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Jun 28 10:12

URGENT: Unusual Flights of US Spying Planes over Syrian Coasts

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen quoted well-informed sources as saying that a US navy's P-8A Poseidon spy plane has been spotted flying over Syria's coastal line along Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The sources told al-Mayadeen that the US aerial operation to gather information along Syria's coastal regions has unusually increased in recent days, adding that unusual operation of the US reconnaissance flights show that the US army is paving the ground for carrying out a new move in the region.

The Spokesperson for the United States administration accused Syria of preparing to stage a chemical attack in the Arab country, threatening that Washington would make Damascus pay “a heavy price.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, the timing, and the increase, of these recon flights concerns me greatly, after the debacle of Trump and his minions accusing the Syrian government of wanting to do more chemical attacks against their own people.

I have to wonder if Trump, Mattis, and Tillerson are actually contemplating a decap strike against Damascus, coupled with an attempted regime change, and soon; such an act would be fraught with horrific risks, because Putin has declared that any such a move would mean that Russia would be at war with the United States.

Trump plays "Nuclear Chicken" with Putin over Syria.

Jun 28 09:50

Moscow warns Washington against ‘incendiary, provocative action’ in Syria

Moscow has warned the US against taking unilateral action in Syria, as there is no threat from the Syrian military, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said. The statement comes after the US accused Syria of preparing for a chemical attack, without giving any evidence.

Asked if Russia had warned the US administration against any unilateral action in Syria, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Gennady Gatilov, replied that Russian officials have “always spoken about that, including in relation to their [US] latest strikes on Syrian armed forces.”

“We believe that it’s unacceptable and breaches Syria’s sovereignty, isn’t caused by any military need, and there is no threat to the US specialists from the Syrian Army. So it’s incendiary, provocative action,” Gatilov said, as cited by RIA Novosti.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly suspect that those in the bowels of the American Deep State caught enough flak from literally telegraphing that they were going to create a false flag in Syria, to be blamed on Syria, Iran, and Russia, that it reluctantly backed down from doing so.

But don't think they won't try something else, and in the very near future, because the loyal Al-Assad military is winning the war against ISIS on the ground.

Jun 28 09:47

PAKISTAN WILL REPORTEDLY TEST A UKRAINIAN-BUILT ‘OPLOT-P’ MAIN BATTLE TANK

The Malyshev Factory in Kharkiv, Ukraine rolled out an Oplot main battle tank (MBT) and conducted a mobility test of it on Friday, June 23 with Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Secretary of the National Security Defence Council Oleksandr Turchynov in attendance.

Ukrainian news outlets, such as Depo Harkiv, claim – citing Malyshev Factory employees – that this specific Oplot MBT – dubbed “Oplot-P – will be sent to Pakistan.

Jun 28 09:35

Middle East At Point Of No Return As Saudi-Qatar Rift Deepens

At present, the Young Prince of Riyadh, Mohammed Bin Salman, has been given the key to power. This has happened at a very difficult time for not only the Kingdom, but also for the whole Gulf region and its neighbors. The choice made by King Salman to promote his son is a remarkable one but could, from a Saudi perspective, be the only viable choice. The need for a 180 degree change in the economic and social policy which keeps Saudi Arabia a strategic regional player is essential. Without radical changes, such as those presented in Vision 2030 or the Aramco IPO project, the Kingdom’s future could be bleak, as the era for “Rentier States” is over.

Jun 28 09:18

WashPo: Illegal-Alien Recruits In Military Bring Unsolvable Security Threats

More than 1,000 illegal aliens accepted into the U.S. military pose impossible-to-fix security concerns, according to a report in the Washington Post.
The Post’s report cites a Pentagon memo which says that 4,100 of 10,000 illegal alien recruits are facing “enhanced screening,” and that “30 percent [of those] subject to ‘enhanced screening’ have ‘unmitigable derogatory information’ that could bar them from service.”

The Post’s article is focused on the interests of illegal aliens, and ledes with the claim that “The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation, a Defense Department memo shows.”

Jun 28 09:11

Trump Plays Nuclear ‘Chicken’ with Putin Over Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump is playing a game of nuclear “chicken” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, regarding Putin’s threat on June 19th to go to war against the United States if the U.S. again shoots down, inside Syria — in the sovereign territory of the internationally-recognized-as-legal sovereign Syrian government — Syrian aircraft, or the aircraft of any of the foreign governments that have allied with Syria: Russia, Iran, and China.
After the U.S. had shot down a Syrian government plane on June 19th, which was bombing jihadists whom the U.S. government backs in order to overthrow the Syrian government, Russia announced:

“In areas where Russian aviation is conducting combat missions in the Syrian skies, any flying objects, including jets and unmanned aerial vehicles of the international coalition discovered west of the Euphrates River, will be followed by Russian air and ground defenses as air targets” — meaning ordered out, or else immediately shot down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word please: I would suggest that you take this statement by Russia's President Putin as seriously as you would a heart attack.

The guy is not known for bluff or bluster, and if he says something, he will, inevitably, follow through.

I strongly encourage you to meet him in Hamburg for the G-20, and spend some time to get to know him; whatever chance of salvaging peace on this planet may well depend on it, Mr. President.

Jun 28 08:52

US, UK, France Sign Deal to Boost Anti-Submarine Coordination

Naval leaders from the United Kingdom, France and the United States signed an agreement, June 1, designed to increase coordination for anti-submarine warfare activities of the three countries as they operate in the 5th Fleet area of operations, according to official statement.

Jun 28 08:39

Tillerson and Mattis Cleaning Up Kushner’s Middle East Mess

But the single most important reason for the Qatar tilt is obvious to anyone who knows how to read a map. The U.S. leases the al-Udeid Air Base, southwest of Doha, which is home to the Air Force’s 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. The U.S. (and the Qataris), not only mount fighter-bombers from al-Udeid against ISIS units in Iraq and Syria, the base serves as the first line of defense against Iranian encroachments in the region. Even more crucially, al-Udeid not only protects America’s Persian Gulf allies, it protects Israel – and would be a launching point for U.S. aircraft against Iran were Israel to be attacked by the Islamic Republic.

Jun 28 08:33

Saudi Arabia Insists Qatar Demands Are ‘Non-Negotiable’

Suggestions from US officials that they’d like to see Qatar and Saudi Arabia negotiate over the list of demands the later has issued don’t appear to be going anywhere, with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubair insisting that the terms of the demands are non-negotiable.

“We made our point,” Jubeir insisted adding that the Qataris “know what they have to do” to placate the kingdom. Saudi Arabia have Qatar 13 demands and 10 days to accept them. The demands include shutting all Qatari media, closing diplomatic facilities in Iran, expelling Turkey from its Qatari base, and agreeing to pay unspecified “reparations” for past disagreements.

Qatari FM Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani suggested that didn’t matter at any rate, because Qatar considers the demands “baseless and unacceptable,” saying that any demands that would be taken seriously would need to be “realistic and enforceable.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: apparently emboldened by your visit there, the Saudis feel as though they can get away with this, and no international repercussions (particularly from the United States) will happen if they move, militarily, against Qatar.

Once the deadline for the Saudi's "or else" is over (and I believe that will happen this Sunday, 2 July), all hell could break loose here, with Saudi Arabia moving against Qatar, which now has about 3,000 Turkish troops on their soil to defend it.

And sir, I have to ask; just what, please, are the standing orders to the commanders for the over 10,000 US troops stationed inside Qatar should such a scenario take place over this weekend, or next week?!?

Jun 28 08:14

Mattis: US Will Keep Arming Syrian Kurds After Raqqa Falls

In comments that are doubtless going to further anger Turkey about US policy in Syria, Defense Secretary James Mattis insisted the current program of arming the Kurdish YPG faction would not end after the capture of the ISIS capital city of Raqqa, and that they might just change the sort of weapons they’re giving the Kurds after that.

This comes less than a week after the US had assured the Turkish government that not only would the US stop arming the Kurds after the defeat of ISIS, but that they’d then take all the weapons back from the Kurds at that point. Mattis appeared to downplay the chances of this, however, saying only that “we’ll do what we can” to recover the arms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan has to know that Mattis is powerless to prevent the Kurds from hanging on to those weapons.

Jun 28 08:07

Pentagon, State Dept ‘Clueless’ on Trump’s Assad Allegation

Last night, the White House issued a surprise statement accusing the Syrian government of preparing a chemical weapons attack and threatening to make them pay “a heavy price” for doing so. This immediately suggested another US attack on Syria was imminent. No one saw this coming, including the Pentagon and the State Department.

Pentagon officials say they were totally unaware if this putative evidence of a chemical attack until the moment the White House issued the statement, something they completely didn’t see coming. The State Department, which would normally be involved in coordinating such an important press release, also wasn’t consulted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very concerned about the next week or so, from the 4th of July celebration next Tuesday, through the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on the 7th and 8th of next month.

I think we could very well see a false flag happen in this timeframe, to be blamed on Syria, as the "justification" for a full-on US invasion of the country, to achieve regime change in Damascus.

Of course, the White House's and Nikki Haley's charges bear two areas of intense scrutiny.

First, why would Al-Assad do something this stupid, i.e., a chemical attack against his own people, when his troops are actually winning on the ground?

And secondly, weren't Syria's chemical weapons destroyed several years back through a Russian-brokered, UN supervised program several years ago?!?

If, in fact, these accusations were a just "test run" to see how the American people would react to such an action, I would be willing to bet bet that the overnight polls were overwhelmingly negative.

Jun 28 07:54

Trump, Macron to pursue 'common response' in Syria

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to pursue a "common response" to the Assad regime in Syria in the event of another chemical weapons attack, the French government said Tuesday after the two leaders spoke.

"The purpose of the meeting was to prepare for the bilateral meeting of the two presidents during the G20 meeting in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July," the Elysee Palace said in a statement about the phone call between Trump and Macron.

"They also took stock of the Syrian issue and the need to work towards a common response to a chemical attack in Syria," the statement continued. "The two presidents spoke about the situation in the Gulf and the need to avoid any escalation in the region. Both stressed that the fight against terrorism and its financing is a common challenge for all the countries of the region."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lying in concert with DC and French President Macron, are we, Washington Examiner?!?

Ron Paul: Seymour Hersh Reporting Trump Knew Latest Syria Chemical Attack Was False Flag; Bombed Assad Anyway; "A Shame"

Jun 27 13:33

ISRAELI WARPLANES HIT MULTIPLE TARGETS IN GAZA STRIP

The Israeli army bombed several targets across the Gaza Strip overnight. Israeli attacks were recorded in at least three locations in Gaza, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said, with Hamas bases struck near the southern city of Rafah and Gaza City, as well as an empty area in the center of Gaza, Al Jazeera reported.

Jun 27 11:33

US May Be Preparing for 'Preemptive Strike' on Syria Amid Chemical Weapons Claim

The United States might be preparing for a "preemptive" attack on Syrian government troops as the White House warned of a possible chemical attack allegedly planned by Damascus, senior Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev said Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the White House claimed that Washington had identified "potential preparations" for a chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.

The Kremlin commented on the claims and said that it considers US' threats against Syrian legitimate leadership to be "unacceptable." Damascus also denied the information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the Russian analysis, presented here at sputniknews.com, is completely reasonable.

We are most likely looking at an horrific false flag operation, courtesy of the US military and various Us alphabet soup agencies in Syria, to be blamed on the Syrian government, as the justification for a full-scale invasion of Syria, in order to attempt regime change in Damascus.

But the questions I would have to ask about such a scenario are:

1. Why would al-Assad do this when his troops are winning against ISIS on the Ground?!?

2. Weren't Syria's chemical weapons completely destroyed under a Russian brokered, and UN-supervised program several years ago?!?

Of course, such an invasion most probably means war with Russia, but what does the American Deep State care about the good of We the People?!? The short answer is, absolutely nothing.

They have their elaborate bunkers, and top of the line survival gear in hand; the rest of us can just die of radiation sickness, and they won't give a damn.

This... is officially insane, and the fact that the US government collectively thinks, for one millisecond, that the American people would believe this codswallop, demonstrates that they have learned utterly nothing from having lied this country into the the military misadventures which are still with us, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jun 27 10:57

Hersh’s new Syria revelations buried from view

Paradoxically, over the past decade, as social media has created a more democratic platform for information dissemination, the corporate media has grown ever more fearful of a truly independent figure like Hersh. The potential reach of his stories could now be enormously magnified by social media. As a result, he has been increasingly marginalised and his work denigrated. By denying him the credibility of a “respectable” mainstream platform, he can be dismissed for the first time in his career as a crank and charlatan. A purveyor of fake news.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Hersh, should you want to take us up on it, you would always be welcome to post your articles here at WRH.

Mike and I have a great deal of respect for your work, over the years, and understand, full well, the courage it takes not to ape the government's "party line" when there is a specific agenda they wish to accomplish, and the consequences of "not playing along", even when such an agenda is 100% fact free.

Jun 27 10:38

House Armed Services Committee Unveils $696.5 Billion Military Spending Bill

Just days after committee chair Mac Thornberry (R – TX) announced his intention to unveil a $640 billion military spending bill, the House Armed Services Committee actually unveiled a $696.5 billion bill, which you’ll notice is quite a bit more, but which is also being presented as a “cut” from the previous announcement.

The imagined cut is based on the idea that the $640 billion would’ve added quite a bit of funding for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), and the new bill already includes $75 billion in OCO, which they’re presenting as meaning the bill is only $621.5 billion, despite the OCO money being very real, and also including substantial amounts that’ll be spent on things not related to overseas operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This government does not necessarily need to spend more money; they need to spend money for our military more intelligently.

This should translate into the death of cost over-runs which are absorbed by taxpayers; the ending of problem-plagued programs like the F-35, with the companies like Lockheed Martin absorbing the costs of their failures, after a certain point, from corporate funding, and not taxpayers' funding.

The failure of weapons to perform as advertised should be treated as a form of corporate treason against this country.

Please don't get me wrong; as a Christian pacifist activist, who is constantly exhorting her government to use hard-won, moral negotiations as the way to resolve geopolitical disputes, I abhor war as a methodology for resolving disputes.

That being said, if the civilian leadership is going to use war to pursue its aims, our military deserve weapons that work. China and Russia are spending far less on their military outlays, but are winding up with weapons which do, and will work, very efficiently.

Jun 27 10:23

Tension Erupts as Chinese Troops Enter Indian Territory, Destroy Bunkers

A major scuffle has erupted along the India-China border as Chinese troops entered the Indian state of Sikkim and destroyed two Indian bunkers. Chinese troops also engaged in a fight with Indian troops, who are guarding the border at the location.

Jun 27 10:00

White House Appears to Be Planning Attack on Assad

Raising speculation that the US is about to attack Syria again, the White House has issued a statement late this evening accusing the Assad government in Syria of conducting “potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack,” claiming that such an attack would involve the “mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.”

The late night report was extremely light on details, but threatened to make Syria’s government and military “pay a heavy price,” suggesting that the statement was only issued to lay the groundwork for a new round of US attacks on Syrian government targets.

The US last attacked Syria in earnest in early April, firing 49 cruise missiles at a Syrian air base. The attack was carried out despite reports ultimately showing that the US intelligence community found no evidence a chemical weapon attack took place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word please: that you could possibly believe, for one second, that Americans would swallow this codswallop whole, is a singularly nasty insult to the intelligence of your American brothers and sisters.

We were lied into wars against Afghanistan and Iraq; we will NOT, thank you very much, be lied into a war against Syria, over any kind of horrific false flag this government, and most probably Israel, may be conjuring against it right now.

I would very much like to politely remind you, and the American people, that just because an action would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the American government could do, is utterly no guarantee that it won't do it.

War against Syria most probably means a war against Russia; and right now, Mr. President, the American military doesn't have the money; the weaponry; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Right now, you really need to be listening to those voices in your inner circle advocating against such a rash action; they are the voices of reason, and the voices for the good of We the People.

Jun 27 09:43

US Deploys 10 Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missiles to South Korea

U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) purportedly deployed over ten Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM) at Kunsan Air Base, located west of Gunsan City in North Jeolla Province, around 180 kilometers south of Seoul, according to South Korean media reports.

Multiple defense sources confirmed on Monday that the long-range precision-guided missiles have been deployed and that U.S. forces are planning to conduct a JASSM live-fire exercise in the event of a sixth North Korean nuclear test. “To my knowledge, the USFK considers making public a live-fire drill involving the JASSM in case North Korea carries out another strategic provocation, such as a sixth nuclear test,” a source told Yonhap news agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these reports are true, why did newly-elected South Korean President Moon allow this to happen?!?

Isn't he the guy with "Sunshine-centric" policy toward North Korea?!?

Or has he already lost control of his government to those elements there which are controlled by the American Deep State?!?

Such actions are doing nothing to ratchet down tensions here, at all. And then, we have the following, very troubling story out of forbes.com:

China and the US are cooling their cooperation to restrain North Korea

Jun 27 09:37

Kremlin spokesman says Putin and Trump will meet in Hamburg

No specific decisions have been made yet concerning the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump due in Hamburg, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This meeting cannot possibly come soon enough.

However, if President Trump is persuaded by his advisors to "stiff" Putin at the G-20, all hell could break loose in this world, in terms of a US war against Syria and Iran (which means, potentially, war with Russia) and I really would not like to see that happen.

Jun 27 09:31

US Deploys ISIS to Central Asia

America created and supports ISIS, al-Qaeda and other well-known terrorist groups – using their fighters to advance its imperium.

Jun 27 09:15

US-led coalition must stop ‘very dangerous game’ of sparing Al-Nusra in Syria – Lavrov

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov has accused the US-led anti-terrorist coalition of being reluctant to bomb positions of the former Al-Nusra Front in Syria, and has urged them to ditch "double standards" for the sake of an “uncompromising” fight against terrorism.

"There is a strong impression, based on our fight with terrorism in Syria, that the so-called Al-Nusra [Front], or whatever it is called now, is every time spared by the coalition forces headed by the United States and its allies," Lavrov said, speaking at a press conference in Moscow.

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The foreign minister went on to say that "new evidence has emerged in the past few days" indicating that the US-led international forces continue "to take the heat off" the former Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Foreign Minister Lavrov, a word please.

Thinking Americans (who have utterly zero control over the foreign policy of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika) understand fully that the US government has been supporting ISIS all along, in order to effect regime change in Damascus.

Why is the US supporting ISIS in Syria while opposing it in Iraq?

Syria accuses Israel and the US of supporting ISIS

Russia, Turkey accuse the US of supporting ISIS in Syria

The US continues to support ISIS in Syria

Al Assad is right:
the US Air Force is Supporting ISIS attacks in Syria and Iraq.

And today, the US Ambassador to the UN made the following, absolutely astonishingly stupid claim:

The White House announced late Monday that Syria may be planning another chemical weapons attack that “will likely result in the mass murder of civilians.” In a statement released on Monday night, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S. had found “potential” evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was preparing to conduct an attack similar to the one carried out on April 4 that killed dozens of civilians, including children. “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children,” the statement said. “The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.” “If … Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price,” the statement warned.

The article then went on to say: "United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley noted on Monday Assad's two main military backers, Russia and Iran, would share responsibility for any further attacks against Syrian civilians."

I am certain you noted the following article, written by the award-winning journalist, Seymour Hersh, who I respect highly, in which he stated the following:

Seymour Hersh: Trump Ignored Intelligence On Syrian Chemical Attack, Bombed Anyway

What we have here, Foreign Minister Lavrov, is an absolute recipe for global catastrophe, and a world war.

We have a smart, but highly impulsive, and highly naive President in Trump; unfortunately, he appears to have been completely absorbed by the American Deep State, since his inauguration.

The Deep State is looking for any excuse to start a war against Russia and China, to deflect the rise of the ruble and Chinese yuan away from the dollar, and use that war as a distraction, and potentially, the excuse, for the coming economic crash in this country.

So what Ambassador Haley and the White House are telegraphing, in these statements, is that they are willing to create a "false flag" in Syria, as a the "justification" for going in and attempting to create regime change in Damascus, then attempting to do it in Iran, which is desperately going to need your military backing to prevent this from happening.

That they think Americans are so utterly stupid as to swallow this codswallop whole, is an absolute insult. The American public are war-weary and war-skeptical, after the US government's horrific military misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq.

So I really want someone in this administration to tell me, with a straight face, why Assad would even think about doing this now, when he is winning on the ground in Syria; and the short answer is, he wouldn't. And BTW, where are those chemical weapons Ambassador Haley alleges the Syrian government is just ITCHING to use?!?

Do I not remember Russia brokering a deal several years back, in which Syria destroyed all of its chemical weapons, under UN supervision?!?

The Destruction of Syria's chemical weapons

In short, Minister Lavrov, the Deep State of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America is desperately attempting to "groom" the American public for another, horrific war, which the American people do not want, nor can they afford, at any level.

The future of the Syrian people...should belong to the Syrian people, and not some outside agency of forced regime change, to the supposed benefit of Israel and the US.

I am watching, in the most sang froid, analytical way, the massive uptick of the demonisation of Russia in the US corporate, presstitute media, in a way which is trying to paint your country as the most evil, rotten nation on the planet; again, sir, thinking Americans understand that this is not the case.

You, and President Putin, have been the "poster children" for rational, reasonable resolution of geopolitical differences between countries, and I laud both of you for that.

I truly wish... I could honestly say the same thing about the leadership of my country, but honestly cannot.

Jun 27 09:10

Russia Readies to Fly New MiG-35 ‘Fulcrum-F’ Combat Aircraft

While US defense executives discussed how to solve air flow regulators aboard US jets like the F-35 at the Paris Air Show, MiG general director Ilya Tarasenko quietly confirmed that plans are moving along swiftly with the MiG-35. Testing of the aircraft will be complete by late 2017 or early 2018.

Jun 27 09:08

North Korean, Russian, Chinese Missile Tech Advances Raise Threat to US

The development of ballistic and cruise missile technology around the world has raised the potential threat level faced by Washington, even if the projectiles don’t carry nuclear warheads, according to a new US Defense Department report.

Jun 27 08:41

After Getting Busted for Bombing Syria Based On a Lie, Trump Doubles Down … Threatens to Bomb Syria Even Harder for the Same Bogus Reason

A report yesterday by the Pulitzer-prize winning reporter who broke some of the biggest stories of the Vietnam and Iraq wars showed that Trump bombed Syria on April 4th based upon false pretenses.

Specifically, Trump said the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack on civilians. But U.S. military and intelligence officials say that they told Trump there was no evidence for that claim … and they say that what really happened is that Syria bombed Islamic terrorists, and that accidentally released chemicals being stored by the terrorists.

So how does Trump respond to the report?

He doubles down on the bull …

Jun 27 08:32

Russia's Successful Test of Bulava ICBM 'Sends a Message to the West'

Russia’s Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear-powered submarine launched a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Monday from a submerged position in the Barents Sea. The missile's mock warheads successfully hit their designated targets thousands of kilometers away, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Jun 27 08:07

Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary

Bomb Syria one more time and the Donald may get to meet Putin at his war crimes trial. After Spicers threats against Syria last night you have to wonder what Planet this guy lives on.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles when the two are in Germany for a multinational summit next month. But the idea is exposing deep divisions within the administration on the best way to approach Moscow in the midst of an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections.

Many administration officials believe the U.S. needs to maintain its distance from Russia at such a sensitive time — and interact only with great caution.

Jun 27 05:39

Donald Trump is reckless on Syria. It's his most dangerous foreign policy folly.

Trump said Obama's horrendous leadership on Syria could start WWIII.
He's making things even worse

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Jun 27 01:10

Addressing Trump's Errant Foreign Policy

Conservatives such as myself , who seek a return to America's historic , and successful foreign policy of non intervention in overseas quarrels that are unrelated to American interests thought we had won in November . In Donald Trump we thought we had elected a non-interventionalist president . He pledged good relations with Russia , avoidance of new wars , and at least by inference, ending the conflicts he inherited, including the hopeless war in Afghanistan

But that's not how things turned out>>>

Jun 26 11:12

Japan broadcasts TV warning urging citizens to lie on the ground or seek shelter if North Korea launches a NUKE at them

Japan has broadcast a television warning urging citizens to lie on the ground or seek shelter in the event of North Korea launching a nuclear attack.
The government advice also tells people to stay away from windows, protect their heads if they are indoors and to hide behind solid objects if an attack is imminent.

Instructions triggered by Japan's satellite-based J-Alert public warning system will be sent out through speakers installed across the country, the 30-second clip confirms.

The broadcast comes amid heightened tensions between the West and North Korea under dictator Kim Jong-un.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but this very much sounds like the Japanese equivalent of the US-Government's (thoroughly useless) "Duck and Cover" campaign during the 50s.

Jun 26 10:54

Ranks of homeless veterans keep swelling in Los Angeles

Skid Row has the largest concentration of homeless people in America
Number of homeless in LA jumped by 23 percent in the last year to 58,000.

Of those 5,000 are veterans, the highest number of homeless veterans of any city in the country.

That's a near 60 percent increase over the previous year

Webmaster's Commentary: 

LA Mayor Garcetti, you have a trip to take, and right the heck now.

And if you're asking me where, I will tell you; to Salt Lake City, which has solved its homeless veterans problem in a remarkably compassionate way:

How Salt Lake City licked its homeless veterans problem.

If these folks could do this, SO CAN YOU!!

Jun 26 10:20

Saudi Arabia Conducts Over 50 Air Raids on Yemen in Just 24 Hours

Saudi Arabia decided to honor the final day of Ramadan in typical Saudi fashion by conducting over 50 airstrikes on various Yemeni provinces in just 24 hours.
35 airstrikes were carried out in the province of Marib, slightly east of Sana’a. 14 airstrikes hit various districts of Hajjah province including Midi and Herad. They also carried out three raids in both Taiz and Sa’ada provinces.
Saudi warplanes dropping bombs over various areas of Yemen is certainly nothing new. In fact Yemenis have been living under airstrikes for over 800 days now. But for the past month, Saudi Arabia has drastically increased airstrikes in both numbers and locations.
Yemeni resistance forces have steadily fought back on the ground. Troops in Taiz have been fending off Saudi-backed mercenaries in various parts of Taiz. In northern provinces of Jizan, Najran, and Asir, Yemeni forces have managed to take-out many Saudi-backed troops, weapons facilities, and vehicles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These US-militarily-enabled bombings, against innocent civilians, are war crimes, pure and simple.

Images: Yemeni children dead and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi bombings

The US collusion with Saudi Arabia in the commission of these war crimes is morally abhorrent, and reeks of failed US foreign policy, when most respected experts, writing on the issues of Yemen, insist that the only possible solution here is political, rather than military.

Jun 26 10:08

Yemen faces world's worst cholera outbreak - UN

Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned.
A statement by UNICEF and the World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in the war-torn country has exceeded 200,000.
So far more than 1,300 people have died - one quarter of them children - with the death toll expected to rise.
The two UN agencies say they are doing everything they can to stop the outbreak from accelerating.
"We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world," the statement says.
"In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country," it says, with an estimated 5,000 new cases every day.

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The Saudis, enabled by US troops, have blocked Yemeni ports, so no food can get in. Consequently, Yemeni children are dying from complications of malnutrition and disease.

Images: Yemeni children dying of malnutrition.

Malnutrition creates a marvelous breeding ground for disease:

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera

And even though yesterday, Saudi Arabia pledged $67 million to address cholera in Yemen Saudi Arabia pledges 67 million to tackle cholera in Yemen, being the sanguine soul I am, I have to wonder if this aid is going to wind up treating only families supporting the ousted Al Hadi regime, as a way to "change loyalty" from the those supporting Houthi rebels.

Although cholera has been not yet been weaponised per say, it has been used as a weapon of war before. So one has to wonder: did Saudi Arabia deliberately contaminate Yemen's water resources, making sure that the cholera and other water-borne diseases would take hold, in order to "appear as Yemen's saviour", after inflicting horrific deaths from two plus years of bombing innocent civilians?!?

Jun 26 09:31

US Preps for Limitless War With Proposed New ‘Space Corps’

Lawmakers in Washington are seeking to create a brand-new military branch – the first since the establishment of the US Air Force in 1947 – to make sure the country can wage war in space.

Jun 26 09:29

Syria warns Israel of 'dangerous repercussions for aggressive action'

Syrian army issues statement following IDF response to Syrian missile spillover, calling Israeli actions motivated 'a desperate attempt to boost morale' and warning 'Israeli enemy' of consequences.

The Syrian army warned Israel on Sunday of the "dangerous repercussions" of its "aggressive activities" after the IDF retaliated against spillover fire in the Golan Heights for the second day in a row.

After the Syrian army forces managed to thwart the wide-scale attack of terrorist al-Nusra … the Israeli enemy continued today to attack one of our military stations, in a desperate attempt to support terrorist organizations and boost their low morale," read a statement from the army of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Let's look at a map of the Israeli/Syrian border:

Map: Israeli/Syrian Border

Now, let's take a look at the Map of Eretz Israel, or "Greater Israel", which many Zionists in the Israeli government want to bring to fruition:

Image: Eretz Israel, or greater Israel, stretching from the Tigris to the Euphrates Rivers

Notice that hunks of Syria; Lebanon; Egypt; Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, get gobbled up in this redrawing of borders in the Middle East?!?

In the military hot mess which characterises the wars in Syria, it is not impossible that Israel's civilian and military infrastructure saw their bombings in Syria as a calculated risk, to see how much of the country it could potentially "chew off", and declare its own, beyond the Golan Heights, before the dust settles.

And we see some confirmation of that possibility in the following article, posted on last Saturday, from the timesofisrael.com:

Liberman: The Assad Regime will Continue to Suffer the Consequences of their Attacks

I would like to hope that Russia's Putin and Lavrov are telling their Israeli counterparts, in no uncertain terms, that these bombings must stop, or else there will be consequences, courtesy of the Russian military.

I don't know how long Putin will put up with this kind of military nonsense from the IDF in Syria, but my hunch would be, not very long at all.

Jun 26 09:23

Obama Secretly Set A War With Russia Into Action Before He Left Office

Barack Obama was either very secretively cunning, or someone in his administration was. Before there was an investigation into “Russian hacking,” which we’ve seen no shred of proof even happened, the former president ordered a retaliation against our Cold War foe, which could lead to war.

Before the tears of the saddened liberals dried after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president, Obama was at it with his “pen and phone,” determined to destroy any chance Trump had at being a success. Obama, who was upset that Hillary Clinton would watch Donald Trump inaugurated as president, decided to shift blame to Russia. He authorized a covert cyber operation to deploy “implants” in Russian networks that could be triggered remotely in retaliation to any future cyber aggression by Moscow, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Jun 26 09:08

Overthrowing Other People’s Governments: The Master List of US “Regime Changes”

This incisive list of countries by William Blum was first published in 2013, posted on Global Research in 2014.

In relation to recent developments in Latin America and the Middle East, it is worth recalling the history of US sponsored military coups and “soft coups” aka regime changes.

In a bitter irony, under the so-called “Russia probe” the US is accusing Moscow of interfering in US politics.

This article reviews the process of overthrowing sovereign governments through military coups, acts of war, support of terrorist organizations, covert ops in support of regime change.

In recent developments, the Trump administration is supportive of a US sponsored regime change in Venezuela and Cuba

Jun 26 09:00

Russia to Take Retaliatory Measures in Case of US Withdrawal From INF Treaty

Russia will take retaliatory measures in case of the United States withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), Viktor Ozerov, the chairman of the defense and security committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's parliament, told Sputnik Sunday.

Jun 26 08:58

Has Washington Lost the Middle East After Qatar?

For more or less the past Century, since 1914, the world has been almost continuously at war over control of oil. Gradually with the adoption of clean energy policies in the European Union and most especially in China’s agreeing to significantly cut CO2 emissions by reducing coal generation, itself a political act not a scientific one, as well as advances in natural gas transport technologies, notably in the liquefaction of natural gas or LNG, natural gas has finally become a globally traded market as is oil. With this development, we now are in an era not only of wars for control of major oil reserves around the world. Now we have the dawn of the age of natural gas wars. Fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen.

Jun 26 08:41

Are We in a Syrian Missile Crisis?

On Sunday, a U.S. F/A-18E "Super Hornet" fighter aircraft shot down a Syrian SU-22, a Russian-made fighter-bomber. On Monday, Russia issued an unprecedented warning to the United States: "Any aircraft, including planes and drones belonging to the international coalition, operating west of the River Euphrates, will be tracked by Russian anti-aircraft forces in the sky and on the ground and treated as targets."

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The Russian warning threatened to turn the skies over Syria into a shooting gallery, with American planes the targets. It seems inconceivable that Russia and the United States might go to war over one Syrian aircraft, but the world thought the same thing after the assassination of one middle-aged Austrian named Franz, yet World War One still killed 15 million people.

Jun 25 20:14

Trump Speech on Fixing the VA

Jun 25 16:08

Israel's Fire Support For Its Al-Qaeda Mercenaries Started Three Years Ago

Al-Qaeda attacked a Syrian Arab Army position in Madinat al-Baath (map) next to the Israel occupied Golan heights. Al-Qaeda requested Israeli fire-support by launching some mortars towards empty space in the Israel occupied area. The Israeli Defense Force accepted the request and destroyed two Syrian Arab Army tanks. Two Syrian soldiers were killed. The SAA held steady and the al-Qaeda attack on its position failed.

Jun 25 12:47

Trump‘s Red Line

President Donald Trump ignored important intelligence reports when he decided to attack Syria after he saw pictures of dying children. Seymour M. Hersh investigated the case of the alleged Sarin gas attack.

On April 6, United States President Donald Trump authorized an early morning Tomahawk missile strike on Shayrat Air Base in central Syria in retaliation for what he said was a deadly nerve agent attack carried out by the Syrian government two days earlier in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon.

Jun 25 10:37

The World Is Going Down With Trump

So, where is President Trump? Why is the President of the United States unable to rise to the challenge? Why isn’t he the man Ronald Reagan was? Is it, as David Stockman says, that Trump is incapable of anything except tweeting? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47310.htm

Why hasn’t President Trump long ago ordered all intercepts of Russian chatter gathered, declassified, and made public? Why hasn’t Trump launched a criminal prosecution against John Brennan, Susan Rice, Comey, and the rest of the hit squad that is trying to destroy him?

Why has Trump disarmed himself with an administration chosen by Russiaphobes and Israel?

Jun 25 09:51

Low-Cost Micro Satellites are Spawning a Global Surveillance Arms Race

By Nicholas West

The emergence of low-cost micro satellites is starting to spawn a global surveillance arms race: the familiar problem-reaction-solution paradigm upon what all other arms races are built. “Our competitors will learn to use this exploding geo-enabled capability to learn a lot of things. If we don’t use this as well as them and use our exquisite assets to be a differentiator and stay ahead, we’re going to get behind.” – Major Mike Little, U.S. Southern Command...

Jun 25 06:53

House of Saudi Cards: The Inside Story

Just when geopolitical practitioners were betting on regime change in Qatar – orchestrated by a desperate House of Saud – regime change ended up happening in Riyadh, orchestrated by Warrior Prince, Destroyer of Yemen and Blockader of Qatar, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS).

Considering the impenetrability of that desert petrodollar family oligarchy impersonating a nation it’s up to a few foreigners granted access to make sense of the latest Arabian Game of Thrones. It also does not help that the “largesse” of Saudi – and Emirati – lobbies in Washington reduces virtually every think tank and hack in sight to abject sycophancy.

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It sounds as though the royal House of Saud is about to implode, but not before it does a great deal more regional damage than it has already done in Yemen, which has been viciously savage, and was very much the brain-child of Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

The Saudi/UAE "conditions" to which Qatar is supposed to accede by 2 July (one week from today" are untenable to both Qatar and Turkey, which has about 3,000 troops on the ground here, and a military base.

Week after next week is the 4th of July Independence Day holiday in the United States; if Prince Salman moves against Qatar militarily, my guess would be that it would be on or around that date, when Americans are distracted with 4th of July festivities.

And I have to wonder; should that happen, what are the standing orders which have been given to the commanders of nearly 10,000 US military personnel working in Qatar?!?

Jun 25 06:25

Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

Seized by violence and teetering on the edge of famine, Yemen is grappling with another danger that threatens to outpace them both: cholera.

"We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world," international health authorities said in a statement Saturday.

Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, say that "more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise."

They suspect that is because Yemen now has upwards of 200,000 cases to grapple with, and that number is growing quickly — by a rate of roughly 5,000 cases a day.

"And geographically, it is expanding," Mohamed El Montassir Hussein, Yemen director for the International Rescue Committee, told NPR's Jason Beaubien earlier this month. "It's not a small area. It's almost the whole country."

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What is interesting is what this article doesn't say; which is, that as a result of US-enabled, Saudi blockade of Yemen's ports, which means food cannot get it, Yemeni children are dying from complications of malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition

The Saudis and their American backers are not idiots; they knew that by creating this massive state of malnutrition in Yemen's kids, they were deliberately creating a condition where diseases would thrive, and cholera took up their invitation.

Another possible answer to the question of how this epidemic got so out of control so quickly, is the deliberate poisoning of Yemeni water systems with this disease; it would not have been the first time, historically, this has happened:

During the closing stages of the Rhodesian Bush War, the Rhodesian government resorted to use chemical and biological warfare agents. Watercourses at several sites inside the Mozambique border were deliberately contaminated with cholera. These biological attacks had little impact on the fighting capability of ZANLA, but caused considerable distress to the local population. The Rhodesians also experimented with several other pathogens and toxins for use in their counterinsurgency. [67]

Collective punishment is a war crime, period, end of discussion; and yet, the Saudi, US-enabled genocide in Yemen, including the assassination of innocent civilians; the blockade of ports creating malnutrition deaths in Yemen's kids, the subsequent diseases, like cholera, and the used of depleted uranium weapons, and the subsequent birth defects; cancers; and still births, continues here, unabated.

Jun 25 05:54

Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror

? ecent news reports describe a massive increase in civilian casualties at the hands of the US military or US allies. In Mosul, Iraq, hundreds of residents have been killed as US forces join Iraqi troops in the last stage of their assault on the ISIS-held city. In Yemen, the United States is increasing its direct involvement in the Saudi-led air war being waged against the poorest country in the Arab world, as the UN and other aid workers struggle against mass famine and a looming cholera epidemic on top of the thousands already killed and millions displaced. And in Raqqa, Syria, US air strikes and white-phosphorus munitions have led to what the UN calls “a staggering loss of life,” as Washington provides backup to Kurdish and Arab forces now besieging the ISIS stronghold.

“Rarely a day goes by now when we don’t see three or four civilian casualty incidents…around Raqqa....” —AirWars

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This... is what "collateral damage" looks like in Yemen, courtesy of US military-enabled Saudi genocide against Yemeni children, killed outright, or maimed for life:

Images: Yemeni children killed or maimed from life, courtesy of Saudi bombings.

And the reason I keep posting images like this is, that in Yemen and Iraq, the US government and military are partners in war crimes.

As a Christian pacifist activist, it does not make me morally comfortable to be a citizen of a country which participates in war crimes.

Jun 25 05:42

US-Led Airstrikes Killed 472 Civilians in Syria in the Past Month

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has issued a report today covering the civilian death toll of US-led coalition airstrikes in Syria over the past month, from May 23 to June 23, reporting at least 472 civilians, the largest in any 30-day period since the US started bombing Syria in 2014.

The attacks covered two provinces in Syria, with 222 civilians killed in Deir Ezzor, and the other 250 civilians killed in the Raqqa Province. Strikes against the area immediately surrounding Raqqa were nominally done in support of the Kurdish YPG’s advance on ISIS’ capital, the city of Raqqa.

In Deir Ezzor, much of the death toll was in airstrikes against buildings in the city of Mayadin, where huge numbers of civilian relatives of ISIS fighters were said to be killed, many of them young children. Over the two provinces, the Syrian Observatory counted 137 children killed in the US-led attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a propaganda front, funded by the EU.

Document:The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a Propaganda Front funded by the EU

That being said, I would suspect that these numbers are very conservative, relative to the actual number of deaths created by US assaults in Syria.

Jun 25 05:24

Preparing For War? US House Wants To Create First New Military Branch Since 1947

There’s currently a push in the halls of Washington D.C., to establish a new branch of the military by 2019, one whose focus would be operations among the stars. Proposed legislation by House representatives would create a “Space Corps” that would serve “as a separate military service within the Department of the Air Force.”

It would be the first branch added to the military since 1947 when the Air Force was officially established.

On Tuesday, the top two lawmakers of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Representatives Mike Rogers and Jim Cooper, added the legislation to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The subcommittee oversees military space operations and works within the umbrella of the House Armed Services Committee.

“There is bipartisan acknowledgement that the strategic advantages we derive from our national security space systems are eroding,” Rogers and Cooper said in a joint statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This concept makes sense, at a lot of levels.

Jun 24 09:39

Trump Admin Set to Expand Number of Civilians Killed by Drone Strikes

By Nicholas West

The United States drone program by all objective analysis has not been a precision instrument for killing terrorists. Instead, the program has reversed long-standing policies of basic international human rights and rules of war by implementing pre-emptive killing without due process.

After years of Obama’s drone strikes that independent watchdog group Airwars estimated to have been ten times the number as those of George Bush before him, the political pendulum has swung back to the right, but the killing of civilians continues to accelerate under Obama’s supposed arch nemesis Donald Trump.

Now, however, all pretense at protecting innocent lives is about to be cast off and the killing will become inexplicably worse as the Trump admin reportedly seeks to do away with a clause contained in the Presidential Policy Guidance known as “near certainty.”..

Jun 24 09:21

A Surprising Number Of Men In Washington State Aren’t Registered For The Draft. That’s A Felony

Federal officials say nearly one out of six young men in Washington state are committing a felony, and they might not even know it.

Their crime? Not registering for a nonexistent military draft.

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"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." -- 13th Amendment to the US Constitution

Jun 24 09:17

Dropping Like Flies: US Marine F-35s Software Malfunction Grounds More Jets

“Some anomalies” with the F-35B’s Autonomous Logistic Information System (ALIS) forced the US Marines in Yuma, Arizona, to “temporarily suspend” F-35B operations, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said on Friday.

The root of the problem involves “maintenance codes not being reflected properly in the system,” the Marine Corps statement noted.

Jun 24 06:57

EXCLUSIVE: US officials confirm their Coalition allies have killed 80 civilians – "

– but none will accept responsibility

(*Innocent Civilian casualties don't matter anymore , but once again , not Trump's fault . Trump entrusts all decisions based on military intelligence to his three generals McMaster , Mattis , and Tillerson)

Jun 23 15:08

Pentagon weighs possible delay in new transgender recruits

The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military in 2016 under the Obama administration.

Jun 23 12:52

Leaked Police Report: There Are 23 Muslim-Controlled “No Go Zones” In Sweden: Plagued With Violence, Sexual Assaults And Gun Crimes

Though European leaders and their US-based counterparts have vehemently denied their existence, a leaked report from the Swedish police confirms that there are at least 23 Muslim-controlled “No-Go Zones” and some 60 “vulnerable areas” where non-muslim citizens of the country can no longer visit safely.

As noted in the RT video below, the areas are plagued with violence, sexual assaults and gun crimes, and things have gotten so bad that police and emergency services personnel refuse to enter.

According to the Swedish National Police Commissioner:

We see developments in our country which are not always going in the right direction… We have more than 60 vulnerable areas in and around major cities in Sweden.. and we see criminality there and we need to turn around these developments in those areas… and we need the assistance of other parts of our society.

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This is the direct result of unvetted immigration, and why it cannot be allowed to continue further in this country.

Jun 23 12:29

Saudi Reshuffle Could Completely Shake Up Oil Markets

The new crown prince is known to be a bit unpredictable. In the early phase of the oil price meltdown, he said that prices did not matter. But the plunge below $30 per barrel in early 2016 seemed to have changed the calculus. Last year Saudi Arabia became the principle driver behind a return to “market management,” that is restraining output to stabilize prices.

The IPO is another signature initiative of the young prince. He hopes to sell off 5 percent of Aramco, which he argues could raise around $100 billion (some analysts dispute that figure) in order to finance his Vision 2030, which calls for a diversification of the Saudi economy. The elevation of Mohammed bin Salman is being interpreted in some corners as an effort to accelerate this economic transformation. With low oil prices, a sizable budget deficit, large but dwindling cash reserves, and a restive and young population, time is of the essence.

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I hate the characterisation of war between Saudi Arabia and Iran as "inevitable", but in light of the fact that the US has now "thrown its hat in" with the House of Saud, courtesy of President Trump's recent visit to Riyadh, and his own virulently anti-Iran, pro-Israel stance, I am afraid that characterisation is absolutely correct.

Jun 23 10:52

Saudi Arabia vs Qatar: Middle East Controlled-Demolition Plan?

There is trouble in oil paradise.

Prince bin Salman has assumed complete control of the Saudi kingdom’s government apparatus. This is a sign that the Saudi hardliners, vis-a-vis the crisis they created with Qatar, have won the prelude of the battle. As Saudi Arabia’s minister of defense, bin Salman was the architect of the nasty war in Yemen, which until the split between the two nations, included Qatar. What happened to the beautiful friendship between the Saudi and the Qatari rulers? Its apex was the sponsorship of jihadists, first to topple Gaddafi in Libya, and their ultimate collaborative proxy-terrorism accomplishment was the creation of ISIS to wreck Iraq, and to topple Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

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Saudi Arabia has just given Qatar 10 days to accede to its demands, as of today's date:

Saudi Arabia gives Qatar 10 days to meet its demands to close down Al Jazeera, and cut ties with Iran.

Counting forward from today, this gives Qatar until the end of Sunday, 2 July to comply.

My best bet would be, that Saudi Arabia will move against Qatar on or about 4 July, when Americans are sedated with food, from the Independence Day holiday, and won't be paying attention.

But the question I have to ask is, what standing orders have the US commanders over those 10,000 troops stationed in Qatar been given in if that happens?!?

Turkish troops are already on the ground in Qatar, and doing exercises.

Turkish troops hold exercises in Qatar in show of support

As of the end of this 10 day period, all hell could break loose here, if in fact Saudi Prince Mohammed has green lit a Saudi invasion of Qatar.

Jun 23 10:34

US Recklessly Provoking Russia. The Unthinkable Could Happen by Accident or Design

Instead of fulfilling a campaign promise to improve bilateral relations, Trump so far continues acting provocatively.

He’s pursuing the same reckless agenda as Obama, pushing the envelope toward possible direct confrontation with Russia.

Despite neither country wanting war, unfolding events may cause the unthinkable to happen by accident or design.

Among major powers, Russia is the world’s leading peace and stability champion – America just the opposite.

It’s recklessly waging wars in multiple theaters, threatening conflicts against North Korea, Iran, and perhaps Russia the way things are going.
Madness defines US policy, state terror on a global scale, naked aggression its main expression, controlling planet earth, its resources and people its objective – risking potentially life-destroying nuclear war.
Last week, Senate members near unanimously imposed new illegal sanctions on Russia, including on its energy sector. House action awaits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the geopolitical situation unfolding, many times, Mike and I are reminded of that archetypal dream of watching two trains, slowly heading for each other on the same track moving toward mutual destruction, but absolutely unable to stop it.

It is painfully clear to me, at this juncture in history, the the American Deep State is provoking Russia in every possible way, as a prelude toward war against it. The provocations are coming in our treatment of Russia itself; North Korea; Syria; and Iran.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates military action through which to resolve geopolitical conflicts, I am utterly appalled at how intensely President Trump has embraced war over true diplomacy in so many of the situations I am seeing developing which could very well spiral out of control.

I just see so many flash points coming up, that it feels as though war with Russia (and perhaps, also China) is imminent; it feels like less a question of if, but when, such a war will start.

The only thing I can do is to continue to bear witness, and counsel our readers/listeners to start prepping now, if they have not already started. A very good place to start is the subscription to Daisy Luther's "The Organic Prepper" newsletter. Yes, you will get some ads for goods and services here, but she is brilliantly and brutally astute, when it comes to the difference between surviving upheaval...or not.

Jun 23 10:09

US Foreign Policy, Global Hegemony, “Soft Power” and the Geopolitics of Eurasia

Henry Kissinger, one of the fundamental figures in creating and maintaining the US policy of global hegemonism during the Cold War[1], was quite clear and precise in his overviewing the issue of the American geopolitical position, national goals and foreign policy. His remarks can be summarized in the following points:
The US is an island off the shores of the large landmass of Eurasia.
The resources and population of Eurasia far exceed the resources and population of the US.
Any domination by any single state from Eurasia (either from the European or the Asian part) is a critical danger for the American geopolitical and geoeconomic aims as well as national interest regardless during or after the time of the Cold War.
A mortal danger for the US is formation of any political-military coalitions between the Euroasian great powers (primarily between the USSR/Russia and China) as such coalition would have a real capacity to outstrip both the US economy and military.

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But it looks as though the political/economic developments between members of BRIC and the SCO are changing this game, and quite concretely.

The economic reforms in China and Russia, coupled with their moving to embrace Europe, with trade and infrastructure, (like Xi Jinping's Silk Road project China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road as champion of globalization) are leaving the USSA in the dust; this is why I am hearing so much demonisation of both countries, as though to prepare American citizens for wars against them, to stop the ascent of both the yuan, and the ruble.

Jun 23 09:54

Kurds reaching critical juncture in US partnership

US President Donald Trump is wavering between members of his team who want to expand the war in Syria by also targeting Iranian-linked elements and those who say such a step would mean endless conflict in the region. This internal US disarray further complicates already-complex field developments in the Syrian civil war and the battle against the Islamic State (IS).

Jun 23 09:06

The images Saudi Arabia doesn't want you to see

Batool Ali is six years old, though you would never guess that from her huge, haunted eyes and emaciated frame. Ribs jutting out over her distended belly, Batool weighs less than 16 kilograms (35 pounds). She is one of nearly half a million children in Yemen suffering from severe malnutrition.

In another hospital, Ali Annhari sits with his daughter Isra in his lap. Her eyes are glazed, an IV drip in her hand. She is suffering from cholera.
"I am scared of course," Annhari says, "three of my children had cholera. Your children are your world. I have been eight months without a salary, so we are struggling and borrowing money ... the treatment is so expensive."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good, hard look at the images accompanying this article, and (something I rarely say), bravo to CNN for having had the "male attributes" to run it.

And please remember; the US government is enabling the Saudi genocide of children in Yemen. This genocide/assassination is taking many forms.

The Saudi military, under US military guidance, is bombing, killing, and maiming for life, Yemen's children:

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombings

Because, with US military aid, the Saudis are blockading Yemeni ports, so no food can get in, children are dying from complications of malnutrition:

Image: Yemeni child dying from malnutrition

Because malnutrition causes the body to shut down, and become prone to a host of diseases, cholera is sweeping through Yemen at this moment.

images:
Yemeni children dying from cholera

Oh, and did I mention that the Saudis are using banned depleted uranium weapons in Yemen?!?

Images: Saudis using depleted uranium in Yemen

These DU weapons are having precisely the same effect on Yemeni children as it had on the children in Fallujah, and still births, cancers, and massive deformities are now the "new normal" for Yemeni babies.

Image: Yemeni baby deformed from exposure to DU weapons

I frankly can thing of few more horrific child abuse...than poisoning a child in the womb, through exposure to DU weapons.

When you assassinate children, you assassinate the future of the country those kids come from; and this, precisely, is what the Saudi military, enabled by the Us military, is doing in Yemen. And remember; this is done with your tax dollars, and in your name as well.

Jun 22 14:30

Israel Just Launched A Containerized Ballistic Missile From The Deck Of A Ship

Although the concept has yet to find its big break, defense contractors continue to expand on the idea of highly mobile weapon systems that meet the size and weight restrictions of standard shipping containers. Now, Israel has tested such a system and says it has buyers already in line.

Jun 22 14:29

Eager For World War III On MSNBC

If we’re heading toward World War III, let’s hope that some episodes of MSNBC‘s Andrea Mitchell Reports survive the nuclear winter to provide future civilizations with some clues as to how we got there.

Jun 22 14:11

Hired gun: Is war with Iran now inevitable under new Saudi crown prince?

By most accounts, the young crown prince was, just three years earlier, an entirely obscure figure whose short period as defense minister was marred by several unfortunate setbacks, including billions of dollars lost in Yemen. Then there was the time he threw his weight behind an oil scheme that resulted in an oil price crash, which has left the Saudi economy decimated.

The new crown prince really does have an awful lot to prove. But that’s not a good thing.

Ruthlessly ambitious and an outsider, this makes him dangerous and unpredictable, yet for Donald Trump’s purposes the perfect partner to spearhead his ill-conceived campaign against Iran. Slowly, Trump’s pieces are falling into place in the Middle East, and it is no surprise that the first media in the region to praise Mohammed’s swift takeover of the cherished post was that of Israel.

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Iran will not "go gently into that good night" of regime change.

And there is something that President Trump doesn't seem to factor into his calculus, and that is the long-standing relationship between Iran and Russia.

Should Iran be attacked by Saudi Arabia and the US, I would almost guarantee you that Russia will come to Iran's aid militarily; and that...will be a game changer.

Jun 22 13:32

98% of politicians don't care if taxpayer-backed funds are arming terrorists

One of the few elected Democratic lawmakers with an extensive anti-war record, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has combined forces with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) to push legislation through both the House and the Senate that would bar federal agencies from using taxpayer-backed funds to provide weapons, training, intelligence, or any other type of support to terrorist cells such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, or any other group that is associated with them in any way. The Stop Arming Terrorists Act is so unique that it’s also the only bill of its kind that would also bar the government from funneling money and weapons through other countries that support (directly or indirectly) terrorists such as Saudi Arabia.

Jun 22 11:00

ISLAMIC STATE: THE GENESIS OF A SECTARIAN FRANKENSTEIN

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in August 2011 to April 2013, the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front were a single organization that chose the banner of “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Although the current al-Nusra Front has been led by Abu Mohammad al-Julani but he was appointed [1] as the emir of al-Nusra Front by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, in January 2012. Thus, al-Julani’s Nusra Front is only a splinter group of the Islamic State, which split from its parent organization in April 2013 over a leadership dispute between the two organizations.

Jun 22 09:00

Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy

To many around the world, U.S. foreign policy has been dominated for the past 16 years by military actions in the Middle East and South Asia, and large land and sea military exercises in Northeast Asia. On the world stage, American efforts in the areas of economics, trade, cultural issues and human rights appear to have taken a back seat to the waging of continuous wars.

Continuing the use of drone warfare to carry out assassinations will only exacerbate foreign distrust of American intentions and trustworthiness. It thereby plays into the hands of the very opponents we are trying to defeat.

During his campaign, Donald Trump pledged he would always put “America First,” and said he wanted to get out of the business of regime change. It is not too late for him to keep that promise by learning from his predecessors’ mistakes and reversing the continued militarization of U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 22 08:56

An Old Nightmare Returns: The Balkans Simmer Again

The latest worrisome development is the victory of the most hardline factions in Kosovo’s just-completed national elections. An alliance that Kosovo’s media have dubbed the “war wing,” emerged as the largest bloc in parliament, garnering 34 percent of the vote. The principal leaders of that faction, headed by the Democratic Party of Kosovo, are President Hashim Thaci, and another former leader of the infamous Kosovo Liberation Army, Ramush Haradinaj, who is likely to become prime minister. European Union and UN investigators have accused both men of numerous war crimes during Kosovo’s war of secession from Serbia in the late 1990s.

Jun 22 08:48

Australia says to resume air strikes in Syria after Russia threat

Russia said on Monday it would treat U.S.-led coalition aircraft flying west of the River Euphrates in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.

As a result of the threat, Australia said on Tuesday it would suspend its military campaign.

On Thursday, a decision was made to resume the air strikes in Syria after an assessment of the Russian statement, although it did not say when they would begin again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, that was a quick turnaround on Governmental Policy in Canberra!

Jun 22 08:38

As ISIS Loses Ground, US Is on a Collision Course With Syria and Iran

As ISIS loses ground in Syria, the US continues to deploy additional forces in the area. There is no expectation of the war so much ending as the US transitioning to a war against Syria and Iran for control over Syria, something some members of the National Security Council are openly advocating.

America’s long-stated goal of regime change in Syria makes this transition something of an easy sell as part of the narrative, and hawks have been salivating at a shot at fighting Iran so long they’ll likely embrace anything Iran is involved in, much as they have wars like the Saudi War in Yemen, where Iran’s connection is largely a myth.

Jun 22 08:35

US, Russia Continue to Inch Toward Confrontation in Syria

In backing the rebels in the early part of the Syrian Civil War, the US was rather cynically engaging in a proxy war against Russia, angling for regime change in Russia’s main Mediterranean ally, and the host of their lone Mediterranean base.

Syria’s been a source of tension ever since between the two countries, but as America’s direct ground involvement in Syria increasingly involves attacking government targets, the risk of direct military conflict between the US and Russia, with Syria as the backdrop, is growing precipitously.

US military involvement in Syria long was limited to attacks against ISIS targets, with the occasional attack against al-Qaeda forces in the Syrian northwest. Despite US assurances that strikes a few months ago against a Shi’ite militia in the country’s southeast were a one-time deal, those strikes have grown increasingly common.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me to be only a matter of time before the US and Russia are in direct military confrontation in Syria.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are on this, but I would suggest, with the ratcheting up of tensions here, we will see this happening sooner rather than later.

Jun 22 08:19

Trump’s Preferred Candidate Wins Again, This Time in Saudi Arabia

President Trump wasted no time on Wednesday calling the newly named crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. Less than 24 hours after King Salman elevated Prince Mohammed, his 31-year-old son, Mr. Trump offered congratulations and celebrated the monarchy’s cooperation in rooting out terrorist financing and other issues.

Even more than Karen Handel, the Republican who won a hotly contested House seat in a special election in Georgia this week, Prince Mohammed was Mr. Trump’s anointed candidate — in this case, for the byzantine struggle to control the House of Saud.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "itch", for Prince Mohammed, includes the continued genocide in Yemen, where Yemeni children are being massacred and maimed for life by Saudi bombings on a daily basis; with US military help, Saudi Arabia has closed the ports, so food cannot get in, and children are dying from malnutrition; and now, cholera has taken firm hold in Yemen, and there is no treatment for it.

Oh, and did I mention the use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen, which is causing massive birth defects, and still births, in Yemeni children?!?

The "itch" also includes finding any which way to conjure up, and "sell" a war with Iran, Saudi Arabia's alleged "existential threat" in the region, which will most probably include war with Russia.

With "friends" like Prince Mohammed....the US government is looking at one hell of a lot more wars in the Middle East, much blood and money spent, and most likely, the reinstitution of the draft, both for our young men, and young women.

Jun 22 07:55

America Illegally At War For a Long Time Now

US Senator Rand Paul has spoken out during the debate on war powers, saying that the current wars the US is leading are “illegal,” and that he isn’t “voting to go to war in 50 or 60 countries” where terrorist powers are now based.

The hearing during which Rand Paul spoke out was the latest one in a yearlong string of debates over what to do with the open-ended 9/11 Proclamation on war authorization.

The divide between the members of Congress over the issue has been growing, with some using “this debate for the singular purpose of imposing limitations on our president — it’s just a fact,” according to Republican Senator Bob Corker, while “others may refuse to limit a president at war in any way.”

Jun 22 07:54

The US Escalation In Syria And The Threat Of World War

In the wake of Sunday’s US shoot-down of a Syrian fighter plane and the following day’s warning from Russia that it will treat all American warplanes flying west of the Euphrates River as targets for its surface-to-air missiles, the threat of an armed confrontation between the world’s two largest nuclear powers is now greater than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis nearly 55 years ago.

This threat, which carries with it the grim prospect of the annihilation of humanity, is the product of a calculated escalation on the part of US imperialism.

Jun 21 17:54

American Air Force FOR ISIS And Al-Nusra

One of the dirtiest secrets of US involvement in Syria is pretending to combat terrorism while actively supporting it ­ including ISIS, al-Nusra and other anti-government forces.

No so-called “moderate rebels” exist. All fighters engaged in combat, except for government and allied forces, are US-supported terrorists.

American and Russian objectives in Syria are world’s apart. Anything US officials agree to isn’t worth the paper it’s written on ­ deals of convenience made to be breached.

Jun 21 15:57

Is the US moving towards war with Russia?

Relations between the USA and Russia are deteriorating daily. The latest incident involved armed Russian SU-27 fighter jets intercepting two American spy planes flying over the Baltic Sea near Russia.

Both sides issued different versions of what happened.

Jun 21 14:23

Oops! Pentagon Shells Out $30 Million on Afghan Army Uniforms in Wrong Color

The Pentagon unnecessarily spent big on Afghan army uniforms that are the wrong color because the guy in charge of making the choice “liked what he saw.”

Jun 21 14:01

US F-16 Catches Fire During Takeoff In Texas

A US Air Force pilot was forced to eject from an F-16 when the plane caught on fire while taking off from a runway in Texas.

Jun 21 12:27

State Department Issues Statement On US-Russia Relations

Shortly after Russia's deputy foreign minister Ryabkov snubbed the US, cancelling a meeting with the Under Secretary of State Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., in retaliation to the Trump administration's announcement on Tuesday that it has imposed sanctions on 38 Russian individuals while a parallel bill of Russian sanctions is making its way through Congress, the US State Department issued a statement on US-Russian relations.

We regret that Russia has decided to turn away from an opportunity to discuss bilateral obstacles which hinder US-Russian relations.

Finally, for any reporters who are still confused how Russia could possibly slam the door of diplomacy in the US' face after an American F-18 shot down a Syrian fighter jet flying over Syria, and proceeded with two separate sanctions, the State Department has some advice: "we would refer you to the Russian government to explain their decision to cancel this meeting. "

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of irony and hypocrisy in the morning!!

First, let's set the record straight for the zillionth time.

Russia did not annex Crimea: in 2014, the US sponsored putsch threw Ukraine's Yanukovych under the proverbial bus, in exchange for the ascendancy of the pro-western Poroshenko. Crimeans knew that there was no rule of law in Kiev after that, and held a referendum to ask their people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-putsch, or petition the Russian Federation; they overwhelmingly voted to join the Russian federation, and their petition for membership was accepted. And for doing absolutely nothing wrong, Russia has been punished ever since.

Apparently, in light of the fact that the US is a signatory to the UN Charter, the writers of this piece of codswallop have conveniently forgotten that little bit in there about "peaceful self-determination", which is precisely what Crimea did.

And with regard to Syria; US troops are on the ground and in the air are here illegally, and have invaded a sovereign country, with the aim at regime change in Damascus. Russia was invited by the Syrian government to get rid of the jihadis, which the US military is sponsoring. The Russian and Syrian governments have every right to call them the invaders they are.

Jun 21 12:06

Rabbi Calls for Poisoning of Palestinian Water Supply

The foreign ministry of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Sunday, demanded the arrest of a Jewish Rabbi, who called on Israeli settlers to poison water used by Palestinians in hundreds of towns and villages across the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian national office for the defense of land and resistance of settlements warned of the dangers and consequences of such calls.

In its weekly report, it explained that Rabbi Shlomo Mlmad, the chairman of the so-called Council of Rabbis in West Bank settlements, called on settlers to poison Palestinians through their water supply, which came to light by the Israeli organization ‘Breaking the Silence’.

Group member Yehuda Shaul said, according to WAFA, that the aim behind poisoning water in the West Bank is to push Palestinians out of their towns and cities in order to allow settlers to take over Palestinian lands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this rabbi and his followers gone completely, foaming at the mouth mad, to conjure up such a plan?!?

Jun 21 12:03

Trump Takes Another Step Towards War with North Korea

In another menacing act of brinkmanship, President Donald Trump declared in a tweet yesterday that China had failed to force North Korea to accede to US demands, opening the door for unilateral US action, including military strikes. The tweet comes just ahead of top-level talks between US and Chinese officials due to take place in Washington today.
“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi [Jinping] & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted.
The Trump administration has put great pressure on Beijing to compel Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, but has indicated all along that time was limited.
“North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! USA,” Trump tweeted in April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to be a butterfly on the wall at this meeting, and see how evenhandedly both sides are dealing with a potentially nuclear-armed North Korea.

As someone who lives on a first-strike target here in Hawaii, I hope that dialogue leads to constructive plans for a resolution of the issue.

IF not, we may well be looking at war with China over North Korea, because it cannot appear to its allies, including the BRIC nations, that China has "lost face" in backing down from supporting North Korea.

And that would be officially lousy for just about everybody.

Jun 21 11:47

US Aggression in Syria: Testing Russia’s Resolve

On Tuesday, for the fifth time in recent weeks, US warplanes attacked Syrian military targets, flagrant acts of aggression.

They’re part of Washington’s diabolical regime change plan – at the same time, testing Russia’s resolve in the wake of its announced halt in cooperating with America in Syrian airspace, following the downing of one of its Su-22 planes.

The latest incident involved a US F-15 warplane, downing a Syrian drone near its border with Iraq and Jordan.

A US-led coalition statement lied, claiming the UAV “displaced hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces.” Calling naked aggression self-defense is the last refuge of a rogue state. America and Israel are Exhibits A and B.
On June 8, a US warplane downed another Syrian UAV in the same southern part of the country.

Washington claiming it doesn’t seek to fight Syria and allied forces is a bald-faced lie. Actions in the air and on the ground speak for themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These illegal, hostile acts by the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America will have consequences; it is not as though those in the bowels of power in DC don't know this.

This massive push against Syria is calculated to create a pushback, militarily, from Iran, to give the US government the "justification" to attack it.

But what doesn't seem to factor into the calculus here, is that should such an attack happen, Russia will immediately come to Iran's aid, militarily.

And were I a betting woman, I would definitely not bet against this, and neither should the American Deep State.

Jun 21 11:38

Paul Craig Roberts - Another Step Toward Devastating War

Little doubt that Putin is a moral leader who is opposed to war and wants the best for all countries. However, by sacrificing the advantage every time he gains it to the nonsensical idea of making an agreement with Washington simply conveys to Washington weakness. Washington thinks Putin is just another person who Washington can walk over. This is a miscalculation, and it will result in war. It would be much better if Putin layed down the gauntlet and made it completely clear that “if you want war, it will be there in 30 minutes.” Suddenly, Russia would be taken seriously.

I admire Putin. But he is playing the wrong game. Instead of parrying Washington’s aggression, he should be aggressive and force Europe and Washington to come to him for a solution.

Putin, the leader of the free world, should not be on the defensive from a bankrupt, two-bit punk, washed up government in Washington that wallows in evil.

Jun 21 11:29

Syria troops position themselves at heart of war on IS

Syrian government troops and their allies have steadily positioned themselves in key areas on the flanks of the U.S.-led coalition battle for the Islamic State’s self-declared capital of Raqqa.

They are attempting to become an indispensable player in uprooting the extremists from Syria entirely.

That presents a major challenge for the coalition, which so far has shunned any cooperation with President Bashar Assad and has partnered instead with local Kurdish-led forces.

As the U.S. has intensified its fight against IS in Syria, Assad and his trusted allies of Russia and Iran are increasingly asserting themselves. A Syrian military offensive has unfolded on several fronts, coupled with Russian airstrikes and a show of force by Iran, which fired ballistic missiles on an IS stronghold this week and pushed militias that it sponsors deeper into the battlefield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Getting into a situation like this, with no real, appreciable strategy whatsoever, to speak of, is a sure and certain course toward a disaster which can lead to outright regional, and ultimately, a world war.

Jun 21 11:13

US Coast Guard Wants Icebreakers With Advanced Missiles

The US Coast Guard has two icebreakers, but both are aging, and one is ready to be scrapped outright. That’s got the Coast Guard interested in shopping for more, and while they’re at it, Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft would like some that you can strap a bunch of missiles to.

Talking up the substantial natural resources buried under the ice in he Arctic, Zukunft is telling Congress that they should stop seeing the icebreakers as being about breaking ice,and more about firing missiles at planes and ships threatening “US sovereignty” over whatever is buried under that ice.

Specialists are warning that re-designing America’s icebreakers around carrying arsenals of missiles might get int he way of their transitional mission of breaking ice, and not exactly in keeping with the idea of the coast guard’s search and rescue operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the Coast Guard's Department of "You CAN make this stuff up", obviously.

Jun 21 10:57

Our Rush to War in Syria: It’s a disaster in the making

The downing of a Syrian fighter jet by the United States – and, more recently, of an Iranian drone – augurs a confrontation that could take us down the road to World War III. The US media is echoing the Pentagon’s explanation, which is that the Syrian jet bombed (or was threatening to bomb) units of the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around the town of Tanf. The Syrians say they were attacking forces aligned with ISIS, which both the US and the Syrian government are supposedly fighting.

Stuck in the midst of this four-sided civil war is the United States, with no real policy, and with its military strategy ceded to commanders on the ground – who are pursuing the same course set by the previous administration, i.e. canoodling with radical Islamists bent on regime change in Damascus. In alliance with the Saudis, the British, the Israelis, and the Jordanians, Washington is seemingly still determined to oust Assad and establish a Sunni regime in Damascus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am disgusted and distraught over President Trump's foreign policy; all the "non-intervention" pledges we heard from Candidate Trump seems to have completely disappeared, with President Trump.

Jun 21 10:49

White House Wants to Widen Syria War, Despite Pentagon Objections

Over the past several weeks, US military actions within Syria have been less and less ISIS-centric, with a handful of operations targeting Shi’ite militias in southern Syria, and even shooting down a Syrian government aircraft over the weekend.

This isn’t just the US idly getting into one-off fights in the course of a war they’re already fighting in Syria, but rather is reflective of a push by White House officials, with multiple National Security Council members looking at the Syrian War less as a fight against ISIS and more as a chance to pick a fight with Iran.

The Pentagon has made clear they object, with Defense Secretary James Mattis personally rejecting multiple proposals related to this. Still, attacks on Shi’ite militias whenever they got sort of close to a US-backed rebel base, and a public narrative presenting the militias as necessarily in league with Iran, have found the US heading down that path anyhow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is, such a war cannot not be confined to Syria, in spite of whatever delusionally wishful thinking may be taking place in the bowels of power in DC.

We are looking at World War III, with Russia, China, and Iran on one side, and the US, NATO, Australia, and Saudi Arabia on the other.

Jun 21 09:52

IRAN’S MISSILE STRIKE ADDS TO SYRIAN CRISIS

On June 19, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced that it had fired several missiles at ISIS positions in the Deir Az Zor province in Syria. The reason given for this unprecedented military strike was retaliation for double terrorist attacks which struck Tehran two weeks ago. Readers should not underestimate the significance of this event.

ccording to a statement issued by the news agency for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Sepahnews, “Multiple medium-range missiles were fired from the Iranian provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and their weapons were destroyed.”

Regarding the alleged ISIS attack, which killed 13 people and wounded 50 others, the Revolutionary Guard added, “The spilling of any pure blood will not go unanswered.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that US escalation against both Syria and Iran continues apace.

In looking at these events from an island in the Pacific which is a first-strike target in a major war, Mike and I are having frequent conversations about that archetypal dream, where one is watching two trains, in slow motion, then picking up speed, ultimately crashing into each other on the same track, but unable to stop it.

It looks to me as though we are on the keening edge of World War III.

The only thing we can do, right now, is encourage people around us to take the best possible precautions they can; stockpile needed supplies; be kind and loving to the people around them; and create community, as best they can.

Jun 21 09:43

AFTER SHOCKING SAUDI SHAKEUP "NOT A QUESTION OF IF BUT WHEN NEW ESCALATION WITH IRAN STARTS"

Two days ago, when reporting on the surprising "terrorist attempt" by Iran's National Guard on a major Saudi offshore oilfiled (at least according to Saudi media), we said that "if the Saudi account of events is accurate, and if Iran is indeed preparing to take out Saudi oil infrastructure in retaliation or otherwise, the simmering cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is about to get very hot." This in turn followed an earlier analysis on the ongoing Syrian war in which we said that "the next major regional conflict appears set to be between Saudi Arabia and Iran. All it needs is a catalyst."

That catalyst, according to energy consultancy Petromatrix, may have been revealed overnight with the stunning Saudi royal shakeup in which the King announced he was stripping the current Crown Prince, his nephew Mohamed bin Nayef (MBF), of all titles and obligations, and replacing him with his son Mohamed bin Salman (MBS).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In his recent trip to the Middle East, President Trump has "thrown his hat", coupled with American military power, behind Saudi Arabia against Iran, and this, unfortunately,will ultimately prove to be a very grave error in judgement on the part of this President and his administration.

Tel Aviv has been cheerleading forever for "regime change" in Tehran, but only at the cost of American blood and American money.

Russian political and military figures have been consistent in saying that if Iran is attacked, it will come to its aid militarily.

So in a war against Iran, you have Iran and Russia (and potentially China) on one side, and the US and Saudi Arabia on the other.

And right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a successful outcome to a war against Russia.

Jun 21 09:32

RUSSIA ANNOUNCES NO-FLY ZONE IN SYRIA — WAR AGAINST U.S. IN MID-EAST

IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, AND AS RECOGNIZED BY THE U.N., SYRIA HAS BEEN INVADED BY THE UNITED STATES, WAS NEVER INVITED INTO THE COUNTRY BUT IS INSTEAD THERE AS AN INVADER. RUSSIA WAS INVITED IN; IRAN WAS INVITED IN; BUT THE U.S. ARE ONLY INVADERS. AND, NOW, RUSSIA AND SYRIA WILL START TREATING THE U.S. AS SUCH.

If the U.S. fails to apologize and to find some way to save face, but instead persists in its invasion, even after this warning, then either the U.S. or Russia will win that traditional war in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America to do, is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

Mike and I are sitting on an island which has massive command and control military communications centers, projecting eastward; you will forgive me if I say that "color us extremely nervous" is about where we are, regarding the ramp up of tensions in Syria with Russia.

Jun 21 09:00

US Gov’t Proves Loyalty To ISIS As Bill To ‘Stop Arming Terrorists’ Gets Only 13 Supporters

ONE OF THE MOST RATIONAL BILLS EVER PROPOSED, BARRING THE FEDS FROM GIVING MONEY AND WEAPONS TO CHILD MURDERING TERRORISTS, HAS ALMOST ZERO SUPPORT.

For the last several decades, the US government has openly funded, supported, and armed various terrorist networks throughout the world to forward an agenda of destabilization and proxy war. It is not a secret, nor a conspiracy theory, America arms bad guys.

Given the insidious history of the American empire and its creation and fostering of terrorist regimes across the globe, it should come as no surprise that the overwhelming majority of politicians would refuse to sign on to a law that requires them to ‘Stop Arming Terrorists.’ And, that is exactly what’s happened.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Terror has been a tool for destabilisation by the American Empire for decades; why would the Deep American state want to get rid of it now, when it has proven so useful over such a long stretch of time?!?

Jun 21 08:34

Rand Paul Skewers The Military-Industrial Complex In Senate Committee Hearing

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is no happy camper when it comes to American foreign policy. Fresh off of a narrow defeat to partially stop President Trump’s Saudi weapons deal, Paul rallied against Syrian military intervention during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this afternoon.

“Are we going to limit the president’s power? Are we going to take back our power? I think a five-year sunset, is–you know, and I don’t mean to be mean, but–is essentially nothing. I mean, we’ve had millions of people die in five-year wars before, so I think it’s — it’s virtually meaningless,” Paul said.

Paul believes that proposed Senate’s reforms would do very little to change the status quo. Instead, they are mere token measures that would allow the military-industrial complex to continue its hegemonic policies abroad while Americans are lulled back to sleep in the homeland.

Jun 21 08:26

US Moves Towards Military Conflict with Iran, Russia: Senator Says

A US senator has warned against the United States' measures in Syria, which is pushing Washington "closer and closer" to a military conflict with Iran and Russia, describing the move as “another mistake on the scope of the Iraq War."

Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy made the comments in an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

"I think we're getting closer and closer to open conflict with Iran and Russia, and the American public needs to know that we're moving very fast toward what could be another war inside the Middle East," Murphy said. "Something by the way that Donald Trump promised he wouldn't do when he ran for office."

Jun 21 08:24

Dozens Exposed to Deadly Disease at Qatar Base Used by US Air Force

The US Air Force Surgeon General announced on Monday that as as many as 135 people may have been infected with bloodborne diseases, including the HIV virus, from unclean medical tools at an air base clinic in Qatar.

Jun 21 08:17

The Government’s Plan To Survive Nuclear War Doesn’t Include You: “There Won’t Be Enough Bulldozers To Scrape The Bodies Off The Street”

Once again this week, the United States teetered a little closer towards war with the Russians. On Sunday, the US military shot down a Syrian jet that was allegedly targeting US backed forces. The Russians have since claimed that the aircraft was engaging ISIS, and have revealed that their air defense systems will now track any of our aircraft that happen to fly over Western Syria. They also suspended a hotline between the US and Russia that was in place to prevent mid-air collisions over the crowded skies of Syria.

Jun 21 08:12

Dirty instruments at base clinic put US troops at risk of HIV, hepatitis – Air Force

Troops deployed at the Al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar were put at risk of HIV and hepatitis because instruments at the base clinic were not properly sterilized

Jun 21 08:08

Russian Su-27 warns off NATO F-16 trying to approach defense minister’s plane over Baltic (VIDEO)

Dunford or whomever runs the US Military these days is playing a very dangerous game.

A NATO F-16 fighter jet has tried to approach the Russian defense minister’s plane above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. The plane was warded off by a Russian Su-27 escorting the minister’s aircraft.

Jun 21 07:49

NATO's Buildup Pushes 'Situation at Russian Border Toward Deterioration'

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) activities in Eastern Europe are deteriorating the situation near western Russia, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a ministerial board meeting Wednesday.

"The situation developing near our western borders tends toward deterioration. This is due to the increased military activity of NATO countries in Eastern Europe," Shoigu said.

He pointed to the western alliance's build-up in the Baltics and "the improving infrastructure of their seaports, airfields and other military facilities."

Jun 21 07:11

Looking to Flex Its Muscles in Europe, US Army Seeks to Keep Base at Mannheim

As part of an effort to support an expanding mission in Europe, the US Army is considering keeping its Mannheim base in Germany, a site that had been headed for closure, while other potential new operational sites are being examined to accommodate future Pentagon deployments.

Jun 21 07:08

Are US and Russia inching toward confrontation in Syria?

The downing of a Syrian military plane by a US fighter jet is the latest - and perhaps most serious - sign of a stepped-up US military role in the war. That could put the United States on a collision course with Russia.

Jun 21 02:30

If The U.S. Continues To Creep Toward World War 3, Eventually It Is Going To Happen

After a bit of a lull for the past couple of months, the march toward war appears to be accelerating once again. On Monday the U.S. military shot down yet another Syrian aircraft, and it appears that President Trump’s patience with North Korea’s nuclear program may have run out.

Jun 20 22:41

Thank You for Your Service (Actually means, thank you for your killing)

The horrible irony is that it has been the U.S. government, not the Taliban or ISIS, that has destroyed the freedom of the American people through the adoption of powers that ordinarily characterize totalitarian regimes: secret mass surveillance and the powers to incarcerate, torture, and assassinate American citizens as part of their process of keeping us “safe” from the enemies that U.S. interventionism produces. -- Of course, there is also the out-of-control spending and debt necessary to sustain this ongoing, perpetual killing program, both of which constitute a grave threat to America’s economic well-being.

Jun 20 22:33

Another Step Toward Devastating War — Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s pretense that Washington is fighting ISIS, rather than supporting it, is the excuse for Washington’s illegal presence in the Syrian conflict. Russia and Iran are in Syria legally, invited there by an elected government. The Americans are there uninvited as war criminals. Under international law established by the Americans themselves, it is a war crime to initiate aggression against a country that has not raised a fist against you. -- So, to be in Syria, Washington has to pretend to be “fighting terrorism” rather than supporting it. The lie has been given to this claim many times, but now that an American pilot has proven that the US is in Syria to support its agent, ISIS, not even a Megyn Kelly presstitute can honestly claim to believe that Washington is fighting ISIS.

Jun 20 21:32

US and Russia Teetering on the Brink of War: What You are Not Being Told

On June 18, 2017, prominent U.K. newspaper the Guardian asked an important question: Has Trump opened the door to conflict with Iran?

According to Foreign Policy, a pair of top White House officials are pushing to broaden the war in Syria against Iranian-backed troops who are currently posing a major threat to the American military's goals in the region.
FP explains:

Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, and Derek Harvey, the NSC's top Middle East advisor, want the United States to start going on the offensive in southern Syria, where, in recent weeks, the U.S. military has taken a handful of defensive actions against Iranian-backed forces fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Jun 20 15:54

The Petrodollar System and the Petrodollar Wars Explained

The petrodollar system was set up by Kissinger in circa 1975 to drive up the demand for U.S. dollars.

Jun 20 14:36

Trump's Ominous Tweet: "China's Help With North Korea Has Not Worked Out. At Least It Tried"

In what appears to be a rather ominous tweet posted moments ago by Donald Trump, the President said that "while I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!"

So is this Trump's implicit warning that he is about to launch an attack on North Korea, following a failed intervention by China, in retaliation for the death of Otto Warmbier? If so, it may be problematic since as we showed several days ago, both US carriers Ronald Reagan and Carl Vinson appeared to have left the Korean peninsula as of last week, suggesting that any military action will require their return first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think keeping track of where the USS Ronald Reagan and Carl Vinson wind up in their next assignments will be a pretty clear indication of what President Trump's intentions are here.

Jun 20 14:27

Is WW3 Going to be a Cyber-War ?

An interesting though scary article in WIRED indicates how Russian Hackers used the Ukraine to test out some very invasive hacking methods and crippling the country’s services in the process, an excerpt below.

Jun 20 13:35

The Politics Of Terror Mirrors The Politics Of Heroin

The West’s policies in the Middle East are coming home. Remember the “Vietnamese” heroin that showed up in the body bags at home? Well there’s a lot of body bags at home right now that are full of “Islamic” terrorism. And remember the army that invaded Basra?

Jun 20 13:14

Syria Summary - The End Of The War Is Now In Sight

The Syrians and Russians are going to bridge the Euphrates at multiple points and take Eastern Syria away from the US military. Which might also explain why the Chinese Navy and Iran are doing exercises. All hell is about to break loose.

Russian military bridging equipment recently started to arrive in Syria. It will be needed to cross the Euphrates and to recover the areas north of it.

Jun 20 12:33

US Gov’t Proves Love For ISIS As Bill To “Stop Arming Terrorists” Gets Only 13 Supporters

Given the insidious history of the American empire and its creation and fostering of terrorist regimes across the globe, it should come as no surprise that the overwhelming majority of politicians would refuse to sign on to a law that requires them to ‘Stop Arming Terrorists.’ And, that is exactly what’s happened.

H.R.608 – Stop Arming Terrorists Act was introduced by Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI] on January 23 of this year. The bill doesn’t have any crazy strings attached and its original cosponsors are a mix of Republicans and Democrats — highlighting that it transcends party lines.

Jun 20 11:58

Ready for Revenge: How Syria Will Respond to US for Attack on Its Jet

In an interview with Sputnik, Syrian MP Ammar al-Asad said that his country's army will not respond in kind to the US recently shooting down a Syrian military jet over Syrian territory, near the city of Tabqa.

US Navy F-18E Super Hornet

Additionally, the Syrian-Iraqi border will be strengthened and the logistics routes of terrorists from Deir ez-Zor to Jordan will be blocked, according to al-Asad.

He also said that the pilot of the Syrian fighter jet downed by a US aircraft is currency safe and sound.

"Using modern technology, the exact location of the plane crash was tracked to territory controlled by terrorists. The special units of the Syrian Army carried out a successful rescue operation and the pilot's health is out of harm's way now," al-Asad said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a word, Syria's (and Russia's) military response to the American attack will be...asymmetric.

Jun 20 11:52

The Middle East Is Blowing Up

The Saudis and Iranians are leaders of Islam’s two main factions, the Shiites and Sunnis. This makes them natural rivals, but until now they’ve mostly sparred through proxies rather than directly. Here again, the conflict is going from cold to hot.

And that’s in just the past few days.

The old stuff that caused most Americans to tune out hasn’t gone away:

The Syrian war continues to rage,

the Saudis and their allies continue to bomb Yemen even further back into the Middle Ages,

Israel continues to build new settlements in Palestine and threaten to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities,

ISIS is still burning and beheading its victims on YouTube,

and Turkey keeps slipping further into dictatorship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I are watching these developments, and for me, it's like the archetypal dream of watching two locomotives coming at each other on the same track, but unable to stop the impending collision.

The lunatics in the American Deep State have appeared to have taken over the asylum, and have charted a path for war and chaos, which will affect every American in this country.

Look for the return of the draft, and a confiscation of anything which could be construed as "real money", i.e., gold and silver, just as Roosevelt did.

And please, folks - and I know I sound like a chipped CD on this issue - if you haven't already started to prep, there is a word in the English language, and that word is TODAY!! Go to whatever big box stores you frequent, and get storable food, water filtration, and extra meds for yourselves, and your pets. Make sure you have a plan, if you need to regroup, and the family is not together. Create community with neighbors your trust.

My gut is telling me that something wicked this way comes, and I just hope all of our listeners and readers are as prepared as they can be, when that happens.

Jun 20 11:38

US SENDS SUPERSONIC BOMBERS IN SHOW OF FORCE AGAINST N.KOREA

The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said.

The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic missile tests.

Tuesday's flights by B-1Bs came shortly after the death of a U.S. college student who was recently released by North Korea in a coma following more than 17 months of captivity.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said the bombers engaged in routine exercises with South Korean fighter jets aimed at showing deterrence against North Korea.

The U.S. military said the bombers conducted two separate drills with the Japanese and South Korean air forces. It said the flights demonstrated solidarity among South Korea, Japan and the United States "to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Belligerence here is not going to get the outcome the US and South Korean governments want; it is negotiation for a full, and fair, peace treaty with no financial penalties, coupled with North Korea's giving up its nuclear weapons program in response, which could possibly deescalate tensions here.

Of course, that... would be logical.

Jun 20 11:20

U.S.-backed SDF will retaliate if Syrian govt attacks again: spokesman

U.S.-backed Syrian militias accused the Syrian government on Monday of bombing their positions southwest of Raqqa city in recent days and threatened to retaliate if the attacks continue.

"The regime's forces have mounted large-scale attacks using planes, artillery, and tanks since June 17," Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Talal Selo said in a statement.

Selo said the attacks targeted SDF areas near the town of Tabqa and the adjacent dam, Syria's largest, which the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias captured from Islamic State militants in May.

There was no immediate comment from the Syrian army.

The Kurdish-led SDF began this month to push into Raqqa, Islamic State's base of operations in Syria. With air strikes and special forces from the U.S.-led coalition, they had been encircling the city since November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about to get very ugly, and very quickly.

Jun 20 10:50

Hurling 4,000 U.S. Troops into a Strategic Void

Last week President Trump delegated to Secretary of Defense James Mattis the authority to determine how many more troops to deploy into Afghanistan. Mattis has reportedly settled on 4,000. He claims that this will help end the stalemate in that war. He is wrong. This deployment will have no impact on the outcome of the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, but more importantly, continues a troubling trend in U.S. foreign policy: The military move has no ties to a strategic outcome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MORE blood and money spent on Afghanistan?!?

PLEASE HEAVEN, NO!!

What the US and NATO leadership should be doing is bringing home all of their soldiers as quickly as safely possible, then negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul over the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, that...would be logical.

The US government, under President Bush, invaded Afghanistan for the pipelines, because it collectively believed that the prices the Taliban were demanding were too high.

Jun 20 10:38

America will regret helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen

“USA Kills Yemeni People”, screams graffiti plastered on walls in Yemen’s capital Sana’a. The Yemeni people who have been on the receiving end of US bombs dropped by Saudi pilots know all too well that the United States is complicit in their suffering.

The intense anti-US sentiment in Yemen should be a wake-up call for Americans: if you don’t care about the millions of suffering Yemenis, you might think about the future blowback.

Two US Senators, the Republican Rand Paul and the Democrat Chris Murphy, understand full well the implications and have been trying to halt the weapons sales. “The United States has no business supporting a war that has only served to embolden our terrorist enemies, exacerbate a humanitarian crisis, and incite fear and anger among the Yemeni people toward the United States. This will come back to haunt us,” warned Murphy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-militarily enabled Saudi war in Yemen is breaking my heart. And I must warn you that the images you will see below are very, very graphic, but speak the truth in a very powerful, and darkly real, manner.

Children are getting killed and maimed for life by Saudi bombing.

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life, through Saudi bombings

Because of the US-military-enabled blockade of Yemeni ports, no food can get in and children are starving to death from malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition

Because of the malnutrition, cholera has a firm foothold on the population of Yemen:

Images:
children dying from cholera

Oh, and did I mention that Saudi Arabia is using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen?!?

Images: Saudi troops using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

These depleted uranium weapons are having precisely the same effect on children in the womb as they did in Fallujah, Iraq; Yemenis are seeing a massive spike in horrific birth defects, and still births.

To poison a child in the womb, from exposure to this, and other, chemical weapons, is one of the worst, and most cruel forms of child abuse I can think of.

And yet, the House of Saud, the Saudi Military, American civilian leadership, and the American military seem to be perfectly morally comfortable with all of these very predictable outcomes.

I am not, thank you very much, morally comfortable with any of these very predictable outcomes, and find myself very frustrated to be a citizen of a country whose leadership is just perfectly comfortable in colluding with
the Saudis in committing war crimes against Yemen.

But as a Christian pacifist activist, I understand that I must use my frustration constructively, and become a witness, to the best of my ability, to the truth of what is going on here in Yemen.

We need to have a national dialogue on why the US government is enabling Saudi Arabia's genocide, in this horrific war against one of the poorest people on the earth.

Jun 20 10:08

After the ISIS War, a US-Russia Collision?

Washington says the Syrian plane was bombing U.S.-backed rebels. Damascus says its plane was attacking ISIS.

Vladimir Putin’s defense ministry was direct and blunt:

"Repeated combat actions by U.S. aviation under the cover of counterterrorism against lawful armed forces of a country that is a member of the U.N. are a massive violation of international law and de facto a military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic."

An ABC report appears to back up Moscow’s claims:

"Over the last four weeks, the U.S. has conducted three air strikes on pro-regime forces backed by Iran that have moved into a deconfliction zone around the town of Tanf in southwestern Syria, where there is a coalition training base for local forces fighting ISIS."

Russia has now declared an end to cooperation to prevent air clashes over Syria and asserted an intent to track and target aerial intruders in its area of operations west of the Euphrates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pat Buchanan is a little more optimistic than I am regarding the start of such a conflict. He is putting it after a successful outcome to getting the jihadists out of Raqqa; I honestly think that such a conflict will come far sooner than that, and that we are seeing the opening salvos of such a conflict happening now.

Jun 20 09:58

US Repositioning Aircraft Over Syria Amid Growing Russia Tensions

In a move that appears to have been directly precipitated by Russia’s warning about US warplanes being treated as “targets” earlier in the day, Central Command (Centcom) has announced that they are repositioning US aircraft that are deployed inside Syria.

With the US increasingly shifting its aerial focus to attacking pro-government forces in Syria, instead of just ISIS, the risk is also growing substantially, as Russia’s comments today make it clear they don’t intend to let the US attack Syrian government targets with impunity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think it is only a matter of time before there is a direct military confrontation between Russian and USSA (Unhinged, Surveilled State of America) troops.

I hope to heck I am dead wrong, but that is the path the US government and military seem to want to pursue right now.

Jun 20 09:57

US spy plane carried out ‘provocative turn’ toward Russian fighter jet over Baltic – Moscow

Jun 20 09:12

Australia suspends air missions over Syria amid US-Russia tensions

Australia has suspended air combat missions over Syria after Russia threatened that it would treat any plane from the US-led coalition flying west of the Euphrates river as a potential target.

Russia said it was responding to US planes shooting down a Syrian air force jet on Sunday. The US said its planes had acted to defend US-backed forces seeking to capture Raqqa, the Islamic State (Isis) stronghold in north-east Syria.

“As a precautionary measure, Australian defence force strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased,” the Australian Department of Defence said on Tuesday.

Australia has six fighter jets based in the United Arab Emirates that strike targets in Syria and Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The government of Australia is demonstrating far more "horse sense" than is the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America at this point in time.

Jun 20 08:40

US JETS SHOOT DOWN ‘IRANIAN DRONE’ IN SYRIA - COALITION

An Iranian-made drone was shot down by a US F-15 fighter jet in southern Syria, near At Tanf, the US-led coalition said. It is the fifth time in the past month the US has struck at forces allied with the Syrian government in the area.
An armed Shaheed-129 UAV “displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces” at 12:30 am local time on Tuesday, the coalition said in a statement. The drone was observed in the same area where another UAV was shot down on June 8.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: this slouching toward a war with Iran and Russia over Syria is a really, really, bad idea.

Your foreign policy (if, in fact, you have truly crafted it, and it is not some Frankenstinian creation of the Deep State in this country) is writing checks our American military cannot cash.

And I say that with absolute respect for our military; but right at this point in its history, it doesn't have the money; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome against Russia and Iran in conventional warfare.

Jun 20 08:30

Armed Russian jet comes within 5 feet of US recon jet

An armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, two U.S. officials told Fox News.

The Russian Su-27 jet had air-to-air missiles under its wings and approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet "rapidly," coming within 5 feet of the American aircraft, the officials said.

Once alongside, the Russian jet was “provocative” in its flight maneuvers and flying “erratically,” according to another official.

Since June 2 there have been more than 35 interactions in the Baltic Sea region between U.S. and Russian jets and warships, but the incident Monday morning is notable because the U.S. military considered it “unsafe,” according to one official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this incident actually happened, this is the Russian military's way of saying, "Please don't mess with us, because there will be consequences!"

And please note; the description of the flying by the Russian pilot... is not sourced.

Jun 20 08:15

UNITED STATES SIGNALS INTENTION TO OCCUPY EASTERN SYRIA AND DIVIDE THE NATION

The US version of the incident goes like this (courtesy of The Hill)…

A statement from the U.S. military said it shot down the Syrian SU-22 in self-defense and after contacting Russian counterparts through the established deconfliction zone. The Syrian aircraft was bombing U.S.-backed forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) south of Tabqa. It was the first time the United States has shot down a Syrian plane, and the first time a U.S. military jet has shot down any manned aircraft since 1999.
The reality is much more complex, yet simpler. Syria was flying its jets over Syrian sovereign territory, moving to attack Al Qaeda jihadists (aka “moderate rebels”) operating illegally in Syrian territory, and backed up by US forces, which have set up operations illegally within Syrian sovereign territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is officially horrible.

There are those elements in the American Deep State which are salivating over the prospect of war with Russia and Iran; they are, unfortunately, completely, certifiably delusional, because at this point in our military's history, our military not have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome of a conventional war with Russia.

Yes, the US government spends a great deal for its weapons; but it winds up with the kinds of military nightmares like the F/A-18 Hornet, which may well be causing Sec Def Mattis some sleepless nights.

US Navy fighter pilot deaths tied to oxygen issues

And please, don't get me started about Lockheed Martin's F-35:

F-35 won't have a chance in real combat

Is the F-35 is a trillion dollar mistake?

The F-35 is a trillion dollar national disaster

Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

The F-35 Amazingly has even more problems than we thought

I absolutely abhor war as a means of resolving geopolitical differences.

That being said, however, there is an incestuous relationship between defense contractors, and the political class in this country; and it is going to wind up destroying our ability to wage war, intelligently, and effectively.

Jun 20 07:39

Five takeaways from Iran's missile strike in Syria

At its most obvious level, Iran's missile attack on the Islamic State command centre in the Syrian city of Dier Ezzor on Sunday may be regarded as the demonstration of an extraordinarily innovative military capability.

Iran says it fired six ground-to-ground missiles from Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) bases in Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces, both in Western Iran, and that they hit the targets in Deir Ezzur with high precision after flying through the Iraqi airspace.
As Tehran sees it, the Trump team, which lacks experience in international diplomacy, might harbour notions that Iran's moderation in recent years is a sign of weakness or lack of political resolve on the part of the moderate-reformist leadership of President Hassan Rouhani.

Jun 20 07:22

ISRAEL SECRETLY PAYING SALARIES OF SYRIAN REBELS ON GOLAN HEIGHTS BORDER: REPORT

Israel is secretly supporting Syrian rebels operating near its occupied Golan Heights territory, providing money, food, fuel and medical supplies, according to fighters who claim to receive the aid.

Israel has previously treated wounded Syrian rebels in its hospitals but interviews with rebels conducted by the Wall Street Journal suggest that Israel is directly supporting opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year-long civil war.

Israel is opposed to the rule of Assad and his forces. It also sees militants belonging to Lebanese militia Hezbollah who support Assad’s regime forces as posing a threat to its security on the Golan Heights border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (complete absence of) shock!!

Jun 19 16:34

Syrian pilot found alive after US downed plane over Raqqah

The pilot of Syrian fighter plane recently shot down by the US-led coalition has been found in the countryside of Raqqah.

According to Sputnik, Captain Ali fahd was found alive and well by Syrian troops in the village of Shuwaihat in southern Raqqah on Monday.

Jun 19 15:50

Violence Abroad Leads to Violence at Home

As long as the U.S. government’s killing spree in the Middle East and Afghanistan continues, Americans will continue to live in a society characterized by violence. Get used to it. Living the life of the lie will not change that. The only thing that will help restore a healthy, functional society to our land is to bring the troops home without permitting them to kill, injure, maim, or destroy even one more person.

Jun 19 15:20

URGENT: Syrian Soldiers Expel ISIL from Strategic Town in Raqqa; Resafa Freed

This is the key cross roads on the way to Raqqa! Now it will get interesting.

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army captured the key town of Resafa after fierce clashes with the terrorists in Western Raqqa, forcing a large number of the terrorists to retreat from their positions towards other areas in the province.

Syrian soldiers managed to liberate the important town and the crossroads of Resafa in Southwestern Raqqa.

A military source, meantime, announced that Damascus troops are currently defusing the mines and bombs planted by the ISIL terrorists in the town.

Now that they have captured Resafa, Army troops are able to secure the path to Deir Ezzur as Resafa is the junction of the roads from Raqqa city and Deir Ezzur province.

Jun 19 14:56

Sending more troops to Afghanistan isn't the answer

The Pentagon’s likely forthcoming decision to send a few thousand more troops to Afghanistan may not be enough to turn the tide of the increasingly deteriorating war.

Jun 19 12:59

World On The Precipice As Russia Threatens To Shoot Down U.S. Jets, U.S. Refuses To Back Down

By Brandon Turbeville

The world is now perhaps closer to World War Three than it has been in five decades as the situation in Syria is heating up yet again. In less than 24 hours, the United States has attacked the Syrian military, Iran has launched missiles into Syria, Russia is threatening to shoot down American planes, and the United States is digging in its heels and threatening to continue to provoke both the Russians and the Syrians.

While that about sums up the current micro-version of the situation, it’s important to get a rundown of just what led up to the precipice we are all standing on...

Jun 19 11:42

Son of Osama bin Laden is reviving Al-Qaeda

The foothills of the Spin Ghar mountain range, two dozen miles south of Jalalabad in the borderland between Afghanistan and Pakistan, were once home to hundreds of olive plantations.

Jun 19 11:16

Syrian "Rebels" In Turmoil After Qatar Crisis

The ongoing Qatar crisis has had an unexpectedly adverse outcome among the Syrian "rebels", in many cases formerly known as al-Qaeda, who expect the crisis between two of their biggest state backers - Saudi Arabia and Qatar - to deepen divisions in the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. Together with Turkey and the United States, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been major sponsors of the insurgency, arming an array of groups that have been fighting to topple Syria's Iran-backed president. However, in recent weeks the Gulf support has been far from harmonious, fuelling splits that have set back the revolt.

Quoted by Reuters, Mustafa Sejari of the Liwa al Mutasem rebel group in northern Syria said "god forbid if this crisis is not contained I predict ... the situation in Syria will become tragic because the factions that are supported by (different) countries will be forced to take hostile positions towards each other."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the proverbial "other shoe" fell yesterday, when the US military downed a Syrian fighter jet. Now, Russia has declared US fighter jets as "fair game" in the war in Syria.

Jun 19 11:13

Israel Has Been Secretly Funding Syrian Rebels For Years

Earlier, when discussing why the Syrian "rebels" fighting Assad are in "turmoil", we said that as a result of the ongoing Qatar crisis the various Saudi and Qatari supply chains supporting the rebels, both in terms of weapons and funding, had dried up due to the diplomatic fallout involving Qatar and Saudi Arabia. "Together with Turkey and the United States, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been major sponsors of the insurgency, arming an array of groups that have been fighting to topple Syria's Iran-backed president."

We concluded that "the rebellion against Assad now seems moot, which is why the most likely outcome is a continued phase-out of support for forces fighting the Syria government until eventually the situation reverts back to its pre-2011 "status quo."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised?!?

Jun 19 10:32

Blockade or No Blockade? Saudi Arabia’s ‘Mission-Qatar’ Tumbles Down

Apart from Turkey, whose president Erdogan went to the extent of relating the Qatar-blockade to a “death sentence”, a number of other countries both from Asia and Africa have refused to follow the House of Saud in its footsteps, marking yet another defeat for the king-to-be prince Muhammad bin Salman, who is not only known to have masterminded the Yemen war but also known particularly for injecting a new ideological framework to Saudi Arabia’s regional ambitions, a framework premised upon surgical weakening of countries that have the potential to challenge Saudi hegemony. This is becoming evident from the way people in Turkey have started to point fingers to UAE for spending US$3 billion for funding coup attempt in Turkey, a possible scenario which certainly points to the increasing Saudi dissatisfaction with the way regional politics has tilted to its disadvantage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Prince Muhammad bin Salman's bid to "isolate Qatar" is falling apart at the seams!!

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