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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Apr 12 08:56

Yemen war, beginning of ominous plot to divide Saudi Arabia: Iran diplomat

A senior Iranian diplomat has warned against the fallout of Saudi Arabia’s illegal military campaign against Yemen, saying it is a conspiracy that aims to disintegrate Saudi Arabia.

“The enemies of the [Middle East] region are unfortunately trying to disintegrate and weaken Saudi Arabia, and the aggression against Yemen and its consequences are the start point of this ominous plot,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday.

He called on the United States to stop pursuing dual policies in the Middle East and recommended Saudi Arabia to stop counting on Washington’s help in Yemen.

The Iranian diplomat warned that the continuation of Saudi aggression against Yemen would lead to “inevitable consequences," adding that Saudi Arabia is playing with regional security by attacking Yemen.

Apr 12 07:20

Islamic State group destroys ancient ruins of Nimrud

Islamic State militants hammered, bulldozed and ultimately blew up parts of the ancient Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrud, destroying a site dating back to the 13th century BC, an online militant video purportedly shows.

The destruction at Nimrud, located near the militant-held city of Mosul, follows other attacks on antiquity carried out by the group now holding a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria in its self-declared caliphate.

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Apr 12 06:57

Obama: Netanyahu has not offered alternative to Iran deal

US president criticizes prime minister for opposing deal without providing an alternative that 'makes it less likely for Iran to get a nuclear weapon'.

"The Prime Minister of Israel is deeply opposed to it, I think he’s made that very clear. I have repeatedly asked - what is the alternative that you present that you think makes it less likely for Iran to get a nuclear weapon? And I have yet to obtain a good answer on that that."
Barack Obama

Apr 12 01:45

Iran cannot be trusted, Netanyahu warns

"To my regret, all of the things I warned about vis-a-vis the framework agreement that was put together in Lausanne are coming true before our eyes," Netanyahu said.

"This framework gives the leading terrorist state in the world a certain path to nuclear bombs," he warned.

"How can such a country be trusted?"

The emerging deal, which is to be finalised by June 30, would leave Iran with "significant nuclear capabilities," he said.

"It is not dismantling them, it is preserving them. We also see that the inspection is not serious... As of now, there is no monitoring," he said.

"We see that the sanctions are being lifted, immediately, according to Iran's demand, and this is without Iran having changed its policy of aggression everywhere."

Apr 11 15:22

Following the ISIS Takeover of Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp

What’s left of Yarmouk Palestinian neighborhood in Damascus will soon duplicate the mounds of rubble and smell of death in Homs, the old city of Aleppo, Idlib, East Damascus, Deraa. Some Lebanese refugee camp residents and political analysts predict a similar fate for Ein el Helweh.

Apr 11 13:19

Four Years After Gadhafi, Libya Is a Failed State

Nearly four years after NATO-backed rebels toppled the former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, the North Africa country has plunged into chaotic unrest.

The failure of last year’s election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or “Libya Dawn” – a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias – rejected the election’s outcome and seized control of Tripoli. The internationally recognized government relocated to Tobruk, situated in eastern Libya along the Mediterranean coast near the Egyptian border, while Libya Dawn set up a rival government, known as the new General National Congress, in the capital.

Apr 11 12:53

Did you Hear about the Navy Bribery Scandal Involving a Dozen Admirals, “Yummy” Prostitutes and “Fat Leonard”?

One of the U.S. Navy’s biggest embarrassments continues to stir headlines and produce serious fallout for top military personnel. Two years ago, the fraud investigation of Singapore-based defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia revealed naval officers had accepted bribes in the form of sex, money, tickets to a Lady Gaga concert and other valuables.

Apr 11 08:33

Su-27 Intercepts US Spy Plane Heading Into Russian Airspace

A Su-27 fighter jet was scrambled to inspect the target. Moving up to the unidentified aircraft the Russian pilot flew around it several times, made sure it was a US RC-135U reconnaissance plane and reported its tail number to ground control.

“I want to emphasize that the RC-135U was moving towards the Russian border with its transponder switched off… As to the professional qualities of our pilots, this is something for the Russian military command to assess. Moreover, US reconnaissance planes are supposed to fly along US borders only and nowhere else,” Konashenkov said, adding that no “emergency situations” were registered during Tuesday’s mid-air encounter.

A Pentagon spokesman said on Saturday that a Russian Su-27 jet fighter on Tuesday flew dangerously close to and nearly collided with a US reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea.

Apr 11 08:29

With the U.S. F-35 Grounded, Putin’s New Jet Beats Us Hands-Down

With the U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter still in limbo over reliability problems, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration on Monday said it would begin regular production of its newest fighter jet, the T-50, next year.

According to state-run media, the Russian military will begin mass-producing the advanced fighter jet in several versions, and will also begin making models that will be available for export.

“We have plans to deliver the first series of fifth-generation fighter jets next year,” said Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov, after visiting a plant owned by Sukhoi, the Russian defense contractor responsible for the new plane, which is also known as the PAK-FA.

Apr 11 06:48

Jeb Bush hires two new foreign policy advisers

Bush has tapped Robert S. Karem and John Noonan to join his growing policy shop, according to aides familiar with the hires.

Most recently, Karem was a top policy adviser to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). He also worked for former vice president Dick Cheney as a researcher on his memoir and as a member of his national security staff.

Noonan is leaving his role as spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee, and once advised Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign on defense policy.

Apr 11 06:35

The U.S. Coast Guard is the tyrant of the sea

Being the investigative type that I am, I already had background information about the U.S. coast guard sinking every boat that approached Ecuador, sight unseen. That's right, the U.S. Coast Guard put up a blockade off the coast of Ecuador, and sank every boat that approached that nation (this was going on a few years ago and was still going on when I talked to Nicholas).

The Coast guard also has been assigned to patrol the coasts of many other nations, invited or not. But when I spoke to Nicholas, I had only heard about the Coast Guard actually getting nasty with Ecuador. As it turned out, Ecuador was NOTHING compared to what the Coast Guard does elsewhere.

Apr 11 06:10

Pentagon: US bunker busting bombs 'ready' for war against Iran

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has threatened Tehran with war, saying his country’s bunker-busting bombs are ready to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities if necessary.

Apr 10 22:57

Partner or Pariah? Kerry Calls Lavrov for Help

Naming and shaming over the Iranian nuclear debacle will call out who just is the real pariah and who is the real partner to world peace.

Reading the Western news media is like swimming in a goldfish bowl. News one day gives way to some other transient story the next, and so on and on. With the result that if one were to rely on the Western media for understanding on any particular issue, there is faint chance of proper assimilation. This is because there is typically negligible context, perspective or continuity – as well as, of course, misleading spin and outright disinformation.

To illustrate: one of the most bizarre – unwittingly bizarre – recent news reports was how US Secretary of State John Kerry made an urgent call to Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Kerry reportedly needed Lavrov for help in clinching a breakthrough in the deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Apr 10 22:53

Poets’ Talk: “Why Is This World So Sad?” And, “The Armor of God”

At any rate, how will that “Ole Time Religion” square with this basically unimaginable world towards which we are racing?

Why is this world so sad? Do you have a religious answer? A faith-based answer?

CO: Life is suffering, and the ancient story of John the Baptist and Herod belongs to modern history…. Our “Herod” (POTUS) stands militarily above all other nations, and only Russia seems to stop the U.S. from cutting off (bombing) any head(s) our Controllers desire.

They intimidate the Vatican, and instead of “putting on the armor of God,” (St. Paul), the Roman Catholic Church often acquiesces, and by the “sin of omission,” helps hasten the making of a Rich Man & Lazarus world, an inevitable War of Civilizations.

GC: I agree. And I’m thinking these are threads we can address in a future “Poets Talk.” I don’t think we’ve dealt with religion at all (?!). Tough subject, but very necessary. Given your qualms, I wonder: how do you remain in the Church?

Apr 10 18:03

It is Not Confusing that US Abandons Own Citizens in Yemen War-Zone but Rescues Saudi Bombers

Most Americans have no idea any of these events are occurring or have only vague, US government/press-created notions of them, but many who are cognizant – principally the abandoned people themselves – express confusion. Why would eight countries, including Russia, China, and India, carry out risky missions to save their own citizens, as well as foreign nationals, stuck in Yemen, but the US would staunchly refuse to do so? All we ever hear from the US government and press is that the US is so incredibly good and altruistic. So, how could this be happening?

Apr 10 15:55

Pentagon names new commander of Guantanamo task force

The US task force in charge of the detention camps at Guantanamo Bay will soon have a new commander. The Pentagon announced on Friday that Rear Admiral Fernandez L. “Frank” Ponds will take over command of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO).

Apr 10 14:48

Is This the Start of WW III?

On the Friday before Russian Orthodox Easter, the Poroshenko-Yatsenyuk U.S-coup-installed Ukrainian Government attacks on all fronts on April 9th, to continue their extermination-campaign against the residents of the area, Donbass, that refuses to accept the coup-government that was installed by the U.S. when the Ukrainian President whom 90% of those residents had voted for was overthrown by the U.S.

Apr 10 13:43

Military Veterans Target US Drone Strikes in TV Ads

A group of military veterans is taking aim at U.S. drone strikes overseas with graphic TV ads directly asking Air Force pilots to stop flying the unmanned aircraft, calling the operations immoral and illegal.
The ads are the first commercials opposing U.S. drone operations ever shown on American TV, according to sponsors, which include the Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento County and the Sacramento chapter of Veterans for Peace. The campaign is spearheaded by an activist website, KnowDrones.com.
The commercials are airing this month on Comcast in Northern California communities near Beale Air Force Base, which is home to Golden Hawk reconnaissance drones. Pilots at Beale remotely fly the spy drones over areas believed to be controlled by terrorists in foreign countries and pinpoint human targets for attack by armed Predator and Reaper drones.

