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Aug 27 12:58

Utterly Despicable: Mourners At Funeral For ‘Child Air-Strike Victims’ Killed By Barrel Bombs

At least 15 civilians have reportedly been killed by a suspected barrel bomb attack on a funeral being held in the Syrian city of
Aleppo.

Residents had gathered in the rebel-controlled Bab al-Nayrab district to mourn 11 children who died in air strikes two days before on Saturday when the explosions struck.

Aug 27 12:19

UK Defense Contractor BAE Selling Surveillance Gear To Emirates – Report

The Danish subsidiary of a British defense contractor is selling surveillance gear to the United Arab Emirates, according to documents obtained by a Danish newspaper. The deal has sparked fears that the system will be used to repress political opponents.

The papers from the Danish Business Authority show that it issued an export permit last month to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence A/S, which gives the company the right to sell an “IP monitoring and data analysis system relating to national security and the investigation of serious crimes” to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dagbladet Information reported.

Aug 27 11:36

Hillary Clinton’s “Humanitarian Interventionists” Prepare for War in Syria

Defense One, the online magazine published by the self-described “neocon guy" David Bradley, has called for a no-fly zone in Syria. Evelyn N. Farkas, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a NATO operation, writes the United States is “morally complicit in the worsening humanitarian catastrophe that is Syria,” but not for the reason you might think. The United States is guilty because it has not intervened more directly. “We should be ready to enforce [a no-fly zone] through military force and communicate this directly to the Russian government. We should seek U.N. Security Council approval, but be prepared to proceed without it.”

Aug 27 10:51

THE CASE FOR DONALD TRUMP

Anyone who knows my writing and background knows I am not a conservative and certainly have little use for the right wing anywhere.
But they will also know that I despise war and that I believe America’s establishment has brought moral degradation to the country’s international affairs. It has also brought degradation to America’s own people, completely ignoring their welfare for decades, regarding them only as a herd from which to solicit votes with television advertising and from whom to collect taxes.

Aug 27 07:24

Daesh-Gate: The Scandal That Could End Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Russian-Israeli journalist and political analyst Israel Shamir offers his insights on why Trump's comments about Obama and Clinton being 'the founders of ISIS' may just put an end to Hillary Clinton's White House ambitions.

Aug 26 15:57

Turkey Invades Northern Syria — Truth of Turkish "Coup" Revealed?

Syria's conflict has escalated into dangerous new territory as Turkish military forces cross the Turkish-Syrian border in an attempt to annex the Syrian city of Jarabulus. The operation includes not only Turkish military forces, but also throngs of Western-backed militants who will likely be handed control of the city before expanding operations deeper into Syria against Syrian government forces.

Aug 26 13:25

The Future of War Looks Like Hollywood: “Terminator-Like Machines to Fight in Battlefields”

The future might be unrecognizable, and the battlefield may soon become a place where humans don’t stand a chance.

The future of war will involve autonomous robots instead of humans, according to Air Force General and Vice Chair of the Joint of Chiefs of Staff Paul Selva, who warned enemies could build “Terminator”-like machines to fight in battlefields.

“I’m talking about a wholly-robotic system that decides whether or not, at the point of decision, it’s going to do lethal ops.”

Read more at SHTF

Aug 26 12:47

BRITISH COMPANIES ARE SELLING ADVANCED SPY TECH TO AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES

Since early 2015, over a dozen UK companies have been granted licenses to export powerful telecommunications interception technology to countries around the world, Motherboard has learned. Many of these exports include IMSI-catchers, devices which can monitor large numbers of mobile phones over broad areas. Some of the UK companies were given permission to export their products to authoritarian states such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Egypt; countries with poor human rights records that have been well-documented toabuse surveillance technology.

Aug 26 11:18

Video: Japan Holds Live-Fire Drills Day After N. Korean Missile Test

Tanks, artillery and hundreds of troops took part in Japanese Self Defense Forces (SDF) live-fire drills near Mount Fuji.

Aug 26 10:50

"I Didn't Serve, I Was Used": How Veterans Are Losing The War At Home

A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said,

“Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” That got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home.

Aug 26 10:11

The $400bn F-35 is 'not on a path to success': Damning test report warns fighter jet is 'running out of time and money'

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been hailed as the 'most expensive weapon in history,' and with a price tag of $400 billion for 2,457 planes, the fifth-generation fighter has been plagued with issues.

But it appeared the tide had finally turned earlier this month when the U.S. Air Force has declared an initial squadron of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35A fighter jets ready for combat.

Now, the Pentagon's director of operational testing has poured cold water on the announcement, slamming the planes readiness.

Aug 26 09:52

In ‘Peace Initiative,’ Kerry Demands Yemen’s Houthis Surrender and Disarm

Visiting the city of Jeddah, Secretary of State John Kerry announced a deal with Saudi Arabia on a new “peace initiative” related to the ongoing Saudi invasion of Yemen. As with all previous such initiatives, Kerry’s statement laying out the plan demanded that the Shi’ite Houthis, who the Saudis are fighting, must immediately surrender all territory and unilaterally disarm before being allowed to participate in any talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Secretary Kerry: this proposal has been engineered to fail, and you know it.

The US-enabled Saudi military has been targeting hospitals, schools, and innocent civilians.

These, sir, are war crimes.

And this makes the United States of America complicit in war crimes.

And sir, I hate to be cynical, but it is really difficult for me to keep up these days.

As reported at reuters.com on 9 August of this year:

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from the capital, Sanaa. Human rights groups have criticized the coalition's air strikes because of the deaths of civilians. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale.

So, Secretary Kerry, let me get this straight: a private US company, General Dynamics, is selling weaponry to a country which has been proven to be committing war crimes, and the Administration is perfectly fine with this?!?

Many Americans, as they head to the polls in November, are very concerned about these damnable, never-ending pre-emptive wars the US government has either started, or enabled.

And they are asking themselves; do they want another warmonger in chief, which is what a Clinton presidency will guarantee they will have, or a businessman who wants peace through commerce and trade?

The choice for the American voter could not possibly be more stark, Mr. Secretary; and people are paying attention to the potential, horrific, consequences of electing another war-centric candidate.

Aug 26 08:52

China Calls for Calm as India Moves to Deploy Missiles to Disputed Region

As India plans to equip its troops along the Chinese border with the BrahMos missile, China’s Defense Ministry has called for calm. A long term territorial dispute between Beijing and New Delhi has been brewing along the Tibetan border. China lays claim to roughly 35,000 square miles ruled by India, while India says that China is currently occupying 14,600 square miles of its territory.

India Accuses China of Sending Troops, Helicopter Across Border To assert its own claims, New Delhi plans to deploy advanced BrahMos cruise missiles to the region. Introduced in 2007, the projectile is one of India’s most versatile weapons, capable of being launched from ships, submarines, aircraft, or land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at rbth.com last year:

In September 2010 India’s newly constituted tri-services Strategic Forces Command (SFC) submitted a proposal to the Defence Ministry for setting up two dedicated squadrons of aircraft comprising 40 Su-30MKI air dominance fighters. The task of this “mini air force” is to deliver nuclear weapons. The picture became clearer in October 2012 when the Cabinet Committee on Security green lighted a programme to carry out structural and software modifications on 42 Su-30MKIs and acquire 216 air-launched Brahmos missiles. Until then, the Brahmos – the product of an India-Russia joint venture – was for exclusive use by the Navy. пустым не оставлять!! FGFA may be armed with BrahMos cruise missiles In March 2015 the SFC received the first of these 42 Sukhois equipped with the air launched version of the supersonic BrahMos. This is the first time that the SFC, which at present depends on the Indian Air Force (IAF) for delivering nuclear weapons under its command, is acquiring its own aerial assets.

Translation: the Indian military has moved nuclear-capable fighter aircraft to the Tibetan border.

The Indo/Chinese conflict in this region gets very little US corporate press, but it is, indeed, one of those hair-trigger conflicts which could well generate World War III.

Let us hope that cool heads on both sides of a hastily-called peace conference on this issue, prevail.

And an earnest, honest plea to Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov; you two gentlemen are "the adults in the room" when it comes to ratcheting down geopolitical tensions.

Please, start working the phones here and see what areas of agreement you can create between these two nuclear armed countries to keep things from spiraling out of control.

Aug 26 08:15

Susan Sarandon: Hillary Will Cause World War 3

Actress Susan Sarandon thinks Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is “very dangerous” on foreign policy and would almost certainly start World War III.

Sarandon told The Daily Caller News Foundation at an anti-oil pipeline rally that Clinton’s foreign policy record is alarming. Clinton has armed dangerous people in Syria, the actress said.

Aug 26 07:32

AN ANALYSIS OF ANTHONY M. BARRETT’S PERSPECTIVE ON U.S.-RUSSIAN NUCLEAR WAR

If one is to take careful measure of Anthony M. Barrett’s perspective essay entitled “False Alarms, True Dangers? /Current and Future Risks of Inadvertent U.S.-Russian Nuclear War”, [ next article down] we might possibly assume that the analyst’s suggestion of an ‘inadvertent’ nuclear war is more of a false flag scenario than a veiled threat - a pre-emptive, nuclear strike by either of the two nation-states. In the beginning of his essay, Mr. Barrett gives the signal that he is truly concerned about “an inadvertent nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia—that is, a conflict that begins when one nation misinterprets an event (such as a training exercise, a weather phenomenon, or a malfunction) as an indicator of a nuclear attack or a provocation”.

Aug 26 07:32

False Alarms, True Dangers? Current and Future Risks of Inadvertent U.S.-Russian Nuclear War

How could miscalculations and misperceptions lead to the use of nuclear weapons in three scenarios: an early warning system's false alarm, an escalation of a conventional conflict in Russia's "near abroad," and a false indication of a nuclear attack by Russia's "Dead Hand" system?

Aug 26 07:11

Turkey Invades Aleppo With US Backing

TURKEY invaded northern Syria yesterday with US military and diplomatic backing, striking at both Islamic State (Isis) and Kurdish forces.

Turkish troops and up to 20 tanks accompanied by extremist insurgents pulled from fronts in the Syrian civil war to capture Jarabulus, the key Isis-held border town in the north-east of Aleppo province.

Aug 25 15:43

U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched In Yemeni Blood

When Pope Francis visited the U.S. Congress in September 2015, he boldly posed a moral challenge to his American hosts, asking: “Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?”

Aug 25 12:54

PENTAGON HAS NO IDEA WHERE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF GUNS WENT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

The U.S. government has shipped over 1.4 million guns to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, according a new analysis by the U.K.-based watchdog Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), but the Pentagon is only able to account for fewer than half of them. AOAV released its analysis of publicly available data on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contracts on Wednesday, and added that when requested to provide its own accounting for the small arms provided to the war-torn nations, "the DoD data shows that over 700,000 small arms were sent from the U.S. to Iraq and Afghanistan within these periods. However, this amount only accounts for 48 percent of the total small arms supplied by the U.S. government that can be found in open source government reports."

Aug 25 12:14

Police: Man Shouts 'Allahu Akbar' In Australian Knife Attack

A French man shouting the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two men in an attack at a hostel in northeast Australia, police said Wednesday.

The 29-year-old suspect did not have any known links to the Islamic State group and appeared to have acted alone, Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said. Police were trying to determine whether the man had been motivated by extremism, or something else.

