"In the United States Senate, one of the things I observed in the early days - and it's still used - and that is that you take someone's argument and then you misrepresent it and misstate and disagree with it. And it's very effective. I've done it myself a number of times. But eventually, eventually people catch on." -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington

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Israeli War Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz’s National Unity Party submitted a bill on Thursday to dissolve the Knesset, in an attempt to topple the government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The proposal to dissolve Israel’s parliament was submitted by National Unity lawmaker Pnina Tamano-Shata.

“Oct. 7 is a disaster that obliges us to return and receive the trust of the nation; to establish a broad and stable unity government that can lead us with confidence in the face of major challenges in terms of security, the economy and especially in Israeli society,” said Tamano-Shata.

The next Israeli national vote must be held by Oct. 27, 2026, and it is unclear if Gantz has the support of any lawmakers from Netanyahu’s 64-member coalition in the 120-MK legislature.

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Saifullah Khan, a former Yale student who was expelled from the university in 2019 after he had been falsely accused and acquitted of rape the year prior, has filed a defamation lawsuit against fifteen left-wing organizations and an attorney involved in aiding his accuser.

The complaint was filed at Hartford Superior Court on May 14. This is separate from the previous lawsuit Khan filed against Yale University and his accuser. The plaintiff alleges in the new complaint that the defendants defamed him by calling him a rapist.

Khan accuses the defendants of defamation, false light, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and abuse of processes. He is seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages, according to the complaint.

Webmaster addition: Women do lie about rape. Right E. Jean?

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A mayoral candidate in Mexico was assassinated in the middle of a campaign rally on May 29 — with disturbing video showing a gunman shooting him in the back of the head at point-blank range.

Alfredo Cabrera was gunned down in front of hundreds of supporters in the town of Coyuca de Benitez in the southern state of Guerrero as he was making the final stop of his campaign, officials and local media said.

Webmaster addition: Mexico has strict gun control.

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NATO countries will collaborate to create a 'drone wall' on the security alliance's eastern flank that aims to provide round-the-clock monitoring of threats across the border from Russia and Belarus, it has been revealed.

Six nations sharing a land border with Russia or Belarus - namely Finland, Norway, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia - will pool resources to ensure thousands of military-grade and consumer drones can patrol the skies over their eastern regions.

Latvian President Edgars Rinkevics said the new security measure was a necessity because 'we are back to some extent to where the world was in the darkest days of the Cold War'. 

He expressed concerns that Russia and Belarus were 'weaponising' migration, facilitating the transfer of large numbers of migrants and asylum seekers through their territory and onward into Europe. 

Webmaster addition: Just like Biden is doing here!

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Catholics have expressed horror after a male performance artist danced in drag for young children during Pope Francis’ first World Children’s Day this weekend.

  MacArthur, John F. Best Price: $12.51 Buy New $13.50 (as of 01:07 UTC - Details)  On May 25, Salerno native Carmine De Rosa performed as one of the official artists for the inaugural World Children’s Day. In his capacity as a quick-change artist or a living cartoon, De Rosa appeared as a woman, wearing multiple outfits in drag. He also used suggestive cardboard costumes.

Webmaster addition: Shades of Pope Alexander 6th!!!! 

The following are quoted from William Manchester's "A World Lit Only by Fire- The Medieval Mind and The Renaissance" .Little, Brown & Company, 1992 
 

"Once he became Pope Alexander VI, Vatican parties, already wild, grew wilder. They were costly, but he could afford the lifestyle of a Renaissance prince; as vice chancellor of the Roman Church, he had amassed enormous wealth. As guests approached the papal palace, they were excited by the spectacle of living statues: naked, gilded young men and women in erotic poses. Flags bore the Borgia arms, which, appropriately, portrayed a red bull rampant on a field of gold. Every fete had a theme. One, known to Romans as the Ballet of the Chestnuts, was held on October 30, 1501. The indefatigable Burchard describes it in his Diarium. After the banquet dishes had been cleared away, the city's fifty most beautiful whores danced with the guests, "first clothed, then naked." The dancing over, the "ballet" began, with the Pope and two of his children in the best seats.

