Apr 05 08:35

US Trains New Syria “Rebels”, State Dept Ends Clinton Emails Probe & 5 Other “Not April Fools”

By Baran Hines

Friday, American officials revealed multiple pieces of information important to the changing geopolitical situation while the internet seemed to take a break from alternative news for April Fools Day and the weekend. Many of the new revelations were disclosed during a press briefing for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. led coalition efforts to target Islamic State.

U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the operation, began Friday’s April Fools briefing with a summary of claims of success against Islamic State. Warren stated that U.S. efforts have been responsible for “dismantling their headquarters and disrupting their efforts to plan attacks here on the battlefields” during the targeting of “ISIL leadership” in Iraq and Syria. He also claims ISIS leadership has trouble enforcing the declared caliphate as they are “hunkered down with a degraded ability to shoot, move or communicate” due to U.S. coalition efforts.

Apr 05 08:06

Weapons control regime in Europe is dead, says Russia’s envoy to NATO

The deployment of a US tank brigade to Europe is yet more proof that international treaties on troop movements are not working, and that weapons control on the continent is dead, Russia’s permanent representative to NATO has said.

Apr 05 08:05

Azerbaijan tells Armenia to 'free occupied territories,' sends letters to UN, NATO, EU

Azerbaijan has set conditions for ceasefire in the troubled Nagorny-Karabakh region, saying that Armenia must withdraw from "occupied territories." Meanwhile, Armenia has said it would recognize the region's independence if the situation on the ground worsens.

Apr 05 08:04

Top Commodity: Russia Has Its Hands Full With S-400 Orders

Why is Russia working double-time churning out ever more S-400 anti-aircraft missiles? What bonuses did the Syrian campaign bring to Russia’s arms manufacturers and how will Russia’s missile forces benefit from the launch of a new plant in Nizhny Novgorod?

Apr 05 08:01

US Navy’s F-35 Conducts First 1,000-Pound Bomb Test

Surpassing $1 trillion, the F-35 program is the most expensive weapon program in history. Despite that high price tag, the aircraft has faced a number of problems. Major cyberattack vulnerabilities, technical issues with the jet’s propulsion system, and software problems related to the state-of-the-art helmets have all stalled the aircraft’s production.

Earlier tests also showed that the F-35 failed in mock dogfights against the aging F-16, the very jet the F-35 is meant to replace.

Writing for War on the Rocks last month, US Col. Mike Pietrucha expressed his doubts that the F-35 would ever stand up against Russian and Chinese defenses.

Apr 05 07:23

Report: VA unfairly denied services to 125K post-9/11 veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs is wrongfully denying services to roughly 125,000 post-9/11 veterans with other than honorable discharges, according to a joint study released Wednesday by two veterans advocacy groups and Harvard Law School.

Some veterans are missing out on benefits such as healthcare, housing help for the homeless and disability services, in part, because the VA’s own rules are in contravention of the original GI Bill of Rights passed by Congress in 1944, according to the study. That represents roughly 6.5 percent of post-9/11 veterans, including more than 33,000 who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Veterans who have served since 9/11 are being excluded from the VA at a higher rate than any other generation of veterans,” said Dana Montalto, the study’s author and a Liman Fellow with the Harvard Law School’s Veterans Legal Clinic. “They’re being denied very basic services.”

Apr 05 06:37

In a nutshell: NATO chief vows to make US allies ramp up defense bills citing ‘Russian aggression’

Following a meeting with US President Obama, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg lauded the block’s “biggest reinforcement since Cold War,” promising European members will step up defense spending, while listing an “assertive Russia” among the alliance’s chief threats.

Apr 05 06:36

DHS: FEMA to conduct full-scale exercise at NH nuclear power plant Friday

SEABROOK, New Hampshire (INTELLIHUB) — Under authority from the Department of Homeland Security and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, FEMA will be conducting a full-scale exercise at the NextEra Energy Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant this Friday.

Apr 05 06:27

Sanders and Trump Voters Are More Skeptical of War Than Clinton, Cruz Voters

A PEW POLL released this week finds that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders voters share a more skeptical view of U.S. military adventurism than Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton supporters.

On most other issues, Democratic and Republican voters find themselves diametrically opposed, but this issue splits each party.

Apr 05 06:12

Turkish President Erdogan announces support for Azerbaijan in Karabakh war

Turkish President Recep Erdogan stated that Turkey would support Azerbaijan in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

At the congress of the Red Crescent Society in Ankara, Erdogan expressed his firm belief that one day Karabakh would return to its real owner. Erdogan made it clear that Turkey had always been on the of Azerbaijan, and was not going to change this position.

Apr 04 13:14

The Cover-up of the Damning 9/11 Report Continues

Do Americans have the right to learn whether a foreign government helped finance the 9/11 attacks? A growing number of congressmen and senators are demanding that a 28-page portion of a 2002 congressional report finally be declassified. The Obama administration appears to be resisting, and the stakes are huge. What is contained in those pages could radically change Americans’ perspective on the war on terror.

Apr 04 12:52

Why Are Disproportionate Numbers Of Islamic Extremists Engineers?

In a wide-ranging article (highly recommended) in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dan Berrett address a new book on Islamic extremists by social scientists Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog, Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection Between Violent Extremism and Education (Princeton University Press). Berrett writes:


Apr 04 12:03

Military Forced To Reject Claim Falklands Left Vulnerable To Attack

British Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials have been forced to deny claims the Falkland Islands have been left vulnerable to attack because no British ships are stationed in the south Atlantic.

Following reports by the Independent claiming no Royal Navy ships had docked with the islands since November 2015, a spokesperson insisted the Falklands remain well protected.

Apr 04 11:41

Why US Neocons Consider Azerbaijan 'as Important' as Ukraine for Russia

After the fighting, both sides reported numerous victims and accused each other of breaking the ceasefire. However, who really stands behind the escalation of the frozen conflict, remains unclear.

The newspaper referred to US political expert Zbigniew Brzezinski who said the fate of Azerbaijan is closely connected with the fate of Russia. New violent clashes in the disputed regions could prove dangerous for Moscow especially given the fact that important oil and natural gas pipelines run through the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which suggests a third party might have fired the first few shots that broke the cease-fire.

Apr 04 11:39

Baku Threatens to Launch 'Powerful' Strikes Against Karabakh Capital

The Azeri defense minister will order artillery shelling of the capital of the self-proclaimed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Hankendi (Stepanakert), if the Armenian army continues to carry out artillery strikes against settlements of the territory of Azerbaijan, the Azeri Defense Ministry said Monday.

Apr 04 10:53

Ex-Iraqi Interpreter For US Army Abandoned, Stranded On Macedonia Border

Among thousands of refugees trapped on the Greek and Macedonian (FYROM) border there are some who qualify for asylum more than others.

Apr 04 10:09

Video: Azerbaijan Claims Ceasefire In Nagorny-Karabakh, Armenia Says Hostilities Continue

Azerbaijan has decided to unilaterally cease all hostilities in Karabakh, the country’s Defense Ministry said. It added it would resume military action if attacked.

Apr 04 10:08

Why Are There 12 American Generals Leading the War in Iraq That Doesn’t Exist?

But we thought there weren't going to be any boots on the ground? So why are there not one but TWELVE generals there??

Apr 04 10:06

Growing Provocation: US to Hold New Military Drills Near South China Sea

The US Navy reportedly plans to hold naval exercises not far from the disputed islands in the South China Sea in early April.

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still file image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy

This information appeared shortly after a conversation between Xi Jinping and Barack Obama, during which the Chinese leader warned other countries on the actions that could harm China's sovereignty.
Tensions continue to mount between the US and China with an escalation of aggressive posturing on both sides.

When exactly the military drills will begin and what ships will take part in it has yet to be reported. China has territorial disputes with countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government does appear to be hell-bent on provoking China into a war it cannot win.

And I say that, because at this point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to possibly do is absolutely no guarantee that it will not do it.

Apr 04 10:02

Trump Sparks NATO Debate: ‘Obsolete’ Or ‘Tripwire That Could Lead To World War III’?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed NATO on the campaign trail this week, saying he can live with breaking up the military alliance, which he calls “obsolete.”

Apr 04 09:19

U.S. Special Operations units are using faulty rifle sights

The U.S. government is aware of the problem and sued the sight’s maker in November for fraud, accusing the company, L-3 Communications, of covering up a variety of issues with the sight, which has been used by every branch of the military, the FBI, the State Department and local law enforcement.

The company quickly settled for $25.6 million. “A sight that ‘almost works’ is not acceptable,” said Naval Criminal Investigative Service Director Andrew Traver in a news release the day the settlement was announced.

But more than four months later, the equipment has not been recalled or replaced, say current service members and military officials.

