are still free and not indicted. I could go on and on. Sometimes it doesn't feel good to be right.

During the election it was unclear to me if Donald Trump was a puppet of the elites. He could have simply been a convenient scapegoat for the coming crash. Today, it is obvious that he is indeed controlled opposition.

Oct 05 07:18

US Stops U-2 Spy Planes' Flights after Iran's Missile Shield Starts Operation

"The US moves in the region are monitored every hour and for instance, the flights of the US U-2 planes which took off from Cyprus and flew twice over the region stopped after Iran made and operated Bavar 373 air defense system and after they found out that the system can trace and destroy them (the U-2 planes)," General Taqizadeh said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Saturday.

He added that Bavar 373 can intercept and destroy the most advanced US planes at the altitude of 27km and the range of 200km.

"Most US interests are within a distance of 220km from Iran and if they hit a blow to us, their interests will be attacked," General Taqizadeh said.

Oct 04 21:08

Beware Awakening China

By Eric S. Margolis

Special for LewRockwell.com

“China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.” Napoleon

France’s future emperor never saw China, but he was wise enough to understand its immense latent strength and future importance. Two centuries after making this prediction, China has proved the Corsican correct.

While Washington fiddles and burns, Chairman Xi Jinping, the new Chinese emperor, is fast making China great again.

Oct 04 20:44

Iran Is China’s Secret Weapon for Killing off the US Dollar’s Global Reserve Status

There is a strong current of change affecting the international political arena. It is the beginning of a revolution brought on by the transition from a unipolar to multipolar world order. In practice, we are faced with the combination of several factors, including the application of US tariffs on Chinese exports, Washington’s sanctions on Iran, US energy self-sufficiency, the vulnerability of Saudi industrial facilities, and Iranian capabilities for resisting US attacks, as well as its exportation of large quantities of gas and oil to China. Everything converges on one factor, namely, the looming decline of the US dollar as the global reserve currency.

Beijing’s recent decision to grant a credit line of between 280 and 400 billion US dollars to the Islamic Republic of Iran is part of a broad-spectrum strategy that looks to the distant and not just immediate future.

Oct 04 20:34

Why China’s New WZ-8 Hypersonic Surveillance Drone is Very Bad News for the U.S. Navy

On October 1st China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unveiled a number of new pieces of high end military hardware during a large scale parade in Tiananmen Square, staged to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and conclusion of the Chinese Civil War.

While the unveiling of the DF-41 hypersonic intercontinental range ballistic missile drew the most attention among the new weapons systems, it was perhaps the smaller WZ-8 hypersonic surveillance drones which had the most significant implications for the PLA’s future capabilities.

Oct 04 20:18

Axis of Resistance.The West and its Allies Support al Qaeda and ISIS Globally

The real Axis of Evil consists of Washington-led NATO and its allies. The magnitude of the human and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable in scope. Western governments and their agencies send strong delusion to North Americans, who remain largely ignorant to the reality of the catastrophe being committed in their names.

The Western War Of Terror, to which our governments remain committed, loots public treasuries to commit and sustain an overseas holocaust, wherein the West and its agencies support, command and control the very same terrorism that they proclaim to be fighting.

Oct 04 20:10

David Icke: Who Did 9/11 and Why? Part One of a Two-Part Interview

David Icke’s new book The Trigger really triggers some people…like The Washington Post‘s passive-aggressive book reviewer Ron Charles, who brags, shedding crocodile tears all the while: “I banned a book. Or at least I helped get it banned, which makes Banned Books Week a little awkward for me this year.”

If Icke is such a nut, and The Trigger is just “harebrained word vomit,” why would anyone—least of all a Washington Post book reviewer who pretends to hate censorship—feel the need to have it banned? The likely answer, of course, is that Charles knows or suspects, consciously or unconsciously, that Israel was behind 9/11.(1)

And why wouldn’t he? Even the most naive and cursory observer of 21st century geopolitics can see that Israel was the biggest beneficiary of 9/11, which brainwashed the whole world to hate Israel’s Muslim enemies, and hijacked the American military to attack and/or destroy nations that Israel considered a threat.

