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Nov 27 08:29

West Cynically Plays For More Time to Deny Iran

The Vienna talks this week, involving US secretary of state John Kerry, came unstuck because the Western position suddenly hardened at the last hour, according to the British Guardian. Only last week, Russian officials expressed cautious optimism that a breakthrough could be attained.

After a full year of tortuous negotiations, the P5+1 group and Iran have now extended the nuclear talks for another six months. The move comes after foreign ministers from the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran failed this week to conclude a final deal in Vienna on the long-running nuclear dispute.

Despite having secured an interim deal last November, which gave a partial lifting of international sanctions to Iran in return for Iranian self-imposed restrictions on its nuclear programme, the group of world powers could not in the end come up with a final accord on the deadline set for November 24 this week.

Nov 26 08:48

West Cynically Plays For More Time to Deny Iran

The Vienna talks this week, involving US secretary of state John Kerry, came unstuck because the Western position suddenly hardened at the last hour, according to the British Guardian. Only last week, Russian officials expressed cautious optimism that a breakthrough could be attained.

After a full year of tortuous negotiations, the P5+1 group and Iran have now extended the nuclear talks for another six months. The move comes after foreign ministers from the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran failed this week to conclude a final deal in Vienna on the long-running nuclear dispute.

Despite having secured an interim deal last November, which gave a partial lifting of international sanctions to Iran in return for Iranian self-imposed restrictions on its nuclear programme, the group of world powers could not in the end come up with a final accord on the deadline set for November 24 this week.

Nov 26 06:48

Possible Motives for Ousting Hagel

At the start of Barack Obama’s second term, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was seen as the best hope for standing up to the neocons, inside and outside the administration. Though Hagel proved to be a weak champion, his sudden removal could portend more trouble ahead.

The abrupt resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel – along with the failure to reach a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program on the same day – does not augur well for the last quarter of Barack Obama’s presidency, reflecting his continuing tendency to let the neocons have their way.

Nov 25 14:46

Calling Sens. Mitchell, Daschle—Your “Bipartisan” Center Is In Funny Company

The question is, how was it that the foreign policy project of a “bipartisan” organization—founded by two relatively liberal former Democratic Majority Leaders and two relatively moderate former Republican Majority Leaders—was effectively captured and held captive for no less than seven years by hard-core neoconservatives determined to sabotage a top foreign-policy priority of a sitting Democratic president?

Former Democratic Sens. George Mitchell and Tom Daschle co-founded the Bipartisan Policy Center(BPC), along with their former Republican colleagues and fellow former majority leaders, Sens. Howard Baker and Bob Dole back in 2007. The Center, which describes itself as a “non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiations and respectful dialogue,” has generally promoted mainstream, centrist positions on a range of issues over the years, including economic and energy policy, governance, health, and homeland security.

Nov 25 13:30

DEFENSE SECRETARY HAGEL'S FIRING POINTS TO MORE WAR

After Obama and Rice, against earlier promises, secretly extend U.S. combat in Afghanistan, the number decided after 20 NSC meetings is already again up in the air and likely to increase. Such decision making exemplifies mismanagement by Susan Rice, not by Hagel. Rice wanted Hagel fired because she was pissed when Hagel called her out on the chaotic non-policy she developed against the Islamic State and with regard to Syria. As a realist he knows that the U.S. will need the Syrian army under President Assad to push the Islamic State back into the underground. Against the advice of the military Rice, a "liberal interventionist", insists on ousting Assad.

Nov 24 16:14

Delusional US ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine

Official Washington’s “group think” on Syria and Ukraine is so delusional that it is putting the whole world in danger, but – as with the Iraq War – the mainstream U.S. news media is part of the problem, not part of any solution.

Neocon ideology appears to have seized near total control over the editorial pages of America’s premier news organizations, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, contributing to an information crisis inside “the world’s superpower,” a development that should unnerve both Americans and the world community.

Nov 24 15:30

Israel – America’s Biggest Frenemy

The Jewish State in the Levant is a burden we shouldn’t have to bear.

For decades the Israelis have lived off our largesse without having to offer anything of value in return – unless Israeli interference in American politics is considered of value. We’ve handed them over $3 billion a year in tribute, stood by while they subjected their Palestinian helots to conditions not seen since South Africa’s apartheid, and smiled tolerantly, as one would at an obstreperous child, while they noisily spat in our faces at every opportunity.

And what have we gotten in return? Insults, interference, and outright threats – not to mention one of the most effective (and obnoxious) spying operations conducted on our soil by a foreign power.

Nov 24 15:25

Opening the Gates to World War III

The Russian government has done all it can to encourage Europe to maintain profitable and peaceful relations with Russia. However, it seems that Europeans are too firmly under Washington’s control to act in their own interest. Europe’s vassalage is permitting a scenario to unfold that could lead to World War III.

According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in Donetsk and Luhansk.

Nov 23 12:37

Biden in Kiev on US Regime-Change Victory Tour

Russia this week condemned the dangerous escalation of US military involvement in Ukraine. Moscow’s foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the arms announcement «broke all agreements» and that it would further destabilize the country and make a political resolution of the conflict less likely.

The next US planes to follow Biden’s will be loaded with weapons and other non-lethal munitions, as earlier this week Washington announced for the first time that it is to start supplying the Kiev regime with military hardware. Those weapons are to include anti-tank and air defence systems, sniper rifles and machine-guns.

Nov 22 08:52

The nightmare we called the “Arab Spring"

Nureddin Sabir says the “Arab Spring” had been misunderstood from the start and, at least in Syria and Libya, what were said to be pro-democracy revolutions were in fact Islamist insurrections.

Nov 22 06:37

Will the Iran Deal-Wreckers Prevail?

Iran appears ready to sign an agreement tightly constraining its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief, but neocons and other U.S. hardliners appear determined to wreck the deal, which could make Mideast tensions even worse, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar

As of this writing the greatest chance of wrecking it appears to involve not what is going on at the negotiating tables in Europe but instead what the U.S. Congress may do back in Washington to sabotage the work of the diplomats. The energy for the Congressional wrecking ball comes, as it always has, from three sources.

Nov 21 23:21

‘International law is being applied highly selectively, when it comes to Iran’

RT talks to U.S. foreign policy analyst Soraya Ulrich

Soraya Ulrich is not optimistic that a deal would be reached before the deadline. She raises the point that this is not just about Iran, this is a fight about upholding international laws and international treaties, which are being violated by the United States. She notes that Iran has never violated the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty), yet it is being accused of doing so. If we succumb to the violation by one party i.e United States and its allies in this case, then international laws and international treaties will loose all meaning and other countries will fall prey to such lawlessness.

Top US and Iranian diplomats have decided to stay in Vienna to continue tense negotiations on the nuclear issue until a consensus suitable to both states is reached.

World powers are trying to agree on limits for Iran’s uranium enrichment, and the sanctions imposed on the country.

Nov 21 22:19

Moment of Truth — Iran and Obama

President Obama cannot mollify those critics inside as well as outside his administration who want unconditional surrender from the IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran)and still expect to get an agreement. Humiliation is a dangerous and delicate business. Especially so when the party whom you intend to humiliate is a proud people and its leaders willful.

A recommendation: Sign the nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Announce it with great fanfare. Declare that this opens a new era in relations between the two countries and holds out the prospect for achieving peace and stability across the region. By acting in this way, the United States would redraw the diplomatic map of the Middle East in ways that open opportunities for resolution of its internecine conflicts and for the establishment of a measure of stability.

Nov 21 13:38

All-Out War in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’

Is Poroshenko’s forthcoming blitz against the people of southeast Ukraine designed to provoke a Russian response – to the humanitarian crisis? Will Russia confront the NATO-directed Kiev offensive and risk a total break with the West?

There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine: A war actively promoted by the NATO regimes and supported by their allies and clients in Asia (Japan) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia).

Nov 21 13:36

Delusional US ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine

Official Washington’s “group think” on Syria and Ukraine is so delusional that it is putting the whole world in danger, but – as with the Iraq War – the major U.S. news media is part of the problem, not part of any solution, writes Robert Parry.

Nov 21 10:34

US Never Intended to Defeat ISIS

‘A torrent of “foiled” terror plots have recently dominated headlines across the Western World. In Rochester New York, the FBI netted a man they claimed was plotting a shooting spree targeting US service members. In Australia, over 800 security agents swooped in on 15 ISIS suspects whom the Australian government claimed were plotting to randomly behead a member of the public. In the UK, 4 suspects allegedly linked to ISIS were arrested before carrying out a plot Scotland Yards claims was aimed at the Queen of England herself.

Nov 21 09:16

UN resolution on Iran mockery of justice

The UN consciously or unconsciously plays into the hands of the pro-Israeli pressure groups in Canada and only puts on an ugly show of duplicity in imposing a ruling against the Islamic Republic.

The farce becomes more markedly absurd when you consider the plethora of human rights abuses going unpunished in the world with the UN laying a lid of ignorance on these blatant violations.

Iran has strongly lambasted the UN resolution, saying that “the UN’s legal mechanisms have turned into a tool in the hands of the West.”

The irony of the resolution is that the measure was initially drafted by Canada which has itself a disgracing history of human rights abuse against the aborigines in the country. Further to that, Ottawa has constantly and vehemently thrown its full-throated support behind Tel Aviv in its inconceivably ruthless crimes against the people of Palestine.

Nov 21 08:31

Twenty-six Things About the Islamic State (ISIL) that Obama Does Not Want You to Know About

The US led war against the Islamic State is a big lie.

Going after ” Islamic terrorists”, carrying out a worldwide pre-emptive war to “Protect the American Homeland” are used to justify a military agenda.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a creation of US intelligence. Washington’s “Counter-terrorism Agenda” in Iraq and Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists.

The incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq starting in June 2014 was part of a carefully planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by the US, NATO and Israel.

The counter-terrorism mandate is a fiction. America is the Number One “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

Nov 20 08:40

Europe Veering From US Abyss Over Russia?

One hopes that Europe is beginning to part ways with the US direction on Russia – a direction that is leading to an abyss.

It’s long overdue but better late than never that Europe might just be back-pedaling on America’s aggressive agenda towards Russia. The business-like visit to Moscow this week by Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier suggests that Europe can come to its senses to seek a diplomatic resolution of the escalating tensions over the Ukraine crisis – tensions that could spark a wider continental war, or worse.

Steinmeier met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in which the pair stressed the need to find a political end to the violence in Ukraine.

Nov 20 07:27

Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization

The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State, a top presidential adviser said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, he will ignore the limits, but it looks good in the newspapers!

Nov 18 19:04

Updating JFK In Berlin: “Ich Bin Ein Palestinian”

When President John F. Kennedy told the world on June 26, 1963. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, he was asserting his solidarity with Berliners separated by a wall.

Barack Obama has two more years in which to find his “pairing of the man and the moment”. His presidency has been badly marred by his unwillingness to denounce the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and people.

The inhumane blot of the occupation cries out for Obama action.

Nov 18 19:01

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia

The real threat to the world is economic collapse and poverty.

Without any solutions and in fact only exacerbating these problems, the US and European leaders are hiding behind a false agenda of non-issues, such as security, and in particular alleged «Russian aggression».

US President Obama was joined by European leaders last weekend in trying to turn the G20 summit in Australia into a forum for baiting Russia, rather than dealing with the more onerous problem of a failing world economy

Nov 18 12:51

The Beheading That Never Was? - The Kassig Killing And Western War Propaganda

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Currently trending alongside Kim Kardashian’s photo shoot, a Missouri declaration of a State of Emergency, and Charles Manson’s marriage, is the news of the recent alleged beheading of an American citizen by Western-backed ISIS terrorists in Syria.

The latest beheading video to allegedly emerge from ISIS reportedly shows the beheading of Peter Kassig, an “American aid worker” who was captured by the Western-backed fundamentalists in October of last year. Kassig was an Iraq veteran and former U.S. Army Ranger who later became an “aid worker” in Lebanon and Syria, according to USA Today...

Nov 18 12:16

Fake Video Footage: The West’s Propaganda War on Syria Exposed Once Again

While the Daily Mail claims “experts” claimed “they have no reason to doubt its authenticity,” those who have witnessed the West’s intentional, systematic deceit throughout the duration of the Syrian conflict could cite many reasons. With it now confirmed that the above mentioned video is a hoax, yet another reason still can be cited.

Indeed, the video was a complete hoax – a literal production filmed in Malta, not Syria, and consisting of actors, actresses, and special effects. The UK Mirror in its article, “Footage of Syrian ‘hero boy’ dodging sniper’s bullets to save girl revealed as FAKE,” would finally admit:

Lars Klevberg, 34, from Oslo, devised the hoax after watching news coverage of the troubles in Syria.

He told BBC Trending: “If I could make a film and pretend it was real, people would share it and react with hope.

“We shot it in Malta in May this year on a set that was used for other famous movies like Troy and Gladiator.