Apr 04 08:25

Why the North Korean Regime Is Not Long for This World

At first glance you probably wouldn’t think that there is anything unusual going on in North Korea. Granted, compared to every other nation on Earth North Korea is a pretty unusual place, but their antics are fairly routine. Most of the time you won’t hear much about the country, but about once or twice a year they’ll start kicking and screaming like a toddler with nuclear weapons. They’ll threaten their neighbors and overseas enemies (that’s us) with destruction and beg for foreign aid, and maybe make a few high-profile executions before going dark again.

However, this round of provocations and demands is different.

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Apr 04 07:55

Growing Provocation: US to Hold New Military Drills Near South China Sea

The US Navy reportedly plans to hold naval exercises not far from the disputed islands in the South China Sea in early April.

Apr 04 07:50

Military Forced To Reject Claim Falklands Left Vulnerable To Attack

British Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials have been forced to deny claims the Falkland Islands have been left vulnerable to attack because no British ships are stationed in the south Atlantic.

Apr 04 07:48

Hillary Clinton: “If I’m President, We Will Attack Iran… We would be Able to Totally Obliterate Them.”

On July 3, 2015, presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton addressed a hand-picked audience at a Dartmouth College campaign event. She lied calling Iran an “existential threat to Israel… I hope we are able to get a deal next week that puts a lid on (its) nuclear weapons program.”

Even if we do get such a deal, we will still have major problems from Iran. They are the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism.

They use proxies like Hezbollah to sow discord and create insurgencies to destabilize governments. They are taking more and more control of a number of nations in the region and they pose an existential threat to Israel.

We…have to turn our attention to working with our partners to try to reign in and prevent this continuing Iranian aggressiveness.

Fact: US and Israeli intelligence both say Iran’s nuclear program has no military component. No evidence whatever suggests Tehran wants one. Plenty indicates otherwise.

Apr 04 07:46

Expensive Weapons of Mass Destruction: As Saudi and Allies Bombard Yemen, US Clocks up $33 Billion Arms Sales in Eleven Months

Sometimes even to the most towering cynic, American hypocrisy is more than breathtaking.

As they lambast their latest “despot”, Syria’s President Assad – a man so popular in his country and the region that the US Embassy in Damascus had, by the end of 2006, devised a plan to oust him (1) arms sales to countries where human rights are not even a glimmer on the horizon have for the US (and UK) become an eye watering bonanza.

Apr 04 07:46

Azerbaijan Launches Wide Scale Attack on Nagorno-Karabagh. Geopolitical Implications

Azerbaijan launched a full-blown attack on multiple positions of the Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh, NKR) contact line overnight on April 1-2. The Azerbaijani army employed tanks, military helicopters, drones, and various caliber weapons in an assault targeting the Line of Contact on the southern, southeastern, and northeastern fronts. The NKR Defense Army retaliated, and, according to the NKR Defense Ministry Twitter page, brought down two helicopters and two drones, and destroyed three tanks. There are multiple casualties on both sides. Civilians have also been targeted. According to reports, 12-year-old Vaghinag Grigoryan was killed in the Marduni region, while two other children were wounded, from a Grad BM-21 multiple rocket launcher attack.

Apr 04 07:44

How a $2.7 Billion Submarine Was Crippled by Defective Parts

A $2.7 billion attack submarine, the USS Minnesota, has been out of commission for more than a year because of a defective pipe joint near the ship’s nuclear-powered engine.

The defective part, which is worth about $10,000, was installed near the ship’s nuclear power plant. Engineers discovered the poorly welded steam pipe in early 2015, and ongoing repairs have led to the ship being stuck in overhaul ever since, according to Navy Times.

Apr 04 07:43

South China Sea: Japanese Warships Dock in Philippines Near Disputed Waters

A Japanese submarine and two destroyers have arrived to the major Philippine port of Subic located in the vicinity of the disputed South China Sea water routes, to uphold “peace and stability” in the region, the Philippine Navy have said.

Apr 04 07:36

Escalation of hostilities in disputed Nagorny-Karabakh

Violence on the border with Azerbaijan in Nagorny-Karabakh region escalated overnight on Saturday, reportedly with the use of tanks, artillery and military aircraft. Baku and Yerevan blame each other for triggering the hostilities.

Apr 04 07:33

'I Pray for Sanders' - Oliver Stone Condemns Clinton’s ‘Corrupt’ Policy

An Academy Award-winning movie director criticized former US State Secretary for contributing to almost every major conflict of recent decades and for refusing to accept the fact that “the Cold War” era is over.

Apr 04 07:12

Vietnam War at 50: Have We Learned Nothing?

Some 60,000 Americans were killed fighting in that war more than 8,000 miles away. More than a million Vietnamese military and civilians also lost their lives. The US government did not accept that it had pursued a bad policy in Vietnam until the bitter end. But in the end the war was lost and we went home, leaving the destruction of the war behind. For the many who survived on both sides, the war would continue to haunt them.

It was thought at the time that we had learned something from this lost war. The War Powers Resolution was passed in 1973 to prevent future Vietnams by limiting the president’s ability to take the country to war without the Constitutionally-mandated Congressional declaration of war. But the law failed in its purpose and was actually used by the war party in Washington to make it easier to go to war without Congress.

Such legislative tricks are doomed to failure when the people still refuse to demand that elected officials follow the Constitution.

Apr 03 15:58

Hack The Pentagon, Win $150,000

The US Department of Defense is calling for hackers to infiltrate the Pentagon – and offering a $150,000 prize to the winner.

The “Hack the Pentagon” competition asks digital locksmiths to try and penetrate the fortress’ security and find vulnerabilities.

Registration is now open and the pilot program runs from April 18 to May 12.

Apr 03 13:59

Pentagon Will Spend $317mn On Hi-Tech Cloth For US Army

The Pentagon has announced a $317-million initiative to develop high-tech textiles that will revolutionize US Army gear and offer American servicemen James Bond-like capabilities to sense chemical agents, change color and monitor the wearer’s health.

Apr 03 09:03

Azerbaijan Destroys 10 Armenian Tanks in Nagorno-Karabakh - Ministry

Armenia has lost 10 battle tanks during the intensified Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, according to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This feels like a repeat of the Georgian conflict a few years ago. The goal is to plunge that isthmus into war to prevent its being used by Russia when the US invades Iran.

Apr 03 09:01

Karabakh Defense Army liberates base captured by Azerbaijan in Talish direction

At dawn, in response to large-scale artillery shelling by Azerbaijani forces, the Defense Army undertook counteroffensive measures and dominated the strategic base in the direction of Talish, which was earlier occupied by Azerbaijani forces. The enemy suffered heavy losses, and was forced to retreat, informed the Press Service of the Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army.

Apr 03 08:55

IMF's Christine Lagarde: "When The World Goes Downhill, We Thrive"

"When the world around the IMF goes downhill, we thrive. We become extremely active because we lend money, we earn interest and charges and all the rest of it, and the institution does well. When the world goes well and we’ve had years of growth, as was the case back in 2006 and 2007, the IMF doesn’t do so well both financially and otherwise."
- Chrstine Lagarde

Apr 03 08:44

Surprise! America's Largest News Service Collaborated With Nazi Germany

According to a new and completely unsurprising academic study, the Associated Press published "material directly from Joseph Goebbels’s infamous propaganda machine" leading up to and during WWII, including anti-Soviet propaganda used to cover up some of worst crimes committed by Nazi Germany.

German historian Harriet Scharnberg discovered that "instead of printing pictures of the days-long Lviv pogroms with its thousands of Jewish victims, the American press was only supplied with photographs showing the victims of the Soviet police and ‘brute’ Red Army war criminals.”

Apr 03 08:41

Sputnik reporters shelled in Nagorny-Karabakh despite Baku’s claim of ceasefire

Sputnik Armenia news outlet journalists came under fire when entering the city of Martakert in Nagorny-Karabakh, the media says. The journalists weren’t injured.

According to social media reports, residents are leaving the city, which is some three kilometers from the frontline.

Apr 03 08:39

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Simulation of War

ussia has been very careful not to take sides in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in order not to upset the delicate balance, seeking closer relations with both countries and maintaining peace in the Caucasus, however Turkey and USA had professed their support for Azerbaijan, which may provide it with too much dangerous confidence. Incidentally, Azerbaijani president was visiting Washington during the break out of the new round of hostilities.

Apr 03 08:09

False flag alert raised to red! Neocons running scared

In this week’s False Flag Weekly News (watch it above – links to all the stories here) we began with a series of worrisome indications that the neocon 9/11 perps are planning a nuclear attack on the USA:

*In a recent interview, Dick Cheney predicted “another 9/11 style attack with much deadlier weapons. I’m worried if they use chemicals or biological agents or nuclear weapons […] it will be much worse if they find deadlier weapons.”

Apr 02 11:05

No Thank You For Your Service: The Fallacy Of Troop Worship

There is a pervasive idea in today’s American society that regardless of political philosophy or party affiliation, one must never criticize the members of the United States military. Conventional wisdom holds that we must appreciate the sacrifice soldiers have made to “fight for our freedom,” and even if one is against the war, they must always “support the troops.” This line of thinking is not coming solely from the pro-war crowd; many of those who consider themselves antiwar (or at least oppose a specific war or conflict) have the utmost regard for those who fight in them.

