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Jul 01 09:36

The Pacific Is Crowded With Unprecedented Number Of War Games

By Ann Wright

Each week the Pacific is getting even more crowded with military ships, submarines and aircraft from countries in the region and from outside. NATO countries — United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Netherlands — are sending military vessels and aircraft. The Russian navy conducted military maneuvers off Hawaii. The US is on the verge of creating a permanent Pacific naval task force as a part of its aggressive response to China’s naval presence in the Pacific. The largest land exercise in Asia and the Pacific is taking place in Australia with 17,000 U.S. and Australian military.

Jul 01 09:18

Navy won’t investigate Eddie Gallagher after SEAL admits to nursing ISIS fighter to death on podcast

The Navy has decided not to investigate retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher for saying on a podcast that aired in May that he and other SEALs had “killed” a wounded fighter from the Islamic State terrorist group in 2017, said Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Courtney Hillson.

“The Navy reviewed the matter and will not pursue further action,” Hillson said on Tuesday. “After a review conducted by the Navy, it was determined that Gallagher’s statements were not corroborated and no substantive information was found to merit an investigation based on those statements.”

In an interview for the finale of “The Line” podcast, Gallagher said that he and his teammates never tried to save the wounded man’s life. “Our intention was to kill him,” Gallagher said on the May 4 podcast episode. “Everybody was on board.”

When asked about Gallagher’s comments at a May 6 Pentagon news conference, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said “the Navy is looking into that issue.”

Jul 01 05:54

Atlantic Stormwind in the Black Sea

The large aeronaval maneuver Sea Breeze, officially “co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine” in the Black Sea, began yesterday. The United States planned and command it, it is, therefore, the host in this sea close to Russian territory. Sea Breeze takes place from June 28 to July 10. It is led by US Naval Forces Europe-Africa / Sixth Fleet with headquarters in Naples. It includes naval, submarine, amphibious, land, and air warfare exercises.

Jul 01 05:51

US, Japan Reportedly Conduct 'Top Secret War Games', Plan For Possible Taiwan Conflict

The maritime region of the South China Sea is a subject of dispute between Japan and China, with Tokyo administering the area of the Senkaku Islands, but Beijing and Taiwan - as the two share rising tensions - also claiming the territory.

The United States and Japan have been conducting joint military drills for a possible conflict scenario with China over Taiwan, The Financial Times reported, citing military officials.

According to six unnamed people cited in the report, American and Japanese military officials started "serious planning" for a possible conflict during the final year of Donald Trump's presidency. Alongside the planning, Washington and Tokyo reportedly conducted "top-secret tabletop war games and joint exercises in the South China and East China seas".

Jul 01 05:45

The NATO-Ukraine Sea Breeze exercise could ultimately help create the circumstances for real conflict with Russia in the Black Sea

NATO and Ukraine have carried out joint naval exercises for 24 years, but the current drill comes at a time when NATO expansion and Russian pushback looks like it might escalate.

The question is: do some elements within the military alliance want it?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is upholding a 24-year tradition by engaging in a joint naval exercise with Ukraine. The exercise, known as Sea Breeze 21, runs from June 28 through July and will be conducted exclusively in the Black Sea region. It consists of various amphibious warfare, land maneuver warfare, diving operations, maritime interdiction operations, air defense, special operations integration, anti-submarine warfare, and search and rescue operations.

Jul 01 05:17

A Sea Painted NATO Black

Welcome to the latest NATO show: Sea Breeze starts today and goes all the way to July 23. The co-hosts are the US Sixth Fleet and the Ukrainian Navy. The main protagonist is Standing NATO Maritime Group 2.

The show, in NATOspeak, is just an innocent display of “strenghtening deterrence and defense”. NATO spin tells us the exercise is “growing in popularity” and now features more than 30 nations “from six continents” deploying 5,000 troops, 32 ships, 40 aircraft and “18 special operations and dive teams”. All committed to implement and improve that magical NATO concept: “interoperability”.

Jul 01 00:38

U.S. Army Celebrates "LGBTQ+ Pride Month" On Instagram

Is this a celebration of LGBTQ+ adoption? Gay marriage? Furries?

Jun 30 06:38

New Anti-Conservative Military Scheme Surfaces Featuring Bishop Garrisons’ Dangerous Loyalist Kris Goldsmith

A U.S. Army veteran married to a New York Times editor is launching a new career: Narcing on fellow veterans for “extremism.”

Kristofer “Kris” Goldsmith denounces his fellow soldiers and demands the creation of a new, 100% woke combat force. In other words, he is the press’ favorite kind of veteran.

In February, one month after the January 6 incident and just a few weeks after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a stand-down order against extremism in the armed forces, Goldsmith founded Sparverius, LLC. He describes Sparverius as a “veteran-owned open-source intelligence firm” focused on fighting “disinformation” and “domestic extremism.”

Jun 30 06:24

AN EXPECTED ESCALATION: THE U.S. AND PMU FIRE EXCHANGES CONTINUE

Jun 29 15:21

Many Marines, Police, NFL, Nurses Refuse COVID Shot

By Neenah Payne

"Why Are Millions Refusing Coronavirus Vaccine In US, Europe And China?" says thousands of US service members are refusing or putting off getting the COVID-19 “vaccine”. It reports that thousands of healthcare workers in Europe are refusing the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot because of concerns over side effects and efficacy. It reports that people in China and India also have concerns about the injection.

"Survey: More than half of FDNY firefighters say they will refuse COVID vaccine" shows that a survey polled over 2,000 FDNY firefighters and found that around 55% said they will not get the shot...

Jun 29 12:33

Warmongering British Actions in the Black Sea

The pre-positioning of the BBC correspondent on HMS Defender shatters the pretence that the BBC is something different to a state propaganda broadcaster. It also makes plain that this propaganda exercise to provoke the Russian military was calculated and deliberate. Indeed that was confirmed by that BBC correspondent’s TV news report last night when he broadcast that the Defender’s route “had been approved at the very highest levels of the British government.”

Jun 29 07:09

US Strike Killed Child, Wounded Three Civilians at Iraq-Syria Border

Details are emerging on the overnight US attacks against the border area of Iraq and Syria. One of the strikes killed a child, and wounded three civilians when it hit a residential area.

That missile strike hit an area in al-Bukamal, the main border crossing city in Syria leading to Iraq. There is no indication why the US thought this residential area was a military target, though US officials maintain that the strikes were valid as “self-defense.”

The US strikes were meant to target an Iraqi Shi’ite militia, Ketaib Hezbollah, under the pretense that the group is an “Iranian-backed militia.” The militia, and other allied Iraqi militias, are now threatening “open war” in retaliation.

The Pentagon’s statement on the US attack claimed the two strikes in Syria hit “weapons storage facilities.” This is clearly not the case if that missile is any indication, as it hit a civilian home in a relatively small city.

Jun 29 06:58

U.N. Peacekeeping Missions Prepare for Possible Shutdown

United Nations peacekeeping missions globally are preparing for a possible shutdown on Thursday if the 193-member U.N. General Assembly is unable to agree a new $6 billion budget for the year to June 30, 2022, officials and diplomats said on Monday.

Some diplomats blamed changes to negotiating procedures, issues with logistics and tough talks pitting China against Western countries for the delay in reaching an agreement.

Catherine Pollard, the U.N. head of management strategy, policy and compliance, said the world body's 12 peacekeeping missions - most of which are in Africa and the Middle East - had been advised to start putting contingency plans in place in case a new budget is not adopted in time.

"At the same time, we remain hopeful and confident that member states will conclude their negotiations," Pollard told reporters.

Jun 29 06:50

US Troops Under Attack in Syria; Iraq Militia Declares ‘Open War’

US strikes in Iraq and Syria overnight didn’t take long to provoke a reaction, despite claims that the strikes were a “deterrent.” US troops in Syria were under rocket attacks within a matter of hours.

Details are still emerging, though the US says that there are no casualties so far. This is just the start of the problem though, with the targeted militia vowing “open war with the American occupation.”

