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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Jun 26 15:00

Jews repent to Hitler for their crimes...

Behold the power of love and forgiveness. Just say no to hate:

"You can easily understand how that within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived" - JFK 1945

Jun 26 11:57

How the Navy tapped a jailed sex offender to be a department head

Lt. j.g. Michael Douglas McNeil recently joined dozens of other junior surface warfare officers in getting selected to be a future department head.

The list of those eligible for the afloat position was released Friday by Navy Personnel Command.

But whether news of this career milestone reached the 31-year-old in federal prison remains unknown.

McNeil is currently serving a bid for trying to arrange sex with a 12-year-old deaf girl and is locked up until 2027 at a low-security facility in Texarkana, Texas.

Jun 26 09:32

US Combat Ship Collides With Canadian Freighter In Montreal

An advanced U.S. Navy combat ship that is slated to be commissioned as the U.S.S. Billings collided with a berthed freighter in Montreal on Monday, FreightWaves reported. Both ships were damaged as a result, but their crews were safe. The U.S. Freedom-class littoral combat ship hit the M/V Rosaire A. Desgagnes at about 2PM on Monday, according to Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson, a Navy spokesperson.

The Billings is 378 feet long and sustained damage below the waterline as a result. The damage to the 452 foot dry bulk vessel it collided with has not been fully assessed yet. The bulk vessel is owned by Quebec-based Transport Desgagnés.

The U.S. Navy is reportedly still investigating the incident and despite the fact that the Billings was "capable" of making it to its Florida homebase, it is being kept in Montreal for additional damage assessments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again?!?

Jun 25 12:06

Our army’s bloat of officers is one reason it can’t win wars

Since Korea, our military has proven itself unable to win wars. We cannot win even against foes with little training and less equipment. We cannot win even when the US fields large armies fueled with almost unlimited funds against foes having neither. As we walk on the verge of war with Iran, we must ask “why?” There are a thousand and one answers. But we should look first at our leaders, often the difference between victory and defeat.

Jun 25 11:24

Scott Adams: Thorium Reactors Saving the World, Border Funding

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1143519311794855941

Healthcare cost transparency EO (cost reduction) by President Trump
Whomever is willing to torture border children the longest…wins!
Solutions to REDUCE or ELIMINATE kids being tortured
CNN does multiple interviews of newest nutty accuser
Iran spokesman says “White House is afflicted by mental retardation”
President Trump asks…why are WE paying to protect others countries?
Guest: Kirk Sorensen, Nuclear and aerospace expert
Startup company, developing a thorium reactor
BENEFITS of a thorium reactor versus uranium
Follow Kirk: @KirkSorensen
Project Veritas has confirmed Google CAN affect things…if they want
In the long-run, algorithms WILL evolve to contain political bias
The problem with Bernie’s“free education” plan
Elizabeth Warren’s “gay reparations” plan based on prior tax policies

Jun 25 11:10

NATO Tells Russia To Destroy New Missile Or Face Consequences

NATO defense ministers will hold talks on Wednesday over their next move if Russia doesn't destroy a new missile system that could allow for short-notice nuclear attacks throughout Europe, which the United States has said violates the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to Reuters.

"We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so," said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a news conference, adding "We will need to respond."

While he declined to go into further detail, diplomats have said their defense ministers will consider allowing more flights over Europe by nuclear-capable US warplanes, as well as more military training and the strategic repositioning of US sea-based missiles.

The dispute has deepened a fissure in East-West ties that severely deteriorated after Russia’s seizure of Crimea and its involvement in Syria. -Reuters

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reuters, you pitiful;codswallop-creating intellectually-crippled dolts: your revisionist history of what happened with Crimea, and Syria are falsehoods of such immense magnitude, that I barely know where to start. So let's do this YET AGAIN!!

In light of your seeming to still collectively be suffering from an almost pathological case of SMD, (Selective Memory Disorder), let's set the way-back machine to 2014. I promise to try to use small words, which hopefully won't confuse you too terribly.

In 2014, Ukraine suffered from an alleged"color revolution" (translation: the US and Western Europe, were fomenting unrest yet again), and the duly, and legally elected President of Ukraine, President Yanukovich, was officially "thrown under the proverbial bus", and - in an election which was more crooked than is a dog's hind leg - "anointed" Poroshenko (the Chocolate King, remember?!?) as his successor because he was nominally more western-centric than was his successor.

Apparently, Reuters, it has escaped your US collective government-centric gaze, that not only did Victoria Nuland share to a private audience, and was videoed, about the US Government, having spent $5 billion dollars of taxpayers' money to subvert Ukraine Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine", but none other than President Obama actually confessed, on a CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria, that he was a part of a group which made such subversion possible. Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

$5 billion dollars is not chump change, even in these spectacularly inflationary times. And one has to wonder, with Poroshenko having lost this years' election, if anyone of those accountable for this fiasco, have had a tiny bit of "Buyer's remorse" about getting this guy elected.

What Crimea did, which is at the heart of the UN charter, regarding peaceful self determination, when they understood that there was no viable, citizen-chosen government in Kiev, was two things; they had a free and fair referendum, asking the people of Crimea, post-coup, if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition Russia to become a member of the Russian Federation; by an overwhelming majority, Crimeans voted to petition the Russian Federation to become a member of Russia, and the Russian Federation accepted their petition.

As you probably do not know this, as history was never your strong suite, collectively, but Crimea was a part of Russia, before it was annexed to Ukraine by Kruschev in 1954: The 1954 transfer of Crimea to Russia by Kruschev

Now, let's take a look at Syria, shall we?!?

Seeing just how "brilliantly" the American regime changes/occupations of Iraq; Afghanistan; and Libya were going, Russia's President Putin believed that he had a responsibility to make sure that the duly elected president of Syria, Bashar Al-Assad, had the opportunity to stay in office, and with the help of the Russian Military, Al-Assad's forces were able able to wipe out most of the US and Israeli-funded and trained jihadis there, leaving only a few small pockets of resistance.

"What, What,?!?" you say, in a gasp of faux surprise?!?, HOW CAN THIS BE?!? AREN'T THE JIHADISTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, SUPPOSED TO BE THE US'S MOST HORRIBLE THREAT EVER?!? YES, REUTERS, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY.

Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels Fighters were armed and paid to keep Iranian-linked forces away from Israel’s border.How many Iranian linked forces were, and actually are, still in Syria, remains to be seen.

America Created Al-Qaeda and the Isis Terror Group

Reuters, can you please JUST STOP LYING, because I am going to embarrass the hell out of you with the facts, every damned time I can, if you continue to do this; and it has become pathological on your part, recently!!

Please count on it!!

Jun 25 09:27

Russia Warns US Buildup Risks Repeat of Cuban Missile Crisis

The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty is raising concerns in Russia that it would lead to the deployment of land-based US missiles along their borders in Eastern Europe. Russian officials warn this could create a crisis comparable to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

This is not a totally unfounded concern. The INF treaty’s dissolution, and the expansion of NATO all the way to Russia’s border indeed would create such a possibility. Russian officials have made clear they would respond to try to maintain deterrence, and prevent NATO having an overwhelming nuclear advantage. Though there are no formal plans for such deployments by NATO announced publicly yet, the Eastern European members are overwhelmingly hostile to Russia, and would endorse such deployments.

Jun 25 09:19

NATO Tells Russia To Destroy New Missile Or Face Consequences

NATO defense ministers will hold talks on Wednesday over their next move if Russia doesn't destroy a new missile system that could allow for short-notice nuclear attacks throughout Europe, which the United States has said violates the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to Reuters.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
"We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so," said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a news conference, adding "We will need to respond."

While he declined to go into further detail, diplomats have said their defense ministers will consider allowing more flights over Europe by nuclear-capable US warplanes, as well as more military training and the strategic repositioning of US sea-based missiles.

Jun 25 09:16

US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II

The causes of wars are complex. In some instances nations other than the U.S. may have been responsible for more deaths, but if the involvement of our nation appeared to have been a necessary cause of a war or conflict it was considered responsible for the deaths in it. In other words they probably would not have taken place if the U.S. had not used the heavy hand of its power. The military and economic power of the United States was crucial.

Jun 25 09:06

Weekly Update --- Boxed in by Neocons and the Media, Will Trump Launch Iran War?

Jun 24 15:22

How Beto O'Rourke would use a 'war tax' to help veterans

Beto O’Rourke on Monday called for Congress to enact a “war tax” any time the country goes to war, with the proceeds going to care for veterans of the conflict.