Apr 02 10:40

War: The Great Unmentionable In The 2016 US Elections

The most striking feature of the 2016 US election campaign is the virtual absence of discussion of what is by far the most serious issue facing the people of the United States and the world, looming over everything else: the escalating military conflict that threatens to plunge the entire planet into a new world war.

Apr 02 07:41

New British Empire? UK to re-establish military bases east of Suez

Flush military chiefs have been handed an £800-million budget boost as they consider new bases in the former British protectorate of Oman and beyond to re-establish its power east of the Suez Canal.

Apr 01 18:22

Eyewitness: How VA hospitals speed up veteran's demise.

Not sure how to post this and where, it is hoped that somebody will read it and do something with it:

Mike,you and others, yesterday, posted articles about the Veterans Administration hastening veteran's demise. They have done it for a long time.

Here is my husband's story which shows how it is being done - oh so 'lovingly.:

My husband, a Korean war (excuse me I meant 'Conflict') veteran entitled to VA services due to being injured while posted there in 1952) While he did not take advantage of those services until about 2000 when the first signs of Alzheimers or Dementia showed. Originally we went to the Fresno, CA VA hospital for a first diagnosis.
After moving to Arizona in 2001, I decided to take him to the local VA for regular check-ups, primarily so nobody could accuse the family for neglect, as we had been advised that not having such check-ups could result in possible criminal actions to be filed against us.

Apr 01 15:33

FLASHBACK 2013 - VA officials probe how its hospital treated blind Las Vegas veteran

The House Veterans Affairs Committee and local VA officials are probing allegations that staff at the VA Medical Center in North Las Vegas mistreated a blind veteran who was writhing in pain while she waited six hours for emergency care at the center on Oct. 22.

The long wait compounded by frustration with incomplete radiology orders and alleged rude treatment increased 78-year-old Sandi Niccum’s frustration to the point that she would pound her walking cane on the hospital floor.

“Several times she would just beat it on the floor and say, ‘Please somebody help me.’ But they didn’t. Nobody cared,” said Niccum’s friend, Dee Redwine, who was with her through the ordeal.

The Navy veteran, described by her aide, Shirley Newsham, as a “brittle diabetic,” had been a volunteer for the VA’s Visually Impairment Services Team for at least eight years. She died Nov. 15 at a local hospice.

Apr 01 14:19

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK - The U.S. Military Spent Millions Bringing Nine Italian Goats To Afghanistan

Is it true that rare Italian goats were airlifted to Afghanistan?

Did Defense Department employees go to carpet tradeshows in Europe? How about on jewelry-related trips to India?

These might seem like unusual questions for the Pentagon, but lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday were trying to figure out how, exactly, a task force spent about $638 million on economic development in Afghanistan.

And more importantly, as Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., put it: “Was it worth it?”

Apr 01 14:19

CIA Leaves Explosives On School Bus Borrowed For Training

For at least two days a school bus in northern Virginia has been carrying students with explosive material hidden in its engine compartment. The explosives fell out of a container, which was used by the CIA for training last week.

Apr 01 12:16

Beijing May Keep Nuclear Missiles on Ready Alert

As China develops its next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile, the military may also implement a new plan to keep the country’s nuclear arsenal on hair-trigger alert, ready to launch at a moment’s notice.

China’s nuclear deterrence strategy in the past has relied on patience, with a calm focus on long-term retaliation rather than immediate reprisal.

A military vehicle carries DF-21D missile past a display screen featuring an image of the Great Wall of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on September 3, 2015
China Set to Deploy Nuke-Equipped Ballistic Missile Capable of Reaching US
Under President Xi Jinping, that policy is about to change. Chinese military leaders are pursuing a new state of readiness which would keep the nation’s nuclear stockpile on ready alert, prepared to launch at the first sign of an incoming attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that someone in "Foggy Bottom" is keeping their eyes on this evolution in Chinese military thinking.

Apr 01 11:22

NATO: Worse Than ‘Obsolete’

In short, NATO expansion was – and is – a crony capitalist’s dream, albeit not the sort that gets the same amount of attention from “libertarian” critics of such boondoggles as the Ex-Im Bank, who regularly remind us that Boeing is the Bank’s biggest customer. Forgotten (or evaded) is the fact that Boeing (or Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics, etc.) gets billions whenever a new applicant is added to NATO’s ranks and has to modernizes its forces.

Apr 01 11:07

North Korea Will Pursue Nuclear Missile Program, Envoy Says

North Korea will pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile program in defiance of the United States and its allies, a top Pyongyang envoy said on Friday, adding that a state of “semi-war” now existed on the divided Korean peninsula.

So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, denounced the huge joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises taking place which he said were aimed at “decapitation of the supreme leadership of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)” and conquering Pyongyang.

North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test in January and launched a long-range rocket in February. The South Korean military said on Friday that North Korea had fired a missile into the sea off its east coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, through their stances and threats to North Korea, the US and South Korean governments have no one else to blame for the sharp uptick in North Korean government rhetoric on their nuclear development.

I mean, a military de-cap strike simulation against North Korea in the military drills South Korea and the US have been holding?!?

No one has to be Fellini to figure that one out, and it does appear, very clearly, that the US and South Korea are pushing toward war against North Korea before it does develop a thorough, nuclear weapon capacity.

Apr 01 10:56

US, South Korea and Japan united against North Korea: Obama

US President Barack Obama says America, South Korea and Japan are united against North Korea’s “provocations”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Barack.

Apr 01 10:15

Irradiated: Here’s how the US and its allies poisoned Iraq with radioactive and chemically toxic weapons

en the United States revealed in January that it is testing a more nimble, more precise version of its B61 atom bomb, some were immediately alarmed. General James Cartwright, a former strategist for President Obama, warned that “going smaller” could make nuclear weapons “more thinkable” and “more usable.”

This story first appeared at the Washington Spectator.

However, what is little known is that for the past 25 years, the Unites States and its allies have routinely used radioactive weapons in battle, in the form of warheads and explosives made with depleted, undepleted, or slightly enriched uranium. While the Department of Defense (DOD) calls these weapons “conventional” (non-nuclear), they are radioactive and chemically toxic. In Iraq, where the United States and its partners waged two wars, toxic waste covers the country and poisons the people. U.S. veterans are also sick and dying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; all this has been done in your name, and with your tax dollars, folks.

Doesn't it make you proud to be an American, to understand that your government lied you into a war with horrific human consequences, to control Iraq's oil, and the currency in which it was sold?!?

The US government seriously needs to rethink how it goes about expropriating foreign resources to which it has no moral right; otherwise, the entire planet, and its people, may well shattered by future US military "misadventures".

Apr 01 10:06

VA drives veteran to attempt suicide by constantly canceling his mental health appointments: report

Veterans Affairs hospital in San Diego, California, is under fire for driving a veteran to try and take his own life by repeatedly canceling his mental health appointments, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The veteran had three or four appointments cancelled on him in a row before he attempted suicide at a VA clinic, the Union-Tribune further reports. These instances were only the most recent leading up to his crisis — the VA cancelled appointments on him with only a day’s notice, with increasing frequency, between 2013 and 2014.

The incident was part of a report released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that also found employees at the facility manipulated data to falsely report that they scheduled 700 appointments with zero-day wait times — a feat the Union-Tribune reports is impossible. The report follows a scandal in which wait times in Phoenix, Arizona, were falsified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How dare the VA treat our Vets this way?!? Their entire management structure needs to be sacked, immediately, for this callousness.

This kind of treatment of our Vets is so wrong, on so many levels, I just do not know where to begin.

As much as I decry wars as an answer to the US government's geopolitical issues, I absolutely must insist that our Veterans consistently get the best possible level care; this country owes it to them, for what they have been put through.

Apr 01 09:07

Watch Obama fail to acknowledge THIS Marine before embarking presidential helicopter

On May 4, 2013, President Obama failed to acknowledge a United States Marine as the president boarded Marine One, the presidential helicopter.

Apr 01 08:42

All Quiet in the Eurasian Front

Iran will once again be discussed at the UN Security Council. The reason: recent ballistic missile tests, which according to the West, are “capable of delivering nuclear weapons” – an alleged violation of the 2015 UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

This is bogus. Tehran did test-launch ballistic missiles in early March. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei stressed missiles were key to Iran's future defense. Ballistic missiles have nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear program; and yet Washington kept bringing it to the table during the manufactured nuclear crisis.

Mar 31 18:39

The Wounded Phoenix of Palmyra

As DGAM explains to visitors, while ISIS terrorists target treasures and encourage looting and illicit trafficking to fund their operations, claiming that they consider that statues are idols against their ideologies and, consequently, they do not trade with them. But part of the reality is that ISIS could not find many of the artifacts given that DGAM with the help of the local population had already evacuated them.

