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Feb 05 08:53

END OF ISIS? Russian Jets Hit 900 Targets in Last Three Days, Jihadists Fleeing

Russia’s intervention in Syria has produced many astounding results since it began late last year, and they seem to be continuing into the new year too.

Major General Igor Konashenkov is reporting that the Russian airstrikes have hit almost 900 targets from 1-4 February in Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Hama and Deir ez-Zor, which have caused the terrorists to sustain heavy losses:

“In order to retain at least some semblance of a fighting capacity, the militants’ forces in the Syria’s northern regions continue abandoning their positions and falling back to the Turkish border.”

Feb 05 08:45

There Is No Freedom Without Truth — Paul Craig Roberts

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the “Soviet threat” was replaced with the “Muslim threat” and the “War on Terror” took over from the Cold War. Despite a succession of false flag attacks and warnings of a “thirty years war,” a few thousand lightly armed jihadists were an insufficient replacement for the Soviet Union and its thousands of nuclear ICBMs. It was an uncomfortable notion that the “world’s only superpower” could not dispose of a few terrorists.

So we are back to the Cold War with Russia. The propaganda is fast and furious. “Putin is the new Hitler.” “Russia invaded Ukraine.” Russia is about to invade the Baltics and Poland.” “Putin is a corrupt multi-billionaire.” “Putin is scheming to recreate the Soviet Union.” These accusations become headlines despite US military spending being a dozen or more times higher than Russian military spending and the Russian government expressing no hegemonic aspirations.

Feb 05 08:43

House bill requires women to sign up for draft

Two House Republicans introduced a bill Thursday requiring eligible women in the United States to sign up for the military draft, just days after it was recommended by the Marine Corps and Army.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a Marine veteran, and Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Minn., a retired Navy SEAL, filed the Draft American’s Daughters Act to stoke debate over the military’s historic move to fully integrate female troops into all combat roles. If passed, women from 18-26 years old would for the first time have to join men in registering with the Selective Service program and potentially be forced to fight in future wars.

“If this administration wants to send 18, 20-year-old women into combat, to serve and fight on the front lines, then the American people deserve to have this discussion through their elected representatives,” Hunter said in a released statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If nothing else tells you a major war is coming, these two pieces of legislation, and the timing of their introduction, should.

Why else is Congress thinking about deploying America's next generation of moms into hard combat, which can easily translate into death, or the maiming for life, of the women deployed?!?

Feb 05 08:28

WHY IS MY KINDERGARTNER BEING GROOMED FOR THE MILITARY AT SCHOOL?

Military recruitment efforts, whether societal or sponsored directly by the US military, reach children as young as preschool, priming them to think of war and soldiering as cool and exciting, without any discussion of the trauma and death they bring. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)

When he got home from Iraq, Hart Viges began sorting through his boyhood toys, looking for some he could pass on to his new baby nephew. He found a stash of G.I. Joes - his old favorites - and the memories came flooding back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note that these parents were not notified about this impending lesson in advance, and had absolutely no power to ask that their kids be opted-out from this pro-military exercise.

On the other side of the island of Oahu, there is the very formidable Kaneohe Marine Air Station, which every year features a "fun fair" where families are invited, and the atmosphere is one of a carnival.

But one of the most interesting aspects of this is watching young military men, who are great communicators, and great with kids, talking to wide-eyed youngsters about the wonders of the weapons they are seeing, and sometimes, very carefully, climbing over.

Of course, no mention is ever made, during these "teachable moments", of the carnage and annihilation, these instruments of death create.

This is the propaganda of empire, which cares not that our young men and women are killed or maimed for life; just that the wars provide the necessary profits and logistical resource control to allow that financial empire to grow, with absolutely no thought as to what the human sacrifice must happen in order to maintain and enhance corporate profits.

Feb 05 07:56

US military attacked for complicity in Afghan child soldiers after boy's murder

Wasil Ahmad, who was killed by Taliban on Monday, fought in Afghan Local Police, a US-funded government militia that employs child soldiers illegally

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the US Government sends children to fight their wars for them!

Feb 04 22:26

US Regime Change Talks on Syria hit blind alley

The real danger, however, is that Washington and its allies might now attempt a direct military intervention in Syria out of desperation.

Feb 04 19:39

Which Candidate really Supports our Troops?

... but has anyone asked him how he will support our veterans in the United States Navy who served aboard the USS Liberty and were attacked by middle eastern terrorists?

Feb 04 16:47

WW3 Ahead? Pentagon to Quadruple Military Budget for European Theater

As time goes on, our government is putting more emphasis on the Russians and less on terrorism. ISIS will probably be the last Islamic bogeyman that our government can muster. After that, it’s just going to be Russia and China (and domestic terrorists, but that’s a story for another day).

Feb 04 15:52

UK, global hub of private military industry

The report by the charity War on Want based in Britain also noted that the UK multinational G4S is now the world’s largest private security company. Meanwhile, no fewer than 14 companies are based in Hereford, close to the headquarters of the SAS, from whose ranks at least 46 companies hire recruits.

Feb 04 15:25

The Establishment’s Last Stand — The War Party holds on, but for how much longer?

The neocons have their candidate in Rubio, but they could live with Cruz, however uneasily. The Donald, however, is a different matter entirely. Trump’s unabashedly realist foreign policy is diametrically opposed to the neocons’ effusive globalism. If he should beat the odds and get the GOP nomination, the neocons’ will flee the party, with some of them glomming on to Hillary and the rest glumly sitting out the election while throwing spitballs from the sidelines.

Feb 04 15:06

IG report: 300,000 vets died while waiting for health care at VA

More than 300,000 American military veterans likely died while waiting for health care -- and nearly twice as many are still waiting -- according to a new Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report.

The IG report says “serious” problems with enrollment data are making it impossible to determine exactly how many veterans are actively seeking health care from the VA, and how many were. For example, “data limitations” prevent investigators from determining how many now-deceased veterans applied for health care benefits or when.

Feb 04 14:04

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus’ former lover escapes probe in leaked military secrets case

The former lover and biographer of disgraced ex-CIA chief General David Petraeus will not be prosecuted for her complicity in accepting highly classified military secrets, supplied by Petraeus. The woman, Paula Broadwell, was never formally charged.

Feb 04 14:01

Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School?

My partner and I, as longtime antiwar activists, work hard to talk to our daughter about war, violence and peace in age-appropriate ways.

That's why we were shocked this November when, shortly after Veterans Day, our daughter came home from kindergarten with a worksheet that asked the children to decide which branch of the military they would like to join. The class had been working on charts in math class, taking polls and graphing the results, which usually fell more along the lines of what flavors of pie they preferred.

Feb 04 13:48

America’s Myth of a Peaceful Nation

"We are a peaceful nation," claimed Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson in an interview with Katie Couric late last year.

Carson voiced a view that is held by many in our society. Like most people around the world, we naturally like to think of ourselves as a peace loving country.

