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Mar 26 11:11

Trump Admin Proposes New $8 Billion Loan Fund to Subsidize Foreign Weapon Sales

The Trump administration is pushing for the creation of an $8 billion loan fund in order to boost weapons sales to foreign allies, according to a summary of the administration’s draft budget for next year, which was made public on March 11. The loan program was first pitched in the early days of the administration but failed to gain support from Congress.

Mar 26 09:03

MAJOR: Bomb Explodes At U.S Military Base In Japan – Terrorism Or Resistance?

An unknown man set off an explosion at the American Camp Foster base in Okinawa, the Japanese news outlet NHK reported. According to the local police and the American command, the unknown man cut the protective net and entered the territory on Sunday evening.

After gaining entry to the U.S military base, he blew up a gas cylinder on the second floor at the door of the office of the Okinawa office of the Ministry of Defense of Japan. FRN has no information on whether this explosion was used to open the door, or whether he gained entrance, or for what purpose.

Mar 25 10:33

Pompeo Demands Moscow "Cease Unconstructive Behavior" In Venezuela 

As we predicted a number of times before, a proxy war between Russia and the United States appears now heating up in Venezuela — this after over the weekend Russia sent a military transport plane filled with Russian troops commanded by First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces of Russia Gen. Vasily Tonkoshkurov, which landed in Caracas Saturday. We also reported the major development this morning that new satellite images reveal a major deployment of S-300 air defense missile systems to a key airbase south of Caracas.

Russia's highly visible deployment of a small troop contingency along with a reported 35 tons of cargo has resulted in a direct and firm response from Washington as on Monday morning the US Secretary of State called on Russia to “cease its unconstructive behavior”.

According to Reuters Pompeo conveyed the message directly via a phone call with his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mikey, Mikey, MIKEY!!

Wake up and smell those tons of reserve heavy crude being rudely pulled away from the US by way of a Russian "military presence" in Venezuela, invited by its LEGITIMATE LEADERSHIP, UNDER MADURO.

And if you thought about pro-actively sending US troops to fend off Russian troops here, in the immortal words of my late Grandmother, "The horse is already out of the barn, which is what she would say if a situation was already out of control, and couldn't be fixed.

If you were even thinking/fantasising about a decap strike on Caracas, it is too bloody late now.

So what are you going to do now, just sit there and whine about missed opportunities, because you waited too long to do them?!?

And your telling Lavrov (who I consider one of the adults in the room in geopolitics) that "... the United States and regional countries will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela."

Was that ever a rich "pot...kettle...black" moment for you, considering all that the US has done to instigate regime change in this country; and sir, your options just got royally minimized here.

It is almost painful to see how many chess moves ahead Russia's President Putin is, ahead of US foreign policy.

Mar 25 10:21

Vietnam’s Struggle to Overcome the Legacy of US Bombs

The recent Hanoi summit attended by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thrust Vietnam into the global spotlight; a rare moment of publicity in the modern era for a country which dominated the world’s attention through the unfolding horrors of war in the 1960s and 1970s.

Yet the hosts were left disappointed when the summit collapsed, after failed talks on de-nuclearization prompted the US delegation to depart early for Washington. Five decades earlier the US had been in no rush to leave despite a similar sense of impending mission failure, instead sending thousands more troops and sticking around to bomb Vietnam for eight years from 1965-1973. While the summit leaves no lasting impression, the legacy of unexploded bombs and toxic contamination from the war remains.

Mar 25 10:16

US NAVY TO IMPROVE ITS VERSATILE SM-6 MISSILE WITH LONGER RANGE AND HIGHER SPEED

The US Navy is to boost its versatile SM-6 missile with longer range and higher speed, the Drive reported.

The SM-6 is a good example of a versatile weapon, which also proved that simply an overhaul of an existing system can achieve some significant results.

“The missile can shoot down air-breathing threats like aircraft and cruise missiles, it can swat incoming ballistic missiles in the terminal phases of flight, it can attack sea targets, and it even has a latent land attack potential. It is also network enabled and can engage targets well beyond the sensor reach of its launch platform using telemetry data-linked from a third-party platform, like a jet fighter. It does all this over long ranges, reaching out over 150 miles from its vertical launch cell aboard American destroyers and cruisers. Now, according to 2020 budget request documents, this versatile missile is set to get upsized for considerably more range and speed, and that is a very big deal.”

Mar 25 08:56

Ari Fleischer Lied, and People Died

Ari Fleischer, the former White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush, ignited a firestorm of controversy Wednesday when, while commenting on the 16th anniversary of the U.S invasion of Iraq, he sought to defend the reputation of his boss when it came to the veracity of the claims about Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) that underpinned President Bush’s case for war.

“The Iraq war began sixteen years ago tomorrow,” Fleischer tweeted on March 19. “There is a myth about the war that I have been meaning to set straight for years. After no WMDs were found, the left claimed ‘Bush lied. People died.’ This accusation itself is a lie. It’s time to put it to rest.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS!

Mar 25 08:46

Now for Confrontation in Space

Which leads us to General “Fighting Joe” Dunford, who at his Senate hearing for appointment as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said “my assessment today, Senator, is that Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.” In October 2018 he reiterated that “the Russian challenge is not isolated to the plains of Europe. It is a global one” requiring the armed forces of the United States “to be able to project power to an area... and then once we’re there we’ve got to be able to freely manoeuvre across all domains... sea, air, land, space, and cyberspace.”

Naturally he didn’t mention that at the very time he uttered his confrontational challenges there was close cooperation in air, land and space between the US and Russia whose astronauts were “able to freely manoeuvre” in harmony, adding to world knowledge and engendering trust by jointly conducting research projects in the International Space Station.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War in orbit is a BIG MISTAKE!

Mar 25 08:36

Whose Blood, Whose Treasure?

“Veni, Vidi, Vici,” boasted Julius Caesar, one of history’s great military captains. “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that famed saying when summing up the Obama administration’s military intervention in Libya in 2011 — with a small alteration. “We came, we saw, he died,” she said with a laugh about the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, that country’s autocratic leader. Note what she left out, though: the “vici” or victory part. And how right she was to do so, since Washington’s invasions, occupations, and interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere in this century have never produced anything faintly like a single decisive and lasting victory.

Mar 24 12:20

16 Years Later, How the Press That Sold the Iraq War Got Away With It

The myths had enormous utility to the working press, whose gargantuan errors have been re-cast as honest mistakes of judgment. A lot of the people who made those mistakes are still occupying prominent positions, their credibility undamaged thanks to a new legend best articulated by New Yorker editor David Remnick, who later scoffed, “Nobody got that story completely right.”

Nobody except the record number of people who marched against the war on February 15, 2003 — conservative estimates placed it between six and ten million worldwide (I marched in D.C.). Every one of those people was way ahead of Remnick.

Mar 24 09:55

Russia Gives US Red Line On Venezuela

At a high-level meeting in Rome this week, it seems that Russia reiterated a grave warning to the US – Moscow will not tolerate American military intervention to topple the Venezuelan government with whom it is allied.

Meanwhile, back in Washington DC, President Donald Trump was again bragging that the military option was still on the table, in his press conference with Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro. Trump is bluffing or not yet up to speed with being apprised of Russia’s red line.

The meeting in the Italian capital between US “special envoy” on Venezuelan affairs Elliot Abrams and Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov had an air of urgency in its arrangement. The US State Department announced the tête-à-tête only three days beforehand. The two officials also reportedly held their two-hour discussions in a Rome hotel, a venue indicating ad hoc arrangement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping and praying, that President Trump "sees the light" of non-intervention in this situation.

But if he does not, and Abrams, Bolton, and Pompeo urge him to go into Venezuela, guns blazing, this country will most likely find itself in a war of attrition in a jungle environment, in which our military does not generally fare quite well (Anyone at the White House remember the Vietnam War?!? Thought not.)