Mar 31 15:46

How US-Backed War On Syria Helped ISIS

Why are Islamic militants wreaking havoc from Brussels to Lahore? The best way to answer this question is by taking a close look at how The New York Times covered this weekend’s liberation of Palmyra from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State.

Mar 31 15:46

China Set to Deploy Nuke-Equipped Ballistic Missile Capable of Reaching US

As Chinese President Xi Jinping meets counterparts in Washington DC for the Nuclear Security Summit, military experts suggest that Beijing could soon be in possession of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

Mar 31 15:13

The CIA And The Pentagon Are Shooting At Each Other

Not so very long ago, Dick Cheney announced with his bare face hanging out that the vice president’s office was not part of the executive branch of the federal government. He coughed up this preposterous hairball because he didn’t want to give his official papers to the National Archive, as is required by several federal laws.

Mar 31 15:04

Prisoners of War

The Continental Congress ultimately accepted responsibility for the administration of prisoners of war, but gave broad authority on the matter to the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington.

Washington took an active role in the prisoner situation and was a constant advocate for the fair treatment of prisoners.

With few facilities to accommodate large numbers of prisoners, both the Americans and the British participated in prisoner exchange. Though Washington was actively involved in these matters, he appointed commissaries to handle the day-to-day details.

Mar 31 14:38

Military Charity Spent Just 2% Of Its Annual Revenue On Veteran Grants

Our Local Heroes spent only 2 percent of its £500,000 budget in 2015 on grants for veterans, according to the UK’s charity watchdog.

The charity spent £155,000 on office space and wages for eight employees, but a mere £10,000 went to actual veterans in need.

Mar 31 12:51

Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing deploying to South Korea

Several hundred members of the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing will deploy to South Korea in April, the Minnesota Air National Guard announced Thursday.

The deployment involves about a dozen F-16s and about 300 members of the 148th. They'll be deploying to Osan Air Base, about 40 miles south of Seoul, South Korea, starting the week of April 10. Officials did not immediately announce how long the deployment is slated to last.

Mar 31 12:47

Pentagon Warns of Killer Robot Threat (From Other Countries Of Course)

By Nicholas West

As the global drone arms race proceeds, we are now reaching the threshold where the competition to acquire drones is about to transform into who has the most, who has the most lethal, and who can properly incorporate autonomous functions to build the next generation of robotic warfare and dominate the planet.

As an indication of how close we are to runaway drone wars, one only has to observe the mainstream press treatment that the Pentagon has been receiving lately. The Washington Post has been leading the way as the platform for the Pentagon’s new round of “revelations” about their own capabilities and what they expect the future battlefield could look like if enemy threats aren’t fully addressed...

Mar 31 12:18

Scouting For Business? British Royal Navy To Head Gulf Task Force Amid UK Trade Push

Britain will lead a joint maritime force in the Gulf from April alongside forces involved in the brutal war in Yemen, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Kuwait. The announcement comes amid a UK business charm offensive.

Mar 31 12:03

Over 125,000 Veterans Denied Benefits By The VA – Report

Tens of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with less-than-honorable discharges, many with physical and mental injuries, were being denied care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, claims a new report by a veterans’ advocacy group.

Mar 31 10:26

US to Increase Armored Brigades in Eastern Europe

In 2012, the Obama Administration cut a pair of army brigades from Europe, in an effort to save money and to shift forces to other more combat–heavy areas. In early 2017, after Obama leaves office, the brigades will return.

The Pentagon is now saying they intend to send rotations of armored combat brigades to Eastern Europe, bringing the continued presence of combat forces back to where it was in 2011.

NATO Supreme Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove touted the deployments, claiming they are a “strong and balanced” response to Russia’s “aggression.” Breedlove is among several NATO officials who have been claiming Russia might invade Eastern Europe, and have been pushing ever-more US troops for the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT alleged "Russian aggression"?!?!?

Russia has done nothing to antagonize the West, and this is pure codswallop, fabricated to "groom" the West toward supporting a potential NATO war against Russia, which would be a complete, utter catastrophe for NATO and the West.

And why do I say this?!?

I say this because the US and NATO do not have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; that's a fact.

Mar 31 09:18


The airport, located outside Gothenburg, received a bomb threat on Thursday morning. As a result, police were placed in high visibility areas, police spokesperson Peter Adlersson told Expressen.

A couple of "suspicious" plastic bags were later found in the domestic hall. The hall was subsequently cordoned off, Adlersson said.

"We have found a suspicious object at Landvetter and received a direct threat to our airport...right now it's a police operation and all other information is through the police," said Swedavia press officer Charlotte Periasamy.

Earlier reports on social media stated that an explosion had occurred at the airport.

However, according to Forex Live, it seems the reported blast was a controlled explosion of the two suspicious bags, conducted by authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, the Forex Live report is true, and security was able to do controlled demolition on these bombs, it appears that Europe dodged another bullet, and that security at this airport got people safely evacuated.

I am seeing no reports of deaths or wounded peopled, so hopefully, this is the case.

Also, no group has yet taken responsibility for this attempted bombing.

Mar 31 09:03

Nuclear Hacks: Trident Cyber-Defenses To Be Revamped Amid ISIS, Rogue-State Hacker Threat

Cyber-defenses protecting Trident nuclear weapons are to be updated amid concerns military computers and networks may be vulnerable to North Korean and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) hackers.

Mar 31 08:47

RED ALERT: Cheney warns of another 9/11 style attack as Dow soars above 17,746

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, who many believe had insider knowledge of, or even involvement with, the September 11, 2001 attacks, went on CNN Thursday to talk about his book titled “Exceptional — Why the World Needs a Powerful America,” co-a

Mar 31 08:34

Targeting America: The FBI, COINTELPRO, and Project Pedophile

In today’s COINTEL Program, one of the FBI’s favorite soft kill tactics is to label targeted individuals as pedophiles, rapists, sexual deviants or "mentally unstable" in order to isolate and destroy them

Mar 31 08:00

Video: Inside Old Palmyra: Exclusive Access To Ancient Relics After ISIS Flees

A clearer picture is emerging of the full scale of the destruction inflicted by Islamic State, on the ancient city of Palmyra.

Mar 31 07:55

Russia 'Has Revealed That Western Coalition's Syria Strategy is Broken'

The recent successes of the Syrian army, backed by Russian air power, have effectively exposed the defectiveness of Western powers' strategy in Syria, says Observador columnist Jose Milhazes.

Mar 31 07:00

Hundreds of Belgians joined terrorists to fight in Syria – Interior Ministry

The Belgian Interior Ministry has information on 386 Belgians who have participated in the Syrian war on the side of the terrorists, according to a recent state report, as quoted by Belgian newspaper Derniere Heure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which makes the Brussels bombing even more dubious.

Mar 31 06:54

The 6 Biggest Lies Used To Start Horrifying Wars

War is terrible. We're pretty sure we're not the first people in history to voice that opinion. However, you get the sense that it's at least waged over important things: territorial disputes, national security, assassinations, which starter Pokemon is best -- big, big stuff. But, wars are sometimes started by nothing much at all -- just a little lie, and then ...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All wars are started with some kind of lie or deception played on the people by their own rulers. Saddam's nuclear weapons is a recent example.

Keep this in mind in the coming weeks as the US tries to trick you into sending your kids to invade Syria (or anywhere else).

Mar 31 06:52

Is Trump Right About NATO?

I am "not isolationist, but I am ‘America First,’" Donald Trump told The New York Times last weekend. "I like the expression."

Of NATO, where the U.S. underwrites three-fourths of the cost of defending Europe, Trump calls this arrangement "unfair, economically, to us," and adds, "We will not be ripped off anymore."

Mar 30 18:47

Nuclear Hacks: Trident Cyber-Defenses To Be Revamped Amid ISIS, Rogue-State Hacker Threat

Cyber-defenses protecting Trident nuclear weapons are to be updated amid concerns military computers and networks may be vulnerable to North Korean and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) hackers.

Mar 30 17:16

'Dithering' Cameron Bans SAS From Hunting ISIS Chiefs

Britain’s fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is being derailed because of Prime Minister David Cameron’s refusal to let special forces hunt and kill jihadist leaders, military figures claim.

Mar 30 17:13

Russian soldier who called airstrike on himself while surrounded by ISIS is hero

I don’t know Aleksandr Prochorenko. I know nothing of his background or what his dreams and hopes were for the future. But I do know that he’s a hero who will never be forgotten, and that the cause for which he sacrificed his life is a righteous one.

It is a cause which Aleksandr Prochorenko shared with every other Russian servicemen on duty in Syria – along with the thousands of Syrian, Lebanese, Iranians, and Kurdish soldiers and volunteers. Despite seeing comrades, friends and family members killed and butchered over the past five years, they continue to fight and to risk all.

