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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

May 07 10:45

Escobar: The Eagle, The Bear, & The Dragon

Once upon a time, deep into the night in selected campfires across the deserts of Southwest Asia, I used to tell a fable about the eagle, the bear and the dragon – much to the amusement of my Arab and Persian interlocutors.

It was about how, in the young 21stcentury, the eagle, the bear and the dragon had taken their (furry) gloves off and engaged in what turned out to be Cold War 2.0.

As we approach the end of the second decade of this already incandescent century, perhaps it’s fruitful to upgrade the fable. With all due respect to Jean de la Fontaine, excuse me while I kiss the (desert) sky again.

Long gone are the days when a frustrated bear repeatedly offered to cooperate with the eagle and its minions on a burning question: nuclear missiles.

May 07 08:01

Media Blackout: U.S. and Iran Tensions Rise -- Iran Claims Arrest of 290 CIA Agents; U.S. Sends 2 Aircraft Carriers To Mediterranean; Bolton & Pompeo Issue Threats

By Aaron Kesel

U.S. and Iranian tensions are rising at a rapid rate. National Security Adviser John Bolton has publicly acknowledged deploying the U.S.S Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) region as a “clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.”

However, this follows reports on April 22nd that the U.S.S. John C. Stennis and Abraham Lincoln carrier strike groups have joined the US Mediterranean 6th Fleet for the first time in more than two years, as DEBKAfile reported. For those unaware, DEBKA is used by Mossad intelligence very frequently to get their news/intelligence within the Middle East...

May 06 13:21

Venezuelan Fiasco: Neocon Chicken Hawks Still 'Chasing the Dragon' of Total-War Euphoria

Sure. Let’s invade Venezuela. Another jolly little war. It’s full of commies and has a sea of oil. The only thing those Cuban-loving Venezuelans lack are weapons of mass destruction.

This week, leading US neocons openly threatened that if the CIA’s latest attempts to stage a coup to overthrow Venezuela’s Maduro government failed, Washington might send in the Marines.

May 06 12:33

Pompeo Won’t Promise to Consult Congress Before Attacking Venezuela

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to comment on whether the administration would consult Congress before invading Venezuela, saying “I don’t want to speak to that.”

Pompeo shunned all questions about the role of Congress in a potential Venezuelan war, saying he is confident that President Trump has sufficient authority that whatever he decides will be legal.

This is a serious question constitutionally. Lawmakers note that the power to declare war lies exclusively with Congress. Fresh off of the veto of the Yemen War challenge, there is reason to question if the law matches up to the practical reality of US war-making anymore.

May 06 11:26

America’s Blueprint for Global Domination: From “Containment” to “Pre-emptive War”. The 1948 Truman Doctrine

Today’s US-NATO sponsored wars are part of a military and foreign policy agenda extending over a period of more than half a century.

What these 1948 State department documents reveal (see below in Annex) is continuity in US foreign policy from “Containment” during the Cold War to today’s doctrine of “Pre-emptive War”.

In this regard, the NeoCons Project for the New American Century’s blueprint formulated in 2000 for global conquest should be viewed as the culmination of a post-war agenda of military hegemony and global economic domination as initially formulated by the State Department in 1948 at the outset of the Cold War.

Needless to say, successive Democratic and Republican administrations, from Harry Truman to George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been involved in carrying out this hegemonic blueprint for global domination, which the Pentagon calls the “Long War”.

May 06 11:21

Ending The Pentagon's Long Con

People condemn President Trump for his incessant lying and his con games -- and rightly so. But few Americans condemn the Pentagon and the rest of the national security state, even though we’ve been the victims of their long con for decades now. As it happens, from the beginning of the Cold War to late last night, they’ve remained remarkably skilled at exaggerating the threats the U.S. faces and, believe me, that represents the longest con of all. It’s kept the military-industrial complex humming along, thanks to countless trillions of taxpayer dollars, while attempts to focus a spotlight on that scam have been largely discredited or ignored.

May 06 08:25

1933 Banker Plot to Remove FDR Was a Ruse

The Illuminati bankers staged the coup to give FDR credibility as Wall Street's nemesis. As I will show, they routinely used such tricks to build up their Presidential puppets.

The conspirators (members of the "American Liberty League") approached retired Major General Smedley Butler to use 500,000 veterans to remove FDR and become a Mussolini-like figure.

butler-medals.jpgSmedley Butler was absolutely the LAST man you would approach if you were serious. The most decorated Marine in history, Butler recently had been forced to resign by Herbert Hoover for calling Mussolini a "mad dog" and warning that his fascist cohorts "were about to break loose in Europe." Butler refused to retract his remarks and thus became a national hero overnight.

However, if you wanted someone to expose your coup as he did; (thought it "smacked of treason,") Butler was the go-to person.

May 06 07:30

Trump contradicts Bolton, Pompeo on military option against Venezuela

US President Donald Trump has contradicted his national security team on pushing for a military intervention against Venezuela, saying he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin share the goal of a peaceful end to the crisis in the Central American nation.

"He is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela, other than he'd like to see something positive happen for Venezuela, and I feel the same way. We want to get some humanitarian aid. Right now people are starving," Trump told reporters on Friday.

Trump's reference to Russia’s hands-off approach towards Venezuela stands in contrast to insistence by his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Russia is part of the problem in Caracas. Pompeo claimed earlier last week that President Nicolás Maduro was about to flee Venezuela until Russia persuaded him to stay.

May 06 07:22

Breaking: Syrian Army captures strategic hilltop to cutoff militant supply route along Idlib-Hama axis

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels launched a counter-offensive along the Idlib-Hama axis, today, after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) kicked off their operation along the demilitarized zone.

However, their counter-offensive would be short lived, thanks in large part to the Syrian Arab Army’s artillery units and air force.

Following the failed counter-offensive by the militants, the Syrian Arab Army retook the initiative to capture the key hilltop of Tal Uthman near the town of Kafr Naboudeh.

May 06 07:20

BREAKING: Syrian Army And Russian Air Force Begin Full Scale Offensive Across Three Theatres

SYRIA – Units of the Syrian Arab Army have fully mobilized and taken the offensive across three theatres in Syria. What began as a retaliation to the frequent breaches and attacks by terrorists on safe areas in the countryside of Hama and Idlib, developed by this morning into an intensive operation against their positions and supply routes in Idlib southern countryside and Hama northern countryside.

May 05 09:04

JFK CONFRONTED ISRAEL OVER ITS SECRET NUCLEAR PROGRAM

Avner Cohen and Bill Burr are two of the best historians on the secret Israeli nuclear program of the 1960s, which made Israel the Middle East’s first nuclear power.

Seal of Mossad – Israeli Foreign Intelligence
It almost didn’t happen. In a brief for the non-profit National Security Archives and an article for Haaretz.com,Cohen and Burr explain that the program was almost shut down. President John F. Kennedy confronted Israeli leaders in the summer of 1963 demanding stringent inspections.

Throughout the spring and summer of 1963, the leaders of the United States and Israel – President John F. Kennedy and Prime Ministers David Ben-Gurion and Levi Eshkol – were engaged in a high-stakes battle of wills over Israel’s nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; was this one of the reasons for Kennedy's assassination?!?

May 04 09:43

F-35s Fully Mission Capable Only 27 Percent of the Time - GAO Report

The US military’s F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft have a problem with spare parts, and it’s keeping the planes out of the sky, according to a new report by a government watchdog.

"F-35 aircraft were unable to fly nearly 30% of the May-November 2018 time period due to spare parts shortages," according to an April report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report further notes that during that time, the Pentagon "had a repair backlog of about 4,300 F-35 parts."

May 04 09:14

THE COMPLETE MERCENARY: How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback

WHEN ERIK PRINCE arrived at the Four Seasons resort in the Seychelles in January 2017 for his now-famous meetings with a Russian banker and UAE ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, he was in the middle of an unexpected comeback. The election of Donald Trump had given the disgraced Blackwater founder a new opportunity to prove himself. After years of trying and failing to peddle a sweeping vision of mercenary warfare around the world, Erik Prince was back in the game.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erik Prince is a very interesting character; but we need to ask; is this the face of the American military we want the world to see; mercs, with no real loyalty or care, about who they are hired to kill, as long as they get paid?!?

I would like to hope not.

I would very much like to suggest that President Trump establish a "Department of Peace", to find ways, other than wars, regime changes, and coups, to achieve the country's geopolitical goals without anyone firing a single shot.

The degree to which the practice of wars, informs and dictates American foreign policy, is utterly terrifying to me.

And to put it into perspective, there is no American teenager, aged 17 or 18, who has not seen that the US government appears to be, and has been, in a perpetual state of war, even the abysmally failing wars, like Afghanistan and Yemen.

Yes, I get it, peace through strength and commerce.

But these wars are dead-ending both financial and human capital, and as a government imminently pregnant with an exploding Federal debt, which is around $22 trillion dollars (that we know of), it would seem to make sense for the Federal Government to quit its addiction to wars, and perhaps, even go cold-turkey, should there be no real danger to Americans being caused in that war (like Yemen).

May 04 09:05

U.S IN PANIC: China Developing Futuristic Electromagnetic Weaponry

China is developing a series of potentially disruptive technologies, including electromagnetic firearms and directed energy weapons, according to a new report by the US Department of Defense on Thursday.

“China is pursuing a number of advanced military capabilities with disruptive potential such as hypersonic weapons, electromagnetic railguns, directed energy weapons, and counterspace capabilities,” the Defence Department said in its 2019 China Military Power Report to Congress.

The report also recalls that China successfully tested hypersonic vehicles last year.

May 04 09:03

Neocons/Neolibs clamor "war war war!!!"—this time in Venezuela

May 04 08:50

Facebook says it will allow Holocaust denial

We do not remove lies or content that is inaccurate," wrote Joel Kaplan, Facebook's vice president of global public policy.

(JTA) — Facebook will still allow users to deny the Holocaust even though it removed prominent bigots and anti-Semites from its platform.

The social media giant deleted the personal, professional and fan accounts of some leading extremists and conspiracy theorists, like David Duke, Louis Farrakhan and Alex Jones, on Thursday. But in a letter from April 9, Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of global public policy, said the site would still allow users to “say things on Facebook that are wrong or inaccurate, even when they are offensive.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This demonstrates, painfully clearly, that Facebook was after those people deemed "leading extremists and conspiracy theorists", so they were summarily deplatformed.

This was about getting those people off its site, rather than Holocaust denial, they were after, and this was simply the justification.

As Facebook continues with these policies, there is going to be a very rocky road between this blog... and those who believe that the First Amendment to the Constitution is granted to every American, even if one believes that what they are saying is flat-out wrong.

May 04 08:32

Pentagon: Flattop to join Chinese fleet this year

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier is likely to enter service this year, marking another advance in Beijing’s ability to project influence well beyond its shores, the Pentagon said Thursday in an updated assessment of Chinese military power.

The report to Congress comes amid increased emphasis by the Pentagon on adjusting to what it sees as an emerging challenge from China not only in naval strength but also in cyber capabilities, space power and missile technologies.