The proposal came as part of a new plan by O’Rourke, a Democratic candidate for president, to expand services for military veterans. The former Texas congressman also repeated his call for the country to end what he called its “endless war” in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jun 24 11:39

Scott Adams: Middle East Peace, Project Veritas, Trump = JFK, Advice for Kamala Harris

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1143156917138624512

Senior Google Executive, Jen Gennai and Project Veritas
Google is a Gatekeeper of our reality
Should an algorithm ever be put on trial?
The point where algorithms program themselves is almost here
NBA will no longer call team owners…”owners”
Bernie’s surprisingly strong plan to tax wall street for free everything
It MIGHT actually work
Top Saudi diplomat says the “age of war with Israel is over”
Palestinians reject Jared Kushner peace plan
They rejected $50 Billion…on principal? That’s just stupid
Knitting site Ravelry, bans Trump discussions as white supremacy
Joel Pollack’s article comparing JFK and President Trump
Fixing Kamala’s biggest problem, her unconfident laugh and smile
it’s subordinate, submissive, NOT Presidential

Jun 24 11:06

Army Colonel: ‘The Last Thing The America First Agenda Needs Is A Stupid, Pointless, Unnecessary War’

Retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor appealed to history to argue against a “stupid, pointless, unnecessary war with Iran” during a Thursday night appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Already heightened tensions with Iran were exacerbated when a surface-to-air missile hit a high-altitude U.S. Navy drone Thursday over the Straight of Hormuz.

Jun 24 11:05

President Trump: Please Find A Way To Stop World War 3 From Erupting In The Middle East

We now find ourselves on the brink of World War 3, and one wrong move could unleash death and destruction on a scale that most of us don’t even want to think about. We have reached one of the most critical junctures in modern American history, and the key decisions will be made by just one man. When Donald Trump initially ran for president, he promised to stop the endless wars in the Middle East, but now we are potentially facing the biggest one of them all. More than 80 million people live in Iran, they have a highly sophisticated military, and they have been preparing for a military confrontation with the west for a very long time.

Jun 24 10:52

Trump: Allowing FBI to Investigate Khashoggi Murder Would Jeopardize Saudi Arms Sales

Trump dismissed the murder in the first place over fears of “over $100 billion” in arms sales, and is now saying they’re going to spend $400 billion to $450 billion “over a period of time, all money, all jobs.”

Trump spoke with the Crown Prince last week, roughly at the time the UN report that once again blamed him for the murder came out. Trump, however, said that the murder “really didn’t come up” in their conversation.

It’s not clear which is the more disturbing possibility here, if President Trump was pressured once again by the Crown Prince to cover up this murder, or if he’s moved on so far from being bought off on that murder that he didn’t bother to bring it up in a week when both a UN report on the murder was coming and the Senate was voting against arms sales specifically because of that murder.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our own "Merchant of Death-In-Chief", aka President Trump, has absolutely no understanding, of how completely tone-deaf this sounds, to other Saudi victims of its despotic rulers, or families of innocents Yemenis, killed or crippled by these bombs.

Apparently, for this President, profits trump morality every time; that is a very sad, but real, aspect to this man's psychological make up, and the leadership of this country.

Jun 24 08:16

Killing for the Sake of It: The Grisly Reality of the Failing US Empire

Mired in financial collapse, moral decay, and lack of leadership & direction, the last sole superpower is lashing out in every direction, spreading brutal destruction throughout the world for nothing more than its own depraved sake

Jun 24 08:16

Crazed US Government: As We Face “Armageddon” the Western World Is Leaderless

The moronic warmongers in high office—Bolton, Pompeo, and Pence—and their Israel Lobby masters are determined, and they have not abandoned their campaign for war with Iran. Of course, the liars say that Iran will just accept its punishment for defending its territory and there will be no war. But this is not what Iran says. I believe Iran.

Some of the tiny percentage of people in the Western World who are still capable of thought regret that Trump called off the insane plan. They think the consequences would have been the destruction of the Saudi and Israeli governments—two of the most evil in history—and the cut-off of oil to the US and Europe, with the resulting depression causing the overthrow of the Western warmonger governments. They believe that catastrophic American defeat is the only way peace can be restored to the world.

Jun 24 08:14

Trump Has a $259 Million Reason to Bomb Iran

Much analysis of Trump’s slide toward war with Iran has focused on his hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, who, reportedly requested options from the Pentagon to deploy as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East and hit Iran with 500 missiles per day. Bolton is the loudest voice inside the White House pushing for a military escalation to the administration’s “maximum pressure” strategy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for his part, is staking out the position that the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force allows the administration to take military action against Iran without congressional approval, an unusual and broadly criticized interpretation of congressional oversight.

Yet, there’s another omnipresent influence on Trump: $259 million given by some of the GOP’s top supporters to boost his campaign in 2016 and support Republican congressional and senate campaigns in 2016 and 2018.

Jun 24 08:13

Europe proves biggest spender on US arms: Report

Europe proved to be the biggest spender on US-made arms last year, and is expected to retain a devouring appetite for the weapons in near future, shows one report.

The continent accounted for nearly a quarter of the $55.7 billion in foreign arms sales that the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) handled in the 2018 fiscal year, Reuters reported on Saturday, citing US Army Lieutenant General Charles Hooper, the DSCA’s director.

Various US arms makers, who were cited by the news agency, including Lockheed Martin and Boeing, also said that the European demand for warplanes, missile systems, and other weapons was growing.

Apparently in anticipation of high demand, Washington sent an especially-ranking delegation, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, to the Paris Airshow this year. The expo showcased products by nearly 400 US companies.

Jun 24 08:11

NO EVIDENCE ISLAMIC STATE HAD FOREKNOWLEDGE OF SRI LANKA BOMBINGS, SAYS OFFICIAL

SOURCE: INTELNEWS.ORG
It is not at all clear that the Islamic State and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who claimed responsibility of the Sri Lanka bombings in April, had foreknowledge of the attacks, according to a top official. The militant Sunni group claimed it was behind the nine suicide blasts that targeted Catholic churches and five-star hotels in Sri Lanka’s western and eastern coastal regions on April 21. The near-simultaneous bombings killed 258 people and injured over 500. They are believed to constitute the bloodiest terrorist attack in the country’s history. Interestingly, many questioned the authenticity of the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility, which came a full two days following the deadly blasts. The group typically issues statements immediately following attacks by its followers around the world. The 48-hour delay in the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, therefore, was deemed “uncharacteristic” by some experts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report is true (hard to prove, either way) it gives us yet another insight as to how these groups act, and exchange information.

The video, in al-Baghdadi's hands, would, of course, be a PR "coup", even if it was not his group directly, but some underlings who actually did this attack, before he even knew it had happened.

Jun 24 08:11

Pentagon Blames Moscow For Overhauling The New World Order

The Pentagon responded to warnings from Russian politicians, who in turn criticized the US decision to send additional troops to the Middle East.

The Defense Department defends its decision to implement its troops saying that it is Russia that is trying to destabilize the situation in the Middle East .

“This deployment is not a provocation, the additional troops are for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East,” Lt. Col. Carla M. Gleason from the Pentagon’s Europe public affairs unit told CNBC in an email Tuesday.

“Russia seeks to revise the world order and reject the international system that has enabled peace for decades. Russia has sought to exploit chaos and advance its influence, expanding beyond its near abroad. And it has done so with particular focus in the Middle East,” she added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Enabled peace for decades?!?"

Jun 24 07:51

This Is What a Nuclear War Would Actually Look Like (HBO)

Jun 23 14:02

Provoking Iran Could Start A War And Crash The Entire World Economy

Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Tensions in the Persian Gulf are reaching a point of no return. In recent weeks, six oil tankers have been subjected to Israeli sabotage disguised to look like Iranian attacks to induce the United States to take military action against the Islamic Republic. Some days ago Iran rightfully shot out of the sky a US Drone. In Yemen, the Houthis have finally started responding with cruise and ballistic missiles to the Saudis’ indiscriminate attacks, causing damage to the Saudi international airport of Abha, as well as blocking, through explosive drones, Saudi oil transportation from east to west through one of the largest pipelines in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing that the US government and Military could do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that the US and its military, will not do it.

I am relieved that Trump did call off the airstrike, but the question remains, as to what both the US and Israel plan to do now, since the airstrikes were called off.

But the biggest "clout" President Trump had, when he took office, was the US's support for the P5+1 deal, from which he has withdrawn American support.

I would imagine that Iranian leadership must be thinking that President Trump might be slightly bi-polar, to make such a "switcheroo" on the the actual attack, just 10 minutes before declaring he had done it. I think, reasonably, the Iranians can find no comfortable "middle Ground" with this President, consider his withdrawing the US from the P5+1 agreement.

So what does President Trump have with which he can negotiate now ?!?

He's got an industrial-strength "Frenemy" with Israel's Netanyahu, who will use every opportunity to trap President Trump into a no-win, horrific war, which will most certainly be a war of attrition; in fact, I would rather count on Israel to attempt to pull another "USS Liberty event" (That was when Israel attempted to destroy an American Naval ship, and desperately tried to blame Egypt for it) if they think they can get away with it.

And let's not forget Trump's other BFF in the Middle East, regional neighbor and huge oil producer in Saudi Arabia, currently being run by the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Bin Salman.

How much actual military support against Iran can President Trump expect from both Bin Salman, and the Saudi military?!?

President Trump needs every good opportunity to hand, with regard to Iran; unfortunately, he has very little to offer right now, except for a (potentially deferred) invasion, which will never resolve either the political, and/or economic issues in the region.