Aug 25 11:24

New Arms Race: China, US Prepare for Missile Warfare

In signs of a new Cold War, China is building an arsenal of both offensive and defensive missiles to prepare for a hypothetical conflict with the United States. In recent months, tensions between the two nations have reached new heights. In the South China Sea, Beijing and Washington are at loggerheads over the former’s construction of artificial islands, with the US concerned China is attempting to establish an air defense zone. In the neighboring East China Sea, Tokyo and Beijing are at odds over the Senkaku islands, a conflict partly driven by the United States pressuring its Pacific allies into taking a harder stance against China’s growing influence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very sorry to have to say that I do not see this as the preparation for a "new cold war" between China (and Russia) and the United states: I see it as preparation, on all sides for a shooting war in which millions will most probably die.

I wish I had a far more rosy, positive assessment of what is going on, but the confluence of international tensions cautions against that.

And what is accelerating the coming of these wars is the rapid slide of the US dollar, due to the following reasons:

Four More Mega-Banks Join The Anti-Dollar Alliance

23 COUNTRIES NOW ABANDONING US DOLLAR

Putin Targets US Monetary System: "Aims To Eliminate US Dollar From Trade"

Goodbye dollar? BRICS set to enhance trade in national currencies

China Says “No Dollars” for New Yuan

The Collapse of the Western Fiat Monetary System may have Begun. China, Russia and the Reemergence of Gold-Backed Currencies

Of course, the US dollar is still around, courtesy of all the blood and money spent to keep it propped up with these vicious pre-emptive wars, courtesy of the US government; to control the resources, like oil, and guarantee that those resources will only be sold in the US dollar. But the oligarchs, the 1 percenters, the Fed, and the banks want to see this arrangement continue for as long as possible.

As a Christian pacifist activist, I have consistently urged my government to negotiate, logically, in good faith to resolve all the geopolitical disputes it has with other countries on the planet; the US government has chosen the tools of war over the tools of negotiation: that is why we are constantly being propagandized by the presstitutes, spewing their codswallop all over the corporate airwaves, as to which country is the "villain du jour" that day, week or month.

And what is painfully apparent to me is that this "deep state" government, no matter who is at the helm, consistently, over the last two administrations, and the current administration, never sees negotiations, peace, and prosperity as viable options.

So, right now, Russia, China, and Iran are the alleged "bad guys" against whom we are expected to boo, hiss, and complacently sent off our sons, daughters, and friends to fight, die, and get maimed for life in pursuit of the continuance of US dollar hegemony.

Wars are absolutely never about "freedom, honor, and the American way of life"; they are always about which currencies shall reign supreme after the war's end, and what companies will be making a killing (sometimes, literally) through these wars. Karl Marx once observed that all wars are economic in nature: he was entirely correct in his assessment.

So I have one memo for the Obama Administration: and that is, in the most peaceful, logical way I can pursue, I absolutely I will not go along with your war agenda, because I fully appreciate that it is based on lies you are hoping will shape a narrative of acceptance of these wars in the minds of the American people.

But as a people who were lied to about "Saddam's weapons of mass destruction", as a way to "sell" one of the last wars (What, again, was the obscenely lame excuse for the US military to invade Afghanistan?!?), which was, as usual, about controlling Iraq's oil, and making sure that the oil was sold only in US dollars, we understand that we can never believe anything the US government tells us again.

Never.

And President Obama, if you were to knock on my door, and tell me it was sunny outside, I would be morally obligated to walk out my door and check for myself.

I think we need to watch the G20 in China in early September very closely; it appears to be truly the last chance of possibly salvaging any possibility of peaceful resolutions of some of these major geopolitical conflicts in which the US is embroiled.

I would like to be pleasantly surprised, but I am not counting on it.

Aug 25 09:42

U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched In Yemeni Blood

When Pope Francis visited the U.S. Congress in September 2015, he boldly posed a moral challenge to his American hosts, asking: “Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?”

“Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money,” he solemnly concluded. “Money that is drenched in blood.”

Aug 25 09:24

US-TURKEY LAUNCH OPERATION "ISIS SHIELD" TO CLEANSE MODERATE ARABS AND KURDS UNDER THE COVER OF FIGHTING ISIS

Sadly, the Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become the pets and toys of the two-faced gangsters in Washington. If Uncle Sam tells them lay down, they lay down, if he tells them fetch, they fetch.

Aug 25 09:12

Colombia, FARC to sign historic peace deal today, ending 52-year war

Colombia’s government and the leftist FARC rebel organization have reached a final and comprehensive peace agreement which puts an end to Latin America’s longest war. The FARC campaign against successive Colombian governments began in 1964, leaving more than 220,000 people dead and more than six-and-a-half million displaced. After four years of negotiations, the pace deal will be signed Wednesday evening in Havana, Cuba.

The front-page headline of this morning’s (Wednesday) El Tiempo says it all: “¡Histórico!: Gobierno y Farc llegan a acuerdo y cierran negociación.”
Indeed. Colombia’s government and the leftist FARC rebel organization have reached a final and comprehensive peace agreement which puts an end to Latin America’s longest war. The FARC campaign against successive Colombian governments began in 1964, leaving more than 220,000 people dead and more than six-and-a-half million displaced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed that this holds, and that FARC becomes a political voice, and force for peace and justice in Columbia.

Aug 25 08:20

BEXALERT!: Boats Estimated to Come About 300 Yards Away From Destroyer

The US Navy just jumped the Shark!

While presenting the moves as “an interception” and “unsafe and unprofessional,” the video footage showed the speedboats barely visible in the distance, before zooming in to present them as somewhat larger, blurrier shapes in the distance.

Aug 25 08:15

Syria 'No Fly Zone' Is Last-Ditch US Effort To Save Al-Qaeda

"... this de facto "no fly zone" ... may be a US last-ditch effort to prevent Syrian government forces, aided by Russia, from taking back Aleppo and thus breaking the back of the foreign-backed insurgency."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama doesn't want this generation's Vietnam as part of his legacy, no matter how much it costs other peoples' money and lives!

Aug 24 15:41

Syria won't reach democracy with Assad, Erdogan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Syria will never "reach democracy" under the leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Erdogan made the remarks on Wednesday following a joint press conference with visiting US Vice President Joe Biden and hours after the Turkish military launched an operation on Syrian soil under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

The Turkish president also noted that Turkish-backed Syrian militants had retaken the Syrian town of Jarablus from Daesh Takfiri militants following the incursion that involved Turkish tanks and special forces supported by US and Turkish fighter jets.

Aug 24 15:39

Provoking Nuclear War By Media

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.

Aug 24 15:21

Israel sold weapons to Argentina at height of Falklands War, reveal declassified Foreign Office files

Israel sold weapons to Argentina at the height of the Falklands War in 1982, according to newly declassified Foreign Office files.

British diplomats cited evidence that Israel had supplied the Argentine military junta with arms that were used against the Task Force during the campaign to liberate the islands.

Israeli military exports before the war included the Skyhawk jets that would later be used to bomb British warships, killing dozens of soldiers, sailors and marines.

Aug 24 14:42

Tomas Young’s War Is The Cost Of Empire

When the eulogy for the US Empire is finally written, it will not serve to glorify the exploits of the US government abroad. There won’t be a laudatory recounting of examples of the Empire spreading so-called democracy across the
world by the barrel of gun, or by drone strike, or by military occupation. No one will sing the praises of the world’s leading weapons manufacturer, nor mourn the loss of the only State to annihilate entire cities with atom bombs.

Aug 24 12:55

Syria Condemns Turkish Invasion As "Breach Of Sovereignty" While Joe Biden Meets With Erdogan

Syria's Foreign Ministry, which has the backing of Russia and as of last week, China, condemned Turkey's military incursion against an Islamic State-held Syrian town near its border, aided by aircraft from a U.S.-led coalition, as a breach of its sovereignty, Syrian state television reported. It added that any counter terrorism operations inside its borders had to be conducted in coordination with Damascus and accused Ankara of launching the incursion to replace Islamic State with "other terrorist groups" a reference to rebels.

Aug 24 11:31

The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington’s Military Design in the Asia-Pacific

It is important to focus on Southeast Asia and East Asia in a broader geopolitical context. China, North Korea as well as Russia are potential targets under Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”, involving the combined threat of missile deployments, naval power and pre-emptive nuclear war.

We are not dealing with piecemeal military endeavors. The regional Asia-Pacific military agenda under the auspices of US Pacific Command (USPACOM) is part of a global process of US-NATO military planning.

US military actions are carefully coordinated. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific region. In turn, the planning of military operations is coordinated with non-conventional forms of warfare including regime change, financial warfare and economic sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are peace and prosperity never the options here, only more wars and more destruction?!?

That is a question I want answered by our politicians.

I have a tremendous respect for Professor Chossudovsky; he does have a real gift for calling geopolitical issues like he sees them.

I cannot tell you when a major, dramatic moment of conflict is going to take place; but I can tell you, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that it is coming.

Watching what is going on around the world, courtesy of the US government, is kind of like watching that archetypal dream, where you see the coming of a slow-motion train wreck, and it is impossible to stop. And Mike and I have seen this coming for quite some time.

Here are some links about intelligent prepping, which I hope you will find useful; because at this moment, the most powerful, life-affirming thing we can do is take care of ourselves, and the people we care about.


How to be an intelligent prepper without breaking the bank

Why This NYC Firefighter Is Prepping For The End Of Civilization

Back to Basics: How to Start Prepping Before the SHTF

Prepping 101 – A Step By Step Plan for How to Get Started Prepping – pt.2

Prepping: 10 simple ideas on how to start

Aug 24 10:13

Poroshenko transfers 141 pieces of combat hardware to army to beef up grouping in Donbass

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has transferred 141 pieces of domestically-produced combat hardware to the country’s armed forces to strengthen their grouping in the area of Kiev’s military operation in Donbass.

"Today we’re transferring 141 pieces of military hardware produced and modernized at Ukrainian defense enterprises," Poroshenko said at the handover ceremony in the town of Chuguyev in the north-eastern Kharkov region.
As Poroshenko said, this combat hardware will help the Ukrainian army to defend the country more effectively and finally achieve peace in the Donbass region.

In 2016 alone, the Ukrainian armed forces have received over a thousand units of combat hardware, Poroshenko said. The Ukrainian leader also said that deliveries from foreign partners had been organized as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These tanks and combat hardware are not elements for peace; they are elements with which to start a war against rebel Eastern republics.

As reported yesterday at Mac Salvo's site, www.shtplan.com:

The situation of the rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia is being paralleled by the war of words between the countries’ two leaders. As mentioned in a previous article, Vladimir Putin is still not satisfied with the alleged actions by Ukrainian commandos that killed one FSB officer and one enlisted man on two separate incidents. Putin went on to say that any meetings between Poroshenko and himself in the upcoming G-20 summit would be “pointless,” and accused Ukraine of conducting terror attacks. To further complicate the issue, the attacks were labeled as “border incursions,” as they occurred in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. In addition to this, the 24th of August is rapidly approaching, and this is the date that Ukrainians celebrate their Independence Day…from the Soviet Union. This bears special noteworthiness, as it would be a prime moment to conduct an incursion due to the historical significance of the date. Vladimir Putin visited Crimea on August 19th and said the following to the Security Council of Sevastopol: “I think it’s obvious that Kiev’s current authorities are not seeking ways to solve problems through negotiations, but have turned to terrorism. We’re not going to cut our relations, despite the reluctance of the current authorities in Kiev to have full diplomatic ties at ambassador level.” None of this is sitting well with Poroshenko, and the process for drafting as many as 100,000 men was initiated by him with a letter last week.

