IRAQ

Nov 22 06:37

Will the Iran Deal-Wreckers Prevail?

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

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

Nov 21 23:21

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 21 22:19

Moment of Truth — Iran and Obama

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

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

Nov 21 13:38

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

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

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

Nov 21 12:26

Is The US re-creating the Dark Age in history, and if so is it intentional?

There is a disturbing footprint of US foreign policy in the Middle East, and one must wonder exactly what is the intent of US foreign policy. Let us start with Iraq. Why did we invade Iraq? Was it because they had WMD? Even though that was the pretext, we now know, or at least of those who can think and reason, know full well that was all a lie. Some still argue it was not a lie but bad intelligence, but if that is the case who was held accountable for the "bad intelligence"?

Nov 21 10:34

US Never Intended to Defeat ISIS

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

Nov 21 09:16

UN resolution on Iran mockery of justice

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

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

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

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

Nov 21 08:31

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 20 10:25

The Leak That Almost Stopped the Iraq War

I felt it was explosive, it really made me angry when I read it. … I genuinely hoped that the information would strengthen the people’s voice. … It could derail the entire process for war.” So said Katharine Gun recently when asked about information she leaked shortly before the invasion of Iraq.

Nov 20 08:40

Europe Veering From US Abyss Over Russia?

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

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

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

Nov 20 07:27

Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization

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

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

Nov 18 19:04

Updating JFK In Berlin: “Ich Bin Ein Palestinian”

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

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

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

Nov 18 19:01

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia

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

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

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

Nov 18 12:43

War Criminal Tony Blair shown Iraq inquiry findings prior to public release

Letters containing in-depth conclusions of a public inquiry into Britain’s 2003 Iraq War have been dispatched to the probe’s primary participants. Critics charge that the brutal eight-year war divided Britain and blackened Tony Blair’s legacy.

Under UK law, any individual that faces criticism in a public inquiry must be issued with an official letter warning them of allegations in its findings. They are subsequently then permitted to rebut and counter unsavory or unsatisfactory findings.

Nov 18 08:47

Iraqi Intelligence: USA Is Supplying ISIS with Weapons, Food

In a report that has gone virtually unnoticed and been ignored by the mainstream media, Iraqi intelligence sources have claimed that the US is actively and intentionally supplying ISIS terrorists with resources including sophisticated weapons.

Asia News Agency and Fars News Agency report that Iraqi forces have uncovered information that has lead them to believe the US is aidropping weapons and foodstuffs under the guise of air raids on militants’ positions.

Nov 17 16:02

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

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

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

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

Nov 17 08:25

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

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

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Here's your rifle, Benjamin...

Nov 17 06:33

Hagel to Consider Ground Troops in Iraq

In comments over the weekend, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel conceded that he is going to have to “consider” the deployment of ground troops to Iraq, though he reiterated that they would not be “combat troops.”

The distinction is increasingly ill-defined, as there are in point of fact already some 3,000 US ground troops in Iraq, and some of them are already on the front lines in the Anbar Province in an “advisory” capacity.

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Nov 16 12:28

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

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

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

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Nov 16 09:57

Top U.S. General makes unannounced trip to Iraq

GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY TO ASSESS US-LED STRIKES AGAINST ISIS AS MILITARY PRESENCE GROWS

Nov 16 08:46

‘Russia uses language Washington understands’

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

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

Nov 16 08:43

Cameron the Euro Demagogue Creates Own Nightmare

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

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

Nov 16 07:01

Looming US Ground Wars in Iraq and Syria

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 15 12:43

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

The Walls of Freedom and the Walls of Prison

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

Nov 15 12:36

‘Russia uses language Washington understands’

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

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

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

Nov 15 08:32

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 14 16:43

Time to Learn the Lessons of Failed U.S. Wars

As a Vietnam era veteran, I paid close attention to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Veterans Day speech, delivered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Secretary Hagel, a Vietnam combat veteran, declared that we must learn the lessons of past wars, and not commit U.S. troops to unpopular, unwinnable conflicts. He purportedly referred to the Vietnam War, but he could just as easily have been describing the U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nov 14 13:05

Obama Slammed for Iran Outreach

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

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

Nov 14 06:12

Pentagon reconsidering ground troops as Islamic State, al Qaeda join forces

President Obama’s top military advisers revealed Thursday that the administration is rethinking whether to deploy combat ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State, as signs emerged that the terrorist group may be setting aside its differences and is working with al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria — the Nusra Front — to attack U.S.-backed rebels in the region.

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Okay, so let me get this straight. The US creates and funds two phony opposition groups who then go rogue, unite, and join the Iraqi people to kick the US puppet regime out of Baghdad, and after a flustercluck like that you expect us to pour what is left of our money and children into a third invasion of Iraq?

I don't think so.

Nov 14 05:40

Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Tells Congress Considering Boots-On-The-Ground In Iraq

Despite President Obama's "promise" that there would be no combat troop boots-on-the-ground in the fight against ISIS in Iraq (and his doubling of 'military advisor' troop levels last week), The Guardian reports that General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, indicated to the House of Representatives armed services committee that the strength of ISIS relative to the Iraqi army may be such that he would recommend abandoning Obama’s oft-repeated pledge against returning US ground troops to combat in Iraq. Dempsey added, rather uncomfortably, that "we're going to need about 80,000 competent Iraqi security forces to recapture territory lost, and eventually the city of Mosul, to restore the border." The irony of this is that the 'not-dead' leader of ISIS al-Baghdadi spoke today and exclaimed that the US will be soon compelled to come on the ground to fight his group.

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Imagine my (absolute absence of) surprise here!!

Nov 13 15:44

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

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

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

Nov 13 10:00

When will US admit Boots on Ground in Iraq (3000 Troops)?

President Obama’s announcement that he will send 1500 more troops to Iraq was made on a Friday, a day usually reserved in Washington for the release of bad or embarrassing news that officials hope won’t still be fresh enough for Monday’s newspapers and so will quietly sink.

Nov 13 09:56

CNN plummets to lowest ratings in 23 years

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

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

Nov 13 09:48

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

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

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

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

Nov 13 07:55

Tomas Young, Rest in Peace

There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the United States as of last June, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometime last Sunday or Monday, hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died at home in Seattle, with his wife by his side. He was one of many soldiers who were sent to Iraq and were grievously injured there.

Nov 12 12:55

The Berlin Wall Just Another Brick in The Wall

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

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

Nov 12 10:27

UN Says 13.6 Million Displaced By Wars In Iraq And Syria

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 12 07:51

Even The Troops Are Waking Up

Nov 12 07:32

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

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

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

Nov 11 13:22

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

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

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

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

Nov 11 10:11

Islamic state crisis: US troops sent into Iraq's Anbar

US forces left Iraq in 2011, but President Barack Obama said last week he was sending 1,500 as advisers.

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"Advisers." That is how Vietnam started!

Nov 11 08:50

Another Fake Bin Laden Story — Paul Craig Roberts

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

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

What unbelievable nonsense.

Nov 11 07:11

Iraq War Veteran, Outspoken War Critic Tomas Young Dead at 34

Iraq war veteran and outspoken Iraq war critic Tomas Young has died at the age of 34.

Democracy Now! reported his death Monday, the eve of Veterans Day.

Young enlisted in the Army following the September 11 attacks, volunteering to go to Afghanistan. He was sent to Iraq, and was left paralyzed by a bullet on the fifth day of his deployment. In 2008, he explained that "many of us volunteered with patriotic feelings in our heart, only to see them subverted and bastardized by the administration and sent into the wrong country."

Nov 11 05:38

The endgame of the US ‘Islamic State’ strategy

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

Nov 10 16:22

Now ISIS wants to introduce its own currency: Plans to bring back solid gold and silver dinar coins announced in Iraqi mosques

ISIS wants to introduce its own currency and plans to bring back solid gold and silver dinar coins, it has emerged.

The Middle East terror group apparently wants to introduce its own Islamic currency as part of its attempts to solidify its makeshift caliphate.

Nov 10 12:10

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

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

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

Nov 10 12:03

Will the blackmail of British Jewish funders backfire?

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 10 11:57

Discovering Iran — Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

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

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

Nov 10 11:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 10 10:21

What Could Possibly Go Right? Four Months Into Iraq War 3.0, the Cracks Are Showing

Karl von Clausewitz, the famed Prussian military thinker, is best known for his aphorism “War is the continuation of state policy by other means.” But what happens to a war in the absence of coherent state policy?

Actually, we now know. Washington’s Iraq War 3.0, Operation Inherent Resolve, is what happens. In its early stages, I asked sarcastically, “What could possibly go wrong?” As the mission enters its fourth month, the answer to that question is already grimly clear: just about everything. It may be time to ask, in all seriousness: What could possibly go right?

Nov 10 08:57

ISIS is America's Dream Rebel Army

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

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

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

Nov 10 08:43

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

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

Nov 10 08:36

ISIL leader injured in US-led airstrikes in Iraq

Iraqi Interior Ministry has confirmed that the leader of the ISIL Takfiri group, Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been injured in the latest airstrikes by the US-led coalition.

Nov 10 08:16

ISIS selling oil as low as $20 per barrel

Islamic State militants, who have seized oil fields and refineries in Kirkuk province in the north of Iraq, are selling the hijacked oil on the black market for a price as low as US $20 per barrel, according to the country's Finance Ministry.

Nov 10 08:14

When Will US Admit Boots on Ground in Iraq (3000 Troops)?

President Obama’s announcement that he will send 1500 more troops to Iraq was made on a Friday, a day usually reserved in Washington for the release of bad or embarrassing news that officials hope won’t still be fresh enough for Monday’s newspapers and so will quietly sink.

That these troops will be sent with Iraq soldiers to al-Anbar Province belies the administration’s repeated denial that it will put boots on the ground. There will soon be 3000 US troops in Iraq. They will be at the scene of battles, embedded with Iraqi units (apparently in the hope that the Iraqi troops will be too embarrassed to run away en masse again in front of foreign guests).

Nov 09 21:47

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

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

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

Nov 09 21:44

Kiev Recalls Geneva Only to Erase Minsk

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

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

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

Nov 09 21:41

Lavrov v. Kerry in Beijing

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

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

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

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Nov 09 21:36

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

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

Nov 09 11:51

911 – Israel Calling John Hamer/Chris Spivey/The Chimp

“September 11, 2001 served as pretext to consolidate power, destroy civil liberties and human rights and wage permanent wars against invented enemies for global dominance over world markets, resources, and cheap labour – notably at home and throughout Eurasia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia at the expense of democratic freedoms and social justice.” Stephen Lendman, ‘The Business of America is War’, June 2011

In mid-2000, the now sadly deceased film-maker Aaron Russo was invited to meet the Zionist Nicholas Rockefeller, an invitation which he accepted and they quickly became friends. After a few meetings, Rockefeller confided in Russo that ‘next year there is going to be an event’.

When Russo quizzed him about this ‘event’, Rockefeller told him that this event would give America and its allies an excuse to invade Iraq and Afghanistan in order that they could construct pipelines through to the Caspian Sea and also to take over the Iraqi oil fields and also that the ‘bogeyman’ Osama bin Laden would be blamed.

This then he said, would lead to soldiers looking for non-existent enemies in caves in Afghanistan and Pakistan and that there would be an endless ‘war on terror where there is no real enemy and the whole thing is a gigantic hoax’. It would also lead to further stringent restrictions and controls over the American people which they would accept for their own ‘safety’.

http://chrisspivey.org/911-israel-calling/

Nov 07 15:38

US to send 1,500 additional troops to Iraq

The U.S. is going to deploy an additional 1,500 troops to Iraq in a bid to ramp up its efforts to train and assist Iraqi forces.

Nov 07 14:25

Washington moving towards wider war in Iraq and Syria

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

Nov 07 13:55

U.S. Announces 1,500 More Troops Deployed To Iraq

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

On Friday, November 7, it was announced by the Pentagon that U.S. President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 troops to Iraq under the guise of "fighting ISIS."

The Pentagon claims that the troops will not serve in a combat role but in an advisory capacity for the provision of assistance and training to the Iraqi military...

Nov 07 13:31

Obama deploys 1,500 more U.S. troops to Iraq

President Obama is sending up to 1,500 more U.S. military personnel to Iraq to serve as non-combat advisers in the fight against Islamic State terrorists, the White House said Friday.

Nov 07 12:44

Exclusive: U.S. may significantly hike number of troops in Iraq - sources

The U.S. military has drawn up plans to significantly increase the number of American forces in Iraq beyond the current total of around 1,400, as part of the effort to bolster Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State, U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday.

Nov 07 07:19

ISIS: the Useful Enemy

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

Nov 07 06:21

More Than 600 U.S. Troops Reportedly Exposed To Chemical Agents In Iraq

“The New York Times” is reporting that more than 600 U.S. soldiers who served in Iraq since 2003 have said they were exposed to chemical agents there. The number is much higher than the 17 cases the Pentagon previously admitted.

The newspaper has published a series of articles during the past month quoting U.S. troops who described handling an arsenal of deteriorating chemical agents left over from the 1980s.

Some said they were told to stay silent about what they encountered.

Nov 06 16:27

Washington’s Middle East Wars

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

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

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

Nov 06 16:02

Pentagon denies US strategy to defeat Isis jihadists is unravelling

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

Nov 06 10:55

Canada Launches First Air Strikes in Iraq

Canadian CF-18 fighter jets carried out their first bombing mission in Iraq last Sunday, dropping 500-pound, laser-guided bombs on an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) position near Fallujah.

According to Canadian government and military sources, the bombs targeted construction equipment that ISIS was using to divert water from the Euphrates River to assist its military operations. Official spokesmen refused to say if any ISIS fighters were killed in the bombing raid, but claimed that there had been no civilian casualties.

Nov 06 09:14

Prepare for War: Obama Asks Congress for ISIS War Authorization; Republican Hawks Have War Plan Prepared; Clinton-McCain?!

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Prepare for war. Where? Syria, Iraq, Russia, Iran, China, anywhere and everywhere.

Warmonger in chief, senator John McCain wants troops in Syria, arms for Ukraine, an examination of “China’s continued encroachment in the south China Sea”, and an investigation into warming relations with Iran.

McCain is set to take over as head of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Expect the other party of war, the Democrats, to cooperate.

Nov 06 06:26

Obama To Request Authorization for Iraq and Syria War

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

Nov 06 04:22

“When ancient theologies are used for modern political ends…”

The Israeli regime does a first-rate job of demonizing itself by its lawless, brutal conduct…. by taking billions of American taxpayers’ dollars and purchasing weapons of horrific destruction to inflict death and misery on its neighbors. Israelis may not behead innocent Palestinians but they sure as hell butcher them in huge numbers with high-tech weaponry paid for by America, then whine when their victims hit back with whatever unsophisticated devices they can lay hands on…

In a House of Lords debate on the Middle East the other day Lord Risby, who opened proceedings, set the tone and spoke of moving to “a final acceptance of the Palestinian reality”. He reminded the House that he and other Members had written an open letter calling for the formal recognition of Palestine by the United Kingdom.

The former Chief Rabbi in the UK, Lord Sacks, got up and made a speech I found so preposterous that I reproduce it here in full.

Nov 06 04:14

America’s Moribund Democracy a Harbinger of More War

The US mid-term elections, which saw the Republican Party take control of the Senate and extending their hold over the House of Representatives, proves one thing: money can buy an election, but it can’t buy democracy. That indictment of eviscerated democracy in America, however, is a portent of more foreign

Congressional elections this week saw $4 billion being poured into media campaigns – a record high. But even with this largess, the majority of American voters were underwhelmed by what was on offer.

The Republicans may have bought the election results this week – from an embarrassing minority of the US population – but this is far from a mandate.

All in all, the Republican dominance emerging this week in Congress spells a hardening of Washington’s foreign policy – or, more accurately, an even more reckless American militarism riding roughshod over diplomacy and international law.

Nov 05 15:25

Pentagon On Defensive as Iraq and Syria War Strategy Crumbles

Months into waging a new war in Syria and an expanded one in Iraq, the U.S. military is on the public relations defensive following a series of blows to its stated strategy to defeat ISIS.

Jabhat al Nusra, which is allied with al Qaeda, over the weekend took the town and surrounding areas of Deir Sunbul, in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, from the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, which the United States considers a "moderate" ally key to its plan to build a proxy force to fight ISIS. SRF leader Jamal Marouf was forced to flee, and some of his fellow fighters even turned on him. McClatchy reports that the offensive was bolstered with support from ISIS, which could point to a broad coalition.

Nov 05 07:39

UK military personnel to return to Iraq to aid fight against IS

The UK is planning to send military personnel back to Baghdad to help Iraqi forces with their battle against Islamic State (IS).

Trainers will be sent within weeks to work at a US headquarters that has been established in the capital.

Large swathes of Syria and Iraq are currently under the control of IS extremists.

Defence Minister Michael Fallon said the limited mission would not lead to the deployment of combat troops.

Nov 04 11:26

Iraq Inquiry to cost taxpayer £10mn

The Inquiry into the invasion of Iraq in 2003 will cost the taxpayer £10mn, peers have been informed. Ongoing since 2009, the Chilcot Inquiry has already cost £9mn and has faced mounting criticism for its late publication.

In response to questions in the House of Lords, Lord Wallace of Saltaire compared the figure to the £100mn spend on the 1998 Saville Inquiry into the Bloody Sunday shootings in Northern Ireland.

Nov 04 10:43

Are Progressives Finking Out on Foreign Policy?

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

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

Nov 04 08:55

Pentagon Downplays Mounting Losses in Iraq, Syria

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

OF course, THAT... would be logical.

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

Nov 04 07:21

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

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

Nov 04 07:20

Airstrikes not enough to stop ISIL, François Hollande tells Parliament

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

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

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Here's your rifle François...

Nov 04 07:09

Everyday life under ISIS in Fallujah: danger, rage and profit

But while ISIS has alienated some people with its methods, the group has also tried to win others over by providing basic services.

Militants driving trucks with ISIS banners water trees by the roadside. The group employs cleaners to remove garbage from streets with pavements painted to match the group’s black and white flags.

In Fallujah, even the subsidized flour at state shops comes in sacks bearing the logo of ISIS.

Aside from their efforts to run Fallujah like a state, the militants see it as a strategic asset in their drive to redraw the map of the Middle East.

Nov 04 07:02

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

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

Nov 03 13:26

Canadians fall for NWO death-trap

We are being led like sheep into a quagmire here. Harper has absolutely no concern for ordinary Canadians, and certainly doesn’t give a damn about anyone over there in the Middle East (except for his beloved Israeli friends). He does what he is told by Washington and Tel Aviv, dutifully reciting the scripts prepared for him by his neocon puppet-masters.

Gullible Canadians who believe the recent ‘terror’ incidents in Ottawa and Quebec are a defacto justification for our country’s participation in the anti-ISIS coalition in Iraq and Syria aren’t aware of the Machiavellian geopolitical maneuverings that gave birth to ISIS in the first place.

Nov 03 12:25

Islamic State Born of Deteriorating Economic Conditions in Iraq

Poverty and inequality created by the plunder of Iraq's wealth by elites and multinational corporations after the US occupation of Iraq was a great recruiting tool for ISIS, says Professor Sabah Alnasseri of York University's Department of Political Science.

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This is a pattern we have seen repeated by the US in Cuba, Philippines, Iran, Chile, Libya, and some 20 other nations around the world. Overthrow the elected government, install a puppet who allows US interests to loot the nation, driving the people down into abject poverty until they stand up and kick out the puppet, then reassure the American people that the victims of US imperialism only hate us for our freedoms!

Nov 03 08:52

Canadian warplanes launch first airstrike in Iraq

Two CF-18 fighter jets attacked targets in the vicinity of Fallujah, a statement from Defence Minister Rob Nicholson’s office said.

Nov 03 08:42

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

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

Nov 03 08:12

Stupid wars

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

Nov 02 15:56

US officials: Netanyahu is a ‘chickenshit’ & ‘coward’

Goldberg ( for the Atlantic) keeps a running list of all the things US officials have ever called Netanyahu in interviews, and it’s not small. “Aspergery” popped up, among other things. But it is the first time high-ranking officials have expressed their views of the Israeli leader in such a “gloves-off manner.”

US-Israeli relations have sunk to new lows after Obama administration officials were cited calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit” and “coward” engaging in political posturing, instead of efforts at Middle-Eastern de-escalation.

Netanyahu has repeatedly said he will not halt construction of 1,000 new housing units, which are considered illegal under international law, when built beyond the established 1967 ‘green line.’

Nov 02 15:50

Ray McGovern Brutally Arrested at Entrance to David Petraeus speaking event

Ray McGovern was arrested while attempting to attend an event featuring former CIA head General David Petraeus, former right-wing Center for a New American Security president Lt. Col. John Nagl, and neocon foreign policy commentator Max Boot.

Why McGovern was denied entry. Brutalized for trying. Why neocons were featured.

McGovern planned challenging Petraeus the way he questioned former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2006.

Nov 02 15:47

A History Lesson: What ISIS Learned from IRGUN

There is an irony growing out of this conundrum: ISIS in Syria borders the Israeli state; the Islamic State as envisioned by ISIS includes areas designated for Eretz Israel.

A battle of beliefs looms in the mid-East with both sides committed to their respective god given lands, both driven by fanatical believers in the righteousness of their cause, both determined to prevent the other from succeeding.

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Oct 31 08:12

9/11 Was NATO’s License to Expand Globally

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

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

Oct 30 08:32

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

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

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

Bankrupting a nation- debt enslaving it's people

Oct 29 11:37

Operational video of a U.S. airstrike against an empty ISIL logistics base west of Mosul, Iraq Oct. 27

Oct 27 07:34

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

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

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

Oct 24 12:14

US threatens Turkish and Kurdish middlemen in ISIS oil bonanza

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

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

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

Oct 22 13:43

Canadian jihadi says Israeli Jews welcome in ISIS

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 22 11:09

Iraqi Doctors Call Depleted Uranium Use “Genocide”

Contamination from depleted uranium (DU) munitions is causing sharp rises in congenital birth defects, cancer cases and other illnesses throughout much of Iraq, according to numerous Iraqi doctors.

“The world should know that Iraqi people were the victims of the aggression inflicted by the use of DU munitions by the American and British troops during these wars, and this is genocide,” Dr. Jawad al-Ali, a consultant physician and oncologist, told Truthout.

Al-Ali, an expert oncologist at the Basra Cancer Treatment Center, member of the Iraqi Cancer Board and a member of the Basra Cancer Research Group, estimates that there are 300 sites throughout Iraq that are contaminated with radiation from the DU munitions.

He attributes the extreme rates of birth defects in Fallujah to the US use of DU there during its two sieges of the city in 2004.

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Dr. Al-Ali is completely correct to call out the use of DU weapons for what it was in Iraq: genocide.

Oct 22 10:21

ISIS Claims It Hit US Embassy In Baghdad's Green Zone

Oct 22 09:55

Jury convicts four former Blackwater guards for gunning down unarmed Iraqis

A federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty of killing unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle, more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-American sentiment around the world.

The Washington jury found three of the ex-guards with the private security company, Paul Slough, Dustin Heard and Evan Liberty, guilty of voluntary manslaughter. It found a fourth guard, Nicholas Slatten, guilty of murder in connection with the first death at the circle.

In all, the jury found the four former guards guilty on nearly every count related to the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good.

Now, how about charging and convicting that uber-unholy trinity of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld for lying this country into the war against Iraq?!?

Unfortunately, that will only happen when pigs fly.

Oct 22 08:49

Iraqi Kurds to vote on sending forces to Syria

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

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

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

Oct 22 08:25

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

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

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

Oct 20 10:51

BEX ALERT - ISIS returns to its roots with suicide bombing of Baghdad mosque

Arguably the world's most terrifying Islamic terrorist organization appears to be returning to its roots with its latest suicide operation. At least 22 Iraqis were killed and another 25 were wounded in a suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite mosque in Iraq's heavily protected capital city of Baghdad on Sunday evening, according to a police source. The attack is believed to have been the handiwork of the Islamic State, which originally was known as al-Qaida in Irag (AQII).

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This feels like a false-flag operation to mew to promote the "sectarian violence" story to obscure the fact that the people of Iraq are uniting to kick out their US puppet regime.

Oct 20 10:01

Lavrov: Russia supplying weapons to Iraq, Syria

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is absolutely right on this.

Oct 20 09:57

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

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

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

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

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

Oct 20 09:07

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

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

It turns out that the CIA agrees with us.

Oct 18 07:47

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

Oct 17 07:05

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

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

Oct 17 07:04

US Found its own Chemical Weapons in Iraq

The only chemical weapons US forces found in Iraq between 2004 and 2011 were “designed in the United States” and “manufactured in Europe,” according to a new revealing report.

American and Iraqi troops found, and in multiple cases, were injured by aged and degraded stockpiles of chemical weapons in Iraq, a New York Times investigation, published late Tuesday, has found.

However, the report said, the US withheld information about the discoveries as those weapons were manufactured in the 1980s when the US and its allies were actively supplying chemical agents to Saddam Hussein’s regime during the Iraq-Iran war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The attempt by the New York Times to revive the myth of Iraq's WMDs was an act of pure desperation.

Oct 16 08:34

No, There's Still No Evidence There Was an Active WMD Program in Iraq

C.J. Chivers of the New York Times has a long piece today about chemical weapons found in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. A few dead-enders are now gleefully claiming that Bush was right after all. Iraq did have WMD!

This is ridiculous enough that—so far, at least—the savvier wing of the conservative movement is staying mum about the whole thing. There are three main reasons for this. First, most of these weapons were rotting remnants of artillery shells used during the Iraq-Iran war in the 80s and stored at Iraq's Muthanna State Establishment as well as other nearby sites.

Oct 15 06:59

ISIS seizes 3rd largest military base in western Iraq and takes its tanks, heavy weapons and supplies

On Monday Iraqi military sources confirmed the fall of the military base of Hit, which includes a training camp and the base of the seventh division of the Iraqi army, after a major attack of the organization ISIS, using suicide car bombs and rocket-propelled grenades.

The military sources said that “the organization ISIS attacked the army base in Hit, the third largest military bases in western Iraq, from several axes, and carried out a series of suicide attacks on the walls of the base by car bombs, as well as a missile attack lasted about an hour which led to the storming of the base after the withdrawal of the army from it. “

Oct 15 06:44

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

You first!

Oct 15 06:34

US troops DID find chemical weapons in Iraq - but Pentagon kept it secret: Discovery of 5,000 warheads and shells 'was hushed up because they were not weapons of mass destruction'

About 5,000 chemical weapons were recovered or destroyed in Iraq following the 2003 invasion but the Pentagon chose to keep the findings top secret, it has emerged.

An investigation by The New York Times has revealed that U.S. forces happened across the hidden caches of warheads, shells and aviation bombs between 2004 and 2011.

But the information wasn't made public as embarrassingly the weapons, many of which had been built in close collaboration with the West, had been sitting dormant since the 1980s and so didn't support President George W. Bush's rationale for going to war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The New York Times is proclaiming that ISIS now has these weapons and is COMING TO GETCHA! But these weapons are old and so unstable they had to be left where they were stored in Iraq out of concern that anyone trying to move them would be exposed to the chemicals.

Oct 14 08:20

Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK rebels near Iraq

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 07:51

The Obama Administration Has a Kiss-and-Tell Problem

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

Oct 13 10:49

Joint Chiefs Chairman: Ground Role for Troops in Iraq Likely

Though the civilian leadership in the Obama Administration is continuing to insist that they’ve ruled out a ground war in Iraq, top Pentagon brass continue to indicate the exact opposite.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey today said his “instinct at this point” is that the war will eventually require the “advisers,” US ground troops sent to Iraq, will have to engage in ground combat, particularly in the push to retake the major city of Mosul.

Gen. Dempsey went on to say that ISIS is successfully blending in to the Sunni population in towns along the outskirts of Baghdad, and that “indirect fire” from mortars and artillery against the Iraqi capital are virtually certain in the coming days.

He went on to say that last week’s decision to start using Apache helicopters in attacks on ISIS was a result of ISIS nearing Baghdad, and the US effort to try to protect the airport, saying it’s a vital US interest to keep the airport open.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we are being "groomed" for yet a third invasion of Iraq, via the US military?!?

And forgive me, but has General Dempsey had a bit of SMD (selective memory disorder) going on, to forget about a Shia cleric named Muqtada al-Sadr, who still has a hold of large swathes of Iraqi people, and can mobilize them against the US military in a heartbeat?!?

As reported at aljazeera.com on 21 September:

Thousands of Iraqis have rallied in central Baghdad against a US-led military campaign targeting fighters from the group known as ISIL. Followers of Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, called on the Iraqi government to reject US interference in the battle against ISIL, as the US-led coalition formed plans to intensify raids against the group. Al Jazeera's John Hendren reports from Baghdad.

Folks, this is about who gets the oil, and oil revenue from Iraq, and in what countries' currency.

This isn't about "stability" in Iraq; it's about the money, period, end of discussion.

Internal restabilization of Iraq has to happen through an internal dialogue, at the highest level, of Sunni and Shiia politicians and religious leaders. The process will be long and painful, but this is how it has to happen.

And ultimately, no amount of US military intervention can possibly resolve this.

Oct 13 08:20

Turkey 'allows Syria rebel training'

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

Oct 13 07:56

Billions set aside for post-Saddam Iraq turned up in Lebanese bunker

More than $1bn earmarked for the reconstruction of Iraq was stolen and spirited to a bunker in Lebanon as the American and Iraqi governments ignored appeals to recover the money, it has been claimed.

Stuart Bowen, a former special inspector general who investigated corruption and waste in Iraq, said the stash accounted for a significant chunk of the huge sums which vanished during the chaotic months following the 2003 US-led invasion.

Bowen’s team discovered that $1.2bn to $1.6bn was moved to a bunker in rural Lebanon for safe keeping – and then pleaded in vain for Baghdad and Washington to act, according to James Risen, a journalist who interviewed Bowen for a book, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War, to be published this week.

Oct 11 07:54

ISIS reaches Baghdad suburbs, US troops block the way to BGW Int'l Airport

In their push to completely wipe out the national government of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, terrorist members of the al-Qaeda allied Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Islamic Jihadist organization have made their way to the westernmost suburbs of Baghdad, as reported by CBS News on Oct. 10, 2014. CBS is also reporting that between the furthest advance of the ISIS column and the center of the nation's capital sits Baghdad International Airport (BGW) where at least 300 American troops assigned as perimeter security, as reported by the McClatchy News Service on June 30, 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ISIS may be involved in the fighting but what is really going on in Iraq is a replay of Iran in 1979 when the people of a nation decide to take their nation back from US puppet rule. Of course, such a thing cannot be allowed to happen. Those pesky provinces of the American empire are supposed to stay conquered once they have been conquered. If Iraq breaks free of US rule (as Libya is on the verge of doing) it might give other US provinces uppity ideas, which is why we are now seeing a third invasion of Iraq by the US!

Oct 11 06:36

US-led coalition seeks to break up Iraq: Senior Shia cleric

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr says the US-led coalition against the ISIL Takfiri group is aimed at disintegrating Iraq.

Oct 09 06:01

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Oct 08 09:05

US Air Raids: The Unlearned Lesson of Libya

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 08 07:59

US Airstrikes Kill 22 Civilians in Iraqi Market

A Monday US airstrike against the ISIS-held town of Hit has killed at least 22 Iraqi civilians, and wounded many more, according to locals. The strikes hit a marketplace, along with apartments alongside the market.

Locals say they believe the intended target was a building containing ISIS fighters, just down the road, but the indications are that that building wasn’t hit, with locals saying it was likely a “mistake.”

Oct 08 07:41

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

Canada is again at war.

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

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

Oct 08 06:30

Heading for Ground War in Syria and Iraq

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

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

Oct 06 12:41

NATO says will protect Turkey against ISIL militants

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

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

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

Oct 06 10:00

FBI Director Warns of ‘Khorasan’ Threat

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Oct 06 09:00

Biden Admits the Origin of ISIS

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

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

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

Oct 04 10:58

Who Will Profit From the Wars in Iraq and Syria?

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

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

Oct 04 10:08

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 03 10:47

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

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

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

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

Oct 02 12:39

Turkish lawmakers OK military action against ISIS

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

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

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

Oct 01 11:36

Obama Administration Loosens Airstrike Policy In Syria And Iraq

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Oct 01 11:24

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

Oct 01 11:02

WH Spokesperson Psaki Caught in Another Lie on Al-Qaeda

Oct 01 11:01

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 01 09:32

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

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

Oct 01 07:19

13,000 US troops to be deployed to Iraq: Officials

Iraqi officials say that the United States is due to send 13,000 soldiers to Iraq, despite its claims of complete military withdrawal from the country.

Sep 30 14:43

"ISIL crisis" plays right into Zionists hands

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's first Chief of Staff – who also served as Obama's Israeli Mossad handler – famously said: "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

Individuals, groups, whole industries, even nations sometimes take advantage of crises and catastrophes. Big bankers, for example, love war because it forces governments to borrow vast sums of money at compound interest. Arms manufacturers also make huge profits. And the big government always gets bigger during wartime as it confiscates people's wealth and scales back their rights.

Sep 30 10:38

ISIS fighters now 'at the gates of Baghdad': Islamic militants fighting 'just one mile from Iraqi capital' despite days Western airstrikes

Fierce fighting has been reported on the outskirts of Baghdad where ISIS militants are attempting to seize control of the Iraqi capital - despite ongoing Western airstrikes against the terror group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is going on in Iraq is a repeat of Iran in 1979 and Libya in recent months. The people are giving their US puppet rulers the old heave-ho!

Sep 30 10:10

Isis an Hour Away from Baghdad

US air strikes are failing to drive back Isis in Iraq where its forces are still within an hour’s drive of Baghdad.

Three and a half months since the Iraqi army was spectacularly routed in northern Iraq by a far inferior force of Isis fighters, it is still seeing bases overrun because it fails to supply them with ammunition, food and water. The selection of a new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, to replace Nouri al-Maliki last month was supposed to introduce a more conciliatory government that would appeal to Iraq’s Sunni minority from which Isis draws its support.

Mr Abadi promised to end the random bombardment of Sunni civilians, but Fallujah has been shelled for six out of seven days, with 28 killed and 117 injured. Despite the military crisis, the government has still not been able to gets its choice for the two top security jobs, theDefence Minister and Interior Minister, through parliament.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only question to be asked here, is the following: when will there be US boots on the ground - and one heck of a lot of them - to prevent Baghdad from falling?!?

The air campaign here against ISIL has not worked, and the cold hard reality, is that it is impossible to win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

The US government should have absorbed that lesson from Vietnam, but aparrently has not, all these years after that military confrontation.

Sep 30 10:01

US Expands Syria Strikes: Not Just a War Against ISIS

US airstrikes seem to be expanding in scope today in Syria, with four different provinces of the country hit in attacks, including areas where ISIS is virtually non-existent.

President Obama has been insisting it is an oversimplification to say this war is America versus ISIS. Indeed, that’s the case, but while the president is seeking to downplay the scope of the conflict, the signs are that he’s at war with actually a much broader swath of the Syrian rebellion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious to even a casual observer of the current geopolitical scene that these bombings of Syria are engineered to generate regime change in Damascus.

The questions which need to be asked are, will Al-Assad attempt invoke the mutual defense pact Syria has with Iran, to assist him against the US, and if that happens, what will Russia do to prevent any attacks against Iran, and stop the US from bombing Syria?

Sep 29 13:44

As ‘Advisers’ Role Expands, US ‘Boots on the Ground’ Already in Iraq

When talking up the ISIS war, President Obama always takes time to insist that he’s rule out boots on the ground. A new NBC/WSJ/Annenberg poll shows not that many Americans are believing him.

The poll showed 72% of Americans believe that the US will end up using ground troops in combat in the war on ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The poll showed Americans split roughly down the middle on whether a ground war would be acceptable, if demanded by Pentagon leadership.

Sep 29 09:34

Turkey and Israel Are Directly Supporting ISIS and Al Qaeda Terrorists In Syria

U.S. Allies Support the Terrorists We’re Supposedly “Fighting”

The Jerusalem Post reports that an ISIS fighter says that Turkey funds the terrorist group. Turkey is a member of NATO and a close U.S. ally.

A German news program – with English captions – shows that Turkey is sending terrorists into Syria:

Sep 29 09:31

Obama blames his intelligence chief for his own shortcomings, say critics

President Barack Obama denigrated the United States’ intelligence community in an interview broadcast Sunday evening for giving him and his White House an incorrect assessment of the capabilities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), during his interview with newsman Steve Kroft, who has been accused of being an "Obama water carrier" by conservative viewers. Obama told Croft on the CBS TV Network's Sunday night edition of 60 Minutes that his "head of the intelligence community, James (Jim) Clapper... underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the whole "we underestimated ISIS" is a ploy to sell the American people boots on the ground despite the early assurances this would not happen. Now Obama needs someone to drop the blame on.

Sep 29 08:55

Abadi rejects foreign ground forces in crisis-hit Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his country does not need foreign ground troops in the battle against the ISIL Takfiri militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, you are gonna GET troops, whether you want them or not!!!" -- official White Horse Souse

Sep 29 08:06

Poll: 70% of troops say no boots on ground in Iraq

Seven out of 10 of the more than 2,200 active-duty respondents to this year's Military Times Poll oppose the idea of sending substantial U.S. ground forces back into Iraq to battle the Islamic State militants and their allies. In addition, over the past four years of the annual poll, the percentage of active-duty troops who believe the first U.S. war in Iraq was a success has declined significantly:

Sep 29 07:37

Did Obama Just Unify America’s Enemies?

America’s airstrikes inside Syria against both the Islamic State, often known as ISIL, and Al Qaeda’s primary affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, come with some obvious benefits — taking on a genuine threat to U.S. interests and security — but may also expose the United States to some unintended consequences — dangers that could haunt the United States for years to come.

Sep 29 07:09

'Barbarians': Boehner Says America May Need Ground Troops to Fight ISIS

House Speaker John Boehner says the United States may have "no choice" but to send American troops to fight ISIS militants if the current U.S. strategy fails to extinguish the extremist group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

You first!

Sep 29 07:00

Anti-war protesters demonstrate to say no to air strikes in Iraq

Anti-war protesters gathered in Cardiff to make their feelings known about air strikes in Iraq.

Placards such as ‘bombs kill innocent people’ and ‘we can’t feed the poor but we can fund a war’ were held aloft around the Aneurin Bevan statue in Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.

Sep 29 06:50

Media censor Argentine president’s remarks at UN

The Argentine president questioned countries such as the United States for attacking groups, including the ISIL Takfiri terrorists which Washington previously backed against the Syrian government.

“Where do ISIS (ISIL) and Al-Qaeda take their guns from? Yesterday’s freedom fighters are today’s terrorists,” Cristina Fernandez said, blasting US policies vis-a-vis terrorism.

The ISIL terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, control large parts of Syria’s northern territory. The group sent its members into neighboring Iraq in June and seized large parts of land there.

Sep 27 20:42

David Cameron’s war plans against ISIS sound a lot like Tony Blair’s in Iraq.

Britain is set to join the air campaign against Isis in Iraq, but, going by David Cameron’s speech to the UN General Assembly, the Government has no more idea of what it is getting into in this war than Tony Blair did in 2003.

Mr Cameron says that there should be “no rushing to join a conflict without a clear plan”, but he should keep in mind the warning of the American boxer Mike Tyson that “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”.

The Prime Minister says that lessons have been learned from British military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan but it is telling that he did not mention intervention in Libya for which he himself was responsible.

In fact, there is a much closer parallel between Britain joining an air war in Libya in 2011 than Mr Blair’s earlier misadventures which Mr Cameron was happy to highlight.

Sep 27 07:20

'No Al-Qaeda, Islamist fundamentalism in Iraq before Blair & Bush invasion' - Galloway to MPs

Sep 27 07:15

US in 'near continuous' strikes against ISIS in Syria

The U.S.-led coalition widened its airstrikes against ISIS in Syria on Saturday as part of "near continuous" raids against the jihadists.

The targets were said to include ISIS fighters around the mainly Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab where a jihadist advance has sent 160,000 refugees streaming into nearby Turkey.

The coalition also hit ISIS in the central province of Homs for the first time as well as in the town of Minbej, near the western limit of the group's control, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The expanded operations in Syria by Washington and its Arab allies came after three more European governments deployed fighter jets for strikes against ISIS in Iraq, freeing up U.S. air power.

Sep 27 07:14

Britain’s involvement in the new Iraq war is a doomed and dangerous gesture

With no proper strategy, the return to conflict will only reinforce the politics of fear that is the grimmest legacy of the Blair era

Sep 27 07:12

Is Iraq War 2 [actually, 3] really illegal Syria war? 9/11 Truthers 'as dangerous as ISIS'?

Sep 27 07:08

UK agrees to bomb ISIS in Iraq

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Okay; you talked us into it!" -- Number 9 3/4

Sep 27 06:55

National demonstration: Stop the bombing of Iraq - don't attack Syria - Saturday 4 October

NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER ASSEMBLE 1PM TEMPLE PLACE LONDON WC2R 3BD

Sep 26 14:06

BEX ALERT - ISIS Terrorist Attack on Substations and Power Grid Imminent?

Up to 40 jihadist US citizens who have fought alongside terrorist group ISIS are now back on U.S. soil, possibly to strike the vulnerable electric and subway substations. According to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) and a senior Obama administration official, more than 100 American citizens left the country to join ISIS or the al-Nursa Front to fight in Syria, but now it’s believed that 40 American terrorists have leaked back into the U.S., lurking in the shadows.

Sep 26 09:52

Soldiers from Fort Riley will deploy to Iraq for Islamic State mission

About 500 soldiers from Fort Riley, Kan., will deploy to the Middle East in late October to support the mission to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State militants, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

About 200 of the soldiers from Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division, the “Big Red One,” will deploy directly to Baghdad and Irbil in Iraq. The rest will be stationed in the region and deployed to Iraq over time.

The Defense Department said the soldiers are preparing for a one-year mission.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for "no boots on the ground."

Don;t you get sick and tired of being lied to all the time?

Sep 26 09:27

13,000 US troops to be deployed to Iraq: Officials

Iraqi officials say that the United States is due to send 13,000 soldiers to Iraq, despite its claims of complete military withdrawal from the country.

Sep 26 08:55

Code Pink vigil at White House against bombing Iraq and Syria

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Photos sent in by Anastasia Taylor of Code Pink, who was on the radio show earlier this week.

Sep 26 05:35

Hezbollah: US Bombing Iraqi Army, Popular Forces' Positions Not ISIL

Iraq's Hezbollah Battalions complained that US warplanes have intentionally bombarded the positions of the Iraqi army and the volunteer forces in the Northern Babil province for the second time in the last month on the pretext of targeting ISIL strongholds.

"The intentional bombing of armed forces and popular forces shows wicked intentions of the US and the international cover-up of this attempt on the pretext of fighting ISIL," an informed source from Iraq's Hezbollah Battalions told the Arabic-language Al-Moslah news website.

"Had the United States been honest in its claims, it would have targeted the ISIL positions in Jorf Al-Sakhar, Faloujah, and other regions identified by us instead of striking the Army and popular forces in Al-Awisat in Northern Babil last Wednesday," the source said.

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"Well, heck; all those ragheads look alike to me!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 26 05:33

War on ISIL Is Not What It Seems

The covert US-led war on Syria, under the guise of fighting terrorism, is now well underway despite its flagrant criminality and fraudulence. Thanks to the Western and Arab-sponsored terror networks, as well as Zionist-controlled Western media, the military aggression is being conducted with a grotesque image of humanitarianism and lawfulness.

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Sep 26 05:09

David Cameron warns world leaders of Isis's 'murderous plans to expand its borders' and pledges to take action

David Cameron has warned world leaders at the United Nations that the Islamic State, or Isis, harbours “murderous plans to expand its borders well beyond Iraq and Syria… and to carry out terrorist atrocities right across the world” and pledge concerted action by Britain, including air strikes, to thwart it.

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Not mentioned in this article is that Cameron basically said that anyone who questions the official story of 9-11 or 7-7, or claims Muslims are being persecuted, is supporting the terrorists. This is nonsense. I do not support the terrorists. I have never worked for Mossad!!!!!

Sep 25 07:54

Pentagon War Plans in 2001: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, & Iran

Here is the transcript of Gen. Clark’s account.
CLARK: About 10 days after 9/11, I went to the Pentagon, and I saw [Defense] Secretary [Donald] Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary [Paul] Wolfowitz. I went downstairs to say hello to some of the people on the joint staff that used to work for me.

One of the generals called me in and said, “Sir, you gotta come in and talk to me.” I said, “Sir, you’re too busy.” And he said, “No, no! We’ve made the decision — we’re going to war with Iraq!” This is on or about the 28th of September. I said, “We’re going to war with Iraq? Why!?” He said, “I don’t know!” He said, “I guess they don’t know what else to do.” So I said, “Did they find some information connecting Saddam to al Qaeda?” He said, “No, no, there’s nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq.” He said, “I guess its like we don’t know what to do about terrorists, but we’ve got a good military and we can take down governments.”

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OK , folks; if it wasn't clear to you that these invasions are part of a long-form plan before reading what General Clark had to say, I would like to hope that you do now.

There was a marvelous line in the second Sherlock Homes film, where the Moriarty character says that he wants to control the market on bullets and bandages for the coming war.

And this is no different than the military industrial corporations which are collectively SALIVATING over the next major military confrontation the US will be having, because the profitability of such a war for them will be extraordinarily high.

Wars are NEVER about our safety, security, and alleged "freedoms"; it is all about private corporate profit, and this is why our young men and women in uniform are going to die and get maimed for life in the horrendous military confrontation I see coming, which may well engulf the entire world.

Sep 24 09:31

The Syrian Fallacy – “You Can’t Bomb City-Entrenched Troops out of Existence Without Bombing the City Itself Out of Existence.”

I argued that the presence of ISIS troops in major metropolitan areas of northern Iraq makes President Obama’s air strikes campaign largely an exercise in highly expensive pyrotechnics, because you can’t bomb city-entrenched troops out of existence without bombing the city itself out of existence. When I woke up on Tuesday morning, the New York Times greeted me with a headline reading, “In Iraq, Strikes Fail to Dislodge ISIS.” Because golly gosh oh gee, who could have possibly anticipated that?

We started bombing Syria on that same Tuesday morning, using the $700 billion F-22 Raptor stealth fighter for the first time.
Your tax dollars at work!

Sep 24 08:03

Army chief: Division headquarters will deploy soon to Iraq

As the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, the Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.

Officials have not identified the division that will deploy — the first division headquarters to go to Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in 2011.

An official announcement is expected in the coming days. But Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno recently confirmed the Army “will send another division headquarters to Iraq to control what we’re doing there, a small headquarters.”

It’s unclear how many soldiers will be sent, or how long they will deploy. Division headquarters average between 100 and 500 soldiers and deploy for one year.

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"No US boots on the ground in Iraq", MY ASTROLABE!!

A division headquarters is put in place to manage a division, which in the US Army is usually a minimum of 10,000 troops up to 30,000.

Sep 24 07:59

Turkish army to be authorized in Iraq and Syria

Turkish government will ask for the parliament’s authorization for military operations in Syria and Iraq, the newly-elected PM Ahmet Davuto?lu said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The proposal will be submitted to the Turkish Parliament after the new legislative year starts on Oct. 2, Davuto?lu said.

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October 2nd comes one week from tomorrow.

He must know, or at least intuit, that the fertilizer is about to hit the fan, big time, in the region.

Sep 24 07:45

US using ISIL to control Iraq’s oil resources, benefit arms corporations

The US is exploiting the threat from the ISIL terrorist group to maintain control of Iraq’s oil resources and benefit the arms industry, an anti-war activist in Maine says.

Sep 24 07:44

Concealed By U.S. Airstrikes Israel Opens Nusra Path To Lebanon

Under the protection of the U.S. attack on IS and other targets Israel now practically established a no-fly-zone next to the Golan which will allow Jabhat al-Nusra to safely use the corridor and to attack Hizbullah in Qalamoun and in south Lebanon. It also opens space for new attacks on Damascus.

The U.S. attack on the IS in Syria will, as the NYT headlines express, have as little effect as such attacks have in Iraq. Without coordinating air attacks with a capable, available ground force like the Syrian army such strikes on IS will make no conceivable difference. I have yet to see any report that the U.S. planes have hit some of the major weapons or ammunition depots the IS captured from the Iraqi army. There are some 50 main battle tanks and lots of heavy artillery pieces in the hands of IS. What is done to disable those?

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I have only one word for this approach: insane.

Sep 24 07:37

Meet the Whiteboys and Redheads of ISIS

What Internet Provider Service is allowing them to post videos and issue 'recruitment' tweets? How did the all-intrusive NSA miss the creation of this group? Why can't the CIA. MI6 and Mossad infiltrate them and smash them from within? Why can't we pinpoint them via satellite and smash them in their tents or barracks? How did such a formidable force like ISIS just seem to materialize out of nowhere and overnight? Why don't they attack or even threaten to attack Israel?

Sep 23 15:12

Peter King on ISIS: Be Ready for Attacks on US Soil

Intensifying U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) could provoke members of the terror group already on U.S. soil to stage attacks here, Rep. Peter King tells Newsmax TV.

"First of all, these people would've attacked us anyway, but they may feel an urgency to do it now to show that ISIS can fight back, that ISIS is not going to take this," King, a New York Republican, said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

"We always have to be alert to them, [but] we have to be even more so now because they want to show . . . the Muslim world they're not going to sit back and take [it], they're going to fight back."

King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said he approves of intensified U.S. airstrikes against jihadists in the Middle East, although he wishes it had happened sooner.

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A memo to Congressional Representative Peter King: if in fact ISIS (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) is able to attack the mainland, it means that every bit of surveillance, crotch groping at the airport, and spying by this government, has led to absolutely no actionable intelligence to prevent this from happening.

Should that happen, every security agency in the USA, the CIA, the DHS, FBI, and NSA, and DIA, have all failed, collectively and spectacularly.

Sep 23 10:09

ISIS: Does President Obama Understand What He’s Getting Us Into?

Given the US’s wretched track record in the Middle East, including support for Israel’s recent massacre of innocents in Gaza, why would anyone here or abroad imagine yet another American military intervention would succeed when previous invasions, raids, bombing campaigns, occupations and economic sanctions have utterly failed?

The coming battle with Islamic State insurgents showcases American political immaturity, is emotionally driven and lacks a coherent political and military strategy. It is also unnecessary.

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I would suggest that Obama knows precisely what he is doing, but doesn't care about the consequences, in terms of loss of American life.

His faux populism aside, he has always, is, and will always be, the supreme tool of the corporations which vetted him, and put him into power twice.

And those corporations see war as a massive means for private profit. particularly those in the military industrial complex.

There is a wonderful line in the second Sherlock Homes movie where the Moriarty character states that (and this is a very loose re imagining) that when the war comes, he wants to be the person who controls both the bullets and the bandages.

And of course, banks love wars, because they have absolutely no scruples about to which countries they lend money, because it will all be paid back at interest (actually, paid back by the citizens of those countries waging war!).

Sep 23 09:45

Tim Kaine: Congress Has Opened The Door To The 'Cheney Pre-emptive War Doctine'

As bombs dropped over Syria Monday evening, marking the beginning of a U.S.-led effort to eradicate the Islamic State in that country, most members of Congress were back at home.

The legislative branch adjourned its business at the end of last week to tend to elections. In doing so, it left unresolved the issue of authorizing the war that President Barack Obama would start days later. Congressional inaction didn't upend the White House's plans; the administration had already claimed it had legal authority to launch such strikes in Syria.

But by leaving town before the president started operations, lawmakers may have done serious harm to their own institution, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) argued in an interview with The Huffington Post. Not only had they diminished the standing of Congress with respect to the executive branch, they also may have given unintended consent to a Dick Cheney-like vision of presidential war powers.

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A memo to this Congress; congrats, folks, for starting World War III for real, by not preventing this President from bombing Syria. You MUST feel very proud of yourselves, don't you?!?

I am curious; just WHEN, before you went on your re-election vaycay, did you know that Obama was just going to haul off and do this, particularly Representative Peter King and the House Armed Services Committee?!?

And IF you believed for one moment that your going on your little re-election blitz was going to give you plausible deniability on just what was coming down, after you rabbited out of DC on Friday,I have two words for you on that, and they are, HELL, NO!!!!!

Let me be clear; the reinvasion of the Middle East has to do with controlling to whom the oil is sold, and in what nation's currency, which is they primary concern here. It has nothing to do with our "freedoms" (those which are left after the passage of the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, and the NDAA)

The hope, in the bowels of DC, is to install some US-Centric government in Syria, and manage the wreckage which is the Iraqi government and military. There is also a great deal of hope that Syria will invoke its mutual defense pact with Iran, which will give the Israel-firsters in DC the "justification" for invading Iran.

But there are two aspects of combat here which never seems to be discussed, and it is the two five hundred pound gorillas sitting on the Steinway; I am referring to Russia and China.

I would like to politely remind you that this country could not expect to win in a conventional war against either country, because we do not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to make that happen.

The weapons the US government has purchased are very costly,but that does not make them better than those produced by Russian or Chinese arms makers. In fact, Russian warheads are maneuverable, which means that US military has no real defense against them.

By not stopping Obama from taking this road, you have completely abandoned your responsibilities to your alleged constitutents, as the Constitution clearly states that only Congress can declare war.

But constituents have become irrelevant and expendable, courtesy of all the contributions you so gratefully accept from the large corporations which fund your elections, particularly those from the military industrial-defense complex, right?!?

But I will share with you a scenario which is very likely to happen, should this country go to full-on war with Russia and China, and perhaps make your voters relevant again.

Your constituents' kids, who volunteered for the miltitary because there were no other viable job options, are going to start coming home in cheap metal coffins by the thousands, or so mangled and maimed that they will never be the same again.

Because you allowed this war to happen, the anti-incumbency fervor is going to grow to fever pitch, and come November, every single incumbent up for re-election, for refusing to stop this madness, will be voted out of office (if we have elections in November).

To all those who signed of on this, you are wretched cowards of the highest magnitude, because for you, having other people's kids killed or maimed in the pursuit of private profit is perfectly acceptable; it is as though you have had your conscience surgically removed before taking your alleged Oath of Office, making you illegitimate representatives of constituents truly on the edge of absolute fury at your lousy decision making.

Sep 23 07:03

Ex-British PM Blair Urges Ground Troops against ISIL

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said that air strikes on targets of the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) in Iraq will not be enough to defeat the group, and did not rule out the possibility of sending in ground troops to combat the insurgency.

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Okay, Tony, if you really feel that way. Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of desert camo but here is a bright day-glo jumpsuit left over from the CIA torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that military transport and we will call ISIL/ISIS/IS and tell them you are on your way to whip their butt all by yourself.

But we remember your "Dodgy dossier" that got us into the mess, so you will understand if we decide to keep our kids safe at home!

Sep 23 07:00

Iraqi MPs: Hundreds of soldiers killed in ISIL gas attack in Anbar province

Sep 22 12:06

Obama ‘ready for Syria ground war’ as Kurds flee

The United States will have to resort to sending “some troops on the ground” in Syria should President Barack Obama aim to destroy the Islamic State or Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, a senior U.S. Congressman told this week’s Sunday Times.

The west is facing a “long, hard war” against ISIS, Republican Peter King said, adding that Obama was reviewing his refusal to send ground troops after military advisers said they would be needed.

These remarks come after 70,000 Syrian Kurds poured into Turkey since Friday fleeing an offensive by ISIS militants in northeastern Syria, the U.N.'s refugee agency said Sunday.

By ruling out sending troops to Syria, King said Obama is sounding an “uncertain trumpet.”

Following General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, address to Congress in which he said that ground intervention may be necessary; King said the “military message is getting through” to Obama.

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A memo to Representative King: sir, military intervention here in the Middle East is the LAST approach the US should be taking at this time.

Americans understand that this is all about Middle Eastern oil, and in what national currency it will - or will not - be sold.

I would like to politely remind you that the US government does not have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength, to insure a positive outcome to such a military action. And if you don't believe me, take a good hard look at the debacles which have happened in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen.

And any military attack against the sovereign nation of Syria will be considered by the rest of the world a blatant act of war upon it.

We understand, very clearly, that what the US and Israel hopes will happen here will be for Syria and Iran to invoke their joint mutual defense act, as the "reason" for attacking Iran, and creating regime change there.

But there is one piece of the equation you are deliberately NOT discussing with the American people, and that is: if either Syria and/or Iran are attacked, just what precisely will Russia and China do?!?

I do not think you believe that either Putin or the Duma, or the Chinese leadership, will sit collectively on their hands and start singing "Kumbya".

So is THIS your strategy for engaging in a war with Russia and China?!? If so, sir, you had better think again, and very carefully, about this.

Because of the US military not having the resources to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia, the US military will most likely employ its nuclear capabilities. And THAT is where things get truly ugly; the unintended consequences to this may be both horrific... and irreversible.

Sep 22 11:26

Strange Bedfellows: To Fight ISIS, US Now Supports Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Other Terror Groups

US Mideast relationships get stranger every day. The US has come to the defense or has given aid to three rather unlikely groups in the past few weeks.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard
Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which directly supports the YPG, on Washington's list of proscribed terror groups
"Moderates" fighting to overthrow Syrian president Assad. Those moderates just signed a non-agression pact with ISIS

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It has become painfully obvious in this administration that the primary criteria for joining it, even above cronyism, is the pathological inability to think any scenario to its logical conclusion.

Sep 22 09:08

John Howard 'embarrassed' by failed WMD intelligence on Iraq

Asked about his reaction to revelations Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction as the US president George W. Bush had claimed, Mr Howard said he "felt embarrassed" by the news.

"I did, I couldn't believe it, because I had genuinely believed it," he said.

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Okay, so Howard was an idiot and didn't see the evidence of fraud hundreds of thousands of bloggers around the world all saw.

Or he was complicit in the lie.

Take your pick.

Sep 21 14:56

Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That CIA and the Islamic State Are United

The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the CIA is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.

Sep 21 09:41

A Host of Possible Objections to Expanded Airstrikes in Syria

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

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

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

Sep 21 09:41

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

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

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

Sep 21 09:40

Russia, Iran challenge Kerry’s plan for anti-IS unity at UN

The Sept. 19 UN Security Council meeting on the Islamic State (IS) laid bare the regional rivalries that risk undermining calls for a united front against the extremist group.

Sep 21 09:16

OBAMA: ‘LET ME BE CLEAR … “

Sep 20 18:53

Army Chief: More US Ground Troops Headed to Iraq

Speaking today to reporters, Army Chief Gen. Ray Odierno termed the 1,600 US ground troops presently in Iraq a “good start,” but said that more will be heading to the country in the near future.

Sep 20 08:56

Thousands of Syrian Kurds enter Turkey, fleeing ISIS advance

"Around 45,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border as of now from eight entrance points along a 30-km distance from Akcakale to Mursitpinar since we opened the border yesterday," Kurtulmus told CNN Turk television.

Sep 20 08:47

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

Sep 20 08:04

America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group

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

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

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