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Feb 11 16:24

All US presidential candidates to continue policy of perpetual war

All of the US presidential candidates from both major political parties will continue the policy of perpetual war and mass destruction unleashed by the current and former presidents, an American researcher and political analyst says.

Feb 11 15:56

The Top Dog’s Self-Destruction (The fall of the US empire)

The Cold War seems so long ago. Twenty-five years ago the Soviet Union was no more. Whether you believe the Cold War was real or merely a ploy to consolidate global power, it seems unquestionable that the time was one of potential (and at times almost realized) nuclear holocaust, even if only by mistake.

Feb 11 14:03

US, Saudi Arabia Discuss Deployment of Ground Troops in Syria

US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said that the United States is discussing with Saudi Arabia the deployment of ground troops in Syria, proposed by Riyadh.

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"It's the Saudis. It's not our war. Honest!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 11 11:00

Documents Point to US Base for Polluting Okinawa Water Supply

Documents obtained by Muckrock under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that chemical leaks at the US Kadena Air Base in Okinawa may be the culprit behind the contamination of local drinking water.

Feb 11 10:09

Rumors of War

Wars and rumors of wars: The Pentagon has requested an unprecedented budget. What threatens the United States and its allies the most?

Feb 11 09:39

Is The US Leading Saudi Arabia Down The Kuwaiti Invasion Road?

For the first time in a long time I feel concerned and worried about the prospect of war. The reaction of Saudi Arabia to the Russian intervention in Syria has always been the wild card in the shifting geopolitical power base in the Middle East. Turkey and Israel, along with Saudi Arabia are the three countries with the most to lose because of a strong alliance between Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia.

These three traditional American allies have been accustomed to Western support in regards to their own specific regional goals and ambitions. This support has been so staunch and counterproductive to regional stability that the growing comfort and alliance between Iran and the US should be both confusing and worrisome to Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Feb 11 09:06

Military maneuver planned in S Arabia

This article as in troop numbers and tank numbers is absolute BEX! The Saudis have lost what little minds they have! ROTFWLMFAO!

Saudi media said some 350,000 forces from the Persian Gulf Arab states and a number of other countries will take part in the Saudi-led military maneuver in the area of Hafer al-Batin in northern Saudi Arabia.

Some 2,540 warplanes, 20,000 tanks and 460 helicopters will also participate in the exercise, dubbed “North Thunder.”

In 18 days of maneuvers, the airspace over northern Saudi Arabia will be closed.

Feb 11 08:37

US A-10s bombed city of Aleppo on Wednesday, shifted blame onto Moscow – Russian military

The US Air Farce! The same outfit that LET 911 happen and the same outfit that bombs hospitals,weddings,schools and funerals. I have to believe the Russians on this one!

Two US Air Force A-10 warplanes carried out airstrikes on Aleppo Wednesday, destroying nine facilities, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported. The same day, the Pentagon accused Moscow of bombing two hospitals, despite no Russian flights over the city.

“No Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes in Aleppo city area yesterday. The nearest target engaged was over 20km away from the city,” Konashenkov stressed, adding that on the contrary, airplanes from the US-led anti-ISIS coalition were active over Aleppo, “both aircrafts and UAVs.”

The spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry drew attention to the stunning similarity of the situation with the American airstrike on the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and the US bombing of the positions of the Iraqi army in Fallujah.

Feb 11 04:33

Saudi invasion of Syria: The bluff that could ignite World War III

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem gave a categorical response, saying the move would be seen as an act of aggression and that any invasion force regardless of its stated reasons for entering Syria will be sent back in “wooden coffins”.

Feb 10 16:29

6 Reasons Not to Reboot the Cold War

The Pentagon budget the Obama administration unveiled this week calls for quadrupling spending on efforts to counter Russia.

The money would move more troops, tanks, and artillery into position near the Russia border. This last Obama budget would also fund another installment in a $1 trillion and 30-year plan to “modernize” our nuclear arsenal with new land-based missiles, bombers, and submarines.

Feb 10 16:12

4,000 people calling for trial of ‘war criminal’ Obama

More than 4,000 people have so far signed an online petition on the White House website, demanding the prosecution of US President Barack Obama for committing war crimes.

Feb 10 14:00

US warning about terrorism is to justify funding military industrial complex: Analyst

The latest warning by the top US intelligence official about Daesh (ISIL) inspired extremists threatening the United States is a deceptive scheme to exaggerate the threats facing the US and continue funding the military and intelligence budget, a former American intelligence linguist says.

Feb 10 13:09

"Worldwide Threats" Senate Hearing Finds America Faces "Litany of Doom" and "Tidal Wave of Death"

These guys really justify their jobs in these Senate committee hearings, don't they? Talk about a headline that gives you the warm and fuzzies!

The defense structure wants you to be afraid... be very, very afraid. Apparently it isn't bad enough that the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper claims ISIS is now a "preeminent global threat" that should attack America any day now.

In a recent Senate Armed Services Committee known as the annual “worldwide threats” hearing... a hearing they apparently have every year now, in case you didn't know... Clapper claims America now faces a "litany of doom".

It's like Lady Gaga concerts where she to keep upping the crazy antics to stay relevant.

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Feb 10 12:10

Washington Again Underestimated the Iranian Mind

Washington foreign policies these days are dominated by a bizarre kind of political sado-masochism, not unlike the argument given by the CIA that torture such as waterboarding is a successful, legitimate way to extract invaluable intelligence from an enemy combatant. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo come to mind. The war-makers like CIA head honcho John Brennan or Victoria Nuland at the State Department, or neocon Ash (as in ashes of war) Carter at the Pentagon seem to be convinced that to be a great nation, first you must be “hard cop,” beat the daylights out of your target person or nation. You sanction them to the point of breaking economically. Then you flip sides and go “soft cop.” Their silly CIA and military torture handbooks tell them this works every time. Only problem, it doesn’t. This is definitely true with several nations today who resist the bully hard cop-soft cop games of Washington. What Iran is doing in terms of pricing its oil export sales is an example.

Feb 10 12:03

You Too Can Have a Future in Nuclear Destruction

Recent years have seen a string of scandals among those who command and man nuclear missiles silos. Among them have been cheating on tests and drug use. They are considered symptoms of low morale among those working in a branch of military that is seen as having little to actually do and with no future. Of course, for the rest of us, that’s a plus because it means they are not lighting off their ICBMs (the intercontinental ballistic missiles housed in the silos).

Feb 10 11:06

Delta 4 goes against the grain to backwards orbit for spy bird

Soaring in fine fashion before daybreak, a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket maneuvered a new spy satellite into a unique retrograde orbit this morning to join an expanding constellation of radar-imaging spacecraft...

Feb 10 11:06

Thousands of Navy jobs to be cut in 2017

Feb 10 10:13

Turkish Aircraft Violate Greek Airspace - Reports

Turkish aircraft entered Greek airspace in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea without Athens' permission, the Ekathimerini newspaper reported Tuesday, citing country's military authorities.

At least two of the six fighter jets were armed, the newspaper added.

