Feb 08 09:46

Execution-Style Killer Of Denver RTD Worker Sentenced To Life

A U.S. Army veteran who claimed he shot an RTD security officer last year, "for the pleasure of Allah," was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole, a statement from the Denver District Attorney's office said.

Joshua Cummings, 38, shot and killed RTD security contractor Scott Von Lanken in the head at point-blank range Jan. 31, 2017. Prosecutors claimed that Cummings thought Von Lanken was a police officer because of his uniform. According to his arrest affidavit, Von Lanken was speaking to two women who were asking for train schedule information. According to their witness accounts, Cummings approached behind Von Lanken and said "Do what you are told," then shot Von Lanken and fled on foot. Witnesses described Cummings as having "a swollen face with different/weird looking eyes." After his arrest, DA Beth McCann said Cummings's eye was swollen because of an infection, not any treatment received in custody.

Feb 08 09:01

SELCO: The Brutal Truth About Violence When the SHTF

Are you prepared for the extreme violence that is likely to come your way if the SHTF? No matter what your plan is, it’s entirely probable that at some point, you’ll be the victim of violence or have to perpetrate violence to survive. As always, Selco is our go-to guy on SHTF reality checks and this thought-provoking interview will shake you to your core.

Feb 07 19:42


Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver on Tuesday revealed that the Pentagon expects the cost of the Afghan War in 2018 to come to $45 billion.

Feb 07 13:27

At US outpost in Syria, US general backs Kurdish fighters

On the ground in Syria, the top U.S. general in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group pledged on Wednesday that American troops would remain in the northern Syrian Kurdish town of Manbij despite Ankara's demands for a U.S. pullout.

"We're here to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS is maintained in this area," Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk said during a visit to U.S. forces in Manbij. ISIS is an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.

Funk's visit comes amid rising tensions between Turkey and the United States — NATO allies that have ended up on opposing sides in some aspects of the multi-layered war in Syria.

While fighting IS in Syria, the U.S. has backed the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the People's Protection Units or YPG — a group that Ankara considers "terrorists" and allied with Kurdish insurgents within Turkey, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The YPG makes up the backbone of a force that fought IS in Syria.

Feb 07 13:23

Genocide Washington Style – Venezuela Next?

Why does nobody dare to pronounce the term “Genocide” in connection with the Washington committed atrocities around the globe? – If there is one nation that is guilty of mass-murder it is the United States of America and her Zionist handlers. But nobody seems to pay attention. Or, rather, nobody dares to say so. It has become the new normal. Enshrined in people’s brains. The exceptional nation can do whatever she wants, whenever she wants and wherever she wants – sowing wars and conflicts, killing millions and millions of people, blaming Russia and China – and of course, Iran, Venezuela, Syria, Cuba, North Korea and the list of disobedient countries goes on.

Feb 07 13:21

Pentagon Expects Afghan War to Cost $45 Billion in 2018

Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver on Tuesday revealed that the Pentagon expects the cost of the Afghan War in 2018 to come to $45 billion.

Feb 07 13:17


Countering Russia has become a lucrative industry in Washington. In recent years, the think tank business has exploded. But who funds these organizations, who works for them and what are the real agendas at play?

From the start, let’s be clear, the term "think tank" essentially amounts to a more polite way of saying "lobby group." Bar a few exceptions, they exist to serve – and promote – the agendas of their funders.

However, particularly in the United States, the field has become increasingly shady and disingenuous, with lobbyists being given faux academic titles like "Senior Non-Resident Fellow" and "Junior Adjunct Fellow" and the like. And this smokescreen usually serves to cloud the real goals of these operations.

Feb 07 11:33

Mattis: Sea-Based Nukes Needed as ‘Leverage’ Over Russians

Speaking at the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis was in a foul mood, again lashing the committee and Congress in general for not offering a more stable assurance of the Pentagon’s record budgets.

The comments were mostly focused on the Nuclear Posture Report, and in particular the establishment of a whole series of different types of nuclear arms that might be more useful to the administration, and certainly much more expensive.

Mattis in particular was keen on the establishment of new sea-launched nuclear cruise missiles in his comments, insisting those in particular would give the US great leverage over the Russians, and that the US could force the Russians to make all sorts of concessions in return for not developing such weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a quiet, polite word here.

I would imagine that someone, at least a minor official, in your office knows who and what I am; a Christian pacifist activist, who is constantly advocating her government to use any and all moral, hard-won negotiations as a a method of resolving this country's geopolitical differences, rather than resorting to war.

I never advocate violence of any kind, and definitely not here home, because I understand this this government has both the means and the will to destroy any such violence with extreme prejudice.

With that being said, sir, you need to cast a wider net of understanding of what is going on here. This country is broken; its government is broke and corrupt belief. The wars with which the US military are already entangled appear to be without end, and perhaps, you and those involved with our military want to keep it that way. After all, war is said to be "good for business."

We have kids in this country who are living in extreme poverty, and who barely have enough to eat; We have have Vets sleeping rough in the streets, and those who need the best of medical care, are, many times, denied the care they are due.

We have schools that propagandize rather than teach, and many students, when they finish high school (IF they finish) are unable to read, write, or reason. This is a form of criminal neglect of the future of this country, sir.

The GMO additives to our food, coupled with medications which are touted as "safe' by the big pharmaceutical companies, but are not really safe, and have intense nasty side-effects, are making people ill, to the point of dying. We have some of the most intensely costly medical service in the world, but rank miserably, in terms of international outcomes from that medical service.

These sea-launched nukes will only "keep the party going" for the elites, in terms of threatening Russia or China, but only for a very limited period of time; but there will come a point where, if the issues I have mentioned, are not resolved, intelligently, and morally, when this country will be in grave danger of literally falling apart, and balkanizing.

This is not what I want for this country; but it will the result of the logical progression of decay I am seeing here.

Feb 07 11:21

Senate reaches two-year bipartisan budget deal: leaders

The U.S. Senate has reached a two-year bipartisan budget deal that would lift caps on defense and some domestic government spending, and provide funds for disaster relief, infrastructure and programs addressing opioid abuse, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate said on Wednesday.

Feb 07 11:01

US Has ‘No Plans’ to Meet With North Korean Officials at Olympics

"[There are] no plans to meet with North Korean officials during or after the Olympics," Nauert said. "There is no shift in US policy regarding this."

Earlier, however, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not rule out a possible meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean representatives during his upcoming trip to South Korea.

In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea.
Lack of US Ambassador to South Korea Could Signal Fear of Imminent Attack - Expert
"With respect to Vice President’s trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for him to have a meeting with North Korea, I think we’ll just see, we’ll see what happens," Tillerson said in a joint press conference with Peruvian Foreign Minister Cayetana Aljovin in Lima, Peru on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why the hell is Pence going here?!? What is he doing, except potentially attempting to "shake down" other countries which might still be trading with North Korea?!?

That there is no intention of speaking with North Korean officials by the US officials traveling here, means that this is another wasted opportuntiy; and the US cannot afford many more wasted opportunities here with which it could potentially avert the military confrontation it has been threatening to use, most likely drawing Russia and China into the fray as well.

This country's leadership has managed, to work with nuclear armed countries it sometimes loves, like Israel, and sometimes, grudgingly, has a "frenemy" relationship with those countries it doesn't particularly like; Pakistan comes to mind here.

But a military option, which will potentially leave thousands upon thousands of both North and South Koreans dead, or maimed for life, is absolutely not the road of moral high ground here, simply because it is something the US government can do.

Someone needs to politely remind the President of this reality, and soon; because I don't believe that his unholy Triumverate of "President Whisperers", consisting of Mattis, Kelly, and McMaster is making this side of the military equation clear to him at all.

Feb 07 10:45

Beijing's 'island fortresses': China's aggressive militarization of diusputed South China Sea is revealed in new photos showing the communist nation's 'unrestrained' show of power

Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea has been revealed in new aerial photos obtained by a newspaper in the Philippines.

In what the news organisation described as an 'unrestrained' show of power China has apparently transformed seven reefs in the Spratly islands into military island fortresses featuring runways and observation towers.

The dramatic military build-up is shown in pictures taken from a height of 1,500m (4,920 feet) in the last six months of 2017, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

One of the fortresses is situated on Panganiban, a reef which a United Nations-backed court has previously ruled belongs to the Philippines, it is reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chinese government would not be so keen to arm these islands to the teeth, if they didn't believe that a potential US attack against it, at some point, is a dead moral certainty.

And Paul Craig Roberts, in whose credibility I have more than a little faith, has already warned those who can handle the truth of the following:

Washington planning a preemptive strike against Russia and China

The article then goes on to state:

"Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense.

In previous posts in recent years I have pointed out both written documents and changes in US war doctrine that indicate that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia and China. More recently, I have shown that Washington’s demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion."

Many Chinese speak very excellent English. If I have read this, it is obvious that many Chinese officials, both government and military have read this as well.

What we are seeing here is an "early response" if you will, to any potential harm or threat they see coming from this country.