Mar 24 09:18

Killing for Credibility: A Look Back at the 1999 NATO Air War on Serbia

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Operation Allied Force, NATO’s 78-day air war against Yugoslavia. It was a war waged as much against Serbian civilians – hundreds of whom perished – as it was against Slobodan Miloševi?’s forces, and it was a campaign of breathtaking hypocrisy and selective outrage. More than anything, it was a war that by President Bill Clinton’s own admission was fought for the sake of NATO’s credibility.

Mar 24 09:16

Veterans Demand Congress End the Forever Wars

Antiwar activists gathered on March 19, 2019, outside 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan for a rally on the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. The rally was followed by a march on several military recruiting offices along Chambers Street and to Borough of Manhattan Community College to oppose the United States's endless cycle of war and militarism.

Mar 23 19:03

The Truth about Syria's #GolanHeights and #GenieEnergy

The Truth about Syria's #GolanHeights and #GenieEnergy
- The link Trump, Kushner, the Golan and Genie energy oil
- The history of the Golan
- The history of Israel - The link between Israel and ISIS

Mar 23 10:25

MADURO: US WITHHOLDING $5BN OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES IN ‘CRIMINAL’ MEASURE

The US government is withholding US $5 billion which was meant for the purchase of medicines and raw materials used in medical production, President Nicolas Maduro claimed Wednesday.

Speaking from Miranda State, Maduro denounced that US authorities “have ‘kidnapped’ US $5 billion [in] one of the most criminal, brutal, fascist economic measures which has been seen in the economic history of the world.” “Trump is the person responsible,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a logical, if not horrific, thing Trump has done here; after all, very ill people in a country cannot fight against its overthrow.

Mar 23 10:09

FLASHBACK - Death by defoilant, US war on the environment

“Not only crop destruction, but US policies of extensive bombing, defoliation, and relocation of people from the countryside seem clearly to fall within the definition of crimes against humanity and war crimes,” wrote the Stanford Biology Group in a report entitled The Destruction of Indochina.

As part of a deliberate campaign of environmental destruction during its war against Vietnam, the US sprayed the countryside with herbicides containing carcinogenic chemicals to destroy tropical forest foliage and agricultural crops. The objectives of this diabolical program, which perhaps should be called “death by defoliant,” were threefold: first, to deprive the Vietnamese resistance fighters of the National Liberation Front (NLF) of hiding places and cover; second, to starve them into surrender by wiping out their food supply; and third, to drive rural peasants to urban areas controlled by the US-backed regime in an attempt to decimate popular support for the NLF.

Mar 23 08:30

PLYWOOD SUPPLY DRONE FOR US MARINES IS UNDERGOING FLIGHT TESTS

The LG-1K is developed by Logistic Gliders Inc under contract with DARPA and the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. The plywood and aluminum drone is expected to be a low-cost decision capable of being released from fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter: MV-22 and CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, KC-130, C-130, and C-17 transports, and MH-60, UH-60, CH-53, and CH-47 helicopters.

The drone is 3.9 m long and has a 8.3m wingspan. The LG-1K can carry up to 725 kg of supplies. Logistics Gliders anticipates the cost of each drone at approximately $4,500 to $11,000.

Mar 23 06:29

SELCO: What It’s Really Like to Live in a City Under Siege

Selco shares the horrifying reality of what it was like to live in a city under siege during the Balkan War. (WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT)

Mar 22 15:32

US Promised No INF-Banned Missiles, But Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Has Several

Just weeks after the US unilaterally terminated its Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia, but promised not to develop new weapons that had been banned by the treaty, the Pentagon has proposed in its 2020 budget several new missile programs.

On February 2, 2019, US President Donald Trump formally suspended Washington's compliance with the treaty, penned by US and Soviet leaders in 1987, and Russia followed suit. The treaty banned land-based missiles with ranges of 310 to 620 miles and 620 to 3,420 miles, although it didn't cover air-launched or sea-launched missiles.

Mar 22 10:55

U.S. Special Operations: The New Face of America’s War Machine

With the possible U.S. military withdrawal from Syria in the news on a daily basis, the mainstream media has been quick to parrot the DOD’s claim that 2,000 troops, mostly special operations forces, are to be withdrawn from the country. Although the total number of U.S. special operators deployed to Syria may have approached as many as 5,000, the current headlines have not mentioned that the United States has special operations units deployed not just in Syria, but in a majority of the nations of the world. Over the past seventeen years, the forces at the disposal of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have grown exponentially, more than doubling in size in numbers, with a budget that has also expanded four-fold in that same period of time.

Mar 22 09:18

Navy routinely buys defective ships

For the U.S. Navy, buying warships that are defective, unfinished or both has become the norm.

The habit is expensive, dangerous and leaves overworked sailors to deal with faulty ships in need of repair from day one — yet it has escaped sufficient scrutiny in Washington.

Contrary to the Navy’s own policy, and despite spending nearly $16 billion on average in each of the last 30 years on new warships, most U.S. combat vessels are delivered from private shipbuilders with flaws significant enough to impair the vessels’ ability to perform missions or to keep crews safe, according to recent audits conducted for Congress.

On top of these identified glitches, still more systems unexpectedly break down on ship after ship shortly after the Navy starts operating them.

Mar 22 09:10

Marines Seize Pacific Island As Training For War With China

The 31st U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) seized a tiny island and airfield with special operations airmen and soldiers as part of a new island-hopping strategy.

Last week, 31st MEU, backed by the 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Logistics Group and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, members of the Air Force 353rd Special Operations Group, and Army soldiers with 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, conducted a series of simulated military exercises attacking and seizing Ie Shima Island located off the northwest coast of Okinawa Island in the East China Sea, reported Task Purpose.

The new military strategy, known as Expeditionary Advanced Base (EAB) Operations, will allow Marine units to seize, establish, and operate multiple small bases across the Pacific Ocean, a tactic that will be beneficial in a high-end fight with China.

Mar 22 08:14

Pompeo says Hezbollah, Hamas and Houthis present risks to Middle East stability

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday, described Hezbollah as a risk to Middle East stability and conferred with Israel about the Iranian-backed Lebanese group ahead of a trip to Beirut. Pompeo has been on a regional tour to promote the Trump administration’s policy against Iran.

Mar 22 08:12

300 US soldiers arrive in Germany as Washington tests rapid-deployment strategy in Europe

More than 300 US soldiers arrived in Germany on Thursday from their base in Texas in the first test of a new American strategy to rapidly deploy US-based troops to Europe, AP reported. The soldiers, from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division, based in Fort Bliss, were part of a group of 1,500 to arrive this week in Berlin via charter aircraft.

Mar 22 08:09

World countries blast US on Golan, Syria vows to liberate Israeli occupied territory

The Arab League, Russia, Iran and Turkey have strongly warned the US after President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he will recognize Syria's Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

The strategic highlands have been under the Israeli occupation since 1967, but Trump's abrupt declaration a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Israel brings the dispute to a boiling point.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Trump's statement has brought the region to the edge of a new crisis.

In a speech at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Erdogan said: "We cannot allow the legitimization of the occupation of the Golan Heights."

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed shock at Trump's plan.

Mar 22 07:57

Bolton says Trump ‘very serious’ about ‘all options’ as Venezuela dismantles ‘terrorist cell’

Donald Trump is not kidding when he says “all options” to topple Maduro are open, National Security Adviser John Bolton said, as the Venezuelan government busted wannabe president Juan Guaido’s aide for running a terrorist cell.
“President Trump himself has been clear on this point on any number of occasions when he says all options are on the table. I think people need to understand and believe that; he’s very serious about it,” Bolton told Breitbart.

Mar 21 14:30

US Navy’s F-35 jet allegedly in serious trouble: report

The U.S. Navy’s F-35C stealth fighter jet is not ready for combat-related activity, despite a proclamation from the commander of the U.S. Naval Air Forces about the aircraft being “ready for operations, ready for combat and ready to win,” the Task and Purpose publication reported this week.