Unfortunately, the record does not bear this out. It, in fact, indicates something quite opposite: The United States has had a long and bloody history of aggression and war making.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

El Salvador (1980), Libya (1981), Sinai (1982), Lebanon (1982 1983), Egypt (1983), Grenada (1983), Honduras (1983), Chad (1983), Persian Gulf (1984), Libya (1986) , Bolivia (1986), Iran (1987), Persian Gulf (1987), Kuwait (1987), Iran (1988), Honduras (1988), Panama (1988), Libya (1989), Panama (1989), Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru (1989), Philippines (1989), Panama (1989-1990), Liberia (1990), Saudi Arabia (1990), Iraq (1991), Zaire (1991), Sierra Leone (1992), Somalia (1992), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1993 to present), Macedonia (1993), Haiti (1994), Macedonia (1994), Bosnia (1995), Liberia (1996), Central African Republic (1996), Albania (1997), Congo/Gabon (1997), Sierra Leon (1997), Cambodia (1997), Iraq (1998), Guinea/Bissau (1998), Kenya/Tanzania (1998 to 1999), Afghanistan/Sudan (1998), Liberia (1998), East Timor (1999), Serbia (1999), Sierra Leon (2000), Yemen (2000), East Timor (2000), Afghanistan (2001 to present), Yemen (2002), Philippines (2002) , Cote d'Ivoire (2002), Iraq (2003 to present), Liberia (2003), Georgia/Djibouti (2003), Haiti (2004), Georgia/Djibouti/Kenya/Ethiopia/Yemen/Eritrea War on Terror (2004), Pakistan drone attacks (2004 to present), Somalia (2007), South Ossetia/Georgia (2008), Syria (2008), Yemen (2009 and 2015), Haiti (2010), Libya (2011), Syria (2011), Ukraine (2014), Iraq (2015), etc. etc. etc. etc.

Feb 04 13:29

'It's you who created Daesh!’ shouts woman at John Kerry as press conference winds up.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, “it’s you who created Daesh!”

The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.

“It’s you who created Daesh!” she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.

Feb 04 13:20

Kerry says Russians must stop airstrikes in Syria

Speaking to reporters before attending a Syria humanitarian effort conference on Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Russia for the collapse of the UN-sponsored peace talks and said they must end their bombing campaign in the embattled country, according to AFP

Feb 04 11:36

Turkey preparing for military action in Syria: Russia

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says Moscow has serious grounds to suspect Turkey of preparing for a military incursion into Syria.

“The Russian Defense Ministry registers a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish Armed Forces for active actions on the territory of Syria,” Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Further evidence of these preparations can be found in today's http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610:

Many checkpoints on the Turkish-Syrian border can be used for preparing infrastructure for a military intrusion into Syria, Konashenkov went on to say. Konashenkov showed the photos of one of the border checkpoints, where grounds protected by security guards were being expanded. "In wartime, such methods are used for preparing the transport infrastructure ahead of a military intrusion. Such grounds are usually used for ensuring quick movement of military convoys with weapons and ammunition as well as for prompt transportation and evacuation of personnel. There are plenty of such examples, in which troops and military hardware are involved, on the Syrian-Turkish border," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said. Russia’s Defense Ministry earlier provided convincing video evidence to the world public that Turkish self-propelled artillery systems were shelling Syrian populated areas in north Latakia. "We’re surprised that talkative representatives of the Pentagon and NATO and numerous so-called organizations for the protection of human rights in Syria have kept silent so far, despite our call for reacting to these actions," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said. Russia’s Defense Ministry has intensified all kinds of reconnaissance in the Middle East, the spokesman said. "That is why, if someone in Ankara thinks that the cancellation of the Russian inspectors’ observance flight over Turkey will help conceal something, then this looks unprofessional," Konashenkov said. More: http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610

IF, in fact, these Russia reports are true (and I see no reason to doubt them), the following scenario is very plausible.

Turkey attacks Syria; Russia counter-attacks Turkish forces (or there is a false flag making it appear that this was the case), and Turkey invokes Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.

This means that all of NATO's military are, by treaty obligation, constrained to protect Turkey from any attacker, as though they all had been attacked by Russia.

Welcome to World War III, ladies and gentlemen.

Feb 04 10:52

Provocative’ NATO Build-Up Threatens Remaining US-Russia Ties

The decision by the US Department of Defense to boost spending on confronting Russia in Europe and fighting the Islamic State elsewhere will provide no military benefit whatsoever, former US Chief of Naval Operations science and policy advisor Theodore Postol told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The proposed boost in NATO-related spending is "a provocation that builds on the ‘original sin’ of NATO expansion, which led to the predictable breakdown of relations between Russia and the West," Postol stated on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Defense Department will spend 50 percent more in fiscal year 2017 on its fight against the Islamic State and will request $3.4 billion in its fiscal year 2017 budget to support NATO allies in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The narrative here, which this analyst has not yet grasped, is the reality that the US government is spoiling for an actual military confrontation against Russia, to prevent the rise of the Russian economy and the ruble.

Look at the Russian demonisation in the West right now, coupled with a massive pre-positioning of arms, material, and troops in Europe, and particularly in Eastern Europe.

Just because a move may well be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the American government can do is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

The problem here is that the US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia, and that is what makes a military option here so scarily dangerous.

Feb 04 10:14

MINISTRY OF TRUTH: ISRAEL AIMS TO ANNUL PRESS CREDENTIALS FOR 'CONTRARY TO REALITY' HEADLINES

Israel has threatened to annul the press credentials of journalists and editors who choose ‘contrary to reality’ headlines for their articles. The move comes in response to a publication from US broadcaster CBS after a terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday. CBS reacted to the terrorist attack which claimed the life of a 19-year-old female officer with a post titled “3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,” triggering outrage among Israeli officials.
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Feb 04 10:04

Seeking More Cold War with Cuba

A Washington Post editorial proclaims in its headline, “Failure in Cuba,” with a bank head that declares, “Mr. Obama’s opening is not leading to positive change.” One should not expect anyone, including editorial boards, who have been opposed to a policy departure to change their own position quickly. But what the Post has to say about Cuba illustrates some unfortunate tendencies that have warped policy debate on other issues as well.

Feb 04 09:54

Speculators Misunderstood the Oil Wars and Market Meltdown

Steve LeVine says most investors thought high priced US shale would cause a boom, then thought economy would benefit from low oil prices – so far they are wrong on both counts.

Feb 04 09:47

Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators

The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.

The orders came from the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops – the linchpin of U.S. strategy in the war. Over a four-month period last year, a military cell devoted to what is known as "information operations" at Camp Eggers in Kabul was repeatedly pressured to target visiting senators and other VIPs who met with Caldwell. When the unit resisted the order, arguing that it violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of propaganda against American citizens, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation.

Feb 04 09:21

General Says Israel ‘Effectively’ Part of Anti-ISIS Coalition

Israeli Major General Nitzan Alon today told reporters that Israel considers ISIS “an enemy” and that it shares so much intelligence with the members of the US anti-ISIS coalition that it is “effectively” a part of that coalition itself.

This seems to be a significant shift from what other Israeli officials have said, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon only weeks ago insisting that Israel “prefers ISIS” to take over Syria rather than the Assad government, an ally of Iran, remaining in power.

Feb 04 09:09

Despite Territorial Loses, the ISIS Global Position Is Secure

Only the Russian Federation has shown a willingness to truly resist the spread of ISIS

Feb 04 09:08

BBC Two Show About Hypothetical WWIII ‘Dangerous Provocation’

Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov called the World War Three: Inside the War Room (BBC Two) show a ‘dangerous provocation’ that aims to discredit pro-Russian forces in Europe.

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Feb 04 09:07

A GOLDEN AGE FOR PENTAGON WASTE

As we have often noted one of the giant logs stuck in the eye of many conservatives, people who typically argue for smaller government, is that they often defend military spending with little reservation. Defense, we are told is enumerated in the Constitution and as such is a legitimate expenditure. And yes, defense, is enumerated in the Constitution. Massive unchecked spending, undeclared wars, and bases around the world are not however enumerated in the Constitution.

