WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Sep 22 19:51

United States Launches Airstrikes in Syria - Real Target Is Assad

Late Monday evening, September 22, the United States began the first of its airstrikes inside Syria.

Although details are still murky about where the attacks took place and what targets were actually hit, the Pentagon has acknowledged responsibility for the bombings.

Sep 22 19:14

Barbarism Versus Stupidism

In my lifetime, the USA has not blundered into a more incoherent, feckless, and unfavorable foreign policy quandary than we see today.

The US-led campaign to tilt Ukraine to Euroland and NATO — and away from the Russian-led Eurasian Customs Union — turned an “intelligence” fiasco into a strategic humiliation for the Obama White House. Notice that the story has vamoosed utterly from the American media headlines, even when the Russian Engineers’ Union issued a report last week asserting that the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was most likely shot down by 30mm cannon fire from Ukrainian military aircraft. The USA State Department didn’t deign to refute it because doing so would have drawn attention to the fact that it was the only plausible explanation for what happened.

Sep 22 17:42

Nothing Will Stop Isis Except A Syrian Truce

US policy has an Alice in Wonderland absurdity about it, everything being the opposite of what it appears to be. The so-called “coalition of the willing” is, in practice, very unwilling to fight IS, while those hitherto excluded, such as Iran, the Syrian government, Hezbollah and the PKK, are the ones actually fighting.

Sep 22 17:25

US spy planes are flying over British skies in hunt for Jihadi John's associates as net closes in on London suburb

US spy planes are flying above Britain monitoring telephone and computer signals in a bid to track down British terrorist Jihadi John and those who are communicating with him.

Sep 22 13:13

Donor blackmail Silences Criticism of Israel

Donor blackmail is the last front line for the Zionists as they continue to suffer defeats in the battle for public opinion.

Due to Israel’s brutal racism and repeated attacks on Palestinian civilians, it is losing popular support internationally. As this happens, the Zionists appear to be intensifying pressure on societal and political elites, particularly in the U.S. and other Western states, to maintain policies that support and protect Israel’s criminal behavior.

If you cannot win by debate, how do you combat the growing popular suspicion of Israeli and Zionist actions? You do it by pressuring the donor-dependent elite leadership of institutions, such as universities and colleges, to suppress and punish those who criticize Israel.

Their vehicle for achieving this goal has always been financial gifts and donations to elite individuals and institutions.

Sep 22 12:27

Middle East Tensions Manufactured By US / Israel Zionists

The US designedly engenders political-diplomatic conflict wherever it goes and whenever it can, not because it is integrally infantile or churlish, but because its geopolitical strategy of divide-and-conquer is integral to its ambition for unilateral global hegemony. Even divide-and-conquer is mere surface, the instrumental framework within which to realize an ideological deeply-ingrained counterrevolutionary ethos and world posture, the half-century thread of anticommunism never lost and recently transmuted into a doctrine of permanent war tightly attached to counterterrorism.

Sep 22 12:25

THE US IS NOW INVOLVED IN 134 WARS

Or none, depending on your definition of 'war'.

Sep 22 10:22

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars - FULL version

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Sep 22 09:58

General ‘Breedhate’ in Another Sabotage Sortie

The irresponsible language of Four-Star General Breedlove in exacerbating the crisis makes one wonder if his name should not henceforth be known as General “Breedhate”.

US Air Force General Philip Breedlove strafed the renewed peace plan for Ukraine before it barely got off the ground at the weekend, thereby aiming to shoot down another political bid to end months of deadly violence in the country.

It’s not the first time that the NATO military chief has used high-flown rhetoric to preempt a diplomatic solution to end the fighting in war-torn eastern Ukraine. That conflict has claimed nearly 3,000 lives over the past six months, with up to one million civilians displaced and millions more trapped in a spiralling humanitarian crisis.

Sep 22 08:46

Pentagon Prepares To Unveil Syria War Plans As "Broad Coalition" Crumbles

A day after US ambassador to The UN Samantha Powers stated, "we will not do the airstrikes alone if the president decides to do the airstrikes," and Russia warned, "bombing Syria without the cooperation of Damascus can have destructive practical consequences on the humanitarian situation in Syria," it appears President Obama's grand strategy to combat IS via a 'broad coalition' of allies is flailing. While the WSJ reports, The Pentagon is preparing war plans in Syria that would include an intensive initial wave of strikes against Islamic State targets, Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier explained today that providing air support or sending ground troops to fight Islamic State is "out of the question for us."

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Okay Obama, if you really want war with Syria, here's your rifle...

Sep 22 08:29

Congress Votes for More War in the Middle East

Last week, the House and Senate voted to rubber stamp President Obama's war plans for the Middle East. Both bodies, on a bipartisan basis, authorized the US to begin openly training and arming the rebels who have been fighting for three years to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... as opposed to having covertly supported them right from the start. I think we ought to load the entire Congress into military transports, hand them rifles, and send them to Syria. Congress (and Obama) are splendidly brave with other people's lives. It's time to see the measure of their true courage and commitment to war!

Sep 22 08:11

Violation of International Law: Where is Obama’s “Authorization to Use Force” in Iraq

There was much enthusiasm in 2008 that President Barack Obama would bring a saner and more lawful approach to issues of foreign policy and war and peace. Six years later — with Americans still being killed in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay still in active operation, US drones killing people in several countries and even American citizens, and now new mischief in Iraq — it is clear that President Obama has done little more than expand the already large war-making powers of his predecessor and fully enabled the vision of a “unitary executive” with unfettered powers in war and peace.

Sep 22 08:10

Silliest Nobel Peace Prize Awarded

The world had hoped President Obama would deliver on his promises of peace and reconciliation and CHANGE the deeply dysfunctional system and its figureheads, when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in advance.

I had hoped Obama was demonstrating perhaps more obviously than his predecessors just how captive the American President is of his Washington influence groups and their representatives, both Hill and Lobby. He was making himself visibly trapped in the oligarchy.

It was wishful thinking. I think true public servants are few and far in between. In fact, I doubt that such has ever really existed, except in the scripts of Political advisor’s, campaign managers and the fantasies of the electorate.

Sep 22 07:57

Game of drones: UK govt faces legal threat to reveal drones usage

The UK government is facing a legal challenge over the deployment of its armed drones amid claims that its Afghanistan fleet could be moved to the Middle East to operate against jihadists.

The human rights group Reprieve plans to launch a judicial review challenge against the Ministry of Defence if the UK government does not clarify what it will do with its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) after the Afghanistan mission ends.

Sep 21 18:27

Fear-Mongering Ahead of Another US False Flag?

Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

Fear-mongering is sinister. It's reprehensible. It's longstanding US policy. So are false flags.

Merriam-Webster calls them "deliberate gross distortion(s) of the truth used especially as a propaganda tactic."

Wikipedia says they're "covert operations designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities."

Official reports hype Big Lies. MSM scoundrels regurgitate them. Truth is systematically buried. Deception substitutes for reality.

False flags are pretexts for militarism, wars, occupations, colonization, resource theft, and exploiting populations for profit. They facilitate ruthlessness. They foster police state repression against freedom...

