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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Mar 17 08:05

US Expects More Missile, Nuclear Testing by North Korea

With tensions between the US and North Korea always rising in the first quarter of every year, only to fall off when North Korean forces are redeployed to help plant crops, there is still time for North Korea to launch another provocative round of tests for either missiles or their nuclear weapons program, and US officials believe such tests are likely imminent.

Officials quoted by CNN say that the US has deployed a growing number of surveillance satellites over North Korea to track equipment movements that might signal such tests, and that North Korea is moving equipment to unusual, previously unused locations, which they think might be a sign they’re going to try to test from places less covered by the satellites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No sourced quotes whatsoever, and look at the mealymouth wording; " US officials believe such test are likely imminent" "which they think might be a sign..."

Could the US government be broadcasting more loudly for the world to expect a false flag to be blamed on North Korea?!?

Most probably, not!!

Mar 17 07:58

US Sends Attack Drones to South Korea Ahead of Simulated Invasion of North

The United States has announced it will send a wing of Grey Eagle attack drones to be permanently stationed in South Korea. Is this a part of a larger strategy?

Brian Becker invited Will Griffin, a member of the US-based task force Stop THAAD in Korea and US Militarism in Asia and & Pacific, to discuss the issue.
The Korean Peninsula has captured the world's attention of late. While North Korea launched a ballistic missile that is in theory capable of delivering a nuclear device, the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, was impeached over corruption allegations, leaving the nation in the state of disarray. So why would the US send a wing of attack drones to be permanently stationed in South Korea?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that political message is, from the US government perspective, "My way, or the highway!!"

Mar 17 07:36

Rex Tillerson: When It Comes To North Korea, All Options Are On The Table

A U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday, adding that military action would be “on the table” if North Korea elevated the threat level.

Tillerson began his first Asian visit as secretary of state in Japan on Wednesday and will travel to China on Saturday with a main focus on finding a “new approach” on North Korea after what he described as two decades of failed efforts to denuclearize the insular nation.

“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table,” Tillerson told a news conference in Seoul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tillerson is telegraphing a coming false flag, to be blamed on North Korea, to "kick this up a notch"

Mar 17 07:32

U.S. ARMY LAUNCHES "JUNGLE WARFARE TRAINING" CAMP

The United States Army gave up its jungle training school in Panama in 1999 when the U.S. returned land there to the Panamanian government. A couple years later jungle training was all but phased out in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks as the Army focused money and manpower on preparing soldiers to fight in the mountainous desert terrains of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Now, surviving and fighting in tropical rainforests has once again recaptured the Army’s interest and sparked the launch of its first jungle training school in decades located some 30 miles inland from Hawaii's Waikiki Beach.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Part of the US Military's "pivot to Asia", I suppose; but this decision to bring back jungle warfare techniques telegraphs that this not for the US government's resolving its geopolitical conflicts in a peaceful way, full of moral, hard-won negotiations.

Mar 17 07:11

Busted! US Soldiers Caught with $12M Worth of Crystal Meth in South Korea

South Korean prosecutors allege that two American troops stationed in the country smuggled nine pounds worth of methamphetamine from California using the Army’s postal service.

Mar 17 07:02

AMERICAN CORPORATE MSM IS MERGED WITH CIA AND HAS BEEN SINCE THE 1950S

With the recent back and forth seemingly taking place between two different factions of the American Deep State and playing out before the entire country, a few alternative media outlets have begun to question whether or not certain mainstream media outlets are actually connected to the Deep State, most notably the CIA. With an unimaginable scale of disinformation being released and promoted throughout mainstream channels on a daily basis, all propagandizing the public to go along with the desired direction of the American establishment, few could assume otherwise. However, such connections between American mainstream outlets and the CIA are more than mere conjecture, they are well-known and have been documented for some time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember this when the corporate presstitutes on television and radio are marching in lock step, advocating yet more wars, and yet more sacrifices of your children on the bloody pyre of manufactured hatred toward the designated enemy, to exhibit their courage, and honor, and "protect the American way of life", when what they are really protecting are the economic profits of the 1%

After all, war is one of the most financially lucrative businesses at all.

Financial institutions love war, because governments have to borrow - at interest - to keep those wars going.

Mar 16 20:24

Trump’s Quiet Outreach to Russia

By Gilbert Doctorow

Many backers of Donald Trump’s planned foreign policy, which sought détente with Russia, are wringing their hands and shaking their heads over what looks like the policy’s defeat in the face of media and Democratic Party attacks, abetted by maverick Republican senators, in which “Russian contacts” and “Russian meddling” are the code words.

But there may be another way to see the situation. There are indications that Trump may be continuing to advance a more collaborative approach toward Russia through the quiet expansion of military-to-military cooperation, such as the recent meeting in Turkey to coordinate strikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

Mar 16 15:55

Forgotten War? Veterans Of Aden Conflict Fight For Medals

Veterans of a forgotten colonial war in the Arabian Gulf are calling on the government to recognize their service with medals.

The retired servicemen, who were reservist airborne engineers suddenly called into warfighting while on their two-week annual training exercise, have long argued they should be given the General Service Medal (GSM) with South Arabia clasp.

Mar 16 15:44

War-profiteers Trying To Influence Dems To Push Trump Into More Wars

The royalty-of-war-for-profit Kagans are counting on Democrats and liberals to be the foot soldiers in the new neocon campaign to push Republicans and President Trump into more “regime change” wars.

Mar 16 15:13

Trump Budget Plan Reaffirms 10% Increase In Military Spending

US President Donald Trump has finalized his first budget for the federal government, with a ten percent increase in military spending.

The $1.5 trillion budget proposal, which covers only a portion of the $3.8 trillion federal budget, is due to be submitted to Congress on Thursday for approval.

Mar 16 11:41

N. Korea blasts U.S. bombing drills in S. Korea

North Korea on Thursday condemned South Korea and the United States for "escalating nuclear attack threats," citing the participation of U.S. strategic bombers and the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson in joint military drills in South Korea.

North Korea's official news agency, KCNA, said a fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers from the Andersen air base on Guam made a stealth flight over the Sangdong firing range of South Korea on Monday for about an hour on a nuclear bomb-dropping drill aimed at making preemptive strikes at major targets of the DPRK. DPRK is an acronym for Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

The defense ministry didn't confirm the deployment of the U.S. strategic assets to the region, where tensions have increased in recent weeks with North Korea's missile launches and the killing of Kim Jong-un's half-brother in Malaysia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We'll have to read the tea leaves on this, When Rex Tillerson finishes his meetings with South Korea's Interim President tomorrow, but I would almost be willing to bet real money that we see military conflict with North Korea, and sooner rather that later.

But the big question I have to ask is, in light of the reality that China and North Korea have a mutual defense pact, what will the Chinese government do, if the US, Japan, and South Korea, attack North Korea?!?

Mar 16 11:20

Diplomatic Remedies for THAAD Missile Madness: The US, China and the Two Koreas

The US decision, supported by the South Korean government, to deploy an antimissile system known as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) may be one of the most thoughtless strategic moves in a generation. The official US justification is that close-in defense against North Korean missiles is necessary to protect South Korea. But the deployment is having more than a few negative repercussions: an argument in China for increasing its nuclear weapons stockpile; an incentive in North Korea for continuing to develop its long-range missile capability; a deep fissure in China-South Korea relations; a roiling of South Korean politics at a time when its corrupt president has been impeached; and a new source of tension in already fraught Sino-US relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rex Tillerson meets with South Korean Interim President Dae-Jung tomorrow, and that Interim President will definitely be placed in a vice by Tillerson, to accept the continued build of the THAAD system, which, if completed on time should be operational by the end of next month.

The actual direction the US government is going to be taken by reading of the "tea leaves" of Tillerson's statements after the meeting.

If South Korean Interim President Dae-Jung says NO to the THAAD system, unfortunately, South Korea can most likely expect some horrific "false flag" to be directed against it, blamed on North Korea, and the war is truly on for real, and much earlier than if he allows the THAAD project to continue.

The American Deep State will actually give this guy no real choice whatsoever, if, in fact, it has been decided that war is "the only way forward." with North Korea.

Unfortunately, as stated in the UK's Daily Mail yesterday, such an attack appears just about as real as a potential heart attack:

The US prepares to 'incapacitate' Kim: USS Carl Vinson carrying huge fleet of fighter jets arrives in South Korea as military sources reveal plan to 'remove' Jong-un's war chiefs

Mar 16 11:04

The Kagans Are Back; Wars to Follow

The Kagan family, America’s neoconservative aristocracy, has reemerged having recovered from the letdown over not gaining its expected influence from the election of Hillary Clinton and from its loss of official power at the start of the Trump presidency.

Back pontificating on prominent op-ed pages, the Family Kagan now is pushing for an expanded U.S. military invasion of Syria and baiting Republicans for not joining more enthusiastically in the anti-Russian witch hunt over Moscow’s alleged help in electing Donald Trump.

In a Washington Post op-ed on March 7, Robert Kagan, a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century and a key architect of the Iraq War, jabbed at Republicans for serving as “Russia’s accomplices after the fact” by not investigating more aggressively.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are just the sort of people who should never, ever wield influence on this government, because they hawk war as the only possible solution to the US government's geopolitical problems, as if there is no such thing as moral, hard-won negotiations as a way to resolve these issues.

Mar 16 10:46

TRUMP HAS CALLED THE AFGHAN WAR A “MESS.” HIS GENERALS WANT TO ESCALATE IT.

Afghanistan hardly got a look in during the election campaign. The decade-and-a-half-long war was mentioned only once in the three presidential debates — in the form of a passing reference by Hillary Clinton. Trump, however, might want to put down the golf clubs and start paying attention to the forgotten struggle against the Taliban, which was supposed to have formally ended in December 2014. His generals, backed by GOP hawks in Congress, want to drag it out for a few more years. Their unspoken mantra? When in doubt, double down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These Generals, advocating for more troops in Afghanistan, need to very articulately spell out just what the hell they mean when they say “It is imperative that we see our mission through to success,”

How, after 16 long years, and all the blood and money spent, do they define "success" in Afghanistan, as there is, so far, no military metric after all this time by which this campaign, waged in a country which has long been called "the graveyard of empires", can be measured?!?

I would politely suggest to Congress to have them completely spell out how these additional troops would lead to any possible military "win", when previous troop surges have led to abject failures on the part of the NATO and US military, and with the Taliban even deeper in control of the country.

Oh, and Congress; a word, please.

Most Americans with more than one brain cell understand that the sensible thing to do is evacuate all US and NATO troops as quickly as would be safe to do, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the pipeline routes and the mineral rights.

After all, it was "Pipelineistan" which got us into this quagmire, courtesy of the Bush Administration, so many years ago. As reported at centurion2.wordpress.com in 2009:

Since the 2001 invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the US has a military presence on China’s Western frontier, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The U.S. is intent upon establishing permanent military bases in Afghanistan, which occupies a strategic position bordering on the former Soviet republics, China and Iran. Moreover, the US and NATO have also established since 1996, military ties with several former Soviet republics under GUUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Moldava). In the post 9/11 era, Washington has used the pretext of the “global war against terrorism” to further develop a U.S. military presence in GUUAM countries. Uzbekistan withdrew from GUUAM in 2002.(The organization is now referred to as GUAM). China has oil interests in Eurasia as well as in sub-Saharan Africa, which encroach upon Anglo-American oil interests. What is at stake is the geopolitical control over the Eurasian corridor. In March 1999, the U.S. Congress adopted the Silk Road Strategy Act, which defined America’s broad economic and strategic interests in a region extending from the Eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia. The Silk Road Strategy (SRS) outlines a framework for the development of America’s business empire along an extensive geographical corridor. The successful implementation of the SRS requires the concurrent “militarization” of the entire Eurasian corridor as a means to securing control over extensive oil and gas reserves, as well as “protecting” pipeline routes and trading corridors. This militarization is largely directed against China, Russia and Iran. Take a look at the maps above – then note how the army bases are in prime positions to protect the oil and gas pipelines. That is what this ‘war’ is about. The Afghanistan war is about securing the territory through which the oil and gas pipelines will have to pass through in order to ensure Russia, China and Iran are outmanouvered in the last great wars for the last of the global oil supplies on the planet.

And Congress, one has to wonder; how many of these generals, advocating for Troop Surge, have their collective portfolios invested in energy stocks, and the military/industrial complex?!?

I frankly think that the American people have the right to know!!

Mar 16 10:45

The Kagans Are Back; Wars To Follow

The Kagan family, America’s neoconservative aristocracy, has reemerged having recovered from the letdown over not gaining its expected influence from the election of Hillary Clinton and from its loss of official power at the start of the Trump presidency.

Mar 16 10:25

Defense Officials: US to Send 1,000 More Ground Troops to Syria

Defense officials familiar with the situation say that the US will soon deploy another 1,000 ground troops into Syria, with the deployments expected to be part of the buildup ahead of the invasion of the ISIS capital city of Raqqa.

The exact timing of the new deployments is uncertain, but officials say it will likely be in the next few weeks. This deployment appears to be in excess to the 2,500 troops to be sent to Kuwait, which are expected to be drawn on by commanders in both Iraq and Syria to raise their respective numbers.