These are not the moves of a country's leader who is looking for a peaceful resolution to a geopolitical conflict.

And the US-government-enabled Poroshenko may well believe that if they start a war, to reclaim their breakaway Eastern republics, (and Crimea) that the US will support them militarily, so he just may start a military offensive unilaterally, expecting that the US and NATO will support him.

That he doesn't understand that he is playing with fire, if he does pull a unilateral attack against the Eastern republics, is very, very troubling indeed.

Aug 24 10:04

Damascus slams Turkey’s military 'aggression' into Syrian territory

Syria has denounced Turkey’s recent military incursion into the Syrian territory, backed by the US-led coalition, saying the offensive violates the Arab country's sovereignty.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned Turkey’s military operation in a statement released on Wednesday, Syrian media reported.

The ministry called for an immediate end to the Turkish "aggression," adding that the operation is being carried out under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Aug 24 09:45

Is Obama Enabling the Next President to Launch Illegal Wars?

President Obama has been emphatically warning Americans about the dangers of a Trump presidency. But these warnings divert attention from a much darker reality. His Justice Department is in fact pushing the law in a direction that will enable the next president to declare war against any “terrorist” group or nation without the consent of Congress.

This reality is clear from the Department’s response to a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obama’s war against the Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at poynter.org in October, 2014:

The irony of President Barack Obama, Nobel Prize winner and putative anti-war candidate, launching extensive airstrikes in Syria, quickly led to comparisons with his predecessor, President George W. Bush. President Barack Obama walks with former President George W. Bush during the unveiling of his official portraits in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) President Barack Obama walks with former President George W. Bush during the unveiling of his official portraits in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) PunditFact heard two different comparisons in recent days that we thought we were worth exploring. Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker summed it up in one tweet. "Countries bombed: Obama 7, Bush 4." That’s True. We asked Lizza for his list and he sent us this: Bush: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia. Obama: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Syria. As we fact-checked Lizza’s statement, we found little reason to challenge the nations he named. If anything, he shortchanged both presidents. There is no dispute whatsoever about airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Bush launched wars in the first two countries and drone strikes in Pakistan have been in the news for a long time, with or without official acknowledgment. Airstrikes in those places continued under Obama.

These illegal and immoral wars, under both Bush's and Obama's watch, are going to be the geopolitical equivalent to "Gambler's Ruin" for this country.

The last time I looked at the US Constitution, it states very clearly that only Congress has the right to declare war; not the President of the United States, no matter how "empowered" he or she might feel in this area..

He or she doesn't have the legal right to do this, period, end of discussion.

And I sincerely hope that the incoming Congress, be they ladies or gentlemen, will "grow a pair of male attributes" on this issue, and NOT allow the next President the "luxury" of acting illegally in office.

Aug 24 09:38

Turkish tanks cross Syrian border in military op to retake city of Jarablus from ISIS

Turkey has launched a ground incursion into Syria targeting Islamic State and Kurdish fighters near the town of Jarablus. Ankara says it wants to take the town to stop cross-border attacks, while the Kurds warn that Turkish troops will get into a quagmire.

“At 4:00 this morning, operations started in the north of Syria against terror groups which constantly threaten our country, like Daesh [Arabic name for Islamic State] and the PYD [he Democratic Union Party of Syria],” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara, adding that the incursion had been prompted by cross-border attacks originating from Jarablus that should be “stopped.”

Aug 24 09:29

ISRAEL SOLD WEAPONS TO ARGENTINA AT HEIGHT OF THEIR WAR WITH THE BRITISH OVER THE FALKLANDS ISLAND, REVEAL DECLASSIFIED FOREIGN OFFICE FILES

The British Foreign Office has recently declassified documents that allegedly prove that Israel sold weapons to Argentina during the 1982 Falklands War between the Latin American nation and the UK. The British government's National Archives department released the files dated November 16, 1984, which include a memorandum from a senior British diplomat who provided details on the Israeli arms sales to Argentina, the London-basedTelegraph reported Wednesday.

Aug 24 07:31

Provoking nuclear war by media – John Pilger

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has quietly cleared the late Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre at Srebrenica.

Far from conspiring with the convicted Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Milosevic actually “condemned ethnic cleansing”, opposed Karadzic and tried to stop the war that dismembered Yugoslavia. Buried near the end of a 2,590-page judgement on Karadzic last February, this truth further demolishes the propaganda that justified Nato’s illegal onslaught on Serbia in 1999.

Milosevic died of a heart attack in 2006, alone in his cell in The Hague, during what amounted to a bogus trial by an American-invented “international tribunal”. Denied heart surgery that might have saved his life, his condition worsened and was monitored and kept secret by US officials, as WikiLeaks has since revealed.

Aug 24 06:49

Israel armed Argentina to deadly effect during Falklands War, secret files show

Britain’s supposedly close ally, Israel, armed Argentina as the South American nation was bombing Royal Navy ships and killing UK troops in the vicious 1982 war to reclaim the Falkland Islands, secret files indicate.

The supply of arms and military equipment may have been fuelled by an old hatred of the British harbored by then Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begin – himself a former Irgun terrorist who fought against British troops in Palestine.

Aug 23 22:55

Speaker: Russia Continues Anti-Terrorism Flights from Iran's Western Airbase

Putin fakes left,then he fakes right to Iran and tucks it in and goes up the middle. They are playing mind games with some razzle dazzle.
Make war by Deception.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani announced that the country's airbase in Hamadan is still being used by the Russian fighter jets to conduct anti-terrorism flights in Syria.

Aug 23 22:28

A Disturbing Series of Events: Governments Around the World Seem to Be Preparing for War

Remember how a couple of days ago the German government advised its citizens to start stockpiling food and water? Well, today they have announced that they are considering reintroducing conscription…the draft, to ‘help with any future disaster’.

And they aren't the only government urging people to prepare.

Do they know something we don’t?

Aug 23 11:37

US War Crimes or ‘Normalized Deviance’

The normalization of deviance from the rules and standards that formally govern U.S. foreign policy has been quite radical. And yet, as in other cases, this has gradually been accepted as a normal state of affairs, first within the corridors of power, then by the corporate media and eventually by much of the public at large.

Once deviance has been culturally normalized, as Vaughan found in the shuttle program at NASA, there is no longer any effective check on actions that deviate radically from formal or established standards – in the case of U.S. foreign policy, that would refer to the rules and customs of international law, the checks and balances of our constitutional political system and the experience and evolving practice of generations of statesmen and diplomats.

Normalizing the Abnormal

Aug 23 11:17

US to Send More Troops to South Afghanistan to Resist Taliban Gains

With gains in the Helmand Province mounting for Taliban forces, and the Afghan military struggling to defend both that and the other provinces around the country which the Taliban are advancing into, the Pentagon has announced an additional deployment of US ground troops into the Helmand capital of Lashkar Gah.

Officials are trying to present the deployment as primarily a “training” operation, in keeping with a policy of claiming that everything they do is “non-combat,” but the reality is that there are very limited Afghan forces in Lashkar Gah, and a deployment of around 100 troops by the US is almost certain to mean direct combat roles.

Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland insisted US forces were committed to not allow the loss of Lashkar Gah, and clearly they can’t do this with a little idle encouragement to Afghan forces who are increasingly out-numbered and have been beaten by the Taliban time and again in the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland that one of the classic definitions of insanity is doing the same thing in precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome.

How long have the US and NATO been in Afghanistan?!?

15 years.

How much has been spent by the US government on this war?!?

There are no real figures on this, but most probably into the billions, if not trillions of dollars.

Is there any military metric by which the US and NATO can claim "victory" in this war?!?

NONE!!

So, let me get this straight; the US military and NATO have been in Afghanistan for 15 years, spending billions, if not trillions, of dollars on a war that the US and NATO have not been able to win?

What's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING.

And I have a modest proposal to float by President Obama; please send our troops,and NATO troops home as quickly as is safe for them, and I would remind our President that Afghanistan isn't called "the graveyard of empires" for no reason.

Let's cut our losses now, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, the minerals (and the heroin, which is flowing like water, ever since the US/NATO occupation happened).

Of course, this solution is logical, but I think, at this point, the US government needs to start embracing logic, rather than the "magical thinking" which has governed the US foreign policy in Afghanistan for all these 15 years.

Aug 23 10:36

Pentagon: ‘Exclusion Zone’ in North Syria Not Technically a No Fly Zone

After warning Syria not to fly planes in the Hasakeh Province or risk getting them shot down by US planes in the area, the Pentagon is struggling to convince reporters that there is some sort of distinction between this zone you can’t fly in and a “no-fly zone.”

Fighting erupted between Syrian Army and Kurdish YPG forces in the city of Hasakeh late last week, with the YPG attempting to take the rest of the city, which had long been jointly held and jointly defended, As the fighting escalated, Syrian warplanes bombed Kurdish forces.

The US has its trooped embedded with the Kurdish forces, and argued that the Syrian airstrikes were endangering them. Over the weekend they repeatedly scrambled fighter jets to chase off the Syrian planes, warning they were going to ‘defend themselves.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Pentagon Spokesperson Cook, please: just how stupid do you think Americans are, to swallow this codswallop?!?

What the US government and military have done is to set up a de facto "no fly zone" here, no matter what you call it.

In fact, let's call it "Sherlock", shall we?!? that's a little more charming and elegant than calling it "an exclusion zone"!!

Aug 23 09:54

China strongly warned Japan not to send SDF to South China Sea

China strongly warned a high-level Japanese official around late June that Tokyo should not send its Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to join U.S. operations that test the freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, diplomatic sources said Saturday.

Aug 23 09:41

'News blackout prevents Americans from knowing what is happening in Yemen'

Barack Obama was betting that whatever the Saudis did in Yemen would not backfire inside of the US, Said Sadek, political sociologist, told RT.

US personnel assisting the Saudi-led coalition in coordinating air strikes in Yemen have largely pulled out from Riyadh in an apparent effort to distance themselves from the mounting civilian death toll in the 17-month long conflict, Reuters has learned.

In addition to withdrawing air support personnel, Lieutenant Ian McConnaughey, a US Navy spokesman in Bahrain told Reuters that the Pentagon also “sharply reduced” its “Joint Combined Planning Cell” (JCPC) staff to under five people.

Aug 23 09:37

DID THE US JUST DECLARE A NO FLY ZONE IN SYRIA?

Over the course of the 5 year-long civil war in Syria, the US has slowly escalated its military involvement. However one significant move which they have so far failed to implement is a No Fly Zone (NFZ) enforced by their aircraft over all (or just part) of Syria.

Despite this, today the US may have tacitly announced just such a NFZ. In a press conference this evening, the Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, made a number of statements regarding US forces in Syria. These statements came following reports that the US backed SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) had been bombed by Assad Regime aircraft in the city of Hasakah in northern Syria. Such airstrikes were also dangerously close to US Special Forces who were assisting the SDF in their fight against ISIS.

Specifically Peter Cook said that the US would use its airpower “as needed” to protect US personnel and partner operations. The aim of this was reportedly to send a message to other parties to “stay away from our forces”.

