August 10, 2018

Civil War 2.0: Politics Wins, Ordinary Americans Lose

August 10, 2018
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Civil War 2.0: Politics Wins, Ordinary Americans Lose

In my view, America's Civil War 2.0 began in the mid-1960's
(about a century after the one featured in all the history books ended),
peaking initially when an extramarital affair became a basis for impeachment.
What brought Americans together (after the 2000 stolen election further divided them)
was the belief (since discredited) that they had been attacked by an external enemy on 9/11!

Less than two decades ago in Y2K, concepts like false flags or the Deep State
were either non-existent or seen as little more than deranged thoughts of tin-foil hatters.
The lid was barely kept on this boiling cauldron a decade ago, with the ensuing bankers bail-out
directed only to the too-big-to-jail and the subsequent tenous 'recovery' skating on ever-thinner ice.
When that surface inevitably breaks, the shivering winds of depression will likely lead to full-on War!

Last time around, it was the North that finally prevailed after a long & bloody battle.
This time, I believe it may well be the South (or its cultural 'values') which end up as 'winners'.
Whichever side wins, though, it is ordinary Americans & most importantly their freedom, that loses!

As the article below eloquently posits: "I’m telling you, any civil war taking shape in this country
today is a net loss for freedom.... no matter which side should prevail. I want no part of either side.
In my mind, these two factions are equally evil.". I wholeheartedly endorse the expressed sentiments!