Nov 18 12:13

US unleashes the dogs of war upon Syria

An American peace activist says the United States has unleashed “the dogs of war” upon Syria by officially announcing the training and arming of anti-government militants.

Nov 18 10:45

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia

The real threat to the world is economic collapse and poverty.

Without any solutions and in fact only exacerbating these problems, the US and European leaders are hiding behind a false agenda of non-issues, such as security, and in particular alleged «Russian aggression».

US President Obama was joined by European leaders last weekend in trying to turn the G20 summit in Australia into a forum for baiting Russia, rather than dealing with the more onerous problem of a failing world economy.

Nov 17 16:02

Obama "Would Order" US troops into Combat if ISIS Got Nuclear Weapons

Considering all the spin regarding ISIS goading the NATO nations into attacking them... this headline just screams -FALSE FLAG - to me.

Why on earth would Obama make such an absurd statement unless the masses are being set up for some sort of perception managed psychological operation, that has yet to be unleashed?
When one reads what Obama says.... he set the bar low. I mean quite low.
ISIS won't have to use a weapon.

It just has to be alleged that ISIS possesses some sort of nuclear weapon

Nov 17 08:25

Netanyahu warns Obama: Both Islamic State and Iran must be defeated

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "BiBi" Netanyahu appearing on United States television on Sunday said he wholeheartedly supported President Barack Obama and the U.S.-led coalition's military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists, but he warned against Obama being soft on Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Benjamin...

Nov 16 12:28

Bob Carr: Why I’m now a friend of Palestine rather than Israel

Bob Carr is a former NSW premier and foreign minister. This is part of an address he gave to the Australian Friends of Palestine Association in Adelaide last night.

Israel has gone from secular to religious. The ultra-Orthodox and religious Zionists hold 30 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. It has gone from cosmopolitan to chauvinist, with some ministers -espousing a brand of radical -nationalism like that of France’s Le Pen or Austria’s Jorg Haider.

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Nov 16 09:51

Officials: Egypt warplanes bombing Libyan militias

Egypt deepened its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias that have taken over key parts of Libya, with officials saying Wednesday that Egyptian warplanes have bombed militia positions in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Nov 16 09:30

Obama's Mercenary Attacks On Syria Are Breaking The Law

According to the Washington Post the U.S. administration is discussing to increase the numbers of CIA trained mercenaries in Syria:

The Obama administration has been weighing plans to escalate the CIA’s role in arming and training fighters in Syria, a move aimed at accelerating covert U.S. support to moderate rebel factions while the Pentagon is preparing to establish its own training bases, U.S. officials said.

The administration knows very well that the legal ground it is standing on is very, very weak. The people it trains are criminals and do not observe basic laws of war or human rights. The administration's solution to breaking the law is trying to change it:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Breaking - and or changing - the laws of this country in order to achieve their objectives, is nothing new to this Administration.

And those objectives here have to do with wars creating private personal profit of the large corporations, coupled with the continuation of the hegemony of the US dollar.

We know that regime change in Syria, according to this Administration, is the prelude to regime change in Iran: but at what cost to our troops, militarily, monetarily, or morally?!?

From an historical standpoint, sending in "advisers" has never augured well for this country. So far, any training of rebels against Al-Assad's military has been an exercise in complete futility.

And because it is understood in military circles that one cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air, when will we see the first US boots on the ground in Syria, if, in fact they are not already covertly there?!?

With this article stating "Around 2,000 Syrian fighters are slated to be given military training, which is set to begin at the end of December.", I would not be surprised to see US boots on the ground in Syria the very first part of next year, late winter, early spring.

BUT there is a teensy-weensy fly in the ointment here. As reported September 13th 2013 in examiner.com:

As noted on the official website of the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies (Jenkins, 17), the Russian Federation maintains mutual defense treaties with both Syria and Iran. Russia has stated on more than one occasion that “Iran is our close neighbor, just south of the Caucasus. Should anything happen to Iran, should Iran get drawn into any political or military hardships, this will be a direct threat to our national security.” An Attack On One Is An Attack On All... With the civil war ravaged Syrian nation bordering America's Turkish NATO partner to its south, if any of Assad's forces strike sovereign Turkish territory, the Ankara government could not only legitimately strike back, but every NATO member state would be treaty bound to militarily assist in any armed response. Subsequently, both the Russians and the Iranians would have no choice but to come to the defense of their mutual ally in Damascus.

So, any US military incursion into EITHER Syria or Iran will require Russia coming to either country's aid militarily.

And I have to wonder: is a full frontal US military attack against Syria their "back door" to a war against Russia?!?

And to our President, Congress, State Department and Pentagon: I would like to politely suggest that I am, surely, not the only American to have figured this out.

Nov 16 08:46

‘Russia uses language Washington understands’

To keep pandering with futile diplomacy and to not reciprocate the show of force with Washington and its minions would be the really reckless option. You don’t encourage a bully. Instead, you have to square up and push back.

Has Russia reached the limit of its diplomatic tolerance of the US and its NATO allies? The announcement this week that Moscow is to begin deploying long-range bombers in the Gulf of Mexico – America’s own backyard – suggests so.

Nov 16 08:43

Cameron the Euro Demagogue Creates Own Nightmare

Having whipped up a political storm on EU finances to forestall UKIP, Cameron is set to reap a whirlwind of his own making.

November, the month associated with Halloween and spooky forces, appears to be presenting British Prime Minister David Cameron with a nightmare that could end up resulting in his head rolling as leader of the Conservative Party.

Nov 16 07:04

Filmmaker unrepentant over fake ‘Syrian hero boy’ video

It has been seen by millions on the Internet. But a video purportedly showing a young Syrian boy risking his life to save a terrified girl from gunfire is in fact a fake.

Nov 16 07:01

Looming US Ground Wars in Iraq and Syria

Current US direct and proxy wars aren't enough. Obama has more death and destruction in mind.

Confronting Russia recklessly on Ukraine. Risking East/West confrontation.

Possible nuclear war. Lunatics running things in Washington make the unthinkable possible.

Obama's Iraq and Syria wars rage. US special forces and CIA operatives directly involved.

On Thursday, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey considered sending US ground forces to Iraq. Accompanying Iraqi troops, he said.

Nov 16 06:04

Obama rules out alliance with Syria's Assad against Islamic State

US President Barack Obama on Sunday (Nov 16) rejected any alliance with Bashar al-Assad against the Islamic State (IS) group, arguing that the Syrian ruler was illegitimate and that any such pact would backfire.

Nov 15 12:43

The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls

The Walls of Freedom and the Walls of Prison

The notion that Germany was ‘unified’ democratically is of dubious historical accuracy. The consequences of a powerful unified Germany have not led to a peaceful prosperous Europe and Germany’s current role in world politics, particularly its policies toward the Middle East, North Africa and the Ukraine, has been anything but peaceful.

Nov 15 12:36

‘Russia uses language Washington understands’

To keep pandering with futile diplomacy and to not reciprocate the show of force with Washington and its minions would be the really reckless option. You don’t encourage a bully. Instead, you have to square up and push back.

Has Russia reached the limit of its diplomatic tolerance of the US and its NATO allies? The announcement this week that Moscow is to begin deploying long-range bombers in the Gulf of Mexico – America’s own backyard – suggests so.

The move may seem like a reckless ratcheting up of tensions between the old Cold War rivals. The Tupolev Russian strategic bombers in question are nuclear-capable, and as expected the decision to patrol the Caribbean seas sparked a stern response from Washington, warning Moscow of risks.

Nov 15 09:40

West's Propaganda War on Syria Exposed Again

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Video claiming to show a Syrian boy rescuing a girl amid heavy gunfire lauded as heroic chronicle of resistance now revealed as 100% fraud - filmed in Malta. Just one of many lies perpetuated by Western media...

Nov 15 08:57

'Syrian hero boy' is a FAKE: Norwegian director admits that footage of youngster dodging sniper fire to rescue girl was actually shot on Gladiator film set using professional actors

A video that appeared to show a young Syrian boy running through sniper fire to rescue a young girl is a fake, it has emerged.

The boy was hailed a hero after the one-minute clip, thought to be filmed in Yabroud, a countryside town 50 miles from Damascus, was posted online earlier this week.

But a group of Norwegian filmmakers have today revealed that the footage was in fact shot on location in Malta using professional actors.

Nov 15 08:32

Airstrikes Fail to Slow ISIS' Iraq Killing Spree, Database Suggests

U.S.-led airstrikes have failed to slow the number of ISIS attacks and its defiant militants are now racking up a higher body count than ever before, according to data provided exclusively to NBC News.

Analysis of IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center's (JTIC) database shows the current face — and pace — of the group's battle for Syria and Iraq.

Data showed that ISIS massively stepped up attacks after conquering the Iraqi city of Mosul on June 10 — and has stepped them up further since airstrikes were launched in August. Deaths caused by ISIS also climbed since the key city was overrun and have continued to rise since the U.S.-led coalition started bombing the militants.

“The airstrikes certainly aren’t impairing their ability to intensify their attacks or carry out their campaign,” said Matthew Henman, head of the JTIC. “They’re not cowed by them, they’re not afraid.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IT appears to me that these jihadists are taylor-made as the "excuse" for invasion 3.0 of Iraq, in an attempt to "groom" the American people toward yet another war here, to control both the oil,, and the monetary denomination in which that oil is sold (read: the US dollar).

Anyone with any insight into military tactics understands one thing: any military force cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

Considering how "well" the last two invasions of Iraq have gone, it would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US to reinvade now.

Unfortunately, however, just because something is a spectacularly stupid thing to be doing is absolutley no guarantee that the US government and military will not do it.

And... by the way, does it appear that both the Pentagon and State Department are experiencing SMD (selective memory disorder) regarding one guy here, who has the loyalty (including a commitment to fight) of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis?!?

I am referring, of course to Muqtada al Sadr, the Shiite Iranian cleric, who could mobiize an army in Iraq in a heartbeat. IF this guy still considers our country, and our military "the enemy" of the Iraqi people, (and there is no evidence to suggest that he has changed his mind on this issue), our soldiers are going to be in a world of hurt here, and hated by all sides.

I would also like to politely point out that until Saddam Hussein was lynched by the Americans, Shiites and Sunnis lived comfortably side by side, with no real beefs against each other.

Nov 14 19:27

ISIS Agrees To Work With Itself - US Calls For Panic, Attack On Assad

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

In yet another example of how the actions of death squad terrorists in Syria conveniently seem to benefit the agenda of NATO and the United States, new reports suggesting that ISIS and the al-Nusra Front are now working together to defeat the elusive “moderate rebels” fighting against Assad are timed right alongside reports of Obama’s decision to refocus his Syria strategy to openly pursue the ouster of Assad as a part of his plan to “defeat ISIS.” These new reports will ultimately be used to justify NATO and America’s plan to openly overthrow Assad even while claiming to be fighting ISIS and extremists.

The mainstream media’s accounts of the “new alliances” between Nusra and ISIS are compelling indeed, as good narratives always are, regardless of whether or not they are true...

Nov 14 13:05

Obama Slammed for Iran Outreach

American neocons are furious that President Obama reportedly sent a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei apparently urging concessions on nuclear talks and referencing joint interests in combating Islamic State radicals, but the letter may reflect smart diplomacy, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

The bursts of criticism — from those who inveterately oppose any dealing with Iran, and those who inveterately oppose anything Barack Obama is doing, which include some of the same people — of a letter Mr. Obama reportedly sent to the supreme leader of Iran can readily be dismissed for multiple reasons.

Nov 14 10:41

The War in Rojava: The US and Turkish Roles in the Battle of Kobani

A war is being fought for control over Western Kurdistan and the northern areas of Syria, including three de facto Kurdish enclaves there. The fighting in Western Kurdistan is a means to an end and not a goal in itself. The objectives of gaining control over Syrian Kurdistan and northern Syria are critical to gaining control over the rest of the Syrian Arab Republic and entail US-supported regime change in Damascus.

Nov 14 07:52

The endgame of the US ‘Islamic State’ strategy

The US, Israel and their regional allies have been on the record that the final target of their "regime change" campaign in the Middle East was to dismantle the Syria – Iran alliance.

Nov 13 17:13

US caught in strategy confusion over campaign against ISIS in Syria

Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have reportedly agreed to join forces in Syria - after their leaders met in the country. This comes amid confusion over Washington's strategy in tackling Islamic State: A top U.S. official has denied reports, that the country will now focus on removing President Assad.

Nov 13 15:44

AP sources: IS, al-Qaida reach accord in Syria

Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, to phony front groups created and funded by the United States have "gone rogue" and teamed up to defeat the United States. Great foreign policy!

Nov 13 11:29

White House: No formal review of Syria policy

The Obama administration is not formally reviewing its Syria policy, the White House said Thursday after reports President Obama has requested his advisers re-evaluate their approach to the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We don't need to review the Syria policy. We got it right the first time! We get everything right the first time! We never make mistakes. Ever! EVER! Got that? Now shut up and write out the check for your Obamacare premiums before I sic the IRS on your ass!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 13 09:56

CNN plummets to lowest ratings in 23 years

Shimrit Sheetrit, the spokesperson for Cooper’s program, did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the historic ratings low.