Aug 23 09:27

PROPAGANDA FOR SYRIAN ‘REGIME CHANGE'

Neocons and Clintonites have launched a major campaign with the goal of direct U.S. military intervention and aggression against Syria, potentially leading to war with Iran and Russia.

An early indication emerged as soon as it was clear the Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Party nominee. Following the California primary, The New York Times reported on State Department diplomats issuing an internal memo “urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al Assad.”

.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a United Nations Security Council Session on the situation in Syria at the United Nations in New York on Jan. 31, 2012. [State Department Photo]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My dear Neocons/Clintonites; forgive me for my perplexity here.

The Russian military has been invited by the Syrian government to get rid of all the jihadists, attacking the country of Syria.

To the best of my knowledge and belief, as of today, the US military has NOT been invited to do the same, yet the US military is attempting, directly and indirectly, to bomb the crud out of Syria in order to affect regime change in Damascus.

And yesterday, the following statement was made by a very high ranking military official, to the effect that the US is ready to bomb Russian troops, defending the Syrian government;

Pentagon Says US Ready To Target Russian & Syrian Planes In Syria

Forgive me, but have you all gone collectively barking mad, just to please your Israeli/AIPAC enablers?!?

Israel wants regime change in Damascus in order to ultimately destroy Iran.

The US military, at this point in its existence, does not have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Our weapons procurement system is incestuous in the extreme, because those same Congressional Representatives who award weapons contracts are those same Representatives getting large contributions from our major arms manufacturers.

And how does this translate?!? By the time weapons are delivered to those military personnel who are supposed to use them, they many times are obsolete, in terms of other countries' weapons development, dysfunctional, and way over budget.

And one of the things which strikes me here is...the timing of this pressure on Obama to escalate this war.

The November election looms large, and I am willing to bet that both the DNC's and White House's internal polling show Trump winning that election in a landslide.

And what could be the nastiest thing the Democrats could possibly conjure, even before Trump takes the Oath of Office?!?

War with Russia over Syria must certainly sound like a delicious option to them.

After all, it is generally never their kids who get who get killed, or maimed for life, in such wars; it's other people's kids.

Aug 23 08:52

Veterans rage at war trauma scheme they say aims to deny them compensation

British military veterans are incensed at a government mental injury compensation scheme they say is trying to deny them proper benefits.

Aug 23 08:27

‘We Continue Living’ – Aleppo Residents Refuse To Leave City Despite War

Heavy fighting in Aleppo has forced many of its residents to flee. But some of those who have the opportunity to do so, have decided to stay despite the risks.

Aug 23 07:32

Footage Of Boy In Aleppo Is Opportunistic, Vile Propaganda From Western Media

It’s August, 2016 and the Western mainstream press is parading yet another injured child in front of a population of normally uncompassionate audiences in order to drum up support for some type of NATO military action against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

Aug 23 07:22

Hillary Clinton’s Uncanny Fulfillment of Israel’s Yinon Plan for a Middle East Riven with Conflict

Wikileaks has released what may be the most underreported story of the year in a year full of them, Hillary Clinton’s uncanny fulfillment of Oded Yinon‘s plan for the Middle East according to Israel 30 years ago. This was summed up in Yinon’s “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties.” Yinon, an influential right-wing Israeli strategist, envisioned a Middle East riven with conflict between Arab tribes and religious denominations, unable to oppose Israeli ambitions for regional dominance.

Aug 23 07:21

Syrian boy’s image shamelessly exploited for West’s war agenda

How many times have we seen this before? Western media selectively focusing on, or distorting, human suffering in order to fulfill a base political agenda – war – for powerful interests.
It is no coincidence Western media fevered with images of a five-year-old boy, pulled from rubble in Aleppo after an alleged air strike by Syrian government or Russian forces – and the very next day US warplanes were scrambled over northern Syria reportedly to ward off Syrian Su-24 fighter bombers.

American political analyst Randy Martin at crookedbough.com told this author: “This is a prelude to an all-out war in Syria – one that would inevitably bring American and Russian forces into direct confrontation.”

Aug 22 16:00

Nicholas Kristof: War Crimes Enabler

We all saw the little Syrian boy in besieged Aleppo, wiping blood from his forehead, covered in dust and clearly in shock. How could we help it? Practically every newspaper in the country printed his photo, along with a caption blaming the Syrian military and/or the Russians for his plight.

Aug 22 15:08

Iraq Is Preparing an Armed Robot to Fight ISIS

The armed robotic system on display at a security and defense exhibition in Baghdad in early 2016. The Baghdad Post says the machine-gun-wielding unmanned ground vehicle will be used in the effort to retake Mosul. A video posted with the story shows off a wheeled vehicle about the size of a small car. Dubbed loosely Alrobot, (Arabic for robot) it has four cameras, an automatic machine gun, and a launcher for Russian-made Katyusha rockets, and can be operated by laptop and radio link from a kilometer away, the story says.

Aug 22 12:09

BREAKING - Israel shells Syria after stray mortar crosses into its territory

The IDF says it has attacked a Syrian Army launch site near Israel’s border in the Golan Heights, after a Syrian mortar landed inside Israeli territory. The initial incident produced no casualties or damage, according to Israeli media.

Aug 22 11:40

UK Military Not Ready For War With Russia, China: Admiral

The UK military is not adequately equipped to deal with the growing threat of a world war, a top British military commander has warned, renewing calls for more funding.

Admiral Alan William John West, who once led Britain’s Royal Navy, told the Daily Star on Sunday that the world “is more dangerous and chaotic” than at any time and major international conflicts are looming.

Aug 22 10:51

What Should We Do About Crimea?

Is Crimea about to explode? The mainstream media reports that Russia has amassed troops on the border with Ukraine and may be spoiling for a fight. The Russians claim to have stopped a Ukrainian sabotage team that snuck into Crimea to attack key infrastructure. The Russian military is holding exercises in Crimea and Russian President Vladimir Putin made a visit to the peninsula at the end of the week.

Aug 22 09:21

Tesla’s anti-gravity research in use in dozens of secretive military projects

Doctor Richard Boylan, and numerous others have already let the cat out of the bag when it comes to anti-gravity space flight, so why do Boeing and Lockheed, two of America’s largest military industrial contractors, and the recipient of trillions in tax payer ‘black budget’ dollars still hide that they are operating at least 12 anti-gravity aerospace platforms?

Aug 22 08:25

Rand Corp advising US to start War with China sooner rather than later

A new study by the RAND Corporation titled “War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable” is just the latest think tank paper devoted to assessing a US war against China. The study, commissioned by the US Army, provides further evidence that a war with China is being planned and prepared in the upper echelons of the American military-intelligence apparatus.

That the paper emerges from the RAND Corporation has a particular and sinister significance. Throughout the Cold War, RAND was the premier think tank for “thinking the unthinkable”—a phrase made notorious by RAND’s chief strategist in the 1950s, Herman Kahn. Kahn devoted his macabre book On Thermonuclear War to elaborating a strategy for a “winnable” nuclear war against the Soviet Union.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Aug 22 08:20

BREAKING: US Occupation of Syria now official

Over the last 24 hours, the United States has made clear its status as a hostile occupational force in Syria. Yesterday, the US issued a communique to the legitimate Syrian government and the Russian anti-terrorist coalition assisting the Syrians. The United States has indicated that it has carved out a swath of Syria with boots on the ground fulfilling the roles of active duty personnel, such as special ops forces, advisors, trainers, mechanics, and supporting units. The US has declared a no fly zone and threatened to target and shoot down Syrian and Russian planes within Syrian airspace [over the Kurdish autonomous region - ed].

Aug 22 07:35

Follow the money trail for source of 'Russian threat' paranoia

Ask yourself who benefits financially from all this scaremongering and then you’ll understand it.

This week, The Intercept revealed how US defense contractors have been telling investors that the so-called ’Russian threat’ was good for business.

Retired Army general Richard Cody, vice-President of the US’s seventh largest defense contractor, L-3 communications, bemoaned the fact that "when the old Cold War ended’ defense budgets went south". Now though a ’resurgent Russia’ meant an "uptick was coming".

There was a similarly upbeat message from Stuart Bradie, chief executive of CBR, who talked of the "opportunities" the current situation presents.

The case for higher defense spending to counter the ‘Russian threat’ has been made by a series of think-tanks. And guess what? The most hawkish of these lobbyists - sorry, ‘think tanks’ - receive sizable funding from US defense contractors!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that a lot of people will get killed in these "sales support" wars is just the cost of doing business.

Here is the problem. Our economy cannot support any additional military spending. This new cold war followed by massive defense contracts could collapse the US economy completely. Russia isn't the existential threat, the military-industrial complex is!


Aug 22 07:25

‘Obama has been too Soft on Putin,’ Said Soros as he Called the Shots on Ukraine

A leaked document, from the massive 2,500 file dump by DC Leaks of George Soros’ most sensitive Open Society Foundations communications, show the inordinate amount of power and authority the Hungarian billionaire wielded over Ukraine in the immediate aftermath of the Maidan government overthrow.

Soros, along with key executives from the Open Society Foundations, held extensive meetings with nearly every actor involved in the Maidan coup including Ukraine’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health and Education as well as US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and the regional director of USAID. However, the documents do exclude one key official, Victoria Nuland, who was allegedly involved in steering the opposition to the Yanukovych government.

Aug 22 06:57

Foreign hyper-glide weapons ‘challenge’ to American Defense – media

It is “becoming increasingly more difficult” for the US to track down and tackle the foreign hyper-glide vehicles, Admiral Cecil Haney, chief of US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said as quoted by the media outlet. “Hyper-glide vehicle technology can complicate our sensing and our defensive approaches,” he added.

Hyperglide vehicle’s (HGV), also known as boost gliders, are unmanned weapons that are launched by ballistic missiles. After separating from the rocket, they follow their own track path, reaching speeds of at least Mach 5 (five times faster than the speed of the sound) or more.

Aug 22 06:40

A New Counter-terrorism Strategy that Works

As demonstrated by the recent wave of attacks, terrorists find ways to thwart counter-terrorism defenses. However, for leaders who seek it, there is a simple and cost-effective solution to create lasting peace known in military circles as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT). This method comes from the fields of social sciences and quantum unified field theory -- not from conventional approaches utilizing weaponry, and not from the field of politics.

Aug 21 22:55

Athens presses German reparations bid

Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis emphasized over the weekend that Athens will push its demands for wartime reparations from Germany, despite the insistence by Berlin that the matter has been resolved, noting that the issue is primarily a moral one for the Greek government.

Aug 21 20:27

The REAL M1 Abrams! Chapter 1: Overview

Works against 3rd world army's with 1950's tech. Against the big boys....not so good!

Uploaded on Dec 5, 2009
The M1 Abrams MBT is by far the most overrated tank of all time.

It's the world's most expensive and cumbersome tank, it costs more than any of it's contemporaries, and yet it's compat results fall well short of it's predecessors and contemporaries.

Yet, it's the most popular tank ever built.

This series will reveal the truth behind one of the worst tanks ever built. Namely, what it can and can't do (there's a LOT more of the latter), how and why it became what it is, how it compares to the other tanks out there, and more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ePvNlfrxfw

Aug 21 14:38

Pentagon Can’t Account For $6.5 Trillion Of Taxpayer Money – IG Report

The Pentagon failed to account for $6.5 trillion in its financial statement, a recently-recovered Inspector General’s report on the 2015 fiscal year said. It reveals the audit of the Department of Defense was “materially misstated.”