Feb 10 09:18

Russia has offered US ‘concrete plan’ to end Syrian crisis – Lavrov

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has revealed the US is studying Moscow's “concrete” plan to end the war in Syria, while expressing concerns that rhetoric over the humanitarian issue is hindering efforts to resolve the crisis in the Arab country.

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"You take your phony-baloney 'terrorists' and you leave. War's over." -- Laugh-off

Feb 10 08:54

Cryo incentive: Pentagon offers to freeze troops’ sperm and eggs

The US military is developing a pilot program that would allow its members to put off parenthood by freezing their sperm or eggs. The Pentagon hopes the odd form of family insurance will help attract – and keep – more soldiers, both male and female.
Troops may be more willing to put themselves in harm’s way if there is a “backup” for their ability to father or bear children in case of a catastrophic injury – such as those inflicted by mines and improvised explosives on hundreds of US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan – the generals appear to believe.

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I rather doubt that soldiers returning with such grievous injuries will be willing to add the burden of raising a child to the workload they have just staying alive. Like so many other government programs, it sounds good in a news bite but has not been thought all the way through.

Feb 10 08:37

Saudi Arabia: We are Prepared for War on the Ground in Syria

Kerry thanked King Salman for expressing his desire to fight ISIS on the ground

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I wonder how the Saudi military feels about their government renting them out as mercenaries for the US!

Feb 09 19:19

In Case You Thought The CDC Wouldn't Lie To You (Or, Why You Should Take Government Radiation Info With, Uh, Salt)

Who would you believe? The US Government, or some blogger?

Original post, cross referencing current official statements, meant to be educational in nature, with previous research carried out under the auspices of the Government of the United States of America.

Feb 09 17:53

Sorry, but the Super Bowl Promotes War

Super Bowl 50 was the first National Football League championship to happen since it was reported that much of the pro-military hoopla at football games — the honoring of troops and glorifying of wars that most people had assumed was voluntary or part of a marketing scheme for the NFL — has actually been a money-making scheme for the NFL.

Feb 09 16:36

6 Reasons Not to Reboot the Cold War

The Pentagon budget unveiled this week calls for quadrupling spending on efforts to counter Russia. The money would move more troops, tanks, and artillery into position near the Russia border. This last Obama budget would also fund another installment in a $1 trillion and 30-year plan to “modernize” our nuclear arsenal with new land-based missiles, bombers and submarines.

Feb 09 15:50

Ron Paul: Syria Invasion, Are They Flirting with WW3?

Yesterday the CNN Arabic website reported that Saudi Arabia has prepared a 150,000 strong force to invade Syria under the auspices of fighting ISIS. Such a move would pit Saudi troops against Iranian troops and the Russian military, in addition to the Syrian Army. Are they flirting with WWIII?

Feb 09 14:31

There Are 72 DHS Employees on Terrorist Watch List

Either the terror watch list is complete bull, or the Department of Homeland Security has a big problem. Come to think about it, maybe you can read it both ways.

At least 72 employees at the Department of Homeland Security are listed on the U.S. terrorist watch list, according to Representative Stephen Lynch (D., MA).

Feb 09 13:17

Ron Paul: Obama Caves To Neocons – Military Spending To Skyrocket

It looks like the neocons and the Beltway military-industrial complex are going to get their way, as President Obama’s plan to scale back a few weapons systems has hit a brick wall in Congress. Meanwhile, citing the “Russian threat,” the Pentagon announced that it would be quadrupling its military spending in Europe next year and that NATO would be stationing 40,000 troops on the Russian border. What is the relationship between the neocon think tanks, the mainstream media, the military-industrial complex, and Congress? They all conspire to create constant new threats to justify enormous military spending that is running the economy into the ground.

Feb 09 13:10

The US is killing more civilians in Iraq and Syria than it acknowledges

Abdul-Aziz al Hassan is from al Gharra, his first name the same as the mountain’s. He left the village while the Islamic State was in charge, but it is because of a bomb from an American plane that he cannot go back. What happened to his family is the story of just one bomb of the 35,000 dropped so far during 10,000 missions flown in the US-led air war against the Islamic State.

Feb 09 11:57

“A Special Place in Hell”… For Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright?

As UN Ambassador and the Secretary of State in the Bill Clinton regime, Albright was a fanatical advocate of the genocidal sanctions blockade that killed more than a million women, children and men in Iraq, and of the 1999 U.S./NATO bombing war against Yugoslavia.

On May 12, 1996, nearly six years into the U.S./UN sanctions, Albright was interviewed on CBS “60 Minutes” by Lesley Stahl, who had just returned from Iraq, about the impact on the Iraqi population:

Lesley Stahl: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.”

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How in the name of heaven do such utter sociopaths rise to such high positions in America's government?!?

Feb 09 11:15

WAR GAMES IN MIDDLE EAST COULD PREPARE UK FOR ‘POTENTIAL’ RUSSIAN WAR WITH NATO – REPORT

The British Army is to deploy 1,600 troops in Jordan to take part in war games as preparation for a potential ‘confrontation’ between Russia and NATO member countries in Eastern Europe, the Daily Telegraph has reported citing sources.
Army sources told the paper that the exercise, which will simulate an Iraq invasion for the first time in over a decade, is not a prelude to sending ground troops to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), rather Exercise Shamal Storm could be seen as a practice routine to fight off any potential Russian invasion of Ukraine or Eastern Europe.
“This isn’t a counter-Isil exercise. If anything, this is much more about us being prepared to join the US in Ukraine than it is in Syria,”
a source said as cited by the Daily Telegraph, adding, “This is not the sort of kind of force you expect to roll into Aleppo to take on a bunch of jihadists.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has the leadership of NATO, the US, and the UK collectively gone absolutely, thoroughly, barking mad?!?

Russia is not going to invade either Eastern Europe, or Ukraine.

And Ukraine is so economically ruined, courtesy of the recent putsch, and the rampant corruption which followed, that it might be forced to get down on its knees and beg Russia for some economic help.

But unfortunately, as the great American comic, Ron White, says in his act so frequently, "You can't fix stupid".

And we have a lot of stupidity going on in the bowels of power in the US, NATO, and Europe.

The US economy is on the ropes, as is the economy of Europe.

And the civilian and military leadership of both of those entities have imbibed enough of their own "koolaid" to believe that a war with Russia will solve all if their economic problems.

After all, it worked for the US in World Wars I and II, right?!?!?

But there is one small problem with this grotesque "groupthink": The US and NATO do not have the troop strength, the weapons, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia; this is what makes the military scenario here so dangerously scary.

Were I in the bowels of power in NATO, the US, or Europe, I would be looking at trust and trade building actions relative to Russia; not warmongering and threatening.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Feb 09 10:27

Iran: Saudi Willingness to Invade Syria Reflects US Failure

Washington’s support for Riyadh’s decision to put boots on the ground in Syria indicates a failure of US policies in the West Asian region, “beyond any doubt,” a top Iranian military commander stated.

