IRAQ

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 12:15

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

As the tide of war rises again in the Middle East, the military’s rank and file are mostly opposed to expanding the new mission in Iraq and Syria to include sending a large number of U.S. ground troops into combat, according to a Military Times survey of active-duty members.

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 10:34

Nationwide UK protests against illegal Iraq and Syria wars

Protesters took to the streets at the news of a new war on Iraq in cities across Britain from Glasgow to Portsmouth.

Students Ellie and Fionnuala joined more than 200 people who demonstrated outside Downing Street in central London the night before the vote on air strikes.

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 22:34

Legal Basis for U.S. War in Iraq and Syria Is Thin

The administration had a marginally better legal excuse for striking targets of the Islamic State (IS) group, its main adversary, in Iraq than it did in Syria.

Sep 29 14:27

Renowned Scottish Painter to Return Queen’s Honor Over Britain’s Airstrikes Against IS

One of Scotland's most well-known painters, Peter Howson, who was the British Government's "official war artist" during the 1993 Bosnian Civil War, is to hand back an honor he received from the Queen in protest at Britain's airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq and England's opposition to Scottish independence.

Sep 29 14:00

Syria/Iraq/Afghanistan: As Bad As a Crime, a Blunder

Having nearly provoked war over Ukraine with nuclear-armed Russia, the Obama administration has now launched a full-scale crusade in Iraq and Syria against the evil Saracens of ISIS.

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 12:15

ISIS/AT THE GATES OF BAGHDAD

Sep 29 12:01

US-led coalition against ISIL: Front for regime change

Listening to American and British leaders this week one would think that Barack Obama and David Cameron are knights in shining armor on an epic crusade to defeat global evil.

The campaign against IS is a front for the criminal agenda of regime change in Syria and the region. This real, criminal agenda should be exposed and condemned at every opportunity. To consort with this mob is to corrupt international law and morality.

Unbelievably, too many states seem to be going along with this ridiculous charade, as can be gleaned from the way Obama and Cameron’s posturing was indulged this week at the United Nations General Assembly.

Our final conclusion is this: Obama and Cameron are using simplistic moralizing rhetoric about “defeating evil” in order to: 1) conceal their own criminal legacy; 2) pressure the rest of the world into endorsing their presumed but ill-deserved authority; and 3) promote their criminal agenda of regime change under a moral cover.

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 07:24

Ron Paul: Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria 'immoral and illegal'

Ron Paul, America’s most outspoken libertarian and anti-mainstream politician, has slammed US military strikes in Syria and Iraq.

Not known for mincing his words or flip-flopping, Paul told RT’s Abby Martin that President Obama’s decision to use military force in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State [IS], without approval from the UN or the US Congress, was “immoral and illegal” under US and international law.

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 29 05:51

They’re Making Up Stuff

In short: lying works, and so administration officials simply invented a new enemy, one more fearsome – and, simultaneously, more familiar – to Americans than ISIS. They dubbed it "Khorasan," which, as far as anyone knows, is a former province of Iran, now divided into three separate provinces also named Khorasan. We are told their ostensible leader – whom we have just now supposedly killed in air strikes – was once head of "Al Qaeda in Iran," a shadowy group that has never pulled off a single action or engaged in any propagandistic activities, and for all we know never really existed at all. Those evil Iranian mullahs, the "experts" aver, have been sheltering a radical Sunni terrorist group – one that considers them heretics deserving of death – for their own malign purposes. No convincing evidence of this unlikely alliance is ever offered, however, and it seems about as credible as the Al Qaeda-Saddam Hussein connection Bush and his crew broadcast far and wide.

Sep 29 05:11

The AngloZionist Empire is at War with Russia

Listening to Poroshenko a few days ago and then to Obama at the UNGA can leave no doubt whatsoever about the fact that the AngloZionist Empire is at war with Russia. Yet many believe that the Russian response to this reality is inadequate.Likewise, there is a steady stream of accusations made against Putin about Russia’s policy towards the crisis in the Ukraine.What I propose to do here is to offer a few basic reminders about Putin, his obligations and his options. First and foremost, Putin was never elected to be the world’s policeman or savior, he was only elected to be president of Russia. Seems obvious, but yet many seem to assume that somehow Putin is morally obliged to do something to protect Syria, Novorussia or any other part of our harassed world. This is not so. Yes, Russia is the de facto leader of the BRICS and SCO countries, and Russia accepts that fact, but Putin has the moral and legal obligation to care for his own people first.

Sep 28 18:06

Boehner: US May Need Ground Troops to Defeat ISIL

Republican House Speaker John Boehner says the United States may have "no choice" but to send American troops to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) if President Barack Obama's strategy fails to destroy the Al-Qaeda-linked group.

As a reminder . . . if you are a man ages 18 through 25 and living in the U.S., then you must register with Selective Service. It’s the law. According to law, a man must register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday. Selective Service will accept late registrations but not after a man has reached age 26. You may be denied benefits or a job if you have not registered. You can register at any U.S. Post Office and do not need a social security number.

