Nov 02 09:59

US Military Gets 'Kindergarten' Grade According to Influential Report

James Jay Carafano, America’s leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, has criticized the current state of the US military, calling it “not a bad grade for kindergarten,” but certainly “not much to show for a commander-in-chief after seven years of stewardship over America’s military.”

His comments on The Heritage Foundation website follow the assessments of the US military index, released by the Foundation in its “2016 Index of US Military Strength” report.
The report concluded that the US’ military posture is rated as “marginal” for its Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Nuclear power, trending toward “weak”, and is just plain “weak” for the Army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact this information is true, it does not bode well for any war-fighting in which this country may become engaged; and unfortunately, that may be coming sooner rather than later.

Nov 02 09:53

Russian Arms Exporters Seek to Expand Presence in Asia

The Russian defense industry has been working on increasing its arms export to Asia and Oceania.

After the US and EU imposed sanctions against Russia, Moscow has been making an effort to strengthen its presence in Asia. According to a report released earlier this year by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), more than 60 percent of Russian arms exports go to Asia and Oceania in particularly to India and China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing is perfect; Russia has just demonstrated how effective their weaponry is during their bombing campaign in Syria!

Nov 02 09:48

BEX ALERT - US allies in S. China Sea want expanded American presence in region – Pentagon chief

Tensions are flaring up in the South China Sea, as pro and anti-Western powers vie for the waters. American allies are now demanding an increased US presence in the area, despite China and Japan agreeing to talks.

Nov 02 09:47

First China, Now Russia: US Navy Chief Debates European Escalation Amid "Fears For The Global System"

What happens next? A very likely course of events is that despite Russia's denials, the Pentagon will use the gambit of a Russian ground campaign, credible or not, to get permission from Congress to send a "small", at first, then bigger ground force of US troops in Syria to, you guessed it,"fight ISIS", but really to do everything to prevent Russian troops from taking over key strategic positions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's give every member of Congress who voters for more war a rifle and as parachute and send them in!

Nov 02 09:46

Iraq Turns On America: “Iraqi People Have Started To Feel That The US Isn't Serious About Fighting ISIS"

If you frequent these pages, you’re well aware of why the US decided to release helmet cam footage of a raid on an ISIS prison in the northern Iraqi town of Huwija.

Put simply, Baghdad has had just about enough of Washington’s “strategy” for fighting terror in the country and when PM Haider al-Abadi said he would welcome Russian airstrikes, the US panicked.

Nov 02 09:33

US special forces deployed as ‘human shields’ to protect terror assets in Syria: Analyst

The CIA began its covert operation in 2013 to arm, fund and train terrorists to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Obama's decision to deploy special forces to Syria is "more about inhibiting Russian success in destroying the sundry anti-regime forces on the ground than about either 'helping the fight against [ISIL]' as claimed, or about misgivings of a large-scale American invasion," Cunningham wrote.

The analyst added that "the real purpose for Obama sending in the troops is to restrict Russian offensive operations by introducing the risk of bombing American forces. In effect, the US Special Forces are being used as human shields to protect American regime-change assets on the ground."

Nov 02 09:31

US Navy Can Be Sunk

It appears that Washington, ever a seething cauldron of bright ideas, is looking for a shooting war with China, or perhaps trying to make the Chinese kowtow and back down, the pretext being some rocks in the Pacific in which the United States cannot possibly have a vital national interest. Or, really, any interest. And if the Chinese do not back down?

I do not know a great deal about the Chinese Navy, having been out of that loop for years. I do know that the Chinese are smart, and that they have optimized their forces specifically to take out carrier battle groups near their territory. They do not try to match the US ship-for-ship in the kind of war America wants to fight. They would lose fast, and they know it. The key is to swarm the fleet with cruise missiles arriving all at once, accompanied perhaps by large numbers of aircraft. Would this work? I don’t know, but that is certainly the way I would bet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government has absolutely lost the ability to negotiate in good faith, and therein lies the rub.

As I mentioned in a previous post, there is a tacit agreement between Chinese and Russians weapons makers, that when they deliver military hardware and software, and it is deployed in the field, it works absolutely as advertised.

With American weapons makers, the products are often horribly over budget, excessively late on delivery, and do not function as advertised.

Please understand this; as a Christian pacifist, I abhor war as a way of attempting to resolve geopolitical issues.

But when our troops are deployed, I want them working with weapons which are fully functional, period, end of discussion. And it is in this matter where American weapons manufacturers have fallen way short of the mark, and I don't know how - and when - this issue will be resolved, in light of the "generous contributions" to political campaigns made by those manufacturers to keep their products at the forefront of their competition.

Nov 02 08:25

Multipolar world

Since the end of the Cold War a quarter of a century ago, the global security order has been dangerously out of balance. During this time the U.S. has been able to unilaterally dictate its unipolar agenda. Today American hegemony is in question and in decline. Welcome back to a multipolar world.

Nov 02 08:21

The CIA's Torture Experiment

This month, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the architects of the CIA's torture program. The lawsuit argues that in addition to designing, overseeing, and personally conducting torture sessions, the two psychologists engaged in unethical research and experimentation on detainees.

In both the Nazi and American examples, the experiments were carried out in the name of "national security." A Nazi doctor whom I (Lifton) interviewed had at first opposed the harmful "research" but changed his mind and participated in typhus experiments with prisoners after being told by a Nazi medical bureaucrat that they were necessary for finding ways to prevent epidemics in German troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a completely "limited hangout" here, and goes no where near far enough,to unravel the true culpability for these crimes.

And I say this because true accountability cannot just stop with these doctors; unless, and until, it goes all the way up the food chain to that unholy trinity of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, no real, moral accountability can ever be accomplished, and the moral stain on the conscience of this country resulting from these actions will never be removed.

And unfortunately, when President Obama took office, and told the American people, and the world, that we were going to be looking forward, and not backward, at the crimes committed in the name of alleged "national security", he made his very own, quite personal, pact with the devil to insure both his election, and the reality that these men would never, ever be brought to justice.

Nov 02 07:22


There is one thing the deal makes clear, however. The Pentagon's share of the spending increases would be $33 billion in FY16, made up of a $25B increase in the Pentagon’s base budget and an $8B increase in the OCO. As for how the Pentagon’s $15 billion increase in FY17 will be allocated, the report in Defense News is silent.

Nov 01 12:54

‘Calculated to put American troops in danger’: Why US wants escalation in Syria

Sending some 50 US advisers to Syria illegally to train the so-called ‘moderate rebels’ looks like a calculated move. If, or when, someone gets hurt, the US will have a pretext for boots on the ground, believes retired US Air Force Lieutenant Col Karen Kwiatkowski......

Nov 01 12:35


Though we cannot state with certainty what exactly happened in each of the following cases, the pattern of cover up and potential motive appear to reveal a common thread.

Nov 01 10:32

Anti-New York Times / 11/1 Russian Plane Crash?

We here at The Anti-New York Times have always been averse to jumping to hasty conclusions. But we have no qualms about quickly forming hypotheses based on preliminary data, possible motives, means, and known historical precedent.

With regard to the Halloween crash over Egypt of Russian Airbus A321, operated by Metrojet, we hereby present some pieces of the puzzle that appear, at this point - to lead to a 'conspiracy theory' involving 'the usual suspects' (cough-cough).