Also see:CNN President Jeff Zucker to visit D.C. amid newsroom discord

Nov 13 09:48

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

What do you get when you put two of the largest pro-Israel donors — Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — on one stage?

(These are desperate and dangerous men. A threat to world peace.)

For participants at the Israeli American Council’s inaugural conference, this meeting of Jewish finance titans produced several historical insights about the roots of the Palestinian people (Adelson: they have none); a bit of advice on how to deal with Iran (Saban: “bomb the sons of bitches”); and some media criticism (Adelson: “I don’t like journalism” — especially not the Forward.)

Nov 13 09:33

This Week In The Movies: Baghdadi Wounded, Will He Return?

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

In 2014, it is an unfortunate reality that many members of the general public are unable to discern reality from fiction. Constant programming and propaganda from Hollywood entertainment and mainstream news has finally reached the point where the fictional scenarios unfolding in television dramas and movies produced by the culture industry blend with the reality in which the average person lives to such a degree that the general public can scarcely distinguish the two.

Indeed, the entire sequence of world affairs, politics, and human progression has become a fictional narrative. This carefully crafted narrative is unfortunately one that the world’s population eagerly digests and regurgitates upon command. Facts are not facts but scientifically inserted stage props. Rewritten history and false perceptions are the setting while politicians, “leaders,” and celebrities are nothing more than actors in the script...

Nov 13 08:06

Obama Admits ISIS Strategy About Deposing Assad

The Obama administration has officially conceded the military effort in Syria is not about attacking the Islamic State. It is about removing Bashar al-Assad from power.

The new strategy will in fact strengthen the Islamic State, not weaken it as Obama claims. The war “is even less tenable than it was before, as between attacks on ISIS, Nusra, and Islamic Front fighters, and now the Assad government, the US is fighting materially all of the combat forces inside Syria at the same time, even the ones that are aligned with their publicly-stated goals,” notes Jason Ditz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, I hate being right all the time! :)

Nov 12 14:18

“STEALING PALESTINE: WHO DRAGGED PALESTINIANS INTO SYRIA’S CONFLICT?”

But between my two trips to the camps – in 2012 and 2014 – there has been a marked hardening of Palestinian sentiment. These populations, many of them displaced several times over now, have washed their hands of Syria’s “rebellion.” They have at times felt exploited and bullied by all parties, but have suffered most at the hands of opposition rebels.

Nov 12 12:55

The Berlin Wall Just Another Brick in The Wall

Let’s not just bring down all the walls; let’s bring down the system behind them. For, as the Pink Floyd song goes, the Berlin Wall is just another brick in the wall – the much bigger ideological wall is Western capitalism.

The 25th anniversary marking the fall of the Berlin Wall was an occasion to propagandise the past simultaneously with the present.

Nov 12 10:27

UN Says 13.6 Million Displaced By Wars In Iraq And Syria

About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, many without food or shelter as winter starts, the U.N. refugee agency said UNHCR on Tuesday.

Amin Awad, UNHCR's director for the Middle East and North Africa, said the world was becoming numb to the refugees' needs.

"Now when we talk about a million people displaced over two months, or 500,000 overnight, the world is just not responding," he told reporters in Geneva.

The 13.6 million include 7.2 million displaced within Syria - an increase from a long-held U.N. estimate of 6.5 million, as well as 3.3 million Syrian refugees abroad, 1.9 million displaced in Iraq and 190,000 who have left to seek safety.

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"Hey, we don't give a flying Frisbee about the homeless, hungry, and dispossessed, as long as we control to whom the oil in these countries are sold, and in what monetary denomination!" - Official White House Souse.

Nov 12 09:43

Syrian Rebel Leader: US Strikes Undermining Rebellion

Hadi al-Bahra, the head of the self-proclaimed government-in-exile of Syria, the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), today blasted the US for its attacks on ISIS, saying they are undermining the rebellion they think will eventually land the SNC in power.

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Memo to Hadi al-Bahra: The US never intended the SNC to rule Syria. You are just useful idiots for the US to install a government of their own making after Assad is gone.

Nov 12 07:33

Am I Supposed to be Afraid of This?

When there are no successes to point towards as a reason to be confident in one’s government, the Great Father can be counted on to use fear of a scary enemy to rally the people. A lie can go around the world twice before the truth has even tied its shoes. The Great Father knows this and he also knows that it’s best to have a few enemies waiting in the wings to distract the American people. To be sure, certain among the American people (the species Ovis aries americanus) will fall for this every time. Which is why it remains effective and American foreign policy infomercials succeed in selling wars without genuine objectives. In fact, were U.S. foreign policy a product, it would be sold on late-night infomercials along with spray-on “hair”, vegetable slicers, and compilation CDs of 1970s hits. And if you purchased it, you would get a few wars, absolutely free. Let’s have a look at some of the Great Father’s latest products.

Nov 12 07:32

The Con-man Cornered: Obama and the Democratic Debacle of 2014

The meteoric rise to power of Barack Obama in 2008 was propelled by one of the greatest demagogic US Presidential campaigns of all time: To millions of young Americans, he promised to end the US wars in the Middle East. To millions of working and middle class voters, he promised to end the economic crisis by confronting Wall Street. To women, he promised to protect and expand their social rights and end the gender gap in wages and salaries.

To human rights and civil liberties activists, he promised to end police state surveillance and torture, and to close the Guantanamo concentration camp, which had denied political prisoners a fair and open trial. To blacks, he promised higher living standards and greater racial equality in income. To Latino-Americans, he promised immigration reform facilitating a path to citizenship for long-term residents. Overseas he spoke in Cairo of a “new chapter” in US policy toward the Muslim world. To Russia, he promised President Putin he would ‘reset relations’ – toward greater co-operation.

Nov 11 13:22

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

What do you get when you put two of the largest pro-Israel donors — Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — on one stage?

For participants at the Israeli American Council’s inaugural conference, this meeting of Jewish finance titans produced several historical insights about the roots of the Palestinian people (Adelson: they have none); a bit of advice on how to deal with Iran (Saban: “bomb the sons of bitches”); and some media criticism (Adelson: “I don’t like journalism” — especially not the Forward.)

Adelson and Saban, one a mega donor to the Republican Party, the other a top backer of the Clintons, may have their differences when it comes to U.S. politics. But on Israel, both engaged in one-upmanship, trying to outdo each other’s hawkishness.

Nov 11 08:50

Another Fake Bin Laden Story — Paul Craig Roberts

Any SEAL who was so totally stupid as to kill the unarmed “Terror Mastermind” would probably have been courtmartialed for incompetency. Look at the smiling face of the man Who Killed Bin Laden. He thinks that his claim that he murdered a man makes him a hero, a powerful comment on the moral degeneracy of Americans.

The Pentagon claims that O’Neill by claiming credit has painted a big target sign on our door asking ISIS to come get us

What unbelievable nonsense.

Nov 11 05:38

The endgame of the US ‘Islamic State’ strategy

The creation of the IS as the sectarian Sunni alternative against Iran’s ruling allies in Baghdad and Damascus was and is still the US tactic towards its strategic endgame. Until the time the US strategy succeeds in wrestling Baghdad from Iran influence back into its fold as a separating wedge between Iran and Syria, the IS will continue to serve US strategy and so far Obama’s strategy is working.

Nov 10 12:10

Russia’s Vulnerability to EU – US Sanctions and Military Encroachments

President Putin has the backing of the vast majority of Russian people; he has the scientific and professional cadre; he has allies in China and among the BRICS; and he has the will and the power to “do the right thing”. The question remains whether Putin will succeed in this historical mission or whether, out of fear and indecision, he will capitulate before the threats of a dangerous and decaying West.

The US-EU sponsored coup in the Ukraine and its conversion from a stable Russian trading partner, to a devastated EU economic client and NATO launch pad, as well as the subsequent economic sanctions against Russia for supporting the Russian ethnic majority in the Donbas region and Crimea, illustrate the dangerous vulnerability of the Russian economy and state. The current effort to increase Russia’s national security and economic viability in the face of these challenges requires a critical analysis of the policies and structures emerging in the post-Soviet era.

Nov 10 12:03

Will the blackmail of British Jewish funders backfire?

The story in The Independent On Sunday was not quite as explicit as its headline. Its message was not that very many Jewish funders had already pulled the plug on funding for the Labour Party but that they were intending to do so.

Question: What’s the difference between the Zionist lobby in America and the Zionist lobby in Britain?

Answer: In America it gives money to politicians to make them. In Britain it denies them money to break them.

What is Miliband’s crime in the eyes of wealthy British Jews who have been contributing to Labour Party funds?

He condemned Israel’s last war on the Gaza Strip which he described as “wrong and unjustifiable.” He also accused Conservative Prime Minister Cameron of being wrong not to have condemned Israel; and he added that Israel was “losing friends in the international community day by day.” (Which is true).

Nov 10 11:57

Discovering Iran — Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Marcel Proust said: “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” During the past two decades, I visited Iran on numerous occasions staying 10-14 days at a time. This time around, I stayed for 2 months and heeding Proust, I carried with me a fresh pair of eyes. I discarded both my Western lenses as well as my Iranian lenses and observed with objective eyes. It was a formidable journey that left me breathless.

It is hard to know where to start a travel log and how to describe a newfound world in a few pages. However, given the obsession with the status of women, it is perhaps appropriate to start with the women in Iran as I perceived them.

Nov 10 11:00

Obama: Troop Deployments to Iraq Signal ‘New Phase’ in War

Speaking today on his plan to double the number of US ground troops in Iraq, President Barack Obama said the deployment signals a “new phase” in the ongoing war against ISIS.

“Phase one was getting an Iraqi government that was inclusive and credible – and we now have done that,” Obama insisted, saying it was now time to go on the offensive against ISIS.

Despite this, and despite Pentagon officials saying the new ground troops would be deployed to the front lines in Iraq’s Anbar Province, Obama maintained that the troops still won’t be going into combat.

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Obama knows full well that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air; and yet he goes on lying to the American public, and the world, assuring all of us that this will not be happening.

I have fully come to expect that the US government will lie to me on every conceivable issue, to support those large corporations which fund election cycles.

There is a marvelous line from the 2nd Sherlock Holmes film,(and I am paraphrasing like mad here), where the Moriarty character says to the Holmes character that when war happens, he wants to have the corner on both bullets and bandages.

Unfortunately, not much has changed in the 21st century, except that the weapons of mass extermination have become far more sophisticated, and devastating, in their scope and breadth of destruction.

Nov 10 08:57

ISIS is America's Dream Rebel Army

US policy paper reveals desire for construction of full-scale extraterritorial army to invade Syria. Such an army is being built in Iraq and Turkey and it's called "ISIS."

The corporate-financier funded and directed policy think tank, the Brookings Institution, has served as one of several prominent forums documenting and disseminating US foreign policy. It would host in part the architects of the so-called "surge" during the nearly decade-spanning US occupation of Iraq, as well as battle plans for waging a covert war against Iran now well under way.

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We are seeing this unfolding now right in front of our faces, and we are certain to see more Americans die and get maimed for life in the interests of profits for private corporations.

Nov 10 08:43

Isis 'will regenerate' after air strikes, says defence chief - video

Britain's chief of defence staff warns against the beilef that killing those high up in Isis is sufficient to stop their actions. Nick Houghton made the comments on Sunday after unconfirmed reports that the terrorist group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by US air strikes. Houghton says a political strategy is as important as a military one

Nov 10 08:24

ISIS Fires American-Made Missiles At Syrian Army

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

The fact that the United States and NATO are arming the death squads fighting the secular government of Bashar al-Assad is, by now, accepted news in both the alternative and mainstream media circles. However, due to the U.S. State Department’s and its media mouthpieces’ incessant claims that there is such a thing as “moderate” rebels vs. extremist rebels in Syria, it is not considered “credible” or mainstream to suggest that the United States is, in fact, arming extremists.

Of course, the reality is that there is no such thing as “moderate rebels” in Syria. The truth is that the FSA, largely presented as “moderate,” is, in actuality, the same thing as Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra, and ISIS...

Nov 10 06:28

Five nuclear engineers, one of them Iranian, killed in Syria - monitor

(Reuters) - Gunmen killed five nuclear engineers, four of them Syrian and one Iranian, on the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday, a monitoring group said on Monday.

The engineers were shot dead as they were travelling in a small convoy to a research centre near the northeastern district of Barzeh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. No one claimed responsibility and Syrian and Iranian state media did not mention the attack, which occurred in an area controlled by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Nov 09 23:02

Syrian Christian village devastated by extremist attacks

Syria is torn apart by civil war and plagued by the rise of hard-line islamists. Many religious centers are devastated by fighting. A report from the ancient village of Maaloula, looking at the scars the war left behind.