According to Task and Purpose, the testing data that was obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) indicates that the F-35 variant’s “fully mission capable” rate — a key measure of a military aircraft’s readiness — collapsed from 12% in October 2016 to zero in December 2017 before remaining flat through 2018.

In addition to the Navy’s troubles, the Marine Corps’ F-35B has also experienced a lot of problems, Task and Purpose said, citing a POGO report.

Mar 21 13:27

Trump Tweet on British Opens Spring Offensive Against the Coup

March 20, 2019 - It has become entirely clear over the past 24 hours that the President and his defenders are on an all out offensive ahead of the release of the Mueller report, which many state is coming very soon. The President opened this campaign by attacking John McCain as part of the Russiagate fraud against him and went on to attack the British instigators and sustainers of the coup. On March 18, the President retweeted a tweet by William Craddick of Disobedient Media. Disobedient Media is one of the few outfits other than LaRouchePAC, and the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, with the guts to question the foundational premise of the coup, that the Russians hacked the DNC and Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta. Craddick had tweeted, "Russiagate was designed in part to help the UK counter Russian influence by baiting the United States into taking a hard line against them. Leaves us all with a more dangerous world as a consequence.

Mar 21 13:21

FLASHBACK - America, Meet Your (Acting) Secretary of Defense

It hasn’t received much attention, what with Donald Trump suddenly declaring victory against isis, ordering U.S. troops out of Syria, and provoking James Mattis to resign in protest.

But the man who is now the president’s principal adviser on the nation’s defense, tasked with leading the largest employer in the world and managing the fallout from Trump’s military retrenchment, has less experience in government (a year and a half) or the military (none) than any defense secretary since an oil magnate served as the acting head of the Pentagon for several weeks during Watergate 45 years ago.

Mar 21 12:25

America Needs a Stronger Defense Industry? Trillions Down the Hole of Military Spending

Post-WW II, America’s only enemies were and remain invented ones.

No real ones existed since Nazi Germany and imperial Japan were defeated – none anywhere, clearly none today!

Yet the US consistently pours countless trillions of dollars down a black hole of endless waste, fraud and abuse – global militarism and belligerence supported by the vast majority of Republicans and undemocratic Dems, at the expense of world peace, equity and justice.

Trump regime director of trade and industrial policy Peter Navarro is a militant right-wing.

He’s part of the cabal in Washington, wanting US-controlled puppet rule replacing independent governments in China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and elsewhere.

Mar 21 11:07

Iraqi Parliament Prepares to Evict US Troops

US military's presence in Iraq falling out of favor across several political blocs.

In the wake of the ISIS War in Iraq, Pentagon officials will tell you what they’ve been saying all along, that America’s intention is to stay in Iraq, and that there is no consideration being given to leaving. It’s not clear the US has spoken to the Iraqi government about this, however.

While many Iraqis accepted the offer of help in the more desperate moments of the ISIS War, the US military has quickly worn out its welcome. Across a number of major political blocs in Iraq, there is growing consensus that the US, and indeed all foreign military forces, need to go.

This has been brewing for months. The Iraqis saw Trump’s visit to Iraq, during which he didn’t meet the Iraqi PM, as a sign of disrespect. That the Pentagon keeps insisting they’re staying in Iraq, without asking the Iraqis, only adds to the sense that the US isn’t really an invited guest in any real sense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, it appears that the US President and Military are both suffering from an acute, collective case of SMD (selective memory disorder), about the one guy who got the US military out of Iraq the first time, and now is one of the most powerful people in Iraq who holds no governmental office; Muktada Al Sadr.

Let's take a gentle WRH ride in our way-back machine to last year, and the following article, describing the win of his coalition in the Iraqi parliament last year:

Muqtada al Sadr's win in Iraq, is dredging up tough memories for US soldiers

Please remember; he was the official head of the Mahdi Army, which fought the US military tooth and nail, and then, in 2017 this was disbanded: Iraq disbands what used to be known as the "Mahdi Army

Mr. President, I am strongly cautioning you (not that you appear to be listening, but ... God loves His optimists) on this issue, to show the Iraqi government, and its military, just a small bit of respect, and I ask this for the following reasons.

Although the Mahdi Army has been officially disbanded, please don't bet on this Imam's NOT being capable of"pulling the band back together", if he believes, for one second, that the US government wants to occupy Iraq forever, which, it appears, is really the goal, to control who gets Iraq's oil, and in what currency it will be sold.

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against him doing this, sir; and he and his people know every inch of the country. And if he does this, how are you going to respond?!? With a second invasion of Iraq, let's say, Iraq 2.0- the "golden cut"?!?

Mar 21 10:33

Countdown To America's "Full Spectrum Dominance"

The US is formally committed to dominating the world by the year 2020. With President Trump’s new Space Directive-4, the production of laser-armed fighter jets as possible precursors to space weapons, and the possibility of nuclear warheads being put into orbit, the clock is ticking...

Back in 1997, the now-re-established US Space Command announced its commitment to “full spectrum dominance.”

Mar 21 09:00

How Liberals Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Military Industrial Complex

With March 19 marking 16 years of continuous war in Iraq, there is a distinct feeling of deja vu in Washington, as neocon figures like John Bolton and Elliot Abrams beat the drum for war in Venezuela. Liberals and progressives have traditionally been more critical of war and militarism than their conservative counterparts. But in the age of Trump, everything seems up for debate, and the media is trying to sell the military industrial complex to a more discerning, liberal audience.

Mar 21 08:59

Tulsi Gabbard Challenges US Exceptionalism In San Francisco Speech

Tulsi Gabbard visited the San Francisco Bay Area last weekend. The three term Congresswoman from Hawaii is 37 years old and ethnically diverse. Remarkably, she has 15 years of military experience in the US Army and National Guard as well as substantial political experience. She was elected to the Hawaii State Assembly at age 21.

Tulsi Gabbard supports progressive domestic policy issues including criminal justice reform, healthcare-for-all, national and international steps to protect the environment. She has a high approval rating on gay issues.

What makes Gabbard really distinctive is her emphasis and approach to US foreign policy. While other candidates largely avoid the subject, Tulsi Gabbard says the issue is “central” to all other issues. She says we need to change the policy of “regime change wars” and “new cold war” with Russia and China. She advocates cooperation instead of conflict.

Mar 21 08:13

Thousands of EU Troops Arrive in UK for ‘Major Exercise’ Day After Brexit

Over 10,000 military troops from 13 different countries are set to arrive in the UK for a “major exercise” one day after Brexit is supposed to occur.

The troops will include military personnel from the UK, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and the US.

Gov.uk reports: The aim of Joint Warrior is to allow the UK’s Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and their allies to conduct joint operations involving different forces and units and against a range of current and future threats.

Mar 21 07:51

MAJOR PROVOCATION – U.S Air Force Bomber Simulates NUCLEAR ATTACK On Russian Baltic Fleet

A strategic bomber of the US Air Force approached the borders of the Kaliningrad region, according to data provided by the monitoring resource Plane Radar.

Russian authorities have confirmed that the B-52H Stratofortress engaged in a major provocation from eight thousand meters, simulating a nuclear attack on the Baltic Fleet.

Mar 21 07:37

Germany says it will abandon its NATO spending commitments and invest even less than promised, sparking US anger after Trump criticised European allies for expecting a free ride

Germany's military spending is set to fall below its NATO targets, in the latest flashpoint in Berlin's long-running row with Washington.

The latest German budget plans, revealed on Monday, will see defence spending drop well below the two per cent of GDP expected from NATO members.

U.S. ambassador Richard Grenell said the cuts were a 'worrisome signal', while President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused Germany of freeloading on U.S. military might.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the U.S. criticism, saying Germany will not cut foreign aid to raise military spending.

Mar 20 11:08

BLOOMBERG’S ARMSMAKER-FUNDED COLUMNIST WANTS YOU TO KNOW: MILITARY SPENDING IS WOKE

Progressives are told to love the Pentagon budget (Bloomberg, 3/17/19) by a pundit whose connection to the military/industrial complex isn’t disclosed.