Jun 23 09:26

NATO considers declaring space a new domain of warfare under US pressure

The NATO military alliance is planning to officially recognize space as a domain of warfare this year, in a move that officials are describing as a “gift” to US President Donald Trump who has long expressed concerns about the growing military capabilities of Russia and China beyond Earth.

Defense ministers from the US-led pact's 29 members are expected to make a decision on the issue when they reconvene in London early December.

“There’s agreement that we should make space a domain and the London summit is the best place to make it official,” said one senior NATO diplomat involved in the discussions.

A second diplomat said while the decision was weighty and had real consequences, it would be “a gift" to Trump, who will also be attending the summit.

Jun 23 09:02

Trump’s climbdown on Iran is a defeat to the Israel lobby

Since Donald Trump decided not to attack Iran Thursday, it has been stated again and again that the American people don’t want another war in the Middle East. NPR says so, PBS says so, the Washington Post says the Congress is “war-weary,” the Times notes the considerable support Trump has gotten from Republicans; and even Lindsey Graham has backed Trump’s decision. So do Democratic liberals and centrists and Nancy Pelosi.

Trump himself said a war with Iran is unpopular when he told his Orlando rally Thursday that great nations don’t fight “endless wars,” and he was removing troops and putting “America first.”

The reasonable question here is, Who wants a war with Iran, and why do they want it? The answer is, far-right Republicans like Adam Kinzinger, Tom Cotton, and Liz Cheney who say it’s a sign of weakness not to attack Iran. And the Israel lobby, which wants the U.S. to take on Israel’s regional rival.

Jun 23 08:38

Not you too! US warns India against Russian S-400 ahead of Pompeo’s visit

Although Washington already has its plate full trying to dissuade Turkey from buying S-400 air defenses, it is also “urging” India against buying the Russian missile system just ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit.

Jun 22 11:46

The Missile Capable Buyan-M Corvette: High Seas Hellraiser

Jun 22 11:44

Read THIS Before Cheering the Next War

Truth Is the First Casualty of War
Over two thousand years ago, the Greek writer Aeschylus said:

In war, truth is the first casualty.

That quote could be read to mean that – once a war starts – then truth goes out the window …

In reality, however, wars are often planned for political reasons (having to do with money, resources or other goals which may have nothing to do with directly protecting one’s country or people) and then false intelligence is created to “justify” the start of the war.

Britain’s MI5 intelligence service explained about the claimed justifications for the Iraq War:

The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.

Jun 22 11:41

Scott Adams: Tucker Carlson Prevents War With Iran, Mayor Pete Imploding, DR Hysteria

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1142432083714793472

President Trump retweets another great Carpe Donktum meme
“President Trump 4EVA” meme
Famous people and FALSE claims of encounters with them
Dominican Republic mysterious deaths…real or mass hysteria?
Governmental lying to the public about military stuff
Pete Buttigieg’s interaction with BLM
Looking Presidential while wearing a “Fish Fry” event tee shirt
Did Tucker Carlson’s significant influence…cancel the Iran strike?
Erin Burnett questions the timing of the President Trump’s decision
AMA session with listeners

Jun 22 10:26

Mainstream Media Faults Trump for Not Following Through on Iran Attack

Mainstream media outlets were of a lot of different minds on the Iran question earlier this week, counseling different approaches for US-Iran tensions. Friday, those outlets were broadly united, upset by the lack of a new war they thought sure was coming.

To be sure, Thursday was meant to be the start of the US-Iran War which hawks have been trying to piece together for generations. Trump ordered the attack, but ultimately, called it off a mere 10 minutes from a strike.

What had been a subject of debate was now USA Today accusing Trump of “not following through.” As concerning as blundering into a huge war in the Middle East had been, the new talking point was Trump showing weakness, and per Kori Schake of the Atlantic, damaging “America’s credibility.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I knew the corporate media were going to savage Trump over this.

Jun 22 10:25

Congress wants the US military to challenge Russia with a new Arctic port

The U.S. military’s annual authorization working its way through the Senate directs the armed services and the Maritime Administration to identify and designated a new strategic port in the Arctic, a move meant to counter Russia’s presence at the top of the world.

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that emerged from the Senate Armed Services Committee directs the defense secretary to work with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration to submit a report to Congress that evaluates potential sites for the port. It then requires the defense secretary designate one or more of the sites as “Department of Defense Strategic Arctic Ports” within 90 days.

The Senate is expected to vote on the NDAA next week.

Jun 21 15:05

Scott Adams: Fixing the Iran Situation For You

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1142102287910727680

Iran situation…what you should believe and should NOT believe
How much did our intelligence services LEARN about Iran last night?
Message sent…message received?

Jun 21 10:20

SEAL sniper: Eddie Gallagher said medics knew to take captured fighters and 'nurse them to death'

An enlisted Navy SEAL sniper testified on Wednesday that Chief Eddie Gallagher told his platoon prior to their deployment that if they ever captured a wounded fighter, their medics knew "what to do to nurse them to death."

In early morning testimony, former Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Dylan Dille told a packed courtroom that he had heard the phrase during unit training before the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2017.

Dille spoke at length about his experiences as a sniper in support of Iraqi security forces during clearing operations, and said he believed Gallagher had shot at innocent civilians on multiple occasions.

"We were made less effective as a mission," Dille said. "Because civilians were being killed by our chief."

Jun 21 10:19

Medic shocks court by testifying that HE is the one who killed young ISIS fighter and not the Navy SEAL on trial for murder as he says he did it to save the boy from tortured by Iraqi forces

A medic has shockingly testified in the war crimes trial of a Navy SEAL that he killed a young ISIS fighter and not the man accused, saying he decided to end the young militant's life to save him from being tortured by enemy forces.

Corey Scott was called as a prosecution witness on Thursday in the case against Edward Gallagher.

Gallagher has been charged with murdering the young ISIS militant by stabbing him multiple times in the neck and side but he denies it and claims he is being set up.

Two other SEALs have already testified against him, claiming he premeditated the murder and also shot at Iraqi civilians in Mosul in 2017.

Jun 21 09:26

We are 'probably the only great military power' to reduce its defense spending, Putin says

Russia manages to remain a great military power despite decreasing its defense budget, while other countries keep pumping money into their armies, Vladimir Putin said, during his annual Direct Line Q&A session.

“We are probably the only great military power that is reducing its defense spending,” the President pointed out.

At around $48 billion, “Russia is just seventh in the world in absolute value” when it comes to the size of the military budget, he reminded his audience.

“We are surpassed –sizably– by the US, which spends $720 billion dollars” and by other countries, including Saudi Arabia, UK, France and Japan, he said.

Jun 21 09:07

Israel's Netanyahu urges support for U.S. against Iran's 'aggression'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called on the international community to support the United States against Iran as tensions between the two countries escalated after the downing of a U.S. drone by Iran.

“In the last 24 hours Iran has intensified its aggression against the United States and against all of us. And I repeat my call for all peace-loving countries to stand by the United States in its effort to stop Iranian aggression,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “Israel stands by the United States on this.”

Jun 21 08:59

US Army Accidentally Invades Romanian… Wheat Field

The "invasion" took place as part of the ongoing joint drills between the Romanian Land Forces and the US Army across the Southeast European country.

Romania's Defence Ministry has confirmed that an incident took place in Ialomita County, southeastern Romania on Thursday in which several US armoured vehicles accidentally drove onto private farmland containing wheat and corn crops, causing an as yet unspecified amount of damage.

A Romanian Facebook user uploaded video footage of the incident, showing vehicles including a tank, an infantry fighting vehicle, and a Humvee support vehicle driving over the crops, leaving large tracks in the fields in their wake.

Jun 20 15:54

The US military is among the world's biggest contributors to climate change and is responsible for more emissions than some entire COUNTRIES, study says

In a study by scientists from Durham and Lancaster University published in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, researchers examine emissions stemming from the US military's logistical supply chains.

Just taking into account emissions stemming from fuel usage the researchers say that if the US military were a country, it would be the 47th biggest contributor to climate change worldwide, in between Peru and Portugal according to World Bank data.

In 2017, the US military purchased 269,230 barrels of oil per day according to researchers, with the Navy topping all other branches by spending a whopping $4.9 billion on fuel.

Jun 20 11:30

F-35s become so unpredictable at top speeds that pilots fear they would be unusable in dogfights, new documents reveal

F-35 fighter jets used by the US Navy and Marine forces are so unpredictable at top speeds that pilots fear they would be unusable in dogfights, new documents reveal.

Pilots have reported erratic handling when approaching max performance including unpredictable changes in pitch and rolling motions — both of which are considered a 'category 1 deficiency', the most serious type of deficiency.

According to the report, aviators said the issue would 'prevent repeatable air-to-air combat techniques resulting in mid-air collisions during training,' as well as 'aircraft loss during combat engagements with adversary aircraft and missiles.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Short version; they can just fall out of the sky unexpectedly.

Jun 20 09:54

False Flags, Cooked Intelligence and the ‘War on Terror’ Con

Iran released a statement today saying they will not extend the deadline on salvaging the nuclear deal. European countries will have until July 8th to save the Obama-era deal and take concrete steps to shield Iran from U.S. sanctions or they will continue their program to enrich uranium.