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To all those Veterans who put this together, and pulled together the money to make this happen: GOD BLESS YOU!!

Extrajudicial assassinations run counter to everything this country is supposed to stand for. Having no due process whatsoever, just characterizing the alleged bad guy through Obama's "he needed killin" flawed logic, this country is no better than one run by a dictator who decides to kill at will, and doesn't mind all the non-combatants who will get killed, or maimed for life, in countries with no real medical care whatsoever.

We are supposed to be a nation of laws; unfortunately, under this President, we have become a nation of people, with the political hierarchy making decisions about who gets assassinated - or doesn't - with absolutely NO true law behind it.

Apr 10 13:26

Israel Lobby conference too hot for C-SPAN. So watch it online!

Watch the Israel Lobby conference live from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! Spread the word!
The “Israel Lobby” conference is too hot for C-SPAN! So watch it from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! – Begins at 9AM EST – April 10, live from the National Press Club! Tweet in your questions for speakers to @IsraelLobbyUS or email conference@IsraelLobbyUS.org. Be a part of this important event!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1IIrHsO4fw#t=12344

The Israel Lobby conference is unprecedented, with the finest speakers on the subject gathered for a day of panels, Q&A and disscusions.

Israel lobby watchdogs like the ADL were outraged at last year’s National Summit. Today C-SPAN refused to broadcast it, choosing instead to show re-runs of innocuous content.

So forget C-SPAN! Watch the entire conference from your favorite YouTube device! No cable subscription, no gatekeepers! Then watch the archived video and share it with your friends!

Apr 10 13:24

Nearly Half of European Militants in Syria, Iraq Are French: Report

Nearly half of European militants known to have travelled to territory held by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group are French, a report by the country's upper house Senate revealed Wednesday.

Apr 10 10:09

Moscow Regularly Sends A Message To Washington That Russia Is A World Power

A senior American military commander warned that modern Russian army “is much more capable than were the armed forces of the Soviet Union, despite the fact that the Soviet army was larger, reports Fox News.

http://whatisusa.info/moscow-regularly-sends-a-message-to-washington-t...

Apr 10 09:16

The Video That Could Indict the Pentagon for Murder

To explain the current war in Yemen, the Washington Post finds someone to quote saying, "nobody can figure out either who started this fight or how to end it."

Really? Nobody? The second U.S.-armed dictator in the past few years is overthrown by militants empowered by opposition to U.S.-armed dictatorship. This after a Yemeni man told the U.S. Congress to their faces that the U.S. drone strikes were empowering terrorists. A larger neighboring U.S.-armed dictatorship in Saudi Arabia starts bombing and threatening to take over, as in nearby U.S.-armed dictatorship Bahrain. Saudi U.S. weapons are destroying piles of Yemeni U.S. weapons, and nobody can figure anything out?

Here are some U.S. children hiding from Soviet nukes many years ago, and a Yemeni child hiding from U.S. drone strikes more recently (source). How does that alone not indict anyone?

Apr 10 09:11

Documents showing how the Empire plans to overthrow Putin

Today I’ve got docs on Russia and Ukraine for you. The West got used to solving its problems using someone else to do the dirty work. Putin’s regime is an eyesore for the U.S., UK and NATO. Regardless whether it’s good or bad (everyone has his own opinion) Russia opposes the unipolar world order and western values exclusiveness. The West has a simple solution; it just needs to overthrow Putin and his close companions.

The West can’t do it openly and directly. Russia isn’t Yugoslavia, or Libya, or Iraq. That’s why they are acting via Ukraine which is undergoing dramatical changes now. Though they are using the old methods of ideological warfare, discredit of leaders, and society values erosion.

The attached docs show that NATO and the U.S. and UK military advisors are acting in Ukraine. Non-governmental organizations are working there under the auspices of the Western and Ukrainian special services.

For instance, here’s a NATO doc testifying that the popularity of the Russian leaders among the population of the Southern and Eastern regions is a challenge for Ukraine.

Apr 10 07:49

'Stop arming Saudi Arabia!' Anti-war activists protest UK-backed Yemen airstrikes

Crowds will gather in central London on Saturday in protest against Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen. Protesters say the intervention is motivated by Western and Middle Eastern governments’ agenda of quashing remnants of the Arab Spring.

Hundreds of anti-war activists are expected to descend upon Saudi Arabia’s embassy on Charles Street, West London, on Saturday to highlight the humanitarian impact of Saudi-led bombing in Yemen.

Apr 10 07:43

Pentagon kick-starts program to maintain superiority of US technology

“New in Better Buying Power 3.0 is a stronger emphasis on innovation, technical excellence, and the quality of our products,” Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall wrote in a memo ordering the program's implementation. “We will continue our work to improve productivity and efficiency, but we must also turn out attention increasingly to our ability to innovate, achieve technical excellence, and field dominant military capabilities.”

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Translation: "We botched the F-22, F-35, Independence class, the Gerald Ford, SBX, etc. so badly we need you taxpayers to fork over another few trillion in the hope we can actually do things better."

Apr 10 07:06

Moscow Regularly Sends A Message To Washington That Russia Is A World Power

A senior American military commander warned that modern Russian army “is much more capable than were the armed forces of the Soviet Union, despite the fact that the Soviet army was larger, reports Fox News.

http://whatisusa.info/moscow-regularly-sends-a-message-to-washington-t...

Apr 10 07:02

'Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran' McCain Has The Nerve To Call Obama's Foreign Policy 'Immoral'

I have a lot of disagreements with the Obama administration's policies, like the fact that they've basically continued President Bush's so-called "war on terror" and have bought into the idea that if you just drop enough bombs on people's heads from unmanned drones that you're somehow going to get rid of threats to the United States instead of just making them worse. The Patriot Act is still in place. We've done nothing to roll back the surveillance state that was put in place after 9-11 and I could go on and on, but I won't.

That said, one of the very last people I want to hear a lecture from on how the Obama administration has supposedly failed completely at foreign policy is Sen. McCrashy, John McCain, who still needs some anger management counseling over the fact that the uppity Kenyan usurper Barack Obama derailed his plans for being President of the United States.

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Actually, McCain destroyed himself when he chose Caribou Barbie as his running mate.

Apr 10 06:50

Press Release - Tax Day - We Refuse to Pay for War and Weapons

“Dear IRS”
We Refuse to Pay for War and Weapons

“We cannot in conscience pay for the killing of other human beings or pay for war and preparations for war.”

“I have not included a check for the amount I still owe for 2014, about half of my total income tax bill. I do not voluntarily pay for government programs that involve killing human beings or requiring them to kill others.”

"As I calculate my total taxes ‘owed’ I like to dream about how the money will be used. Instead of paying for drones or bombs I am paying to ensure that everyone has access to basic needs and the tools needed to succeed in our community."

As April 15, tax day, approaches, thousands of individuals — like David and Jan Hartsough, Elizabeth Boardman, and Ari Rosenberg quoted above — sit down and write letters to the IRS, Congresspeople, the President, newspapers, blogs, and friends and family explaining why they protest war with their taxes.

Apr 10 05:58

Police records hint at domestic focus in military training, martial law fears continue

Records obtained by Public Record Media provide details into

Apr 10 00:55

Israel Lobby conference too hot for C-SPAN. So watch it online!

Watch the Israel Lobby conference live from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! Spread the word!

The “Israel Lobby” conference is too hot for C-SPAN! So watch it from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! – Begins at 9AM EST – April 10, live from the National Press Club! Tweet in your questions for speakers to @IsraelLobbyUS or email conference@IsraelLobbyUS.org. Be a part of this important event!

The Israel Lobby conference is unprecedented, with the finest speakers on the subject gathered for a day of panels, Q&A and discussions.

Israel lobby watchdogs like the ADL were outraged at last year’s National Summit. Today C-SPAN refused to broadcast it, choosing instead to show re-runs of innocuous content.

So forget C-SPAN! Watch the entire conference from your favorite YouTube device! No cable subscription, no gatekeepers! Then watch the archived video and share it with your friends!

Apr 09 15:39

Iran – The Story behind the Story

Allowing a country like Iran destroying the US hegemon’s power base by taking a sovereign decision to abandon the dollar for oil and gas trading – no way.

It would have meant the end of the dollar as the world’s chief reserve currency, and giving up the instrument of coercing the world into accepting Washington’s dictate, the tool that serves to dish out sanctions left and right – no way!

Washington’s seemingly blind and preposterous arrogance drives the closest allies into the ‘adversary’s camp. The FED (Federal Reserve Bank) announced on 2 April 2015 that it fined the German Commerz bank with 1.7 billion US dollars for dealing with Cuba, Sudan and Iran – Washington sanctioned countries.

When even the staunchest stooges of empire seek alliances in the East, the writing is on the wall, that the economic winds are shifting, that a tectonic sea-change is in the offing and that the Iran nuclear deal, one way or another, doesn’t really matter in the foreseeable future.

Apr 09 15:30

Israel attacked America on 9-11-01! – Shout it from the rooftops (Part II)

It’s time for those Americans who assisted the Israelis with 9-11-01 and who covered it up to be indicted, arrested, tried and convicted for their various roles in the attack on America on 9-11-01 by Israel and its coverup.