Nov 09 21:47

Canada’s ‘Remembrance Day’: righteous or rancorous?

With Canada’s annual “Remembrance Day” just around the corner, it would be wise to broach the issue of “remembering” those Canadians who fought and died in the two bloodiest conflicts in world history with some humility and skepticism.

With all things considered, “Remembrance Day” amounts to little more than a glorification of war and an exercise in jingoism and self-aggrandizement. It re-enforces the insulting myth of the “good” and “necessary” wars. It encourages the refusal to recognize the wrongs committed by “our side” in those bloody conflicts. This‘day of reverence’ for our soldiers acts as a mind control mechanism to deceive the public into believing that our government has always acted benevolently and in the interests of the people, when in fact the opposite is true.

Nov 09 21:44

Kiev Recalls Geneva Only to Erase Minsk

Kiev’s incorrigible lying always leads eventually to the truth.

Kiev’s President Petro Poroshenko this week called on his fawning Uncle Sam to resuscitate the Geneva format of peace talks. This forum was first convoked back in April between the US, European Union, Russia and the Kiev regime, with the latter arrogating the title of «Ukraine».

Then only two days after this sudden nostalgia for Geneva, the Kiev regime was accusing Russia of a major cross-border military invasion into eastern Ukraine.

Nov 09 21:41

Lavrov v. Kerry in Beijing

Responsible leaders prioritize efforts more than ever for world peace. Anathema to Washington. Permanent war is official U.S. policy. One nation after another is targeted, ravaged and destroyed. Wealth, power and unchallengeable dominance alone matter. World peace hangs by a thread.

Obama represents the worst of US rogue leadership. Threatening world peace.
Turning truth on its head saying “…Russia’s actions against Ukraine remind us we have more work to do to fully realize our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.” Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. Rogue EU partners share it.Establishing fascist governance in Europe’s heartland. For the first time since Nazi Germany’s WW II defeat.

Fuck the EU’: US diplomat Victoria Nuland’s phonecall leaked - video dispels any myth that Russia is responsible for the mess.

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Nov 09 21:36

Russia’s Vulnerability to EU – US Sanctions and Military Encroachments

President Putin has the backing of the vast majority of Russian people; he has the scientific and professional cadre; he has allies in China and among the BRICS; and he has the will and the power to “do the right thing”. The question remains whether Putin will succeed in this historical mission or whether, out of fear and indecision, he will capitulate before the threats of a dangerous and decaying West.

Nov 09 10:47

'Five nuclear engineers murdered near Damascus'

Syrian rights group says 'unidentified attackers murdered five nuclear energy engineers who worked in the scientific research.' Unknown assailants killed five nuclear engineers Sunday while they were on a bus just north of Damascus, near the research center where they worked, a monitor said on Sunday.

Nov 07 14:25

Washington moving towards wider war in Iraq and Syria

There are new indications that Washington is moving toward a wider and protracted military intervention in the Middle East in the name of combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Nov 07 12:15

American Weapons Provided to Syrian Rebels Fall into al-Qaeda’s Hands

The al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (the Succor Front) not only took the territory of the moderate Muslim Syria Revolutionaries Front this weekend, it also polished off the Movement of the Resolute .

The Movement of the Resolute (Harakat al-Hazm) represented itself as secular, but had its roots in a fundamentalist group backed by the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, the “Time of Muhammad” Front.

Last spring the Movement of the Resolute revealed that it had American TOW anti-tank batteries and access to other weapons. The TOWs were apparently supplied to them via Qatar or Turkey with American acquiescence.

Syrian al-Qaeda has swept into rural Idlib Province, taking over the checkpoints of the Free Syrian Army miderates.

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So it doesn't matter who is shooting who; you still get to pay for it all!

Nov 07 09:15

Baghdadi allows Syria tribe to return: Observatory

The leader of ISIS has allowed members of the Sheaitat tribe in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor to return to their homes after hundred of its members were killed during an aborted uprising this summer, an activist group said Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based anti-regime group, said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made the announcement after a series of meetings between ISIS leaders and tribal elders.

Nov 07 07:19

ISIS: the Useful Enemy

The dark force of ISIS is apparently an invincible and unstoppable war juggernaut that is mercilessly killing and conquering in pursuit of establishing an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In reality, however, it is not as out of control as it appears. It is, indeed, carefully controlled and managed by its creators and supporters, that is, by the United States and its allies in the region—those who now pretend to have established a coalition to fight it! The U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other allies in the region do not really need to fight ISIS to (allegedly) destroy it; all they need to do to extinguish its hellish flames is stop supplying fuel for its fire, that is, stop supplying it with funds, mercenaries, military training and armaments.

Nov 06 16:27

Washington’s Middle East Wars

CrossTalking with Ken O’Keefe, Majid Rafizadeh, and Peter van Buren.

What is Washington’s strategy against the Islamic State? Is the Islamic State a creation of the United States? Is the war on terror really a war on Islam? Will the US make amends with Iran in order to defeat the Islamic State? What is Washington’s endgame?

As ever an articulate Ken O’ Keefe injects some teeth and meaning into the discussion. At the outset he disagrees with all of the panelists. He notes it is beyond naive and extremely generous on the part of analysts to say America is making mistakes that are resulting in unintended consequences and America’s numerous think tanks are “running out of ideas.”

Nov 06 16:02

Pentagon denies US strategy to defeat Isis jihadists is unravelling

The Pentagon has denied that the US strategy against Islamic State (Isis) is in disarray after a series of setbacks as the war known as Operation Inherent Resolve stretches into its fourth month.

Nov 06 15:52

Irish 'Paddy Jihadi' Eamon Bradley arrested in Derry in connection with alleged activity in Syria

A 25-year-old man from Derry has been arrested by detectives investigating alleged activity in Syria.

Nov 06 15:48

Fearing U.S. air strikes, Syria asks for Russian S300

The Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad feared the rise of Republicans in the U.S. Congress and began preparing for a potential radical shift in U.S. foreign policy towards Syria, statements by the country’s foreign minister revealed on Thursday.

Nov 06 10:27

West Re-Arms Nusra - Mainstream Media Continues Coverup

On a number of occasions, I have documented in relative detail how ISIS, ISIL, Al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, and the FSA are not only small divisions of the same fighting force but also how they are entirely controlled by NATO and Western intelligence agencies. Indeed, the documentation of these relationships is so plentiful as to preclude any attempt to collect even a substantial portion of it in one place. Yet, only in the bits of dribble provided by mainstream media outlets is there the pretense that the above-listed terrorist organizations are anything but NATO’s and the CIA’s Arab legion.

Nov 06 07:22

The Silence of the Israelis on ISIS

A curious silence in the U.S.-led battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is coming from Israel, which has advocated the overthrow of Iran’s ally in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad, but has had little to say about the brutal Islamists seeking to oust Assad, notes Stephen J. Sniegoski.

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"By way of deception ..."

Nov 06 06:26

Obama To Request Authorization for Iraq and Syria War

In his first public statement after the midterm elections, President Barack Obama said he would ask Congress for a new authorization of force to fight the Islamic State, the jihadist group currently operating in Iraq and Syria. The authorization the White House is seeking will replace the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against al Qaeda that provided the legal basis for the invasion of Afghanistan and the 2002 authorization that gave legal cover for the invasion of Iraq. The administration had relied on the previous authorizations for the current campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria despite protests from members of both parties in Congress.

Nov 04 16:43

Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed

"That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed, and in which American soldiers have killed or been killed. And that’s just since 1980.

Nov 04 11:50

ISIS comrades: Egyptian terrorist group swears allegiance to ISIS

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, considered Egypt’s most powerful and deadly terrorist group, announced that it has sworn its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in a statement released on Monday night in Cairo.

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Well, that makes it pretty much unanimous; the United States, working together with Israel, has pissed off pretty much the whole planet!

Nov 04 10:43

Are Progressives Finking Out on Foreign Policy?

For all the endless fund-raising appeals and election hyperbole, few progressive politicians want to talk about our biggest foreign policy challenge, the escalation of American involvement in Syria and Iraq. Both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders voted against training and arming the “moderates” in Syria. But neither have wanted to make an issue of Obama’s military intervention, and few on the left have called for them to do so.

This is sad, but not surprising, as I warned over a year ago in “Don’t Let Hillary Housebreak the New, New Left.” It’s wonderful that voters want more populist domestic policies, and it’s marvelously misleading that the multi-millionaire Clinton is verbally attacking Wall Street billionaires. I don’t think this is what my old comrades had in mind when they talked of class struggle.

Nov 04 08:55

Pentagon Downplays Mounting Losses in Iraq, Syria

Major losses on both the Iraqi and Syrian sides of the ISIS conflict emerged over the weekend, with ISIS routing a pro-Iraqi govt Sunni tribe and massacring hundreds of them, while Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria, forced a key US-allied moderate rebel faction to surrender.

The Pentagon is trying to downplay the problems, despite these both being clearly huge defeats for their strategy in the ever-escalating war, and is mostly falling back on semantic arguments to deflect concerns.

Major losses on both the Iraqi and Syrian sides of the ISIS conflict emerged over the weekend, with ISIS routing a pro-Iraqi govt Sunni tribe and massacring hundreds of them, while Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria, forced a key US-allied moderate rebel faction to surrender.

The Pentagon is trying to downplay the problems, despite these both being clearly huge defeats for their strategy in the ever-escalating war, and is mostly falling back on semantic arguments to deflect concerns.

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Folks, it appears that the US has become the USI: The United States of Incompetence.

Unfortunately, the same malaise which seems to have infected the rest of the administration has also hit the Pentagon, and that is the complete inability to think anything through to its logical outcome.

And if there is one lesson that the Pentagon should have absorbed from the Vietnam war, it is that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

But let me give you an alternative scenario; if the US government had invested just a very paltry percentage of the money it has spent on the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan on stable, clean alternative energy, which will drive a tank, or power a plane, NONE OF THESE WARS WOULD HAVE BEEN NECESSARY IN THE BLOODY FIRST PLACE!!

The US government patents the device, and the world comes scrambling to the US for this energy.

OF course, THAT... would be logical.

And logic and the US government have not had a comfortable, long-term relationship in quite some time.

Nov 04 07:59

U.S. Considers Expanding Airstrikes in Syria

The United States is considering expanding its air campaign against Islamist militants in Syria to target forces from the al Qaeda-linked group Jabhat al-Nusra as they close on a critical border crossing with Turkey. The group routed forces from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) from strongholds in Idlib province over the weekend, and is now reportedly moving toward one of the two openings where the FSA receives military and humanitarian assistance from the United States and other allies.

Nov 04 07:21

Why is there such an explosion of violence across the Middle East? Here's an alternative view...

Not so with America and the war in Syria. “Right from the beginning of this crisis, I never truly felt that the issue was about President Assad,” she says. “It was about the weakening and destruction of Syria. There has been so much destruction – of hospitals, schools, factories, government institutions, you name it. I think the Americans take their battles against leaders and presidents – but only as a pretext to destroy countries. Saddam was not the real target –it was Iraq. And it’s the same for Libya now – America told everyone it was about Gaddafi. The real issue is about weakening the Arab armies, whoever they are. When the Americans invaded Iraq, what was the first thing they did? They dissolved the Iraqi army.”

Nov 04 07:20

Airstrikes not enough to stop ISIL, François Hollande tells Parliament

French President François Hollande urged Canada to continue the fight against atrocities committed by the Islamic State, saying things have changed since both countries refused to join the Iraq War.

“Faced with a terrorist movement that kills, massacres, that destroys villages, that puts women and children into servitude, that drowns them in wells, can we stand aside, indifferent, in thinking that it does not involve us? No,” Hollande said Monday in a speech to the House of Commons.

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Here's your rifle François...

Nov 04 07:07

Noam Chomsky: The Leading Terrorist State

“It’s official: The U.S. is the world’s leading terrorist state, and proud of it.”

That should have been the headline for the lead story in The New York Times on Oct. 15, which was more politely titled “CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels.”

The article reports on a CIA review of recent U.S. covert operations to determine their effectiveness. The White House concluded that unfortunately successes were so rare that some rethinking of the policy was in order.

Nov 04 07:03

Lebanon NewsNov. 04, 2014 | 11:00 AM (Last updated: November 04, 2014 | 12:57 PM)Nasrallah: Hezbollah achieving 'great victory' in Syria

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah boasted Tuesday that his party had the upper hand against Islamists in Syria, while warning Israel that the resistance was ready for any conflict on Lebanon's southern border.

Nov 04 07:02

Are The Central Bankers Pushing Ukraine To Start The War Again?

Euro zone manufacturing is in decline. US manufacturing declined. GM is channel stuffing once again to boost sales. US construction is down, showing housing is imploding on itself. First time home buyers collapsed to a 27 year low. Spain wants to impose a Google tax. Those who purchased a policy last year from Obamacare do not want to signup again because of the higher premiums. Canada is banning visas from West Africa. FEMA drill scheduled for Nov for Ebola. Morocco on high alert over terrorist attacks from al-Qaeda. Central bankers pushing Ukraine back into war with the South Eastern people. The Islamic State flowing into Lebanon which allows the US to bomb in this region.