America’s Burgeoning Civil War

Published: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Make no mistake about it: America is already engaged in its second civil war. The decades-old left-right, conservative-liberal, Democrat-Republican paradigm that had (before Donald Trump’s election) almost evaporated is back—with a vengeance. In fact, it has turned into a full-fledged war. And it doesn’t matter to a tinker’s dam which side wins this war: Constitutional government and the Natural rights of man are the losers.
Take your pick. Maxine Waters or Donald Trump, Sean Hannity or Chris Matthews: Both sides are destroying the principles of federalism, constitutionalism and Natural Law. For all intents and purposes these principles are already dead. The American experiment in republicanism is over. From now on it’s the survival of the strongest. Might makes right. Logic, reason and sensible debate are buried in the dustbin of history. America has entered the next Dark Ages. And, sadly, there are hardly any Reformation preachers left in America to lead the nation into the light of liberty.
By removing Alex Jones, Ron Paul’s Institute For Peace And Prosperity executive director Daniel McAdams and Antiwar.com editorial director Scott Horton from their outlets, Silicon Valley—complete with its poster establishments Facebook, Youtube, Spotify, etc.—have proven themselves to be nothing but Naziesque censors hell-bent on destroying public dissent. As Ron Paul rightly noted, “In an empire of lies the truth is treason.”  
And lest conservatives whine about being the big, bad victims in this discussion, the Trumpites are as bad as the Clintonites. Neither group cares a flip about the Constitution, Bill of Rights or Natural Law. All either side wants is the POWER to have things done their way—freedom and liberty be damned.
A recent survey has discovered that nearly half of Republicans want to give President Trump the power to shut down whatever media outlets he chooses. According to The Daily Beast:
Freedom of the press may be guaranteed in the Constitution. But a plurality of Republicans want to give President Trump the authority to close down certain news outlets, according to a new public opinion survey conducted by Ipsos and provided exclusively to The Daily Beast.
The findings present a sobering picture for the fourth estate, with respondents showing diminished trust in the media and increased support for punitive measures against its members. They also illustrate the extent to which Trump’s anti-press drumbeat has shaped public opinion about the role the media plays in covering his administration.
All told, 43 percent of self-identified Republicans said that they believed “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.” Only 36 percent disagreed with that statement.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is getting ugly FAST. And I think that is exactly what the power elite had in mind when they handed the victory to Donald Trump in 2016. They knew Trump would incite a civil war; in fact, they intended that Trump would incite a civil war.
This is not to put all of the blame on Trump. Not at all. The left is just as culpable. Both sides are playing the game (wittingly or unwittingly) as scripted by the gamemakers. Donald Trump’s rhetoric is as vitriolic as Maxine Waters’. And Maxine Waters’ rhetoric is as vitriolic as Donald Trump’s. Neither side knows how to reason. Neither side knows even a smidgen about the Constitution or Natural Law, much less decency and decorum. We are watching junkyard dogs have at each other. The problem is, both packs of dogs are chewing up the bones of liberty and constitutional government in the process.
Let me tell you folks straight out: Donald Trump is as much a usurper of constitutional government as Maxine Waters. The only difference is the brand of tyranny that you prefer.
Both Trump and Waters act like there are only two sides to this argument. They act like the whole country is divided between the fascists of the right and the socialists of the left. Not true! There are millions of Americans from a variety of backgrounds, theologies and philosophies that are sick and tired of BOTH SIDES. Count me as one of them.
It doesn’t matter that everyone agrees with me (or you). What matters is that everyone respects the Constitution, Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and God’s Natural Law and is willing to grant to others the same Natural and civil rights as we assume for ourselves. Such a perspective is totally lost on both Donald Trump and Maxine Waters (and their ilk). And the result is a burgeoning civil war.
I’m telling you, any civil war taking shape in this country today is a net loss for freedom, no matter which side should prevail. I want no part of either side. In my mind, these two factions are equally evil.
No matter who would have won the election in 2016, the result would have been the same. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were groomed to take America into a civil war. Make no mistake about it: The gamemakers who control both Trump and Clinton couldn’t care less about the left-right feud taking place on Main Street today. It is the Constitution, Bill of Rights and God’s Natural Law that are targeted for destruction. And neither Donald Trump nor Maxine Waters seem to have any regard, respect or reverence for any of those sacred principles.
Both gun owners and members of the black community have justifiable complaints. The Second Amendment has been in the crosshairs of would-be tyrants for years. And so has the Fourth Amendment in predominantly minority communities. The left is wrong to dismiss the attacks on the Second Amendment liberties of gun owners, and the right is wrong to dismiss the attacks on the Fourth Amendment liberties of blacks and other minorities. I’m telling you both sides have equal justification for complaint. “Right-wingers” are justified in complaining about the tyrannical tendencies of the FBI, ATF and BLM, and “left-wingers” are justified in complaining about the tyrannical tendencies of local police departments and sheriff’s offices.
Federal police agencies have been targeting “right-wing” groups for decades—without justification. This targeting has been done solely on the basis of political bias and propaganda from left-wing hate groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). In truth, the FBI and SPLC have been political bed partners for almost forever. And conservative ranchers, gun owners, business owners, etc., have every right in the world to be incensed about it.
By the same token, people within the black community have every right to be angry at the way they have been abused and misused by local police agencies and prosecutors’ offices. On this subject, I totally support the efforts of Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders to overhaul the bail system in America’s criminal justice system. Upwards of 70% of people behind bars are there without being convicted of a crime. They are mostly poor people (of which a majority are black) who cannot afford bail. And so they sit behind bars awaiting trial while the wealthy walk the streets free as a bird for the same or even more serious offenses. The only difference is one person has money and the other one doesn’t. That’s NOT justice. Don’t tell me we need bigger jails. All that does is feed the Police State and further tax the taxpayers. What we need is more justice in the justice system. The bail system is a dinosaur that needs to be fossilized.
So far this year, local police departments and sheriff’s offices have killed more than 700 people. And about 24% of these victims were not even armed. Furthermore, about 61% of these victims were minorities. One cannot read the news on any given day without reading the stories of policemen killing people (mostly minorities) under extremely questionable circumstances. And almost never are these murderous policemen held accountable or brought to justice for their crimes. Quite frankly, I am tired of hearing so-called patriots talk about the “murder” of Lavoy Finicum while completely ignoring the murders of dozens, if not scores, of young black men every year by policemen all over America. The double standard is sickening!
This country is coming apart at the seams. And both Donald Trump and Maxine Waters (and their toadies) are equally culpable. The dichotomy is ubiquitous. Except the fact that the one thing that both liberals and conservatives and Republicans and Democrats come together on is WAR. (Maxine Waters, to her credit, has consistently voted against America’s unconstitutional wars.)
Mark my words: Donald Trump is in the process of taking America into war against Iran and Syria in the same way that G.W. Bush took America into war against Iraq and Afghanistan. (Oh, that’s right. Dual U.S.-Israeli citizen John Bolton is at the helm spearheading these wars in Trump’s administration just as he was in Bush’s administration, isn’t he? What a coincidence!) And Israel will be the match that Trump and Bolton will use to ignite these wars (in other words, more wars for Israel). And when Trump launches these wars, the vast majority of both Republicans and Democrats in Congress will support them. Watch and see.
The American people are being played, and the Constitution is being pulverized—by both sides of this political charade. And the growing civil war in this country has nothing to do with the principles of liberty or constitutional government and everything to do with globalist warmongers manipulating the left-right paradigm to destroy whatever vestiges of America’s Washington and Jeffersonian principles that yet remain.
P.S. I, again, urge readers to obtain the blockbuster new book by Christopher Bollyn entitled The War On Terror: The Plot To Rule The Middle East.
While Trump’s Republicans and Maxine Waters’ Democrats are playing this phony left-right game at home, both sides are right now planning to take America into its next war abroad. Bollyn’s new War On Terror book is the one book that dares to tell the truth about who is behind America’s perpetual “War on Terror” and why. This is the one book you need to read in 2018.
We are being played, folks, and Bollyn’s book reveals who the puppet masters are. I strongly urge readers to get Christopher Bollyn’s blockbuster new book The War On Terror: The Plot To Rule The Middle East. Order it here:
  