Sep 21 17:45

Naive? At a Jewish spiritual retreat center, I insist on talking about Gaza

And so it was at my discussion group. I tried to talk facts in vain; no-one was listening. A vicious hasbara indoctrination had overtaken these people’s minds and shuttered their ability to think. A woman explained that Israel was a small, weak, oppressed country surrounded by hostile Arab states who would throw all the Jews into the sea at their first chance. When I pointed out that Israel was the world’s fourth most powerful military force, with a substantial nuclear arsenal, and with allies like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and of course America, she shouted me down. In a sickening reversal of reality, these people viewed Israel as the innocent victim and the Palestinians as demonic aggressors. In this twilight zone nothing made sense, facts were irrelevant, black was white, up was down.

Sep 21 15:30

Drone Vet Speaks Out: Killer Crafts More Deadly Than Government Admits

snip: The military veteran—published under the name AFISR Predator (for Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance)—goes on to describe how a drone pilot’s success was partly determined by the number of “enemy kills.” The analysts were encouraged to fly missions “even when there was nothing of consequence to see, no targets to strike and no American ground forces to protect,” wrote the veteran.

Sep 21 14:58

Pentagon Prepares To Unveil Syria War Plans As "Broad Coalition" Crumbles

A day after US ambassador to The UN Samantha Powers stated, "we will not do the airstrikes alone if the president decides to do the airstrikes," and Russia warned, "bombing Syria without the cooperation of Damascus can have destructive practical consequences on the humanitarian situation in Syria," it appears President Obama's grand strategy to combat IS via a 'broad coalition' of allies is flailing. While the WSJ reports, The Pentagon is preparing war plans in Syria that would include an intensive initial wave of strikes against Islamic State targets, Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier explained today that providing air support or sending ground troops to fight Islamic State is "out of the question for us." For now, it appears, the only nation involved in the 'broad coalition' is France. Why? Because as we said yesterday, this is merely over fears of more BNPs. "A key component of this would be allied participation," said a U.S. official; does '1' ally count?

Sep 21 14:57

China sends surveillance ship to monitor US naval drill off Guam

China sent a surveillance ship to waters off Guam to monitor a US naval drill, the exercise’s operational chief said yesterday.

Over the past week, the Chinese Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence – or AGI – ship has been in waters near the site of Exercise Valiant Shield, a biannual training exercise that began on Monday and ends on Tuesday, said Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery.

Sep 21 14:54

Saudi Arabia sends warplanes to Yemen to counter revolutionaries

Saudi Arabia has reportedly deployed warplanes to Yemen in a bid to confront revolutionary Ansarullah forces, sources say.

Sep 21 14:08

West hypocritical, can’t make up mind on who it supports in Syria

Establishing conclusive evidence of human rights abuses can be a tall order in times of war, and next to impossible in complex environments such as Syria and Ukraine. How do human rights groups ensure their reporting on conflicts is fair and balanced? And can the issue of human rights be used as a weapon of geopolitical manipulation? Oksana is joined by Salil Shetty, the Secretary-General of Amnesty International, to explore these issues.

Sep 21 12:27

Obama’s ‘stupid stuff’ turned upside down

So much hard work to pivot from GWOT (Global War on Terrorism) to the Big Boys in Eurasia. So little time – and competence. The Caliph’s goons have announced on the record they would go for beheading Putin. If only the Pentagon would subcontract the job.

First Obama promised there would be no ground troops to fight The Caliph – as in a re-invasion of Iraq. Then General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that if the current gambit of Obama’s self-defined “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” foreign policy doctrine does not work – and it won’t – he’ll go for ground troops, embedded or otherwise.

On Ukraine, the Big Picture spells out the European Union mired in a horrendous crisis, under a third recession in five years, obviously without the cash, not to mention the will, to pay Ukraine’s humongous bills. Sooner – with negotiations starting this Saturday in Berlin – or later the EU will have to find an accommodation with Moscow to guarantee its precious gas supplies.

Sep 21 09:44

US Navy: Russia, China submarines can strike American bases

US Navy’s top Atlantic Submarine Force commander Adm. Michael Connor has warned that Russian and Chinese naval forces are becoming capable of attacking American bases.

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Sep 21 09:41

A Host of Possible Objections to Expanded Airstrikes in Syria

Airstrikes on Iraq were a fairly easy sell. The government in Baghdad asked for help in combating the Islamic State, and the United States answered its request.

That is perfectly legal under international law, diplomats agreed, and it helped to get dozens of European and Middle Eastern allies on board. The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, applauded the airstrikes as a “decisive” move. Secretary of State John Kerry is now scheduled to preside over a Security Council meeting on Friday, at which more than 40 foreign leaders from as far afield as Germany and Qatar are expected to articulate their support for the American-led effort against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, in Iraq.

But airstrikes on the group in Syria? That is another matter altogether.

Sep 21 09:41

Former head of Marine Corps: ‘Not a snowball’s chance In hell’ Obama’s plan succeeds

A former Marine Corps Commandant told an audience that President Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State militants doesn’t have a “snowball’s chance in hell” of succeeding.

Speaking at a conference in Washington, General James Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Crops at the end of the Bush administration and beginning of the Obama administration, said that he was skeptical that the U.S. had reliable ground forces in Iraq, the Daily Caller reported Friday.

Sep 21 09:35

Yemen TV building on fire as mortars hit capital

Yemen's state-run television building caught fire after a three-day mortar attack by Shiite rebels who are protesting against the government, residents and a TV employee said Saturday.

After weeks of protests and clashes, the conflict intensified on Thursday when the Shiite Houthi rebels clashed with the army on the outskirts of Sanaa.

Sep 21 09:16

OBAMA: ‘LET ME BE CLEAR … “

Sep 21 08:22

Obama Launches His War, Finally

Obama’s presidency has come full circle by reinventing the neocon dogmas it once professed to reject. On the pretext of fighting the IS, which the US and its allies created in the first instance, what is unfolding is a massive neocon project to remold the Muslim Middle East to suit the US’ geopolitical objectives. Call it by whatever name, it is an imperial war – albeit with a Nobel as commander-in-chief.

The US will pit Muslims against Muslims in a grim war through the deployment of ‘smart power’, which would ensure that American casualties are avoided.

The strategy is built on three pillars – firstly, setting well-defined limits to the actual American intervention in military terms, secondly, resuscitating the ‘regime change’ agenda in Syria and, thirdly, dispensing with any mandate from the United Nations. In essence, it becomes a repackaged version of the crudely unilateralist US intervention in the Middle East by the George W. Bush administration.

Sep 20 22:14

Feds Equip School Police Agencies with Military Gear

The DOD arm that administers the 1033 program, called the Law Enforcement Support Office or LESO, distributed equipment to law enforcement agencies affiliated with at least 120 schools, colleges and universities according to a Washington Post report that examined data from 33 states. The data available from the federal government does not break down all supplies by agency so the Post relied primarily on information released by individual states.

Sep 20 18:56

This Is Why China Russia & China Are Now "The Enemy"

The saber rattling and attempts to lure Russia and China into military conflict are about who controls the financial world.

Sep 20 18:53

Hagel: Military, Not Obama, Will Make Decisions on Syria Strikes

Testifying to the House Armed Services Committee today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel insisted that Wall Street Journal reports that Obama will personally sign off on every US airstrike in Syria were untrue.

Sep 20 09:26

Obama Refuses To Attend Opening Of D.C. Memorial Dedicated To Disabled Veterans

It’s not very often that a major memorial is dedicated on the National Mall. It’s a big event, attended by dignitaries, politicians and honored guests.