US troops reportedly came under rocket fire in northeastern Syria, and US troops responded with artillery fire. Secretary of State Tony Blinken said that the US is ready to act further.

Iraq’s umbrella militia Hashd al-Shaabi says four Iraqis were killed in the US attacks, and promised to “wreak vengeance on the perpetrators of this heinous crime.” In the attack on Syria, the US killed at least one civilian child.

Jun 29 06:47

Biden's Lawless Bombing of Iraq and Syria Only Serves the Weapons Industry Funding Both Parties

For the second time in the five months since he was inaugurated, President Joe Biden on Sunday ordered a U.S. bombing raid on Syria, and for the first time, he also bombed Iraq. The rationale offered was the same as Biden's first air attack in February: the U.S., in the words of Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, “conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region.” He added that “the United States acted pursuant to its right of self-defense.”

Jun 28 19:11

Biden Bombs Syria, Iraq And Threatens Iran

By Robert Inlakesh

The US Biden administration has launched its second round of airstrikes on Syria this year, also bombarding Iraq, in a move which it defends as forwarding the aims of peace and stability. Yet it only seems like the strikes have worked to escalate tensions with the two countries and Iran.

This Monday morning the US military used F-15 and F-16 fighter jets to strike targets in both Iraq and Syria, belonging to the Hashd al-Shaabi (PMU, PMF). US President Joe Biden signed off on the strikes, without an approval from congress, sparking backlash at what many critics have called an undemocratic move.

Jun 28 11:43

Biden's Lawless Bombing of Iraq and Syria Only Serves the Weapons Industry Funding Both Parties

For the second time in the five months since he was inaugurated, President Joe Biden on Sunday ordered a U.S. bombing raid on Syria, and for the first time, he also bombed Iraq. The rationale offered was the same as Biden's first air attack in February: the U.S., in the words of Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, “conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region.” He added that “the United States acted pursuant to its right of self-defense.”

Jun 28 09:57

US Plans to Test Its $60 Billion Replacement for Ageing Minuteman ICBMs in 2023

If the tests show satisfying results, Washington is likely to order 400 such missiles to replace their ageing stockpile. The first new ICBMs are expected to be delivered by 2036.

The Pentagon is eyeing 2023 for conducting the first test flights of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the GBSD programme's manager has said. The tests will be carried out at the Vandenberg Air Force Base at the end of 2023.

Right now, the GBSD developer, US defence industry giant Northrop Grumman is working on the "critical design review" of the ICBM's subsystems, according to a report by the magazine Air Force. The missile itself was developed using digital engineering, which allows computers to find the optimal configuration for a piece of military equipment. The method permits the virtual testing of alternative configurations of a missile to determine the one that performs the best.

Jun 28 09:55

Russia Successfully Test Launches New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

The latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (part of the state space corporation Roscosmos) was successfully test-launched from the Russian Defense Ministry’s 1st state testing spaceport, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Monday.

"In mid-June, the latest unique ballistic missile developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology was successfully test-launched from the Plesetsk spaceport," the source said.

TASS has no official comment from the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology yet.

As was reported earlier, the Moscow Institute of thermal Technology has started developing the sophisticated Kedr silo-based and mobile ICBM modifications as part of the effort of upgrading Russia’s strategic armaments.

Jun 28 09:41

The NED’s New CEO: Atlantic Council Warmonger Damon Wilson

By Brian Berletic

The US government’s regime change funding organization – the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – headed since its inception in 1983 by Carl Gershman – now has a new president and CEO – Damon Wilson.

The NED’s own announcement regarding the handover provides some background for Wilson...

Jun 28 07:14

NATIONWIDE BLACKOUT WARNING - MILITARY WARNING FOR A MASSIVE ELECTRICAL ATTACK

Jun 28 07:07

WAIT, GUNNY - I HAVE TO CHANGE MY DIAPER 

On September 20, 2011, the final nail in the coffin to destroy our military was shoved in America's face. Male sexual deviants will now openly flaunt their preference for bowel movement sex. Butch dykes and "feminine" lesbians will now be allowed to flaunt their perversions. Many may not realize it, but "bi-sexuals" will also now sully the uniform of our armed forces. How long before they demand "constitutional rights" to dress like Corporal Klinger on the old tv show, Mash, because it's "part of their sexual orientation"? Unless you're on a military base, it will be out of sight, out of mind for the majority of Americans. Go back to your sports or porn or the bar and let someone else take care of the mess.

Jun 28 07:04

The Con Job of the Century?

The series of bombing campaigns in the Middle East beginning in 1991 are plausibly regarded as a type of Ponzi scheme because the “investors” (taxpayers), have actually paid to make themselves worse, not better, off. Not only have the “blowback” attacks perpetrated in response to U.S. military intervention abroad killed many innocent persons, but the lives of thousands of soldiers have been and continue to be wrecked through dubious deployments abroad. Along with all of the blood spilled, much treasure has been lost. The more than $28 trillion national debt (as of June 2021) is due in part to the massive Pentagon budget, rubber-stamped annually by Congress, to say nothing of the many other “discretionary” initiatives claimed to be necessary in national defense. Afghanistan is a perfect example of how billions of taxpayer dollars continue to be tossed into the wind even as the formal U.S. military presence winds down.

Jun 28 06:30

Trump Slams Biden's 'Woke Generals', Calls Out Joint Chief

Former President Donald Trump slammed "woke generals" during his Ohio gathering, a visible attack at Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.

The former president criticized "woke generals" during his Saturday rally in Wellington, Ohio, held to support Max Miller, a Trump-touted candidate. Miller is running a primary challenge to incumbent Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican who chose in favor of denouncing Trump on the charge of inciting an insurrection.

"I said to one of the generals who was a good general. He wasn't a woke general. Do you notice the woke generals we have?" he said. "This was a real general."

Jun 28 06:22

Ideological Capture: When Top Military Leaders Adopt Critical Race Theory Verbiage

There has been a lot of controversy over the defense by two senior U.S. military officers of the teaching of Critical Race Theory to service members, including putting volumes like Ibram X. Kendi’s ‘How to Be An Antiracist’ on recommended reading lists.

The testimony was frightening not just because they defended Kendi’s hideous writings. Watch the testimony (below).

My big takeaway is that these are people who are afraid, not bold. Their bluster revealed weakness, not strength. They have adopted the lexicon of the movement, as Wesley Yang wrote with regard to General Milley’s use of the term White Rage:

“White rage” is a term of art derived from the lexicon of CRT derivatives; to use it at face value is to accept the doctrine rather than to read merely to be informed about its content

Jun 28 05:32

Biden Orders Airstrikes On Iran-backed Militias' Weapon Storage Facilities

President Joe Biden on Sunday directed U.S. military forces to carry out three airstrikes on weapons storage facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups.

In a release from the Department of Defense, President Biden had ordered U.S. military forces to conduct defensive precision airstrikes on facilities in Iraq and Syria. The facilities were targeted after several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing U.S. personnel.

“As demonstrated by this evening's strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel. Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq, the President directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks,” the Defense Department’s news release read.

Jun 26 10:37

House Committee Approves Bill to Expand Healthcare Bill for Veterans Exposed to Toxins

By B.N. Frank

Human-made toxins may have caused more harm than we may ever completely know. The good news is that large-scale efforts are currently being made to address this.

“For decades, veterans have been exposed to toxic substances like PFAS, TCE and radiation – often without any warning from the Department of Defense about the health risks.”...

Jun 26 05:58

Is the new rule that Ivy League generals are beyond criticism?

General Barry McCaffrey (retired, thank God) graduated from West Point, served in Vietnam, and put an end to his honorable career by attaching himself to the Clinton White House. Instead of fading decently away as old generals should, McCaffrey continues to insert himself into military politics, always with an eye to tilting the military toward the left. His latest opinion is that Tucker Carlson, a civilian, should be fired for daring to say that General Mark Milley, who is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is an idiot and overall disgrace to the fine tradition of the American military.