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April 19, 2018

West's Triad Bitch Slaps Syria: Russia Ruins Plans

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Sure, a few of those missiles launched last weekend did actually arrive at their intended destinations, but when the best that today's Western military tech can offer is a strike ratio of barely 30% (32/103), moreso against a country with 30-year old anti-missile tech (Russian air defenses weren't activated), then words like pin prick or even bitch slap seem somewhat more appropriate and even more so when many missiles were directed against abandoned (undefended) facilities & with zero human casualties!

Indeed, so worried were Western military heads about Russian retaliation, a result that would lead to a feared escalation which might quickly spiral out of control into a potentially nuclear confrontation, that they delayed the strike by 48 or 72 hours as feverish negotiations took place behind closed doors with their Russian counterparts in order to arrive at an acceptable list of targets - a list that was then passed on by the Russians to the Syrians, giving them the opportunity to reposition men and matériel! Unfortunately for the Western Triad, however, the heads-up allowed Assad's men the necessary time to position their aging missile defenses to intercept the incoming missiles - which, at an average cost of US$1.55M, will clearly result in some key defense contractors being more than happy to resupply!

So when the American president refers to the missile strikes as 'perfect', his actual meaning may have nothing to do with either the dismal strike rate or the lack of destruction of soldiers & military assets. Rather, it may be all about having achieved its real intended purpose, namely to provide a perception on the world stage of America & its allies standing up to 'Animal Assad', while maneuvering to avoid the very dangerous specter of escalation due to Russian retaliation, whilst still managing to save face! The strikes were also 'perfect' in terms of timing, in using the fake chemical attacks as an alibi --- launching them before the newly arrived OPCW team had been able to finish its work and prove the gas attacks a complete lie - thereby removing the very basis under which the strikes were carried out!