So the organizers of the first “American Veterans Disabled For Life” memorial to be dedicated on Oct. 5 were shocked when they got word that President Obama had no plans to attend. This would be first time in recent memory a major national memorial’s dedication wasn’t attended by a sitting president.

Sep 20 08:51

40 Americans Who Fought Alongside ISIL Back Home

September 20, 2014 - A US lawmaker has warned that dozens of radicalized US citizens who have fought alongside the ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria are now back in the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.

Congressman Timothy Bishop says of the hundred or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIL’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently under the FBI surveillance. Bishop noted that one of the concerns of the United States is the number of its citizens who have left the country to join the ISIL. He said the affiliates are not yet a threat, but there's a concern that they could metastasize in such a way that would pose a serious threat.

Sep 20 08:47

James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines beheading videos ALL staged? More lies to invade Syria?

Sep 20 08:04

America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Sep 20 07:45

Obama vows to ‘rally the world’ against Islamic State in ‘moment of American leadership’

President Obama said Saturday that he’ll lobby foreign leaders next week at the United Nations to join a U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

“At the United Nations, I’ll continue to rally the world against this threat,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. “This is a moment of American leadership.”

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Together with his comment about how America wil lead the world for the next hundred years, and his refusal to change course on Obamacare or Immigration, I am starting to think we may have a true megalomaniac in that Oval Office!

Sep 20 06:22

US, Canada intercept 8 Russian aircraft near Alaska coast

Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday. Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said the U.S. jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday.

Sep 19 12:44

CIA ANTI-SYRIA PROGRAM FINANCES WAHHABI HEADCHOPPERS

“The international position has to be to fight all kinds of terrorism, both ISIS and the regime,” said Sheikh Tawfiq Shahabuddin, the head of the Nureddin Zengi Movement. “You can’t treat only one part of the disease.”

Sep 19 12:31

JEWISH GROUPS PAY TO SEND U.S. POLICE TO TRAIN IN ISRAEL

The militarization of American police forces hasn’t been paid for by just the federal government. Pro-Israel groups in the U.S. have also played a role by financing trips for hundreds of law enforcement officers to travel to the Middle East for counterterrorism training, according to Ali Winston, a contributor to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).

Sep 19 11:47

USA Aggression & Torture Creates Terrorists - Ray McGovern

Sep 19 11:39

“ISIL completely fabricated enemy by USA”, former CIA contractor

Sep 19 11:11

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

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The war is really cranking up and the bankers are having orgasms!

The original article that inspired this video is HERE and contains additional information not in the video. Facebook is blocking all posts that reference the video under the excuse that YouTube is a security threat!

Sep 19 11:09

France bombs Isis depot in Iraq

French planes have carried out air strikes on Islamic State (Isis) targets in Iraq.

Less than 24 hours after President François Hollande announced he had approved a request from the government in Baghdad for air support, at least two French Rafale planes attacked the insurgents' positions.

Sep 19 10:43

'We're on edge of large war in MidEast' - Daniel Ellsberg

With Washington wading into another war in the Middle East, one iconic US whistleblower says Americans are being kept in the dark about the risks of the latest intervention.

Sep 19 08:46

Congress Votes To Fight ISIS By Funding ISIS To Fight Assad

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

On September 17, 2014, the United States House of Representatives voted to approve the White House plan to arm and train the alleged “moderate” Syrian rebels. The vote was 273-156 in favor of the $500 million plan. Of course, the bill in question was actually an amendment that was cynically attached to a bill designed to continue funding for the federal government in the short-term, ensuring maximum support from members of the House.

Then, on Thursday September 19, the U.S. Senate followed suit by approving the plan as well. The support for the plan in the Senate was, as expected, bipartisan with members such as Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John McCain, John Boehner, and Lindsey Graham voting “Yes” on the bill.

Sep 19 07:09

The VA: Trouble from the start

This summer’s revelations about the Veterans Administration have tarnished the image of a cherished national institution. One of the nation’s largest health care systems, the VA provides a lifetime of medical services at no personal expense to military veterans. But recent events suggest the system is broken.

Reports from Phoenix exposed an organization rife with negligence and mismanagement, where sick veterans waited three months or more to be seen by a doctor, and administrators falsified these wait times to earn incentives for complying with timeliness mandates. Many have suffered from the latest VA debacle: ailing veterans in need of care, grieving family members who have reportedly lost loved ones because of delays; and Eric Shinseki, the four-star Army general who was forced to resign from his position as secretary of veterans affairs this past May.

Sep 19 05:03

Giant MQ-4C Triton surveillance drone flies across the United States

This morning, a giant Navy surveillance drone landed at Patuxent River base in Maryland after flying over the Gulf of Mexico and the American southwest from an airfield owned by Northrup Grumman in Palmdale, CA. The test flight represented the first cross-country flight for the MQ-4C Triton drone after 15 previous test flights.

The drone flew 3,290 nautical miles over 11 hours, a Navy press release said. “Operators navigated the aircraft up the Atlantic Coast and Chesapeake Bay at altitudes in excess of 50,000 feet to ensure there were no conflicts with civilian air traffic,” the release noted.

Sep 19 01:54

Ceasefire? A hollow victory indeed

There was more bad news for Israel. The IDF launched a major air and ground military offensives and did not come close to destroying its adversaries’ leadership, organization, military capabilities and alliances. During the seven weeks of brutal attacks against the densely-populated civilian centers, Israel managed to put the Palestinian issue back on the Arab map, draw unprecedented global censure, and give wings to the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) campaign to undermine Israel’s economy. Israel also managed to unify Palestinian political parties across the board – a minor miracle – and make regional heroes out of the “Palestinian Resistance.” With every lash of Israel’s whip, Palestinians found new determination to break the siege of Gaza and end Israel’s occupation.

Sep 18 20:24

ISIS tells Obama ‘fighting has just begun,’ claims recruiting boost

Islamic State responded in a video to US President Barack Obama’s vow to “ultimately destroy” it, promising to kill any American ground forces deployed. The extremist group has gained recruits since Obama’s declaration, according to observers in Syria.

Sep 18 17:22

ISIS thanks Israel for supporting militants

The foreign-backed Syrian opposition has visited injured militants being treated at a hospital in the Israeli town of Dafed.

Sep 18 15:09

Gen. Dempsey Admits: Our Arab Allies Are Funding ISIS

During his testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, America’s top military official General Martin E. Dempsey admitted that the United States’ Arab allies in the middle east are funding ISIS.

Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked by Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, “Do you know any major Arab ally that embraces ISIL?”

His response: “I know major Arab allies who fund them.”

“Yeah, but do they embrace them?” responded Graham. “They fund them because the Free Syrian Army couldn’t fight Assad. They were trying to beat Assad. I think they realized the folly of their ways.”

Source: Luis Manuel's blog

Sep 18 13:28

Further Expanding War, US House Approves Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels

Amid deep skepticism and fears of expanding war, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to authorize President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm "moderate" rebels in Syria in opposition to the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

Sep 18 12:28

Put on trial American officials loyal to Israel for treason

“It’s time for the United States people to rise up and purge these Israeli loyalists out of our government and put them on trial for treason because they’re betraying their oath of office, they’re betraying their oath to the constitution and it’s time to eliminate them from our presence and have an independent US free of Israeli and Zionist control,” said Mike Harris

American officials “take their orders from Tel Aviv; they have no loyalty to the American people, they have no loyalty to the American military and it’s their goal to have the US fight wars to the benefit of Israel at the expense of our treasure and lives of our young men and women in order to advance Israel’s goals,” Harris said.