Sep 28 01:44

George Galloway's Statement in UK Parliament on ISIS airstrikes

George Galloway's statement during a special parliamentary session to decide whether or not to join U.S. led air strikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Sep 28 01:38

As the UK prepares for another war in Iraq, is its strategy any more coherent than in 2003?

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.

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 17:24

Hoping Bombs Will Fix Mess That Bombs Created in Iraq and Syria

Contradictions beset the U.S. war over Iraq and Syria. The principal target ISIS wouldn’t even exist but for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria have benefited from defections of U.S.-backed “moderates.” But now warplanes and missiles are supposed to fix things?

Sep 27 09:23

Iraq air strikes: RAF Tornado jets begin first combat mission against Isis

British RAF jets armed with missiles are on their first mission over Iraq after Parliament voted to begin air strikes on Isis targets.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that the Tornado jets took off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.

Two Tornado GR4 bombers supported by a Voyager air-to-air refuelling aircraft took off from RAF Akrotiri on Cyprus at 8.30am BST.

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

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Sep 26 20:45

ISIS and the USA: Expansion and Resistance by Decapitation

If the brutal decapitation and dismemberment of innocent civilians is a capital crime that should be punished, as I believe it is, then both ISIS and the Obama regime with his allied leaders should face a people’s war crimes tribunal in the countries where the crimes occurred.

In order to overcome massive US and world public opposition to new wars in the Middle East, Obama relied on the horrific internet broadcasts of ISIS slaughtering two American hostages, the journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff, by decapitation. These brutal murders were Obama’s main propaganda tool to set a new Middle East war agenda – his own casus belli bonanza! This explains the US Administration’s threats of criminal prosecution against the families of Foley and Stoloff when they sought to ransom their captive sons from ISIS.

Sep 26 16:44

America's Coalition of the Clueless

Down the road, we will discover that the only coalition able and willing to fight extremism does indeed come from inside the region, but importantly, from within the conflict zone itself: Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran. For starters, they are utterly vested in the outcome of their efforts – and would lead with political solutions alongside military ones. Those elusive boots-on-the-ground that everyone is seeking? They live it. Pit that group against Obama’s Coalition-of-the-Clueless any day and you know which side would win handily.

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 11:59

ISIS and the USA: Expansion and Resistance by Decapitation

Obama’s hysterical and very selective presentation of ISIS crimes forms the pretext for launching another war against a predominantly Muslim country, Syria, while shielding his close ally, the royal Saudi decapitator from US public outrage. ISIS crimes have become another excuse to launch a campaign of ‘mass decapitation by drones and bombers’. The mass propaganda campaign over one crime against humanity becomes the basis for perpetrating even worse crimes against humanity. Many hundreds of innocent civilians in Syria and Iraq will be dismembered by ‘anti-terrorist’ bombs and drones unleashed by another of Obama’s ‘coalition’.

Sep 26 10:59

As the UK prepares for another war in Iraq, is its strategy any more coherent than in 2003?

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.

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.

In Libya, what was sold to the public as a humanitarian bid by Nato forces to protect the people of Benghazi from Muammar Gaddafi, rapidly escalated into a successful effort to overthrow the Libyan leader. The result three years on is that Libya is in permanent chaos with predatory militias reducing their country to ruins as they fight each other for power.

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

Sep 26 08:52

The History of ISIS Beheadings: Part of the “Training Manual” of US Sponsored Syria “Pro-Democracy” Terrorists

snip: Double standards? In the course of the last three years, no Western leader made any statements in regards to these atrocities committed by “Muslim extremists”. They passed virtually unnoticed. No concern was expressed by the international community in this regard. With some exceptions, these beheadings were barely the object of media coverage.

Sep 26 08:10

13,000 American troops to deploy to Speicher Base in Tikrit, Iraq

‘On Thursday the Vice President of the Saladin Provincial Council, Jassim Mohammed Hassan al-Attiyah, revealed that there are dozens of American military advisers at Speicher Base and that 13,000 additional American soldiers and their military vehicles will arrive during the next few days to the base in the city of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad.

Sep 26 07:46

How Much Are Strikes Costing Taxpayers

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Rick Francona discusses the cost of the war on ISIS to U.S. taxpayers.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 21:42

Coalition of the Clueless in Syria

Takes a look at the 'Coalition of the Clueless' and tries to explain why Syria, Iran and Russia are being so low-key in their reaction to US airstrikes on Syrian territory. In a nutshell, this trio can afford to be opportunistic because they see this Coalition going nowhere fast.

The airwaves are still heaving with spin two days after US airstrikes against Syria.

Undoubtedly the attacks were timed to occur on the eve of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, so ‘Coalition’ partners could cluster behind the decision to bomb a sovereign state, uninvited.

The irony, of course, is that they are doing so at the UN – the global political body that pledges to uphold international law, peace and stability, and the sanctity of the nation-state unit.

The goal this week will be to keep the ‘momentum’ on a ‘narrative’ until it sinks in.

Sep 25 16:37

Report: Iraqi Official Claims U.S. To Station 13,000 Troops In Iraq

According to a report by PressTV , an Iraqi official is claiming that the United States will soon station 13,000 troops inside Iraq in the near future.

