WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Apr 15 10:28

US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict

WASHINGTON – It has the makings of a new Cold War, or worse.

The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war.

American and European analysts and current and former U.S. military officers say the nuclear superpowers need to talk more. A foundational arms control agreement is being abandoned and the last major limitation on strategic nuclear weapons could go away in less than two years. Unlike during the Cold War, when generations lived under threat of a nuclear Armageddon, the two militaries are barely on speaking terms.

"During the Cold War, we understood each other's signals. We talked," says the top NATO commander in Europe, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who is about to retire. "I'm concerned that we don't know them as well today."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These men should be meeting weekly, so that everyone understands what is going on and why, so that the possibility of a all-our war becomes minimized through miscommunication, or "glitch".

There has to be a military version of "Skype" which can be used by both the US and Russians.

Apr 15 10:05

Displaced Syrians Leaving Rukban Camp Say US Occupation Forces Starved Thousands of Camp Residents

A new batch of displaced Syrians on Saturday left al-Rukban Camp in al-Tanf area near the Syrian-Jordanian borders and arrived in Jleigem corridor so as to be transferred to makeshift centers in Homs.

The process comes within the framework of the Syrian State's efforts to end the tragedy of tens of thousands of displaced citizens who have been trapped for years in the Rukban camp by US occupation forces and their affiliated terrorists positioned in al-Tanf.

SANA reporter said that tens of displaced families, most of them children, women and elderly, arrived Saturday noon at Jleigem corridor on board of trucks and tractors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not the first time the American military have been criticized for their handling of displace Syrians at this particular camp.


UN Official: Conditions in Syrian Rukban Camp Throwback to 'Stone Age'

RUSSIA CLAIMS U.S. HOLDING REFUGEE CAMP ‘HOSTAGE’ TO STAY IN SYRIA AFTER DONALD TRUMP CHANGES HIS MIND AGAIN ON LEAVING

Apr 15 09:03

SECRET REPORT REVEALS SAUDI INCOMPETENCE AND WIDESPREAD USE OF U.S. WEAPONS IN YEMEN

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
SINCE THE BRUTAL murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi last October, Congress has increasingly pressured the Trump administration to stop backing the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen and halt U.S. arms sales to Riyadh. In response, President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that if the U.S. does not sell weapons to the Saudis, they will turn to U.S. adversaries to supply their arsenals.

“I don’t like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States,” Trump told reporters in October, referring to a collection of intent letters signed with the Saudis in the early months of his presidency. “You know what they are going to do? They’re going to take that money and spend it in Russia or China or someplace else.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, unfortunately, is what happens when a country elects a Merchant of Death in Chief, who also happens to be the President of the US.

It is also unfortunate, that he has placed every citizen of this country, into the category of being a citizen of a government which commits war crimes, as has happened, and will continue to keep happening, in Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Somalia; and Yemen.

Apr 15 08:34

US MILITARY ATTACK ON VENEZUELA MULLED BY TOP TRUMP ADVISORS AND LATIN AMERICAN OFFICIALS AT PRIVATE DC MEETING

EXCLUSIVE: AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC EYE, THE CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS) THINK TANK HOSTED A TOP-LEVEL, OFF-THE-RECORD MEETING TO EXPLORE US MILITARY OPTIONS AGAINST VENEZUELA.
BY MAX BLUMENTHAL

The Washington, DC-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a private roundtable on April 10 called “Assessing the Use of Military Force in Venezuela.” A list of attendees was provided to The Grayzone and two participants confirmed the meeting took place. They refused to offer any further detail, however.

A WHO’S WHO OF TRUMP ADMINISTRATION COUP ADVISERS

The CSIS check-in list not only confirms that the Trump administration and its outside advisors are mulling options for a military assault on Venezuela; it also outlines the cast of characters involved in crafting the regime change operation against the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, please: a word.

Have you and your colleagues in this ill-considered potential assault on Venezuela, collectively imbibed the "Koolaid" to the point where you believe that a military assault on Venezuela is both a "reasonable and moral thing" for the US government and military to do?!?

Forgive me, sir, but the candidate Trump spoke of ending these horrific wars, largely to be in control of of the world's petroleum resources; and now, as President Trump, it appears to those of us who actually believed this just might happen, understand, very clearly, that it will not happen, now that you have well and truly been "absorbed" by the Neocon Borg.

Not only are these immoral, illegal wars going to continue, under your watch, but new wars are going to be started in the name American dollar hegemony, and in terms of this Venezuela is an absolute prize. As stated at Google:

"The proven oil reserves in Venezuela are recognized as the largest in the world, totaling 297 billion barrels (4.72×1010 m3) as of 1 January 2014. ... The energy and oil ministry said it had certified an additional 12.4 billion barrels (2.0×109 m3) of proven reserves in the country's Faja del Orinoco region."

As you are aware, there are Chinese and Russian troops in place in Venezuela right now, working to protect the infrastructure as best they can, and working with the Venezuelan "top brass" in terms of protecting the country from any possible invasion from the US.

Sir, forgive me, but if your alleged "experts" here have any sense, at all, they will paraphrase what my late Grandmother used to say, if things were out of control, and there was nothing to be done, and that phrase was "The horse is already out of the barn!!"

Mr. President, when Guaido faltered, and was unable to rally the Venezuelan people to his side, the US government and military "lost the window" of opportunity for such an action. (And sir, is THIS the best our "intelligence community" could have possibly come up with?!?
The Making of Juan Guaido IF true, they should be fired, en masse!!

The American government and military could have possibly "gotten away" with an action like this, even through the 70s, or 80s; however, at this point in the 21st century, let me tell you what you are facing; and sir, forgive me, but an invasion of Venezuela is going to earn you "The Mother of All Backlashes".

1. Venezuela has never done anything to the US to warrant an invasion; it is a sovereign country where its financial woes, including a collapse in oil prices; political intrigue, and mismanagement of funds and infrastructure, coupled with US sanctions, are primarily responsible for its horrific economic situation today.

2. In light of the fact that we would be invading a sovereign country where Chinese and Russian troops are already on the ground, any attack on Chinese or Russian assets, would be tantamount to an attack against China and Russia, leaving them little choice but to react in kind. And I hope you ask yourself; would a war for Venezuela's oil reserves really be worth World War III?!?

3. Because of a lack of troop strength, the US government would be forced to go back to imposing a draft, to the anger and outrage of the American people.
And I would ad this caveat: the "booming economy" you have been touting, since nearly the beginning of your presidency, has been great for the one percenters; but not so great for a lot of the rest of us. Financial wrangling with China over trade has absolutely crucified smaller farmers here in the US, and they will not soon forget it.

4. I would very much like to remind you, sir: we cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air. The lessons of Vietnam can only be overlooked at this country's peril; any military advisors who tells you differently, are not telling you the truth.

5. The optics of such an invasion will be horrific, internationally, and the question will be asked; How could a country which holds itself in the highest moral esteem, and is perpetually in a state of self-congratulations for making good, just,and ethical decisions about foreign policy, have transformed into this rapacious, war-mongering, lunatic asylum, in which the inmates have, well and truly, taken over the asylum?!?

Mr. President, please, before it is too late, and the die is cast, abandon this course of action. Let us, for once, be "on the right side of history" by preventing this "Warmageddon" in Venezuela.

With all the US-generated hot spots around the world, where the US government is desperately trying to look like it has had a military "win", but really has not, this country has enough fires raging, geopolitically, before we set another one alight.

Apr 14 09:49

The United States Air Force "Worries About the Lack of Diversity" Among Pilots (93% White) Being 'Very White and Very Male'...

The United States Air Force no longer cares about maintaining superiority over the skies, but ensuring whites no longer have dominance over them. Just read the opening line of this story from the Air Force Times, almost an apology for the US Air Force’s control of the world’s aerospace due to its embarrassing whiteness.

Apr 14 07:23

US MILITARY ATTACK ON VENEZUELA MULLED BY TOP TRUMP ADVISORS AND LATIN AMERICAN OFFICIALS AT PRIVATE DC MEETING

The Washington, DC-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a private roundtable on April 10 called “Assessing the Use of Military Force in Venezuela.” A list of attendees was provided to The Grayzone and two participants confirmed the meeting took place. They refused to offer any further detail, however.

Apr 13 14:02

Tell Congress: The Golan Heights does not belong to Israel!

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pressuring the U.S. to support Israel's illegal annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights. Accordingly, President Trump has announced that the U.S. will now recognize this as Israeli territory, and some Republican Congressmen have introduced legislation that would make it law.

Please contact your representatives by filling out the form below. Tell them to oppose House of Representatives bill H.R. 1372 and Senate bill S.567

Apr 12 13:04

HAGUE COURT CAVES TO US THREATS: REJECTS AFGHAN WAR CRIMES CASE

The ICC judge claimed a lack of evidence and a poor outlook for state cooperation — the latter reason essentially meaning the US and UK have already condemned the prospect of opening such an investigation.

The ICC had previously vowed to continue to operate "undeterred" by any US threat of punitive action against the ICC when it first considered examining allegations that US personnel committed war crimes, including instances of unlawful detention and torture of Afghans, as well as killing of civilians. The window of time ICC prosecutors considered for their investigation ran from May 2003, within the opening years of the US occupation, to 2017.

“The chamber hereby decides that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan at this stage would not serve the interests of justice and accordingly rejects the request,” the judges said in their decision, as cited by Reuters. But the obvious first question is: whose interests are being served here?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US, it's military, the Pentagon, State Department, and Surveillance Department must know, that some of the worst excuses for torture were used here, coupled with the actual torture.

It appears that they are "circling the wagons" to attempt to salvage what is left of their "credibility", by not allowing these issues be investigated by the ICC; well, ladies and gentlemen in the Bowels of Power in DC, have I got a news flash for you; you lost it the minute the US government had attacked and began to occupy Afghanistan!

You, and your sycophantic warmongering media, have utterly lost the fight for being able to get anything right, including massive incidents of allege "friendly fire" at social gatherings, must have REALLY impressed your Afghani counterparts, who dare say nothing at the maltreatment of its prisoners of war.