This of course means that both of the massive American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were based on the big lies, false-narratives and propaganda dispensed to the American masses by the Controlled Major Mass Media (CMMM) and were completely illegal under international law and thereby constitute abject war crimes for which those.

Numerous former top USG Officials and Members of Congress will someday soon be made accountable for committing espionage against America related to 9-11-01, its coverup and for all their war crimes based on lying about it and falsely blaming Islamics in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apr 09 14:29

North Korea to Mexico: Give Us Back Our Ship

The ship, the Mu Du Bong, was detained after it ran aground off the coast of Mexico in July.

Maybe they can offer to return it if North Korea returns the USS Pueblo?

http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/On-this-Day--USS-Puebl...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Pueblo_%28AGER-2%29

Apr 09 13:46

Kuwait Reintroduces Compulsory Military Service For Citizens

The new law mandates all men to undergo compulsory military training once they reach the age of 18 and to remain in reserve forces till the age of 45.

Apr 09 11:17

Vice: The United States Should Stop Fighting, They Cannot Win

Since Washington has started military campaigns just for the sake of demonstrating its own power, the American army has lost the ability to win, says Vice.
After the victory over Nazi Germany a major military campaign ended for well-trained and armed United States army rather pitiable, writes American Journal of Vice.

http://whatisusa.info/vice-the-united-states-should-stop-fighting-they...

Apr 09 08:43

2 Army contractors injured during Makua explosion

Two military contractors were injured by ordnance that exploded at Makua Military Reservation.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Jenkins says two men were taken by helicopter to Queen's Medical Center after ordnance exploded Monday at the firing range.

Jenkins says the men have severe injuries.

The Army says the two civilian men are ground maintenance contractors. The Army says they were injured after encountering apparent unexploded ordnance.

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That's a big problem here in the islands, but don't tell the tourists! :)

Apr 09 08:06

Subconscious War – Media, Reality & a Culture of Violence

A half-hour documentary that weaves soldiers’ recollections of violence and “collateral damage” with political leaders’ Newspeak about war and peace. The media shapes a reality of violence and spiritual baseness.

Apr 09 07:24

Canadian jets conduct first operation in Syria

The aerial attack was conducted by two Canadian CF-18 Hornet fighter jets, with precision guided munitions. The target was said to be a former Syrian military installation near Raqqa, which lies 440 kilometers (273 miles) northeast of the Syrian capital, Damascus, and which had been taken over by ISIL extremists.

A total of 10 coalition aircraft, including six from the United States, were involved in the strike, according to Canada’s Department of National Defense.

“The CAF’s first airstrike against ISIL in Syria has been successfully completed,” Canada’s Chief of the Defense Staff General Tom Lawson said.

Apr 09 07:03

Perpetual war is the only valid explanation

Daily Pickings previously referenced Israel's Yinon plan for creating division and conflict across the Middle East to ensure Israel's supremacy. Israeli citizens, holding dual (Israel/US) nationality, are driving policy in Washington and the Pentagon.

The Pentagon Plan to ‘Divide and Rule’ the Muslim World by Nafeez Ahmed
Yemen is the latest casualty of a neoconservative strategy commissioned by the US Army to ‘capitalise on Sunni-Shia conflict’ in the Middle East - the goal is nothing short of ‘Western dominance’

The war on Yemen appears to have been choreographed, by encouraging the Houthis to oust the former regime, with the express intention of creating conflict. It is a pattern which repeats time and time again, most recently with the creation and support of Islamic State (IS, ISIL, ISIS) by Israel, US and their allies including Saudi Arabia. The outcome will, yet again, be chaos and mayhem.

Apr 09 06:49

Tom Cotton: Bombing Iran Would Take “Several Days,” Be Nothing Like Iraq War

Sen. Tom Cotton says bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities would take several days and be nothing like Iraq War.

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Here's your rifle, Tom...

Apr 09 06:45

$45 Billion in Tax Dollars Goes Missing in Afghanistan

Hundreds of millions of dollars are missing in action in Afghanistan, and auditors are blaming the Pentagon’s flawed accounting practices for the problem.

A new report from the office of John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), revealed that there’s virtually no way to know what happened to a large chunk of money the Defense Department spent in Afghanistan before 2010.

Apr 09 06:30

The EMP Threat: All It Would Take Is a Couple of Explosions to Send America Back to the 1800s

All it would take for a rogue nation or terror organization to bring us to our knees is the explosion of a couple well-placed nuclear devices high up in our atmosphere. The resulting electromagnetic pulses would fry electronics from coast to coast.

Apr 08 22:07

Unworthy victims: Western wars have killed four million Muslims since 1990

Landmark research proves that the US-led ‘war on terror’ has killed as many as 2 million people, but this is a fraction of Western responsibility for deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades.

Apr 08 17:43

U.S. Aerospace Command Moving Comms Gear Back to Cold War Bunker

The US military command that scans North America’s skies for enemy missiles and aircraft plans to move its communications gear to a Cold War-era mountain bunker, officers said. The shift to the Cheyenne Mountain base in Colorado is designed to safeguard the command’s sensitive sensors and servers from a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, military officers said.

Apr 08 15:00

Red Cross: Saudis Still Blocking Our Aid, Yemen Crisis Worsening; Washington Increases US Bombs, Ammo Going to Saudi Tyrant

Openly US-coordinated-and-assisted terrorist attacks by Saudi dictator Salman Abdulaziz have killed hundreds of civilians in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, over the past two weeks. The Red Cross continues to try to get Abdulaziz to stop blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country, saying the situation for civilians is catastrophic and getting worse. Instead of allowing aid, Abdulaziz increased his attack by firing explosives into Yemeni cities from naval vessels, in addition to his airstrikes.

Apr 08 14:46

Stargate mountain: Pentagon moves comm gear back to Cold War-era bunker

The United States’ airspace defense military is planning to move its communications equipment back to its iconic nuclear Cold War-era bunker

Apr 08 12:50

Yemeni Citizens Await Ground Operation to Avenge Killed Civilians – Expert

A member of Yemen politburo spoke to Sputnik Arabic telling that all citizens of Yemen are just waiting for the invasion of the enemy soldiers so that they can take blood revenge for killed sisters, mothers and children.

Apr 08 12:50

Japan to the Rescue? New Deal Allows Tokyo to Defend US Forces Worldwide

The US and Japan are close to finalizing the revision of bilateral defense rules that would expand the two countries’ military cooperation, and allow Tokyo to play a more "proactive" role in regional security, according to US Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

Apr 08 11:49

? News Israeli leader warns of Iran's short nuclear breakout time

"Israel shares the view the breakout time for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon will be zero."

(*Netanyahu)

Apr 08 09:45

Billions down the drain: Costly US missile defense project turned into major flop

The US Pentagon has wasted $10 billion on a missile defense project, the sea-based X-Band Radar (SBX), which turned into a major flop, according to media reports. The missile defense failures also appear to threaten US security.

Apr 08 08:33

AIPAC's "No One Wants War" in Iran Claim Debunked

The problem with saying “no one wants war” is of course that some people do want war. These include some congressional critics, some Israeli officials, some in the pro-Israel movement and some of Iran’s Sunni Arab neighbors. None acts as a monolith, but their beautiful diversity definitely includes some warmongers.

AIPAC, moreover, surely knows this. Sheldon Adelson, a sometime AIPAC funder and partner who remains a major force in the “pro-Israel movement” has for example called for nuking Iran. The group’s stable of regular speakers at fundraisers and events includes several figures who have, indeed, called for war with Iran. Just consider a January AIPAC fundraiser in New York, headlined by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I/D-CT)-both of whom have at some point called for military strikes. As Lieberman once boasted, there is a “broad bipartisan base of support” for such an attack.

Apr 08 08:29

Veterangate: VA whistleblower says records of deceased vets were altered

A Veteran Affairs employee has come forward claiming that government officials doctored the medial records of deceased veterans in order to hide the fact that they died waiting for medical care.

Apr 08 08:28

VA hit with class action lawsuit from Vietnam vet over disability benefits

A Vietnam veteran, long denied disability benefits, is suing the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the compensation appeals process. It is a move that could potentially affect the outcomes of thousands of cases stuck in administrative limbo.

The suit, filed by Marine vet Conley Monk, Jr in the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, was brought against the Secretary of Veteran Affairs and asks the VA to promptly decide disability compensation appeals that have been pending for more than a year.

“I want to get the resolution not only for myself, but for veterans undergoing a similar problem,” Monk said.

Apr 08 06:59

Yemen campaign a ‘great mistake’: Iran official in Beirut

The Saudi-led military campaign launched two weeks ago in Yemen is a “great strategic mistake,” an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday during a visit to Beirut.

“We believe that a huge mistake has been committed recently in the issue of Yemen,” Morteza Sarmadi, who is also the country's deputy foreign minister, said after meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

“The airstrikes in Yemen have resulted in numerous atrocities, and has shed the blood of innocent civilians... This should be ended.”

Apr 08 06:55

US aerospace command moving comms gear back to Cold War bunker

The US military command that scans North America’s skies for enemy missiles and aircraft plans to move its communications gear to a Cold War-era mountain bunker, officers said.

The shift to the Cheyenne Mountain base in Colorado is designed to safeguard the command’s sensitive sensors and servers from a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, military officers said.

The Pentagon last week announced a $700 million contract with Raytheon Corporation to oversee the work for North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command.