May 04 08:31

Pompeo to Portray China as a Threat in Major Arctic Policy SpeechWill reject China's claim of being a 'near-Arctic state'

One day after the Pentagon issued a new report dramatically hyping China as a grave threat to the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is said to be planning a major anti-China speech during his visit to Finland on Monday.

Monday’s speech is expected to be a major US policy speech on the Arctic, and territorial claims therein. Pompeo is expected to spin China as threatening the entire Arctic, and will reject Chinese claims to be a “near-Arctic state” because of its interest in using the area as a shipping route.

The focus of Pompeo’s attack on China, however, is likely to be totally distinct from the Arctic, and just a continuation of the flurry of vague allegations that the Pentagon started with in its own report, part of a broader US policy to portray China as a major enemy and threat to American dominance worldwide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; when Pompeo was a kid in elementary school, did he ever get a gold star on his report card in that little section, "Works well with others"?!?!?

Because right now, with the exceptions of Israel and Saudi Arabia, the man appears to be the most consistently disagreeable guy in DC.

These are threats, engineered to get ever-more money for the Pentagon, and arrived at by some very dubious thought processes, most of which have little to no foundation in facts.

And Secretary Pompeo, there is a question which haunts me, and I think my brother and sister Americans deserve a straight answer here: why is the US government objecting to the "Silk Road" concept, rather than joining it, and enabling American companies to trade with Chinese companies, and vise versa?!?

Trading always trumps war, in my world, at least.

May 04 08:29

Air Force estimates $420M needed to rebuild Nebraska base

The Air Force is raising its cost estimate to $420 million to repair and rebuild at Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base following severe flooding that forced officials to scramble to save munitions and move aircraft to higher ground.

More than 130 structures were damaged by the Missouri River flooding at the base that houses the U.S. military's Strategic Command. Roughly 60 of those structures were damaged beyond repair and will need to be demolished, said John Henderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy.

"It wasn't just the water, it was what was in the water," Henderson told the Omaha World-Herald. The floodwaters ran as deep as 9 feet (2.7 meters) in some places and left behind a toxic sludge at the base.

May 04 08:19

Pentagon Setting Military Options for Attacking VenezuelaTop officials hold closed-door meeting on potential attack

Having cancelled his Europe trip because of ongoing planning on Venezuela, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan held closed-door meetings at the Pentagon on Friday with John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Exact details of the meeting are not being made public, and the State Department didn’t even list the meeting as having taken place. Administration officials, however, said the focus was on discussing various military options for a US invasion of Venezuela.

Perennial hawk John Bolton seems to be salivating at the possibility of the US invading the major South American country, while Pompeo has been telling the press at every opportunity that if the US decides an attack is required “that’s what the United States will do.”

Shanahan continues to brag about the good intelligence the US has on the situation in Venezuela, a claim which must be questioned after this week’s failed coup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last paragraph holds a vital clue; if there was "solid intelligence" on Venezuela, then why did last week's coup attempt fizzle and fail so horrifically?!?

The Venezuelan people have never done anything to us, except to be sitting on the world's premier oil reserves.

And here's the runup: demonization, destabilization; regime change, and Brazil's oil only to be sold in US dollars.

Wash; rinse; repeat; the pattern is painfully clear by now.

May 04 07:40

China's Mass Surveillance App Hacked; Code Reveals Specific Criteria For Illegal Oppression

Human Rights Watch got their hands on an app used by Chinese authorities in the western Xinjiang region to surveil, track and categorize the entire local population - particularly the 13 million or so Turkic Muslims subject to heightened scrutiny, of which around one million are thought to live in cultural 'reeducation' camps.

By "reverse engineering" the code in the "Integrated Joint Operations Platform" (IJOP) app, HRW was able to identify the exact criteria authorities rely on to 'maintain social order.' Of note, IJOP is "central to a larger ecosystem of social monitoring and control in the region," and similar to systems being deployed throughout the entire country.

The platform targets 36 types of people for data collection, from those who have "collected money or materials for mosques with enthusiasm," to people who stop using smartphones.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't think for a second, that the US government, and its "alphabet soup" agencies, are not SALIVATING to get their hands on this, in order to "completely judge and control" all American citizens.

May 04 07:36

Biden Was Wrong: Defense Department Says China Plans To Replace US, Become Top Power

It looks like President Trump was right yet again when he put Joe Biden on blast for being "very naive" about China after the 2020 Democratic frontrunner said the world's second-largest economy "is not competition for us."

"If Biden actually said that, that’s a very dumb statement," Trump said in a Thursday interview with Fox News.

Considering the brewing tit-for-tat antagonisms between the American Navy and People's Liberation Army-Navy in the Strait of Taiwan and the South China Sea, it's hard to believe that any American politician - much less one vying to be the commander-in-chief of the American military - would write China off so easily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh.) We could be doing so much better, economically, if the emphasis was to "engage" rather than "enrage" countries around the world, China being one of the worst examples of US foreign policy, ever.

And at an extraordinarily delicate time in trade negotiations between the US and China?!?

This is so seriously screwed up, I hardly know where to begin.

May 04 07:13

Sharyl Attkisson: How Media Narratives Became More Important Than Facts

Authored by Sharyl Attkisson via The Epoch Times,

The day that I told CBS News I wished to leave my job as investigative correspondent ahead of my contract, I didn’t give a reason. I didn’t see the point because the problem wasn’t fixable.

Nor was it isolated to CBS News.

My own take is that - as our industry has changed in ways that have become undeniable to most - I was a bit of the canary in the coal mine. By that, I mean I believe I was among the first to really pay attention to the increasingly effective operations to shape and censor news—the movements to establish narratives rather than follow facts—and to see the growing influence of smear operations, political interests, and corporate interests on the news.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a woman I really respect, professionally, and hope to see more of her independent work as a journalist.

May 04 07:08

Pentagon Warns Of Chinese Nuclear Subs Expanding Into Arctic Via "Polar Silk Road"

A new Pentagon report released late this week has voiced deep concern over increased Chinese military presence in the Arctic region, including nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, which Beijing plans to produce at least five more of by 2020.

The Pentagon assessment explores and analyzes China's potential to erect a “Polar Silk Road” as an extension of President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. This would include likely deployment of security assets, such as submarines acting as nuclear deterrents and military bases in far-flung locations, found the report.

Beijing itself hasn't been secretive about this scenario, given it published an Arctic policy white paper last June, which outlined long term strategic expansion into the globe's northernmost climes, despite China's geography as a non-Arctic state.

Some of the highlights of the Pentagon report are as follows...

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Military expansion under the guise of civilian research

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another pathetic bid for more money to "answer this Chinese challenge"??!?

Sorry, Pentagon; but until you can prove the spending of every CENT you have collected over the last 20 years, and why it has not anticipated this need much sooner, your funds should be rationed, like the allowance of some pimply teenager, always begging mom and dad for more.

This combination of a nearly pathological lack of planning, coupled with hog-wild spending, generally proven to be "sound and fury, signifying nothing", in terms of real-world weaponry capabilities has to stop, and right the heck now.

May 04 06:38

Behold The Breathtaking Weakness Of The Empire!

Authored by The Saker,

The Empire has suffered painful defeats in Afghanistan and Iraq, but one has to admit that these are “tough” countries to crack. The Empire also appears to have lost control of Libya, but that is another complex country which is very hard to control. We also saw all the pathetic huffing and puffing with the DPRK. But, let’s be honest, the USA never stood a chance to bully the DPRK into submission, nevermind invading or regime-changing it. Syria was much weaker, but here Russia, Iran and Hezbollah did a world class job of repelling all the AngloZionist attacks, political and military. Besides, I for one will never blame Trump for not listening to Bolton and not triggering WWIII over Syria (yet?)

But Venezuela?!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has taken an enormously long time for people who (very much like me) who, from birth, were force-fed the psychologically poisonous geopolitical pablum, that this country, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, never did any harm, and was the "poster child" for sweet reasonable relationships with almost all other countries on the planet, except those who were very, very bad,and therefore had to be "punished" by a "right makes right" foreign policy.

I have had innumerable "Buddha on the road" moments in these last 25 years or so, with my sweetheart Mike, and the website, so I have been forced to confront the unavoidable truth, that what we are told about the actions of our country, many times, has utterly no relationship with reality.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origin, the facts of history, definitely have proved him correct.

Venezuela is a case in point.

Venezuela has the world's largest proven oil reserves on the planet. Google tells us the following:

"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." and includes finds from relatively recent scientific research from the Orinoco Peninsula. Potential Venezuelan oil development, Orinoco Peninsula

As with all of its other misadventures in the 21st century, any US engineered/ attempted "regime change" will be about creating a more "US-Centric Government; controlling who buys the oil; and insure that it is sold only in US dollars.

With oil prices falling as dramatically as they have, in light of the reality that Venezuela's economy never diversified much from oil production, the country has suffered intensely economically, compounding the problems created by massive US sanctions against it.

Economic Sanctions as
Collective Punishment:The Case of Venezuela

So now, that the "CU-Cu KA'CHOO!" has failed, and I might add, miserably, what next for this hapless country, whose citizens are looking just to survive?!?

Regime change?!? An infusion of privately funded mercs, to destabilize it, as Erik Prince has pitched, so that Maduro is incapable of wielding any more political or economic authority?!?

And many times people hired by these "mercs for hire" groups, have had their conscience surgically removed, before signing up for such duties; they view their jobs as "kill first, ask questions later."

Are those the "moral optics" of this administration?!? Sorry, Mr. President: but after the continuing genocide with which the US is assisting Saudi Arabia in committing, I needed to ask.

That Elliott Abrams so catastrophically blinked and missed here, and was ultimately unable to make this happen, at the end of the day, should be reason enough for Trump sacking him immediately, although I would not bet that this will happen any time soon.

We have an interesting story, datelined today, as follows; US government still pondering military options in Venezuela

Mr. President, I would counsel extreme caution here; the world knows, full well, what the US government is up to.

This is not 1953, when the American government could destabilize the Iranian government, lie about it conveniently, and no one would really notice, except for those Iranians who got ground down to a pulp, and tortured by the Shah's Secret Service, SAVAK Origins: Iran's SAVAK.

Mr. President: I must strongly caution you: a military strike against Venezuela would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly idiotic things you could order do be done right now.

I am watching the FAUX crawl, and the title is "Chaos in Venezuela"; and yet, people seem to be crossing a bridge not with any discernible sense of urgency, which leads me to believe that there are more US military actions to come.

I understand that Venezuela's oil wealth is something which those in the Bowels of Power in DC would love to control; but the next time you set up a US "ringer" to challenge Maduro, make that person at least somewhat palatable to the people of Venezuela.

These people have a very strong sense of their history and their heritage; if there is a military decap strike against Caracas, the people are going to fight any invading army with their very lives.

And as a final caveat, President Trump; the US military tends to do quite a great deal better with operations in the desert, rather than in the jungle; and outside of Venezuela's main cities, you have a ton of jungle. Have someone you trust check it out for you, and crunch the numbers.