I wrote last month in “Trump Pushes Back On War With Iraq But For How Long” whereby a White House insider had reported in April that “President Donald Trump and his advisors are planning an invasion of Iran and plan to use tactical nuclear strikes. The plan calls for Iran to be wiped off the map, and will cost U.S. taxpayers trillions of dollars”.

He also said, “the mainstream media will promote the war and Trump will go right along with it”.

Jun 20 08:48

A winnable nuclear war? New Pentagon document shows US military thinks so

The Pentagon document laying out the US doctrine of nuclear operations was publicly available for about a week, then made ‘official use only.’ What’s inside is a chilling reminder that Washington sees nuclear war as winnable.

“Nuclear Operations,” or Joint Publication 3-72, was dated on June 11 and made private since, but not before it was downloaded by Steven Aftergood, an activist at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). It is currently available on the FAS website as a PDF.

The publication “provides fundamental principles and guidance to plan, execute, and assess nuclear operations.” The rest of it is in the same matter-of-fact tone, even when discussing practical consideration of potentially world-ending weapons.

Jun 20 08:34

Deterrence works both ways: Russian diplomat says Pentagon needs to get a grip on reality

The creation and possible deployment by the United States of low-yield nuclear weapons in order to ‘contain’ Russia may actually result in using nuclear weapons, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters.

The senior diplomat expressed concerns over the growing trend in the US, where the term "strategic stability" is used in a very loose way. He pointed out that strategic stability means that the emergence of preconditions for becoming the first to use nuclear weapons is unacceptable.

Jun 20 08:27

Trump: Iran Made "A Very Big Mistake" By Shooting Down Drone 

The US Navy is sending ships to where debris from the downed drone is reportedly floating (in international waters, according to reports).

The US has been increasing the number of military assets in the region as tensions with Iran have flared. The USS Abraham Lincoln is stationed nearby with a full carrier strike group.

With all the tools for escalation present in the region, is it possible that we could be at war with Iran by the end of the day?

Jun 20 08:25

Speeches that still matter: Gen Wesley Clark on US going to war in 7 countries in 5 yrs

Jun 19 17:36

US Navy says mines used to carry out Gulf tanker attack 'bear a striking resemblance' to those used by Iran – and reveal investigators have removed fingerprints from the ship

By ROSS IBBETSON FOR MAILONLINE

The US Navy says mines used to carry out a Gulf tanker attack 'bear a striking resemblance' to those used by Iran, as investigators retrieve fingerprints from the ship.

The Navy today displayed limpet mine fragments and a magnet removed from a Japanese vessel, one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman last Thursday.

'The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have already been publicly displayed in Iranian military parades,' said Commander Sean Kido at the Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), near the Fujairah port in the UAE.

He added that fingerprints retrieved from the stricken Japanese vessel would be used to mount a criminal case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the author of this piece of codswallop; Mr. Ibbitson, did you actually take what Commander Kido told you as pure gospel?!?

Number one, against what data bases could the US intelligence agencies possibly compare these prints?!?

Did Commander Kido believe that Iran's President Rouhani would just open their own databases to American investigators on the case?!?

I think we have a resounding, thuddling NO coming forth as Iran's answer here.

And secondly, this issue of "bearing a striking resemblance to Iranian missiles which have already been publicly displayed in Iranian Military Parades.." Just because something "looks similar"to something people think they have seen in Iranian military parades, does not mean that the missile is the genuine article.

And 3rd, why, in the name of heaven, would Iran do something so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid, as to try to do something menacing in the Persian Gulf, when they are desperately striving to stay away a US and/or Israeli attack against it?!?

Gentlemen, the short answer is, they would not; not in a zillion years, period, end of discussion.

And to our readers and listeners, this flim-flammery surrounding these incidents, are beginning to sound like desperation on the cusp of madness; people both inside the beltway, and many of our closes allies are having one heck of a hard time with this; and for good reason.

Jun 19 13:48

Tulsi Gabbard (D) introduce new legislation in House “Defining Presidential wars not declared by Congress under article I, section 8, clause 11

New bill introduced: Defining Presidential wars not declared by Congress under article I, section 8, clause 11 (Declare War Clause) as impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors” within the meaning of article II, section 4 of the Constitution and defining the meanings of war and cobelligerency for purposes of the Declare War Clause and Impeachment provisions.

Jun 19 11:05

DOWNING OF US MQ-9 DRONE OVER HODEIDA SHOWS DIRECT US INVOLVEMENT IN YEMENI WAR

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
HODEIDA, YEMEN — News that a U.S. government drone was shot down over Yemen’s port city of Hodeida has provoked anger among local residents, who say it is clear evidence of direct U.S. involvement in a war which has resulted in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, and has left almost 25 million people in need of aid.

On Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Earl Brown, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), said in a statement that on June 6 Houthi fighters shot down a U.S. government MQ-9 Reaper drone using an SA-6 surface-to-air missile, adding that the altitude at which the drone was shot down “indicated an improvement over previous Houthi capability.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the last 4 years, the US government and military have been aiding an abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

This means that Yemeni babies, toddlers, and children have been blown to smithereens, courtesy of US mid-air refueling, and "guidance."

I must warn you; I am attaching a set of "lose your lunch" images, but it is apparent that these atrocities haven't even penetrated the thinking of most Americans; but they need to.
Images: Yemeni kids killed, courtesy of US enabled Saudi bombing raids

More images: Yemeni kids getting killed, maimed for life, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi bombing:

More images; Yemeni kids killed, courtesy of US-enabled saudi bombings

Because US and Saudi military have blockaded Yemeni ports, as Yemen has to import much of its food, children are dying from starvation.

Images: Yemeni infants and children, dying of starvation

Because the water infrastructure has been totally destroyed, courtesy of US-enabled bombing, cholera and dysentery run rampant.

Yemeni kids, infected with, and many dying from, cholera

Anyone who can look at these images, and not feel at least a modicum of compassion, and sadness, at what is going on in their names, and with their tax dollars, cannot possibly be human, and have obviously had their conscience surgically removed.

It is time, brother and sister readers, for a national discussion, about the US's enabling of Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Remember that admonition, "If you see something, say something!!" And RIGHT BLOODY NOW, PLEASE, would be a reasonable moment to express your thoughts and feelings about the US aiding Saudi war crimes in Yemen to your alleged Congressional Representatives. Please don't be loud or abusive; just present the facts as you know them. Copy this article, if you feel you need to; and let these people understand that We the People understand what is happening; it is a genocide, which deserves no more US support whatsoever, period, end of discussion.

I would like to hope that with these links, there are a couple of issues which will clear up certain false premises about what the Federal government is willing to do, to achieve a geopolitical end, which you may have entertained all your life, until just this moment.

1. The US military will never assist in the assassination of the innocent: WRONG!!

2. The US military will not assist other governments in "winning" a war against its enemies, when only true, honorable, and hard-won negotiations can resolve the issue: WRONG!!

We Americans are all, now, citizens of a war crimes-centric government, and we have been, pretty much since World War II. The question is, now that we know, what can we do?!?

As a Christian pacifist activist, I will never advocate violence; but peaceful protesting, under the protection of the First Amendment to the Constitution, is something we all need to be thinking about right now.

Remember what ultimately pulled this country out of Viet Nam?!? Thousands of protestors, marching in DC, to advocate for the ending to that despicable war.

Think about that for a moment, would you, please?!?

Jun 19 10:10

When US Navy and Marine F-35 pilots most need performance, the aircraft becomes erratic

The U.S. Navy’s and Marine Corps’ F-35s become unpredictable to handle when executing the kind of extreme maneuvers a pilot would use in a dogfight or while avoiding a missile, according to documents exclusively obtained by Defense News.

Specifically, the Marine short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing variant and the Navy’s carrier-launched version become difficult to control when the aircraft is operating above a 20-degree angle of attack, which is the angle created by the oncoming air and the leading edge of the wing.

Pilots reported the aircraft experiencing unpredictable changes in pitch, as well as erratic yaw and rolling motions. The documents identify the issue as a category 1 deficiency and define it as something that limits the aircraft’s performance in such a way that it can’t accomplish its “primary or alternate mission(s).”

Jun 19 09:52

RAYTHEON, NORTHROP WILL ‘SOON’ FLY HYPERSONIC CRUISE MISSILE

SOURCE: BREAKINGDEFENSE.COM
PARIS AIR SHOW: Imagine a swarm of up to 30 hypersonic scramjets the size of cruise missiles, launched from air, land and sea. They share data with each other, correcting their flights, perhaps changing targets midcourse. And they can be manufactured relatively quickly and for much less cost than most of the hypersonic vehicles that have been built so far.

If you were China or Russia, would you be uneasy?

“The Raytheon-Northrop Grumman team is quickly developing air-breathing hypersonic weapons to keep our nation ahead of the threat,” Tom Bussing, Raytheon’s VP for advanced missile systems, said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just great; we still have families sleeping in their cars; our infrastructure is crumbling as I input this, and every Foggybottomite is still fully engaged, parsing out "the meaning" of the 2016 election.