Feb 09 09:09

Another Bush, Another Preemptive War? Jeb Supports U.S. Military Strikes Against North Korea

North Korea is facing international condemnation after launching a long-range rocket over the weekend carrying what it called a satellite. The issue came up during Saturday’s Republican debate.

Feb 09 08:52

War Crimes Tribunal Finds Bush and Blair Guilty

Originally published by GR in November 2011, this report outlines the 2011 judgment of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal. It is of particular relevance to the role of Tony Blair in the Iraq war, which is currently the object of controversy and debate in the UK.

Feb 09 08:45

War games in Middle East could prepare UK for ‘potential’ Russian war with NATO – report

The British Army is to deploy 1,600 troops in Jordan to take part in war games which could be preparation for a potential ‘confrontation’ between Russia and NATO member countries in Eastern Europe, the Daily Telegraph has reported, citing sources.

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Feb 09 08:36

Kickstarter Campaign to Scan and Publish 11 Million Pages of CIA Files

Michael Best wants to raise at least $10,000 to scan and publish the declassified files online, which are now available only on an intranet server at the National Archives building

Feb 09 08:34

Sources: 150,000 Saudi Mercenaries Ready to Enter Syria

Informed sources revealed that Riyadh is holding training courses for 150,000 Saudi, Sudanese, Egyptian and Jordanian forces to prepare them for war in Syria.

Feb 09 08:30

World War III Starts In The Middle East? Saudi Arabia And Turkey Consider A Ground Invasion Of Syria

Are Saudi Arabia and Turkey about to send ground troops into Syria? If so, how will Russia, Iran and the Syrian government respond? In 2016, Syria has become ground zero for a conflict that has been raging for centuries.

Feb 08 16:31

VA demands proof World War II combat vet with Purple Heart served in military

The Veterans Affairs Department refuses to pay benefits to a World War II vet in his 90s who was wounded in combat and earned a Purple Heart.

Fox 2 Now in St. Louis reports that after Emil Limpert submitted an application for benefits to the Department of Veterans Affairs he was told he needed to provide more proof that he was in the military.

“I get this letter that says we can’t accept it because we’ve got no record of you being in the service,” he told the station. “I guess I’m the unknown soldier.”

He was wounded in a foxhole in the Philippines in 1944.

“There were four guys in there, and two guys got killed,” he told the station. “And then the other guy, he got his leg… Oh, hell. I guess he lost his leg. It was slit in four places where a grenade hit between us and I got one in my leg.”

Limpert said he waited until now to apply for benefits because he is down to nothing.

Feb 08 16:28

The 21st Century US Military: Not the "Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World"

Here’s my twenty-first-century rule of thumb about this country: if you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so. Which is why I’d think twice every time we’re told how “exceptional” or “indispensable” the United States is.

Feb 08 16:19

CIA Assassinations in Vietnam

The Phoenix Program in Vietnam in many ways provides a blue print for our own times. Assassinations and torture are the essence of the war on terror. As are death squads and false flag terror attacks. As are mass surveillance of the populace.

Feb 08 16:18

Reports of Israeli strikes in Qatifa near #Damascus and near Syrian army Brigade 155 in #Qalamoun

Feb 08 16:18

Chelsea Manning letters: ‘I’ve been stored away all this time without a voice’

American whistleblower and free speech advocate Chelsea Manning, who leaked 750,000 classified US military files to WikiLeaks, has spoken out about her experience of incarceration in a secure military prison.

Feb 08 13:40

U.S. to Increase Defense Spending by 400% Eastern Europe

The new budget proposal reveals that the U.S. military plans to quadruple its resources to confront “Russian aggression” and to strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe. “We’re reinforcing our posture in Europe to support our NATO allies in the face of Russia’s aggression,” commented Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

Feb 08 12:06

Hacked? Russian Hackers Moved Ruble Rate With Malware

Hackers used malware to penetrate the defenses of a Russian regional bank and move the ruble-dollar rate more than 15 percent in minutes, according to a Moscow-based cyber-security firm hired to investigate the attack. Russian-language hackers deployed a virus known as the Corkow Trojan to infect Kazan-based Energobank and place more than $500 million in orders at non-market rates in February 2015, Group-IB told Bloomberg, without identifying individuals behind the attack. The resulting rate swing prompted a Russian central bank investigation last year into potential market manipulation.

Feb 08 10:52

72-Year-Old Honorably Discharged Veteran Deported After 50 Years in America

Private First Class Andres De Leon, 72, signed up for the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam when he turned 18-years-old at a time many were trying to avoid the war. He served for 12 years and spent two full years overseas before being honorably discharged. Like many veterans, he suffers from depression, that spiraled out of control when his mother passed away. But unlike most veterans, his depression led to him being deported.

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But the illegals and refugees pour across the borders...

Feb 08 09:35

Ryabkov: Washington Is Preparing A "Global Strike"

Washington continues to prepare a global strike, according to Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov to RIA Novosti . He noted that a continuation of negotiations on further nuclear reductions are impossible for this reason.

The United States continues, according to Ryabkov, its destabilizing activities. This includes the "creation of a global missile defense system, the continuation of the development of tools capable of inflicting a disarming strike without using nuclear weapons, and a destructive force equal to the range of strategic assets."

Feb 08 09:34

'It Would Be Suicide': Iran Mocks Saudi Offer to Invade Syria

The Saudis are having a hard enough time with barefoot Houthi farmers. Do they really think they can take on Syria, Iran and Russia?

Feb 08 09:25

Proxy wars? Will it be Saudi (U.S.) versus Russia , Assad & Nasrallah (Iran)? Daesh who?

A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government's consent amounts to a declaration of war.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.”

Feb 08 01:56

Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize ‘climate change’ in all military actions…

The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies.

Feb 07 19:41

Syrian Army And Hezbollah In Heavy Clashes During Assault On Northern Aleppo

Infantry!
Footage released by Syrian state media shows the Syrian Army and Hezbollah forces in heavy clashes during ongoing Syrian Army assault backed by the Russian and Syrian Airforce on the northern countryside of Aleppo.

Feb 07 17:23

Saudis provide cover for Turkey to start military operation in Syria

Danger exists that Saudi Arabia and Turkey will provide support to armed groupings fighting against the government troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad if these two countries launch a ground operation against the Islamic State terrorist organization on the territory of Syria, experts polled by TASS said on Friday.
On Thursday, a day after the Geneva talks on the Syrian settlement were suspended, Saudi Defense Minister, General Ahmed Asiri said that the armed forces of Saudi Arabia were ready for a ground operation in Syria as part of the US-led international coalition. This statement was welcomed by Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter. Saudi sources told The Guardian that thousands of special force fighters could be moved to Syria, possibly in coordination with Turkey.

Feb 07 17:13

US weapons used to target Russians in Syria: Report

New evidence strongly suggests that US-backed militants in Syria are using American weapons to target senior Russian military officials in the country, a new report says.

The so-called Free Syrian Army has recently released video footage showing a laser-guided BGM-71 TOWs anti-tank missile being fired at a rooftop where unidentified military personnel had gathered, according to the Daily Beast.

