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Apr 07 08:32

Is Trump Going to Commit the Next Great American Catastrophe in Syria?

Over half a million Syrians are dead. Half the population is displaced. Aerial bombardment by the Americans, the Russians, the Syrians and others continues to devastate Syria and Iraq. The Americans recently admitted to a major atrocity in Mosul, where 200 civilians have been killed. That attack did not seize the Security Council or bring forth fulminations from the Western press. Hypocrisy is central to the morals at the Security Council. This does not mean one should not be horrified by what has happened at Khan Shaykhun. But more than anything, the international community must urge a thorough investigation of these events before rushing either to a forensic judgment about what happened and to a response-particularly a military response?in retaliation. Sober heads need to prevail. War is rarely the answer. Particularly when we don?t as yet know the question.

Apr 07 07:41

Here's America's Plan for Nuking its Enemies, Including North Korea

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Step 1: Get the victim nation to get rid of their nuclear weapons!

Apr 07 07:29

War crimes Trump after 2.5 month presidency

According to Marjorie Cohn, professor emeritus of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law has American President Donald Trump, after only two and a half months of his presidency, already show now as a war criminal. His government kills unusually large numbers of civilians that it violates both the US and international laws.

Inauguration weekend: two drone attacks in Yemen took 10 lives. A drone hit three people on a motorcycle, the other seven people riding in a car. Neither Trump nor Defense Minister Mattis admits to have approved this.

A week after his inauguration Trump regrets the death of a Navy Seal in an attack in southern Yemen. Trump did not mention the 30 people, including at least 10 women and children who were slain by American bombers.

nearly 1,000 non-combat deaths in the month of March in operations in Iraq and Syria (as Airwars). Airwars says the US Air Force, most accidents caused during the coalition attack.

Apr 07 07:14

10 reasons why Trump illegally attacked Syria

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I go with number 10.

Apr 06 19:26

Trump Has Surrendered. Will Putin Be The Next To Surrender?

Paul Craig Roberts

Update: Washington has reopened the conflict with a Tomahawk missile attack on Syrian Air Force Bases. The Russian/Syrian air defense systems did not prevent the attack.

The Washington Establishment has reasserted control. First Flynn and now Bannon. All that are left in the Trump administration are the Zionists and the crazed generals who want war with Russia, China, Iran, Syria, and North Korea.

There is no one in the White House to stop them.

Kiss good-bye normalized relations with Russia.

Apr 06 18:38

US Attacks Syria: Scores of Missiles- Fired Russia Warns of 'Negative Consequences' for US Strikes

The US military is attacking Syria tonight, after talking up the idea of unilateral military intervention throughout the day. Preliminary reports are that more than 60 Tomahawk missiles have been fired against various targets inside Syria.

Russian deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov warned earlier in the day of “negative consequences” if the US followed through on its threats to attack, and now that they have, the big issue is the potential fallout if any Russian military casualties are caused in the US strikes.

Apr 06 18:32

Kirkuk To Dunkirk: Kurdish Journalist Fights To Stay In UK After Fleeing Assassins

A Kurdish journalist is fighting for UK asylum after serving with American forces in Iraq, narrowly escaping assassination for his reporting, being labeled a torturer by US immigration, and entering Britain illegally smuggled inside a lorry, RT has found.

Apr 06 18:29

Dozens of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base in Syria

The United States carried out a missile attack in Syria on Thursday night in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack this week that killed more than 80 civilians, American officials said.

Dozens of Tomahawk missiles were fired at an air base in Syria, military officials said.

It was the first time that the White House had ordered military action against forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.

Apr 06 18:10

Trump Prepares ‘Military Response’ For Syria As Tillerson Works To Form A ‘Coalition’ To Remove Assad From Power

It makes me physically ill when I think that the U.S. could be on the verge of starting a disastrous war in the Middle East that will not benefit us in any way, shape or form. I can’t believe this is happening, and a lot of other people apparently can’t either.

Apr 06 18:02

“Beyond A Red Line”: Trump May Be Fighting Several Disastrous Wars Simultaneously

Rumors of war are percolating in Washington D.C., and if the Trump administration is not extremely careful it may find itself fighting several disastrous wars simultaneously. Just one day after threatening North Korea with war, Donald Trump has committed to taking military action against the Assad regime in Syria. Trump is blaming the chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province on Tuesday on the Syrian government, and he is pledging that the United States will not just sit by and do nothing in response. Unfortunately for all of us, military contingents from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are mixed in among the Syrian forces, and so any strike on the Syrian military could potentially spark World War 3.

In this article, I am going to share with you several quotes from President Trump and members of his team over the past couple of days, and if you read them carefully you will see that Trump has clearly painted himself into a corner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war against China over North Korea, coupled with a war with Russia over Syria, are two fatal military mistakes I am concerned President Trump is about to make.

And I would strongly, honestly advise him to NOT drink the Koolaid on either issue. Rash decisions in either case could well leave millions of Americans killed or wounded.

At this moment, President Trump appears to be signing checks our military cannot cash, because they don't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with either country, let alone both countries.

Apr 06 17:37

Trump Weighs Military "Saturation Strike" In Syria, Resulting In Russian Deaths

The Pentagon has briefed President Trump on various military options the US can conduct in response to the poison gas attack in Syria that killed scores of civilians, and which Washington has blamed on the Syrian government, a U.S. official told Reuters.

Options include things like implementing a "no fly zone" or grounding aircraft used by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, an official quoted by Reuters said.

Another option also includes the use of Tomahawk cruise missiles to overwhelm Russian air defense systems used by the Syrian military. The official did not comment on how likely military action might be which, if any, options might be recommended by the Pentagon. According to the Intercept, this would be a “saturation strike” using dozens of cruise missiles designed to hit Syrian military targets —including military air fields — in an effort to limit future Syrian Air Force attacks on rebel positions, according to the two U.S. military officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Will someone please tell me that this a very bad, belated April Food's joke, and that President Trump is not seriously considering doing this?!?

This kind of bombing of Syria, creating Russian casualties, will most likely get the Russians to declare war on the US, and we're off and running toward a military conflict the US government most likely cannot win, given the state of the US military's weapons; its troop strength; its money; and its manufacturing.

and also at zerohedge.com, we have the following, deeply disturbing headline:

There is chatter of US airstrikes as soon as tonight, and Pentagon journalists are being told to stay at the Pentagon for further information tonight

Apr 06 16:51

Evidence Calls Western Narrative About Syrian Chemical Attack Into Question

On April 3rd, 2017, an anti-Assad journalist tweeted that the next day he would be launching a media campaign to cover airstrikes on the Hama countryside, including the use of chemical weapons. It is not clear how the reporter was able to know that chemical weapons would be used an entire day before the attacks occurred.

Observers further noted that on April 1st, 2017, a doctor on the ground in Khan Sheikhoun, Dr. Shajul Islam, had received several shipments of gas masks in the days running up to the chemical incident. The revelations on Twitter fueled speculation that opposition figures were aware of the chemical attack days before it actually happened, contesting the narrative that the Syrian government was responsible.

Apr 06 15:55

Chickenhawks on Parade

I fancy a phalanx of hoplites with Warner, Cardin, Schiff, Wolfowitz, Cheney and Libby arrayed on the front line in their fine armor manufactured by Halliburton. That way they could have all the war they want and experience it first-hand. I doubt they would last very long as they are both moral and physical cowards, but given that reality, they just might think a bit harder about promoting the type of fearmongering that will only end by sending the children of other Americans off to war.I fancy a phalanx of hoplites with Warner, Cardin, Schiff, Wolfowitz, Cheney and Libby arrayed on the front line in their fine armor manufactured by Halliburton. That way they could have all the war they want and experience it first-hand. I doubt they would last very long as they are both moral and physical cowards, but given that reality, they just might think a bit harder about promoting the type of fearmongering that will only end by sending the children of other Americans off to war.

Apr 06 15:54

Musings By America’s Graveside

Brother Nathanael seems a little testy these days. But who isn't!

By Brother Nathanael
* Haley is an imbecile.
* Trump cannot be trusted, his word is full of worms.
* Trump is a tinderbox, a dangerous demagogue.
* There is not an ounce of integrity running through Trump’s veins.
* Jared Kushner has his day in the sun with Trump. But every dog has his day and pisses on the hydrant. America is that hydrant.
* Bannon wrote many of Trump’s campaign ‘anti-NWO’ speeches. Trump never believed a word of it.
* Tillerson is a weakling. He caved to big business to allow homos to wreck the last remaining wholesome institution in America, the Boy Scouts of America.
* Mattis and McMasters are both war criminals yet run the Jew-enabled war machine wreaking havoc all over the world.
* Mattis has the eyes of a zombie. He’s a metaphor of the hollowing out of Jewmerica, a country with one foot and three toes in the grave.
* Jewmerica is the most hated country across the board.

Apr 06 15:13

Moscow’s support for Damascus ‘not unconditional,' Assad doesn’t follow Russia’s orders - Peskov

Russia just blinked. It appears they are about to sell out Assad and Syria.

The assistance that Russia lends to the government of President Bashar Assad in resolving the Syrian crisis is “not unconditional,” Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov told AP, adding that Moscow cannot just make Assad follow its orders.

Apr 06 13:24

US Navy Grounds Training Jets Over Oxygen Concerns

After flight instructors refused to fly the T-45 Goshawk training jets over concerns about oxygen tanks, the US Navy has grounded the entire fleet of about 200 planes, pending a review. Among the pilots affected is Vice President Mike Pence’s son.

Apr 06 12:45

Syria: The Toxic Meltdown

“These heinous acts by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated.” Thus spoke the President of the United States.

Instant translation; Donald Trump – and/or the alphabet soup of US intelligence agencies, with no detailed investigation – are convinced that the Russian Ministry of Defense is simply lying.

Apr 06 12:42

“Beyond A Red Line”: Trump May Be Fighting Several Disastrous Wars Simultaneously

Disaster doesn’t begin to cover it. There are things which President Trump can waltz through with bravado or bluster, and come out on top. But for really serious matters like all out war, there is really a lot of room for just making things worse. Never mind who was, at one point, right. When it comes to world wars, and major regional actions, it will be wrong just having dragged us all into it. And millions may die.

The fact that there was never a good reason, and that so much of all this has been provoked and engineered just makes it all that much more sickening. Whoever Trump cut a deal with, or whoever he takes advice from, he is walking right back into George W. Bush’s Axis of Evil… with the potential to invoke a hot war, perhaps preemptively, with North Korea, while kicking things off again in Syria, Iran, Iraq and beyond.

Apr 06 12:31

REP. THOMAS MASSIE ON WAR WITH SYRIA: “THE FIRST CASUALTY OF WAR IS THE TRUTH”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) of the Freedom Caucus is one of the few congressmen in DC who actually seeks to follow the Constitution. Earlier this week, Massie appeared on CNN to be asked about the things going on in Syria and whether or not he would support a war effort there. While Massie deplored the actions taking place in Syria, he stepped back and warned that the truth is the first casualty in war and that the Constitution vests all power to declare war in Congress, not the Executive Branch.

Apr 06 12:22

Trump says of Assad: "Something should happen"

President Trump blamed the chemical attack in Syria squarely on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying, “I think what Assad did is terrible.”