The people Americans have "hired", through the election process, are simply a group of individuals, who are owned by the companies which have contributed heavily toward their election success, to insure that these companies can "manage" what happens in this country, to continue to make them profitable.

With a political leadership this collectively asleep at the wheel, it is no wonder why the real problems facing this country go unresolved; but we will have terrific weapons with which to smash other countries, if they dare get "uppity!"

Jun 19 09:28

In first, US to sell new aerial re-fuelling planes to Israel

In the first move of its kind, the US will sell state-of-the-art aerial re-fuelling planes to Israel, paid for using the military aid Tel Aviv receives from America.

Israel plans to purchase eight Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aircrafts from the US to replace the Israeli Air Force’s current fleet – which includes the aging KC-130 Hercules and converted Boeing 707s – the Times of Israel reported yesterday, citing a broadcast by Israel’s Channel 12 News.

The US Airforce only received the Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aircraft earlier this year, meaning their sale to Israel will mark the first time the US has agreed to sell the technology to a third party.

Jun 19 08:43

A Proactive Russia and China Could Prevent US War with Iran

There is so much disinformation that it is difficult to judge the Israeli news report below that the US is planning a military attack on Iran. Israel wants the US to attack Iran and the report could be an attempt to push events in that direction.

There is no valid reason for Washington to serve Israeli interests.

It would be extremely irresponsible for Washington to risk starting another war.

Jun 19 08:40

The Trump-Bolton Duo is just like the Bush-Cheney Duo: Warmongers Using Lies to Start Illegal Wars

History repeats itself. Indeed, those who live by war are at it again. Their crime: starting illegal wars by committing false flag attacks and blaming other countries for their own criminal acts. On this, the Donald Trump-John Bolton duo is just like the George W. Bush-Dick Cheney duo. It is amazing that in an era of 24-hour news, this could still going on.

Jun 18 11:07

Army Buys 9,000 Mini-Drones, Rethinks Ground Robots

This summer, Army soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan with air support literally in the palm of their hands: the 1.16-ounce Black Hornet mini-drone. New ground robots are entering service too, next year — not to fight but to haul supplies, at least at first — but field tests have convinced the Army to issue these often-cumbersome mechanical mules to specialists and only loan them to frontline troops as needed. By contrast, soldiers are so consistently and unequivocally enthused about the mini-drones that the Army is buying 9,000 systems — each with two drones — over three years to issue to its smallest and historically most vulnerable units, nine-man infantry squads.

Jun 18 09:40

Navy Contaminates Local Groundwater and Sewer System in Maryland

The U.S. Navy has contaminated the groundwater at Maryland’s Patuxent River Naval Air Station (NAS) with 1,137.8 parts per trillion (ppt) of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), according to a report published last July by the engineering firm CH2M Hill. PFAS have been associated with a variety of cancers and are known to jeopardize human reproductive health. The contamination was not reported on the Defense Department’s March 2018 report on PFAS.

Jun 18 09:35

U.N. Officials Say U.S. Planning 'Tactical Assault' on Iran As Trump Sends More Troops to Middle East

President Donald Trump is sending 1,000 additional US troops to the Middle East as several UN officials told the Hebrew-language only Israeli newspaper Maariv that the US "plans to carry out a tactical assault on Iran in response to the tanker attack in the Persian Gulf on Thursday."

Jun 18 09:00

Pence Goes to War: America Will be Fighting Forever

Four tankers off the Emirati coast were damaged last month by what investigators concluded were explosives attached to the ships' hulls. The Trump administration immediately pointed to Iran or Iranian-directed proxies as the perpetrators of the attacks. Yesterday, two more ships were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz. And for the second time, Trump administration officials blamed Tehran for the incident, citing a grainy, black-and-white video of an Iranian vessel purportedly approaching one of the ships to remove an unexploded mine hours after the attack happened.

While the circumstances remain murky, we should not be surprised if investigators prove that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps conducted or ordered these strikes. Why? Because U.S. economic sanctions against Iran are crushing an already cash-poor economy, and retaliation was inevitable. If the Trump administration continues its policy toward Iran, we could very well find ourselves in a war nobody wants.

Jun 17 10:20

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Jun 17 10:11

"THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN:" IRAN WARNS IT WILL BREACH URANIUM STOCKPILE LIMITS IN 10 DAYS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Iran certainly isn't planning on backing down in the face of Washington's accusations about the country's role in last week's tanker bombings, and as a result, the possibility of a boots-on-the-ground military conflict in the Islamic Republic cannot yet be ruled out. Making an already tense situation infinitely more precarious, Iran on Monday reminded the world that it's preparing to violate the terms of the Iran deal during the next ten days.

By increasing its stockpiles of enriched uranium, Iran is bound to elicit accusations that it's once again working on a nuclear bomb.Tehran has always maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but American neocons like John Bolton have warned that this was merely a ruse, and that Iran could target American allies like Israel with a missile.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) For a second, I had hoped that this was the polar opposite from what the Iranian government had said; unfortunately, bopping over to www.presstv.com, the pr outlet the Iranian government, this was precisely what they had stated.

Iran's enriched uranium stockpile to surpass 300 kg from June 27: AEOI spokesman

It goes on to state: "Tehran has said it may go even further by July 8 unless remaining partners to the deal -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- help it circumvent US sanctions and especially enable it to sell its oil.

Kamalvandi said there is still time for European countries to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear deal is officially known.

Folks, this is an attempted "power squeeze play" to attempt to insure that Iran's oil gets paid for and distributed, in spite of US sanctions. Europe can either fold to the Americans, and not buy Iranian oil, which will kick this upgrade to uranium enrichment into high gear, or figure out how to buy Iranian oil, with full US sanctions in place.

And remember: the enrichment upgrade about which they are talking, is symbolic only, to demonstrate that they have been playing by the rules all along, as the IAEA has attested, in their reports; because it takes 90% + enrichment to create a nuclear weapon.
Source: Popular Science (Mar, 1950) via Modern Mechanix.

This article goes on to state: "In order to build a nuclear bomb, you need “enriched” uranium. That’s a simple way of saying that you need to use uranium that is 90% or greater made up of the U-235 isotope, whereas natural uranium is 99.2% U-238, which is useless for making things go boom.

Will someone, preferably, someone with a science background, please gently mention this to President Trump, and quickly?!? Because right now, I am reasonably certain the the phone line for his direct-connect to Netanyahu, has Trump spinning, like a turbo-charged, industrial strength top, to advocate in favor of an invasion of Iran.

But Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a word, please: you have just handed the US, and Israel, the "smoking gun" through which they are going to justify an attack against your country; and trust me, they are most probably not even going to begin to wait until either 27 June or 8 July.

And unfortunately, sir, most Americans have no clue as to what is happening here, because their background in hard sciences has been deliberately dumbed down by an educational system which doesn't want, or encourage, critical thinking, or questioning of the official government narrative. And, unfortunately, this makes the likelihood of positive US support for such an action, increase.

I understand that your economy is really hurting, because of the US sanctions on the sale of your oil; but sir, even though this is largely symbolic, this was absolutely the worst, officially horrible decision you could possibly have made under these circumstances; therefore, I am asking you to please reconsider.

Jun 17 08:53

BERKELEY, CORNELL PARTNER WITH FACEBOOK TO IDENTIFY 'FAKE NEWS'

SOURCE: CAMPUS REFORM
Facebook is partnering with the University of California-Berkeley, Cornell University, and the University of Maryland to identify fake news.
The tech giant is investing $7.5 million into projects at the three schools, according to a UC Berkeley news release. The two Berkeley professors who will work with Facebook are Hany Farid and Alexe Efros, who are both part of UC-Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Farid has been a longtime critic of social media companies and the danger that doctored videos and images pose online. The professor has commented on this subject for CNN and admitted to the school that he is “skeptical” of the new partnership with Facebook.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to look at that last paragraph, and laugh; of course, censoring out conservative content is absolutely the design objective of this project, and to push unthinking readers away from Facebook's censored sites.

Facebook has, very willingly, become a critical part, and a proud member of 4th element in in US government, alongside Twitter, and Google.

So now, we not only have the Judicial; Congressional; Executive branches of government; but also the Surveillance branch of the unhinged, surveilled, state of Amerika.

And and to those Foggy Bottomites in the Bowels of Power in DC; George Orwell's masterpiece novel, "1984", was a cautionary tale; NOT A HOW TO MANUAL;!!!

Jun 17 08:41

GULF OF OMAN: UNCONVINCED EU FOREIGN MINISTERS CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION AFTER US CLAIM IRAN IS BEHIND TANKER ATTACK

SOURCE: INDEPENDENT UK
EU foreign ministers remained unconvinced by US allegations that Iran was behind last week’s attack on two Gulf tankers as they arrived at a meeting on Monday.

There was strong support among EU countries for an independent UN investigation and calls for more evidence – with the UK relatively isolating in its support the Trump administration’s line.

One foreign minister invoked the spectre of US misuse of intelligence over Iraq as a reason for scepticism, as representatives of the 28 countries arrived at the council meeting.