Perhaps the most telling aspect of Friday's fiasco is that the real mission that the missile strikes were merely cover for: to severely degrade Syria's air force by destroying its air bases, failed spectacularly! According to releases from the Russian military, 64 of the 71 missiles that targeted 6 Syrian air bases were shot down, while of the remaining 32 missiles targeting undefended facilities 7 were shot down. Note that, while the airstrips were defended with the most modern of the Syrian air defense systems (Pantsir 23/25 hits, Buk-M2 24/29), the targeted facilities were either undefended or had old systems. To cover for the disastrous failure (Russia's more advanced air defenses were not brought into play), the US generals turned to playing charades, claiming all 100+ missiles were aimed at just 3 facilities!

But, does it end here? Not fricking likely - while there are those within the Trump administration who falsely believe that Putin's response will be confined to 'whining to the UN', they are sorely mistaken! Putin will likely wait until the moment is right to launch the asymmetric response he often advocates. This may likely involve an attack on American proxy forces in the region, in a manner that degrades key ground assets (secret bases) whilst feigning ignorance about the existence of any secret facilities!

Make no mistake, the top military planners for both major powers know the real score... both what just happened in Syria & the superiority of Russian air defenses - you just won't hear the truth on TV! What took place last Friday was along the lines of a bitch slap, delivered by a Triad Gang in the West which did everything possible to avoid directly confronting the vastly more formidable Russian Bear. Their fears are well founded- the Bear's response will be no mere slap, more likely a knockout punch!

The missile strikes are likely the culmination of a failed mission - a secret plan by the West to link its proxy forces at al-Tanf with the 30,000 jihadists in Ghouta to reach Damascus and topple the regime. Russia's alertness shifted Syrian forces to foil the West's plan which would have seen Assad removed!

The Skripal incident was orchestrated to demonise Russia, thereby ensuring that coalition members would remain united. The bombing assaults in East Ghouta were so intense that an estimated 200 US special forces were eliminated, with a further 200 UK special forces captured, embarrassing the West!

For the time being, an uneasy sense of calm obtains. It should now be clear to Western powers that their proxy forces have failed & that any crossing of Russian 'red lines' can lead to a military debacle. A last-ditch attack may come (through turncoat Turkey?) later this year, possibly after the mid-terms!




THE US SECRET PLAN ON DAMASCUS FOILED:         THE RUSSIAN ROLE BEFORE AND AFTER THE US/UK/FRANCE ATTACK REVEALED
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By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai
Donald Trump has climbed down from the tree he climbed up a few days ago when he gathered a large military force and firepower similar to “operation desert storm” (but without ground forces).  “Plan A” consisted of a destructive attack on Syria to destroy its army, presidential palace, command and control bases, elite force, strategic military and ammunition warehouses, radar, defence systems and political leadership institutions.
Prior to the triple attack on Syria by the US – UK – France, intensive contacts were carried out by Russia and President Vladimir Putin himself – at around 04:00 am– to reduce the attack and go to a softer, less significant “Plan B”.
Russia, in its contact with several heads of state, rejected any hit that could cripple the Syrian Army and instructed the leadership in Damascus that the West would now think very carefully before radically changing the balance of power in the Levant.
But what is the real reason behind the US – UK – France’s attack? Is it the claim of the “chemical attack” on Duma? The Organisation for the prohibition of the chemical weapons is already in Damascus and its members visit Duma this Saturday to inspect the location where the claimed use of a chemical attack was alleged to have taken place. Why not wait for the results?
Sources in Damascus explain that the Syrian Army and its allies, supported by Russia, were carrying out a large attack on rural Idlib and had reached Abu al-Duhur airport when, all of a sudden, the military operation stopped. The entire spearhead force was moved to Ghouta. What happened?
Russia had informed the Syrian leadership of a large gathering of forces at Al-Tanf US-occupied military base on the Syrian-Iraqi borders, where tens of thousands of US proxies have received continuous military training. The Russians identified unusual military movements and understood that the US was preparing to push Syrian proxy forces to reach eastern Ghouta, linking itself with around 30,000 jihadists in Ghouta itself. This attack was planned to take place simultaneously with a diversion from Daraa, southern Syria, attacking south of Damascus so as to deceive the Syrian army and its allies into leaving smaller forces around the capital.