You may not know it, but bloated Pentagon budgets are actually “progressive.” Or so says a recent opinion piece in Bloomberg News (3/17/19), “Progressives Should Learn to Love the Pentagon Budget,” by Hal Brands.

Bloomberg identifies Brands as the “Henry Kissinger Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.” “Kissinger” is ominous enough, but surely Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is some innocuous, wonky academic institution, no?

In a piece explicitly defending bloated military budgets, however, perhaps it would be useful to know what exactly the “Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments” is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

and of course, they have our Merchant of Death in Chief, AKA President Trump in power at this time, advocating for wars, and more wars, as he believes "war is good for business."

Mr. President, I would politely suggest that war is always to fatten the wallets of the already monied; it is the people at the bottom of your pyramid who get well and thoroughly gouged, physically and emotionally, in wartime.

"You're selling us war... but we're just not buying
You've got your "talking heads" all queued, but we know... they're lying
How many more will you condemn to dying?!?
You can't justify this war,
so just stop trying!"

Courtesy of Claire Karst Rivero, "You're selling us war...", from
http://melophilia.net/pop_music.html

Mar 20 10:29

RON PAUL: IS TRUMP REALLY ABOUT TO ATTACK VENEZUELA?

Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered the last of the US diplomats out of Venezuela, saying their presence was a “constraint” on US policy toward the country. The wording seemed intended to convey the idea that the US is about to launch military action to place a Washington-backed, self-appointed politician to the presidency. Was it just bluster, designed to intimidate? Or is the Trump Administration really about to invade another country that has neither attacked nor threatened the United States?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get amazingly ugly, in light of the fact the Russia has said that it will "protect its interests in Venezuela", which was a non-subtle way of Putin promising that if US military goes in with a decap strike against Caracas, they will be met, force for force.

Mr. President, President Putin is a guy who keeps his promises, and were I you, I would not want to second guess him on this.

War with Russia over Venezuela's proven oil reserves?!? Right now, if I were a betting woman, I would not bet against it.

I would like to hope that there is an adult in the bowels of power in DC who has the horse-sense to talk President Trump out of such an action; unfortunately, however, the people around him right now, including Pompeo and Bolton, those recycled neocons who never saw a potential war in which they didn't want the US to engage, want this to move forward.

Mr. President, please; this fight, between the US and Russia over Venezuela's oil, could be catastrophic, and put the US economy into even more of a tailspin than it already is; and Mr. President, every economist I have read, indicates that we are headed into a recession about which you will not be able to do much.

Please consider that, as you and your minions march into the coming election cycle in 2020.

Mar 20 09:54

Russia reveals terrifying new Borei-class submarine armed with deadly 550-kiloton nuke missiles that can strike from 6,000 miles away

RUSSIA has unveiled a first glimpse of its monster submarine - dubbed “Vladimir the Great” - as it goes on sea trials in the Arctic.

The the Borei-style nuclear ballistic missile submarine is capable of launching 20 intercontinental nuclear missiles, decimating cities almost 6,000 miles away.

Mar 20 09:51

10 MORE CHRISTIANS KILLED LAST WEEKEND IN NIGERIA BRINGING TOTAL TO 140, MEDIA STILL SILENT

Another 10 Christians were killed by jihadists in Nigeria last weekend, bringing the total number of Christians killed in the country to 140 since February 10.

Reports indicate that another 10 Christians were murdered in Nigeria on Saturday, March 16, as religious violence in the country continues to reach fever pitch. This brings the total number of Christians murdered to 140, with an additional 160 homes destroyed in the violence.

Morning Star News reported:

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 10 Christians in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria on Saturday (March 16), bringing the lives lost in the past five weeks to 140 with 160 houses destroyed, sources said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People in countries where they can practice their religion without getting hurt or killed, need to take into account how lucky they are.

Mar 20 09:50

$97 Billion a Year: War Spending Is Bankrupting America

“Pity the nation whose people are sheep

And whose shepherds mislead them

Pity the nation whose leaders are liars

Whose sages are silenced

And whose bigots haunt the airwaves

Pity the nation that raises not its voice

Except to praise conquerors

And acclaim the bully as hero

And aims to rule the world

By force and by torture…

Pity the nation oh pity the people

who allow their rights to erode

and their freedoms to be washed away…”

—Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet

Mar 20 09:49

KARADZIC SENTENCE INCREASED TO LIFE FOR BOSNIA GENOCIDE: UN

United Nations judges have ordered former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to spend the rest of his life in prison for genocide and war crimes, increasing his original sentence of 40 years.

Karadzic, 73, was convicted in 2016 for the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces. He was also found guilty of leading a campaign of ethnic cleansing that drove Croats and Muslims out of Serb-claimed areas of Bosnia.

A panel of appeals judges in The Hague "imposes a sentence of life imprisonment" after rejecting Karadzic's appeal against his original 2016 conviction, head judge Vagn Joensen said on Wednesday.

Judges at the original trial "underestimated the extreme gravity of Karadzic's responsibility for the most grave crimes committed during the period of conflict, noted for their sheer scale and systematic cruelty", Vagn Joensen said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that the man understands how lucky he was, in light of the reality that the UN court judges do not ever use the death penalty. The Death Penalty and International Law

Mar 20 09:48

Everyone Who Opposes War Is a Russian Anti-Semite

Following the publication of the results of a groundbreaking new study this week, experts are now reporting that every single person who questions western military interventionism is both an antisemitic bigot and a Russian national.

Mar 20 09:40

China the Target of Pentagon's Massive Military Budget

Mar 20 08:49

The UN and Israel are manufacturing humanitarian narratives

Despite the dissonance between Israel and humanitarian aid, there is no lack of propaganda seeking to portray the settler-colonial state as a shining beacon for others to emulate. A forthcoming photo exhibition is now set to be hosted at the UN to showcase, in the words of Israel’s Ambassador Danny Danon, “how far Israel will go to help others in need, regardless of who they are or where they live.” He could and, if he was honest, should have added, “as long as the people concerned are not Palestinians.”

Danon’s statement is telling. Israel will indeed do anything in order to create a false image of benevolence as it seeks to avoid scrutiny of its human rights violations against the Palestinians. Erasing its violence from public view is crucial to maintaining a humanitarian façade; an efficient way to do this is to spring into action wherever and whenever humanitarian emergencies can be milked for political points within the international arena.

Mar 20 08:47

THE EXPANDING GLOBAL FOOTPRINT OF U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS

With the possible U.S. military withdrawal from Syria in the news on a daily basis, the mainstream media has been quick to parrot the DOD’s claim that 2,000 troops, mostly special operations forces, are to be withdrawn from the country. Although the total number of U.S. special operators deployed to Syria may have approached as many as 5,000, the current headlines have not mentioned that the United States has special operations units deployed not just in Syria, but in a majority of the nations of the world. Over the past seventeen years, the forces at the disposal of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have grown exponentially, more than doubling in size in numbers, with a budget that has also expanded four fold in that same period of time.

Mar 20 08:26

Exposure of Another Pro-War Lie Doesn’t Make Media More Skeptical of Pro-War Claims

Listeners will likely know by now, that the late February story, complete with vivid video footage, about the forces of elected Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro burning trucks that were trying to bring the besieged country food and medicine was false. Weeks later, the New York Times (3/10/19) reported that the humanitarian trucks were not set on fire by Maduro’s forces, but instead by anti-Maduro protestors who threw a Molotov cocktail. The Times outlined how the fake story took root, passing from US officials to media that simply reported their claims as fact with no investigation—and does any of this sound familiar?

Folks like CNN‘s Marshall Cohen noted the Times debunking as if it were just an interesting development—a “classic example of how misinformation spreads,” Cohen said in a tweet. Except, as The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald pointed out (3/10/19), it was Cohen’s own network, CNN, that led the way in spreading the lie around the world.