Travelling on Air Force One to Florida, Mr. Trump told reporters the attack “shouldn’t have happened” and “shouldn’t be allowed to happen.” Asked directly whether Assaid should leave power, the president said, “I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity. He’s there and I guess he’s running things, so something should happen.”

He called the attack that resulted in the death of at least 72 people “one of the truly egregious crimes.” Mr. Trump denied reports that he had told any members of Congress that he planned to use military action in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump drank the kool-aid!

Apr 06 12:00

Scott Adams: The Syrian Gas Attack Persuasion

According to the mainstream media – that has been wrong about almost everything for a solid 18 months in a row – the Syrian government allegedly bombed its own people with a nerve agent.

The reason the Assad government would bomb its own people with a nerve agent right now is obvious. Syrian President Assad – who has been fighting for his life for several years, and is only lately feeling safer – suddenly decided to commit suicide-by-Trump. Because the best way to make that happen is to commit a war crime against your own people in exactly the way that would force President Trump to respond or else suffer humiliation at the hands of the mainstream media.

Apr 06 11:35

US Navy Grounds T-45 Training Jets Because Instructors Won’t Fly in Them

The US Navy has announced it is grounding all of its T-45 training jets for at least the next two days, because dozens of instructors are refusing to fly in them over safety concerns related to problems with the oxygen systems.

Apr 06 10:38

5 POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS FOR TRUMP’S REMARKS ON SYRIA

Speaking next to Jordan’s King Abdullah, Donald Trump said that the chemical weapons attack changed his position on Syria. He seemed to believe the fake news story that it was the Syrian government that dropped chemical weapons, rather than the forensically realistic explanation provided by Russia which explained that an illegal chemical weapons depot, where terrorists hoarded their explosives, was hit during an airstrike.

When asked about his sudden about face, Trump relied,

“I do change, and I am flexible. I am proud of that flexibility”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ivanka Trump, a word, please, and I am begging you on this: do not allow your dad, our President to "swallow the Koolaid" on this issue.

In a Russian brokered deal in 2013, all of Syria's chemical weapons were destroyed.

Syria's chemical weapons were destroyed

And the big, logical question is, qui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

And it surely as heck is not Bashar Al Assad, when Rex Tillerson said a couple of days ago, that Assad could remain, and our major headache in Syria was ISIS.

So who benefits?!?

1. The jihadists who were armed by the previous administration, who did this as a "false flag" to get your Dad angry enough against the Al-Assad government to start talking regime change.

2. The war hawks in this administration who want to see the US military do a decap strike against Damascus, which will almost inevitably lead to war with Russia.

And Ms. Trump, this would be a very lousy idea, and for the following reasons; in its current state, the US military does not have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia over Syria.

The weapons manufacturing culture in this country has to change; it should not longer be acceptable to deliver weapons so behind the curve that by the time they are field deployed, they are obsolete, and have incredible cost over-runs attached.

Russia and China are getting far better value for their weaponry dollars than does the US military, and I have one big, fat example to share with you on this; the F-35.

The Pentagon's New List of F-35 Bugs Is Predictably Awful

Our American military should no longer have to put up with flying turkeys like this, and if corporate heads need to roll to cure this, so be it!!

Apr 06 10:18

IS YOUR "DEMOCRACY" ACTUALLY A TOTALITARIAN STATE? TAKE THIS QUICK QUIZ

The USA is already a Totalitarian State with a Ministry of Propaganda that works overtime to generate a flimsy illusion of "democracy."

Is your "democracy" (or republic) actually a Totalitarian State? That is, is it a "democracy" or "republic" in name only? To find out, take this quick quiz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time after time, Americans vote against the wars; against the insane way in which the proverbial deck is stacked against the average working person, from vaccines which may kill you or create autism in your child; to income inequality, and the offshoring/outsourcing of jobs; yet ultimately, very little changes.

We are lied to intensely by the American Deep State, to forward its agenda, which generally focuses on the creation of wars to enrich the military/industrial complex; to expropriate resources from other countries to which we have no moral right; regime changing governments which we do not like; and insure that those resources are only sold in American dollars.

There are many moments, when I wake up, and do not at all recognise the country in which I was born.

Apr 06 10:15

Normalization In The Name Of Peace

Once more, the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 is taking center stage. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas insisted during his speech before the recently-concluded Arab League Summit, in Jordan that the Initiative is the only solution on the table; asserting that it will not be changed or even tweaked.

Apr 06 10:12

Pro-War Trump Statements On Syria In Direct Contrast To Anti-War Tweets In 2013; Both Over Chem Weapons

By Brandon Turbeville

As former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley does all she can to eclipse Samantha Power as being the most bloodthirsty warmonger at the United Nations, consistently shrieking and shilling for war with Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump, who won partially because of the support given him by people who opposed the war on Syria is doing whatever he can to become Barack Obama...

Apr 06 10:02

PAKISTAN’S MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND THE GULF STATES

Recently, Pakistan’s former army chief, General Raheel Sharif, has been appointed to lead a 40 member military alliance of Muslim nations dubbed as “the Muslim NATO.” Although the ostensible purpose of the alliance is to combat terrorism but in fact, the alliance of Sunni Muslim nations has been cobbled together by Saudi Arabia as a counterweight to Iran’s meddling in the Arab World.

Moreover, it should be kept in mind that Pakistan’s military and Saudi Arabia have very deep and institutionalized ties: thousands of Pakistani retired and serving army officers work on deputations in the Gulf Arab States. Furthermore, during the ‘80s, when Saudi Arabia lacked an efficient intelligence set-up, Pakistan’s Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) virtually played the role of Saudi Arabia’s foreign intelligence service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government was instrumental in creating a "deal" to keep Iran from developing their nuclear weapons capabilities; why not a similar deal with Pakistan?!?

This is particularly alarming, in light of the reality that Saudi Arabia has been discovered to have been using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen; if this in fact is true, what is stopping them from using micro-nukes in Yemen?!?

The short answer is, absolutely nothing!!

Video showing Saudi coalition using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

Apr 06 08:50

DONALD TRUMP HAS JUST COMMITTED THE UNITED STATES TO A DISASTROUS WAR IN SYRIA

Rumors of war are percolating in Washington D.C., and if the Trump administration is not extremely careful it may find itself fighting several disastrous wars simultaneously. Just one day after threatening North Korea with war, Donald Trump has committed to taking military action against the Assad regime in Syria. Trump is blaming the chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province on Tuesday on the Syrian government, and he is pledging that the United States will not just sit by and do nothing in response. Unfortunately for all of us, military contingents from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are mixed in among the Syrian forces, and so any strike on the Syrian military could potentially spark World War 3.

Apr 06 08:44

World View: President Trump Plans Military Action on Syria After Nerve Gas Attack on Civilians

In my book,any support for Trump is treason!

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

President Trump plans military action on Syria after horrific nerve gas attack on civilians
President Trump declares that he’s changed his mind about military action
Marco Rubio says Trump’s policy emboldened Bashar al-Assad
John McCain and Lindsey Graham advocate cruise missiles and safe areas

Apr 06 08:31

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – APRIL 6, 2017: US THREATENS UNILATERAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO ALLEGED CHEMICAL ATTACK

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, threatened that the United States will take it’s “own” action if the UN Security Council fails to act on an alleged chemical attack in the village of Khan Sheikhoun in the province of Idlib. “When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” Haley said during her speech that included images of children as proof of the need for swift action.

Haley emphasized that “The truth is that Russia, Iran, and Assad have no interest in peace,” pushing the idea that to her, Damascus was clearly responsible, as a matter of fact -without any investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apr 05 14:24

Saint Petersburg Suicide Bomber Tied To Radical Islamists

The suspected perpetrator of a suicide bombing in a St Petersburg subway station Monday had ties to radical Islamist groups, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.

Apr 05 14:23

The Real Reason The Federal Government Have Been Keen to Blame Russia for Everything: Gold

As we reported on March 30, China and Russia are taking steps to move away from their out of control “cousin”, the Federal Reserve Note, U.S. dollar, world reserve currency.

Apr 05 13:52

US-Led Forces Killed More Syrian Civilians Than ISIS Or Russia Last Month

The US-led coalition killed more Syrian civilians than ISIS or Russian forces in March, according to figures by a human rights organisation.

Apr 05 13:02

Trump: Syria's Assad ‘crossed a lot of lines’ with gas attack

PATHETIC! Trump is a total phony. He is breaking Obama's records for lies!
WW3 here we come.

President Trump is signaling a more aggressive approach toward Syria, saying on Wednesday reports of a deadly gas attack by forces loyal to Bashar Assad had “crossed a lot of lines” and moved him to rethink his strategy.

At a joint press conference on Wednesday at the White House with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Trump indicated that the Syrian leader had gone too far with an attack this week that killed dozens of his own people and injured scores more, including women and children.

“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump said. “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many lines beyond the red line. Many, many lines.”

Apr 05 11:31

CHINA VOWS TO DEFEND ITSELF “AT ALL COSTS” IF U.S. ATTACKS NORTH KOREA

An editorial in the Global Times, which is widely regarded as the voice of the Chinese government, warns the Trump administration that North Korea “trusts nothing but nuclear weapons” and that the regime in Pyongyang is “unlikely to surrender”.

“China has a bottom line. It will safeguard the security and stability of its Northeast area at all costs,” states the editorial.

Apr 05 09:36

US Launched More Airstrikes in Yemen Last Month Than in All of 2016

The US never really stopped launching airstrikes in Yemen, but during the early part of the Saudi invasion, they certain reduced the number of direct US strikes. They seem to be picking up the pace substantially, with the Pentagon saying more than 70 strikes were launched just in March.

The Pentagon described this as nearly double the number of US strikes in Yemen in all of the previous year, saying they will “continue to target al-Qaeda in Yemen,” claiming the group poses a “significant threat to the United States” and needed to be disrupted.

Details on what the US actually targeted in most of those strikes was unclear, with a handful of individual strikes reportedly aimed at targets in the mountains. Two children were reported killed in one of the strikes, and several other civilians were wounded in other strikes

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In enabling Saudi Arabia to commit war crimes in its genocide against the Yemeni people, the US government is complicit in those war crimes.

I am talking about the killing and maiming of Yemeni children.

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi air strikes

I am talking about the slow, horrendous deaths from child malnutrition, because Yemeni ports have been closed to any humanitarian aid shipments, which are desperately needed.

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition, due to Saudi port blockades

And I am talking about the massive, skyrocketing rate of birth defects, still births, and cancers, due to Saudi use of depleted uranium weapons.

Images: Yemeni children with severe birth defects, due to exposure to depleted uranium weapons.

And what amazes me is, the Trump administration; the House of Saud; and the Saudi government are all morally comfortable with all of this, including the poisoning of children in the womb through exposure to DU.

What monsters have these people become?!?

And what strikes me as painfully obvious is, every scholarly article on Yemen I have ever read on Yemen's current state, indicates that the solution has to be political, rather than military.

And things are about to go from worse... to thoroughly awful in Yemen.

Saudi-Backed Forces to Attack Key Yemen Aid Port

This is the only place through which a very meagre amount of aid can get into the country.

This US-enabled, Saudi "scorched earth" policy in Yemen reminds me of the remarks of the Papal Legate, at the siege of Montsegur, France, to exterminate the Cathars. Upon being informed that women and children were with the besieged men, he made the comment: "Kill them all; God will find his own."