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The US plan – said the sources – consisted in supporting its proxies and the Ghouta jihadists to reach Damascus and take full control of it. But the shifting of the military operation from rural Idlib to Ghouta spoiled the US plan to impose on Russia an enforced stay in Lattakia and Tartous confined to a limited place, and to finally change the Syrian regime. This “genius’s plan” would have spoiled all Russia’s efforts deployed through almost three years of heavy involvement in the war in Syria, and would have given the US the upper hand , just at the moment when Moscow and the Syrian Army were about to end the war, with only few more pockets left to liberate.
Russia’s hit in Ghouta broke the US plan into pieces, and imposed the withdrawal of tens of thousands of militants from Ghouta along with their families, to the north of Syria. The capital is now much safer, with the remaining area south of Damascus occupied by Al-Qaeda and the “Islamic State” group (ISIS) in Yarmouk camp and al-Hajar al-Aswad.
Today Russia rendered the US – UK – France strike meaningless, both in respect of its content and its objectives. Russia was able to impose that US – UK – France carry out only a “limited attack” of little value, and with not much chance of altering the reality on the ground in Syria.
When Russia vowed to shoot down missiles fired at Syria, Trump answered: “Get ready Russia because they will be coming, nice, new and smart”. Russia, after the hit, replied: “We have used the old Soviet anti-Air defence system against these smart, new and very expensive missiles fired by the Americans”. Not only that, the US-UK air strikes hit objectives which Israel bombards almost on a regular basis. By showing the capability to stop two thirds – as declared by Russia – of the incoming missiles, Syria is taking it as a kind of “training with live ammunition against any future Israeli attack on Syrian territory”. Israel is very disappointed and seems not at all pleased with this end result.
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Showing restrain and control, the US Secretary of Defence James Mattis – he who said “the Pentagon still has no independent evidence to confirm that there was a chemical weapons attack in Syria last week”-contested any wide scale attack on Syria that could have triggered a direct Russian involvement and deadly return of fire against US objectives. Mattis accepted “an honourable strike” to save his boss’s inexperienced face. In point of fact, the trio’s strike on Syria seems have boosted the Syrian Bashar al-Assad’s reputation: the population celebrated in the streets of Damascus,  and mocked the western attack on their country!
The trio avoided at all times direct provocation of Russia, circumvented Russian bases and operational theatres instead of overflying. Russia imposed its presence and provoked the US and French navy by carrying out a simulated air attack, to show its willingness to hit back. The Russian navy was positioned opposite the Lebanese coast to cover that angle and avoid blind spots.
Moscow managed to avoid a direct confrontation with Washington outside its territory: US military bases surround Syria (Israel, Jordan, al-Tanf, al-Hasaka, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrein, Iraq, Turkey). Russia remembers how Leonid Brezhnev fell into the CIA’s trap in 1979, supporting  the Mujahedeen six months prior to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan- trap.  Zbigniew Brzezinski said the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was deliberately provoked by the US: “It was an excellent idea. It drew the Soviets into the Afghan war and we gave them Vietnam”. Putin has avoided the same US trap almost 40 years later.
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What is the next step?
All eyes are directed on the northern city of Idlib controlled by al-Qaeda now that the fate of Damascus is secured. But why Idlib?
The situation in Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus, seems directly linked to that of Fua and Kfarya. During the Zabadani negotiation, it was agreed between al-Qaeda and Damascus’s allies to keep away from al-Yarmouk, in exchange for the two besieged cities in the north of Syria. However, Damascus is now pushing to clean the capital completely, attempting to persuade its allies to bypass previous commitments.
As far as Daraa and Quneitra in the south are concerned, it seems no one in Syria seems willing to provoke the US and Israel at this tense moment; this will maybe be left to the end. In al-Badiyah, the Syrian steppes, ISIS is totally surrounded and can only wait to be exterminated in the coming months.
Idlib remains despite the Turkish-Russian-Iranian economical and financial agreement. There is no doubt about the existence of strong differences of an economic nature between partners over Syria.
Turkish President Erdogan expressed his support and later satisfaction with the US strikes on Syria. Russia answered by asking him to deliver the city of Afrin to the Syrian government. Iran’s special envoy for Syrian affairs Ali Akbar Velayati overtly stated that the next objective is Idlib. Therefore, it is now feasible for Turkey to pull out of its dozen observation bases around Idlib, even as Russia pulled out of Afrin prior to the Turkish attack. And Russia expects Erdogan to cancel the previously agreed sale of the S-400 missiles any day.
Thus, the compass points to Idlib, Rastan, Jisr al-Shoughour and the Syrian Army forces gathering in rural Lattakia, ready to divide Idlib after liberating the many villages around it.
This will bring the world to the next “chemical attack” appointment in the next operational theatre of the Syrian army and its allies. Would the US stand by al-Qaeda? Why not? It has never really been a question of the use of chemical weapons, since the US holds the largest stockpile of chemical weapons worldwide: the real issue is the defeat of the US faced with the dominance of Russia over the Levant.