Mar 20 08:24

Support HR1004: The Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act

We write to request your support for the bipartisan measure, H.R.1004 – Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island. We respectfully ask that any floor consideration of legislation addressing the crisis in Venezuela include H.R. 1004, a critical safeguard against unconstitutional U.S. military action. The newly elected Democratic majority of the House of Representatives must make explicit in its first step of developing and adopting legislation on Venezuela that the Congress will serve as an effective counterweight to the militaristic and anti-refugee policies of the Trump Administration.

Mar 20 08:21

U.S. judge rebuts Trump on transgender troop limits

A federal judge on Tuesday contradicted the Trump administration’s “incorrect” claim that no legal blocks remain for it to enforce a contentious policy to restrict many transgender individuals from the U.S. armed forces starting on April 12.

In a three-page notice, U.S. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said an injunction that she issued against the policy in 2017 remains in place.

“Defendants were incorrect in claiming that there was no longer an impediment to the military’s implementation” of the transgender policy, the judge wrote.

Mar 20 08:21

Northrop launches hypersonic defense push

With the Pentagon making hypersonic weapons a priority, Northrop Grumman is throwing its hat into the ring in an attempt to claim space in the still-early hypersonic defense market.

The company last week launched a new campaign website focused on hypersonic defense as part of a broader push into the business area, where the Pentagon expects to spend more than $10 billion in the next five years to develop offensive and defensive capabilities.

Hypersonic defense is significantly behind hypersonic offense, something Kenn Todorov, vice president of missile defense solutions and the lead for Northrop’s counter-hypersonic efforts, acknowledged in a March 19 interview. That means there is a lot of room for experimentation in how to tackle the issue.

Mar 20 07:52

DoD requests almost $23B for key intel account

The Pentagon wants to increase its black budget for intelligence programs for a fifth straight year.

The Department of Defense has requested $22.95 billion for the top-line budget of the Military Intelligence Program, the DoD announced Monday. While the overall fiscal 2020 budget request was released last week, the MIP request typically comes days or weeks afterward.

That total includes both base budget and overseas contingency operations funding. No further budget figures or program details will be released for “national security reasons,” per a department statement.

Mar 20 07:48

THE NSA LIED US INTO IRAQ

On this day is the day in 2003 the US invaded Iraq.

How did this “little” point get lost in the NSA story?

The NSA’s JOB is to spy on the communications of our enemies, not to listen to and record your phone calls.

Here’s a case where they not only got it massively wrong, it also looks like they remained silent while their “evidence” was used to drive the US into a ruinous war.

Did they present false information to the Bush criminals or did they merely sit back and do nothing when that evidence was grossly misrepresented.

Mar 20 07:35

Germany Furious at U.S. Ambassador for Calling Out Low Defense Spending

German politicians on Tuesday threatened to expel U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell over his sharp criticism of Germany’s low defense spending. Grenell took Germany to task for failing to meet its own spending goals, let alone its commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Grenell responded on Monday to advance word that Germany’s new budget plan calls for defense spending to peak at 1.37 percent of national income in 2020, but then begin declining to 1.25 percent by 2023.

NATO members are supposed to spend 2 percent on defense, a target the Trump administration has insisted upon much more vigorously than previous administrations. The Germans previously pledged to reach 1.5 percent by 2024, which is still much lower than their NATO commitment.

Mar 20 07:11

1,500 US rapid-deployment troops to arrive in Germany this week for NATO drill

US soldiers have begun arriving in Germany in the first test of a new rapid deployment strategy meant to bolster NATO’s presence in eastern Europe. US Army Europe says 350 soldiers from the 1st Armored Division arrived in Berlin on Tuesday as part of a group of 1,500 arriving this week. They’re heading to Poland to link up with tanks and other heavy equipment, being brought in from a pre-positioned site in the Netherlands, AP reports.

Mar 20 07:10

Germany must press US over Yemen drone strikes controlled from Ramstein Air Base – court

A court in Germany ruled on Tuesday that the government has partial responsibility to ensure US drone strikes, controlled with the help of an American base on German territory, are in line with international law. However, judges stopped short of ordering the ban that human rights activists had called for.

Mar 20 07:09

Remembering NATO's Ruthless Bombing Campaign in Serbia

Today, March 24th marks the 16th anniversary since NATO began its 78-day bombing campaign of Serbia. The alliance bypassed the UN under a “humanitarian” pretext, launching aggression that claimed thousands of civilian. Years on, Serbia still bears deep scars of the NATO bombings which, as the alliance put it, were aimed at “preventing instability spreading” in Kosovo.

Mar 19 15:58

Empire of Absurdity: Recycled Neocons, Recycled Enemies

There are times when I wish that the United States would just drop the charade and declare itself a global empire. As a veteran of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America’s empire-denial, I’ve grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers. The U.S. can’t be an empire, we’re told, because – unlike the Brits and Romans – America doesn’t annex territories outright, and our school children don’t color its colonies in red-white-and-blue on cute educational maps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is a simple formula, to which the US government adheres quite rigidly, even though few are really paying attention, because this is the last gasp of the US empire in decline.

Demonize the leadership of the country whose resources you want to expatriate; create regime change to a more US-centric government; insure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

Wash; rinse; repeat.

But the problems with empires which are about to dissolve, is that the people making these decisions seem to get recycled again and again; John Bolton, as President Trump's Security advisor, was a recklessly horrific choice. Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State has NEVER met a specific war he didn't want to see unjoined by US forces.

And the outcome of all these military misadventures has been the following;

The complete destruction of Iraq, in order to expropriate its oil production
The coming destruction of Afghanistan, for its oil pipelines and its opium
The complete destruction of Libya, where there is a massive military and civil war happening
The coming destruction of Yemen, to make the Saudis and Israelis happy.

These people refuse to see, or understand that, at that moment in our military's history, our military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; troop strength, or manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

Mar 19 15:54

"Dangerous Nuclear Schemes" - Are American Missiles On Hair-Trigger Alert?

The proposed policies, if adopted by the new leadership in the House, would certainly fracture whatever consensus exists today to modernize America's strategic nuclear deterrent -- and at a time when both Russia and China are charging ahead militarily, and Iran and North Korea are racing toward a deliverable nuclear weapons capability.

If the United States chooses to eliminate its land-based missiles, as arms control advocates have proposed, it would dramatically and dangerously simplify an adversary's targeting calculus. The US would be reducing more than 500 distinct American-based nuclear-related targets -- including 450 Minuteman silos and 48 launch control centers spread across five American states -- down to only five continental US targets -- three USAF bomber bases, and two submarines bases -- and only roughly 10 targets if US submarines at sea were included.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 12:42

Is Israel Planning to Seize the Middle East?

Mar 19 12:33

US Unable to Down Advanced Russian Missiles - STRATCOM Chief

In his Federal Assembly address last March, President Vladimir Putin for the first time unveiled an array of advanced Russian weapons, including the Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drone torpedo, an intercontinental cruise missile and a hyper-sonic nuclear warhead.

The United States will have problems containing state-of-the-art Russian missiles in the future, which is why it is necessary to extend the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) so that it covers such weaponry, General John Hyten, head of the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

Mar 19 09:09

‘NATO solidarity clause is called Article 5, not article F-35’ – French defense minister

Europe must move away from full dependency on American weapon supplies, the French defense minister stressed, slamming President Donald Trump’s “conditional” approach towards NATO and his European allies.

Expressing concern that Trump’s idea of NATO’s solidarity is “conditional on allies buying this or that equipment,” the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, wondered if the US commitment to the military block will continue to be “perennial.”

The alliance should be unconditional, otherwise, it is not an alliance. NATO’s solidarity clause is called Article 5, not article F-35.

Mar 18 13:44

"A Massive War On Autopilot" - US Airstrikes Surge In Secret War In Somalia

With so many little wars to keep track of, you probably haven’t noticed that the US has quietly been increasing its airstrikes against targets in Somalia.

Mar 18 10:17

US Military Now Planning To Keep 1,000 Troops On The Ground In Syria

President Trump ordered complete US withdrawal in December; in February he said 200 would remain; and now...