While these recent deployments are a lot larger than the near-weekly announcements of new deployments during the Obama era, the fact that several deployments are being announced in close succession suggests the Pentagon has continued the trend of splitting the deployment into segments to avoid announcing the overall size in one shot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; just how many more US ground troops have to be deployed to Syria before we can call this an invasion, and a war against the Syrian government, and Syrian people?!?

The American people are KEEN TO KNOW!!

Mar 16 08:27

US ally used $3mn Patriot missile to down $200 drone

A US ally used a $3 million Patriot missile to shoot down a $200 drone purchased from Amazon.com, an American general has revealed, questioning the economic consequences of the operation.

Gen. David Perkins told the Association of the United States Army’s Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama that the strike was made by a “very close ally.”

“A very close ally of ours was dealing with an adversary that was using the small quadcopter UASes and they shot it down with a Patriot missile,” he said, stopping short of actually naming the country in question.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can guess. What nation throws away multi-million dollar missiles in the sure and certain knowledge that the American people will buy them more?

Mar 16 08:25

Six-and a half-foot tall robot can move 9 MPH and jump 4 feet high

Boston Dynamics is at it again, working on a new robot that seems to be far more agile and capable than their Atlas model.

Mar 15 15:05

Feeding the war machine: ‘Washington will lift debt ceiling to intervene in more countries’

The Democrats are going to vote against raising the debt ceiling, but enough Republicans are going to vote for it. They shouldn’t raise the debt ceiling, but they will, explains Lew Rockwell, editor of LewRockwell.com.

The US Congress is expected to vote to raise the debt ceiling, prompting a possible stand-off between the parties which could end in a government shutdown.

Mar 15 14:32

VA Hospital Removes Portraits of Trump & New VA Secy Hung by Vets

When Republican congressman and Army veteran Brian Mast saw that a Florida VA hospital didn't have photographs of President Trump and Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin hanging in the lobby, he took action.

Mast and a group of local veterans brought portraits of Trump and Shulkin to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and demanded they be installed, and the whole thing was caught on camera.

Mar 15 14:30

UN's food agency says over 60 percent of Yemenis face famine

The UN food agency has warned that over half of Yemenis are on the brink of famine as the Arab country continues to be hit by relentless Saudi airstrikes.

In a report issued on Wednesday, the World Food Programme (WFP) said that 60 percent of Yemenis, or 17 million people, were in “crisis” or “emergency” food situations.

"If humanitarian actors do not access all the people in need by the coming months, the situation may deteriorate dramatically," the report said.
The WFP warned that the provinces of Ta'izz and Hudaydah risked sinking into famine if they did not receive more aid.

Mar 15 14:11

Video: Striking Liberation: Washington Says Data Over Civilian Casualties In Mosul Should Be Investigated

The US-led coalition fighting to retake Mosul says it takes every precaution to assure civilians are not harmed in its airstrikes on ISIS militants.

Mar 15 13:53

China waits to hear why Japanese warship going to South China Sea

China said on Tuesday it was waiting for an official word on why Japan plans to send its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea, but that it hopes Japan can be responsible.

China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fueled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation.

The Izumo helicopter carrier, commissioned only two years ago, will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka before joining the Malabar joint naval exercise with Indian and U.S. naval vessels in the Indian Ocean in July, sources told Reuters.

Mar 15 13:13

Lawrence Wilkerson Warns US Generating Enemies Beyond Its Capacity To Deal With

Lawrence Wilkerson, a former Army colonel and chief of staff for Colin Powell at the United States Department of State, expressed this week strong criticism of the US government adding more and more nations to its enemies list.

Mar 15 09:28

Trump's Military Nostalgia (or Victory at Sea All Over Again), Rebuilding a Last-Century Military to Fight Last-Century Wars

If you are an American male of a certain age -- Donald Trump’s age, to be exact -- you are likely to have vivid memories of Victory at Sea, the Emmy award-winning NBC documentary series about the U.S. Navy in World War II that aired from October 1952 to May 1953. One of the first extended documentaries of its type, Victory at Sea traced the Navy’s triumphal journey from the humiliation of Pearl Harbor to the great victories at Midway and Leyte Gulf in the Pacific and finally to Japan’s surrender aboard the USS Missouri. Drawing on archival footage (all in black and white, of course) and featuring a majestic sound track composed by Richard Rogers of Broadway musical fame, the series enjoyed immense popularity. For many young people of that time, it was the most compelling, graphic imagery available about the epic war our fathers, uncles, and classmates’ dads had fought in.

Mar 15 08:24

Support Legal Action on 9/11--At Last!

We, the undersigned, call upon the Attorney General of the United States to convene a Special Grand Jury to conduct a comprehensive investigation of all aspects of the events of September 11, 2001, to review evidence of criminal conduct, to prosecute anyone for whom probable cause is found, and to allow public interest law firms and other interested parties such as the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry to participate as intervenors in the process of discovery and presentation of evidence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To be honest, I don't see any point in trying to force the government to have another 9-11 investigation. They will just use it to polish the lies a bit more. Government never, EVER, admits wrongdoing. The official story of the JFK assassination remains "crazed lone nut."

I do not need a government investigation to tell me what to think. I am a big boy, and have come to my own conclusion about 9-11; one shared by the vast majority of Americas.

We were lied to about 9-11. We all agree on that. The fine details (or the obvious propaganda intended to keep us arguing) no longer matter.

The time has come for the American people to make the choice of whether they will continue to serve and obey a government that habitually lies them into wars in which our children are killed and crippled for the sake of a fast buck! Or whether it is time to send this lying government into the dustbin of history alongside other failed empires.

I know my choice.

Mar 15 08:12

The Four Horsemen Of The Trumpocalypse

Will Donald Trump’s first new war be with Russia, Iran, China, or North Korea?

Here are some things to consider as you try to handicap this deadly contest:

Mar 15 07:52

China Prepares to Counter US THAAD Missile Defense System in South Korea

Smooth move Trump! War with China seems to be on the agenda!

China is preparing countermeasures against the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea, which involve anti-missile equipment intended to neutralize signals from THAAD radars, media reported citing retired Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Gen. Wang Hongguang.

Two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors are launched during a successful intercept test.

Mar 15 07:14

Nine military officials who called themselves The Wolfpack 'held a raging $50,000 party with prostitutes, used General Douglas MacArthur memorabilia in sex acts and drank a hotel dry of Dom Perignon as they gorged on foie gras and cigars' 

Nine current and former military officers accused of having a raging $50,000 party with prostitutes as part of a massive bribery scandal refereed to themselves as 'the Cool Kids' and 'the Wolfpack'.

The Justice Department said the alleged lewd behavior is part of huge bribery case known as 'Fat Leonard', where tens of millions of dollars was swindled from the US military.

The officials involved, including: Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless, Captain Donald Hornbeck, Captain David Lausman, Marine Colonel Enrico de Guzman, warrant officer Robert Gorsuch, Captain James Dolan, and Commander Stephen Shedd, referred to themselves as the Lion King's Harem, the Wolfpack, the Cool Kids and the Brotherhood.

They are also accused of scouting for those who might also accept sex, trips and other lavish perks from Leonard Glenn Francis - nicknamed 'Fat Leonard' - a Singapore-based defense contractor who pleaded guilty to using the knowledge to defraud the military out of millions.

Mar 15 06:56

U.S. nuclear program runs on floppy disks

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, that oughta give everyone a warm feeling of security!

The electronic piano at my wife's church still uses 3.5 inch floppies, and it is getting to be a pain to find those!

Mar 14 11:19

Scrubbed from textbooks: The U.S. government’s national experiment in extermination

In desperation to make effective the floundering Prohibition on alcohol, the U.S. government — unable to convince the public consumption of booze constituted a moral transgression — intentionally poisoned the supply in a last-ditch attempt to enforce State-mandated sobriety.

Mar 14 10:24

A Time To Break The Silence On Military Spending

Fifty years ago next month Martin Luther King, Jr. warned us in his first public antiwar speech Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence that any nation that continues year after year “to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Arguably that led to his assassination exactly one year later. Since the height of the American War in Vietnam, conditions have worsened exponentially, with military spending escalating unchecked. Each new bloated Pentagon appropriation has become the new normal.

Mar 14 09:42

Is the US Preparing for War Against North Korea?

The Chinese government is acutely concerned at the prospect of war on its doorstep involving its ally, North Korea. In unusually blunt language, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, warned that the United States and North Korea were like “accelerating trains coming toward each other with neither side willing to give way.” The Trump administration flatly rejected China’s proposal for a “dual suspension”—of North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs and massive US war games underway in South Korea—as the basis for renewed negotiations.

By ruling out talks, the White House is setting course for confrontation, not only with North Korea, but also with China. By preparing for military action against North Korea, the US is also menacing China, which it has identified as the most immediate challenge to American global hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

I would like to hope that when President Trump meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, that the two discuss setting up meetings between China, North Korea, South Korea, and the US to develop a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, with the provision that such a peace treaty will mean that the North Koreans will not continue developing their nuclear weapons.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Mar 14 09:32

US deploying attack drones to South Korea

The United States has begun deploying attack drones to South Korea as tensions with North Korea remain high over Pyongyang’s persistence in its missile and nuclear program.

U.S. Forces Korea said Monday that the company of Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) will be permanently stationed at Kunsan Air Base, about 150 miles south of Seoul.

“The stationing of this company, which will be assigned to the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division, directly supports the U.S. Army’s strategic plan to add one Gray Eagle company to each division in the Army,” U.S. Forces Korea said in a press release.

“The UAS adds significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to U.S. Forces Korea and our [Republic of Korea] partners.”

The timeline for the full deployment of the drone company is unclear.
The deployment comes as tensions on the peninsula remain fraught after North Korea’s latest missile test.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest that this deployment will come sooner rather than later; it appears that all the pieces are being put into place for a war against North Korea.

North Korea and China do have a mutual defense pact:

Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty

So the question I hope keeps our senior lawmakers and military managers up at night is, how will China respond to a US/Japanese/South Korean attack on North Korea?!?

Living here on Oahu, such a question is very disturbing to contemplate.

Mar 14 09:26

More than 1,500 children dead in two years of Yemen war: UN

The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 7,700 people, including at least 1,564 children, since a Saudi-led coalition intervened on the government's side two years ago, UN agencies said Monday.

The UN children's agency UNICEF said that by March 10, at least 1,546 children were killed and 2,450 others maimed in Yemen.

Of those killed, 1,022 were boys and 478 were girls while 46 were of "unknown sex", UNICEF said in a statement.

During that same period 1,801 boys and 649 girls were wounded while 1,572 boys were recruited to serve as child soldiers, said UNICEF.

In March 2015, a Saudi-led Arab coalition mounted an air campaign in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi whose authority was being challenged by Shiite Huthi rebels.

The rebels overran the capital Sanaa in September 2014 forcing Hadi to seek first refuge in the southern city of Aden and then exile in Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the last 2 years, the Saudi military have been committing war crimes in Yemen, which the US government has enabled by selling them the bombs, and providing guidance for their targeting; this makes the United States Government complicit in Saudi war crimes.

Additionally, the Saudi military has blockaded Yemen ports which makes it impossible to get desperately needed food aid into the country; consequently, Yemeni children are starving to death.

images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombing strikes

images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports

Of course, the US presstitute media will never show you these images, because it breaks the narrative that somehow, these Saudi war crimes, and the Saudi creation of genocide in Yemen, are done for a "good and noble cause", to get the Houthis out of the country.

But the real reasons for the Saudi invasion, and hoped for occupation, are far different, and include the following:

Riyadh's Dirty Secret: Saudi Arabia Thirsty for Yemeni Oil, Gas Reserves

And from the US government's perspective:

Yemen : US Naval Base on Occupied Socotra Island

As stated in the following article from globalresearch.ca:

The Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is located some 80 kilometres off the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres South of the Yemeni coastline. The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by (UNESCO), as a World Natural Heritage Site. Socotra is at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (See map below). It is of crucial importance to the US military. Among Washington’s strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is a major transit route for oil tankers. A large share of China’s industrial exports to Western Europe transits through this strategic waterway. Maritime trade from East and Southern Africa to Western Europe also transits within proximity of Socotra (Suqutra), through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. (see map below). A military base in Socotra could be used to oversee the movement of vessels including war ships in an out of the Gulf of Aden. “The [Indian] Ocean is a major sea lane connecting the Middle East, East Asia and Africa with Europe and the Americas. It has four crucial access waterways facilitating international maritime trade, that is the Suez Canal in Egypt, Bab-el-Mandeb (bordering Djibouti and Yemen), Straits of Hormuz (bordering Iran and Oman), and Straits of Malacca (bordering Indonesia and Malaysia). These ‘chokepoints’ are critical to world oil trade as huge amounts of oil pass through them.”

Additionally, Socotra is as close as any military base could be to Diego Garcia, being about 1200 miles away.

This is why the US government doesn't want any talk about a political settlement between divided factions in Yemen; a united Yemen would want its island back, and the US government will simply not allow that to happen, so countless more Yemenis will have to die here.

Mar 14 09:00

Why Trump’s Syria ‘Surge’ Will Fail

Last week President Trump significantly escalated the US military presence in Syria, sending some 400 Marines to the ISIS-controlled Raqqa, and several dozen Army Rangers to the contested area around Manbij. According to press reports he will also station some 2,500 more US troops in Kuwait to be used as he wishes in Iraq and Syria.