And BTW; you are welcome!!

May 03 11:33

US Signed Over $1 Billion in Missile Contracts Since INF Treaty Withdrawal

The US has signed over $1 billion in contracts for the development of new missiles in the three months since Washington announced it would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in October 2018.

Between October 2018 and February 2019, when Washington formally began the process of leaving the INF Treaty, it quickly set about developing a new arsenal of missiles, penning $1.1 billion in deals with defense contractors in that three-month time span, according to a new report by anti-nuclear weapons activists. That runs in sharp contrast to the US' own claims in February that it would continue to respect the boundaries of the treaty.

May 03 10:38

Pentagon Hypes ‘China Threat’ With Eye Towards a Bigger Budget

The US military vastly outspends every other military on the planet, and has capabilities that far outstretch all others, hampered, if at all, by the fact that the US is constantly embroiled in myriad wars around the world.

The news that Russia has fallen out of the top five in military spending, however, makes them an increasingly difficult “threat” to hype up. After all, the US is outspending them at least ten-fold.

China is in second place on the list, and even if they’re far behind the US, that seems to be where the Pentagon is focusing. The idea that China is likely to build its first aircraft carrier this year is presented as an effort to “contest US military superiority” in the region.

All Chinese equipment the Pentagon mentioned in their new report, they only have a small fraction of what the US has. On top of that, the report hypes Chinese hackers, and accuses ethnic Chinese people in general of being willing to “advance China’s interests.”

May 03 10:34

Sexual assaults in military rise to more than 20,000, Pentagon survey says

In a setback for the U.S. military's efforts to reduce sexual assault in the military, a new Pentagon survey released Thursday shows the number of sexual assaults increased in 2018 to 20,500, almost the same levels as five years ago, a result that Pentagon officials say will lead to changes in its sexual assault prevention efforts.

The latest figures are included in an anonymous Pentagon survey conducted every two years that estimates the "prevalence," or rate, of sexual assault in the military. Sexual assault is defined as rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact and attempts to commit those offenses.

May 03 10:23

Amphibious Warfare: Robot Tank Protects Royal Marines During War Games

Royal Marines conducted a "ground-breaking" exercise simulating an amphibious assault of a beach supported by unmanned vehicles for the first time, reported the Royal Navy newspaper.

Alpha Company of 40 special forces carried out 'Exercise Commando Warrior' alongside 1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1AGRM) at Tregantle Beach, in Cornwall, a county on England's rugged southwestern tip.

May 02 10:57

Pentagon says 120 civilians killed worldwide by US forces in 2018 – human rights orgs beg to differ

Human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, however, claim the actual number of casualties is much higher. A joint report published by Amnesty and Airwars earlier this year says more than 1,600 civilians were killed in 2017 during the US-backed offensive on Raqqa, Syria.

Another report, this time by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said 406 civilians were killed by international forces, including the US military, in the Afghan conflict last year, most of whom died during aerial bombardments.

The Pentagon report acknowledged discrepancies in casualty levels compared to the UNAMA report, and explained the difference by saying the US bases its figures on “different types of information and uses a different methodology to assess whether civilian casualties have occurred, and whether such casualties occurred as a result of US military actions”.

May 02 10:55

Russia Sends China Replacements for Storm-Damaged S-400 Missiles - Reports

Replacement missiles for the S-400 anti-air missile system sold to China by Russia last year have been sent, according to media reports. Some of the system’s missiles and other equipment were damaged in a storm in the English Channel in December 2017.

The replacement missiles departed from Russia at the beginning of April, The Diplomat reported, citing Russian military diplomatic sources. It's not known how many of the interceptors were damaged and required replacement.

Beijing bought six units of the advanced anti-air interceptor system in 2015 for $3 billion, but the first batch was delivered only in April 2018, following several months of delays caused by a storm in the English Channel in December 2017. The tempest damaged several components of the system, including some of the missiles and auxiliary equipment, causing the ship to turn back, Sputnik reported, citing Russia's defense industry cooperation service.

May 02 09:46

How the Pentagon Took Ownership of Donald Trump

Donald Trump is a con man. Think of Trump University or a juicy Trump steak or can’t-lose casinos (that never won). But as president, one crew he hasn't conned is the Pentagon. Quite the opposite, they've conned him because they've been at the game a lot longer and lie (in Trump-speak) in far biglier ways.

People condemn President Trump for his incessant lying and his con games -- and rightly so. But few Americans condemn the Pentagon and the rest of the national security state, even though we’ve been the victims of their long con for decades now. As it happens, from the beginning of the Cold War to late last night, they’ve remained remarkably skilled at exaggerating the threats the U.S. faces and, believe me, that represents the longest con of all. It’s kept the military-industrial complex humming along, thanks to countless trillions of taxpayer dollars, while attempts to focus a spotlight on that scam have been largely discredited or ignored.

May 02 09:40

The Air Force is spinning toward a $4 billion financial disaster

Hurricane relief efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base will begin lapsing Wednesday due to a lack of funds, preventing the start of all new work and deferring more than 120 projects planned to begin after May 1.

But that’s just the start of the Air Force’s money problems, which have resulted in a shortfall of more than $4 billion in fiscal 2019.

If the Air Force doesn’t get that funding, it will be forced to ground combat aircraft, defer at least 61 facility repair projects at various bases and halt certain aircraft maintenance actions. Key weapons programs — like hypersonic weapons development — would be slowed down and become more costly, and non-deploying squadrons may have their flying hours stripped away, warned Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson in a March 6 memo obtained by Defense News.

May 02 08:33

US Navy Sailors Told to Clap Like They’re ‘at a Strip Club’ for Pence - Reporter

Before US Vice President Mike Pence took the podium to address the sailors of the USS Harry S. Truman Tuesday, the members of the armed forces were reportedly given particularly puzzling instruction on how to welcome the VP.

On Tuesday afternoon, Pence traveled to Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia, to deliver a message from US President Donald Trump while also recognizing the 2,000-plus missions the USS Harry S. Truman and its 7,500 sailors have been a part of in the past year.

The vice president, via Twitter following his address, particularly applauded the the Truman Carrier Strike Group's "essential part" in crippling Daesh.

Prior to Pence's speech, however, it was an order regarding servicemembers' applause that took Twitter by storm.

May 01 14:22

F-35s Deployed with Wrong Spare Parts Amid Supply Chain Failures, GAO Finds

Because of modifications to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet, spare parts that the U.S. Marine Corps took on its recent deployment overseas were not compatible with its fifth-generation fighters, according to a new watchdog report.

The lapse in supply chain management is one of myriad reasons the F-35 stealth jet fleet, operated across three services, is falling short of its performance and operational requirements, according to officials with the Government Accountability Office.

In a report published last week, the GAO found that spare parts shortages contributed to the F-35's overall lower-than-desired mission-capable rate.

May 01 11:01

Washington Warns Beijing: 'Paramilitary' Fishing Boats Will Now Be Treated Like Combatants

As the US continues its increasingly daring and extremely provocative "freedom of navigation" operations in the Strait of Taiwan and South China Sea, it's also growing more vocal about challenging China's increasingly expansionary military presence in the Pacific. Over the weekend, the US has warned Beijing that the US military would aggressively respond to provocative acts by China's coast guard and fishing boats in the same way it reacts to the Chinese navy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, why in the name of heaven, why are you being more brutally verbally aggressive than ever to Chinese leadership, when trade negotiations between China and the US are already on rocky ground?!?

IF there is a logical reason for this, I would certainly like to hear what the rationale is for this statement; otherwise, it appears like sheer madness, from a perspective of logic, reason, and the importance of "face", in Asian cultures.

May 01 10:54

Joint Russia-China Naval Drills Kick Off After 2 US Warships Enter Taiwan Strait

Early this week Chinese media confirmed that Russian warships arrived in Qingdao, a port city in East China's Shandong Province, at the start this week's join China-Russia naval exercises.

The Russian fleet included the Varyag guided missile cruiser, a submarine, two anti-submarine ships, a corvette, a landing ship, a tanker and a rescue vessel, according to China's Global Times.

Early this week Chinese media confirmed that Russian warships arrived in Qingdao, a port city in East China's Shandong Province, at the start this week's join China-Russia naval exercises.

The Russian fleet included the Varyag guided missile cruiser, a submarine, two anti-submarine ships, a corvette, a landing ship, a tanker and a rescue vessel, according to China's Global Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, LORD, let nothing go wrong in any of these exercises, or from the two US carriers now passing off the coast of Taiwan.

As someone celebrating her 70th birthday next week, I have rarely seen a time in American history, where things just seem to be drifting towards a war, and possibly a global war at that.

It's kind of like that archetypal dream, about two trains, running head long , right at each other on the same track, and not being able to stop them.

What do I want of my government?!? That it actually does start indulging in moral, thoughtful, hard-won negotiations with China and Russia; you know, those kinds of actions which deepen confidence and trust?!?

I am absolutely sure that if I spoke Russian, or Cantonese, and could speak to mothers of kids who just got drafted into either country's military (or perhaps enlisted), they would be both very proud of their kids' participation in those armies, but would agree with me, that peace; the rule of law; commerce; and intelligent, thoughtful planning, need to reign in human society.

Otherwise, humankind may just blow itself to kingdom come, and leave a fractured, horrific planet in its wake, incapable of regrowth or rebirth.

Unfortunately, those in the Bowels of Power in DC, do not seem to understand this right now. And the only modalities they seem to believe will work, in a desperate attempt to stabilize the US economy, are to continue to expropriate resources to which they have no moral right, and insure that they are sold only in US dollars.

Their tools right now are are demonisation; destabilization; and wars to insure the "end game" winds up entirely positively for the US government.

But the problem with this attitude, which comes to us from the great Greek storytellers, is hubris; an over-arching pride which makes one believe that you can do anything you want, without any moral, or physical, repercussions happening at all.

Unfortunately, the real world does not ultimately work in this manner; there is a cost, or costs to specific actions and choice, which can be horrendous.

The casualty counts in current US declared, and undeclared wars, is staggering, both for the indigenous people who live there, and our troops.

And the broken lives, and bodies, again, of both the people we are bombing, and our troops, who wind up maimed for life, from these wars, suggest a better, more peace-centric process is desperately needed by the US government, and to work to stay away from wars as its "only solution" to geopolitical and economic challenges.

May 01 10:19

Swedish Anti-Extremism Tsar Allows Returning ISIS Fighters Re-Entry As "Caring Citizens"

Authored by Jon Hall via FMShooter.com

According to officials in Stockholm, Swedish residents have nothing to fear from Islamic State fighters returning from the Middle East to live peaceful, crime-free lives in Sweden.

Christina Kiernan, Stockholm’s anti-violent extremism coordinator, claimed that jihadists who returned from Syria and Iraq were living “orderly lives” following public outcry regarding the government’s decision not to strip people who fought in radical Islamic terror organizations of their Swedish passports.

