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Trump Considers Sending 14,000 More Troops to Mideast…

The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East, including dozens more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops to counter Iran, U.S. officials said. The deployment could double the number of U.S. military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May. President Trump is expected to make a decision on the new deployments as soon as this month, those officials said. Mr. Trump, facing an election next year, has long sought to exit foreign entanglements and avoid new…

US is ‘substantially’ reducing troop numbers in Afghanistan – Trump

President Donald Trump has said that the United States is “substantially” reducing its presence in Afghanistan, and claimed that a peace deal with the Taliban is close at hand. Speaking while on an unannounced Thanksgiving and his first visit to US troops in the country, where they have been fighting for 18 years, Trump said that his long-promised withdrawal from the country is underway. The president did not provide any specific numbers, or a timeframe for the drawdown. 🚨MOMENTS AGO🚨President @realDonaldTrump visits U.S. Soldiers at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan…. pic.twitter.com/HpHd6PxEqn — Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) November 28, 2019 The withdrawal…

The US has blown past $6 trillion in ‘war on terror’ spending since 2001 — and its cost to taxpayers will keep climbing for decades, study says

Federal spending on post-9/11 military action in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the world stands at $6.5 trillion through fiscal year 2020, according to a new study from the Cost of War project at Brown University. And its cost to American taxpayers will keep climbing for decades to come. The staggering amount reflects spending across the federal government and not just the Department of Defense, the study noted. Much of it has been paid for deficit spending as taxes were not raise to cover the cost. The study said military action taken after the 9/11 attacks has now expanded to…

British Army accused of covering up killing of children in Afghanistan and Iraq

The Government and the Army have been accused of covering up the killing of children in Afghanistan and Iraq. Leaked documents allegedly contain evidence implicating British troops in killing children and the torture of civilians. A BBC/Sunday Times investigation said it had obtained new evidence from inside the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which investigated alleged war crimes committed by British soldiers in Iraq, and Operation Northmoor, which investigated alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. The Government closed IHAT and Operation Northmoor in 2017, after Phil Shiner, a solicitor who had taken more than 1,000 cases to IHAT, was struck off…

How Central Banks Fund Our Age of Endless War

The 20th century was the century of total war. Limitations on the scope of war, built up over many centuries, had already begun to break down in the 19th century, but they were altogether obliterated in the 20th. And of course the sheer amount of resources that centralized states could bring to bear in war, and the terrible new technologies of killing that became available to them, made the 20th a century of almost unimaginable horror. It isn’t terribly often that people discuss the development of total war in tandem with the development of modern central banking, which — although…

‘Ill-Equipped’ US Military Unprepared For Two-Front War – Report

According to the Heritage Foundation’s annual report card on US military readiness, the armed forces just barely got a passing grade. The conservative think tank wants more units, and more modern equipment, across the board, in order to better prepare for a two-front war. “The 2020 Index concludes that the current U.S. military force is likely capable of meeting the demands of a single major regional conflict while also attending to various presence and engagement activities,” The Heritage Foundation said in its 2020 Index of US Military Strength, released on Wednesday, noting the Pentagon would “be very hard-pressed to do…

War is Good for Business & Organized Crime: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US

Afghanistan’s opium economy is a multibillion dollar operation which has a direct impact on the surge of  heroin addiction in the US.   Despite president Trump’s announced US troop withdrawal, the Afghan opium trade continues to flourish. It is protected by US-NATO occupation forces on behalf of a nexus of powerful financial and criminal  interests.  In 2004,  the proceeds of the Afghan heroin trade yielded an estimated global revenue of the order of 90 billion dollars. This estimate was based on retail sales corresponding to a total supply of the order of 340,000 kg of pure heroin (corresponding to Afghanistan’s 3400…

LIES: US Used Baghdadi’s Blood, DNA-Stained Underwear To ID Exploded ISIS Leader

A lingering question following the Sunday morning raid by US special forces resulting in the death of ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is how he was able to be positively identified so quickly after he detonated a suicide vest – killing himself and three of his children. According to President Trump, “His body was mutilated by the blast. The tunnel had caved in on it. But test results gave certain immediate and totally positive identification. It was him.“ The White House confirmed, saying that a combination of DNA analysis and facial-recognition technology was used (Baghdadi’s head reportedly remained intact following…

Forever War Propaganda: Trump and the Death of al-Baghdadi

The ongoing theatrical absurdity of twisted forever war propaganda went over the top on Sunday when President Trump announced the death of the elusive leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  Trump announced the death (said to be by way of suicide vest) while reading from a teleprompter, a skill he has yet to master. There is no evidence al-Baghdadi killed himself when confronted by US Special Forces in Syria, the same as there is no evidence that Obama killed Osama bin Laden (evidence indicates Osama died in Afghanistan of natural causes in late 2001).  Abu “from Baghdad” has…

40 Killed, 1,000 Wounded In One Day As Violent Protests Sweep Across Iraq

A surge in violent clashes with police marked another deadly week of protests in Iraq, after two weeks ago over 150 were killed and over 6,000 wounded nationwide when the large-scale demonstrations began.  On Friday over 40 protesters were killed in clashes with police, and according to security sources cited in Reuters, an “Iranian-backed militia opened fire to try to quell renewed demonstrations.” Iraq’s human rights commission (IHCHR) further noted that nearly 1,000 people were wounded in Friday’s clashes, the majority of them protesters angry at widespread corruption, economic hardship, and failing public services.  IHCHR also said over 2,000 people were…

Military AI Would Direct Weapons To Hit Enemy Targets Within Milliseconds – Report

AI is changing every aspect of war and has long been the interest of the US as a means to refine combat capabilities. The new technology does not just improve technological efficiency, but changes the nature of battle in all fields of war, including formation and maneuvering. The US military is massively speeding the development of AI to reduce soldier casualties, according to Fox News on Thursday. The establishment of high-speed, multi-domain warfare by 2030, in which AI technology can take advantage of ‘networks’ to hit multiple targets with Hellfire missiles as a means of decreasing the risk faced by soldiers in…

Globalist Warmonger Choir: Trump’s U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Syria Is a “Betrayal”

Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass (shown) is leading a chorus of foreign policy “experts” and media commentators that is condemning President Trump’s actions and demanding a continuation of their Orwellian “Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace” program. “The High Price of Trump’s Great Betrayal.” That’s the title of an October 17 syndicated column by Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Deep State brain trust that has dominated American foreign policy for much of the past century. (See the stunning video recording of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling Richard Haass and the assembled…

Pentagram sending 2,000+ more troops to ‘assure and enhance defense’ of Saudi Arabia amid tensions with Iran

The US is beefing up military might in the Middle East, saying it will send more troops, fighter jets and missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia amid escalating tensions with Iran. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has authorized the deployment of two fighter squadrons, one Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), two batteries of Patriot missile defense systems and one Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Friday. This is in addition to the 200 or so troops, Patriots and radar systems whose deployment was announced two weeks ago, and amounts to 3,000 troops “extended or…

Conflicting Reports Emerge as US Special Forces Reportedly Come Under Fire Amid Turkish Shelling

US Special Forces have reportedly come under fire amid Turkey’s ongoing shelling against Kurdish positions in northeastern Syria, Newsweek reported on Friday. Citing a senior Pentagon official and an Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official, Newsweek reported that the attack on US service members unfolded as they were conducting operations on Mashtenour hill, in the Kurdish-majority city of Kobani.  ​The outlet reports that the incident came just as US Defense Secretary Mark Esper assured media during a news conference that US forces had been relocated, and that Turkish forces know US positions “down to the grid.” However, Reuters, citing a US official,…

‘We went to war under false, now disproven premise’: Trump calls US wars in ME ‘worst decision’ ever

President Donald Trump has denounced America’s decades of war in the Middle East – Iraq in particular – as one big mistake based on a ruse, saying openly once again that Saddam had no WMDS at the time of the invasion. Trump once again took to Twitter to revive the anti-war rhetoric of his 2016 election campaign, in another attempt to defend his recent decision to withdraw troops from northeastern Syria. The move sparked an uproar among Trump’s critics, who have accused him of betraying the US-backed Kurdish militia in the area which is now about to face a Turkish…

Asymmetrical Warfare and 4GW: How Militia Groups Are America’s Domestic Viet Cong

It is interesting to hear certain kinds of people insist that the citizen cannot fight the government. This would have been news to the men of Lexington and Concord, as well as the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. The citizen most certainly can fight the government, and usually wins when he tries. Organized national armies are useful primarily for fighting against other organized national armies. When they try to fight against the people, they find themselves at a very serious disadvantage. If you will just look around at the state of the world today, you will see that the guerrillero has the…

US Airstrikes in Afghanistan Hit 10-Year High as War’s 18-Year Anniversary Passes

In the month before the 18-year anniversary of the Afghan war’s initiation, US forces carried out more airstrikes against the Taliban and other Islamist militia targets than they had in 10 years. According to a new report by US Air Forces Central Command (USAFCC) published on September 30, September 2019 saw more US airstrikes than any month since October 2010, with 1,043 bombs being dropped on targets in the country. “We did step up our attacks on the Taliban since the talks broke down” in early September, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper admitted earlier this week during a trip to…

Rand Paul: It’s Not U.S. Responsibility ‘to Fight Every War and Find Every Peace’

Some Republicans, including Trump allies such as Sen Lindsey Graham, have joined Democrats in sharply criticizing the president’s decision to withdraw an unannounced number of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria. But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) strongly supports the president’s move, even if the “neocon war caucus of the Senate” — Paul’s words — does not. “We haven’t been able to find peace for 18 years in Afghanistan,” Paul told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto in a telephone  interview on Monday. “So I certainly don’t think we’re going to find peace in Syria. But I do think a couple of hundred people…

Turkey ‘launches airstrike’ against Kurds on Syria-Iraq border – reports

Videos circulating on social media appear to show Turkish forces targeting Kurdish troops near Syria’s border with Iraq with airstrikes, just hours after the US announced it would be pulling out of the region. Turkish forces launched airstrikes against Kurdish and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions in al-Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, according to SANA news agency, which initially reported there were no casualties from the attacks. Turkish planes reportedly attacked SDF headquarters in Hasakah province, according to Saudi broadcaster al-Ikhbariya. Other reports suggest Turkey targeted the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as a terrorist group and which is part…

Trump’s Decision to Withdraw US Troops From Syria is ‘Deeply Disturbing’ – House Speaker Pelosi

US President Donald Trump announced earlier in the day that Washington is withdrawing its forces that are deployed with Syrian Kurds in northern Syria, with the White House stating that Turkey is free to move forward with a long-planned military operation there. US House Speaker Nancy has stated that Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria is “deeply disturbing”. “This decision poses a dire threat to regional security and stability, and sends a dangerous message to Iran and Russia, as well as our allies, that the United States is no longer a trusted partner”, Pelosi said. Pelosi continued by…

Veteran Suicides Continue To Increase As The 18th Anniversary Of The War In Afghanistan Arrives

As Monday marks the 18th anniversary of American troops invading Afghanistan, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report shows that veteran suicides have been increasing over the past decade. U.S. combat operations ended in 2014 but around 14,000 troops still remain in the country, the Post Register reported. President Donald Trump called off discussions of peace terms with the Taliban in September after a bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed 12 people. The war does not seem to have an end in sight while suicide rates among veterans increase. Jeremy Butler, CEO of nonprofit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), told…

Iran may dodge a bullet thanks to Trump’s misfortune

It is hard to view US President Donald Trump’s Iran policy as anything but an own goal. His decision to unliterally withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and embark on a “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran, cheered on by Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, was meant to inflict enough pain and humiliation to force the Islamic Republic back to the negotiating table. Saying that events haven’t turned out exactly the way Trump intended would be an understatement. Instead, in abandoning his European allies, not to mention Russia and China, in pursuit of a policy that had little…

Saudi oil fire is a winner for the US and its plans for war with Iran – Kim Dotcom

The biggest beneficiary of the Saudi oil facility drone attack is the US, Kim Dotcom has said, claiming that the incident will have a number of positives for President Donald Trump’s administration. Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the drone attack on the Kingdom’s Aramco oil processing facilities and oil field on Saturday, which caused a large fire and has slowed oil production. According to the Megaupload founder, the incident will trigger a number of convenient events that will help the US.  The US already briefly overtook Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest crude exporter, and has a significant spare…

‘Ready For War’: IRGC General Says US Bases, Carriers Close to Iran Are Within Range of Its Missiles

The statement comes as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday blamed Iran for recent drone attacks on Saudi Aramco’s oil fields, urging the international community “to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks”. Tehran has always been prepared for a full-fledged war, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force Chief Amirali Hajizadeh said in a statement on Sunday, just a day after two drone attacks on oilfields in Saudi Arabia, which were claimed by Houthis and blamed by the US and Saudi Arabia on Tehran. “Everybody should know that all American bases and their aircraft carriers, at a distance of up…

What Was it All For? Veterans Have Finally Turned On America’s Endless Wars

It is undoubtedly my favorite part of every wedding. That awkward, but strangely forthright moment when the preacher asks the crowd for any objections to the couple’s marriage. No one ever objects, of course, but it’s still a raw, if tense, moment. I just love it. I suppose we had that ubiquitous ritual in mind back in 2007 when Keith – a close buddy and fellow officer – and I crafted our own plan of objection. The setting was Baghdad, Iraq, at the start of the “surge” and the climax of the bloody civil war the U.S. invasion had unleashed. Just twenty…

‘Endemic Impunity’: UN Report on Yemen Says United States, France, and Britain May Be Complicit in War Crimes

A comprehensive and damning United Nations report released Tuesday said the U.S., France, and Britain may be guilty of complicity in war crimes for providing the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in its war on Yemen with logistical support and weapons. “Five years into the conflict, violations against Yemeni civilians continue unabated, with total disregard for the plight of the people and a lack of international action to hold parties to the conflict accountable,” said Kamel Jendoubi, chairperson of the Group of Experts on Yemen, which was created by the U.N. Human Rights Council. The 274-page report (pdf) said the U.S., France,…

LIES: U.S. to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan, close bases

The United States would withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban, the chief U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said on Monday. The deal, reached after months of negotiations with representatives from the insurgent movement, must still be approved by U.S. President Donald Trump before it can be signed, Khalilzad said in an interview with Tolo News television. “In principle, we have got there,” he said. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has been briefed on a draft of the accord and will look at details of the deal…

Israel Bombs Iraq For The 1st Time In Nearly 40 Years

An Israeli bombing of a weapons depot allegedly used by Iran is the first Israeli strike on Iraq in nearly forty years and a major escalation of Israel’s campaign against Tehran. The attack also underscores how Israeli violence on its neighbors has been normalized, As’ad AbuKhalil argues. Guest: As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science at California State University Stanislaus. Israel has reportedly carried out military strikes in Iraq. US officials tell the New York Times that Israel bombed a weapons depot that was allegedly being used by Iran to move weapons to Syria. This will be the first time Israel…

China vows retaliation if US deploys mid-range missiles in Asia after ripping up INF treaty

Beijing will move to counter Washington’s potential deployment of intermediate ground-launched missiles in Asia, foreign ministry officials have stated, joining Russia in criticizing the US for triggering a new arms race. China would take unspecified “countermeasures” if the US followed through on its promise to deploy ground-launched intermediate-range missiles in Asia in the near future, Fu Cong, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s arms control department, told press in Beijing on Tuesday. The US’ plans “will severely undermine global strategic balance and stability” as well as “threaten peace and security” in the Asia-Pacific region, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said…

Majority of US Veterans, Public Believe Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Not Worth Fighting

Majorities of the American public generally and US veterans specifically agree that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were not worth fighting, according to survey results released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center think tank. More than 60% of US veterans surveyed stated that the Iraq War was not worth fighting considering the costs to the US. On the other hand, 33% of veterans said that the Iraq war was worth fighting when considering the benefits to the US. In comparison, 62% of non-veteran respondents claimed the Iraq War was not worth fighting, while 32% claimed it was. Fifty-eight percent of…

Majorities of Both US Veterans and Public Believe Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ‘Not Worth Fighting’

The majority of American veterans and members of the general public agreed in two new surveys that the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the U.S. military campaign in Syria were all “not worth fighting.” The Pew Research Center, for the pair of polls published Wednesday, asked all respondents to consider the costs versus the benefits to the United States in their analysis of whether each conflict was worthwhile. Roughly two-thirds of both veterans and members of the public told Pew that the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq wasn’t worth it, and nearly 60 percent said they…

On Eve Of 4th Of July Parade U.S. Attempts To Lure Iran Into Shooting Down Another U.S. Plane

Today a manned U.S. reconnaissance plane entered Iranian airspace in a clear attempt to provoke Iran into shooting it down. Such an incident would have created an occasion for Trump to give the American people a special 4th of July fireworks. On July 3 1988 the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes shot down the civil Iranian Flight 655 with 290 people on board. The U.S. claimed that the plane’s transponder was signaling an Iranian military identification code, that it was seemingly attacking the Vincennes, that the ship warned the plane 12 times, and that the ship was in international waters…

Iran is not Iraq: American warmongers must be stopped

Along with American and British journalists and doctors, I visited Iraq a few years before its invasion and occupation by the United States and its ‘coalition of the willing.’ A decade-long siege before the war had left the country in ruin. It was as if not a single car in the whole of Baghdad did not have some damage because of the rampant poverty and the absence of spare parts. Iraq’s hospitals, schools, streets, in fact, the whole infrastructure, was falling apart. The US sanctions on Iraq have turned a once prosperous nation with a thriving economy into a country…

US Army Wants 500,000 Active Troops By 2020, Amid Threats Of War

The US Army wants 500,000 active duty military personnel by 2020, amid threats of war with Iran near the Strait of Hormuz and potential conflict with China across the South China Sea. The service’s recruiting goals, however, first reported by Army Times, is facing significant difficulties with unhealthy, ineligible millennials. “It’s a difficult market because it’s a very healthy job market,” said Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy. “This environment is as challenging as we’ve faced- 3.6% unemployment. We have no benchmark historically for the all-volunteer force.” McCarthy told the Times that it would be difficult to reach the recruitment goal…

7,500 kids ‘killed or maimed’ in Yemen since 2013, UN says

The suffering of children caught up in the Yemen conflict has become “simply appalling,” according to a UN report. It says thousands of kids have been killed, recruited as soldiers and subjected to devastating violence. More than 7,500 children have been killed or wounded in Yemen over the past 5 1/2 years, the UN said in a report published Friday. The impoverished Arab country descended into conflict in 2014, leading to what has been described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.  The report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres documented thousands of grave violations against children between April 2013 and December 2018. “The…

2019 Could Be The Year That A War With Iran Changes Everything, And 2 Key Deadlines Loom Within The Next 2 Weeks

Negotiations with Iran are over before they could even take place.  After President Trump and Iranian leadership exchanged more insults on Tuesday, the Iranians declared that the “channel of diplomacy” is now closed “forever”.  Of course anything is possible in the future, but for now it appears that any possibility of a diplomatic solution is completely dead, and the clock is ticking because two exceedingly important deadlines are coming up within the next two weeks.  President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have both made it incredibly clear that they do not want Iran to possess nuclear weapons, and…

Iranian General Warns ‘Firing One Bullet at Iran’ Will ‘Set Fire’ to US Interests – Reports

Middle East11:49 22.06.2019(updated 12:42 22.06.2019) Get short URL8432 The reported remarks come shortly after President Donald Trump called off a military strike on Iran in response to the downing of an American UAV earlier this week, just minutes before it was set to be launched upon learning that some 150 people would die in the attack. An Iranian general warned on Saturday that any action against Tehran would have serious consequences for US interests in the region, the Tasnim News Agency reports. “Firing one bullet towards Iran will set fire to the interests of America and its allies. Today, the situation…

US Cyber Command reportedly launched a cyberattack against Iran as Trump nixed his military strikes

United States Cyber Command on Thursday reportedly launched an operation against an Iranian spy group with ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, despite President Donald Trump’s last-minute scrapping of a direct military strike, former intelligence officials said in a Yahoo News report. The Iranian group is believed to have supported the limpet mine attacks against two tanker ships earlier last week, which resulted in the US increasing its military posture against the country. The group reportedly tracked and targeted both military and civilian vessels sailing through the Strait of Hormuz. President Donald Trump backed out of retaliatory attacks against…

‘There will be obliteration’: Trump says he doesn’t want war with Iran

US President Donald Trump doesn’t want war with Iran, but if it happens, there will be “obliteration like you’ve never seen before,” he told NBC, adding that there are “no pre-conditions” for negotiations with Tehran. “You can’t have nuclear weapons,” Trump said, implying anything else was open to discussion – and if Tehran doesn’t want to talk, “you can live in a shattered economy for a long time to come.” The statements come after Trump said he had cancelled a Thursday night strike on Iran at the last minute in retaliation for the American spy drone shot down over Iranian airspace.…

Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back

President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions. As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations. Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries. The operation was underway in its…

Is it John Bolton or Tucker Carlson who has Trump’s ear on Iran?

As tensions with Iran threaten to spill over into war, the big question is who has sway over President Donald Trump, his hawkish advisers or a cautious Fox News host, and the answer might make all the difference. According to the Washington Post, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is drawing his own “red lines” on Iran, while National Security Advisor John Bolton controls what Trump sees and hears, insulating the president from opinions different from his hard-line position when it comes to dealing with Tehran. Meanwhile, the Daily Beast claims that it’s Tucker Carlson who actually has Trump’s ear when…

Iran Shoots Down US Drone, Says “Ready For War”

Tensions between the US and Iran flared on Thursday when the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot down an American drone that was said to have flown into Iranian airspace (the US claims the drone flew over international territory). The drone was reportedly flying over the Strait of Hormuz – that critical chokepoint for the global oil trade – not far from where two oil tankers were recently attacked. “We will defend Iran’s airspace and maritime boundaries with all our might,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary-general for the Supreme National Security Council was quoted as saying by state-run Islamic Students’ News Agency. “It doesn’t…

The Trump-Bolton Duo Is Just Like the Bush-Cheney Duo: Warmongers Using Lies to Start Illegal Wars

[False flag operations:] “The powers-that-be understand that to create the appropriate atmosphere for war, it’s necessary to create within the general populace a hatred, fear or mistrust of others regardless of whether those others belong to a certain group of people or to a religion or a nation.” James Morcan (1978- ), New Zealander-born Australian writer. [Definition: A ‘false flag operation’ is a horrific, staged event—blamed on a political enemy—and used as pretext to start a war or to enact draconian laws in the name of national security]. “Almost all wars begin with false flag operations.” Larry Chin (d. of…

Now that war with Iran is on the table, a reminder that the cost of the Iraq war could have paid for 715 years of medical research.

With the recent rumblings over Iran and Joe Biden’s bizarre claim that his presidency would cure cancer, it got me thinking of those two things and whether or not war and curing disease have anything in common. Let me start by saying that although I believe Biden’s claim was nothing more than a random empty political promise, the government could very well take an active role in something like curing a disease and it has done so in the past. A cure for cancer is not at all beyond science, not by a long shot. It’s mostly a matter of…

The NYTimes is desperately trying to start a war with Russia by claiming top secret U.S. cyber operations are attacking Russia — just to ‘get Trump’

In the age of POTUS Donald Trump, the garbage establishment media will pull out all stops, including starting World War III if necessary, just to ‘get’ him. Case in point: Trump lashed out The New York Times on Saturday over a story claiming his administration has been ramping up cyberattacks against Russian power infrastructure, calling the report untrue and labeling it a “virtual act of treason.” The paper reported that the U.S. is increasingly targeting the Russian electric power grid, including the insertion of code designed to debilitate it on command:  The United States is stepping up digital incursions into…

US sends destroyer to Gulf of Oman tanker incident site as Pentagon says ‘no interest’ in new war

The US has dispatched another warship to the Gulf of Oman, but says it has “no interest” in engaging in a new Middle East conflict. The State Department accused Iran of attacking two tankers there, which Tehran denies. Guided missile destroyer USS Mason will join the destroyer USS Bainbridge on station near the Kokuka Courageous, a damaged tanker just outside the Persain Gulf, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Thursday, adding that “Iranian small boats” were spotted in the area. No interference with USS Bainbridge, or its mission, will be tolerated. The Florida-based combat command called the attacks on…

Trump Just Can’t Quit Afghanistan

Imagine being a U.S. citizen who believes that America should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan after nearly 18 years of increasingly pointless war. Shouldn’t be too hard, since that describes 61 percent of Americans—and an eye-popping 69 percent of veterans—polled in October 2018 by YouGov. But let’s also stipulate that by some glitch in the time-space continuum you become president of the United States, and that in one of your first major post-election interviews you observe that “nothing is going well” in Afghanistan. Wouldn’t you think those troops would be home more than two years after that? This is where…

High-Tech U.S. Bomb Parts to Be Built in Saudi Arabia

When the Trump administration declared an emergency last month and fast-tracked the sale of more American arms to Saudi Arabia, it did more than anger members of Congress who opposed the sale on humanitarian grounds. It also raised concerns that the Saudis could gain access to technology that would let them produce their own versions of American precision-guided bombs — weapons they have used in strikes on civilians since they began fighting a war in Yemen four years ago. The emergency authorization allows Raytheon Company, a top American defense firm, to team with the Saudis to build high-tech bomb parts…

The American Cult of Bombing and Endless War

From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, Libya to Somalia in Africa, Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, an American aerial curtain has descended across a huge swath of the planet. Its stated purpose: combatting terrorism. Its primary method: constant surveillance and bombing — and yet more bombing. Its political benefit: minimizing the number of U.S. “boots on the ground” and so American casualties in the never-ending war on terror, as well as any public outcry about Washington’s many conflicts. Its economic benefit: plenty of high-profit business for weapons makers for whom the president can now declare a national…

War is a Racket & Not What It Seems To The Majority of People: Major General Smedley Butler

War is not what most people think it is. We’re told that war is necessary, that soldiers are and have been overseas ‘fighting for our freedom’ and sacrificing their lives in order to keep our homeland safe. It’s a narrative that’s still pushed today and it’s backed by a massive propaganda campaign that beams patriotism into the hearts of the masses; meanwhile, very few people ever question what’s actually happening. We are made to believe that war and the entire military establishment are necessities, but they’re not. People have been sharing this opinion for a very long time, those of…

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Joins B-52 Stratofortress for Middle East Strike Exercise

A B-52 Stratofortress bomber and an aircraft carrier currently transiting the Arabian Gulf conducted a joint exercise Sunday, the U.S. military confirmed. The U.S. Air Force released a statement today confirming the exercise saw F/A-18 Super Hornets, MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and E-2D Growlers from the USS Abraham Lincoln work with the B-52 bomber. The Air Force says the aircraft also “simulated strike operations” in the exercise, which took place on Saturday. The White House dispatched the Lincoln and its strike force to the Middle East in May over a threat it did not describe at the time. The USS Abraham Lincoln is…

U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) states that he probably killed ‘hundreds of civilians’ while serving as an artillery officer in Fallujah: ‘I was an artillery officer, and we fired hundreds of rounds into Fallujah, killed probably hundreds of civilians.’

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, said he probably killed “hundreds of civilians” while serving as an artillery officer in Fallujah. His comments were made public Monday on the latest episode of the podcast “Zero Blog Thirty.” “I was an artillery officer, and we fired hundreds of rounds into Fallujah, killed probably hundreds of civilians,” he said. “Probably killed women and children if there were any left in the city when we invaded. So, do I get judged too?” Hunter recalled this story in response to a question about the actions of Navy SEAL Edward R. Gallagher who is on trial in…

Trump Pardoning War Criminals, Prosecuting Whistleblowers “What is the message to the soldiers and to the world if blatant war criminals are pardoned, while Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange are severely persecuted for exposing war crimes?”

President Donald Trump has already made clear his soft spot for war criminals, having brought one – Elliot Abrams – into his administration. Then, earlier this month, Trump pardoned Army First Lieutenant Michael Behenna. Now, reports indicate Trump is just getting started. And while Trump appears to be making moves to pardon more war criminals, those who have exposed war crimes, including whistleblower Chelsea Manning and journalist Julian Assange, are charged with contempt of court and espionage. Lieutenant Behenna was sentenced to 15 years behind bars in 2009 for shooting a man to death who had been stripped naked and…

John Bolton says Iran is ‘almost certainly’ behind oil tanker ‘attacks’

US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday that Iran was likely behind the attacks on four ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates earlier this month. Bolton made the remarks in Abu Dhabi, during a visit to the Emirati capital “to discuss important and timely regional security matters.” Bolton, known for his hawkish stance on Iran, alleged that the four ships were attacked by “naval mines almost certainly from Iran.” He did not offer any details or evidence to back up the claim. What we know so far: On May 12, the United Arab Emirates claimed that four…

Russia: Deployment of 1,500 More US Troops to Mideast Will Increase Risk of War

Russia’s foreign minister on Monday said U.S. plans to send 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East would lead to increased risks of conflict, and he voiced the hope that “sensible voices” arguing against “war against Iran” will be heeded. Pentagon officials are stressing that deployment of the 1,500 troops is a defensive and deterrent measure, and that the U.S. does not seek conflict with Iran. But Sergei Lavrov, speaking alongside his visiting Cuban counterpart in Moscow, took a different view. “Risks always grow with the buildup of military potential,” he said. “I hope that sensible voices that come from…

Lindsey Graham proposes invading Venezuela to oust Maduro

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a close ally of President Donald Trump, suggested the president take a tough stance in dealing with the ongoing Venezuelan crisis: A US invasion similar to the one executed by Ronald Reagan in Grenada back in 1983. “Trump said rightly, Maduro’s not the legitimate leader of Venezuela. The entire region supports the Trump approach, that Guaidó is the legitimate leader,” Graham said on Fox News Sunday. “I would do exactly what Reagan did. I would give Cuba the ultimatum to get out of Venezuela. If they don’t, I would let the Venezuelan military know, you’ve got…

US Military in Middle East is “Weakest” in History – Iran’s IRGC

Earlier, the United States deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf to send a “clear and unmistakable message” to Iran. The US military presence in the Middle East is at its “weakest in history”, a deputy commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said, as quoted by the Fars news agency. “The Americans have been present in the region since 1833 and they are now at their weakest in history in West Asia,” Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, a deputy Guards commander, stressed. FlakNew US deployments in the region include an aircraft carrier strike group, Patriot missiles, B-52 bombers and F-15…

‘This Is Big’: 76 Retired US Generals and Diplomats Warn Trump Against War With Iran

President Donald Trump often says he listens to military generals more than anyone else, and, as the White House prepares to send 1,500 soldiers to the Middle East, that claim is being tested by a Friday letter from the American College of National Security Leaders. The letter, which is signed by 76 retired generals, admirals, ambassadors, and diplomats, was published Friday morning by War on the Rocks. The letter asks the administration not to pursue war with Iran, mainly for strategic reasons.  “A war with Iran, either by choice or miscalculation, would produce dramatic repercussions in an already destabilized Middle East,” reads the…

Robert Steele: War on Iran? No. Fire Pompeo & Bolton? Yes. Iran’s President Should “Make the Call” Here’s How…

Below is Pepe Escobar’s account of the state of play between Russia, China, and the USA on all topics. Pompeo is an embarrassment — out of his league. Bolton is simply a traitor — an agent of a foreign power — and perhaps out of his mind as well. Our President clearly understands  that he is being lied to about everything, particularly Venezuela and Iran, and he clearly does not want a war over Iran. What he DOES want is for Iran to “make the call.” I have done what I can to that end, both on national Russian television…

Where’s the other 110k? Pentagon mulls sending ‘up to 10,000’ troops amid Iran tensions – reports

US Central Command has asked the Pentagon to send up to 10,000 additional troops to the Middle East, citing threat from Iran even as the Trump administration boasted about having successfully ‘deterred’ Tehran already. A CENTCOM request for 5,000 troops was reported by Reuters on Wednesday, citing two anonymous US officials. The reinforcements would be “defensive in nature,” one of the officials reportedly said. AP reported soon thereafter that the Pentagon will present plans to send “up to 10,000 troops” to the Middle East, also citing unnamed officials. Washington has already sent a carrier strike group, a number of B-52…

France threatens journalists with jail time for exposing use of French arms in Yemen

France has threatened three French journalists with potential jail time for using secret documents to reveal the country’s involvement in the Yemen civil war.  In a series of reports published in April, investigative journalists from Disclose and Radio France revealed the number of French arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.  The documents, authored by France’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (DSGI), showed that senior French officials had lied about the role of French weapons in the Yemen War.  Following the publication of the reports in April, Disclose’s co-founders Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal and Radio France journalist Benoît Collombat…

HEADS UP FROM A MILITARY OFFICER WHOM I PERSONALLY KNOW…

Yesterday I was at small a meeting (8 of us) discussing several things and the Lt Col who heads our unit, who just returned from a meeting at a different base. As the meeting was closing, he got sidetracked and mentioned that how military health care is delivered is changing, that in the event of a war with Russia or Iran, since we do not have air superiority anymore, we would need to do temporary interments……..this most definitely was a shock to hear (that they are talking about this in the Army) now. CONTINUE @ STEVE QUAYLE

Trump: ‘If Iran Wants to Fight, That Will Be the Official End of Iran’

US President Donald Trump warned against “threatening” the United States amid recent US-Tehran tensions. Donald Trump has warned in his Tweet that it would be “official end of Iran”, if Tehran “wants to fight”. Earlier, US warships carried out exercises in the Arabian Sea as part of efforts to build up preparedness for what Washington calls an Iranian threat. Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated earlier this month, when the US imposed more anti-Iranian sanctions and sent an aircraft carrier strike group, a squadron of B-52 bombers and Patriot interceptors to the Middle East to grapple with what Washington describes as a threat emanating from Iran. Last May Trump announced the US’ withdrawal from the 2015…

US Warns Airlines Risk Being ‘Misidentified’ Flying over Persian Gulf

US diplomats warned that airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being “misidentified” amid the growing tensions between the US and Iran. US diplomats in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates communicated the order from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Saturday, The Associated Press reported. The original FAA Notice to Airmen, published on Thursday in the US, notified the commercial planes flying over the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman that they must be aware of “heightened military activities and increased political tensions.” These activities present “an increasing inadvertent risk to US civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or mis-identification,” the notice stated. It…

John Bolton Downgraded From Trump’s Hype Man to Irritant Amid Iran War Escalation

President Donald Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton was the subject of a glossy POLITICO profile in February lauding him as “the adult in the room.” Titled, “John Bolton Is Living His Dream,” the piece examined the aide’s unlikely rise in a West Wing known more for its infighting than policy objectives, revealing he kept in his office a Wall Street Journal cartoon of himself and Trump playing chess against Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei—signed by the president, “John Great Job.” Today, the hawkish advisor has become somewhat of an irritant to the president, according to…