November 19, 2017

US Two-faced Syria Game Continues: Russia Losing Patience

November 19, 2017
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US Two-faced Syria Game Continues: Russia Losing Patience

From the tone of their latest statements, it is now patently obvious that
Russia's patience with the US's obstructionist presence in Syria is wearing thin,
insisting that their "flirtation" with the terrorists is the "main obstacle" to eradicate ISIS!

Sowing the seeds of confusion seems to be a mainstay of US Middle-East policy.
On the one hand waging a pretend war against ISIS, whilst on the other providing support
in the form of logistics & weaponry, to frustrate & delay legitimate efforts at their eradication.

Though studiously unreported by the Western media, the BBC has now broken ranks,
revealing in a bombshell report that US & UK colluded to allow ISIS fighters to escape Raqqa.
More than 3,500 fighters were allowed free passage to Abu Kamal, US jets deploying flares to aid
their night-time progress, so as to thwart the Syrian army's efforts to recapture the key border town.
Included among them was a group headed toward France to carry out attacks in "a day of reckoning"!

According to neighboring Turkey, the US now has as many as 13 military bases in Syria.
Reports also indicate the presence of 4,000 or more troops, despite an official claim of only 500.
All this, despite the fact that the US very presence in Syria is illegal according to international law.

From here it does not require much imagination to see that the conflict could all too easily erupt
into a conflagration between 2 major powers - only one of which has a legal basis for its presence.
Against this backdrop, recent declarations by a top military official about open-ended plans to stay
to supposedly fight ISIS appear ominous- proving again the power of the military-industrial complex!

Rather than continuing to hinder the legitimate efforts to terminate ISIS presence in Syria,
the US coalition would do well to see the writing on the wall, simply pack up its bags and leave.
But if, as many suspect, the real purpose for being there is not 'as advertised', then watch out world!