Kiernan said on a television interview this week:

The IS returnees we have talked to so far have no known current crime, they have a job and an orderly life to the extent that we do not have knowledge of activities that can in any way scare anyone…

The television interviewer fired back:

So they are returning from this type of business and becoming caring, well-behaved citizens?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kiernan has just become a major accessory to the coming cultural suicide in Sweden, as we have seen in so so many other countries, where Sharia law rapidly, and rabidly, replaces the existing Laws of the Land.

May 01 10:13

US Troops In Syria For "Long Haul" Atop "A Lot Of Oil Resources": Pentagon Official

A high level Pentagon official has admitted that US forces will be in Syria for "the long haul" and coupled his statement by declaring the territory contains “a lot of the oil resources and arable land.”

The unusually frank remarks were made this week by Michael Mulroy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, while addressing a conference at the D.C. based Center for a New American Security (CNAS), months after President Trump appeared to have caved to his advisers, reversing course earlier this year from his stated goal of a full and rapid US troop exit from Syria.

Mulroy said “we have a very capable partner” — in reference to the primarily Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — and quickly noted the US-trained SDF happens to occupy key regions in eastern Syria with "a lot of the oil resources and arable land," and added that, "we are there with them".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wait a minute; the US military is actually occupying over 1/3rd of the sovereign country of Syria?!?

The question that the Pentagon, State Department, and the Executive Office need to ask, is, how long will it be, before Russian forces, carrying out Putin's orders, drive them out?!?

If I were a Federal official, this would be the question that would be keeping me up at night.

May 01 04:37

Time to Foreclose on the Churchill Cult

As First Lord of the Admiralty [during the First World War], he imposed on Imperial Germany a starvation blockade that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. This blockade wasn't lifted until several months after the hostilities had ended. In the Second World War Churchill supported the terror bombing of German cities, at a time when these population centers could no longer defend themselves and when the war was all but lost ... At Yalta the prime minister worked to preserve the British Empire by shamelessly praising Stalin and the Soviet Empire ... Throughout his life, he stood for the British Empire, British independence, and an "anti-socialist vision of England." In the end, Churchill watched all three vanish.

May 01 04:27

America's Will to War: The Turning Point

Were the Founding Fathers somehow to return, they would find it impossible to recognize our political system. The major cause of this transformation has been America's involvement in war and preparation for war over the past hundred years. War has warped our constitutional order, the course of our national development, and the very mentality of our people ... The turning point was signaled by a series of military adventures: the war with Spain, the war for the conquest of the Philippines, and, finally, our entry into the First World War. Together, they represented a profound break with American traditions of government.

Apr 30 14:46

Police Arrive at Venezuelan Embassy in Washington With Handcuffs, Block Entrance

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US law enforcement officials blocked off the entrance of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington on Tuesday amid ongoing protests over the handling of the crisis in the Latin American country, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the embassy.

About 30 policemen with handcuffs arrived at the Venezuelan Embassy, which has been occupied by activists for more than two weeks, blocking the entrance from 30th Street.

The goal of the protesters is to prevent US-backed opposition figure Juan Guaido and his so-called government from taking possession of the building.

he situation in front of the embassy has been exacerbated amid tensions in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, where Juan Guaido released a video on Tuesday morning with a call on the country's military to join in the final stage of his so-called "Operation Freedom" from the La Carlota military base with the goal of ending the “usurpation of power” by President Maduro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somehow, I don't think that Trump's "Venezuela Gambit", is going particularly well for him today, which could have engendered the threat of a boycott of Cuba.

Apr 30 14:42

US Navy Sailors Told to Clap Like They’re ‘at a Strip Club’ for Pence - Reporter

Before US Vice President Mike Pence took the podium to address the sailors of the USS Harry S. Truman Tuesday, the members of the armed forces were reportedly given particularly puzzling instruction on how to welcome the VP.

On Tuesday afternoon, Pence traveled to Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia, to deliver a message from US President Donald Trump while also recognizing the 2,000-plus missions the USS Harry S. Truman and its 7,500 sailors have been a part of in the past year.

The vice president, via Twitter following his address, particularly applauded the the Truman Carrier Strike Group's "essential part" in crippling Daesh.

Prior to Pence's speech, however, it was an order regarding service members' applause that took Twitter by storm.

According to WTKR-TV reporter Brendan Ponton, US Navy sailors toward the rear of the address were given a particular set of instructions in clapping for the veep.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now, our soldiers have a "Clap Protocol" which they must follow, upon listening to whatever speech any dignitary from the White House is giving?!?

Apr 30 13:37

Venezuela Coup? "Live Fire" Exchanged Outside Contested Air Base, Armored Car Plows Into Protesters

update 5: As predicted, what Guaido dubbed “Operation Liberty” — a full on coup attempt for which he appealed for Venezuela's military to rise up against Maduro — appears to have failed to achieve significant momentum, given Caracas officials are taking to the air waves to declare the "mediocre" coup attempt successfully put down.

“A mediocre coup d'etat attempt has failed,” said defense minister Vladimir Padrino on a state radio broadcast Tuesday afternoon, following prior statements saying he was ready put down the rebellion by force. And in a television appearance Padrino further called the day's events "ridiculous".

Meanwhile national security advisor John Bolton has stated this is "not a coup" given that the US already sees opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's president. Bolton said of the rapidly unfolding and increasingly violent events that "it is not a coup for Juan Guaido to try and take command of the Venezuelan military."

Donald J. Trump
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Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, Mr. President: this country does NOT stand for the Freedom of the Venezuelan people; it stands for controlling their massive oil reserves, and insuring that Venezuela's oil will only be sold for US dollars.

I have heard the soundbite "Everything is on the table", floated as a description of further potential ways for the US to get Maduro out of power, whatever they may be.

War against Venezuela for its oil?!?

Right now, I would not bet against it.

But were I in the Pentagon "war room", I would have to ask; "If we invade, what will Russia, which already has troops in position, decide to do?"

This could get ugly, quickly, and in ways for which the US government perhaps has not either thought through, or didn't consider: and that, folks, is what concerns me most.

Apr 30 13:23

Trump’s Crusaders March to War

But behind the horror in Sri Lanka, a huge crisis was building up of which the world has so far taken insufficient notice: renewed tensions in the oil-producing Gulf. This is the latest attempt by the United States to crush Iran’s independent-minded government and return it to American tutelage.

The Trump administration has demanded that the principal importers of 1.2 billion barrels of Iranian oil halt purchases almost immediately. This imperial diktat includes China, South Korea, Turkey, India and Japan. The comprehensive embargo is very close to an all-out act of war. In 1941, America’s cut-off of oil to Japan provoked the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr President, a word, please: this was a completely lousy choice, potentially leading to more war in the Middle East and beyond.

And sir, this underscores a couple of points I have been making for a long time.

The first, those in the Bowels of Power in DC, seem to have lost all critical thinking capabilities, in terms of following various scenarios to their most logical end.

And second, and forgive me sir, but it must be blurted out here; just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid move that the US government and military could do, is no guarantee that the US government and military will not do it.

This set of imperial decrees by you and your "enforcers in Chief, Pompeo and Bolton, have set this country up for an incredible, horrific war, which will have horrendous consequences domestically and for the world as well.

And to be painfully candid, sir, although the US did "win" world wars 1 and 2 with the help of their allies, which got us out of a couple of economic holes, this country wasn't running a $22 trillion dollar deficit at the time.

The old financial problems, with wars as their solutions, will not work in 2019. and in the evolving multi-polar world.

Apr 30 13:12

The War on Syria Continues. Iran Is Next?

The war on Syria is not over. Western -supported terrorists still occupy Idlib, as well as al Tanif, and strategic resource-rich areas East of the Euphrates. The Al- Rukban concentration camp[1] still holds about 40,000 desperate and dying captives, and the Al-Hawl camp[2] holds 73,000 captives.

The West’s terrorists are expendable, but the West supports them all, including al Qaeda, ISIS, and the YPG/SDF terrorists.

Under the familiar pretense of “going after ISIS”, the Western coalition carpet bombed Raqqa, shipped ISIS out, and re-occupied the ruins with SDF proxies – occupiers posing as liberators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping and praying that the US, and Israeli governments , will not be so stupid as to believe, for one second, that they can conquer Iran, either militarily, or with some form of regime change.

If Russia thinks, for one second, that Iran is headed toward a crisis, my bet would be under threat from harm, they may immediately start propping up Iran with their own military and weaponry.

As we have seen from incredible performances by Russian military and their weaponry in Syria, the Russians have both the person-power,and weapons, to keep the Israelis and US forces at bay.

Apr 30 12:53

Blame Palestinians for GazaIsrael is the perpetual victim

If you have read a recent New York Times op-ed entitled “Care about Gaza? Blame Hamas” written by none other than the White House “special representative for international negotiations” Jason Greenblatt you would understand that the misery being experienced by Palestinians in Gaza is all their own fault. Greenblatt, who is Jewish of the Orthodox persuasion, just happens to be a strong supporter of Israel’s settlements, which he claims are “not an obstacle to peace.” He is very upset because some naysayers are actually putting some of the blame for the human catastrophe in Gaza on Israel, which we Americans all know is our best friend in the whole world and our most loyal ally. If that were not so, the New York Times and those fine people in Congress and the White House would surely inform us otherwise. And anyway, what are a few lies and war crimes between friends?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Kushner and Greenblatt are pathologically incapable of realizing, (or just flat don't want to), is that for the Palestinians, this is not an issue about money; it is an issue of homeland, where generations of their ancestors once lived.

And money... even as attractively as I am sure the White House and Tel Aviv are spinning this proposal...is no compensation for Palestinians who cannot forget their history, or their homelands.

Apr 30 12:46

US and NATO Attack Afghanistan and Iraq

The Following text is Section 5 of

The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War,
by the Italian Committee No War No NATO

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Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April 7, 2019

In the course of the next two weeks, Global Research will publish the 16 sections of this important document, which will also be available as an E-book.

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Contents

1. NATO is born from the Bomb
2. In the post-Cold War, NATO is renewed
3. NATO demolishes the Yugoslav state
4. NATO expands eastward to Russia
5. US and NATO attack Afghanistan and Iraq
6. NATO demolishes the Libyan state
7. The US/NATO war to demolish Syria
8. Israel and the Emirates in NATO
9. The US/NATO orchestration of the coup in Ukraine
10. US/NATO escalation in Europe
11. Italy, the aircraft carrier on the war front
12. US and NATO reject the UN treaty and deploy new nuclear weapons in Europe
13. US and NATO sink the INF Treaty

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a long read, but worth it, in terms of how NATO and the US play, hand in hand, to destabilise countries, effect regime change, and insure that all of whatever the invaded countries' resources are, are only sold in US dollars.

Apr 30 12:26

Pompeo: Helping Saudis Attack Yemen Is In America’s Best Interests

With the Senate planning this week to “process” President Trump’s veto of the War Powers Act challenge to the Yemen War, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the reins to try to defend US involvement in Yemen as in America’s best interest.

Pompeo’s argument centered on the idea that the US was obliged to help Saudi Arabia defend itself from retaliatory fights, now that the Saudis had launched a war and provoked that retaliation.