And I have something I thought appropriate at this juncture: You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. – John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn

There are many who understand what is going on with these wars, but refuse to say anything them, because they understand the price which will most likely
have to be paid, and dearly.

And that is what has to stop; but that will only happen with a peaceful, logical, and fact-centric dialogue which we can, and should, share with each other.

Apr 12 09:39

The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit

When the Defense Department flunked its first-ever fiscal review, one of our government’s greatest mysteries was exposed: Where does the DoD’s $700 billion annual budget go?

Apr 12 09:17

Senators show deep skepticism on Space Force proposal

Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee from both parties on Thursday aired their skepticism about President Trump’s Space Force proposal as Pentagon brass sought to defend the plan.

At a hearing on the proposal, senator after senator questioned whether adding bureaucracy could have the opposite of its intended effect to improve the military’s operations in space.

“When we first heard about the proposal I asked two simple questions: What will the organization fix, and how much will it cost?” committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said in his opening statement. “It's come out of the administration that this is going to be a $2 billion program. So, for my purposes, I'm going to assume that's right. But I'm still waiting for the answer for the other question.”

Apr 11 11:34

FINANCIAL TYRANNY: AMERICA HAS BECOME A PAY-TO-PLAY EXERCISE IN FASCISM

SOURCE: JOHN WHITEHEAD VIA THE RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE
If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

Don’t ask me what I want it for
If you don’t want to pay some more
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman…
And you’re working for no one but me.
— George Harrison, “Taxman

“We the people” have become the new, permanent underclass in America.

We get taxed on how much we earn, taxed on what we eat, taxed on what we buy, taxed on where we go, taxed on what we drive, and taxed on how much is left of our assets when we die, and yet we have no real say in how the government runs, or how our taxpayer funds are used.

Case in point: Lawmakers across the country have been acting as fronts for corporations, sponsoring more than 10,000 model laws written by corporations, industry groups and think tanks such as the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This transition into Fascism,has become almost painfully complete beyond bearing; what used to be The United States of America, once thought to be "the land of the free and the home of the brave", has rapidly devolved into "The land... of the cowed And the home... of the surveilled."

And I am gently asking, no, begging our readers and listeners to start to preparing themselves, for what looks like a very rocky patch ahead, both for We the People; this country; and our world.

Folks, I don't want to be crowned "Mrs. Chicken Little" of Oahu; and I am absolutely no psychic.

But looking at the world situation, for me, there is one, central, and unvarnished truth; that the more you prepare for a massively bad situation, no matter what that might be, and when, this be cannot possibly be worse than having done no prep whatsoever.

I am seeing a number of hot spots around the world which are on a razor's edge from triggering massive regional conflicts that could quickly become world wars, if allowed to spin out of control.

But the question I have to ask now, is, which conflict zones will be allowed/ abetted in their metastatic melt-down, courtesy of US foreign policy, to become full-on wars, and perhaps,and perpetual, in their duration??

This is something I hope every American citizen (including President Trump; Mike Pompeo, and John Bolton) is thinking about.

The ratcheting up of world tensions by the fractious, hubristic, bellicose, and catastrophically unreasonable demands placed against countries the US government doesn't particularly like, is not doing anything to begin to create the calm, reasonable environment, in which good faith negotiations can grow, and thrive.

Unfortunately, I see the current ratcheting up of international tensions by the US government as a very intense indication that the US government will be going to war against (take your pick:) Syria; Iran; Venezuela; China; and a re-invasion of Iraq, as they are very unhappy with the US troop presence in Iraq.

And even more stunningly important,these countries which the US government is shunning, both economically,and militarily, immediately understood that what they had to do, to get around the US's tariffs.

And that was to create a coalition, where agreements could be made, to buy merchandise and services from each other, but using several software packages which will,most probably, will wind up consolidated.

So what has been brilliantly achieved here, is the introduction of a software platform which is capable of bypassing SWIFT, and allowing merchants, globally, to use their own software packages instead.

Apr 11 10:34

MAJOR: F-35 Crashes Off Japan – U.S Concerned China And Russia Will Learn How Not To Build A Fighter

The U.S appears to be concerned that if the Chinese or Russians were to find the jet first, they would learn how never to construct a 5th generation multirole fighter.

The Japanese F-35 fighter jet missing in the Pacific could be a major security headache for the U.S if Russia or China locate the state-of-the-art fighter jet first, experts warn. It would be possible that the Russians or Chinese could learn of the F-35’s other unknown vulnerabilities, besides how it spontaneously self-destructs mid-air about 50% of the time.

Apr 11 10:15

Will the Trump Administration Go to War Next?

Ever since Mr. MAGA made it to the White House, I have been awed by the level of sheer stupidity and, frankly, the immorality of this administration. Obama was almost as incompetent and evil, but Trump truly brought about a qualitative change in what we could loosely refer to as the “average White House IQ.” The best thing I can honestly say about Trump is that stupid can be good. Alas, it can also be extremely dangerous, and that is what is happening now. Just check out these recent headlines:

Apr 11 09:51

We Have Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001

This March marked the 16th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. In 2003, President George W. Bush and his advisers based their case for war on the idea that Saddam Hussein, then dictator of Iraq, possessed weapons of mass destruction — weapons that have never been found. Nevertheless, all these years later, Bush’s “Global War on Terror” continues — in Iraq and in many other countries.

Apr 10 20:09

Identity Politics Smears Robert E. Lee

My Great Great Grand Daddy was on the staff of the 6th Virginia Infantry
Army of Northern Virginia Robert E.Lee commanding, enlisted in Norfolk Virginia and fought in every battle in the east from Second Bull Run to The Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. WE are proud of him. Got to heft his 1860 Colt Army as a youngster.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-did-the-re...

Robert E. Lee has been dead for 150 years, but the Identity Politics freaks can’t leave him alone. The latest attack on Lee is by CounterPunch music writer Lee Ballinger reviewing a one-sided and utterly false book by John Reeves with the biased title of “The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee.”

Apr 10 11:51

ALL WARS ARE BANKERS' WARS!

"The most hated sort [of moneymaking], and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural use of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term usury which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money, because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of all modes of making money this is the most unnatural." -- Aristotle (384-322 BCE)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BUMP TO THE TOP

Apr 10 10:35

Japanese military confirms F-35 crash & discovery of wreckage

Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya grounded the Air Self-Defense Force’s entire fleet of F-35As as a precaution after the aircraft went missing at about 7:30pm local time, half an hour after taking off. At the same time the fighter disappeared from the radar screens, ground control also lost all radio contact with it.

It was reportedly the first F-35A to be built at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries facility in Nagoya. In December, Japan announced plans to place an order for 105 more F-35s from the US on top of the 42 it had already bought – a deal which would make Japan the largest international buyer of the troubled plane.

Apr 10 07:41

Japanese Military Found F-35 Debris, Pilot Still Missing - Reports

Last August, the nonprofit Project On Government Oversight (POGO) said that senior officials developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for the US armed forces — the most expensive military program of all time — are covering up dangerous flaws in the plane instead of fixing them. In particular, the Center for Defense Information at POGO obtained a document showing how F-35 officials were re-categorizing rather than fixing major design flaws to be able to claim they had completed the program’s development phase without having to pay overruns for badly needed fixes.

Moreover, a report on the F-35 last year from the US Government Accountability Office showed that the aircraft still had 111 Category One deficiencies that may cause death, severe injury, loss or major damage and that critically restricted the combat readiness capabilities of armed forces using the aircraft, POGO noted.

Apr 10 07:39

UK's MoD Reviewing Status of F-35s Following Japan Crash

The UK Ministry of Defence is collaborating with US authorities as they look to review the status of 17 F-35B fighter jets - the probe was initiated after a Japanese F-35 jet crashed on Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean, according to a ministry spokesperson.

"Safety is of the utmost importance and very closely managed on the F-35 programme. We will continue to review the situation as further information becomes available," the UK Ministry of Defence spokesperson noted.

The British Ministry of Defence has shown its concern as it has plans to purchase a total of 138 F-35 fighter jets developed by Lockheed Martin, according to Reuters. In November last year, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that the UK was doubling its fleet of F-35 fighters by ordering 17 more jets.

Apr 09 12:09

Japan lost an F-35 in the Pacific, and the US is in trouble if Russia or China find it first

Japan's military reported on Tuesday that it lost contact with an F-35 stealth jet some 84 miles off the east coast of Aomori prefecture in the Pacific, and that the hunt was on for the pilot and the downed plane.

But if Russia or China, who both maintain a heavy naval presence in the region, find the plane first, the future of US airpower could be over before it started.

Apr 09 09:16

Japan Grounds F-35 Fleet After Jet Disappears From Radar Over Pacific

Step aside Boeing, it's Lockheed Martin's turn to bask in the spotlight for at least a few hours.

Earlier today, a Japanese F-35 stealth fighter jet with one pilot on board unexpectedly disappeared from radar while on a training mission over the Pacific on Tuesday night, Kyodo reported citing the defense ministry. The fighter jet went missing at around 7:27 p.m. (1027 GMT) as it was flying 135 km (84 miles) east of Misawa in northeastern Japan, a ministry spokeswoman said.

Apr 08 09:03

Countries arming Saudi Arabia, partners in crimes against Yemenis: Iran

Iran has strongly condemned the latest deadly airstrikes by Saudi warplanes in Yemen that killed more than a dozen civilians, most of them schoolchildren, saying countries that are arming the aggressors are complicit in the crimes.

"Countries that have caused the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen by providing arms to the aggressors are accomplices in these crimes and must be held accountable for their support," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday.

He criticized the international community for remaining silent and indifferent to the atrocities committed by the Saudi-led coalition in its military campaign against Yemen and expressed sympathy with the families of victims.

The Iranian spokesperson called on the United Nations and countries involved in the Yemeni crisis to ramp up their efforts in order to put an immediate end to the attacks and adopt necessary measures to protect civilians, particularly women and children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian Foreign Minister Qassemi, I agree entirely with your position on this.