Feb 07 09:25

How Al-Qaeda Ended Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Here Is The Congressional Authorization

Though US intelligence and defense officials have long denied that so-called "vetted" groups in Syria were recipients of anti-aircraft systems, rumors to the contrary have been persistent for years. The latest denial came immediately on the heels of Saturday's Russian jet shoot down, which resulted in the death of the pilot on the ground as he came under fire by jihadists. Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway told Russia's TASS: "The United States have not provided any of its allied forces in Syria with anti-aircraft weapons."

Feb 07 09:17

No Math, No Problem: Budget Realities Threaten Trump’s Military Expansion

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that the military will grow under his watch, financed by increasing an already large defense budget. However, a number of factors are poised to make the effort to fund this expansion more difficult than Trump may have realized, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report.

The Congressional Budget Office previously showed that if Trump's full-year military budget were passed, the national debt would grow an extra $683 billion over the next 10 years.

On top of rising healthcare costs, more expenditures for Social Security and higher interest payments on old debt, the CBO now reports there are even more financial worries that could risk ambitious military plans for a 350-ship navy, the purchase of more fighter jets and increased manpower.

Feb 07 09:16

Trump requests 'military parade' to show America's might

First reported by the Washington Post and later confirmed by NBC and ABC, President Trump has tasked the Pentagon with planning a parade designed to show off the US armed forces. The cost of the would-be parade is estimated to be in the millions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very Soviet!

Feb 06 09:10

Nunes Duels the Deep State

From the Nunes memo, there was, at the highest level of the FBI, a cabal determined to derail Trump and elect Clinton.

From the Nunes memo, there was, at the highest level of the FBI, a cabal determined to derail Trump and elect Clinton. Heading the cabal was Comey, who made the call to exonerate Hillary of criminal charges for imperiling national security secrets, even before his own FBI investigation was concluded.

Feb 06 08:42

US F-35s Flying Nearly Around the Clock in Indo-Pacific Region

The US Air Force’s F-35A fighter squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, has been flying at a relentless pace since the squadron’s aircraft started to arrive at the base in late October, according to a new report.

"We're approaching 1,000 flight hours and 500 sorties; we'll probably have that here in the next few weeks," Master Sgt. Brian Sarafin told Defense News in a report published Monday. An average day consists of the 12 F-35 aircraft flying between 12 and 14 sorties per day. Since the plane is frequently damaged or malfunctioning, repair and maintenance crews are working "around the clock" to keep the planes ready to fly, Defense News noted.

Feb 05 19:42

Will The Conspiracy Against Trump and American Democracy Go Unpunished?

Dear Readers: This is one of the most important articles I have written, along with this one: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/02/02/nuclear-posture-review/. If the Russiagate conspiracy against Trump and American democracy goes unpunished, accountable government in the United States will cease to exist. US security agencies have long been involved in coups against foreign governments. Now they are involved in one against America. There is great danger that Republicans are so worshipful of “national security” and so determined to protect the reputation of the US government that they will give a pass to the high officials who participated in a conspiracy against the United States.

Feb 05 11:43

The Syrian Madhouse Gets Even Crazier

Why on earth are at least 2,000 US troops mixed up in this fracas in darkest Syria? Because the pro-Israel neocons in Washington, who pretty much run US foreign policy these days, are determined to have revenge for the defeat of US-backed rebel forces in Syria. So it’s once more into the breach near Afrin and the town Manbij though America has zero national interests in Syria. The US first tried to overthrow Syria’s governments in Damascus in 1948 because it was too independent and flirting with the Soviets. Today’s intervention is part of Israel’s plan to fragment Syria and gobble up its water and fertile land resources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned that a clash between Turkish and US military in Syria, will lead to broader confrontation against Russian forces here.

War in Syria, to fragment it, possibly involving Russian troops, is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could do right now; unfortunately, however, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is absolutely zero guarantee that the US governmen will not do it.

Feb 05 11:32

Ankara vows revenge as 7 Turkish soldiers killed in clashes near Syria’s Afrin

Seven Turkish soldiers were killed and a tank lost in Ankara’s ongoing military campaign against Kurdish militias in Syria's northwestern Afrin region. The casualties marked the deadliest day for Turkey since the offensive began.

Five servicemen died in fighting near the settlement of Sheikh Haruz located north-east of Afrin, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing a statement issued by Turkey’s General Staff. The soldiers were killed as a Turkish tank came under attack, it said.

Earlier, the General Staff also reported about the death of two other Turkish soldiers. One was killed in clashes with local armed groups on Syrian territory, while another lost his life during an attack by what Ankara described as “terrorist groups” in Turkey's Kilis province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What in heaven's name were the Turks thinking, that the Kurdish people inside Northern Syria were going to welcome them with flowers, as they were bombing the hell out of Syria?!?

And here's a companion headline of note, which may be one of the sources of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's ire:

Turkey sustains growing losses in Syria Invasion

Feb 05 11:26

Massive Pentagon agency lost track of hundreds of millions of dollars

One of the Pentagon’s largest agencies can't account for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spending, a leading accounting firm says in an internal audit obtained by POLITICO that arrives just as President Donald Trump is proposing a boost in the military budget.

Ernst & Young found that the Defense Logistics Agency failed to properly document more than $800 million in construction projects, just one of a series of examples where it lacks a paper trail for millions of dollars in property and equipment. Across the board, its financial management is so weak that its leaders and oversight bodies have no reliable way to track the huge sums it's responsible for, the firm warned in its initial audit of the massive Pentagon purchasing agent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; this is the same government which demands to know where you spent every penny, but cannot manage to find 800 million dollars spent by the US military.

I want to see a forensic accounting review on this missing money, before the US military is awarded one more cent!

This is absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Feb 05 10:42


A damning report by the EU-funded Conflict Armament Research has found that the majority of weapons that ended-up in the hands of Daesh/ISIS were purchased from Eastern European stockpiles by the United States or Saudi Arabia and transferred to opposition militias in Syria. In many cases there is clear evidence to suggest that the arms were transferred into ISIS possession in less than a month, as US-backed groups amalgamated into ISIS or the weapons were sold on a thriving black market.

A significant proportion of the weapons examined were unauthorised for retransfer, meaning that they had End User Clauses for US and Saudi military or police use that were quickly violated, not even being shipped to their country of authorised usage in many cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war criminality of the US government, in enabling and abetting this transfer of weapons, is truly staggering.

Feb 05 10:33


Last week we reported that days Turkey valiantly demanded that US forces vacate military bases in the Syrian district of Manbij, the US predictably refused, and on Monday a top American general said that US troops will not pull out from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, rebuffing Ankara demands to withdraw from the city and risking a potential confrontation between the two NATO allies.

One week later, in the latest dramatic escalation between the two NATO members, Turkey's Deputy PM has warned that US troops fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish militias in the same uniform may be targeted by the Turkish army due to the difficulty of distinguishing them in the heat of battle, effectively stating that US troops in northern Syria are now "fair game" in the ongoing deadly conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am hoping - and praying - for, is that this major escalation in tensions, and the war of words, between DC and Ankara, does NOT mean that our troops in Syria are being considered "sacrificial lambs" by this administration, to be used as a pretext and justification, to establish a wider US footprint in Syria.

Remember: regime change in Damascus is ultimately the issue to which this Administration keeps stubbornly clinging like a tick, no matter how high military and civilian casualties might be in pursuance of that goal.

I just have to wonder at what point Russia, which was invited by the Syria govenment to get rid of its jihadis will say "NYET!!" to a further American invasion of this sovereign country, and what actual steps may be taken by the Russians to prevent this from happening.

Because if the game plan by DC is to engage Russia in Syria militarily, it is obviously a game plan which was never thoroughy vetted, or thought through, with any degree if intellectual rigor.

Feb 05 10:11


A damning report by the EU-funded Conflict Armament Research has found that the majority of weapons that ended-up in the hands of Daesh/ISIS were purchased from Eastern European stockpiles by the United States or Saudi Arabia and transferred to opposition militias in Syria. In many cases there is clear evidence to suggest that the arms were transferred into ISIS possession in less than a month, as US-backed groups amalgamated into ISIS or the weapons were sold on a thriving black market.

Feb 05 08:36

The GOP Memorandum should be called the Trey Gowdy Memorandum.

Rampant abuse and possible contempt of Court: full analysis of GOP memorandum.

GOP memorandum exposes extraordinary catalogue of due process violations in application for surveillance warrant.

It is in the overwhelmingly strong interest of the United States that the truth about all of this be told...

Feb 05 07:26

Swamp Watch: The deep state

Listen to Steve Hilton, the host of - The Next Revolution, expound on this sick swampy joke.

Yes, there is a Deep State.

The rise of a permanent ruling class in our Federal Bureaucracy.
The size and scope of the federal bureaucracy has become so unaccountable that it is actually unclear how many federal agencies exist.

?The intelligence bureaucracies have become swollen with unaccountable power and resources since 9/11 attack.??

Feb 04 11:07

US Sanctions, Baffled Russians, Hot Air and History – The Saker

The paradox: US sanctions – a blessing in disguise?

Now that the the US Treasury has released this “list of marked individuals” (and their families, relatives or associated corporate entities) for potential, unspecified, future sanction, who do you think will freak out most, the Eurasian Sovereignists or the Atlantic Integrationists?

What is absolutely certain is that this latest move by the US is, again, a dream come true for Putin and his supporters, especially right before the elections.