Oct 04 16:16

A brief, unhappy history of Israeli massacres

It would be nice to think that, as an Israeli officer once put it, “This time we went too far” — that the killings of 17 unarmed protesters in Gaza by Israeli riflers across a security fence on Friday would cause the world to sanction Israel for its conduct. But if you look over Israel’s history, you find that the massacre has been a ready tool in the Israeli war-chest; and Israelis have not been prosecuted for carrying them out. Indeed, a couple of those responsible later became prime minister!

Here, largely from my own memory, is a rapidly-assembled list of massacres, defined by Webster’s as the killing of a “number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty” (and yes, a couple precede the birth of the state).

Oct 04 15:03

US-Saudi-Israeli alliance against Iran floundering in crisis: Haaretz

An anti-Iran alliance forged between the leaders of the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia is faltering as each have become overwhelmed by their own dilemmas, Israel's leading daily Haaretz reports.

“The three leaders who have led the anti-Iran line in recent years were each absorbed in his own domestic crisis this week,” Haaretz wrote on Thursday.

The Israeli paper pointed to the recently intensified impeachment inquiry surrounding US President Donald Trump and pre-indictment hearings threatening the tenure of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the past week as signs that the two leaders were mired in crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more the internal bickering continues in the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, the less energy can be expended toward any kind of an alliance between the three countries and Israel against Iran.

Oct 04 08:35

FLASHBACK - $37 screws, a $7,622 coffee maker, $640 toilet seats; : suppliers to our military just won’t be oversold

As a citizen who has always paid his taxes honestly and without complaint, I am sometimes depressed when I read in the paper about some corporation that has grossly overcharged the government for something I was helping to pay for.

Of course most of our taxes go for weapons, and weapons are so expensive that few of us can feel that we are contributing in any substantial way to any one weapon.

For example, I have been paying taxes for 40 years, but one day I was driving along the San Diego Freeway through Camp Pendleton when a Marine helicopter flew over the car; I realized then that all the taxes I had paid in all my life would not pay for that one helicopter.

Oct 04 07:34

'A Racket, in Short': Praising Putin, UK Chief of Defence Staff Exposes NATO's True Nature

On 29 September, General Nick Carter, chief of UK Defence Staff made an incendiary speech to the Cliveden Literary Festival. A number of his comments sparked widespread outcry – not least his suggestion the distinction between conflict and peace no longer existed, and Britain was effectively “at war”.

Chief of UK Defence Staff, General Nick Carter has claimed the new dynamic stemmed from battling unrelenting cyberattacks from "hostile" states such as Russia each and every day.

The Russian Embassy in the UK promptly issued a statement, calling Carter's rhetoric “a matter of concern”, and accusing the General of promoting non-existent threats in order to justify war budget increases.

“[Carter] states in modern conditions the familiar line between war and peace is erased, and he feels he is now at war because of increased competition between world powers and the struggle of ideas between states and non-state entities," the press service said.

Oct 04 07:29

IRGC Chief Commander Warns Israel to Be Wiped Off Political Maps If It Wages New War

A senior Iranian military commander hailed the country’s deterrence system as one that has helped keep enemies at bay and offset economic pressures exerted on the Islamic Republic by the US and its allies over the past year.

The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has cautioned Israel against waging a new war, saying any such “mistake” would lead to annihilation.

To prove the point, Major General Hossein Salami, when taking the floor at a meeting of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei with senior commanders of the IRGC on Wednesday, stressed that Tel Aviv is no longer viewed as a threat due to an upgrade in his country’s deterrence capacity.

“Any new war will lead to the total disappearance of this regime from the world’s political geography”, he uttered, adding that Israel is well aware any small mistake “will be its last”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Salami, a word, please: this rhetoric is absolutely not helping with any ratcheting down of tensions, which should be your and your Israeli counterpart's most vital mission right now.

I would like to hope that the above-made speech was engineered far more for domestic consumption rather than international consumption.

Yes, the world understands that Iran, like Israel, has some very intense, complex, and highly effective weaons.

But General, you and I both understand that all it is going to take, may well be just one stupid miscalculation, or one small screw-up by the chain of command on either side, to send this world down a path to World War III.

I have seen images of you on-line, and would possibly imagine that you have a grand-child, or grand-children by this time in your life; perhaps, so does your Israeli counterpart.