Feb 07 17:00

Not Russian op, but NATO’s incursion in Middle East to blame for Syrian crisis – Moscow

Russia’s Defense Ministry has slammed NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, labeling as ‘nonsense’ his comments that the Russian air operation in Syria is causing tensions and undermining the peace process in the country.
The NATO Secretary General made the controversial statement on Friday when he arrived at the EU defense ministers meeting in Amsterdam.

"The intense Russia air strikes, mainly targeting opposition groups in Syria, are undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict… also causing increased tensions and violations of Turkish airspace,” Stoltenberg said.

Feb 07 16:50

Saudi Troops Headed to Syria? Saudi-Turkey Invasion in Support of ISIS?

Russia’s aerial campaign aiding Syrian ground forces continues unrelenting, Putin committed to combating all terrorist groups until defeating or reducing them to a shadow of their peak strength – enabling government troops to contain their remnants.

A previous article cited Russian evidence, indicating possible Turkish ground incursion preparations. Earlier Russian video evidence exposed Turkish shelling of Syria’s Latakia province – whether ahead of plans to invade its territory remains to be seen.

Does Riyadh have the same intention? Weeks earlier, it set up a military coordination body with Ankara. Saudi General Ahmed Asseri said “(t)he kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the (US-led) coalition may agree to carry out in Syria” – on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

Washington created ISIS, using its fighters as imperial foot soldiers – supported by other NATO nations, Gulf States including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.

Feb 07 16:44

U.S. Now Overtly at War Against Russia

The US is preparing for an invasion of Russia.

By the end of 2017» the US will be prepared to invade Russia.

Feb 07 10:05

Saudi military intervention in Syria amounts to war: Russian deputy

"Syria has to give official consent, to invite, otherwise it will be a war. The same applies to international law," Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the State Duma committee, told Interfax on Friday.

Krasheninnikov said that by promising a ground operation in Syria Riyadh now "intends to send troops to the territory of a sovereign state essentially without declaring a war."

Saudi Arabia on Thursday voiced readiness to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the US-led coalition allegedly targeting terrorists decides to start such operations.

US State Department spokesman John Kirby also welcomed the Saudi decision.

Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.

Feb 07 10:03

Russian Rules of Engagement in Syria

Wont be any DC sponsored terrorists to torture Donald! Go Russia!

Russia’s intervention last year changed the dynamic on the ground. It holds key trump cards, waging real war on terrorism effectively.

It determined rules of engagement - turning the tide in a protracted conflict government forces were losing, now with the upper hand.

Fort Russ quoted an unnamed senior joint operation Syria, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah command official, saying:

“Russia has established new rules of engagement on the Syrian-Turkish border, and has retained the upper hand for the Syrian air force and the Syrian army.”

“Russia also refurbished and upgraded custom made Syrian MiG29SMT (warplanes), to protect the Russian air force squadrons, with clear orders to shoot down Turkish planes that enter the Syrian air space.”

Feb 07 09:57

US Must Act More Aggressively Against Daesh in Libya - Jeb Bush

The United States must act in a more aggressive manner in the fight against the Islamic State, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said.

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Okay, Jeb, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call whoever it is you want to invade and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

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

We remember your older brother's whopper about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We remember how only a year ago Obama and Kerry tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

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

In short, we 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 we 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!

Feb 07 09:30

‘I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding’ – Trump at debates

I've had enough of this little phony. First he says he will have Canadian Ted Cruz as his Veep. Now he comes out for torture. This guy jumped the shark. He is buddy's with Netanyahu. This is the Neocon Stealth Candidate.
People in the alternative media who support this Neocon IDIOT better take another look at The Donald! Once again we have been had!

The Republican debates have wrapped up in New Hampshire, with some formidable bickering, topped by poll leader Donald Trump’s comment that he would “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

Trump is also the person who recently in November said he does not care if torture doesn’t work, because “they deserve it anyway.”

Feb 07 00:00

Russia Is Preparing the Syrian Army to Repel Any Turkish Incursion

Looks like the Russians and Syrians are preparing to defeat the Turks in detail as they come across the border. Assad's heavy units have been held back through the whole war.It's Assads ace in the hole. Retrained and re-equipped by the Russians the last several months and blooded. The Turks are walking into a big trap!

The source comments, “Russia has red lines that it will allow no one to cross, Russia is preparing a strong Syrian military unit that will serve to repel any Turkish ground incursions, Damascus has the right to defend its borders, and will not stay silent anymore to any aerial violations of Syrian sovereignty, and is preparing for any ground offensive by the Turks with aerial bombardment and ground shelling. Russia considers any plane not operating within the US-Russia coordination agreement to be a threat and will be shot down,.......

Feb 06 17:06

Pentagon Releases 200 Photos of Bush-Era Prisoner Abuse, Thousands Kept Secret

The Pentagon on Friday was forced to release nearly 200 photographs of bruises, lacerations, and other injuries inflicted on prisoners presumably by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The record-dump was the result of a Freedom of Information Act request and nearly 12 years of litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which fought to expose the Bush-era torture.

Feb 06 16:23

Risking World War III in Syria

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in Istanbul last month that if peace talks in Geneva failed, the United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country.

Feb 06 13:01

Are Saudi Arabia and Turkey about to invade Syria?

As Saudi and Turkish-backed rebels face an impending rout by Russian-backed regime forces, Riyadh and Ankara consider deploying troops.

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Funny how they don't mention the US backed/created "rebels."

Feb 06 13:01

Saudi gambit for all-out US war in Syria

Seriously, Saudi troops going into Syria to fight Daesh? The Saudis, Turks and American CIA have weaponized Daesh. Furthermore, the Saudi army is elsewhere getting pummeled by insurgents in Yemen. The notion that the Saudis or their Persian Gulf allies are readying to send ground forces into Syria is laughable.

Feb 06 11:39

Risking World War III in Syria

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in Istanbul last month that if peace talks in Geneva failed, the United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country. The peace talks collapsed on Wednesday even before they began. A day later Saudi Arabia said it is ready to invade Syria while Turkey is building up forces at its Syrian border.

Feb 06 11:13

Syria: NATO's Last Desperate Options in Lost Proxy War

As early as 2012, a Department of Intelligence Agency (DIA) document (.pdf) admitted in regards to the Syrian conflict and the rise of ISIS that:

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).

Feb 06 10:51

Saudi Arabia to send ground troops to Syria

Saudi Arabia said it was ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS. “The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against ISIS) may agree to carry out in Syria,” said Saudi military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri during an interview with al-Arabiya TV news. Saudi sources added that thousands of Saudi Special Forces could be deployed, probably in coordination with Turkey.

Feb 06 09:31

Russia’s Cutting-Edge S-500 Missile System to Begin Tests This Year

This is a new generation system, capable of destroying aerial offensive targets as well intercontinental ballistic missiles and near space targets.

Feb 06 09:26

Video: Syrian Army Pounds ISIS

The Syrian army troops backed by popular committees have inflicted heavy losses upon ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists during a series of concentrated operations that were carried out against their dens and gatherings in Aleppo and Deir Ezzor provinces.