Webmaster addition: I reject the obvious propaganda that ISIS shot down the Russian aircraft, and am still leaning towards failure of the rear pressure bulkhead as the cause of the accident. But this article makes a suggestion that should not be dismissed out of hand which is that the plane was bombed by CIA/Mossad as "punishment" for Russia's success in Syria.

Nov 01 08:36

US Special Forces deployed as ‘human shields’ to salvage terror assets in Syria

Obama’s decision to send Special Forces into Syria is being widely viewed as a US military escalation in the country. The troop dispatch also signals that the US trying to forestall Russian successes in wiping out Washington’s regime-change assets in Syria.

In short, the US Special Forces are being used as “human shields” to curb Russian air strikes against anti-government mercenaries, many of whom are instrumental in Washington’s regime-change objective in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To all members of the military: Is this what you put that uniform on to do? Be a human shield for terrorists?

Nov 01 08:22

Army chief: Russia threat demands review of Europe force posture

The U.S. Army is reviewing its force structure in Europe, measuring everything from crisis-response capabilities to its mix of armor and infantrymen, as the service adapts to counter a revanchist Russia, the Army chief of staff said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Those gosh darned rooskies insist on deciding for themselves how to run their own country, and by golly we cannot allow that!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 01 08:21

The Caliph at the gates of Vienna

History has a jolly habit of repeating itself as surrealist farce. Is it 1683 all over again, with the Ottoman Empire laying siege to Vienna just to be defeated by the “infidels” at the last minute?

No; it’s 2015 and a Caliph simulacrum – Ibrahim, a.k.a. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — has prompted a gaggle of world powers, lesser powers and assorted minions to converge to Vienna to discuss how to defeat him.

Westphalians, we got a problem. None of this makes any sense if Iran is not at the table discussing a solution for the Syrian tragedy. Moscow knew it from the start. Washington — reluctantly — had to admit the obvious. But the problem was never Iran. The problem is the ideological matrix of goons who metastasize into Caliphs: Saudi Arabia.

Nov 01 08:19

US finally approves crucial ‘smart bomb’ sale to Turkey

The U.S. has decided to sell Turkey $70 million worth of “smart bombs,” a key item in a set of crucial weapon systems that Washington had been refusing to send to Ankara.

Nov 01 07:49

Iran ready to counter any malicious US, Israeli moves: Defense minister

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the Iranian Armed Forces always stand ready to respond to any malicious moves by the US and the Israeli regime.

The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to “boost its defense capability” and is prepared to respond to any mischievous acts by Washington and Tel Aviv, Dehqan said on Saturday.

He said the preparedness of the Iranian Armed Forces is based on its defense doctrine and the need to counter threats and also in line with its policy to support the anti-Israeli resistance movement in all fields.

Oct 31 12:51

No-Guerra No-NATO Peace Conference in Rome

A Tribute to the “No-Guerra No-NATO” and pro-Peace Demonstration in Rome on Monday 26 October 2015

We, the people of Europe have to stand up against NATO. We must not let go.

As we know by now, the Soviet threat was a farce the western people – mostly the people of the US and Europe – were made to believe by a massive and continuous propaganda campaign, a western propaganda of lies – not unlike today’s anti-Russia, anti-China supra-multi-billion dollars Zionist-Anglo-Saxon media misinformation.

Oct 31 12:47

US sponsored ISIS Burning

Russia is putting on a display of fire power in Syria that is shocking the world and embarrassing the Obama administration.

“The tide of the conflict in Syria seems to be turning fast because the Russians have stepped in… The militants are in total panic. 600 militants have abandoned their positions… The Russian Airforce has been bombing the living daylights out of ISIS…”

Oct 31 12:44

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 31 09:26

The 'White Feather Girls': women's militarism in the UK

The suffrage movement was split by the Great War. Most often remembered are the pacifists. But the militant history of feminist war supporters in Britain, and the audacity of the 'White Feather Girls' who shamed young men into enlisting, must also be remembered in this centenary year

(Note: Not mentioned in article, but knowing what we know now about the real "Greater Israel" objectives of World War I per "The Balfour Declaration", one must ask if these "White Feather" women were working under the direction of Jewish Power much like the "FEMEN" are in Russia today)

Oct 31 09:25

Why Do We Have Wars?

Oct 31 08:58

BEX Alert!!! - "ISIS claims responsibility for Russian jet crash"

ISIS has claimed responsibility for destroying a Russian passenger jet in response to Vladimir Putin's decision to bomb Jihadi targets in Syria, although both Moscow and Egypt have denied any possible terrorism link. . .

. . . It crashed in the Hassana area, south of Arish. Security forces discovered the crash wreckage in a remote mountainous area in a region containing many ISIS-affiliated terrorists.

Egyptian sources are claiming that wreckage has been spread over a three-mile area while an ISIS-affiliate has tried to claim responsibility for the disaster.

According to the statement: 'The soldiers of the caliphate succeeded in bringing down a Russian plane in Sinai.' However, Russian transport ministry sources dismissed the claim suggesting 'they cannot be accurate'.

Oct 31 08:52

Belated admission of a war crime: When would “misrepresenting the truth" actually be called an outright lie?

“Dr Blix told me that Tony Blair’s claims about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction were simply not an accurate reflection of the intelligence provided to the British government.
"The big difference in the British dossier,” Dr Blix told me, “was that they simply asserted that these items are there. But when Mr Blair asserts that there were weapons, well that's an assertion and it was not supported by evidence. Both the UK and the US replaced question marks by exclamation marks. I certainly think it was a misrepresentation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Truth is like virginity. It either is or is not, and euphemisms do not change that!

Oct 31 08:18

16 times Obama said there would be no boots on the ground in Syria

Since 2013, President Obama has repeatedly vowed that there would be no "boots on the ground" in Syria.

But White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president's decision Friday to send up to 50 special forces troops to Syria doesn't change the fundamental strategy: "This is an important thing for the American people to understand. These forces do not have a combat mission."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's what they said about the "advisers" in Vietnam!

Oct 31 08:04

US Sending Special Forces to Aid ISIS in Syria

US forces who obey these illegal orders are giving aid and comfort to the enemies of America! Treason doth prosper when none dare call it treason. This is TREASON most foul!

Washington is desperate to find ways of countering Russia’s effective Middle East agenda - combining formidable military might against terrorism with trustworthy diplomacy, proving Moscow is a valued partner, polar opposite Washington, a rogue bully.

Obama’s pledge about no “American combat troops fighting on foreign soil” proved another of his many Big Lies.
US Special Forces will be deployed to northern areas - illegally without Damascus or Security Council authorization.

Unannounced greater numbers may join them. Their mission: aiding ISIS and other takfiri terrorists, putting them in harm’s way.

Oct 31 08:03

Israel hosts its largest-ever international air force exercise

Air forces from around the world have gathered deep in the Arava desert in the south of Israel for the past week and a half to take part in the largest aerial exercise in the history of the Israeli Air Force.

The “Blue Flag” exercise, which is continuing through November 3, pits the Israeli Air Force, the United States Air Force, Greece’s Hellenic Air Force and the Polish Air Force against a fictional enemy state, the captain in charge of all IAF exercises told The Times of Israel Thursday night.