The assassination of children, is tantamount to the destruction of a country's rightful future, bit by bit; because all of today's kids will grow up to take their rightful place in the world in the next couple of decades.

There would be no earthly reason for you to know who I am, but I would like to share this with you; my husband and Mike are both peace activists, very concerned that of late, this country seems to believe that the only way to resolve its geopolitical disputes, is the invocation, and execution, of war.

We never advocate violence, ever.

Wishing all those working collaboratively toward Peace and Justice, a day of Grace and Light,

Claire

Apr 08 08:25

TO HELL AND BACK

Terrence Popp is quite a character.

If you watch his Redonkulas episodes over on YouTube regularly (which I do), then you will see that he comes across as something of a roaring asshole. He is very sarcastic, very blunt, doesn't give a damn about your feelings, and takes absolutely no prisoners while he breaks down the stupidities and insanities of our modern world using maths and logic.

He has no patience whatsoever for idiots, fatties, losers, and especially feminists. (Lord, forgive me my redundancies.) And if you judge Popp purely by what you see on his YouTube channel, you will get a rather skewed and deeply inaccurate picture of the man.

Apr 08 08:04

NATO at 70: Global Enforcers of Western Imperialism

Formed in the years immediately following World War II, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), then comprised of Canada, the United States, and ten European powers, was presented to the world as a defensive pact, wherein an attack on one member is an attack on all. The Encyclopedia Britannica explains that NATO was established and conceived as “a counterweight to Soviet armies stationed in central and eastern Europe after World War II.”

Today, seventy years after its founding, the Soviet Union is no more. NATO has increased its military involvement in theatres around the world, including the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, the Mediterranean, and Libya. Many of these missions were framed as ‘humanitarian interventions’ or disaster relief as opposed to aggression.

Apr 08 08:00

Only functioning airport in Libya's Tripoli hit by air raid - reports

The only functioning airport in the Libyan capital of Tripoli has been hit in an air raid, local TV and several agencies report, citing eyewitnesses. Heavy fighting broke out between the forces of the country's two governments.
A military aircraft belonging to the Libyan National Army forces has reportedly targeted Mitiga airport, located in the Libyan capital’s eastern suburb. Commanded by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar the group challenged the government in Tripoli for power.

The Libyan authorities confirmed that the airport was closed following the airstrike, but provided no additional information on casualties or damage resulting from it. Mitiga has been the only airport used for international flights since the capital’s international airport was destroyed back in 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like things are escalating here very,very quickly

Apr 08 07:59

NATO 'broke away' from intl law, lost its legitimacy – ex-OSCE Parliamentary Assembly VP to RT

NATO broke away from international law and risks "collapse" or a conflict that will "destroy Europe," if it does not change its modus operandi, Willy Wimmer, the former vice president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, told RT.
As the US-led military alliance marked its 70th anniversary on Thursday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg stated that the bloc remains essential for global security. "We stand together, fight together, and, sometimes, die together," he said in a speech in Washington.

Apr 08 07:50

Poland's Former Army Chief Floats US Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike On Russia

One of Poland's top former military commander's who led the country's Land Forces until 2009, General (ret.) Waldemar Skrzypczak, has made stunning remarks on the nature of the "Russian threat" to Europe and the readiness of western allies to deploy nuclear weapons in any future conflict.

Alarmingly, his recent remarks during an interview with Polish media conglomerate Wirtualna Polska this week likely reflect powerful and hawkish elements of the Polish military establishment who along with Skrzypczak now see Poland as a bulwark against "aggression from the East." The retired general imagined a future scenario of conflict where a US nuclear strike would be welcomed and necessary as "the most reasonable response"

Apr 08 07:29

US designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization – Trump

The US government is the biggest supporter of and cause of terrorism on Planet Earth. Trump is a dyed in the wool neocon intent on starting WW3!

US President Donald Trump has designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a “terrorist organization,” accusing the elite force of financing and promoting terrorism in the region.

Apr 08 06:35

Expected bloodbath in Tripoli an outcome of ill-advised NATO toppling of Gaddafi, historian tells RT

Libya is back in the headlines after one of its two competing governments sent troops towards Tripoli. If another bloodbath happens there, it will be the inevitable result of the 2011 NATO bombing campaign, an expert told RT.
The Northern African country was once stable and quite prosperous thanks to large revenues from oil trade. But since 2011, when NATO supported a militant uprising and helped topple, then kill, longtime strongman leader Muammar Gaddafi, it remains a fractured failed state. Last week, the unending feuds between rival factions escalated, with Khalifa Haftar, a powerful military commander, launching an offensive against his rivals from the UN-recognized government in Tripoli.

The general is unlikely to immediately heed calls for a political settlement, believes US political commentator and historian Gerald Horne. This may escalate into a major battle in the capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was cheer-leading for Gaddafi's removal, and by any means necessary; once he had been assassinated, this threw the country into turmoil in 2011, and 8 years on, the turmoil continues.

This was one of the most spectacular "epic fails" of Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, and ... if (God help us, no), she decides to run for President, and wins, one has to wonder; what other spectacular defects in her logic and vision will she demonstrate to both this country and the world?!?

I am looking at many of the possible geopolitical situations here which could go "mammary glands up" in a heartbeat, if unsound, or truly monumentally bad decisions are made by this country's leadership about how the US should approach challenges abroad.

So color me nervous about Libya right now; there are many factions looking at what seizing Tripoli, and the country, could mean for them, economically; and I would rather suspect that the US government is standing right in front of that line, trying to figure out how best to conjure a Lybia 2.0 invasion, but struggling to find ways which potentially insure, that the optics of such an invasion...appear to be a very different kind of animal, let's say, for example, like perhaps several battalions of enraged, GMO'd kangaroos, covertly chucking death stars out their pouches.

BUT, MIND YOU, THIS WILL NOT BE AN INVASION!!

But seriously, I have to wonder, if I had family in Libya, how I would get them out, or get them to safety, if the airports are ordered closed because of an on-coming military attack? If I had kids, or medically fragile elderly members who needed special care, and attention.

These are the kinds of brutal choices many families in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia must make on a daily basis; but for me, the worst of this is, that these decisions are far too frequently a direct result of US foreign policy in their countries.

Time will, of course, resolve this; but to see so many people throughout the Middle East are are suffering, and will suffer so catastrophically because the international battles for their oil (usually courtesy of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America).

I know that I am a citizen of a country whose leadership is very comfortable with being war criminals. As a Christian Pacifist, I never advocate violence.

But my suggestion here, is that my brother and sister Americans, need, urgently, to have a national conversation about what we can do (again peacefully) to assist our government in creating a different tone of its foreign policies, which might resemble a reasonably sane foreign policy.

Sanity in foreign policy tends to lead to peaceful, amicable relations with a country's neighbors, and the world.

This government desperately needs to rediscover what that means.

Apr 08 05:04

Poland's Former Army Chief Floats US Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike On Russia

One of Poland's top former military commander's who led the country's Land Forces until 2009, General (ret.) Waldemar Skrzypczak, has made stunning remarks on the nature of the "Russian threat" to Europe and the readiness of western allies to deploy nuclear weapons in any future conflict.

Alarmingly, his recent remarks during an interview with Polish media conglomerate Wirtualna Polska this week likely reflect powerful and hawkish elements of the Polish military establishment who along with Skrzypczak now see Poland as a bulwark against "aggression from the East." The retired general imagined a future scenario of conflict where a US nuclear strike would be welcomed and necessary as "the most reasonable response".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this gentleman gone completely, barking mad, to make such a suggestion?!?

There is nothing either reasonable, or sane, about a decision to use a nuclear bomb; and a first strike capability, makes the optics of such an attack one of the most morally wretched moves I could think of.

So I would like to politely point out to General Waldemar Skrzypczak, that at this point in human civilization (if one can call humans "civilized" which is sometimes a stretch), that what the world needs right now, are hard-one, practical negotiations between the world's neighbors, independent political bodies, and quasi-military organisations ( like NATO) to ratchet down geopolitical tension, and start working on good faith, relationship-building efforts.

I would like to strongly caution against war as being the preferred "weapon of choice" with which governments frequently attempt to resolve their geopolitical differences; because at the end of the day, someone is going to do something so pig-headedly, ham-fisted stupid, that there will be no way back, and we have made something of this earth which is inimical to to bringing back any life on this planet whatosever.

Apr 08 04:49

Trump's Neocons See Erdogan As Their Ticket To A Region-Wide MidEast War

Authored by Mike Whitney via The Unz Review,

Turkish troops and armored units are massed along Turkey’s southern border awaiting orders to invade northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to clear a ten mile-deep swath of land east of the Euphrates River in order to remove terrorist-linked militants (YPG) currently occupying the territory. The proposed offensive would put US Special Forces in the line of fire which significantly increases the likelihood of US casualties. If American troops are killed or wounded by the Turkish operation, Washington will respond in force leading to a potentially catastrophic face-off between the two NATO allies. The possibility of a violent clash between Turkey and the United States has never been greater than it is today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, in terms of the neocons, if plans are already in play for a "false flag" here, to be blamed on Turkey, as the US "provocation/justification" for an attack against it.

Dicey in the extreme?? But possible, as a way of distracting American voters who are fed up with Russiagate; stagnating salaries; and the horrific hardening of political lines in this country where, to some people, beating up someone who disagrees with you is a perfectly rational thing to do?!?

You bet your sweet bippy!!

And let us not forget that in tomorrow's Israeli election, Prime Minister Netanyahu is betting on re-election for a 5th term, in spite of corruption charges being laid against him.

He could really use international focus going...elsewhere.

Apr 08 04:35

After Golan, are Trump and Netanyahu coming for West Bank?

A warning: If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still in office in late 2020 or 2024, when President Donald Trump’s time in office is coming to a close, there is a good chance the two leaders will declare American recognition of Israeli annexation of all or most of the occupied West Bank.

The precedent for such a move was put in place Monday as two significant anti-Arab events took place in Washington.