Feb 06 09:22

Rebels deploy child soldiers to fight in northern Aleppo

This is a disgusting warcrime on the part of the US government and the Pentagram!

The Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki have begun to use child soldiers in their fight against the Syrian government forces inside the Aleppo Governorate after the latter launched a large-scale offensive to capture much of the province’s northern countryside.

According to local sources, soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have reported a number of firefights in which children were being deployed by the Islamist rebels to help drive back the government forces.

Some of the children were described as “pre-teen” and unable to properly fire the automatic rifles they were being sent to battle with.

Feb 06 08:59

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Feb 06 01:05

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Feb 05 23:55

Week Sixteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a US Invasion of Syria Next?

This week was marked by major successes for the Syria military the Sheikh Miskeen region of the Daraa Province in the south of the country. In the meantime in the north, the Syrian Army continues its offensive north of the strategic Kuweires air base. But these military successes were eclipsed by rumors that the US was setting up and air base in northern Syria, possibly near Rmeilan, a town in the al-Hasakah Governorate in the northeast of Syria, and that this might be the preparation for a US ground intervention

Feb 05 18:52

Oregon occupation spokesman LaVoy Finicum remembered as devout cowboy with a touch of mischief

KANAB, Utah -- Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, spokesman of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, was commemorated Friday in a southwestern Utah town that helped emblazon the image of a cowboy riding into the sunset on the American collective memory.
Finicum lay in a pine casket built by his family. On the inside of the lid were the words "One Cowboy's Stand for Freedom" -- he kept a blog by that name -- inside a barbed wire border. On the top was the brand Finicum used on his cattle. The handles were horseshoes bent to allow a handhold.
Finicum's body was dressed in white, and an American flag was laid across the chest of the man killed by Oregon State Police at a roadblock Jan. 26.
About 1,000 people were on hand for the service, held at the Kaibab Stake Center, part of the Mormon church.Finicum's memory is being celebrated far beyond Kanab this week.

Feb 05 18:35

'We Expect A Military Escalation in Syria': Turkey’s True Motives

As Turkey shows increasing signs of invading Syria, Turkish journalist Erman Cete and Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute speak to Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear to discuss the meaning for relations between Russia and NATO.

Feb 05 18:35

Peace Talks “Paused” After Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo

This is the beginning of the end of jihadi presence in Aleppo. After 4 years of war and terror, people can finally see the end in sight.”

Feb 05 16:30

Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine

There's no doubt that Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of the military-industrial complex. The idea that she is bad on the corporate issues but good on national security has it wrong. Her so-called foreign policy "experience" has been to support every war demanded by the US deep security state run by the military and the CIA.

Feb 05 15:51

Costs of War

NATO’s violent overthrow of the Libyan regime in 2011 created a failed state and provided an opening for such groups as ISIL.

Feb 05 12:29

Seriously? Now They Expect Us to Believe ISIS Leader Is Running Online Suicide Bombing Classes

So we are to believe the [Western intelligence asset] leader of ISIS is regularly participating in scheduled online classes with groups of people via Skype on how to blow one's self up in a public area.

And yet... we are told no one can seem to catch him.

In a world where the NSA can literally hack entire countries and we've been told everything everyone can do online can be monitored 24/7 in real-time... we are told no one has any idea where this guy could possibly be.

How can anyone possibly believe this line of bs?

So what's next for the enterprising young terrorists? Is ISIS going to open up a chain of terrorist community colleges and courses by mail, bombs included?

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Feb 05 10:02

Russian menace pushes Sweden towards Nato

In the middle of the Baltic Sea, a chilly east wind blows across a former Cold War frontier.
After more than 20 years of strategic irrelevance, and thanks to increasingly unpredictable Russian behaviour, Gotland is back in the spotlight.
It is the latest chapter in the island's long military history, and one returning soldier is thrilled.
"It's almost a dream come true," says Lt Col Stefan Pettersson.
After a decade in civilian life, Pettersson is back in uniform, preparing to take command of the Swedish island's defences.
As he scans the snowy landscape where he and his colleagues used to train, he is still pinching himself.
"I always had a dream to come back as an officer and to do it here on Gotland and establish a new unit, it's perfect," he tells me.
The new Gotland battle group, expected to take shape by the end of next year, will number 300 full- and part-time soldiers.

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"Russian menace"?!?!?

Forgive me, but have the folks at BBC collectively lost their minds, gone barking mad, and conveniently forgotten of what real journalism consists, in order to vomit up this codswallop?!?

And how the hell are they going to convince anyone of alleged "...increasingly unpredictable Russian behaviour..." without any provable allegations thereof?!?!?

These wild-ass allegations, which cannot be substantiated in fact, appear to be a further demonisation of Russia, and is the kind of smear tactic which is most generally a prelude to war.

And lastly, will someone please politely remind whoever wrote this more than insane headline, with allegations which they cannot prove in fact (because otherwise, why wouldn't they?!?) that in the age of the internet, "the big lie" went out with the dribble glass and whoopee cushion?!?

Now, that would be a kindness!!

Webmaster addition: They are just recycling the same bovine excrement they used in the 1950s!

Feb 05 09:52

House bill requires women to sign up for draft

Two House Republicans introduced a bill Thursday requiring eligible women in the United States to sign up for the military draft, just days after it was recommended by the Marine Corps and Army.

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Kiss your daughters goodbye!

Feb 05 09:44

SocGen claims China is only months away from burning through its currency reserves

China is burning through its foreign-currency reserves at such a blistering pace that the country will run down its cushion in a few months, forcing the government to wave the white flag and float the yuan, says Société Générale global strategist Albert Edwards.

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Money has been weaponized!

Feb 05 09:37

Grabbing a Slice: Neighbors Rush In To Get Their Share of the ‘Syrian Pie’

The steady success of the Syrian government forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces have forced Syria's neighbors to rush in, in fear of missing their chance to grab a piece of the “Syrian pie”, according to military analyst Andrei Koshkin.

Feb 05 09:36

Saudi Arabia May Deploy Thousands of Troops to Syria

The Guardian said on Thursday citing unnamed Saudi sources that Saudi Arabia could deploy "thousands of special forces," "probably in coordination with Turkey."

Feb 05 09:35

Syrian Army Cuts Al-Nusra Militants' Supply Line Between Aleppo and Turkey

Several key supply routes of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front have reportedly been destroyed by the Syrian Army in an area of Aleppo Province which borders Turkey.

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Feb 05 09:08

US Gambles on Design to Make Nuclear Gravity Bombs Compatible With F-35 Jet

The B-61 nuclear gravity bomb needs design changes to be compatible with, and to be delivered by the new F-35 Lightning II aircraft, but it will be years before the US Air Force knows if the changes actually work, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report said.

Feb 05 09:02

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Meanwhile, in Geneva, the remote-controlled Syrian opposition, a.k.a. High Negotiations Committee, graphically demonstrated they never wanted to meet with the Damascus delegation in the first place – “proximity” talks or otherwise, even after Washington and Moscow roughly agreed on a two-year transition plan leading to a theoretically secular, nonsectarian Syria.