The army failed to provide “accurate, complete, timely and well-supported” documents that could have explained the use of trillions of dollars in quarterly and yearend adjustments.

Aug 21 13:11

Ex-Navy SEAL To Pay $7mn For Unauthorized Book On Bin Laden Raid

A former US Navy SEAL who has written a book on his involvement in the military mission to assassinate al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden will be forced to pay the government nearly $7 million in royalties to avoid prosecution for not getting the necessary pre-publication approval for the work.

Aug 21 10:31

China’s Pivot to World Markets, Washington’s Pivot to World Wars…

China and the United States are moving in polar opposite directions: Beijing is rapidly becoming the center of overseas investments in high tech industries, including robotics, nuclear energy and advanced machinery with collaboration from centers of technological excellence, like Germany.

In contrast, Washington is pursuing a predatory military pivot to the least productive regions with collaboration from its most barbaric allies, like Saudi Arabia.

Aug 21 08:00

Kremlin Presses Turkey for Access to NATO's Incirlik Air Base, Home to US Nukes

ROTFWLMFAO! Sorry! Couldn't help it!

Russian officials have reached out to Ankara to request access to the American-built base as a convenient launch pad for airstrikes in the Syrian theater, but it remains to be seen whether such cooperation will roil NATO’s feathers.

Aug 20 11:44

US Reduces Personnel Partaking In Saudi War On Yemen: Report

The US military has withdrawn its troops from Saudi Arabia who were helping the Kingdom with its aggression against Yemen, a new report shows.

Washington has also dramatically reduced the number of its staff members that are helping the Riyadh regime with the month-long war against its southern neighbor, Reuters reported Friday, citing American officials.

Aug 20 10:51

US reduces personnel partaking in Saudi war on Yemen: Report

The US military has withdrawn from Saudi Arabia its troops who were helping the Kingdom with its aggression against Yemen, a new report shows.

Aug 20 10:43

Leaked Memo Proves Soros Ruled Ukraine In 2014: Minutes From “Breakfast With US Ambassador Pyatt”

We noted in a previous post how important Ukraine was to George Soros, with documents from DC Leaks that show Soros, and his Open Society NGO, scouring the Greek media and political landscape to push the benefits of his Ukraine coup upon a Russian leaning Greek society. Now more documents, in the massive 2,500 leaked tranche, show the immense power and control Soros had over Ukraine immediately following the illegal Maidan government overthrow.

Aug 20 10:17

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsUS Withdraws Most of Staff Involved in Saudi War Against Yemen

The Pentagon has withdrawn the vast majority of the military personnel involved in Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen, officials revealed today, saying there are now “fewer than five” troops inside Saudi Arabia participating in the operation, down from nearly 45 at the peak of America’s involvement.

The announcement comes at the end of a week of several high-profile incidents in which Saudi warplanes attacked and killed significant numbers of Yemeni civilians, including an attack on a school and the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders facility.

Pentagon officials, however, insist that the drawdown is unrelated to international concerns about civilian deaths, and that it “does not diminish US commitment to supporting Saudi-led military operations.” They added that a re-escalation was possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a memo for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dunsford: this drawdown in no way excuses US military complicity in these US- government- enabled, horrific war crimes the US been partner to, in these shellings of schools, hospitals, and the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, in which the Saudi military obviously takes so much pride.

I never thought, when I was younger, that one of the true charactarisations of the United States and its Military, by 2016, would be "partners in war crimes", but here we are, are we not, General?!?

When the end justifies the means, and desired outcome, at the end of this slaughter, is the geopolitical goal of removing the Houthi rebels and replacing them with Al-Hadi's government, then collateral damage never really matters, does it, General?!?

Just checking.

Aug 20 10:03

China and the US Are Approaching Dangerous Seas

A combination of recent events, underpinned by long-running historical strains reaching back more than 60 years, has turned the western Pacific into one of the most hazardous spots on the globe. The tension between China and the United States “is one of the most striking and dangerous themes in international politics,” says The Financial Times’ longtime commentator and China hand, Gideon Rachman.

In just the past five months, warships from both countries – including Washington’s closest ally in the region, Japan – have done everything but ram one another. And, as Beijing continues to build bases on scattered islands in the South China Sea, the United States is deploying long-range nuclear capable strategic bombers in Australia and Guam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As an American, I love my country very dearly; that having been said, I feel, as a Christian pacifist activist, that I have a moral responsibility to publicly witness to the truth, when I see this country going off the rails, as it is right now, both economically and geopolitically.

So I have a statement for both the Chinese Leadership, and the Chinese people; thinking Americans absolutely do not want war with your country.

There was a social philosopher who lived a long time ago, by the name of Karl Marx, who made the observation: "All wars are economic".

The US economy, having been horrifically mismanaged by the Federal Reserve and the US government, for so many decades, is close to entering a tailspin moment.

And what I mean by that is, although the government and corporate media keep attempting to reassure the American people that everything is just fine, thinking Americans know it is not.

American jobs continue to be outsourced/offshored at breathtaking speed, absolutely destroying what was left of the middle class in this country. Poverty, and very alarmingly, childhood poverty, particularly in our southern states, has reached breath-taking proportions.

3 million more children live in poverty, under the Obama administration

Over 90 million Americans who want to work cannot find jobs, but are not included in the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in the unemployment rate, to make employment look far better than it is.

What We Know About the 92 Million Americans Who Aren’t in the Labor Force

There is some truly insane thinking in Washington which supports the idea that the only thing that can save the US economy is another World War, as insanely psychotic as that may sound. After all, the depressions before World War 1 and World War II got "mended" during and after the process of those wars, in which the US and its allies were victorious.

I understand that China has a clear, historic, and legal, claim to the South China Sea.

But in looking at the demonization against China, particularly after the judgement at the ICC, which did not rule in China's favor, I can hear the war drums, beating very loudly against both China and Russia.

The US government is looking for some excuse - any, really - to label both countries as the "bad guy", and ultimately declare war against them, to attempt to misdirect legitimate US citizens' anger against it, for conditions which the Federal Reserve and the US government have created, and through which the 1% have benefited.

These potential wars against China and Russia will be about hurting their currencies and economies, and preserving the hegemony of the US petrodollar.

The horrific human cost to such potential wars is not at all in the calculus of the US government's deliberations. After all, it is most generally not the sons and daughters of the US "elite" who wind up fighting, dying, and getting maimed for life in these wars; it's most generally other people's kids.

But both countries have the opportunity to walk away from the edge of this precipice.

That is at the G-20 Summit, to be held during September 4th and 5th in Hangzou, China.

Both President Obama and China's President, Xi Jinping, will be attending.

Therefore, I strongly urge that the Presidents of both of our countries meet, and discuss ways to diffuse the tensions around this issue; the costs of not doing this may well be both horrific, and irreversible.

Aug 20 09:53

US Concerned Over Japan Getting Nukes, But It's Known 'Nukes Already in Okinawa'

The irony is that Washington which imposed a non-nuclear status on Japan has done a lot to neglect those principles. As for the third principles, the US military moved nuclear weapons to Japan from the very beginning. Everyone knows that nukes are already in Okinawa," Murashkin said.

Aug 20 09:21

Japan discovers Chinese ‘pier for warships’ near disputed islands

China has constructed a vanguard “pier for warships” on an islet off the port city of Wenzhou, Japanese media warned, calling the development a boost of Beijing’s claims on the Tokyo-administered Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands and disputed waters around them.
The new 80-meter-long installation, already dubbed the “pier for warships” by the Japanese media, was allegedly erected on Nanji Island, one of 52 islands in the Nanji chain that are part of China's Zhejiang Province, Kyodo news reports.

Several Chinese military vessels have already been noticed docking on the island, according to the report. Meanwhile The Japan Times’ sources added that the pier is also capable of accommodating landing craft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "war porn", demonizing China again, I see.

Aug 20 09:16

Aerial close encounter between US, Syrian jets

Two American F-22s on patrol over Hasakah, Syria, flew within a mile of two Syrian Su-24 fighter jets and "encouraged" them to leave Friday, a US defense official told CNN.

The close encounter comes only a day after two Syrian warplanes attacked the Kurds, a key US ally, forcing US special operations forces to be withdrawn from their position in northern Syria.
The American aircraft are part of the beefed-up US air combat patrols in the area that the Pentagon had announced following Thursday's attack.
The pilots of the F-22 Raptors tried to call the Syrian aircraft cockpit-to-cockpit but got no response, the US official added.
US defense officials had told CNN earlier that the military had pulled US special operations forces from their northern Syria position after the Syrian military began bombing nearby, attacking Kurdish positions in and around the city of Hasakah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Barbara Starr, and Ryan Browne: it is apparent that I need to politely remind you that Russia's military was invited to get rid of the jihadists by the sitting, and democratically elected, President Al Assad; the US military has not been invited to do so.

The US government's narrative, over the last 4 years, has been to create regime change Syria, and, by any means necessary, install a Western-centric government in Damascus, no matter what the cost is to the Syrian people.

One can only speculate what the US government is going to be willing to do, if either Russia, or the Syrian Army shoots down, or kills on the ground, more of the US government's alleged "moderate rebels"

And I would also like to politely remind both of you that, should there be a military confrontation between the US military and the Russian military over Syria, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional military confrontation against Russia.

Yes, the US government spends an obscene amount of money on military hardware and software; but the bang for its buck is completely neutered by the incestuous relationship between defense contractors, and those politicians which both green light defense contractors, and willingly take campaign contributions from those same defense contractors.

Aug 20 08:47

(VIDEO) The Russians Have Already Shot Down Numerous US Drones Violating Crimean Airspace

The war you don’t hear about: numerous American military aircraft (albeit of the unmanned variety, though with the possibility of being armed and dangerous) have apparently been violating Russian airspace, leading to the Russians shooting - yes, shooting - them down following the refusal of the Americans to acknowledge Russian diplomatic notes of protest.

Aug 20 07:51

Survey: Is Putin Being Used as a Nail in Trump's Coffin?

Donald Trump's presidential campaign has gotten into deep trouble over Putin. It started off last year when his comments about Putin and Russia began making news.

On September 16, 2015, The Hill ran the headline, "Trump: 'I would get along with Putin.'" The article quoted Trump saying "I would talk to him, I would get along with him…. I may be wrong, in which case I'd probably have to take a different path."

To me this sounds like an intention to approach relations with an open mind. And if evidence arises that "getting along" is not a good idea, he would be ready to change course. What's wrong with that? It's a policy I'd admire if Hillary Clinton embraced it too.

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It is no secret that the military industrial complex yearns to return to the days of the Cold War when vast sums of money flowed from the pockets of the people into the defense contractors who produced expensive weapons of dubious usefulness, and they got away with it because in theory those weapons would never actually be used. Politicians long for the days when the American people were brainwashed to wet their pants at the mere mention of the word "Communist" and were terrorized into unquestioning obedience.

Putin's decision to take direct control of Russia's central bank made him the instant enemy of private central banks around the world and virtually overnight transformed Putin and Russia from friend to the top spot on the US Government's Special High Interest Targets list!

Then came the Wikileaks exposing DNC, which was blamed on Russia and Putin to help Trump, even though Julian Assange hinted it was actually an internal leak by now-murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich.