As always when I write, I need to put into place a few basic predicates:

Jun 26 05:30

Greenwald: What is Behind Gen. Mark Milley's Righteous Race Sermon? Look To The New Domestic War On Terror

For two hundred forty years, American generals have not exactly been defined by adamant public advocacy for left-wing cultural dogma. Yet there appeared to be a great awakening at the Pentagon on Wednesday when Gen. Mark Milley, the highest-ranking military officer in the U.S. as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified at a House hearing. The Chairman vehemently defended the teaching of critical race theory at West Point and, referencing the January 6 Capitol riot, said, “it is important that we train and we understand ... and I want to understand white rage. And I'm white."

Jun 25 10:34

GLOBAL PEACE INDEX

Jun 25 10:31

WELCOME TO THE WOKE U.S AIRFORCE

First it was the fucking CIA, with its recruiting videos targeting millennials, followed by the U.S. Army, with his anime recruiting ads , which aroused the ire of conservatives.
Now it is the turn of the Air Force that considers a Drag Queen Show as essential for morale, although it is not the first drag queen show that is set, they held the first at the Kadena base in Japan in 2015

Jun 25 10:00

NATO Will Never Match Russia's Military Strength, Ex-US Official Says

NATO will never equal the power of the Russian military because the alliance only serves a propagandistic function, former US Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts told Sputnik.

"NATO will never match Russian military strength. NATO mainly serves as European approval of US foreign policy," Roberts said. "It has a propagandistic function."

Roberts pointed out that it is important to understand that the United States’ hegemonic policy "leaves no basis for agreement."

"What Washington demands is the surrender of Russian sovereignty. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s responsible, low-key, non-confrontational responses to Washington’s threats and insults will not benefit him or Russia," Roberts said. "The vicious facts are these: Putin and Russia are seen by Washington as obstacles to US hegemony, and the powerful and pervasive US military/security complex requires Russia as an enemy to justify its budget and power. This leaves no possibility for better relations."

Jun 25 09:43

WHY WAR? (Do our “Defense Departments” really defend us? Absolutely not! Their very title is a lie.)

Albert Einstein’s letter to Sigmund Freud

“Why War?”, the title of this book, was also the title of a famous letter written to Sigmund Freud by Albert Einstein.

In 1931, the International Institute for Intellectual Cooperation invited Albert Einstein to enter correspondence with a prominent person of his own choosing on a subject of importance to society. The Institute planned to publish a collection of such dialogues. Einstein accepted at once, and decided to write to Sigmund Freud to ask his opinion about how humanity could free itself from the curse of war. Here are some quotations from Einsteins’s letter, translated from the original German:

Jun 25 09:23

Biden’s “New Atlantic Charter” Advances Globalist World Order

The longtime globalist dream of merging the United States with the nations of Europe under an unaccountable transatlantic regime got a big boost this month, with a controversial “New Atlantic Charter” being signed by Joe Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The document advances a dizzying array of internationalist Big Government schemes, including “sustainable development,” entangling military alliances, man-made global-warming alarmism, and the so-called rules-based international order.

But none of it is new. The historical record shows Deep State globalists have been obsessed with the plot for almost a century. The goal is a radical transformation on par with the unprecedented expansion of government under FDR, with a nod to globalist George Soros’ favorite “open societies” language.

Jun 25 04:26

Georgia: Pan-Turkic Empire’s Next Conquered Province

AZERTAC (the Azerbaijan State News Agency) recently conducted an interview with one Isak Novruzov, chairman of the Council of Elders of Azerbaijanis in Georgia, with the headline Shusha Declaration will serve the unity of the Turkic world, ensuring stability and security in the region.

Shusha, known as Shushi to Armenians, is a city in that part of Nagorno-Karabakh conquered last year in the Turkish-backed invasion of the region by the armed forces of Azerbaijan. Arguably the most brutal attack by a major military power – or rather two major military powers – on a minuscule entity in modern times, the world sat back and watched 44 days of the war with unconcern. That will be a blot on the consciences of the world’s nations forever.

Jun 25 04:18

U.N. Says 230,000 Displaced by Myanmar Fighting

An estimated 230,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Myanmar and need assistance, the United Nations said on Thursday, as a major armed ethnic group expressed concern about military force, civilian deaths and a widening of the conflict.

Myanmar has been in crisis since a Feb. 1 coup ousted an elected government, prompting nationwide anger that has led to protests, killings and bombings, and battles on several fronts between troops and newly formed civilian armies.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said relief operations were ongoing but were being hindered by armed clashes, violence and insecurity in the country.

It said 177,000 people were displaced in Karen state bordering Thailand, 103,000 in the past month, while more than 20,000 people were sheltering at 100 displacement areas after fighting between People's Defence Forces and the army in Chin State bordering India.

Jun 25 04:16

DoD Quietly Calls for Shutdown of 70-Year-Old Committee on Women in the Military

In January of this year, the Pentagon quietly demanded the resignations of the 21 volunteer members of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, a roster that included eight retired generals and admirals. The ink was barely dry on the committee's 70-year historical review, a 58-page document that described how DACOWITS had advocated on behalf of military women since 1951 on issues ranging from their right to fly fighter jets and serve in combat to the fit of body armor and online harassment.

The committee's hollowing out was part of a sweeping move by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to dissolve all 42 DoD advisory committees pending a cost and efficiency review. The Defense Business Board, which had been populated with those loyal to Donald Trump in the final throes of his presidency, got the most attention in this move.

Jun 25 04:12

US Military Poorly Led and Disgraced

After the Biden-Putin meeting there was fanciful commentary about reduced tensions and avoidance of war. As I explained in my column and several interviews, as long as Washington has hegemonic aspirations and needs the “Russian threat” to justify its military/security complex budget and NATO, little can be done to reduce tensions.

The meeting succeeded in again portraying Putin as a tyrant who poisons and imprisons his political opponents (see this).

As for war tensions, Washington immediately raised war dangers by arranging a 32-country two-week war game from June 28 to July 10 held off Russia’s Black Sea Coast. According to Washington the war game will practice “multiple warfare areas including amphibious warfare, land maneuver warfare, diving operations, maritime interdiction operations, air defense, special operations integration, anti-submarine warfare, and search and rescue operations.”

Jun 24 13:51

THE BRITISH NAVY’S PORNOGRAPHY FILMING PROBLEM (18+)

A Royal Navy officer was found filming an adult movie with a sailor’s lover at a top secret nuclear base.

According to UK media reports from February 8th, it turns out that Lieutenant Claire Jenkins, 29, who uses the name Curry Taylor, makes money by selling “ordered pornography” on adult sites. This mostly happens on OnlyFans.

In her profile on Only Fans, she wrote:

“I’m 29 and working that 9 to 5 life, I love to be naughty and stay colourful. My naughty side can sometimes get me into trouble, but that feeling of excitement we can get from doing this just makes me so hot and bothered.”

Indeed.

Jun 24 11:25

Australians favor neutrality in a US-China war

China’s aggressive stands and the sharp deterioration of the bilateral relationship are flowing through strongly to produce record negativity by Australians towards our biggest trading partner.

The Lowy Institute’s annual poll for the first time finds most Australians (52%) see “a military conflict between the United States and China over Taiwan” as a critical threat. This is 17 points up on just a year before.

More than half (56%) think Australia-China relations pose a critical threat.

Jun 24 11:22

Unvaccinated West Point cadets getting bullied and punished, families say

Unvaccinated cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point are getting singled out, bullied and unfairly punished — even if they have COVID-19 immunity from earlier infections, according to a report.

All but around three dozen of the 4,500 students at the centuries-old New York training academy have been vaccinated — with a spreadsheet showing the cadets’ status getting widely circulated, Fox News said.

Those not vaccinated are derided as “diseased” and “dirty” and treated as outcasts — and punished for violating mask and social distancing mandates, even after statewide restrictions have been lifted, cadets and their families told Sean Hannity.