Admiral William Gortney, head of NORAD and Northern Command, said that “because of the very nature of the way that Cheyenne Mountain’s built, it’s EMP-hardened.”

“And so, there’s a lot of movement to put capability into Cheyenne Mountain and to be able to communicate in there,” Gortney told reporters.

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The timing here strikes me as most odd; there must be something going on here other than Cheyenne Mountain's being EMP-hardened.

That appears to be the "good reason" for American taxpayers to have to shell out yet another $700 million to retrofit the space; it doesn't feel like the "real reason".

Apr 08 06:54

New defense rules would give Japan new powers to aid U.S. military

TOKYO — The United States and Japan are close to concluding a set of bilateral defense rules that if finalized would give Japan’s military new powers to act when U.S. forces are threatened by a third country, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Apr 08 06:49

US to speed up delivery of weapons to Saudi-led forces in Yemen

"We have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination and planning cell in the Saudi operations center "

Apr 08 06:26

Afghan soldier shoots at US troops

The incident happened after a meeting between Afghan provincial leaders and a US embassy official in the compound of the provincial governor in Jalalabad, said General Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, police chief for eastern Nangarhar province.

The Afghan soldier opened fire "right after the US official had left", he said.

The American troops immediately returned fire, killing the Afghan soldier, he added.

It is the second insider attack this year. An Afghan soldier killed three American contractors on January 29.

The Afghan soldier was identified by Gen Sherzad as Abdul Azim, from Laghman province.

(*since this report is 99% bull$#!^ , I say we add that he got one of our guys to it
whitehorse souce)

Apr 08 06:26

U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan, official says

A US service member was killed Wednesday in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. defense official said amid a report that an Afghan soldier had shot at U.S. troops

Apr 08 03:43

The Brutal Bio Of Tom Cotton

The Brutal Bio Of Tom Cotton – Kristol’s Guy

Think: William Kristol, the big-time neocon who merged Sarah Palin onto John McCain’s ticket in 2008. Think of the same neocon whose New York Times op-ed columns were eliminated after the editors finally lost patience with his many factual errors. Think of the same neocon who seeks relevancy as editor of the right-wing Weekly Standard as well as the smarmy guest on TV shows. And think of the warrior neocon who was a major figure in calling for the Bush invasion of Iraq and who has now supports a re-invasion of the that country.

Now, think of the neocon as a board member of the Emergency Committee for Israel with considerable sway among other donor allies.
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So when you see Cotton’s name, you need to know more about what the political world is now talking about, the man who wanted to imprison NY Times editor Bill Keller and two reporters over something the Times printed.

As a congressman in 2013 Cotton also proved he can be damned cruel.

Apr 08 03:31

The real reason Netanyahu and the GOP hate this Iran deal

1) The nuclear architecture Iran gets to keep is way too big.
2) Sanctions relief will enable Iranian aggression.
3) The deal isn't strict enough in key areas.
4) Inspections won't be as strong as you think.

The thing about some of these arguments is that they are basically objections to any feasible deal with Iran. Many critics, particularly Netanyahu, have taken pains to deny that they oppose any deal altogether — but it seems quite clearly that they do.

Apr 07 15:32

Al-Qaeda militants attack Yemen-Saudi Arabia border post - reports

Suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists reportedly attacked a remote Yemeni military post near the Saudi border on Tuesday, killing several officers. The attack comes amid turmoil in Yemen which has already claimed over 540 lives, according to the WHO.

A remote border base was stormed by suspected Al-Qaeda militants near Manwakh, about 440 km (270 miles) northeast of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, Reuters reported, citing sources in the country's eastern Hadramawt province.

Apr 07 12:48

Authentic Journalism that Challenges Empire and Its Centers of Power

Exposing Lies of the Empire is a monumental work.

Some years back, I was approached to come up with a story that I’d really like to cover. There were many, but right away I was drawn to a story whose angle was completely marginalized in any media I had checked. I was interested to go to Zimbabwe and get a genuine impression from Zimbabweans of how they view the direction of their country under the government of Robert Mugabe. How they viewed the redistribution of land within the country.

In the case of theft, when the stolen property is recovered, the usually accepted, and rightful, custom is that the property be returned to its rightful owner(s).

Apr 07 12:43

Top Donor to Clinton Foundation (jewish) Oligarch in Ukraine

Follow the Money

Between 2009 and 2013, including when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, based in Kiev, Ukraine.

In 2008, Mr. Pinchuk made a five-year, $29 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, a wing of the foundation that coordinates charitable projects and funding for them but doesn’t handle the money. The pledge was to fund a program to train future Ukrainian leaders and professionals “to modernize Ukraine,” according to the Clinton Foundation.

It said that if Mr. Pinchuk was lobbying the State Department about Ukraine, “this cannot be seen as anything but a good thing.”

Oh certainly, all you have to do is take a brief look at Ukraine to see what a wonderful thing it has been.

Apr 07 12:37

RAP NEWS 24: ISRAEL & PALESTINE

“America’s last taboo” Edward Said.

Decades of failed peace talks have led nowhere; but do not lose hope just yet. Join Robert Foster as he attempts to host the first ever Middle East Peace Raps, using rhyme and reason to bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and a representative of Hamas. The picture would not be complete however, without a discussion of “America’s last taboo” (as Edward Said once referred to it): the USA’s role as Israel’s best – and only – buddy in the world (Ok, together with Australia). Featuring special cameos from prominent American Jewish scholar, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and Palestinian rap legends, DAM, this is an episode for the ages. Join us as we bravely (or perhaps stupidly) take on one of the most bitter, divisive and controversial conflicts of our times: Israel & Palestine.

Apr 07 11:32

Corker Says Support Growing to Give Congress Vote on Iran Deal

The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday he’s within a few votes of being able to override a threatened presidential veto of his bill giving Congress a say in any nuclear deal with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congress can declare or refuse to declare a war. Short of that, the Constitution states that foreign policy is exclusively the jurisdiction of the White House and the US Department of State. Every member of Congress championing Israel's agenda against Iran is in violation of the Logan Act.

I hope all Americans are watching the Congress as they undermine the office of the Presidency to whore themselves to a foreign leader!

Apr 07 11:21

Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat

NATO aircraft scream across eastern European skies and American armored vehicles rumble near the border with Russia on a mission to reassure citizens that they're safe from Russian aggression.

But these days, ordinary people aren't taking any chances.

Apr 07 11:15

'Skeptical' Canada Won't Lift its Iran Sanctions

The Canadian government has not shared US President Barack Obama's enthusiasm over the deal reached with Iran over its nuclear program last Thursday, by which the Islamic regime continues enriching uranium at reduced levels in exchange for the removal of sanctions.

Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson responded to the deal, warning that the Islamic regime may still be able to obtain a nuclear weapon even with the agreement.

Apr 07 11:15

Mitch McConnell: Congress to 'respond legislatively' to Iran nuclear bill

Fresh off a trip to the Middle East, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is insisting that Congress get a chance to review and approve a nuclear deal with Iran.

"To the detriment of international security […] the Obama administration has always approached the goal of these negotiations as reaching the best deal that is acceptable to Iran, rather than what should be our national goal: ending Iran's nuclear program," the Kentucky Republican said in a statement Monday.

McConnell visited Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan last week with a Senate delegation. On Thursday, a framework for a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers was announced — much to the dismay of many Republican lawmakers.

Apr 07 11:08

Canada and US Looking At Conscription? Michael Rivero

Apr 07 10:50

Czechoslovak Reservists Issue Memorandum against NATO

For the first time since the end of the 2nd World War we see a genuine threat of war yet again. Consequently, we consider it necessary to issue the following statement.

We, the Czechoslovak soldiers in reserve, unanimously reject any participation in battles that are geopolitical acts of aggression of the global elite by way of NATO and the support of our governments.

Apr 07 09:46

Billions down the drain: Costly US missile defense project turned into major flop

Webmaster's Commentary: 


The SBX as seen from my back yard this morning.

Apr 07 09:23

Nuclear submarine catches fire at Russian shipyard

A fire has broken out on a Russian nuclear submarine undergoing repair work at a shipyard in Severodvinsk. The cause of the fire is believed to be related to welding work.

The incident occurred at the Zvezdochka shipyard, in the Arkhangelsk region in northern Russia.

Firefighters have then decided to submerge the burning submarine in water to put off the flames, the shipyard’s spokesman said.

Apr 07 09:16

Republicans and Some Democrats are Seeking a Veto-Proof Bill on the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says some Republicans are acting on their prerogative, while others are maliciously trying to destroy the president and his legacy

Apr 07 07:56

Ignoring SOPs reason for submarine mishaps: Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed that recent accidents involving submarines were the result of not following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Mr. Parrikar was speaking to the press at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) after commemorating the undocking of the first of class submarine of Project 75, named Kalvari, the Tiger Shark. It is the first of the six Scorpene submarines in which DCNS of France is a collaborator with MDL as the builder.

Replying to the questions on the growing anxiety around safety of submarines, Mr. Parrikar said: “Majority of accidents are the result of relaxed attitude towards following SOPs. There would have been no accident had they acted as per SOP. Now, we have asked the staff to follow SOP strictly,” he said.

Apr 07 07:50

EU human rights laws ‘disastrous’ for UK armed forces - ex-defense chiefs

Seven former chiefs of defense staff have called for the British armed forces to be exempt from the European Convention on Human Rights, saying their inclusion in the legal framework is putting their effectiveness at risk.

Apr 07 07:46

Israel Plans Two-Pronged Attack To Thwart Iran Deal

Israel will adopt two lines of attack as it tries to thwart – or at least modify – the international nuclear agreement with Iran in the coming weeks, a senior official said.