First, at the annual AIPAC conference, Democratic and Republican speakers alike ignored the Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab territory, choosing instead to rail against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has been vilified for openly criticizing the powerful Israel lobby group’s outsize influence.

A bipartisan consensus pretended that AIPAC was being silenced, turning on its head the reality that the organization is supporting legislation seeking to silence supporters of Palestinian rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a short answer to the rhetorical question asked at the beginning of this article, HELL, yes!!

Apr 08 04:13

THE MANAGEMENT OF SAVAGERY: PRO-WAR LOBBYISTS PUSH TO BAN BOOK EXPOSING REGIME CHANGE WARS

Authored by Alexander Rubinstein via MintPress News

The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal’s launch event for his new book The Management of Savagery.

And it appears to have worked. Politics and Prose announced that it would “postpone” the event, citing “concerns” over the event’s “format, substance, … [and] security” in a tweet. In a testament to the ferocity of the harassment campaign against the small chain, the company has pinned the statement to the top of its Twitter page so that anyone visiting it sees immediately that they caved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Max, you will ALWAYS be welcomed at WRH.com!!

Apr 07 09:20

Turns out Pentagon was bombarded with ‘whistleblower complaint every 6 minutes’ – Lee Camp

As astonishing as that number might seem, the amount of people sounding the alarm within the system is not really surprising, Camp noted – considering the previous multiple reports of the military losing track of trillions of dollars.

Apr 07 08:32

The military leads all other professions in the number of days spent drinking per year, study claims

Whether it’s shutting down an entire country’s beer supply, going on a beer-only diet for Lent, or reaching a state of intoxication so severe that one breaks into someone’s home, gets naked and takes a shower, the association between service member and alcohol is well established.

It should come as no surprise, then, that data pulled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and analyzed by the Delphi Behavioral Health Group revealed that service members consume alcohol on more days of the year than any other profession.

Apr 07 08:31

Sacrebleu! Civilian accidentally ejected from French fighter jet during fly-along

A privileged experience of a fly-along in a French Air Force Rafale B fighter jet went terribly wrong last month for one civilian who was shockingly ejected from the jet during a takeoff from Saint Dizier Air Base in northeastern France.

The unidentified 64-year-old passenger, who “does not belong to the [French] Ministry of Armed Forces,” sustained back injuries but was listed in stable condition after being taken to the hospital, according to Aerotime News Hub.

“His health condition is not a cause for concern,” Col. Cyrille Duvivier, spokesman for the French Air Force, told Aerotime News.

In many cases, fly-along opportunities are extended to elected officials or those in the press to highlight capabilities of the aircraft, according to reports.

But aviation experts agree randomly firing passengers into the sky is typically not one of those capabilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Merde!

Apr 07 08:29

Two drone squadron sailors convicted for manufacturing drugs on California Navy base

Two junior sailors stationed with a drone squadron have been convicted for manufacturing drugs on a California Navy base, according to legal records.

Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Morgan Elizabeth Henson, of Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19, was convicted at special court-martial in February.

Among the charges to which she pleaded guilty, Henson copped to manufacturing LSD and ecstasy on Naval Base Ventura County in October 2017, drugs she intended to distribute, according to charge sheets.

Apr 07 07:28

‘We did not expect the world to be silent’: US continuing to kill civilians with impunity

The Trump administration, which made promises to rein in Washington’s unnecessary wars, has not only expanded the US’ covert and lethal drone program, but has taken the covering up of its civilian death toll to a whole new level.
Like most of the battlefields opened more widely under the Obama administration, Donald Trump ramped up airstrikes against the infamous Al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia approximately two years ago. And, like most drone wars expanded under Obama and dramatically widened under Trump, the details of this covert assault are continuously swept under the rug, particularly when it comes to civilian casualties.

The Pentagon has openly said that its airstrikes in Somalia have killed zero civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) why is it, in American National elections, the voting public gets its alleged "choice" between two evils, which means, you have no choice but voting for who you think is the lesser evil?

This is a real problem for voting, intelligent citizens who want to have their voices heard in DC, and get a better deal for themselves in terms of opportunities and work.

But by the time our Presidential candidates get vetted by the military industrial complex; major multinational corporations; and various civil and religious organizations, we can expect only one series of outcomes; more wars; more destruction of our infrastructure; more dumbing down of our kids with an "educational system" that fails its students; and more taxes which never come back to us in goods and services.

It doesn't matter who we vote for; the American deep state has always had its imperious sway, with both domestic and foreign policies.

Right now, I feel like I'm living in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" (a marvellous metaphor for the state of far too many Americans in 2019), where lodging is ramshackle; no individual thinking is allowed; and torture is completely, and openly embraced by a dictatorship, as a way of keeping people "controlled."

And if you haven't seen it, please get "the Director's Cut; this is utterly brilliant.

Apr 07 07:13

Islamabad Has 'Reliable Intel' India Readying New Attack on Pakistan

This comes a day after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan slammed India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for purportedly trying to use false claims of Pakistan using an F-16 in the February dogfight between the two countries to promote “war hysteria”.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has claimed that he has “reliable intelligence that India is planning a new attack on Pakistan” which may take place between 16 and 20 April.

“I am saying it with responsibility and I have a responsible position, I know each word I say would make headlines in the international press”, Qureshi said.

READ MORE: India Warns Pakistan of Escalatory Retaliation in Direct Phone Call — Source

He added that New Delhi’s planned attack aims to “increase diplomatic pressure against Pakistan." India’s Foreign Ministry is yet to comment on the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would implore a couple of "adults in the room" (ladies and gentlemen, who know who you are) to please start working the phones on this, and see if might be possible for the tensions to ratcheted down here, in a deal to create, and foster, peace, and good business relationships between both countries.

Both are nuclear armed countries, and this could escalate completely out of control, if leadership in neither country wants to take a responsible stand toward a greater peace in the region.

Apr 07 06:31

Lawmakers Urge Trump Not to Veto Yemen War Powers Challenge

Letter says Trump has opportunity to restore cooperation with Congress.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the Senate and the House have issued a letter to President Trump urging him not to veto the SJ Res 7 War Powers Act challenge to the Yemen War. The resolution passed the Senate last month, and the House on Thursday.

The War Powers Act requires the president to get the approval of Congress for any overseas military conflicts, and allows Congress to demand a withdrawal form those nations if the operation is unauthorized. The Yemen War was never authorized by Congress.

President Trump has threatened to veto the resolution, and the letter urges him not to, arguing that he has an historic opportunity to set a precedent for cooperation with Congress by complying with the law and ending an unconstitutional war that was launched under President Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I absolutely agree with these bipartisan members of Congress; unfortunately, because there is still so much "bromance and pull" between Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also know in Yemen as "The Butcher of Yemen", and President Trump, I would be amazingly surprised if he did not veto.

But what has happened in Yemen, for the last 3 years, is a level of butchery and genocide against the Yemeni people, that it definitely comes up to the standar of US-abetted Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

I actually never wanted to be a citizen of a country which commits war crimes; and here I am, nearly 70, and watching the madness of the last several administrations, from Bush II to President Trump, operating very overtly; with impunity; and with no question as to whether these actions are morally right, or morally repugnant.

The steps of the pattern emerge very clearly, if you are looking for them.

First, we see demonizations of countries with the resources the US wants; then the regime change of demonized leadership happens; the then, there is an "anointing " of a US-centric leader or leaders; and finally, the assignment of US- centric companies to expropriate those resources; and sell them only for American dollars.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origins, the guy was absolutely correct.

And again, I find it very interesting, that President Trump's BBFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu, and Crown Prince bin Salman,the Butcher of Yemen.

Apr 06 09:15

U.S. Prepares Hypersonic Missile Tests In Marshall Islands 

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command leader Lt. Gen. James Dickinson addressed the Senate Armed Services subpanel on missile defense policies and upcoming weapon programs on Wednseday.

Dickinson told the panel that the military is preparing to test five hypersonic weapons systems in the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean.

"There are currently five active hypersonic test programs in various stages of planning at RTS [the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defence Test Site]," Dickinson told subcommittee.

RTS, formerly Kwajalein Missile Range, is an Army missile test site in the Marshall Islands.

Apr 06 04:19

I'm As Mad As Hell And I'm Defecting To The Syrian Army in Hasaka

Hundreds of US-Backed SDF Fighters Join Syrian Army in Hasaka

A large number of Syrian Democratic Forces have joined the Syrian Army in Hasaka Province as the SDF has launched widespread forced recruitment of fighters in areas under its control in Eastern Syria, field sources said.
"Over 200 SDF fighters have recently defected and surrendered to the Syrian Army in Hasaka province," the battlefield sources in Hasaka province reported.

The sources reiterated that the Kurdish forces have forced over 1,000 young people in Hasaka to join the SDF over the past month by conducting large-scale arrests and raids in areas under their control in Raqqa, Manbij, Hasaka and Deir Ezzur.

The sources pointed to people's discontent and anger from the Kurdish forces'>>>

Apr 05 12:39

US must choose between Turkey and terrorists’: Ankara slaps Pence with counter-ultimatum

Turkey’s vice president said his US counterpart must choose between an alliance with a loyal NATO partner or siding with terrorists, after Mike Pence issued an ultimatum for Ankara to pick its F-35 jets over Russian S-400 systems.
“The United States must choose. Does it want to remain Turkey’s ally or risk our friendship by joining forces with terrorists to undermine its NATO ally’s defense against its enemies?” Vice President Fuat Oktay tweeted, in response to Mike Pence’s demands.

The Turkish official did not make clear what “terrorists” he was talking about. Ankara is at odds with Washington over the military support it provides to Syrian Kurdish militias which are designated as terrorist organizations in Turkey.

That aside, self-exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose entity Turkey accuses of plotting the 2016 coup attempt, has found a safe haven in the US which also poisons relations between the two NATO allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Pence has fully accepted his position as the Vice"merchant of death in Chief", when it comes to hawking US weapons systems other countries really don't want to buy.