(From US News)

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has called for a full audit of the unit responsible for the most egregious Afghan cases. And on Jan. 20th, the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee held hearings on the subject. The Pentagon’s witness, Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon, was decidedly on the defensive as senators from both parties peppered him with questions about his department’s poor record keeping and lack of accountability.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This waste and corruption is going to bite the US military in a very sensitive spot, if allowed to continue to go unchecked.

With Russian and Chinese weapons makers, when items are field deployed, they are delivered on time, reasonably within budget, and work as advertised, if not better.

With American weapons makers, there is a nearly incestuous relationship between Congress (whose members are supported, covertly and overtly, by the large weapons makers) and those companies which get the defense contracts.

The outcome of all this is that when US weaponry is delivered, it is very late, has generally had huge cost over-runs, and doesn't perform anywhere near what is specified, once it is field deployed.

IF the US gets into a major war with Russia, and/or or China, the brokenness of our weapons systems is not going to help matters one bit.

Feb 04 09:06

BEX ALERT - World War Three: Inside the War Room, BBC Two, review: 'gripping'

War games. Bit of an oxymoron, isn’t it? However, Russia recently having annexed a whole chunk of the former Soviet Union, the prospect of an East-West conflict is less unimaginable now than it has been since 1989.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This film is a sales pitch to sell WW3 to the masses, and starts right out perpetuating the lie that Russia annexed Crimea, when the truth is that Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine following the US-backed coup in early 2014, then asked to join the Russian Republics.

Feb 04 09:04

Carter Slams 'So-Called' Partners for Not Doing More in Daesh Fight

In recent statements by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, the US-led coalition against Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL) is less a coalition and more a disparate group following their own interests, suggesting that allies are not pulling their fair share of the weight in the ongoing and costly war.

Feb 04 09:03

Surge in 'Dogs of War' Companies Making Billions in War-Torn Countries

Since the 'war on terror' began 15 years ago, the number of mercenaries hired by private military and security companies and operating on the front lines in the Middle East and Africa has exploded tremendously, a new report by War on Want reveals.

Feb 04 09:02

TONY BLAIR WILL [SHOULD] FACE TRIAL FOR WAR CRIMES OVER IRAQ

Tony Blair should be charged with war crimes for ordering the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has claimed.
In an extraordinary attack on Labour's most successful ever leader, Mr Corbyn said that 'those that made the decisions' in the run-up to the conflict should be put on trial.
He said Mr Blair should be made to 'explain' launching an 'illegal' war which he said helped cause recent migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

Supporters of Mr Corbyn have claimed he is the 'antidote' to the Blairite 'virus' in the Labour party, despite Mr Blair winning an historic three general elections for Labour.
The 2003 Iraq war remains one of the most damaging and divisive decisions of the Blair government.

Speaking in an interview on BBC2's Newsnight, Mr Corbyn said Mr Blair will have to answer for his decision to join US President George Bush sending in troops to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Feb 04 08:55

Hillary Clinton vs George Bush on IRAQ Invasion:

Feb 04 08:01

Obama Escalates Tensions With Russia As Media Keeps Quiet

Retired professor of Russian studies and history at Princeton, Stephen F. Cohen, warns that a nuclear war between Russia and the West looms on the horizon.

Feb 04 06:16

Cruz: President Trump would nuke Denmark

This guy has lost it!

Ted Cruz ridiculed Donald Trump on Wednesday for his “Trumpertantrum,” saying his recent Twitterstorm is indicative of a candidate who doesn’t have the temperament to be commander in chief.

“I mean, we’re liable to wake up one morning and Donald, if he were president, would have nuked Denmark.

Feb 04 05:43

FLASHBACK: Army Report Details How Military Can Be Used Against Tea Party, Right Wingers & American Citizens

The study begins by laying out how the U.S. Army’s Operating Concept 2016-2028 will include military operations throughout the United States. The outrageous report goes on to describe a theoretical situation where the U.S. Army is sent in to a city that has been taken over by Tea Party “insurrectionists”.After demonizing what they call “right-wing demagogues” and “mobs of angry whites” the report goes on to say:

“In May 2016 an extremist militia motivated by the goals of the “tea party” movement takes over the government of Darlington, South Carolina…. The Department of Homeland Security responds to the governor’s request by asking for defense support to civil law enforcement. After the Department of Justice states that the conditions in Darlington and surrounding areas meet the conditions necessary to invoke the Insurrection Act, the President invokes it.”

Feb 04 05:22

'Acts of Aggression Come from Pentagon, Not Russia or China'

The Pentagon’s claims that Russia and China are among the top challenges for the US is a justification to continue the flow of taxpayer’s money into major weapon systems and their corporate sponsors, Karen Kwiatkowski, retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel told RT. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced Tuesday that the Pentagon will request a $582.7 billion defense budget in order to maintain security. According to Carter, there are five main challenges for the US to focus on Russia, Iran, China, North Korea and ISIS...

Feb 03 21:18

The Art of War Quotes

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious!

For to win 100 victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

Feb 03 20:42

Drone video of Homs, Syria shows a city destroyed by war

Making the rounds online this week: this footage shot by a camera-equipped drone of the Syrian city of Homs. After 5 years of civil war, the city is largely reduced to abandoned rubble.

Feb 03 20:39

A Golden Age for Pentagon Waste

As we have often noted one of the giant logs stuck in the eye of many conservatives, people who typically argue for smaller government, is that they often defend military spending with little reservation. Defense, we are told is enumerated in the Constitution and as such is a legitimate expenditure. And yes, defense, is enumerated in the Constitution. Massive unchecked spending, undeclared wars, and bases around the world are not however enumerated in the Constitution.

Feb 03 16:40

‘Operation Winter Storm’: Drone buzzes over reenactment of iconic WW2 battle

The battle between Soviet & German troops known as ‘Operation Winter Storm’ was reenacted near the Russian city of Volgograd, marking its 73rd anniversary.

Feb 03 15:58

Here’s How a 92-Year-Old WWII Vet Stopped a Burglar in His Tracks

A 92-year-old World War II veteran’s gun came in handy when an ax-wielding intruder broke into his California home over the weekend.

Feb 03 15:33

$100 Billion later, Afghanistan on the brink

Afghanistan’s economy is worsening and its security deteriorating despite more than a decade of U.S.-led reconstruction efforts and more than $100 billion poured into the country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an independent oversight agency created by Congress in 2008.

Feb 03 15:30

Putin meets ‘old friend’ Kissinger visiting Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in his residence outside Moscow. The Kremlin said that the two have “long-standing, friendly relations” and that they have used the “opportunity to talk.”

The meeting is a continuation of a “friendly dialogue between President Putin and Henry Kissinger, who are bound by a longstanding relationship,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“They communicate all the time, use the opportunity to talk,” he added. Putin “values” this opportunity to discuss pressing international issues as well as exchange opinions on global perspectives, Peskov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Back-channel discussion... off the record.

Feb 03 13:53

Not About Security: Pentagon Spending in Europe Lines Washington's Pockets

The Obama administration's plan to quadruple US military spending in Europe "has nothing to do with defending or protecting the United States," a defense policy expert told Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker.

Feb 03 13:40

Afghanistan is on the brink after US invests $100 billion

Afghanistan's economy is worsening and its security deteriorating despite more than a decade of U.S.-led reconstruction efforts and more than $100 billion poured into the country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an independent oversight agency created by Congress in 2008.