Mar 30 16:56

Battle-Scarred: 85% Surge In Military Personnel Phoning Helpline

Desperate calls to a helpline used by serving and former military personnel have surged by 85 percent, according to an armed forces charity.

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) said many callers have problems with mental health, work, housing and relationships.

Mar 30 15:03

Vets Being Denied VA Care At Higher Rate Than EVER Before

The rising proportion of ineligible veterans is largely due to the military’s increasing reliance on other-than-honorable discharges, which have been used as a quick way to dismiss troubled men and women who might otherwise qualify for time-consuming and expensive medical discharges.

Mar 30 15:00

Donald Trump Nazi / KKK Connections Leaked

During his rant, Alex Jones -- nearly foaming at the mouth -- ripps-of his shirt. Watch until the end. He is just being facetious.

Mar 30 14:05

Pentagon Said US to Increase Iraq Troop Presence, but Forgot to Tell Obama

Friday the Pentagon sent mixed messages regarding the possibility of an increase in US forces to combat Daesh in Iraq only days after revelations the Defense Department was underreporting the current troop presence in Iraq.

Mar 30 12:31

DEA's $86 million plane bought to fly missions in Afghanistan is still grounded seven years later... and the agency had since ceased aviation operations there 

A specialized plane bought by the Drug Enforcement Administration to fly missions in Afghanistan - costing taxpayers $86 million - has remained grounded for seven years, a report revealed.

The drug agency bought the plane seven years ago to fly surveillance and counter-narcotics missions is still grounded in Delaware and will likely will never fly in Asia, according to a scathing audit released on Wednesday.

The review by the Justice Department's inspector general, which was spurred by a July 2014 whistleblower's report, found that the Global Discovery program to modify the ATR 42-500 aircraft to provide the DEA with advanced surveillance capabilities was supposed to be completed in December 2012.

But the project, part of an agreement with the Defense Department, has been plagued by missteps costing the agencies four times the initial estimated cost.

Mar 30 11:09

Former Bush Official Just Confirmed That Our Wars Are for Corporate Interests

By Claire Bernish

“I think Smedley Butler was onto something,” Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former George W. Bush administration heavyweight, told Salon in an exclusive interview.

Major General Smedley Butler earned the highest rank in the U.S. Marine Corps, accumulating numerous accolades as he helped lead the United States through decades of war. He later became an ardent critic of such militarism and imperialism.

“War is a racket,” Butler famously said, and Wilkerson — who has also turned critical of U.S. imperialist policy — agrees with and admires the esteemed Marine...

Mar 30 10:11

NATO Warns Europe To Prepare For War With Russia

NATO’s top commander has warned Europe to beef up its air defenses over the Baltics in anticipation of a Russian invasion.

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Mar 30 08:02

Terrorism: Then & Now

Bombs explode in a subway. The victims are everyday people who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. What follows is outrage: track down the perpetuators. The people who set off the bombs are monsters and inhuman fanatics, thunder the authorities.

Mar 30 07:00

The 6 Biggest Lies Used To Start Horrifying Wars

War is terrible. We're pretty sure we're not the first people in history to voice that opinion. However, you get the sense that it's at least waged over important things: territorial disputes, national security, assassinations, which starter Pokemon is best -- big, big stuff. But, wars are sometimes started by nothing much at all -- just a little lie, and then ...

Mar 29 15:59

Canadian Liberal Government To Implement Military Spending Hikes

In presenting its first budget last week, Canada’s Liberal government reaffirmed its election pledge to retain its Conservative predecessor’s plan to hike base military spending by 1 percent per year for nine years beginning in 2017. When inflation adjustments are included, this will amount to 3 percent annual military-spending increases through 2026.

Mar 29 15:52

Muslims Are Standing Up To Extremism

Following every Islamist terror attack on a Western soft target, like the recent one in Brussels, we hear the same refrain from certain corners: “Why won’t Muslims stand up to Islamic extremism?” The rhetorical question is meant to imply its own answer: that Islam is unavoidably a religion of violence which impels its adherents to at least sanction terrorism, if not partake in it.

Mar 29 14:46

Neocon War Hawks Have Always Backed Hillary Clinton

The neoconservative Right would have you believe this election affords them a uniquely tough choice. On the one hand, there’s Hillary Clinton, liberal bogeywoman and hated embodiment of the Democratic establishment. On the other, there’s Donald Trump, who has repeatedly called the Iraq war a mistake, accused the Bush administration of lying to drag the United States into said war, claimed he would be “neutral” in his dealings with Israel and just recently sketched out an “unabashedly noninterventionist approach to world affairs” for the Washington Post editorial board.

Mar 29 14:44

The Drone Program Ponzi Scheme: Systematic Mass-Murder

I was disturbed to learn of the recent mass killing by the US government of yet another group of brown-skinned persons of unknown identity, this time in Yemen. Only two weeks ago, reports surfaced of a mission in Somalia which culminated in the deaths of an estimated 150+ terrorist suspects. The victims in Yemen, as is customary, were identified post-mortem as persons all of whom posed an “imminent threat” to US forces and allies. The estimated number of deaths in Yemen from the attack on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, is more than 50, with nearly as many people harmed. None of the dead were civilians, according to US officials.

Mar 29 14:17

Extremist Cell Behind Attacks In Brussels And Paris Is Being ‘Annihilated’

Punctuated with gunfire and explosions, a new series of anti-terrorism raids unfolded Friday in the Belgian capital as the French president declared that the extremist cell behind Tuesday?s bombings in Brussels and the attacks last November in Paris was being ?annihilated.?

Mar 29 12:53

The child born in to war… then starved to death: Five-month-old baby who only ever knew suffering becomes the latest to die from hunger in war-torn Yemen

Born in to war and starving to death, these pictures show the shocking condition of a tiny baby two days before he died of malnutrition in Yemen.

Udai Faisal was born five months ago, as warplanes were launching airstrikes on his village, Hazyaz, a shantytown on the southern edge of Sanaa.

But as war devastated the impoverished region, his family were faced with an ever increasing battle against starvation, eating once a day amid soaring food prices and limited supplies.

Udai's skeletal body finally broke down under the ravages of hunger leaving his limbs looking like twigs, his cheeks sunken and his eyes dry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Don't look at me! It's all the fault of the Yemeni people for refusing to live under US puppet rule!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 29 12:51

Want To Fight Terrorism? Get out of the Middle East, and stop the immigration

It’s too late for the Europeans, who are now forced to sleep in the bed they so assiduously made. It isn’t too late for America: we can learn the lesson of Brussels if only we have the will to do so.

Mar 29 12:16

Too Many Wars for the US to Handle, Admits US General Dunford

The US military’s command and control is not currently organized to handle future conflicts that cross geographical regions and integrate all domains of combat, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said in a speech on Tuesday.

Mar 29 11:55

Is Joining the Military the Right Thing to Do?

Is joining the military the right thing to do when the military regularly kills innocent civilians? Is joining the military the right thing to do when the military carries out an aggressive and reckless U.S. foreign policy?

Mar 29 11:03

Pentagon and State Department order families of U.S. troops and diplomats to leave Turkey

The United States will withdraw virtually all family members of U.S. troops and diplomats from its installations in Turkey, U.S. officials said Tuesday, citing security concerns as the campaign against the Islamic State continues.

The military decision was announced on the blog for U.S. European Command, which also instituted travel restrictions in Brussels last week after a terrorist attack killed 38 people, including three suicide bombers. At least four Americans were killed and about a dozen more were wounded, including an Air Force officer who was stationed in Europe and members of his family.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever the motivation which led to these decision, it cannot bode well for peace in the Middle East.

And how in heaven's name can Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove characterise the Turkish government as "our strong Ally Turkey in the fight against terrorism", when Turkey's government has been working with ISIS to bring ISIS troops back and forth through the Syrian border into Turkey, and collaborating in the selling of stolen Syrian oil!!!

In what upcoming military operation are the US forces going to be supporting Turkey, and how soon?

We know that John Brennan, the US's CIA head, was in Moscow earlier this month, attempting to convince Russian officials that regime change in Syria was the only way forward. Reuters.com reported this little factoid today:

The director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency raised the issue of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaving power when he visited Moscow at the start of March, RIA news agency said on Monday, citing the U.S. Embassy in Russia. CIA Director John Brennan also discussed the observance of the ceasefire in Syria, the news agency said. The CIA director reiterated to Russian officials that American support for a "genuine political transition in Syria," which would involve "Assad's departure in order to facilitate a transition that reflects the will of the Syrian people," the statement said.

And BTW, we know that the Syrian people's "will" was reflected the last time Al-Assad was re-elected, because in a free and fair election, he was overwhelmingly re-elected in a landslide.

We know that Secretary of State Kerry went to Moscow, last week, still preaching regime change in Syria, but was completely rebuffed; so what is the US government prepared to do now?!?

This evacuation of US military families and consular families in Turkey has a cold chill running down the back of my spine; it feels like something wicked this way comes, regarding Syria.