Candelabra were set up on the floor, scattered among them were chestnuts, "which", Burchard writes, "the courtesans had to pick up, crawling between the candles." Then the serious sex started. Guests stripped and ran out onto the floor, where they mounted, or were mounted by, the prostitutes. "The coupling took place," according to Burchard, "in front of everyone present." Servants kept score of each man's orgasms, for the Pope greatly admired virility, and measured a man's machismo by his ejaculative capacity. After everyone was exhausted, His Holiness distributed prizes- cloaks, boots, caps, and fine silken tunics. "The winners", the diarist wrote, "were those who made love with the courtesans the greatest number of times."

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The Israeli government is trying to paint the May 26 attack on the Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza in which dozens of people were killed as an accident. However, analysts say Tel Aviv would have known about the consequences of dropping bombs in a congested area.

The Israeli air strike at a camp in Rafah killed at least 45 people and left more than 200 people injured. Israel claimed that it was a targeted precision strike against Hamas members and that what happened was a “tragic mistake”.

But the videos of and pictures of charred and dismembered bodies of children tell another story.

“Netanyahu is calling this attack “a tragic mistake” because what they did was such a horrible action whose political responsibility can not be taken by Tel Aviv,” says Abdullah Agar, a Turkish military analyst and a former special forces officer. “It’s an attempt to protect Israel and its soldiers from any wrongdoing, using a psychological warfare tactic,” Agar tells TRT World.

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The Danger of Nuclear War 

The use of nuclear weapons is on the drawing board of the Pentagon. It has the support of the U.S State Department. 

Meanwhile legislation is being put forward in the U.S. Congress to initiate World War III. 

“Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced on June 22nd a Resolution which if passed and signed by President Biden, … would commit the U.S. as the head of NATO to launch, on behalf of NATO, war directly against Russia (See Eric Zuesse, Duran, June 20, 2023)

The NeoCon Agenda:

The Project for the New American Century 

The Neocons are firmly behind the Ukraine agenda. 

The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) dominates US foreign policy on behalf of powerful financial interests. 

The PNAC dispels the planning of “consecutive” military operations: it describes:

America’s “Long War” as follows: 

“fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars”

The conduct of  “Simultaneous theater Wars” is the backbone of America’s hegemonic Agenda.

It’s a project of global warfare. The PNAC controlled by the NeoCons also dispels the holding of real peace negotiations. 

The Nuclear Agenda and Global Warfare

The PNAC was published at the height of the presidential election campaign in September 2000, barely 2 months prior to the November 2001 elections.  It has become the backbone of US foreign policy. It is the basis for the carrying out a hegemonic global warfare agenda, coupled with the imposition of a “Unipolar World Order”. 

Victoria Nuland who sat in the State Department, currently advising President Biden is the spouse of  PNAC’s Robert Kagan.
 

Why Does the Biden administration require a $1.3 trillion nuclear weapons program which is slated to increase to $2.0 trillion in 2030?

Superiority in Nuclear War is the backbone of the NeoCon agenda as expounded in the PNAC.

The objective is to “Maintain Nuclear Superiority”, specifically in relation to the US-Russia balance.

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The Netzah Yehuda battalion is an all-male unit of the Israel Defense Forces that was formed to allow ultra-Orthodox Jews to serve in the military while still complying with their religious beliefs, through accommodations like providing time for prayer and limiting interactions with women. 

The battalion is also notorious for its alleged abuses of Palestinians and human rights violations in the West Bank, including an incident that led to the death of a 78-year-old Palestinian American man in 2022. These allegations landed the group, formally known as the Nahal Haredi, on a short list of IDF units that Secretary of State Antony Blinken intended to sanction last month. That move would have cut off the battalion’s supply of U.S. weapons and other military aid — until the Biden administration backed away from those plans under pressure from Israeli officials.

But the battalion has another reliable source of international support: a charitable nonprofit in the U.S.

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It’s been two months since Osaid Alser has heard from his cousin, Khaled Al Serr, a surgeon at Nasser Hospital in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis.

Before late March, they had been in regular contact — or as regular as the shredded communication infrastructure would allow. Al Serr had created a telemedicine WhatsApp group where he and Osaid, a surgical resident in the U.S., recruited doctors from stateside, the U.K., and Europe to give advice to their overstretched colleagues in Gaza.

“He reported on a gunshot injury in a 70-year old,” Osaid said, of Al Serr. “It was in her head. And really, there were no neurosurgeons at that time.”