A number of other countries, including Germany, also sent pilots and officers to observe the exercise, but did not take part.

Oct 31 07:26

US Invasion of Syria Begins

By Tony Cartalucci

As previously warned about in June of 2015, the United States has announced that it will officially begin ground operations in Syria through the use of special forces...

Oct 30 22:35

Untangling America from the American Empire

The Status Quo would have us believe that America and its Empire are one entity. This is handy for those with Imperial designs but it is false: America could be untangled from its Empire, and many of us believe it is essential that America untangles itself from its Imperial structures and ideologies.

What I call The Imperial Project was cobbled together in the aftermath of World War II, when the Soviet Union and America posed an existential threat to each other's ideologies and systems. It may be hard to believe, but the U.S. did not have a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other espionage/intelligence gathering agency prior to World War II.

America had no spy agency and no Black Operations/Special Forces capabilities. The National Security State as we know it today did not exist.

Oct 30 15:25

America’s Civilian Killings Are No Accident

America and its allies make modern war in a way that assures “mistakes”
destroy hospitals, and civilian lives are taken by drones. These horrors are
all too often strategic decisions, or the result of the profligate use of needlessly destructive weapons. They are typically far from accidents.

Oct 30 14:17

MUST-SEE Crazed US Senator Attacks Defense Secretary for not Planning War With Russia!

Depraved disciple of Mad John McCain just took crazy to a whole new level. If Mad John McCain is the most disgusting man in America (and he is), then certainly his snarling little sidekick from South Carolina Lindsey Graham is a strong second.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, John!

Oct 30 13:38

War with Russia? Obama Just Authorized “Boots on the Ground” in Syria

In what is being reported as “the most significant escalation in the US military campaign against ISIS to date,” Obama has just authorized boots on the ground in Syria.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the U.S. would be deploying “less than 50? Special Operations forces, who will be sent to Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria. The American troops will help local Kurdish and Arab forces fighting ISIS with logistics and are planning to bolster their efforts.

Remember back in fall 2013 when Americans were literally protesting an invasion into Syria because everyone knew it was b.s.?

Well, they wanted in to Syria somehow. It’s one of the paths to Persia, so-to-speak. They were going to make it happen any way they could.

All it took was two years and a little ISIS scaremongering to change all that real quick, huh?

Oct 30 13:27

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 30 13:25

The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam

The no-fly zone in Syria already exists. It is run by Russia and Washington is unable to jam it.

NATO is desperate. The Pentagon is desperate. Imagine waking up one day in Washington and Brussels just to realize Russia has the ability to electronically jam — detect, trace, disable, destroy — NATO electronics within a 600 km range across Syria (and southern Turkey).

Imagine the nightmare of row after row of Russian Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming systems mounted on helicopters and ships jamming everything in sight and finding every available source of electromagnetic radiation. Not only in Syria but also in Ukraine.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army units in Europe, was even forced to qualify Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Ukraine as “eye-watering.”

Oct 30 12:59

Sign of the times: Hines VA Hospital photobombed by billboard

In a sign of the times, billboards are now up near the west end of the Eisenhower Expressway. The ads that blast the Hines Veterans Hospital are placed in the shadow of the hospital itself.

The bright yellow billboards cannot be missed and flash on separate digital displays visible in both directions of the Eisenhower near the exit for Edward Hines VA Hospital. Hines is the latest target of a national campaign to improve veterans medical care accountability by those who provide it. The billboards are funded by a group composed of veterans, current and former VA staffers, and some union leaders.

"The VA itself in my personal opinion doesn't like veterans - not the people at the VA - the institution itself doesn't like veterans because it makes it work," said Dr. Lisa Nee, former Hines cardiologist.

Oct 30 12:23

The Great American Military Rip-Off (and why Russia and China are gaining in defense)

Is the rest of the world catching up to the US in the military arena? Is the US simply bogged down with too much politics, pork and pink elephants?

Last week, Russian leader Vladimir Putin gave a public rebuttal to an open media challenge leveled by BBC veteran correspondent John Simpson, after Simpson accused Russia of being an ‘international aggressor’ in the both Europe and the Middle East.

Putin responded sharply by pointing that while Washington’s annual defense and military budget totals well over $600 billion, Russia’s annual budget is a meager $70 – $80 billion in comparison, and while the US operates well over 1,000 military bases and outposts globally, Russia has only two.

In light of Russia’s recent effectiveness in striking terrorist targets in Syria, this raises another very important question: is Russia getting more “bang for its buck” in terms of defense than the US?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the US tax dollars get spent for on weaponry and electronics is no actual measure of what we have been getting for those tax dollars, unfortunately; and that usually translates into weapons systems which arrive late, do not perform as advertised, and are horrifically over budget.

And why?!? Because Congress and the Pentagon simply allow this to happen; it is "the way of doing business" in this country which no one really cares to think about reforming.

However, that is going to bite our troops in a very sensitive portion of the anatomy, when these weapons are field deployed, and do NOT work as advertised.

And let me make this very clear; as a Christian pacifist, I abhor war as a way to resolve geopolitical problems. I have family and friends in the military, so to me, this is very personal.

However, that being said, our military should get the best value possible in the weapons systems it buys, so when these weapons, electronics, and aircraft are deployed, they function perfectly.

Oct 30 11:56


The runaway military surveillance blimp that came loose from an Army base in Maryland on Wednesday dragged its torn tether through power lines in two Pennsylvania counties before crashing into the woods. But at least no one died.

Oct 30 10:09

China does not recognize Hague’s arbitration court jurisdiction in South China Sea

China has refused to take part in hearings in the The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration on territorial disputes in the South China Sea initiated by the Philippines and said it does not recognize the court’s jurisdiction, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin said on Friday.

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Oct 30 09:46

India Staging Biggest Air Exercise To Prepare For 2-Front War

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is staging its biggest exercise, codenamed 'Live Wire', to test its preparedness to fight a two-front war in case of a simultaneous armed conflict with China and Pakistan.

This exercise, which begins on Oct 31, involves the simultaneous activation of all airbases across the country from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir to Car Nicobar in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for about 15 days.

"The most important part of Exercise Live Wire is to rehearse quick movement of air assets from one theatre to another," a top IAF officer explained to Arming India.

Oct 30 09:35

U.S. ignores the UN small arms treaty they signed and are selling arms to rogue nations

Remember back in 2013 when the U.S. signed onto the United National Small Arms Treaty parameters, which restricted the selling of arms to rogue and aggressive nations? Well, like nearly all treaties the government has signed since its inception, enforcement and integrity tied to their signature lasts about as long as it takes a corporation or political party to want to profit from breaking that treaty.

So it should come as no surprise that the U.S. Department of Defense just signed a deal where they would sell $11 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, which is enlisted in an illegal war against their neighboring country of Yemen.

Oct 30 09:34

China to US: Minor Provocative Act in South China Sea Could Spark War

China’s Naval Commander, Admiral Wu Shengli, has warned the US Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, that any “dangerous, provocative acts” of the US Navy could spark war in the South China Sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oct 30 09:31

$100 Billion Contract Awarded for Top Secret Stealth Nuclear Bomber

By Nicholas West

The American taxpayer has been given another expense by the Pentagon this week to the tune of $100 billion over at least two decades.