Not only is it illegal under international law to send troops into another country without permission, it is also against US law for President Trump to take the country to war without a declaration. But not only is Trump’s first big war illegal: it is doomed to failure because it makes no sense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an illegal and immoral war against Syria, under the pretext of allegedly "fighting ISIS."

I am deeply appalled about the utterly lousy quality of advice and information President Trump is getting, and he is making some really morally, and geopolitically, bad decisions because of this.

And what happens when the US military finds itself engaging with Russia in Syria?!? How is that supposed to play out, please

Mar 14 08:57

Trump in Danger, CIAgate, ObamaGate, Drones, and Car Control. Michael Rivero - March 13, 2017

Mar 14 08:42

More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March

We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast.

Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way.

As if this witch’s brew was not sufficiently toxic, US and Russian aircraft and Special Forces are brushing up against one another in Syria. At the same time, the US Navy in the nearby Persian Gulf is provoking the Iranians to please President Donald Trump who seems determined to have war with Iran.

The US Navy is now threatening to impose a naval blockade on war-torn Yemen, another joint US-Saudi warfare enterprise that has gone terribly wrong.

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I am deeply concerned about the lousy quality of counsel, and information, President Trump is getting regarding the US military presence in the Middle East, and Afghanistan, and how things in the countries in which we are fighting are getting worse, and not better at all.

IF the leadership of both NATO and and the US government had a shred of sense regarding Afghanistan, they would have their troops exit this country as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, and the rights to the amazing level of mineral deposits Afghanistan possesses.

Of course... THAT would be logical.

Mar 14 08:26

U.S. Navy SEALs to take part in joint drills in S. Korea

U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict, a military official said Monday.

The U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six will join the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises between the two allies for the first time, along with the Army's Rangers, Delta Force and Green Berets.

"A bigger number of and more diverse U.S. special operation forces will take part in this year's Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises to practice missions to infiltrate into the North, remove the North's war command and demolition of its key military facilities," the official told Yonhap News Agency

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Osama bin Ladin was NOT killed by Seal Team 6; they killed a guy who looked possibly a little like Bin Ladin (if you squint very hard), but the differences between this guy's appearance and that of Bin Ladin were so huge, that they caused the Seal Team to dump his body unceremoniously into the ocean, because they, and Obama's White House, wanted to stick with the false narrative of them actually having killed Bin Laden. Bin Laden died in December of 2001:

Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government

Read more: Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/osama_dead.php#ixzz4bJWZ1LSP

But what concerns me is, if these are the kinds of exercises in which the US and South Korean military will be participating, like practicing for a decap strike against the North Korean government why advertise it, and have this reverberating around the world in news outlets, to give Kim Jung-Un and his government a chance to prepare, in depth, for such a possibility?!?

It appears that the US and South Korean government are attempting to "groom" both the American and South Korean government for a pre-emptive war against North Korea.

Mar 14 08:10

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 10, 2017

Question: It was recently announced that the United States is about to deploy Marine Corps artillery in Syria, which is a clear departure from the previous administration's vow that there will be no boots on the ground. How will Moscow react to this?

Mar 14 07:56

Report: Trump Gives CIA Permission To Perform Drone Strikes

President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing U.S. officials.

The move would be a change from the policy of former President Barack Obama’s administration of limiting the CIA’s paramilitary role, the newspaper reported.

The White House, the U.S. Department of Defense and the CIA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Strikes by missile-armed Predator and Reaper drones against oversea targets began under former President George W. Bush and were expanded by Obama.

Critics of the targeted killing program question whether the strikes create more militants than they kill. They cite the spread of jihadist organizations and militant attacks throughout the world as evidence that targeted killings may be exacerbating the problem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a country which was engineered, legally, around the concept of due process, extrajudicial assassinations should have utterly no place in American war tactics, and work as marvelous tools of radicalization, inspiring aggrieved young men to seek the revenge of jihad.

These drone strikes are, very practically, a way to perpetuate wars, leaving utterly no chance for political solutions globally.

And given the "rogue agency" status, and capabilities, of the CIA, as witnessed by the Wickileaks "dump" of Vault 7 last week, I have to wonder; what will prevent the CIA from engaging in extrajudicial assassinations here in the US?!?

Unfortunately, the short answer is, not much!!

Mar 14 07:00

Turkey's determination against Kurds alienates US, Russia

Turkey achieved a milestone in its goals in Syria: It established a foothold in the heart of the country's north after driving Islamic State militants away from its borders and seizing al-Bab, one of the extremist group's major strongholds and a major supply route.

But Turkey's determination to also push back the Kurds is alienating the other big players in Syria — Russia and the United States — and threatens to undermine the fight against IS in the imminent assault on Raqqa.

Mar 14 06:54

NATO: A Paper Tiger Trump Should Dump

American President Donald Trump has called NATO “obsolete” in an interview with The Times back in January. The US president’s view mirrors that of generations of Americans and Europeans who’ve wondered at the purpose of the military alliance since the fall of the Soviet Union. In Brussels and Berlin though, the bureaucrats and vested interests scurry like frenzied jungle monkeys posturing to save a paper tiger protector.

Mar 13 16:41

Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Tulsi Gabbard’s “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” in Senate

This week, U.S. Senator Rand Paul introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act (S. 532) to prevent American taxpayers’ money from being used to directly or indirectly support armed militants who are allied with or often working under the command of al-Qaeda, ISIS, or other terrorist groups. The legislation serves as a companion bill to H.R. 608, which Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) reintroduced in January.

Mar 13 15:49

We Are Power

John Trudell, in this amazing speech made on Thanksgiving Day 1979, shortly after Three Mile Island happened, really says it all about Nuclear Energy. This speech was made 7 years before Chernobyl Accident, and 32 years before the Fukushima Accident. His work and his words are beyond inspirational…and they are brutal truth, raw and beautiful.

Mar 13 15:42

UN seeking to put Israeli military on blacklist

because of some 500 Palestinian children who were killed and 3,300 others who were injured during last summer's Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.

Mar 13 13:00

Civilian Casualties Reported In US Fresh Airstrikes In Southern Yemen

The United States has carried out fresh airstrikes in southern Yemen, leaving an unknown number of civilians injured.

Mar 13 12:45

Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields

White House is asked to designate ‘temporary areas of active hostility’, giving commanders same latitude to launch actions as in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria

Mar 13 12:44

Fury in Cambodia as US asks to be paid back hundreds of millions in war debts

Half a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia's countryside Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million ($662 million) war debt.

The demand has prompted expressions of indignation and outrage from Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.

Mar 13 12:36

US Delta Force, SEAL Team 6 Prepare To Take Out Kim Jong-Un, Practice Tactical North Korea "Infiltration"

On March 1, the WSJ reported that the options contemplated by the White House in response to recent North Korean acts, include "the possibility of both military force and regime change to counter the country’s nuclear-weapons threat." The review came es amid recent events have strained regional stability including last month's launch by North Korea of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, and the assassination of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia.

And, according to a report in Yonhap, said "regime change" may come far sooner than expected: the South Korean website writes that U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea "to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict", a military official said Monday.

Mar 13 12:05

U.S. Navy SEALs to take part in joint drills in S. Korea

U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict, a military official said Monday.

Mar 13 11:25

"The Biggest Show Of Force Since World War II": Japan To Send Its Largest Warship To South China Sea

The tension over the disputed territory in the South China Sea is about to escalate to another level: according to a Reuters report, Japan is preparing to to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, in "its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two."

Mar 13 09:56

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and widespread destruction of property among an array of human rights abuses.

The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how operations by the Turkish infantry, artillery, tanks and possibly aircraft drove up to half a million people from their homes over a 17-month period from July 2015 to the end of 2016.

Though the report is focused on the conduct of security forces in southeastern Turkey, the 25-page document underscores the deepening alarm of the United Nations over the measures ordered by Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, since a failed coup attempt last July.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, but what is the UN (and the US government) actually prepared to do about these war crimes?!?

My prediction is that, yet again, the UN will prove impotent, and thoroughly useless in stopping these war crimes in any way.

And one cannot help but notice the hypocrisy that, according to the US government, some war crimes are perfectly acceptable, such as the Saudi war crimes against Yemeni non-combatants, in the killing and maiming of Yemen's children, and the starving to death to of Yemen's children by the Saudi blockade of Yemen ports, meaning no food aid can get in at all.

Images: wounded and slaughtered Yemeni children from Saudi air strikes

Images of starving Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi port blockades

The US government apparently has absolutely no moral qualms about being complicit to Saudi war crimes in Yemen, because it suits its geopolitical agenda; it will be interesting to see what the official Trump administration's response will be this UN charge about Turkish war crimes against the Kurds.

Oh, and did I mention that after the 2015 Saudi invasion of Yemen, the US began a massive construction on a US naval base on the Yemeni island of Socotra?!?

Yemen and The Militarization of Strategic Waterways

And as reported on 29 August 2015 at syria360.wordpress.com:

The US has invaded and occupied Yemen’s strategic Island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean and is now building up its biggest naval base there, media reports said. “Hundreds of workers from Asian countries have been deployed by the US navy to construct its biggest naval base on the island,” Arabic-language Al-Masyra TV quoted a Spanish-language newspaper as saying on Saturday. The Pentagon’s publicly disclosed military and security program for Yemen grew from $4.6 million in 2006 to $67 million last year. “That figure does not include covert, classified assistance that the United States has provided.” [1] In addition, “Under a new classified cooperation agreement, the U.S. would be able to fly cruise missiles, fighter jets or unmanned armed drones against targets in the country, but would remain publicly silent on its role in the airstrikes.” [2] On January 1 General David Petraeus, the chief of the Pentagon’s Central Command, in charge of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as operations in Yemen and Pakistan, was in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and said of deepening military involvement in Yemen, “We have, it’s well known, about $70 million in security assistance last year. That will more than double this coming year.” [3]

I cannot precisely recall the headlines from 29 August, 2015; but I can, with a great deal of certainty, assure you that the invasion, occupation, and the building of this US military base in Socotra, was never mentioned by the corporate presstitutes and whorespondents in the US.

So, in 2016, the US government spent $140 million, give or take, in "security assistance" in Yemen? (read: construction of this military base).

This creates an ability of the US Navy to project power into the Gulf of Aden, and Indian ocean. And I would suggest that this, and not the Houthi rebellion which threw the Al-Hadi government out of power, is the "real reason" the US government is complicit in Saudi war crimes, by allowing them to buy the bombers from US companies, and providing "guidance" for their bombing runs.

In any reasonable political solution to the problems in Yemen (and most experts do agree that the ultimate resolution has to be political, rather than military here), the Yemeni government would want to claim these territories back from the United States; but the continued Saudi, US-enabled attacks simply assure that such a political solution can not possibly happen, until the completion of this US naval base is a "fait accompli".

So according to the US government's "logic", is why Yemenis continue to die of Saudi bombings, and starvation of their children.

Mar 13 09:09

A SHORT HISTORY OF US GOVERNMENT RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE

Does our government respect human life the way it claims to do?

Hardly. And being a soldier is no deterrent.

Ignore for a moment the lies surrounding 9-11, TWA 800, the USS Iowa, and the Gulf of Tonkin, and step back into horrid history with me.

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Mar 12 09:35

FLASHBACK - DoD Tested Weapons On Thousands

Several House members are asking Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to keep alive the Pentagon's investigation into 50 chemical and biological weapons tests in the 1960s that involved 5,842 military personnel.

The Defense Department released the final findings of an investigation into Project 112 and Project SHAD, which were conducted from 1962 to 1973 to test the combat capabilities of biological and chemical agents and ways to protect U.S. troops from such attacks.

Monday's report raised the number of U.S. troops identified as having been present for one or more of the tests to 5,842, many of whom were not informed of their participation.

Mar 12 09:35

How Rothschild Inc. Saved Donald Trump

In the early 1980’s Donald Trump was an up and coming real estate developer in New York. There was no connection between the Trump name and casinos or gambling. The obvious nature of the name Trump and its definition related to gambling and card games foretold of the massive empire which would develop in the coming years.

In 1987 Donald Trump purchased his first casino interests when he acquired 93% of the shares in Resorts International. Resorts International has a sordid history which began in the early 1950’s when it evolved from a CIA and Mossad front company which had been established for the purpose of money laundering the profits from drug trafficking, gambling, and other illegal activities.

Mar 12 09:01

The Korean Crisis and the THAAD Missile Deployment: A Growing Tinderbox in the South

Objections to THAAD are not only coming from Pyongyang. Moscow and Beijing have both spoken up against the new missile system for reasons that are routinely ignored in US media discourse.

South Korea is hardly unprotected and alone. The United States already has 28,500 troops in South Korea. It also has F-16 fighter aircraft and A-10 bomber jets. South Korea’s military is also very well stocked, with F-35 Fighter Jets, Aegis Destroyers, and all kinds of military hardware purchased from the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This implementation of the THAAD system in South Korea is being constructed there for one reason, and one reason only; preparations for war against North Korea.