Feb 04 10:18

US-Backed Free Syrian Army Group Shoots Down Russian Jet, Kills Pilot

The Jaysh al-Nasr rebel group in Syria, part of the US-backed Free Syrian Army, has posted footage of its fighters celebrating the shoot-down of a Russian Suhkoi-25 jet fighter in the Idlib province of Syria. It is the first time a Russian fighter has been shot down by Syrian rebels attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The 2017 US military spending bill provided authorization for the Department of Defense to arm the rebels with shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles or ManPADS.

Feb 03 13:33

NFL to salute Medal of Honor recipients at Super Bowl LII

NFL to salute Medal of Honor recipients at Super Bowl LII
National Football League

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that the NFL will salute 15 recipients of the Medal of Honor -- the United States' most prestigious military decoration -- at Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
"The NFL is proud to honor our Nation's heroes at Super Bowl LII," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "These courageous individuals deserve to be recognized on America's biggest stage. We are grateful for their service to our country and we are pleased to continue the NFL's longstanding tradition of hosting special tributes to service members at the Super Bowl."

The NFL and U.S. military have more than 40 years of shared history at the Super Bowl>>>

Feb 03 12:07

Pentagon ‘Can’t Afford’ F-35’s Trillion Dollar Plus Sustainment Costs

“Right now, we can’t afford the sustainment costs we have on the F-35,” Ellen Lord, the new Defense Department undersecretary for defense acquisition and sustainment, told reporters this week. “And we are committed to changing that.”

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapons program in US history and remains the Pentagon's "most significant" program, according to Lord.

According to the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, "sustainment is a key component of performance. Including sustainment planning ‘up front' enables the acquisition and requirements communities to provide a weapon system with optimal availability and reliability to the warfighter at value."

Feb 03 12:02

Can The Impending Collapse Of Russiagate Halt The Slide Toward A Nuclear 1914?

Who in the years, say, 1910 to 1913, could have imagined that the decades of peace, progress, and civilization in which they had grown up, and which seemingly would continue indefinitely, instead would soon descend into a horror of industrial-scale slaughter, revolution, and brutal ideologies?

The answer is, probably very few, just as few people today care much about the details of international and security affairs. Normal folk have better things to do with their lives.

To be sure, in that bygone era of smug jingosim, there was always the entertainment aspect that “our” side had forced “theirs” to back down in some exotic locale, as in the Fashoda incident (1898) or the Moroccan crises (1906, 1911). Even the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 seemed less a harbinger of the cataclysm to come than local dustups on the edge of the continent where the general peace had not been disturbed even by the much more disruptive Crimean or Franco-Prussian wars.

Feb 03 11:51

US is in talks with Turkey about Manbij: Mattis

The United States is in talks with Turkey about Manbij, Syria, but it is not the right time to discuss it publicly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Feb. 2.

"I am not going to discuss [it] right now," Mattis told reporters at a news conference. "It is simply not the right time to do this in the public square."

Mattis was referring to Turkey’s plan to launch a military operation in the strategically important northern city as part of Operation Olive Branch.

Manbij lies northeast of Aleppo but just south of the Turkish border. Washington has voiced concern about the safety of U.S. troops in Manbij amid Turkey's ongoing operation in northeastern Syria.

There are about 2,000 American soldiers in Manbij.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that these talks will ratchet down the tension here, but it is hard to know what will ultimately be decided.

The one think I am hoping and praying that doesn't happen is that these US troops not be used as "sacrificial lambs", toward a greater US footprint in Syria, which means we will be looking at being at war with Russia also.

Feb 03 11:20

As Expected, Press Prostitutes Lie Through Their Teeth About House Intelligence Committee Report

Why the Republicans, armed with enough information to smash the FBI, Obama DOJ, DNC, and presstitute conspiracy, can’t put their act together is a mystery.

The FISA court document, declassified and released, contains confessions from both the FBI and DOJ that the agencies misled the court and falsely acquired surveillance permission.

Why did the FBI and DOJ rush to confess to the FISA court? The reason is that NSA Director Adm. Rodgers discovered their illicit spying, investigated it, and let it be known that he was reporting the FBI and DOJ malfeasence to the FISA court. Adm. Rodgers also informed President Trump.

Feb 03 11:02

America’s Cascading Disaster in Afghanistan

Cascading disaster is an apt term for the US military’s strategy in Afghanistan, which involves the indiscriminate killing of terrorist leaders, whether Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS or whatever else.

In addition to heavily underreported civilian casualties, US military strikes increase the ferocity of those terrorist outfits. Not just because those outfits want to show the world how strong they are. There is another element which arguably is even worse, as it is virtually impossible to reverse. Each “neutralized” leader leaves a power void within his organization and a number of usually younger and more ruthless members start fighting among each other to take over – with cruelty and spectacular attacks obviously being stronger “election” arguments than a “softy” willingness and capacity for peaceful dialogue.

Feb 03 10:58

US Airstrikes in Yemen Have Increased Sixfold Under Trump

With the Saudi invasion of Yemen turning sour and causing a humanitarian disaster, and the US having withdrawn most of its troops from the country early in that invasion, US officials have largely sought to downplay their military involvement in Yemen.

In reality, however, the number of US airstrikes being carried out has increased precipitously since President Trump took office, with 21 airstrikes on Yemen reported in 2016, and a more than sixfold increase leaving the 2017 figure at 131 strikes. 10 have been reported so far in January of 2018, suggesting that the escalation continues.

The strikes are theoretically targeted at al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS, though in practice with US troops in Yemen only “intermittently,” according to the Pentagon’s own accounting, it’s difficult to see how officials could know with any certainty what is being targeted by US warplanes, beyond being remote areas where such factions are believed to be operating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Presidents Barak Obama and Donald Trump now have one thing in common, both blood-soaked, and vile, besides having been - and being President; responsibility for colluding in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen.

I remember years ago, as a kid, having swallowed the koolade of "America cannot, and would never do, something morally wrong" to another country.

Now, as an adult, and evaluating the global deteriorization demonstrated by world events and falling standards of living,, I am seeing massive US government military interventions through which to expropiateother country's natural resources to which this country has absolutely no moral right; regime change of governments, to make those governments more western-centric, and to insure that those resourcesm are only sold in US dollars.

The images I am about to present are absolutely "lose your lunch" real, graphic, and absolutely ugly, which it comes to Yemen; but I have absolutely no choice but to continue linking to them until the carnage in Yemen stops.

Images: Yemeni children getting killed and maimed for life, courtesy of US-military enabled Saudi Bombing Runs

Due to Us/ Saudi blockades on Yemeni ports, food cannot get into the county; as a consequence children are starving to death from these blockades.
Images: Yemeni children starving to death, due to US/Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports

And now, Yemenis are dying from diptheria and cholera, because there is scarce little medication to treat them. the kids you see in this video may be the lucky ones, who are getting treatment in time. Video:children being treated for cholera

I would like to remind our readers that this is being done in your names, and with your tax dollars. We need to have a blunt, and honest, national conversation about why the US government is in collusion with Saudi Arabia in this genocide against the Yemeni people.

Feb 03 10:40

Russian missiles strike area of Su-25 downing, killing at least 30 terrorists – MoD

Russian military planes have targeted the Al-Nusra-controlled area of Syria’s Idlib province where a Su-25 jet was earlier downed by militants, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

Feb 03 10:15


Hours before his first State of the Union, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to unite the country amid “tremendous divisiveness” and hopes he can do so without a traumatic event affecting Americans.

Trump spoke about creating a more united country during a lunch with a number of television news anchors. Trump said the United States has long been divided, including during the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton. Trump also said that Americans usually come together during times of suffering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, Trump actually made these statements, then I am definitely feeling the cold chill of a US-engineered "false flag", running down my back like icewater from hell, to be blamed on the "villian du jour", (pick one: Syria; North Korea; China; Russia; Iran; Lichtenstein (just kidding, Lichtensteinians!), and off we go...

Feb 03 09:30

Russian fighter jet 'shot down' in Syria's Idlib province

A Russian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet has been shot down in a rebel-held area near Idlib in north Syria, reports say.

The pilot was said to have ejected before the crash and been captured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Video posted on social media appeared to show the plane being hit, while other video showed burning wreckage on the ground, with a red star on a wing.

Russia has acted alongside its Syrian allies targeting rebels in the area.

Syrian government troops launched a major offensive around Idlib in late December, backed by Russian jets. The UN says some 100,000 civilians have been displaced.

The fate of the pilot has not yet been confirmed, nor which group shot his plane down or captured him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; who is really responsible for the shoot-down, and with what was it done, in light of the fact that no group has yet claimed responsibility?!?

We now have a update, courtesy of Zerohedge.com, as follows:

Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down by Syrian Rebles, pilot Reportedly Killed

I am having to wonder if, perhaps, the rebels who shot down this plane were US backed, and if that might have been what gave them the firepower to successfully bring down the Russian warplane; this hasn't happened since 2015. (Warning: very graphic tweets at the end of this article.

If, in fact, this was a US-sponsored and armed rebel group, the situation in Syria is just about to get a great deal more volatile than it already is.