The US military is now making plans to keep almost 1,000 troops in Syria, officials said, a shift that comes three months after President Donald Trump ordered a complete withdrawal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing unidentified US officials.

Talks with Turkey, European allies and US-backed Kurdish fighters have so far failed to secure an agreement to create a safe zone in northeastern Syria, part of Trump’s plan for leaving Syria, the Journal said.

The US now plans to keep working with Kurdish fighters in Syria despite Turkish threats to cross the border and attack the Kurds, the US officials said. The proposal may keep as many as 1,000 American forces, spread from the north of Syria to the south, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More proof, if anyone needed it, that President Trump is not at all in charge of US foreign policy when it comes to Syria.

Mar 18 09:01

The Army Is Rebuilding its Ammunition Stores for the Next Fight

The head of Army Materiel Command said recently that he is putting a high priority on munitions readiness to make sure Army units are prepared for the next war.

"This means having the right munitions – small-caliber to precision munitions – where we need them at the right time and the right place," Gen. Gus Perna told an audience at a March 14 Association of the United States Army event. "That means we must first ensure that the capability we have here in [the U.S.] can receive, store and issue munitions in a timely, effective manner."

Perna's comments come at a time when the Army continues to replenish its ammunition stocks as it prepares to face an equally formidable foe such as Russia or China on the battlefield.

Mar 18 09:01

Air Force Asks for 4,400 More Airmen, New F-15EX Fighter in Budget Request

The U.S. Air Force is hoping to grow its total force by 4,400 airmen, add a new fighter to its inventory, and pump more money into weapon sustainment and ongoing research programs, such as the B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber project, according to the service's fiscal 2020 budget request.

As anticipated, the Air Force will officially ask to fund eight brand-new F-15EX fourth-plus generation fighters at a cost of $1.05 billion to gradually begin replacing its older F-15C/D Eagle fleet, the budget documents reveal. Service officials recently disclosed the Air Force needs to boost its fighter inventory, but it had not expected to do so with an F-15X variant.

Mar 18 08:42

10,000 troops from 13 countries arrive in the UK for major exercise

More than 10,000 military personnel, 35 warships, 5 submarines and 59 aircraft and helicopters from 13 countries will take part in Exercise Joint Warrior until 11 April.

The aim of Joint Warrior is to allow the UK’s Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and their allies to conduct joint operations involving different forces and units and against a range of current and future threats.

Mar 18 08:40

Gary Sinise Puts Liberal Hollywood To Shame By Revealing Why It’s Important To Honor Veterans

Hollywood star Gary Sinise just opened up about why he has devoted so much of his time to helping veterans, and to lament the fact that many of his peers in the entertainment industry have politicized honoring the military.

Sinise has helped thousands of war veterans through The Gary Sinise Foundation, and he just told TIME that he does not see helping the military as a partisan matter.

“How have our defenders become a political issue? They defend us all. They are us all,” said the Forrest Gump star. “There are Democrats who serve our country, there are Republicans who serve our country.”

Mar 18 08:15

Uncle Sam Sent Me to Rehab for PTSD

I arrived an absolute mess; most of us did. Bloated cheeks, sunken eyes, wearing my PTSD and depression on every inch of my face. I can’t say I really wanted to be there, even if I had volunteered. Ironic, wasn’t it?

This, a civilian treatment facility in nowhere, Arizona, was to be my last official duty as an officer in the U.S. Army – an ignominious end to a once-bright career. Still, the truth is I needed it: After several years of treatment for post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety, I wasn’t getting any better. The Army saw it and decided to retire me a few years early. Over the last year, my life ran off the rails – self medicating, spiraling, the standard drill for a broken vet.

Mar 18 08:09

Watch out, Putin! Huge American B-52s that can carry nuclear weapons land at RAF base as part of largest US bomber deployment to the UK since Iraq war

This is the incredible moment enormous American B-52 bombers land at a RAF base in the largest US bomber deployment to the UK since the Iraq war.

Amazing photos and video footage have captured the impressive US planes landing at RAF Fairford, in Gloucestershire, their new temporary base.

Their arrival on Thursday and Friday came ahead of a NATO exercise in Georgia, which will be a show of force against Vladimir Putin's neighbouring Russia - though it is unclear if the B-52s will be involved.

Mar 17 10:15

Acting Pentagon Chief Used F-Word to Slam F-35 Programme – Report

With its estimated programme cost of $1.5 trillion, the fifth-generation stealth combat jet has faced a spate of costly setbacks over the past few years. In October 2018, the US even temporarily grounded its entire fleet of F-35s following a crash.

During high-level Pentagon meetings, acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan harshly criticised Lockheed Martin's F-35 fifth-generation fighter jet programme, using an expletive to describe the fighter, an ex-Defence Department official was quoted by Politico as saying.

According to the former official, Shanahan called the warplane "f***ed up", claiming that Lockheed "doesn't know how to run a programme" and that "if it had gone to Boeing, it would be done much better".

Mar 17 09:53

US Sends Six Nuclear Bombers To Europe

Two US strategic bomber B-52H Stratofortress have, earlier today, arrived at Fairford Air Force Base in the UK. Aircraft DRYER91 and DRYER92 took off from Barksdale air base in Louisiana and landed in the morning at a British airfield, according to the data from the following source:

In addition, three more American B-52 bomber with the callsign STRAY81, STRAY82, STRAY83 and one B-52H with the call sign CLIP91 were transferred to the UK in the last two days. Thus, according to the information of the source, the USA transferred six nuclear bombers to Fairford. This should raise some concerns.

Mar 17 09:36

US airstrikes increase in a secret, secret war in Somalia, and no one’s paying attention

With so many little wars to keep track of, you probably haven’t noticed that the US has quietly been increasing its airstrikes against targets in Somalia. It seems few people in Washington have either.

In recent months, dozens of Al-Shabaab terrorist suspects have been killed by American drones and planes in Somalia, reportedly thanks to a surplus becoming available from Syria. However, in a familiar pattern, the US military has denied any civilians were harmed, while locals and aid agencies deny that denial.

A former US ambassador to Somalia told the New York Times: “It could be there is some well-thought-out strategy behind all of this, but I really doubt it.”

Mar 16 19:32

Responding to Feminist Slogans | Redonkulas.com

Nudity and Profanity!
Terrence Popp
Published on Mar 15, 2019
People actually used their thinking meat to come up with this shit.

Mar 16 09:51

U.S. AIR FORCE NUCLEAR-CAPABLE BOMBERS HEAD TO EUROPE

The U.S. has sent nuclear-capable Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers to the United Kingdom for strategic missions in Europe.

A "Bomber Task Force" arrived at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford on Thursday from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, U.S. Air Forces Europe-Africa (USAFE) said in a press release.

"The deployment also includes joint and allied training in the U.S. European Command theater to improve bomber interoperability. Training with joint partners, allied nations and other U.S. Air Force units contributes to our ready and postured forces and enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges," the statement read.

According to Gloucestershire Live, two B-52s arrived at RAF Fairford on Thursday with more expected Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question I would have on this deployment, is why now?!?

Mar 16 09:48

TOP US GENERAL SUPPORTS PRE-EMPTIVE NUCLEAR FIRST STRIKE

With the world’s largest, most destructive arsenal of nuclear weapons, the United States poses an enormous risk not just to peace, but to the survival of much of the human race. That’s only a problem, of course, if the US starts using that arsenal.

Which is where formal US nuclear doctrine would come in. There have been debates for decades on whether the US should adopt a “no first use” policy, officially ruling out the idea that the US would launch a nuclear attack without first being attacked with a nuclear weapon.

Morally, this ought to be obvious, but every attempt to adopt such a policy has been opposed, with Joint Chiefs commander Gen. Joe Dunford the latest to come out against the idea, saying promising not to nuke other nations in a first strike would “simplify an adversary’s decision-making.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the problem, of course, is that Dunford was unable to articulate those scenarios, where this should be "OK" for a US President to command to have done.