“He was sharing those cases, and he was asking for help,” Osaid went on. “It was like, ‘Is there any neurosurgeon that can help me? How can I fix this?’”

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Israel's military has seized control of a strategic buffer zone along Gaza's border with Egypt, in effect taking total command of the Palestinian enclave's perimeter as it continues its assault on the southern city of Rafah. 

The IDF announced last night it had captured the Philadelphi Corridor, a narrow demilitarised zone that runs the 8.6-mile length of the Gaza side of the border with Egypt and includes the Rafah crossing.

Israel says the corridor is peppered with at least 20 tunnels that have funnelled weapons and other goods for Hamas - despite a yearslong blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt - and now aims to locate and destroy all the shafts.

But taking the corridor could complicate Jerusalem's relations with Cairo, which are already strained after an Egyptian soldier was shot dead on Monday in a brief skirmish with IDF troops.

Egyptian media, quoting security sources, also dismissed Israel's claim that the Philadelphi Corridor was filled with Hamas tunnels. 

It comes as the IDF deepened its incursion into Rafah, sending thousands more troops to join existing operations and seizing control of Tel al-Sultan - the neighbourhood where 45 Palestinians perished in a fire Sunday night following an Israeli bombing raid. 

Israeli tanks roll into centre of Rafah for the first time following global outrage over refugee camp airstrike that left 45

Israeli tanks roll into centre of Rafah for the first time following global outrage over refugee camp airstrike that left 45 dead.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EGYPT, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Former Republican presidential nominee Nikki Haley has been criticised after she was pictured writing "finish them" on a bombshell while on a visit to northern Israel.

The picture, posted on social media by Israeli politician Danny Danon, showed Haley also writing "America loves Israel always" on the munition.

The images followed an Israeli strike on a displacement camp in southern Gaza's Rafah, which killed at least 45 Palestinians and wounded 200 more, and drew condemnation from various European and Arab capitals.

A CNN analysis found the munitions used in the strike were US-supplied.

Speaking to reporters during the trip, Haley criticised US President Joe Biden, accusing him of being insufficiently supportive of Israel in its war on Gaza, which has so far left more than 36,000 people dead.

Claire's Observations:  Hey, Nikki, I have a GREAT idea for that cushy ambassadorship to Israel you seem to desperately crave; why don't  dress in an IDF uniform;  pick up an Israeli AK 47, and start spraying fleeing Palestinian women and children with bullets?!?  

Make sure the IDF photographers get good images of you, murdering innocent  women and children who had NOTHING to do with the October 7th massacre, which I, and the civilized world, also condemn.

That way, you'll really be "part and parcel" of the Israeli "Final Solution " for its Palestinian residents; of course,  the world calls it genocide, Nikki, in case you have been living under a rock for awhile.  

But please go ahead and do this; it will either secure your coveted role as US Ambassador to this God-forsaken country; or a sweet spot, in the CIA, where you can order torture, and be completely unaccountable for your actions.  Either way, you'll shine :-)

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Nothing to see here.

US Border Patrol agents seized two backpacks filled with guns earlier this month near the US Canadian border.

The suspects fled back into Canada before they were captured.

How many others were able to pass freely into the US under Joe Biden?

Webmaster addition: Criminals don't buy their guns from gun stores or other people, which is why all this inconvenience foisted on us by the ATF won't really reduce crime. National Geographic had a series called "Underworld Inc." and the very first episode was about how guns are manufactured in foreign countries, smuggled into the US, and sold to criminals.

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A new lawsuit was just filed against Fulton County Board of Elections (and its Elections Director Nadine Williams) by sitting member Julie Adams.

Adams has been “unable to get election records necessary to perform their duties in accordance with Georgia law.”

The entire 112-page lawsuit can be found here.

In case you need more background on how corrupt Georgia’s election officials happen to be, here’s my recent article (click image below).

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The so-called Covid “Conspiracy Theories” are collapsing one after another in courts of law and we can call most of them a Covid Conspiracy Fact. The actual disinformation came from those screaming the loudest about the rest of us providing disinformation.

While this is great news, what about all the lives that were ruined during 2020-2021 by fallacies that were accepted as fact? What about those who lost their businesses or jobs? What about those who were unjustly fired or fined? What about the people who died or suffered lifelong aftereffects?