Nov 03 08:52

US Destroying Syria’s Oil Infrastructure Under Guise of Fighting ISIS

The US is considering bombing pipelines in Syria, which it claims is in an attempt to cut off the huge profits being made by ISIS from captured oilfields.

The Independent quotes Julieta Valls Noyes, the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs during a visit to London, that ISIS was making $2 million a day off oil sales and that the US would consider airstrikes as well as “kinetic strikes against some pipelines” and “actual physical action to stop the flow”.

The trouble with this justification for destroying Syria’s oil pipelines, is that ISIS does not have the capability to use the pipelines to transfer oil. ISIS transports the stolen oil on the back of trucks, and sells it on the black market in Turkey.

Nov 03 08:42

Not Again! US Trained Syrian "Moderates" Surrender To Jihadists - Hand Over Heavy Weapons

Despite the Obama Administration continuing to insist that its strategy in Syria is "working," The Telegraph reports that two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the US to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to al-Qaeda. Rather stunningly, the Syrian Revolutionary Front, one of the largest "vetted, moderate" US-backed rebel forces, has been effectively wiped out; and has handed over all their weapons and bases including US-provided anti-tank missiles and GRAD rockets. Simply out, "as a movement, the SRF is effectively finished," but apart from that US foreign policy is 'nailing it'. As The Telegraph concludes, for the US, the weapons they supplied falling into the hands of al-Qaeda is a realisation of a nightmare.

Nov 03 08:12

Stupid wars

What is Washington's strategy against the Islamic State? Is the Islamic State a creation of the United States? Is the war on terror really a war on Islam? Will the US make amends with Iran in order to defeat the jihadist militants? What is Washington's endgame? CrossTalking with Ken O'Keefe, Majid Rafizadeh, and Peter van Buren.

Nov 01 09:10

White House downplays Hagel’s warning on policy toward Assad

The White House and the Pentagon sought to downplay a memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel which offers a dour assessment of US strategy toward Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“The policy that we have for Assad is really clear: We believe that he’s lost the legitimacy to lead,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Friday.

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Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, meet pot!

Oct 31 08:12

9/11 Was NATO’s License to Expand Globally

The 9/11 attacks on the United States undoubtedly benefited a number of actors, including the American military-intelligence complex, Israel, and most definitely, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Cold War-era, the area of responsibility for which had long been confined to Europe and North America, used the provisions of Article 5 of the NATO Charter – which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all – to extend NATO’s power deep into Eurasia, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

After engaging in out-of-area invasions and occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, and Syria and, again in Iraq, against the «Islamic State,» the «North Atlantic» military bloc has transformed itself from a Cold War defensive alliance into a global offensive axis of nations that acts with or without United Nations authorization.

Oct 31 07:32

Syria airstrikes spur White House infighting over benefit to Assad

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged for the first time Thursday that the U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State are benefiting Syrian President Bashar Assad — highlighting a strategy that sources close to the White House say was hotly contested by some of President Obama’s national security advisers.

Oct 30 08:32

Cost of War on ISIS- 1 Billion dollars and counting, expanding, consuming, growing!

This has just gotta have the military industrial complex/banking scum rejoicing?

These are the numbers for the US. When I get a hold of some Canadian figures I will put them here too!

Bankrupting a nation- debt enslaving it's people

Oct 29 08:07

Exhibition of Syria torture photos shows 'depravity' of Assad regime

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So, we can get the photos of Syria's use of torture but not the photos of our own US Government's use of torture?

Oct 27 10:15

Rogers: Can't rule out boots on the ground in Syria

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said on Sunday it's important not to rule out putting troops on the ground in Syria to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but smaller, more targeted steps are needed first.

For example, placing special capability soldiers among Syrian rebels will help them fight better, the Michigan Republican said on CBS' "Face the Nation." The U.S. also needs a better strategy for combating ISIL, Rogers said. After meeting with British officials, he said a lack of strategy in the U.S. is a glaring problem.

"I think what shocked our British friends is this lack of strategy," he said. "I think that they’ll be with us if we can put together a coherent strategy for Syria and Iraq. I really do believe that."

"If you think about what we’re doing, it’s really small pecks at a really big problem," Rogers added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CODSWALLOP, INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ROGERS!!

Embedding "special capacity soldiers" with Syrian rebels on the ground, means that the US government has its military's boots on the ground, period, end of discussion.

And it is utterly no secret, sir, that the US is hoping to achieve regime change in Syria in order to engineer regime change in Iran, in spite of the accords the P5 + 1 and their Iranian counterparts are desperately working to hammer out regarding Iran's nuclear energy program before the deadline of 24 November.

I would like to strongly caution you, sir, that such a war against Iran may well wind up with Russia deciding that it will join such a confrontation on the side of the Iranian government.

As you well know from your briefings on the US government's military status, our country's military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome in such a confrontation.

And if you thing you can convince the very war-weary American public that another shooting war in the Middle East is a good idea, you are very, very sorely mistaken, and completely, in-your-face, out of touch with your constituents.

These wars are for the protection of the hegemony of the US dollar and corporate profit; they do nothing to enhance our freedoms, safety, and way of life.

Oct 27 07:34

Iran Feature: “US Supplying Weapons & Aid to Islamic State in Iraq” — Confusion, Ignorance, or Crude Propaganda?

Claims from Iranian officials that the US is secretly supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — even as it bombs the jihadists in both countries — are far from unusual. Since the US airstrikes began in early August, the Supreme Leader, Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani, and military commanders have all accused Washington of creating the Islamic State’s threat.

However, the deputy head of Iran’s armed forces, General Massoud Jazayeri (pictured), has found a way of enhancing the allegations — on Saturday, he effectively redrew the map of the region to prove the US perfidy.

Oct 25 11:09

Anti-Anxiety Drug Zolam Might be One Secret Behind ISIL Militants' Cruel Acts

One of the captured fighters is a 15-year-old boy who admits to fighting with the group after ISIL invaded his hometown and gave him two choices: either join them or get beheaded. He also said that they gave him an anti-anxiety drug Zolam that - according to him - makes one lose his/her mind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Big Pharma supports acts of terror!

Oct 25 09:59

Mystery of American journalist killed in car crash in Turkey... just days after she claimed intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of siege of Kobane

An American journalist has been killed in a car crash in Turkey just days after claiming she claimed the Turkish intelligence services had threatened her over her reporting of the siege of Kobane.

Serena Shim, who worked for Iran's state-owned Press TV as Turkey correspondent, died in the city of Suruc after the car in which she was travelling reportedly collided with a 'heavy vehicle'.

Shim's death came just days after she spoke on camera of her fears of being arrested, claiming Turkish intelligence agents had accused her of spying after one of her reports suggested ISIS militants were being smuggled back and forth over the Syrian border in the back of aid vehicles.

Oct 25 08:53

US Considers Bombing Oil Pipelines a ‘Viable Option’

Top State Department officials Julieta Valis Noyes, discussing the US concerns with ISIS oil revenue, has revealed that the administration considers attacking oil pipelines in Syria a “viable” military option.

US warplanes have been attacking oil refineries and whatnot in ISIS territory in Syria, but attacking pipelines outright would be a huge move, with analysts warning the precedent it sets would be horrible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Syria won;t sell their oil for the dollar, we'll just make sure they won't sell oil at all!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 24 14:20

Turkish intelligence might be behind Press TV reporter’s death

Oct 24 12:14

US threatens Turkish and Kurdish middlemen in ISIS oil bonanza

A US treasury official has warned Turkish and Kurdish middlemen against trading in Islamic State (ISIS) oil by threatening to slap US sanctions on those caught dealing with the extremist group.

US officials have discreetly criticised the illicit Turkish and Kurdish trade in oil from ISIS, which is also known as IS and ISIL, but comments from US Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen in Washington on Thursday, were the clearest warning so far.

“Last month, ISIL was selling oil at substantially discounted prices to a variety of middlemen, including some from Turkey,” Cohen said. “It also appears that some of the oil emanating from territory where ISIL operates has been sold to Kurds in Iraq, and then resold into Turkey.”

Oct 24 12:14

Dozens of Civilians Killed by US-Led Bombing of Syria: Report

A new assessment released Thursday by a human rights monitor on the ground in Syria reveals that in addition to the confirmed death of hundreds of soldiers aligned with either the Islamic State (ISIS) or the al Nusra Front that have been killed by U.S.-led airstrikes over the last month, dozens of civilians have also been killed in the bombings, including innocent men, women and children.

Oct 24 09:09

Syrian army recaptures town in western Syria: state TV

The Syrian army has regained control of a town on the highway linking Hama and Aleppo cities in western Syria after months of battles with insurgents, state television and a monitoring group said on Friday.

The recapture of Morek, 30km (19 miles) north of Hama, is part of the military's campaign to shore up territory in the west of the country stretching north from Damascus as U.S.-led forces bomb Islamist militants elsewhere in Syria.

The army "took full control of the town of Morek in the northern Hama countryside and killed a number of terrorists and mercenaries," state television said in a news alert, citing a military source.

Oct 24 05:22

Foreign ISIL Militant Passports Have Turkish Govt Exit Stamps: Kurdish Fighters in Kobanê

Sky News reporter on the Syrian-Turkish border, Stuart Ramsay, obtained from Kurdish fighters in the Syrian city of Kobanê (aka Ayn al-Arab) some passports belonging to foreign militants from the Islamic State (IS, aka ISIL or ISIS). All those passports had the official exit stamp from the Turkish border control,

Oct 23 07:04

Syria destroys two warplanes used by ISIS to train fighter pilots for terrorist 'air force'

The Syrian Air Force has destroyed two fighter jets belonging to the Islamic State just days after observers claimed to have witnessed the terror group training fighters to use them.

Monitoring groups in the war-ravaged country last week claimed to have seen the fanatics flying three captured warplanes over short distances from an airbase in Aleppo - understood to be the first time ISIS has taken to the sky.

This morning Syria's Information Minister Omran Zoabi told state news agency SANA that the air force had already destroyed two of the planes and is continuing to search for the third jet.

Oct 22 13:43

Canadian jihadi says Israeli Jews welcome in ISIS

A Canadian jihadist currently fighting alongside Islamic State (IS) in Syria said that he thinks Israeli-born Jews would be accepted to join the radical group provided they convert to Islam.

The jihadist, who goes by the surname Abu Khalid Al-Kanadi ("Abu Khalid the Canadian") made the comment earlier this week via the social media website ask.fm.

Al-Kanadi, who converted in 2010, responded to several other questions on the site and noted that he was born into a Canadian family but that it was easy for him to leave to go to Syria.

"They reacted mainly with confusion, not understanding why someone would leave Canada to go to a land of war," he wrote.

When asked on the website whether he would be willing to speak to a journalist, Al-Kanadi said that "journalists are responsible for the spreading of lies against the Islamic State. Is this journalist seeking to spread the message of the media outlets of the Jews, Christians, Apostates, and Hypocrites?"

Oct 22 09:09

Syria man stones daughter to death in ISIS video

An elderly Syrian took part in stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery, in a video posted on YouTube by ISIS Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The fake beheadings didn't work, so let's get this war going by mistreating a woman. That'll get the feminists on our side!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 22 08:49

Iraqi Kurds to vote on sending forces to Syria

Iraq's Kurdish regional parliament will hold a session Wednesday to vote on deploying peshmerga security forces to aid Syrian Kurds battling jihadists from ISIS, a senior lawmaker said.

The planned vote raises the possibility that the three-province autonomous Kurdistan region will make the decision to deploy forces from Iraq to fight in Syria's civil war independent of the federal government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meaning they will fight AGAINST Syria's government, which has been the real agenda all along.

Oct 22 08:25

Dear Mr. President: Why is U.S. ‘Humanitarian Aid’ Going Straight to ISIS?

The US State Department, led by the fumbling John Kerry, and flippant Jen Psaki and the even more flippant CIA sorority operative, Marie Harf, all seem to be Stuck on Stupid when it comes to Syria.

The tired old lie – that U.S. foreign assistance is spread around the world in the name of ‘peace and good will’, has finally been delivered the knock-out blow it needed to be put out of its banal misery this week…

Oct 22 08:03

Syria conflict: '200 air force strikes' in 36 hours

In a separate development, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said the Syrian air force had destroyed two of three fighter jets seized by IS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This ends the excuse for a no-fly zone.

Oct 22 07:17

Top Senate Dem Calls for Buffer Zone and No-fly Zone in Syria

Carl Levin, head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, now says the U.S. needs to create a buffer zone in Syria for the rebels, using Turkish troops and American airpower.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Carl...

Oct 21 11:36

ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands

In a new video, ISIS shows American-made weapons it says were intended for the Kurds but actually were air dropped into territory they control.