A contract has been awarded to mega defense contractor Northrop Grumman to construct 100 of the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB) which is claimed to be a necessary upgrade to its 1950s-era B-52...

Oct 30 09:25

The Great American Military Rip-Off (and why Russia and China are gaining in defense)

Last week, Russian leader Vladimir Putin gave a public rebuttal to an open media challenge leveled by BBC veteran correspondent John Simpson, after Simpson accused Russia of being an ‘international aggressor’ in the both Europe and the Middle East.

Putin responded sharply by pointing that while Washington’s annual defense and military budget totals well over $600 billion, Russia’s annual budget is a meager $70 – $80 billion in comparison, and while the US operates well over 1,000 military bases and outposts globally, Russia has only two.

In light of Russia’s recent effectiveness in striking terrorist targets in Syria, this raises another very important question: is Russia getting more “bang for its buck” in terms of defense than the US?

A more apt question from American taxpayers might be: is the US military so over-bloated that it’s no longer competitive in real terms? That said, just how badly is the federal government ripping off the American taxpayer?

Oct 30 08:23

Runaway blimp with high-tech military items loose over U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More than a billion spent for this blimp and its high-tech surveillance gear, and it breaks loose in calm weather. I think we can score this test as a failure, and another proof that simply spending oodles of money does not a superior military make!

Oct 30 08:11

We Got Your Back, Bro: Pentagon Chief Vows to Boost Israel’s Military Edge

The United States will enhance "the entire spectrum" of military cooperation with Israel, from cyber defense and high-end attack capabilities down to a joint program aimed at combating terror tunnels, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

Oct 30 08:01

A small contingent of US special forces to be deployed to Syria - Reuters

A small contingent of US special forces will be sent as part of an “advise and assist” mission to the Syrian rebels fighting against Islamic State militants, Reuters reported citing unnamed US officials.

President Barack Obama is expected to make a full announcement Friday.

Oct 30 07:58

Russian Armed Forces carry out missile launches as part of scheduled inspection

The Russian Armed Forces have had a scheduled drill in testing the system of command and control. The effort embraced the bases and units of the Strategic Missile Troops, the North and Pacific Fleets, the Caspian Flotilla, and the Strategic Aviation.

"In the course of the drill, the Armed Forces tested the reliability of passage of the operation orders and signals down the entire vertical of command and control from the National Defence Control Center to the command stations at bases and separate units," the Defence Ministry said in a report on the exercise.

Oct 29 19:44

China Sea Blues: A Thing Not to Do

Fred on War with China.

It appears that Washington, ever a seething cauldron of bright ideas, is looking for a shooting war with China, or perhaps trying to make the Chinese kowtow and back down, the pretext being some rocks in the Pacific in which the United States cannot possibly have a vital national interest.

Years back I went aboard the USS Vincennes, CG-49, a Tico class Aegis boat, then the leading edge of naval technology.

The Navy has not been in a war for seventy years. It has sat off various shores and launched aircraft, but the fleet has not been engaged. Over decades of inaction, complacency sets in. Unfortunately, wars regularly turn out to be otherwise than expected. Further, the American military’s standard approach to a war is to underestimate the enemy (there is probably a manual on this).

Oct 29 15:46

US refuses to recognize South China Sea islets as Chinese territory

China has warned against any violation of its territorial waters by American warships.

A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman said the country’s military will take all necessary measures in response to any future incursions by US vessels into its territorial waters around islands in the South China Sea. The warning followed the sailing of a US guided missile destroyer within the 22-kilometer territorial limit of one of the islands newly created by China. The US refuses to recognize the man-made islets in the strategically vital region as deserving of sovereign territory status. The Chinese side took no forceful action during a US warship’s sail-by on Tuesday, but strongly protested the move. The spokesman offered no details on how Beijing might respond differently in the future.

Oct 29 15:06

800 Colombian Soldiers Join Saudi-Led Forces in Yemen

Hundreds of former Colombian nationals are fighting alongside Saudi -led forces in Yemen, media reported on Sunday.

Pan–Latin American terrestrial and satellite television network, Telesurtv, quoted the Colombian newspaper, El Tiempo, as saying that as many as 800 Colombian nationals could soon be fighting in Yemen, with dozens likely already in the war-torn country.

The troops include former Colombian soldiers fighting under contract with Saudi Arabia, the report said.

Oct 29 13:44

US, allies gearing up for war with Russia: Analyst

The decision by the United States and its allies to deploy more troops and heavy weaponry onto Russia’s borders indicates that Washington is gearing up for a fight with Russia, an American journalist and political activist says.

“They are clearly preparing to fight a war with Russia, and they are not only preparing to fight it at the old battle lines, but at Russia’s door, while they talk about Russia provoking,” Don DeBar said during an interview with Press TV on Thursday.

He made the remarks when asked for his views on Washington’s plans to deploy up to 4,000 more forces in countries bordering with Russia.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that under one plan, roughly 800 to 1,000 soldiers will be stationed in each of the four battalions to be deployed to Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Barry...

As a side note, keep in mind that every major war since the start of the industrial age has ultimately been lost by the side that started the hostilities.

Oct 29 11:24

Huge problems with Taiwanese AH-64E fleet

The Republic of China Army Aviation (RoCAA; Taiwan) has extreme difficulties keeping its 29 new AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters airborne. Part of the problem is a discovered material failure due to faulty production by Boeing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oops!" -- Boing

Oct 29 11:15

USAF officer defied order to launch nuclear missiles at height of Cuban Missile Crisis. Turned out orders were a mistake and WWIII and a nuclear hell on earth were averted.

The Okinawa missiles of October

When the missiles' readiness was raised to DEFCON 2, the crews had been informed that there would be no further such tests. So this time, when the first portion of the code matched, Bordne’s crew was instantly alarmed and, indeed, the second part, for the first time ever, also matched.

At this point, the launch officer of Bordne's crew, Capt. William Bassett, had clearance, to open his pouch. If the code in the pouch matched the third part of the code that had been radioed, the captain was instructed to open an envelope in the pouch that contained targeting information and launch keys. Bordne says all the codes matched, authenticating the instruction to launch all the crew’s missiles. Since the mid-shift broadcast was transmitted by radio to all eight crews, Capt. Bassett, as the senior field officer on that shift, began exercising leadership, on the presumption that the other seven crews on Okinawa had received the order as well, Bordne proudly told me during a three-hour interview conducted in May 2015. He also allowed me to read the chapter on this incident in his unpublished memoir, and I have exchanged more than 50 emails with him to make sure I understood his account of the incident.

Oct 29 11:12

Pentagon personnel on site to investigate loose blimp

Some 40 personnel from the home base of the military blimp that broke loose Wednesday are now at the site where it landed, a U.S. military official told CNN.

There is an on-scene commander and also an investigating officer for the Pentagon, and they hope to remove the wreckage by the end of the day.

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Don't know why,
There's a blimp up in the sky,
Broken tether,
Since my rope and pad ain't together,
Keeps driftin' all the time.