I guess we’re all just SOL. (s*** out of luck).

As the truth finally seeps out, the vindication is somewhat bittersweet.

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By:  Lily Greenberg Call

 

 

The president has weaponized the idea of Jewish safety to justify the atrocity in 

Until last week, President Biden was my boss.

Last week, I resigned from my post at the United States Department of the Interior, becoming the first Jewish politically appointed administration official to publicly resign in protest – and in mourning – of President Biden’s endorsement of genocide in Gaza, where more than 35,000 Palestinians have been murdered. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one that was necessary – and one that felt even more urgent, as the president of the United States has persistently corrupted the idea of Jewish safety, weaponizing my community as a shield to dodge accountability for his role in this atrocity.

 

 

I worked hard to elect this administration, first as an organizer for Vice-President Kamala Harris during the 2019 Democratic primary, then for the Biden-Harris ticket in the general election in the swing state of Arizona. I once saw the Biden-Harris administration as a beacon, blinking brilliantly as a hopeful symbol of democracy in the encroaching dark. But now, watching the United States’s complicity in the ongoing slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, I am only reminded that in times of great horror, many with great power choose to do nothing.

Like many Jewish Americans, I am descended from those who fled Europe and survived violent persecution. My pregnant great-grandmother escaped pogroms by hiding in the belly of a horse-drawn carriage, then crossing an ocean alone, looking for safety in a new land. My inheritance is the weighted absence of those who should be here today: entire lineages of family, who could not escape the coming Shoah, snuffed out and disappeared into memory. I feel the weight of this history every day.

After the nightmare of 7 October, I spent days checking in with loved ones and tending the trauma felt by my community. I remember the days that followed as being clouded over with mourning for loved ones missing or taken hostage, and overwhelming devastation as the confirmed death list ticked higher and higher. And still, I found myself holding my breath, anticipating Israel’s counter to the tragedy.

In the many months since, I have watched as Palestinians struggle to survive the indiscriminate bombing that has plagued their home – a bombing bought and paid for by the United States. Children livestreaming on social media have been forced to step into the shoes of absent journalists, many murdered in this conflict, which has become the deadliest for journalists on record. I’ve seen countless videos of families fleeing falling bombs, children wailing at the loss of their mothers and refugees now cowering in Rafah.

Claire's Observations:  Lilly, you are a person of great moral courage;  God bless you, for having your own personal history and experience informing how you see the genocide in Gaza, and may you continue to witness to your truth of what is happening here.

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The Swedish government says it will donate 13 billion kronor ($1.23bn) in military assistance to Ukraine as Kyiv struggles with multiple delays of vital Western military aid in the third year of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Ebba Busch said on Wednesday that the assistance package “consists of equipment that is at the top of Ukraine’s priority list” like air defence, artillery ammunition and armoured vehicles.

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Ohio Republican Sen. J.D. Vance on Wednesday pressed Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Judge Juan Merchan's imposition of a gag order against former President Donald Trump in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's case.

Bragg has charged Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection with a 2016 payment his then-attorney, Michael Cohen, made to Stormy Daniels. Trump has pleaded not guilty and the trial has proceeded to jury deliberations.

Merchan imposed the gag order on Trump at the request of Bragg's office, though he eventually expanded it in April to prevent Trump from discussing his daughter, Loren Merchan, who is employed with a firm that boasts President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as clients.

Webmaster addition: Garland won't do a damned thing.

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At today's House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) played video of the ATF agents planning a raid on Bryan Malinowski.

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Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh have discovered a large amount of lithium located in Pennsylvania, saying it could eventually supply more than a third of America’s needs for the mineral.

Researcher and study lead author Justin Mackey told CBS Pittsburgh in an article published Wednesday that the wastewaters of the Marcellus Shale gas wells could cover “somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of the current U.S. national demand.”

“This study estimates that Marcellus Shale related Li yields have potential to make a significant contribution to US domestic consumption with a set of reasonable, conservative assumptions,” says the research, published in the Nature Journal last month.

“If you can extract value out of materials, and specifically lithium from this, then you reduce the cost of remediating and handling this waste,” Mackey said.