Mar 29 09:23

Terrorism: From The Irish Dynamite War To The Islamic State

The year 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Irish Easter Rebellion. Throughout the year I will try to revisit some of the lessons of Ireland’s struggle for freedom.

Bombs explode in a subway. The victims are everyday people who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. What follows is outrage: track down the perpetrators. The people who set off the bombs are monsters and inhuman fanatics, thunder the authorities.

Mar 28 15:23

The Risk Of Overreacting To Terror

Republicans are denouncing President Obama for not reacting to the Brussels terror attacks by dropping everything and rushing back to Washington, but ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar says overreacting can be a bigger mistake.

Mar 28 14:10

Speaking of "America first" -- Charles Lindbergh's - September 11, 1941 Des Moines Speech

Charles Lindbergh's speech to the America First Committee on September 11, 1941 (same day as the ground-breaking ceremony for the Pentagon).

Mar 28 12:32

Trump: Fighting Assad And ISIS At The Same Time Is “Idiocy;” Allies Are Funding Terrorists

His anti-immigration stance fits perfectly with the events unfolding across Europe and his “knock the hell out of ISIS” line resonates with voters who, no matter how much they distrust the government, would rather focus on whether liberals plan to take their guns or the NSA is monitoring their phone than they would on whether the good folks at Langley might have created the terror groups that now threaten to infiltrate and attack Western targets.

Mar 28 11:16

Politicians push for war as the way out of economic troubles

One listens to the talking points and watches the movements “on the ground,” and eventually comes to the realization that a kind of World War III is being organized.

Such a war, if ever delivered, would be a catastrophe, and certainly would not result in the economic benefits we are instructed that World War II provided after its conclusion.

This is Blair’s second major statement in a matter of days on international issues. In a previous article, we covered Blair’s recent statements to the BBC regarding “flabby liberalism.”

Blair warned then that he is setting off on a crusade that would result in creating international policies against “extremism and intolerance.”

In this article, he sounds more directly militant. And his viewpoints are supported by a recent article over at ZeroHedge entitled, Japan’s Finance Minister Accidentally Reveals How It All Ends: “War.”

Mar 28 11:16

‘Christian’ Ted Cruz celebrates Resurrection of Christ by calling for killing of innocent civilians

And as we remember the gift of salvation on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, let us be so bold to ask the same,” Cruz said in a statement on Good Friday. Yet, on Easter Sunday, Cruz was singing a different tune, doubling down on his desire to “carpet bomb” the Middle East.

Mar 28 09:42

Declassified Emails Reveal NATO Killed Gaddafi to Stop Libyan Creation of Gold-Backed Currency

In spite of French-led U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 creating a no-fly zone over Libya with the express intent of protecting civilians, one of the over 3,000 new Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department on New Year’s Eve, contain damning evidence of Western nations using NATO as a tool to topple Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. The NATO overthrow was not for the protection of the people, but instead it was to thwart Gaddafi’s attempt to create a gold-backed African currency to compete with the Western central banking monopoly.

Mar 28 08:29

SHOCK REPORT: Anti-Terrorism Spending in US 50,000 Times More than Any Other Cause of Death

By Justin Gardner

The 2016 presidential election, in keeping with the American tradition of a two-party dictatorship, is looking to be a choice between a modern-day fascist and a thoroughly corrupt, lying war monger. As mainstream media cheers on the failure of democracy, the candidates go on telling us how they will spend the money that is taken from us through a convoluted system of taxation rigged to benefit the corporatocracy.

This warped system of revenue collection is complemented by an equally warped system of spending. The practice of lawmakers bringing home pork was highlighted by the infamous “bridge to nowhere,” but in terms of how government spends money on saving lives, we find its priorities in a truly backward state.

A statistical analysis found that more than $500 million spent per victim on anti-terrorism efforts, while about $10,000 is spent per victim on cancer research...

Mar 28 06:59


China has ordered its armed forces to end all paid outside work within the next three years as part of a push to make the world's largest standing military more professional and battle ready.

Mar 28 06:07

WTC South Tower powered down for 36 hours just days before attack, security deactivated on floors 50 and up, many suspicious workers seen coming and going during blackout

A data center worker by the name of Scott Forbes, who was employed from 2009 to September of 2001 by Fiduciary Trust Company International, who’s data center was located on

Mar 27 22:28

Lawmakers Want Answers Why VA Stripped 260,000 Vets of Gun Rights

"Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy."
— Henry Kissinger

Mar 27 15:16

Human Experimentation Rampant in the United States

By Janet Phelan

In an article in the New Republic in December, 1998, former UNSCOM leader Scott Ritter decried Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons experiments on human subjects. Wrote Ritter,

"We had received credible intelligence that 95 political prisoners had been transferred from the Abu Ghraib Prison to a site in western Iraq, where they had been subjected to lethal testing under the supervision of a special unit from the Military Industrial Commission, under Saddam’s personal authority."

The stance of the United States and her allies has always been that such experiments bear the watermark of a brutal dictatorship and are never engaged in by the free world.

So when Abu Ghraib again hit the news in 2004, concerning the ongoing torture of prisoners by US forces, the US was swift to act in condemning the reports as constituting isolated incidents and not reflective of US policy. However...

Mar 27 12:04

Refugee Crisis: Using Chaos To Build Power

While the establishment’s demands on Europe to accept millions of Middle Eastern refugees have been couched in “humanitarian” rhetoric, the real agenda is nothing of the sort. Rather than helping out their fellow human beings, globalist forces actually created the refugee crisis and the suffering behind it. And they are using it to advance multiple, related agendas — primarily globalism and statism. That the crisis is being exploited to undermine Western culture, national sovereignty, and even nationhood itself is now beyond dispute. Top globalists are openly bragging about it.

Billionaire globalist and open-borders zealot George Soros, in denouncing European officials trying to control the human tsunami coming across their borders, similarly declared, “Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.”

Mar 27 07:39

Japan's Finance Minister Accidentally Reveals How It All Ends: "War"

While this all started with a currency "war," it seems - according to a stunningly candid transcript of Japan's finance minister's conversation with none other than Paul Krugman - that the real endgame here is actual war. Aso remarked that "a similar [deflationary mindset] had occurred in the US in the 1930s. What solved the question? War! Because World War II had occurred during the 1940s and that became the solution for the United States. [We] have to switch [the Japanese] mindset... we are looking for the trigger."

Mar 27 07:24

Hillary Clinton's record is a monument to mendacity

In response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for the creation of a "new, unified, European border and coast guard” in order to protect a European continent that is under "unprecedented pressure from refugees and migrants.” She also said that she would like to see a bigger investment in defense and security from European countries, claiming "there is also more they can do to share the burden with us."

Clinton’s call for a militarized EU reflects with a growing among political and military hawks in Washington that the solution to the destabilization of the Middle East, rooted in the disastrous military interventions staged by Washington and its allies over recent years, is the destabilization of Europe.

Mar 27 06:54

Neoconservativism in a Nutshell

If I were asked to boil down neoconservatism to its essential elements—that is, those that have remained consistent over the past nearly 50 years—I would cite the following:

a Manichean view of a world in which good and evil are constantly at war and the United States has an obligation to lead forces for good around the globe.

a belief in the moral exceptionalism of both the United States and Israel and the absolute moral necessity for the U.S. to defend Israel’s security.

a conviction that, in order to keep evil at bay, the United States must have—and be willing to exercise—the military power necessary to defeat any and all challengers. There’s a corollary: force is the only language that evil understands.

the 1930s—with Munich, appeasement, Chamberlain, Churchill—taught us everything we need to know about evil and how to fight it.

democracy is generally desirable, but it always depends on who wins.

Mar 27 06:53

‘Russia at war with Anglo-Saxon media’ – Putin spokesman

One of the main reasons Russia has a “bad” global public image is the ongoing information war being waged by Anglo-Saxon media, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said, while blaming Turkey’s leadership for a deadlock in relations.

Mar 26 13:45

Watch A Saudi Ambassador Squirm Through A Brutal Interview

When Al Jazeera presenter Mehdi Hasan asked the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United Nations why he supports democratic elections in Syria but not in the country he represents, the response that followed was cringeworthy.

Mar 26 12:04

"Dirty Bomb" Fears Rise As Belgian Nuclear Facilities Seen As Vulnerable To ISIS Attacks

Hours after brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El-Bakraoui and two other men (one of whom may or may not have been bombmaker Najim Laachraoui) detonated explosives-laden vests and luggage at the Brussels airport and metro murdering nearly two dozen people and wounding scores more, we were alarmed but not entirely surprised to see Belgium evacuate the Tihange nuclear power plant.

“A small video camera stashed in a row of bushes silently recorded the comings and goings of the family of a Brussels-area man with an important scientific pedigree last year, producing a detailed chronology of the family’s movements,” Foreign Policy wrote, late last month. “At one point, two men came under cover of darkness to retrieve the camera, before driving away with their headlamps off, a separate surveillance camera in the area revealed later.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; is the media attempting to "groom" the public for an horrendous "false flag", consisting of a detonation of a dirty bomb somewhere, to be blamed on ISIS?!?