Apr 05 09:12

US Envoy: Syrians Don’t Want Assad as Leader

Last week, US officials suggested what was seemingly a major policy change, insisting that the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad was up to the Syrian people, and that the US was accepting “reality” in moving away from demands for Assad’s ouster.

Today, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley dialed that change back quite a bit, insisting that “Assad is always a priority,” and that the US wants to see him changed as a war criminal. She also dismissed the idea of Assad participating in future elections, insisting that the Syrians “don’t want” Assad anymore.

This may result in the US policy change being a distinction without a difference, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s call to respect the will of the Syrian people doesn’t count for much if it is the Trump Administration themselves who get to decide what the Syrian people’s will is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another "fact-free assessment" of what the Syrian people want, paving the way to more war, and ultimate regime change.

I have to wonder just how quickly the Trump Administration will institute "no fly zones" in Syria, which will put the US and Russian military into a definite, physical clash.

Apr 05 09:05

CNN Has Child Read Off A Script To Push For War In Syria To Oust Assad

CNN is calling it a "7-year-old Syrian girl's heartbreaking plea" to stop the war in Syria, in reality it's a fake news hoax to get the Trump administration to overthrow Assad and turn on Russia.

Apr 05 09:02

The Latest: Russian says rebel-held town in Syria exposed

This photo provided Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by the Syrian anti-government activist group Edlib Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows victims of a suspected chemical attack, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria. The suspected chemical attack killed dozens of people on Tuesday, Syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country's six-year civil war. Edlib Media Center, via AP)

The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local):

4 a.m.

The Russian Defense Ministry says a rebel-held town in northern Syria has been exposed to toxic agents from a rebel arsenal hit by a Syrian air strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rex, Rex, Rex Rex, Rex, REX!! A word here, please!!!

Are you having a very bad case of SMD on this issue (selective memory disorder)?!?

Do you not recall that at the end of 2013, Syria, under a deal brokered by Russia, Syria destroyed all of its chemical weapons?!?

Syria Destroys Chemical Sites, Inspectors Say

So sir, if Syria has no more chemical weapons, as they were destroyed toward the end of 2013, where did these chemical weapons come from, please?!?

All I am asking for here is a little logic, thank you very much!!

And how in the name of heaven can you be blaming Iran for this, as neither Russia nor Iran nor Syria bear any responsibility for this horrific act?!?

Apr 05 08:30

TRUMP ON COLLISION COURSE WITH PUTIN AFTER MOSCOW DENIES SYRIA BEHIND CHEMICAL ATTACK

For the first time since his election, president Trump is set for a direct collision course with Vladimir Putin after Russia said on Wednesday it stands by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite widespread popular outrage over a chemical weapons attack which the media was quick to pin on the Syrian president, in a carbon-copy of events from 2013 which nearly launched a US invasion of the middle-eastern nation, when a YouTube clip - subsequently shown to be a hoax - served as proof that Assad had used sarin gas on rebels in a Damascus neighborhood.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And do we remember what happened when the US government made the accusation in 2013 that Assad had gassed his own people?!?

Through a Russian-brokered program, Syria then reached an agreement to have all of its chemical weapons destroyed.

U.S. and Russia Reach Deal to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Arms

The US has, and deploys/sells, various chemical weapons around the world. White phosphorus?!? No problem.

Saudis appear to be using US supplied white phosphorus in Yemen

Depleted uranium weapons, again provided to Saudi Arabia to be used against Yemeni civilians?!? No problem.

Massive birth defects in Yemen point to Saudi Arabia using depleted uranium weapons.

So if all the Syrian chemical weapons were destroyed at the end of 2013, where did these chemical weapons come from?!?

And why in heaven's name would Assad gas his own people, particularly right after Secretary of State Tillerson announced that regime change was not on the table at this time?!?

The short answers are, somehow, Syrian jihadists got these weapons from the US, and no, al-Assad would not gas his own people!!!

And UN Ambassador Haley, a word please; Americans, and the world, are remembering that the US, working with Russia, got rid of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile in 2013.

To attempt to pin this on Al-Assad, as the excuse for now going in to "regime change" Syria, will make this country already a worse bad joke around the world than it already is.

Apr 05 07:48

As White Men Flee, Trump's Approval Rating Dips Again

This ole white boy wont vote for Trump again. He is a bigger liar than Obama if that is possible.

Some key supporters have begun to migrate away from Trump, notably Republicans, independents and white men. Trump's approval among Republicans dropped to just 74 percent, a 14-percentage-point tumble from last month, according to IBD/TIPP. His approval among independents fell 11 percentage points to 29 percent. Among white men, one of Trump's strongest demographic bases, his approval rating fell from 58 percent to 49 percent.

Apr 05 07:47

Paul Craig Roberts - Debt Based System Running Out of Steam, Nuclear War More Likely: Blame Washington & MSM

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, formerly a top editor at the Wall Street Journal, says nuclear war is the most dire problem Americans face. This comes at a time when trust between Russia and America is at all-time lows.

Apr 05 07:43

Trump Reneges On Making Trade Deals Worker Friendly

By Stephen Lendman
4-4-17

In his first 10 weeks in office, he reneged on one promise after another.

Instead of draining the swamp, he filled it with neocon generals and billionaires.

He escalated ongoing wars, perhaps intends news ones, instead of curbing US interventionism as promised, along with prioritizing more US resources for long-neglected vital homeland needs.

His war on terror is phony like his predecessors, supporting what he claims to oppose, committing horrendous war crimes in multiple theaters.

He’s pro-war, pro-Wall Street, pro-Big Oil, pro-other corporate favorites, anti-beneficial social change, anti-protection of constitutional rights.

Apr 05 07:37

Lebanese PM : Israel Wants New War With Lebanon

The Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri has warned that recent actions are an indication that Israel wants a new conflict with Lebanon.

Apr 05 07:34

THE PENTAGON HAS NEVER BEEN AUDITED & TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE UNACCOUNTED FOR. WHERE HAS IT GONE?

An audit refers to an official financial examination, to which every person, corporation, and government organization in the United States is subject. To be exempt from an audit or to not be audited on an annual basis is practically unheard of, even if a business makes a small amount of money. So, why doesn’t the Pentagon, the headquarters for the United States Department of Defense — which accounts for 54% of the U.S. government discretionary spending — get audited?

To be clear, this is illegal. Legislation that was passed in the early 90s states that all government agencies must be audited on an annual basis. The Pentagon has not been audited for the past 20 years, yet there have been no legal consequences. Instead, the U.S. government awards the Department of Defense with billions of dollars annually. Why does the Pentagon get special treatment from the U.S. government and what exactly is it hiding?

WHY THE PENTAGON IS LONG OVERDUE FOR AN AUDIT

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Upping the budget for a military institution which believes itself to be unaccountable for its spending, is really a very, very bad precedent, and must be stopped.

Apr 05 07:31

NATO is Preparing for War With Russia in a Very Unsettling Way

As tensions between Russia and the West intensify, NATO forces are building up in Eastern Europe, and those units aren’t just in place as a bluff. They are actively training for war with Russia, and they aren’t hiding that fact.

Apr 05 07:12

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PLANS ECONOMIC AND MILITARY OFFENSIVE AGAINST AFRICA

Trump has chosen retired US Air Force Colonel Rudolph Atallah to serve as Africa director on the National Security Council (NSC). Attalah was previously director of the US Special Operations Command Sub-Saharan Africa Orientation Course, which prepares US soldiers and government officials for deployment to the region. Trump’s leading choices to head the State Department’s Africa Bureau include Jeff Krill, the former vice president of Kosmos Energy, a company with substantial financial interests throughout West Africa, and retired US Army intelligence officer Charles Snyder.

During his first three months in office, Trump approved major expansions of the US Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) interventions in Somalia, Libya, Nigeria, and several other unnamed Central and West African countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though President Trump's "plan" for Africa is to keep the continent as subservient to Western economic needs as humanly possible.

Apr 04 21:14

Navy instructor pilots refusing to fly over safety concerns; Pence's son affected

EXCLUSIVE: More than 100 U.S. Navy instructor pilots are refusing to fly in protest of what they say is the refusal of top brass to adequately address an urgent problem with training jets’ oxygen system, multiple instructor pilots tell Fox News.

The boycott started late last week and has effectively grounded hundreds of training flights.

“The pilots don’t feel safe flying this aircraft,” one instructor pilot told Fox News.

Fox News interviewed multiple Navy flight instructors who say incidents of oxygen poisoning in the 30-year old T-45 Goshawk have “skyrocketed.”

“Histotoxic hypoxia” is the medical term associated with the disorientating disorder which can put pilots’ lives at risk, as well as those of civilians on the ground below. Two instructor pilots say the training jets are now averaging three incidents a week, as the Navy struggles to get to the bottom of the contamination.

Apr 04 18:28

Intelligence Insider Who Simulated Financial War Games For Government: “What They’re Going To Do Is Lock Down The System… Close The Banks, Money Market Funds, Stock Exchanges”

There is only one reason the U.S. economy has thus far avoided a completely devastating collapse that threatens to end life in America as we have come to know it. According to former intelligence operative and author of Jim Rickards, it has everything to do with confidence. Slow but surely, however, that confidence is eroding and it is only a matter of time before the machinations and manipulations of central banks, governments and financial institutions lead to a total destabilization of the system.

And when that day finally comes – when credit markets lock up, stock markets crash, or the U.S. dollar collapses – Rickards, the author of The Road To Ruin: The Global Elites Secret Plan For The Next Financial Crisis, warns in a recent interview with Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog that access to your assets will be heavily restricted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why you have to plan, NOW, to start working outside the financial grid, and not get stuck as an "unintended investor" whose assets are going to be used to fix the banks' collective woes.

Do not have a cent more in the bank than you need to pay your bills; if you need to, find a check cashing entity which will charge you for the transaction, and keep your assets as liquid as possible.

Apr 04 15:34

Spanish Gunship Enters British Waters Off Gibraltar

A Spanish gunship has illegally entered British waters off the coast of Gibraltar, which could lead to a war over the strategic Mediterranean territory.

To put it into perspective, the UK waged war against Argentina in 1982 over a similar territorial dispute.

“Thirty-five years ago this week, another woman prime minister sent a task force half way across the world to defend the freedom of another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country,” media pundit Lord Howard said. “I’m absolutely certain that our current prime minister will show the same resolve in standing by the people of Gibraltar.”
The gunship made the move only a day after Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis pushed Spain’s questionable claim to Gibraltar as the EU and the UK began Brexit negotiations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the folks in the bowels of power in London and Madrid; would you please, collectively cool your jets here?!?

This is not a game, and could get ugly very quickly.

Apr 04 15:16

May, King Abdullah Of Jordan Discuss Terrorism, Ties

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Jordan’s King Abullah II have met in the kingdom’s capital of Amman, discussing terrorism and cooperation on various levels in the wake of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Apr 04 13:36

Russia, Iran bear 'moral responsibility' for Syria chemical attack – US State Dept.

Still think Trump's the man!? This is pathetic.

Condemning the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused the Syrian government of “barbarism” and said Russia and Iran also bear moral responsibility for the deaths.

In a statement of Tuesday afternoon, Tillerson pointed the finger at Damascus, saying that “it is clear that this is how Bashar Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism.”