PressTV refers to the Vice President of Iraq’s Saladin Province as stating that the troops, along with their vehicles, would be stationed at Speicher airfield in Tikrit, a city that is located 87 miles northwest of Baghdad.

Sep 25 13:26

The Rush to Violence

Between 4 and 20 August the Saudi Arabian government beheaded 19 people. Saudi Arabia, which has funded and armed ISIS from inception (initially with CIA support), is now bombing alongside the USA in Iraq and Syria.

Forget the war technology porn regularly being broadcast by western media, with those spectacular photos of missiles erupting from ships into the night sky. Those missiles and bombs eviscerate and maim innocents as well as combatants, children as well as terrorists. The West always first denies, then regrets, “collateral damage”. The propaganda can be laughable. During the invasion of Iraq I remember a news propaganda item about how a cruise missile can enter a specific window, being followed by the next item – the US had apologised to Syria for two missiles aimed at Iraq which had hit Syria by accident.

Sep 25 12:21

Hoping Bombs Will Fix Mess That Bombs Created in Iraq and Syria

As the United States embarks on a new air war in Syria, disturbing anomalies abound. Some of them were reflected in the front-page headlines of a couple of major U.S. newspapers Tuesday morning, which probably also reflected slightly different deadlines of the two papers but were substantively telling nonetheless.

Sep 25 10:53

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

Nor should we be so intoxicated by war fever as to do the wrong thing. Iraq has been chief bomb target for western electoral machismo since Bill Clinton’s “Monica Lewinsky” air strikes in 1998. They initiated a decade of mendacity. Saddam Hussein’s weapons arsenal was declared eliminated, then it was not. After killing hundreds of civilians, Tony Blair and his cabinet declared that Iraq still posed “an imminent threat to Britain”. The subsequent war was said to have installed freedom and democracy in that country, another untruth. As the Royal United Services Institute concluded in a recent survey, far “from reducing international terrorism … the 2003 invasion [of Iraq] had the effect of promoting it”.

Sep 25 08:44

13,000 American troops to deploy to Speicher Base in Tikrit, Iraq

On Thursday the Vice President of the Saladin Provincial Council, Jassim Mohammed Hassan al-Attiyah, revealed that there are dozens of American military advisers at Speicher Base and that 13,000 additional American soldiers and their military vehicles will arrive during the next few days to the base in the city of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad.

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.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 25 03:49

West beats retreat in Ukraine

Quite possibly, the ice will be broken regarding Syria today at the meeting between Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry in New York. The New Cold war, which started with a bang, might be ending with a whimper.

Considering the huge lift that the White House gave last week to the visit by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko — ‘rare honor’ of addressing a joint session of the US Congress, et al — one would have thought the Barack Obama administration was getting into a heightened mood of belligerence vis-a-vis Russia. But a close reading of President Obama’s remarks after the bilateral meeting with Poroshenko last Thursday in Washington creates doubts in the mind.

Sep 24 22:55

Stephen Harper considering sending more Canadian troops to Iraq

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he is considering increasing Canada’s direct military involvement in the fight against the Islamic State terror army in Iraq.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Okay Stephen; here's your rifle...

Sep 24 22:52

US ties itself in legal knots to cover shifting rationale for Syria strikes

US government lawyers have invoked Iraq’s right to self-defence and the weakness of the Assad regime as twin justifications for US bombing in Syria, in a feat of legal acrobatics that may reopen questions over its right to intervene in the bitter civil war.

Sep 24 13:05

Do you support ground troops in Iraq and Syria?

YES
2% (18 votes)
NO
98% (1158 votes)
Total votes: 1176
Sep 24 10:56

Operation Tomahawk The Caliph

The Tomahawks are finally flying again – propelled by newspeak. 42 Tomahawks fired from a Sixth Fleet destroyer parked in Mare Nostrum, plus F-22s raising hell and Hellfires spouted by drones, that’s a neat mini-Shock and Awe to honor Caliph Ibrahim, aka Abu Bakr al -Baghdadi, self-declared leader of Islamic State.

What a mess. Al-Qaeda in Iraq is the embryo of ISIS, which turned into IS. Jabhat al-Nusra is the al-Qaeda franchise in Syria, approved by CEO Ayman al-Zawahiri. Both despise each other, and yet Khorasan holds the merit of bundling Caliph’s goons and al-Qaeda goons together. Additionally, for Washington Jabhat al-Nusra tend to qualify as “moderate” jihadis – almost like “our bastards”. Too messy?

No problem; when in doubt, bomb everybody.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 24 06:35

The Islamic State and Obama’s Diabolical “Hidden Agenda”: Iraq, Syria and “Superpower Prerogatives”

snip: President Obama maintains no American soldiers will be sent to fight “on the ground” in Iraq and Syria, but 1,600 are already there as “advisers,” and more will follow as the war continues over the next several years. Special Forces will operate as spotters for U.S. aircraft and other detachments will join Iraqi and Kurdish and troops in combat to provide guidance and leadership, only firing if fired upon, as inevitably occurs. Under certain circumstances larger numbers of American forces may be secretly inserted into Iraq under a government regulation that can legally deny the truth to the American people about clandestine military action by the Pentagon and CIA.