What President Trump could do to ratchet down the tensions here, would be to engage China to bring back North Korea to the bargaining table with the upcoming new South Korean President and government, and the US in order to hammer out an actual peace treaty to replace the armistice, with guarantees of free movement for North Korean goods, in exchange for North Korea's ending of it's nuclear weapons program.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Mar 12 08:37

‘Bomb the Sh*t Out Of Them!’ – Trump Drones Yemen More in One Week Than Obama in a Year

But although the US escalation in Yemen is sold back home as another aggressive front in the war against al-Qaeda, in fact US operations in Yemen are actually helping al-Qaeda as well as its chief sponsor, Saudi Arabia.

The problem is that because his advisors are increasingly drawn from the neocon camp, the advice he is given is filtered through the “noble lie” that the neocons view as the central tenet of their faith. Thus even though the main enemies of al-Qaeda in Yemen are the Houthis, because Trump has been sold the neocon lie that the Houthis are Iranian proxies Trump is droning Yemen back to the stone age to the advantage of al-Qaeda and Saudi Arabia, who are on the same side.

While it is arguable that the President has authority under the authorization for the use of military force against those attacked us on 9/11 to attack al-Qaeda in Yemen, very few would argue that such authorization extends to actually helping al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only hope of a cessation of hostilities here is political rather than military, and I am appalled at the poor quality of advice President Trump is getting on the issue of Yemen.

President Trump needs to be reminded that, by selling Saudi Arabia the bombs with which to kill and maim non-combatants, plus supporting the Saudi's not allowing food aid to reach children who are, literally, starving to death from malnutrition, he is continuing to put the US government in the position of being complicit in war crimes.

Here's what Yemen looks like right now:

images: wounded and killed Yemeni children, from Saudi bombing raids

images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of Saudi port blockade

And if these images make you uncomfortable, and angry, good! That means you haven't forgotten what it is to be moral and compassionate.

But if there was ever a time to have a national discussion about this war none of the presstitutes in corporate media will touch, because it's geopolitical kryptonite, now, my dear Rivero's Rangers, is the time.

Talk to, and email these images to, your alleged representatives in Congress, and tell them that this war has to stop, and right the hell now. And get on the phones to every presstitute, warmongering media outlet you can and ask them point blank: why do you refuse to cover this story?!?

Mar 12 08:20

Washington Considers Military Action against North Korea to Force “Regime Change”

The White House is considering “possible military action to force regime change” in North Korea, another in a long succession of threats Washington has issued against Pyongyang, piled atop unremitting aggression the United States has directed at the country from the very moment of its birth in 1948.

North Korea has additionally been menaced by annual US-directed war games involving hundreds of thousands of troops, carried out along North Korea’s borders. While US officials describe the twice yearly assembling of significant military forces within striking range of the DPRK as routine and defensive, it is never clear to the North Korean military whether the US–directed maneuvers are defensive exercises or preparations for an invasion. Accordingly, the exercises are objectively minatory.

Mar 12 06:13

Trump’s wiretap claims are totally plausible

The Trump wiretap debacle is laying the US deep state bare.

President Trump’s claim his phone was tapped during the election campaign by the Obama administration has been ridiculed as “outrageous.” Now, with the latest WikiLeaks disclosure of the large CIA hacking capacity, Trump’s claims aren’t crazy at all.

Indeed one might say allegations of illegal surveillance by US intelligence agencies is consistent with the concept of a ‘deep state’ operating as a shadow government.

The WikiLeaks’ bombshell release this week, the so-called Vault 7, of over 8,000 documents purporting to show a global arsenal of CIA hacking methods appears to be authentic. That is, the illegal surveillance of computers, smartphones and even household televisions by the American intelligence agency is happening on a massive scale.

Mar 11 16:01

‘Bomb the Sh*t Out of Them!’ – Trump Drones Yemen More in One Week Than Obama in a Year

Undeterred by the disastrous commando raid on Yemen in the first days of his Administration, where plenty of civilians were killed but the target got away, President Donald Trump has escalated US military involvement in the tragic Yemen conflict to an unprecedented level. In fact as Foreign Policy reports, the US President has bombed Yemen more in the past week than President Obama (no peacenik) has bombed in a year.

But although the US escalation in Yemen is sold back home as another aggressive front in the war against al-Qaeda, in fact US operations in Yemen are actually helping al-Qaeda as well as its chief sponsor, Saudi Arabia.

Mar 11 12:51

The Russian Scare – Israel Shamir

Russia is a Newfoundland dog, not a Rottweiler. It is big, strong, peaceful and not aggressive.

Full disclosure: I’ve met with Russians. I met with a Russian this morning. She brought me coffee. Such crazy and dangerous things can occur in Moscow. I am afraid the CIA and NSA could take notice of this meeting, and then it can be used – even against you. “You have perused an article by Israel Shamir. Were you aware he had Russian contacts?”

Though I am not too young, this is the first time I have witnessed such a witch-hunt. In Russia, there are many foreigners, Europeans and Americans as well, and Russians mingle with them freely, with no fear.

Mar 11 10:03

U.S. forges ahead with South Korea missile defenses, despite upheaval

The U.S. military said on Friday it plans to forge ahead with building the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, separating the issue from a political crisis in Seoul that saw President Park Geun-hye's removal from office on Friday.

The United States started deploying the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defense system in South Korea on Tuesday in response to North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

Leading candidates to replace Park have split over THAAD. One prominent opposition candidate called for a review while another recently told Chinese media that THAAD deployment should be called off.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis described THAAD as something that had already been decided upon between both nations and which was fully justified by the North Korean threat. He declined to comment on internal politics in Seoul.

"Leaders change over time, that's not new," Davis told a news conference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at abc.com:

With Park now formally unseated, the country, by law, must hold a presidential by-election within 60 days. This means the vote will likely take place on May 9.

The winner of the election will be immediately sworn in as the country's leader, according to South Korea's National Election Commission.

Interesting timing; the US/South Korean military exercises, Operation Foal Eagle, end just before the election happens.

Mar 11 09:55

U.S. Drone Strikes Have Gone Up 432% Since Trump Took Office

hen he was in office, former President Barack Obama earned the ire of anti-war activists for his expansion of Bush’s drone wars. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning head of state ordered ten times more drone strikes than the previous president, and estimates late in Obama’s presidency showed 49 out of 50 victims were civilians. In 2015, it was reported that up to 90% of drone casualties were not the intended targets.

Current President Donald Trump campaigned on a less interventionist foreign policy, claiming to be opposed to nation-building and misguided invasions. But less than two months into his presidency, Trump has expanded the drone strikes that plagued Obama’s “peaceful” presidency.

According to an analysis from Micah Zenko, an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, Trump has markedly increased U.S. drone strikes since taking office. Zenko, who reported earlier this year on the over 26,000 bombs Obama dropped in 2016, summarized the increase:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Mar 11 09:52

Trump Should Make a Deal With North Korea

President Donald Trump likes to be known for his deal-making, and now he has the opportunity to make deals that can impact world peace and security, not just real estate or other business deals for his profit. North Korea would be a great place to start.

Regardless of how one feels about any of those issues and Trump’s assertions, he now has a chance to do something Obama didn’t, which is to increase global and regional security by at least halting North Korea’s advances on nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology.

The basic contours of what North Korea wants are well known, at least first steps, and it’s not rocket science. Not necessarily in this order, they are: a formal peace treaty to replace the supposedly temporary armistice at the end of the Korean War in 1953, direct talks with the United States, and relief from what it sees as a confrontational military posture by the US, South Korea and Japan, cessation of war games being the most obvious step.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a sane and reasonable approach to the issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons development program; I hope President Trump is at least open to the possibility.

Mar 11 09:49

Israeli Education Minister: Next Lebanon War Must Target Civilians

Israeli military officials have been saying for the last several years that it’s pretty clear Hezbollah doesn’t want another war with Israel, with the belief that Hezbollah is more focused on fighting against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria than on border skirmishes with Israel.

Still, the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon was very popular on the far-right, and even though Israel was roundly criticized for the civilian toll of their invasion, many are eager to make clear that the next war, which they consider an inevitability, will involve even more deliberate targeting of Lebanese civilians.

That was the message of Education Minister Naftali Bennett today, and while it was couched as a response to Lebanon’s President recognizing that Hezbollah’s militia forces, which have been helping defend the border from ISIS and al-Qaeda raids, are “essential” to Lebanon’s defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the deliberate targeting of non-combatant civilians in Lebanon, in a mass genocide, is Bennett's "Final Solution" for the people of Lebanon?!?

There are a few people in history who would absolutely have LOVED this guy!!!

Mar 11 09:44

Spicer: US Marines With Howitzers in Syria Are ‘Just Advisers’

Continuing the narrative that the ever-growing number of US troops being sent to carry out combat operations across Iraq and Syria are “non-combat,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer today claimed that the US Marines who were recently deployed to the outskirts of the ISIS capital of Raqqa, along with M777 howitzers to fire against the city, are “advisers.”

The claim is important because there is no authorization of war by Congress that justifies the operation, and Spicer is seeking to argue that this isn’t the sort of “hostile action” that would require any Congressional approval, but just another advisory mission.

Yet the troops were presented as explicitly going there to fire artillery shells at a city, which unless they are arguing means the US Marines are “advising” the howitzers on when to fire and when not to fire, doesn’t make any sense as presented by Spicer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Advisory", my astrolabe!!

And Sean Spicer, a word, please; your statements have just caused our bovine excrement meter to rekit and implode.

Should that happen again under your watch, we will have no choice but to bill the White House for its replacement.

Mar 11 09:40

UN Secretary-General: North Korea Missile Launches Undermine Regional Stability

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemns the recent missile launches by North Korea that violate Security Council resolutions and undermine regional stability, UN Secretary-General Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a statement.

"The Secretary-General condemns the reported firing of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea," the release stated on Monday. "Such actions violate Security Council resolutions and seriously undermine regional peace and stability."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The headline of this article should have read: UN impotent...yet again."

Mar 11 09:29

THOUSANDS OF US TROOPS HEAD TO KUWAIT TO FIGHT IN SYRIA, IRAQ

Instead of directly deploying thousands of additional ground troops into Iraq or Syria, the sort of precipitous escalation that might get Congress voting on the war, the Trump Administration appears to have decided that the solution is to send thousands of US ground troops to Kuwait, and let the commanders in Iraq and Syria just take what they want.

Early reports of this strategy emerged Wednesday, when officials said there were considerations of sending around 1,000 troops into Kuwait for this operation. Just two days later, the figure was up to at least 2,500, with signs that it is continuing to grow all the time.

While President Obama was micromanaging the escalations, particularly in Iraq, where every couple of weeks another hundred or two troops would be sent, the Trump Administration appears to be throwing the troops into a big pile and leaving the deployments up to the commanders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial-strength, palm to forehead moment, upon reading this; I am profoundly disappointed at this turn of events.

The French have a saying; the more things change, the more they remain the same; I am deeply concerned that this is imminently true of the Trump Administration.

Mar 11 08:51

“They [Americans] are invaders,” says Syrian President in new interview

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called the foreign troops in Syria "invaders" - stating that Russia is the only serious fighting force battling terrorists in his country.

Mar 11 08:37

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO APPROVE NEW ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIAN WAR CRIMINALS

First, here’s a little background from The Washington Post:

The State Department has approved a resumption of weapons sales that critics have linked to Saudi Arabia’s bombing of civilians in Yemen, a potential sign of reinvigorated U.S. support for the kingdom’s involvement in its neighbor’s ongoing civil war.

The proposal from the State Department would reverse a decision made late in the Obama administration to suspend the sale of precision guided munitions to Riyadh, which leads a mostly Arab coalition conducting airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

While the U.S. military has provided support to the Saudi-led air campaign since 2015, including aerial refueling for Saudi jets and a U.S. advisory mission in the Saudi operations headquarters, the Obama administration sought to scale back that support last year amid alleged Saudi strikes on civilian targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please.

Collective punishment is defined as a war crime; by aiding, arming, and abetting the Saudis, the US government has become complicit in war crimes.

That you don't understand this, or do, and it doesn't matter, angers me to the core of my being.

Not only are the Saudi military killing innocent men, women, and children; they have also closed down the Yemeni ports, so no food aid can get in, and because of this, Yemeni children are literally starving to death.

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed from Saudi airstrikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi port blockades

But there is a much larger part of the puzzle here which needs to see the light of day.

The US now claims a Yemeni island as its own, and has built a huge naval base on it.

Map: Island of US military-occupied Yemeni Island of Socotra, and surrounding waterways

The reason why is explained in the following articles:

The US geostrategic objectives behind the war in Yemen

The Useful Island of Socotra

This article goes on to state:

"The Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is located some 80km off the Horn of Africa and 380 km South of the Yemeni coastline. The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site. Socotra is at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (See map below). It is of crucial importance to the US military. Among Washington’s strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is a major transit route for oil tankers. A large share of China’s industrial exports to Western Europe transits through this strategic waterway. Maritime trade from East and Southern Africa to Western Europe also transits within proximity of Socotra, through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. A military base in Socotra could be used to oversee the movement of vessels including war ships in and out of the Gulf of Aden. Amjed Jaaved, in A new hot-spot of rivalry, Pakistan Observer, Jul 1 2009, points out:

"The Indian Ocean is a major sea lane connecting the Middle East, East Asia and Africa with Europe and the Americas. It has four crucial access waterways facilitating international maritime trade, that is the Suez Canal in Egypt, the Bab-el-Mandeb, bordering Djibouti and Yemen, the Straits of Hormuz, bordering Iran and Oman, and the Straits of Malacca, bordering Indonesia and Malaysia. These choke points are critical to world oil trade as huge amounts of oil pass through them.