Firstly, it will lobby the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would make it difficult, or even impossible, to approve a comprehensive deal with Iran if one is reached by the June 30 deadline.

At the same time, it will continue pressing the White House for the “improvements” Israel says must be made in the terms of the agreement, the official said.

Apr 07 05:10

John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden. U.S. citizens real concerns? They only care if their 'dick' pictures are seen by government.

June 1st the govt. votes on continuing the Patriot Act.

It is important for people to stand up for their freedoms. If we don't stand up we lose it all. We can't live in fear as the government wants us to, just so they can spy on every single person and everything we do. Understand this is not about fighting terrorism, this is about knowing everything about every single citizen.

Every citizen is considered guilty by the government and they spy on every thing we do and spend. John Oliver makes the conversation funny and shows how people are not concerned unless it involves pictures of dicks. Yes... I wrote that correctly.

Must watch video.

Apr 06 17:24

China reportedly completes 3 advanced nuclear attack subs

Chinese shipbuilders have completed three advanced nuclear-propelled submarines that can fire the latest vertically launched anti-ship missiles, local media reported

Apr 06 16:40

The Biggest Secret In History: False Flag Terror - Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror

The age-old saying is true:

If we don’t learn history, we’re doomed to repeat it.

The single biggest historical secret which people haven’t yet learned is false flag terrorism.

Apr 06 15:37

New Govt ‘Study': No Link to War and Suicide — Implies Opposite Is True!

In yet another example of politicized tainted unreliable junk science, psychology researchers are claiming that a new study suggests that being in the military and being deployed to war has no impact on committing suicide!

Apr 06 11:30

How Can Obama Claim the Alternative to a Nuclear Deal with Iran is War?

A kudo to President Obama. But just one.

If he manages to pull off an agreement with Iran on limiting that country's nuclear fuel enrichment program in the fact of determined resistance from Republicans, Neocons, the Israel Lobby and the warmongers in both the GOP and his own Democratic Party, he will have finally earned at least some small portion of the gold in his Nobel Peace medallion.

Apr 06 11:27

Greece plans return to drachma and nationalization of banks

“We are a Left-wing government. If we have to choose between a default to the IMF or a default to our own people, it is a no-brainer,” said a senior official.

Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country’s banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands.

Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.

Apr 06 11:24

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich: Iran Nuclear Deal Differences

U.S and Tehran disagree over Sanctions lift.

Tehran accuses the U.S. of spinning the nuclear deal.

Iran was never in violation of the NPT.

Most importantly, we must think about (upholding) the International treaties.

International treaties are being held hostage by the west.

There has been a lot of interference inside Iran by Washington. The nuclear issue is just an excuse to undermine the Islamic Republic and has very little to do with anything else.

Russia is opposed to snap back inspections and phased out sanctions.

Russia is a UN Security Council member and is present in the negotiations.

Apr 06 11:21

Devil is in Western Interpretation of Iran Nuclear Deal

A closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

After investing so much political capital in achieving a nuclear deal, it is understandable that all sides of the stand-off would claim the Lausanne accord arrived at this week to be an “achievement”.

However, a closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

Apr 06 10:01

Are they arming for riots across America? Homeland stockpiling “less lethal specialty munitions”

A new DHS purchase order raises an eyebrow or two, given the heated and divided political and social climate at hand.

Apr 06 09:25

Hyping a Proxy War in Yemen

It is an axiom in mainstream analyses of the Middle East that Sunni and Shii Muslims overwhelmingly operate in society based on their sectarian identity and not much else, regardless of their location (Iraq, Syria, Yemen), profession, tribal or regional affiliations, or other economic and political factors.

Apr 06 08:47

THE BODIES PILE UP IN YEMEN'S CIVIL WAR AND SAUDI ARABIA'S BOMBING CAMPAIGN, BUT WHO IS COUNTING THE CASUALTIES?

Between 29 and 45 people were reported killed by an apparent air attack at the al Mazraq camp – some were said to have been burned beyond recognition. Depressingly, the victims also included children. Although the attack came shortly after Saudi Arabia had launched an aerial bombardment of Yemen, Yemen’s foreign minister, speaking from Riyadh, blamed artillery fired by the Houthi militia which stormed the country’s capital Sanaa late last year. A Saudi spokesman meanwhile said that rebels had been firing from a residential area in response to a question about the bombing.

Apr 06 08:39

US Flexes Military Muscle to Get Rise Out of Russia for Ukraine Invasion

The war party in Washington is making every effort to lure Moscow into a direct invasion of Ukraine: American tanks rolling across Europe, US military maneuvers in Georgia and American troops landing in Ukraine is an all-out campaign by people who want a showdown with Russia, noted Stephen Cohen.

Apr 06 08:10

US, Saudis Target Internet Access in Yemen

In past wars of aggression, US have first targeted TV stations and radio communications bases, but in the 21st century, targeting internet access is essential in order to keep real information from circulating between the target nation and the outside world, but also between citizens attempting to coordinate inside the target nation.

Aden is the access point for one of only two submarine fiber optic cables which connect Yemen to the rest of the world. That cable which connects Yemen to the US AFRICOM-controlled client state of Djibouti across the Gulf of Aden in east Africa, home of one of the Pentagon’s largest off-shore military bases. It has gone dark for the last three days and counting. This would indicate direct interference or sabotage.

Apr 06 08:06

Chelsea Manning and the Call of America’s Conscience

April 5th marked the five year anniversary of WikiLeaks publication of theCollateral Murder Video. The footage of a secret US military video depicted an Apache helicopter killing Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters journalists.

Apr 06 07:46

Netanyahu in US media blitz against Iran deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a frontal propaganda attack on US President Barack Obama yesterday on the major US television networks, in an effort to counter the White House's aggressive sales campaign on behalf of the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program reached last week, aimed at legislators on Capitol Hill and at the US public at large.

Obama and his aides have been using the Easter weekend to speak to senators and representatives from both the Democratic and Republican parties in an attempt to persuade them that the proposed agreement with Iran is the most effective way of blocking Iran's path to a nuclear weapon. For Netanyahu, the most important target audience is Democratic legislators torn between their loyalty to Obama and their traditional support for Israel. In the end, it is the Democratic legislators who will decide whether the Senate will be able to override a presidential veto on legislation designed to overturn the deal with Iran.

Apr 06 07:10

The Epidemic of Military Rape

Apr 06 06:58

The Pentagon’s $10-billion bet gone bad

It was the most powerful radar of its kind in the world, they told Congress. So powerful it could detect a baseball over San Francisco from the other side of the country.

If North Korea launched a sneak attack, the Sea-Based X-Band Radar — SBX for short — would spot the incoming missiles, track them through space and guide U.S. rocket-interceptors to destroy them.

Crucially, the system would be able to distinguish between actual missiles and decoys.

SBX “represents a capability that is unmatched,” the director of the Missile Defense Agency told a Senate subcommittee in 2007.

In reality, the giant floating radar has been a $2.2-billion flop, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.

Although it can powerfully magnify distant objects, its field of vision is so narrow that it would be of little use against what experts consider the likeliest attack: a stream of missiles interspersed with decoys.

Apr 05 16:27

Hawks Fume As World Celebrates ‘Victory For Diplomacy Over War’

Though a final deal won’t be sealed until later this year, the framework agreement announced in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday between Iran and the P5+1 nations is having reverberations across the world—offering hope of rapprochement, peace, and better days ahead for those who support it and heckles and frowns from those who appear to think that a continued stalemate and endless sanctions, or possibly war, are the better path.

Apr 05 15:34

In Yemen the “Axis of kindness” shows the true face of the Empire and proves Lenin right

The US made an unholy mess of yet another country, was the first to run, and now everybody runs, except for Russian and Chinese forces who try to evacuate their nationals. Yet another major foreign policy success for Obama who had presented Yemen as the shining example of anti-terrorism done right

Apr 05 14:23

US spends billions on 'ineffective' missile defense systems - $10 bln down the drain

The US wasted $10 billion on missile defense projects which were doomed for failure from the beginning, due to a lack of analysis, a report by the Los Angeles Times says. Aside from the astronomical costs, the failures appear to also threaten US security.

Apr 05 14:17

Yemen – the Big Picture

As usual, western media are deliberately confusing in communicating on the latest Mid-East conflict which eventually led to the recent atrocious bombing of Yemen by the US-directed Saudi alliance, including Qatar and other Gulf monarchies. They are proxies, to be sure, for their Washington masters. My heart is bleeding for Yemen, a country of warm and generous people I got to know well, working with them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Yemen, like Ukraine, is just another square on the geopolitical chess board which the exceptional nation aims to dominate.

It is certainly true, where ever the US and its NATO cronies put their heavy boots, they create lasting misery and chaos

Apr 05 13:02

The Rising Swell of Anti-Russian Propaganda - NATO is Building Up for War

The swell of anti-Russian propaganda, confrontation and attempted intimidation by NATO has increased, and if it continues to do so it is likely that Moscow will take action, thereby upping the stakes and the danger even more.

Apr 05 12:23

Raimondo: The Iran Deal

It’s a good one – but can it survive the US Congress?

Israel has been threatening to attack Iran unilaterally for years, including during these negotiations, and they are not above launching a provocation – one that will ignite a conflict that would envelope the entire Middle East and much of the world.