Sung to the tune of "Stormy Weather" (Sent in by a reader)

Oct 29 09:55

Thousands Of Soldiers With Mental Health Disorders Kicked Out For 'Misconduct'

The U.S. Army has kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers since 2009 for "misconduct," after they returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and were diagnosed with mental health disorders and traumatic brain injuries. That means many of those soldiers are not receiving the crucial treatment or retirement and health care benefits they would have received with an honorable discharge.

The Army has taken these actions despite a 2009 federal law designed to ensure that troops whose mental illness might be linked to the wars aren't cast aside.

That's the finding of a joint investigation by NPR and Colorado Public Radio that listened to hours of secret recordings, looked at hundreds of pages of confidential military documents and interviewed dozens of sources both inside and outside the base.

One of the Army's top officials who oversee mental health, Lt. Col. Chris Ivany, told NPR and CPR that the Army is not violating the spirit of the 2009 law by dismissing those soldiers for misconduct.

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Memo to Lt. Col. Chris Ivany: CODSWALLOP, SIR!!

This is the Army's excuse for kicking these soldiers out, and is a cost-cutting move, pure pure and simple.

Oct 29 09:17

‘Freedom of the Seas’ Means American Global Hegemony

There’s ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough to keep us from our sacred duty to protect the world from itself. From the South China Sea to the shores of the Black Sea, America stands guard over Freedom. This tweet from Foreign Policy magazine, the organ of the Council on Foreign Relations, states our mission bluntly: “The Obama administration will finally send a destroyer to uphold freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.”

Oct 29 09:16

Refugee crisis: Brought to you by Western imperialism

Wherever a socially oriented government gets into power, the West immediately begins to manufacture and sponsor so-called “opposition movements.” Civil wars are triggered, sometimes followed by direct invasions.

The result is easy to predict: when progressive governments are forced to leave and the extreme, pro-business and pro-Western regimes are installed, the social fabric quickly collapses, brutality begins to reign and millions of desperate people are forced to flee. The same goes for when some horrific civil war is triggered from outside and divides the country.

Internally displaced, people begin to move all around their countries, aimlessly and in deep confusion. In the past it happened in such places as Cambodia, during and after the savage US carpet-bombing of the countryside, and it is now happening in Syria.

Oct 29 08:48

ISIS terrorists obtain chemical weapons

Islamic State terrorists have gained access to the production of chemical weapons, the head of the department for non-proliferation and arms control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said, Pravda.Ru reports with reference to TASS.

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Now who would give ISIS a thing like that?!? :)

Oct 29 08:30

Syria -- Rebel Commanders: Russia Is Ruining Our Plan “On a Daily Basis”

According to the Associated Press, rebel commanders have recently admitted that “Russian aircraft were pounding their bases in central and northern Syria on a daily basis.”

Those rebel commanders didn’t know that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was tactical. They also proved that Lavrov was right all along, that the distinction between the Syrian rebels and ISIS is a myth.

Oct 29 08:29

ISIL Rose as Puppet ‘Terrorist Battering Ram’ of World Powers – FSB

The Islamic State project has grown out of the Arab Spring and has gained momentum under the double standards of certain world powers trying to reach their own goals in Asia and Africa, Russian Federal Security Service head Alexander Bortnikov said Wednesday.

“The international community has now hit a new geopolitical challenge, an international criminal group in the name of the Islamic State. This project, which grew out of the ‘Arab Spring,’ has gained momentum thanks to the double [political] standards of certain world regional powers by using ‘a terrorist battering ram’ to reach their own strategic goals in Asia and Africa,” Bortnikov said during a security session with the special services from the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Oct 29 07:27

No Boots on the Ground? Defense Secretary Carter Says We’re Not in Active Combat, then Says “This is combat”

Americans have been continually reassured by our so-called “leaders” that we are not officially at war (a semantics game at best), and that there are no “boots on the ground” in Iraq and Syria even though we have thousands of American soldiers over in Iraq we are told as “military advisors” who are “training, advising, and assisting” Iraqi security forces…

Oh yeah, they also carry out other missions from time-to-time, but again, don’t worry, it’s not “war”.

We are also told we have soldiers “flying combat missions” over Iraq and Syria (also somehow not war) and raids going on (also somehow not war).

According to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, none of this equals “assuming a combat role”.

Oct 29 06:33

Ukrainian Wikileaks: McCain and Saakashvili plotting to shoot down US plane in Syria to blame Russia [transcript]

Ukrainian Wikileaks alleges it has a transcript of a conversation between John McCain and various plotters in which a plan is being discussed to shoot down a US plane and make it look like the Russians did it and then to shoot down a Russian plane with a US stinger to produce the spark that will ignite and open Russia/USA armed conflict.

R.": Ramzan Machelikashvili - cousin of Ruslan Machelikashvili, infamous field commander of Islamic State, callsign Seyfullakh. Commander of special anti-aircraft unit, received special training in the ATO zone. Anti-aircraft specialist sent to Syria.


M. Let him come in!

M. Sit down, David! Everything should be done on time, as we discussed. You understand the importance of everything! Wait a second, I will turn on anti-surveillance.

McCain confirmed the plan, everything is in place so you know. We got cover from the US Senate. In Syria, Russians must be hit, or else if Russians and Americans fundamentally agree, they will really dump Ukraine. Donbass is on conservation, project Transnistria is suspended. If it goes on, we are done! We should speed things up in Syria!

Oct 29 05:52

Flashback 2011 - "Jews Did 9/11 - John Friend Booed For Telling the Truth"

Crowd goes a little squirrely when this man points the finger at the Jewish state with respect to the attacks of 9/11.

Oct 29 01:12

Ex-CIA Ray McGovern: Seeing Syrian Crisis Through Russian Eyes

While there is a glimmer of hope that international negotiations may finally find a way to resolve the Syrian war, there is also growing pressure on President Obama to escalate U.S. military involvement even if that risks a wider war with Russia, a danger that ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern assesses.

Oct 28 20:20

How Russia and Syria Turned the Tide on Terror

This week we saw some of the first jihadi footage from dead or captured jihadis who had been hoping to record some home movies to be shown to grandchildren someday. They showed poorly trained fanatics with poor radio discipline in total chaos. It almost looked like a contest as to who could recite the most religious slogans while filming bombing strikes and amazing low level MI-24 strikes that sometimes were below the minarets. I had heard they were heavily armored, and they seemed to be totally unconcerned about ground fire.

While the jihadis were filming and chanting slogans the Syrian Army was of course maneuvering around them, to cut them off from retreating north. This prevented a flow of reinforcements flowing to new terrorist defensive lines, ending the long tactic of the Syrian Army pushing them out of an area but not destroying them, so they lived to fight another day.

Anti-aircraft fire was mostly from twin 20mm technical trucks, a dual ground and air defense versatile unit. The videos show them wasting ammo at targets too far away, sometime even shooting through low hanging clouds in frustration where the poor cameraman searches for something to see.