On top of that poor argument for an obligation, Pompeo relied on what the administration seems to believe is the most compelling argument, even if it is wholly based on a lie. He argued that the whole war was Iran’s fault, and not intervening would make Iran happy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Instead of Secretary of State, Pompeo is actually the US Government's Secretary For Fact-Free Churlish Propaganda or (SFFFCP, for short).

And this guy blames Iran for this senseless, horrific war, where everything the Saudis are doing are war crimes, which the US military and Executive Branches of the US have enabled?!? And no serious commenters on the situation have ever stated that a military victory was possible for the Saudis?!?

And this man was whore enough for the military industrial Complex, that he has lied to Congress about the real use of Saudi Purchased weapons, last September?!?
Pompeo lied to Congress about Yemen to protect arms sales

Congress; please be aware; he lied to you before, to let those weaons sales go through back in September; he is lying to you right now about the "reason" we must keep being complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Where in the name of heaven, does Donald Trump find such rapacious bottom feeders, as Bolton and Pompeo?!?

The truth is, it's easy in DC.

Just look for those with a proven track record on their willingness to lie about any country's leadership, to cause the US to go to war against it for those resources, and to conquer other countries which are blessed with intense national resources, as is happening in the Middle East with Iran; in South America, with Venezuela; and in Africa, which also has an abundance of natural resources. The US (sometimes) gets what it wants, and insures that whatever those resources are, that they are only sold in American dollars.

Then, think about the money your government paid to unseat the legally elected President of Ukraine, Yanukovytch; that was 5 billion dollars, US, folks, in 2014 United States spent 5 billion for regime change in Ukraine

Now think about how much more the US government would spend to conquer Iran and/or Venezuela, if they thought they had the best chances for regime change in those countries?!? And how many more American service members will have to die, or be maimed for life, for a potential positive outcome for the US?!?

Venezuela ... has done absolutely nothing to us, and neither has Yemen; Iran makes noises about doing something, but must likely will not do anything against the United States, particularly with Putin advising President Hassan Rouhani on international affairs.

Apr 30 10:48

Protesters are run over by Maduro's armored vehicles as gunfire breaks out, sending civilians running for cover after Juan Guaido calls for military uprising, sparking clashes with pro-regime troops 

Juan Guaido called for uprising against Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday from the La Carlota airbase in Caracas
Guaido made the announcement surrounded by troops who then began setting up a defensive perimeter
Maduro's forces fired tear gas before a heavy exchange of gunfire, with protesters caught in the middle
US, which backs Guaido, said President was aware while Putin, backing Maduro, was in talks with top officials.

Video footage has emerged showing President Nicolas Maduro's troops running over anti-government protesters during clashes with the Venezuelan National Guard.

Armoured vehicles operated by soldiers loyal to the besieged president were seen ploughing into demonstrators in front of La Carlota base in Caracas.

Heavy gunfire crackled through the Venezuelan capital on Tuesday after opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military uprising to oust President Maduro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember, as all of the presstitutes have been given their orders to present this to the public as a "completely indigenous protest", when it has all the earmarks of a US-led psych-ops.

Juan Guaido, Designated US puppet in Venezuela
The Making of Juan Guaido: how the US "Regime change" Laboratory created Venezuela coup leader

The article goes on to state: "Before the fateful day of January 22, fewer than one in five Venezuelans had heard of Juan Guaidó. Only a few months ago, the 35-year-old was an obscure character in a politically marginal far-right group closely associated with gruesome acts of street violence. Even in his own party, Guaidó had been a mid-level figure in the opposition-dominated National Assembly, which is now held under contempt according to Venezuela’s constitution.

But after a single phone call from US Vice President Mike Pence, Guaidó proclaimed himself as president of Venezuela. Anointed as the leader of his country by Washington, a previously unknown political bottom dweller was vaulted onto the international stage as the US-selected leader of the nation with the world’s largest oil reserves."

Echoing the Washington consensus, the New York Times editorial board hailed Guaidó as a “credible rival” to Maduro with a “refreshing style and vision of taking the country forward.” The Bloomberg News editorial board applauded him for seeking “restoration of democracy” and the Wall Street Journal declared him “a new democratic leader.” Meanwhile, Canada, numerous European nations, Israel, and the bloc of right-wing Latin American governments known as the Lima Group recognized Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela"

So, that is what we have here in Guaido; a guy schooled in "regime change", just so those in the bowels of DC ultimately control Venezuela's oil, and the method of payment for that oil, if in fact, this "Cu Cu KaCHOO" is successful.

But please remember the following; Russia has troops on the ground in Venezuela; the US came with too little too late, to prevent them from being there, at Maduro's invitation. So one has to wonder, just what their orders are?!? To keep Maduro and his family safe at all costs, and at all times??!?

One of DC's "supremely self-reinventing lower-octave bottom feeders", John Bolton, has made his statement today, that the Venezuelan people, and its military, "had" to back Guaido, and by doing that, will preserve the Venezuelan Constitution; Bollix and Codswallop, I say!!

This is about the money, and about the oil, in one of the world's most sublimely gifted countries when it comes to reserves. As Google states, "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."

Remember how Victoria Nuland bragged about how much money the US spent to get "regime change" in Ukraine?!? United States spent 5 billion dollars to achieve "Regime Change" in Ukraine which, ultimately, proved a stupid thing for it to have done, given the performance of their "anointed Savoir", Poroshenko, in the last election, where he got professionally "creamed" by a Comedian, who just won the Ukrainian election by a huge majority.Volodymyr Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian election by a landslide

How much do you think the US government is willing to spend on "regime change" in Venezuela, to get its hands around that oil?!? Many, many more billions, friends; while our Vets sleep rough in our streets, and US infrastructure is crumbling around us?

Remember; American political system is solely driven by its members' lust for money, to be made off the backs of American working people, or conquering other countries; the situation unfolding in Venezuela proves the truth of that last statement.

And a little companion piece to this last bit, also from blacklistednews.com:
Blackwater Founder's Latest pitch to the Trump Administration: sending private mercs to Venezuela to Topple Maduro

I have just three words to share with any of the Trumpians who read this blog: PLEASE, LORD, NO!!

Apr 30 09:17

BOLTON CALLS ON VENEZUELAN MILITARY TO ‘PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION’ BY BACKING GUAIDO COUP ATTEMPT

US National Security Advisor John Bolton called on Venezuela’s military to side with Washington protégé Juan Guaido, after the opposition leader declared a military coup in Caracas on Tuesday.
Bolton, one of the leading US figures in the operation to topple the Venezuelan government, called on Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino to side with Guaido, claiming this would protect Venezuela’s constitution.

.@vladimirpadrino: The FANB must protect the Constitution and the Venezuelan people. It should stand by the National Assembly and the legitimate institutions against the usurpation of democracy. The United States stands with the people of Venezuela.

— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) April 30, 2019
Padrino earlier rejected Guaido as a traitor and said on Twitter that the national armed forces (FANB) were loyal to the legitimate President Nicolas Maduro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The whole world knows what the US wants out of this; massive access to Venezuela's oil reserves, particularly those found in the Orinoco coastal planes.Venezuelan oil reserves in the Orinoco peninsula

And Mr. Bolton, just stop talking, please; your opening your mouth and attempting to justify this coup, is so rottenly hypocritical, that it is making a huge number of Americans collectively nauseous, right before breakfast.

This is NOT about protecting the Venezuela Constitution, and you know it damned well.

It is about access to, control of, and making sure that Venezuela's oil reserves are only sold in American dollars.

Do you really think that you can continue to lie to the American people, and get away with it, after Bush's debacle on "Saddam's nuclear weapons of mass destruction"?!??

Wrong is what most of thinking people in this country understand you to be, on nearly every foreign policy decision you make; but wrong, AND colossally stupid at the same time, sir?

THAT... is a bridge too far, Mr. Bolton.

And BTW, just what are the orders of the Russian troops, already in Venezuela?!?Perhaps, to protect President Maduro from harm at all times?!?

You, sir, have, almost single-handedly, have created a trap for American military either already in Venezuela, or positioned to go, at a moment's
notice; this will be a war of attrition in an environment where the American military historically doesn't do anywhere near as well as they do in a desert environment.

Congratulations, for creating the 21st century's Vietnam, Mr. Bolton; you must be, as always, amply proud of yourself for these decisions, leading the US to the brink of war in Venezuela, and potentially Russia.

Apr 30 05:34

Pentagon assigns 320 troops to babysit illegal immigrants

A Homeland Security request to supply 320 personnel to babysit illegal immigrants has been approved by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a move which officials say will free up more U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents to better do their jobs on the border.

Apr 29 10:44

New York Times apologizes again for 'offensive' Trump, Netanyahu cartoon that 'included anti-Semitic tropes'

View image on Twitter

New York Times Opinion

We apologize for the anti-Semitic cartoon we published. Here’s our statement.

"We are deeply sorry for the publication of an anti-Semitic political cartoon last Thursday in the print edition of The New York Times that circulates outside of the United States, and we are committed to making sure nothing like this happens again," the opinion section tweeted Sunday.

"Such imagery is always dangerous, and at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, it's all the more unacceptable," continued the apology, which was widely shared on Twitter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the editorial staff of the NYT:

Dear all; yes, I understand why you apologised.

But having said that, is there any place at your table, where one can objectively talk about what is really happening between the US and Israel, under President Trump's watch, where sheer logic could never be construed as being "anti-Semitic?!?

Fact: Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid.

US Foreign Aid to Israel

the article goes on to state:

This report provides an overview of U.S. foreign assistance to Israel. It includes a review of past
aid programs, data on annual assistance, and analysis of current issues. For general information
on Israel, see CRS Report RL33476, Israel: Background and U.S. Relations, by Jim Zanotti.
Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date,
the United States has provided Israel $134.7 billion (current, or noninflation-adjusted, dollars) in
bilateral assistance and missile defense funding. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the
form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic
assistance.
At a signing ceremony at the State Department on September 14, 2016, representatives of the
U.S. and Israeli governments signed a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on
military aid covering FY2019 to FY2028. Under the terms of the MOU, the United States pledges
to provide $38 billion in military aid ($33 billion in Foreign Military Financing grants plus
$5 billion in missile defense appropriations) to Israel. This MOU replaces a previous $30 billion
10-year agreement, which runs through FY2018.
Israel is the first international operator of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Department of
Defense’s fifth-generation stealth aircraft, considered to be the most technologically advanced
fighter jet ever made. To date, Israel has purchased 50 F-35s in three separate contracts.

With all that money spent, one would think that Israel would be doing everything possible to keep relationships with its neighboring countries stable, and at least, show a little bit of gratitude in that manner to the US government.

Fact: Israel has a real difficulty with "getting along" with most of its neighbors, particularly if they have oil (like Iran), or water(as does Lebanon), and its politicians are consistently screaming at the US to "do something" about their allegedly impossible neighbors, before they "go it alone." (which will only happen when pigs discover they are aerodynamic).