But that he threatened Turkey in this very public way, is not going to get him any favors from Turkey, which may be thinking seriously about resigning their NATO membership, and that really poses a problem for NATO.

Because of it bordering both Europe and Central Asia, straddling the Black Sea and Mediterranean Seas, along with bordering Bulgaria; Iran; Syria; Cypress; Armenia and Georgia, Turkey is strategically vital to NATO's operations.

And I have to wonder; after a not so lustrous showing in Turkey's general elections, will NATO decide that Turkey needs a "regime change"?!? Were I Edrogan, I would want to think about this very, very carefully.

Apr 05 12:17

U.S Urges NATO To Increase Surveillance To Contain Russia In The Black Sea

The US is working on a package of measures aimed at boosting the alliance’s presence in the Black Sea, US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said on Tuesday.

According to the preliminary data, the package will be presented to the other NATO member countries during the next NATO meeting in Washington and provides for increased vigilance and the sending of more alliance vessels to the Black Sea.

“We have been working on a package to present to the foreign ministers and it is a package with surveillance, with air surveillance, as well as more of the NATO country ships going into the Black Sea to assure that there is safe passage for Ukrainian vessels through the Kerch Strait, the Sea of Azov,” Hutchison said on Tuesday. “It is very important for Bulgaria as well as the other countries surrounding the Black Sea that we have more attention to assuring that those waters are cleared and also that the countries in and around the Black Sea are safe from Russian meddling.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"because meddling in those countries is OUR job!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 05 12:13

Netanyahu, Israel's 'King Bibi', in quest for fifth term

Jerusalem (AFP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's long domination of Israeli politics has earned him the nickname "King Bibi" but he now faces the twin risks of a strong political challenger in an April 9 election and possible indictment for corruption.

Should he win again for a fifth term in office, Netanyahu will be on track to surpass Israel's founding father David Ben-Gurion's record of more than 13 years in office.

But opinion polls show Netanyahu's right-wing Likud locked in a close battle with a centrist alliance led by former armed forces chief of staff Benny Gantz.

The attorney general has announced his intention to indict Netanyahu on fraud, bribery and breach of trust charges pending a hearing, which will be held after the election.

Netanyahu is not legally required to resign if indicted, only if convicted with all appeals exhausted, but political pressure would likely be intense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should Netanyahu get re-elected, this is bad news for Israelis, Palestinians, and the world in general.

These corruption charges are not going away, no matter how Netenyahu tries to minimize them as "a misunderstanding".

He is now a cornered, politically wounded animal; and both people, and animals are at their nastiest when they are both cornered, and wounded.

Today is 5 April; the Israeli General Elections are this Tuesday, 9 April.

I wonder just what kind of a stunt he will pull, to try to create in a "further misdirection " away from those charges. And heaven knows, there are opportunities abounding in terms of what he might do, like a strike into Syria; the re-taking of Gaza at gunpoint; or an invasion of Lebanon.

Just color me very concerned about this coming weekend, and what he may try to do to get the Israeli voting public, voting for him, rather than Gantz.

Apr 05 12:02

Libyan strongman Haftar orders troops to move on Tripoli

Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar has ordered his troops to move on the capital Tripoli, seat of the UN-backed government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.
In an audio address broadcast to his troops and published on Facebook, Haftar ordered all army units to “advance to Tripoli,” and free the capital from “militias and terrorists.” The Thursday address came hours after Haftar’s forces captured the town of Gharyan, 100km south of the capital.

Haftar also vowed to protect foreigners, civilians and those surrendering to his troops, promising to ensure their “safety and security.”

Drone-filmed footage shows scores of Haftar's Libyan National Army (NLA) vehicles en route to the capital, most of them machine-gun-armed 'technicals.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the US-ordered assassination of Gaddafi, has caused this country to spin completely out of control, much to the US government's embarrassment.

So what are they going to do with Khalifa Haftar, order an "Assassination 2.0" on the guy?!?

Apr 05 11:57

Liberal Dark Money Group to Receive Private Briefing From House Dem Jerrold Nadler

Democracy Alliance holds private gathering at luxury Austin hotel, plots nearly $300 million in new political spending.

AUSTIN—The largest donors on the left will be given a private briefing on investigations into President Donald Trump by House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) during a secretive Texas gathering this week, according to documents obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Democracy Alliance, a group of millionaire and billionaire funders of the liberal movement, is holding its Spring Partner Retreat and Strategy Conference at the Four Seasons hotel in Austin, where security has been patrolling the meeting areas since Wednesday. As always at the group's secretive meetings, all programming is off the record and closed to members of the media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is next, Judiciary Chair Nadler, is for the Dementocrats deciding to do something constructive for the people who elected you into office.

You have the job sir, that's what your constituents hired you to do; now, let's see a little delivery for those you represent, rather than this horrific plunge into toxic, "Gotcha!" politics!!

Apr 05 11:18

US DENIES VISA TO ICC CHIEF PROSECUTOR, UNHAPPY WITH HER PROBING AMERICAN WAR CRIMES IN AFGHANISTAN

Washington has annulled the entry visa of Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, after the State Department vowed to shield Americans from “unjust prosecutions” of possible war crimes in Afghanistan.

“We can confirm that the US authorities have revoked the prosecutor’s visa for entry into the US,” Bensouda’s office told Reuters in an email. However, the move should not restrict her travels to the UN headquarters in New York City.

Over the last two years, the Gambian lawyer has been probing US-led war crimes in Afghanistan but has not yet opened a formal investigation into alleged atrocities conducted over the last 18 years. For now, the preliminary inquiry remains in Pre-Trial Chamber, even though Bensouda found a “reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a link to this lady's CV: Fatou Bensouda, Judge at the International Criminal Court

So, IF everything we have been doing in Afghanistan was moral, stable, and the us military are not killing people indiscriminately, what the hell is Pompeo afraid of?!?

The reality on the ground here, must be pretty horrific, for him to deny this lady a visa.

When I was a kid growing up, I read about how the USA was the greatest country in the world; but when I got into Junior College, I had to revise what I thought about this country; I got ... awakened, at that point.

Many of my young friends wound up in Vietnam, as "cannon fodder" for this insane and immoral war, which allowed a lot of military equipment get "eaten up", so the military industrial complex could sell our military more stuff.

Many of those friends didn't make it back, or emotionally, didn't make it all the way back; one, in fact, committed suicide when he got back to the States.

Pompeo's refusal to grant this lady a visa, is pretty condemning evidence, that much of what she thought had happened in Afghanistan, but didn't quite have the evidence for, is damningly true.

And what else is damningly true, is that the United States of America, has devolved into "the land of the cowed... and the home of the surveilled."

The US has become "War Crimes R Us", as indicated by the US moves against Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Somalia, Yemen, and more recently, Venezuela.

All those who are now citizens of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America, are citizens of a country which commits war crimes with impunity.

I don't know how that makes you feel, when this realization hits; but frankly, from my perspective, it really ... bites.

As a kid, I never believed that the US could create the amount of mayhem and destruction internationally that it has; now, I know better.

So, what do we do?!?

Violence is never the answer, and those in our military and beyond, will most probably obey their orders, when told to "exterminate American citizens with extreme prejudice."

We need to have a peaceful, honest conversation with each other, and those who allegedly represent us in Congress.

We tell them, logically, and rationally, how these wars are killing our economy, and preventing this country from improving its infrastructure, which is crumbling as I type this.

And we tell them, gently, that we will be looking, very analytically, at their voting records, when it comes to war-related issues, and if they are incapable of pulling away from the warmongers, the next time they are up for re-election, they will not win it.

At the end of the day, these are the only choices we have left right now; but we have to exercise them collectively, or the US government will just brush us off.

Apr 05 10:38

SECRET DOCUMENT REVEALS PLANS FOR CIVIL WAR IN LEBANON, ISRAELI FALSE FLAGS, AND INVASION

THE VALIDITY OF THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD BE QUESTIONED. THAT SAID, THE PLAN IS CONSISTENT WITH THE U.S. SOP FOR REGIME CHANGE.

Beirut (GPA) – During his visit with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Lebanese President Michael Aoun reportedly received a US-Israeli document detailing plans for creating a civil war in Lebanon with covert false flag operations and possible Israeli invasion.
n.
Although the source of the document is Israeli and created in partnership with Washington, no one knows who presented it to Aoun. The Lebanese TV station, Al-Jadeed, initially reported the document on Lebanese TV and a video on its website. Geopolitics Alert translated the report for this article.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this is true, it appears to come right out the CIA playbook, and the pattern is painfully clear; demonize the existing government; create regime change; replace that regime with one which is US-centric; and make sure that the assets which the US wants to expropriate are only sold by US-centric companies, and that they are only allowed to be paid for in the US dollar.

Wash; rinse; repeat.

IF true, color me completely unsurprised by this development.

Apr 05 08:29

SECRET DOCUMENT REVEALS PLANS FOR CIVIL WAR IN LEBANON, ISRAELI FALSE FLAGS, AND INVASION

During his visit with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Lebanese President Michael Aoun reportedly received a US-Israeli document detailing plans for creating a civil war in Lebanon with covert false flag operations and possible Israeli invasion.

Apr 04 13:42

CONGRESS VOTES TO STOP SUPPORTING SAUDI SLAUGHTER IN YEMEN, PRESIDENT PROMISES VETO

The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of ending US involvement in the war in Yemen, but the bill is expected to be vetoed by President Donald Trump as the White House cites “serious constitutional concerns.”

Apr 04 12:01

NATO: SEVEN DECADES OF LIES, WAR AND BLOOD

To mark the significance of NATO’s 70th anniversary perhaps it would be enough to look at the 18-year war that devastates Afghanistan, or the chaos in which Libya remains plunged, or the violations of international law sponsored by the organization in the Balkans, notably the terrifying dismemberment of Yugoslavia.

Maybe that would be enough … But we would be far from doing justice to the breadth and longevity of an increasingly global and essentially gangster behavior such as that which characterizes the alliance. The flood of epic considerations around the myths that support it is so threatening nowadays that no opportunities will be never be enough to plumb the contradiction. It is not surprising that NATO is what it is.