Feb 02 12:42

Trump prepared for military action in Syria to deter chemical attacks: Officials  

Senior US officials have claimed President Donald Trump is prepared to launch a military action if necessary against the Syrian government which they say is possibly developing new types of chemical weapons.

The officials on Thursday said the government of Syrian Bashar al-Assad saved a part of chemical weapons stockpile despite a US-Russian deal under which Damascus had agreed to hand over all such weapons for destruction.

The government surrendered its stockpiles of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry. The deal was negotiated by Russia and the United States.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters in Washington, DC, that Syrian armed forces "evolved" their chemical weapons and made continued occasional use of them in smaller amounts since April 2017. But they declined to provide specific details.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have I have a really lousy feeling about this.

Why is the US government flogging this old dead horse now, and reattaching it to some form of alleged-credibility life support, as an excuse to attack Syria?!?

The optics of such a claim, considering what happened the last time such a claim was made by a sitting US President, are pretty lame.

Unless there is ironclad proof that this has actually gone on, verified a zillion times by experts in this area, I will not believe, or buy this, for a second. It is only propaganda, engineered to forward an agenda; a partition of the country, plain and simple.

But the timing for this claim dovetails into another reality here: Turkey invaded Syria just about a week ago. They first went through Afrin, and are heading to Manbij, Syria, where American troops are embedded with Kurdish troops. General Votel has stated that he is not evacuating these troops.

IF Turkey attacks even one US military member here, it may well have hell to pay for such an action, and there is no sign of negotiation between the Turks and the US government. US military will not leave the city about to be attacked in Syria

I hope and pray, that our troops remain safe, and do not become "sacrificial lambs" here; but should any of them be killed or wounded, my sense is that, between the bogus US government claim that Syria is producing more chemical weapons, coupled with a number of US military casualties, courtesy of the Turkish invasion of Syria, President Trump will take to the air soon, and claim that we are invading Syria "to protect the Syrian people."

Feb 02 11:47

North Korean delegation flying to Russia for talks on 'mutual cooperation

A North Korean delegation is heading to Moscow for talks on mutual cooperation, the Russian Embassy in North Korea has said.

"The delegation flew to Moscow for consultations in the Russian Foreign Ministry on the vital issues of bilateral cooperation," the embassy wrote on its Facebook page.

The sides plan to discuss joint events to be held dedicated to the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, according to Russian news agency Tass.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder at what, precisely, the North Korean delegation is hoping to get from these negotiations?!?

Will it be trade, or Russian weaponry, to help keep any potential US attack from happening.

Feb 02 11:37

White House Wants More Options for Attacking North Korea

The White House is reportedly pressing the Pentagon to provide more options for different plans for attacking North Korea militarily. Officials are said to be frustrated by the limited choices offered by the Pentagon, and want more different options.

Said to be at the head of this push for more options is National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who is telling President Trump that for his repeated threats to attack North Korea to be credible, the US needs to have even more plans to attack them.

Pentagon officials are said to be averse to providing any more options than they already had, saying they believe the White House is scrambling to hastily toward war in the first place. They say the more options they give Trump, the bigger the risk he’d use one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please; you have exasperated the patience of thinking, peace-centric Americans with your fixation on North Korea.

President Trump, it is painfully obvious that the Candidate Trump those of you who supported you thought we were actually getting, is not the President Trump we have.

Somehow, it appears that you have, indeed become one with the "Dark Side of the Force", and have been thoroughly overtaken, philosophically, by that unholy triumverate of Mc Master, Kelly, "your President Whisperers".

And most generally, these gentlemen tend to see war as the only option with which to resolve this country's geopolitical differences.

And to the Pentagon officials who are uncomfortable about giving the President more options on North Korea, and are calling for restraint and caution, bravo!

I do not believe in 68 years of existence on this planet, that I have ever had anything remotely positive to say about the Pentagon; however, that being said, in this instance, I feel compelled to say that this was a sound decision on their part.

They know full well that such an act may well threaten a world war, pitting North Korea, China, and Russia, against the US and NATO.

And the US military is absolutely not ready for such a war; they do not have the money, manufacturing, troop strength, or weaponry to insure a positive outcome here.

We have lived with nuclear powers we may not well like much, like India and Pakistan; but that is just the point.

Kim Jong Un is developing his weapons, and nuclear capabilities as a deterrent only; the guy is many things, but one of them is not stupid.

He fully understands that should he attack the US or any of its assets, North Korea would be turned into molten glass by a US-lead counterstrike.

Feb 02 11:07

NATO warships looking for opportunity to break Crimea's defence

It should be noted that the Duncan destroyer and the Gaziantep frigate have reserve places for Mk.41 vertical take-off missile launchers. These are unified installations that can be used to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles.

It is also necessary to take into account the growing activity of US aerial reconnaissance. Several days ago, officials with the US Department of Defence accused a Russian pilot of a dangerous, as they believe, manoeuvre, when the pilot approached a reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force.

A Russian Su-27 approached EP-3 Aries reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force in neutral airspace over the Black Sea. The Russian fighter jet manoeuvred at close range in various positions, being "five feet" (1.5 m) from the right wing of the EP-3. Such manoeuvres are unsafe, officials with the 6th US Fleet said. The Pentagon was so impressed with the manoeuvre it has published five videos of the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though NATO is playing piccador here, and is spoiling for a fight; so I strongly caution NATO to please be very careful what it wishes for, in its aggressive behaviour against the Russian military.

Feb 02 10:21


U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised the prospect on Thursday that the Venezuelan military could decide to oust President Nicolas Maduro, but said he did not know whether that would happen.

In a speech at the University of Texas ahead of a five-nation Latin American tour, Tillerson insisted the Trump administration was not advocating “regime change” in Venezuela, but said it would be “easiest” if Maduro chose to leave power on his own.

Tillerson predicted there would be change of some kind in Venezuela and said the United States, which has had steadily worsening relations with the country’s Socialist government, wanted it to be a peaceful one.

Maduro, whose approval ratings are low amid a collapsing economy, runaway inflation and rising malnutrition in the oil-producing country, is seeking re-election in a vote that must be held by the end of April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is all about Venezuela's vast natural resouces; who controls them; and in what monetary demonination they are sold.

As reported at indexmundi.com

Venezuela's atural resources: petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, bauxite, other minerals, hydropower, diamonds

When President Obama made a deal wih the Saudis to cut oil prices drastically, this was to throw the proverbial "monkey wrench" into the economies of Russia and Venezuela.

How the Venezuela Crisis Is the Hidden Consequence of Saudi Arabia’s Oil Price War

In the case of Russia, this just didn't work; Russia has just become more self-sufficient, and its economy is set for a rebound, even though last year's 4th quarter was a little "soggy" economically. Economic forcus: Russia

But that has not happened for Venezuela, which depends on oil sales for 95% of its revenue. Oil Prices pushing Venezuela into collapse

So you have societal collapse, coupled with punishing US sanctions, coupled with an election at the end of April.

So all conditions are ripe for yet another "color revolution", as happened in Ukraine in 2014, where the duly elected President, Yanukovich, was thrown under the proverbial bus, to enable the "annointing" of President Poroshenko.

Tillerson is being wildly disingenuous here, in attempting to "shrug off" the notion of the US wanting regime change in Venzuela.

Make no mistake; the next Venezuelan election (IF it happens), will be more crooked than a dog's hind leg, with the US government both covertly, and overtly, supporting the most pro-western candidate they can find; one who is completely comfortable with Western control of the oil, and the oil only sold in US dollars.

Feb 02 09:46

Pentagon to Unveil NPR Reportedly Aimed at Deterring Threats From Russia, China

Pentagon officials are set to release the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) on Friday, a document which will set forth the Trump Administration's nuclear strategy and rationale for modernizing US sea, air and land-based strategic nuclear forces, also known as the Nuclear TRIAD.

On Thursday, during a briefing to reporters, chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the Trump Administration's nuclear strategy "requires an investment in a credible nuclear deterrent with diverse capabilities [and] it will confirm the importance of the nuclear triad."

Earlier, US President Donald Trump has pledged to modernize the US nuclear arsenal to take a stronger stance against rivals like China and Russia.

"As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression by any other nation or anyone else," Trump said in his first State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Feb 02 09:24

The Loser Dems – Mike Whitney

It’s time to pull up our big boy pants and face the facts: The Democratic party is NOT a suitable vehicle for the progressive agenda.

The Dems are a party without a leader and without a message. They keep carping about Russia and Trump because they have no convictions, no beliefs, and no fire in the belly. It’s a party of empty suits and phony flannel-mouth politicos. The only thing they’re good at is losing, which is an art they appear to have perfected.

The problem is, that the rest of us are sick of the party’s sad-sack song-and-dance, sick of the excuses, sick of the buck passing, and sick of losing. We want candidates who actually stand for something, who actually believe in something, and who’ll actually fight for something.

Feb 02 08:46

Tens of Thousands Flee Fighting in Eastern Congo in a Single Week

The United Nations reported that thousands of people have fled from violence in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the last week. At least 8,200 people fled the country in the last week alone, most of them heading to neighboring Burundi.

"Thousands of children, women and men have abandoned their homes, in the midst of intensified military operations against Mai Mai armed groups in South Kivu province," Babar Baloch, spokesman for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday.