Oct 28 19:09

'I Would Have Refused Such An Order’ – Former RAF Pilot Gives His View Of US Bombing Of MSF Hospital In Kunduz

'I do not accept that the target could have been mistakenly targeted. The crew and command centre would have been fully aware they were attacking a hospital. I followed one of your links suggesting that the C130 crew challenged their orders to target the hospital. This is the very least that I'd have expected to happen. I have extensive operational experience flying in Afghanistan. I am struggling to comprehend in what circumstance I would blindly follow an order to attack a fully manned civilian hospital. If the description provided by MSF's director-general is accurate I can say without hesitancy that I would have refused such an order for it is an obvious war crime. During the Kosovo war it was fairly routine for RAF Harrier pilots to return home with bombs still loaded because they had been unable to confirm visual acquisition of targets. RAF pilots are probably more inclined to think for themselves than American crews who are extremely tightly controlled. American military personnel give up many rights when they join up, but I am still disappointed that this crew did not appear to do more to challenge their orders. Back in the UK, we lost crown immunity many years ago and it is essential to challenge every questionable act carried out on the battlefield (our emphasis).

Oct 28 18:14

Sick Sophistry – BBC News On The Afghan Hospital ‘Mistakenly’ Bombed By The United States

On BBC News at Ten on October 15, 2015, BBC North America correspondent Jon Sopel told viewers over footage of the ravaged Kunduz hospital that it had been 'mistakenly bombed by the Americans'. Not intentionally bombed, as MSF were saying, but 'mistakenly bombed'. BBC News were thereby adopting the Pentagon perspective presented earlier by General John Campbell, the US senior commander in Afghanistan, when he claimed that:

'A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility'.

In fact, the US has done so before, many times. In November 2004, the first target of the huge American ground assault on Fallujah, following several weeks of bombing, was the city's General Hospital. This was a 'war crime', Noam Chomsky noted, and it was even depicted on the front page of the New York Times, but without it being labelled or recognised as such by the paper:

Oct 28 18:00

FLASHBACK - Navy Lacks Plan to Defend Against `Sizzler' Missile

The U.S. Navy, after nearly six years of warnings from Pentagon testers, still lacks a plan for defending aircraft carriers against a supersonic Russian-built missile, according to current and former officials and Defense Department documents.

The missile, known in the West as the ``Sizzler,'' has been deployed by China and may be purchased by Iran. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has given the Navy until April 29 to explain how it will counter the missile, according to a Pentagon budget document.

The Defense Department's weapons-testing office judges the threat so serious that its director, Charles McQueary, warned the Pentagon's chief weapons-buyer in a memo that he would move to stall production of multibillion-dollar ship and missile programs until the issue was addressed.

Oct 28 15:51

‘Mentally Unstable’ Obama Looking To Start A War With China?

This week, Barack Obama sent a guided missile destroyer into disputed waters in the South China Sea to see if the Chinese would start shooting at it. Yes, this is what he actually did. Fortunately for us, the Chinese backed down and did not follow through on their threats to take military action.

Oct 28 15:16

US to Sacrifice 3000 Troops in Syria to Start WW3!

Oct 28 14:43

US Navy Commander: Russia's Military Operations in Syria Are Impressive, Effective

A US Navy Commander writes that Washington has seriously underestimated Russia's military capabilities in Syria

Oct 28 14:05

Infighting? White House, Pentagon Divided Over Anti-ISIL Ground Operation

While US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that the US is planning to start a ground operation in Syria and Iraq, White House spokesman Eric Schultz stated on Tuesday that the US authorities are not going to conduct a long-term military campaign in these countries.

Oct 28 13:52

Iraq to Washington: We Don't Want Your Troops

That was news to the Iraqis, it turns out. And it wasn't very good news at that. Today Sa'ad al-Hadithi, spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, said "thanks but no thanks" to a third US invasion of his country. "We have enough soldiers on the ground," he said.

Oct 28 13:49

Iraq to Washington: We Don't Want Your Troops

What a difference a day makes. Just 24 hours ago US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter was telling the Senate Armed Services Committee all about the Obama Administration's new military strategy for the Middle East. The headline grabber from his testimony was the revelation that the US military would begin "direct action on the ground" in Iraq and Syria.

Oct 28 13:38

US “Protects” ISIS Terrorists in Ramadi, … 22 Iraqi Troops Killed by US-Led Airstrikes, US Planes Drop Weapons for ISIS

The US-led anti-ISIL coalition targeted the Iraqi forces’ positions instead of ISIL terrorists in the Western parts of Iraq.

“The coalition warplanes pounded the Iraqi forces after they advanced near the city of Ramadi after al-Jama bridge and al-Davajen bridge,” a security source said.

He noted that at least 22 Iraqi forces, including volunteer forces, known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi, were killed in the US-led airstrikes in Ramadi.

The US has repeatedly struck the popular forces’ positions in different parts of Iraq.

In June, fighter jets of the US-led coalition struck the Iraqi forces’ positions in Anbar province, Western Iraq.

Oct 28 12:58

In Latest Escalation, Australia May Join US, Send Warships To China Islands

Australian defense planners are looking at the possibility of a naval sail-through close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, in case the government decides to follow its close ally the U.S. in testing Beijing’s territorial claims.

“Australia has been looking at options,” said one official in Australia’s military familiar with operational planning.

Oct 28 12:51

Who are the Terrorists? US Intends “Direct Action on the Ground” in Iraq and Syria, In Support of ISIS…

It bears repeating and stressing what other articles explained. Washington uses ISIS and other takfiri terrorists as US foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq and wherever else they’re deployed.

In over a year of US bombing both countries, zero ISIS targets were struck – infrastructure and other government sites only. Claims otherwise are Big Lies about Obama’s wars in both countries.

Last year, he promised no “American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. We will not get dragged into another ground war” – another of his many Big Lies.

Last week, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said he has “no intention to authorize long-term, large-scale ground combat operations like our nation has conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Middle East analyst Phyllis Bennis told RT International: “I think the question of US boots on the ground has been true for over a year now. We’ve had at least 35,000 troops in Iraq that went back last year (2014).”

Oct 28 12:35

Fighter Jets Track Military Blimp Drifting Over Pennsylvania

North American Aerospace Defense Command officials tell NBC News that an unmanned Army surveillance blimp that tore loose from its ground tether in Maryland and drifted north is now 16,000 feet over Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

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Worse, the tether broke at the bottom end and is being dragged behind the blimp knocking out power lines. In theory a couple dozen men should be able to grab the tether to get the blimp under control if they can ahead of it in its path, but so far there is no report of such an attempt.

Oct 28 12:00

US to send admiral to China for talks

The commander of the US Pacific Command is expected to visit China for talks with the Chinese military in early November after a US warship came close to Chinese reefs on Tuesday and drew harsh warnings from Beijing.

Admiral Harry Harris will be sent by the US military to China on Monday, where he will hold talks with top Chinese military officials to discuss bilateral military exchanges, a US military officer was quoted by Japanese public broadcaster NHK as saying on Wednesday.

Oct 28 11:59

JLENS blimp breaks free of tether in Aberdeen

One of the two blimps that has been floating over Aberdeen has come off its tether, Aberdeen Proving Ground officials confirms.

Officials said the break occurred around 11:54 a.m. According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, two F-16 fighter jets from the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base in New Jersey are monitoring the blimp, which was holding at approximately 16,000 feet in the air.

NORAD said it is working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure air traffic safety.

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Another fine quality product of the US Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex!

Oct 28 10:42

Is War Beautiful?

"War Is Beautiful" is the ironic title of a beautiful new book of photographs. The subtitle is "The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict." There's an asterisk after those words, and it leads to these: "(In which the author explains why he no longer reads The New York Times)." The author never explains why he read the New York Times to begin with.