The Saudi front wanted no less than Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam and all Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria, collaborators at the table in Geneva. So the Geneva charade, quicker than one can say “Road to Aleppo!” was exposed for what it is.

Feb 05 08:57

Saudi Arabia Declares Its Ground Forces Ready to Invade Syria

A Saudi military spokesman has confirmed that Riyadh is prepared to join any US-led ground operations to fight Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, in Syria, if such operations are approved by the coalition.

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The big question is, how will Washington DC convince the American people that Syria needs to be invaded?

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Feb 05 08:54

War Warning: Serious Grounds to Believe Turkey Planning Military Invasion of Syria

Russian Major General Igor Konashenkov has announced that Russia now has ‘serious grounds’ to believe Turkey is preparing an illegal ground invasion of Syria:

“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,”

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,”

“We are surprised that the talkative representatives of the Pentagon, NATO and numerous organizations allegedly protecting human rights in Syria, despite our call to respond to these actions, still remain silent,”

“Such steps carried out by a country, which is a NATO member state, in no way contribute to the strengthening of trust and security in Europe.”

Feb 05 08:53

END OF ISIS? Russian Jets Hit 900 Targets in Last Three Days, Jihadists Fleeing

Russia’s intervention in Syria has produced many astounding results since it began late last year, and they seem to be continuing into the new year too.

Major General Igor Konashenkov is reporting that the Russian airstrikes have hit almost 900 targets from 1-4 February in Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Hama and Deir ez-Zor, which have caused the terrorists to sustain heavy losses:

“In order to retain at least some semblance of a fighting capacity, the militants’ forces in the Syria’s northern regions continue abandoning their positions and falling back to the Turkish border.”

Feb 05 08:45

There Is No Freedom Without Truth — Paul Craig Roberts

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the “Soviet threat” was replaced with the “Muslim threat” and the “War on Terror” took over from the Cold War. Despite a succession of false flag attacks and warnings of a “thirty years war,” a few thousand lightly armed jihadists were an insufficient replacement for the Soviet Union and its thousands of nuclear ICBMs. It was an uncomfortable notion that the “world’s only superpower” could not dispose of a few terrorists.

So we are back to the Cold War with Russia. The propaganda is fast and furious. “Putin is the new Hitler.” “Russia invaded Ukraine.” Russia is about to invade the Baltics and Poland.” “Putin is a corrupt multi-billionaire.” “Putin is scheming to recreate the Soviet Union.” These accusations become headlines despite US military spending being a dozen or more times higher than Russian military spending and the Russian government expressing no hegemonic aspirations.

Feb 05 08:43

House bill requires women to sign up for draft

Two House Republicans introduced a bill Thursday requiring eligible women in the United States to sign up for the military draft, just days after it was recommended by the Marine Corps and Army.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a Marine veteran, and Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Minn., a retired Navy SEAL, filed the Draft American’s Daughters Act to stoke debate over the military’s historic move to fully integrate female troops into all combat roles. If passed, women from 18-26 years old would for the first time have to join men in registering with the Selective Service program and potentially be forced to fight in future wars.

“If this administration wants to send 18, 20-year-old women into combat, to serve and fight on the front lines, then the American people deserve to have this discussion through their elected representatives,” Hunter said in a released statement.

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If nothing else tells you a major war is coming, these two pieces of legislation, and the timing of their introduction, should.

Why else is Congress thinking about deploying America's next generation of moms into hard combat, which can easily translate into death, or the maiming for life, of the women deployed?!?

Feb 05 08:28

WHY IS MY KINDERGARTNER BEING GROOMED FOR THE MILITARY AT SCHOOL?

Military recruitment efforts, whether societal or sponsored directly by the US military, reach children as young as preschool, priming them to think of war and soldiering as cool and exciting, without any discussion of the trauma and death they bring. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)

When he got home from Iraq, Hart Viges began sorting through his boyhood toys, looking for some he could pass on to his new baby nephew. He found a stash of G.I. Joes - his old favorites - and the memories came flooding back.

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Please note that these parents were not notified about this impending lesson in advance, and had absolutely no power to ask that their kids be opted-out from this pro-military exercise.

On the other side of the island of Oahu, there is the very formidable Kaneohe Marine Air Station, which every year features a "fun fair" where families are invited, and the atmosphere is one of a carnival.

But one of the most interesting aspects of this is watching young military men, who are great communicators, and great with kids, talking to wide-eyed youngsters about the wonders of the weapons they are seeing, and sometimes, very carefully, climbing over.

Of course, no mention is ever made, during these "teachable moments", of the carnage and annihilation, these instruments of death create.

This is the propaganda of empire, which cares not that our young men and women are killed or maimed for life; just that the wars provide the necessary profits and logistical resource control to allow that financial empire to grow, with absolutely no thought as to what the human sacrifice must happen in order to maintain and enhance corporate profits.

Feb 05 07:56

US military attacked for complicity in Afghan child soldiers after boy's murder

Wasil Ahmad, who was killed by Taliban on Monday, fought in Afghan Local Police, a US-funded government militia that employs child soldiers illegally

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So the US Government sends children to fight their wars for them!

Feb 04 22:26

US Regime Change Talks on Syria hit blind alley

The real danger, however, is that Washington and its allies might now attempt a direct military intervention in Syria out of desperation.

Feb 04 19:39

Which Candidate really Supports our Troops?

... but has anyone asked him how he will support our veterans in the United States Navy who served aboard the USS Liberty and were attacked by middle eastern terrorists?

Feb 04 16:47

WW3 Ahead? Pentagon to Quadruple Military Budget for European Theater

As time goes on, our government is putting more emphasis on the Russians and less on terrorism. ISIS will probably be the last Islamic bogeyman that our government can muster. After that, it’s just going to be Russia and China (and domestic terrorists, but that’s a story for another day).

Feb 04 15:52

UK, global hub of private military industry

The report by the charity War on Want based in Britain also noted that the UK multinational G4S is now the world’s largest private security company. Meanwhile, no fewer than 14 companies are based in Hereford, close to the headquarters of the SAS, from whose ranks at least 46 companies hire recruits.

Feb 04 15:25

The Establishment’s Last Stand — The War Party holds on, but for how much longer?

The neocons have their candidate in Rubio, but they could live with Cruz, however uneasily. The Donald, however, is a different matter entirely. Trump’s unabashedly realist foreign policy is diametrically opposed to the neocons’ effusive globalism. If he should beat the odds and get the GOP nomination, the neocons’ will flee the party, with some of them glomming on to Hillary and the rest glumly sitting out the election while throwing spitballs from the sidelines.

Feb 04 15:06

IG report: 300,000 vets died while waiting for health care at VA

More than 300,000 American military veterans likely died while waiting for health care -- and nearly twice as many are still waiting -- according to a new Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report.

The IG report says “serious” problems with enrollment data are making it impossible to determine exactly how many veterans are actively seeking health care from the VA, and how many were. For example, “data limitations” prevent investigators from determining how many now-deceased veterans applied for health care benefits or when.