Apr 04 11:36

NATO Sec Gen Stoltenberg Says Hitler, Stalin and Daesh Were Enemies of Freedom

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), addressed a joint session of Congress Wednesday morning right after a meeting with US President Trump.

Stoltenberg emphasised NATO's importance in preserving peace during the post-World War II era. Stoltenberg also noted that “questions are being asked on both sides of the Atlantic about the strengthening of our [NATO] partnership” and urged members to increase defence spending.

“In an ideal world, we would not need to spend any money on defence, but we do not live in an ideal world,” he said. “Hitler could not have been stopped with peaceful protest. Stalin could not have been deterred with words. ISIS* could not have been defeated with dialogue.”

Apr 04 11:34

Congress votes to withdraw US support from Saudi-led Yemen war

The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of ending US involvement in the war in Yemen, but the bill is expected to be vetoed by President Donald Trump as the White House cites “serious constitutional concerns.”

The House voted 247-175 in favor of the resolution to direct Trump to end US military involvement in the war within 30 days and to end support for the Saudi-led coalition that it has been backing.

Congress is “no longer going to ignore its constitutional obligations when it comes to foreign policy,” said Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, adding that the war in Yemen, now in its fifth year, “demands moral leadership.”

Apr 04 10:51

House Votes to End US Military Involvement in Yemen War

After voting down a Republican motion to recommit, the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass S.J. Res 7, the Senate version of the War Powers Act challenge to US involvement in the war in Yemen. The vote was 247-175-1.

This Senate passed this resolution in March, and sends the resolution to President Trump, who has threatened to veto it. So far it appears unlikely that Congress will be able to override such a veto.

Both House votes on Yemen ran heavily along party lines. The War Powers Act requires any US war to be approved by Congress, and the resolution notes that Congress never authorized any such war in Yemen.

The administration has argued that the four years of war in Yemen technically don’t count under the War Powers Act, sometimes overtly lying about the extent of US involvement in Yemen, and other times arguing that support fo the Saudi-led war is obligated because of arms sales to them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, President Trump, but, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein: "a war is a war is a war", and Congress was left with no choice, until this legislation was passed.

President Trump will, predictably, veto this; after all, he can't let one of his BFFs in the Middle East, The Butcher of Yemen, down, both in terms of providing US military assistance and "guidance" to Saudi mercs and military, and the weapons they are gobbling up, to use to create a genocide in Yemen.

I was wrong about President Trump, in a number of significant ways, as were others who nominally supported his candidacy over that of Hillary Clinton's; but perhaps, one of the most depressing was discovering that his presidency was going to "gift" the world with his presence as "America's Merchant of Death in Chief."

I think history will judge him very harshly on that issue.

Apr 04 10:08

Brink Of War: Pakistan On High Alert, Indian Military Ready To Strike

The situation at the LoC (Line of Control) between India and Pakistan remains critical, as both countries are ready for an all-out conflict, reported Sputnik.

"There is a difficult situation with India. We wish for de-escalation and are taking steps for this. The situation like the prime minister [Imran Khan] said remains on alert", Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Dr. Muhammad Faisal said in a television report earlier this month.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held meetings with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and military commanders, over its "readiness to initiate war against Pakistan," India TV News reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Adults in the Room of Geopolitics, (and you know who you are, gentlemen; President Putin and Foreign minister Lavrov); I am hoping and praying,for a Russian intervention here to start to defuse this situation; otherwise, we are looking at two nuclear-armed nations creating the start of a nuclear Armageddon.

Pakistan is aligned with China, in terms of developing its military capabilities Pakistan's new generation of Chinese warships, and India is aligned with the US government US, India sign a military logistics treaty, 2016

Please remember that World War I happened in large measure, because of military and diplomatic treaties, Europe in 1914; first World War alliances explained

To the leadership of both India and Pakistan, please; this potentially coming war, as a way of settling old scores, will put the entire planet in peril.

I am respectfully and sincerely, asking both of you, to stand down, and find a way of resolving your differences without firing a single shot. You CAN do this; but the question is, will you?!?

Apr 04 09:42

Saudi Nuclear Facility Near Completion According To Satellite Photos

Saudi Arabia has nearly completed its first nuclear reactor according to satellite photos of the facility published by GoogleEarth, which reveal a "columnar vessel that will contain atomic fuel," according to Bloomberg.

Located in the southwest corner of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh, the new facility has raised concerns in the West - as the Saudis have yet to sign up to the international framework of rules adhered to by other nuclear powers in order to prevent civilian atomic programs aren't used to develop weapons. Nuclear fuel providers, meanwhile, cannot legally supply the new reactor until modern surveillance arrangements have been reached with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear LORD, tell me no!!! And President Trump is ready to sign off on a transfer of nuclear technology here?!?

President Trump Rushing to seel Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology

Mr. President, forgive me, but of all the ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things you could do in your Presidency to date, this one is most probably one of the worst, and most vile things that you could have possibly promised Saudi Arabia and it's leadership.

President Trump, I assure you that no matter the promises the Butcher of Yemen has made to you, your BFF Saudi Prince Mohammed Ben Salman, about signing on to norms and protocols, and signing the NNPT (which, BTW, Iran has done, but, of course, not Israel), you, in this action, are signing the death warrants of potentially thousands of people in the Middle East and beyond.

Please do not think that once they have the technology, that Saudi scientists are NOT going to be creating nuclear weapons, rather than nuclear energy with which to run their country.

I stand gobsmacked and amazed at your total blindness in not seeing this, sir; this is an horrific idea, writ large.

Apr 04 08:43

For 1 million US men, failing to register for the draft has serious, long term consequences

Apr 03 12:15

Oblivious US Elites Squabble About How to Market a Crumbling Empire

A hefty case can be made that the Empire of Chaos currently has no allies; it’s essentially surrounded by an assortment of vassals, puppets and comprador 5th columnist elites professing varied degrees of – sometimes reluctant – obedience.

The Trump administration’s foreign policy may be easily deconstructed as a crossover between The Sopranos and late-night comedy.

– Pepe Escobar, in his recent piece: Empire of Chaos in Hybrid War Overdrive

Apr 03 12:15

Russia, China Are Turning the Tables on US Strategy. 'Hybrid War' Now Anyone's Game

Chinese nuclear bombers. Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese carrier killer missiles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weaponry. Chinese militarization of the South China Sea. Chinese Huawei spying.

So many Chinese “malign intentions”. And we’re not even talking about Russia.

Apr 03 12:14

No More War Guarantees. Trump Must Close NATO to New Members

When Donald Trump meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today, the president should give him a direct message:

The roster of NATO membership is closed. For good. The United States will not hand out any more war guarantees to fight Russia to secure borders deep in Eastern Europe, when our own southern border is bleeding profusely.

Apr 03 12:12

NORAD F-15 Fighter Jets Buzz Miami Skyline During Training Exercise

If you were in greater Miami Tuesday morning and saw F-15 fighter jets streaking across the sky, you probably wondered what the heck was going on.

No, it wasn’t an impromptu air show. Rather, it was a training exercise conducted by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), you know, the same folks who track Santa’s flight every year.

In order to test responses, systems, and equipment, NORAD routinely conducts exercises using a variety of scenarios including airspace violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft.

NORAD has been protecting North America’s skies for over 60 years by identifying and intercepting potential threats.

Operation NOBLE EAGLE is the name given to the military response following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and applies to all air sovereignty and air defense missions in North America.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have military aircraft overhead all the time here on Oahu.

Apr 03 11:28

How Military Spending Decimates the Middle Class

Should middle America be thankful for all the "jobs" provided by the military in areas like the National Guard? That's the argument of some pro-war progressives.

Apr 03 10:18

These Simulations Reveal What Happened During India's Anti-Satellite Missile Test (Videos)

To piece together what happened during the anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test-fired by India's military defense organization last week (March 27), a software company combed through information from Indian officials, radar data, existing knowledge on how past satellites have broken up — intentionally or not — and more.

Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) created two simulations — one published hours after Wednesday's launch and another the following day (March 28) — that aim to show the event, known as "Mission Shakti," as it might have looked from space. AGI specializes in the aerospace and defense field.

Their recent videos include information Indian officials released, such as the launch site on Abdul Kalam Island and the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) filed that day indicating an area over the Indian Ocean blocked out for flight-safety reasons.

Apr 03 08:35

Trump: Great Strides Made in ‘Ridiculous’ Afghan War

Whenever President Trump is dealing with NATO issues, there is always the question of whether Trump is going to praise NATO as the greatest thing since sliced bread, mock them as a relic of the past, or somehow manage to do both at once.

Meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday, Trump played up the pledges for increased military spending, while pushing for even more. He also cheered the “great strides” made in Afghanistan militarily by NATO, while terming the war ‘ridiculous.’

Trump is well known to be weary of the Afghan War, and hopeful of making a negotiated deal with the Taliban to withdraw from the nation. It’s a good thing this was known beforehand, as he did not elaborate beyond calling the war “unfortunate” and “ridiculous.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, one can not have this both ways; this war cannot have been both critically important, and "ridiculous" simultaneously.

You know as well as I do, that the war against Afghanistan had utterly nothing to do with Usama Bin Laden, and everything to do with controlling the oil pipelines, the rare earth minerals, and the opium poppy trade.

I hope and pray that a good negotiated settlement can happen; there have been far too many American military members who have been killed, or maimed for life here, in pursuit of that control of the oil pipelines, the rare earth minerals, and the opium poppy control.

Apr 03 08:06

AMERICAN IDIOCRACY: 50 YEARS LATER, WE’RE STILL STRANDED IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE

“We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.”—Rod Serling

Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone?

Only instead of Rod Serling’s imaginary “land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas,” we’re trapped in a topsy-turvy, all-too-real land of corruption, brutality and lies, where freedom, justice and integrity play second fiddle to political ambition, corporate greed, and bureaucratic tyranny.

It’s not merely that life in the American Police State is more brutal, or more unjust, or even more corrupt. It’s getting more idiotic, more perverse, and more outlandish by the day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Serling was not just an incredible writer; he was a prophet, on that issue.