There has to be a very clear articulation of when the US would be justified in doing so; that did not happen, in General Dunford's statements.

Mar 16 09:20

US General Supports ‘First Nuclear Strike’ Policy

Washington’s new nuclear doctrine, which was announced on 2 February, outlines that President Trump, just like predecessor Barack Obama, would consider using nuclear weapons only in “extreme circumstances”. The Nuclear Posture Review also allows the US to strike first in a preemptive move.

General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has warned against changing the current US military policy which allows the country to be the first to use nuclear weapons during a possible conflict with an adversary.

Speaking at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Dunford said that he “absolutely” believes that “the current policy is the right policy”.

Mar 16 09:13

Backpack-Sized Robots on Their Way to Army Units

The U.S. Army recently awarded QinetiQ North America a contract worth up to $152 million for special robots that are light enough to be carried in a backpack into combat.

The Common Robotic System Individual, or CRS (I), is the Army's first "small-sized" robotic program of record, according to a recent press release from the service's Maneuver Capability Development Integration Directorate at Fort Benning, Georgia.

"CRS (I) is a remotely operated, highly mobile, unmanned ground vehicle that is light enough for a dismounted soldier to carry in a backpack," the release states.

Mar 16 09:09

Growing Signs of US Military Planning in Venezuela

Of course, officials are always keen to talk up attacking various nations, and that they are giving that impression now doesn’t mean an invasion is imminent. Rather, the US seems interested in giving that impression.

Still, concern about this is real, enough so that the House Foreign Affairs Committee is looking to prohibit the White House from attacking Venezuela without Congressional approval. The administration clearly hoped to force a regime change in Venezuela just through threats and rhetoric, but with that looking less and less likely to work, the talk of a war is only going to grow.

Mar 16 08:42

Australia to launch 7-nation Indian Ocean military exercises, starting in Sri Lanka

Australia will launch a seven-nation Indian Ocean military exercise next week. It will start in Sri Lanka where China has invested in strategic ports and loaned huge amounts to build other infrastructure, AFP reports. Some 1,000 Australian security personnel in four naval ships and a military aircraft will participate in the biggest joint exercise yet with their Sri Lankan counterparts, Canberra’s top envoy in Colombo, Jon Philp, said on Friday.

Mar 15 16:21

Pompeo Tells Senators They Don't "Truly Care About Yemeni Lives" After Vote

This week the Senate voted to cease and desist US military cooperation with allies Saudi Arabia and UAE in waging the war in Yemen, which according to the United Nations has created one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent history. The Wednesday vote was was 54 to 46, including seven Republicans voting with the Democrats.

The “war powers” legislation has been widely seen as a direct rebuke of Trump's foreign policy amid broader pushback over his defense of Saudi Arabia in the wake of last year's Jamal Khashoggi killing at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. The invocation of the War Powers Act of 1973 expressly prohibits US military action not previously approved by Congress.

A House vote is expected soon, which would require President Trump to immediately withdraw American military support from the Saudi-led coalition. Trump said in December he would veto the Senate resolution if it ever reached his desk, which now appears likely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary Pompeo, I am sorry, but you just jumped the shark, with these accusations against Congress.

IT is the US government who considers every dead infant, child, woman, or medically fragile person "collateral damage here, and there is utterly no way to describe what is happening, as anything less than genocide, coupled with the US/Saudi commission of war crimes.

Secretary, please understand something here; many of my brother and sister Americans understand what is going on , and condemn it, but feel that they have no real voice in this issue.

And that is something, sir, I would suggest that you think about as the 2020 Presidential race comes into.

There is one aspect to President Trump's administration that concerns me greatly, so there is a question I need to ask; why does he seem at his greatest comfort level, when he is around bullies?

His BFFs in the Middle East are the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza,and Bibi Netanyahu; and the people with whom he surrounds himself,, are also bullies, sir, and the hard reality is, John Bolton, apparently never saw a potential war you didn't want the US to fight.

Right now, our military is suffering from very short staffing; the weaponry they get from your "good Buds" in the military/industrial complex, is shoddy, sometimes obsolete upon delivery; and the cost over-estimates are wicked.

What's wrong with this picture, Secretary Pompeo?!?

Everything, sir.

Mar 15 12:52

Johnstone: "BREAKING - Everyone Who Opposes War Is A Russian Anti-Semite"

In order to appease the internet censors, today’s Caitlin Johnstone article has been replaced with a breaking report from the National News Conglomerate. NNC: Obey.

Washington, D.C. (NNC)? - ?Following the publication of the results of a groundbreaking new study this week, experts are now reporting that every single person who questions western military interventionism is both an antisemitic bigot and a Russian national.

Research analyst Les Overton is a senior fellow at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Democracy (ASPCD), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank whose motives we can only assume are perfectly truthful and unbiased. He told NNC that the ASPCD’s research clearly shows that the rate of correlation between an individual opposing western foreign policy, harboring a virulent hatred of Jewish people, and being a citizen of the Russian Federation is “at least a hundred percent, if not more.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; were they "push polling", where if you look at the breadth and depth of a particular zip code to get precisely the answers they want, or are they polling the criminally insane.

I for one, as a Christian Pacifist activist, refuse to be labeled by people who utterly do NOT have any respect for the American people, and are most likely owned by the military/industrial complex

Mar 15 11:49

US AIRSTRIKE WIPES OUT ALLIED AFGHAN BASE IN 'FRIENDLY FIRE' INCIDENT

In the latest bizarre story to come out of the US "endless war" in Afghanistan, American warplanes obliterated an allied Afghan military post in an act of "self defense" on Wednesday.

The incident took place in the tribal Uruzgan province of south-central Afghanistan and reportedly began when a joint convoy of US troops and Afghan Special Forces came under fire by another unit of Afghan ground troops in what appears a major instance of accidental friendly fire resulting in a devastating two dozen total casualties on the Afghan side.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a "Jean Luc Picard "facepalm", at warp speed, upon reading this; why, in the name of heaven, has our military, on both the intelligence and operations levels, devolved to "the gang that can't shoot straight"?!?!

This is absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Mar 15 10:18

US Agents Offer Cash to Engineer to Wreck Tehran Power Grid

The US spying services have sought to sabotage and take down the power grid of the Iranian capital through an Iranian-American engineer, a journalist disclosed on Thursday, adding that the anti-Tehran plot is now being operational in Venezuela.

Middle East commentator and analyst Sharmine Narwani, a former senior associate at Oxford University, sent letters to news outlets revealing that an Iranian-American engineer was offered money by US officials to conduct a sabotage mission targeting the power grid of Tehran.

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Mar 15 10:17

US ANNOUNCES MORE SUPPORT FOR ‘HEROIC’ WHITE HELMETS IN SYRIA

The Trump administration is doubling down on backing the White Helmets, the self-proclaimed civil defense group with often controversial activity in militant-held areas of Syria, pledging a $5 million donation at a conference.
The contribution was announced by ambassador James Jeffrey, US special envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) coalition, at the third Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, held in Brussels.

The $5 million will fund both the “vital, life-saving operations” by the White Helmets and the work of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), a UN body created in late 2016 to investigate – but not prosecute – alleged atrocities in Syria after 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has President Trump just completely lost his mind, or was he just "not privy" to this decision?!? The world knows that this is a terror organisation, funded and supplied by the US and UK. The evidence here, is clear, incontrovertible, and compelling.

Syrian government lambasts evacuation of White Helmets as 'criminal'

Are the White Helmets terrorists?

White Helmets are Terrorist Auxiliaries

Further extensive of direct collusion between the White Helmets, and Islamic Terrorist Groups

Are White Helmets Terroists?

videos: the White Helmets are terrorists

James Jeffrey and Robert Paladino, do you seriously believe that thinking Americans can neither read, or reason?!? Gentlemen, what the hell is going on here?!?

I am utterly disgusted with both of you, aS this is a continuation of the narrative which has broken down a zillion times, in evaluating the actions of this group.