As I said in my last column, the US Congress is the catch, the fly in the ointment that could nix this deal and lead us down the path to another war in the Middle East. Nothing has been signed. What we have is a framework, one that will lead to a fuller agreement in June – if Congress doesn’t step in and stop it.

Apr 05 09:04

British firms discover oil and gas off Falklands, Argentina threatens legal action

A group of British exploration companies have found oil and gas in an area north of the Falkland Islands. The Argentine government has threatened to challenge all exploration and drilling efforts in court.

Apr 05 08:31

Pentagon upgrades biggest ‘bunker buster’ bomb in case Iran talks fail - report

According to senior officials, the results show the improved bomb—when dropped one on top of the other—is now more capable of penetrating fortified nuclear facilities in Iran or in North Korea, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Pentagon also designed the bunker buster to challenge Iran’s Fordow facility, which is built into a mountain to protect it from potential airstrikes.

Apr 05 03:42

Russia boosts air defense in face of US Prompt Global Strike capacity

Russia’s active steps in boosting its air and missile defense capabilities are aimed against the potential threat of Prompt Global Strike which US “under certain conditions” might decide to carry out, says Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces’ deputy chief.

The potential threat of Prompt Global Strike by the United States against the Russian Federation is one of the top challenges for the Aerospace Defense Forces, Major General Kirill Makarov told the Russian News Service radio.

In this regard an effective air and missile defense system remains one of Russia’s top priorities

Apr 04 17:15

Polish airport used by CIA obtains millions in EU funds

A small airport in north-eastern Poland used by the CIA to fly in kidnapped detainees for torture at a nearby intelligence training camp has received over €30 million in EU funds.

The EU money is part of a larger €48.5 million sum to turn the former military airstrip into an international commercial airport known as Szymany.

The Brussels-executive has no oversight because the amounts taken from the European regional development fund are too small for it to have a direct stake.

It is instead administered and managed by regional authorities who diverted all the funds into a company they set up after obliging a local Polish-Israeli businessman, who had been instrumental in securing the EU grant, to hand over the airport’s lease.

Apr 04 13:29

University wimps buckle under Zionist pressure to kill ground-breaking conference

Southampton University, after giving permission to hold a ground-breaking academic conference on International Law and the State of Israel, has been bullied into cancelling.

“The University claims that it does not have enough resources to mitigate the risks despite a clear statement from the Police confirming that they are able to deal with the protest and ensure the security of the event...."

The university must fulfill its legal obligation to protect free speech and academic discussion...

Apr 04 13:24

The Global siege on Israel: a report from the World Social Forum

The closing of this multi-billion-dollar company can be one of the greatest BDS victories yet.

In June, 2010, when Israeli forces attacked unarmed aid ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, killing ten passengers (including one who died this year from injuries), dockworkers around the world refused to unload or load Israeli ships or cargo.

Based on the results in the US, we believe that if ten ports worldwide are closed to Zim, the company’s losses may cause it to close its doors. If Zim and the state of Israel are worried that this movement may become infectious, we can all be proud to spread the virus.

Apr 04 13:19

Menendez is Israel lobby’s asset in US Senate

The Senate panel is scheduled to vote on April 14 on the legislation he co-authored with Corker demanding congressional review of an Iran agreement.

Israel lobby influences “the United States’ foreign policy by intervention with certain of their assets within the Senate,”

Harris said if you look at the people who are opposed to normalizing relationships with Iran and lifting the sanctions against the Islamic Republic, “you’ll find that among the biggest campaign contributors are usually AIPAC and other assets that Israel lobby dictates and controls.”

Apr 04 13:15

Shattered — Nothing is Right in the Middle East

The West worked very hard to turn the Middle East into what it is now. It took centuries to transfigure this culturally deep and great part of the world into the horror show. But it is done!

There is nothing, absolutely nothing right in the Middle East these days. There seems to be no hope left, and no fervor. All that was pure was dragged through filth. All that was great here was stolen or smashed by the outsiders. Enthusiasm had been ridiculed, then drowned, or burned to ashes, or shattered by tanks and missiles.

Apr 04 11:53

The Wars of Iran

The modern nation of Iran is also known throughout much of history as the ancient nation of Persia. This is the same Persia which overran the Spartans at Thermopylae; the same Persia which fell to the conquering Macedonian, Alexander the Great; the same Persia which fought the Romans and their successors the Byzantines for centuries for dominance in the Near East. This is also the same Persia which fell rather easily to the expanding Arab Muslim Empire led by the successors to Islam's founder, the Prophet Muhammad.

Apr 04 11:51

Arab-Israeli Wars and Conflicts (1948-Present)

This page shows conflicts between the Arab nations (as a group), and Israel. As a rule, a legal state of war has existed between Israel and her Arab enemies since the beginning of the first war in 1948. Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, and Jordan made peace in 1994. The Palestine Authority, headed by Yassir Arafat and his Al-Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization negotiated a semi-peace, which, from mid-2000 on, has been destroyed through the “Al-Aqsa” Intifada violence. Other Palestinian groups, most notably Hamas, have been at war with Israel continuously. Although Israel and most Arab nations are technically in a continuous state of war, unless otherwise noted, specific outbreaks of fighting are considered to be separate wars.

Apr 04 11:49

FLASHBACK:A Brief History of U.S. Interventions: 1945 to the Present

The engine of American foreign policy has been fueled not by a devotion to any kind of morality, but rather by the necessity to serve other imperatives, which can be summarized as follows:
* making the world safe for American corporations;
* enhancing the financial statements of defense contractors at home who have contributed generously to members of congress;
* preventing the rise of any society that might serve as a successful example of an alternative to the capitalist model;
* extending political and economic hegemony over as wide an area as possible, as befits a "great power."

Apr 04 10:46

In Yemen the “Axis of kindness” shows the true face of the Empire and proves Lenin right

All this can be summarized like so: the US made an unholy mess of yet another country, was the first to run, and now everybody runs, except for Russian and Chinese forces who try to evacuate their nationals. Yet another major foreign policy success for Obama who had presented Yemen as the shining example of anti-terrorism done right.

Apr 04 10:43

Obama's Endless War on Humanity

Throughout his tenure, he's waged one war after another at home and abroad.

From militarized killer cops, police state ruthlessness, and his kill list to drone murders and mass slaughter from 30,000 feet.

Apr 04 10:41

Hawks Fume as World Celebrates 'Victory for Diplomacy over War'

Though a final deal won't be sealed until later this year, the framework agreement announced in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday between Iran and the P5+1 nations is having reverberations across the world—offering hope of rapprochement, peace, and better days ahead for those who support it and heckles and frowns from those who appear to think that a continued stalemate and endless sanctions, or possibly war, are the better path.

Apr 04 10:39

NATO Trains New 'High Readiness' Task Force

With many countries in Eastern Europe on edge over increased military activity, NATO has decided to form a new fighting force designed to respond swiftly in the face of threats.

The Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) will include about 5,000 troops, primarily from France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain, with maritime, special operations and aviation units.

A US soldier greets the media as custom officers inspect an Abrams main battle tank, for U.S. troops deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve.

At the Gates: NATO Says Its Military at Russian Border 'Below Substantial'
The “spearhead force,” as NATO describes it, is meant to give the rest of the 30,000 service members in the NATO Response Force (NRF) time to mobilize.

NATO Defense Ministers decided to create the high-readiness force “In light of the changing security environment to the east and south of the Alliance’s borders,” the coalition said on its website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great NATO propaganda.

But looking at NATO'S performance in Afghanistan, 13 years on, I find myself very skeptical as to whether this JTF can actually achieve what it hopes to accomplish in combat.

Apr 04 10:37

US Military to Deploy Robotic Ghost Ships This Fall

How do you keep track of increasingly stealthy Russian, Chinese, and Iranian submarines? If you're the U.S. military, you build a robotic ghost ship to follow them around the high seas. In 2010, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, announced that they were building a 132-foot autonomous boat to track quiet, diesel-powered submarines. The program was dubbed Anti-submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV.

Apr 04 09:44

Nothing is Right in the Middle East

There is nothing, absolutely nothing right in the Middle East these days. There seems to be no hope left, and no fervor. All that was pure was dragged through filth. All that was great here was stolen or smashed by the outsiders. Enthusiasm had been ridiculed, then drowned, or burned to ashes, or shattered by tanks and missiles.

Corruption thrives – corruption that inundated this entire region since the early days of Western colonialism, and then was sustained through the present-day imperialist global regime.

The land of the Middle East is tired; it is crying from exhaustion. It is scarred by wars. It is dotted with oil wells and rotting armor vehicles. There are corpses everywhere; buried, turned into dust, but still present in minds of those who are alive. There are millions of corpses, tens of millions of victims, shouting in their own, voiceless way, not willing to leave anyone in peace, pointing fingers, accusing!

Apr 04 08:51

US Navy deploys laser weapon to Persian Gulf for first-ever combat mission

The US Navy has deployed its first ever combat laser. The futuristic weapon has boosted the arsenal of the Fifth Fleet’s command vessel in the Persian Gulf. The laser is said to be effective against numerous small targets, such as Iran’s gunboats.

A 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System has been equipped on the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship since late August, Navy officials told Bloomberg.

The device is capable of focusing beams from six solid-state commercial welding lasers into a single strong beam, which can be used both as a blinding warning shot and as a weapon capable of setting fire to a drone or small boat.

Apr 04 08:24

Army Seeking ‘Crisis Actors’ for Ohio Military Drill In June Ahead of Jade Helm

Apr 04 08:21

Did US CENTCOM Feed Saudis Target Info to Bomb Russian Consulate in Yemen?