Trump's manager Paul Manafort resigned accused of taking money from Ukraine's Putin buddy ex-president of Ukraine Yanachovich. But the evidence was provide by none other than the junta Oligarchs people running Ukraine now that were put by Obama's administration, Hillary, and Victoria Nuland, and propagandized by the same corporate media that is still ignoring Hillary's Uranium One deal that transferred 20% of America's uranium resources into Russian control ... following generous Russian donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Biden's son now on board of big company in Ukraine.

So those Junta owe their new ownership of Ukraine to Democrats, and they hate Putin or anybody in the US who wants to normalize relationship with Moscow, because they'll lose their ill-gotten gains a result.

The end game by Democrats now is falsely paint Trump as a Russian agent and Putin's buddy to win the race, hoping that enough Americans are still brainwashed from the 1950s and 1960s to wet themselves on hearing the word "Russian", bolstered by the constant propaganda that Russia is about to invade Ukraine and start WW3, that they will stop supporting Trump.

So, yes, Putin is being used by the Democrats as a weapon against Trump, but today's enlightened Americans have a much clearer understanding of what is really going on.

Aug 19 16:16

Hillary And The War Party

You haven’t heard much from the Democrats lately about foreign policy or global agendas – indeed virtually nothing at the Philadelphia convention and little worthy of mention along the campaign trail. Hillary Clinton’s many liberal (and sadly, progressive) supporters routinely steer away from anything related to foreign policy, talk, talk, talking instead about the candidate’s “experience”, with obligatory nods toward her enlightened social programs. There is only the ritual demonization of that fearsome dictator, Vladimir Putin, reputedly on the verge of invading some hapless European country.

Aug 19 14:47

British Military’s New £13mn Zephyr Drone Flies At 70,000ft For 45 Days Straight

Britain’s new £13 million Zephyr-S Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) can fly for 45 days at a height of 70,000ft, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The latest addition to Britain’s rapidly expanding, multibillion-pound drone armada is being touted as a key part of the country’s defense at a time when more conventional military initiatives are badly delayed and troop numbers are facing the chop under austerity measures.

Aug 19 09:26

Congress Seeks to Establish Russia as Permanent Enemy

The Cold War provided a solid generation of unfettered government growth in the US on the pretext of the Russian threat, and over the past few years American officials have relished at the new round of tensions with Russia, and the budget-busting spending it has permitted.

They’re hoping to make that permanent, with a new bill called the STAND for Ukraine Act aiming to make temporary measures imposed during Ukraine’s regime change permanent, and hamstring all future governments from a diplomatic rapprochement with Russia.

The new push centers in part on the fear that some future president might be less on-board with open-ended hostilities. Current Republican nominee Donald Trump has expressed doubt about the current acrimony, and said if elected he would be open to lifting sanctions on Russia.

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WOW! We know there was trouble with lead in the pipes for the House of Representatives this year;

After Lead Contamination In House Office Building’s Water, Lawmakers Demand EPA ReformsBut did lead also lead to the crazy thinking in the Senate, for these people to want to permanently enshrine a state of economic war against Russia?!?

I would like to politely remind our readers, that economic wars frequently devolve into shooting wars.

It is apparent to me that the money junkies are so terrified of a potential Trump presidency, which may herald better relationships with lots of other countries, that they will do anything to prevent any kind of better relations with Russia.

And this "anything" is pretty demonstrably creepy. As reported by Boris Zilberman on May 6th of this year:

Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today announced that they have introduced comprehensive legislation to address the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. An additional bipartisan group of 14 members, including the bipartisan leadership of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, joined Reps. Engel and Kinzinger to introduce the Stability and Democracy (STAND) for Ukraine Act (H.R. 5094), which clarifies the position of the United States on Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea, tightens sanctions on Russia, and drives new innovations to provide support for Ukraine.”

Russia's alleged "illegal occupation of Crimea... never happened.

And I would politely like to remind Representatives Engel and Kinzinger that lying to the American people, in order to further a "narrative" which may ultimately lead to a shooting war against Russia,as did the Bush Administration's claim against Iraq, that "Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction", will not be tolerated by the American people again, ever.

Here is the actual timeline of Crimea's referendum to leave the Ukraine, which passed unanimously, and its petition to the Russian Federation to become accepted as a member:

Crimea's case for leaving Ukraine

Next, I would like to remind Representatives Engel and Kinzinger that
Victoria Nuland boasted about having undercut the legitimate government of Ukraine when Yanukovich got unceremoniously thrown under the proverbial bus, and Poroshenko was "anointed" the country's President:

American Conquest by Subversion: Victoria Nuland’s Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to “Subvert Ukraine”

And lastly, the "contributions"
of the international financier with an infinite capability for seeing potential money in the blood of mass murder, George Soros:

SOROS ADMITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR COUP AND MASS MURDER IN UKRAINE

Representatives, I am just an ordinary person; but if I can figure this out, so can most thinking Americans, and I would strongly suggest that there are more of them out there than you care to number.

This legislation is a nasty piece of work; please withdraw it from consideration.

And although I do not know, I would strongly suspect that both of you have a lot of investment in the military/industrial complex, and would benefit, financially, from such a war.

Sponsoring this legislation makes it painfully clear that you do not really serve the best interests of the people you allegedly represent, but the interests of those companies which would profit highly from a war against Russia, including the banks which loan money, to all sides, to keep the war going.

Aug 19 08:37

Slobodan Milosevic: The Killing of an Innocent Man

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague quietly acknowledged the innocence of former president of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic. Ten years after the very suspicious death of the Serbian leader in a Dutch prison, the 1,300th page of the 2,000-page document on the case of Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader, acknowledged that Milosevic had not committed crimes against humanity, nor had he organized any mass killings or deportations of Croats and Bosnians. In other words, it was an innocent man who died in a UN prison. French journalist Dimitri De Koshko was working in Yugoslavia at the time of Milosevic’s arrest. Koshko was closely following the parody of the trial in The Hague. In an interview with Pravda.Ru, Dimitri De Koshko talked about circumstances of the possible murder of the Serbian leader in prison.

Aug 19 08:03

MSF to evacuate staff from Yemen hospitals after Saudi-led air strikes

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says it is evacuating its staff from six hospitals in northern Yemen after the deaths of 19 people in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on one of its facilities.

Countless attacks on health facilities in Yemen have endangered patients and staff and displayed a failure by warring parties to control the use of force, the group said.

The Saudi-led coalition expressed deep regret over the decision and said it was trying to set up "urgent meetings" with the medical aid group.

The Saudi-led coalition expressed deep regret over the decision and said it was trying to set up "urgent meetings" with the medical aid group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...Deep regret..." on the part of the Saudi Government, MY ASTROLABE!

By bombing these medical facilities, the Saudi government and military got precisely what they wanted; a complete evacuation of the MSF staff, to insure that no Houthi rebels, or civilians who were badly wounded by their strikes, would get care, and would die, horrifically.

But then, Saudi serial genocide against the Yemeni people, enabled by US bombs and "guidance", has been what this war of attrition has been about, hasn't it?!?

To kill enough Houthis, civilians, children, women, and the elderly medically fragile, to insure that enough emotional and physical capitulation would lead
to the reinstatement of the Al Hadi government, which is the sole objective of the American government.

And THAT is to be accomplished, in their minds, by any means necessary.

But I would like to politely suggest to the House of Saud; the Saudi Government; the Saudi Military; and the American Government that this fight to dislodge the Houthis in Yemen has gone on well over a year, and the rebels don't seem to want to surrender any more than they did when they took the country over.

This conflict could well go down in the history books as Saudi Arabia's Vietnam.

Aug 19 07:48

Russia Must Counter Threats of NATO Deployment in East Europe - Envoy

Russia must take all measures, including military, to counter threats linked to the deployment of NATO's extra-capabilities in Eastern Europe, Russia’s envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Thursday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said members of the alliance agreed at the July 8 Warsaw Summit to strengthen the military bloc’s presence in Eastern Europe by next year.

The four-battalion rotational presence would include US troops in Poland, British forces in Estonia, German troops in Lithuania and Canadian forces in Latvia.

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

Map of Russia With Surrounding Countries

These deployments are engineered to encircle Russia on its Eastern front.

And after the completion of this encirclement?!? What comes next?!?

A war between NATO and Russia?!?

Right now, given the volatility of events in the region, I certainly would not bet against it.

Aug 18 15:57

Negotiate With ISIS? Labour Leadership Candidate Smith Backtracks On Plan To Sit Down With Jihadists

Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith has backtracked on claims he would “get round the table” with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) to negotiate an end to the conflict in the Middle East.

Aug 18 14:23

War With Russia: The Goddamdest Stupid Idea Ever

"A good reason to vote for Trump ... is that he does not want a war with Russia. Hillary and her elite ventriloquists threaten just that. Note the anti-Russian hysteria coming from her and her remoras."

Aug 18 12:32

Will the Korean Powder Keg Explode? Seoul Holds Biggest Artillery Drill Ever

Artillery drills on the North Korean border constitute a stark escalation in South Korea’s military practice, causing concern that Pyongyang may react amid heightened provocation.

On Thursday, South Korea’s army conducted its largest-ever artillery drills near the tense border with North Korea, risking an escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

An underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile is pictured in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on April 24, 2016.
© REUTERS/ KCNA
North Korea Threatens to Destroy US Military Bases in Asia-Pacific Region
Dozens of military units along the border on Thursday deployed some 300 artillery systems that simultaneously fired shells in multiple directions, according to an army official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Military.com.

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It appears, with US government enabling, South Korea's military is attempting to get a military provocation going from North Korea, that the South could use as an "excuse" for invading North Korea.

There is one minor problem with that however, and that is....China.

China has a mutual defense pact, which is renewed about every 20 years or so. As reported at pri.org in April, 2013:

North Korean threats to launch a nuclear attack on the United States have left its closest ally, Beijing, in a difficult position. Under a treaty signed half a century ago, China is obliged to “render military and other assistance by all means at its disposal” in the event North Korea comes under “armed attack by any state.” According to the Council on Foreign Relations, China has been ambivalent about its commitment to the Sino-North Korean Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. But as tensions on the Korean peninsula escalate, China is likely to come under increasing pressure to state its position. The Pentagon confirmed earlier on Wednesday that an advanced ballistic missile defense system was being sent to Guam to protect US interests in the event of a North Korean attack. In a statement published by the North's official KCNA news agency, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army said war with the United States could break out "today or tomorrow." China, along with South Korea, would bear the brunt of hostilities in the region and Beijing is no doubt working around the clock to prevent such an event. As the largest provider of food, fuel and industrial machinery to North Korea, China is seen as wielding the greatest influence over the hermit kingdom.

Sounds eerily contemporary, doesn't it?!?

What China has got to do, goading both the US and South Korea diplomatically, is resume 4-way talks to create a breakthrough in replacing the current Armistice (which is simply a cessation of violence between North and South Korea) with an actual peace treaty, guaranteeing various rights and privileges for North Korea, and needs to it very much being tied into North Korea's stopping of its nuclear weapons program.