Peace is a hard choice, when so many batty people in power, are screaming for war; but I am asking both you, and your Israeli counterpart, to make that hard choice, to insure a peaceful future not only for your families' children; but also, for all children on this earth.

Oct 04 07:22

Whistleblower accuses largest US military shipbuilder of putting ‘American lives at risk’ by falsifying tests on submarine stealth coating

America's largest military shipbuilding company has been accused of falsifying tests and certifications on stealth coatings of its submarines "that put American lives at risk," according to a complaint filed in federal court last month.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, a spinoff of Northrop Grumman's ship-building wing, "knowingly and/or recklessly" filed falsified records with the Navy claiming it had correctly applied a coating, called a Special Hull Treatment, to Virginia-class attack submarines which would allow the vessels to elude enemy sonar, the Sept. 26 complaint alleges.

Oct 04 07:21

Commandant: Marines ‘Not Optimized For Great Power Competition’

In his first public remarks since taking office in July, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger wasted no time today in proclaiming the Corps unready for confrontation with rivals like China or Russia. The Corps “is not optimized for great power competition,” he said at the Heritage Foundation. “It is not optimized to support a naval campaign. It is not optimized to support the fleet through missions like sea denial. And it is not optimized to deter a pacing threat,” he said.

That damning assessment didn’t come with the standard Washington call for bigger budgets, however. Instead, the general acknowledged that thanks to the ballooning federal deficit, the work of reshaping the Corps will have to occur within “flat or declining” budgets for the foreseeable future, a view shared by the federal government’s own estimates.

Oct 04 07:19

Medal of Honor Museum to be located in Texas

The National Medal of Honor Museum will be built in Arlington, Texas, the museum’s foundation announced Tuesday.

With nearly 70 recipients hailing from the region and nearly 1.8 million veterans and active-duty military residing in Texas, Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation said in the announcement that Arlington was the optimal location to build the museum showcasing the nation’s highest medal for valor.

Oct 04 07:18

DARPA wants a robotic satellite mechanic launched by 2022

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is on track to announce a new commercial partner for its robotic servicing payload by the end of the year, with plans to have a spacecraft in orbit in 2022.

“I’m standing here with a smile on my face. The program is moving forward and things are looking good and we’re very hopeful,” Joe Parrish, program manager for the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Spacecraft program at DARPA, said at the 2019 Global Satellite Servicing Forum Oct. 1. “We’re looking to launch RSGS in late 2022.”

RSGS is intended to deliver a GEO spacecraft with a payload consisting of two large 2 meter arms and a number of tools that will allow it to perform maintenance and other work on satellites in GEO. The spacecraft will perform four main functions in space: inspection, orbital adjustments, anomaly resolution and installation of self-contained payloads.

Oct 04 07:17

Diverse, layered missile defense is key to killing drone swarm

The oil field attack was significant, as it cut Saudi oil production in half — a significant hit to the world’s production. Tensions in the region have been higher than usual in the face of the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the American diplomatic and trade pressure on Iran, Iran’s hostile actions against shipping (mining two vessels and highjacking others), and most recently “offering” at a U.N. General Assembly meeting to take over regional security responsibilities to get the West to leave the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "Give us more money," -- The Pentagram

Oct 04 06:51

Trump Administration Reignites War Against Syria

The neocons are not about to give up and admit defeat. Due primarily to Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah, the presence of the Islamic State is now considerably reduced in Syria.

This is, of course, unacceptable for the neocons and Trump’s State Department, so last week Sec. State Pompeo accused Syria once again of using chemical weapons.

There is no evidence this incident occurred. This is the case with all of the supposed chemical attacks in Syria.

From The Guardian, May 22, 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what is the White House's next step in this flummoxed, fluster-cluck of an accusation?!?

And to all people familiar with how this stuff works out there, who are also Rivero's Rangers; IF this actual attack happened last May, how reasonably long, please, before an incontrovertible verdict to come back as to whether, or whether this was not a use of chemical weapons?!?

So is DC going to decree that all Iranian ships be interdicted in the High Seas, for fear of carrying their oil to some other part of the world?!?

And would such action not be tantamount to a declaration of war against both Syria and Iran?!?