Oct 28 10:29


The Pentagon on Thursday pledged “utmost care” for the remains of fallen soldiers following a report that the remains of at least 274 troops were dumped in a Virginia landfill.

The report, in The Washington Post, revealed that the Air Force used the landfill far more frequently than had previously been acknowledged. The practice was ended three years ago.

“The secretary is aware of this media report and remains committed to the utmost care for our fallen heroes and their families,” George Little, spokesman for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, said in a statement.

Oct 28 09:21


In a bitter twist, by making these accusations directed against Moscow, the Obama Administration candidly acknowledges what has been known from the outset: the presence of Western forces inside Syria in support of Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists. Lest we forget, this constitutes an undeclared act of war against a sovereign country in violation of international law (Nuremberg). Amply documented, from the outset of the Syrian insurgency, Western special forces and covert intelligence agents including British SAS, French Parachutistes, CIA, MI6 and Mossad have integrated rebel ranks. Their activities are not limited to training.

Oct 28 09:13


Mabus made the announcement at Tuesday’s AUVSI Unmanned Systems Defense 2015 conference, the day after the New York Times reported on Pentagon concerns about Russian submarine movements near critical undersea data cables.

Oct 28 08:46

JK Rowling condemns ‘brutal’ Israeli govt, but rejects cultural boycott

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has spoken out against the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians, but upheld her opposition to the cultural and academic boycott of the country because it would “silence” important voices.

The author made the statements after fans used characters from her famous wizarding books to condone the Israeli boycott.

“The Palestinian community has suffered untold injustice and brutality. I want to see the Israeli government held to account for that injustice and brutality,” she wrote.

“Boycotting Israel on every possible front has its allure. It satisfies the human urge to do something, anything, in the face of horrific human suffering.”

But Rowling added that “refusing to engage” with the Israeli community would create “immovable barriers.”

Oct 28 07:54

Pentagon funding bill on Obama’s desk: $600 mln to Syrian rebels, $300 mln to Kiev

The defense funding bill for 2016 includes some lavish support to rebels in Syria and lethal aid to the current Ukrainian government. Although President Barack Obama is at loggerheads with lawmakers over some of the provisions, they are likely to remain.

Obama has threatened to veto the $612 billion National Defense Authorization Act – also known as House Resolution 1735, or the NDAA – because it contains provisions blocking the plans to shut down the detention camp at the US base in Guantanamo Bay, and because it avoids a cap on defense spending by padding a special account reserved for bankrolling wars. The Senate passed the NDAA on Wednesday with a veto-proof majority.

Oct 28 07:44

The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam

The no-fly zone in Syria already exists. It is run by Russia and Washington is unable to jam it.

NATO is desperate. The Pentagon is desperate. Imagine waking up one day in Washington and Brussels just to realize Russia has the ability to electronically jam — detect, trace, disable, destroy — NATO electronics within a 600 km range across Syria (and southern Turkey).

Imagine the nightmare of row after row of Russian Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming systems mounted on helicopters and ships jamming everything in sight and finding every available source of electromagnetic radiation. Not only in Syria but also in Ukraine.

Oct 28 07:13

The Russian army asserts its superiority in conventional warfare

Moscow’s military intervention in Syria has not simply overturned the fortunes of war and spread panic throughout the ranks of the jihadist groups. It has also shown the rest of the world the current capacities of the Russian army in situations of real warfare. To everyone’s astonishment, it has proved to possess a system of signal jamming capable of rendering the Atlantic Alliance deaf and blind. Despite a far superior budget, the United States have just lost their military domination.

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The US lost its domination because it spent all that money re-building the weapons that won the last war, such as carriers, while Russia (and others) moved into the 21st Century and rethought how wars will be fought.

Oct 27 19:49

Confederate soldier Julius Howell Interview What The south Fought For

Confederate soldier Julius Howell talking about his capture and imprisonment at the Union prison camp at Point Lookout, Md. Howell was born in 1846 near the Holy Neck section of Suffolk, in the Holland area. He was the youngest of 16 children, the son of a prominent Baptist minister. His daddy wouldn't allow him to join the army until he was 16½, he says in his account.
He saw action guarding the Blackwater River against Yankees until his regiment was called to help defend Richmond in 1864. By then, he was a corporal and courier for two generals.

In April 1865, Howell was taken prisoner at the battle of Sailor's Creek and was transported to Point Lookout, Md., a notorious Union prison. He was there when he heard about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Oct 27 18:39

Strategic Engineered Migration as Weapon of War

Researchers have discovered a very interesting fact related to the use of social networking sites. It has come to light that calls on Twitter for refugees to travel to Germany have mostly come from the US. The time spent practising in other countries has not been in vain – from Iran during the 2009 presidential elections to Egypt and Tunisia, where the role played by social networking sites in mobilising the population was considerable.

What we are seeing now is the practical implementation of theoretical calculations of a strategic nature. Such strategies have been under development for a long time. One of them is a study by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University that bears the name “Strategic Engineered Migration as a Weapon of War“, which the author also uses for the title of this article. The study was first published in 2008 in the Civil Wars journal. Using a combination of statistical data and case study analysis, the author of the work, Kelly Greenhill, provides answers to the following questions: can refugees be a specific type of weapon, can this weapon only be used in wartime or in peacetime as well, and just how successful can its exploitation be? On the whole, Greenhill answers these questions in the affirmative.

Oct 27 17:26

Robots Receive ''Spring-Mass'' Technology To Walk and Run Like Humans

By Jason Erickson

Engineers at Oregon State University, funded by DARPA, believe they have found the secret to achieve the next stage of robot evolution...

Oct 27 15:17

US officials: Iran invited to next round of Syria talks

Iran has been invited to participate for the first time in international talks over Syria's future, U.S. officials said Tuesday, a shift in strategy for the United States and its allies as they seek to halt the four-year civil war and eventually ease President Bashar Assad out of power.

Iran has yet to reply, the officials said.

Oct 27 14:35

Busted! Israeli IDF Colonel Arrested In Iraq for Leading ISIS Militants

Oct 27 12:40


When analyzing geopolitics it’s important to try and skate ahead of the puck, so to speak. That is, while it’s useful to understand what’s going on now, it’s even more imperative to analyze the situation in an attempt to understand how the situation is likely to evolve going forward. As it relates to the Mid-East, that means looking past Syria and on to Iraq. As we’ve outlined in great detail of late, there’s every reason to suspect that Russia will expand its airstrikes across the Syrian border and indeed, Baghdad has reportedly given Moscow the go-ahead to hit ISIS convoys fleeing Syria into Iraqi territory. This is in direct contradiction to what PM Haider al-Abadi told Gen. Joseph Dunford last week and suggests that Baghdad is about to pivot East, after becoming frustrated with a lack of results stemming from more than a year of US airstrikes against Islamic State targets.

Oct 27 12:11

A New War May Be Brewing in the Balkans

It’s been nearly 20 years since the Dayton Accord put an end to the bloody war in the Balkans, which killed over 140,000 people after the Yugoslav government collapsed. However, there are rumblings in the nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina that are threatening to reignite the conflict.