Apr 04 12:32

House Votes To Label North Korea As State Sponsor Of Terror

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to label North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism Monday amid rising tensions over the nation’s nuclear weapons program.

Apr 04 11:44

US Launched 20 Airstrikes In Yemen Since Late February: Pentagon

The United States military claims that it has launched 20 airstrike against terrorist positions in war ravaged Yemen since February 28.

The Pentagon vowed Monday to continue the fight as the impoverished country continued suffering from a massive aerial aggression by neighboring Saudi Arabia, backed by a number of African and Persian Gulf Arab states.

Apr 04 11:26

Pentagon - and Daesh - Target Iran

CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel channeled his full Dr. Strangelove in front of the US House Armed Services Committee this past Wednesday.

Iran 'Precedent' for Middle East Countries 'Imposing Sanctions Against US'
"We need to look at opportunities where we can disrupt [Iran] through military means or other means."

As Orwellian as our times may be, this still ranks as a declaration of war. With the inbuilt consequence of smashing to bits the UN nuclear deal struck with Iran in the summer of 2015.

The easy way out would be to characterize this juvenile mobster-style outburst as brought to you by the House of Saud petrodollar fund.

Or to be reminded that Joseph Strangelove was addressing the very same crowd who despite acronym-laden 17 multibillion dollar intel agencies telling them over and over, via National Intelligence assessments, that Iran did not have, and was not planning to have, nuclear weapons, still mightily denounced Iran's "nuclear threat."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

According to the IAEA, which has been inspecting Iran's nuclear facilities, as of March of this year, they have been abiding by the terms of the P5+1 deal.

Iran abiding by the P5 +1 deal, one year on.

And in terms of Putin meeting Rouhani, Putin chose the venue for his meeting with Rouhani very carefully; the place of this meeting, one of the most beautiful palaces in Moscow, was to send a very public message.

Images: Grand Kremlin Palace

Any attack against Iran will be construed as an attack against Russia.

And any jihadis attempting to destabilize Iran will meet the same fate as did those in Syria, who got killed and clobbered by a combination of Syrian/Russian military might.

Apr 04 11:08

More Serious Than Problem of THAAD': US, Allies Eye Island, Upset China

"The ongoing naval drills between South Korea, the United States and Japan may add to a possible security crisis which may be even more serious than the problem of THAAD," Ko Gwonil, Chairman of the All-Korean Committee to Counter the Creation of a Naval Base on Jeju, told Sputnik Korea.

In an interview with Sputnik Korea, Ko Gwonil, Chairman of the All-Korean Committee to Counter the Creation of a Naval Base on Jeju, warned of "a much more serious security crisis than the problem of THAAD," which he said may stem from the ongoing naval drills between South Korea, the United States and Japan.
On Monday, the three countries started a combined naval exercise against North Korea's growing submarine threat, Yonhap News Agency quoted the South Korean Defense Ministry as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The establishment of the US naval base on Jeju was completed, and the port was opened, in February of last year.

But it is a point of US military power projection in Asia, which, logically, has to have China concerned.

And Gwonil is entirely correct when he states, that should there be a joint US Navy/Japanese/South Korean effort to restrict the movement of Chinese military vessels, particularly from the port in Jeju, South Korea, all hell could break loose in the region.

Apr 04 10:52

New Cold War Lines Are Being Fortified: There Are Interests Behind The Throne That Are Not Controlled By The Trump Administration

For those of you who have completely fallen in line with the thought that President Trump is the panacea to all our problems, it’s advisable that you rethink that stance. Firstly, there are interests behind the throne that are neither controlled by nor parallel to the interests of the administration. Secondly, the “transition period” is not over. It is far from over, and the lines that are developing…both of intra and inter-party dissension domestically…and the “Second Cold War” lines throughout the world…have materialized. They are beginning to solidify, and they are becoming fortified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am seeing, looking at the world situation, is very much like that archetypal dream of witnessing a slow-motion train wreck which one is incapable of stopping, despite one's best efforts.

So the best advice I can give our readers and radio listeners is, please don't panic: plan.

This means having long-term, storable food and water with you; extra medications for yourselves and your pets; and having a bug-out kit, and plans about how to get yourself away from mass areas of panic or hurt, should it come to that.

You also need to find a way of protecting yourself and your family with which you are comfortable, because if people even suspect that you are prepping, they will want to tear down your door, and loot your supplies from you in a heartbeat.

Find like-minded friends in your community with whom you can work, and barter.

A really excellent prepper newsletter comes from a very sage lady by the name of Daisy Luther, and you will get tips for prepping, and yes, a little advertising as well. But if you are new to the concept, what she has to say can be invaluable.

Mike sees only two possible, ultimate outcomes from all that is going on; either a world war, or a complete collapse of the US economy, and a collapse of the Federal government, none of which would be pleasant scenarios through which to have to survive.

But looking at the magnitude of what is going on, survival will be the name of the game, and most probably in relatively short order.

Apr 04 10:51

BEX ALERT - Pro-ISIS Group Draws Up ‘Kill List’ Of US Targets, Threatens Trump

ISIS warlords have drawn up a hit list of more than 8,700 people urging their brain-washed followers to “kill them wherever you find them.”

The pro-Isis United Cyber Caliphate (UCC) hacking group has released a video message threatening the US, President Trump, Brits and thousands of others.

Webmaster addition: The Democrats are desperate to bury the Susan Rice story and are flooding the news with all sorts of distractions; ISIS kill list, Syrian gas attack, terrorist bombings, etc. Next they'll claim they finally captured a UFO or something silly like that!

Apr 04 10:33

Why Trump’s First War Is Probably Going to Be a Conflict With North Korea

The first definite sign that the current administration was going to take a different approach to North Korea, was when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated emphatically last month that “all options are on the table.”

“Let me be very clear. The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table,” Tillerson told reporters during a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Friday.

“Certainly we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict,” Tillerson said.

However, he went on to say that “if they (North Korea) elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then, that option’s on the table.”

He added that a “comprehensive set of capabilities” is being developed to deal with the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a third outcome this writer does not mention, and that is, to work with China to get North Korea; South Korea; China; and the US into negotiations about replacing the armistice with a true peace treaty, with the quid pro quo that North Korea would stop its nuclear weapons program.

IF major nations of the world can take away the "fear factor", which is driving Kim Jung Un's relentless moves toward guideable, nuclear missiles as a deterrent, then perhaps peace does have a chance here.

Much is riding on the meetings this weekend between President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping: I hope these meetings are dedicated to positive outcomes to the mutual issues the US and China wish to resolve, and peace on the North Korean peninsula has to be darned near the top of both of their lists.

Apr 04 10:14

World War III nightmare scenario brewing in the East China Sea

While the world watches mounting military tensions in the South China Sea, another, more ominous situation is brewing in the East China Sea that could be the trigger point for a major war between the superpowers. At the heart of tensions are eight uninhabited islands controlled by Japan that are close to important shipping lanes, rich fishing grounds and potential oil and gas reserves. China contests Japan's claims and is escalating its military activity in Japan airspace. In response, Japan has been doubling its F-15 jet intercepts.

The situation increases the risk of an accidental confrontation — and could draw other countries, like the United States, into a conflict. It's a topic President Trump will likely bring up with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hopeful that this week's meeting between President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping will calm down the tensions in the region, as well as tackle the situation with North Korea.

Neither President wants war; but at the same time, these men cannot be seen, either at home or abroad, as "losing face" as the outcome of this meeting.

Apr 04 09:58

US War Strategy: Destroy, Partition, Occupy and Control

Since the 1990s rape of Yugoslavia, US wars were waged to replace independent governments with pro-Western puppet ones.

Strategy involves destroying, partitioning, occupying and controlling one country after another.

Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo is America’s largest European military base since the Vietnam War era – established for regional control, US bases in other war theaters for the same purpose.

Washington intends a permanent military presence in all its war theaters. The Brookings Institution’s policy paper laid out a strategy for Syria, applicable for other nations America attacked, titled “Deconstructing Syria: Towards a regionalized strategy for a confederated country.”

It’s a diabolical destroy, divide, partly occupy and control scheme – unknown to the public, unexplained by media.

Other countries America attacked face the same possible diabolical fate, part of a grand plan to redraw the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia maps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And BTW, have you heard that the US military has annexed a couple of islands which used to be part of Yemen and Oman, before the "Coalition" war against Yemen?!?

As reported on 28 January, 2012 from abovetopsecret.com (originally from Debka.com):

While quietly casting lines to draw Tehran into talks on their nuclear dispute, President Barack Obama is reported exclusively by DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s military and Washington sources to have secretly ordered US air, naval and marine forces to build up heavy concentrations on two strategic islands – Socotra, which is part of a Yemeni archipelago in the Indian Ocean, and the Omani island of Masirah at the southern exit of the Strait of Hormuz.

And as elaborated upon in beforeitsnews.com, on 31 January, 2012:

While quietly casting lines to draw Tehran into talks on their nuclear dispute, President Barack Obama is reported exclusively by DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s military and Washington sources to have secretly ordered US air, naval and marine forces to build up heavy concentrations on two strategic islands – Socotra, which is part of a Yemeni archipelago in the Indian Ocean, and the Omani island of Masirah at the southern exit of the Strait of Hormuz. Socotra is situated 80 kilometers east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometers southeast of the Yemeni coastline. It lies athwart the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. A military base there is in a position to oversee the shipping moving in and out of those strategic naval waterways. Lushly verdant, Socotra is approximately 120 kilometers long by 40 kilometers wide. Its population of 55,000 has its own distinct language and culture. Since 2010, the US has been quietly building giant air force and naval bases on Socotra with facilities for submarines, intelligence command centers and take-off pads for flying stealth drones, as part of a linked chain of strategic US military facilities in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. The Socotra facilities are so secret that they are never mentioned in any catalogue listing US military facilities in this part of the world, which include Jebel Ali and Al Dahfra in the United Arab Emirates; Arifjan in Kuwait; and Al Udeid in Qatar – all within short flying distances from Iran….

Apr 04 09:04

Tillerson to chair U.N. meeting on North Korea nuclear program

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea on April 28 to discuss how the body can combat Pyongyang's banned nuclear and missile programs, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Monday.

North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions aimed at impeding the development of its nuclear and missile programs since 2006. The 15-member council has strengthened sanctions following each of North Korea's five nuclear tests.

"We do need to talk about it in terms of what are we as a council are going to do to deal with North Korea and how do we push that forward. So we hope that we get as many foreign ministers to come as possible," Haley told a news conference to mark Washington's presidency of the Security Council for April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the UN has been doing to date, has not worked, and appears to be backfiring as I type this.

So Secretary of State Tillerson, a word, please.

First, you have to understand that Kim Jung Un comprehends, very clearly, what the results of a North Korean pre-emptive first nuclear strike would be; a total, devastating destruction of his country.

And please understand that Americans are smart enough to realise that if there is an alleged pre-emptive first strike somewhere the North Korean guidance systems can actually deliver their weapons, it is most likely a false flag, to be blamed on North Korea, as the excuse to attack it.

Just as was Iran, North Korea is developing these weapons as a deterrent to an attack or attempted invasion of its territory.