Sep 18 12:18

Trials and Tribulations on the Cusp of the Age.

What to think... what to think. Israel and America want to destroy Syria, Iran and Russia by any means necessary. They create a phony terrorist army that is under the leadership of a Mossad agent pretending to be an Arab. The sense of hubris and privilege is extraordinary and why shouldn't it be? The populations they lead are at an intelligence level of a canned ham. They possess the innate cowardice of a chicken and the attention span of a pigeon.

Sep 18 11:36

Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America

I would like to begin by speaking about the people of Gaza. Their suffering is not an abstraction to me. I was the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times. I spent seven years in the region. I speak Arabic. And for much of that time I was in Gaza, including when Israeli fighter jets and soldiers were attacking it.

Sep 18 10:18

NATO Overstep Their Charter Again, Running Guns and Weapons to the Ukraine

The single biggest threat to peace and prosperity in Europe and Eurasia today is NATO. Their insistence to further inflame the Ukraine crisis by directly arming the non-NATO member Ukrainian military, is not actually allowed in NATO’s charter. Rather, it’s a move designed to escalate tensions between NATO and Russia.

The North Atlantic Treat Organisation (NATO) was originally formed after WWII in order to offer some binding framework for mutual security in Western Europe in the face of Soviet expansion. It advertises to be a collective, but in reality, it is run and mostly financed by the United States and serves an extension arm to enforce American interests overseas. After the fall of of the Iron Curtain and the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, instead of rolling back its activities, NATO began to expand eastward and become hyper-active in its political and military activities.

Sep 18 10:01

Syria’s very own South Lebanon Army?

Remember the SLA, or the South Lebanon Army? They were a largely Lebanese Christian militia backed and financed by Israel as part of its long-standing policy to keep Lebanon divided and weak – and to help Israel annex the southern parts of Lebanon, if the aims of early Israeli leaders like David Ben Gurion are to be credited.

Sep 18 09:19

Ukraine's President in Ottawa and Washington

Petro Poroshenko is Washington's man. He has no legitimacy whatever.

He replaced ousted democratically elected President Victor Yanukovych. He represents putschist power.

He's an oligarch billionaire. He made his money the old-fashioned way.

He's anti-democratic, fascist, lawless, neoliberal, confrontational and belligerent.

Sep 18 09:06

BOEHNER AND PELOSI UNITE TO PASS BILL FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD, OBAMACARE, SYRIAN REVOLUTIONARIES

The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republicans members to pass the bill without significant support from Democrats. While Pelosi sided with the Republican leadership

Sep 18 08:25

Responding to Ebola

How’s this for a juxtaposition on how nations respond to a global health catastrophe. Check out these two headlines from yesterday’s news:

Cuba to Send Doctors to Ebola Areas

US to Deploy 3000 Troops as Ebola Crisis Worsens

Sep 18 07:55

The Hidden History of the Korean War

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mohammed Ali (born Cassius M. Clay) is probably the most famous draft resister in US history. When refusing to accept the draft in 1967, during the American war against Vietnam he told the Press:

“No, I am not going 10,000 miles to help murder, kill and burn other people to simply help continue the domination of white slavemasters over dark people the world over. This is the day and age when such evil injustice must come to an end… Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam, while so-called Negro people in Louisville[1] are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights.”

Sep 18 07:45

Obama’s ‘belligerent’ policies pushing US towards ‘bankruptcy, ruin and tyranny’

The “belligerent” policies of US President Barack Obama are pushing the United States on the edge of “bankruptcy, ruin and tyranny,” an author and radio show host in Chicago says. “You can only define US policy under Obama as madness,” Stephen Lendman told Press TV during a phone interview on Wednesday.

“This is the Obama doctrine, wage war on humanity, wage war on one country after another, ravage them, destroy them, plunder them, exploit their people,” he added.“Unless Americans challenge this outrageous system and decide they will not tolerate what harms their welfare and wellbeing, and it certainly does, this rampaging will continue.” Lendman made the comments after he was asked by Press TV about former US congressman Ron Paul’s recent warning that fighting the ISIL terrorist group will end in the country’s bankruptcy.

Sep 18 07:36

White House on Message: Prelude to War

ISIS, WMD of our time. To light a fire: White House, gathering within itself the military and intelligence communities, sends out Gen. Dempsey and Sec. Hagel to testify before Senate Armed Services—feeler about war while Obama mouths peace. The old trick, a trial balloon, while POTUS sits pretty and has deniability. The important thing, build war sentiment, feed the public a steady diet of war propaganda. It is working.

Sep 18 07:18

Veterans Affairs IG couldn't see records that didn't exist for dead vets

A government watchdog's claim that delays in care did not "conclusively" cause patients' deaths at a Phoenix veterans hospital is based on medical records that cannot be trusted, the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said during a heated hearing Wednesday. In some cases, no medical records were available for review because the patient died before receiving care, said the panel's chairman, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.

Even so, Acting VA Inspector General Richard Griffin still reported that he could not "conclusively assert" any patient died because of delays in care. "I have no faith that what may have been written is in fact true," Miller said of the medical records used by the IG to assess the care of patients who died after long waits for appointments at the VA facility in Phoenix.

Sep 18 07:12

That finger of Rand Paul’s is always in the wind

Rand Paul has trouble admitting that he’s changed his mind. This could be a serious problem if he runs for president observes Chris Moody: Why won’t Rand Paul admit he’s changed his mind?

Back in Washington after a long break last week, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul was stepping off the escalator in the Capitol basement on his way to lunch, when a reporter approached him with a straightforward question.

Sep 18 07:04

9/11 After 13 years Paul Craig Roberts

The corrupt Bush and Obama regimes used 9/11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with 9/11.

The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state.

Watching the twin towers and WTC 7 come down, it was obvious to me that the buildings were not falling down as a result of structural damage. When it became clear that the White House had blocked an independent investigation of the only three steel skyscrapers in world history to collapse as a result of low temperature office fires, it was apparent that there was a coverup.

Sep 18 06:50

What draws Modi to China

Modi has gleefully inherited the two key anchor sheets of India’s foreign policy – primacy on economic diplomacy and strategic autonomy.

On the other hand, under him, there has been a discernible shift in deploying strategic autonomy no longer as a ‘stand-alone’ pillar but as purposive underpinning for economic diplomacy.

Second, Modi has sifted the locus of economic diplomacy – and India’s leanings toward the Western world that went under that rubric through the past decade in foreign policy domain – away from the West to Asia.

Modi is due to visit the US in exactly twelve days from now. But there is nothing of the American rhetoric that used to mark a Manmohan Singh visit to the White House.

An idea was thought of initially to propitiate Modi by granting him the privilege of addressing the US Congress. But it has been quietly shelved.

All this certainly needs some explanation.

Sep 18 06:48

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding the Present World Situation

*This piece has gone viral. Keep it going!

Sep 18 06:42

Navy removes destroyer's top three commanding officers mid-deployment

In an extremely rare move, the US Navy removed a ship’s top three commanding officers from their posts while it is at sea. The Navy is conducting an investigation into the command climate aboard the USS James E. Williams (DDG-95).

Cmdr. Curtis B. Calloway was relieved as commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer, along with Executive Officer (XO) Cmdr. Ed Handley and Command Master Chief Travis Biswell. The three posts make up the leadership aboard the Williams, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that has been underway since May 30.