Folks, this is absolute madness, writ large.

Oct 04 06:36

Iran Is China’s Secret Weapon for Killing off the US Dollar’s Global Reserve Status

In geographical terms, this implies a future shift of military forces away from the Persian Gulf, Middle East and North Africa to the Far East. This is for the purposes of containing and surrounding (militarily, economically and technologically) Washington’s primary peer competitor, namely China.

Beijing, in response to this encirclement, has a card up its sleeve. It can seek to replace the reserve-currency status of the US dollar by not only coming to Iran’s aid, which is fundamental to its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but also, at a later stage, seeking to woo Saudi Arabia (and OPEC) away from selling oil exclusively in US dollars. Moscow, with the development of OPEC+, can help its Chinese ally, shaping the LNG market with prices quoted in currencies other than the US dollar. Currently, Beijing and Moscow are trading in hydrocarbons by completely bypassing both the SWIFT payment system as well as the US dollar.

Oct 04 06:25

Trump and Money Are Shielding Saudi Arabia From Accountability for Khashoggi's Killing

President Trump’s protection of Saudi Arabia is at best a temporary shield. Veterans, peace and human rights groups, and other interest groups have been pushing Congress to block U.S. military support for the kingdom by invoking provisions of the War Powers Resolution and making amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act. Human rights organizations also have pushed beneficiaries of Mohammed bin Salman’s private charity — among them the New York Public Library and the United Nations—to abandon their connection to the foundation, which the crown prince uses as a propaganda platform.

Yet, one year after Khashoggi’s killing, and 4 ½ years into the brutal Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, Congress and the president have yet to hold Saudi Arabia accountable. That cannot be allowed to stand. On the anniversary of Khashoggi’s murder, we owe it to him to stand up to the Saudi lobby and the president, and once and for all punish the Saudi government for what it has done.

Oct 04 05:08

Martial Law Unfolding In Iraq: 30 Protesters Shot, Internet Blackout, 24-Hour Curfews

Now in their third day, mass anti-government protests across Iraq have resulted in 30 dead and over 1000 wounded, amid a brutal police crackdown which has involved unprepared security forces firing live rounds on demonstrators.

Several major cities are now under curfew and the government has cut internet access for much of the country. In a signal of just how dire and growing the mayhem is, Iran has now sealed key border crossings with Iraq just ahead of an annual Shia pilgrimage this month, where crucial Iran-Iraq border crossings swell with pilgrims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

folks, Iraq was allegedly "conquered", and given a (US-Centric) government; what has happened since then, has been one of the greatest transfers of wealth away from the Iraqi people, and toward the monied who are in favored positions to profit handsomely from Iraq's current corrupt leadership.

And my big question, having seen that Moqtada Al Sadr was in Iran this week, ( ON 9/11) and allowed himself to be photo-blogged with Supreme Leader Rouhani, and the leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, just what the heck he might be up to, right now?

Please remember; this guy is like a "father figure" to many young Shia Iraqi men, and his "Mahdi Army" fought both the Sunni militias, and occasionally US forces as well, and with some very intensely-won results.

Reports indicate that he is constantly in touch with the former "high commanders" of this group,so I am asking myself; how long would it take Al Sadr to "get the band back together" to fight this corrupt government at every turn?!?

What if he has discovered that his " political clout" in the last election, seeing that his party now has a plurality from the last Iraqi elections, was not enough to rid Iraq of the intense corruption which has plagued it, ever since the US invasion/occupation?!?

I would like to hope that this is keeping SOME FOLKS in the Pentagon and State Department up at nights; it sure the heck does for me!!

Oct 03 13:01

Is There A Ukrainian Armageddon Dead Ahead For Dems?

Authored by Graham Noble via LibertyNation.com,

For three years now, Americans have been hearing the cry “no one is above the law.” Those who have been repeating that mantra – aimed at President Donald Trump – seem to feel, however, that they themselves truly are above the law. As the Democrats’ Ukraine scandal unfolds, this becomes harder to ignore.

Democrats and their media underlings are now furiously attempting to bury the entire Biden-DNC-Clinton-Ukraine web of corruption and complicity. Biden himself has even called upon the media to deny Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, the opportunity to speak about Ukraine. That fact in itself can only cause one to wonder what the Democratic Party’s 2020 frontrunner is afraid of.