"Since last week almost 7,000 people have crossed to neighboring Burundi and an additional 1,200 to Tanzania," he added. Accurate figures did not exist for those also fleeing to Uganda, but the UN previously estimated that 330 Congolese per day have been fleeing Congo for Uganda for the last two months. An untold number are likely also internally displaced as a result of the fighting in South Kivu.

Feb 01 11:50

Former MK says Iran stole specs of Israeli submarines in hack

A former Knesset member claimed Wednesday that blueprints for submarines that were being built for the Israeli military were stolen in a cyberattack on a German shipyard.

Margalit noted that the shipyard in Kiel, Germany, that is building the ships for the Israel Navy was owned by the family of Samir Moqbel, who was Lebanon’s defense minister.

Feb 01 11:37

Israel Increases Threats to Attack Lebanon

Israel has relatively frequent moments of stepping up war rhetoric, and these days that is aimed squarely at Lebanon, with officials openly threatening to force all of Beirut into bomb shelters and bragging about the impact the war will have on the Lebanese civilian population.

It’s less a question of Israel needing to attack Lebanon than them wanting to attack Lebanon, with analysts openly calling it a “war of choice.” Israel’s far-right government considers war with everyone and everything inevitable, and argues at times like this that a war now is preferable to a war later.

It’s not clear the US is totally on board with this, however, with US officials playing up their intention to keep supporting the Lebanese military, even as Israel vows to destroy it. This is an unusual public dispute.

Feb 01 10:02

Donald Trump brands China a military rival in US reboot of great power strategy

US President Donald Trump named China as a major US competitor on both economic and military fronts in his first state-of-the-union address, another sign that Washington is putting great power rivalry at the heart of its national strategy.

Feb 01 10:00

US deploys aircraft carrier off coast where Russian ship was spotted 27 miles from shore

The USS George HW Bush, a Nimitz-class supercarrier, was deployed from Naval Station Norfolk, in southeastern Virginia, on Tuesday morning, according to maritime traffic monitors.

Naval trackers show the 1,092ft aircraft carrier is sailing through the Atlantic Ocean but details of its mission were not immediately available.

The last mission involving the USS George HW Bush was a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve – the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The deployment comes less than a week after Russian intelligence vessel the Viktor Leonov was tracked off the coast of Virginia, home to the USS George HW Bush.

Jan 31 15:31

Air Force (NZ) spy who stole sensitive material convicted on appeal, judge expresses sympathy

An Air Force spy who stole sensitive operational material from the Defence Force with the help of his government security clearance has been convicted on appeal, but a judge has expressed sympathy for the soldier who endured a traumatic deployment to war.

The New Zealand Police appealed Judge Belinda Pidwell's District Court decision to discharge Corporal Richard Graham without conviction on charges of burglary, offering to supply drugs, possession of a psychoactive product and possession of a controlled drug.

In September 2016, Graham was living and worked at the Whenuapai Air Force base, but until February 2015 he had spent three years as an active Defence Force (NZDF) operative in a sensitive specialist intelligence role overseas, court documents read.

Graham's unit and the nature and location of his deployment remains suppressed, but the Herald can reveal it has been described as a hostile operation involving at least 13 people.

Jan 31 13:39

US missile defense test fails in Hawaii – officials

A US missile defence test carried out in Hawaii was unsuccessful, according to officials.

A SM-3 Block IIA missile was launched from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii, but failed to shoot down an incoming dummy missile launched from an aircraft, an official told Reuters. CNN also reported on the failure, ?iting several administration officials.

The missile is developed by the Raytheon Co and is used to target intermediate range missiles. It’s being worked on jointly with Japan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a comforting thought!

Jan 31 13:27

Washington Widens the War in Syria by Provoking Turkey

The Trump administration has drawn Turkey deeper into the Syrian conflict by announcing a policy that threatens Turkey’s national security. Washington’s gaffe has pitted one NATO ally against the other while undermining hopes for a speedy end to the seven year-long war.

Here’s what’s going on: On January 18, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the creation of a 30,000-man Border Security Force (BSF) to occupy East Syria. Two days later, January 20, the Turkish Army launched a ground and air offensive against Kurdish troops in the Afrin canton in Northwest Syria.

The media has tried to downplay the connection between the two events, but the cause-and-effect relationship is pretty clear. Tillerson’s provocation triggered the Turkish invasion and another bloody phase to the needlessly-protracted conflict. Washington’s screwup has made a bad situation even worse.

Jan 31 12:40

US Has No Plan to Withdraw From Syrian Manbij, Despite Turkey's Warning

After launching its Olive Branch operation in Syria's Afrin, the Turkish authorities said that the operation was likely to expand towards the neighboring city of Manbij, where the US has some 2,000 of its military personnel deployed.

Pulling US forces from Manbij is "not something we are looking into", US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel said Monday.

Earlier this month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara will not limit its precautionary measures against Kurdish fighters to Syria's Afrin district but could move to Manbij, also in Aleppo province.

Jan 31 09:27

Qatar to expand largest US airbase in MidEast to make it permanent, plans to host Navy

Qatar plans to add 200 more housing units to the Al-Udeid Air Base, crucial to the US-led counter-terrorist campaign, so that US troops deployed there on a permanent basis can feel “at home,” Qatar’s defense minister said.

Among far-reaching plans outlined by Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Minister of State for Defense and Deputy Minister of Qatar, the Gulf kingdom is renovating its naval ports so that the US Navy can be deployed to the country in addition to some 10,000 US servicemen stationed at Al-Udeid air base near Doha.

To ensure the US troops lack nothing during their long-term deployment, Qatar “have decided immediately to build 200 units for the officers and officers’ families,” as well as a new school within the compound.

Jan 31 09:09

The "Dirty Game" To Fuel Ethnic Proxy War Across The Greater Middle East

Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threatens to turn Turkey’s military offensive against Syrian Kurds aligned with the PKK into a regional imbroglio. The threat is magnified by Iranian assertions that low-intensity warfare is heating up in areas of the Islamic republic populated by ethnic minorities, including the Kurds in the northwest and the Baloch on the border with Pakistan.

Taken together, the two developments raise the specter of a potentially debilitating escalation of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as an aggravation of the eight-month-old Gulf crisis that has pitted Saudi Arabia and its allies against Qatar, the latter which has forged close ties to Turkey.

Jan 30 14:06

Syria – Neo-Conservatives Demand “Action” – Hope For A Larger War

The neoconservative writers and their op-eds should be ignored.

The U.S. polity and media now acknowledge what we reported on December 21. The U.S. announcement to build up a 30,000 strong PKK army in north-east Syria was a disaster.

It prompted Turkey to initiate its attack on YPG/PKK Kurds in Afrin. It threatens to drive it out of NATO and into Russia’s open arms. It gives the Syrian government new leverage against the Syrian Kurds.

Jan 30 13:15

DACA a Dreamer’s Paradise

I agree some provision should be made for “Dreamers” to achieve legal status (not citizenship), but border security must be part of the deal so this doesn’t keep happening.

And someone needs to explain why Democrats are willing to shut down government services to American citizens (who voted them into office) to provide benefits to illegal immigrants.

Good heavens, civil and charitable Americans do not want to corral Dreamers into concentration camps or starve anyone because they circumvented the existing process for entry into our country and/or eventually applying for citizenship. After all, the American Dream has been available to those who accept the principles of our English language culture and heritage.

Jan 30 13:08

Turkey plays its latest card in the New Great Game – Pepe Escobar

Sochi, not Geneva, is the forum where the endgame for the Syrian proxy war will be decided.

President Tayyip Erdogan’s ‘Olive Branch’ operation appears to have support at home and in Moscow, but failure would spell problems.

Olive Branch” is the Orwellian-named Turkish invasion of a chunk of Syria. The operation comes as no surprise. President Tayyip Erdogan had hinted for nearly a year that a move was likely in the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin.

Jan 30 12:32

Too Many Wars. Too Many Enemies

If Turkey is not bluffing, U.S. troops in Manbij, Syria, could be under fire by week’s end, and NATO engulfed in the worst crisis in its history.

Turkish President Erdogan said Friday his troops will cleanse Manbij of Kurdish fighters, alongside whom U.S. troops are embedded.

Jan 30 09:05

US-Vietnam Military Ties Warn China over Maritime Expansion

A high-level U.S. visit to Vietnam followed by plans to send American naval vessels may herald a tougher American policy toward China in Asia's stickiest maritime sovereignty dispute.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met in Vietnam last week with the host country’s president, Tran Dai Quang, as well as the general secretary of its ruling Communist Party and a Vietnamese military counterpart.

The U.S. Department of Defense website said they shared concerns about freedom of navigation and “respect for international law,” likely references to a six-way dispute over sovereignty of the South China Sea dominated by Beijing. A U.S. aircraft carrier will call in Vietnam in March. Vietnam is the most outspoken rival claimant to China.

Jan 30 08:52

Russia Puts the World's Largest Supersonic Bomber Back Into Serial Production

Russia has started test flying the first “new” Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack supersonic strategic bomber. However, this first airframe will primarily be used as a flight sciences test aircraft — it is not a fully equipped mission capable strategic bomber. Moreover, this particular airframe was likely assembled from parts that were originally built during the Soviet-era.