Fact: when Sheldon Adelson gave President Trump all those millions to get elected Adelson reportedly watch the election with Trump, President Trump understood what the quid pro quo was; to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel (which he did), and second, create a "Middle East Deal" which offered no "right of return" for the Palestinians. The first demand, Netanyahu got; and our current understanding is that Jared Kushner, Trump's son in law, is working on that "deal" for mid-East Peace.

Fact: were I living in Iran right now, I would be very nervous, as President Trump has declared "no waivers" would continue past 2 May for countries which had been buying Iranian oil, in order to attempt to destroy Iran's economy. This includes China, and all the other countries which may not pay attention to Trump's demand. We now have two US carriers in the Mediterranean Sea, allegedly to insure Russia "gets the message" of "no interference" 2 US Navy aircraft carriers are making a statement in the Mediterranean Sea.Color me very nervous about what lengths the US is willing to go, to make that happen.

Fact: if I lived in Syria right now, I would be more than a little bit nervous, because the White House and Pentagon have decided to leave troops here, and there is no definitive pullout schedule which has been released. US keeping +/- 200 troops in Syria.Thinking people have to ask, "Why?!? IS there going to be an attempted "de-cap strike" against Damascus, understanding that Russia's Putin has given Al Assad all the military "muscle power" it needed to have substantially, and pretty successfully, beaten back the (US Trained & funded) jihadis?!?

Fact: were I a Gazan Palestinian right now, I would be very nervous about the lengths Israel is willing to go, to achieve a complete exodus of the Palestinian people (to where, I cannot tell you, because neighboring countries are overflowing with refugees, and cannot take any more), and claim Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, as solely Israeli.

As an American who cares about her country, I am very concerned about the dangerous territory to which the US/Israeli relationship is taking this country. Does it ever concern you, BTW, that the two Middle Eastern men by whom President Trump seems to be so thoroughly fascinated, are the two butchers in the Middle East, Prince bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, and Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza?!? And please don't tell me, that in this man's "heart of hearts", he hopes for a just and lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians; because with everything he has done, in his numerous terms as PM, he has done the polar opposite of attempting to create peace. He doesn't use the word "extermination" when talking about the Palestinians in Gaza, because he knows that the optics would be terrible; but some of his more rabid followers would have absolutely no problem with this.

I cannot foretell where these relationships is taking this country, but I can tell you this; something wicked this way comes.

And were I a betting woman, I would bet that Israel is pushing the US as hard as it thinks it can, to declare the devolution of the US's ongoing economic war in the region into a shooting war against all of its alleged existential enemies; we're talking about a war with Syria (which would, again, most likely include a war with Russia if not Russia and China); war against Iran (which will most likely, involve war with Russia and China)

To the Editors of the NYT, I have just expressed my fact-based opinion on what is going to happen here, and I am hoping that I am dead-wrong; but I have a very clear understanding of what Israel did to the USS Liberty, and then tried to "fake it" by wrongly accusing Egypt of the attack.

"False flag attacks" by both the Israeli and US military, are a common stock-in-trade they both use.

And if you have any members of your families serving the US militarily, please, as best you can, pray for them; because if what I see coming does come to pass, they -and their commanders, and the collective members of the US government - will need it. And I say this because, at this point in the the US's military history, they do not have the money, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the weaponry to create a successful outcome to a war against either Russia and/or China.

Apr 29 10:27

U.S Navy Acknowledges: MMR Vaccine Caused Viral Mumps Outbreak

Since December, 2018, the U.S. Navy warship Fort McHenry which was deployed to the Persian Gulf, has been quarantined, stranded at sea because of a Viral Mumps Outbreak that has stricken 27 sailors and Marines. All service members on the ship had been vaccinated with the MMR — measles/mumps/rubella—vaccine, but the vaccine is defective. The mumps takes 25 days to incubate.

“The ship hasn’t made a port call since early January and now isn’t likely to for at least another month — a very long stretch at sea that’s a morale killer for the crew. Typically deployed US warships have port calls at least once a month to repair systems and rest the crew.”

Apr 29 10:19

Guantanamo Is Becoming a Nursing Home for Its Aging Terror Suspects

The oldest man still held in military detention here is 71 years old. Many others are in their 50s.

It’s not entirely clear how the U.S. government plans to care for them in their old age.

The 40 remaining prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base have the same physical ailments of any aging population. They need hip replacements, eye surgeries, treatment for sleep apnea, mental health disorders and, one day, probably cancer and dementia. As the military commissions designed by the Bush administration lurch unevenly towards convictions — a federal appeals court recently tossed aside three years of litigation in the USS Cole case — it appears increasingly likely that many of these men will grow old and die on the U.S. taxpayer’s dime.

Apr 29 09:20

REMEMBERING THE CRIMES OF THE POWERFUL EXPOSED BY WIKILEAKS’ JULIAN ASSANGE

WIKILEAKS PUBLISHER JULIAN ASSANGE IS INCARCERATED IN A UK PRISON THAT HAS BEEN CALLED “BRITAIN’S GUANTANAMO.” HIS CRIME WAS EXPOSING ACTIONS THE US GOVERNMENT, THE MEDIA, THE DEMOCRATIC–CLINTON MACHINE, ISRAEL, AND OTHERS WANTED KEPT HIDDEN, INCLUDING WAR CRIMES AND TORTURE.
By Alison Weir

Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange has finally been imprisoned, an objective long sought by powerful parties he helped to expose over the past dozen years.

Assange’s “crime” was revealing deep, embarrassing, sometimes deadly, malfeasance by numerous actors, including the U.S. government, the media, the Democratic Party-Clinton machine, and Israel.

Apr 29 09:02

THE SECRET HISTORY OF AMERICA’S DEFEAT IN SYRIA

When the war in Syria was recently declared decisively over, there were few correspondents or witnesses to turn to for a credible look at exactly what happened during eight years of conflict. The questions were many, but I could count on one hand those worth putting them to. Among these was Sharmine Narwani, whose work I have long counted distinctly thorough and honest amid coverage that — in her view as well as mine — hit a new low by way of collapsed professional standards and abandoned ethics. Narwani’s pieces, written for a variety of publications, consistently reflect her hard work on the ground — work nearly no one else did. She is eyes wide open and beholden to no national interest or media slant.

You returned from Syria just last week — this after going in several times last year. The intervening months were important, given the war has just ended. What have you been seeing on the ground?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me very respectful about this woman's work, and in a war zone.

Apr 29 08:55

Tulsi Gabbard on Being Attacked by the Democratic Party, the Mainstream Media, the Foreign Policy Establishment and “People Who Represent the Interests of the Military Industrial Complex”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman actually speaks truth to power, which is why I hope and pray that she is wearing her Kevlar undies; I just really appreciate how she breaks this down.

I hope that a lot of readers/listeners to our show, listen to this, and see if they do not find that they have a real resonance with what Gabbard is saying.

Apr 29 08:46

SECRET UK MILITARY LAB GASSED, KILLED 48,400 ANIMALS IN 7 YEARS – REPORT

Around 48,400 animals, — namely pigs, monkeys, and guinea pigs — were killed in experiments conducted at the secret Porton Down laboratory in Wiltshire between 2007 and 2017, the Sunday Mirror reported. The Ministry of Defence supported the practice as being life-saving for British troops.

Porton Down reportedly tested experimental body armour by blasting animals covered in it with various explosives. It also tested poisonous substances, gases, and nerve agents on animals.

The news was not well received by animal rights groups, with Animal Aid slamming the experiments for causing “extreme suffering and death”, calling them morally unconscionable. The NGO stated that such experiments are unnecessary and noted that the number of killed animals is “alarming”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but 48,000 animals to be "sacrificed" in this manner, appears to be horrifically impossible to justify, unless, of course, the scientists doing these "experiments" happened to be avowed sadists as well.

Apr 29 08:28

Russia drops out of top 5 global military spenders while US and China up the ante

Russia has dropped out of the top five countries with the largest defense spend for the first time since 2006, according to new international data Monday.

Total world military expenditure rose to $1.8 trillion in 2018, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), marking an increase of 2.6% from 2017 and the highest total spend since 1988.

Apr 28 09:55

Shoygu: Russia WILL RETALIATE To NATO Aggression, NOT Be Provoked

The 8th ‘Moscow Conference on International Security’ is taking place in the capital with the participation of defense ministers from at least 35 states and over 1,000 experts from more than 100 countries. Russia, in particular, is represented by the likes of Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Apr 28 08:04

The Pentagon’s Days of Future Past

The Pentagon’s reverence for the stealth is a more recent example of over-investing in a fleeting technological advantage is. Stealth, or low observability, was discovered by a Russian scientist in the early-1960s. It took decades of research and development to put into practice, but military value of stealth was short-lived.

Apr 28 07:52

Trump Officials: China Gets No ‘Wind-Down’ Period for Cutting Iran Oil Purchases

This will cause War. Thanks a lot Trump!

US expects China to stop buying oil by May 1
Jason Ditz Posted on April 26, 2019Categories NewsTags China, Iran, Trump
In comments that may set up a catastrophic amount of fallout in international trade, officials from the Trump Administration say that China will absolutely not be given any time to “wind-down” their purchases of Iranian oil, nor any extensions beyond May 1.

China is by far Iran’s largest customer, and would have by far the hardest time sourcing enough replacement oil on the market. These comments are likely to have an impact on the oil market, pushing prices higher, and more importantly, risking a US ultimatum on China.

Apr 27 10:47

Army Studies Electrical Brain Zaps for Enhancing Soldier Performance

U.S. Army scientists are studying how running electrical current through the brain could enhance soldier performance when reacting to a threat on the battlefield.

Neurostimulation has been studied in many areas, such as medical rehabilitation.

"What we are doing is brand new. ... We are looking specifically at performance enhancement," Tad Brunye, senior cognitive scientist for the U.S. Army's Combat Capabilities Development Command, told Military.com on Thursday at a technology demonstration event at the Pentagon.

Apr 27 09:37

America Prepares For War Under Generalissimo Trumpenstein

The following presentation consists of two separate articles, both predicting the outbreak of war any time soon under the clueless Trump and his ultra-Zionist warmonger puppet masters. The first, by Paul Craig Roberts, is relatively short and is therefore published here without any cuts. The second, by Joseph Cirincione and Mary Kaszynski, has been abridged slightly.

Apr 27 09:32

Is Cyber Command really being more ‘aggressive’ in cyberspace?

Earlier this year, Congress and the White House granted the U.S. Cyber Command a range of new authorities, and, in the months since national security experts have said the Department of Defense will be more aggressive in cyberspace, leading attacks against bad actors who have stolen intellectual property or against those who are attempting to influence American elections.

But a new narrative with additional nuance now surrounds that discussion. Rather than thinking of the United States as being more aggressive, national security experts and government officials say that Cyber Command has more flexibility and that the authorities allow for offensive action in the name of defensive purposes.

Apr 27 09:32

Aging Sealift Fleet Is Achilles Heel Of Pentagon War Plans

The U.S. military is the best equipped, best trained, and best funded fighting force in the world. It is maintained in a high state of readiness for coping with any kind conflict, anywhere around the globe.