Jun 24 08:02

The nuclear doctrine: Army chief Gerasimov explains that Moscow reserves right to fire nukes if enemies use them against Russia

Russia has the right to use nuclear warheads in response to the use of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, and may even deploy them against conventional weapons if “the very existence of the state is threatened.”

That's according to Valery Gerasimov, the head of Russia's armed forces, speaking to the Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday. Gerasimov has been in his post since 2012 and was sanctioned by the EU in 2014 for allegedly “threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine.”

“The country's nuclear policy is purely defensive in nature,” Gerasimov explained. “[However], Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, and in cases of aggression against Russia using conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is threatened.”

Jun 24 06:13

US Military Poorly Led and Disgraced

After the Biden-Putin meeting there was fanciful commentary about reduced tensions and avoidance of war. As I explained in my column and several interviews, as long as Washington has hegemonic aspirations and needs the “Russian threat” to justify its military/security complex budget and NATO, little can be done to reduce tensions.

The meeting succeeded in again portraying Putin as a tyrant who poisons and imprisons his political opponents ( https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/06/18/the-summit-was-a-propagand... ).

As for war tensions, Washington immediately raised war dangers by arranging a 32-country two-week war game from June 28 to July 10 held off Russia’s Black Sea Coast. According to Washington the war game will practice “multiple warfare areas including amphibious warfare, land maneuver warfare, diving operations, maritime interdiction operations, air defense, special operations integration, anti-submarine warfare, and search and rescue operations.”

Jun 24 05:58

U.S. expanding global missile shield system to Asia-Pacific

U.S. expanding global missile shield system to Asia-Pacific

The U.S. and its allies are building up the Asia-Pacific flank of their evolving global interceptor missile system, one which could render useless the retaliatory capacity – hence the deterrence capability – of nations targeted in a first-strike assault.

The Pentagon and NATO have installed Standard Missile-3 anti-ballistic missiles in Romania and will soon do so in Poland as well. They have advanced missile shield radar facilities in Romania, Turkey and Israel that cover the entire western part of Russia, including its main cities.

The U.S. also four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers based at the Naval Station Rota in Spain, which shortly will expand to six. U.S. Navy has 62 such destroyers and 22 Ticonderoga-class cruisers capable of carrying the Standard Missile-3, one of which, USS Paul Ignatius, recently conducted a missile intercept in outer space.

Jun 23 14:02

Gen. Milley: Military Must Read Critical Race Theory to Understand The 'White Rage' That Led to Jan 6

Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that the military needs to read critical race theory in order to understand the "white rage" that led to January 6th.

Jun 23 11:32

Cash-Strapped National Guard Warns It Will Be Forced to Cancel Training, Ground Aircraft

The National Guard is facing a severe funding shortage after its months-long mission securing the U.S. Capitol after the Jan. 6 pro-Trump assault. If the force isn't reimbursed $520 million soon, it will have to cancel training events, schools and weekend drills, and even ground aircraft, Military.com has learned.

According to a memo from the Guard to Congress and obtained by Military.com, funding to recuperate the costs the force spent from Jan. to May on Capitol security needs to be assured by July 1. If not, commanders in all 54 U.S. states and territories will be notified to brace for halted operations and the potential cancellation of drills in August and September.

Annual training in July could be shortened or canceled, the memo states. Come Aug. 1, all events and schools will be halted, it adds. If that happens, the National Guard Bureau estimates "thousands'' of soldiers will lose out on enough service time this year to affect their retirement.

Jun 23 10:35

U.K., U.S. F-35Bs Launch Anti-ISIS Strikes from HMS Queen Elizabeth

British and American F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters flew anti-ISIS strike missions from the U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) – a first for the U.K. in a decade, defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday.

The F-35s from the embarked Royal Air Force 617 Squadron, “The Dambusters” flew combat operations in support of U.K. anti-ISIS effort Operation Shader and U.S. Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.K. Ministry of Defense said in a Tuesday statement. The “Wake Island Avengers” of U.S. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 were also part of the strike missions, a service official confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday.

Jun 23 07:34

10 Ways To Recognize War Propaganda In Western Media

The ten rules of war propaganda were set forth by the historian Anne Morelli in her book The Principles of War Propaganda. Well, let’s look at these rules. In doing so, we will see that our mainstream media follow them exactly. Anyone who follows the media reports in the West must realize that our German media, free, objective, and critical, are engaged in war propaganda. There are 10 well-known rules of war propaganda that are easy to check.

Jun 23 07:33

Unparalleled Global Strike Capability: US Nuclear-Capable Bombers End Month-Long Mission With Flight Through Arctic, Pacific

American B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers have completed a month-long mission to Europe and Africa by flying over the Arctic, North Africa and the Pacific Ocean on June 17 and 18,

The B-52s had been forward-deployed to the Morón Air Base by arrangement with NATO ally Spain and served under the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa, General General Jeffrey Harrigian, who is also commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command.

In the course of their deployment they flew over the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea, North Africa, the Gulf of Guinea and all of West Africa, and on May 31 flew over all thirty NATO members states in one day accompanied by some 80 combat aircraft from 20 other NATO nations.

Jun 23 07:32

Black Sea: US, Ukraine To Lead Naval Exercise With 32 Nations From Six Continents

The annual U.S.-led multinational naval exercise in the Black Sea, Sea Breeze, will begin on June 28 and continue until July 10. As with previous iterations this year’s exercise will be co-hosted by the U.S. and Ukraine.

Though as the name indicates primarily a series of maritime drills, Sea Breeze also includes air and land components.

Currently there are three warships from NATO nations in the Black Sea: the U.S. interceptor missile/guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon, the British destroyer HMS Defender and Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen. The first is part of the carrier strike group attached to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the latter two to the new HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier.

Jun 23 06:39

Air Force Flightlines Are Under Threat From Drones And It Wants Your Ideas On How To Protect Them

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is asking for outside ideas on how to secure its flightlines at permanent and temporary air bases both at home and abroad. AFWERX, a USAF program aimed at bringing innovation and entrepreneurs to Air Force programs, has announced a set of challenges as part of its Revolutionizing USAF Flightline Operations initiative. The challenge seeks proposals for new ideas related to flightline security operations, including the increasingly pressing goal of neutralizing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that intrude into these highly sensitive areas.

Jun 23 05:33

Major plan to build a US standing force on Australia's doorstep to take on China - and Aussie troops, ships and bases could all be asked to sign up

The US is looking to set up a combat-ready standing force on Australia's doorstep, in an effort to push back against an increasingly belligerent China across the Indo-Pacific.

Ely Ratner, the man nominated by US President Joe Biden's to be the next assistant secretary of defence said establishing a permanent 'combat-credible forward posture' is essential to the US military's ability to deter aggression from authoritarian powers like China.

It is hoped that the standing force, which Australia would likely be asked to join, would protect Taiwan from being seized by force.

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The US sends a military force into the southwest Pacific, but China is the one being belligerent?

Jun 22 12:25

Russia's War Fleet Draws Closer, America Sends 3 Stealths to the Pacific

Jun 22 09:32

Exclusive — Nellis Air Force Base Hosts First-Ever Drag Queen Show: ‘Essential to the Morale, Readiness’

The Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada recently hosted its first-ever drag queen show at one of its on-base dining and entertainment clubs, according a base spokesperson.

Nellis Air Force Base said in an email statement to Breitbart News:

Nellis Air Force Base and the 99th Air Base Wing hosted its first-ever drag show Thursday, June 17, at the Nellis Club. The event was sponsored by a private organization and provided an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the history and significance of drag performance art within the LGBT+ community.

Ensuring our ranks reflect and are inclusive of the American people is essential to the morale, cohesion, and readiness of the military. Nellis Air Force Base is committed to providing and championing an environment that is characterized by equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion.

Jun 22 09:30

China’s Latest, Most Advanced Warplanes to Perform at Zhuhai Airshow 2021, Organisers Say

Some of the most advanced warplanes in the fleet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force will be invited to perform at the Zhuhai Airshow 2021, which is scheduled for late September and early October, the exhibition's organiser announced on Sunday.

Originally planned for November 2020 but postponed to this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, preparations for the 13th edition of Airshow China - also known as the Zhuhai Airshow since it will be held in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province - are going smoothly, the organiser said in a statement on Sunday, at the 100-day countdown to the event.

The event's organisers will invite the PLA Air Force to put its advanced warplanes and equipment on display, in particular the latest planes that were featured in China's National Day military parade in 2019. Those aircraft will deliver flight performances, the statement read.

Jun 22 06:46

The U.S. Military Doesn't Even Track How Many Weapons It Loses, And It Has Lost Thousands

Adamning investigative report published by The Associated Press today details how over 2,000 weapons have gone missing from military arsenals between 2010 and 2019. While the data set was far from complete, what the outlet did obtain shows a worrying pattern of lost and stolen weapons, some of which ended up in the hands of criminals who used them in the commission of violent crimes, while others were even simply discarded in public parks.

Jun 21 18:49

Over 30,000 US Veterans of Post-9/11 Wars Have Killed Themselves Since 2001

By Julia Conley

New research released Monday shows the post-9/11 wars launched by the U.S. military since 2001 have resulted in over 30,000 suicides by active duty American solders and veterans—over four times the number killed in combat operations.

According to Brown University’s Costs of War Project—established in 2010 to account for the loss of lives and taxpayer dollars spent on U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—an estimated 30,177 veterans and service members have killed themselves over the last nearly two decades, compared with 7,057 members of the military who have been killed in combat...

Jun 21 07:35

Department of Veterans Affairs to Pay for Sex Changes… While Over 35,000 Veterans Remain Homeless

The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the beginning stages of enacting a new policy that will pay for transgender veterans to get sex changes.

As of 2020, there were 37,252 homeless veterans in the United States.

On Saturday, VA Secretary Denis McDonough spoke at a Pride Month event in Florida and said that the agency was “taking the first necessary steps to expand VA’s care to include gender confirmation surgery.”

Paying for the expensive surgeries, McDonough said, will allow “transgender vets to go through the full gender confirmation process with VA at their side.”

Jun 20 06:30

Ebrahim Raisi's Victory Gives Israel 'No Choice' But to Attack Iran's Nuclear Programme, Report Says

On Saturday, Iran's Interior Ministry declared Ebrahim Raisi the winner of the nation's presidential elections. The top judge, who is known for his ultraconservative views, received almost 62 percent of the vote amid the country's lowest voter turnout (48.8 percent).

Israeli officials have warned that Ebrahim Raisi's victory in the Iranian presidential elections gives them "no choice" but to attack Iran's nuclear programme, Israel's Channel 12 has reported, citing a senior government source. "[The attack] will require budgets and the reallocation of resources", the source told the TV channel, adding that Israeli security officials believe Raisi will adopt hardline views on foreign and nuclear policy pushed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Jun 20 06:29

Russia Blamed for Mystery Launch of Three Missile-Armed F-22s Off Hawaii

Russia’s Pacific Fleet kicked off large-scale manoeuvres last week involving 20 warships, submarines, and support vessels, as well as aircraft, with the exercises seeing ships sailing up to 4,000 km from their home bases and standard operating areas.

The presence of Russian Navy vessels 500-800 km west of Hawaii are the reason why three missile-armed Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 fighter jets were scrambled on Sunday for an “irregular air patrol,” CBS News has reported, citing US defence officials.

The officials, who were not named, said Russian aircraft did not enter Hawaii’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), and were not intercepted.

CBS’s sources also indicated that the USS Vinson-led carrier strike group engaged in drills east of Hawaii was moved closer to the islands in response to the Russian exercises.

Jun 19 06:23

What to expect inside of America if the USA decides to engage either Russia or China in a war

Lately, there has been all this talk and speculation about how the USA is going to “counter” China. All made with the best of intentions by nationalists with little experience, poor or fraudulent Intel, and a lack of awareness at how incompetent the United States actually is today. Yet they own the MSM; the media mouthpiece and everyone desires to go ahead and pick a fight for “freedom™” and “democracy™”.

I have argued over and over and over again that America is very, very fragile. It is more than balkanized, it is tottering on the edge of chaos. And all it would take to send it over the side is China or Russia doing what the US Military is vocally planning to do.

One strike on a city.

It doesn’t even need to be a nuclear strike.

Jun 18 18:54

$450M More for Company to Turn U.S. Troops into “Invincible Technomancers” via Artificial Intelligence

By B.N. Frank

Expert warnings about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) continue to increase. For one thing – it’s not always accurate. Nevertheless, employers continue to incorporate it into their businesses. Some companies are training U.S. military personnel to use it for defense purposes...

Jun 17 05:43

US scrambles F-22 jets and carrier strike group to face off with Russian war games near Hawaii ahead of Putin summit

THE US scrambled F-22 fighter jets and a carrier strike group to face off with Russian war games near Hawaii ahead of a showdown meeting between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, it was revealed on Tuesday.

The two leaders are set to meet in Geneva on Wednesday for crunch talks for the first time since Biden was sworn in as president in January.

Jun 16 11:28

Houthis Lay Sea Mines In Red Sea; Coalition Boasts Few Minesweepers

The Houthi rebels in Yemen have planted sea mines in the southern part of the Red Sea where US Navy and other allied ships are sailing, posing a possibly grave threat to shipping.

The Saudi-led coalition tried to tackle the problem but they have few useful tools. The Arab coalition said Friday that it had discovered and destroyed a marine mine planted by the Houthi militia in the southern Red Sea, Saudi state TV reported. The coalition said it was an Iranian-made Sadaf mine. That makes 171 sea mines found and destroyed, the coalition said.

According to some estimates the Houthis have scattered “some hundreds of sea mines ” in the Red and Arabian seas. Experts say that most of the mines are of the floating type and were detected by naval or cargo ships that have spotted them and reported.

Jun 16 11:06

So folks, how’s World War III working out for ya? Not what you expected is it?

That’s the way it is. The world is in the middle of World War III.

Of course, this is NOT public knowledge. This is something that only the American “leadership”, and international leaders have any idea about.

Not the rabble.

Not people like you.

And let me be blunt. The United States owns the media, and all communication traffic over the internet. They don’t want any one getting near the truth. So if you all want to know what the truth is, look at what they are hiding. Look at what they are omitting. Look at what they are “glossing over”. Look at what they are ignoring.

What won’t they dare talk about?

Jun 16 09:02

New Chinese Submarine Armed With Missiles Capable of Covering Entire US, Reports Say

China's newly commissioned nuclear-powered submarine, dubbed the Type 094A, is equipped with ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets at a distance of 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles) — the most powerful in the country, the South China Morning Post reported, citing a military source.

"The Type 094A is an upgraded version of the Type 094 that overcame one of the key problems – noise – by improving hydrokinetic and turbulent systems, allowing it to carry the more powerful JL-3", the source was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Before the upgrade, the submarine was capable of firing the inferior JL-2 that could only hit the northeast United States, the source said, noting that currently, it is able to cover the whole American continent.

Jun 16 07:47

Pentagon Reportedly Mulling Cold War-Style Permanent Navy Task Force in Pacific ‘to Counter China’

The Biden administration dramatically ramped up the US’s military footprint in the Asia-Pacific region in recent months, deploying carrier strike groups to the South and East China Seas at four times for ‘freedom of navigation’ missions, and doubling reconnaissance flights over Chinese-claimed waters.

The United States military is mulling the creation of a permanent naval task force in the Pacific “to counter China” and “add muscle” to President Joe Biden’s tough talk about Beijing, Politico reports, citing two persons said to be familiar with the discussions.

The outlet’s sources say the task force would be modelled after a NATO-based permanent naval deployment created in the Atlantic in 1968 to ‘counter the Soviet Union’ known as the Standing Naval Forces Atlantic. That force currently has between four and six destroyers, frigates, and auxiliary ships deployed at any one time, and is designed to provide the Western bloc with an immediate response capability.

Jun 16 04:56

Pentagon to redirect $2.2 billion in border wall funds back to military projects

The Pentagon says it will restore $2.2 billion to military projects that were cancelled by the Trump administration to pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border to prevent immigrants from coming to the United States.

The US Department of Defense announced on Friday that the money will go to 66 projects in 16 countries, 11 US states and three US territories in fiscal 2021.

Jun 15 11:12

Broken Promises, Skyrocketing Budgets, and a Fighter Not Fit for Duty – The F-35 Debacle

If we didn’t have broken promises, we’d hardly have any promises at all when it comes to the F-35! Broken promises are a hallmark of the F-35 program resulting in a high cost to the taxpayer. The program is projected to cost more than $1 trillion to the taxpayer using tax dollars or the taxpayers' credit card depending on accounting. Either way, the F-35 costs $33,000 per hour to fly, yet the contractor’s promise to get that number down to $25,000 per hour is supposed to make us feel better.

The whole F-35 project feels similar to a trip to buy a new car. When one steps into a car dealership, they immediately are descended upon by a number of salesmen who act like they are your best friend from high school making promise after promise. When one sees the sticker price and flinches, the dealer says that this is a “special, one-time” deal. That scenario ends up producing an owner of a brand-new car who feels ripped off.

Jun 15 10:56

Costliest Weapon in US History: F-35 Facing Scrutiny Again But Somehow it's Russia & China's 'Fault'

While clouds are gathering on the F-35's horizon, some American media suggests that it's not because of high costs, development problems and unaccomplished mission capable rates, but because Russia and China are trying to undermine the promising project.

John Venable, a senior research fellow for defense policy at the conservative Heritage Foundation, believes that Moscow and Beijing "would like nothing better than for the United States to curtail its buy of the F-35" because "there is not an allied or adversary platform in production that can come close to competing with the F-35."

"So just how could the Russians, Chinese or even a competitor company accomplish such dastardly work? Proxies perhaps? Sounds like the movie Conspiracy Theory, right?" Venable remarks, suggesting that the countries are waging a "disinformation campaign" against the F-35 by using facts which "critics of the F-35 have latched onto… to make their case."

Jun 15 10:47

US troops forced to segregate by race and sex for ‘privilege walks,’ told they’re racist and more, Sen. Cotton says

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) highlighted mandatory racially charged training sessions taking place within the military during a Thursday Senate hearing with President Joe Biden’s Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

Cotton summarized several of the complaints he had received in a whistleblower tip line he established with Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) to allow troops to report on the “woke” and racially charged training in which they are being forced to participate. Cotton noted several examples of racially charged activities, including segregation, mandatory training and reading, and superiors declaring entire branches or units racist.

“One Marine told us a military history training session was replaced with
mandatory training on police brutality, White privilege, and systemic racism,” Cotton said. “He reported that several officers are now leaving his unit citing that training.”

Jun 15 07:44

NATO summit: confronting China, Russia and the world

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization ended its summit in Brussels on June 14 and issued a communiqué listing achievements since the last summit and a blueprint to take the military bloc to its next one in 2022. The representatives of the thirty-nation alliance also endorsed the 67-page document used to prepare the summit’s discussions and decisions, NATO 2030: United for a New Era. In turn the summit tasked NATO with elaborating a new Strategic Concept to replace that adopted at the Lisbon summit in 2010.

The communiqué is an extensive document consisting of 79 sections; any attempt to systematically examine and analyze those points would be a book-length endeavor.

Instead, the major themes and major points of the summit report will be listed.

Jun 15 07:32

EU to Commit 'Suicide' if it Obeys Biden's Plan to Take on China & Russia, Warn Scholars

The Biden administration's attempt to compete with a re-emerging part of the world appears doomed, as the so-called "unipolar moment" can no longer be restored, say European observers commenting on the US president's commitment to NATO and Build Back Better World pledges.

On Monday, President Joe Biden met with NATO leaders at the 2021 Brussels summit, where he described the US commitment to the military alliance as "a sacred obligation". A final statement of the meeting emphasised the "threat" posed by Russia as well as the "challenges" caused by China.

Earlier, on Saturday, the US president and G7 member states announced the Build Back Better World (B3W) partnership – an apparent competitor to China's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. Both announcements were made as the White House seeks to reaffirm to its allies that "America is back" at the helm of global politics.

Jun 15 07:08

White House calls Capitol riot a 'terrorist attack', introduces Pentagon anti-radicalization to stop the 'lethal' rise of 'white supremacy' in the military and pushes to 'purge' the internet of 'extremist content'

The Pentagon is to start training for service members leaving the military to prevent them being radicalized by violent extremists, as part of the country's first domestic terrorism strategy due to be unveiled on Tuesday.

It follows a review that stated the most dangerous elements of the threat today come from white supremacists and anti-government extremists.

The White House also called the Capitol riot a 'domestic terrorist attack' in the report and backed a 'purge' of extremist content online.

Jun 15 06:23

American unilateralism & intervention is driving global instability, not Russian actions, Putin says ahead of summit with Biden

While Washington constantly talks of the need for international harmony, it has rarely played a positive role in it in recent years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, stressing that stability is vital in world politics.

Asked during an interview with NBC's Keir Simmons, broadcast on Monday, whether he would support a call for predictability and stability from his US counterpart, Joe Biden, when the two leaders meet in Geneva on Wednesday, Putin said that it “is the most important value... in international affairs.” However, he added, “on the part of our US partners, this is something that we haven't seen in recent years.”

Jun 15 06:01

PETER DASZAK'S ECOHEALTH ALLIANCE HAS HIDDEN ALMOST $40 MILLION IN PENTAGON FUNDING AND MILITARIZED PANDEMIC SCIENCE

“Pandemics are like terrorist attacks: We know roughly where they originate and what’s responsible for them, but we don’t know exactly when the next one will happen. They need to be handled the same way — by identifying all possible sources and dismantling those before the next pandemic strikes.”

This statement was written in the New York Times earlier this year by Peter Daszak. Daszak is the longtime president of the EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based non-profit whose claimed focus is pandemic prevention. But the EcoHealth Alliance, it turns out, is at the very centre of the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways.

To depict the pandemic in such militarized terms is, for Daszak, a commonplace. In an Oct. 7 online talk organized by Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Daszak presented a slide titled “Donald Rumsfeld’s Prescient Speech.”:

Jun 15 05:59

NATO Says Attacks in Space Could Trigger Article 5 Mutual Defense Clause

NATO, the ever-expanding military alliance, is now including attacks in space as a potential reason to trigger a war with all 30 of its members.

In a statement issued on Monday’s summit in Brussels, NATO leaders said attacks in or from space could lead to the alliance invoking Article 5, which states that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on them all.

“We consider that attacks to, from, or within space present a clear challenge to the security of the Alliance,” the NATO leaders said. “Such attacks could lead to the invocation of Article 5. A decision as to when such attacks would lead to the invocation of Article 5 would be taken by the North Atlantic Council on a case-by-case basis.”

Ahead of the summit in Brussels, President Biden described the US commitment to Article 5 as a “sacred obligation.” While NATO has fought several offensive wars since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the only time Article 5 was invoked was after the September 11th attacks.

Jun 15 05:44

Arms trade: Which countries and companies are selling weapons to Israel?

For over a week, Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip with bombs, claiming it is targeting Hamas "terrorists". But residential buildings, book stores, hospitals and the main Covid-19 testing lab have also been flattened.

Israel's ongoing bombardment of the besieged enclave, which has now killed at least 213 people, including 61 children, likely constitutes a war crime, according to Amnesty International.

Hamas' thousands of indiscriminate rockets fired north from Gaza, which have killed 12 people, may also be a war crime, according to the rights group.

But while Hamas has bombs mostly put together from homemade and smuggled materials, which are dangerous because they are unguided, Israel has state of the art, precision weaponry and its own booming arms industry. It is the eighth biggest arms exporter on the planet.