At least one bundle of U.S. weapons airdropped in Syria appears to have fallen into the hands of ISIS, a dangerous misfire in the American mission to speed aid to Kurdish forces making their stand in Kobani.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It was an accident. Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure. An accident. Yeah. Sure." -- Official White Horse Souse

This is a bit of pre-emptive propaganda to explain away any future occurrences where ISIS fighters are caught or killed with US weapons.

Oct 21 08:34

Libya 2.0? US Says 'No-Fly Zone' Over Syria A Possibility

In what is more proof that the NATO operation against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is merely Libya 2.0, the Obama administration is now stating that it is open to the possibility of establishing a “no-fly zone” over Syria.

Oct 20 10:22

Is the oil crash a secret US war on Russia?

Lower oil prices, reflected in falling petrol prices at the pump, have been a boon for Western consumers. Are they also a potent US weapon against Russia and Iran?

That’s the conclusion drawn by New York Times columnist Thomas L Friedman, who says the US and Saudi Arabia, whether by accident or design, could be pumping Russia and Iran to brink of economic collapse.

Despite turmoil in many of the world’s oil-producing countries – Libya, Iraq, Nigeria and Syria – prices are hitting lows not seen in years, Friedman writes.

Analysts identify a number of possible reasons for the steep drop – increased US production, slowing economies in Europe and China and steady production from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec).

Rather than look at the causes, however, Friedman says to look at the result – budget shortfalls in Russia and Iran – and what it means.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported on 11 October, 2014 at zerohedge.net:

What was not clear is what was the other part: what did the Saudis bring to the table, or said otherwise, how exactly it was that Saudi Arabia would compensate the US for bombing the Assad infrastructure until the hated Syrian leader was toppled, creating a power vacuum in his wake that would allow Syria, Qatar, Jordan and/or Turkey to divide the spoils of war as they saw fit. A glimpse of the answer was provided earlier in the article "The Oil Weapon: A New Way To Wage War", because at the end of the day it is always about oil, and leverage. The full answer comes courtesy of Anadolu Agency, which explains not only the big picture involving Saudi Arabia and its biggest asset, oil, but also the latest fracturing of OPEC at the behest of Saudi Arabia... Saudi Arabia to pressure Russia, Iran with price of oil Saudi Arabia will force the price of oil down, in an effort to put political pressure on Iran and Russia, according to the President of Saudi Arabia Oil Policies and Strategic Expectations Center. Saudi Arabia plans to sell oil cheap for political reasons, one analyst says. To pressure Iran to limit its nuclear program, and to change Russia's position on Syria, Riyadh will sell oil below the average spot price at $50 to $60 per barrel in the Asian markets and North America, says Rashid Abanmy, President of the Riyadh-based Saudi Arabia Oil Policies and Strategic Expectations Center. The marked decrease in the price of oil in the last three months, to $92 from $115 per barrel, was caused by Saudi Arabia, according to Abanmy. With oil demand declining, the ostensible reason for the price drop is to attract new clients, Abanmy said, but the real reason is political. Saudi Arabia wants to get Iran to limit its nuclear energy expansion, and to make Russia change its position of support for the Assad Regime in Syria. Both countries depend heavily on petroleum exports for revenue, and a lower oil price means less money coming in, Abanmy pointed out. The Gulf states will be less affected by the price drop, he added.

Oct 20 10:10

Mystery of American journalist killed in car crash in Turkey... just days after she claimed intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of siege of Kobane

An American journalist has been killed in a car crash in Turkey just days after claiming she claimed the Turkish intelligence services had threatened her over her reporting of the siege of Kobane.

Serena Shim, who worked for Iran's state-owned Press TV as Turkey correspondent, died in the city of Suruc after the car in which she was travelling reportedly collided with a 'heavy vehicle'.

Shim's death came just days after she spoke on camera of her fears of being arrested, claiming Turkish intelligence agents had accused her of spying after one of her reports suggested ISIS militants were being smuggled back and forth over the Syrian border in the back of aid vehicles.

Oct 20 10:01

Lavrov: Russia supplying weapons to Iraq, Syria

Russia is supporting the governments of Iraq and Syria with massive supplies of weaponry and military equipment in order to help them fight against extremist groups, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Lavrov, speaking at a panel discussion focusing on Russia’s foreign policy, said that with the Russian aid, the Iraqi and Syrian governments' combat capacity has been greatly enhanced.

The Russian minister continued by saying that only the United Nations Security Council has the right to form a coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

Lavrov said that any plans made outside the Security Council are worrying because "these attempts result in an accumulation of chaos."

He added that the aim of fighting against terror is adversely affected by linking it to geopolitical decisions to punish certain regimes, and thus forcing such a connection is morally indefensible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is absolutely right on this.

Oct 20 09:57

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “Caliphate.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

I am having an industrial strength, palm to forehead moment at velocity, upon reading this.

IF this is true, the US military has truly become "the gang that can't shoot (or airlift) straight.

Oct 20 09:07

CIA Warned Obama that Funding Rebels Doesn’t Work … But Obama Decided to Fund Syrian Rebels ANYWAY For Cynical Political Gain

We’ve pointed out for years that arming the Syrian and Libyan rebels to topple leaders we don’t like is a really stupid idea.

It turns out that the CIA agrees with us.

Oct 20 07:44

Press TV reporter in Turkey killed in suspicious car accident

On Friday, she told Press TV that the Turkish intelligence agency had accused her of spying probably due to some of the stories she has covered about Turkey’s stance on the ISIL terrorists in Kobani and its surroundings, adding that she feared being arrested.

Shim said she was among the few journalists obtaining stories of militants infiltrating into Syria through the Turkish border, adding that she had received images from militants crossing the Turkish border into Syria in World Food Organization and other NGOs’ trucks.

Oct 20 07:28

Press TV reporter appears to be victim of CIA black op: Rodney Martin

“Mrs. Shim most likely died as a result of her tireless pursuit of truth which is suppressed by media in the West. Mrs. Shim appears to be the victim of a CIA black op, most likely with the cooperation of Turkey who just recently accused her of being a ‘spy’ after she exposed Turkey’s assistance of ISIL,” Martin said.

Oct 20 07:27

Who will Turkey 'train and equip' in Syria?

The visit to Turkey last week of retired Marine Gen. John Allen, the US special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter IS, and Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary of state, as reported here, is a case in point. Turkey made no concession to allow reinforcement of Syrian Kurdish rebels battling IS forces in Kobani. US officials had to backtrack, with some awkwardness, on whether Turkey had agreed to the use of the Incirlik air base by the United States for attacks against IS forces; Ankara had not granted permission, at least not yet.

Oct 20 07:03

Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight, sources inside the town and a monitoring group said on Sunday, as Islamic State militants attacked Kurdish fighters with mortars and car bombs.

Islamic State, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of the town on Saturday, some of which fell inside Turkey, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said four more were fired on Sunday.

Oct 18 07:47

RT George Galloway 18 Oct MUST SEE!!! about ISIS

Oct 17 07:05

Moscow refutes reports that Russia, US agreed to share intel on ISIS

Russia has refuted media reports that Washington and Moscow have agreed to share intelligence on Islamic State terrorists. The news reports followed Wednesday talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Oct 16 15:22

White House rejects calls for Ebola travel ban

Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House resisted the idea and tried to tamp down fear as the pool of Americans being monitored expanded.

Oct 16 11:15

Gen. Allen: US Won’t Coordinate With Existing Syrian Rebels

Speaking to reporters today at the State Department, Gen. John Allen, who has been advising President Obama on his new war against ISIS, today revealed that the administration has no plans to ever coordinate with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) or any other of the existing rebel factions.

That’s a surprise, because officials have been harping on for years about how great these factions are, and have been lavishing them with US arms and funding.

The FSA is forever complaining about not getting enough aid from the US, as their way of explaining how years of rebellion has them with virtually no territory and sloughing off fighters to ISIS and other more successful factions at an alarming rate. Now, the US appears to be comfortable just cutting them loose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This administration is pathologically incapable of looking toward long-term strategies to keep the US safe and prosperous.

Attacking Syria, with any US-led assets, is not something that will make this country more safe and prosperous.

The only reason that the US government wants al-Assad out in Damascus is to pave the way for an invasion of Iran, and create regime change in Tehran.

And NO POLITICAL ENTITY wants this more than the government in Tel Aviv.

Someone needs to be reminded, in the bowels of the halls of power in DC, that not everything that is in Israel's best interests are not at all in We the People's best interest.

Certainly not for those military personnel who will be dispatched to fight, get killed or maimed for life, in this potential military misadventure.

The coming round of talks with Iran, I would be willing to bet, will consist of the US attempting to "run out the clock", as one says in football, then the complete abandonment of any talks after this.

Many Russian military and politicians have stated very bluntly that any attack against Iran will be seen as an attack against Russia's national interests.

IF, in fact, the US attacks Iran, it may be looking at a war against Russia. At this time in our history, the US does not have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia, and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

Oct 16 08:36

Obama Knew Arming Rebels Was Useless, But Did It Anyway

What’s worse: Launching a disastrous military campaign under false pretenses to achieve goals you wrongly believe are attainable? Or launching a disastrous military campaign you know is doomed in order to help your party win an election?

I ask in light of today’s New York Times story about how President Obama asked the CIA a while back whether arming rebel forces – pretty much the agency’s signature strategy — had ever worked in the past.

He was told that it almost never has.

But then in June, once the political pressure for intervention in Syria got too great, he did just that — sending weapons to rebels fighting the Syrian military.

Yes: He knew better, but he did it anyway.

Oct 15 07:00

No Syrian Rebels Allowed at ISIS War Conference

President Obama will join a meeting of top defense officials from 21 countries Tuesday to discuss the war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Missing from the confab: anyone that’s actually from Syria.

Oct 15 06:44

McCain urges ground troops to defeat Isis: 'They're winning, and we're not'

Senator John McCain has warned that the Islamic State (Isis) is winning in Iraq and Syria, and that the United States needs to deploy ground troops if it is to stave off defeat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay John, if you really feel that way, here's your rifle and here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here is a bright day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from the CIA's torture centers and we think the cleaners got most of the blood out. Watch your head climbing into that transport plane and we will call Assad and tell him you are on your way to kick his butt all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havane Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that wee have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

Oct 14 08:20

Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK rebels near Iraq

Turkish F-16 and F-4 warplanes have bombed Kurdish PKK rebel targets near the Iraqi border, as their ceasefire comes under increasing strain.

The air strikes on Daglica were in response to PKK shelling of a military outpost, the armed forces said.

Both sides have been observing a truce and it is the first major air raid on the PKK since March 2013.

Kurds are furious at Turkey's inaction as Islamic State (IS) militants attack the Syrian border town of Kobane.

Oct 14 08:09

ISIS proves flexible as its tactics evolve in fight against the West

This summer, Islamic State fighters swept into the expanse of desert straddling the Iraq-Syria border. Riding in pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, supported by skilled snipers and at least one tank, the Islamists captured the town of Rabia on the Syrian side of the border.

Kurdish militia fighters from the People’s Protection Units — known by its Kurdish acronym YGP — rushed to the neighboring town of Al Yarubiyah, on the Iraqi side, in a desperate effort to contain the militants’ advance. What followed was a two-month stalemate, as both sides harassed each other with machine guns, mortars and snipers.

Then in late September, U.S.-led airstrikes hit Islamic State forces in Rabia. The Kurdish YPG troops timed their counterattack perfectly. Reeling from the combined aerial and ground assault, the militants fell back. The Kurds liberated Rabia.

Oct 14 07:51

The Obama Administration Has a Kiss-and-Tell Problem

In its excitement to trumpet the coalition against the Islamic State, the U.S. is outing partners before they're ready to go steady.

Oct 14 07:27

Syrian Kurds Refuse To Fight Assad Army: Kurdish Leader

Kurds are not going to fight alongside Turkey against Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria, Syrian Kurds leader Salih Muslim said in an interview with the Hurriyet newspaper Monday.

Oct 14 07:08

US top-brass eye Syria no-fly zone

Even though Islamic State militants in Syria have no aircraft to speak of, the US’s top military commander says establishing a no-fly zone may be part of the campaign. Such a move is what US allies, including Turkey, have been pressing for.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and a confirmation that this war in Syria is against Assad and ISIS was the hoax used to sell it to you.

Oct 13 10:01

Saudi Arabia's "Oil-Weapon" Hits Europe

We first exposed the "secret" US-Saudi deal in September which led to the inevitable bombing of Syria. We then progressed to explain the quid pro quo of the deal in lower oil prices (benefiting US consumers into an election and crushing Russian revenues). In today's Wall Street Journal we get the final piece of the puzzle as it is clear that what Saudi Arabia loses in 'price' it will make up in 'volume' as The Kingdom is taking the unusual step of asking buyers to commit to maximum shipments if they want to get its crude. Simply put, "they are threatening [European] buyers" to discontinue sales if they don't agree with the full fixed deliveries. The 'oil weapon' grows stronger...