Apr 02 14:16

U.S. Eyes New Front to Combat Iran in Golan Heights

The Trump administration’s recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights territory is part of a larger effort by the White House to open new fronts in efforts to combat Iranian militants and terror proxies in the region, according to U.S. officials familiar with the decision.

President Donald Trump won plaudits from the pro-Israel community and allies on Capitol Hill when he announced that America would officially recognize the Golan territory on Israel’s northern border as belonging to the Jewish state, which annexed the area following war with Syria several decades ago.

U.S. officials last week faced down critics of this decision at the United Nations, a forum unfriendly to the Jewish state, telling member countries that the Trump administration will take every step necessary to protect Israel’s right to self defense against Iranian militants and Hezbollah fighters who have used the Golan area to launch terrorist attacks on Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, it makes sense that President Trump may well think that the Golan Area is the perfect "base" from which he can attack Iranian and Syrian forces, and that was why he tried to lend some "credibility and legitimacy" to Israel's having annexed this area.

Prepare to see major deployments of US military into this area, and most probably, very soon.

Apr 02 13:04

Is Washington Preparing The Groundwork For A Maidan Scenario In Venezuela?

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Venezuela is home to the largest oil deposits in the world, which makes the political stakes involved much higher than they would be otherwise. Enter Juan Guaidó, Washington’s puppet leader in Caracas, who will be attempting to rally the country against legitimate (i.e., democratically elected by the people) President Nicolas Maduro next month.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has announced that April 6 will kick off a nationwide "tactical actions" as part of the so-called Operation Freedom protests, which are designed to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

"On April 6 will be the first tactical actions of the # Operation Freedom across the country," Guaidó declared over Twitter this week.

"That day we must be ready, prepared and organized, with the Aid and Freedom Committees already formed. The rescue of Venezuela is in our hands!"

Is this the start of Maidan 2.0?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US government can do, is utterly no guarantee that they will not do it.

Guaido's minions are going to have to do this without a US troop presence, in light of the reality that Russia has already placed troops on the ground, and founded a helicopter flying school.

I would like to hope that President Trump is not contemplating sending in the troops, if Guaido's efforts only create an epic fail; right now, our military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to create a positive outcome in a war with Russia, China, or both.

Apr 02 12:55

Buchanan: Trump Should Close NATO Membership Rolls

Authored by Patrick Buchanan, op-ed via Townhall.com,

When Donald Trump meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today, the president should give him a direct message:

The roster of NATO membership is closed. For good. The United States will not hand out any more war guarantees to fight Russia to secure borders deep in Eastern Europe, when our own southern border is bleeding profusely.

And no one needs to hear this message more than Stoltenberg.

In Tblisi, Georgia, on March 25, Stoltenberg declared to the world:

"The 29 allies have clearly stated that Georgia will become a member of NATO."

As for Moscow's objection to Georgia joining NATO, Stoltenberg gave Vladimir Putin the wet mitten across the face:

"We are not accepting that Russia, or any other power, can decide what (NATO) members can do."

Yet what would it mean for Georgia to be brought into NATO?

Apr 02 12:25

Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights’ Contact Line

On March 28, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came with a new statement claiming that his country will continue working against Iranian presence in Syria. The statement shows that the Israeli military is set to continue its military campaign in Syria.

In own turn, the US did not limit its recent actions in support of Tel Aviv to recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. It also demanded the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to withdraw from the separation line area established in the framework of the 1974 Disengagement Agreement. US-Israeli efforts to force the SAA to do so could easily turn the Golan Heights into a new hot point and fuel the Syrian conflict further.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this may be precisely what the US and Israel are hoping, and planning for; The Israeli elections are only 7 days away, on 9 April, so having a military "win" if Syrian forces either attack, or refuse to pull back, would distract the Israeli voting public from Netanyahu's corruption trial.

The big question is, if this happens, what will Russia do?!?!?

Apr 02 12:04

Yemeni child soldiers recruited by Saudi-UAE coalition

Al Jazeera has obtained exclusive footage that proves the presence of child soldiers in the recruitment camps of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

The children, desperately poor, are being recruited to fight along the Saudi border to defend it from the Houthis, a rebel group that overran the capital, Sanaa, and large swaths of Yemen's northwest in 2014.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) formed a coalition to overthrow the Houthis - plunging Yemen into a ruinous war - supported by forces loyal to the country's internationally recognised government.

The conflict has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis, pushing Yemen to the brink of famine and leaving about 80 percent of its population - 24 million people - in need of humanitarian assistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Jazeera should be commended on this issue; these kids belong in school, getting the education they need, and not armed with shotguns and bombs.

That the Saudis think of them as "collateral damage", is chilling.

Apr 02 12:01

US Conducts a Flurry of Airstrikes Against Southern Yemen

According to US Central Command, at least six airstrikes were carried out by US forces over the past week in Yemen. The strikes were intended to targeted the local al-Qaeda affiliate in al-Bayda Province.

As usual, Centcom offered no casualty data or any details of who was hit, or who was even the intended target. Bayda is known as a major haven for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) but strikes into the province aren’t necessarily productive to that US air war.

The reason Centcom discussed the matter at all seems to have been to clarify that this was part of an anti-al-Qaeda campaign, and not in any way related to the Saudi invasion of Yemen. Despite that, Centcom says that the operation was coordinated with the Saudi-backed government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, I am urging you, please; stop the madness of US militarily-enabled Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

I find it very distressing, sir, that 2 of your BFFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Yemen (Prince Mohammed bin Salman) and the Butcher of Gaza (Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

This is not something that can EVER be won militarily, but it has to be ended with diplomacy.

And yes, I know that may not be your strong suite; but sir, there have been far too many non-coms, (women, children, infants, and the medically fragile elderly)have been assassinated, or maimed for life.

My ultimate concern here, although the weapons companies have profited immensely from these wars, that history will not remember you as the Merchant of Death in Chief, for your deciding to send more US military assets, and sell more bombs to the Saudis, into Yemen.

Please, think about it, sir.

Apr 02 11:52

Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna Calls for Bipartisan Coalition to Work with Trump on Ending Foreign Wars: ‘I Think We’re All on the Same Team’ As Americans

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), a progressive Democrat who is the co-chairman of the 2020 Democrat presidential campaign for Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he hopes a bipartisan coalition comes together to work with President Donald Trump to end a number of wars and U.S. military conflicts worldwide.
Ro Khanna argued that if the United States stops its backing of Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s civil war, finally ends the war in Afghanistan, withdraws troops from Syria once and for all, resists temptations by some to get militarily involved in Venezuela, and completes successful peace negotiations with North Korea, then the United States could better invest resources wasted abroad into rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this Representative's ideas on this are absolutely terrific; unfortunately, with so many Congressional representatives, from both sides of the aisle, being invested in, or backed by, the military industrial complex, I don't know if he will be able to make this one "fly".

The question is, how many of these manufacturing companies could be re-tooled so quickly to make peace-centric items that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to do?!?

Think: the mythical hero in Iron Man, Tony Stark who, when he understands just what his companies' weapons are doing to real people, wants to shut Stark Industries down, and have the place retooled to make peace-centric products, only to get blind-sided by the business partner, who wants to get him out of the way, permanently?!?

Representative Khanna, this is where you and your team have to be very inventive, transparent, and very positive, to demonstrate how this could be done.

Apr 02 11:25

GIVING ISRAEL THE GOLAN HEIGHTS IS THE PRICE PAID BY ASSAD TO STAY IN POWER

Trump’s decision not only preserves the status quo and legitimises Israel’s occupation, but is also tantamount to declaring war on international norms, represented by the UN and international law. At a stroke he has imposed the law of the jungle on the Middle East and its people.

Whether the Golan Heights was sold for money or a guarantee of the presidency for Hafez Al-Assad, or both, is not really the issue. Either way, the betrayal is clear. The result was Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights and Hafez Al-Assad becoming president after his military coup against President Nureddin Al-Atassi in 1971.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an interesting observation; but the real question, and the true "power behind the throne" behind Syria, is Russia.

And I have to ask; will Russia allow this to remain a stable situation?!? My sense is that President Putin is, by both nature and intelligence, a cautious man, and will simply allow this to continue. But if there are any more "nicks and scrapes" against the sovereignty of Syria in other parts of the country, by either Israel and/or the US (which still has troops in Syria, BTW) Putin may "turn loose", militarily, on both entities.

I would like to hope (and pray) that such a scenario will not happen; this country's military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia in Syria (or anywhere else).

Apr 02 09:26

Russian FM slams Washington for sabotaging talks on space disarmament

Washington has blocked the final report on the prevention of an arms race in space without any reasonable explanation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said as a UN Group of Governmental Experts fails to come up with a joint document.

Experts from 25 states held talks in Geneva in the end of March. Established by the UN General Assembly in 2017, the Group of Governmental Experts was set to lay the basis for a treaty that would ensure peace in space. Little progress, however, was made as the participants were unable to agree on a joint document.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry pinned the blame for the failed talks on the US expert who blocked the final report “without any reasonable explanation.” Moscow, however, was not surprised with the dismal outcome.

Apr 02 09:13

Washington´S Backyard? Check Out What Weapons Russia Will Show-Off At Brazil Exhibition

Russian military companies will participate in the LAAD 2019 exhibition in Brazil, during which they will demonstrate more than 60 armaments and military equipment, reports the press service of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport on Monday.

The LAAD Expo, the International Defense and Security Fair, will be held from April 2 to 5 in Rio de Janeiro. A model of the Orlan-10E drone, AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles and the 200 series, Sarsar and Karakurt-E missile corvettes, BT-3F transport armor, IL-76MD-90A (E) military transport aircraft, as well as the unmanned aerial vehicle of Orion-E reconnaissance.

“This year in Rio de Janeiro, Rosoboronexport will present more than 60 armaments and military equipment for all branches of the military. The most promising of the models presented for the Latin American market are the Su-30, MiG-29M / M2 and the Yak-130 training aircraft,” the statement said.