The ministers will discuss the incident in the Gulf of Oman over lunch, with Sudan, trade policy with Cuba, and the situation in Venezuela also on the main agenda.

Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, said the EU states “continue to gather information” while Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said the Netherlands was “interested in any clarifications that can be made available”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "IRAN DID IT!" scenario is collapsing like a rogue souffle' most probably cooked by a combination of US and Israeli "False Flagmeisters", who were so convinced of their own codswallop, that they believed there was utterly no need for subtlety here, and never thought that there would be one moment of push back from any quarter, and particularly not the US's allies in Europe.

So I would like to politely remind all Foggy Bottomites currently in the bowels of power in DC, of a statement made by President George Bush, right before Iraq was invaded: he lied, on national TV, stating that "Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction".

After that, I was never able to believe anything any representative of the US government ever said, again, and probably never will in the future.

Our European friends are very right, to ask for hard evidence here.

And President Trump, a word, please; lying to the American people, or creating a false flag, because Israel wants the US to invade Iran, is no good reason, either to lie, create a false flag with which to justify that lie, or to do Bibi Netanyahu's bidding here.

An invasion of Iran, which has not done any bit of harm to this country, other than not selling all of its oil in US dollars, is going to create the optics that it is actually the United States which is a "rogue country", both incapable of keeping its promises, demonstrated very clearly, by the US's withdrawing from the P5+1 Agreement, and with an itchy "trigger finger" concerning invading sovereign countries for their resources, to make sure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

And Mr. President, I am having an extraordinary difficult time, believing that this.... would be what you want your legacy, as President of this country, to be about.

Jun 16 12:17

Congress directs Pentagon to press Saudi Arabia on Yemen refueling bill

Congress wants the Pentagon to hold the Saudi-led coalition accountable for paying off the last of its overdue refueling bills for the Yemen war.

The Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act, released today, calls on Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to notify Congress each month of any outstanding bills for the $299 million cost of the three-year refueling mission until the federal government is repaid in full.

The Pentagon refueled warplanes for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates starting in March 2015. The assistance ended in November 2018, when both sides agreed to terminate the mission as Congress pressed to end US support for the Yemen campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the US Congress, a word, please: yes, I understand that Uncle Sam is now having to play "collection agency" on Saudi Arabia's past-due bills.

But Ladies and Gentlemen of the House and Senate; the core question which must be asked, and answered by you is, what the hell, please, is the US military still doing in Yemen, aiding an abetting Saudi war crimes here?!?

Just because it is an industrial strength "taboo subject" (which the presstitutes ignore, as though it were Kryptonite), doesn't mean that it doesn't at some level, reach a collective sense that things are going very, very badly for the Saudis and the Americans.

Jun 16 10:40

Saudi crown prince calls for a 'decisive stand' against Iran as he blames regime for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says his kingdom does not want war
But he 'will not hesitate to deal with threats to its people, its sovereignty or its vital interests', according to comments published by Saudi-owned newspaper.

The US have also claimed Iranians fired a missile at a US drone in the area hours before the attack but missed, an official told CNN.

The tankers were attacked in strikes south of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route and major transit route for oil.

'The kingdom does not want a war in the region but it will not hesitate to deal with any threats to its people, its sovereignty, or its vital interests,' he added.

Tehran and Washington have both said they have no interest in war - but this has done little to assuage concerns the arch foes could stumble in to conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, coming from the Butcher of Yemen, (Prince Mohammed bin Salman), I hope this statement has calmed down those in the independent media, that they are in "no harm" from possibly having published an opinion about the incident which "did not carry water for either Washington's or Saudi Arabia's accusations".

And that pathetic little black and white, grainy image, allegedly showing an Iranian military personnel, pulling off the limpet mine from the ship?!?

HIGH SCHOOL folks; HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!!!

A clever middle-school kid with the right suite of software on their computer, could have pulled this off with ease.

But to both President Trump and Prince bin Salman, there is a question which, logically, must be both asked, and answered; why would the Iranian leadership attempt to do something so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly idiotic, when they understand that there are elements in both the American and Israeli governments are SALIVATING to find a "justification" for attacking it?!?

The short answer is, HELL, no!!

And gentlemen, another comment: the Iranian leadership may be many things; but one thing it is not, is stupid; and I also believe that they love their kids, just as much as Americans and Israelis love their children also.

War, here, is completely unjustifiable, and morally wrong.

Jun 16 09:35

U.S. mainstream media fails to challenge Trump administration’s push toward war with Iran

The risky U.S. moves to provoke a war with Iran continue, and the American mainstream media is still transmitting the Trump administration’s views almost without challenge:

* The New York Times has run lengthy accounts about the alleged Iranian attack on oil tankers, but the paper buried the skepticism about the U.S. version lower in its articles.

* A respected Israeli expert, writing in Haaretz, calmly explained why “Iran is the immediate, but unlikely suspect” in the attacks. Nothing like his point of view has gotten prominent play in America.

* The most influential foreign affairs columnist in the world, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, is still missing in action, a good 6 weeks after the Trump administration launched its latest effort to provoke Iran.

* None of the mainstream coverage explains that Israel is a big factor instigating the rising American hostility to Iran.

Jun 16 08:06

‘Treason!’ Trump slams NYT claim of US cyberattacks on Russia’s power grid as harmful fake news

Following a bombastic report that US government hackers are targeting Russia’s power grid, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse the NY Times of spreading fake news detrimental to US credibility and national security.
“This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country…” Trump tweeted on Saturday evening, before realizing that he forgot to actually dismiss the report of Washington increasingly targeting Moscow in a cyber-warfare campaign as “fake news.”

“.....ALSO, NOT TRUE!” he added in a follow-up tweet, without specifying whether the report was untrue in its entirety – or just the specifics like the targets of US cyber-offenses or their gravity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, here is the article in question:

US Escalates attacks on Russia's Power Grid<

David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth

the article goes on to state: "In interviews over the past three months, the officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other targets as a classified companion to more publicly discussed action directed at Moscow’s disinformation and hacking units around the 2018 midterm elections."

Hey, Dave and Nicky, a word, please: the "loosey-goosey", non-validated, unattributed statements in your article, tell the public absolutely nothing about this situation; it is all inference, and totally unsubstantiated, which of course, your bosses at NYT, are encouraging you to continue slinging, like some non-descript, day's old hash, at your readers.

The attempted character assassinations by NYT against Trump, never end:

Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus

A Drama of Trump’s Own Making Ends With a Familiar Hero

How to Defeat Trump in 2020

Excerpts From Trump’s Interview With The New York Times

5 Key Takeaways From Donald Trump's New York Times Interview

So let me give it to you straight: I am utterly no "Trumpophile", and if you had actually bothered to read any legitimate independent news resources, you would understand my concerns.

The US Military is now at the keening edge of engaging in potential military misadventures against Russia; China; and Iran.

I don't know about you two, but what I am seeing, and President Trump is merely a figurehead in this process, are all the symptoms of the American empire in decline, which can conjure no other way to resolve its geopolitical differences, other than through wars.

Having been "acquired" by Sheldon Adelson, through his massive campaign contributions to Trump's elections Trump has now outsourced US foreign policy in the Middle East to its former Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu Adelson, Who Donated Over $100 Million to the GOP, 'Watching' Results With Trump.In September, the Jewish billionaire Adelson couple pumped $32 million into the GOP

How this has translated into hard US foreign policy in the Middle East, is as follows:

US stops all aid to Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza

Trump Administration about to give Israel $3.8 billion dollars

US Withdraws from the joint comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran

President Trump will keep 400 troops in Syria

And now, fast-forwarding to current events:

President Trump blames Iran for current acts of terrorism in the Gulf of Oman

Iran slams US, calls claim of tanker attack "economic terrorism"

The pattern is very simple here; find a country with resources, which allows for those resources to be paid for other than US dollars; destabilize that country; regime-change, to make sure that the leadership remains US-centric; expropriate those resources to which the US has utterly no moral right; and insist on that country's only selling those resources... in US dollars.

Wash... rinse.... repeat.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are, concerning the resurrection of the draft in this country, but right now, I wouldn't bet against it.

Here are some interesting numbers about US military deployment:

2-2019: US military deployments

And even if these military deployments have been an epic fail, in terms of their stated objectives, and what has actually happened in these countries, the US is most likely, never leaving, as leaving, from the perspective of our military leadership, would suggest that the mission had been a "failure".

This... is why the US government's military is still in Afghanistan; Iraq; Yemen; Syria; Libya; the Congo; and Somalia.

And just to make sure you do both do not have a raging episode of "selective memory disorder" on this issue (SMD), let me gently remind you, that the President who got American troops enmeshed in Yemen, where they are continuing to aid and abet Saudi forces in their war crimes: Yes, Mr. Cool President Himself, Barak Hussein Obama!

As War on Yemen Hits the 4-Year Mark.
Here’s a Brief History of U.S. Involvement
(As the political tide in the United States finally turns against the war, we must not let its U.S. proponents whitewash their wrongdoing).