Days after slashing prices in Asia, Saudi Arabia is now making an aggressive push in the European oil market, traders say.

The kingdom is taking the unusual step of asking buyers to commit to maximum shipments if they want to get its crude.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the quid pro quo for slashing its prices was that the US was going to accomplish regime change in Damascus, ousting Al-Assad once and for all.

This bothers me tremendously, both morally and legally.

We are bombing a sovereign nation which has done absolutely nothing against the United States; we are destroying its oil infrastructure; its food infrastructure; and its civilian infrastructure (by bombing residential areas).

And why?!?

Ultimately, to force regime change in Teheran, something Tel Aviv and certain elements in DC want to see happen.

The P5+1 meetings regarding Iran's nuclear energy program are just for show, and I would almost bet real money that by the end of next month, there will be neither a viable agreement will be reached, nor a desperately-needed extension of these talks.

And again, members of our American military will fight, be killed outright, or maimed for live; all in the service of private, corporate, profit.

Oct 13 08:22

Iranian official: Turkey involved in the expansion of ISIS in region

Javani pointed out that Justice and Development Party in Turkey has transformed some Turkish areas into training camps for ISIS members, providing them with weapons, ammunition, logistic coordination and medical services.

Oct 13 08:20

Kobani is Falling to ISIS in Syria. Kurd Protests Explode in Turkey.

It is like old times. Kurdish protestors clashing with Turkish riot police in towns across southeastern Turkey and ultranationalists taking to the streets, too, flashing the symbol of the Grey Wolves, a violent far-right group that was responsible for more than 700 murders in the vicious political violence that engulfed the country in the 1970s.

But the events provoking this madness are absolutely current. Just across the border in Syria, the city of Kobani, once home to more than 50,000 people – most of them Kurds – is about to fall to the forces of the so-called Islamic State, better known as ISIS or ISIL. Kurdish militias – men and women – have held off the savage jihadists for weeks now despite being outnumbered and outgunned. In the last few days U.S. airstrikes have slowed the ISIS advances, but not enough. ISIS has taken more than half the town, including major government buildings.

Oct 13 08:20

Turkey 'allows Syria rebel training'

Turkey has agreed to allow moderate Syrian rebels to be trained on its soil, the US says, in its bid to combat Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Oct 13 08:07

Turkey allows US to use its bases for anti-ISIS operations - officials

Turkey’s authorities have allowed the US to use its airbases in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, said US officials , adding that Washington can also use a key Turkish installation near the Syrian border.

"Details of usage are still being worked out,” the US official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Oct 12 07:49

The facade of the new US-led campaign to ‘degrade and destroy’ ISIS/ISIL

For nearly three years now, 21WIRE has been reporting on how Washington and London, along with the GCC feudal kings, have been busy plotting, planning, funding and doing destabilization in Syria (view our Syria Archives here). Instead, what the public have is a stead stream of tired lies regarding the real US-UK-Turkey-GCC axis motivations in Syria.

If you truly want to know how ISIS came to infest Syria (or Iraq for that matter) just ask Hillary Clinton about her little project called, ‘Friends of Syria’. Funny how she jumped ship from her Secretary of State position just months before the West nearly declared war against Damascus in September 2013. Under Hillary’s nurturing care, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra and ISIS – were somehow funded, manned, armed and encouraged to run wild through Syria because the Great and the Good thought they’d help to displace the regime of Syria’s maligned leader Bashar al-Assad.

Oct 12 07:04

Despite demands, Syria no-fly zone a no-go for US

Turkey and other American allies want the U.S. to create a no-fly zone inside Syrian territory. Yet doing that would mean embracing one of two options President Barack Obama long has resisted: cooperating with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government or taking out its air defenses, an action tantamount to war.

Oct 12 07:03

Turkish PM: Turkey Will Send Ground Troops to Syria Only if US Targets Assad

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told CNN's Christiane Amanpour this week that Turkey was open to putting boots on the ground in Syria, but only if "we can be sure that our border can be protected," to which he later added, "We don't want the regime anymore against our border."

Oct 11 07:21

Why Oil Is Plunging: The Other Part Of The "Secret Deal" Between The US And Saudi Arabia

Two weeks ago, we revealed one part of the "Secret Deal" between the US and Saudi Arabia: namely what the US 'brought to the table' as part of its grand alliance strategy in the middle east, which proudly revealed Saudi Arabia to be "aligned" with the US against ISIS, when in reality John Kerry was merely doing Saudi Arabia's will when the WSJ reported that "the process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority."

Oct 10 08:03

Has Obama Changed His Mind About Syria?

The ISIS siege of Kobane continued overnight while cities across Turkey were set ablaze by Kurdish protestors. At least 19 civilians were killed by Turkish riot police who were trying to disperse angry crowds that had gathered to protest the government’s unwillingness to defend the predominantly Kurdish city. According to Hurriyet, “The worst violence was seen in Diyarbak?r during a reported gunfight between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) supporters and Hizbullah, a radical Islamist group whose members are mostly Kurdish and who allegedly aided the state in the torture and killing of Kurdish activists in the 1990s.” (Hurriyet)

Oct 09 09:34

Secret Russian spy base in Syria seized by Western-backed rebels

The Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) said it took over the spy base on Sunday, following several weeks of fighting against rival groups, including Syrian government soldiers and members of Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria. The FSA said the base, referred to as “Center C” by Russian intelligence, had been under Russian command until it was abandoned at a time and for reasons that remain unknown. In a three-minute video released by the Western-backed rebel group on YouTube, an FSA officer appears to be guiding the cameraman around part of the seized base. He points to several diagrams and captions on the walls, which are both in Arabic and in Russian. At some point in the video, the seal of Syrian intelligence is clearly visible, placed next to the seal of the GRU’s 6th Directorate, the branch of Russian military intelligence that is tasked with collecting signals intelligence (SIGINT).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Russia bashing, I see.

Such alleged "evidence" could be very easily faked, for the camera.

And even IF such a base existed, Russia and Syria have been militarily cooperative for some time,which is another reason to look at not attacking Syria militarily with ground troops.

Because at some point, Russia will be aggravated enough to stop the US madness in the Middle East, once and for all.

And that will be brutal, because the US military, at this time in its history, does not have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional military confrontation with Russia.

I cannot tell you when precisely the Russian government will make such a move; I can only tell you that with renewed military hostilities in the region, it is coming.

Oct 09 06:01

Pentagon sees Baghdad at risk of Islamic State takeover, expects Kobani to fall

Calls increase for U.S. ground troops in Iraq, Syria as airstrikes fail to stop terrorists

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Oct 08 12:04

Pentagon to Brief Obama on Grim Battle Against Jihadists

President Barack Obama is heading to the Pentagon Wednesday afternoon for an update on the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), and he’s not going to like what he hears. The key Syrian town of Kobani is likely to fall to ISIS fighters in coming days, senior U.S. military officials will tell Obama—and there’s not a whole lot the U.S. and its allies can do to halt the ISIS victory or the expected bloodbath following its collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would bet a dollar that Obama will come back and say ground forces will be needed in Syria, but I know none of you are dumb enough to bet against me.

Oct 08 09:05

US Air Raids: The Unlearned Lesson of Libya

In 2011 NATO air strikes against Libya that were carried out under the pretext of the urgent need of protecting civilians from a “violent dictator“, cleared the road to power for radical militants. Three years ago, once Muammar Gaddafi had been brutally murdered in October 2011, these militants took over Libya by filling the vacuum created by foreign intervention. From that moment on the country had been plunged deeper into bloodshed created by the former revolutionaries as they cut each other’s throats in a fight for rich oil-producing regions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So far, the only thing US military intervention has done in Iraq, Libya, and (soon) Syria, is to make the situation worse.

Oct 08 08:08

US Military Finds a Target Weak Enough to Debut F-22 'Superjet'

In a move designed to amaze Americans and awe enemies and allies alike, the United States Military at last eased--gently, ever so gently--the now legendary F-22 wonder jet into 'combat.' The most sophisticated and expensive warplane in US history (which as of last week was still untested in combat) was inserted into a combat scenario that was essentially the military equivalent of taking on a newborn baby kitten: bombing ISIS training camps in Northern and Western Syria.

Oct 08 07:41

Canada at war: Vote to launch combat mission against ISIS passes 157-134 in House of Commons

Canada is again at war.

One by one, Conservative MPs in the House of Commons led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper voted late Tuesday to join the war in Iraq, passing a controversial motion that clears the way for Canadian CF-18s to embark on airstrikes in the Middle East.

After two days of debate, the motion to launch a combat mission against the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) passed 157-134.

Oct 08 07:40

Diplomat: Syria has four chemical weapons facilities it didn't disclose

Syria has four chemical weapons facilities that it did not previously disclose to the United Nations, a Western diplomat told CNN on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What they are not saying is that Syria disclosed them now. And even the UN is admitting there are no chemical weapons at these facilities. The US is desperate to trick Americans into a war on Assad.

Oct 08 07:17

'Shame on you, Turkey!' Massive protest in London demands protection for Kobani Kurds

Protesters have returned to the streets of London as they rally in solidarity with Syrian Kurds in Kobani, the town Islamic State militants threaten to seize next. Earlier on Monday activists occupied one of the busiest Tube stations.

Hundreds of people march though London carrying banners which read: “Turkey stop supporting ISIS”

Oct 08 07:15

The U.S. Preparing For The Real Mission In Syria, The Removal Of Assad

Japan is in a triple dip recession. IMF slices Euro zone growth. Unemployed people protest the European central bank. US hiring plummets and the corporate media reports that the holiday retail season looks promising. One third of auto loans are sub-prime. Research study concludes Obamacare will destroy jobs. Walmart will not insure those employees who work less than 30 hours. Many protocols not followed during Ebola treatment, is Ebola a hoax or is there another agenda. Islamic state gives rules to journalist, everything must be approved by them. US clearing the path to clear the northern border of Syria and Turkey for a no fly zone and the ability to attack Assad.

Oct 08 06:53

First USA bombs Syria to get ISIS. Now they claim they must remove Assad to get ISIS

The airstrikes ordered by President Barack Obama have begun to degrade the Islamic State (ISIS), but will not be capable of eradicating the militant group unless Syrian President Bashar Assad is overthrown, say Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, John and Lindsey, if you really feel that way, here are your rifles! Here are your parachutes. We ran out of the desert camo but here are a couple bright day-glo jumpsuits left over from the CIA torture centers. Watch your heads climbing into that transport plane, and we will call Assad and tell him you are on your way to kick his gluteus maximus all by yourself.

But We The People remember how the US Government has been trying to take over Syria using hired mercenaries for the last three years. We The People remember how you lied about Assad gassing his own people to trick us into war, which didn't work because we still remember how you lied about Saddam's nuclear weapons and stolen incubators to trick us into war with Iraq, and we remember how you lied about torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin to trick us into war with Vietnam, and how you lied to us about the Lusitania not carrying weapons to trick us into WW1, and how you lied about a Spanish mine in Havana harbor sinking the USS Maine to trick us into war with Spain ... need I go on?

So you will forgive us if we sit this next war for conquest and enrichment out and keep our children safe at home. But feel free to attack Assad all by yourself, and we will watch safely from home, as you in the government have always done when it was our children being killed and crippled in wars ultimately fought for the bankers!

Oct 08 06:30

Heading for Ground War in Syria and Iraq

Believe nothing Obama says. His policies are polar opposite duplicitous rhetoric. Big Lies repeat one after another.

His word isn't his bond. His pledge to avoid more Middle East ground war is meaningless. All signs suggest it's coming.

Oct 07 15:47

Is Former Israeli IDF Officer Behind Fake Videos of Beheadings?

Both videos when viewed are strangely similar. In both, a black-hooded executioner, nicknamed in the British press as “Jihadi John” for his strong London accent (!), supposedly takes a sharp knife to the throat of a kneeling, orange-clad James Foley and Steve Sotloff. Then, curiously, Jihadi John begins ostensibly slashing the throats of each, not once, but six times….not a drop of blood. Both Foley and Sotloff bravely kneel, head upright, no knee-jerk avoidance reaction one would expect. Then, just when the heads should be severed, in each, there is a blackout. Next scene: body on ground, head sitting atop. Professionally staged. Look for yourself.

Oct 07 07:37

The Law of Futility: Air Strikes Against the Islamic State

War is a dirty, unforgiving business. It is not rendered clean by remote deployments and orders executed at a distance from seemingly safe areas. It takes lives, inflicts unspeakable harm, and rarely brings smiles to those who suffer it. But the members of the US-led coalition currently involved in striking Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq would have you think otherwise. They give the impression that clean distances are golden, and air strikes will have their intended “degrading” effect. Therein lies the message about the false salvation of machinery – the technological panacea that rarely does what it is meant to.