From a military standpoint, the Socotra archipelago is at a strategic maritime crossroads. Morever, the archipelago extends over a relatively large maritime area at the Eastern exit of the Gulf of Aden, from the island of Abd al Kuri, to the main island of Socotra. This maritime area of international transit lies in Yemeni territorial waters. The objective of the US is to police the entire Gulf of Aden seaway, from the Yemeni to the Somali coastline. Socotra is some 3000 km from the US naval base of Diego Garcia, which is among the US’s largest overseas military facilities."

Images: massive US military buildup on Socotra

So this whole, sordid genocide of the Yemeni people isn't really about the Houthi rebels, and the "danger" they allegedly present to Yemen; it is about US military power projection in Middle Eastern waterways.

Mar 10 15:35

Surge in Afghan Blood: CENTCOM Seeks to Warrant Permanent War and Occupation

This is while the US was supposed to have completed its pullout from Afghanistan by now, though this was repeatedly pushed back during the Obama administration’s waning years, and ultimately halted. All indications from Pentagon figures since are that they envision troop levels growing from this point – for a never-ending war and occupation. It’s a humiliating attempt to save a dying empire in a region increasingly hostile to its colonial policies and plans:

The US-led invasion was a catastrophe from day one. US airstrikes have killed many civilians already - though the Pentagon denies that. The new surge seems to be aiming for these sorts of targets again - as the CENTCOM claims “the Taliban are all hiding in these areas.”

Mar 10 12:26

CHINA WARNS OF NUCLEAR FIRST STRIKE IN RESPONSE TO THAAD DEPLOYMENT

China warns that it is reconsidering its policy not to use nuclear weapons against South Korea in response to the U.S. deploying the THAAD missile system and sending B-52 bombers to protect its ally.

THAAD is being deployed to shield South Korea from North Korean ballistic missiles after several tests by the Stalinist state in recent months. Beijing is furious because the system will also be capable of detecting and tracking missiles launched from China.

It was also reported yesterday that the U.S. will send B-1 and B-52 nuclear bombers to South Korea in order to display a stern show of strength.

300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 US personnel have also started their annual Foal Eagle military exercise. The USS Carl Vinson nuke-powered aircraft carrier will join the drill – carrying dozens of fighter jets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly would not test China to not keep its word on this.

but right now, the adults in the room in DC and Beijing have to step back from the brink of a war which benefits neither country.

I would like to hope that some intelligent, back-channel discussions are happening with reasonable, responsible diplomats, trying to keep things from escalating any further.

Because any further escalation between North Korea, the US, and China, may well lead to a war that the US military might well not win.

And I say this because I still care about this country.

Right now, the US military doesn't have the money; the manufacturing; the weaponry, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

China needs to lean on its client state North Korea just as hard as it can right now, and do the best it can from preventing another barrage of missiles to go flying about, most probably landing in the Sea of Japan.

Because if that happens, all bets are off.

Hopefully, both sides will be able to deescalate without "losing face".

And someone close to President Trump, who has his ear, is going to have to make sure he understands this, and does not do something irrevocably stupid.

Mar 10 12:11

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Made in Britain, Tested on Yemenis: The Reality of Working for the “Bomb-makers”

Jack sits down with his pint in the Fielden Arms in Mellor, and contemplates his latest shift making Typhoon warplanes for the Saudi air force.

Tucking into steak and chips, the 25-year-old talks of moving in with his girlfriend, his good pay at the nearby BAE factory – £40,000, almost twice the local average - and the security it brings.

And then he thinks of the people those planes will be sent to kill.

“You see the children in Yemen starving on the 10 o’clock news,” he tells Middle East Eye. “But you try to not pay attention and just get on with it.”

His friend, Harry, interjects: “It’s really weird and there is no way to describe it, because you are in essence building a weapon of mass destruction.”

So why don’t they quit? “Good pay and job security,” Jack responds, taking another sip of his beer. “If the military contracts go, 7,000 people go with them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These factory workers need to do what all the politicians in the UK have done, in signing off on BAE's production of their weapons for Saudi Arabia; have their conscience collectively surgically removed.

I mean, hell, what's all the fuss about being complicit to genocide in Yemen, when it's "money uber alles" that really matters, right?!?

Mar 10 12:06

Syria: Dangerous Fracture in US, Turkey and Russian Interests, as Operation to Oust ISIS from Raqqa Begins

Here’s where the tension lies: the United States may also have sent in ground assets as show of force in support of its allies the YPG (Kurdish People’s Protect Units in Syria). This is a potential spat between the two NATO member states – which is a major problem for Turkey. The Turkish government considers them a terrorist organisation, an appendage to its nemesis the Kurdish PKK. It’s also a problem for Russia too, insofar as Russia is attempting détente with Turkey by coordinating military operations as they pertain to fighting ISIS in northern Syria, and with the eventual joint siege of Raqqa.

Mar 10 11:36

Into the Syrian Quagmire – Trump meets complexity

In order to fulfill his pledge to “quickly” dispatch ISIS, Trump is ramping up the US presence – and we’re well on the way to getting sucked into the Syrian quagmire.

Donald Trump thinks he’s going to get rid of ISIS in Syria “quickly,” and then we’ll be on our way to making America great again – but already he’s finding that the terrain there is a bit crowded, and that he has a bit more than the fast-dissipating “Caliphate” to contend with.

According to reports, the Pentagon has come up with a plan to carry out Trump’s pledge, as ordered, but reality is racing ahead of the generals – and auguring a clash of civilizations in the midst of Syria’s blasted out cities.

Mar 10 09:14

Donald Trump set to send B-52 NUCLEAR BOMBERS to South Korea after North fires missiles at Japan and US warns of ‘overwhelming’ response

DONALD Trump is reportedly planning to send nuclear bombers to the Korean peninsula as tensions in the region reach breaking point.

North Korea and the US have been teetering on the brink of war for months after Kim Jong-un carried out a series of controversial missile launches.

Earlier this week, trigger-happy Kim pushed his luck once more when he fired off four ballistic missiles into the seas near Japan.

Now US military chiefs are reportedly planning to fly in B-1 and B-52 bombers – built to carry nuclear bombs – to show America has had enough, according to the Korea Times.

South Korea and the US have also started their annual Foal Eagle military exercise sending a strong warning to North Korea over its actions.

A military official said 300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 US personnel are taking part in the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These military exercises are scheduled to last for two months, and have just begun. That's a lot of time for something to go "south", either in terms of an accidental blunder, or a deliberate"false flag", to be blamed on the North Korean government.

What would deescalate the situation would be if the US, Japan, South Korea, and China were to get North Korea back to the bargaining table, and replace the current armistice with an actual peace treaty with North Korea, with the caveat being, that in return for a legitimate peace treaty, North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Mar 10 08:57

HOUSE PASSES $578 BILLION MILITARY SPENDING BILL

The House of Representatives today voted 371-48, with massive majorities in both parties, in favor of another $578 billion military spending bill to cover the remainder of fiscal year 2017. The bill now moves on to the Senate, where it again is expected to easily pass.

The exact meaning of the figures is a little difficult to understand this time around, because Congress had already passed a military spending bill for fiscal year 2017 back in December, which was $611 billion. That bill was only ever intended to be a fraction of what was to be spent, aiming to give way to a second “emergency” bill before April, which is today’s bill, which would cover the rest of the year. That said, there is a lot of overlap between the two and the overall budget is not just a matter of adding the two together.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Trump and Congress: please spend this money more wisely than it has been spent in the past, particularly when it comes to America's weapons makers.

The practice of delivering weapons which are obsolete upon delivery; which do not perform as advertised; or have horrific cost over-runs cannot, and should not be tolerated by the US government or We the People.

Mar 10 08:44

THE CONFLICT WITHIN THE DEEP STATE JUST BROKE INTO OPEN WARFARE

This profound split in the Deep State has now broken into open warfare. The first salvo was the absurd propaganda campaign led by Establishment mouthpieces The New York Times and The Washington Post claiming Russian agents had "hacked" the U.S. election to favor Trump.

This fact-free propaganda campaign failed--having no evidence didn't work quite as well as the NYT and Wapo expected-- and so the propaganda machine launched the second salvo, accusing Trump of being a Russian patsy.

The evidence for this claim was equally laughable, and that campaign has only made the Establishment, its propaganda mouthpieces and the neocon Deep State look desperate and foolish on the global and domestic stages.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was not terribly surprised by Wikileak's Vault 7 dump.

The CIA/US Deep State are not here to protect you and me, the average working stiffs; they are there to protect the monied interests in this country, and "invest" time and energy in that which will bring them the necessary cash for "off the shelf" operations over which Congress has utterly zero oversight.

And if you are wondering about why the US and NATO still in Afghanistan, nearly 16 years on, when the logical course of action would be to withdraw troops as quickly as would be safe, then negotiating with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights, and the mineral rights, here's a big part of it:

US troops guarding opium poppy fields in Afghanistan.

And as noted at aljazeera.com in October of last year:

Afghanistan: 43 percent rise in estimated opium harvest: figures from government and UNODC show 10 percent increase in poppy cultivation and 91 percent decrease in eradication.

Folks, this is no "accident" or "coincidence"; as reported at globalresearch.ca in 2005:

Narcotics: Second to Oil and the Arms Trade The revenues generated from the CIA sponsored Afghan drug trade are sizeable. The Afghan trade in opiates constitutes a large share of the worldwide annual turnover of narcotics, which was estimated by the United Nations to be of the order of $400-500 billion.

The CIA is not here to protect our freedoms, or liberties, and the much-vaunted "American Way of Life"; it exists to support the Deep State's agenda, most generally tied in with wars, assassinations, and regime change; in fact, those activities are the CIA's "unholy trinity".

They just don't want average Americans to understand that this is precisely what they do; therefore this data dump embarrassed the hell out of them.

It is time for this agency to be completely disbanded, and its employees barred from any lobbying whatsoever for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, that may only happen when pigs fly

Mar 10 08:11

Trump Invades Syria

Make no mistake: this is big news. And very bad news!

Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions.

This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.

Mar 10 08:03

US Rejects Talks over North Korea, Declaring “All Options on Table”… Including War against the DPRK?

Amid sharply rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the Trump administration has flatly rejected a Chinese proposal for negotiations with North Korea despite warnings from the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, that Washington and Pyongyang were on a collision course. A confrontation looms as huge South Korean-US military exercises are underway, involving over 300,000 troops backed by an US aircraft carrier strike group, stealth fighters and strategic bombers.

China is clearly alarmed at the prospect of war on its doorstep. Speaking in uncharacteristically blunt terms in Beijing yesterday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned:

“The two sides are like accelerating trains coming toward each other with neither side willing to give way,” he said. “The question is: Are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision? Our priority now is to flash the red light and apply the brakes on both trains.”

Mar 09 15:25

US Mulls Boosting Kuwait Force For Syria, Iraq Deployment: Report

Washington is mulling the creation of a 1,000-strong Kuwait-based military force allegedly aimed at engaging Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

Citing unnamed officials, Reuters said in Wednesday report that the administration of US President Donald Trump was considering bolstering the country’s Kuwait-based troops by around 1,000 to act as reserve in the battle against terrorism.

Mar 09 15:14

Urban Warfare: 45,000 Flee Mosul In Wake Of New Anti-ISIS Military Op

The number of refugees fleeing Mosul continues to escalate.

Mar 09 09:44

Trump Invades Syria

Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions.

This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.

Mar 09 08:58

The Government is still the enemy of freedom

“Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter. Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize the government … doesn’t care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety… It’s interested in its own power. That’s the only thing. Keeping it and expanding it wherever possible.”— George Carlin

Mar 09 07:08

Berlin Beware: EU Army is Chance for US, France 'to Wage Wars With Our Soldiers'

Germany should avoid joining a European army because it would put German military might at the disposal of its war-mongering neighbors, German politician Willy Wimmer told Sputnik.

Mar 08 15:24

Donald Trump Needs To Pull A “Ronald Reagan” And Start Firing All Disloyalists

Donald Trump needs to follow in the footsteps of his mentor Ronald Reagan and start "pruning the tree" of disloyalists within his government who are actively obstructing, sabotaging and interfering with his Agenda for America.

Things are getting progressively worse for the Donald Trump Administration as it seems that the Obama/Bush/Clinton/Bush Sr holdovers of the past 28 years are literally, and in almost coordinated unison, acting to team up and gang-stalk Donald Trump and his administration, cabinet appointees, and other Trump loyalists using the Mainstream Media to carry their water.

Mar 08 13:50

MoD Leaves Widows Off Guest List For Unveiling Of War Memorial To Their Loved Ones

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) forgot to invite war widows to the unveiling of its new arms industry-funded war memorial to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

The memorial is due to be unveiled on Thursday to commemorate military and civilian personnel who served in the Gulf War, 2003 Iraq War and Afghanistan War.