As part of the Dayton Accord, two independent entities were created within the nation of Bosnia: the Bosniak-Croat Federation and the largely Serb Republika Sprska. The government in Sprska is planning to unveil a referendum on the anniversary of the Dayton Accord. There will be a single question on the ballot that will ask their citizens if they support the legality of their current union with the Bosniak-Croat Federation. Many are calling the question a veiled independence referendum that will give the president of Sprska permission to obstruct the laws and institutions of the central government.

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Oct 27 12:08

Now Saudi Arabia Has Bombed a Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Yemen

The US changed its story four times (at least) on why it bombed a civilian hospital staffed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders, in Kunduz, Northern Afghanistan earlier this month. Twenty two people died, including 12 staffers and 10 patients (three of whom were children) — and injuring 37 other people. Twenty four staff are still missing.

Now news just broke that Saudi Arabia bombed another Doctors Without Borders hospital last night, this time in northern Yemen.

Luckily only two doctors were "lightly wounded" and no one died this time. Reportedly everyone had just enough time to run to safety before another missile hit the maternity ward.

This is, yet another, war crime, and pretty much everybody knows it.

But they just keep justifying it by claiming terrorists might be hiding in these hospitals, so they have no choice but to bomb hospitals.

Gee. Kinda makes you wonder who the terrorists really are.

Oct 27 12:00

US military aid to Israel to increase by $1bn as Social Security recipients get no raise

The annual military aid provided by America to Israel is expected to increase by nearly $1 billion by the end of this decade, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported. According to the newspaper, the total amount of aid given to Israel by America since 1962 has reached approximately $100 billion; $3.1 billion during the past year.

Oct 27 11:23

Beijing Summons U.S. Ambassador Over U.S. Navy Patrol

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui summoned U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus on Tuesday, lodging "serious representations" and expressing "strong discontent" over a U.S. warship patrol in waters near China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.

"This action by the United States threatens China's sovereignty and security interests and endangers the safety of personnel and facilities on the reef, which is a serious provocation," Zhang said.

Earlier on Tuesday, USS Lassen entered waters near Zhubi Reef without the permission of the Chinese government.

Zhang noted that it had done so regardless of China's earlier dissuasion. China is "strongly discontented with and firmly against" the move, he said.

Oct 27 10:54

U.S. Media hypes ‘WWIII now inevitable’

While we are happy to report this morning that the US has sailed within 12 miles of China’s artificial islands in the South China Seas without incident as shared in this new story from the Guardian, we can also report that the government of China is not happy with what they call the US’s ‘illegal actions’ and has urged the US to ‘think twice’ about ‘making trouble’ and urged the US to ‘immediately correct their mistake.’

Oct 27 10:46

ISIS getting more supply drops from America

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ISIS? Weren't we all told those are the BAD GUYS?!?

Oct 27 10:26

Military Veterans Have 50 Percent [Increased] Chance To Develop Motor Neurone Disease

People who served in the military have a 50 percent increased risk of developing an incurable neurodegenerative illness called Motor Neurone Disease (MND), a new study says.

This disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a progressive disease that attacks the central nervous system, leading to the death of upper and lower motor neurons. These neurons are responsible for easy daily activities like gripping, walking, speaking, swallowing and even breathing.

In 2003, a similar study was conducted and linked military service with the development of MND. In fact, they found out that there is an increased risk of developing the disease for military veterans who served in the Gulf.

Oct 27 10:20

**VOLUME WARNING** F-22 fighter jets fly over Honolulu, Hawaii at 1:18AM - 10/27/15 **VOLUME WARNING**

Loud jets taking off over Waikiki at 1:18AM and can be heard for 20 minutes. Very annoying

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Yes, they were!

Oct 27 09:29

Netanyahu: I don't want a binational state, but we need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future

This guy is completely 110% nutzs!You forgot the last part. Die by the sword not live forever by the sword!
The Israelis are killing each other and their political leadership has lost it!
The zios are killing Israel one Palestinian at a time!

Netanyahu then turned to opposition MKs and said: "You think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree. I'm asked if we will forever live by the sword — yes."

Oct 27 09:27


Whenever you’re running an air campaign there’s always the possibility of collateral damage. In simpler terms, we you’re dropping bombs on populated areas, you’re invariably going to kill some non-combatants. Now ideally, you want to keep the number of dead civilians to a minimum, which is why The Intercept’s recent investigative report on America’s drone program was so disturbing - it turns out 90% of people killed aren’t the intended target.

Oct 27 08:42

Obama weighs moving ground troops closer to battle in Syria: Report

The new changes, which would position American “advisers” closer to combat in Iraq, also come as Defense Secretary Ashton Carter presses the military leaders to deliver new measures for greater military involvement in long-running conflicts overseas.

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We fell for the "Advisers" scam in Vietnam. Let's not be fooled again. And putting troops into Syria, where the Syrian government has not requested them, nor the UN authorized them, amounts to an act of war, and risks direct confrontation with Russia!

Oct 27 08:03

Evidence Mounts that US Military Knew They Were Bombing Active Hospital

The Associated Press provided new evidence Monday that the U.S. military knew that the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was an active medical facility before they bombed it, bolstering the aid agency's charge that the attack—which killed at least 30 people—amounted to a war crime.

Oct 27 06:42

China warns US after Navy ship passes disputed islands claimed by Beijing

China's Foreign Ministry reacted angrily Tuesday after a U.S. Navy ship passed within 12 nautical miles of disputed islands in the South China Sea late Monday in an apparent challenge to Beijing's territorial claims in the region.

The ministry said that authorities monitored and warned the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen as it moved inside what China claims as a 12-mile territorial limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago, a disputed group of hundreds of reefs, islets, atolls and islands in the South China Sea that is also claimed by the Philippines.

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Oct 27 05:11

Saudi Arabia hits hospital run by Doctors without Borders in Yemen

Doctors without Borders (MSF) says a hospital run by the international medical group in Yemen has been hit by Saudi airstrikes.

“MSF facility in Saada [sic] Yemen was hit by several airstrikes last night with patients and staff inside the facility,” the group said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Oct 27 05:04

BEX Alert!!! - "20,000 Israelis sue Facebook over Palestinian calls to kill Jews"

A huge class-action lawsuit has been brought against Facebook in Israel, with the plaintiffs alleging the social medium failed to monitor and delete posts on Palestinian accounts inciting hatred towards Jews. The reaction from Facebook is pending.

The suit alleges that Facebook has a “legal and moral obligation” to sanitize posts instigating Palestinians to stage attacks Israelis, because the social network is “far from a neutral or passive social media platform and cannot claim it is a mere bulletin board for other parties’ postings.”

“Facebook’s refusal to remove the flood of extremist videos, statements and cartoons being posted by Palestinians is encouraging imminent violence and fanning the flames of the terrorist attacks that have overwhelmed Israel in the past month,” it says, coming to the conclusion that “Facebook’s algorithms and platform connects inciters to terrorists who are further encouraged to perpetrate stabbings and other violence attacks against Israelis.”

Oct 26 14:15

US Navy to Send Warship to South China Sea Within 24 Hours

On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed its plans to patrol the South China Sea. Amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, the US Navy will take the aggressive action of sailing within 12 nautical miles of Chinese territory.