Oct 07 07:36

Pentagon can’t decide which rebels to train in Syria

As reports surfaced on Monday suggesting the group that calls itself the Islamic State is close to capturing the Syrian town of Kobani, The Guardian revealed that the Pentagon is still far from taking the next steps towards tackling the militants.

Despite American officials warning for weeks now that the group formerly known as ISIS poses a dire risk to the Middle East and the security of the United States and its allies, representatives for the Pentagon acknowledged to the British paper that efforts to organize a trained army to go up against the violent militants have yet to materialize.

Oct 07 07:30

Turkey's president calls for ground operation as IS closes in on key Syrian town

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Tuesday that the Syrian border town of Kobani is on the verge of falling to militants, saying a ground operation was needed to defeat the militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Recip...

Oct 06 12:41

NATO says will protect Turkey against ISIL militants

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has expressed its readiness to defend Turkey as a member state in the face of attacks from the ISIL Takfiri militants.

Speaking at a news conference in Poland’s capital city of Warsaw on Monday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg held the Western military alliance responsible for protecting Turkey’s “integrity” and its borders.

"Turkey should know that NATO will be there if there is any spillover, any attacks on Turkey as a consequence of the violence we see in Syria," Stoltenberg said.

Oct 06 10:00

FBI Director Warns of ‘Khorasan’ Threat

In comments on today’s “60 Minutes” program, FBI Director James Comey warned that the Khorasan group is “serious people, bent of destruction” who plan to attack the US “very, very soon.”

Comey insisted the US had to act as if the Khorasan strike was “coming tomorrow,” but conceded that they don’t know whether they plan to attack “tomorrow or three weeks or three months from now.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to FBI Director Comey: if there is a "big bang" in this country, it will mean that neither you, the NSA, the CIA, or the FBI, or military intelligence has been able to protect us, and should be collectively SACKED instantly after such an event occurs.

And the US government has another serious problem: few Americans believe ANYTHING this government says anymore, because it has completely paralyzed and crippled its own credibility.

Should there be a crisis inside this country (like a real, exponential outbreak of ebola here), even if the information the government was disseminating was accurate, it would not be believed.

Oct 06 09:56

Even if we defeat the Islamic State, we’ll still lose the bigger war

As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extend into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV. That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed, and in which American soldiers have killed or been killed. And that’s just since 1980.

Oct 06 09:49

Syrian Kurds say air strikes against Isis are not working

US-led air strikes in northern Syria have failed to interrupt the advance of Islamic State (Isis) fighters closing in on a key city on the Turkish border, raising questions about the western strategy for defeating the jihadi movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Jihadi, schmahadi; I'm after Assad, same as always!" -- official White Horse Souse

Oct 06 09:47

Hundreds Rally in London against British Airstrikes

Hundreds of activists rallied against Britain’s involvement in airstrikes against the ISIL in Iraq and Syria on Saturday. Protesters marched through central London holding banners and chanting "Hands off the Middle East, No justice, No peace," and anti-war slogans.

Oct 06 09:46

2,000 evacuated as ISIS flag raised on outskirts of Kobani, Syria

The black Islamic State flag has been raised over a building on the outskirts of a strategic town of Kobani on the Syrian-Kurdish border, according to various sources. However, Kurds defending the border town say that the city has not yet fallen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sooooo ... the bombing of Syria's oil refineries and food storage facilities didn't work, did it, Barry!

Oct 06 09:00

Biden Admits the Origin of ISIS

US Vice President Joe Biden has made the latest in a series of chastening apologies, after the United Arab Emirates expressed “astonishment” at his Thursday remarks. Biden called US allies “the biggest problem” in fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

“The UAE’s counter-terrorism approach reflects a pioneering national commitment that recognises the extent of the danger posed by terrorism to the region and to its people,” said Gargash in a press release.

The assertions were in stark contrast to the incendiary remarks Biden uttered in an unguarded moment during a Q&A at Harvard University on Thursday, in which the official accused the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey of inciting radical Sunni elements to raise their weapons against Assad, who belongs to a sect of Shia Islam.

Oct 05 11:24

From Ukraine to Syria: UN’s Selective Defense of Human Rights

For the past several years, the United Nations has served as a platform for Syria’s enemies to air allegations of human rights abuses and even attempts to use such allegations to justify military aggression against Syria itself. Tales of “barrel bombs” being used against civilians, the bombardment of enemy positions at the cost of civilian lives and the destruction of vital infrastructure have all been constructs in the West’s narrative against the Syrian government.

Now that the US is itself bombing Syria, killing Syrians including innocent men, women and children, as well as vital infrastructure local populations depend on for their survival, the UN has grown suddenly quiet.

Oct 04 10:58

Who Will Profit From the Wars in Iraq and Syria?

If there's one thing we should have learned over the past 13 years of war, it's that war is good business for those in the business of war. Unfortunately, while profits for the Pentagon's contractors increase, so does the cost to taxpayers in billions in waste, fraud, and abuse. As America embarks on yet another war in the Middle East, Congress needs to act now to stop this unjustified bonanza for the Pentagon's contractors.

The most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan offer an ominous example about what can happen when the rush to war is met with sharp spending increases coupled with little to no oversight or fiscal restraint. The Commission on Wartime Contracting -- a bipartisan congressional body -- estimates that there was $30 to $60 billion in waste, fraud and abuse associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- a total of $12 million per day. Even worse, at least $6 billion is completely missing, never accounted for, gone forever.

Oct 04 10:08

What Civilian Casualties? To Barack Obama, Women And Children In Syria And Iraq Are A Subhuman Species

One former Obama administration official said the new White House statement raises questions about how the U.S. intends to proceed in the conflict in Syria and Iraq, and under what legal authorities.

Wait, someone actually wondered under what legal authority the Obama administration is killing innocent people? How dare they: don't they know Obama has a Nobel peace prize, so none of his actions are subject to any scrutiny: surely the president himself is his own best moral censor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned that these strikes, which are both deeply immoral and illegal in the extreme, are going to a larger regional war which, at some point, will include Russia.

As an American who cares deeply about the future road her country is taking, I cannot support them at all. All people in the world should have the right to peaceful self-determination.

But then again, in the grand scheme of things which originate in Sodom on the Potomac, this may be precisely the plan by those in the bowels of power in DC: a regional war which ultimately leads to war with Russia.

I would very politely like to point out that there is no guarantee of a positive outcome to such a war with Russia, because the US military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure such an outcome.

And that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

Oct 04 06:41

US pins blame for ISIS rise on Arab allies arming rebels

Oct 04 06:22

This War is Not Aimed at ISIS, But at Assad

That ISIS have been emboldened, or even created, by the West’s insistence on supporting the armed insurgency in Syria over the past three years – pouring money, weapons and training (including even in public relations) into the hands of fighters of all shades – was admitted again and again by MPs from all parties, as was the reality that it was precisely the dysfunctional state bequeathed by the occupation that had allowed ISIS to take root in Iraq. But those very same MPs then almost all went on to explain that would be voting (‘reluctantly’, ‘with a heavy heart’, etc etc etc) for the government’s motion. The implicit argument was that, yes, we have being doing the wrong thing for the past three years (or past eleven years); but now we have a chance to put it right; indeed it is precisely because we helped create the ‘beast’ that we must now help to kill it.

Oct 03 12:02

Israel Lobby Supports Jabhat Al-Nusra, Insurgents In Aleppo Surrounded

There seems to be no concern in Tel Aviv that one day Jabhat al-Nusra could turn against Israel too. That is somewhat astonishing as both Hizbullah and Hamas started with Israeli support as counterweights to the Palestinian Liberation Organization only to later become the most capable foes of the Israeli occupation forces. One might have thought that Israeli strategists had learned from such foolishness.

But obviously they have not and now their lobby in the United States, here in form of theWashington Institute, supports that dumb policy by calling for further support for the Al-Qaida affiliate:

The risk of empowering an al Qaida affiliate is a small price to pay for Nusra’s contributions on the battlefield, said Jeffrey White, a former senior Defense Intelligence Agency analyst who’s now with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank.

Oct 03 10:47

U.S. Alliance with FSA and ISIL in Six Photographs

The following six photographs confirm that a favorite “moderate rebel” leader, Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi, is allied with ISIL.

The first photograph is from Spring 2013 and shows Okaidi with the American who has been the principal coordinator of US policy on Syria. The last two photographs are from a meeting days ago when Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (Rep Illinois) and George Holding (Rep. North Carolina) met with Okaidi and other “moderate rebels” in Turkey.

Other photos show Okaidi with ISIL fighters and being interviewed about his relationship with ISIL. The photographs are from videos identified at bottom.

Oct 03 09:07

ISIS Has Seized Over 350 Villages in Northern Syria in 16 Days

ISIS is continuing to push its offensive against the Kurdish border town of Ayn al-Arab, and reports on the ground say they’ve been more successful than previously suggested.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIS as seized more than 350 villages in the area in the last 16 days, and displaced at least 300,000 people from Ayn al-Arab and the surrounding area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish some alleged "reporter" in the presidential pool had the gonadal tissue (and ladies, this includes you also!!) to ask President Obama jut how he expects to win what is essentially a land war from the air.

Oct 03 08:53

Biden blames US allies in Middle East for rise of ISIS

US Vice-President Joe Biden has accused America’s key allies in the Middle East of allowing the rise of the Islamic State (IS), saying they supported extremists with money and weapons in their eagerness to oust the Assad regime in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In psychiatric circles this is called "projection"; accusing others of the crimes oneself has committed, like a married person who is having an affair accusing their spouse of being the cheater!

Oct 03 06:47

Syrian air-strikes: Does the US have the foggiest idea who their enemy is?

The fog of war has been a recurrent theme through time, the confusion and misapprehension that comes amid the clamour and fury of combat. Even in these early days of the war against Isis, the fog appears to be descending fast with no clear strategy in view and a moving gallery of enemies.

Barack Obama admits that his administration underestimated the threat posed by Isis and overestimated the capabilities of the Iraqi military. This is surprising; the rise to dominance of the Islamist group in Syria, and the damage done by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to his country’s forces through sectarian policies had been extensively charted by the media.

The real confusion began when the campaign moved on to Syria, a necessary step. Instead of just attacking Isis, the US also bombed Jabhat al-Nusra, affiliated to al-Qaeda but which had fought against Isis and was loosely allied with the “moderate” rebels whom the West is sponsoring.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not to mention parachuting food and ammunition onto an ISIS base!

Oct 02 12:39

Turkish lawmakers OK military action against ISIS

Turkish lawmakers voted Thursday to authorize military force against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, joining a growing international coalition against the Islamist militants as they continued to capture territory just south of Turkey's border.

The Turkish Parliament voted 298-98 to not only to let the country's military leave its borders to battle ISIS but to eliminate threats coming from any terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria, starting Saturday.

It is a big shift for Turkey, a NATO member, which until now offered only tacit support to a U.S.-led coalition of about 40 nations going after ISIS in Iraq and Syria in various capacities.

Oct 02 12:18

41 Children Slain in Suicide Attack Outside Syrian School

A pair of bombings carried out by a single suicide attack tore through a primary school in the Syrian city of Homs today, killing 48 people including 41 schoolchildren.

Oct 01 11:36

Obama Administration Loosens Airstrike Policy In Syria And Iraq

The Obama administration has exempted its current military campaign in Syria and Iraq from strict standards imposed last year aimed at preventing civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes, Yahoo News reported Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius!"* -- Official White Horse Souse

*Loosely translated, "Kill them all, let God sort them out!"

Oct 01 11:24

FLASHBACK - On 9-12-2013 We Are Not Your Enemy

Oct 01 11:02

WH Spokesperson Psaki Caught in Another Lie on Al-Qaeda

Oct 01 11:01

October 4 Demonstration: Stop the Bombing of Iraq - Don't Bomb Syria

Russell Brand, who will join us on Saturday, says: Bombing won't work - it is going to make matters worse. It will lead to ground troops going in. That will make matters worse. These kind of operations always make things worse. These are the real lessons from history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does anyone have contact information for Russell Brand? I want to get him on my radio show.

Oct 01 09:32

Video of ISIS terrorists passing the Turkish border to attack Kurds in Kobane

The railroad and tunnel shown in the pictures are located on the Turkish border side to Syria. ISIS terrorists have apparently the permission of Turkish authorities to use their border and conduct attacks on Kurds in Kobane. Eyewitnesses reported that the terrorists had been brought there before by a train.

Oct 01 07:42

US targets Syria infrastructure rather than militants: Sabrosky

The United States’ airstrikes in Syria often target militants with “no military value” and actually aim at the country’s infrastructure, says a US Marine Corps veteran.

Alan Sabrosky (Ph.D, University of Michigan) made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on Washington-led coalition airstrikes in Syria that began last week.

“What I can see happening is that the targets they’re selecting are those that have, in many cases, no military value at all to ISIS or any other rebel group but really are intended to break whatever infrastructure the Syrian government will have when the fighting is over,” Sabrosky said.

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