Mar 08 10:41

Shameless Coalition Propaganda and the War on Yemen

The Wall Street Journal gives the UAE’s ambassador a platform to recite the Saudi-led coalition’s propaganda:

Checking Iranian aggression will not be easy, but the stability of the region depends upon it. Holding the country to its commitments would be an important first step. Rebuilding America’s ties to its traditional partners in the region would be another. So too would be directly confronting Iranian interference in places like Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The nearly two-year Saudi War against Yemen happened because the Houthi rebels overthrew the "anointed", western-centric President, Monsour Al Hadi.

And BTW, pop quiz; when Al-Hadi was "elected" as President, how many other names were on the Yemeni ballot?!?

None.

Yemen election: one person; one vote; one candidate

The Saudi government and military have opted for a "scorched earth" policy in their fight against the Houthi rebels, which means infrastructure has been destroyed; schools, hospitals, water treatment plants, and open air market places have all been bombed by the Saudis. Children are being maimed and killed by these airstrikes; additionally, Yemeni children are starving to death, because the Saudi military has blocked all the Yemeni ports, to insure that food cannot get in.

The US government is selling the Saudi military the bombs with which to commit this genocide against the Yemeni people, and providing "bombing targeting".

I would like to politely remind President Trump, as a Christian witness, and Christian Pacifist Activist, that collective punishment, as is being visited upon the the Yemeni people, courtesy of the Saudi Military, is a war crime, and US governmental assistance in this matter makes the US government complicit in war crimes.

And Mr. President, the following graphic and horrific images are the results of these Saudi war crimes, and US government's aiding and abetting them:

Images: wounded and killed Yemeni children, resulting from Saudi air strikes

Images: starving Yemeni children, due to Saudi Yemen port blockade

Yes, Mr. President, these images are terrible; but THIS is what Saudi Arabia is doing to the children of Yemen every day. You're a dad, and a grandfather, so I implore you to understand that slaughtering the children of a country....is taking away that country's future.

Mar 08 08:16

The US plan for Macedonia: Keep Serbia down and Russia out

The role of the United States in the breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is often overlooked by people who are critical of Washington’s intervention in the internal affairs of independent, sovereign countries.

For it was in the former Yugoslavia that the precedent was set for future American intervention in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo provided the launch pad for the West’s concept of humanitarian intervention, which, in reality, is a pretext for safeguarding and enhancing US global hegemony.

Mar 08 07:28

Serbia Starts Snap Combat Readiness Inspection of Armed Forces

Serbia has started a snap combat readiness inspection of its Armed Forces in accordance with the decision of Defense Minister Zoran Drodevic and President Tomislav Nikolic, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

"This is the extraordinary and unannounced field inspection of the operational capabilities of rapid response force units, which will last through March 9 in many locations in Serbia," the statement said.

Mar 08 05:46

Wikileaks unveils ‘Vault 7’: Cia dump

Last night Wikileaks announced that it has released an encrypted torrent file which reportedly contains information on the mysterious “Vault 7”, and which we now know is the biggest “collection of material about CIA activities obtained by WikiLeaks.publication in history.” It can be downloaded now at the following URL, and accessed using the password “SplinterItIntoAThousandPiecesAndScatterItIntoTheWinds”

Mar 07 15:31

‘ISIS Cuts Heads, Breaks Legs & Provokes Airstrikes’: Refugees Describe Mosul Terror

As US-backed Iraqi troops push deeper into the IS-held areas of Mosul, thousands of civilians are forced to flee amid the terrorist's increasingly gruesome attempts to hold them as human shields, inhabitants of an overflowing refugee camp told RT.

Mar 07 14:40

OBAMA’S WIRETAP SCANDAL

This is a massive scandal the likes of which we've never seen asserts Levin. Let's examine this.

There is a much bigger scandal here, he said.

Was the President of the United States on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party using our Intelligence services with the FISA court, to gather information on their opponents ?

WHAT HIGH PRESSURE FRONT IS BEHIND TRUMP’S WIRETAP TWITTER STORM?

Mar 07 14:37

A New Era in Politics

Western publics see ballot box to upset and reshape policy agendas.

The West appears to have entered into a new era – the era of the political upsets, growing anger, and increased disillusionment with ruling elites. It is not a question of leftwing – rightwing politics. It is all about a failing status quo.

Mar 07 11:50

THAAD Arrives on the Korean Peninsula

U.S. Forces Korea continued its progress in fulfilling the Republic of Korea (ROK) – U.S. Alliance decision to install a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) on the Korean Peninsula as the first elements of the THAAD system arrived in the ROK.

North Korea’s repeated nuclear and ballistic missile tests have underscored the importance of the Alliance decision to deploy THAAD. Work continues to operationalize THAAD as quickly as possible.

“The timely deployment of the THAAD system by U.S. Pacific Command and the Secretary of Defense gives my command great confidence in the support we will receive when we ask for reinforcement or advanced capabilities,” said Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Forces Korea commander.

THAAD is a missile defense system aimed solely at defending the ROK against North Korea missiles. THAAD is strictly a defensive system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The huge military exercises, featuring 320,000 US and Korean troops; the 60 day timeline of these games; and now, coming implementation of the THAAD.

At the moment, I would not bet against a major strike against North Korea in the next 60 days.

Mar 07 11:21

North Korea Warns Of ‘Actual War’ Over Military Exercises

North Korea said on Tuesday it would pursue its nuclear deterrent and weapons program as huge U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises it says model a “pre-emptive nuclear attack” against Pyongyang continued.

South Korea and the United States, which led condemnation of North Korea’s latest missile tests at the Conference on Disarmament, said their military drills were to test defensive readiness against possible aggression from the North.

North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Choi told the United Nations-backed forum that the allies’ annual exercises were “a major cause of escalation of tension that might turn into actual war”.

“The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is firm in its determination to further bolster its defense capabilities with a nuclear deterrent as a pivot so as to put an end to danger of nuclear war caused by the United States,” Ju said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at the World Socialist Website this morning:

The missile launch took place amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula as the US and South Korean militaries started their annual Foal Eagle war games. The joint exercises over the next two months reportedly involve at least 320,000 South Korean and American military personnel backed by a US aircraft carrier and its strike group, and advanced US fighters and bombers.

OK, let me wrap my head around this: 320,000 troops?!? A US aircraft carrier and its strike group?!? Advanced fighters and bombers?!? In a military exercise set to last for 60 days, for Pete's sake?!?

It sure looks the heck to me that the US "deep state" and military, are spoiling for a war against North Korea.

And 60 days is one heck of a long time for a military exercise to carry forward, and long enough that a huge tactical, communications, or other kind of " mistake" (or false flag) to happen, leading to military confrontation between South Korea, the US government, and North Korea.

Mar 07 10:08

‘Help Your Uncle Sam Win the War’

'Help your Uncle Sam win the war': Extraordinary collection of First World War propaganda posters intended to boost US morale comes up for sale

Mar 07 09:47

WEAPONRY, NOT IDEOLOGY, IS THE STRENGTH OF ISLAMIC STATE:

I think I might have serendipitously discovered the answer to this riddle in an unprecedented December 2013 news report [1] from a website affiliated with the UAE government which supports the Syrian opposition: it is clearly mentioned that along with AK-47s, RPGs and other military gear, the Saudi regime also provides machine gun-mounted Toyota pick-up trucks to every batch of five jihadists who have completed their training in the training camps located at the border regions of Jordan. Once those militants cross over to Daraa and Quneitra in southern Syria from the Jordan-Syria border then those Toyota pick-up trucks can easily travel all the way to Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor and thence to Mosul in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many, many years ago, I mentioned on this blog that the de-Baathification of the Iraqi military was, perhaps, the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could have done in Iraq. Unfortunately, time has proven this to be a correct assessment on this issue.

And note who is doing the actual training of these jihadis: the CIA in collaboration with the Turkish, Jordanian and Saudi intelligence agencies

Frankly, if this is not a "We have met the enemy, and he is us" moment for you, I don't know what can be.

The US government, in its lust to further destabilize the Middle East, and forcibly bend it to its will (according to Israel's desires), has created a world of hurt enabling it to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; making sure the governments of those countries wind up western-centric, even if it has to destroy those countries to make that happen; and insure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

The degree to which these activities by my government constitute war crimes, at this point in its history, is frightening and morally monstrous; there are moments when I wake up in the morning, and think I've awoken in the wrong country, but no.

I have awakened in what used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave; But in the last two decades, it has morphed into a thorough police state, where one is presumed guilty until proven innocent; surveilled every moment; and its people painfully exploited by the 1% who do not understand how angry the rest of us are.

As a Christian witness and Christian pacifist activist, I will never advocate violence; but I understand how violence can come about.

I am, however, advocating that all of the readers of this blog, and listeners to Mike's radio show,to quietly prepare themselves in terms of food; potable water; medication, and plans to reunite with their families, if they are separated if the excrement hits the ventilation system; 2017, at every level, may be a roller coaster ride of epic proportions.

Mar 07 08:36

‘Help Your Uncle Sam Win the War’

'Help your Uncle Sam win the war': Extraordinary collection of First World War propaganda posters intended to boost US morale comes up for sale

Mar 06 15:53

US Ramps Up Bombing Campaign In Yemen

In a major escalation of operations in Yemen, the US military carried out more than 30 airstrikes and drone strikes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, hitting multiple targets allegedly linked to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). As many as 20 people were reported killed in the attacks, which hit the southern governorates of Shabwa, Al Bayda and Abyan.

Mar 06 13:46

8,000 NATO troops launch exercise near Russian-Norwegian border (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A total of 8,000 NATO soldiers have been deployed to the Finnmark region of northern Norway, 160-300 km from the Russian border, for a series of joint military exercises.

Mar 06 12:41

US Marine Corps Investigating Nude Photos Of Female Members

The US Defense Department has launched an investigation into release of hundreds — possibly thousands — of naked photographs of women service members and veterans.

The announcement was made after members of the Marine Corps recently posted the photos in a Facebook group called “Marines United,” with around 30,000 followers.

Mar 06 10:25

US Drone Strikes Wound Several Civilians in Yemen

Beginning an intense campaign of drone strikes against Yemen on Thursday, US forces continued to pound targets in the country throughout the weekend, with little sign that anything high value was hit, but Yemeni officials continuing to label everyone anonymous person on a motorcycle killed as a “suspect,” with two more suspects killed today.

As the attacks stop being restricted to the mountains and start hitting actual towns and villages, however, the anonymity of the victims isn’t always solid, with reports out of Shabwa Province that some of the US strikes hit civilian homes, wounding a number of civilian bystanders.

Pentagon officials have largely not addressed the question of who is being targeted in specific strikes, saying only that broadly the efforts are meant to prevent al-Qaeda forces from being able to organize and carry out attacks overseas from locations within Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President: a word here.

As a Christian witness, and a Christian pacifist activist, it appears that I must politely remind you that collective punishment, as is being visited upon the Yemeni people through US and Saudi bombing raids... is a war crime.

And I would like to politely suggest to you that our complicity in Saudi war crimes will not "Make America Great Again"; it will simply make the government of this country, yet again, complicit in war crimes.

I was fervently hoping that you meant what you said about wars not being the answer to every geopolitical "threat" the US government faces when you were on the campaign trail.

Unfortunately, it appears, through this accelerated bombing campaign against Yemen, that you never meant those statements to actually be taken seriously by the voting public.

Mar 06 09:32

GRAPHIC: MCCAIN INSTITUTE TAX FILE FROM 2014 SHOWING $300,000 GIVEN BY ROTHSCHILD'S AND 1 MILLION BY THE SAUDI'S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John Mc Cain's estimated net worth stands at around $21 million dollars.

John Mc Cain's estimated net worth

And of course, a financial empire like that requires constant care and feeding, hence the contribution from Saudi Arabia to the Mc Cain Institute. And the question which must now be asked is, how much of that $1,000,000.00 contribution from Saudi Arabia trickles back to Senator Mc Cain himself?!? And who are the other "contributors" to this institute, potentially from the US's military industrial complex?!?

Pay to play, anyone?!?

This must be the reason why Mc Cain is constantly advocating for war against Iran, and supports the Saudi's carnage in Yemen, where schools and hospitals are getting bombed; children get bombed from the air by Saudi attacks; and children are dying of malnutrition because Saudi military have blocked the ports, so no food can get in. And just to spell it out for you in the most graphic way I can, here is what Senator Mc Cain is supporting in the Saudi war against Yemen:

Images: Yemeni children killed or wounded by Saudi air strikes

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, due to Saudi military closing Yemeni ports to food aid.

It is painfully apparent that, as a Christian witness and Christian Pacifist activist, I need to remind Senator Mc Cain that collective punishment (as is being visited upon the Yemeni people by the Saudi military) is a war crime.

But hey, Senator, all that death and destruction going on in Yemen, courtesy of a foreign government with supports you financially, is just collateral damage, and nothing to be morally concerned about in any way, right sir?!?!?

Mar 06 09:08

GEORGE W. BUSH STANDS BY THE IRAQ WAR AND IS EMBRACED BY LIBERAL MSM (VIDEO)

Anyone who knows anything about Soviet politics, understands the process of a public figure being officially rehabilitated by the state.