Sep 24 06:23

US ties itself in legal knots to cover shifting rationale for Syria strikes

snip: The legal circumlocutions to avoid requesting a UN security council resolution match similar efforts to avoid requesting specific legal authority from Congress.

Sep 24 02:34

‘US seeks to target Syrian govt.’

The extremists that Washington is supposedly hunting down now are the progeny of American covert war in Syria that the Syrian government has been battling against for the past three years.

The covert war on Syria has now finally exploded into the open, with US warplanes launching a blitzkrieg on the Arab country over night.

Washington and its allies have now crossed a dangerous Rubicon, setting the stage for an all-out war on Syria under the guise of “defeating extremism.”

Sep 23 19:02

Iraq War History Lesson - Jesse Ventura

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Sep 23 18:24

US AMBASSADOR TO UN ADMITS THE PLAN IS TO OVERTHROW ASSAD

Obama and Power are attempting to keep the illusion alive that there is a distinction between al-Nusra, ISIS and the FSA when in fact all are creations of U.S., British and Israeli intelligence. On Sunday The New York Times carried a report saying Iraqis – from people on the street to officials in the highest level of government – believe the CIA is behind ISIS.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 12:43

'Israelis support using atomic bomb against Isis'

The majority of Israeli citizens back using an atomic bomb in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), ex-Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has claimed.

Were they planning on using one of the atomic weapons that they apparently don't have, or were they going to borrow them from someone else?

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 08:39

Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition

I wanted to offer a wry chuckle before we headed into the heavy stuff about Iraq, so I tried to start this article with a suitably ironic formulation. You know, a déjà-vu-all-over-again kinda thing. I even thought about telling you how, in 2011, I contacted a noted author to blurb my book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, and he presciently declined, saying sardonically, “So you're gonna be the one to write the last book on failure in Iraq?”

Sep 23 08:27

Iraq War Veteran Warns Ferguson Is Our Future - and Our Past

The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, a district of St. Louis County in Missouri, and the spate of civil unrest that followed - bringing the ongoing state violence inflicted on African-Americans to broad public light - could set a precedent for the future of American society, according to a senior Iraq War veteran and Pentagon defense analyst.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 17:42

Nothing Will Stop Isis Except A Syrian Truce

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

Sep 22 15:02

John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria

John Kerry is becoming more and more like William McGonagall, the “worst poet in the world” whose horror at the 1879 Tay Bridge railway disaster yielded the imperishable observation that it “will be remember’d for a very long time”.

Sep 22 14:09

Former Malaysian PM blames US for ISIL's creation

A former Malaysian prime minister has held the United States responsible for the creation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), comparing it to the country’s alleged influence in the formation of the Taliban to fight Russia in Afghanistan.

Sep 22 13:42

BEX Alert: Isis urges killing of 'spiteful, dirty' French

In a chilling threat distributed via social media in several languages, Isis urged Muslims around the globe to kill French people, Americans and nationals of any country in the coalition targeting the Islamic extremists.

Sep 22 13:33

First Germany, Now France Folds On Syrian Airstrikes

broad coalition of the (un)willing...

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 22 08:11

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

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

Sep 22 08:10

Silliest Nobel Peace Prize Awarded

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

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

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

Sep 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 12:27

Obama’s ‘stupid stuff’ turned upside down

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

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

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

Sep 21 09:41

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 21 08:22

Obama Launches His War, Finally

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

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

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

Sep 20 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.

Sep 20 07:48

German Muslims hold day of protest against ISIS jihadists

Some two thousand mosques across Germany were called upon by top Muslim clerics to use their Friday rituals to rally against the Islamic State and speak out against beheadings in Syria and Iraq.

Sep 20 07:09

Iraq: Baghdad rally held against US ‘occupiers’

Thousands of Iraqis gathered in central Baghdad on Saturday (September 20) to protest against American intervention.

Demonstrators waved Iraqi flags and held up pictures of leading Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who says the country should not cooperate with what he calls US “occupiers”.

Sep 19 11:47

USA Aggression & Torture Creates Terrorists - Ray McGovern

Sep 19 11:39

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

Sep 19 11:09

France bombs Isis depot in Iraq

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

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

Sep 18 12:00

FOREIGN AFFAIRS AS OPERA BUFFA: THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST ISIS

The real beheadings which occur regularly in Saudi Arabia – there was a batch of 19 only recently – are never shown on American news, nor are they even discussed. But a single video of a fake terrorist beheading is played and replayed and commented on endlessly with indignation over such horror. And the hundreds of Palestinians, including children, whom Israel has beheaded with bombs and artillery never make an appearance on television or rate any commentary.