Aug 18 12:10

Following "Deadliest Month" In A Year, Ukraine President Warns Of "Full-Scale Russian Invasion"

The last month has seen Russia pull out of peace talks (citing attacks in Crimea and detention of key individuals) and an increasing mobilization of Ukraine troops near the Russian border, and now, after the deadliest month since last August, Ukraine president Poroshenko has warned he isn't ruling out a full-scale Russian invasion and may institute a military draft if the situation with its neighbor worsens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right after being "installed and anointed" as Ukraine's President, Poroshenko has been crying wolf about a potential "Russian invasion" over the last two years, and yet ... no such invasion has come about.

My guess is that Russia's response to the attempted sabotage in Crimea by Ukrainian agents provocateurs will be asymmetric, and most probably economic in nature.

The Ukrainian economy is hanging by a thread right now, and could be pushed over the edge by some very clever maneuvering on Putin's part; that will get the Ukrainian people so outraged, that Poroshenko has failed them so badly economically, that they will throw the current bums out of office - possibly, quite literally.

Aug 18 12:01

War To “Stop” War: Libya’s “Operation Odyssey Lightning”

Everyone seems to have a theory on how to obliterate ISIS, or ‘Daesh’. However, two points are rarely raised: one, concerning the origins of the group and the second, on whether there are genuine intentions to defeat it, in the first place.

Aug 18 11:14

US Transfers Nukes From Turkey to Romania. Washington Losing Control of some 50 US Tactical Nuclear Weapons at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base

The base was impacted significantly by the events of July 15 and their aftermath. Former base commander Gen. Bekir Ercan Van was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the plot, while the Turkish authorities cut the base’s electricity supply off and prohibited US planes from taking off.

“It’s not easy to move 20+ nukes,” a source told the EurActive news website.

Another source confirmed to the media outlet that arms are being transferred from Turkey’s Incirlik air base to the Deveselu air base in Romania due to Washington’s lack of trust in the Turkish authorities in the wake of the thwarted coup attempt in the country.The Romanian foreign ministry denied the reports in a written answer to the media outlet.

Aug 18 10:39

US Sees Longtime CIA Asset Gen. Hifter as Threat to Libya War

As the US war in Libya moves into its third week, officials and analysts are seeing a lot of problems with their plans, but perhaps the biggest problem is one of their own creation, the Libyan Army and its leader, long-time CIA asset Gen. Khalifa Hifter.

Hifter was a general of Moammar Gadhafi until 1987, when he was captured by Chad. The next year, he became a US proxy for an anti-Gadhafi insurgency, and after that collapsed, moved to Virginia, with occasional trips back to Libya for other failed US-backed plots.

When NATO imposed regime change in 2011, Gen. Hifter was quick to make his grand return, and has been trying to consolidate his power ever since. He announced a coup in 2014, which didn’t amount to much, and is now at the head of the army loyal to the UN-backed Tobruk government.

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Stupidity...should be horrifically painful.

And the degree to which the US government is pathologically incapable of thinking a scenario through to its logical conclusion, is thoroughly terrifying, and brilliantly demonstrated in the problem they are now having with Hifter.

So what is the US government going to do now, pull a decap strike on this guy, if they can get through his military lines, and find him?!?

It was just this last May that al-Monitor reported:

Gen. Khalifa Hifter's star appears to be rising once again in Libya, and it is only a matter of time before we see him become a figurehead in a country that is lacking any but is eager to have one. Summary⎙ Print Gen. Khalifa Hifter's speculative role in Libya's future is as captivating as his intriguing past. Author Mustafa Fetouri Posted May 9, 2016 His enemies in Misrata and Tripoli have always questioned his motives and intentions, but it remains to be seen if he will be a uniting leader for a fragmented country or a divisive politician pushing Libya toward even more fragmentation. During March, Hifter almost completely liberated Benghazi and started moving his troops to retake Sirte in western Libya, where the Islamic State (IS) has been in control for almost two years. Hifter's troops are surrounding the city, awaiting his orders to attack IS, which has launched battles west and southwest of the city, taking more territories and small villages such as Abu Grain and Zamzim. Hifter's declared aim is to liberate Libya from Islamists, but it is unclear what his next step will be if he takes Sirte. The next big city on the way to Tripoli is Misrata, which has the most powerful local militia in Libya. Misrata is already an enemy of Hifter, which means attacking it will trigger longer, more devastating war in the country. So who is this man who has been on and off the Libyan political scene for the last 40 years, shifting positions as his fortune changed from a Moammar Gadhafi loyalist to a prisoner of war to Gadhafi's sworn enemy and — most recently — as chief of staff of the Libyan army under the internationally recognized government in Tobruk?

My goodness, how quickly things can change in the geopolitical arena!!

Aug 18 09:57

MILITARY ESCALATIONS IN UKRAINE

The situation is escalating in Ukraine after the failed attempt of terror attacks in Crimea planned by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. On August 10, the Russian Federal Security Service announced that it thwarted terrorist acts in the Republic of Crimea. On August 11, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered all military units on borders with Crimea and at the contact line in Donbass to be at the highest level of combat readiness. On August 12, reports appeared that the Ukrainian Armed Forces were forming shock troops at the borders with the Donbass People’s Republics and Crimea. A notable concentration of troops, self-propelled artillery platforms, main battle tanks, BM-21 Grads and infantry combat vehicles occurred right near the Crimean isthmus.

Aug 18 09:51

Manipulated Intel Lets US Presidents Escape Blame for Starting Wars

Allegations that US Central Command (CENTCOM) analysts manipulated Daesh intelligence assessments could indicate attempts to provide a false justification for future wars, National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower William Binney told Sputnik.

Aug 18 09:48

Three types of US bombers converge for mission

The US Air Force has for the first time brought together all 3 types of its strategic bombers for an integrated mission in the Asia-Pacific region.

The US Pacific Air Forces said on Wednesday the B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers converged at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

The aircraft took off from the base for simultaneous deployment over Northeast Asia and the South China Sea.

Aug 18 09:08

BARACK OBAMA: FROM PEACE PRIZE TO WORLD’S BIGGEST ARMS DEALER IN 8 SHORT YEARS

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department approved the sale of more military equipment, valued at around $1.15 billion USD, to the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This sounds like a lot of money to most of us, but the most frightening aspect of the sale is that it represents a continuation of an arms-dealing relationship between Washington and the Saudi regime, which has been worth over $50 billion USD in arms sales to date.

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Ah yes, our beloved Warmonger and Dealer of Death-in-Chief!!

And as to the Nobel Nominating Committee; your "prize" has devolved into an absolute and complete sick joke, considering that your actually awarded it to both Henry Kissinger, as well as to President Obama.

And let me suggest to the Nobel Nominating Committee the following (and not terribly "out there") scenario.

IF internal DNC and White House polling suggests that Donald Trump may win the election in a landslide, it is highly likely that the Obama Administration will potentially start wars with China and Russia well before the election in November to give Donald Trump the worst situations to deal with even before he takes the Oath of Office in January.

Right now, I would not bet against this, were I a betting person.

Aug 18 08:59

Obama and Hillary 'created the conditions for ISIS’ – Former Pentagon official

Aug 18 08:59

US SOLDIERS ARE RELYING ON MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FOOD STAMPS TO SURVIVE

In just one year, active duty service members had to rely on $24 million worth of food stamps. But the Department of Defense has so far not made a concerted effort to work with the USDA to understand the scope of the problem.

Military service members on active duty spent $24 million in food stamps at military commissary shops from September 2014 to August 2015, and 45 percent of students in schools run by the military are eligible for free or reduced-price meal programs.

For years, the military has been embarrassed by reports showing that some active-duty service members struggle to feed their families and use government benefits to get by. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Department of Defense (DoD) does not fully understand the scope of the problem.

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This amounts to criminal neglect, on the part of the US military, and needs to be addressed immediately.

That we have even ONE SERVICE MEMBER on food stamps is a damned shame, and has to be messing with peoples' heads right now.

How in the name of heaven can our military and civilian leadership expect that our service members are going to "win" battles against, let's say, Russia or China, when those service members are on food stamps, because the US military is too stingy to pay them what they need to provide decent nutrition for themselves and their families?!?

This...just...bites!!

Aug 18 08:55

Barack Obama: From Peace Prize to World’s Biggest Arms Dealer in 8 Short Years

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department approved the sale of more military equipment, valued at around $1.15 billion USD, to the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This sounds like a lot of money to most of us, but the most frightening aspect of the sale is that it represents a continuation of an arms-dealing relationship between Washington and the Saudi regime, which has been worth over $50 billion USD in arms sales to date.

It is not an understatement to say Obama’s tears over gun violence are disingenuous considering his administration has enacted a policy of systematically arming the entire world with all manner of warcraft.

Aug 18 08:27

$6.5 TRILLION MISSING FROM DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

A relatively obscure audit report from the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Defense suddenly is getting a lot of attention for what it apparently reveals: The Pentagon can’t account for $6.5 trillion.

At ArmstrongEconomics, the blog reported, “Once again, the office of inspector general has come up with a huge hole in the Department of Defense with a missing $6.5 trillion.”

The day before 9/11, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted $2.3 trillion was missing from the Defense Department budget, noted the blog.

That figure has now grown to $6.5 trillion and counting.

Aug 18 08:08

Major Scandal Hits U.S. Military – This is Obama’s America

Federal inmates made thousands of defective combat helmets for the U.S. military at a prison facility that was rife with problems, including the use of degraded armor and the submission of preselected helmets for inspection to make sure they would get approved, according to a newly released investigative report.

A Justice Department Inspector General summary report released Wednesday said faulty helmets were made by Federal Prison Industries (FPI), for both the Army and Marine Corps.

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So, the government forces people in slave-labor prisons to make war materials ... just like the Nazis did!

Aug 18 07:37

This Cloak Makes Russian Military Invisible to Enemy: “For First Time, These Weapons Do Exist”

A Russian defense company has created a “cloak,” which it says can make electronic objects invisible to enemy radar. The aim of the fiber technology, which is used in the cloak, is to make weapons invisible to prying eyes and detection systems.

The St. Petersburg-based company Roselectronics has come up with the invention and says it can make weapons that use thermal, infrared, and electromagnetic radar in targeting invisible.

“The main idea of the development is to create coverage that reduces radar visibility of the object both on the visible and microwave spectrums,” Georgy Medovnikov from Roselectronics told Ruptly, RT’s video agency.

Roselectronics believes the lightweight and flexible material can be used to protect armored vehicles, missile systems and warplanes. According to its creators, the material is unique in its ability to absorb radio-electronic signals and interfere with the distribution of electronic traces.

Aug 18 06:59

Europe lost the US-Russian war, two years ago already.

Yes, this was written two years ago today, in the wake of the Russian counter-sanctions. Some saw it, even then, and today, well, here we are.

War: you are either at war or you aren't. There is no pretending. For ignoring this simple fact, Europe is in the whirlwind, completely disoriented in search of benchmarks that it no longer has.

The war the US is waging against Russia is a war to the death. Europe, at once actor and at stake, does not want this outcome but, victim of its protective alliances and its historic, though now artificial status, is obliged and even ordered to take sides with its Great Protector. This war is not hers, but she has to do it. Then she makes believe, since both protagonists know the outcome can only be the total defeat of one or the other, reflected either in the full and complete submission of Russia or the US loss of any hegemony.

Aug 18 06:39

USS Calhoun County sailors dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste into ocean

For up to 15 years after World War II, the crew of Albernaz's ship, the USS Calhoun County, dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste into the Atlantic Ocean, often without heeding the simplest health precautions, according to Navy documents and Tampa Bay Times interviews with more than 50 former crewmen.