The agency's investigation, conducted between October and December of last year, paints a grim picture of the country — including millions of dollars squandered on projects that never came to be, a resurgent Taliban, infiltration by the so-called Islamic State and a handful of guilty pleas from U.S. military personnel in bribery cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So, let's do it again in Iraq, Syria, and Iran!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 03 11:48

How Corruption Cripples America’s Military

America’s military budget is roughly 7.2 times that of Russia ($610 billion compared to $84.5 billion), but even Western news-accounts are saying that the weaponry produced in Russia is superior overall to the weaponry produced in the United States.

Compare the top-of-the-line fighter jets of the two countries: that’s the F-35 fighter-jet produced by the U.S. corporation Lockheed Martin, versus the Su-35 fighter jet produced by the Russian government (its wholly owned Sukhoi Company). The F-35 costs around $100 million per plane. The Su-35 costs around $65 million per plane.

Feb 03 11:07

Major brands exploiting Syria refugee kids: Charity

The report comes a day after the EU police agency Europol said more than 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing after arriving in Europe over the past 18-24 months amid concerns that many might have fallen into the hands of sex trafficking rings or the slave trade.

Feb 03 10:30

Secretary of Defense Announces How He'll Waste $582 Billion

Carter highlighted projects inside the “Strategic Capabilities Office, or SCO for short,” a murky and extremely wasteful corner of the Pentagon where some of our dumbest, most-likely-to-fail projects are born (and often die, at great expense):

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This penchant for waste from the DOD is another very intense reason why the US government should not at all be looking at going to war with Russia and/or China.

In Russia and China, when companies make weapons or planes or ships for either country, when these items are field deployed, they operate as advertised, or better, by the companies which make them.

Unfortunately, in the US, due to the incestuous relationship between weapons makers and Congressional representatives who approve of contracts (and are, I imagine, covertly, rewarded by those weapons makers for those contracts), when items are field deployed, they are generally behind schedule, over budget, and do not at all perform as advertised.

Just think about the F-35, for Pete's sake; I rest my case!!!

Feb 03 08:58

Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as secretary of state. She attaches herself to Barack Obama’s coattails, pledging to continue his policies. But she is even more hawkish than the president.

Like Obama, Clinton touts American exceptionalism, the notion that the United States is better than any other country. In his State of the Union addresses, Obama has proclaimed America “exceptional” and said the U.S. must “lead the world.” Clinton wrote in her book “Hard Choices” that “America remains the ‘indispensable nation.’ ”

Feb 03 08:57

6,500 Coalition Troops in Iraq, Pentagon Pushing for More

While Pentagon and Obama Administration officials continue to insist that their goal is to take over materially all of ISIS’ territory, and to do so within the next year, behind the scenes the push is to add ever more ground troops to Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It is only a coincidence that ISIS is camped out over all those oil fields!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 03 08:45

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ANNOUNCES HOW HE'LL WASTE $582 BILLION

You hear that? It’s the sound of 582 billion dollar bills falling down an infinitely deep hole, as narrated by your Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter. Yes, his name’s Ash. And yes, he’s going to spend a couple billion defending outer space from ISIS. In a speech delivered and published today, Carter outlined some of the ways in which our great and war-craving nation will squander over half a trillion dollars in Fiscal Year 2017. It ain’t good:

Feb 03 08:41

Time to Welcome Russia as Partner in War to Destroy Daesh - Donald Trump

The United States should welcome Russia as a full partner in the struggle to destroy the Islamic State, Republican preisdential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump told a rally in Milford, New Hampshire.

Feb 02 23:53

Pentagon Wants Fourfold Increase in US European Military Spending to Deter Nonexistent Russian Aggression

hang on to your military-age children and your wallets

snip: US military spending already matches or exceeds budgets for all other nations combined, including foreign, homeland, numerous miscellaneous categories, unlimited black budgeting, frequent add-ons and unconstrained defense contractors’ cost overruns, amounting to trillions of dollars of waste, fraud and abuse over time.

Feb 02 16:43

Adding Up the Costs of Hillary Clinton’s Wars

The Greek playwright Aeschylus – who fought at Marathon in 490 BC, the battle
that defeated the first Persian invasion of Greece – had few illusions about
the consequences of war. No wonder, in the tragedy Oresteia, he gave
his character Agamemnon these verses:

They sent forth men to battle.
But no such men return;
And home, to claim their welcome
Comes ashes in an urn.

Feb 02 15:44

Top US generals: Women should have to register for the draft, too

The top U.S. Marine Corps and Army generals said on Tuesday that women should be required to register for the military draft, along with men, as the armed forces move toward integrating them fully into combat positions.

Feb 02 15:30

US Air Force Bolsters Space Defense to Counter Russian, Chinese 'Threats'

As global powers prepare for the increased role of outer space in future conflicts, the US Air Force has announced the creation of a new team whose sole purpose is to protect American space assets – primarily against Russian and Chinese "aggression."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"CHINA IS BUILDING A DEATH STAR! CHINA IS BUILDING A DEATH STAR! " -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 02 15:07

ISIS financing: ‘Follow the money, disrupt the flow,’ say experts

Britain’s role in thwarting financial flows destined for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) was examined on Tuesday, as a panel of experts advised the British government on how it can curb the terror group’s funding sources.

Feb 02 13:55

Hillary Clinton’s Hawkish Record

Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as Secretary of State. She attaches herself to Barack Obama’s coattails, pledging to continue his policies. But she is even more hawkish than the President.

Feb 02 13:39

Powerless? Royal Navy’s £1bn destroyers keep breaking down

Britain’s cutting-edge £1 billion Type 45 destroyers are being called in for engine refits due to repeated breakdowns, including one incident in which a ship lost power in the middle of the Atlantic.

Feb 02 12:33

Making Corrupt Killers Fat and Happy

America’s military procurement machine may be the single most successful system of wealth transfer ever devised — moving tens of billions of dollars every year from ordinary taxpayers into the pockets of big defense contractors and their allies in Congress. But as a provider of working equipment to defend the United States against realistic threats, it is becoming more and more dysfunctional with every passing year.

Feb 02 11:10

Nuclear Deterrence: Giving Common Sense a Bad Name

Our views on nuclear weapons run the gauntlet from guarantor of our national security to theater of the absurd. Those partial to the former paint nuclear weapons as not a weapons system, but a threat that’s not even brandished, but sits on the shelf: “our nuclear deterrent.” To most, the concept of deterrence makes perfect sense. Even a child instinctively understands the basic principle: you need something to brandish in a bully’s face to make him back off.

Feb 02 09:19

Pentagon wants $582bn in funding as part of fiscal year 2017 budget

President Obama will request $582.7 billion in funding for the Pentagon as part of the fiscal year 2017 budget, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said. The Pentagon plans to focus on keeping an edge over competition rather getting ready for “big wars.”

Feb 02 08:25

Su-35S at Its Finest: Advanced Fighter Which Started Its Mission in Syria

Russia has sent its advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multirole fighters to Syria to test the brand-new aircraft in a combat environment for the first time ever; aviation experts explain what makes the warplanes so unique.

