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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…

The Trump Administration Is Thirsty for War, Intelligence Be Damned

It was reported on Monday that the Trump administration has concocted a plan that involves sending 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter a potential Iranian attack on American forces. Whatever threat may exist is almost entirely of the president’s own design. Since Trump rebuffed allies, experts and his own administration in removing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal last year, tension between the two nations has escalated steadily. Both have seemed especially jittery in the past few months as the U.S. continues to ramp up sanctions aimed at crippling Iran’s economy. But it seems like the…

Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of ‘Increased Threat’ From Iran

A British general threw a wrench into the Trump administration’s narrative that Iran is plotting attacks on American troops in the Middle East by telling reporters gathered at the Pentagon Tuesday that “there’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces” in the region. “We monitor them along with a whole range of others because that’s the environment we’re in,” said Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, speaking via video from Baghdad. “If the threat level seems to go up then we’ll raise our force protection measures accordingly.” Apparently eager to squash the general’s remarks, the U.S. Central Command issued a statement just…

Allies Fear US-Iran Tensions Could Accidentally Spark War

International worries that the Trump administration is sliding toward war with Iran flared into the open amid skepticism about its claims that the Islamic Republic poses a growing threat to the U.S. and its allies in the Persian Gulf and beyond. The U.S. military on Tuesday rebutted doubts expressed by a British general about such a threat. President Trump denied a report that the administration has updated plans to send more than 100,000 troops to counter Iran if necessary. But Trump then stirred the controversy further by saying: “Would I do that? Absolutely.” The general’s remarks exposed international skepticism over…

Guardians of the Warfare State

[Editor’s Note: Trump is reportedly set to nominate Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, as Secretary of Defense. Given his background, Shanahan looks to fit the typical bill for the job. In this 2013 article, historian Hunt Tooler discusses where secretaries of state come from, and why they are all so similar in background.] An analysis of the U.S. secretaries of war and defense (the name was changed from secretary of war to secretary of defense in 1947) gives us some insight into the nature of the relationships within the “military-industrial complex.” Though these secretaries are not…

Is America Ready for John Bolton’s War With Iran?

National Security Advisor John Bolton’s announcement this week that the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region seemed perfectly framed to put America on a war footing with Iran. And it is. Claiming that the decision was made in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” Bolton declared that “the United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime.” But, he added, “we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.” It took…

The CIA is Secretly Launching ‘Meteors Full of Swords’ at Terrorists

The new nature of warfare in many parts of the world has made it increasingly difficult to identify who is a target and who is an innocent civilian. Terrorist groups, in particular, often have no reservations about placing their leadership among civilian populations or even schoolchildren in order to shield them from attacks. To combat this, the U.S. and its allies have been testing new methods of “reducing collateral damage,” or “blowing up innocent people” to use a non-sterilized term. While this has most often meant reducing the explosive payloads of traditional munitions, it turns out that the CIA has…

WARHAWK: US ‘Not Seeking a Fight’ with Iran, But Ready to Use ‘Unrelenting Force’

Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie, the new head of US Central Command, said on Wednesday that while the US doesn’t seek a fight with Iran, it won’t shy away from one, either. “If a fight is to be had …. It won’t be a fair fight,” McKenzie said. “The long-term, enduring, most significant threat to stability in the Central Command AOR [area of responsibility] is Iran and the Iranian regime’s malign ambitions across the theater and indeed globally,” McKenzie told an audience at the neoconservative think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies on Wednesday. As CENTCOM chief, McKenzie oversees US military forces and their deployments across a broad expanse…

4 B-52s deploying to Middle East…

Four B-52 bombers are being deployed to the Middle East in response to what administration officials said earlier this week are threats of a possible attack by Iran or allied fighters on American troops in the region. Two of the bombers are expected to leave Tuesday from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, arriving at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Wednesday, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that the U.S. was deploying a bomber task force and the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the…

US Deploying Carrier Strike Group Near Iran to Send Message to Tehran – Bolton

The United States is deploying its aircraft carrier strike group near Iran to send message to Iran, US national security adviser John Bolton said. US national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that  the United States is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle Eastern region to send a clear message to Iran that any attack on Washington’s interests or its allies will be met with an “unrelenting force”. The United States is deploying its aircraft carrier strike group near Iran to send message to Iran, US national security adviser John Bolton said. US national security adviser John Bolton…

Here Are 3 Bad Reasons We’re Still in Afghanistan

“[Y]ou can’t meet a general anywhere in the Pentagon who believes there is a military solution to the Afghan war,” Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) mused in a recent radio interview. “That’s the main question I harangue them with when they come up to Capitol Hill to testify before our committees: I say, ‘Is there a military solution?’ And they all admit there is none. There’s been mission creep that’s now nation building, but they all admit no military solution.” So why are we still fighting America’s longest war? Why continue our military intervention in Afghanistan after nearly two decades, when…