Feb 04 14:04

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus’ former lover escapes probe in leaked military secrets case

The former lover and biographer of disgraced ex-CIA chief General David Petraeus will not be prosecuted for her complicity in accepting highly classified military secrets, supplied by Petraeus. The woman, Paula Broadwell, was never formally charged.

Feb 04 14:01

Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School?

My partner and I, as longtime antiwar activists, work hard to talk to our daughter about war, violence and peace in age-appropriate ways.

That's why we were shocked this November when, shortly after Veterans Day, our daughter came home from kindergarten with a worksheet that asked the children to decide which branch of the military they would like to join. The class had been working on charts in math class, taking polls and graphing the results, which usually fell more along the lines of what flavors of pie they preferred.

Feb 04 13:48

America’s Myth of a Peaceful Nation

"We are a peaceful nation," claimed Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson in an interview with Katie Couric late last year.

Carson voiced a view that is held by many in our society. Like most people around the world, we naturally like to think of ourselves as a peace loving country.

Unfortunately, the record does not bear this out. It, in fact, indicates something quite opposite: The United States has had a long and bloody history of aggression and war making.

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El Salvador (1980), Libya (1981), Sinai (1982), Lebanon (1982 1983), Egypt (1983), Grenada (1983), Honduras (1983), Chad (1983), Persian Gulf (1984), Libya (1986) , Bolivia (1986), Iran (1987), Persian Gulf (1987), Kuwait (1987), Iran (1988), Honduras (1988), Panama (1988), Libya (1989), Panama (1989), Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru (1989), Philippines (1989), Panama (1989-1990), Liberia (1990), Saudi Arabia (1990), Iraq (1991), Zaire (1991), Sierra Leone (1992), Somalia (1992), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1993 to present), Macedonia (1993), Haiti (1994), Macedonia (1994), Bosnia (1995), Liberia (1996), Central African Republic (1996), Albania (1997), Congo/Gabon (1997), Sierra Leon (1997), Cambodia (1997), Iraq (1998), Guinea/Bissau (1998), Kenya/Tanzania (1998 to 1999), Afghanistan/Sudan (1998), Liberia (1998), East Timor (1999), Serbia (1999), Sierra Leon (2000), Yemen (2000), East Timor (2000), Afghanistan (2001 to present), Yemen (2002), Philippines (2002) , Cote d'Ivoire (2002), Iraq (2003 to present), Liberia (2003), Georgia/Djibouti (2003), Haiti (2004), Georgia/Djibouti/Kenya/Ethiopia/Yemen/Eritrea War on Terror (2004), Pakistan drone attacks (2004 to present), Somalia (2007), South Ossetia/Georgia (2008), Syria (2008), Yemen (2009 and 2015), Haiti (2010), Libya (2011), Syria (2011), Ukraine (2014), Iraq (2015), etc. etc. etc. etc.

Feb 04 13:29

'It's you who created Daesh!’ shouts woman at John Kerry as press conference winds up.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, “it’s you who created Daesh!”

The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.

“It’s you who created Daesh!” she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.

Feb 04 13:20

Kerry says Russians must stop airstrikes in Syria

Speaking to reporters before attending a Syria humanitarian effort conference on Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Russia for the collapse of the UN-sponsored peace talks and said they must end their bombing campaign in the embattled country, according to AFP

Feb 04 11:36

Turkey preparing for military action in Syria: Russia

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says Moscow has serious grounds to suspect Turkey of preparing for a military incursion into Syria.

“The Russian Defense Ministry registers a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish Armed Forces for active actions on the territory of Syria,” Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Further evidence of these preparations can be found in today's http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610:

Many checkpoints on the Turkish-Syrian border can be used for preparing infrastructure for a military intrusion into Syria, Konashenkov went on to say. Konashenkov showed the photos of one of the border checkpoints, where grounds protected by security guards were being expanded. "In wartime, such methods are used for preparing the transport infrastructure ahead of a military intrusion. Such grounds are usually used for ensuring quick movement of military convoys with weapons and ammunition as well as for prompt transportation and evacuation of personnel. There are plenty of such examples, in which troops and military hardware are involved, on the Syrian-Turkish border," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said. Russia’s Defense Ministry earlier provided convincing video evidence to the world public that Turkish self-propelled artillery systems were shelling Syrian populated areas in north Latakia. "We’re surprised that talkative representatives of the Pentagon and NATO and numerous so-called organizations for the protection of human rights in Syria have kept silent so far, despite our call for reacting to these actions," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said. Russia’s Defense Ministry has intensified all kinds of reconnaissance in the Middle East, the spokesman said. "That is why, if someone in Ankara thinks that the cancellation of the Russian inspectors’ observance flight over Turkey will help conceal something, then this looks unprofessional," Konashenkov said. More: http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610

IF, in fact, these Russia reports are true (and I see no reason to doubt them), the following scenario is very plausible.

Turkey attacks Syria; Russia counter-attacks Turkish forces (or there is a false flag making it appear that this was the case), and Turkey invokes Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.

This means that all of NATO's military are, by treaty obligation, constrained to protect Turkey from any attacker, as though they all had been attacked by Russia.

Welcome to World War III, ladies and gentlemen.

Feb 04 10:52

Provocative’ NATO Build-Up Threatens Remaining US-Russia Ties

The decision by the US Department of Defense to boost spending on confronting Russia in Europe and fighting the Islamic State elsewhere will provide no military benefit whatsoever, former US Chief of Naval Operations science and policy advisor Theodore Postol told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The proposed boost in NATO-related spending is "a provocation that builds on the ‘original sin’ of NATO expansion, which led to the predictable breakdown of relations between Russia and the West," Postol stated on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Defense Department will spend 50 percent more in fiscal year 2017 on its fight against the Islamic State and will request $3.4 billion in its fiscal year 2017 budget to support NATO allies in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The narrative here, which this analyst has not yet grasped, is the reality that the US government is spoiling for an actual military confrontation against Russia, to prevent the rise of the Russian economy and the ruble.

Look at the Russian demonisation in the West right now, coupled with a massive pre-positioning of arms, material, and troops in Europe, and particularly in Eastern Europe.

Just because a move may well be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the American government can do is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

The problem here is that the US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia, and that is what makes a military option here so scarily dangerous.

Feb 04 10:14

MINISTRY OF TRUTH: ISRAEL AIMS TO ANNUL PRESS CREDENTIALS FOR 'CONTRARY TO REALITY' HEADLINES

Israel has threatened to annul the press credentials of journalists and editors who choose ‘contrary to reality’ headlines for their articles. The move comes in response to a publication from US broadcaster CBS after a terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday. CBS reacted to the terrorist attack which claimed the life of a 19-year-old female officer with a post titled “3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,” triggering outrage among Israeli officials.
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Feb 04 10:04

Seeking More Cold War with Cuba

A Washington Post editorial proclaims in its headline, “Failure in Cuba,” with a bank head that declares, “Mr. Obama’s opening is not leading to positive change.” One should not expect anyone, including editorial boards, who have been opposed to a policy departure to change their own position quickly. But what the Post has to say about Cuba illustrates some unfortunate tendencies that have warped policy debate on other issues as well.