Feb 02 07:50

Media Ignores Dozens of Blackwater Mercenaries Killed in Yemen

Of course, a war in the Middle East wouldn’t be complete unless the US was involved in some capacity. Officially, our government is only providing logistical support and intel for the Saudis, as well as the occasional drone strike. However, there is a bit more to it than that, because the Saudi coalition has employed hundreds of mercenaries from South America (mainly Colombians) and Africa. And these people are being led by mercenaries from Academi, formerly known as Xe, which was formerly known as Blackwater.

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Feb 02 07:41

Pentagon wants $582bn in funding as part of fiscal year 2017 budget

President Obama will request $582.7 billion in funding for the Pentagon as part of the fiscal year 2017 budget, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Pentagon plans to focus on keeping an edge over competition rather getting ready for "big wars."

Feb 02 00:19

The Rise of ISIS and Other Extremist Groups: the role of the West and Regional Powers

by Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban (Political and Media Advisor at the Syrian Presidency).

This essay examines the role of Western and regional players (i.e. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) in inflaming the conflict and the growth of terrorism in Syria.

It examines the attempts to break up Syria’s civilian and military institutions, the delegitimization of the Syrian government, the attempts to procure a UN mandate for a military intervention in Syria, the imposition of suffocating economic sanctions on Syria, and most importantly the support that Western and regional powers gave to a plethora of armed groups, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, to fight the Syrian government.

Feb 01 16:25

Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire?

Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as secretary of state. She attaches herself to Barack Obama’s coattails, pledging to continue his policies. But she is even more hawkish than the president.

Feb 01 15:12

Adding Up the Costs of Hillary Clinton’s Wars

The Greek playwright Aeschylus — who fought at Marathon in 490 BC, the battle that defeated the first Persian invasion of Greece — had few illusions about the consequences of war. No wonder, in the tragedy Oresteia, he gave his character Agamemnon these verses:

They sent forth men to battle.
But no such men return;
And home, to claim their welcome
Comes ashes in an urn.

Feb 01 15:06

Total U.S. Debt Surpasses $19 Trillion; Rises $8.4 Trillion Under President Obama

Two months ago, when we calculated that the US would need a new "debt ceiling" of $19.6 trillion to last until after Obama's tenure, we may have been too optimistic: since the increase in the hard debt limit of $18.15 trillion which was raised at the end of October, the US appears to be growing its debt at a far faster pace than we had originally expected, and according to the latest public debt data, as of the last day of January, total US debt just hit 19,012,827,698,417.93.

This means that if the nominal US GDP as of December 31 which was $18.12 trillion grows at the 1.2% rate expected by the Atlanta Fed, total debt to GDP is now on pace to hit 105% at the next GDP tabulation, and rising fast from there.

It also means that since his inauguration in January 2009, the US debt has now risen by a whopping 78.9%, or $8.4 trillion. It was $10.6 trillion when Obama came into office.

Feb 01 14:55

Feeding the Military-Industrial Complex

America’s military procurement machine may be the single most successful system of wealth transfer ever devised — moving tens of billions of dollars every year from ordinary taxpayers into the pockets of big defense contractors and their allies in Congress. But as a provider of working equipment to defend the United States against realistic threats, it is becoming more and more dysfunctional with every passing year.

Feb 01 14:34

Congress Declares War

Passage of Senator Mitch McConnell’s authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also endanger our civil and economic liberties. The measure allows the president to place troops anywhere he determines ISIS is operating. Therefore, it could be used to justify using military force against United States citizens on US territory. It may even be used to justify imposing martial law in America.

Feb 01 14:32

'Unfair': US Navy Bemoans Test That Shows Major Vessel Vulnerabilities

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) has seen its share of controversy. Designed for close-shore combat, the program’s development has suffered from cost overruns, as well as embarrassing setbacks. A government watchdog group found that the LCS USS Freedom showed cracks in the ship’s hull. The LCS USS Independence is allegedly susceptible to corrosion.

In spite of these findings, the Pentagon has pressed ahead, seeking the development of 40 LCS ships.

Feb 01 13:57

Laos: The New Cold War Battleground You Don’t Know About

The “New Cold War” could be a potential description for the unfolding geopolitical lay of the planet as Russia reemerges as a world power, and China rises as a new one in the face of a prevailing Wall Street-Washington-London international order.

The most obvious battlegrounds taking shape in this “New Cold War” are Ukraine, Syria, and the South China Sea. Perhaps not as high-profile but no less important are the ongoing conflicts in and around Libya, the proxy war being waged across Yemen, and America’s enduring occupation of Afghanistan in Central Asia.

However, there are other struggles taking place that go virtually unseen by the general public, or are briefly mentioned – out of context in the news – before being quickly forgotten.

Feb 01 13:21

Congress Declares War (On you and your cash) — Ron Paul

Passage of Senator Mitch McConnell’s authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also endanger our civil and economic liberties. The measure allows the president to place troops anywhere he determines ISIS is operating. Therefore, it could be used to justify using military force against United States citizens on US territory. It may even be used to justify imposing martial law in America.

Feb 01 13:08

Government officials alarmed by rapidly accelerating development of autonomous killer robots

It's difficult - particularly for observers of a certain age and cultural background - to resist drawing the obvious comparisons between science fiction and the reality which is now unfolding regarding the development of autonomous weapons systems, e.g. "The Rise of the Machines" and "Skynet."

Sci-fi references or not, it truly is a little spooky to live in a world with organizations (that are actually taken seriously) having names like the 'Campaign to Stop Killer Robots' - a name which, of course, sounds like it was lifted straight out of an Isaac Asimov novel.

Feb 01 12:03

PETRAEUS, CLINTON ALLOWED TO LEAK CLASSIFIED INTEL WHILE WHISTLEBLOWERS BECOME ENEMIES OF THE STATE

Last Friday, the Pentagon quietly informed the Senate Armed Services Committee that it will not seek any further punishment on retired Army general David Petraeus, who resigned in 2012 after it was discovered that he shared highly classified material with his biographer. The material contained eight notebooks worth of “code words, war strategy, the names of covert officers and other sensitive information. In addition, they outlined deliberative discussions with the National Security Council and President Obama.” The Justice Department said if this information were disclosed to the wrong people, it would cause “exceptionally grave damage.”

Feb 01 11:50

IS CONGRESS DECLARING WAR ON ISIS... OR ON YOU (& YOUR CASH)?

Passage of Senator Mitch McConnell’s authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also endanger our civil and economic liberties. The measure allows the president to place troops anywhere he determines ISIS is operating. Therefore, it could be used to justify using military force against United States citizens on US territory. It may even be used to justify imposing martial law in America.

Feb 01 09:53

Left-wing geeks outraged after Marvel CEO donates $1 million to Donald Trump's veterans fundraiser

Reclusive Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter wrote a check for Trump's veterans fundraiser. Predictably, many Marvel fans and left-wingers went bananas.

Feb 01 09:46

intriguing Footage from inside the Latakia 'refugee camp' at the Turkish border that was bombed 2day. Any civilians there?

FSA rebels posing as refugees. Aid convoy brings them....weapons. And you ask why Russia bombs them? youtube removes this (i wonder why, hehehe :))

Feb 01 09:35

Lugar Bio Laboratory in Tbilisi Latest: It’s Getting Worse by the Day

Today people are getting sick with Swine Flu and Zika all over the world, with Ebola hanging back while we await the next outbreak. Diseases occur naturally, but since World War II governments have spent billions weaponising different viruses to be used alongside the usual crop of diseases, the old bacterial standbys like anthrax or smallpox and train loads of poison gas.