Jan 29 21:10

Paul Craig Roberts Warns “The Russiagate Stakes Are Extreme”

Russiagate was a conspiracy organized for the purpose of bringing down the elected president of the United States.

Many Americans do not seem to understand what is at stake. What America is confronted with is a coup conspiracy organized by top officials of the Obama Justice Department, FBI, CIA, the Hillary DNC, and the presstitute media to overturn the result of a democratic election and remove the president from office.

Jan 29 15:24

The Bloodbath In Vietnam Was Us

For Mark Bowden, author of Hué 1968, the pivotal battle of the War in Vietnam did not follow the script most Americans were used to scanning in their newspapers or visualizing on the evening news. The war Americans followed at home was like a humongous hunting expedition. U.S. forces seemed engaged in an endless chase over a lush boondocks inhabited by peasants and dotted with rice paddies or trailing the rugged forested highlands in search of the Viet Cong, a cunning and elusive enemy whose tactics were hit and run, not stand and fight.

Jan 29 12:26

How Regional Rivalries Threaten to Fuel the Fire in Syria and Iran

Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threaten to turn Turkey’s military offensive against Syrian Kurds aligned with the PKK into a regional imbroglio.

The threat is magnified by Iranian assertions that low intensity warfare is heating up in areas of the Islamic republic populated by ethnic minorities, including the Kurds in the northwest and the Baloch on the border with Pakistan.

Taken together, the two developments raise the spectre of a potentially debilitating escalation of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as an aggravation of the eight-month-old Gulf crisis that has pitted Saudi Arabia and its allies against Qatar, which has forged close ties to Turkey.

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt rather than Saudi Arabia have taken the lead in criticizing Turkey’s incursion into Syria designed to remove US-backed Kurds from the countries’ border and create a 30-kilometre deep buffer zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Turkey demanding that US troops get out of Manbij ...or else, while the US government has declared it is not leaving,US General Votel says that US forces will not leave this could get very dicey, very quickly.

I have a very serious concern that those service members, embedded with the Kurds in Manbij, may be pawns, and it is not impossible that they are being used very cynically by this administration.

And I say that, because the minute US service members get killed by Turkish fire, the narrative may well immediately be ordered to be shifted, so that the US government will blame their deaths on either Syrian or Russian forces, as a "justification" for war against either, or both countries.

I just hope to heaven that I am a million percent wrong here.

Jan 29 11:50

4 Times US Military Sites Were Exposed Online

Fitness tracking apps have inadvertently revealed the locations of secret US military sites in the world’s most remote locations. However, it isn’t the first time technological blunders have given away valuable American secrets.

Jan 29 11:48

The War In America’s ‘Democratic’ Party

On January 23rd, Joe Biden virtually threw his hat into the 2020 U.S. Presidential contest, by producing for the neoconservative-neoliberal Council on Foreign Relations, a speech, and an accompanying article in their influential journal Foreign Affairs, titled, “How to Stand Up to the Kremlin: Defending Democracy Against Its Enemies”. He made clear that no one in American politics is going to stand to Biden’s right on international affairs and the military, when (or “if,” if one still doubts that) he will enter the 2020 U.S. Presidential contest formally. He’s already making the matter clear right now. He says in their journal.

Jan 29 11:38

Trump’s Foreign Policy Is In Service To Israel

Americans are so totally brainwashed by Israeli propaganda that there is no public restraint on Washington serving Israel’s interest.

Peter Jenkins, a former British ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, expresses concerns about the decisions of France, Germany, and the UK to appease President Trump on fixing “flaws” in the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Jan 29 11:38

'The Military Has Seen the Writing on the Wall'

When Senator Tammy Duckworth returned from a recent trip to South Korea and Japan, she brought back a sobering message: “Americans simply are not in touch with just how close we are to war on the Korean peninsula.” In a speech at Georgetown University, she laid out the U.S. military maneuvers over the past several months—including a nuclear-powered submarine heading to South Korea, the movement of three aircraft carriers to the Western Pacific, and the Army testing out “mobilization centers” for deploying troops and training soldiers to fight in tunnels like those beneath North Korea—that inform this worry. In an interview with me, she said the U.S. military seems to be operating with the attitude that a conflict “‘will probably happen, and we better be ready to go.’”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senator Duckworth, as a person living on Oahu, and understanding that a Chinese or Russian bomb could devastate it, and our surrounding islands, please color me...very concerned!!

Jan 29 11:35

Uncle Sam dumps the Kurds (yet again) – The Saker

Russians need to stop the Turks before this all turns into a major and protracted conflict.

Did Trump and his generals really think that Turkey, Iran, Syria and Russia would accept a US protectorate in Syria masquerading as an “independent Kurdistan” and do nothing about it? Yet again, and I know this sounds hard to believe, but I think that this is yet another strong indication that the Empire is run by stupid and ignorant people whose brain and education simply do not allow them to grasp even the basic dynamics in the region of our planet they are interfering with.

Whatever may be the case the Turks reacted exactly as everybody thought:

Jan 29 11:30

By Remaining in Syria the US Is Fuelling More Wars in the Middle East

The US may want to get rid of Assad and weaken Iran across the region but it is too late. Pro-Iranian governments in Iraq and Syria are in power and Hezbollah is the most powerful single force in Lebanon. This is not going to change any time soon and, if the Americans want to weaken Assad by keeping a low-level war going, then this will make him even more reliant on Iran.

The present Turkish incursion shows that Ankara is not going to allow a new Kurdish state under US protection to be created in northern Syria and will fight rather than let this happen. But the YPG is highly motivated, well-armed and militarily experienced and will fight very hard, even though they may ultimately be overwhelmed by superior forces or because the Turkish and Syrian governments come together to crush them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only one way in which to accurately describe the current US "strategy" in Syria: painfully incoherent, lost, and myopic.

Jan 29 11:12

US Ambassador Urges Russia To React "Calmly" To "Corrupt Oligarchs" List Due Monday

The US Ambassador to Russia urged the Kremlin to react "calmly" to the U.S. Treasury Department's list of "corrupt oligarchs" due Monday. The list is designed to "name and shame" elite Russians into thinking twice before engaging in business with Putin's government. It will be up to Congress to decide whether the list should be published.

"I urge to take this report, based on its real and not a contrived essence and without emotions, because relations between our countries are far from being exhausted by this one legal act, and I was reminded about it in Washington, where I was two weeks ago," - US Ambassador John Huntsman via -newsru (translated)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the most completely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid remark Huntsman could have possibly made, looking at the number of sanctions placed upon Russia, primarily as punishing it for what it did not do (i.e., allegedly "annexing" Crimea from Ukraine), a lie that every rational person sees as a lie, regarding the 2014 putsch in Kiev; the throwing the duly elected President Yanukovich under the proverbial bus; and crookedly installing Poroshenko as his successor.

And BTW, Ambassador Huntsman, the US government was heavily involved in this overthrow, which President Obama personally admitted:

President Obama admits that a US Brokered a deal in Support of Regime Change in Kiev.

When Crimea understood that representative government in Kiev no longer existed, they passed two referendums, one to ask its people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-Coup, or join the Russian Federation. There was a unanimous vote by the Crimean people to petition the Russian Federation for membership, which Russia later granted.

Peaceful self-determination is a value enshrined in the UN charter, but Ukraine and the US vengefully spat all over that, in their threatening stance toward Russia, the sanctions against it being "punishment" for something Russia absolutely did not do.

So I have an observation for Ambassador Huntsman; sir, in the words of my late grandmother, "The horse is already out of the barn" on this issue, and both Putin and Xi are a zillion chess moves away from those of the US government.

And why?!? Both Russia and China are rapidly moving away from the US dollar in their trading, and so are other countries as well.

Putin Orders End to US dollar trade in Russian Seaports
Non-Dollar Trading Is Killing the Petrodollar — And the Foundation of U.S.-Saudi Policy in the Middle East

The US Dollar may be at risk as the global reserve currency

23 countries now abandoning the US dollar

Challenging the dollar: China and Russia plan from petroyuan to gold

Russia and China have the means to absolutely crucify the US dollar into absolute non-existence, and for the following reasons:

1. The US dollar, at this point, has no intrinsic value: it is simply a worthless piece of paper, with no tangible asset or assets backing it whatsoever.

2. By these actions by Russia and China, the Bretton-Woods Accord, which acknowledged the US dollar as the primary global currency in 1944, has ceased to exist.

Unfortunately, it appears that the US government will attempt to crush these new economic developments though a number of massive wars.

Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

So Ambassador Huntsman, if you are suddenly recalled from Russia to the US for "consultations", you now cannot say, with a straight face, that you did not know why.

Jan 29 10:21

Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases

Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a fitness tracking company.

The details were released by Strava in a data visualisation map that shows all the activity tracked by users of its app, which allows people to record their exercise and share it with others.

Strava suggests military users 'opt out' of heatmap as row deepens
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The map, released in November 2017, shows every single activity ever uploaded to Strava – more than 3 trillion individual GPS data points, according to the company. The app can be used on various devices including smartphones and fitness trackers like Fitbit to see popular running routes in major cities, or spot individuals in more remote areas who have unusual exercise patterns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Picard face palm, at warp speed, upon reading this!!