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More than 1,000 French mercenaries are currently present in Donbass, a military expert from the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), Colonel Vitaly Kiselev said.

"We already have data that more than 1,000 French mercenaries, legionnaires are in Donbass. This is true. As far as I know, there are also prisoners. There will be more to come," he said on the Solovyov Live TV channel.

According to Kiselev, special units of a number of European countries are now present in the special military operation zone.

"I think America is pushing through the situation to come in under the guise of instructors for training. <...> these are Romanian instructors, these are Polish instructors, Estonian instructors, instructors of Baltic countries. They will enter the training grounds in western Ukraine to train personnel," Kiselev added.

On May 27, Ukrainian armed forces Commander-in-Chief Alexander Sirsky said that he had signed an agreement that would allow French instructors to visit training centers in the country.

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New 9/11 Evidence Points to Deep Saudi Complicity

Two decades of U.S. policy appear to be rooted in a mistaken understanding of what happened that day.

By Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon

A photo of the Manhattan skyline featuring the Twin Towers

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For more than two decades, through two wars and domestic upheaval, the idea that al-Qaeda acted alone on 9/11 has been the basis of U.S. policy. A blue-ribbon commission concluded that Osama bin Laden had pioneered a new kind of terrorist group—combining superior technological know-how, extensive resources, and a worldwide network so well coordinated that it could carry out operations of unprecedented magnitude. This vanguard of jihad, it seemed, was the first nonstate actor that rivaled nation-states in the damage it could wreak.

That assessment now appears wrong. And if our understanding of what transpired on 9/11 turns out to have been flawed, then the costly policies that the United States has pursued for the past quarter century have been rooted in a false premise.

The global War on Terror was based on a mistake.

A new filing in a lawsuit brought by the families of 9/11 victims against the government of Saudi Arabia alleges that al-Qaeda had significant, indeed decisive, state support for its attacks. Officials of the Saudi government, the plaintiffs’ attorneys contend, formed and operated a network inside the United States that provided crucial assistance to the first cohort of 9/11 hijackers to enter the country.

The 71-page document, released in redacted form earlier this month, summarizes what the plaintiffs say they’ve learned through the evidence obtained in discovery and recently declassified materials. They allege that Saudi officials—most notably Fahad al-Thumairy, an imam at a Los Angeles mosque and an accredited diplomat at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in that city, and Omar al-Bayoumi, who masqueraded as a graduate student but was identified by the FBI as an intelligence operative—were not rogue operators but rather the front end of a conspiracy that included the Saudi embassy in Washington and senior government officials in Riyadh.

Claire's Observations:  The US government lies to its people with such regularity, that this article doesn't surprise me at all; it is simply a part of the continuum of how the truth ultimately bears witness these lies.

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With it now officially on record through the hard work of Missouri Senator Josh Hawley that the CIA had it's hand in the creation of COVID-19 and the 'deep state' was deeply involved in the 'pandemic,'  (though certainly none of that being a surprise to ANP readers,) and more Americans 'awakening' every day to this 'crime of the millennium' that is still being waged upon not only the American people but people living all across the planet, it's time the American people DEMAND that those involved with this crime are prosecuted and held fully accountable for what they've unleashed upon the planet, especially with Japan’s most senior cancer doctor, Dr. Masanori Fukushima, claiming COVID shots are ‘essentially murder’.  

With still NOBODY being held accountable for the literal genocide that they've unleashed upon humanity and it being YEARS already after the 'start' of 'the event' showing us why these madmen believe fully in their minds that they're in a position to get away with mass murder, and showing us why they most certainly believe that 'if they can get away with it once, they can get away with it again,' and as we'll explore in this story, attacking us again with a new bio-weapon is certainly high on their list. 

And while most brainwashed Americans STILL can't see that agencies of the US government were deeply involved in this bioweapon attack upon the world, just as they couldn't see that the US government itself was instrumental in planning and carrying out the attacks back on 9/11/2001 as pointed out in this must-read new story over at Natural News, if those of us remaining who see 'the crime' for 'the crime' that it was ALLOW them to, we'll soon be going through that madness all over again, with nobody to blame but ourselves for failing to put a final stop to them when we could.