A bio-chemical warfare “medical research” facility, like the one in Tbilisi, is almost exactly the same as a fully-fledged bio-chemical warfare production facility. All that would be required is to use one portion of a research facility for this purpose, maybe a few secret labs and underground or outbuilding production facilities which are easy to hide. How you tell one from the other is by examining the plans, the security protocols and the budget. You then look at the management of the facility, its history and examine what diseases it “researches.”

Feb 01 09:32

Haste Makes Waste? US to Build 500 More Unproven F-35 Jets

Lockheed Martin keeps producing F-35s despite the fact the aircraft’s combat capabilities have yet to be proven. By the time tests will be completed the manufacturer could construct hundreds of new jets that would need costly upgrade.

Feb 01 08:30

France says plans to end operations in CAR after UN report

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says Paris wants to end its military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) later this year after the UN issued a statement detailing the French troops' sexual abuse of children in the African country.

Feb 01 08:28

11 MILLION PAGES OF CIA FILES MAY SOON BE SHARED BY THIS KICKSTARTER

Millions of pages of CIA documents are stored in Room 3000. The CIA Records Search Tool (CREST), the agency's database of declassified intelligence files, is only accessible via four computers in the National Archives Building in College Park, MD, and contains everything from Cold War intelligence, research and development files, to images. Now one activist is aiming to get those documents more readily available to anyone who is interested in them, by methodically printing, scanning, and then archiving them on the internet.

Feb 01 08:27

ISIS raped, enslaved 8yo girl, married her to 8 fighters: German psychologist

The emergence of ISIS has confronted the world with one more example of institutionalized depravity that seeks to smash the Middle East's religious and ethnic mosaic.

Feb 01 08:01

Flu Epidemic Emerged From U.S Bacteriologic Laboratory in Kramatorsk

"In the area of Kramatorsk there is bacteriologic laboratory belonging to the USA. There was a leak, of the virus H1N1, so-called Swine flu, but it has menacing potential, as there was a leak of the virus causing fulminant of severe pneumonia. Very often the carriers of virus have them both. In the beginning it affected Ukrainian soldiers en masse, DPR intelligence reported that bodies were just left in the snow and nearly 40 bodies were taken from a single unit. Then it spreaded to the front line. The situation is very difficult" - he wrote on his page on LiveJournal.

"All the doctors are aware of what they are facing. These are artificially derived viruses!

Feb 01 07:36

The goal of U.S. foreign policy is to support the military-industrial complex through 'interminable war,' reveals former Bush official

As reported by Zero Hedge, retired U.S. Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson said in a recent interview that the main "purpose" today of American foreign policy "is to support the complex that we have created in the national security state that is fueled, funded and powered by interminable war."

Yes, that classic "military-industrial complex" that President Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of our finest and most successful Army generals, warned Americans about during his final State of the Union Address on Jan. 17, 1961.

Feb 01 07:26

FEEDING THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Because he had commanded Allied forces in World War II, President Eisenhower understood the excesses of the war industry and warned Americans about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, a force that continues to siphon off tens of billions of tax dollars, as Jonathan Marshall explains.

Feb 01 07:18

WASHINGTON’S SECRET WAR IN SYRIA UNCOVERED

The CIA and the intelligence agencies of several US allies in the Middle Eastern conflicts have recently been uncovered by the New York Times. The newspaper cites a number of unnamed White House officials that point out that Saudi Arabia has been keeping the role that Washington played in different conflicts throughout the region a secret. Moreover, Saudi officials have been heavily sponsoring US regional engagement, financing operations carried out by American special forces units.

Jan 31 12:13

Charity watchdog reportedly places Wounded Warrior Project on its watch list

The Wounded Warrior Project, the charity for wounded veterans, has been placed on Charity Navigator’s watch list over accusations of using donor money toward excessive spending on conferences and parties instead of on recovery programs

According to the charity’s tax forms, obtained by CBS News, spending on conferences and meetings increased from $1.7 million in 2010, to $26 million in 2014, which is the same amount the group spends on combat stress recovery.

Charity Navigator is a watchdog organization that evaluates charities in the U.S

Jan 31 09:45

China strongly condemns US for sending warship near island

China strongly condemned the United States after a U.S. warship deliberately sailed near one of the Beijing-controlled islands in the hotly contested South China Sea to exercise freedom of navigation and challenge China’s vast sea claims.

Jan 31 09:40

Introduction to the Holohoax, Part1 - the Big Lie

Part 1 of 3 - The holocaust is a preposterous hoax unsupported by any physical evidence. It is made up of literally millions of lies, but it all rests on one 'big lie', that big lie is the focus of this video.

Jan 31 09:32

Chaos and war on Russia’s border

Dear friends,

This is a conversation between one of the foremost Russian experts on the Ukraine, Rostislav Ishchenko, and one of the best know Russian military experts, Igor Korotchenko. Both of them have Ukrainian last names and Ishchenko actually worked for several Ukrainian presidents. These two guys really know what is going on and both of them enjoy a superb access to Russian decision-makers. In this conversation they discuss the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and other national security issues in great detail and from many aspects. This is why I asked Eugenia to subtitle this video even though it is a very long one (1 hour and 20 minutes). An immense THANK YOU to Eugenia for taking on such a huge task (even though she has a demanding job and a family!). The fact that such long, but detailed and extremely interesting conversations are translated by volunteers of the Saker Community greatly contributes to make our blogs something unique.

Enjoy this most interesting discussion and please let us know what you think.

Kind regards,

The Saker

Video translated and subtitled by Eugenia:
http://thesaker.is/chaos-and-war-on-russias-border-must-see/

Jan 31 08:35

Second Navy Combat Ship Goes Down Because Someone Forgot To Check The Oil

The USS Fort Worth, a Navy littoral combat ship, has suffered extensive gear damage while docked at a port in Singapore. The Navy is blaming the incident on a crew error.

According to reports, the crew failed to use sufficient lube oil, leading to excessively high temperatures on the gears.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this any way to run a World War?!?

Jan 31 08:33

Stratfor: Washington will not permit any rapprochement between Germany and Russia

Strengthening of partnership between Germany and Russia would strengthen both countries, but Takada developments would represent a threat to US interests - an assessment of the founder of Stratfor, George Friedman.

He runs the largest US private intelligence and analytical company, for which many rightly say that "the CIA in the shadows." Insofar is indicative that in an interview with Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten pointed out:

"Germany today is under enormous pressure and it is economically vulnerable, and it needed the active cooperation with other countries. However, Berlin is in the choice of partners it's pretty limited. For the greatest benefit would that comprehensive rapprochement with Russia, but he knows that this would cause enormous discontent United States. "

Friedman openly claims to be an important goal of Washington, from whose realization would not give up, just disable warming between Germany and Russia:

Jan 30 21:47

Simon Carswell: Trump and Sanders have more in common than you might think

They have tapped the same frustration felt by voters who feel let down by establishment politicians and angry that the system is stacked against them.

Jan 30 20:35

'Exoatmospheric kill vehicle' designed to crash into nuclear missiles heading for the US tested over California

A missile defense rocket designed to smash incoming missiles out of the sky has been successfully launched from a military base in Central California.
Authorities say a long-range interceptor blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The launch was testing thrusters on the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, which is designed to crash into enemy missiles and destroy them.

Jan 30 18:19

Syrian Army outflanks ISIS fighters in eastern Aleppo – Map update

Pretty soon they will have ISIS in a Cauldron and they will be rolled up and destroyed Like G.A. Custer at the Little Big Horn,which is why Erdogan is screaming bloody murder!