The Incriminating Paper Trail

Oct 03 12:46

Mass Injuries After Botched Army Paratrooper Night Jump Involving Hundreds

A large military parachute training exercise went horribly wrong at an Army base in Mississippi late Wednesday night, resulting in nearly two dozen soldiers suffering injuries as a major emergency response situation unfolded.

A US Army spokesman described to the Associated Press that about 89 soldiers were aboard a C-130 for a night jump at Camp Shelby, but upon exiting the airplane high winds blew the paratroopers far away from their intended drop zone and into a forested area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for those hurt, and for their families; that being said, does the US Army NOT have a decent weather reporting systems, which would have notified them this was happening, so that the exercise could have been aborted, and our troops returned to safety?!?

Oct 03 12:25

NK Tests Sub-Launched Ballistic Missile In Show Of "Second-Strike Capability"

North Korea has confirmed a new successful missile launch on Wednesday, which notably involved its first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in three years, and a new type of "vertical mode" ballistic missile.

The test was "to contain external threats and bolster self-defense" as Reuters reports, and comes just two days ahead of working level talks with the United States in Stockholm, Sweden at the end of this week.

North Korea has confirmed a new successful missile launch on Wednesday, which notably involved its first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in three years, and a new type of "vertical mode" ballistic missile.

The test was "to contain external threats and bolster self-defense" as Reuters reports, and comes just two days ahead of working level talks with the United States in Stockholm, Sweden at the end of this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; is the person ordering these tests actually Kim Jung Un, or is there someone else pulling the strings here?!?

Oct 03 12:22

Peter Schiff: The Party Is Over

Via SchiffGold.com,

As Peter Schiff put it in his podcast, if the first trading day of the fourth quarter was a sign of things to come, bulls on Wall Street are in for a rough end to the year. In fact, Peter said the party is over and you don’t want to be the last one to leave.

The Dow was down 343.7 points and the Nasdaq shed 90 on a day that started out all sunshine and roses.

For a couple of days, the economic news wasn’t quite as bad as it could have been, or maybe some of the numbers actually were a little better or beat the numbers, and I think there was some idea that, hey, maybe the economy is not as bad as some people had feared, but then reality reared its ugly head at 10 a.m. when we got the ISM Manufacturing numbers.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The complete disparity between how President Trump characterises this economy, vs/ the actual numbers (unless one is a developer/seller of weaponry) is getting more and more insane on a daily basis.

Oct 03 09:27

Russian military holds large-scale naval drills off Syrian coast

Pompous Pompeo is pontificating about Syria using gas again so Russia is practicing air defense, anti-submarine warfare and sea rescue. Interesting!

The Russian Northern Fleet’s missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov currently on its long-distance deployment to the Mediterranean Sea held a series of shipboard exercises, including air defense drills, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday.

“The ship’s crew held air defense and anti-submarine warfare exercises, and also practiced the ship’s protection and defense during a sea transit,” the press office said.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1920161/us-accuses-syria-regim...
https://pjmedia.com/trending/world-yawns-as-u-s-accuses-syria-of-anoth...

Oct 03 08:55

DoD Creates New Office to Focus Solely on China

In recent years, Pentagon officials have been hyping China as one of the main threats to U.S. interests in the world, and in June the Department of Defense created a new office that will focus solely on China.

The deputy assistant secretary of defense (DASD) for China is one of four DASDs who work under the assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs. The other three DASDs include one for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, one for East Asia, and one for South and Southeast Asia. The new China position is the only DASD that will focus on one country.

According to a statement released by the Department of Defense, the new position will serve as “principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on all things China and will be the single hub for policy and strategy development, oversight, authorities review, and national-level interagency integration to align the Department’s efforts on China.”

Oct 03 08:54

Ex-Pentagon official says he was pushed out for saying defense companies were ripping off DoD

A former Pentagon official claims he was forced out of his job for trying to stop defense industry from gouging taxpayers for millions of dollars, Martin de Bourmont and Sharon Weinberger of Yahoo News first reported on Tuesday.