Sep 18 06:39

Jewish State and Islamic State, Like Breeds Like

When the US and its allies say they are doing what is right by humanity, and by their values, the question begging to be asked is where is their humanity and values in regard to the Palestinian people, and why are they not equally doing what is right by humanity, and by their values towards “the Jewish State” and its aggression, crimes and gross violations of human rights, international law and resolutions? — Ali Kazak(former Palestinian ambassador to Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, East Timor and the South Pacific region)

The US behaves like a lion and a superpower with Russia, China and other countries but like a pussy cat and a banana republic when dealing with Israel.

US President Barack Obama said in his recent speech broadcast live to the nation “This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom. And we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.” He should try saying this to the Palestinian people.

Sep 18 06:33

World shares Scotland’s ‘freedom’ call

Scots go to a battle today to win their freedom. Generations of Scottish people have waited for this day. Nearly three years ago, Scottish nationalists won the right to finally have a referendum to vote on their country’s independence from London.

But the right to freedom for the Scots has been an historic battle going back more than eight centuries to break from the dominance of English rulers.

Arrayed against Scots is a formidable army of opponents. The British monarch, the Bank of England, all of the Westminster political establishment, the oil companies, the London-centered, biased media, and even British military intelligence and its allies in Washington and NATO.

So, Scotland the Brave, strike hard, strike true; for the good people of the world stand with you.

Sep 18 06:27

Kerry: Our Strategy Is To Give "Military Assistance" In Iraq, Syria

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: At its core, our strategy is centered on a global coalition that will collaborate closely across a number of specific areas, including direct and indirect military support. Military assistance can come in a range of forms -- from training and equipping, logistics to airlift, and countries from inside and outside of our region are already right now providing that support in these venues.

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... which is how we got into this mes in the first place.

Sep 18 06:17

House approves Obama’s Iraq-Syria military strategy amid skepticism

The House on Wednesday approved President Obama’s plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to counter the growing threat of the Islamic State organization, even though lawmakers in both parties remain deeply skeptical about its chances for success.

Sep 18 06:14

Moscow calls for investigating terrorists’ usage of chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria

The Ministry said the terrorists have been using these weapons in Syria to accuse the government forces of carrying out chemical attacks, citing the events which involved chemical materials’ usage in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo and in Eastern al-Ghouta, Hama countryside and Idleb.

Sep 18 06:12

Corker Slams Obama, Kerry for 'Exercising the Worst Judgment Possible' on ISIS

Kerry got into a heated exchange with Corker who said, "I want to say as I said personally, we have three senators, president, vice president, secretary of state, that are exercising terrible judgment right now. And to say that you're going to do this regardless of what we say, you're not going to ask for buy-in by the United States Senate or House of Representatives on behalf of the American people in a conflict that's going to be multiyear. Some people say a decade. Taking us into another country with a different enemy, is exercising the worst judgment possible."

Sep 17 20:59

American Establishment Combats Resurgent ‘Isolationist’ Threat

“With communism gone, the conservative coalition should have fractured long ago. This was delayed by Sept. 11 and the rise of radical Islam. But now, 12 years into that era — after Afghanistan and Iraq, after drone wars and the NSA revelations — the natural tension between isolationist and internationalist tendencies has resurfaced.”

In 2013 it became apparent that the American people had grown averse to America’s involvement in wars, and that received empirical confirmation in a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in November 2013, which revealed that 51 percent of Americans believed that their country’s military involvement was excessive. [1] Once again the bugaboo of isolationism entered the mainstream spotlight, the derogatory label being attached to those who would like to cut back America’s global Intervention.

Sep 17 20:52

ISIS Beheadings on Cue from Washington and London?

The question is this: are these shocking executions, with their highly stylized graphic videos, being used to manipulate public consent for Western military intervention in Syria? In that case, ISIS is not acting in some apparent rogue fashion, turning on its Western intelligence masters, but rather it is obeying orders as usual as part of a macabre charade to facilitate Western military intervention.

A meeting this week in Paris will allegedly firm up military tactics on how the US-led coalition will carry out its putative strikes. So far, Washington has said that it will not be committing ground troops as in the previous Iraq War (2003-2012) and the ongoing US-led campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Obama said the modus operandi against ISIS would be like its “counter-terror operations in Yemen and Somalia”, where US air power is assisted by “partners on the ground”.

Sep 17 18:00

Video: Laying the Groundwork for World War III (USA, Russia, China Circa 2016)

The pieces seem to be dropping right into place…

Sep 17 14:26

Chelsea Manning: How to Make ISIS Fall on Its Sword

The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul and other major cities.

Sep 17 13:43

When War Erupts Patriots Will Be Accused Of Aiding “The Enemy”

In modern times, war is never what it seems. Mainstream historians preach endlessly about grand conflicts over territory, resources, political impasse, and revenge, but the cold hard reality is that all of these “motivations” are actually secondary, if they are relevant at all. As I and many analysts have covered in great detail in the past, most wars are engineered wars.

Sep 17 13:19

Welcome to World War III

Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction?

Sep 17 12:55

US soldiers are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in combat: Report

The US military suicide rate has stayed roughly the same even as most US troops have withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan and combat deaths have fallen, new government data suggests.

According to a report published last week by the US Department of Defense, 475 active service members took their own lives just last year, while 127 soldiers lost their lives during combat

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What are they doing to our children that forces so many to kill themselves?

Sep 17 12:00

ISIS vampires: Rebel claims in horrifying new video that terror group drinks blood, loves death

A chilling new YouTube video has surfaced with an Islamic State rebel claiming the terror state loves "drinking blood."

ISIS militant Rabie Shehada, also known as "the Palestinian slayer," insists in the footage that the terror group is filled with vampires, according to al-Arabiya.

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Next up: "ISIS, THE ZOMBIE THREAT!!!!!!"

Sep 17 11:58

Obama American Century

This century "will be and is an American century," President Barack Obama told troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday. The first 14 years have not been easy, with war and recession, but "I am as confident as I have ever been that this century, just like the last century, will be led by America," Obama said.

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Sep 17 10:25

The Second Cold War is Here

In October 2013, David Patraeus came out with an amazingly imaginative work called “How We Won in Iraq.” Detailing the ways that US counterinsurgency rebuilt Iraq out of the rubble of a failed State, in pursuit of truth, unity, and the democratic way. Somewhat prophetically, Patraeus looks to the transfer of power with an ominous analysis of long-term strategy in Iraq.

Sep 17 09:51

'US seeks to use IS to weaken each state in the region’

The US is attempting to use ISIS to destroy each government in the region including Syria and Iraq, and is trying to drag Iran into this, Soraya Sepaphour-Ulrich, a researcher and expert on Iran, told RT.

Sep 17 08:57

NEW IRAQI VIDEO SHOWS HOW ISIS WAS ‘BORN’

The video presented below was intended as satire ….. BUT, the symbolism is as real as it can get. ISIS was born out of a union of Satan (USA) and Israel ... but we already knew that

Sep 17 08:53

Criminal Israel will make $6 billion from Gaza onslaught

As the world gears up to finance Gaza's $6bn reconstruction after Operation Protective Edge, an EU source has revealed that Israel will earn billions of euros by making sure that all the steel, concrete and other materials and other aid are sourced in Israel and benefit Israeli companies.