But what can be done, positively, is to get North Korea back to the negotiating table, with South Korea, Japan, China, and the US, replacing the armistice with a true peace treaty, with the quid pro quo being the North Korean government stopping their nuclear weapons program entirely, and allowing inspections of its nuclear energy facilities.

This should be your focus at this UN meeting; making this work would deescalate a lot of tension in the region, and give the US government, and the Trump administration, some "street cred" in terms of reducing the threat.

You are welcome, sir!! :-)

Apr 04 08:31

How Netanyahu’s dirty tricks squad targets boycotts

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed cohorts of Israel loyalists in the United States by video link last week at the annual conference of Aipac, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. They should, he said, follow his government’s example and defend Israel on the "moral battlefield" against the growing threat of the international boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. In Mr Netanyahu’s simple-minded language, support for Palestinian rights, and opposition to the settlements, is equivalent to "delegitimisation" of Israel.

The current obsession with BDS reflects a changing political environment for Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, BDS is the only language Tel Aviv understands, in terms of its stopping of the continued persecution/punishment of the Palestinian people, just because they are still breathing.

Other approaches have been tried, but none of them have been successful.

Netanyahu, despite his bellicose, hubristic belligerence, fully comprehends that a really bad economic situation in Israel, created through BDS, may be the ticket to get him out of office, and permanently.

And I would like to politely suggest that at this point in his premiership, he has absolutely outlived his usefulness to the Israeli people, both domestically and internationally.

Apr 04 08:05

DRUG COMPANY OWES $20 MILLION AFTER OVERCHARGING VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT FOR DRUGS

The drug company Sanofi-Pasteur has agreed to pay the Department of Veterans Affairs $20 million for massively overcharging on drug prices.

Sanofi-Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi-Aventis, incorrectly calculated drug prices in two big contracts, leading to overcharging of $19,868,194, the Department of Justice announced Monday. Now, the VA is set to receive those funds back.

“It is important that pharmaceutical companies provide complete, accurate, and current information to the VA about the pricing of their drugs,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler said in a statement. “The Department of Justice will ensure that pharmaceutical companies follow the rules for drug pricing when selling to the government.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only thing which will stop this kind of behaviour on the part of drug companies, is hard jail time for the executives who sign off on these kinds of practices.

Apr 04 07:22

Syrian people do not want Assad as leader: U.S. envoy to U.N

Tillerson says one thing this person says another. Which is it Trump!

The United States does not believe that the Syrian people want President Bashar al-Assad as their leader any longer, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday.

Haley was asked about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's remarks in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, in which he said that Assad's status would be decided by the Syrian people.

She said it does not mean the United States will accept Assad participating in future elections.

"We have no love for Assad. We've made that very clear. We think that he has been a hindrance to peace for a long time. He's a war criminal. What he's done to his people is nothing more than disgusting," she said.

Apr 04 07:20

ERDOGAN PROMISES MORE WAR IN SYRIA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric is at times, oddly honest, sometimes blatantly so. At other times, when he attempts to be more analytical, it is as deceptive as his political and geo-political manoeuvring.

Last year, Erdogan gave an speech in which he declared his unambiguous intentions to capture former territories of the Ottoman Empire, specifically parts of the legal territory of Syria and Iraq.

Now, he has said that his illegal invasion and occupation of Syria is not over; it are merely changing names.

Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield which saw Turkish forces and their jihadist proxies FSA occupy parts of Northern Syria was officially declared a success in a ‘mission accomplished’ style statement from Turkey’s National Security Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why Erdogan felt emboldened to make such threats, right after Tillerson's visit to Ankara, is more than a little disconcerting.

An independent Kurdistan would give Turkey a "safety valve" through which much of its disagreements with ethnic Kurds in Turkey, could be resolved.

Apr 04 07:11

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REVERSAL OF OBAMA ERA POLICY IN SYRIA

The editor-in-chief of Lebanon’s prestigious al-Akhbar newspaper, Ibrahim al-Amin, has revealed in his recent editorial [1] that Tulsi Gabbard, the United States Representative for Hawaii whose trip to Syria in January and meeting with Bashar al-Assad was widely reported in media, had conveyed President Trump’s offer of cooperation to Assad during the meeting.

The English translation of a relevant excerpt from the Arabic editorial reads as follows:

Tulsi Gabbard asked Assad: “If President Trump contacted you, would you answer the call?” Assad replied: “Is this a hypothetical question, or a proposal?” Gabbard: “It’s not hypothetical. This is a question to you coming from President Trump which he asked me to convey to you. So let me repeat the question: If President Trump contacted you, would you answer the call?” Assad replied: “Of course. And I’ll give you a number where I can be reached quickly.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this report is true, it does signal a shift in policy on Syria, and the recent statement by Rex Tillerson that "Bashar Al-Assad can stay" as Syria's president, appears to be supportive to this narrative.

Apr 04 04:52

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REVERSAL OF OBAMA ERA POLICY IN SYRIA

The editor-in-chief of Lebanon’s prestigious al-Akhbar newspaper, Ibrahim al-Amin, has revealed in his recent editorial [1] that Tulsi Gabbard, the United States Representative for Hawaii whose trip to Syria in January and meeting with Bashar al-Assad was widely reported in media, had conveyed President Trump’s offer of cooperation to Assad during the meeting.

Apr 03 22:48

Syrian people do not want Assad as leader: U.S. envoy to U.N

Another really bad cabinet pick on Trump's part.The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing!

The United States does not believe that the Syrian people want President Bashar al-Assad as their leader any longer, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday.

"We have no love for Assad. We've made that very clear. We think that he has been a hindrance to peace for a long time. He's a war criminal. What he's done to his people is nothing more than disgusting," she said.

Haley was asked about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's remarks in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, in which he said that Assad's status would be decided by the Syrian people.

Apr 03 15:46

Foreign armored personnel carrier spotted on AZ highway

A video submitted by Charles Black and posted to YouTube on March 30 shows what appears to be a foreign armored personnel carrier being transported on a flatbed truck.

Apr 03 15:08

UK Military To Train Jordan’s Air Force

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to announce the deployment of the country’s military trainers in Jordan in order to help the Middle Eastern country in attacking alleged Daesh (ISIL) positions in Iraq and Syria.

Apr 03 14:34

Missteps In Mosul: Launching An Attack Before Clearing ISIS Safe Zones

The Iraqi government made a mistake that will allow Isis to survive by seeking to capture Mosul before eliminating other Isis safe havens in northern and western Iraq to which its fighters can retreat, according to a senior Iraqi leader.

“It would have been better first to eliminate Daesh (Isis) sanctuaries to which they can retreat when Mosul falls,” says Najmaldin Karim, the Governor of the oil province of Kirkuk, in an interview with The Independent. He says that half of Kirkuk province is still held by Isis and cited, in particular, the Hawija area, a notorious stronghold south west of Kirkuk city of Isis and previously of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Apr 03 14:29

Growing readiness woes: Only 7 in 10 Air Force planes are ready to fly

On March 22, as North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un prepared to test-launch a missile and tensions rose on the volatile Korean peninsula, a lone B-1B Lancer bomber took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and flew across the Pacific on a Continuous Bomber Presence sortie.

It rendezvoused with Japanese F-15J Eagles for a training mission, before flying on to South Korea to further train with their F-15Ks and F-16s.

But there were supposed to be two B-1Bs there that day. The second bomber that was “scheduled to respond to a clear and present danger in North Korea,” as Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said in a hearing later that day, was unable to take off. Pacific Air Forces later said a maintenance issue kept the second Lancer on the ground.

Apr 03 12:43

South Korea, Japan, US Start 3-Day Joint Exercise On Korean Peninsula

The United States, South Korea, and Japan have reportedly started a three-day joint military exercise on the Korean Peninsula to simulate countering a North Korean submarine-launched missile attack.

The exercise began off South Korea’s southern coast near Japan on Monday, the South’s Defense Ministry said. Several naval destroyers and helicopters used in anti-submarine warfare along with more than 800 troops are participating in the drill.

Apr 03 12:42

Weaponized Civilian Drones A ‘Tangible Reality’ – US Officials

US officials and security teams are staying awake at night worried that potential terrorists might be weaponizing civilian drones with explosives, the way Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has done in Iraq and Syria.

Apr 03 12:19

Donald Trump’s Message of Cooperation to Bashar al-Assad

The editor-in-chief of Lebanon’s prestigious al-Akhbar newspaper, Ibrahim al-Amin, has revealed in his recent editorial that Tulsi Gabbard, the United States Representative for Hawaii whose trip to Syria in January and meeting with Bashar al-Assad was widely reported in media, had conveyed President Trump’s offer of cooperation to Assad during the meeting. The editorial in Arabic is full of detailed accounts of Gabbard's conversations with Assad, her airport handlers, security detail, etc. Although al-Akhbar newspaper generally takes the side of the Assad regime against the Syrian opposition but its reporting over the years, particularly on the conflict in Syria, has been fairly balanced, insightful and highly credible.

Apr 03 12:12

News Alert: Simultaneous Terror Attacks in St Petersburg and against Russian Embassy in Damascus?

15:47 (local time)

The National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) reported on the deaths and injuries of the explosion in the metro of St. Petersburg. “Today around 14:40 Moscow time, an explosion of an unknown explosive device occurred in a train carriage on the runway between the metro stations Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad in St. Petersburg, resulting in deaths and injuries,” the NAC said.

It is worth noting that this attack occurred less than an hour after an attempted terrorist attack against the Russian Embassy in Damascus at 14.00 (contradictory report yet to be confirmed) (Damascus and Moscow are on the same time zone).

According to Fort Russ:

Apr 03 11:13

The Saudi-Led Coalition’s Slaughter of Somali Refugees

Reuters has produced a follow-up report on the slaughter of dozens of Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen:

“According to survivors’ accounts, the vessel carrying the refugees across the Red Sea was hit by shelling from a coalition warship, without any warning, followed by shooting from an Apache helicopter overhead,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said last week.

The coalition, which receives U.S. arms and logistical support, has denied responsibility.

The survivors’ accounts confirm that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for the attack, but then there was no one else that could have carried out the attack. Only one side of the war controls the skies in and around Yemen, and that is the coalition. The Somali government has publicly accused coalition forces of carrying out the attack, and since Somalia is a member of the coalition they are in a better position than most to have reason to believe this.

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"Hey, war crimes are what we DO!!" - Official Saudi spokes-slug.

Apr 03 11:09

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsTrump Expands Pentagon’s War Authority

While most of the talk about the Pentagon’s proposals for various wars to President Trump has focused on requests for more troops in more countries, a much less publicized effort has also been getting rubber stamped, one giving commanders in those wars increasing autonomy on operations.

Buried in the details of almost every proposal from Iraq and Syria to smaller operations like US troops in Yemen and Somalia, there is always a mention of commanders wanting to be able to conduct strikes at will, both airstrikes and ground raids.

This has been a change that the Pentagon has been quite eager to seek, after years of complaining about President Obama “micromanaging” the various US wars, but it appears they may be trying to get a much broader collection of grants of autonomy than they’ve ever been granted before.

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This appears to me to be a very dangerous precedent.

Apr 03 10:23

EUROPE: COMBATING FAKE NEWS

If present demographic trends continue, in a few decades, native Swedes could easily become a minority in their own country.
Swedish ambulance personnel want gas masks and bulletproof vests to protect their staff against the escalating attacks, similar to equipment used by staff working in war zones.
Most dangerous, however, is our inability to deal forcefully with problems undermining Western societies, because some Western media refuse to admit that the problems exist.

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Europe must act, swiftly and decisively, if, in fact, it wants to reclaim is languages, its history, and its future.

Of course, what the US government could do to stop this frantic, out of control immigration into Europe, is to stop the wars in the Middle East and Africa causing it.

Unfortunately, that is unlikely to happen before pigs discover they can fly.

Apr 03 10:15

UK SENDS TROOPS TO TRAIN JORDANIAN MILITARY AS THERESA MAY BEGINS MIDDLE EAST CHARM OFFENSIVE

British troops will be deployed to Jordan to train local forces in bombing tactics. The announcement comes as UK Prime Minister Theresa May begins a diplomatic tour of the Middle East to shore up alliances ahead of Brexit.
May’s three day tour of the region will be used to discuss ongoing security relationships with the King of Jordan and the House of Saud, as well as bolstering trade ties.

“We must never forget that intelligence we have received in the past from [Saudi Arabia] has saved potentially hundreds of lives in the UK,” May said, ahead of her visit.

She added that it is “clearly in the UK’s security and prosperity interests” to support Saudi and Jordan in order to “keep British people safe.”

“To tackle the threats we face from terrorism and from geopolitical instability, we must meet them at their source,” she said.

It is thought that the military trainers will help Jordan with targeting airstrikes.

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Prime Minister May, a word please.

Your very comfortable relationship with the sclerotic, and genocidal, House of Saud, raises some very pertinent questions.

As you are specifically aware, the Saudi military have been committing war crimes in Yemen.

They have been killing, and maiming, Yemeni children in their bombing attacks.

Images: children killed outright and maimed for life by Saudi bombing runs

The Saudis have been causing children's death through malnutrition by blocking the ports, meaning food is not available to the Yemeni people:

Yemeni children starving due to Saudi port blockades

And, as we have recently learned at WRH, the Saudi military is using depleted uranium weapons, sold to them either by the US or the UK, in Yemen.

Video showing Saudi military use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

This use of depleted uranium weapons is having precisely the safe effect on Yemeni children as it did on the children of Fallujah in Iraq, and the US soldiers handling those weapons; Yemeni doctors are reporting a massive upsurge in cancers; leukemia; birth defects; and still births.

Images: severe deformities in Yemeni children caused by the use or DU weapons

That you, your government, and the US government are morally comfortable with all of the above, is a damning commentary on these governments.

I frankly cannot imagine a more horrific, barbaric, and cruel form of child abuse than poisoning children in the womb with DU.

Apr 03 08:49

Coast Guard To Congress: Don't Move Us To The Pentagon

(*it looks like Trump's I MEAN Mattis' I MEAN THE CIAs war expansion , needs every swinging dick wearing a uniform)

Apr 03 08:38

The Beneficiaries of Conflict With Russia

One intriguing aspect of this slanted account are the phrases “dominated by Russian forces for decades” and “vital deterrent” which are used by NBC to imply that Russia yearns, for some unspecified reason, to invade Poland. As is common in the Western media there is no justification or evidence to substantiate the suggestion that Russia is hell-bent on domination, and the fact that US troops are far from home, operating along the Russian border, is regarded as normal behaviour on the part of the world’s “indispensable nation.”

Apr 03 07:35

How to build a super-soldier: US military experiments with ELECTROCUTING recruits' brains to improve their reaction times 

The US Navy is testing brain-electrocuting technology in order to create a new breed of super-soldiers.

Elite members of SEAL Team Six are among those training with neuro-stimulation devices designed to increase concentration and improve reaction times.

Developed for athletes, the headphone-like device fires electrical pulses into the brain which reprogram it to be more responsive to training.

Apr 03 07:31

Trump says U.S. ready to act alone if China won't help with North Korea

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea’s nuclear program.

Apr 02 15:04

At 87 Buzz Aldrin becomes oldest person to fly with the Thunderbirds

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin may have stolen the Melbourne Air & Space Show on Sunday even before its official start.

At 87, the second man on the moon became the oldest person to fly with the Air Force Thunderbirds. As he was prepped for flight with the elite squad just before 10 a.m. ET, a lucky few were able to take photos and video.

Apr 02 10:03

US-Led Coalition to Create Zones of Stability in Syria

A meeting of the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition of 68 countries – the first meeting of the coalition since Donald Trump was elected US President – was held in Washington last week. It was announced that the US policy’s goal is creating «interim zones of stability» – the term used by State Secretary Rex Tillerson. It stops short of «safe zones», which the American military leaders are reluctant to use, despite of the fact that it is used by members of administration. It does not change the gist of the matter, meaning by and large the very same thing.

Apr 02 08:55

Media’s Orwellian Newspeak to Justify Violence

During the Libyan intervention and the Syrian civil war, the Western mainstream media has invented a whole new lingo to serve the agenda of political establishments. Although a voluminous encyclopedia can be written on how the corporate media employs subtle deceptions and diversionary tactics to mislead public opinion but in this short essay, I will only expose the hidden meanings of three phrases that have been used ad nauseam by the news media in the last few years: that are, humanitarian intervention, moderate rebels and terrorism.

Apr 02 08:21

War-Ravaged South Sudan Draws $500 Million Oranto Oil Bet

Nigeria’s Oranto Petroleum International Ltd. plans to bet half a billion dollars that Africa’s newest nation can end a three-year civil war and create the conditions to revive its oil industry.

Oranto, a closely held company part-owned by the Eze family that also has assets in Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria, plans to invest $500 million to develop the oil block awarded by South Sudan earlier this month.

Apr 01 20:01

With Trump Approval, Pentagon Expands Warfighting Authority

Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to battle extremists across the Middle East and Africa.

Apr 01 11:33

F-35 Continues to Stumble

The F-35 still has a long way to go before it will be ready for combat. That was the parting message of Dr. Michael Gilmore, the now-retired Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, in his last annual report.

The Joint Strike Fighter Program has already consumed more than $100 billion and nearly 25 years. Just to finish the basic development phase will require at least an extra $1 billion and two more years. Even with this massive investment of time and money, Dr. Gilmore told Congress, the Pentagon, and the public, “the operational suitability of all variants continues to be less than desired by the Services."

Apr 01 11:16

No Thanks: US 'Would Be at War' if Ukraine, Georgia Joined NATO - Rand Paul

Having former parts of the Soviet Union in NATO is very provocative and could precipitate countries into war, US Senator Rand Paul said.

Apr 01 11:15

Is It Time to Bring Back the Battleships?

For decades, naval architects have concentrated on building ships that, by the standards of the World Wars, are remarkably brittle. These ships can deal punishment at much greater ranges than their early 20th century counterparts, but they can’t take a hit. Is it time to reconsider this strategy, and once again build protected ships? This article examines how these trends came about, and what might change in the future.

Apr 01 10:50

Russia increases nuclear sub fleet, combat patrols reach Soviet-era levels

Russia has floated its new state-of-the-art nuclear-powered multipurpose submarine called Kazan as its fleet returned to Soviet-era operational levels in terms of sea patrols, according to the Russian Navy chief.

Apr 01 10:28

‘Maybe worse than Cold War’: Kremlin spokesman on US-Russia relations

Trump has blown it. This is Putin's personal spokesman.Russia will survive a nuclear war with the US. The USA will not.

Ties between Russia and the US are probably worse than in the Cold War, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with ABC News, adding that the blatant anti-Russia propaganda has led to Americans seeing Russian hackers “in every fridge.”

When asked if current US-Russia relations could be described as “a new Cold War,” Peskov was not at all ambiguous.

“New Cold War? Well, maybe even worse,” the Russian President’s spokesman told ABC News. Addressing repeated claims that Moscow somehow meddled in the 2016 US election, Peskov blasted the allegations as libelous.

Apr 01 10:04

Germany on collision course with US ahead of Nato summit

Germany Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel isn’t mincing his words. The pugnacious politician has called a Nato defence spending target being pushed by the US “completely unrealistic” for Germany.

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"We spent all our money on those @#%ing refugees!"

Apr 01 08:44

US NAVY’S NEWEST AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP. DEAD END OR BREAKTHROUGH?

There was no small amount of controversy over the new vessel when it was first proposed. Many senior officers in the USMC argued that an amphibious assault ship meant to head an MEU/ARG must have amphibious assault capability. Without a well deck, the new LHA cannot launch and recover marines via LCAC hovercraft, LCU landing craft or AAVs, and thus it possesses no inherent amphibious capability. This renders the vessel less flexible than a Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of comparable size, such as the USS Wasp Class. This new class of LHA will use the added space traditionally taken up by a well deck and heavy vehicle stowage for increased aircraft hangar space, and storage for aviation maintenance and fuel. The America will allow for the accommodation of an Air Combat Element (ACE) that is larger in number and of a different mixture of aircraft than a traditional MEU/ARG.

Apr 01 08:25

WHY IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IRAN OR NORTH KOREA (OR ANYONE ELSE) HAS A NUCLEAR BOMB

Simply having a nuclear weapon does not mean the nation that owns it will use it. Many nations possess nuclear weapons, and contrary to all the dire warnings about nuclear weapons held by other countries, the historical truth is that one and only one nation has ever actually used nuclear weapons against the citizens of another country, and that nation is the United States of America. For all the talk about the threat from Iraq and now the threat from Iran and North Korea, it is the United States of America which remains the only nation to have actually used a nuclear weapon against the citizens of another country. It is the United States of America which is the proven nuclear threat to the world.

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Apr 01 08:00

FLASHBACK 2013 - Pro-Israeli US lawmakers urge bombing Syria air bases, arming militants, invasion

Top US Republican lawmakers have again called for further American actions against Syria, including the bombing of its air bases, leading a multi-nation invasion of the country and sending lethal weapons to anti-Damascus militant gangs.

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Oh? How did that work out?

Apr 01 06:13

Russia Justifiably Fears Possible Preemptive US Nuclear Attack

(*Buttercup Russia Is Jumping To Conclusions!
it hasn't been 100 days yet)

Mar 31 14:00

US Ignores Human Rights Condition To Sell Bahrain F-16 Jets

The administration of US President Donald Trump has decided to ignore Bahrain’s human rights record in order to sell F-16 fighter jets to the Arab monarchy.

The US State Department informed Congress on Wednesday that it plans to approve a request by the Persian Gulf nation to purchase 19 of the jets from Lockheed Martin worth up to $2.7 billion.

Mar 31 12:39

Defense Sec. James Mattis: North Korea ‘Has Got to Be Stopped

After years of North Korea thumbing its nose at the international community, on Friday Defense Secretary James Mattis appeared to signal enough was enough.

"Right now, [North Korea] appears to be going in a very reckless manner … and that has got to be stopped," Mattis said at a press conference in London.

He didn't give any details about how the administration of President Donald Trump plans to deal with the reclusive nation, which, under Kim Jong Un, has drastically increased its missile and nuclear-testing program.

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And aye, as Shakespeare says, there's the rub.

There's also a question of timing, with South Koreans go to the polls in May, to elect a new President, after President Park was impeached, and thrown out of office in utter disgrace.

But going in with a preemptive decap strike (something the Japanese government is mulling as I type this), in order to achieve regime change, could well mean war with China. I certainly hope that this is an issue President Trump will be discussing options in depth with Chinese President Xi Jinping, when he meets with Trump in Florida next week.