The image above the article is captioned: President Barack Obama speaks as King Salman bin Abd alAziz of Saudi Arabia looks on during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House September 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) Notice how studiously each is avoiding looking at the other.

So in summation, gentlemen; President Trump can be defeated in 2020; so can we please, possibly let us stick to the facts in doing so, shall we?!?

Because there are plenty enough facts to condemn what he has done, both nationally, and internationally, in what I call "the real world".

And as to The Democrat's "Great Hope" in 2020?!?

Would one - or both of you - please think about doing an article on our Hawaiian Representative, now Presidential Candidate, Tulsi Gabbard, that isn't a "hit piece", because the US's military/industrial complex isn't going to like this woman one bit.

She's a Samoan- American Vet, who has seen combat, in Iraq; she's a very articulate, and level-headed woman, and will be infinitely less careless about throwing "US troops at geopolitical problems on the ground" than have been the previous two administrations.

You're welcome.

Jun 16 06:58

ARMY EXPECTS DELIVERY OF DIRECTED ENERGY, HYPERSONIC WEAPONS IN EARLY 2020S

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

The Army expects to procure its Multi-Mission High Energy Laser (MMHEL) by 2022 and a hypersonic weapon prototype by 2023, said Lt. Gen L. Neil Thurgood, director of hypersonics, directed energy, space, and rapid acquisition, reported Army News Service.

The MMHEL is a 50-kilowatt laser through a precision pointing, high-velocity target tracking beam control system. The new design will be mounted onto an IAV (Interim Armored Vehicle) Stryker, an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle, to increase the Army's short-range air defense capabilities, according to officials with the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That might sound rather impressive, save for the following, sobering facts;

Russia moves 20 hypersonic weapons to testing site, signaling another milestone

And the questions those Foggy Bottomites, ladling out the contracts for this technology, need to ask themselves is, why is the US military, again, behind the proverbial 8-ball, with this technology?!?

Emerging China's Hypersonic weapons threat to surface vessels at sea.

Jun 16 06:28

YEMEN’S HOUTHIS TARGET TWO SAUDI AIRPORTS WITH MULTIPLE DRONE ATTACKS

OURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Yemen’s Houthi movement launched fresh drone attacks targeting Jizan and Abha airports in southern Saudi Arabia, the group’s Al-Masirah TV said on Saturday, adding the installations were out of service, Reuters reports.

The Saudi-led coalition said in a statement that it had intercepted and downed a Houthi drone targeting the southwestern city of Abha.

The Iran-aligned group said multiple drone strike targeted control rooms at Jizan airport and a fuel station at Abha airport.

“The two airports are now out of service. We promise the Saudi regime more painful days as long as the aggression and siege continue on our country,” the group’s armed forces spokesman said in a tweet published by Al-Masirah TV’s account.

The Houthis have launched several strikes targeting Abha airport since Wednesday, when a missile attack against the same airport wounded 26 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis will be sure retaliate, taking as many civilian lives as they possibly can.

It breaks my heart, both to see so many Yemeni non-combatants killed, and the absolutely pathological "tin ear" represented by the Saudi Royal Family, and particularly the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, when almost every expert in the history - and potential future - of Yemen, state, emphatically, that peace can only be created through negotiation, rather than continued bloodshed.

And, of course, there is that "other issue" which none of DC's Foggy Bottomites" want to discuss, ever; and that his how the US government and military are enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen. And before these articles get chopped, and their authors get deplatformed, and demonetized, please google the following:

"The US government and military are enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen."

I stand amazed that Google's current CEO, Sundar Pichai, has not pulled these web searches.

But don't be surprised if you find them pulled soon.

Jun 16 05:24

The Senate basically just voted to arm ISIS with your tax dollars

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on the senate floor Thursday, before a vote that would bar U.S. arm sales with three Arab states: "The facts are not contested. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain have allowed U.S. arms to be funneled to radical Islamist groups throughout the Middle East.”

Paul is right. No one really contests this.

President Trump, who supports the arms sale, agrees that these countries have supported extremists. If Hillary Clinton had been elected president, apparently she knew too. President Barack Obama knew.

Jun 16 05:22

Why the S-400 Is a More Formidable Threat to US Arms Industry Than You Think

Generally, when discussing air-defense systems here, we are referring to Russian devices that have become famous in recent years, in particular the S-300 (and its variants) and the S-400. Their deployment in Syria has slowed down the ability of such advanced air forces as those of the United States and Israel to target the country, increasing as it does the embarrassing possibility of having their fourth- or fifth-generation fighters shot down.

Air-defense systems capable of bringing down fifth-generation aircraft would have a devastating effect on the marketability and sales of US military hardware, while simultaneously boosting the desirability and sales of Russian military hardware. As I have often pointed out in other analyses, Hollywood’s role in marketing to enemies and allies alike the belief that US military hardware is unbeatable (with allies being obliged to buy said hardware) is central to Washington’s strategies for war and power projection.

Jun 16 05:18

US ramps up attacks on Russian power grid

The Pentagon is intensifying its attacks on Russia’s power grid in the latest sign of a growing cyber war between the U.S. and the Kremlin.

The U.S. has infiltrated Russia’s electric power grid among other unnamed targets, inserting American malware into the systems in response to heightened Russian cyber aggression and political meddling, including efforts to influence recent U.S. elections, according to the New York Times.

Although the Times provided few specific details on the attacks, officials said U.S. malware has the potential to cripple Russia’s electric infrastructure and is unprecedented in terms of its reach and aggressiveness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish to remind everyone that the US has set a policy that a cyber attack on infrastructure would be considered an act of war.

Jun 15 17:38

'Not Enough': US Version Blaming Iran for Tanker Attacks Questioned by European Allies

The Pentagon earlier released a video, claiming to show an Iranian patrol boat removing a mine from the side one of the tankers targeted in the Gulf of Oman as "proof" of the US accusations that Tehran is behind the attacks. The Islamic Republic has strongly denied its involvement and urged Washington to stop false flag ops in the region.

Some European governments have refused to back the US allegations that Iran was responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has, for instance, insisted that the footage made public by the US Central Command allegedly showing Iranian sailors removing an unexploded mine from one of the vessels' hull was insufficient to corroborate Washington's claims.

"The video is not enough. We can understand what is being shown, sure, but to make a final assessment, this is not enough for me", Maas told reporters on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am at least somewhat hopeful, that our European allies would not believe the codswallop the US government was trying to sell them, on this painfully obvious "false flag."

Jun 15 07:42

Is The US Preparing For War With Russia?

Authored by Leonid Salvin via Oriental Review,

The RAND Corporation recently published a document entitled Overextending and Unbalancing Russia. Assessing the Impact of Cost-Imposing Options. The study is the collective effort of experienced diplomats, including former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and US Ambassador to the European Union James Dobbins; a professor (Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute, National Defence University) and military intelligence branched lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, Raphael Cohen; and seven other RAND researchers who specialise in international relations, the military industry, intelligence, politics, and technology.

It is a practical recommendation for how the US can use Russia’s weakness and vulnerability to further limit its political and economic potential.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but since this seems to be a "public white paper, are the Russians not also reading it, to see what countermeasures they may pursue against the US as well?!?

Jun 15 06:58

Beyond Blaming Iran, Trump and Aides Divided on Next Step: Trump continues to say he wants diplomacy, not war

Given nothing more than a grainy video that doesn’t show much of anything, and a couple of tankers burning at sea, the Trump Administration has proven themselves united in a way rarely seen, declaring Iran wholly and directly to blame.

That’s where the unity appears to end, however. Officials are always keen to blame Iran for anything that might stick, and as for what to do after that, they all seem deeply divided, and their talking points vary wildly.

President Trump was quick to blame Iran, citing the dubious Centcom video as proof, and declaring that they are “in deep, deep trouble.” Beyond that, however, he reiterated that he wants to negotiate with Iran, and that he’s “in no rush” to actually have the talks. He also continues to say he’s not interested in a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are two companion pieces, also appearing at antiwar.com today, and they are:

US SecDef wants to focus on building global consensus against Iran after tanker attacks

and MIKE POMPEO SAID CONGRESS DOESN’T NEED TO APPROVE WAR WITH IRAN. 2020

It would seem, to an impartial observer, that both men are working just as hard as they can for Israel, to insure that the Israeli-desired US/Iranian war happens right on cue, to give Netanyahu the best possible "lift", in advance of the snap Israeli elections in September.

So, I have a question: why have both men not registered as "foreign agents", in service to Israel?!?

Because right now, I would politely suggest that their goals and objectives, have absolutely nothing to do with the welfare of the American people, but everything to do with the sustaining of the current geopolitical power structure in Tel Aviv. That is just the reality.

And please remember, unlike the image of "Poor Little Israel" in which many American and Israeli politicians, like to frame Israel's current military capabilities,as though this country was completely and utterly incapable of taking care of themselves, this country is bristling with nuclear arms, and other weapons, courtesy of, you guessed it, the American Taxpayer!!!

And because Israel refuses to sign the NNPT (which Iran has, BTW), and allow their nuclear weapons to be inspected, they are, theoretically forbidden to get any weapons or money from the US under the Symington Amendment; but, of course, with Israel, is always that "special arrangement", which allows our politicians to break the law with impunity, and give it an embarrassment of riches, in terms of money, and new weapons.