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Andrew Cockburn

As Russian forces steadily advance in the Kharkiv region, it is becoming ever more clear that the Ukraine war has been a disaster for the U.S. defense machine, and not just because our aid has failed to save Ukraine from retreat and possible defeat. More importantly, the war has pitilessly exposed our defense system’s deep, underlying, faults.

Critics have long maintained that our obsession with technologically complex weapons inevitably yields unreliable systems produced in limited numbers because of their predictably high cost. They are furthermore likely to fail in combat because of the military’s lack of interest in adequate testing (lest realistic tests reveal serious shortcomings and thereby threaten the budget.) The unforgiving operational test provided by the Ukraine war has shown that the critics were absolutely right. Successive “game changing” systems - such as the Switchblade drone, the M-1 Abrams tank, Patriot air defense missiles, the M777 howitzer, the Excalibur guided 155 mm artillery round, the HIMARS precision missile, GPS-guided bombs, and Skydio drones endowed with artificial intelligence, were all dispatched to “the fight,” as the military like to call it, with fanfare and high expectations.

All were destined to fail for reasons rooted in the fundamental problems cited above. The $60,000 Switchblade drone, produced in limited numbers due to cost, proved useless against armored targets and was quickly discarded by Ukrainian troops in favor of $700 Chinese commercial models ordered online. The $10 million Abrams tank not only proved distressingly vulnerable to Russian attack drones but in any case broke down repeatedly and was soon withdrawn from combat, though not before the Russians put several out of action and captured at least one, which they took to Moscow and added to a display of Nato weaponry in a Moscow park that included an M777 howitzer and other items of NATO hardware.

The M777 cannon, though touted for its accuracy, has proved too delicate for the rough conditions of sustained combat, with barrels regularly wearing out and requiring replacement in Poland far from the front lines . Notoriously, its 155 mm ammunition has been in short supply. Thanks to the consolidation of the U.S. defense industry into a small number of monopolies, an ill-judged policy eagerly promoted since the Clinton Administration, U.S. domestic production of 155 mm shells is reliant on a single aging General Dynamics plant in Scranton, Pennsylvania, which is struggling to meet its targets.

President Zelensky has been loudly demanding more Patriot launchers and missiles to defend Kharkiv, which is curious, given the apparent ease with which the Russians have targeted Patriots defending Kyiv, and the system’s declining effectiveness against Russian ballistic missiles. HIMARS long range missiles indeed had a deadly effect on high value Russian targets, such as ammunition dumps, but the Russians adapted by dispersing and camouflaging such dumps and other likely targets

Claire's Observations:  Why is the US military, and now the Ukraine military, getting the worst of the worst from US DOD contractors, and why has this insanity been allowed to persist, after the trillions spent by American taxpayers on defense over the years?!?

And if the US  military DOESN'T have equipment which works as advertised, or is delivered both late and obsolete by the time of delivery, why aren't the key executives of those companies, cooling their heels in prison?!?

Please don't get me wrong; I abhor war, and consider it a massive failure of national imagination.  But if the US military is fighting, they need and deserve better than "the best of the best" in terms of weaponry that actually works the way it is supposed to work.

There should be a clause in ALL defense contracts, that if the products do not work as advertised, or are delivered so late as to be absolutely outmoded by the time they hit the field,  the Presidents of the companies who did this, will be cooling their heels in a non club-Fed jail.

So help me, Hieronymus Bosch, this would most likely "cure the problem", although I doubt like heck that Congress would pass such a law; after all, it might get in the way of "kickbacks" from various Defense companies to Congressional members to "look the other way" when what they introduce, and sell to the American military is pure, unadulterated crud, in terms of design, engineering, and capabilities.

And Lockheed Martin, can we please talk about the massive problems with your F-35, which have only been "recategorized", but never actually fixed??!? https://www.airandspaceforces.com/f-35-tech-upgrade-2025-truncated/

And the cost for these puppies?  https://www.defensenews.com/air/2024/04/15/f-35s-to-cost-2-trillion-as-pentagon-plans-longer-use-says-watchdog/

I don't know about you folks, but that number is eye-watering to me; way too many zeros to conceptualize.

These companies, right now literally get away with murder (sometimes literally) of our sons and daughters in the military; now, it's Ukraine's young people, conscripted, doing more of the dying.

This casual approach to  producing inferior weaponry, selling for top US dollar, has got to stop, and with a screeching halt!!!

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