So, Sec Def Mattis, a word please. You need to talk with your Chinese counterpart about getting North Korea back to the negotiating table, along with South Korea, and Japan, to hammer out a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, with the proviso that in order for that to happen, North Korea has to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Anything other than that could well precipitate World War 3 with China; and as I hope and pray you understand, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

And yes, sir: you're entirely welcome!! :-)

Mar 31 12:17

U.S. To Escalate Its Two Years War On Starving Yemen

The war on Yemen was launched to show the manliness of the Saudi princes. Well, that may not be the proclaimed reason but it is the only one that makes sense. The U.S. takes part in the war because … well – no one knows:

The morning after that NSC news release was posted on the White House webpage two years ago, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, commander of the U.S. Central Command, was asked about the objectives of the U.S. support. His stunning reply remains the most accurate characterization from a U.S. official: “I don’t currently know the specific goals and objectives of the Saudi campaign, and I would have to know that to be able to assess the likelihood of success.” Other than dropping weapons with an unconscionable lack of discrimination and proportionality, it appears there are no clear goals and objectives to this day.

The U.S. provides planning, intelligence, air-refueling and the ammunition for the Saudi bombing. Without U.S. support this war would not happen at all!

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I am profoundly morally uncomfortable that my country, the United States of America, has chosen to be actively complicit in Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen.

The Saudi military routinely assassinates and maims Yemeni children with their bombing runs:

Images: Yemeni children maimed for life and killed because of Saudi bombing runs

The Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports has left Yemeni children starving to death of malnutrition:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition, due to Saudi port blockade

And due to the massive growth of stillbirths, infant deformities, and cancers in Yemen, it is a pretty safe conclusion to draw that the Saudis are using depleted uranium weapons here:

Saudi Coalition shown to be using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

Of course, the effects of depleted uranium, particularly on unborn children in the womb, are well-documented, as the US military saw in Fallujah, Iraq;
now, moms and dads of newborns in Yemen are recoiling at this same, monstrous horror being done to their children, courtesy of the Saudi military.

Images: Yemeni children deformed in the womb through exposure to Saudi depleted uranium weapons

And yet, apparently, the Royal House of Saud; the Saudi government; and the US government are perfectly comfortable with poisoning Yemeni children in the womb, and destroying not only their lives, but their families' lives as well.

I am profoundly reminded, in this obscenely callous disregard for human life as reflected in these Saudi military tactics, of the comment made by the Papal Legate at the siege of Montsegur against the Cathars, when he was informed that not only men were in the besieged castle, but women and children were also with them. He said, "Kill them all; God will find his own."

I just have to wonder when the massive air strikes, coupled with US boots on the ground, will accomplish this Saudi genocide in Yemen. And my sense of it is, relatively soon.

Mar 31 11:47

Dangerous Crossroads: Russia Fears a US Preemptive Nuclear Attack

According to Russia’s General Staff deputy head of operations Gen. Viktor Poznikhir,

“(t)he presence of American ABM sites in Europe and ABM-capable ships in the seas and oceans close to Russia’s territory creates a powerful clandestine potential for delivering a surprise nuclear missile strike against Russia.”

“The presence of the global ABM system lowers the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, because it gives the US the illusion of impunity for using strategic offensive weapons from under the protection of the ABM ‘umbrella.’”

“The ABM shield is a symbol of the build-up of rocket forces in the world and a trigger for a new arms race.”

Since the onset of Western-instigated Cold War in the late 1940s, “analysts” in Washington and at the Pentagon believed nuclear war on Russia was winnable.

Madness persists, undermining global security, threatening humanity more than ever with neocons in charge of US militarism and war-making.

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I find myself becoming rapidly disenchanted with the Trump Administration.

There is a phase from the French language, and that phrase is "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.", translated into English, meaning "The more things change, the more they remain the same."

OF the two candidates last November, I really thought that President Trump would be the one to keep us out of these endless, bloody, and costly wars; unfortunately, what I see coming is a potential headlong war against Russia; North Korea; and Iran, with side notes of regime change in places like Venezuela and Syria.

Unfortunately, President Trump appears to have become a blunt instrument of the American Deep State, signing off on more wars, more misery, and a continuation of more wealth inequality here at home.

My disappointment is visceral.

Mar 31 11:44

Bloodbath In West Mosul: Civilians Being Shot By Both ISIS And Iraqi Troops

Civilians trying to flee the besieged Isis-held enclave in west Mosul are being shot dead by Isis and Iraqi army snipers as they try to cross the Tigris River, says an eyewitness trapped inside the city with his family.

Mar 31 11:36

Growing Divisions, War Threats Loom Over EU Summit in Rome

In the event, the communiqué that was adopted epitomized the EU’s response to Brexit: the EU is trying to survive as a coalition of nationalist, anti-immigrant regimes held together by aspirations to become an aggressive military bloc rivaling the United States.

On military policy, it called for a “stronger Europe,” “creating a more competitive and integrated defence industry” and “strengthening [the EU’s] common security and defence.” It also called for continuing EU anti-immigrant policies—which have seen thousands drown in the Mediterranean, as millions flee imperialist wars in Africa and the Middle East—so that EU “external borders are secured, with an efficient, responsible and sustainable migration policy.”

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The EU is unsustainable at any speed!!

Both Greece and Italy are falling apart so quickly economically, as to give one whiplash, in watching these economies plunge.

Mar 31 11:19

STEINITZ TO JPOST: IRAN’S TRACTION IN SYRIA A GREATER THREAT TO ISRAEL THAN ISIS

As world powers focus on toppling ISIS, Iran is quietly gaining traction in Syria – posing a direct threat to Israel, eastern Mediterranean countries and the entire Arabian Peninsula, according to National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz.

“It’s very easy and convenient to focus on ISIS,” he told The Jerusalem Post. “But we have two challenges in Syria.

One is ISIS and one is Iran.

The greater threat is coming from Iran, and not just from its nuclear program. The most immediate and urgent threat is the Iranian plan to transform Syria, after this horrible, brutal civil war is over, into some kind of extension of Iran.”

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It is both interesting that Yuval makes this fact-free charge, and that the alleged JP journalist recording the interview does not challenge him on this.

While it is true that Russia has used an Iranian base from which to stage bombing raids in Syria last year,

Russia Sends Bombers to Syria Using Base in Iran

However, Iran has no permanent bases in Syria, and in fact, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been foaming at the mouth recently about an alleged Iranian Naval base in Syria...which does not exist.

Bibi Netanyahu furious over non-existent threat of ‘Iranian naval base’ in Syria

And BTW, if you have not seen this video, please do so. It was done by a very charming, bright Israeli videographer, who decided to travel to Iran, and determine how the Jewish people in Iran are doing; the short answer is, they're thriving.

Video: Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

Mar 31 10:45

Putin orders to draft over 140,000 men into army this spring

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday to draft 142,000 Russian men into the Armed Forces in spring 2017.
The decree, posted on the official portal of legal information, enters into force on the day of its publication.
In October-December 2016, in line with the president’s decree 152,000 Russians aged 18 to 27 were drafted into the army. Last spring, 155,000 Russian men were called up for army duty. In autumn 2015, 147,100 Russians were conscripted.

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This would not be so worrying, in and of itself, because Russia does conscript; however, when it is combined with the following article, again from tass.com, the conclusions are worrisome in the extreme:

Putin beefs up number of troops in military to nearly 2 million

The US and NATO have been pouring troops and weapons into Eastern Europe for quite some time now, and many of them right on the borders or Russia, in a seeming move to "hedge them in", and are doing very aggressive exercises.

With this added troop strength, it appears that Putin, always the master chess player, is hedging his bets against some kind of a NATO "false flag" to be blamed on Russia, as the basis for some kind of military attack against it.

Mar 31 10:44

US Deploys F-35s to South Korea For Joint Drills in Show of Force Against North

Officials at the US Defense Department are sending F-35Bs, the country’s newest strike fighter, to participate in this year’s joint military drills with South Korea. The annual exercises are taking place as tensions with North Korea continue to rise.

On Monday, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters,"This is the first time we have operated the F-35B in the Republic of Korea."

Mar 31 10:35

US Should Use ‘Military Means’ Against Iran: Votel

The United States should consider using “military means” against Iran, US Army General Joseph Votel says, calling Tehran “the greatest long-term threat to stability” in the Middle East.

Votel, who heads the US Central Command (CENTCOM), made the hostile remarks while speaking before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

Mar 31 10:35

The Pearl Harbor Salvage Effort: Keeping Navy Fighting

“The scene to the newcomer was foreboding indeed. There was a general feeling of depression throughout the Pearl Harbor area when it was seen and firmly believed that none of the ships sunk would ever fight again.” This was a haunting sentiment from Captain Homer Wallin, the man who would lead the salvage effort.

The salvage effort began on December 7 when crews manned hoses to fight the fires while the attack was still under way. These firefighters were aided by boats, tugs, and even a garbage hauler. Men from the fleet’s base force brought pumps to battle the flooding. Rescue teams searched for sailors trapped in the capsized battleships Oklahoma and Utah.
The Old Battleships were refloated repaired and modernized and supported landings in Europe and the Pacific.The got their revenge at Surigao Strait, Battle of Leyte Gulf,the biggest Naval action in history.

http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/wwii/pearl-harbor-revenge-the-b...

Mar 31 09:37

Russia's hypersonic missile ratchets up arms race

Russia's planned 7,400 kilometer per hour (4,600 mile per hour) hypersonic missile is such a "quantum leap in technology," it could potentially render Western anti-aircraft defenses "obsolete," defense analyst Tim Ripley told DW.

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To judge from this video, it looks like Russia has fielded a working scramjet.

Mar 31 09:31

THE PRIVATE CONTRACTORS USING VAULT 7 TOOLS FOR US GOV: US INTEL NEEDS A GROUND-UP REBUILD PART 1

He has been cited and republished by various academic blogs including Defending History, Michael Hudson, SWEDHR, Counterpunch, the Justice Integrity Project, among others.

The Vault 7 exposé by WikiLeaks neglected to mention the most important part of the disclosure. Sure, the CIA has all these tools available. Yes, they are used on the public. The important part is; it’s not the CIA that’s using them. That’s the part that needs to frighten you.

The CIA, by the definition of its mission, cannot use the tools in Vault 7, and definitely not on Americans. All the tools are unclassified, open-source, and can be used by anyone. It makes them not exactly usable for secret agent work. That’s what makes it impossible for them to use Vault 7 tools directly. Because of the possible exposure for the agency, use of the tools was farmed out.

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To the attackers constantly hacking Mike's site, because he will not stand for a government agenda which is not in the interests of We the People; he will always outsmart you, and figure out what you are doing differently to have caused his site to crash, and fix it.

And ultimately, because you are not on the right side of history, you will fail.

Mar 31 09:12

NATO seeking to hire Russian-speaking actors for alliance’s MILITARY DRILLS in Bavaria

The casting call was posted by German recruitment agency Optronic HR GmbH, which specialises in enlisting extras for military exercises conducted by NATO and the US military.

It wants actors to represent Russian-speaking ‘Civilians on the Battlefield’, such as farmers or shopkeepers, in unspecified conflict regions.

The actors are needed for the upcoming exercises starting on April 28 at a US training base in Bavaria, southern Germany.