Washington war planners are up to their old tricks again, this time in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia’s gallant airstrikes against mostly civilian and infrastructure targets (not rebels, as advertized) have also stuck the Russian Consulate General in the southwestern Yemeni city of Aden.

When Saudi Arabia launched its war against Yemen on the week of March 23th, the US proudly announced that they’re hands were clean because they were only providing ‘satellite’ information, military intelligence which included targeting information to the Saudi Air force – so then it’s fairly obvious that the target information for the Russian embassy was fed to the Saudis by the US CENTCOM. Not surprisingly then, as the Saudis hit and mostly destroyed the Russian consulate yesterday, the US then issued a swift U-turn on that previous statement, suddenly claiming, “We’re not providing them with targeting information.”

Apr 04 07:17

Freedom Rider: American Hell for Yemen

The U.S.-spawned whirlwind of carnage and destruction has wrecked the societies of Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, yet most Americans feel themselves blameless. “The people, the corporate media and the political system all accept that their government has the right to intervene in the affairs of other nations and that it is always right and moral in its claims.” They behave like zombified cogs in an imperial death machine.

Apr 04 07:11

Remove US military bases from Latin America: UNASUR Chief

Latin American countries should discuss removing all US military bases from their soil, a top official of integration organization UNASUR suggested

Apr 04 06:41

U.S. patriots launch ‘Counter Jade Helm’ protests in 15 states

Training for unrest in America?

Apr 03 22:48

8 Things Vietnam War Movies Leave Out (By an Enemy Soldier)

Even if your knowledge of the Vietnam War comes exclusively from Hollywood films and Texan textbooks that only refer to it as "that one the good guys lost," you've probably heard about the Viet Cong. They were a bunch of jungle-fighting guerrilla warriors who killed American boys via night-time ambushes and terrifying traps. Well, that's one side of the story.

Here's another: #8. We Weren't All Communists; We Just Wanted Independence, or Revenge......

Apr 03 20:30

Ukrainian lawmakers set to remove premier

Ukrainian lawmakers are set to remove the embattled country’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk over corruption charges.

The legislators will remove Yatsenyuk from his post through voting next week after a temporary investigative anti-corruption commission is established, Sergei Kaplin, the representative of the largest faction in the Ukrainian parliament, Petro Poroshenko Bloc, said on Friday.

Apr 03 17:12

Freedom Rider: American Hell for Yemen

The U.S.-spawned whirlwind of carnage and destruction has wrecked the societies of Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, yet most Americans feel themselves blameless. “The people, the corporate media and the political system all accept that their government has the right to intervene in the affairs of other nations and that it is always right and moral in its claims.” They behave like zombified cogs in an imperial death machine.

Apr 03 16:17

Asked By Veteran To Apologize For Horrors Of Iraq War, Karl Rove Says No

Karl Rove may be a lot of things, but being sorry for the 2003 invasion of Iraq is not one of them.

A 32-year-old Iraq war veteran confronted Rove at the University of Connecticut this week, calling on the former senior advisor to President George W. Bush to apologize for the horrors of that war and its lingering effects both at home and abroad.

Apr 03 11:31

Karl Rove tells Iraq veteran: ‘Sorry for what you went through,’ but I won’t apologize for the war

An Iraq war veteran confronted former White House adviser Karl Rove during a speaking engagement on Tuesday and demanded he apologize for the war, the Hartford Courant reported.

“I have taken responsibility for my actions and dealt with my demons while advocating for a peaceful resolution of a war that was an act of aggression with no clear goal,” said the former soldier, who identified himself as Ryan Henowitz. “Can you take responsibility and apologize for your decision in sending a generation to lose their humanity and deal with the horrors of war, which you have never had the courage to face? Will you apologize to the millions of fathers and mothers who lost their children on both sides of this useless war?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What an incredible piece of work this man is, absolutely, and contemptuously refusing to take responsibility for being one of the architects of a war which was, ultimately,all about Iraq's oil, and selling it only in US dollars!!

He and the rest of that unholy, sociopathic quintet, Bush, Rusmfeld, Rice, Cheney, should be shunned for the rest of their miserable lives for lying us into a war which absolutely shattered Iraq, and devolved into a horrific civil war between religious factions, which continues to this day.

But of course, their good buddies, companies like Haliburton, etc., made out like bandits, charging the US government exorbitant amounts of money for shoddy work that many times dissolved shortly after it had been built, and creating burn pits which they assured soldiers attending those pits that there were no safety issues. Many of these men and women are now in the grip of severe, life threatening health issues, and yet the US military will not acknowledge that the problems exist.

But hey, Turdblossom; (that isn't my creation; that was George Bush's nickname for him!!) Not one of the companies making huge war bucks off the Iraq war gave a damn about how many people got killed or maimed for life, as long as the money poured in.

You may have had a conscience at one point, but I would suggest you had it surgically removed, when you realized what an obstacle it is to making money.

And by the way, that last sentence quoted above is a complete and outright lie: " We should be proud of what we were able to do in Iraq and we should be sorry that we left them alone, because when we left them, things deteriorated.”

Does Rove think, for one moment, that Americans have forgotten Muktada Al Sadr, the Shiite Iranian cleric, who founded the Mahdi Army, and threatened that if all Americans were not out of Iraq by December 31, 2011, all American military and civilian contractors would be fair game?!?

It is apparent that the US military took this guy, and his military resources , at their word, and left Iraq.

Apr 03 11:29

Obama’s Dirty War on Yemen Murdering Civilians

Stephen Lendman
RINF Alternative News

Civilians suffer most in all wars. Yemen is no exception. Sanaa is becoming a ghost town.

One shopkeeper said "(t)here are very few people left here. Everyone has fled, and those who have stayed live alone without their families."

"So hardly anyone comes to buy anything anymore.Now I'm lucky if I make $20 a day."

Apr 03 11:29

Whistleblower Says US Keeping Him From Think Tank Work, as He “Might Comment on Prison Reform”

Kiriakou tweeted Wednesday that the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) — a subagency of the US Department of Justice that is responsible for operation of all federal prisons, including the one Kiriakou served time in — said it was “inappropriate” for him to work at the Institute of Policy Studies, a social justice think tank located in Washington, given his stated desire to work for reform of the US prison system.

Apr 03 10:45

PTSD - Bringing War Home - Jesse Ventura

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects 1 in 3 returning troops, and yet, only 40% of those will seek help. In this edition of Off The Grid, Jesse Ventura speaks with former marine & war correspondent David J. Morris, author of the new book “The Evil Hours.” The two discuss Morris’ own personal struggles with PTSD as well as our country’s misconception of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Apr 03 10:36

Obama's Dirty War on Yemen Murdering Civilians

Stephen Lendman
RINF Alternative News

Civilians suffer most in all wars. Yemen is no exception. Sanaa is becoming a ghost town.

One shopkeeper said "(t)here are very few people left here. Everyone has fled, and those who have stayed live alone without their families."

"So hardly anyone comes to buy anything anymore.Now I'm lucky if I make $20 a day."

"How can I pay my rent or even my electricity bills? If the situation stays like this then I'm sure I'll be out of business within days."

Apr 03 09:36

Google patents directed energy nanoparticle wearable device

For the record, Google has recently patented a wearable “nanoparticle phoresis” device with the World Intellectual Property Organization

Apr 03 09:14

The Mysterious Saudi Prince Leading The War In Yemen

He is the architect and very public face behind Saudi Arabia’s boldest military campaign in nearly 100 years. But Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s young, newly-minted defense minister, remains a virtually unknown figure at home and abroad.

Apr 03 09:11

A path toward Hamas-Fatah reconciliation: Grant Palestinian refugees the right to work in Lebanon

One imagines that few would question that intra-Palestinian divisions and rivalries have exacted a heavy toll on a majority of the more than 3.8 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants who are registered with the United Nations. These refugees out of the current nearly 12 million Palestinians whose country was illegally occupied in 1948 and each of whom possess, under international law the Full Right of Return to their country.

Apr 03 08:56

The Obama Arms Bazaar

With the end of the Obama presidency just around the corner, discussions of his administration’s foreign policy legacy are already well under way. But one central element of that policy has received little attention: the Obama administration’s dramatic acceleration of U.S. weapons exports.

Apr 03 08:30

Tunisia accuses Turkey of facilitating jihadists’ transit

Tunisia on April 2 accused Turkey of facilitating the transit of fighters bound for neighbouring Syria and Iraq, where thousands of its citizens have joined the ranks of jihadist groups.

The accusation by Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche comes just two weeks after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on tourists at the Bardo National Museum.

Tunisia says 3,000 of its citizens are fighting alongside jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and that 500 battle-hardened veterans have returned to the country where they are considered a security threat.

Apr 03 08:30

‘Army go, home!’: US military convoy confronted by more protests returning to German base

A US military convoy has completed its grand tour across Eastern Europe with over a hundred armored vehicles greeted by anti-war protesters at the gates of their base in the German city of Vilseck.

Since March 21, around 120 vehicles, mainly Stryker AFVs – which took part in the Baltic drills near the Russian border – drove 1770 kilometers through Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia and the Czech Republic.

The US military said that it was their longest road march across the territory of Europe since World War II.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a PR stunt, this has backfired big time!