But the military faces a big operational challenge that few policymakers or politicians are even aware of: its ability to get to the fight is wasting away.

A once-vast fleet of U.S.-flagged commercial ships has declined precipitously since the Reagan Administration eliminated construction subsidies three decades ago, and meanwhile the sealift vessels owned by the government have aged to a point where their availability in a crisis cannot be assured.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "You gotta give us more money!"

Apr 26 11:20

Is This Why We Raise Our Children?

Ed Note - This video should only be viewed by a mature audience.

April 25, 2019 "Information Clearing House" - This video of a U.S. solder killed in the Republic of Niger, shows his last moments via his attached body webcam, This is something that needs to be viewed by as many folks as possible.

It's the bare ugly truth, someone’s son dying as an invader in a foreign and unfamiliar land where no one knows him except the guys dragging his body to the cover & protection of a vehicle, hoping and praying to get out of the mess they find themselves in via our totally corrupt and dysfunctional government.

Apr 26 11:02

TRUMP JOINS THE ENDLESS WAR CROWD

Now we know who runs the country.

Rule by Defense Contractors and the Saudis.

For the first time in history, the moral cowards of the US Congress – both parties – voted to stop an illegal war.

And Trump vetoed it.

Apr 26 11:00

Next Stop On The War Train - Iran, Venezuela, Or North Korea?

If you learn one rule about how governments function today, it should be that political leaders are usually puppets and the real decision makers are almost never out in the open. The question is, how does one know for certain that this is the case with a specific leader? His rhetoric might be compelling, he probably knows every buzzword to spark your interest, and he might even throw you some legislative scraps from the political table every once in a while to make you think that he's going to follow through on his campaign promises, but does he actually believe in the principles he originally championed?

The litmus test for any US president is to examine the type of people he invites into his house. Who does he surround himself with? The cabinet is the president's constant companion and decision making team. The cabinet is looking over his shoulder and influencing everything he does. If you want to find who is pulling the strings of a president, this is a good place to start.

Apr 26 10:58

US will go to any length to keep its tenuous hold on global hegemony: Scholar

The United States has shown that it will go to any length to keep its tenuous hold on global hegemony, says Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Etler, a former professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Thursday while commenting on a historic first summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un.

Apr 26 10:54

Exclusive: Former British Afghan Commander Warns on ‘Terrible, Highly Political’ EU Defence Fund

The European Parliament has approved a multi-billion euro EU Defence Fund described as “terrible and highly political” by a senior British Armed Forces veteran, as the bloc’s plans for a European Army — once dismissed as “fantasy” — plod forwards.

Apr 26 10:34

UK must show leadership on Turkmenistan’s human rights atrocities

t’s time for the UK to show global leadership on Turkmenistan’s human rights abuses, says Comment Central.

As the dawn of Brexit approaches, the UK is entering a crucial phase in its foreign policy; one that is likely to define its international approach for much of the 21st Century.

The Foreign Affairs Committee under the leadership of Tom Tugendhat has become an increasingly important actor in the UK’s debate on foreign policy, launching necessary and important inquiries.

One such initiative is the recently announced Autocracies and UK Foreign Policy Inquiry. Its remit is to examine British policy towards autocratic states and the ways in which they interact with the rules-based system. It is essential that it looks beyond the countries that make headlines to those that will be of increased geopolitical importance in the coming years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Britain is headed back to the age of empires (they are hardly alone) when they got clobbered in Afghanistan, slaughtered the Zulu and pillaged India.

Apr 26 10:23

The War Prayer by Mark Twain

It was a time of great and exalting excitement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I mentioned this on yesterday's radio show. The back story is that when Mark Twain wrote this, he forbade its publication until after his death. He reportedly said, "I have told the truth, and in this world only the dead can be truthful."

Apr 26 10:02

Trump announced US withdrawing from UN Arms Trade Treaty

US President Donald Trump has announced his administration will stop ratification of the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and withdraw from it, calling it “badly misguided” and a threat to American freedoms.

The UN will soon receive “formal notice that America is rejecting this treaty,” Trump said on Friday, speaking at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“I will sign right now, in front of a lot of witnesses, a message asking the Senate to discontinue the treaty ratification process, and to return the now-rejected treaty to me, to the Oval Office, where I will dispose of it.”

Apr 25 11:22

Iranian FM: Trump Doesn't Want War, But Could Be 'Lured Into One'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif says that Iran is confident in its ability to evade US sanctions, noting that the country has a "Ph.D in that area."

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Zarif went on to say that he believes US President Donald Trump doesn't want to go to war with Iran, but that he could be "lured into one." In such an event, he noted that Iran would be ready to defend itself.

As for who might goad Trump into a conflict, Zarif named US National Security Adviser John Bolton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among others. He warned that certain individuals could try to "plot an accident" that would ultimately cause a broader crisis, Reuters reported.

Apr 25 11:17

Lebanon Threatens to Strike Israeli Airport if Military Conflict Erupts - Report

The Lebanese defence minister ruled out the possibility of military conflict with Tel Aviv in the near future, however.

Lebanon's Defence Minister Elias Bou Saab has warned that the Lebanese Air Force will strike Israel's Ben Gurion airport in the event of a military conflict between the two states, the Jerusalem Post reported, citing Hezbollah's al-Manar news site.

Speaking during his tour to the southern part of the country, the minister promised Beirut will react symmetrically to Tel Aviv's military actions.

"If Israel bombards our airport, we will bombard its airport; if it strikes our oil facilities, we will strike its oil facilities," he was quoted as saying by al-Manar.

Apr 25 10:26

Bannon And Bass: "China Is Most Significant Existential Threat The US Has Ever Faced"

Perhaps out of concern that his former boss might be pushing Robert Lighthizer and Steve Mnuchin to cave on enforcement, technology transfers and market access for the sake of securing a deal with Beijing, former White House Chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared alongside hedge fund manager Kyle Bass, Wall Street's most visible China bear, to try and explain why Washington needs to stick to its guns and make sure Beijing is held to account for its decades of trade abuses.

Bass, who just the other day distributed his first investor letter in three years warning about a coming blowup in Hong Kong's balance of payments, argued that the immense pressure for Trump to strike a deal isn't coming from voters, but from Wall Street and corporate America, who have abetted Beijing in its efforts to maintain the status quo on trade - selling out their country in the process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping (and praying) that this can be fixed diplomatically, rather than through any kind of engagement of war; because looking at the American trade position here, I am grimly reminded about Karl Marx's observation, when he warned his future readers, that all wars are economic in their origin.

And right now, the US military does not have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to win a conventional war against China.

And President Trump; IF your advisors are telling you the truth, this is what they will be saying to you, regarding a potential war with China; just don't go there, at least, Mr. President, not right now.

Apr 25 09:48

The Path To War With Iran Is Paved With Sanctions

The Trump administration is laying siege to Iran. Taking pages from the Iraq War playbook, senior officials paint a picture of a rogue, outlaw, terrorist regime bent on acquiring nuclear weapons and whose “malign activities” are the cause of all the chaos in the Middle East. They know what they are doing. They have done it before. They are building a case for war.

The “maximum pressure” campaign by the White House, Treasury Department, and State Department accelerated this week with the announcement that the United States would force China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey to cease all imports of Iranian oil or face severe U.S. sanctions. The goal is to cut to zero all of Iran’s oil exports, which account for some 40 percent of its national income. This strategy is unlikely to force the capitulation or collapse of the regime, but it very likely could lead to war.

Apr 25 09:17

Massive Military Movement In California!! TIME TO WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Apr 25 07:31

US builds nuclear shield to deliver surprise nuclear strike on Russia — General Staff

The United States is deploying missile defense systems near Russia’s borders with the goal of obtaining the potential to deliver a surprise nuclear strike on Russia, First Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Department Lt. Gen.Viktor Poznikhir said on Wednesday.

"The deployment of missile defense systems near our borders creates a powerful strike potential for the US enabling it to deliver a surprise [the attacked party won’t be able to strike in response] missile and nuclear strike on Russia," the general told the Moscow Conference on International Security.

By developing the global missile defense system Washington also seeks to gain the potential to deliver such a strike without a response against any undesirable country, he noted.

Apr 24 10:54

Russia Unveils Sub With 'Nuclear Tsunami' Doomsday Drones

Russia has launched a new submarine that will carry underwater nuclear torpedoes capable of devastating enemy coastlines with a tsunami wave up to 500 meters (1,600 ft) that can leave behind radioactive isotopes, according to NBC News and US-Govt. funded outlet RFE/RL.

Apr 24 10:53

Julian Assange's Victory

Authored by Andre Vltchek via Off-Guardian.org,

Throughout history, dark and reactionary forces have always attempted to control the world; by violence, by deceit, by kidnapping and perverting the mainstream narrative, or by spreading fear among the masses.

Consistently, brave and honest individuals have been standing up, exposing lies, confronting the brutality and depravity. Some have fought against insane and corrupt rulers by using swords or guns; others have chosen words as their weapons.

Many were cut down; most of them were.

New comrades rose up; new banners of resistance were unveiled.

To resist is to dream of a better world. And to dream is to live.

The bravest of the brave never fought for just their own countries and cultures; they fought for the entire humanity. They were and they are what one could easily define as “intuitive internationalists”.

Apr 24 10:48

Trump administration appeals ruling finding that the male-only draft is unconstitutional

The Trump administration has moved to defend the male-only military draft, appealing a federal court ruling that Selective Service registration is unconstitutional because it discriminates based on sex.

The appeal on Monday comes as the plaintiffs in the case step up their legal efforts to force the government to either force women to register for the draft or to eliminate mandatory draft registration entirely.

Apr 24 09:06

Pentagon Already Planning a F-35 Replacement That Will Cost Three Times as Much

Good to know efforts to bankrupt the Empire will only intensify

A next-generation air superiority jet for the U.S. Air Force, known by the service as Penetrating Counter Air, could cost about $300 million in 2018 dollars per plane, the Congressional Budget Office states in a new study.

Apr 23 11:32

The Orchestration of Russophobia Is the Prelude to War

The Russian Embassy in Washington has prepared an accurate 121-page report, THE RUSSIAGATE HYSTERIA: A CASE OF SEVERE RUSSOPHOBIA.https://washington.mid.ru/upload/iblock/3c3/3c3d1e3b69a4c228e99bfaeb5491ecd7.pdf

Everyone should read this report. It documents the fake news, lies, violations of diplomatic standards and international law, and gratuitous aggressive actions taken against Russia during the period beginning May 18, 2016 and continuing through the issuance of the Mueller Report.

Without explicitly saying so, the report shows that neither the US government nor the American media has a nanoparticle of integrity. Both are criminal organizations that are willing to risk war with Russia in their pursuit of narrow politicized agendas.

This is important information for Americans and the rest of the world to have. Every person, every government and every private organization that supports Washington’s Russophobic policies is contributing to the growing threat of nuclear war.

Apr 23 11:30

The Orchestration of Russophobia Is the Prelude to War

The Russian Embassy in Washington has prepared an accurate 121-page report, THE RUSSIAGATE HYSTERIA: A CASE OF SEVERE RUSSOPHOBIA.