Sep 17 08:49

FALSE FLAG ALERT - ISIS followers urged to attack Times Square with homemade bombs

Supporters of the Islamic State terror group are being urged to attack Times Square and other popular American tourist attractions with easily assembled homemade bombs, according to a disturbing report Tuesday.

A message posted on an ISIS Web forum lists widely available ingredients needed to build a pipe bomb, and includes photos showing how to combine them into a deadly explosive device, Vocativ reported.

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Let us say you are ISIS and you are making great gains inside Syria and Iraq. The very LAST thing you want is direct military intervention. Hence the very LAST thing you will do is any actions or videos that help the US Government sell the American people on yet another war.

This story, like the beheadings videos, is just more war propaganda brought to you by the same government and corporate media that brought you torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, Spanish mines in Havana harbor, stolen Kuwaiti incubators, Saddam's nuclear weapons, etc. etc. etc. etc.

How many times do you have to be lied to by the government before you face up to the fact that you are being lied to by the government?

Sep 17 08:33

Senator McCain presses Hagel to clarify targeting Asad’s air forces too

McCain pressed Hagel to clarify whether the US will target Assad air forces should they attack the Syrian rebels under American charge. Hagel declined to give that assurance, saying, “We’re not there yet, but our focus is on ISIL,” another name for ISIS.

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McCain wants Syria's Air Force destroyed to make it easier for Israel to take the Golan Heights.

Sep 17 08:32

Profiteering From ISIS War - Contractors Ready to Cash In

Obama pledged that the war against ISIS won’t be fought with U.S. ground troops. He didn’t say anything about contractors, who see this as “the next big meal ticket.”

America’s rapidly-expanding war against ISIS won’t involve large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground, President Obama is promising. And it’s clear that airstrikes alone won’t beat back the extremist group. Which means that if the President wants to have any hope of meeting his far-reaching goal of destroying ISIS, he’s going to have to rely on private military contractors.

At least, that’s what the contractors are hoping.

Sep 17 08:20

Is It Wise For Obama To Send Thousands Of U.S. Troops Into The Ebola Death Zone?

When there is a major problem somewhere in the world, Barack Obama loves to show that he is “doing something” by sending a contingent of U.S. troops to the affected area. But is it really wise for Obama to send thousands of young American men and women into the Ebola death zone? What are our troops going to do – shoot the virus? Of course not.

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Obama continues his unbroken record of utter failings such as Obamacare, Fiscal Stimulus, global warming, IRS targeting, etc.

Sep 17 08:16

This U.S. Ally Has Beheaded More People than ISIS

In the past month, a group of radical Islamic extremists based in the Middle East beheaded at least 23 people and enforced a ban on Christianity by arresting a group of people for practicing the faith in a private home.

Sep 17 07:54

Dems divided on Obama’s Syria plan

The deep divisions among Democrats over President Barack Obama’s plan to attack Islamic State militants foreshadow fights ahead within the party over how aggressively to assert itself on foreign policy.

A growing number of rank-and-file Democrats are worried that the president’s plans would commit the United States to an open-ended conflict against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, costing the country blood and treasure in another unpredictable Mideast war. Yet party leaders and senior Democrats believe now is the time to stand behind the commander in chief, given the lack of viable options and the deepening crisis threatening to plunge the region into further turmoil.

Sep 17 07:28

Ebola & West Africa's Offshore Oil By JC Collins

The movement of troops, especially American troops, is the dead giveaway to any broader game plan which is intended to be hidden within the structure of propaganda and media campaigns. So it is with muted surprise that we hear the news of the United States sending 3,000 troops to help fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

As reported in the New York Times yesterday:

Under pressure to do more to confront the Ebola outbreak sweeping across West Africa, President Obama on Tuesday is to announce an expansion of military and medical resources to combat the spread of the deadly virus, administration officials said.

What isn’t reported in the article is that 1/3rd of all new oil discoveries have taken place in West Africa.

Sep 17 07:27

OBAMA'S DIRTY WAR ON AFRICA

Fear not, people of Western Africa! The most mighty and merciful military of Homo-Obongo is on its way to shoot and drone bomb those Ebola cells to death. And while our fighting men (and women, and trannies) are in the neighborhood, we might as well secure your oil and gold; just so those precious resources do not fall into the hands of the CIA, er, I mean 'Boku Haram' of "Bring Back Our Girls" fame.

Most importantly of all, we want to stop those awful, Putin-loving, Syria-loving, Iran-loving Chinese from taking advantage of you. You must realize that those loans and fancy development projects that China is helping you with is all just a commie trick. It is only Zionist America that truly loves you.

Sep 17 07:18

Dempsey: US Ground Combat Troops Possible in Islamic State Fight

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said Tuesday that he would recommend deploying U.S. ground troops with the Iraqi army to combat the Islamic State if local forces fail to make progress under cover of U.S. airstrikes.

The White House has ruled out "boots on the ground," but Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that his recommendations to President Obama if the current strategy doesn't work "may include the use of U.S. military ground forces."

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Obama has already decided for a full-on invasion, but will drop the blame on Dempsey to protect Democrat's chances in the November elections.

Sep 17 07:11

Pentagon Officials Tell Senate: ISIS War Will Be Long and Difficult

Top Pentagon officials, including Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee today to brief them on the new war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The two offered very few details on the plans for the war, though Gen. Dempsey conceded that the US ground troops in the country as advisers could end up being used in combat operations, despite repeated insistence this had been ruled out.

Sep 17 06:57

Who is the greatest danger to the United States?

Al Qaeda
0% (2 votes)
ISIS
0% (5 votes)
Lone Wolf
0% (1 vote)
Lone Kitten
2% (18 votes)
Netanyahu's nuclear duck
6% (68 votes)
Nuclear wedgie
1% (9 votes)
The Federal Government
91% (991 votes)
Total votes: 1094
Sep 17 06:55

Congressman predicts many more 9/11s in US, other countries

A Democratic congressman has said that the United States could risk more attacks similar to the September 11, 2001 in the country if Congress does not act against ISIL. "I understand that my colleagues are war weary. I'm war weary. I understand the American people are war weary," Rep. Eliot Engel of New York said on Tuesday.

"But I think doing nothing would invite something very similar that happened to my city, New York City, on that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001," he added. The top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee also warned that the threat of an attack extended beyond his country.

"If we do nothing, ISIS (or ISIL) will plot and plan and we'll have many more 9/11s in the United States, in Europe, in the Middle East," Engel said.

Sep 17 06:45

Obama: If Assad Defends Against US Attack, US Will Attack

Only hours after delivering his ridiculous address to the American people regarding his strategy to combat an organization that is entirely the product of the United States and NATO and one that is still under complete control of these powers, Obama conducted a meeting with “foreign policy experts,” former government officials, and journalists.

The meeting, of course, is nothing more than round two in the volley of propaganda coming from the White House in its attempt to drum up more support from the American people for direct military intervention in Syria and an open use of U.S. military forces against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad. All of those within an ear’s reach of the reports regarding Obama’s meeting should be firmly aware that it is nothing more than an attempt to milk the original speech for more propaganda against Assad’s Syria and provide a sense of inevitability about the coming conflict there.

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Send your own kids, Barry.

Sep 17 06:36

U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.