Mar 26 11:38

Joint Chiefs Chairman: More US Combat Troops Headed to Iraq Soon

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford told reporters today that the US will be sending a significant number of new combat troops to Iraq in the weeks to come, saying a series of recommendations have been drawn up, and it’s just a question of exactly which is approved.

This will mark the latest in a series of US escalations in Iraq, which have put the US far above the 3,870 soldier limit they negotiated with Iraq. Pentagon officials concede the number of troops in Iraq is closer to 5,000 now, though the exact figure is not being disclosed.

Yet the Pentagon seems to be in a never-ending scramble to add more troops, sometimes only a few dozen at a time, sometimes a few hundred. Sending relatively small numbers each time has kept the individual deployments sparsely covered in the US press, and this avoids significant debate over the transition from a “no boots on the ground” war toward one in which thousands of US troops are at or near the front lines.

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You have to appreciate the timing of this announcement; on Good Friday, right before the Easter weekend, most probably, to keep press attention at a minimum.

However, I do know one person, the Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr, who is beginning to get very politically active again.

And if you do not remember who he is, let me refresh your memory; he was the man ultimately in charge of the Mahdi Army in Iraq, and the gentlemen who told the American military that if they did not leave Iraq precisely when stipulated by the SOFA agreement, that our American troops would be "fair game" for his militia.

And it is interesting to note that the article right below the above article, featured at antiwar.com, comes the following, reported from the unz review, and states:

Some 200 Iraqi political figures and members of foreign embassies have fled the Green Zone in Baghdad fearing that it may be invaded by hundreds of thousands of protesters enraged by the corruption and incompetence of the Iraqi government. The demonstrators are followers of the radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who once fought the US occupation and has re-emerged over the past month as the one leader who can tap into popular rage against a kleptocratic elite that many Iraqis see as having ruined their country. Furious crowds outside the Green Zone, which has become a symbol of the isolation and luxurious lifestyle of the Iraqi leadership, have been shouting: “Let’s get rid of them, they are all thieves.”

Now, if Al Sadr is NOT able to get the Iraqi government to agree to his demands for an end of corruption in the 45 days he has allotted them, what do you think will happen then?!?

So the BIG question, which no one wants to answer, but must be asked is: how long would it take Al Sadr to "get the band back together"; that is, how long would it take him to reconstitute the Mahdi Army?!?

The short answer is, not long at all.

I think the result, unfortunately, may be pretty ugly for our troops recently deployed to Iraq, and the Iraqi government itself.

And why?!? Because the US government and our military will then be put in a position of defending a corrupt government which absolutely does not care for the welfare of its own people.

The bottom line here is, if the US government cannot influence the current Iraqi government to make at least some of the changes the Iraqi people are demanding, we may well see a popular revolution against both the current Iraqi government and the United States, with Moqtada al Sadr ultimately at the head of a newly formed Iraqi government.

But unfortunately, this is precisely the kind of outcome one can readily expect from an American government and military which are pathologically incapable of thinking anything through to its logical conclusion before they ...do something.

Mar 26 11:36

Analysis of Russia’s Aerospace Forces: The Return of the MiG Fighters

The renewed interest in MiG fighters serves several interests. The Sukhoi aircraft are all large, powerful, long-ranged aircraft, so much so that they are “overkill” in many situations, including close air support and providing battlefield air cover. Their presence would release the Sukhois for longer-ranged missions where their performance is crucial. The MiG-35 is also more than a match for most of the F-16 variants which represent the bulk of NATO’s fighter force and will continue to do so for decades to come, so they provide a useful boost to Russia’s tactical aircraft numbers at lower operating costs than the Sukhois.

The final reason has to do with Russian defense industry policy which seeks to avoid excessive consolidation. The problems associated with the F-22 and the F-35 are a direct consequence of Lockheed-Martin having a de-facto monopoly on fighter design in the United States. The JFX competition which led to the F-35 was a sham for which the Boeing design was not developed to win but rather to hone technologies to be used in Boeing’s own monopoly, namely unmanned combat aerial vehicles. Therefore the USAF now has no choice but to pay however many billions of dollars Lockheed-Martin demands, and accept a substandard product, because it literally has no alternative.

Mar 25 22:24

Muslims Are the VICTIMS of “Between 82 and 97% of Terrorism-Related Fatalities”: US Government

The Little-Known Secret to Destroying ISIS Propaganda
ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on Westerners is evil.
And as a white American from a Judeo-Christian background, I am repulsed by the fact that ISIS is targeting Christians in Syria and Iraq with brutal murder … including crucifixion. [And these crimes are invariably not reported by the Western media.]

But most victims of ISIS, Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorism are themselves Muslim.

The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center – the United States government organization responsible for national and international counterterrorism efforts – reported in 2011 (page 14):

In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered between 82 and 97% of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years.

Mar 25 21:13

Week Twenty-two of the Russian Military Intervention in Syria: Putin Announces a New Strategy

Putin himself has clearly said today that Russia will remain in control of the Syrian airspace:

All the components of the deployed air defence system, including close range Pantsir-F and long-range S-400 Triumph units will be on regular duty. I would like to note that we have significantly restored the potential of the Syrian air defence forces as well. All the parties concerned have been made aware of this. We proceed from fundamental international norms – nobody has the right to violate the airspace of a sovereign country, Syria in this case.

Mar 25 18:13

Runaway Train: America’s election and its inability to alter the nation’s deadly course

Accompanying America’s long march of destruction through the Middle East – the work both of its own armed forces and of various proxies – has been the rise of a phenomenon called international terrorism

Mar 25 10:59

Foreknowledge of the Brussels Bombing: Why the Dots Are Not Connected

what is unprecedented about Tuesday’s events in Brussels is the rapidity with which the extent of state foreknowledge of the attacks has been revealed.
On Wednesday, Israeli daily Ha’aretz revealed that Belgian intelligence had precise information on when the attacks would occur and what their targets would be.

The next day, Turkish President Recep Erdogan said that one of the attackers involved in the airport bombing, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, had been twice deported from Turkey to the Netherlands after trying to enter Syria, and that Belgian authorities had been told of his affiliation with Islamist militias. Ibrahim’s brother, Khalid, who participated in the attack on the Maelbeek metro station, was known to have been involved in November’s Paris attacks and had an international arrest warrant issued against him.

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You have to take a good long look at this event, and previous terrorist events like it, and ask the question: cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

And what are the agendas?!?

First, most probably, was the attempt to tar Syria with the claim that these attacks were planned in Raqqa; however, no concrete information has come forward to support this claim. The US government hoped that this would mobilise Americans to believe that "Syria must be stopped", and that a ground invasion of this country was the only way to end these attacks.

Fortunately, Americans have seen far too many of these false flags to put any credence into such codswallop, so there was no traction on public opinion from these incidents.

And when Kerry went go Moscow to wag his finger at Putin and Lavrov, insisting Al-Assad had to go, and now, he most probably got laughed out of the conference room.

The second was most probably to stop movement toward the Brexit, Frexit, and Grexit, and prevent Britain, France, and Germany from leaving the EU, but bind those members together even more closely through the establishment of an EU security force, separate from Interpol. Though I doubt this will happen, due to the economic problems each country is facing, as being part of the EU.

But what concerns me is that, if these agendas were not fulfilled by these horrific acts, what is next, and how will the US presstitutes and whorespondents be ordered to "spin it"?!?

Mar 25 10:39

Obama’s New Slogan? Drones & Bombs Don’t Kill People, People Kill People

While railing against domestic gun violence, the US president is placing high-tech weapons in the hands of dictators, scoring record profits for corporations that make killing machines.

In an editorial published on Wednesday, Truthout’s Owen McCormack took President Obama to task, blasting him as the "Arms Dealer in Chief." In the piece, McCormack points out that, while Obama calls for stricter domestic gun control, the US president has also spearheaded a proliferation of arms sales to foreign governments.

"At BarackObama.com, for example, President Obama is described as a purveyor of peace who is at odds with an unenlightened Congress," writes McCormack.

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If there were such a thing as a Presidential Hypocrisy Index (the PHI), President Obama would really have to be very close to the top of that ranking.

Mar 25 09:21


Founder of the CIA-affiliated mercenary group Blackwater, Erik Prince, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly using his current Hong Kong-based corporation to illegally provide weapons and covert operators into conflict zones. Besides money laundering for Libyan officials using a Chinese bank, Prince has also been accused of murdering two federal informants working with the Justice Department while leading a reckless group of mercenaries responsible for butchering allies and innocent civilians.

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Looks like Prince's hubris may have finally caught up with him; we will see how the prosecution of this case goes.