Earlier today, Tiger Forces captured the village of Tanouza as government troops continue to defeat ISIS fighters in eastern Aleppo. Just yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army captured Afesh village while also advancing from newly liberated Wadiah. The main government push seems to be west from Kuweiris Airbase towards the city of Aleppo; meanwhile, sporadic clashes continue relentlessly a few miles from Deir Hafer and Al-Bab.

Regrettably from an Islamist perspective, local ISIS fighters witness themselves desperately trying to predict the next advance by Tiger Forces. Meanwhile, government troops find themselves in high morale as they continue to seize momentum while gradually passing through a collapsing Islamic State line of defence.

Jan 30 09:22

Tyranny,Defiance,and the Death of LaVoy Finicum

They are charged under a federal civil war statute making it illegal to fight back. Then they had the Civil War.

LaVoy Finicum, who was shot at a roadblock by Oregon State Troopers and left to bleed to death in the snow, was not a violent criminal. He and his colleagues from the group calling itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom were traveling to John Day, Oregon to organize political resistance to federal control over lands in the western United States.

The carefully planned ambush, which displayed detailed intelligence regarding the plans of Finicum and his friends, was a joint operation between the FBI and the Oregon State Police. It was was not carried out in defense of persons or property, but to enforce the will of those in control of the Regime.

Jan 30 07:22

World War III - The New Axis of Evil

There isn't just one motive for this bloodbath. Rather there is a matrix of motives which intersect in some rather odd places.

Of course money had to play a role.

In 2009, Qatar put forth a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline which would have passed through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, to Turkey and into Europe. The president of Syria, however rejected this proposal. Instead, in 2011 he forged a pact with Iraq and Iran to run a pipeline eastward cutting Qatar and Saudi Arabia out of the loop completely.

It was around this time that jihadists began flooding into the region intent on ousting Assad. The West presented these groups as freedom fighters.

Jan 29 15:36

Carter Thanks The Netherlands Following Announcement of Expanded Air Campaign

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“I also appreciate the announcement of additional funding to support moderate armed Syrian opposition groups with civilian means and medical assistance, consideration of additional support to the Iraqi security forces and the Peshmerga, and additional funding for the restoration of damaged hospitals, schools and other infrastructure,” Carter said.

Jan 29 15:08

Plan to bomb ISIS in Syria wins Netherlands MP majority support

On Tuesday the PvdA agreed to extend the Dutch participation in the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State to also include bombings in Syria. This means that a large majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, is now behind air strikes against ISIS in Syria, AD reports.

Jan 29 14:31

Iran Says It Flew Drone Over U.S. Carrier - Raw Video

Jan 29 13:25

WORLD WAR III - THE NEW AXIS OF EVIL

The alliances and proxies of the Syrian Front explained. The concept that humanity is teetering on the edge of third world war is no longer the domain of the lunatic fringe. Those of you who have been paying attention know that in reality, the war is already underway. In this video we're going examine the profiles of the key players and the alliances they've formed, expose their motives, and present evidence of crimes that they've already committed. All of our sources will be linked below.

Jan 29 13:11

War and the Destruction of Social Infrastructure in America

Counties in Louisiana and Texas, as well as the cities of Baltimore, Maryland; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Washington D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts all reported that substantial numbers of children have been exposed to elevated lead levels, largely through municipal drinking water.

Many water pipes in the United States are over 100 years old, and a large number of cities still have 100 percent lead plumbing.

The reasons are not hard to find. According to the Congressional Budget Office, public capital investment in transportation and water infrastructure, already underfunded for decades, has been slashed by 23 percent since its peak in 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So there is no money to fix desperately needed water infrastructure, because most of the American government's capital is tied up in existing and soon to come wars, while innocent American children become victims who are doomed to permanent disability because they have to drink poisoned water?!?!?

Folks, something is hideously flawed here, and it's downright criminal that this should be happening.

Jan 29 11:49

Pentagon Looking for 'Worthy Partners' to Fight Daesh in Libya

The United States has deployed military personnel to Libya in an effort to establish contact with militias and other forces that Washington may be able to back in the fight against Daesh, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook told reporters that there is a "small" presence of US military personnel in Libya seeking to establish contact with various militias and other factions to "get a better sense of who the players are" and "who might be worthy of US support."

Cook refused to say if the military personnel included US soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US government is looking for proxy fighters to do our killing for us, and just as savagely viciously as the Saudis are doing in Yemen, where schools, hospitals, residences, and ambulances are targeted, and innocent civilians are getting assassinated by the hundreds.

Jan 29 11:40

WINNER! DONALD TRUMP RAISES $6 MILLION FOR VETERANS WITH FOX NEWS DEBATE BOYCOTT

If Donald Trump had any second thoughts about skipping the GOP debate, he certainly didn’t show it as he took the stage before a raucous crowd at Drake University on Thursday night to say that he had raised nearly $6 million for veterans in one day.

Jan 29 11:17

Navy commander pleads guilty to bribery in massive corruption case where he 'accepted prostitutes in exchange for classified information'

A Navy commander accused of diverting ships to Asian ports for a Malaysian contractor offering prostitution services and other gifts pleaded guilty to bribery charges Thursday.

Michael Misiewicz is one of the highest ranking Naval officials to be charged in the massive scandal, which is centered on businessman Leonard Francis, nicknamed 'Fat Leonard' .

Francis has admitted to providing an exhaustive list of gifts in exchange for classified information that helped his company Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd. overbill the Navy by at least $20 million.

Jan 29 10:29

US handed illegal visas to future Al Qaeda terrorists – Ex-visa officer

America’s anti-Soviet efforts in Afghanistan sparked the formation of Al-Qaeda. Something acknowledged by senior officials in Washington back in 2012.

Jan 29 09:54

Punisher of the Seas: How The "Kalibr" Of "Buyan" Makes NATO Tremble

The word "small" in the title of this ship points out only its capacity of water displacement – the MRK project 21631 is 949 tons, which is comparable to the corvette class. The tonnage is really small, as initially, the project "Buyan-M" was designed as the type of ship not ideal for ocean spaces, but for operations in closed maritime areas for the protection of economic zones (for example in Russia – the Black, Caspian and Azov seas).

Jan 29 09:48

NATO’s increased military presence in E. Europe doesn’t mean return to Cold War – Stoltenberg

NATO will continue increasing its presence in Eastern Europe as Russia remains a serious security challenge for the block, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said as he presented his annual report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"There is no new Cold War. We are calling it the Chilly Confrontation this time!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 28 18:12

Learning to Love — and Use — the Bomb

At a time when America’s public sector is apparently too strapped financially even to provide safe drinking water for some of its residents, the Obama administration plans to commit the nation to spending at least $1 trillion over the next three decades to improve our ability to fight a nuclear war. That’s right — an almost unthinkable war that would end up destroying much of the habitable portion of the globe.

Jan 28 16:45

Hillary Clinton: Least fit of all

Even considering that no one is fit to be president — in that no one should be able to command a state, which rules by threatening and committing violence against innocents — Hillary Clinton is especially unfit. No one who has done what she has done as a government official should be rewarded with power.

Many things in her career could impose this special disqualification. Her vote for George W. Bush’s criminal and lie-based Iraq war, for example, would be more than enough to rule her out. That political ambition now prompts her to express regret for her vote should count for nothing, especially in light of what is to be discussed below. When she says she learned her lesson, she lies.