Sep 17 06:34

US Pursues 134 Wars Around the World

he US is now involved in 134 wars or none, depending on your definition of war ...The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word "war" was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State. US Secretary of State John Kerry was at first reluctant: "We're engaged in a major counterterrorism operation," he told CBS News on Sept. 11. "I think war is the wrong terminology and analogy but the fact is that we are engaged in a very significant global effort to curb terrorist activity... I don't think people need to get into war fever on this. I think they have to view it as a heightened level of counter terrorist activity."

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"It's what we DO! and we are good at it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 16 17:25

Oops, New Sanctions Against Russia Hit Exxon

On Friday, the United States and the European Union imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s intervention in eastern Ukraine and following its annexation of the Crimean peninsula in March. The goal is to clamp down further on the Russian economy, but it will significantly affect the drilling plans of western oil giants ExxonMobil and BP.

Sep 16 14:44

Stop Calling the Iraq War a ’Mistake’

As Iraq descends into chaos again, more than a decade after "Mission Accomplished," media commentators and politicians have mostly agreed upon calling the war a "mistake." But the "mistake" rhetoric is the language of denial, not contrition: it minimizes the Iraq War’s disastrous consequences, removes blame, and deprives Americans of any chance to learn from our generation’s foreign policy disaster. The Iraq War was not a "mistake" — it resulted from calculated deception. The painful, unvarnished fact is that we were lied to. Now is the time to have the willingness to say that.

Sep 16 14:26

The War on Drugs Simply Doesn’t Work

As taxpayers and human beings, it’s high time to stand up against the war on drugs’ incredible waste and demand more humane approaches like treatment and decriminalization. Especially in Florida, lawmakers can follow the lead of other states like Texas and Louisiana that have successfully enacted drug-sentencing reform. -- Any war that has left society more tattered than when it was first waged is no war worth fighting.

Sep 16 14:22

Conference gives green light to new Middle East war

A French-sponsored, US-backed international conference on “peace and security in Iraq,” held in Paris Monday, brought together most of the world’s great powers along with a majority of the Arab states to offer political, economic and military backing to the government in Baghdad.

The conference issued a communiqué that committed all participants to work together to “eradicate” ISIS and support the newly formed Iraqi government “by any means necessary, including appropriate military assistance.”

Sep 16 13:46

LA School District Police Get Armored Vehicle, Grenade Launchers

Questions are being asked as to why the Los Angeles School District police needs equipment previously used in Iraq after officials admitted they had acquired a 20-foot-long armored vehicle as well as grenade launchers from the U.S. military.

Sep 16 13:39

ISIS to “imminently” launch car bomb, IED attacks in U.S., report says

Military bases near the U.S. southern border have been placed on heightened alert as the Obama Administration and other U.S. officials now fear imminent improvised explosive attacks will be carried out inside the U.S. by ISIS

Sep 16 13:36

Whistleblower tells investigatiors that State Department shredded Benghazi records

Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who oversaw the State Department during the Benghazi attacks that led to the deaths of four Americans, may soon face Federal charges for tampering with and destroying evidence.

Sep 16 12:58

Top U.S. Military Official: Our Arab “Allies” Support ISIS

America’s top military official – the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey – just admitted in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing what we’ve been saying for months … America’s closest allies are supporting ISIS:

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R), SOUTH CAROLINA, MEMBER OF ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE: Do you know any major Arab ally that embraces ISIL?

GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF: I know major Arab allies who fund them.

GRAHAM: Yeah, but do they embrace them? They fund them because the Free Syrian Army couldn’t fight Assad. They were trying to beat Assad. I think they realized the folly of their ways.

Maybe a good start for defeating ISIS would be to stop funding them and their BFFs?

Sep 16 12:45

The Strange, Twisted Logic of the ISIS War

Officials in Washington are inadvertently providing some insight into the strange logic of their nebulous war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in contradictory and puerile statements about whether the military action should be called a war, or perhaps something else.

Backtracking on an earlier statement that the action against ISIS is simply a “counterterrorism operation,” Secretary of State John Kerry clarified in an interview on Sunday that it is, in fact, a “war.”

Sep 16 12:21

Dreaming War, Threatening Humanity

America is unique. No nation ever waged perpetual war throughout its entire history. It's done so at home and abroad.

It exterminated its native people. It treats its most disadvantaged with contempt. It wages war on humanity worldwide.

Permanent war is official US policy. Obama exceeds the worst of George Bush. He tramples on fundamental freedoms.

Sep 16 12:05

No court-martial for nurse who refused to give forced-feeding

A Navy commander has chosen not to court-martial a nurse who refused to conduct forced feedings of hunger strikers this summer and has instead asked a board to determine whether the nurse should be allowed to stay in the U.S. Navy.The nurse, a Navy lieutenant whose name has never been made public, reportedly turned conscientious objector before the Fourth of July after handling months of nasogastric feedings of prisoners shackled to a restraint chair.He has insufficient years in service as an officer to qualify for retirement. At issue is whether what he did should end his Navy career.

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Anyone who has ever had this done will tell you that even in the hands of the most skilled, compassionate practitioner, the process is ugly and uncomfortable.

That it should be done to people on a hunger strike because they know the only way to get out of Gitmo is by dying?!? Inhumane in the extreme.

And when some of these men do die, if the autopsies are done and documented correctly, those autopsies will bear compelling witness to the tortures they endured, and all Americans need to see that.

When the US government tortures, or outsources torture, it broadcasts to the world that those values it allegedly holds dear - peace, human dignity, compassion, and democracy, are only observed in the breach.

When the US government tortures, or outsources torture, it gives carte blanche for other governments around the world to torture our civilians and military.

For those of you with friends or family serving our military right now, please chew on that one for awhile.

Sep 16 11:11

Obama Administration: Yes, We Are at 'War' With ISIS

For the first time, the White House declared that we are at war with ISIS, though not everyone in the administration is describing it that way.

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Sep 16 11:07

43 Million People Kicked Out of Their Homes

War, our leaders tell us, is needed to make the world a better place.

Well, maybe not so much for the 43 million people who’ve been driven out of their homes and remain in a precarious state as internally displaced persons (24 million), refugees (12 million), and those struggling to return to their homes.

The U.N.’s figures for the end of 2013 (found here) list Syria as the origin of 9 million such exiles. The cost of escalating the war in Syria is often treated as a financial cost or — in rare cases — as a human cost in injury and death. There is also the human cost of ruining homes, neighborhoods, villages, and cities as places in which to live.

Just ask Colombia which comes in second place following years of war — a place where peace talks are underway and desperately needed with — among other catastrophes — nearly 6 million people deprived of their homes.

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"Oh those whiners. They can have NEW homes, or at least new-er. And we are ready to offer the mortgages at a reasonable 11% to help them out!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 16 10:43

Devil’s Deal: US-Backed Syrian Rebels Already Signed Pact with ISIS Prior to Haines ‘Beheading’

While Washington considers appropriating half a billion in funds to the Syrian rebels, we now learn that opposition groups the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al Qaeda affiliate ‘al Nusra Front’, have officially aligned themselves with ISIS…

Sep 16 09:49

The New World Order is now in panic mode as its financial infrastructure is cut off

One can see the striking resemblance between the Port Arthur Massacre in Tasmania, Australia and the Massacre in the US at Sandy Nook with almost an identical distortion of facts by all those involved in these “False Flag Tragedies.”