There is a very solid reason why President Trump has not pulled completely out of Syria, as he told the American people he would; and I do not know under what guise, or cover, he is working, and why they are still there, but they are.

So one has to wonder; are us troops going to be the "sacrificial lambs" for a phoney "false flag" (possibly executed by the White Helmets) which to blame on Hezbollah, or Iran, as the "excuse/justification" for going into Syria, and potentially, Iran, with a full force militarily decap strike?!?

Mar 15 09:24

Media Matters Wants Tucker Carlson Fired Because he is against Bombing Foreigners

Media Matters’ mantra:
Democrat drones may break foreign bones, but conservative words forever hurt me.

Failed Clinton operative David Brock and his hate group Media Fecal Matters want Tucker Carlson fired because he’s the only cable news anchor against bombing foreigners. They recently put out a desperate hit piece on Carlson recycling decade plus-old clips of him on Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show. The clips contain a smattering of out-of-context satirical points and hot takes on culture topics—standard, vanilla comedy radio banter. However, no crude remark made by Carlson compares to the vulgar, relentless barbarity David Brock’s Media Matters has promoted in media for decades. While Carlson may have made flippant and poor taste comments, Media Matters wants a world where millions of people of color overseas have no news anchor on nightly news making the case against our interventions and sanctions of their homelands.

Mar 15 09:10

From Coup D’etats to Soft Power: Dissecting Washington’s Color Revolution Techniques

As it’s been pointed out by a number of prominent statisticians, over the last hundred years Washington has interfered in the internal affairs of at least 50 countries for a total of 130 individual cases. As for the last three decades, there have been more than 40 instances of such interference, including cases of elections meddling and fraud, coup d’etats and attempts to trigger armed conflicts. To be more specific, the American alternative media site AlterNet managed to establish 80 instances of Western interference over the period from 1953 to the present day.

This basically means Washington won’t think twice when it sees an opportunity to bring a government down, imposing its will on other countries through all sorts of non-profit organizations and intelligence agencies with the latter acting with diplomatic immunity. These days, pretty much across the globe it’s a running joke that there will never be a coup d’etat in Washington as there’s no US embassy there.

Mar 15 09:00

NUCLEAR FIRST STRIKE: Russian Senator Exposes U.S Military-Industrial Complex Motives For Destabilizing First Strike Policy

First deputy chairman of the defense committee of the State Duma, Andrei Krasov, explained to Russian media – and through FRN, to the Anglophoe world – why the US maintains a nuclear first strike policy. According to the Russian senator, the policy of a preemptive nuclear strike by the United States is not beneficial to American society, but to the US military’s defense industry. Krasov made his comments in the aftermath of disturbing comments made from

Yesterday on March 14th, low-functioning psychopath and war-criminal for hire, General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of the US Armed Forces, said that Washington should not abandon the policy of delivering a preemptive nuclear strike, since this option forces the enemy to make informed decisions.

Mar 15 08:43

How the Concentration of Wealth is Driving a New Global Imperialism

The global 1%, comprised of over 36-million millionaires and 2,400 billionaires, employ their excess capital with investment management firms like BlackRock and J.P Morgan Chase. The top seventeen of these trillion-dollar investment management firms controlled $41.1 trillion dollars in 2017. These firms are all directly invested in each other and managed by only 199 people who decide how and where global capital will be invested. Their biggest problem is they have more capital than there are safe investment opportunities, which leads to risky speculative investments, increased war spending, privatization of the public domain, and pressures to open new capital investment opportunities through political regime changes.

Mar 15 08:38

The U.S. Navy Wants To Build a “Ghost Fleet” of Drone Warships

The U.S. Navy plans to buy ten new warships over the next five years that won't carry any sailors.

These drone ships are designed to carry sensors and weapons. Measuring up to 300 feet long and displacing 2,000 tons, the vessels are meant to extend the sensor range of fleets at sea. The ships will also likely carry weapons, giving the fleet greater firepower and an asset commanders won’t hesitate to send on the most dangerous missions, since that won't mean endangering the lives of sailors.

Mar 14 10:25

ERIK PRINCE STILL WANTS BLACKWATER TO REPLACE U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN

When the idea of replacing U.S. troops in Aghanistan with mercenaries was first proposed Defense Secretary James Mattis said, rather generously, that “it was not a wise idea.”

Mar 14 09:32

All Wars are Bankers Wars – A History of the Rothschilds

“If my sons did not want wars, there would be none” -- Gutle Schnaper Rothschild

WHEN I LOOKED UP THIS QUOTE I CAME UPON THIS AMAZING LINK WHICH FOR SOME REASON I WAS UNABLE TO COPY & PASTE. I’D JUST LIKE TO SAY EVERYTHING WRITTEN HERE IS TAKEN FROM THIS LINK. THERE’S A WEALTH OF INFORMATION HERE INCLUDING REFERENCES & SOURCES AT THE END. I DECIDED TO TRANSFER IT AS BEST AS I COULD BECAUSE MANY OF THE VIDEOS & LINKS HAVE SADLY BEEN TAKEN DOWN. I OMITTED WHAT DID NOT WORK. THE VIDEO BELOW IS BY ANTHONY J. HILDER. I PRESUME THIS HAS ALL BEEN PUT TOGETHER BY HIM. SHOULD ANYONE KNOW ANY DIFFERENT PLEASE INFORM ME.

Mar 14 09:12

US warship quarantined at sea due to virus outbreak

A US warship has essentially been quarantined at sea for over two months and has been unable to make a port call due to an outbreak of a viral infection similar to mumps.

Twenty-five sailors and Marines aboard the USS Fort McHenry amphibious warship have been diagnosed with parotitis, which causes symptoms similar to mumps, according to US military officials.

Until CNN asked about the incident, the US military had not disclosed it. The illness first broke out in December, with the most recent case being reported on March 9.

Mar 14 08:57

Colbert Smears Tulsi Gabbard To Her Face While Telling Zero Jokes

Normally when a Democratic Party-aligned politician appears on such a show, you can expect jokes about how stupid Trump is and how badly they’re going to beat the Republicans, how they’re going to help ordinary Americans, and maybe some friendly back-and-forth about where they grew up or something. Colbert had no time to waste on such things, however, because this was not an interview with a normal Democratic Party-aligned politician: this was a politician who has been loudly and consistently criticizing US foreign policy.

Mar 14 08:51

‘Influencing human behavior’: UK MoD-funded psychological research project leaked

The UK Defense Ministry is actively looking for a contractor for its new psychological research, which is allegedly aimed at boosting troops’ performance and well-being. Some details of the project are quite unnerving, though.

Mar 14 08:46

We are being lied into war again – Lee Camp

I was 23 when we invaded Iraq, and I wasn’t sure it was based on lies, but something deep down in me told me it was based on lies. Kinda like if your blind date shows up and you notice he has a 2004 flip phone.
It seems vaguely worrisome, and no explanation he can haltingly supply will put you at ease. Plus, anyone else who acts like it’s normal also becomes suspect.

The invasion of Iraq just felt like it was a lie to me. And it turned out that I was right, that it was a lie, and that the entirety of the mainstream media and our government were either wrong or lying and, most of the time, both.

Now our government and our media are trying their damnedest to lie us into another war, this one with Venezuela. They tell us the Venezuelan people are desperate for necessities like toothpaste, while independent journalists show piles of affordable toothpaste in Caracas.

Mar 14 08:25

The Coming War On China

Thom talks with author and filmmaker John Pilger about his new documentary “The Coming War On China” and the military escalation that could lead World War III.

Mar 13 20:11

58,000 Dog Tags That Commemorates Soldiers Who Died in the Vietnam War Is A Grim Reality Of The Price Of War

CHICAGO – A massive memorial to the soldiers who died in the Vietnam War has been on display at the Harold Washington Library since February 20, 2016 and will continue until April 15, 2020.

The massive memorial is an art exhibit called Above and Beyond, which features a memorial 58,307 replica dog tags hanging from  a 410-square-foot rectangle ceiling,  honoring those who died in the war.

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