This app has been around since 2014, and the US military has just discovered this problem?!?

wikipedia.org: Stava Fitness App

Jan 29 10:06

The Navy Can't Afford $1 Million 'Smart' Shells for Its $4 Billion Battleships

The US Navy’s ultra-versatile new $440 million warship might have to ride out the rest of winter frozen to a dock in Canada. But the sailing branch says it expects to formally accept a new 610-foot-long vessel into service in the coming weeks, its second Zumwalt-class stealth battleship.

The catch? Its main weapons don't have any ammunition. And possibly never will.

Arguably the centerpiece of the ships' design is the Advanced Gun System, a unique, 155-millimeter-diameter cannon that can shoot GPS-guided shells as far as 60 miles. Each Zumwalt-class ship has two AGSs along with vertical launchers for at least 80 missiles.

The idea was that the Zumwalts would be able to sail close to enemy-held beaches and bombard defenses with smart shells, clearing the way for US Marines to storm ashore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Is THIS what passes for "planning" in the Naval Planning Hierarchy these days?!?

Jan 29 09:43

Pentagon: Obama’s DOD Gave Security Clearances to Contractors Charged with Felonies, Including Pedophilia

The Pentagon was forced last year to rescind interim security clearances granted under the Obama administration to at least 165 contractors linked to various crimes, including felony convictions for pedophilia and foreign government affiliations, revealed a report issued by the Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS).

According to the report, DOD contractors preserved their ability to access sensitive government information despite prior criminal records and other illicit past activity that the Pentagon’s vetting process failed to detect.

Jan 29 07:41

US blinks under Turkish pressure in Syria

The Turkish President Recep Erdogan gave a stark warning to the Trump administration on Friday by stating his intention to order an assault on the northern Syrian town of Manbij, roughly 40 km from the Turkish border and 100 km to the east of Afrin, where US forces are operating alongside Kurdish militia.

He said, “Operation Olive Branch will continue until it reaches its goals. We will rid Manbij of terrorists (read Kurds) … Our battles will continue until no terrorist is left right up to our (910-km) border with Iraq.”

Jan 29 07:40

US military must be ‘psyched’ for war with North Korea: Marine commander

US Marine Corps Commander General Robert Neller said on Thursday in Washington, D.C. that the US military must be psychologically prepared for a war with North Korea.

“It will be a very, very kinetic, physical, violent fight over some really, really tough ground, and everybody is going to have to be mentally prepared,” Neller said, according to CNN.

“When they train, they have to keep in the back of their mind, they have to be [ready] physically, mentally, and always their spirit has to be steeled and ready for serious conflict that’s going to test them beyond anything they have ever done in their lives, that was my only intent. And I’ll say that as long as I’m in this office because that’s my job,” Neller added.

Jan 29 07:39

Mattis signals harder line in South China Sea

US defense chief visits Indonesia and Vietnam, two potential key allies in new defense policy that views China as a 'strategic competitor'

Jan 29 07:00

The swamp are stumped by Trump!

This once again proves the Liberal Media’s distortion of reality.

It turns out America’s most “hated” and “racist” President attracts the crowd at DAVOS and get close to a Hero’s welcome at the World Economic Forum, while moving his # America First, # MAGA agenda forward.

It turned out in Saudi Arabia President Trump received the grandest red carpet treatment ever accorded to an American President by the leaders of the Arab and Muslim world.

So, is it President Trump’s leadership or is it America’s role in the world?

Jan 27 13:26

USAF Begins Massive GPS Blackouts In The Western US During Largest Ever Air War Drill

The United States Air Force is launching its largest-ever three-week premier set of air war drills, called Red Flag 18-1, starting on Friday and will conclude February 16, said the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs.

On January 26, the air war drill, known as Red Flag, officially kicked off at Nellis Air Force Base, 20-miles outside of Las Vegas. Base officials have warned residents of increased military aircraft activity due to aircraft departing from Nellis Air Force Base twice-a-day to conduct war drills on the Nevada Test and Training Range.

“We’re trying a few new and different things with Red Flag 18-1,” said Col Michael Mathes, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander. “It’s the largest Red Flag ever with the largest number of participants, highlighting the balance of training efficiency with mission effectiveness.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The optics of the timing here concern me greatly, with so much real (and soon to be attempted) US military interventions, world wide.

Jan 27 13:12

‘We will NOT comply’ Russia refuses to impose North Korea sanctions set by United States

RUSSIA has announced it has no intention of imposing sanctions on North Korea set by the United States, insisting it is under “no obligation” to comply with them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for further demonization of both Russia and North Korea continuing apace by the US corporate presstitutes, and more "linkage" attemped in coverage of both countries.

Jan 27 13:07

Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight: The Most Perilous Time in World History

The clock was moved less than a full minute for the first time because he’d only been president a few days.

The Atomic Scientists expressed concern over his announced nuclear arsenal expansion, his strident nationalism, his dismissiveness about climate change, his “intemperate statements,” and questionable appointments, potentially “ma(king) a bad international security situation worse.”

His actions during his early days in office were cause for concern – far more worrisome after a year as president, his administration infested with hawkish generals and neocon extremists.

His and their rage for war and hostility toward sovereign independent states risk unthinkable nuclear war on his watch – perhaps confrontation with Russia and/or China going nuclear by accident or design.

In announcing today’s move, Atomic Scientists (AC) president Rachel Bronson said

“(i)t’s with considerable concern that we set the Doomsday Clock, as of today. It is two minutes to midnight.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sadly, I must concur; right now, in terms of US foreign policy, the inmates (read: warhawks) have taken over the asylum,and are very ready to gun down any country standing in the way of US hegemony.

At 68, I only remember being this terrified on one occasion: during the Cuban missile crisis, before Kruschev "blinked".

Jan 27 12:51

US Bombers in Guam Seen Readying for Tactical Nuclear Strike on North Korea

With all other signs of tensions on the Korean Peninsula on the decline, the US is stepping up its deployment of nuclear-capable bombers and general firepower to the airbase at Guam,

This is further fueling speculation that the US is preparing itself for the long-speculated sneak attack on North Korea, and that such a sneak attack could involve B-61 gravity bombs as part of a tactical nuclear strike.

The Trump Administration has been seen to be favoring the idea of a “limited attack,” betting that North Korea would not retaliate. It’s hard to imagine this could possibly be both limited and involve nuclear arms, but recent developments on the B-61 suggest that’s indeed the point of the weapon.

Some analysts have suggested the Pentagon could carry out a nuclear attack with B-61s that would totally destroy North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure while killing no more than 100 people, and that might be small enough to avoid retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


President Trump, please, I am begging you; don't listen to people who are giving you, and your advisors, information that is absolutely skewed to what you want to hear about the potential success of a "limited strike" against North Korea.

This falls into the category of "extreme magical thinking."

BEFORE you decide to do this, please lisen to the people who are going to be brutally honest about what the true consequences of such a strike will be, particularly how China is most likely to react, should such a strike be ordered by you.

You need to make this decision from fact, and not from "fairytale data", conjured up by people who want to make you believe this is doable, with little or no consequences.

Because, Mr. President, do you really want to get the US embroiled in a war in China?!? Because if you order this strike, that is most likely the outcome, sir.

Jan 27 12:36

Turkey Vows to Expand Syria Offensive East to Iraq Border

One week into the Turkish invasion of Syria’s Afrin District, the war against the Kurdish YPG looks to be expanding precipitously, with President Erdogan first announcing he’d extend the war to Manbij, and now all the way east to the Iraqi border.

This suggests Turkey’s war against Syria’s Kurds is likely to span the whole of YPG territory, which at present is about 25% of all of Syria. That war will include Turkey’s allies, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which Turkey tends to install as de facto rulers in places they’ve seized.

More importantly, this escalation all but ensures Turkey will be in an military confrontation with the US, as all of America’s troops deployed in Syria are in YPG territory, embedded with the Kurds, who they consider allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what if there is no "grand understanding:" between Turkey,Syria, the Kurds, Iraq, and Russia?!?!

And the other question, still unanswered, is how much military "monkey business" will Russia, which was invited to Syria at the behest of the Syrian government, allow to happen before it intervenes, and hard, militarily?!?

Is the US goal in Syria, in terms of having US troops in the country illegally, to pick a fight with Russia,and have that become the "justification" for a war against Russia, which, unfortunately, US troops might well not be able to win?!?

And I posit that question as someone who is a Christian pacifist activist, who very deeply cares about her country, and is deeply disturbed by various policy trajectories the US government is taking, both foreign and domestic.

We have reached a point in time where the US government believes that the only answer to any geopolitical dispute has to be war, and has completely forgotten the high art of good will/win/win, moral... negotiations.

Here are the cold hard facts; Russia consripts; the US does not. Our troops are intensely overstretched. The Russians have weaponry which has proven field tested and combat ready; the US presents badly engineered products,like the F-35. And the US doesn't have the manufacturing capacity (we've offshored it/outsourced that), nor the money to insure a positive outcome of a war against Russia.

Jan 27 12:17


For billions of people, the Groucho Marx rule applies when talking about Davos. This is the exclusive club, which meets in the luxury Swiss resort each year to discuss the global business environment.