Essentially, when a public figure is officially condemned by the authorities, months, years or sometimes decades later he or she can be rehabilitated. It’s as if to say, ‘we were wrong, he was actually a patriot and a good guy after all’.

An example close to my heart is that of my favourite 20th century composer, Aram Khachaturian. In 1948, Soviet politician Andrei Zhdanov pronounced a degree whereby Khachaturian’s music was branded as formalist (where technicality is valued over a style which supports communism) and as a result he was shunned by the state.

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President Bush is a war criminal, pure and simple.

And if any actual justice existed in this country, he would be put on trial, convicted for his monstrous evils, and put away, doing hard time in a cell somewhere.

But of course, at this point in its history, "American Justice" can be only either be bought, or bribed to stay away; this is precisely what is going on with Bush.

He is able to bribe or purchase his "rehabilitation" from the Deep State, because he furthers the war agenda, as being a "good and necessary thing", when other methods of getting what the US government wants geopolitically, like hard-won, ethical negotiations, are completely ignored in favor of war.

This sickens me no end.

And after Obama became the President, and made that statement that he would look forward, not backward, on the crimes of the Bush presidency,

On Face the Nation, President Obama says he will not investigate Bush war crimes

you had to know that the proverbial "fix" was in.

Mar 06 08:56

Chinese troops appear to be operating in Afghanistan, and the Pentagon is OK with it

There is mounting evidence that Chinese ground troops are operating inside Afghanistan, conducting joint counter-terror patrols with Afghan forces along a 50-mile stretch of their shared border and fueling speculation that Beijing is preparing to play a significantly greater role in the country's security once the U.S. and NATO leave.

The full scope of China's involvement remains unclear, and the Pentagon is unwilling to discuss it. “We know that they are there, that they are present,” a Pentagon spokesman said. Yet beyond a subtle acknowledgement, U.S. military officials in Washington and in Kabul would not respond to several detailed questions submitted by Military Times.

This dynamic stands in stark contrast to the two sides' feisty rhetoric over their ongoing dispute in the South China Sea, and to Washington's vocal condemnation of Russian and Iranian activity in Afghanistan. One explanation may be that this quiet arrangement is mutually beneficial.

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With a restive Western Muslim population in Xingiang, the Chinese government doesn't want to see anything remotely looking like outside elements of jihad making it through that 50 mile border with Afghanistan.

So from the Chinese governmental perspective, what they are doing in Afghanistan is perfectly logical.

There is utterly no military metric by which the US and NATO occupation of Afghanistan can be judged as a "success"; rather, these last 16 years have been serial failures, with never enough troops to overwhelm and terminate the Taliban; and now, elements of jihad are sparking new conflicts, and placing even more strain on this occupation.

IF the American government and NATO high command had one shred of horse-sense between them, they would pull all their troops as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul regarding the pipeline rights and mineral rights; of course, those actions....would be logical.

And please remember the deep history of this sordid war against Afghanistan; the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban over the oil pipeline routes, but told the Taliban that their fees were "too high", as reported here:

July 21, 2001: US Official Threatens Possible Military Action Against Taliban by October if Pipeline Is Not PursuedEdit event Niaz Naik. Niaz Naik. [Source: Calcutta Telegraph (left)] Three former American officials, Tom Simons (former US Ambassador to Pakistan), Karl Inderfurth (former Deputy Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs), and Lee Coldren (former State Department expert on South Asia) meet with Pakistani and Russian intelligence officers in a Berlin hotel. [SALON, 8/16/2002] This is the third of a series of back-channel conferences called “brainstorming on Afghanistan.” Taliban representatives sat in on previous meetings, but boycotted this one due to worsening tensions. However, the Pakistani ISI relays information from the meeting to the Taliban. [GUARDIAN, 9/22/2001] At the meeting, Coldren passes on a message from Bush officials. He later says, “I think there was some discussion of the fact that the United States was so disgusted with the Taliban that they might be considering some military action.” [GUARDIAN, 9/26/2001] Accounts vary, but former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik later says he is told by senior American officials at the meeting that military action to overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan is planned to “take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest.” The goal is to kill or capture both bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar, topple the Taliban regime, and install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its place. Uzbekistan and Russia would also participate. Naik also says, “It was doubtful that Washington would drop its plan even if bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taliban.” [BBC, 9/18/2001] One specific threat made at this meeting is that the Taliban can choose between “carpets of bombs” —an invasion—or “carpets of gold” —the pipeline. [BRISARD AND DASQUIE, 2002, PP. 43] Naik contends that Tom Simons made the “carpets” statement. Simons claims, “It’s possible that a mischievous American participant, after several drinks, may have thought it smart to evoke gold carpets and carpet bombs. Even Americans can’t resist the temptation to be mischievous.” Naik and the other American participants deny that the pipeline was an issue at the meeting

So this was a war over oil pipeline routes and mineral wealth; the late Karl Marx had some very frivolous things to say, but when he made the observation that all wars are, by their very nature, economic, he was bang spot-on.

Mar 05 23:31

Washington and America Self-Implode at the Hands of a Treasonous, Obama Led Shadow Government

The United States federal government in Washington is under attack today. Our nation’s capital is presently under siege, not from military bombs or rockets fired by any foreign enemy but from powerful enemies within. With Obama-Hillary-Soros forces ostensibly maneuvering outside official government channels, against America’s legitimately elected President Trump, and their loyalist foot soldiers – the neocons and intelligence community loyalists within the CIA/NSA/FBI still operating inside deep state, criminally conspiring with Mainstream Media, this sinister alliance is also organizing legions of clueless young leftist protesters to be at the ready for deployment in the streets to wreak havoc violently rioting as paid agitator insurgents.

Mar 05 18:58

Russia is a Diversion

The neocons want war; they want to ensure the trillion dollars or more per year keep flowing. They need to keep Russia as the enemy. Everyone is piling on – republicans and democrats.

Russia is a diversion; it is useful as a means to an end. It isn’t the end. The end is the salvation of the many pillars of the progressive agenda; the end is the final destruction of western, classical liberal, civilization.

Mar 05 15:40

Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump's Wiretapping Claim

They are going for the throat now. Session's recusal means an Obama appointed Assistant AG will make the decision Comey requests.

WASHINGTON The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump's assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump's phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement.

Mr. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said.

A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to comment. Sarah Isgur Flores, the spokeswoman for the Justice Department, also declined to comment.

Mar 05 13:24

Wanting Improved Ties with Russia Considered Heresy. Deep State Supporters Want Trump Removed From Office

Trump fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn over nothing, bowing to opposition forces wanting him out “ solely for being soft on Russia, wanting improved relations.

So does AG Jeff Sessions, why he's targeted for removal, not for speaking to Russia's ambassador to Washington when a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

On Thursday, Sessions shamefully recused himself from federal investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign, related to (nonexistent) Russia election hacking “ groundless claims with evidence.

FBI investigations so far found nothing, including about allegations of Trump financial ties to Russian pubic or private figures.

Witch-hunt investigations continue, checking phony allegations of relations between Trump aides and Moscow.

Mar 05 13:15

U.S. steps up bombing raids on al Qaida in Yemen, citing threat to West

Trump has granted U.S. commanders, through Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the temporary authority to order military strikes without going through the White House for approval.

Mar 05 11:52

Ex-British PM Tony Blair in talks to become Trump's Middle East adviser!

I sure hope this isn't true. If it is, this is another example of Trump's stupidity!

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has discussed becoming Donald Trump's adviser on Middle East policies, during talks in the White House earlier this week, The Mail on Sunday reported.

Blair, who was in charge of the UK government in 1997-2007, met Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner in Washington on Wednesday, the papers claims, citing it's source.

The meeting in the West Wing of the US presidential residence lasted for three hours, according to The Mail on Sunday report.

Mar 05 10:34

Govt Insider Confirms Israel's Role In 9/11 Attacks!

huzzah! AJ!

Pieczenik says the Israelis, Saudis and neocons were behind the 9-11 attacks.

Given evidence of Mossad's checkered past and involvement with the attack of the USS Liberty on Jun. 8, 1967, killing 34 American soldiers, Pieczenik's comments wont be received as a big surprise to many Americans.

Mar 05 08:45

Decision 2017: War With Russia or Deep State Coup? Media Reports, You Decide!

America. It's a "democracy". That means every few years Americans are allowed to choose between two things that nobody wants or needs.

And now it's time to make another important choice: War with Russia, or full-blown deep state coup? The media reports, you decide.

Mar 04 09:36

White House pushing back against Mattis appointment

This guy is insubordinate and should be fired immediately. He is trying to pack the defense department with Obamanoids who are in good with terrorists.
And besides this individual is a war criminal who gets his men off for raping and murdering little boys and girls. He dishonored the CORPS!

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis wants to tap the former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, as his undersecretary of defense for policy, but the Pentagon chief is running into resistance from White House officials, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

As ambassador to Egypt between 2011 and 2013, Patterson worked closely with former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist government. She came under fire for cultivating too close a relationship with the regime and for discouraging protests against it—and White House officials are voicing concerns about those decisions now.

Mar 04 09:00

CHINA EXPANDS ITS STRATEGIC AIRLIFT CAPABILITY, PREPARES TO EXPAND ITS SPHERE OF INFLUENCE

Although combat aircraft such as the J-31 stealth fighter and J-15 aircraft carrier strike aircraft have made most of the headlines, China has made significant accomplishments in the realm of military transport, long range maritime patrol and carrier borne AEW&C aircraft over the past year. First operational in 2016, the Y-20 military transport is now the largest such aircraft in production in the world. Roughly the size of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster, the Y-20 is a crucial component in China’s growing ability to expand its strategic power projection capabilities. After initially expressing a need for 400 of these aircraft, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) later stated that this number was revised to 1000.

Mar 04 07:48

Tulsi Gabbard continues to push congress to stop funding ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria

Tulsi Gabbard continues to push for bipartisan support for her new bill which would restrict US agencies from supporting terrorists overseas. A little over a month ago, Gabbard went on CNN to report some real news about how the Barack Obama White House was arming Al Qaeda and ISIS, in an effort to overthrow Assad’s government.

Mar 03 23:11

NATO Commander Declares Russia Meddling in US Election Could Be ‘Act of War’

NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe has declared that alleged Russian meddling in the US election could be considered an “act of war” and prompt a military response.

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, a citizen of the UK, has alleged that an “international disinformation campaign” through websites such as Sputnik News and Russia Today could also be included in NATO’s definition of an “attack.”

According to the NATO treaty, “an armed attack against one or more [members] shall be considered an attack against them all,” and allies may use any action necessary for defense. In recent years, this has been expanded to include cyber attacks and hacking.

Mar 03 14:36

Pentagon Conducts 20 Airstrikes In Yemen, First Since Botched Raid

The Pentagon has carried out its first major military operation in Yemen since a botched raid in January that killed women and children as well as an American commando.

US forces conducted more than 20 airstrikes involving a mix of manned and unmanned aircraft early on Thursday, the Pentagon said.

Mar 03 14:36

Nuclear Midnight Is Closer Than Ever – So Where’s The Resistance?

I watched from the front gates of Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:39 pm PDT on February 8, 2017 as a pencil-thin beam of light shot above the treeline and disappeared into the atmosphere.

Mar 03 12:38

After Border Flare-up, Hamas Mouthpiece Warns: Israel Crossing Red Lines, War May Follow

Israeli soldiers sustained gunfire on Thursday near along the border with Gaza. None were hurt in the incident, the army said, but a patrol car was hit.

"If Israel wants a long period of calm, it must understand that the equation has changed, and may now be based on the principle of attack-for-attack, outpost-for-outpost and target-for-target," said the website. "The last challenge faced by the resistance portends a scenario of conflict similar to the equation in the last round of hostilities, or even a breakup of the equation should matters continue to escalate."

Military Intelligence chief Herzl Halevi told Knesset members Wednesday that the economically ailing Gaza is nearing a crisis under Hamas.
Halevi was speaking a day after the state comptroller harshly criticized Israeli political and military leaders for their performance before and during the 2014 Gaza war.

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I have to wonder if the second paragraph down was actually written by an anonymous Hamas spokesperson; or if it was some kind of clandestine IDF intelligence agent, attempting to push Hamas into doing something really unhelpful right now.

With various scandals, the Israeli government and the IDF may feel very cornered right now, and may collectively believe that the only reasonable distraction is yet another assault against Gaza; were I a betting person, I would not bet against this right now.

Mar 03 12:31

ISRAELI JETS, TANKS STRIKE HAMAS TARGETS IN RESPONSE TO CROSS-BORDER FIRE

Israeli jets and tanks retaliated to the shooting with strikes on three Hamas posts in the Strip.

Troops carrying out routine security activities near the border security fence had come under fire, and while no one was injured, a military tractor was lightly damaged.

Moira Dror, from Moshav Netiv Ha’asara, directly across the border from Beit Lahiya, told The Jerusalem Post that despite the shelling by the IDF, “the [enemy] outpost is still standing.”

Dror, who can see the outpost from her kitchen window, said that even the antenna of the post was still there, adding, “Perhaps this [the IDF response] is a warning to them.”

According to Dror, it had been quiet since the end of Operation Protective Edge in August 2014. “We’ve been living a normal life, not thinking about where and when the next rocket will come. But recently things have been heating up,” she added, referring to a rocket Gazans fired at Israel on Wednesday night.