Former Defense Department contract negotiator Shay Assad said he decided in October 2018 that he would retire after he was blamed for the Pentagon's failed effort to pay defense companies less money to cover large costs that they incur at the start of their contracts, according to Yahoo News.

The Defense Department decided on Oct. 26 to transfer Assad to a new position within the Defense Contract Management Agency, according to a memo viewed by Task & Purpose. He retained the same pay and his status in the civilian promotion system.

Oct 03 08:27

Opinion: President Trump has kept his promises to our military and veterans

When President Trump became Commander-in-Chief, he vowed to support America’s troops and provide us with the tools needed to defend our country — and he’s clearly taken that commitment seriously throughout his presidency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

...by bankrupting the rest of the nation.

Oct 03 06:54

Retreat from Qatar suggests US is preparing for war

Amid escalating Iranian threats and attacks targeting Saudi oil facilities, shipping, and a $110 million US drone, one would expect America to be strengthening its military presence in the Gulf.

But, no, quite the contrary. In an unannounced operation, which the Washington Post was invited to observe, the US this week transferred the command and control center of its air operations in the Middle East from its long-established base in Qatar to South Carolina.

Oct 03 06:31

Saudi Elites Question MbS' Ability To Lead World's Largest Oil Exporter After Aramco Attack

Sources told Reuters that members within Saudi Arabia's ruling family and business elites are increasingly becoming frustrated with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) after the largest-ever attack on Saudi oil facilities on September 14, reported Reuters.

Distinguished members within the ruling Al Saud family have expressed deep concern about MbS' ability to defend and lead the world's largest oil exporter, according to a senior foreign diplomat and five sources with ties to the Al Saud family, all spoke on condition of anonymity to Reuters.

Some of the sources said the September 14 attacks fueled unwanted tensions in the Middle East, especially the threat of imminent war with Iran.

"There is a lot of resentment" about the crown prince's ability to lead, said one of the sources, a member of the Saudi elite with royal connections. "How were they not able to detect the attack?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, can you blame the Royal House of Saud. that they are absolutely gobsmacked by this guy's inability to put down "primitive hostiles", the Houthis in Yemen, who have managed to embarrass Saudi Arabia's military with both some incredible hits on Saudi oil refinery structure, and the capture of Saudi forces inside Saudi Arabia, plus that nasty little carving up of Adnan Kashoggi, shrieking his lungs out while getting dismembered, about which the whole damn world knows?!?

Timing... is everything.

And over this last weekend, PBS aired a documentary indicating that Prince Mohammed bin Salman wanted to recognize Israel, in return for the US' assistance in getting rid of the Iranian oligarchy running the country.

MbS ‘Ready to Recognize Israel in Return for US Help’

But remember: this documentary was shot in 2017; not this last weekend.

So the timing of its release was intended to create a very different mindset of the Saudi Royal Family than that upon which many Americans had based their understanding of this country and its leadership.

We notice the following, printed last year, regarding the personal wealth of this family:

Saudi Family's Walth Could be more than $ 1 trillion

Were I Prince Salman, I would immediately request a peace deal with the Houthis, creating as favorable a set of circumstances for Saudi Arabia as was humanly possible.

I would then formally reach out to Israel for a trade deal which not only benefits Israel, but the entire Middle East, including Gaza and the West Bank (for which the current Kusher proposal has absolutely nothing, except exile, extinction and despair).

And the recurring question in MbS's head should be the following; "I have about 2,000 relatives, out of the 12,000 in the family who actually hold the purse strings here.

Now, which of those 2,000 relatives have both assassins on speed dial, and a very single-minded desire to have me "neutralized", in the worst possible way for a human to die?!?!?

Oct 02 22:28

MBS must shelve his vicious war in Yemen

Never underestimate the power of blowback. Right now, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), the de facto ruler of the House of Saud, is staring at it, an ominous abyss opened by the Houthis in Yemen.

This past weekend, Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier Yahya al-Sari clinically described how Ansarallah, also known as the Houthi rebel movement, aided by what Yemenis describe as “popular committees,” captured three Saudi brigades of 2,400 – ragged – soldiers, plus Yemeni and Sudanese mercenaries as well as several hundred battle vehicles. At least 500 Saudi soldiers were killed, Ansarallah said. (A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition denied the claim).

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