Groucho, of course, has been immortalized along with the rest of the Marx Brothers in the zany Hollywood movies of the 1930s, such as A Night a the Opera, A Day at the Races and Animal Crackers.

In one quick-fire response, he joked: “I sent the club a wire stating, ‘Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member’.”

Well, to start off with those billions of people would not get past the bouncers, because the self-defined World Economic Forum is about exclusion. Yet even if, by divine design, they were handed free passes, what would be the point?

Jan 27 12:08


The Washington Post headlined on January 26th, "Trump plans to ask for $716 billion for national defense in 2019 — a major increase”, and reported that when President Trump had entered the White House in January 2017, the ‘Defense' budget was $521 billion, but that President Trump will propose in his upcoming State-of-the-Union speech, a 2019 ‘Defense' budget of $716 billion, which, if it becomes law, would mean a 37% increase, above Obama’s last Pentagon budget (for 2017).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we are most probably looking at the US government initiating more wars, and a possible return to the draft, and soon.

Jan 27 12:02


As Turkish and allied militant forces from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) advance further upon Kurdish positions in northern Syria, Turkey has called upon the United States to vacate its military bases in the Syrian district of Manbij. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Turkish foreign minister Melet Cavusoglu said that Ankara is calling upon the US, its official ally in NATO, to cease any and all support to Syrian Kurdish forces and militias.

While both Turkey and the United States are in violation of international law by entering Syria with military forces without permission by Damascus or a UN mandate, both countries have vastly different interests in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that in the information about the conversation between McMaster and his counterpart, Turkey's Ibrahim Kalin, there is no mention of a withdrawal of US troops from Manbij.

This could get ugly, very quickly, pitting one NATO member(Turkey) against another (the United States).

I would like to believe that saner heads in both the US and Turkish governments will do everything possible to ratchet down the tensions here, but I sure as heck wouldn't bet on it.

Jan 27 11:57

USAF Begins Massive GPS Blackouts In The Western US During Largest Ever Air War Drill

The United States Air Force is launching its largest-ever three-week premier set of air war drills, called Red Flag 18-1, starting on Friday and will conclude February 16, said the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs.

On January 26, the air war drill, known as Red Flag, officially kicked off at Nellis Air Force Base, 20-miles outside of Las Vegas. Base officials have warned residents of increased military aircraft activity due to aircraft departing from Nellis Air Force Base twice-a-day to conduct war drills on the Nevada Test and Training Range.

“We’re trying a few new and different things with Red Flag 18-1,” said Col Michael Mathes, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander. “It’s the largest Red Flag ever with the largest number of participants, highlighting the balance of training efficiency with mission effectiveness.”

Jan 27 11:49

Turkish Foreign Minister Urges Immediate US Withdrawal From Syria's Manbij

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated that the United States should take concrete steps to prove the end of support for Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), rather than rhetoric.

The statement was made amid the ongoing Turkish military offensive in the Kurdish-dominated Syrian city of Afrin, launched on January 20 and provoked, as Ankara explained, by the necessity for the country to protect its borders from a "terrorist army," the new "Border Defense Forces," comprising the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish YPG militias, trained by the US.

On the day the operation was started, Pentagon representative Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik that the US recognized Turkey's concerns regarding the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), but called on all sides to avoid escalation and focus on countering terrorism.

Jan 27 11:44

95 Killed, 158 Injured As Bomb Hidden In Ambulance Goes Off Near Embassies In Kabul

An explosives-packed ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, officials said, in one of the biggest blasts to rock the war-torn city in recent years.

The Taliban-claimed assault -- the second carried out by the terrorist group in the Afghan capital in a week -- triggered chaotic scenes as terrified survivors fled the area scattered with body parts, blood and debris, and hospitals were overwhelmed by the large number of wounded.

It came as both the insurgents and the ISIS group have escalated their attacks on Kabul, one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians.

An AFP reporter saw "lots of dead and wounded" civilians in the Jamuriate hospital, which is metres away from the blast and where medical staff struggled to treat the bloodied men, women and children lying on the floor in corridors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The metrics by which US and NATO forces could possibly measure a "victory" in Afghanistan, 16 years on, are completely non-existent.

I am profoundly disappointed that President Trump, listening to his unholy triumverate of "President Whisperers", consisting of Kelly, McMaster, and Mattis, could possibly believe that a military victory here was actually possible, without hundreds of thousands of US and NATO troops invading the country, and a carpetbombing campaign which would amount to a complete genocide of the Afghani people.

Doing something precisely the same way, time after time, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

That characterisation of Afghanistan as the "graveyard of Empire" is, unfortunately, profoundly true, even in the 21st century.

The only guy who was able to hold it together, by a series of alliances and strategic marriages, to insure dynastic continuums, was Alexander the Great, and that was only for three years!!

So, what should the US and NATO do?!?

Remove their forces as quickly as is safely possible, and negotiate with whatever government is left in Kabul for the pipeline rights, and the opium production rights.

After all, when negotiations on the pipeline rights betwen the Taliban and the Bush Administration failed, because the Bush administration considered the price "too high" was the moment when they decided to invade Afghanistan.

Or has no one told you that?!? The fantasy "cover story" was that Afghanistan refused to hand over Bin Laden, post 9/11; The real reason was far more sinisterly economic in nature.

America, Oil, and Afghanistan

Oh, and let's not forget the issue of the opium trade, the profits of which fund off-the-shelf missions "alphabet soup agencies" conduct, without congressional oversight:

The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade

So the next time the Federal government tries to "sell" you on a war they are trying to justify, do please keep in mind that nearly all wars are economic in nature.

And BTW, do you remember the lies we were told to attempt to "justify" a war against Iraq?!? That Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, right?!?

Wrong; what Iraq, and Saddam had... was oil.

And do you know what entity has, ultimately, "won" this war, on 18 January, 2018?!? British Petroluem

Iraq, BP Sign Deal To Boost Kirkuk Crude Output

Jan 27 11:29

All the New Aircraft Carriers That Are Under Construction

Building an aircraft carrier is a long and laborious process, one that costs billions of dollars and takes years to complete. Since we last cataloged every aircraft carrier in the world, the world’s navies have only received two new aircraft carriers, but several more are in the shipyards under construction or have been announced. Furthermore, a number of navies are building ships or have built large ships that may soon accommodate fixed wing fighters, specifically the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

Jan 27 03:13

Tax Reform: FedEx Announces $3.2 Billion Investment Plan, Insurance Giant Rolls Out Bonuses and New Benefits

There's still an enormous amount of disinformation in the bloodstream about this law, and those myths must be actively tackled and dispelled.

If it feels like we’ve been reporting new, positive pieces of tax reform news virtually every day, that’s because we have.

One company after another has been running the math on how the GOP tax law — opposed by literally every Democrat in Congress — benefits them, and are moving accordingly to reinvest significant portions of their fresh windfalls into their employees and business plans. The result has been millions of American workers experiencing bonuses, wage increases, and enhanced benefits, in addition to expanded operations, new job creation, and hefty corporate charitable contributions. Another titan of American business has now unveiled its tax reform-fueled investments:

Jan 27 03:09

President Trump, One Year In: The Prospects for US-Russia Relations

Big changes start with small steps.

US President Donald Trump rebuked Russia on Jan. 17 for helping North Korea evade international sanctions. He expressed frustration with Moscow’s policy, stating “Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” and adding during an Oval Office interview withReuters, “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting.” This is the first time he has chosen to openly use such harsh words to slam Russia for its alleged wrongdoing. Donald Trump also said he wanted more missile defense systems – a contentious issue that will drive the US and Russia further apart. Moscow believes that that acquisition will threaten the strategic nuclear balance.

Jan 27 03:05

Stupid Republicans Sitting On Evidence That Clears Trump

Here's how the Stupid Party remains stupid! In the 1970s neoconservative Irving Kristol aptly described the Republicans as “the stupid party.” We are seeing this today in the hesitation of the House Intelligence Committee to release to the American public the results of its investigation of Russiagate.

Apparently, Republicans are not smart enough to understand that to announce that you have proof that turns Russiagate away from President Trump and toward its DNC, FBI, and DOJ originators and then to sit on the information gives the Democrats and the presstitutes time to discredit the information in advance of its release.

Jan 27 03:02

Russsia-Gate Implodes – Justin Raimondo

We have become a prisoner of our own empire. The finale is upon us: the Russia-gate fraud is about to be exploded, at long last.

Although the vaunted memo – and the underlying intelligence – compiled by the leadership of the House Intelligence Committee under chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has yet to be released, there has been enough chatter by those House members who have read it to give us the basic elements of what it contains. Although prepare to be shocked by what I consider to be the most outrageous aspect of this affair.

Jan 27 02:57

Mike Pence’s Middle East Tour: Outright Pressure and Threats as Foreign Policy Tools

Washington is pushing a plan pretty vague about details and is doing it without its Middle East strategy defined.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II wants Washington to “rebuild trust “after US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The king believes that East Jerusalem must be the capital of Palestine. According to him, from now on the US has a “major challenge to overcome”.

“Friends occasionally have disagreements,” Mike Pence said ruefully in his comments on the outcome of the talks. The disagreement came into the open.