Apr 03 07:53

SEC Rules Contractor KBR Used Confidentiality Agreements that can “Muzzle” Whistleblowers

SEC Rules Contractor KBR Used Confidentiality Agreements that can “Muzzle” Whistleblowers
One of the biggest U.S. government contractors has been exposed for using confidentiality agreements to “muzzle” its workers, particularly whistleblowers. KBR, formerly Kellogg Brown & Root, “prohibited employees who reported fraud from discussing the ‘subject matter’ of their allegations with anyone, including government auditors and investigators, without ‘specific authorization’ from the company. Employees were warned that if they violated the terms of the agreements, they could face “disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment,” according to Scott Higham of The Washington Post.

Apr 03 07:49

Graphic US Air Force ‘Songbook’ Celebrates Rape, Pedophilia, Bestiality

In a lawsuit filed in a Virginia federal court, four active-duty and former service women have called for the DoD to stop using convening authorities to judge if such cases go to court-martial.
A former military prosecutor who handled sexual assault cases in the Army was convicted of rape and sexual assault by a military grand jury in North Carolina.
© Flickr/ orangesparrow
Ex-Military Prosecutor Who Oversaw Rape Cases Convicted of Sexual Assault

The 130-page book includes drinking toasts and songs with obscene titles, such as “Pubic Hair,” “The Kotex Song,” “Will You Suck Me Tomorrow” and "Bye Bye Cherry."

"This is something that is used by Air Force officers today. These are the commanders who sing songs about raping women as fun," said retired Air Force Col. Don Christensen, president of Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group for military sex assault victims.

Apr 03 07:20

Cold War 2.0

In last month’s Anti-Empire Report I brought you the latest adventure of US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki trying to defend the indefensible. She said then: “As a matter of longstanding policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means,” which prompted me to inform my readers: “If you know how to contact Ms. Psaki, tell her to have a look at my list of more than 50 governments the United States has attempted to overthrow since the end of the Second World War.”

Apr 03 07:16

No Wonder Sexual Assault in the Military Is Epidemic

The headline reads: “Book of songs used by U.S. Air Force contains horrifying lyrics about rape, pedophilia and homosexuality.” And the headline is accurate. The 130-page songbook contains 70 songs with titles including Pubic Hair, The Kotex Song, Bestiality, and The S&M Man (set to the tune of The Candy Man, it describes sexually mutilating women). The book is bound to look like an official Air Force publication, but the bottom of its pages are labeled “For Unofficial Use Only.”

Apr 03 06:58

When the American people engage in a guerrilla war in the upcoming years, the American people have less than a 40% chance of success.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: When the American Revolution started, the Continental Army gave themselves far less of a chance to succeed, and King George III gave them none at all. History shows that such early assumptions have as much connection to reality as human-caused global warming!

Apr 03 06:57

Militarism: The world’s greatest scourge

As internationally acclaimed Canadian academic Michel Chossudovsky has pointed out, NATO’s aggressive expansion into Eurasia and the Middle East has brought about the possibility of a “World War Three scenario.” Since the Second World War, the USA and UK have deployed troops nearly every year: Between 1950 and 1991 the USA used or threatened to use force about 500 times.

Apr 03 06:50

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb?

I must start with a shocking confession: I am not afraid of the Iranian nuclear bomb.

I know that this makes me an abnormal person, almost a freak.

But what can I do? I am unable to work up fear, like a real Israeli. Try as I may, the Iranian bomb does not make me hysterical.

My father once taught me how to withstand blackmail: imagine that the awful threat of the blackmailer has already come about. Then you can tell him: Go to hell.

I have tried many times to follow this advice and found it sound. So now I apply it to the Iranian bomb: I imagine that the worst has already happened: the awful ayatollahs have got the bombs that can eradicate little Israel in a minute.

So what?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am totally in agreement. Iran should be allowed to have a nuclear bomb.

Let us start with the fact that Iran has not invaded another country in a war of aggression in over 200 years, standing in sharp contrast with Israel and the United States, which these days cannot seem to go three months without invading, bombing, drone striking, or overthrowing some other nation.

Then let us talk numbers. Let is suppose Iran has one or two nuclear weapons. Israel, now confirmed to have had nuclear weapons since the 1970s, has anywhere from 200 to 800 nuclear weapons, including hydrogen bombs that the US helped it develop, according to a recently declassified US document. Israel has so many nuclear weapons that they tried to sell one to the former government of South Africa, according to documents released by the new government of South Africa. The United States has thousands of nuclear weapons, enough to destroy the surface of planet Earth, and bounce the rubble for an encore. So if Iran had one or two nuclear weapons, they might put them in a museum or march them down the main street of Tehran in a military parade, but they are not going to attack either the US or Israel, because the end result would be Iran melted into a giant slab of green glass.

What an Iranian nuclear bomb does accomplish is to make it far more costly for either Israel or the United States to invade Iran. That the US and Israel want to attack Iran is no secret; both have been talking about such a plan for decades. Israel wants to smash a regional political rival (as they did in Iraq) while the US wants to restore Iran to US puppet rule in order to profit from Iran's oil. The push to prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon is not based on fears of an Iranian attack but fears of an Iran invulnerable to conquest. For the people of the world, already weary of war after 12 years, allowing Iran to have a nuclear deterrent seems like a good way to reduce the possibility of these wars expanding into an all out World War III in which nuclear weapons inevitably will be used by the US, Israel, and anyone else who has them.

And please keep in mind that despite all the talk about Iraq's non-existent nuclear weapons and Iran's non-existent nuclear weapons, only one nation has actually used nuclear weapons against the civilians of another country; the United States. If any nation should be barred from having nuclear weapons, we should start with the nation with a history of using them!

Apr 03 01:59

BEX ALERT - Russian military forces shift from fighting alongside Ukraine rebels to training them

FILE - In this Sunday, July 29, 2015, file photo, pro-Russian rebels ride on a tank flying Russia's flag on a road east of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

(*You know you're being BEXed when they're claiming to have a file photo from July 29, 2015 , on April 03 , 2015 !)

Apr 02 17:34

Militarism: The world’s greatest scourge

As internationally acclaimed Canadian academic Michel Chossudovsky has pointed out, NATO’s aggressive expansion into Eurasia and the Middle East has brought about the possibility of a “World War Three scenario.”

Apr 02 16:43

What God Wants, God Gets

God wants light. God wants mayhem. God wants a clean fight. God wants peace. God wants war. God wants famine. God wants chain stories. God wants sedition. God wants sex. God wants freedom. God wants Semtex. God wants boarders. God wants crack. God wants rainfall. God wants wetbacks. God wants voodoo. God wants shrines. God wants law. God wants organized crime. God wants crusade. God wants jihad. God wants good. God wants bad.

What God wants God gets

Apr 02 16:20

POLAR GROWL Strengthens Allied Interoperability, Essential Bomber Navigation Skills

Two B-52 Stratofortresses from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot (pronounced /MY-not/) Air Force Base, N.D., and a pair from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., completed today simultaneous, roundtrip sorties from their U.S. bases to the Arctic and North Sea regions, respectively.

The B-52 Stratofortress is capable of delivering large payload of precision nuclear or conventional ordnance over long ranges, while also providing decision makers the ability to rapidly project military power and generate decisive effects.

Apr 02 14:45

Why Iran Distrusts the US in Nuke Talks

The Iranians may be a bit paranoid but, as the saying goes, this does not mean some folks are not out to get them. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his knee-jerk followers in Washington clearly are out to get them – and they know it.

Nowhere is this clearer than in the surreal set of negotiations in Switzerland premised not on evidence, but rather on an assumption of Iran’s putative “ambition” to become a nuclear weapons state – like Israel, which maintains a secret and sophisticated nuclear weapons arsenal estimated at about 200 weapons. The supposed threat is that Iran might build one.

Apr 02 14:44

How the Pentagon Lost Track of $45 Billion Is… Ridiculous

Since 2002, Congress has set aside $104 billion specifically to rebuild Afghanistan. Of that, $66 billion went to the Pentagon.

Recently, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction asked the military to account for all that spending. It couldn’t. According to a new report from SIGAR, the Pentagon only knows how it spent a third of its reconstruction budget.

Apr 02 11:27

THE ENDURING REALITY OF GOVERNMENT BY WEALTH AND SOME OF ITS CONSEQUENCES

f you really want to understand the world in which we live – its endless wars, coups, interventions, and brutality towards great masses of people – you need to start with a correct understanding of the political machinery at work.

Apr 02 10:18

Romania will host NATO heavy arms if asked, as they support ‘every venture’ – bloc chief

A decision on whether Romania will host NATO’s heavy military equipment will soon be made public, General Philip Breedlove announced on his visit to Bucharest as the alliance’s armed armada parades through E. Europe as a “message of reassurance.”

Apr 02 10:05

Help USS Liberty vets billboard

San Diego on I-15 south near Mission Road

Apr 02 08:15

Mexico Is Arming Itself With U.S. Military Hardware

It’s not just money, of which the U.S. has provided $2.5 billion since 2008. The U.S. continues to supply Mexico with battle rifles, Humvees, helicopters and gobs of night vision gear. It all comes during an internal conflict that’s killed tens of thousands of people and is still extremely violent.

The country’s largest drug cartels have fragmented. Some cities?—?such as the border town of Ciudad Juarez?—?are considerably safer than a few years ago. However, rural areas continue to deteriorate, with smaller and more decentralized drug gangs kidnapping, extorting and killing with impunity.

But Mexico had been wary of buying weapons from the United States.

Apr 02 07:45

125,000 sign petition to try and stop Britain's oldest prisoner of war being evicted from his home

Britain's oldest prisoner of war is being forced out of his home of more than 50 years because a council says his care is too expensive

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