So to sum up, Secretary of State Pompeo, and Presidential Advisor Bolton, if Israel believes Iran to be an "existential threat", let Israel take care of it militarily, because they can.

This is absolutely not our fight.

And should the US decide to fight Iran, what is to prevent Russia from stepping into the fray on Iran's side, seeing how well they have done in Syria, getting rid of the US trained/funded jihadis?!?

Gentlemen, right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the funding; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to any war against either Russia or Iran.

Oh, and BTW: when have you decided to bring back the draft?!? Just checking, gentlemen, just checking.

Jun 15 05:55

US GOV NARRATIVE BLAMING IRAN FOR OIL TANKER ATTACKS FALLS APART IN HOURS

OURCE: THE GRAYZONE
The Trump administration’s claims Iran attacked oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were quickly debunked, with the ship’s crew saying it “was hit by a flying object.” But the US disrupted important Iranian diplomatic efforts at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
BY BEN NORTON
The Donald Trump administration’s evidence-less accusations against Iran have fallen apart within a matter hours.

But these US allegations did manage to disrupt an important meeting of Asian leaders at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, where Tehran was hoping to make diplomatic breakthroughs to ease a crippling American economic blockade.

On Thursday, June 13, two oil tankers traveling through the Gulf of Oman on their way to Japan suffered from mysterious explosions. The cause of the incident was not clear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Violent acts like this, do not happen for only one reason, like stunting Iran's chances for anything to come out the the conference at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; the US and Israel thought such charges would be a slam-dunk, and off the American people could be lied into yet another war, with absolute stupidity, as to how the US got there.

But the Vampire-like "Kill Iran" monster, created courtesy of the US and Israel, is not dead, but only sleeping for awhile.

As hard as FAUX News was pushing this yesterday, when you would get segments about this both at the top and bottom of the hour, it was painfully obvious, that the US government was going to see if this "trial balloon", would actually work with those polled, or was going to die an untimely death. It looks as though the overnights, may have put the issue of a potential war with Iran, on a back burner, at least for this second.

But we all have to stay awake, and alert; Netanyahu is in deep kim chee at home, for not being able to form a coalition, which led to the dissolution of the Knesset, to followed by a snap election in September.

We're half-way through June right now, and give or take, 90 days from that election.

If Netanyahu really wants to look "butch" for his constituents, he is going to have to find a way to create a false flag the US government doesn't see coming, to get the US to respond militarily before the elections, to give him "gravitas", at being able to lie the leader of the free world into yet another senseless, thoroughly avoidable, stupid war.

Jun 15 05:32

US OFFICIALS SAY TANKER CREW "DETAINED" - WHILE RUSSIA THANKS IRAN FOR "RESCUING" ITS NATIONALS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Just after his trip to Tehran where he met with Iran's president Rouhani as well as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during which a Japanese owned tanker was attacked in the nearby Gulf of Oman on Thursday along with another international vessel, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the suspected attack in official statements.

Speaking to reporters Friday he said: “Japan adamantly condemns the act that threatened a Japanese ship, no matter who attacked,” and further urged “all related countries” to avoid any "accidental confrontation" or an escalation of tensions.

The Trump ally also spoke to the US president by phone on Friday, reportedly briefing him on his visit to Iran, Abe confirmed in his remarks, though without detailing what he conveyed to the White House. Trump had previously said during a Fox & Friends telephone interview that "it’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word for the day, please; and today, that word... is logic.

What in the name of heaven, would Iran want to do something which would give the US and Israeli, the motive, and "justification" for any kind of carnage in the Gulf?!?

The short answer, sir,is that they would not.

Jun 15 05:27

AMERICA’S LEGACY OF REGIME CHANGE

When the United States joined the race for empire at the end of the 19th century, that was the tactic it used. It sent a large expeditionary force to the Philippines to crush an independence movement, ultimately killing some 200,000 Filipinos. At the other end of the carnage spectrum, it seized Guam without the loss of a single life and Puerto Rico with few casualties. Every time, though, U.S. victory was the result of superior military power. In the few cases when the United States failed, as in its attempt to defend a client regime by suppressing Augusto Cesar Sandino’s nationalist rebellion in Nicaragua during the 1920s and 30s, the failure was also the product of military confrontation. For the United States, as for all warlike nations, military power has traditionally been the decisive factor determining whether it wins or loses its campaigns to capture or subdue other countries. World War II was the climax of that bloody history.

Jun 14 10:46

F-35 Program Is "F***ed Up", Puts American Pilots In Severe Dogfight Disadvantage

If left unresolved, the following 'category 1' glitches will be icing on the cake of Lockheed's $400 billion quagmire (partial list via Defense News);

When the F-35B vertically lands on very hot days, older engines may be unable to produce the required thrust to keep the jet airborne, resulting in a hard landing.

After doing certain maneuvers, F-35B and F-35C pilots are not always able to completely control the aircraft’s pitch, roll and yaw.

Supersonic flight in excess of Mach 1.2 can cause structural damage and blistering to the stealth coating of the F-35B and F-35C.

Cabin pressure spikes in the cockpit of the F-35 have been known to cause barotrauma, the word given to extreme ear and sinus pain.

The spare parts inventory shown by the F-35’s logistics system does not always reflect reality, causing occasional mission cancellations.

Jun 14 09:23

The 25 Jewish Neocons Who Got Us Into the Iraq War

A List of prominent Jewish Neocons and their role in getting the U.S. into Iraq and Homeland Security

Everything shown below has been taken word for word from the respective website cited (primarily Wikipedia).

Jun 14 09:22

U.S. Could Lose War With Russia, China Without Major Strategy Overhaul, New Report Warns

A new report has warned that America's military planning for potential conflicts with Russia and China is flawed, and argued that Pentagon's enormous budget will be going to waste unless it undertakes a major strategic overhaul.

In the report published Wednesday, Chris Dougherty of the Center for New American Security said America needs to develop a "new way of war" more suited to conflict with the world's great powers.

Though the Pentagon's 2018 National Defense Strategy stressed the need to pivot from a counter-insurgency focus to one of great power competition, Dougherty argued that the Defense Department is still investing its huge resources in "flawed concepts."

Jun 14 09:16

Russia vows 'retaliatory strike' to new US troops in Poland

Russia says a new US military deployment to Poland announced by President Donald Trump on Wednesday would force Moscow to take retaliatory steps.

Trump told Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday that he had decided to send an additional 1,000 troops to Poland to join 4,000 forces already there.

The US will also send a squadron of MQ-9 Reaper Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance drones as well, he added.

The announcement drew response from Russia, which said on Thursday that “its military is tracking these announcements very closely.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow “is analyzing the information, and is doing what is necessary so that such steps in no way threaten the Russian Federation's security.”

Sergei Ryabkov, a Russian deputy foreign minister, said Trump's move probably reflected "aggressive" intentions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is so obvious to me, that Trump, and the US government, are leading this country into a completely avoidable war with Russia, there there are moments when I could just scream.

But screaming... will not help.

What WILL help... is logical, thoughtful pushing this government away from war, and toward peaceful ways of the US getting what it wants without firing a shot.

And Mr. President, if any of your people are out there looking at what we write, and listening to what we say; I think it is high time for the US to have a Department of Peace; and hey, if you would like this, I would volunteer to head this.

You are welcome, Mr. President!

Jun 14 09:04

Leading US Military Magazine Says Russia Years Ahead in Missile Technology

Russian TV regularly reports on the whole array of cutting edge weapons announced by Russia last year which have rendered much of the US arsenal irrelevant. An interesting report.

Jun 14 09:01

America Is Stuck With a $400 Billion Stealth Fighter That Can’t Fight

Here’s something the public didn’t know until today: If one of the U.S. military’s new F-35 stealth fighters has to climb at a steep angle in order to dodge an enemy attack, design flaws mean the plane might suddenly tumble out of control and crash.

Also, some versions of the F-35 can’t accelerate to supersonic speed without melting their own tails or shedding the expensive coating that helps to give the planes their radar-evading qualities.

The Pentagon’s $400-billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, one of the biggest and most expensive weapons programs in history, has come under fire, so to speak, over more than a decade for delays, rising costs, design problems and technical glitches.

But startling reports by trade publication Defense News on Wednesday revealed flaws that previously only builder Lockheed Martin, the military, and the plane’s foreign buyers knew about.

Jun 14 08:22

House Panel Approves $733 Billion Military Bill, Drops Low-Yield Nukes

The House Armed Services Committee has passed a $733 billion version of the annual military spending bill. The vote was 33-24, largely along party lines, and will send this version to the House floor for a vote.

Once the House passes a version of this bill, it must be reconciled with the Senate version. That’s going to be a big job this year, as there are some major differences in the bills on some key subjects of debate.

One of the biggest issues is the question of low-yield nuclear weapons. The House bill ends funding for the low-yield nuclear missiles, and bars their deployment. A last minute Republican amendment in committee to preserve the weapons failed.

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