Jun 14 13:10

Bills Introduced to Set Deadlines and Provide Resources for Cleanup of “Forever Chemicals” (PFAS) at U.S. Military Facilities

By B.N. Frank

In May the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was heavily criticized for replacing old “forever chemicals” with new ones. Fortunately, last week one of its offices announced it would be taking actions to protect the public. A bill has also been introduced to accelerate the cleanup of contaminated military sites...

Jun 14 13:01

The curious case of the United States

Internationally, the United States has punished sovereign governments that have attempted to liberate themselves from the yoke of the petro/nuclear-backed dollar, by committing some of the most heinous war crimes the world has ever seen. From commandeering the U.S. military to murder at least a million Iraqi civilians following an effort led by Suddam Hussein to ditch the dollar for the Euro, to brutally murdering the head of state of Libya following his promises to help create an African currency (with the U.S. Secretary of State openly cackling about it on national television), to playing a pivotal role in an effort led by Saudi Arabia to starve millions of Yemenis in order to advance Saudi Arabian interests in the region, the U.S. government has enforced an empire abroad, maintaining more than a thousand (known) military bases in dozens, if not hundreds of countries.

Jun 14 11:57

Seven Minutes From Moscow: Putin Warns Of Missile Threat To Russia As U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyers Enter Baltic, Black Seas

In comments that got past editors in the Western news media, President Vladimir Putin in a recent Russian television interview accused the West of abusing what were good relations at the time (1999-2004) to expand NATO up to Russia’s borders. And in doing so, he specified, violated verbal pledges made by American officials to then-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, adding that the latter is alive and in good health and can confirm what he was told. In a candid assessment of the matter, Putin added, “I do not want to use harsh words, but they simply spat upon our interests and that’s that.”

Lengthy excerpts of his comments were published on the English-language site of the government news agency TASS on June 9.

Jun 14 11:27

Russian Official Warns Conflict Between China, U.S. Would 'Exterminate All Mankind

ussian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov doesn't see war breaking out between China, Russia and the U.S., but if it did, it would "exterminate all mankind."

As the United States' relationship with Russia and China deteriorated, the two countries grew closer. Russia and China have denied that there are any current plans for a military alliance, although both have kept the door open to the possibility of one, raising concerns that a pact between Moscow and Beijing could disrupt the world order.

Denisov told the Global Times, a Chinese state-run outlet, that he wouldn't answer the hypothetical question as to whether Russia would back China in a war with the U.S.

"I am convinced that there will be no armed conflict between China and the U.S., just as there will be no armed conflict between Russia and the U.S. because such a conflict would exterminate all mankind, and then there would be no point in taking sides," Denisov said.

Jun 14 10:08

Bombs In Paradise: How Hawaii Is Fast Becoming The Most Militarized Place On Earth

The United States Army plans to build an enormous weapons facility storing stockpiles of conventional warheads and explosives right next to the residential housing communities of Ewa Beach, Ewa Villages, West Loch Estates, and Ewa Gentry, as well as beside the Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge in Hawaii. This Pacific island paradise already has the largest concentration of United States military bases and compounds in the country, making it one of the most militarized places on earth. Were it to secede from the Union, Hawaii would be a major military power on a global scale. And now, more weapons are on the way. A lot more.

The size, scope, and expense of this massive construction project must be considered, as well as the immediate danger placed on the residents of the surrounding communities. Equally important is whether the pre-positioning of such massive amounts of live warheads and munitio

Jun 14 08:28

Top US General Warns China Increasing Military At "Serious And Sustained Rate"

The top U.S. general warned Thursday that the Chinese regime is increasing its military capacity at a “very serious and sustained rate” and said it could pose a threat to worldwide stability and peace.

Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that it’s necessary the United States “retain our competitive and technological edge” over the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which comes after President Joe Biden and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin raised similar concerns in recent days about the rhetoric coming from the CCP—as the United States and China have remained intransigent over Taiwan, the CCP’s human rights violations, and disputes over territory.

Jun 14 07:36

Putin’s show of strength to Biden: Russian forces hunt ‘enemy’ submarine in Pacific Ocean drills

Jun 14 07:32

British MoD Report: Embrace of “Human Augmentation” to Fully Exploit Drones and A.I. for Warfighting

The MoD’s internal think-tank, the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) along with the German Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning (BODP) has published a disturbing new report urging greater investigation of – and investment in – human augmentation for military purposes. The following is a brief summary of the 100+ page document with short comment at the end.

‘Human Augmentation – The Dawn of a New Paradigm’ argues that humans are the ‘weakest link’ in modern warfare, and that there is a need to exploit scientific advances to improve human capabilities.

“Increasing use of autonomous and unmanned systems – from the tactical to the strategic level – could significantly increase the combat effect that an individual can bring to bear, but to realise this potential, the interfaces between people and machines will need to be significantly enhanced. Human augmentation will play an important part in enabling this interface.”

Jun 14 07:00

Biden’s Message to NATO Summit: US Has Sacred Obligation to Article 5 War Clause

Voice of America Sunday ran a story about the tenor and theme of President Joe Biden’s presentation at tomorrow’s NATO summit in Brussels with the headline Biden to Reassure Allies of US Commitment to NATO Mutual Defense Clause. In the report it cites a pledge Biden made in an address to American Air Force service members at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall base on June 9: “In Brussels, I will make it clear that the United States’ commitment to our NATO Alliance and Article 5 is rock solid. It’s a sacred obligation that we have under Article 5.” Today the White House posted an online fact sheet on the summit which contained in its opening paragraph this stark statement: “During the Summit, the President will reaffirm the enduring Transatlantic bond through NATO and underscore the United States’ ironclad commitment to Article 5 – an attack on one is an attack on all and will be met with a collective response.”

Jun 14 07:00

Secretary General: NATO Won’t ‘Mirror’ Russia, Will Exponentially Outspend, Surround It With Battle Groups

Just hours ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels on June 14, the military bloc’s secretary general, Norway’s Jens Stoltenberg, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble that NATO will continue to expand its military capabilities but will not “mirror” its arch-adversary Russia. And indeed without meaning in the least to do so he spoke the truth.

For while disingenuously stating the alliance he heads is pursuing a “dual track approach” to the nation whose government he routinely accuses of (his precise terminology) authoritarian push-back against the rules-based international order – an approach of defense and dialogue (note the sequence) – he immediately segued into boasting:

“And that’s exactly what we do when we now have implemented the biggest reinforcements of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War, and will continue to strengthen our collective defense with high readiness, more troops, and increased investment in our defense.”

Jun 14 06:59

Seven Minutes From Moscow: Putin Warns of Missile Threat to Russia as U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyers Enter Baltic, Black Seas

In comments that got past editors in the Western news media, President Vladimir Putin in a recent Russian television interview accused the West of abusing what were good relations at the time (1999-2004) to expand NATO up to Russia’s borders. And in doing so, he specified, violated verbal pledges made by American officials to then-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, adding that the latter is alive and in good health and can confirm what he was told. In a candid assessment of the matter, Putin added, “I do not want to use harsh words, but they simply spat upon our interests and that’s that.”

Lengthy excerpts of his comments were published on the English-language site of the government news agency TASS on June 9.

Jun 14 06:48

How Generals Fueled 1918 Flu Pandemic to Win Their World War- Just like today

Just like today, brass and bureaucrats ignored warnings, and sent troops overseas despite the consequences.

The U.S. military has been forced by the coronavirus pandemic to make some serious changes in their operations. But the Pentagon, and especially the Navy, have also displayed a revealing resistance to moves to stand down that were clearly needed to protect troops from the raging virus from the start.

The Army and Marine Corps have shifted from in-person to virtual recruitment meetings. But the Pentagon has reversed an initial Army decision to postpone further training and exercises for at least 30 days, and it has decided to continue sending new recruits from all the services to basic training camps, where they would no doubt be unable to sustain social distancing.

Jun 14 06:17

House tees up war authorization repeal while Senate waits on White House

The House will vote on a repeal of the Iraq-focused 2002 war authorization this week, but similar legislation is on a slower track on the other side of the Capitol, where lawmakers were still negotiating with the White House last week.