Mar 25 07:52

Drones Over Malta? Italy Becomes U.S. Drone Base of Operations

Op-Ed by Joseph Cachia

The Italian government has quietly begun allowing armed American drones to fly out from its soil at the Sigonella station (a NATO and U.S. naval air-base) near Catania in Sicily, Italy for military operations against (allegedly) the Islamic State in Libya and across North Africa. This is a breakthrough for Washington, as after more than a year of negotiations, Italy backed down and surrendered...

Mar 24 15:56

The Temple of Baal Is About to Be Erected In Times Square In New York City

Is anyone buying the excuse for this? Because ISIS America has to erect a life-size replica of a temple where child sacrifice and orgies took place to worship an ancient diety? Really?

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Mar 24 12:18

Putin Tells Everyone Exactly Who Created ISIS

Mar 24 11:23

"You Better Pray You Never Meet America": NRA's New Charlie Daniels Ad to Terrorists Is Not Playing Around

Country music star Charlie Daniels does not mince words in one of the NRA's latest "Freedom's Safest Place" commercials.

"To the ayatollahs of Iran and every terrorist you enable: Listen up.

You might have met our fresh-faced flower child president and his weak-kneed, Ivy League friends.

But you haven’t met America..."

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Mar 24 10:57

Can a Single Injection Save Soldiers Suffering from PTSD?

I would be pissed I didn’t get this shot earlier if I weren’t so grateful I got it at all. I haven’t been quite right since the war, posttraumatic stress and all. Nothing I did in seven years of trying to get back to normal—therapy, meds, madcap schemes—really helped. It turns out a big part of the cure was under my nose the whole time. Well, six or seven inches under my nose and a couple of inches back and to the right, in a cluster of nerves by the spinal column called the stellate ganglion. Two injections of a couple of local anesthetics—lidocaine, the same thing dentists use, and bupivacaine—into that part of the neck and I was pretty much back to my old self.

Dr. Eugene Lipov, the man who administered my shot and who has pioneered the use of the so-called stellate ganglion block for PTSD, tells me the Navy SEALs call it the God shot. Well, SEALs have their sea stories. Here is mine.

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The question I have to ask is; if this works so well, and the scientific documentation is there, why has this not be included as a standard part of the VA's treatment for PTSD?!?!?

As much as I hate and condemn these endless, pre-emptive wars, our Vets deserve the very best when it comes to rehabilitation and medical care.

Mar 24 10:13

A World War Has Begun

I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, “Where is that?” If I offer a clue by referring to “Bikini”, they say, “You mean the swimsuit.”

Mar 24 10:01

Trident Won’t Become Obsolete, But We Can’t Tell You Why – Defense Sec

Britain’s ageing fleet of Trident nuclear submarines will definitely not become obsolete, according to Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, but he says the reason he’s so confident is classified.

In a speech at the Policy Exchange think tank in London on Wednesday, Fallon laid out his thoughts on the Trident renewal debate at length, but would not go into detail on some of the research he cited to support his arguments.

Mar 24 09:42

Clinton's Plan To "Defeat ISIS" Is A Threat

The real motive behind the above Clinton nonsense may be the interest of the powers-that-are to keep the war on ISIS going forever. Obama already did his best to establish ISIS. He refrained from fighting it in its infancy in 2012, refrained from holding it back in Iraq to "regime change" Prime Minister Maliki and kept its revenues flowing until Putin shamed him into finally bombing its oil infrastructure.

Clinton's plan, which declares only aims without any steps to reach them, would mean endless wars in this or that Middle East country and/or in Africa or Asia. It means further suppression of any privacy and opposition at home.

It is not a plan but a threat. Will she win votes with such nonsense?

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Mar 24 09:29

Surprised? Belgian Government Knew Terror Attack Was Coming

According to some sources, Belgian authorities should have known this was coming. Surprised?

Mar 24 08:56

Four Americans Missing After Brussels Terror

Four Americans have gone missing in Brussels since it faced terror attacks by Daesh Takfiri militants.

The families and friends of the four took to social media to call out for help.

Early on Tuesday, three coordinated nail bombings rocked EU’s de facto capital leaving at least 34 people dead.

Mar 24 08:53

Super Soft On Islamic Terror: Obama Says That ISIS ‘Is Not An Existential Threat To Us’

In the wake of the horrible bombings in Brussels, Barack Obama is insisting that there is no need to change our approach in the fight against ISIS. He believes that Islamic terror is not a fundamental threat to our way of life, and he wants all of us to be convinced that the way that he is handling ISIS right now is just fine. Well, in this article you are going to learn some very shocking things about Obama and ISIS that are likely to make you very angry. It turns out that our allies Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been arming, funding and aiding ISIS and other radical jihadist groups such as the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria), and Obama has known about it all along. The goal was to take down the Assad regime in Syria, and the American people were never supposed to find out the truth.

Mar 24 08:33

American “Dogs of War” Have Gone Wild

The only problem is that while those making weapons get even richer military, Western citizens are getting poorer by the day. They are deprived of any social benefits and comprehensive health care services, as the money that should have been spent on such things are being spent on fancy military projects. But it doesn’t end with the staggering expenditures on weapons, since US soldiers are being regularly sent to most distant parts of the world to protect American business interests, which results in an ever increasing number of those returning home in coffins.

Mar 24 07:46

ISIS attacked Brussels? The US created ISIS? Therefore?

As far as the Brussels attacks are concerned, if we assume that ISIS was responsible, the whole scenario is turned upside down after analyzing the basis of ISIS.

The Obama administration (jointly with the Bush administration) should be announcing: “Well, we keep ISIS alive. Unfortunately, things happen. One of those things is Brussels.”

And then you could go on to query the sincerity of the word “unfortunately.”

Mar 23 17:06

‘Near-Term Attacks’: State Dept. Issues Europe-Wide Travel Alert As US Ramps Up Security At Home

Citing risks of “near-term” terrorist attacks, the US has warned Americans against traveling anywhere in Europe and boosted security at home since twin blasts in Brussels left 31 dead and over 250 wounded, including several US citizens.

Mar 23 15:17

‘Dozens’ Killed In US Airstrike On Yemen Al-Qaeda Camp – Pentagon

The Pentagon says an American airstrike has killed “dozens of fighters” at what it described an al-Qaeda training camp in a mountainous area of Yemen. The strike follows a recent Saudi bombing on a Yemeni market that resulted in over 100 civilian casualties.

Mar 23 14:18

84% of donations never reach veterans

Professional fundraisers have collected $130,399,567 for veteran organizations since 2001, the records show. But those fund-raisers kept 84 percent of the money donated. Meaning, most of the money you donate never reaches veterans needing help.

Mar 23 12:58

‘Better Than Chicken Wire & Spray Paint!’ British Soldiers Test High-Tech ‘Invisibility’ Camouflage

British Army snipers have field-tested a new high-tech stealth material which hides them from surveillance technology.

Troops from Edinburgh-based light infantry regiment 3 Rifles had the opportunity to test out the new Vatec material to construct concealed hides for snipers while on exercises in the US.

Mar 23 12:39

Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Robert Kagan

She should fear Robert Kagan because he provides an intellectual basis for her worst instincts. Her instincts are to solve problems by force, to assert American might. And then most of the problems we’re facing now—the lead of our foreign policy should not be force. Force has got to be there, and it's got to play a role, particularly in the issue of terrorism, fighting terrorism. But basically, it’s got to be diplomacy and economics, and organizing alliances for action to tackle these problems. That’s got to come first. And Kagan really doesn’t put much store in organizing coalitions to tackle problems—it’s all about assertion of American might.

Mar 23 12:32

Gustavo Castro Witnessed The Murder Of Berta Cáceres. That Means His Life Is In Danger

The sole eyewitness to Honduran social movement leader Berta Cáceres’ assassination on March 3, 2016 has gone from being wounded victim to, effectively, political prisoner.

Now Gustavo Castro Soto may also be framed as the murderer of his long-time friend.

Mar 23 12:04

"Around The World" Fight Against Terrorism Urged By Obama Administration After Brussels Bombings

The terrorist attacks carried out in Brussels on Tuesday bolstered calls from the administration to confront the Islamic State (ISIL) throughout the world.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the House Armed Services Committee hours after the killings that the United States’ counter-ISIL strategy needs to look beyond Iraq and Syria.

Mar 23 11:17

Donald Trump Could Be the Military-Industrial Complex’s Worst Nightmare. ? The Republican frontrunner is against nation building. Imagine that.

Trump has thus shrewdly articulated what ought to be a vital subject for debate in 2016. Instead, I suspect, he will be inundated with lordly rebukes by the policy elites. And the editorial writers will explain how half-baked and dangerous his ideas are to the future of mankind.

We can imagine the labels they’ll haul out from history: Protectionist. Nationalist. Isolationist. America Firster. His challenging proposition reminds me of my childhood, because I grew up in idyllic small-town Ohio, where those skeptical views of “foreign entanglements” defined the Republican Party (there weren’t many Democrats in my home town, and they mostly kept quiet).