Feb 04 09:54

Speculators Misunderstood the Oil Wars and Market Meltdown

Steve LeVine says most investors thought high priced US shale would cause a boom, then thought economy would benefit from low oil prices – so far they are wrong on both counts.

Feb 04 09:47

Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators

The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.

The orders came from the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops – the linchpin of U.S. strategy in the war. Over a four-month period last year, a military cell devoted to what is known as "information operations" at Camp Eggers in Kabul was repeatedly pressured to target visiting senators and other VIPs who met with Caldwell. When the unit resisted the order, arguing that it violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of propaganda against American citizens, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation.

Feb 04 09:21

General Says Israel ‘Effectively’ Part of Anti-ISIS Coalition

Israeli Major General Nitzan Alon today told reporters that Israel considers ISIS “an enemy” and that it shares so much intelligence with the members of the US anti-ISIS coalition that it is “effectively” a part of that coalition itself.

This seems to be a significant shift from what other Israeli officials have said, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon only weeks ago insisting that Israel “prefers ISIS” to take over Syria rather than the Assad government, an ally of Iran, remaining in power.

Feb 04 09:09

Despite Territorial Loses, the ISIS Global Position Is Secure

Only the Russian Federation has shown a willingness to truly resist the spread of ISIS

Feb 04 09:08

BBC Two Show About Hypothetical WWIII ‘Dangerous Provocation’

Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov called the World War Three: Inside the War Room (BBC Two) show a ‘dangerous provocation’ that aims to discredit pro-Russian forces in Europe.

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Feb 04 09:07

A GOLDEN AGE FOR PENTAGON WASTE

As we have often noted one of the giant logs stuck in the eye of many conservatives, people who typically argue for smaller government, is that they often defend military spending with little reservation. Defense, we are told is enumerated in the Constitution and as such is a legitimate expenditure. And yes, defense, is enumerated in the Constitution. Massive unchecked spending, undeclared wars, and bases around the world are not however enumerated in the Constitution.

(From US News)

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has called for a full audit of the unit responsible for the most egregious Afghan cases. And on Jan. 20th, the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee held hearings on the subject. The Pentagon’s witness, Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon, was decidedly on the defensive as senators from both parties peppered him with questions about his department’s poor record keeping and lack of accountability.

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This waste and corruption is going to bite the US military in a very sensitive spot, if allowed to continue to go unchecked.

With Russian and Chinese weapons makers, when items are field deployed, they are delivered on time, reasonably within budget, and work as advertised, if not better.

With American weapons makers, there is a nearly incestuous relationship between Congress (whose members are supported, covertly and overtly, by the large weapons makers) and those companies which get the defense contracts.

The outcome of all this is that when US weaponry is delivered, it is very late, has generally had huge cost over-runs, and doesn't perform anywhere near what is specified, once it is field deployed.

IF the US gets into a major war with Russia, and/or or China, the brokenness of our weapons systems is not going to help matters one bit.

Feb 04 09:06

BEX ALERT - World War Three: Inside the War Room, BBC Two, review: 'gripping'

War games. Bit of an oxymoron, isn’t it? However, Russia recently having annexed a whole chunk of the former Soviet Union, the prospect of an East-West conflict is less unimaginable now than it has been since 1989.

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This film is a sales pitch to sell WW3 to the masses, and starts right out perpetuating the lie that Russia annexed Crimea, when the truth is that Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine following the US-backed coup in early 2014, then asked to join the Russian Republics.

Feb 04 09:04

Carter Slams 'So-Called' Partners for Not Doing More in Daesh Fight

In recent statements by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, the US-led coalition against Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL) is less a coalition and more a disparate group following their own interests, suggesting that allies are not pulling their fair share of the weight in the ongoing and costly war.

Feb 04 09:03

Surge in 'Dogs of War' Companies Making Billions in War-Torn Countries

Since the 'war on terror' began 15 years ago, the number of mercenaries hired by private military and security companies and operating on the front lines in the Middle East and Africa has exploded tremendously, a new report by War on Want reveals.

Feb 04 09:02

TONY BLAIR WILL [SHOULD] FACE TRIAL FOR WAR CRIMES OVER IRAQ

Tony Blair should be charged with war crimes for ordering the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has claimed.
In an extraordinary attack on Labour's most successful ever leader, Mr Corbyn said that 'those that made the decisions' in the run-up to the conflict should be put on trial.
He said Mr Blair should be made to 'explain' launching an 'illegal' war which he said helped cause recent migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

Supporters of Mr Corbyn have claimed he is the 'antidote' to the Blairite 'virus' in the Labour party, despite Mr Blair winning an historic three general elections for Labour.
The 2003 Iraq war remains one of the most damaging and divisive decisions of the Blair government.

Speaking in an interview on BBC2's Newsnight, Mr Corbyn said Mr Blair will have to answer for his decision to join US President George Bush sending in troops to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Feb 04 08:55

Hillary Clinton vs George Bush on IRAQ Invasion:

Feb 04 08:01

Obama Escalates Tensions With Russia As Media Keeps Quiet

Retired professor of Russian studies and history at Princeton, Stephen F. Cohen, warns that a nuclear war between Russia and the West looms on the horizon.

Feb 04 06:16

Cruz: President Trump would nuke Denmark

This guy has lost it!

Ted Cruz ridiculed Donald Trump on Wednesday for his “Trumpertantrum,” saying his recent Twitterstorm is indicative of a candidate who doesn’t have the temperament to be commander in chief.

“I mean, we’re liable to wake up one morning and Donald, if he were president, would have nuked Denmark.

Feb 04 05:43

FLASHBACK: Army Report Details How Military Can Be Used Against Tea Party, Right Wingers & American Citizens

The study begins by laying out how the U.S. Army’s Operating Concept 2016-2028 will include military operations throughout the United States. The outrageous report goes on to describe a theoretical situation where the U.S. Army is sent in to a city that has been taken over by Tea Party “insurrectionists”.After demonizing what they call “right-wing demagogues” and “mobs of angry whites” the report goes on to say:

“In May 2016 an extremist militia motivated by the goals of the “tea party” movement takes over the government of Darlington, South Carolina…. The Department of Homeland Security responds to the governor’s request by asking for defense support to civil law enforcement. After the Department of Justice states that the conditions in Darlington and surrounding areas meet the conditions necessary to invoke the Insurrection Act, the President invokes it.”

Feb 04 05:22

'Acts of Aggression Come from Pentagon, Not Russia or China'

The Pentagon’s claims that Russia and China are among the top challenges for the US is a justification to continue the flow of taxpayer’s money into major weapon systems and their corporate sponsors, Karen Kwiatkowski, retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel told RT. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced Tuesday that the Pentagon will request a $582.7 billion defense budget in order to maintain security. According to Carter, there are five main challenges for the US to focus on Russia, Iran, China, North Korea and ISIS...

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