Apr 02 08:58

NATO’s ‘Most Powerful Weapons’ Against Russia

The American Business Insider publication revealed the “most powerful” NATO weapons the alliance could use in a hypothetical conflict with Russia.

Military analyst and author of the article, Ryan Pickrell, indicates among the most powerful weapons the fifth-generation F-35 North American poaching. According to him, the opposing countries have not yet succeeded in creating an analogue of this airplane in terms of stealth capacity and modern equipment.

Another fighter that entered the list of the best weapons of NATO is the Eurofighter Typhoon, the result of cooperation between several European countries. For Pickrell, the combat capabilities of these planes are comparable with the latest modifications of the Russian Su-35 fighter, so the Eurofighter Typhoon can perfectly cope with “the deadly Russian fighter.”

Apr 01 09:32

Pentagon Audit: Evidence Proving $21 Trillion Unaccounted For – Opening Statement

As unbelievable and absurd as that sounds, the actual total of unaccounted for money at the Pentagon is most likely significantly more than $21 trillion.

Researchers are unable to get data for every year of military spending, many Pentagon agencies do not have any publicly available records, hundreds of thousands of transactions have been erased, and an estimated millions of transactions do not have any traceable record.

As you will see in detail throughout this series of reports, not only have trillions of taxpayer dollars been knowingly dumped into a shockingly unaccountable black hole, Congress is not even sure how much money has been appropriated and given out in the first place.

United States government officials who work for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) have been reporting on this stunning issue for years.

Apr 01 09:32

NATO’s Unrelenting Expansion Could Trigger a Major Nuclear War

One can guess that some within the Donald Trump administration would have taken due care in pinpointing Montenegro on their European maps, with its population of 600,000 people. The Montenegrin landmass, situated in south-eastern Europe and for decades part of Yugoslavia, is a fraction the size of neighbouring Bosnia.

In July 2018, president Trump complained live on air regarding the Balkan country’s membership of NATO, saying the Montenegrins are “very aggressive people. They may get aggressive and, congratulations, you’re in World War III”. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s Secretary General, had insisted that Montenegro “would have an equal voice in shaping our alliance, and its independence guaranteed”.

Apr 01 09:28

“Every War Is a War Against Children”

At 9:30 in the morning of March 26, the entrance to a rural hospital in northwest Yemen, supported by Save the Children, was teeming as patients waited to be seen and employees arrived at work. Suddenly, missiles from an airstrike hit the hospital, killing seven people, four of them children.

Jason Lee of Save the Children, told The New York Times that the Saudi-led coalition, now in its fifth year of waging war in Yemen, knew the coordinates of the hospital and should have been able to avoid the strike. He called what happened “a gross violation of humanitarian law.”

The day before, Save the Children reported that air raids carried out by the Saudi-led coalition have killed at least 226 Yemeni children and injured 217 more in just the last twelve months. “Of these children,” the report noted, “210 were inside or close to a house when their lives were torn apart by bombs that had been sold to the coalition by foreign governments.”

Apr 01 09:26

American soldiers aren't dying for our freedom in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. They're dying for nothing

President Trump has promised repeatedly to end “endless wars,” during both his campaign and his tenure so far in office. Despite this rhetoric, endless — and, frankly, pointless —wars are, sadly, still the American norm.

Two more Americans were just killed in Afghanistan — a war that the Trump administration realises needs to end, but seems in no hurry to actually do so. In December 2018, Trump announced that all US troops would be withdrawn from Syria, only to later rescind that declaration in favour of a small force of 400 to 1,000 troops to stay behind indefinitely, complementing the more than 5,000 troops in Iraq, who are there to satiate the administration’s obsession with Iran.

Soldiers who were children when the Afghanistan war began are dying. It’s well past time to bring all of our troops from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq home.

Apr 01 09:07

Satellite Photos Show Chinese Anti-Satellite Laser Base

Commercial satellite images have provided the first photographs of a secret Chinese anti-satellite laser base in western Xinjiang province, along with other high-technology weapons facilities.

The laser facility is located near a lake and is about 145 miles south of the Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang.

The facility was discovered by retired Indian Army Col. Vinayak Bhat, a satellite imagery analyst who specializes on China.

China is using its satellite tracking stations located throughout the country as a means of identifying and targeting satellites.

"Once the accurate satellite path and other data is known, directed energy weapons located at five different places can take over the task," Bhat said.

The Xinjiang base is one of those laser bases that include four main buildings with sliding roofs that Bhat assesses contain high-powered chemical lasers powered by neodymium.

Apr 01 07:37

GIVING ISRAEL THE GOLAN HEIGHTS IS THE PRICE PAID BY ASSAD TO STAY IN POWER

The tweet posted by US President Donald Trump about the Golan Heights was unlike the others he posts for fun every morning. He said what he was going to do, but the Arabs were asleep. They did not know or care about his intentions, which were transformed in less than a week into a presidential decree recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian territory and regarding it as part of Israel.

Apr 01 07:08

Path To WW3? Russia Flies Jets Over U.S. Military Bases After Threats From Trump; Bolton To Get Out of Venezuela; NATO Drills In Europe

By Aaron Kesel

U.S. and Russian tensions are picking up, and several geopolitical moves have been made in the past week with much of the press mum on what’s happening between the U.S. and Russia over Venezuela and Ukraine...

Mar 31 10:05

Watch: Russian Shotgun Drone Shoots Down Test UAV

The unmanned interceptor is a tail-sitting drone and is classified as a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle, meaning that it can take off and land vertically, and then fly horizontally.

Now we have located online videos of test demonstrations showing the interceptor discharging its Vepr-12 Molot semi-automatic detachable-magazine shotgun. Some videos show the drone blasting UAVs and RC planes from the sky, conducting combat maneuvers, and various ground tests.

Mar 31 09:59

‘The Lord Is at Work’: How Top US Diplomat’s Religion Shapes US Foreign Policy

In using his own version of Christianity to create US foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has raised fears on Capitol Hill as to the influence of evangelical beliefs on the administration of a nuclear superpower.

"I am confident that the lord is at work here," stated Pompeo, regarding the history of Judaism, during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network earlier in March, even as the influence of evangelism in the American government has been seen to be on the rise, according to a report in The New York Times.

Pompeo's beliefs, similar to those of US Vice President Mike Pence and former President George HW Bush, make no apology for using a Christian belief system to justify foreign policy moves — often within the same sentence — indicating the extent that an evangelical approach to American diplomacy could lead to war with other nations whose populations adhere to different faiths.

Mar 31 09:27

The US just ‘invaded’ an island in the East China Sea & no one noticed

Just recently, the US military launched a full-on invasion of an island in the East China Sea to send a strong message to China, and yet barely any mainstream media outlet has covered the story or its massive implications.
Last week, US marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit invaded a tiny island in Japan’s Okinawa archipelago, known as Ie Shima. Ie Shima is approximately 23 sq km, holds an airstrip, a fishing port and a local population of about 4,500 inhabitants.

Colonel Robert Brodie announced the planned operations in a Marine Corps statement last week. According to Colonel Brodie, because the Indo-Pacific region is “incredibly dynamic” the US Marines are preparing and training daily for “real world crises” coming about as a result.

The crises he is referring to is the loss of the Indo-Pacific region to an adversarial state, being China.

Mar 30 10:31

The Dangers of Government-Funded Artificial Intelligence

By Christian Hubbs

Artificial Intelligence is widely seen as a strategic technology and has thus engendered national development plans from countries across the globe to promote its progress. For quite some time, the United States has been conspicuously on the sideline. The American AI research community has, by and large, bemoaned the lack of Federal leadership in this space with many calling for a Kennedy-esque “moonshot” plan to come out of Washington to cement American leadership in the AI space. This past month, the Trump White House released the Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence to provide direction and support for technological advancement in this space.

Mar 30 09:51

Many US Troops Will Stay in Syria, Officials Confirm

nitially announced as a total withdrawal from Syria by President Trump, the administration has backpedaled repeatedly, to the point where a large portion of US forces will be remaining on the ground in Syria, and about 1,000 or the current 2,000 are liable to spend the bulk of 2019 in Syria.

Officials say the current plan, such as it is, would be to draw down to about 1,000 by early May, and then “pause” for about six months. Then, there would be a consideration of withdrawing some more troops, perhaps getting down to 400.

This is why there were reports the US intends to keep 1,000 troops in Syria, because they do, and why the administration’s objections, and arguments that the plan is still 400, is highly misleading, as that’s now a best-case scenario.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what, please, is supposed to happen after this "pause"?!?

Is something really nasty supposed to happen in November of this year, as this will be the time the "pause" is supposed to end?!?

But there is something upon the wind here, which is neither peaceful, nor of the will of the Syrian people; something wicked this way comes in Syria, and I think that is a pretty reasonable statement at this time.

Mar 30 08:58

ERIC ZUESSE: “TRUMP THREATENS NUCLEAR WAR IF RUSSIA PROTECTS VENEZUELA”

On March 27th, US President Donald Trump said that “Russia has to get out” of Venezuela, and that “All options are on the table” if Russia refuses to withdraw from Venezuela the protection it has recently provided to Venezuela’s elected Government, which Trump is attempting to overthrow, by an illegal coup. And Vice President Mike Pence, on the same day, said “Nicolás Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power, and it is the policy of the United States of America, at the direction of President Donald Trump, that Nicolás Maduro must go.” The United States is therefore trying to do to Maduro what Barack Obama did to Victor Yanukovich in Ukraine in 2014, and to Muammar Gaddaffi in Libya in 2011, and tried to do to Bashar Assad after 2011 in Syria, and what George W. Bush did in 2003 to Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

Mar 30 08:46

DoD Orders $250 Million Of Gas Masks - What Do They Know?

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan, a $245,961,250 firm-fixed-price contract for production of M53A1 Chemical Biological Protective Mask systems, according to the DoD contract website.

The Army estimates M53A1 gas masks will start delivery in the second half of this financial year ending September. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, will oversee the purchase order.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA