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Jul 13 13:04

The Myth Of The ‘War On Terrorism’

Remember “We’re fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here”? That was the justification for the worldwide war on terrorism the Bush administration trumpeted in the early days of the post-9/11 era.

Jul 13 12:49

It’s Official: Robots Are Now Injuring And Killing Humans

By Nicholas West

Even as robotics experts, universities and tech luminaries sound the alarm about the potential for a future filled with killer robots, this technology evidently already has arrived … minus the stringent ethics.

There can be no debate about the use of killer robots in the military. We are in the middle of an admitted global drone arms race in which there are mass civilian casualties occurring under a specious U.S. legal framework that has thus far not even excluded its own citizens from being targeted for assassination. There is also a host of ground- and sea-based systems that are equally lethal and continue to be tested in massive joint military exercises.

Then there is the artificial intelligence contained in autonomous vehicles and security robots...

Jul 13 12:11

China calls on US to cease THAAD deployment in South Korea

China has reaffirmed its strong opposition to the US deployment of an advanced missile system in neighboring South Korea, warning that Beijing would take necessary steps to protect its interests.

Jul 13 11:14

Thousands of S. Koreans protest US missile defense system as Seoul announces location

South Korea’s military has announced the location of its THAAD anti-missile defense system, intended to deter threats from North Korea. The plan, which greatly angered regional powers, has led thousands of Koreans on to the streets in protest.
Seoul and Washington say the system is intended to both counter threats in the region and defend US troops stationed there. It forms the core element of the America’s multilayered defense program. But the local residents fear it will lead to deteriorating health and will negatively impact the agricultural economy. The system’s high-powered radar has been linked to infertility and cancer, according to local rumors, which the government dismissed as “baseless.”

Jul 13 10:32

U.S. Endorses Expansion of Military Force Used By U.N. Peacekeepers in Combat Zones

By Brandon Turbeville

In yet another step towards the establishment of a world military force that seeks peace through the absence of dissent, the United States announced its support in May for a set of principles that will allow the United Nations’ peacekeeping troops and UN police to use force in order to “protect civilians” in combat zones and areas of armed conflict.

U.S. Ambassador the U.N. and notorious warmonger against Libya and Syria, Samantha Power stated that the Kigali Principles would “make peacekeeping missions more effective, improve security and save lives.”...

Jul 13 10:01

Beijing Vows To ‘Take All Necessary Measures’ To Protect Sovereignty In South China Sea

China vowed to take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty over the South China Sea and said it had the right to set up an air defense zone, after rejecting an international tribunal’s ruling denying its claims to the energy-rich waters.

Chinese state media called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague a “puppet” of external forces after it ruled that China had breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights by endangering its ships and fishing and oil projects.

Beijing has repeatedly blamed the United States for stirring up trouble in the South China Sea, where its territorial claims overlap in parts with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

“China will take all necessary measures to protect its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests,” the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily said in a front page commentary on Wednesday.

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Folks, these statements are deadly serious, on the part of China's leadership.

I would like to politely suggest to both President Obama and the Philippine President Duterte to be prudently cautious in response to these statements. And I say this because in January of this year, the US entered into a new US-Philippine Defense Pact, dubbed the EDCA. As reported at thediplomat.com in January of this year:

The agreement paves the way for a massive increase in the American military footprint on Philippine soil, particularly across a series of much-prized bases, some of which are close to the South China Sea. Yet there is no assurance that this will significantly enhance Manila’s hands in the disputed waters. If anything, the regional maritime disputes could get even more complicated as two superpowers, China and the United States, move dangerously close to each other. The EDCA provides U.S. forces rotational, negotiated, and limited access to a number of mutually-agreed upon locations. So far, the Americans have zeroed in on at least eight prime military bases, including Subic and Clark — the site of largest American military bases during Cold War — as well as Oyster Bay in Palawan, strategically close to disputed land features and waters in the South China Sea. Instead of permanent U.S. bases, we are instead looking at the establishment of forward operating sites and cooperative security locations, where the host nation (theoretically) enjoys considerable supervision and control over the activities of visiting forces. The EDCA is particularly beneficial to the United States, because it will no longer have to pay huge sums to rent out Filipino bases à la Cold War days, not to mention that the Philippines will actually end up paying for the transportation and utility costs of visiting forces. In short, the Pentagon will enjoy low-cost and flexible access to premium locations in the Philippines. So what is the Philippines is getting in exchange? There is nothing in the EDCA that compels the United States to come to the host nation’s rescue as far as Sino-Philippine territorial disputes are concerned. The Obama administration has consistently reiterated that the agreement is not aimed at China, but instead is aimed at enhancing the two allies’ capabilities in the realm of humanitarian relief and disaster-management operations. A gray area in the alliance A cursory look at Washington’s diplomatic position reveals that throughout the past decades, various U.S. administrations refused to clarify whether the U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) will be applied in the event of a conflict over Philippine-claimed/occupied territories in the South China Sea.

Anything which even appears "militarily muscular" on the part of the Philippine or US government may well start a "hot war" with China, which may well be what the Obama Administration would like to see happen, to snap the rise in the now gold-backed yuan, and re-enforce US dollar hegemony.

However, at this time in its history, the US military does not have the troop strength, the weaponry, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive result to a conventional war against China.

Jul 13 08:53

US-Led Economic War, Not Socialism, Is Tearing Venezuela Apart

Americans have been trained by decades of Cold War propaganda to look for any confirmation that ‘socialism means poverty.’ But in the case of Venezuela and other states not governed by the free market, this cliche simply doesn’t ring true.

Jul 13 08:25

Caught On Tape: State Department Refuses To Answer Any Questions On Arming Syrian Rebels

If for some bizarre reason you still have any faith left in the U.S. government, this should take care of it.

"Thanks for the question... and we have no comment because there is an ongoing investigation.." rinse. repeat.

Jul 13 07:53

Why Hollande Spoke Up: 'NATO Doesn't Get to Decide Europe's Russia Relations'

“NATO has no role at all to be saying what Europe’s relations with Russia should be. For France, Russia is not an adversary, not a threat,” these words by French President Francois Hollande as he landed in Warsaw to attend the alliance’s summit meeting on July 8-9 bring home the undercurrents in European politics following Brexit.

Jul 13 07:52

NATO's Warsaw Summit suggests US-led military bloc is divided

The Financial Times is as pro-NATO as a newspaper possibly could be. So when it revealed on Sunday the organization is increasingly divided, it confirmed what many sharp analysts have suspected for some time - NATO is split on the ‘Russian question’.

Jul 13 07:47

The Military Is An Unholy Institution

My articles are usually rated G for general audiences. I don’t normally write articles directed toward a particular group. But since the juggernaut of military idolatry is proceeding full speed ahead through conservative Christian churches, I must address conservative Christians directly.

Jul 13 07:25

Putin on Hillary Clinton and her attempts to destabilise Russia as a Secretary of State

Jul 12 16:02

Life After Wartime

Burned all my notebooks
What good are notebooks?
They won’t help me survive
My head is burning
Feels like a furnace
That burning keeps me alive

You haven’t been to war until you’ve learned to flinch at the sound of a traffic helicopter overhead, as your body waits for the pop of machine gun fire spattered on the crowds below.

Jul 12 15:38

Westerners Forget – Or Don’t Care – That Most Victims Of Islamic Extremist Attacks Are Muslim

Recent attacks by Islamist extremists in Istanbul, Iraq, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have been staggering: over 300 dead. Westerners always complain that Muslims don’t speak out enough about atrocities that impact the West. We forget, though, that the vast majority of the victims of Islamic extremists attacks are Muslim noncombatants. Sympathy for them from the West is decidedly lacking.

Jul 12 15:05

Rikers Prison Gets $1.2mn Military Weapons Upgrade, Incl. Tasers, Kel-Tec Shotguns

New York’s Rikers Island prison has a bleak reputation for excessive use of force, inmate deaths, overcrowding and corruption. Militarization may soon be added to the mix, with weapons like the Kel-Tec shotgun being considered for elite jail captains.

Jul 12 14:53

ALL WARS ARE BANKERS' WARS!

I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations. There is ample precedent for this.

The United States fought the American Revolution primarily over King George III's Currency act, which forced the colonists to conduct their business only using printed bank notes borrowed from the Bank of England at interest.

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Jul 12 13:51

The West Is Provoking A World War: ‘Russia Is Being Pushed To Its Limits’

Many things have happened this past week, especially toward the end of the week, the new “norm” for events to “happen” just prior to the weekend. In this manner the events escape most of the public’s view. Case in point to start out with the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, and Obama committed 1,000 more American troops to a 4,000 troop increase in Poland and the Baltic States.

It was also announced that air and sea patrols will be increased in the region. The deputy national security advisor in D.C., Ben Rhodes stated that “continued aggression by Russia would provoke a response by NATO and a greater alliance presence in Eastern Europe.” Already the Western Press is escalating its actions of “demonizing” Russia, likening it to an aggressive colonizing power. This came from Associated Press, and the skew can clearly be seen:

Jul 12 11:32

SAS CHIEF IN IRAQ ANGRY AT UK RUNNING ‘LATIN AMERICAN-STYLE DEATH SQUADS’

Details have emerged of how US and UK Special Forces clashed and drifted apart over the conduct of the Iraq occupation, with one British officer complaining about the use of tactics more akin to “Latin American-style” death squads than a modern military.

The details of the Balad special forces base and its operations, which came to shape the war, are not recounted in last week’s long-awaited report by Sir John Chilcot.

However, kill or capture operations in and around Baghdad, launched from the Balad base 50 miles (80km) north of the city, were a key if little known chapter in Britain’s shadow war, the Independent reports.

Despite killing or taking as prisoner up to 3,500 insurgents, the mission against the Sunni insurgency caused deep rifts to the point where a senior commander, himself ex-SAS, demanded to know why the UK Special Forces were “helping to run Latin American-style death squads?”

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But now that British military have been banned from discussing the Chilcot report, we will never know precisely what happened here; both the US and the UK military and government need to have a moral, public conversation about this, so the atrocities from this war will never, ever be repeated.

Jul 12 09:59

Rights Group Slams US Police For Militarized Tactics

A prominent US civil rights group has criticized tactics used by US police against people who were protesting at recent killings of African Americans.

Jul 12 09:16

Not Just For Government Spying And Killing

Drones have a rather negative reputation these days and for good reason. They bring to mind government surveillance and extrajudicial killings in foreign countries. And in the civilian world they are at best a nuisance, and at worst they can be used by hobbyists to spy on their neighbors. And among the more paranoid members of our society, (though in all fairness, being paranoid doesn’t mean you’re wrong) drones bring to mind the possibility of automated killing machines taking over the human race in the near future.

Jul 12 09:08

Video: Friendly Competition: ‘Open Water’ 2016, A Russian Military Contest

Build Rafts, overcome water obstacles, get combat vehicles to destination – this is the Russian military ‘Open Waters’ 2016 games.

Jul 12 09:03

US Hypocritical In Fight On Daesh: Analyst

The United States is pursuing a hypocritical policy towards its fight against Daesh in the Middle East, says political analyst Keith Preston.

Jul 12 08:23

NEW IDF CHIEF RABBI SAYS SOLDIERS CAN RAPE ARAB WOMEN DURING WARTIME TO BOOST MORALE

Outgoing chief rabbi, Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz, of the Israeili Defense Forces, who is stepping down after six years in the position is being replaced. And, his successor, Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim’s appointment is being met with backlash — as he is outspoken for allowing soldiers to rape women during wartime. Karim, who was announced on Monday as the intended new IDF chief rabbi, has provoked controversy with previous misogynistic statements, such as opposing female conscription and implying that rape was permissible in times of war.

Jul 12 07:38

US Marines begin arriving in Darwin in fourth rotation as part of US 'pivot' to the Asia-Pacific

About 1,150 US Marines have begun arriving in Darwin as part of the United States military's broader long-term "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific region.

The influx comes amid concern the growing US military presence could cause tensions with China.

Jul 12 06:59

THE ARMY IS TESTING GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SPIDER SILK FOR BODY ARMOR

Inserting spider DNA into silkworms yields a tough fabric that’s far more flexible than Kevlar. Spider silk is one of nature’s toughest substances, similar in strength to the Kevlar plastic found in bulletproof vests but much more flexible. Kraig Biocraft, a company out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, genetically altered silkworms to produce a fiber that’s similar to pure spider silk. Today, they announced an Army contract to test this so-called Dragon Silk for possible use in body armor.

Jul 11 18:20

U.S. To Deploy 560 More Troops To Iraq

By Brandon Turbeville

Years after Obama claimed he ended the war in Iraq, the United States is once again announcing the deployment of hundreds of U.S. military personnel to the embattled Middle Eastern country. This time, the U.S. is announcing the deployment of 560 troops to Northern Iraq for the purposes of “aiding” and “assisting” in the battle for Mosul.

After the hard-fought liberation of the Qayara airbase by the Iraqi military, which is located about 50 miles from Mosul, the Department of Defense is allegedly deploying the troops so that they can provide “logistical” and “other” support for the battle for the ISIS-controlled city. In other words, to replace ISIS proxy control over Mosul with U.S. occupation … again. That is, if the re-re-re-conquering of Mosul is actually the goal and not merely the cover by which more American troops are being inserted into Iraq strategically for a coming operation against Syria and/or Russia in Syria...

Jul 11 15:26

Blair Asked UAE For $35mn To Boost Gulf State’s ‘Reputation, Influence’

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair offered to boost the reputation and influence of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in return for $35 million, it has emerged.

Blair, whose role in the Iraq war was savaged by the long-awaited Chilcot report last week, is on friendly terms with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayad Al Nahyan.

Jul 11 14:44

Who Is General Michael Flynn?

When I first heard that Gen. Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under President Obama, was rumored to be on Donald Trump’s short list for the GOP vice presidential nomination, my ears pricked up.

Jul 11 14:01

Are Terrorists Setting U.S. Wildfires?

As WND reported in June, an expert on Islamic terrorism believes a wildfire that ravaged the outskirts of Colorado Springs, Colo., killing two people and destroying more than 500 homes, should be examined by terror investigators.

Jul 11 13:59

Newt Gingrich Pals Around With Terrorists Saddam Hussein Once Armed

Newt Gingrich, who is being vetted to be Donald Trump’s running mate and appeared with the candidate in Cincinnati on Wednesday, left the campaign trail this weekend for an unusual reason. The former Speaker of the House had to fly to Paris to appear at a gala celebration for the Mojahedin-e Khalq, or People’s Mujahedin, an Iranian exile group that wants Washington’s backing for regime change in Iran.

In his remarks, Gingrich heaped praise on the MEK’s efforts, and congratulated them on the presence of another dignitary, Prince Turki al-Faisal, a senior member of the Saudi royal family and a former head of that nation’s intelligence service.

Jul 11 12:00

The Chilcot Report Fails To Speak Plain Truth: Bush Lied, So Did Blair

The newly released Chilcot Report on Iraq is British understatement, to a fault. In fact, it is understated so far as to miss the plain truth of the matter. Saying only that extremely questionable intelligence “was not challenged [by the Bush and Blair regimes] and it should have been” is failing to say plainly what the evidence so clearly shows: George W. Bush lied; so did Tony Blair.

Jul 11 11:33

Gorbachev: 'The Next War Will Be the Last'

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev declared in an interview with radio station Echo Moskvy that if the crisis escalates to another war, this war will be the last.

This picture shows the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, on July 7, 2016, the venue of the upcoming NATO summit
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NATO Not to Cooperate With Moscow in Usual Format Until Minsk Obligations Fulfilled - Obama
NATO leaders agreed on Friday to deploy military forces to the Baltic states and eastern Poland while increasing air and sea patrols to demonstrate readiness to defend eastern members against the alleged ‘Russian aggression.'
Mikhail Gorbachev reportedly said after the summit that the decisions made at NATO summit in Warsaw should be regarded as a preparation for a hot war with Russia.

On Saturday, Gorbachev told Echo Moskvy in an interview that he sticks to what he had said earlier and that he considers NATO decisions short-sighted and dangerous.

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This man is not only an adept student of history; during his time as President of the Soviet Union, he was also a very powerful creator of history as well.

And remember; if President Obama declares martial law as a result of these riots in the US, if they escalate, he may stay in office during a "transitional period", and this will give him both time, and carte blanche to work with NATO in declaring war against Russia, with both no Congressional or popular support on launching such a war.

And if Russia gives Obama no military cause to create war, NATO and the west will just create a false flag incident to be blamed on Russia to start the war.

Unfortunately, just because a move would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the American government can do is absolutely no guarantee that it will not be done.

And a war against Russia would be one of the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could possibly, in either the long or short term.

The US military doesn't have the troops strength, the weaponry, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against either Russia and/or China, and if they don't understand this, we are all headed for a great amount of hurt.

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Jul 11 10:59

Brexit: Could a Messy Divorce Damage NATO?

But as the ramifications of the UK’s exit from the EU and the myriad potential problems, pitfalls, and divisions that this process could trigger – or once again force to the surface – begin to become clear, the question can be asked: how will this affect the relationship of NATO allies and the cohesion and stability of the Alliance? If the UK’s divorce from the EU becomes a messy and painful affair it will strain relations between the two and could spill over into the NATO realm. NATO’s integrity being vulnerable may sound far-fetched, but not long ago so too did the UK leaving the EU.

Jul 11 09:44

Paul Craig Roberts — Vladimir Putin Is The Only Leader The West Has

A Reuters news report under the names of presstitutes Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold shows how devoid the West is of honest, intelligent and responsible journalists and government officials. First we will examine the dishonesty or incompetence of the reporters and then that of Western government officials.

Emmott and Siebold describe NATO as a “Western defense alliance.” Since the Clinton regime NATO has been an alliance for waging offensive war, a war crime under the Nuremberg rules established by the United States. Under the NATO banner a number of countries have been bombed, invaded, and had their governments overthrown by Washington acting under the cover of NATO.

These destroyed countries posed no threat whatsoever to the countries of the NATO alliance and undertook no aggressive actions against NATO members. How is it possible that Reuters’ reporters and editors are not aware of this? Why do they call an instrument of Washington’s aggression a “defense alliance”?

Jul 11 08:58

NATO Disorients Raison D’etre: All Not Quiet on Eastern Front

Instead of joining forces in the War on Terror in Syria, the War Party in Washington continues to provoke Russia by shifting NATO’s focus to increasing military buildups in Eastern Europe.

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Jul 11 08:37

To Prosecute Blair for War You Do Not Need the ICC

To prosecute Tony Blair or George W. Bush or others responsible for the criminal attack on Iraq, or other top officials for other recent wars, does not require the International Criminal Court (ICC).

It is commonplace to insist that the ICC cannot handle the supreme crime of aggression, although it might at some point in the future. The United States is also believed to be immune from prosecution as a non-ICC member.

But this focus on the ICC is a sign of weakness in a global movement for justice that has other tools readily available. When the losers of World War II were prosecuted, there was no ICC. The ICC's existence does not impede anything that was done in Nuremberg or Tokyo, where the crime of making war was prosecuted by the victors of World War II under the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

Nor does the existence of the UN Charter throw up any obstacles. The invasion of Iraq (and every other recent Western war) was just as illegal under the UN Charter as under Kellogg-Briand.

Jul 11 08:17

SEND OUR WAR CRIMINALS TO THE HAGUE COURT

This week’s Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.

Such government reports and commissions, as was wittily noted in the delightful program ‘Yes, Prime Minister,’ are designed to obscure rather than reveal the truth and bury awkward facts in mountains of paper.

And beneath mountains of lies. The biggest lie on both sides of the Atlantic was that the invasion and destruction of Iraq was the result of ‘faulty intelligence.’ The Bush and Blair camps and the US and British media keep pushing this absurd line.

Jul 11 07:49

U.S. MISSILE BROUGHT DOWN RUSSIAN HELICOPTER IN SYRIA: REPORT

Two Russian airmen killed in Syria on Friday were shot down with American weaponry, the Interfax news agency said Sunday, quoting a Russian military source. It said insurgents from the Islamic State group hit the airmen’s Mi-25 assault helicopter with a U.S.-made TOW heavy anti-tank missile, a weapon that uses guidance from a ground station. The high-tech system is in service with the U.S. military.

Jul 11 07:45

What Is NATO — Really?

When NATO was founded, that was done in the broader context of the U.S. Marshall Plan, and the entire U.S. operation to unify the developed Atlantic countries of North America and Europe, for a coming Cold War allegedly against communism, but actually against Russia — the core country not only in the U.S.S.R. but also in Eastern Europe (the areas that Stalin’s forces had captured from Hitler’s forces).

Jul 11 07:09

Hillary Emails, Gold Dinars and Arab Springs

Buried amid tens of thousands of pages of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s secret emails, now being made public by the US Government, is a devastating email exchange between Clinton and her confidential adviser, Sid Blumenthal. It’s about Qaddafi and the US-coordinated intervention in 2011 to topple the Libyan ruler. It’s about gold and a potentially existential threat to the future of the US dollar as world reserve currency. It’s about Qaddafi’s plans then for the gold-based Dinar for Africa and the Arab oil world.

Jul 11 07:09

“The Doomsday Forum”: Senior Military, Nuclear Weapons Officials Convene… America’s “$1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Plan”. Take out Russia, Iran and North Korea?

On June 21, 250 top military brass, military planners, corporate military-industrial ”defense” contractors, top officials and scientists from the nuclear weapons laboratories as well as prominent academics gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico to discuss, debate and promote the Pentagon’s One Trillion Dollar Nuclear Weapons program.

Russia is allegedly “threatening the Western World”. The objective is to develop the pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons (i.e. nuclear war as a means of self-defense).

The event organized by “The Strategic Deterrent Coalition” (a non profit organization) was funded by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Orbital ATK, BAE Systems among other generous donors.

Jul 11 07:07

NATO Marches Toward Destruction

As the West’s elites growl about “Russian aggression” – as they once did about Iraq’s WMD – NATO leaders meet in Poland to plan a costly and dangerous new Cold War, while shunning the few voices of dissent, John V. Walsh warns.

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Jul 11 06:43

Military chiefs gagged over Chilcot

Downing Street gagged military chiefs from responding to the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry and prevented them from issuing their own views to soldiers, sailors and airmen, it has been disclosed.

Interviews with chiefs were forbidden, while Downing Street gave them “agreed top lines” to pass down to troops according to communications orders seen by the Telegraph.

Jul 10 21:35

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

UK’s investigation into Iraq invasion is ‘example of what we could do with political courage’, says codirector of Iraq Veterans against the War.

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

The UK’s Chilcot inquiry was released on Wednesday, and while it is no secret in the US that the invasion was a failure, nothing so damning as the 2.6m-word British inquiry has been released by an independent US government body.

Jul 10 14:03

Iraq War Was Illegal: John Prescott

Tony Blair’s deputy prime minister John Prescott says that the UK broke international law when it joined the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Prescott’s remarks came a few days after the publication of a damning report on Britain’s role in the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Jul 10 12:51

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere – Justin Raimondo

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster.

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

A good decade after being announced, the Chilcot report has finally been released, and what it shows is that the phrase “Bush’s poodle” is blatantly unfair to poodles: after all, even a poodle is known to have gone off its leash every once in a while – but not Tony.

Jul 10 12:34

US Plays A 'Quiet But Lethal Role' In Lives Of Yemeni Civilians

Washington has been playing a “quiet but lethal role” in Yemen through its persisting weapons sales to the Saudi regime, including the globally-banned cluster bombs, a report says.

In an article published on Saturday, the Washington Post exposed the US support for the Al Saud royal family in its war on the ipoverished Yemeni neighbors.

Jul 10 07:57

They were confidants and political bedfellows but fell out spectacularly over the Iraq War. Now PIERS MORGAN reveals the insanity inside BLAIR'S BUNKER in his explosive diary entries

In the week that the long-awaited and shamefully overdue Chilcot Report into the war was published, severely castigating Blair, I revisited my diaries from the time.

They paint a unique insider picture of the dramatic build-up to the war, the inner workings of Tony Blair’s mind as he made the momentous decision, and all the fallout from the shocking, disastrous aftermath.

It was the worst foreign policy mistake in modern British history, and for Blair a personal disaster from which his reputation may never recover. A war which cost the lives of 179 British soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

This, in real time, is how I saw it all go down. You, the reader, can decide if this changes or reinforces your view of Blair’s War.

Jul 10 07:38

Cojones! How gung-ho George Bush goaded Tony Blair to war in Iraq with a humiliating phone call

Details of the humiliating phone call when George Bush finally crushed Tony Blair’s hopes of persuading the US President not to invade Iraq without United Nations backing have been revealed for the first time.

In the extraordinary conversation just two weeks before the 2003 conflict began, a gung-ho Bush says he is ready to ‘kick ass’ and praises Blair for having the ‘cojones’ (a Spanish word politely translated as courage) to back the US.

When a nervous Blair replies: ‘It might be my epitaph,’ Bush says: ‘Like, RIP here lies a man of courage, you mean?’ To which Blair’s prophetic response is: ‘Yeah, right.’

Jul 10 03:28

Catholic Priest Accuses Tony Blair of Opening the Gates of Hell

How stained is Tony Blair’s soul?

It’s not possible to speak about the state of another man’s soul, but it would appear that he has lied to and deceived the public. He seems to be deceiving himself now. He led the country into a war which was completely unjust. In a sense we are all complicit but in this country he has the highest share of that complicity in mass murder that’s still going on. He opened the gates of hell, metaphorically speaking, with the chaos that’s come out of the invasion of Iraq. What he’s done has caused massive evil and suffering. Morally he’s in very serious trouble.

Jul 09 20:35

“CrossTalk” Aggressive NATO

Now NATO has focused on what is described as “Russian aggression.” Does NATO create its own security risks?

Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has been trying to find its new role. Its operations in Afghanistan and Libya were disasters.

Jul 09 20:33

Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence

U.S. intelligence veterans are calling on German Chancellor Merkel to bring a needed dose of realism and restraint to the upcoming NATO conference, which risks escalating the dangerous new Cold War with Russia.

MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

We longtime U.S. intelligence officers again wish to convey our concerns and cautions directly to you prior to a critically important NATO summit – the meeting that begins on July 8 in Warsaw. We were gratified to learn that our referenced memorandum reached you and your advisers before the NATO summit in Wales, and that others too learned of our initiative via the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which published a full report on our memorandum on Sept. 4, the day that summit began.

Jul 09 20:29

NATO Marches Toward Destruction

The Brexit is just one rumbling of such discontent.

As the West’s elites growl about “Russian aggression” – as they once did about Iraq’s WMD – NATO leaders meet in Poland to plan a costly and dangerous new Cold War, while shunning the few voices of dissent.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s cry of distress is that of a man watching a tidal wave of destruction gathering force, similar to ones that have engulfed his country twice in the Twentieth Century.

Jul 09 11:23

Call for a Washington Demonstration to Stop the Drive to World-War III

This is a call for demonstrations in Washington to stop the drive to World War III.

In its pursuit of planet-wide dominance, the U.S. government has over the past 15 years waged wars which have moved our planet step-by-step to the precipice of a nuclear war which can destroy our planet. It has initiated illegal wars of aggression which continue in various forms to this day in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, while covertly financing and arming Jihadists in Syria and other countries.

Meanwhile, U.S. government-led Nato forces have for some time sought military encirclement of Russia, with U.S. and Nato forces now moving up to its very borders on the false pretext of imaginary ‘Russian aggression, while new military bases and movement of high tech military equipment, new military bases, and engagements in the South China sea threaten to trigger war with China.

Jul 09 08:39

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY. There was no mistake. George Bush lied us into a war of conquest!

meanwhile read the comments in the above article!

Jul 09 08:14

NATO to deploy up to 4,000 troops to boost eastern flank against Russia

NATO leaders have agreed to deploy thousands of troops in Poland and the Baltic states in a bid to strengthen the 28-nation alliance’s eastern borders in Europe against Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Attention people of Europe. The US and NATO are going to start a war in which your children will be killed and crippled, in which the front lines will be your front lawns. This is not theoretical! They are really going to do it because they have wrecked the world and blowing it all up is the only way they can think of to hide their guilt!

Jul 09 08:13

NATO missile defense goes live in Europe, isolating Russia not the goal – Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance’s ballistic missile defense system in Europe is now operational. The system includes warships, long-range missile defense interceptors and radars placed across the territory controlled by the allied forces.

“Today we have decided to declare initial operational capability of the NATO ballistic missile defense system. This means that the US ships based in Spain, the radar in Turkey and the interceptor site in Romania are now able to work together under NATO command and NATO control," he explained.

Stoltenberg added that the shield is “entirely defensive" and "represents no threat to Russia's strategic nuclear deterrent.”

Jul 09 07:43

The US too needs a report

As the UK parliament released its long-awaited Chilcot report on the country’s role in the Iraq war, there have been renewed calls all over Britain to try former prime minister Tony Blair for war crimes. This brings up another question: what about George W Bush?

Jul 09 07:42

Whitewash Won’t Cover Blair’s Guilt

This week’s Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.

Jul 08 16:39

Iraq verdict: Trouble if heads don't roll

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

Jul 08 15:41

John Walsh: NATO Marches Toward Destruction

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s cry of distress is that of a man watching a tidal wave of destruction gathering force, similar to ones that have engulfed his country twice in the Twentieth Century.

Jul 08 15:26

A Third Navy Seal Trainee Just Died in Six Months, Death Ruled a “Drowning Homicide”

Twenty-one-year-old Navy SEAL trainee James Lovelace (above) died on May 6th after he was repeatedly dunked in a pool during a training exercise in his first week of training at the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado...

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Jul 08 14:25

Gaza: Living And Dying With Drones

Two years ago, on July 7, 2014, the Israeli government launched a horrific 51-day air, land and sea attack on the people of Gaza. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fired missiles, rockets, artillery and tank shells relentlessly on 1.8 million Palestinians squashed by Israeli land and sea blockades into a narrow strip 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, one of the most densely populated places in the world.

Jul 08 13:23

British instructors to train 4,000 Ukrainian soldiers by March 2017 – British FM

British instructors will complete the training of 4,000 Ukrainian military personnel by March 2017, UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond told journalists on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw.
"We have a very active cooperation with Ukraine. The UK will train 4,000 Ukrainian servicemen until March 2017," Hammond said.

The minister also expressed his hope to deepen cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, adding that the UK plans to make a significant contribution to this cooperation, particularly in the field of training Ukraine’s servicemen.

He also emphasized that the process of Montenegro’s accession to NATO shows that the alliance’s door is potentially open to all countries, including Ukraine.

In March, British Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon said in a statement that the UK instructors and advisers already trained 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers, adding that there are plans to train 300 more in 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would definitely like to ask UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond, what precisely, are these troops being trained for?!?

Combat?!? Against whom, please, perhaps Russia, in what would be a disastrous attempt to take back Crimean?!?

Peace-keeping operations?!?

Participation in relief efforts?

NATO operations?

British citizens and taxpayers very much need to be asking those very pointed questions to their MPs and Lords; because I am getting this very sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that the Ukrainian military is being groomed as an adjunct force to work with NATO against Russia, even to the point of participating in a hot, shooting war against it.

Jul 08 13:02

US Sends Another 1,000 Troops To Poland As Part Of NATO Effort To Counter Russia

President Obama is in Warsaw, Poland today where NATO members are holding a summit to show the alliance will stand firm against new threats, including a “resurgent Russia.” The Warsaw meeting is being held in a district of the capital, Praga, that Poles view as a symbol of Russian betrayal of their nation.

In the meeting, Obama called on NATO to "stand firm" against Russia, terrorism and other challenges even as a key member, UK, retrenches from Europe. In an op-ed published in the Financial Times on Friday, Obama says the U.S. and European nation "must summon the political will, and make concrete commitments" to affirm European cooperation.

“This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the Cold War,” Obama wrote. “Russia’s aggression against Ukraine threatens our vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.” The US president added that “NATO will once again send a very clear message that we are here.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry: it is NATO and the US who are doing the aggression here.

Someone in the US Congress better darned well get ready to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, stating that if a President is unable, mentally or physically, to stay in office, needs to be replaced by the Vice-President.

Obama definitely qualifies right now, because he cannot possibly be in his right mind, and is unfit to lead the country.

It is obvious, in making this statement, that President Obama has utterly lost his reality license.

Jul 08 12:22

Chilcot And The End Of The Anglosphere

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

Jul 08 11:52

‘They Took One Saddam, But Got Us Many More’: Young Iraqi Man Tells RT He Wants Justice For Blair

Blair’s apology for the Iraq invasion is not going to bring the “destroyed” country and dead people back, a disabled Iraqi man, who lost his whole family, told RT. He demands justice for those whose actions only created “many more Saddams”.

Jul 08 11:49

20 Veterans Committed Suicide Every Day In 2014 – Study

An average of 20 American veterans committed suicide daily in 2014, the US Department of Veterans Affairs revealed in its “most comprehensive” study of vet suicide rates yet.

Jul 08 11:23

Putin LOSES IT, Warns Journalists of War: 'I Don't Know How to Get Through to You People' (Video)

Putin railed against the journalists for their "tall tales" in blindly repeating lies and misinformation provided to them by the United States on its anti-ballistic missile systems being constructed in Eastern Europe. He pointed out that since the Iran nuclear deal, the claim the system is to protect against Iranian missiles has been exposed as a lie.

The journalists were informed that within a few years, Russia predicted the US would be able to extend the range of the system to 1000 km. At that point, Russia's nuclear potential, and thus the nuclear balance between the US and Russia, would be placed in jeopardy.

Putin completely lost patience with the journalists, berating them for lazily helping to accelerate a nuclear confrontation by repeating US propaganda. He virtually pleaded with the western media, for the sake of the world, to change their line:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Russian President Putin: the independent media (like this website) fully understand the danger of a potential war between Russia and the US and do not want to see that happen.

That is why, to the best of our abilities, we are working to get the truth out there.

I don't know if there is a "mirror" to this site in Russian, but certainly wish right now there were, even though I understand you speak a brilliant English.

And sir, in geopolitics, I consider you the ultimate "adult in the room", working to maintain peace, trade, and good relationships with other countries.

I surely wish that other countries (like the United States) were even trying to return the favor.

For a child with a hammer, everything appears to be a nail. And with the current thinking in DC, the "hammer" is our military capabilities, and we seem to be using that to acquire other countries' natural resources, to which we have absolutely no moral right or claim.

Please understand; no moral, or thinking, American wants a war with Russia; we want cooperation, scientific research, trade, and good relations.

Jul 08 10:24

Ron Paul And Jacob Hornberger On NATO’s Warsaw War Plans

The big NATO 2016 Summit begins in Warsaw today. On the agenda is approving a NATO force of up to 4,000 troops to be stationed on Russia’s borders in the Baltic. It will be the first regular troop deployment aimed at Moscow since the fall of the Berlin Wall more than a quarter-century ago.

Jul 08 10:08

Marine To Use Clinton’s Non-Indictment As Defense In Classified Information Case

A Marine Corps officer who is facing discharge for the mishandling of sensitive information is demanding the same treatment that Hillary Clinton received when the FBI chose not to indict her over her storage of classified emails.

Jul 08 09:31

As US-Controlled NATO Plots

What we shouldn’t do now is inflame the situation further through saber-rattling and warmongering…

Whoever believes that a symbolic tank parade on the alliance’s eastern border will bring security is mistaken. ..

We are well-advised to not create pretexts to renew an old confrontation…
(It would be) fatal to search only for military solutions and a policy of deterrence.

Jul 08 08:54

Paul Craig Roberts: Are You Planning Your Retirement? Forget About It. You Won’t Survive To Experience It.

The Israeli agents who comprise the Neoconservatives, a collection of war criminals that control US foreign policy, have already handed you your death certificate. The neoconservatives have far more power than they have intelligence or humanity.

At the recent St. Petersburg International Economic Conference, President Putin excoriated Western Journalists for endlessly repeating Washington’s lies that are driving the world to nuclear war. He asked Washington’s bought-and-paid-for-whores, the scum who comprise the Western news media: “How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction toward nuclear war?”

Jul 08 08:31

US Marines Can't Figure Out Why Their Planes Keep Crashing

As the US Marine Corps faces an unprecedented number of accidents, the military has turned to outside help to determine the cause.

Jul 08 07:19

EU propaganda against Russia

At the initiative of Zbigniew Brzezi?ski and Polish figures who have already launched an "initiative for information warfare" against Russia at the heart of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington, NATO has established a Centre for strategic communication in Latvia and the European Union should adopt a similar structure.

The idea is to centralize all media manipulation efforts thus far divided into fields of psychological warfare, propaganda etc.

The initial program was entirely directed against Russia.

Jul 08 07:17

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster

Jul 08 07:16

Why People Never Believe That War Is Coming – Until It Is Too Late

War always starts unexpectedly. Deepest dreams occur before dawn. People cannot believe that their peaceful lives are over. On June 21, 1941 the Soviet nation was more sure than ever that war wouldn’t happen. It was clear to everyone that sooner or later they would have to fight the fascist beast, but not today. Not tomorrow. German troops along our borders were just training. The main thing was not to panic and respond to provocations. Knowing the inevitable, a human heart desperately clings to the hope that the storm will pass. The enemy always takes advantage of this, attacking when least expected.

Jul 08 00:03

Israeli troops rustle 450 goats from southern Lebanon

Qassem Hashem on Wednesday, the Israeli troops snatched his goats and relocated them to the Israeli-occupied section of the Shebaa Farms.

UN peacekeepers and Lebanese troops are currently trying to retrieve the stolen livestock.

Jul 07 17:55

"Causes and Necessity of taking up Arms" 1775. Are we there yet?

"Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of taking up Arms" written July 6, 1775, was a declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America setting forth the causes and necessity of their taking up arms.
Based on this document compared with our situation in the United States today, how close are we to the situation that our forefathers had when they declared they were taking arms?

Four basic reasons given for taking arms against the King of England.
1. The Legislature must show "an inordinate passion" for unjustifiable power that is rejected by the constitution.
2. The people are not successful in legal contests against the Government in regards to truth and laws.

3. Our politicians and leaders, can't be chosen by the people (ie. no vote or fixed voting), are exempt from the laws and are not subject to the people's control.

4. The people have to have tried peaceful means of changing the government for at least ten years without results.

Jul 07 15:26

Terrorism’s Murky Message

A certain litany of comments and even vocabulary seems to be required after terrorist incidents. High-casualty attacks are “horrific,” certain methods of attack are said to be the “hallmark” of certain groups, and so forth. And with any set of incidents occurring within a short time, explanations are offered that assume a connection among the incidents, especially in terms of a presumed careful strategy being executed by a particular group.

Jul 07 15:24

Confessions Of A War Propagandist

In explaining Donald Trump and the train wreck of the Republican Party, neoconservative contempt has targeted cultural rot, immigrant haters, and according to the the National Review, prescription drug addicted hillbillies. These poor, dumb racists have latched on to a celebrity shyster who has no conservative principles and worst of all, no understanding of international affairs.

Jul 07 14:03

Blair Should Have Focused On ‘Legal’ Afghanistan, Not Iraq – Alex Salmond

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should have “abstained” from invading Iraq by “all means”, focusing instead on “justified and legal” military action in Afghanistan, Scotland’s former first minister Alex Salmond told RT.

Jul 07 13:14

Merkel Urged To Temper NATO’s Belligerence

U.S. intelligence veterans are calling on German Chancellor Merkel to bring a needed dose of realism and restraint to the upcoming NATO conference, which risks escalating the dangerous new Cold War with Russia.

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

Jul 07 12:30

Iraq Verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

First and foremost it was not so much a foreign policy disaster as a flat-out war crime for which Blair as chief perpetrator must be tried. And so must his Cabinet, who carry collective responsibility.

There will be mega-trouble if heads don’t roll.

Jul 07 11:29

VA Hospitals Will Continue to Reject Medical Marijuana

Although Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed a bill into law allowing patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program, reports indicate that the brass overseeing Veterans Affairs Hospitals throughout the state will not allow any of its physicians to discuss the herb with patients suffering from this disorder.

Last week, just days after a Cook County Judge ordered the state to include PTSD as a qualified condition under the state’s medical marijuana program, Governor Rauner swooped in and put his signature on a bill, which received overwhelming support this year in the General Assembly, expanding the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program to allow patients with PTSD and terminal illnesses to purchase cannabis from their friendly neighborhood dispensary. Rauner’s signature also guarantees the program will continue to function until at least 2020.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, indeed, a testament to just how firmly the pharmaceutical-industrial complex has their claws firmly gripping the really sensitive areas of the Federal Government's "tender regions".

It's all about the money.

What the Pharmaceutical industry should do is is invest in creating some better pot, to get a decent market share of the business, instead of preventing people desperately in need of the plant's benefits from getting it.

This move, on the part of the VA, is making itself, and Big Pharma look collectively like the nether end of a donkey.

Jul 07 11:16

ACLU says US deporting 'untold number' of military veterans

Countless foreign-born US veterans were deported after the federal government failed to assist in their naturalisation process, a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union said.

According to the report, many of the soldiers, whose service dated back to the Vietnam War, were deported after facing charges for minor misdemeanors – which can be deportable offences – and courts were not allowed to consider military service.

“By requiring deportation and stripping immigration courts of the power to consider military service, the United States government abandons these veterans by expelling them to foreign countries at the moment when they most need the government’s help to rehabilitate their lives after service,” Bardis Vakili, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU of California, said in a press release. “This is a tragic and disgraceful example of how broken our immigration system is.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, I can absolutely get on board with.

I hate wars; but our Veterans, no matter where they came from, who have fought in service to the US government deserve the process of naturalisation, and for it to go swiftly and smoothly, particularly those who have volunteered.

Jul 07 11:00

The Military-Industrial Complex Of Pakistan

Before the signing of the Iran nuclear deal last year, BBC’s defense correspondent, Mark Urban, published a report [1] that Pakistan’s military has made a clandestine deal with Saudi Arabia that in the event of Iran developing a nuclear weapon, Pakistan would provide ready-made nuclear warheads along with delivery systems to Saudi Arabia.

Jul 07 10:44

‘Desperate Revenge’: Drone Captures Aftermath Of Deadly Baghdad Bombing

Footage from a drone details the aftermath of a double bombing which killed at least 215 people in Baghdad, Iraq.

Jul 07 10:30

After Brexit, US Hopes to Get NATO Focus Back on Russia

A major NATO summit is set to begin later this week in Warsaw, and while the plan was to spend the whole time harping on about “Russian aggression” and making more plans to add more ground troops to the Baltic states.

Then the Brexit happened, and as with everyone else, that’s all a lot of summit goers want to talk about these days. Britain’s referendum was on leaving the EU, and not NATO, but that doesn’t mean a lot of officials aren’t predicting the move weakening the alliance, at least so far as joint NATO-EU operations go.

But with constant predictions from US officials of an imminent Russian invasion of Eastern Europe never panning out, the Obama Administration and other hawks on the Russia issue are looking to shift the focus of the summit back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, please, but has NATO Secretary-General Stollenberg lost his reality licence?!?

What possible evidence does he have of a potential Russian invasion of Eastern Europe?!? What are the facts here?!?

I frankly think that the people of the countries supporting NATO with their tax dollars deserve a detailed explanation of Stollenberg's stance here, and what evidence he can point to to justify his thinking.

Because right now, he has a very skeptical US and Europe looking at this statement, and wondering if the man has, in fact, lost his mind, to be saying this.

Jul 07 10:23

2016GOP foreign policy elites flock to Clinton

Two weeks before he hopes to consolidate his party at the Republican convention in Cleveland, Donald Trump is driving Republican foreign policy elites into the arms of Hillary Clinton, as several more Reagan and Bush administration veterans say they not only oppose Trump but will likely vote for Clinton this fall.

Two former senior officials from the George W. Bush administration tell POLITICO that they will cast a ballot for Clinton over Trump. They are Stephen Krasner, a Stanford University professor who served as the State Department's director of policy planning from 2005 to 2007, and David Gordon, a senior advisor at the Eurasia Group who was Krasner’s successor in that post, which

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All this simply proves that Clinton is a US warmonger's, and "Israel Firster's" wet dream, who will wreak havoc on this country, and the world.

And the fact that someone was a Bush administration "advisor" doesn't speak well for their common sense, or judgement, looking at the horrific decisions they made, which have put this country into a state of perpetual war.

And, just for giggles and grins, how many of these people who see Clinton as this country's "savior" have huge investments in the military industrial complex?!?

Full disclosure, guys, let's see it!!

Jul 07 09:45

Legal Basis For Iraq War Was Flawed Chilcot Inquiry Finds

The legal basis for Tony Blair’s decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003 was “far from satisfactory,” according to the findings of the highly anticipated Chilcot Report.

Jul 07 08:23

Chilcot, Israel and the Lobby

It took seven years for Sir Chilcot and his team to reach a set of conclusions that every Brit capable of thought understood back in November, 2013.

The inquiry produced a damning assessment of Blair’s conduct as well as the British military. But the Chilcot Inquiry failed to expose the crucial close ties between Blair’s criminal war, the Jewish Lobby and Israel.

At the time Britain entered the criminal war against Iraq, Blair’s chief funders were Lord ‘cashpoint’ Levy and the LFI (Labour Friends of Israel). The prime advocates for the immoral interventionist war within the British press were Jewish Chronicle writers David Aaronovitch and Nick Cohen. The attorney general that gave the green light for the war was Lord Goldsmith.

Jul 07 07:55

1,400 US Mayors Just Slammed the White House for Risking Nuclear War With Russia

War games and nuclear policy perpetuated by the Obama administration are “fueling growing tensions” with Russia and putting the world at risk of a nuclear war, according to an official nonpartisan organization consisting of 1,407 mayors and other leaders of cities with 30,000 or more inhabitants.

In a unanimous decision at their 84th annual conference, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) passed a resolution condemning President Barack Obama’s decision to set the U.S. on track to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years to “maintain and modernize its nuclear bombs and warheads, production facilities, delivery systems, and command and control.”

“The Obama administration has […] reduced the US nuclear stockpile less than any post-Cold War presidency,” the resolution, passed in Indianapolis on June 27, reads.

Jul 07 07:39

DISTURBANCES - MONTENEGRO AT THE BOILING POINT: People do not want to join NATO - a criminal organization!

Majority mood of citizens against joining the North Atlantic military alliance, our duty is to enable citizens to express their opinion, stated the Montenegrin opposition.

Jul 07 07:37

Winning the Diplomatic War: Russia calls Normandy Four meeting to stop Kiev offensive

I believe that the purpose of this meeting was preventing an outbreak of war. The Ukrainian army will begin an offensive when such will be profitable for Kiev and Washington, and no official statements by Russian or European diplomats will stop it.

Jul 07 07:37

THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE BREEDLOVE HACKING

The Intercept published an article which reveals the e-mails of the former commander of NATO forces in Europe in which he discussed strategic issues with influential US politicians. The now retired general allegedly planned to by any means get around the reluctance of Obama to heighten military tensions with Russia over the war in Ukraine. Based on the published materials, it is clear that Breedlove discussed pressuring Obama on the issue of Ukraine with Victoria Nuland, Colin Paul, Wesley Clark, as well as with some analysts, including Harlan Ullman (a Senior Adviser at the Atlantic Council), Natalie Crawford (a senior fellow and Distinguished Chair in Air and Space Policy at the RAND Corporation), and Dr. Phillip A. Karber (President of the Potomac Foundation). Thus the revealed network of warmongers comprises US military circles, neocons, the Atlantic Council, the RAND corporation and The Potomac Foundation. The latter is the enterprise of Dr. Phillip A.

Jul 07 07:25

Where’s the US Chilcot Report? Blame Obama, Hillary, Biden and Kerry

Nothing exposes the fraud of so-called “peace candidate” Barack Obama more than his handling of the illegal government propaganda campaign and eventual war on Iraq. As the UK reads and debates the Chilcot report investigating the Blair government’s role in lying that country into the war, there is no notice in the US that Obama announced before taking office in late 2008 there would be no similar investigation in the US.

It was of course George Bush and his neocons from the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) gang that seized on the September 11, 2001 attacks to manipulate events into an opportunity to wage offensive war on Iraq. And it was the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, led by Clinton, Kerry, Biden et. al., who provided the votes a year after 9/11 that green-lighted the war.

Jul 06 16:01

Corbyn Says Tony Blair 'Misled' MPs Over Iraq Invasion

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused former prime minister Tony Blair of misleading MPs over the rationale for the invasion of Iraq.

Jul 06 15:48

Putin isn't crazy! Hillary is!

I don't know if or when Putin will release those emails. How ever if I were him I would think this,"How do you blackmail an insane person drunk with power." You can't! Hillary is a loose cannon. She has gotten away with this email thing for now. Releasing more emails after she becomes president wont stop this looney. Putin I don't think can take that chance.

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Jul 06 12:45

US, Georgia ink defense cooperation agreement

The United States and Georgia have inked an agreement to boost security and defense cooperation between the two countries.

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Don't these nations signing military deals with the US or joining NATO understand they are opening the door to a new world war fought on their front lawns?!?

Jul 06 11:52

IRAQ TO STOP USING FAKE BOMB DETECTORS IN WAKE OF BAGHDAD ATTACK

In the wake of the deadliest terrorist attack in Iraq since 2003, Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi has instructed all the country’s security forces – the federal and local police and the army — to stop using fake bomb detectors at the hundreds of security checkpoints across the country. The Independent reports that al-Abadi also ordered an investigation at the Ministry of the Interior into “corrupt deals” to buy the fake bomb detectors, known as ADE 651.

Jul 06 11:51

WHY THE WAR ON DRUGS IS A HUGE FAILURE

The countless billions of dollars poured into the War on Drugs has resulted in mass incarceration, corruption, political destabilization, violence, the rise of drug cartels, and systemic human rights abuses around the world. The one thing the War on Drugs hasn't done is stopped people from using drugs. The animated video series, Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, explains why the problems associated with drug use are caused by the war against them.

Jul 06 10:04

Everyone Knew that Iraq Didn’t Have WMDs (And Chilcot Report Is a Whitewash)

We in the alternative media reported over and over and over and over and over and over that all of the insiders knew that Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Today’s Chilcot Report doesn’t add anything new.

Craig Murray – former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector (i.e. president) of the University of Dundee – explains why:

Do not expect a full truth and a full accounting from the Chilcot panel of establishment trusties today. Remember who they are.

Jul 06 08:44

Blair Committed Supreme Crime

Chilcot tells us what we knew but at much greater length with lots of gaps in it

Jul 06 07:51

Iraq war mother: 'Blair cannot be allowed to walk away to his merry life and his millions'

"Tony Blair has to answer for his actions, whether it is in a court of war here or in The Hague. He can't just walk away and say sorry [...] and go off to his merry life and all his millions. No. In my opinion he should be in the Hague, on war crimes [charges]."

Jul 06 07:37

Chilcot needs to say, ‘Blair lied’.

The fact is, there is already enough information in the public domain to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Tony Blair lied in the run up to the war, that the war was illegal and that it did catastrophic damage not just to Middle East but to global stability.

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I note that the foreign press is reporting that the Chilcot report does suggest Tony Blair fabricated much of the claims used to sell the war while the American corporate media continues to use the phrase "flawed intelligence." The reason is obvious. George W. Bush was party to those very same lies. And the government doesn't want you knowing that you are lied into wars because more wars based on more lies are coming!

Jul 06 07:16

Chilcot Inquiry live reaction

Blair denies making a decision on Iraq at Crawford in Texas at a meeting with President Bush, and pushed “a reluctant US administration” to comply with the UN.

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Jul 06 07:12

5 revelations from Chilcot’s damning report into the Iraq war

The report says then-Prime Minister Tony Blair deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by the Iraqi regime as he sought to make the case for military action to MPs and the public. Blair had disregarded warnings about the potential consequences of military action and relied too heavily on his own beliefs, Chilcot says.

In July 2002, well over six months before the invasion of Iraq, Blair wrote to then-US President George Bush promising him that the UK would be there with him “whatever,” Chilcot says.

Jul 06 07:06

Chilcot Report on Iraq War Offers Devastating Critique of Tony Blair

Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain went to war alongside the United States in Iraq in 2003 on the basis of flawed intelligence that went unchallenged, a shaky legal rationale, inadequate preparation and exaggerated public statements, an independent inquiry into the war concluded in a report published on Wednesday.

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The corporate media is declaring the Chilcot report "devastating" but it is in fact another whitewash. This article echoes the claim of "flawed intelligence" but as the Downing Street Memo and Blair's "Dodgy Dossier" prove, there was a deliberate intention to deceive the people of the US and UK with the fiction of nuclear weapons, in order to invade Iraq for purely economic reasons.

Jul 06 06:44

Chilcot: Blair invaded Iraq before exhausting peaceful options

Tony Blair’s government made up its mind to take Britain into the U.S.-led war in Iraq before all peaceful options had been exhausted, and based the decision on “flawed intelligence,” according to the long-awaited Chilcot Report released on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chilcot report is a whitewash. There was no flawed intelligence. There was flat-out lying.

Jul 06 06:28

Tony Blair has 'got his comeuppance today': Mum of Glasgow soldier killed in Iraq is pleased with Chilcot report

In it, report author Sir John Chilcot criticised Tony Blair - the Prime Minister in 2003 who presented the case for war and led the invasion - for committing to backing US counterpart George W Bush over Iraq.

It also criticised Government ministers' justification for, planning and conduct of a military intervention which "went badly wrong, with consequences to this day".

Several military operations were described in the report as "hastily prepared" and led to equipment shortages for British personnel - an issue which several victims' families have long campaigned over.

Jul 06 06:27

Chilcot vows his Iraq War report will NOT be a whitewash and 'a few' people will get the blame but admits he is 'not judge and jury' as military families tell him troops cannot carry the can for politicians

It has been seven years in the making, but the results of the inquiry into Britain's invasion of Iraq in 2003 will finally be unveiled today.

Thirteen years after British troops crossed into Iraq, Sir John Chilcot will deliver his verdict on the UK's most controversial military engagement of the post-war era - and he has warned the Government, army and intelligence service to expect criticism.

The report, believed to have cost around £10million to produce, is published amid calls for former prime minister Tony Blair to be held to account for 'misleading the public and Parliament' when taking the UK into the conflict.

Jul 06 06:19

FLASHBACK - The Downing Street memo

There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the Chilcot report finally out, it is worth recalling all the lies used to sell us war with Iraq.

Jul 06 04:30

ANGER AT 'SCANDALOUS' EU PROPOSAL TO USE DEVELOPMENT AID TO FUND ARMIES

The controversial proposal would see development funds used for armies The plan, which would see the security forces of unsettled countries funded by the EU's development fund, has been sharply criticised after it was put forward by the European Commission last week. Delegate Reinhad Bütikofer blasted the EU for working on the project “clandestinely without any public debate.”

Jul 05 19:29

Royal Navy Admiral Lord West: "I was told in 2002 we were invading Iraq"

On the eve of the release of the Chilcot Report, Lord Admiral West, former Commander-in-Chief of Fleet of the British Royal Navy in the lead up to the Iraq war, revealed to Channel 4 News that in July 2002, a full eight months before British Parliamentary approval for the invasion of Iraq, he was told "by someone very high up...that we would be invading Iraq".

"You don't wake up in your bath in the morning and say let's get ready for war. Someone told me. I know someone told me"

Lord West was not invited to give evidence to the Chilcot inquiry.

Jul 05 14:29

Neuroscience Of Terrorism: Inside The Mind Of A Takfiri Terrorist

Imagine you are contacted by a recruiter and have been asked to go get an explosive belt from their agents. Then you are instructed to go to one of the most crowded places near you and kill as many people as you can before you detonate your vest. Yes while you are still wearing it.

Jul 05 14:01

For Obama’s Secret Wars, The Record Suggests A Far Worse Reality

Targeted killings or assassinations beyond the battlefield remain a highly charged subject. Most controversial of all is the number of civilians killed in US covert and clandestine drone strikes since 2002.

Jul 05 11:06

Trump Hammers On Brexit, “Independence Day” And Repudiation Of Rule By The Global Elite

One thing is clear, whether or not everyone will agree with what is said, Trump is at least speaking more directly than most politicians do

It turned out that Trump wasted no time in making sure that the people of America understood that what had been done in the UK can be done in the United States.

Jul 05 10:57

Globalists and Neocons Prove Incapable of Understanding Reality

If Trump wants to put America first, he needs to start firing the Neoconservatives and their lackeys from the White House and putting them on trial for making Americans look really bad.

Rather than listening and learning and modifying their actions, the ruling elites stick to “more of the same.” This process clearly emblematized by the endless procession of Bushes and Clintons replacing each other in the positions of power.

Jul 05 10:57

China says wants peace after newspaper warns on South China Sea clash

China's government sought to downplay fears of conflict in the South China Sea after an influential state-run newspaper said on Tuesday that Beijing should prepare for military confrontation in the area.

The joint editorials in the Chinese and English editions of the Global Times were published as tension mounted ahead of a July 12 ruling by an international court hearing competing claims of China and the Philippines in the South China Sea.

The newspaper said the dispute had already been complicated by U.S. intervention and now faced further escalation due to the threat posed by the tribunal to China's sovereignty.

"Washington has deployed two carrier battle groups around the South China Sea, and it wants to send a signal by flexing its muscles: As the biggest powerhouse in the region, it awaits China's obedience," the Global Times said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is is the US government, desperately attempting to goad China into military action, which is the ultimate culprit here.

And the reason?!? To prevent the rise in popularity of the Chinese currency, some of which is now gold-backed, and not convertible into US dollars.

These actions by the US military are counterproductive to a reasonable, lasting peace in the area.

Just because something is the most pig-headedly ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government can do, in a geopolitical confrontation, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

Jul 05 10:43

For Obama’s Secret Wars, the Record Suggests a Far Worse Reality

Targeted killings or assassinations beyond the battlefield remain a highly charged subject. Most controversial of all is the number of civilians killed in US covert and clandestine drone strikes since 2002.

When President Obama apologised for the accidental 2015 killing of US aid worker Warren Weinstein, he revealed that the US had kept the target building under surveillance for “hundreds of hours” – yet had never known there were civilians inside. Many of the women and children credibly reported killed by the CIA in Pakistan have died in similar circumstances – though few of their deaths have ever been conceded.

Then there have been the more shocking tactics employed by the CIA. There was the deliberate targeting of funerals and rescuers, again first revealed by the Bureau. And the widespread use of so-called signature strikes during the Obama years – the targeting of suspects based not on their known identities, but on their behavioural patterns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NO public US agency has the right to lie to either the American people or the world, in terms of the real scope and breadth of these numbers; and if the American people do not, peacefully, protest extrajudicial assassinations abroad out of existence, we may well see "justifications" for practicing the process at home right here in this country.

And one has to speculate; are the perpetual extrajudicial assassinations creating perpetual war from which the US government and military will never be able extricate themselves, and is this, possibly, the goal?!?

As reported at globalresearch.com today:

It was revealed by the Intercept through leaked US government documents that civilians may account for as much as 90% of all casualties from drone strikes. In its first article in a long series detailing America’s drone operations titled, “The Assassination Complex,” it reports: …documents detailing a special operations campaign in northeastern Afghanistan, Operation Haymaker, show that between January 2012 and February 2013, U.S. special operations airstrikes killed more than 200 people. Of those, only 35 were the intended targets. During one five-month period of the operation, according to the documents, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. In Yemen and Somalia, where the U.S. has far more limited intelligence capabilities to confirm the people killed are the intended targets, the equivalent ratios may well be much worse. And upon viewing the leaked Operation Haymaker documents, it becomes clear that America’s drone operations in Afghanistan have admittedly very little tactical value in eliminating specific “terrorists,” and the actual “benefits” noted amid these operations is instead the perpetuation of terror, fear and sociopolitical division in targeted areas, including among civilian populations. Considering these noted “benefits,” high civilian casualty rates of up to 90% makes sense. If the goal is to simply instill fear, it doesn’t matter who dies, just as long as someone does. First Priority: Smashing Resistance, Not Stopping Terrorists It should be remembered that nations like Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan are home to fiercely independent networks of localized tribes. These tribes, particularly in Yemen or Afghanistan, refuse to recognize the authority of US-installed client governments and their existence not only undermines central government authority, they pose a direct threat to its continued existence. This helps explain another aspect of America’s drone operations that have left the general public occasionally outraged but mostly confused. That is, the propensity of drones striking weddings. In Western culture, weddings are generally a family affair with little to do with the actual community they take place in. In traditional cultures like Yemen and Afghanistan, weddings are a central community affair. Beyond just friends and family, everyone from the community participates, with various local religious, educational, political and even military leaders attending or even presiding over the event. It is difficult to believe that drone operators would target a wedding even if a specific, high value terrorist target was present, understanding the full scope of collateral damage that would occur. In fact, in a 2013 speech at the National Defense University, US President Barack Obama would explicitly claim: And before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured — the highest standard we can set. Considering this, it is likely such operations, certain to incur civilian deaths, are instead approved of for the specific purpose of obliterating the very source of a targeted community’s strength and independence, leaving local people reeling, leaderless and at the mercy of the central government Washington has installed into power. In other words, the US is not necessarily “hunting terrorists,” it is eliminating resistance to the political order it is attempting to reach into targeted nations with.

This is your government, gone completely mad, acting in your name and with your tax dollars, and completely unaccountable to We the People.

Jul 05 09:53

Putin Deploys Russian Aircraft Carrier To Syria In Retaliation To US Naval Build Up In Mediterreanean

The implication from this escalation was clear, and this is how we concluded less than a month ago:

"while the US may be hoping to "check" the Russians, all this action which will be seen as the latest provocation by the Kremlin will do is further strain already chilly relations between Russia and the US.... We expect Russia to respond by promptly deploying warships of its own to the Mediterranean in a repeat of the summer of 2013 when the beach off the Syrian coast was a parking lot of Russian, US, European and even Chinese warships."

Jul 05 08:58

CANADA TO SEND 1,000 TROOPS TO E. EUROPE TO BOOST NATO PRESENCE AT RUSSIA'S DOORSTEP

In last week’s speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russian will adopt adequate measures to counter NATO's aggression. Putin also called for creation of an international security system open to all countries.

"Russia is ready to discuss this extremely important issue," he said, adding that such proposals have been so far left unanswered by Western countries.

At the upcoming Warsaw summit in July, NATO leaders are expected to green-light deployment of four battalions of up to 800 troops each to the Baltic States and Poland, along with intensifying the scale and pace of multinational military exercises. Recent live-fire drills, Anakonda 2016, Saber Strike and BALTOPS, involved thousands of troops and hundreds of combat vehicles to simulate large-scale operations in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is, at this point, not a question of IF NATO is going to wage a war against Russia, but WHEN.

You don't have the kind of continuous troop and equipment escalation on Russia's borders unless you mean to use it.

Jul 05 08:57

Jeremy Corbyn Labour coup designed to stop him 'calling for Tony Blair's head' after Chilcot report, says Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond has appeared to suggest the internal Labour party coup against Jeremy Corbyn is connected with the publication of the long-awaited Chilcot report into the Iraq war.

His comments come just three days before the publication of the inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war. Earlier reports have suggested Mr Blair, the former Prime Minister, and his contemporaries will be savaged in an “absolutely brutal” verdict.

In an article for the Herald, the former Scottish First Minister wrote: “It would be a mistake to believe that Chilcot and current events are entirely unconnected. The link is through the Labour Party”

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