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With Trump distracted by those out for blood against his administration, I wouldn't bet against a 2nd "Operation Protective Edge" by the Israeli military against Gaza, and very soon.

Netanyahu desperately needs a diversion from the potential criminal charges which may be leveled against him, and he may believe more carnage in Gaza is just the ticket with which to distract the Israeli people.

I would suggest that such a ploy may go over like a lead balloon.

Mar 03 12:07

TRUMP’S “MODERATE” DEFENSE SECRETARY HAS ALREADY BROUGHT US TO THE BRINK OF WAR

DID YOU KNOW that the Trump administration almost went to war with Iran at the start of February?

Perhaps you were distracted by Gen. Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser or by President Trump’s online jihad against Nordstrom. Or maybe you missed the story because the New York Times bizarrely buried it in the midst of a long piece on the turmoil and chaos inside the National Security Council. Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to the paper, had wanted the U.S. Navy to “intercept and board an Iranian ship to look for contraband weapons possibly headed to Houthi fighters in Yemen. … But the ship was in international waters in the Arabian Sea, according to two officials. Mr. Mattis ultimately decided to set the operation aside, at least for now. White House officials said that was because news of the impending operation leaked.”

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Sec-Def Mattis, a word, please.

Can you please define, for me, the rest of the country, and the world, just what the heck Iran has actually done to tick you off so badly you would like to start a war against it?!?

Has it not, sir, come to your attention, that Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years?!?

Is Saudi Arabia, and/or Israel, and their perceptions of Iran, pushing you in this direction?!?

Would such an incident not been a "back door" to a war against Russia, which will almost inevitably come to Iran's aid militarily?!?

And sir, the timing for such a confrontation is thoroughly ill-advised right now, and for the following reasons; at this point, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia over Iran.

And I am not saying anything you shouldn't know by now, sir; facts are facts.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who constantly exhorts her government to achieve its geopolitical goals through hard-won, honest, ethical negotiations, I am appalled that this kind of action even crossed your mind, as the "right thing" to do to Iran's military on the suspicion that some of their ships may be running arms to the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

And the US-government enabled Saudi bloodbath in Yemen can only be stopped ultimately through negotiations.

Sir, the entire situation in Yemen needs to be re-thought; the Saudi campaign here, two years on, is primarily destroying infrastructure; slaughtering civilians; and starving innocent children.

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombing runs

Images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi blockades of Yemen's ports

By supporting the Saudi government in this genocide of the Yemeni people, the US government is complicit in war crimes, Sec-Def Mattis.

As a Christian witness, who never condones violence,I am, therefore, imploring you, as someone I believe to ultimately be an honorable person, to find another way to stop this madness in Yemen which doesn't involve more slaughter of the Yemeni people.

Mar 03 11:30

US deploys Black Hawk choppers in Latvia to protect ‘sovereignty & bright future’ (VIDEO)

“US Air Force transport aircraft with UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and military units Phoenix 10th Air Brigade of the US Army arrived at Riga airport,” the Latvian Defense Ministry reported. The ministry said earlier that the new arrivals will replace the existing unit of Black Hawk helicopters deployed at the Lielvarde Air Base in central Latvia.

“We are thrilled to welcome so many excellent American soldiers, who will serve as members of the continuing US aviation presence deployed to NATO’s eastern flank in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve,” Ambassador Pettit said at Riga International Airport.

“This year, thousands of US soldiers will rotate through Latvia…,” Pettit added. “You can be assured that they… are committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with our Latvian allies to protect the independence, sovereignty, and security of Latvia.”

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"Thousands" of US troops?!? Really?!?

Let's look at a map of Latvia:

map of Latvia

The border extends about 133 miles between Latvia and Russia.

This deployment is rather like having Russia massing thousands of its troops on the Mexican border, yet telling Americans to stay calm, and that nothing is amiss.

but again, as with the case with the Swedish Defense spokesperson, upon whose statement I commented in an earlier post, the timing makes it painfully obvious that the "deep state" in the US and NATO want a war with Russia

Mar 03 11:16

Sweden reinstates military draft over concerns about Russian aggression

Sweden is reinstating the military draft — for men and women — because of dwindling volunteers and growing concerns over a more assertive Russia in the Baltic and Ukraine.

"The security environment in Europe and in Sweden's vicinity has deteriorated and the all-volunteer recruitment hasn't provided the Armed Forces with enough trained personnel," the Swedish defense ministry said Thursday. "The re-activating of the conscription is needed for military readiness."

A defense ministry spokesperson says 4,000 men and women will be called up in July for service beginning in January 2018. They will be drawn from some 13,000 people born in 1999.

Marinette Nyh Radebo told the BBC the "security change in our neighborhood" prompted the move by Sweden, which is not a NATO member.

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A word of caution for Defense Ministry Spokesperson Radebo; your false narrative about Russia having "annexed" Crimea is a pure, deliberate lie, stated to complement the agenda of alleged "Russian Aggression", and you know it!! And so does the BBC, and everyone else on this planet with a brain.

In 2014, the US/Soros/EU/IMF "coup" in Kiev threw the duly elected Ukrainian President, Yanukovich, under the proverbial bus, and the western-centric Poroshenko was "anointed" in an alleged election which was more crooked than a dog's hind leg

You appear to be suffering from SMD (selective memory disorder), and particularly, regarding Victoria Nuland's very public boast in 2013,about how much money the US government had spent on destabilizing Ukraine:

Regime Change in Kiev - Victoria Nuland Admits: US Has Invested $5 Billion In The Development of Ukrainian, "Democratic Institutions"

Sorry, my dear Ms. Radebo; one cannot unsee this, or not realize the point to which the US government was complicit in this regime change!!

Not only that, but President Obama admitted that the US was behind regime change and the destabilisation of Ukraine's government!!

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

So if there is any "aggression" to be charged, it should, rightly, be charged to the actions of the USA under President Obama's watch.

Post-putsch, Crimean officials understood that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, so - in a free and fair referendum - asked their people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition the Russian government to become a part of the Russian Federation. Overwhelmingly, the people of Crimea voted to petition the Russian Federation to join it.

There is a value, enshrined in the UN charter, and that is the right for people to exercise peaceful self-determination; but Ukraine, NATO, and the US got furious when that happened in Crimea, so...blamed the Russians for something they never, ever did.

And BTW, did you NOT get the memo that the "big lie" went out with the whoopie cushion and the dribble glass?!? Just checking.

But these statements have made one thing painfully obvious; the march against Russia, heading to a war against it, is gathering steam; the deep state in Europe, NATO, and in the US are on track for making that happen, no matter what the citizens of Europe and the US want!!

Mar 02 12:58

Deep State War?

Six Russian diplomats have died in the last 60 days. As Axios notes, all but one died on foreign soil. Some were shot, while other causes of death are unknown. Note that a few deaths have been labeled “heart attacks” or “brief illnesses.”

Mar 02 12:41

Is The Intelligence Community At War With Trump?

Phil Giraldi, a career intelligence officer, takes a look at the bizarre standoff between President Trump and the US intelligence community.

Mar 02 12:38

Is There More to the Flynn Story?

A strange resignation in a UK intelligence service suggests U.S. partners may have been involved.

The Hannigan resignation is not occurring in a vacuum, and some in the large and highly networked retired intelligence community have come to believe that it is connected to the investigation and downfall of Trump’s first national-security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has detailed exactly how the Flynn case does not appear to fit into any acceptable category that would have mandated an investigation and interrogation by the FBI. Surveillance of a Russian official would be authorized under FBI guidelines, but to extend that type of monitoring or investigation to a U.S. citizen would require specific authority from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to issue a warrant based on probable cause.

Mar 02 11:39

DEPLOYED US NAVY HAS A PREGNANCY PROBLEM, AND IT’S GETTING WORSE

A record 16 out of 100 Navy women are reassigned from ships to shore duty due to pregnancy, according to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

That number is up 2 percent from 2015, representing hundreds more who have to cut their deployments short, taxing both their unit’s manpower, military budgets and combat readiness. Further, such increases cast a shadow over the lofty gender integration goals set by former President Barack Obama.

Mar 02 10:46

The Clinton system to discredit Donald Trump

These are the seditionists and insurrectionists who are trying to overthrow the government of the United States of America.
Trump may be the target but the Republic is what these traitors are trying to bring down. Spirit of 76!

This article is a warning - in November 2016, a vast system of agitation and propaganda was set up in order to destroy the reputation and the authority of President Donald Trump as soon as he arrived in the White House. It is the first time that such a campaign has been scientifically organised against a President of the United States, and with such resources.

Mar 02 09:08

Former Marine's Facebook Post On VA Treatment Of Patients Causes Outrage

A former Marine and his wife say the scene inside a Veterans Administration hospital in Durham, North Carolina, was so shocking that they took pictures and posted them to Facebook.

Now, as AP reports, thousands of people are expressing outrage and the head of the medical center says an employee involved has been removed from patient care pending an internal review.

Mar 02 08:23

US Congress Member: To Help Refugees, Stop Arming Terrorists

Member of the US House of Representatives, Tulsi Gabbard, called for the US to stop aiding terrorists like Al-Qaeda and ISIL, while her guest at the presidential address to Congress, a Kurdish refugee activist, called for an end to the US policy of “regime change in Syria.”

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I am REALLY starting to like Tulsi!

Mar 02 08:10

Thousands of teens to be called up for military service

Sweden's government has formally announced that it is bringing back conscription.

The former centre-right government scrapped compulsory military service in 2010, but the current Social Democrat-Green coalition wants to reintroduce the concept, or at least a light version of it, from January 1st 2018.

Some of the reasons are a perceived deterioration of the security situation in the Baltics and that the Armed Forces have struggled to attract enough new military recruits to plug a significant staff shortage.

Mar 02 08:05

Sick and Depraved: NATO 'Saddened' by Explosions in Serbia

Hey Serbia: NATO is super sad about the "explosions" in your country which killed "at least one person". Can you please join NATO now? That would be very helpful. Thanks. Also, please forget about this:

Mar 01 17:03

‘Unmanned Warfare Is Coming,’ Says UK Defense Secretary

Unmanned warfare across land, sea, and air will soon be the norm, and the UK is intensively researching cutting-edge drone technology, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said at an event at the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science.

Mar 01 16:14

Berta Cáceres' Murder Linked To U.S.-Trained Soldiers, Leaked Court Docs Show

Leaked court documents obtained by the Guardian and reported on Tuesday appear to corroborate a whistleblower’s claim that U.S.-trained special forces within the Honduran military were responsible for the death of prominent Indigenous land defender Berta Cáceres last year.

Mar 01 11:18

Gaza War: 11 Key Headlines From Scathing Report Rattling Israel's Politicians and Military

The 200-page report is being released about a year and a half after the end of the war in August 2014. The report deals both with the decision making process in the security cabinet relating to Gaza before Operation Protective Edge, as the war is officially known in Israel, and at its outset but also with the issue involving dealing with the attack tunnels in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, as well as preparation for the intelligence, technological and operational response to the this threat in the years prior to the operation.

Mar 01 07:27

Meet China's triple-hulled warship of the future

At the Dubai IDEX defense exposition, arms makers from around the world show off their latest wares. A notable debut at the recent 2017 show: a new, triple hulled Chinese warship design.

While showing off a model of the planned ship, China Shipbuilding Trading Company announced that it is aiming to start construction on a "trimaran" warship in 2018 for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

The Chinese navy already uses smaller trimaran ships for noncombat missions—think training torpedo recovery, search and rescue, and oceanographic research.

So what exactly are trimaran ships? The major distinction is they three hulls: one large, central one and two rearward smaller hulls connected by decks or girders. The design is used in the U.S. Navy's new USS Independence subclass of the Littorial Combat Ship, and in fact the new Chinese ship looks very similar to that class.

Mar 01 07:14

Backstage at the Trump vs. Deep State Cage Match

According to the insider, which I named "X", "Flynn was removed because he was agitating for a strike against Iran which would have had disastrous consequences. That would have led to Iranian strikes against Western oil supplies in the Middle East, raising Russia's economic power as the oil price would have soared to over $200 a barrel, and the EU would have had to join the Russian-Chinese block, or not be able to obtain sufficient energy to survive. The United States would have been completely isolated."

Feb 28 16:43

U.S. Doubles Down On ISIS Drones Warning; Now Terrorists Could Launch Swarms

By Nicholas West

Yesterday I covered an urgent request that was placed by the United States Air Force to obtain drone killing technology that could be used against ISIS’ newly formed “Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen.” The result of this urgency was a $15.6 million no-bid contract with an Israeli company to develop portable systems to combat small drones that are alleged to be in use and under rapid development by ISIS and other terror groups in the region.

Although it’s merely one day later, the “urgency” has become nearly breathless, as today the Pentagon’s counterterrorism chief, Lt. Gen. Michael Nagata, is warning that since terrorists have demonstrated a clear intention to use drones, the next step would be to launch drone swarms...

Feb 28 15:32

Deadly Yemen Raid Resulted In No Valuable Intel – Officials

A US raid in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of one Navy SEAL and at least 25 civilians has been found to have yielded no significant intelligence. This comes after weeks of the White House doubling down on the mission and praising its success.

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