The House will vote on its bill, from Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., when it returns to Washington after its three-week recess, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., announced. The popular measure, which advanced out of the Foreign Affairs Committee in late May, has 103 co-sponsors, including seven Republicans.

Jun 11 12:56

Without American Support Taliban Steamrolls Afghan Army, Walks Away with Precision US Weapons and Armored Fighting Vehicles

Leo Tolstoy wrote that “war is always pernicious even when successful.”

The United States’ ongoing withdrawal from Afghanistan demonstrates the truth of this claim.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid announced on Twitter that Taliban fighters overran government security forces with ease this week in the Maidan Wardak Province, just west of Kabul.

His posts included several pictures of booty from the conquest, which included American-made machine guns, rifles, carbines and armored vehicles.

“The enemy fled on seeing the casualties, and a large number of tanks, heavy and light weapons and ammunition fell into the hands of the Mujahideen,” he tweeted.

Jun 11 11:04

Russia Is Trying To Restore a Giant Nuclear Battlecruiser—It’s Not Working Out

The Russian navy for nearly a decade has been trying to double, from one to two, its active fleet of huge, nuclear-powered battlecruisers.

It’s not going well. The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, which starved Russian shipyards of funding and forced the navy to lay up three of its four Kirov-class battlecruisers, still is wreaking havoc on fleet planning.

Since at least 2013, the Russian navy has been trying to refurbish and upgrade Admiral Nakhimov, the third-in-class of the 827-foot Kirovs. If and when Admiral Nakhimov is ready, she’ll join her younger sister Pyotr Velikiy in service with the Northern Fleet.

Two older Kirovs, laid up for decades, could head for the breakers this year.

Jun 11 10:25

‘Hundreds’ of Whistleblowers Say Military Forcing ‘Anti-American Indoctrination’ on Them: Sen. Cotton

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on June 10 that “hundreds” of military whistleblowers have reported being forced to receive “anti-American indoctrination” training, including critical race theory (CRT).

In a Senate hearing with Austin, Cotton claimed that within the military, there’s “plummeting morale, growing mistrust between races and sexes where none existed just six months ago and unexpected retirements and separations based on these trainings alone.”

One whistleblower, Cotton alleged, said that military history training was replaced with training about police brutality, “systemic racism,” and “white privilege.” Another said that his unit had to read “White Fragility” by feminist author and critical theory proponent Robin DiAngelo, according to the senator.

Jun 11 04:20

$1.2 Trillion Manchin-Backed Infrastructure Plan Reached By Bipartisan Group Of Senators

Update (1900ET): The bipartisan group has agreed to pitch a $1.2 trillion eight-year infrastructure spending package to the Biden administration, according to Bloomberg, citing an anonymous source familiar with the deliberations.

The proposal is notably backed by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and calls for $579 billion in net new spending "beyond outlays that Congress was already expected to enact."

After talks between President Joe Biden and Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) broke down earlier this week, a bipartisan group of 10 senators led by Mitt Romney (R-UT) say they've reached a tentative deal on the the size of an infrastructure deal, as well as how they'd pay for it.

The deal would spend a fraction of the $4.1 trillion called for by President Biden, and would not require an increase in taxes, according to The Hill, which suggests it may be a "tough sell within the broader Senate Democratic caucus."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What about accountability for the billions we've already spent in taxes the Federal Government has blown through in horrific and stupid over-reach to date?!?

I would really love some accurate numbers on that, thank you very much!!

Jun 11 04:12

Buchanan: What Is America's Cause In The World?

Authored by Pat Buchanan,

“Take away this pudding; it has no theme,” is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him.

Writers have used Churchill’s remark to describe a foreign policy that lacks coherence or centrality of purpose.
At the Cold War’s end, George H. W. Bush said America would now lead mankind in the creation of “a New World Order.”

George W. Bush was going to deny to all “axis of evil” nations — North Korea, Iran, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq — access to the “world’s worst weapons,” with our ultimate goal being “ending tyranny in our world.”

According to the Biden Democrats of today, America’s goal is the preservation of “a rules-based international order,” which is less inspiring than “Remember the Alamo!” or “Remember Pearl Harbor!”

What are the causes that actually animate Americans?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is, after the last "election" the process is so completely compromised, that ordinary Americans have absolute zero say in how the government is run, or structured.

How this will play out in the long run, I cannot say; however, combining the anger with no longer feeling represented in any way by this government, coupled with the anger about how the Covid-19 pandemic was handled in this county, when its leadership had been given a "heads up" moment, long before it let its citizens know what was going on, may well be a turning point.

Jun 11 03:45

How Washington Is Positioning Al-Qaeda's Founder As Its Rebranded 'Asset

Authored by Ben Norton & Max Blumenthal via TheGrayZone.com,

March 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the Western regime-change war on Syria. And after a decade of grueling conflict, Washington is still maneuvering to extend its longstanding relationship with the Salafi-jihadist militants fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

With the northeastern province of Idlib under the control of a self-proclaimed "Syrian Salvation Government" led by the rebranded version of Syria’s al-Qaeda franchise, and protected under the military aegis of NATO member state Turkey, powerful elements from Brussels to Washington have been working to legitimize its leader.

This June, PBS Frontline aired a special, "The Jihadist," featuring a sit-down interview with Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, de facto president of the "Syrian Salvation Government" and founder of the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda originally called Jabhat al-Nusra, today re-branded as Hay-at Tahrir al-Sham, or HTS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PBS is, most simply put, just another element in US government psy-ops, period, end of discussion.

And BTW, when was the last time you saw a PBS program critical, in any way, of US governmental agenda?!?

The short answer, is... NEVER.

Jun 11 03:27

The Iran Nuclear Deal Won't Happen Any Time Soon

Authored by Cyril Widdershoven via OilPrice.com,

Global oil markets have been on edge recently due to the continuing JCPOA discussions and the possibility of the U.S. rejoining the deal. While there have been no real breakthroughs in the discussions so far, the possibility of Iranian oil exports coming back online is adding downward pressure to oil prices. Despite this added pressure, international oil benchmark Brent is still firmly above $70, and oil price optimism is only increasing. This optimism is due to the growing global demand for oil and petroleum products and is also driven by warnings from U.S. diplomats that Iranian sanctions are far from over. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated to the press that “even in the event of a return to compliance with the JCPOA, hundreds of sanctions will remain in place, including sanctions imposed by the Trump Administration”.

Jun 10 08:20

Biden’s Military Puts West Point Cadets in Solitary Confinement If They Refuse COVID Vaccine

Military cadets at West Point Academy who refuse to take one of the controversial COVID vaccines are being put in solitary confinement, with more stringent restrictions than those who tested positive for the virus.

At West Point Military Academy, a number of cadets are currently rebelling against the push from the Biden administration and military higher-ups to take one of the controversial COVID-19 vaccines. 700 cadets who initially refused the vaccine were brought together into a meeting room, and were briefed as to the benefits of the vaccine. The number of cadets has now dwindled significantly after allegations of daily pressure by “senior officials” at the school, and rumors of reductions of leave. Some cadets relented and received the vaccine, while many left West Point due to the pressure.

Jun 10 07:48

Torture Enters the Courtroom

For the first time in American history, a federal judge last week authorized the government to admit as evidence in a criminal case in a public courtroom words uttered by the defendant that were obtained under torture.

Al-Nashiri’s lawyers told the court and the prosecutors at Guantanamo Bay that they intend to argue at trial to the jury that the government has the wrong man and that the true plotters have already been killed by US forces. The feds, in order to counter that argument, told the court that they have statements that al-Nashiri made during his torture that can arguably be used to question his defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dosne't this make you PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN?!?!?

And folks, these procedures were paid for by your tax dollars; doesn't that make you feel great?!?

DAMN, I wish we lived in a country which doesn't so routinely commit war crimes; unfortunately, Mike and I are too old and to broke to immigrate.

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