Albernaz began a battle for his life in 1988 when part of his brain began to die, mystifying doctors who eventually concluded the rare ailment might be linked to radiation. He filed a VA claim for benefits in 2001 that was repeatedly rejected, often with tortured government reasoning.

Aug 17 17:31

As our cultural heritage in Syria hemorrhages, villagers work to restore it

Reports continue nearly daily of yet more damage to our archeological treasures Syria. A few examples include the recent ISIS destruction at Tal Ajaja, one of Syria's most important 2nd century AD Assyrian period. "More than 40 percent of Tal Ajaja was destroyed or has been ravaged by IS recently" has revealed Khaled Ahmo, the Director of Antiquities in Hasakeh

Aug 17 15:30

Expecting War? Russia Conducts “Armored Train Drills For First Time In 15 Years”

Perhaps these world events coincide with clear signals from the American election cycle that Hillary will be inserted as president whether the public likes it or not, and whether or not her corruption and dirty laundry have been hung out in full display to all passersby.

Aug 17 13:51

The Michael Strange Foundation

Cryptologic Technician (Collection) First Class Michael Strange served his country, and served it well. He will always be remembered. His determination, toughness and dedication will live on through his family and the Michael Strange Foundation. This site is dedicated in memory of Michael Strange.

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Website of Michael Strange, whose father called into the radio show today.

Aug 17 12:55

China Readies First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier and a Fleet of Destroyers

As tensions continue to mount over disputed territories of the South China Sea, Beijing’s Navy is undergoing a renaissance of enhanced capability that may soon rival the maritime might of the West.

Aug 17 12:49

'Green Glow' Helmet Issue Is Blinding F-35 Pilots During Landing

The $400,000 helmet for the beleaguered US fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet uses state-of-the-art technology to provide a heads-up display in the visor -- but also blinds pilots during landing.

Aug 17 12:23

Expecting War? Russia Conducts Armored Train Drills For First Time In 15 Years

One could only conclude that Putin is not playing around anymore.

Instead, Russia is out and out prepared for war. It is likely enough that we should expect it, too. Can you feel things heating up?

These drills appear to be very serious training for the mobilization of a major force that intends to bring in vast numbers and superior equipment under cover from fire.

Watch carefully as this force readies to protect Putin’s army during transport to the point of conflict:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is sending a message: "Don't start something you can't finish."

Aug 17 11:56

Israel, Pakistan To Join Nevada War Games As US Prepares For Large-Scale Space & Cyber Wars

International war games being fought this week in the Nevada desert suggest the U.S. military is preparing for new, large-scale warfare against powerful enemies. This year marks the 41st year of the Red Flag military exercises, which are considered among the most important training exercises carried out in the United States. A grab bag of international troops are also invited to participate in the Air Force drill, including Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan, according to an Aug. 3 report from The Times Of Israel. The report, which cites unnamed U.S. and Israeli military officials and an amateur aviation blog as its sources, emphasizes that U.S. forces remain in charge of the drills, with other countries treated as “guests.” But it also suggests the exercises can be interpreted as a sign of strengthening ties between countries’ troops in an increasingly volatile world.

Aug 17 11:45

How the West is Complicit in Nurturing Islamic Radicalism?

The pivotal role played by the Wahhabi-Salafi ideology in radicalizing Muslims all over the world is an indisputable fact; this Wahhabi-Salafi creed has been generously sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States since the 1973 oil embargo when the price of oil quadrupled and the contribution of the Arab petro-sheikhs towards the “spiritual well-being” of Muslims all over the world magnified proportionally. However, the Arab autocrats are in turn propped up by the Western powers since the Cold War; thus syllogistically speaking, the root cause of Islamic radicalism has been the neocolonial powers’ manipulation of the socio-political life of the Arabs specifically, and the Muslims generally, in order to exploit their energy resources in the context of an energy-starved industrialized world. This is the principal theme of this essay which I shall discuss in detail in the following paragraphs.

Aug 17 11:23

Is Russia preparing for nuclear war? US intelligence says Putin is building dozens of underground bunkers capable of withstanding atomic blasts

In yet another troubling sign for America's tense relations with Russia, U.S. intelligence officials say Putin has began construction on new nuclear-proof underground bunkers.

Russia began building 'dozens' of underground bunkers across the country several years ago, the Washington Free Beacon reported citing US officials.
The U.S. and Russia have been working together to get rid of their nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War, but the revelation coupled with Russia's recent surge in missile production suggests they are preparing for conflict.

'Russia is getting ready for a big war which they assume will go nuclear, with them launching the first attacks,' Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon nuclear policy official told the Free Beacon. 'We are not serious about preparing for a big war, much less a nuclear war.'

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Russian leadership may be many things, but one thing it is not is foolish about the gravity of NATO having pre-positioned troops and equipment in NATO countries on Russia's border.

As reported at the nytimes.com in May of this year:

NATO’s European missile defense system will go live on Thursday when a base in Romania becomes operational. The next day, Poland is scheduled to break ground on its NATO missile-defense base. The decision by the United States and its allies in Eastern Europe to proceed with ballistic missile defense in the face of increasingly loud Russian criticism is an important stage in the alliance’s new stance toward Moscow. Those deployments will be coupled this spring with major military exercises in Poland and the Baltics, with significant American participation, and a beefed-up rapid reaction force of up to 5,000 troops. Altogether, said Derek Chollet, a former United States assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, “There will be a quite robust display of military power in Europe and allied resolve, and hopefully Moscow will see it for what it is, an alliance improving its capabilities

I can assure you that the Russian leadership has noticed this. And this missile shield cannot possibly pertain to Iran, because the P5+1 agreement reached with Iran guarantees that it will not be developing nuclear missiles.

So what is the most logical conclusion Russian leadership can reach here, in light of the above?!?

That these missiles are most probably aimed at Russia, of course.

And we have that most reliable of warmongers, breitbart.com, spewing the usual codswallop, that Putin intends to invade Ukraine. As reported on 12 August of this year:

Large quantities of Russian military hardware are being deployed in Crimea, far more than would be justified by a single gunfight, or even a single terrorist attack. Columns of armored personnel carriers, military ambulances, fuel tankers, trucks, signals and engineering vehicles have been video-recorded in the port town of Kerch, which handles ferry arrivals from Russia. They have also been spotted in the Crimean regional capital of Simferopol, and outside a military training range near the southern town of Feodosia. Internet services have been cut in northern Crimea, with no explanation. Ukraine is denying Russia’s accusations, but in reaction to Russia’s actions, Ukraine’s army is reinforcing units in Kherson, the region just across the Crimean border.

Again, Putin may be many things, but stupid is not one of them.

My sense is that he has pre-positioned these Russian assets in Crimea to simply state, "Don't mess with us, either by attempts at sabotage, or an outright invasion!"

I think that his response to Ukraine will be both asymmetrical, and economic.

And Ukraine's economy is utterly on the ropes right now. It won't take much to push it over the edge. As reported on 2 August at www.focus-economics.com:

Ukraine Economic Outlook August 2, 2016 Ukraine’s battered economy disappointed in the first quarter, managing only a meagre expansion despite extremely supportive base effects. Recent data suggest that the economy closed Q2 on a weak note as industrial production returned to contraction after four months of increases. Despite some improvements in the state of the economy this year, the country remains reliant on external support, which continues to be delayed. In July, an expected payment of over USD 1 billion from the IMF was postponed over technical issues. Meanwhile, Ukraine will likely feel some Brexit pain through the expected slowdown in the European Union—a key export destination. In addition, the country’s political ambitions to become further integrated with the EU could be put on hold as the Union focuses on the UK’s withdrawal.

Bottom line here; the Ukrainian government is both broke, and as crooked as a dog's hind leg; the Ukrainian people deserve better than this!!

Aug 17 08:08

US-backed forces give hundreds of ISIS fighters safe passage

The district of criminals,giving aid and comfort to terrorists who kill Christians.

Several hundred vehicles containing 100 to 200 Islamic State fighters were given safe passage by US-based forces, out of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, after surrendering their weapons, according to defense officials.

Aug 17 08:06

ISIS Orders Its Franchises to Kill Christians

WARRI, Nigeria — The so-called Islamic State has different strategies in different parts of the world, but in Africa and in Europe, certainly, its core objective is becoming clear: to kill Christians. Its long-term goal: to provoke a new Crusade, reviving the holy wars of many hundreds of years ago in the belief that this time around Islam will win.

Aug 17 07:43

Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels

And, as if that weren’t enough, even the definitive analysis of the evidence that was performed by two leading US analysts, the Lloyd-Postal report, concluded that, «The US Government’s Interpretation of the Technical Intelligence It Gathered Prior to and After the August 21 Attack CANNOT POSSIBLY BE CORRECT». Obama has clearly been lying.

Aug 17 07:23

WikiLeaks, Hillary-Gulen Intimate Ties & How Clintons Gave Birth to Mullah Gulen’s Terrorist Network

Aug 16 22:38

Iraq allows Russia access to their airspace

Iraq has given the Russian Air Force full access to their airspace in order to combat the terrorist forces like the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) that are occupying eastern Syria.

This move by the Iraqi government came just hours after the Russian Air Force landed their first fighter jets at the Hamedan Airbase in Iran.

Aug 16 22:31

'Russia anti-ISIS airstrikes from Iran base show model cooperation lacking in West'

Russia's new partnership with Iran is a model kind of military cooperation which has been lacking so far in the West regarding the Syrian conflict, and is the type of action needed to defeat the menace of Islamic State, says political commentator John Wight.

Aug 16 22:08

US-backed forces give hundreds of ISIS fighters safe passage

Meanwhile.....
Several hundred vehicles containing 100 to 200 Islamic State fighters were given safe passage by US-based forces, out of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, after surrendering their weapons, according to defense officials.

Aug 16 22:05

Russian Tu-22M3 'Backfire' long-range bombers strike ISIS from Iran's Hamadan airfield (VIDEO)

Didn't wait long did they!

Russia’s long-range Tu-22M3 bombers delivered their first airstrikes on terrorist targets in Syria operating from an Iranian airbase. Moscow and Tehran cooperation in Syria is “strategic,” confirmed the head of Iran’s National Security Council.

Aug 16 14:03

US War Crimes Or ‘Normalized Deviance’

Sociologist Diane Vaughan coined the term “normalization of deviance” as she was investigating the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. She used it to describe how the social culture at NASA fostered a disregard for rigorous, physics-based safety standards, effectively creating new, lower de facto standards that came to govern actual NASA operations and led to catastrophic and deadly failures.

Aug 16 12:50

US DEFENSE FIRMS PROFIT BY SAUDI ARABIA’S SLAUGHTER OF YEMEN

It is not secret that Saudi Arabia has been carrying out ghastly war crimes on the people of Yemen using US weapons and support. Despite the US’ endless (and largely hypocritical) complaining about civilian deaths in Syria, the Saudis have deployed unprecedented violence on civilians in Yemen with no audible opposition from the US. One of the US weapons making an appearance in Yemen are widely banned cluster bombs, specifically the CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon from Textron Systems of Wilmington, Massachusetts. The bombs are not only lethal upon initial use but often the parts of the bomb do not explode as planned and spontaneously detonate later or by accident when scavengers stumble upon them while looking for scrap metal.

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