Sep 16 09:47

U.S., NATO, Hold Joint War Games in Ukraine, and Give Ukraine Weapons, to Continue Ethnic Cleansing Campaign

During 15-26 September, the U.S. and 14 other NATO countries are holding war games in Ukraine, in order to assist the Ukrainian military to eliminate Ukraine's cultural Russians. Ukraine is not yet a NATO country, but aims to become one; and NATO under President Obama has ended being any sort of alliance for democracy, and is now instead little more than an alliance against Russia -- a Cold War alliance this time not against communism and the Soviet Union (which are long gone), but instead for American conquest, pure and simple, to dominate the entire world militarily -- including especially domination over Russia. That would then be Obama’s enduring achievement in foreign policy: extending “The American Century” into a second century.

Sep 16 08:48

US bombs Baghdad as PM says Australian troops have flown to Middle East

IN an escalation of its military campaign in Iraq, the US has bombed the Islamic State near Baghdad, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed Australian forces began covertly deploying to the Middle East.

Sep 16 08:46

US using ISIL to sidestep UNSC over Syria: Analyst

Press TV: Mr. Rickard, our guest in Washington has called this a civil war within Islam. When you look at ISIL as a group, do you see it as playing that role as being basically a party to a civil war in Islam, or is it as many analysts say actually an entity that was created by Washington and some of its Persian Gulf allies to do exactly what it is doing?

Sep 16 08:41

'ISIS gives US excuse to intervene & destabilize whole region'

America's fighter jets have carried out new offensive strikes on militant positions just outside the Iraqi capital. Iran has rejected the possibility of cooperating with Washington in fighting with ISIS. The Supreme leader the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called Obama's strategy shallow and biased. -

Sep 16 08:36

Laughing Our Way to Destruction

If members of the U.S. public were ever to wonder what the other 95% of humanity thinks about them, would it be better to break that harsh truth to them gently or just to blurt it out?

I'm going to go with the latter.

Sep 16 08:32

JFK, Oklahoma City, 9/11: Nothing Ever Changes

The JFK assassination, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Boston Marathon Bombing, the London Subway Bombings and the events of 9/11, nothing ever changes. The public is looking at either a massive series of coverups or unwarranted secrecy with regard to the evidence leading to each crime.

Sep 16 08:19

Obama: We Will Hit Assad If He Messes With Our Airstrikes

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

Officials said the U.S. has a good sense of where the Syrian air defenses, along with their command and control centers, are located. If Assad were to use those capabilities to threaten U.S. forces, it would put his air defenses at risk, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the administration's thinking on the matter.

Sep 16 07:23

Tony Abbott leaves door open to military action against Islamic State in Syria

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has left open the possibility that Australia's attacks on Islamic State militants could spread across the Iraq border into the terror group's heartland in Syria.

The US, which is leading the Middle East mission, has committed to strikes against Islamic State in Syria, but Mr Abbott indicated on Tuesday that Australia will wait for the resolution of legal uncertainties before taking such action.

Sep 16 07:15

Who is Behind the Islamic State (ISIL) Beheadings? Probing the SITE Intelligence Group

Though routinely overlooked in the flurry of front-page coverage corporate media have allotted the three beheading videos–the most recent of which featured Scottish aid worker David Cawthorne Haines–it is common knowledge that SITE uncannily secures terrorist statements and videos well before the US’s wide array of lavishly-funded intelligence services.

For example, as the Washington Post reported in 2007,

Sep 16 06:36

200,000 to 400,000 military veterans are homeless

During a recent broadcast of "State of the State," a Rhode Island public access TV show, the subject of homeless veterans came up, in a round about sort of way. The show, which aired Sept. 7, 2014, featured a debate between U.S. Rep. James Langevin, a Democrat, and Rhue Reis, the Republican who would like to replace him. The two were talking about what to do about the children coming across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Reis said they should be sent back to their respective countries because the United States has too many problems of its own.

"It needs to stop for their safety and because we cannot handle the influx. We have a much more difficult time taking care of our own," he said. "When you have 200,000 to 400,000 military veterans on the street in this country on any given day, we can't take care of them and yet we want to bring in another influx of tens or hundreds of thousands of people, illegal immigrants? We can't even take care of our own."

Sep 16 04:34

US envoy to Ukraine caught posting fake images on Twitter

US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has been caught posting unverified images on his Twitter feed Monday, as he was showing off the ongoing US-Kiev military exercises in Ukraine.

Ambassador Pyatt first uploaded a picture of US and Ukrainian troops, which he said was taken in the morning at the military exercises in western Ukraine. Internet users quickly pointed out that the photo had already beenpublished as early as July 31.

The ambassador then posted a picture of a German tank allegedly taking part in the drills. His tweet said that the Leopard 2 tank is taking part in Rapid Trident exercises near Lvov.

Sep 16 04:30

'Secure West Point training': Ukrainian battalion leader lists US tour plans

The leader of the Donbass volunteer battalion, who actively fought in eastern Ukraine, has arrived in Washington with ambitious plans to talk with American politicians, ask for material support and even secure training at West Point for his commanders.

Semyon Semyonchenko outlined his plans in a Facebook post, informing that had just landed in the US capitol. Semyonchenko wrote that he arrived to the US as a member of a ‘Ukrainian delegation’ – presumably an unofficial group of activists – seeking material and technical support for the military operation in southeastern Ukraine.

He intends to talk with members of the US Congress on the situation in Ukraine and meet with representatives of the military to reach an agreement to send Ukrainian volunteer commanders for training at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Sep 15 17:50

U.S. targets ISIS in Iraq with fresh airstrikes

U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.

The U.S. Central Command said it conducted two airstrikes Sunday and Monday in support of the Iraqi forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad.

The strikes represent the newly broadened mission authorized by U.S. President Barack Obama to go on the offensive against the Islamic State group wherever it is. Previous U.S. airstrikes in Iraq were conducted to protect U.S. interests and personnel, assist Iraqi refugees and secure critical infrastructure. These strikes were in direct support of Iraqi forces fighting the militants.

Sep 15 13:29

An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

“I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in — and the West in general — into an unbearable hell and a choking life.”—Osama bin Laden (October 2001), as reported by CNN

What a strange and harrowing road we’ve walked since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties. We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state.

Sep 15 13:16

Obama's Perpetual Drone War

President Barack Obama escalated the drone war he has conducted for the past five and a half years by declaring his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, or ISIL. Since August 8, Obama has mounted at least 154 airstrikes in Iraq.

He will send 475 additional US troops, increasing the total number in Iraq to about 1,600. Obama announced he would conduct "a systematic campaign of airstrikes" in Iraq, and possibly in Syria.

Sep 15 12:23

Every American President in the past quarter century has decided to bomb Iraq

Every American President in the past quarter century has now gone on television during prime time to tell the nation and the world that he has decided to bomb Iraq. Most recently it was Barack Obama’s turn, and it was a vexing performance. This is a President who has been stubbornly dedicated to extricating the United States as much as possible from its post-9/11 wars and resisting—in the absence of any good options for decisive action—being drawn into Syria’s catastrophic civil war.

Sep 15 11:21

Obama’s ISIL Strategy Is Riddled With Contradictions

In the past week, Secretary of State John Kerry has marshaled support of some sort from both European nations and from countries in the Middle East for the US push against ISIL. Unfortunately, the resulting coalition is riddled with contradictions that may well cripple it. Here a some of the more important obstacles to a smooth alliance or coherent war plan.

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