Mar 31 07:52

Pentagon No Longer Will Say How Many Troops Are in Iraq, Syria

(*The Trump/Tillerson Pentagon has determined we're better off not knowing , and keep an eye on Spicer's press conferences for when , and if the unallegiant press corp starts grilling him for those numbers . Using your own investigative skills , should not only apply to members of the press)

Mar 31 07:22

Trump Relaxes Combat Rules for US Troops in Somalia

At the request of African command leaders , President Trump has relaxed combat rules for US troops and operations inside Somalia today , giving the generals more leway in how they conduct their offenses , and removing several restrictions in place to prevent civilian deaths, in US attacks

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Mar 30 12:36

More French military hardware arrive in Estonia

A new batch of French military hardware and vehicles has arrived in Estonia as part of a massive military buildup by NATO in Eastern Europe to deter “Russian aggression.”

Mar 30 11:16

CENTCOM Chief Insists ‘Vital’ US Interests at Stake in Yemen War

Defense Secretary James Mattis has been reported recently to be pushing for deeper direct US military involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, and it seems he’s getting backing from top Pentagon brass as well, with the Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel today arguing that the US has “vital interests” in participating in the war.

Officials are falsely presenting the US as basically uninvolved to this point, despite US in-air refueling operations and naval participation in the blockade of ships to Yemen. Votel also focused heavily on the idea of Iran being involved in the war, despite no real evidence that is the case.

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Again, the US government and its military are lying about the reasons for the US to expand its role in Yemen with "troops on the ground".

And Sec-Def Mattis, and General Votel a word, please.

The Saudis are killing and maiming Yemeni children in their bombing runs.

Images: children maimed for life and killed by Saudi bombing raids

The Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports, in which the US NAVY is participating is causing death by malnutrition for Yemeni children;

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition, due to Saudi port blockades

And finally, we have recently learned at WRH, the Saudi military is using depleted uranium weapons, most probably purchased from the US and/or the UK, against the Yemeni people.

Video showing that the Saudi troops in Yemen are using depleted uranium weapons.

This is having precisely the same effect on Yemeni children as did the bombing of Fallujah in Iraq: massive spikes in deformities, cancers, and still births are being reported in what hospitals have not been bombed to the ground in Yemen.

Images: severe deformities with Yemeni children whose parents were exposed to depleted uranium weapons (Warning: very graphic)

I will tell you right now, poisoning a child in the womb with depleted uranium weapons, is one of the most hideously cruel and insanely barbaric examples of outright, despicable child abuse I can imagine; and yet, obviously, the House of Saud; the Saudi Military, and the US military are perfectly comfortable doing this in Yemen.

I can understand the geopolitical potential for US/Saudi power projection by conquering Yemen; but gentlemen, please, at what moral cost to the soul of this nation will such a "victory" come, to the point where the US government is willingly "doubling down" in expanding on Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen?!?

And for those you expect to fight, die, and get maimed for life (possibly from the US's use of DU in Yemen), I think they, and we, the American people, need one hell of an honest, completely factual explanation from you both as to whose “vital interests” are at stake here. Because from where I sit, it is NOT the "vital interests" of We the People, to be escalating the US military's involvement in this war, particularly when almost every expert on the issue has stated that the resolution to this issue has to be political, rather than military.

Sec-Def Mattis, and General Votel: I am waiting for your answers!!

Mar 30 10:29

Turkey Rebrands Syria Operation, No Troop Changes

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yilidrim made a surprise announcement today, declaring that Operation Euphrates Shield, the name for the Turkish military’s invasion of Syria, which began in August of last year, has come to an end. Unsurprisingly, it’s not actually true.

This may, however, hint at a change in strategy for the Turkish military forces in the country, as they’ve seized all the readily accessible ISIS territory and seem to be shifting toward more fights against Kurdish forces further to the east. In all likelihood this will mean an escalation of the operation, with the Kurdish forces heavily backed by the US.

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As the US and Kurdish forces work to wrest bits of Syria and Iraq away from those countries to create a "Greater Kurdistan", things could get... very awkward for Turkey, a NATO member, very quickly.

Mar 30 10:25

US Wars Escalate Across Middle East, With No End in Sight

Hardly a week goes by lately without the US sending more ground troops to Syria. At the same time, more troops are headed to Iraq, amid record numbers of US airstrikes and soaring civilian deaths that go along with them. Officials are also pushing heavily for the Trump Administration to sign off on an escalation in direct US involvement in Yemen.

President Trump’s promise to “fight to win” is seen as driving a lot of these escalations, or at the very least giving top military officials reason to think they can push military escalations as a matter of course across the Middle East and Northern Africa, and the signs are that this escalation is far from completed.

This has led to more troops, more strikes, less restrictions, and basically more of everything, though some former officials are cautioning that the one thing that seems not to be coming with it is an escalation of planning for what to do after the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; unless there is a unified and coherent US military strategy for these troop escalations, just throwing more troops at the situations in these countries will not help.

Mar 30 10:21

US Generals Warn of More Civilian Casualties to Come in Mosul Invasion

The Pentagon is rather quickly transitioning its narrative on the large number of civilians US airstrikes have killed in Mosul this month, with blanket denials giving way to concessions that it was probable the US was responsible for the killings and now to outright defiance about that fact.

Official comments from top generals, including Gen. Joseph Votel, appear to have moved totally beyond the question of the large number already killed, and are focusing their comments today on the many civilians the US will kill in the days to come, with Votel insisting the US “will try” to avoid endangering civilians with airstrikes, but that it is becoming “more and more difficult” during fighting in densely populated Mosul.

Officials are saying that the soaring death toll was “to be expected” as fighting advanced into the Old City, and no longer appear to be focused on denying any of the killings so much as insisting that killing civilians was a natural consequence of bombing the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: as long as the US military objectives in Mosul are achieved, the Pentagon doesn't give a rat's anus as to how many civilians are killed.

Mar 30 10:03

SENATE APPROVES MONTENEGRO JOINING NATO DESPITE RAND PAUL’S OBJECTION

Despite a last-minute objection by Senator Rand Paul, who was in turn labeled an agent of Vladimir Putin by Senator John McCain, the Senate has approved Montenegro’s accession to NATO to “send a message” to Russia.
“With Russia’s resurgence and quest for renewed great power status, NATO has given notice that it will stand up for Western democracies too — and has continued to do so,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the Senate approved Montenegro’s accession to NATO.

The vote was 97-2 in favor of accession, with only Paul and Utah Senator Mike Lee voting no.

Paul previously took to the floor to object to an effort by McCain to approve Montenegro’s accession without a roll call vote, questioning the wisdom of the United States continuing to shoulder the costs of defending countries with poorly-funded militaries.

In response, McCain took to the Senate floor and accused Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's take a look at a map, shall we?!?

Map: Montenegro & Surrounding Countries

This granting of NATO membership process to Montenegro gives NATO a great "toehold" in the Adriatic Sea, and cements the process of drawing more and more Eastern European countries, which used to be in the Russian sphere of influence, into the western sphere of influence.

This also provides a greater staging area, should NATO and the US decide to attack Russia from the Western part of Eastern Europe.

Unfortunately, when Senator Mc Cain makes statements like he did, accusing Rand Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin”, because Paul objected to this, he appears to be more and more unhinged mentally, and it is a shame that there is no provisions for Senators like the 25th Amendment has, for when the President can no longer mentally, or physically, do their job.

Mar 30 09:58

Top U.S. Commander: Iran’s Heightened Threat Since Nuclear Deal May Require Military Action

YUP! Trump is a big idiot!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. needs to consider military action to disrupt Iran’s malign activities in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, which have intensified since the Islamic Republic signed a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, a top American commander warned American lawmakers.

Mar 30 05:32

US Generals: More Civilian Casualties to Come

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Mar 30 03:55

‘Wherever we went, we got bombed’

‘Wherever we went, we got bombed’: Mosul refugees slam Iraqi & US anti-ISIS offensive

related: ‘Credibility’ probe into US-led coalition airstrike in Mosul raised to formal investigation
https://www.rt.com/news/382737-mosul-airstrike-investigation-formal/

related: Hundreds of Mosul civilians killed by airstrikes were told not to flee by authorities
https://www.rt.com/news/382545-mosul-civilian-casualties-amnesty/

related: ‘Unintentional accident of war’? Pentagon says it ‘probably’ played role in 200+ Mosul deaths
https://www.rt.com/news/382635-us-probably-killed-mosul-civilians/

READ MORE: 'US airstrikes that kill civilians in Mosul allow ISIS to thrive'
https://www.rt.com/op-edge/382685-airstrikes-us-mosul-isis/

Mar 29 15:26

Under Trump, U.S. airstrikes have already killed hundreds of civilians

(*If We're Going To Make America Great Again, WE Can't Be Afraid Of Getting A Little Blood On Our Hands)

Mar 29 12:16

‘Unintentional accident of war’? Pentagon says it ‘probably’ played role in 200+ Mosul deaths

The Pentagon has admitted that its air campaign in Mosul “probably had a role” in the mounting civilian death toll in Mosul, including the recent loss of dozens of lives under the rubble of a house that was allegedly booby-trapped by ISIS to maximize casualties.

Mounting evidence of an underreported civilian death toll in Mosul has recently been noted by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Both organizations have criticized the modus operandi of the US-led military campaign.

Hundreds of Mosul civilians killed by airstrikes were told not to flee by authorities – Amnesty

Entire families in Mosul are being killed by airstrikes in their own homes following repeated instructions from Iraqi authorities to stay inside, AI said this week. The NGO emphasized that the coalition forces must have known the strikes were likely to result in civilian deaths.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Civilian deaths are of no consequence, as long as the military objective is ultimately achieved by the US government.

This very much reminds me of the comments made by the Papal Legate at the siege of Montsegur, against the Cathars.

Upon being informed that women and children were also with the besieged men holding out here, the Papal Legate gave the following order: "Kill them all; God will find his own."

Mar 29 10:27

As Yemen War Enters Third Year, Pentagon Moves To Escalate Slaughter

The Pentagon has formally asked the Trump White House to lift limited restrictions imposed by the Obama administration on US military aid to the Saudi Arabian monarchy’s near genocidal war against the impoverished people of Yemen.

Mar 29 09:35

Rand Paul Drops TruthBombs on Congress About US Warmongering And Unconstitutional Wars

Rand Paul: Will we add another commitment to defend yet another foreign country? Will we send more Americans to die in undeclared wars?

Mar 29 09:04

Panic spreads in Iraq, Syria as record numbers of civilians are reported killed in U.S. strikes

A sharp rise in the number of civilians reported killed in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is spreading panic, deepening mistrust and triggering accusations that the United States and its partners may be acting without sufficient regard for lives of noncombatants.

The increase comes as local ground forces backed by air support from a U.S.-led coalition close in on the Islamic State’s two main urban bastions — Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.

Mar 29 08:53

Trump: US troops 'fighting like never before' in Iraq

President Donald Trump offered rare public remarks about Iraq Tuesday, declaring to a group of Senators gathered at the White House that the US is performing "very well" in the country, which remains besieged by violence.

It wasn't clear what fighting Trump was referring to in his remarks, which appeared unscripted. The US combat mission in Iraq ended in 2010 and American troops are now in the country primarily to advise and assist Iraqi forces.

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