Everyone should read this report. It documents the fake news, lies, violations of diplomatic standards and international law, and gratuitous aggressive actions taken against Russia during the period beginning May 18, 2016 and continuing through the issuance of the Mueller Report.

Without explicitly saying so, the report shows that neither the US government nor the American media has a nanoparticle of integrity. Both are criminal organizations that are willing to risk war with Russia in their pursuit of narrow policitized agendas.

This is important information for Americans and the rest of the world to have. Every person, every government and every private organization that supports Washington’s Russophobic policies is contributing to the growing threat of nuclear war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Paul Craig Roberts... is one of the true "adults in the room" in Geopolitics; I sure wish he was our Secretary of State right now, rather than Pompeo.

Why are the peaceful people, who want to ratchet down the rhetoric out there, and make the world a more responsible, less hostile place for its citizens, always marginalized, or sidelined permanently?!?

Because that... makes the US a less war-centric company, and that... makes those companies heavily invested in the creation of weaponry, very unhappy.

But if I were a betting woman, I would not bet against Americans being absolutely ready for a peace candidate; if they just had a chance here, which they do not seem to have.

Apr 23 10:54

Oil Shortage Crisis Might Force the Syrian State to Liberate East Euphrates

Muhammad Khodhr, Lebanese Al-Mayadeen News Channel reporter in Syria wrote to almayadeen.net commenting on the pressing issue of the shortages in Syria. Mr. Khdhr’s article is in Arabic and we tried to translate it to our best to English.

The current crisis started on Saturday, April 6th, which the government attributes to the impact of US sanctions on the Syrian economy. Oil Minister Ali Ghanem said during a tour of the gas stations that the material was available at stations in an effort to reassure consumers who have just got out of a severe shortage in gas which stretched throughout the winter months and effectively ended with the start of the spring.

Apr 23 10:41

Russia’s Hostile Outreach of Friendship

The mainstream media never ceases to remind us that Russia is an adversary of the United States … or an opponent … an enemy … a rival … an adversary … or, my favorite, a “regional hegemon.”

Imagine: Russia trying to establish business relations with the United States. Even worse, coming up with a plan of “reconciliation” between the two countries?

Well, certainly one thing could be worse, from the standpoint of the media and the U.S. national-security establishment. That would be Russians who were trying to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. After all, on the campaign trail Trump was also saying that he intended to establish a friendly and harmonious relation with Russia while Clinton was embracing the opposite position. In the eyes of the mainstream press and the Washington, D.C., establishment, the fact that Russia preferred the presidential candidate who favored normalizing relations shows why Russia poses such a grave threat to “national security.”

Apr 23 10:32

US Delivering Excavation Equipment to Syria’s Kurdish YPG

In a move that is likely to rile up NATO member Turkey, the US has made a huge delivery of equipment to the Syrian Kurdish YPG, a group Turkey considers terrorists, and have long threatened to invade.

200 trucks crossed into Syria’s Deir Ezzor from neighboring Iraq. This is not a military shipment. Rather, it is building material and construction equipment intended to allow for reconstruction after the defeat of ISIS.

That’s the US version at least, but the inclusion of substantial excavation equipment is fueling concern, particularly in Turkey, that this is going to be used for mass tunnel digging across Syria, in anticipation of the Turkish invasion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The issue of timing here, is critical.

This delivery of construction equipment to the Kurds, signals that the US is favorable to trying to bring about an independent Kurdistan, and Turkey is going to become totally ballistic if this happens.

So let's take the scenario to the next step; If Kurds start attacking Turkish troops, who are NATO allies, as are our troops, what is the US government's position be?!?

This comes to us today, through the courtesy of the US's Department of "You can't make this stuff up!"

Why are the military and civilian leadership of this country, never able think something through to the end of its most logical scenarios?!?

Apr 23 10:16

How Do You Prefer Your Empire: Coarse or Polite?

It amounts to a matter of taste; how you prefer the emperor to behave. Such is political life in the late-stage American Empire. Both major parties offer nothing but the same – hyper-military interventionism and the quest for global hegemony – in the charade of choice each election cycle. The question, as 2020 approaches, is whether we can expect more of the same from the Democratic and Republican candidates for president. Of course, the use of this label, emperor, will undoubtedly make many a reader squirm and/or dismiss this piece.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That will only start to change, when the US government does a complete resurrection of the Draft, which I figure may be coming forward either this year, or next.

And remember; this time, the Pentagon won't just becoming for your sons; they will be coming for your daughters as well.

Apr 23 09:35

No more waivers: The United States will try to force Iranian oil exports to zero

In tightening sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration moved on Monday to isolate Tehran economically and undercut its power across the Middle East. But the clampdown has complicated relations with China at a particularly sensitive moment.

The decision to stop five of Iran’s biggest customers from buying its oil was an audacious strike at Tehran’s lifeline — one million barrels of oil exports daily, fully half of which go to China. The order was also aimed at India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey, all countries that trade robustly with the United States.

All are also partners with the United States on major security and diplomatic issues that do not involve Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight; Is President Trump is attempting to use some kind of "economic force against China", so that it yields on purchasing Iran's oil?!?

Good luck with that, Mr. President!! And BTW, I was just wondering; what do you up your sleeve, in order to be able to do this?!?

And BTW, could your timing of this threat come at a worse possible time during the US/China economic negotiations?!?

I think not.

And also against the countries of India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey, which have been buying from American vendors?!?

Sir, forgive me, but this bites, BIG-TIME!!

So, sir, what are you prepared to do, particularly if China doesn't want to budge against your embargo of Iranian oil?!?

Are you seriously looking at, having US sailors "board foreign ships", to see if they are carrying any Iranian oil?!?

Sir, in case no one among your "advisors" has happened to mention it, the interdiction of a foreign ship in international waters, is very close to creating to a declaration of war against that country.

Perhaps a "false flag" to be blamed on Russia or China may be more to your liking.

But when President Bush lied about Iraq having alleged "weapons of mass destruction", (which, of course, he didn't, but that was the lie upon which which he staked the invasion and occupation of Iraq.) was the moment where I lost all faith in what any American governing bodies were saying, including the Executive; Judicial; Pentagon; and its Surveillance.

So what are we looking at here, Mr. President, a nuclear war against China, and Russia?!? Don't laugh; Paul Craig Roberts warned us a couple of years ago, that plans actually exist to make this happen.

This guy is one of the most sober-sided writer/reporter on the US political scene, and is quite credible.

Paul Craig Roberts: US plans exist to nuke Russia and China

War, even when the biggest US weaponry makers believe, and experience has proven them right, that their "donations" to various covert and overt political causes, makes them "bullet-proof" in terms of any governmental prosecution against them, for shoddy, outdated merchandise which does not behave as advertised?!?

Sir, I give you... the Lockheed-Martin F-35s, which is still a hot mess
technically:

August 2018: The Pentagon is Down-Playing Serious Problems with the F-35, watchdog says

January 2019: Stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Still has some serious Problems

March 2019: F-35 FAR FROM READY TO FACE CURRENT OR FUTURE THREATS

From January, 2019:F-35 Logistics System resulting in Lost Missions

February, 2019: F-35 Fighter Jets will only be able to fly one quarter of expected life, due to Structural Issues

None of this information is confidential, having been previously published, both in print, and on-line. And please look them up for yourself; I am not telling anything that people already don't know, if they have been following the "process" of the evolution of the F-35.

Mr. President, you really need to think about this, as critically as you are able; because right now, in Spring of 2019, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to make such a war conclude with a good outcome for this country.

So, as someone who cares about this country deeply, I am asking you: please, President Trump, don't look at a war against both China and Russia; the US may not fare too well, if this is, in fact, the plan.

And here is another little "caveat" to the above:

China Won't Find Lost F-35 stealth Fighter,

The article, Mr. President, continues to state: "The U.S. and Japanese militaries are dismissing the possibility that China will find Japan’s missing F-35A Lightning II aircraft before their own search parties.

“The Japanese have the lead there, and we’re working very collaboratively with them," acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Friday. "And we’ve got a capability if what they have doesn’t prove to be sufficient.”

When asked whether he was concerned China could get to the crash site first, Shanahan said: “No, I’m not.”

Somehow, I have a really hard time believing that last bit.

Apr 23 08:24

DO YOU REMEMBER THE OIL CRISIS AND “STAGFLATION” OF THE 1970S? IN MANY WAYS, 2019 IS STARTING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE 1973…

SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

The price of gasoline is rapidly rising, economic activity is slowing down, the Middle East appears to be on the brink of war, and Democrats are trying to find a way to remove a Republican president from office. In many ways, 2019 is starting to look a lot like 1973. For many Americans, the 1970s represent a rather depressing chapter in U.S. history that they would just like to forget, but the truth is that if we do not learn from history it is much more likely that we will repeat our mistakes. And without a doubt, right now a lot of things are starting to move in a very ominous direction.

“Stagflation” was a term that was made popular in the 1970s, and it occurs when there is a high rate of inflation but economic growth is declining or stagnant.

The U.S. hasn’t had a serious bout with stagflation in quite a while, but it appears that we may be moving in that direction.

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I remember this, because I lived through it in Southern California, during the "odd/even" way of dispensing gas, which was by your car license plate tag number, if I remember correctly, and it was an absolute pain to live through.

Apr 22 15:47

American Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Ross Arrives at Georgian Port - US Embassy

The US destroyer is equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles and is capable of intercepting ballistic missiles launched from enemy submarines.

The US Navy's guided-missile destroyer the USS Ross (DDG-71) arrived at the port of Batumi on Sunday, a statement by the US Embassy in Georgia said. This is the first visit by the vessel to Georgia.

"Our allies in Europe still contribute greatly to the Black Sea region's security. The crew and I are looking forward to see the improvement of military compatibility in a dynamic environment and to get familiar with the region's history and culture", the destroyer's commander, Dave Coles, said, as quoted by the US Embassy's press service.

Apr 22 15:05

Mitchell Hopkins: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Is it just my imagination or does this whole thing smell kinda putrid!
Agent Provocateur?

The FBI has arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, the head of a militia group that has been detaining would-be migrants at the US-Mexico border. The FBI announced that Hopkins, 69, had been arrested on April 20 in Sunland Park, New Mexico on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The militia members say they are fighting to defend their flag and their country, but human rights groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union, have denounced the group as a “fascist militia organization.”

Apr 22 13:57

Air Force Deploys Stealth Fighters To Middle East For First Time 

Amid the threats of war with Iran, the U.S. Air Force has forward deployed Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jets to the Middle East, reported Air Force Times.

Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) announced last week that F-35s from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, have arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates to continue air superiority missions across the region.

It's the first time Air Force F-35s have been sent to the Middle East.

"We are adding a cutting-edge weapons system to our arsenal that significantly enhances the capability of the coalition," Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella, commander of AFCENT, said in the release. "The sensor fusion and survivability this aircraft provides to the joint force will enhance security and stability across the theater and deter aggressors."

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