Sep 18 10:48

Obama's 'stupid stuff' turned upside down By Pepe Escobar

snip: Obama has already sent 475 extra military "advisers" to Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan. There are at least 1,600 US military already on the ground in Iraq. That's how Vietnam started. The CIA, supported by unmatched ground intel, swears there are exactly 31.785 jihadis fighting for The Caliph. Well, roughly. Two-thirds of these are supposed to be in Syria. So the new war, in fact, is all across "Syraq". Or what The Caliph calls IS, Islamic State, his own private emirate.

The no less meticulous Dempsey, for his part, is sure it will take up to five months to train and weaponize a new bunch of "moderate" rebels to fight the Caliph. Wait a minute; foolish global public opinion was supposed to believe the previous "moderate" rebels - supported by Qatar - would one day fulfill the "Assad must go" Obama mandate. Well, they didn't.

Sep 18 07:28

ISIS Drives Texas-made Toyota Trucks Apparently Modified for U.S. Special Forces

‘This you have to see to believe: the now iconic white Toyota trucks we see ISIS™ driving around look scarily familiar to ones purchased here in the states and outfitted by special forces which puts to rest the notion that ISIS™ simply ran up to a dealership in Iraq and made off with 30 or so vehicles. They aren’t even SOLD in Iraq and certainly not with these modifications. At least not as an entire fleet.’

Sep 18 07:12

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

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

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

Sep 18 06:48

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

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

*This piece has gone viral. Keep it going!

Sep 18 06:39

Jewish State and Islamic State, Like Breeds Like

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

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

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

Sep 18 06:27

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 18 06:14

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

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

Sep 18 06:12

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

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

Sep 17 20:59

American Establishment Combats Resurgent ‘Isolationist’ Threat

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

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

Sep 17 20:52

ISIS Beheadings on Cue from Washington and London?

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

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

Sep 17 14:05

Iraqi Leader Says No to Foreign Ground Troops

Iraq neither wants nor needs foreign ground troops in its battle against Islamist militants who have strongholds in the norther part of the country, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Wednesday.

“Not only is it not necessary,” Abadi told the Associated Press. “We don’t want them. We won’t allow them. Full stop.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Obama is on TV right now declaring that HE has decided not to send any more ground troops into Iraq!

Sep 17 13:19

Welcome to World War III

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

Sep 17 09:51

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

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

Sep 17 07:18

Dempsey: US Ground Combat Troops Possible in Islamic State Fight

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

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

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

Sep 17 07:11

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

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

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

Sep 17 07:00

Top officials defend US plan to target ISIS

The top U.S. military leader told Congress Tuesday that if President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign to destroy Islamist extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.

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I think those officials should personally lead the attack!

Sep 17 06:36

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

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

Sep 16 22:57

Someone's Already Fighting ISIS: The Syrian Arab Army

Since 2011, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has waged a relentless war within Syrian territory against what it has said from the very beginning was an invasion of heavily armed, foreign-backed sectarian extremists. In retrospect, the transparently ludicrous nature of articles like the Guardian's "Syria's rebels unite to oust Assad and push for democracy" is self-evident.

Sep 16 22:51

ISIS Beheadings on Cue from Washington and London?

Once again, what we are seeing is a variation of “humanitarian pretext” to pave the way for the covert, ulterior agenda of Western-orchestrated regime change in foreign countries. That ploy was used previously by NATO forces in former Yugoslavia at the end of the 1990s and more recently in Libya during 2011.

Sep 16 15:45

Pentagon: US ground troops may join Iraqis in combat against Isis

The Pentagon leadership suggested to a Senate panel on Tuesday that US ground troops may directly join Iraqi forces in combat against the Islamic State (Isis), despite US president Barack Obama’s repeated public assurances against US ground combat in the latest Middle Eastern war.

A day after US warplanes expanded the war south-west of Baghdad, Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate armed services committee that he could see himself recommending the use of some US military forces now in Iraq to embed within Iraqi and Kurdish units to take territory away from Isis.

Sep 16 14:44

Stop Calling the Iraq War a ’Mistake’

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

Sep 16 11:42

William Rivers Pitt | The Pleasant Fiction of "No Boots on the Ground"

In June of this year, ISIS staged a surprise attack on Mosul, routed Iraqi security forces and police, and took control of the city. Hundreds of thousands fled the violence, including members of the defeated security forces, who shed their uniforms and ran with the civilians. ISIS is now dug into Mosul, surrounded by the hundreds of thousands of civilians who did not flee. Many of those who remained, while not necessarily supportive of their new masters, are so distrustful of the government in Baghdad that they are willing to hunker down and ride it out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is a question of when, not a question of if, ground troops are going to be needed here.

Obama may well have to deploy them before the November elections, when it is seen that the air strikes are ultimately impotent to deter these rebels.

Frankly, I am still expecting this government to stage some huge false flag event with which to rile Americans into a pitched war fever.

I hope (and pray, as a Christian pacifist) this does not happen.

It is ultimately, painfully clear that it will be our kids who will fight, die, and get maimed for life to assure that the oil is ultimately controlled by Western companies, and sold only in US dollars.

Sep 16 11:29

Iraqi Shi’ite Cleric Sadr Warns US Soldiers Could Be Targeted if They Return

Influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has ordered members of his Mahdi Army militia to withdraw from areas where US forces are conducting their war against ISIS, and urged popular demonstrations against the return of US ground troops to the country.

Sadr was an outspoken opponent of the US occupation, and his Mahdi Army often clashed with the US forces in the nation. He is also the leader of the politically powerful Sadrist Trend in Iraq.

Failing the threat of unrest keeping US troops off Iraqi soil, Sadr warned that they could find themselves once again a target of his allied militias, declaring “if you come back, we will be back too.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I predicted this in a previous post today.

IF the US winds up having troops on the ground to combat IS (and you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air), it will have the Mahdi Army with which to contend.

Sadr means what he says, and were I am member of Congress, State Department, Pentagon, or the White House, I would take what this guy said very, very seriously.

Sep 16 11:22

Russia to provide military, other assistance to Iraq, Syria in combating terrorism

Russia will provide military and other assistance to Iraq and Syria in the fight against terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on the sidelines of an international conference on Iraq in Paris on Monday.

“We have spoken of our contribution to supporting the Iraqi government in their fight against terrorists, ensuring security of their state. In a similar way we provide military and other kind of assistance to Syria that is also facing a serious terrorist threat, maybe to a lesser degree. We also provide assistance to our partners in Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan. So we have something to contribute to the common efforts,” Lavrov said.

No double standards in the fight against terrorists are acceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on the sidelines of an international conference on Iraq in the French capital on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the US government; you are about to be check-mated, big-time.

Sep 16 11:11

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

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

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Sep 16 10:55

Senate ISIS Hearing Raises Specter Of Escalating War, Ground Forces

America's top military officials on Tuesday made the case for President Barack Obama's strategy to target the Islamic State, in a Senate hearing that highlighted how quickly the theoretically limited mission could mushroom into something much more involved.

Under the plan Obama is pursuing, the United States would beef up its ongoing efforts to work with Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq and train some 5,000 rebels associated with the Free Syrian Army, who would be able to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, with intelligence and air support from the U.S. military.

The president has said repeatedly that the operation would not involve boots on the ground. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed early in the hearing, held before the Senate Armed Services Committee, how that could change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We already have troops on the ground in Iraq, as of 1 July of this year. As reported at vicenews.com:

President Barack Obama ordered up an additional 200 American military troops for deployment in Iraq on Monday, where they will be tasked with helping secure the US Embassy and the Baghdad International Airport. This latest move to increase US military presence in Iraq comes as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues capturing territory in the country, and will bring the total number of US troops on the ground nationwide to 750.

It is only a matter of time before there will be US troops on the ground, engaging in combat, in Iraq.

And Obama's problem is that he cannot delay this reality becuse of how much money ISIS is making daily from the oil fields they have conquered (about 3 million per day, and the medium of exchange here is NOT the US dollar.)

Please remember: we got started in that horrendous war in Vietnam through the sending of "advisors". And we all know just how well THAT ended.

And does anyone out there (I'm talking about YOU, White House, Pentagon, and State Department) remember a Shiite Cleric by the name Moktada al-Sadr?!?

He and his organization were extremely powerful before the American forces left, and a question I hope everyone in those conference rooms in Sodom on the Patomic will be asking is, how is this guy going to react to another US military invasion of Iraq?!?

The short answer: I am betting, not well.

Sep 16 10:43

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

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

Sep 16 10:01

The New "Regime Change" Plan - Attack Damascus From The South

There are serious active preparations for a new attack on Damascus. Anti-government forces, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, have been trained and equipped in Jordan and are now moving into their starting position in Quneitra governate in south-west Syria. (A similar plan in spring 2013 was only partially executed and later aborted.)

The anti-government forces now control a 40 miles (70km) long, three miles (5km) wide strip from Jordan along the Golan frontier up to Lebanon. This strip can be used to infiltrate into Hizbullah territory in south Lebanon but its main purpose is likely an attack on Damascus from the south. The Syrian military would have great difficulties to dislodge the anti-government forces from this strip as it is covered by Israeli anti-air and artillery fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When will this Administration collectively man up, and tell the American people the truth?!?

I am really, thoroughly disgusted with this government, and the interminable amounts of codswallop it expects Americans to swallow on a daily basis, in terms of the damned lies they are trying to get us to believe in to support this war.

This whole ISIS pretext for US military involvement, is about regime change in Syria and Iran, period, end of discussion.

The big questions here are, how soon Al-Assad will want to invoke his mutual defense pact with Iran, and just what Russia will do if, in fact, that mutual defense pact is invoked by Al-Assad.

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against Russia getting involved militarily against the US in Iran's behalf.

And the hell of it is, neither the US nor Israel can reasonably expect to successfully wage a conventional war against Russia; they don't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to make this happen.

Additionally, I do not want to see the best and brightest of our military be killed or maimed for life over what is essentially a war for private profit.

And that is the dirty little secret of all wars; they are all ultimately about private profit.

Sep 16 08:48

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

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

Sep 16 08:36

Timmermans blames Russia for ISIS problem

At the Iraq Summit in Paris yesterday, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans outed strong criticism against Russia for doing too little to aid global actions against the rise of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, according to the Algemeen Dagblad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just getting silly!

Sep 16 08:31

Ron Johnson: Obama’s ISIS Strategy Is Basically Like Poking a Hornet’s Nest With a Stick

Republican Senator Ron Johnson is concerned about blowback from America’s limited air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — if the U.S. fails to destroy the group entirely, President Obama’s plan to intervene will be just like poking a hornet’s nest with a stick, he says.

The Wisconsin lawmaker spoke Monday with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews about President Obama’s strategy to deal with the Islamic State. Johnson welcomed the president’s military action, but worried that an insufficient amount of air strikes may only serve to anger the ultra-violent Islamists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, dropping bombs on people tends to piss them off ... which is how we got into this mess in the first place!

Sep 15 17:50

U.S. targets ISIS in Iraq with fresh airstrikes

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

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

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

Sep 15 13:33

Petrodollar Panic: EU Officials Admit Buying Oil From ISIS

We recently explained how ISIS remains so well funded but what was unclear was who exactly what purchasing their 'recently-provisioned' oil reserves? The assumption being some desperate third-world nation or some scheming offshore hedge-fund arbitrageur; however, as Sott.net reports, a senior European Union official has revealed that some EU member states have purchased oil from ISIL Takfiri militants despite their rhetoric against the group. The official declined to disclose any names but Turkey remains a front-runner (having already shunned President Obama) and potentially France (after their recent anti-Petrodollar comments).

Sep 15 13:13

ISIS ‘targeted Scot to force a Yes vote in referendum’

A leading intelligence expert fears Islamic extremists are deliberately threatening to behead a Scots aid worker to break up the UK.

Sep 15 12:23

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

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

Sep 15 10:39

French Report ISIL Leader Mossad Agent

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, so-called ”Caliph,” the head of ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is, according to sources reputed to originate from Edward Snowden, an actor named Elliot Shimon, a Mossad trained operative.

Simon Elliot (Elliot Shimon) aka Al-Baghdadi was born of two Jewish parents and is a Mossad agent.

Sep 15 09:42

Decapitation American Style

America’s anti-humanism can cause shock among hyenas, vultures and other creatures that feed on death in accordance with rather than opposition to nature. But as the empire sinks more deeply into the political economic sewage of its own creation, its weaponized psyche grows more malevolent and the behavior pattern more dangerous. The public has to be nearly lobotomized to allow its leadership to perform at such odds with reality. That is almost the case.

Present postures re the Ukraine and ISIS are so idiotic it’s almost impossible not to think a comedy writer is responsible for the foreign policy directives coming from the mental health crisis center we call our central government.

Sep 15 09:33

Obama Fourth President in a Row to Go on Prime-Time TV to Announce Bombing of Iraq

Presidential traditions can be great. There’s nothing like seeing happy children at the annual Easter Egg Roll or the goofy looks the leader of the world’s most powerful nation gets when pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey. But there’s one tradition that President Barack Obama has continued that he probably should have discontinued: announcing a bombing campaign in Iraq, and possibly Syria, to try to defeat ISIS, which has taken over significant territory in those countries.

Sep 15 08:04

Sen. Graham: Obama’s ISIS Plan ‘Fantasy,’ ‘Delusional’

Sen. Lindsey Graham went off on President Obama’s plan for combatting ISIS in Syria and Iraq, saying the plan to not put boots on the ground in Syria is “fantasy” and that the administration’s approach to the matter is “delusional.”

“This idea that we’re never going to have boots on the ground in Syria is fantasy. All this has come home to roost after the last three years of incompetent decisions,” said Graham.

Graham, who appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” was extremely critical of the president not considering putting boots on the ground, saying it is needed in order to combat ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay Lindsey, 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.

The prudent assumption is that the current spate of theatrical beheadings is just more of the same.

Sep 15 07:41

BEX ALERT - British jihadist medical student, 21, is pictured holding severed head while wearing her white doctor's jacket

A woman believed to be a British medical student who left the UK in order to join ISIS has posted an image on social media of herself holding a severed head.

The woman, who goes by the Twitter name of Mujahidah Bint Usama, claims to be a doctor for the terror group based in Raqqa, Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! They are really laying on the industrial strength bovine excrement right now!

This tells us they are not getting the traction with the public they thought they would with the first staged beheadings. So, if at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again.

Next they will probably gas a cute puppy, like they did to sell the second invasion of Iraq.

Sep 15 07:36

Dancing in the Court of Everlasting Justice.

The slathering crocodile Bankers are salivating over the planned carnage in Syria and Iraq. Their front suits are fronting for these moneychangers. Like Pez dispensers or toothpaste tubes they squeeze out endless coils of radioactive weasel shit, which gets spread like pate over the mindscreens of the blind who squirm and moan in their bondage suits. All the straps and cinches are in the right places for maximum sensory stimulus.

Sep 15 07:14

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

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

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This is worth saving and forwarding to your friends!

Sep 15 06:59

Is It Finally John McCain's America?

Senator John McCain, one of the last non-anguished interventionists in Washington (his Sancho Panza, fellow Republican Lindsey Graham, is another), had a very good last week.

He watched President Barack Obama decide to drop bombs on Syria, a policy McCain has long endorsed. He saw the non-interventionist wing of his party suddenly revise its views when it came under pressure from Middle East reality. He played polar bear to ex-White House flack Jay Carney’s baby seal on CNN.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, you know one of the people to get the blame for all of this!

Sep 14 11:35

ANOTHER FAKE BEHEADING

I really do not know what to do about another fake beheading, because people are so onto the B.S. by now that it probably will not matter to dig through whatever this next phony is and point out how and why it is fake. WHAT IS IMPORTANT HOWEVER is for Israel and the greater Jewish community figure out that THIS TIME REPEATING A LIE WILL NOT WORK and will instead backfire. People are onto the psy ops, and more of the same will only incite hatred towards Israel, the Jewish community and the scamming MSM.

Sep 14 10:44

White House, headquarters of ISIL: Iran cmdr.

An Iranian military official says the United States has created the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in line with its plots to sow discord in the Middle East.

Commander of Iran’s Basij volunteer force Mohammad Reza Naqdi said on Saturday, “The White House is the headquarters of the ISIL.”

Sep 14 09:37

MANUFACTURED BEHEADINGS TO SELL YOU A NEW WAR!

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Sep 14 09:09

How the West Created the Islamic State

Missing from the chorus of outrage, however, has been any acknowledgement of the integral role of covert US and British regional military intelligence strategy in empowering and even directly sponsoring the very same virulent Islamist militants in Iraq, Syria and beyond, that went on to break away from al-Qaeda and form ‘ISIS’, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or now simply, the Islamic State (IS).

According to a little-known November report for the US Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) and Strategic Studies Department, Dividing Our Enemies, post-invasion Iraq was “an interesting case study of fanning discontent among enemies, leading to ‘red-against-red’ [enemy-against-enemy] firefights.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government can never again be considered an "honest broker" for any kind of peace in the Middle East or elsewhere.

Any country wishing to hang on to its legitimacy and sovereignty better stop listening to US governmental officials on anything and right the bloody heck now!!

Sep 14 09:03

Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Concealment: that is what this administration is all about; lies, lies, and more lies, to achieve its geopolitical goals.

There is no real difference between the objectives of Bush and Obama: control of Middle Eastern Oil, and having it paid for only with US dollars; the destruction of America's middle class through outsourcing/offshoring; and the destruction of any competing currency, like the Russian ruble or the Chinese yuan, through war if necessary.

So our best and brightest in our military will die, and be maimed for life, ultimately for corporate pursuit of private profit; cold comfort for their friends and family, but this is the hard truth.

Once you understand this, all the military misadventures in which this country has been mired ever since 2001 come into clear, sharp, and painful focus.

We are not having our freedoms protected by these wars; we are not any more safe because them, or because of the extrajudicial assassinations, upon which which President Bushbama is so keen, which have occurred.

After 9/11, the horrific pieces of legislation which have been put into place, like the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, and the NDAA guarantee that the protections which used to exist under a rule of law, guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, no longer exist.

Sep 14 08:07

Iraqi PM renounces British citizenship

Iraq's new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has renounced his British citizenship since assuming office last week, three government officials close to the premier said Sunday.

According to the officials, who declined to be named because they are not authorized to discuss the matter, al-Abadi surrendered his British passport after his government was officially approved by parliament on Sept. 8.

Sep 14 08:06

The American Establishment Combats Resurgent “Isolationist” Threat

It had become apparent in 2013 that the American people had grown averse to America’s involvement in wars, and this was given empirical confirmation by a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in November 2013, which revealed that 51 percent of Americans believed that their country’s military involvement was excessive.[1] Once again the bugaboo of isolationism entered the mainstream spotlight, the derogatory label being attached to those who would like to cut back America’s global intervention.[2] Opposition to the alleged resurgent isolationism united all sectors of the mainstream establishment–liberals, moderates, and conservatives, the ultra-interventionist neoconservatives and the more moderate traditional foreign policy establishment.

Sep 14 07:51

Iraq's prime minister halts airstrikes in civilian areas

Iraq's new Shiite prime minister has ordered the country's air force to halt bombardments of civilian areas. The move is part of an effort to gain support from Sunnis in the fight against "Islamic State" (IS) militants.

Sep 14 07:34

Australia contributing 600 troops, up to 10 aircraft to campaign against Islamic State group

Australia is preparing to contribute 600 troops and up to 10 military aircraft to the increasingly aggressive campaign against the Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday.

Abbott said Australia was responding to a formal request from the United States for specific contributions to the international coalition.

President Barack Obama announced the more aggressive military campaign last week. Scores of U.S. airstrikes have been launched at select targets in Iraq, and U.S. planes and drones will be gathering intelligence on targets before launching airstrikes in Syria.

Australia will prepare up to eight F/A18 combat aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail Early Warning and Control aircraft and a KC-30A Tanker and Transport aircraft to be deployed to the United Arab Emirates, a statement from Abbott's office said.

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