Likewise, her declaration of open-season on Syrian President Assad gave a boost to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliates.

Jan 28 16:44

Top CIA Whistleblower: Hillary Orchestrated Stinger Missile Deal With ISIS

Jan 28 16:31

Huckabee to attend Trump event

Republican candidate Mike Huckabee has announced that he will attend frontrunner Donald Trump's event to honor veterans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sucking up to be Trump's VP?

Jan 28 16:09

Ron Paul: Senate To Offer President Total War Authority

The US Senate under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is poised to rush to the floor a bill that would give the president total war authority anywhere on the globe, perhaps even including on US soil. All in the name of fighting ISIS, Congress is about to crown the president with unlimited war powers. In today’s Liberty Report we discuss the dangers of the incredible shrinking Legislative branch of government:

Jan 28 16:02

Japan's first stealth plane X-2 should test fly in February

JAPAN today introduced the first stealth aircraft designed in the country, which is trying to catch up in technology and develop their intelligence and observation capacity while China expands its military presence in the region.

The experimental plane X-2 should have the first test flight in February.
Japanese defense officials said the plane made to trial the stealth technology that could be used in the next generation of fighter aircraft. The next generation of aircraft to replace the F-2 in the Japanese air force at the earliest 2028th

X-2 has a hull 14 meters long, with a wingspan of nine meters. Developed by Mitsubishi ( Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ), this airplane has a reduced radar visibility, including a cabin with a special stealth coating that absorbs part of the radar beam.

The project, worth 40 billion yen ($ 308 million) began in 2009.

Jan 28 15:44

When Robots Commit War Crimes

The use of robots in war present a variety of problems, such as who has authority over them and who is accountable for them. As they’re programmed to act of their own volition, those issues are only accentuated. In April 2015, at the Independent, Chris Green writes about a report issued by Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.

Jan 28 15:05

BREAKING ALERT: RUSSIAN FIGHTER JET INTERCEPTS U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT BY 20 FEET!

The event occurred when a Russian S U 27 jet fighter came within just 20 feet of a U S R C 1 35 reconnaissance aircraft when it was well within international airspace and far away from any Russian territory.

Navy Captain Daniel Hernandez, chief spokesman for the U.S. European Command, told the Washington Free Beacon quote, “On January 25 an R C 1 35 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian S u 27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner. We are looking into the issue.”

U S officials reported the S U 27 flew alongside the R C 1 35, then performed an aggressive banking turn away from the intelligence jet disturbing the controllability of the U S aircraft.

Jan 28 14:44

Army Command RecommendsGreen Beret Be Kicked Out for Confronting Afghan Child Rapist

Army Human Resources Command has recommended that the Green Beret who confronted an Afghan police commander for raping a young boy be kicked out of the service.

Jan 28 12:41

‘We are fighting ISIS and Taliban at same time’ – Afghan Chief Executive

Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah is on Sophie&Co to discuss the confrontation with the Taliban, the rise of ISIS.

Jan 28 11:35

Israel supplies South Sudan government with wiretapping equipment

Israel sold wiretapping equipment to South Sudan even after the civil war broke out, and this equipment was used to identify and arrest opponents of the government, a UN report has charged.

The report, compiled by a panel of experts tasked with examining the implementation of sanctions against South Sudan, is the final version of an interim report published in August. It concluded that both sides in the country’s civil war are managing to buy arms and other military equipment despite the sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli arms and communications companies will sell anything to any country, no matter its human rights records, if profits are to be made.

One has to wonder just how soon it will decide to sell its nuclear arms technology to the highest bidder.

Jan 28 11:19

U.S. PLANS TO REPLENISH SAUDI MISSILES USED IN AIR STRIKES ON YEMEN THAT U.N. SAYS MAY CONSTITUTE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

A Saudi-led coalition fighting in neighboring Yemen has targeted civilians with air strikes and some of the attacks could be a crimes against humanity, United Nations sanctions monitors said in an annual report to the Security Council. The report by the U.N. panel that monitors the conflict in Yemen for the Security Council, seen by Reuters on Wednesday, sparked calls by rights groups for the United States and Britain to halt sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used in such attacks.

Jan 28 09:43

Dumb and Dumber

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

the stupidity draft? two related links
https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/speaking-dumb-soldiers/ recruiting special ed
https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/smart-soldier/
questioning 'team spirit'

Jan 28 09:25

New Conservative Polish Govt May Be in 'Maidan' Crosshairs

The whole thing could, of course, be received with an ironic smile – on the face of it, it is looking like the ousted political, business and media establishment are getting out of their luxury cars and going into the streets to call for a repeat of Maidan. Doing this, of course, under the alleged banner of ‘restoring democracy’, can be read as an attempt to bring themselves back into power. These calls for the creation of Maidan in Poland and EU intervention in order to ‘restore democracy’ are sown on very fertile ground when it comes to the EU and Germany.

Jan 28 09:25

Learning to Love — and Use — the Bomb

spread the lie about North Korea and fire up the military industrial complex

snip: As James Doyle, a former nonproliferation analyst at Los Alamos National Laboratory, put it, “Lowering the threshold of nuclear war poses the very real threat of rapid escalation in a conflict potentially resulting in the use of many, more destructive nuclear weapons.”

Russia certainly views the Obama administration’s current nuclear program as upsetting the stability of traditional deterrence. Following a recent test of the new B61-12 bomb, Russia’s deputy defense minister, Anatoly Antonov, denounced it as “irresponsible” and “openly provocative.”

Jan 28 09:20

Ten regiments of Russia’s Strategic Missile Force placed on highest alert

Ten missile regiments of Russia’s Strategic Missile Force have assumed combat duty and the highest level of alert, the Strategic Missile Force’s press office said on Tuesday.

Seven regiments armed with Topol, Topol-M and Yars mobile missile systems will advance for combat patrols in the Ivanovo, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Kirov and Irkutsk Regions, the Altai Territory and the Republic of Mary El, the press office said.

Jan 28 09:19

THE PENTAGON DECLARED THAT RUSSIA IS THE MAIN THREAT IN EUROPE

The United States European Command (EUCOM) said that deterring Russia was its top priority in Europe. This was stated in the new strategy, published on the EUCOM website. The document also says that Russia challenges the US's allies and partners around the world, which is a global problem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You people in Europe better slap Washington DC up side of the head and tell them to take their war somewhere else.

Jan 28 09:17

Russian aggression a top concern in U.S. European Command's new military strategy

The U.S. European Command issued an “updated theater strategy” document Tuesday, pointing to Russian aggression as a top concern and warning that the U.S. troop drawdowns of the past 25 years put the region’s stability at risk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Still pushing that "Russian aggression" crap! Who invaded Afghanistan in 2001? Who invaded Iraq in 2003? Who invaded Libya? Who invaded Yemen? Who supported the coup in Kiev in 2014? The US is the aggressor nation.

Jan 28 06:39

Germany and the UNO against Syria

The neo-conservatives and liberal hawks who have been preparing the war against Syria since 2001 have been relying on several states from the UNO and the Gulf Co-operation Council. While we know about the role played by General David Petraeus in launching and pursuing the war until today, two personalities - Jeffrey Feltman (number 2 at the UNO) and Volker Perthes (Director of the main German think tank) - have remained in the shadows. Together, with the support of Berlin, they have been using and are still manipulating the United Nations in order to destroy Syria.

Jan 27 19:58

Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With US Bombs

Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance. In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The airstrikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights Watch charges that these bombings “have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians.”

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