Finally! - The BBC Outs U.S./ISIS Complicity in Syria

Even Western media can't keep a lid on U.S. assistance to ISIS
I know this will come as a shock to my regular readers, but the U.S. has been working with ISIS the entire time.  Previously the Russian Ministry of Defense released unequivocal evidence of our allowing ISIS to move through areas controlled by U.S/Kurdish SDF forces to avoid Syrian Arab Army confrontation.
Now, no less a news source than the BBC, itself a major member of the U.S. Department of Disinformation, is now openly reporting this and outing Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ lies about why we are still in Syria.  Of course, the BBC is whitewashing all of this and portrays it as some triumph of humanitarianism.
But, it isn’t. Allowing ISIS to roam freely was always the plan in Syria so that it could overthrow the Assad government.  Now that that operation has failed, Plan D is to remain in country to keep a toe-hold in the region.
Without them as the bogeyman how can the McCain-wing of the U.S. Deep State and the Pentagon continue to justify our presence there?  And the reason why we are there is to keep Iran and Russia from running the table.
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But, newsflash, they already have.  So, leaving our troops there is, at this point, sour grapes with no upside for anyone.
Remember, we are there illegally.  Our original allies in this operation, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are all operating there illegally as well.
Turkey, led by Racep Tayyip Erdogan, is still trying to act like it’s playing both sides against each other, but they are in Syria without an official invite from President Bashar al-Assad to both clean up its former proxies in Idlib and keep the Afrin Kurds from taking advantage of the power vacuum.
And that’s the way Iran, Iraq and Turkey want it.  The Kurds will be put back into their bottle and the U.S. will eventually have to leave.  But, for now, we’re continuing to try to have it our way by trying to get Assad to step down in Damascus.
And that is not going to happen.

Geneva Two-Step

So, despite the propaganda which terms our involvement as saving Syrians from the evil Assad, quite the opposite is the truth.  We are there to continue sowing chaos and prevent peace from breaking out.
Russia is adding to the pressure by putting the diplomatic screws to the Pentagon and its mendacity concerning the end of the Syrian ‘Civil War,’ a war began by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and continued as policy now a year into the Trump administration.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has taken the diplomatic gloves off calling ISIS and other separatist forces “wards of the United States.” And they are the ones in the most danger.  Moreover, the Pentagon has given these ISIS fighters cover to leave under the Geneva Convention since they ‘surrendered.’
But, in many cases they ‘surrendered’ while leaving with their war materiel.
The deal involved allowing more than 4000 ISIS fighters to leave Raqqa, a city the U.S./Kurdish SDF forces leveled by the way, as a convoy. This is not the first time this has happened.  The Russians bombed a similar convoy that was allowed to leave the Tabqa Dam months before the supposed “Battle for Raqqa” was even engaged.
Again, to repeat, these ISIS fighters and their families left under U.S. cover of the Geneva Convention but did so with their weapons in hand.  That’s, by definition, not surrender.
The U.S. military is in Syria to provide tactical and strategic cover for ISIS for future operations (Iran?  Afghanistan?) while it and its Kurdish proxies build a myriad of military bases in Eastern Syria.  And then to make things worse the actual Battle for Raqqa was simply a controlled evacuation while the U.S. Air Force leveled the city to hinder its rebuilding.
It’s a proud day to be an American, let me tell you.
Why we’re doing this is to continue influencing the settlement process along the lines of Israeli desires. The problem is that the U.S. no longer has much, if any, diplomatic pull around the region.  And this comes right back to Putin’s masterful turning of Turkish President Erdogan towards Russia.
That Putin and Erdogan were all smiles after yesterday’s meeting tells you that Putin realizes the Kurds are no longer needed to contain Turkey.  Watch the statements that come from Russia in the near future.  They will stress the ‘territorial integrity of Syria.’
That’s code for, “the Kurds get to stay split across Iran, Iran and Syria.”  It is also code for, “Turkey works with us, now.”

The End of U.S. Diplomacy

So, when Gen. Mattis makes statements about our mission in Syria it is looked at as a cruel joke by foreign diplomats, much like Nikki Haley’s performance at the U.N.  This level of double-speak was the hallmark of the Obama administration.  It’s supposed to have no place in Trump’s.
The continued shrieking about evil Iran lurking behind every minute move in the Middle East is becoming as ridiculous sounding and contra-factual that the Democrats’ continued harping about Russiagate is.
The BBC filing the report that is has which attempts to make cooperating with ISIS palatable for a western audience suffering from an unending string of disgusting terrorist attacks on their homes, is the height of chutzpah.
You can’t demonize ISIS for four years, allow them to run amok in London, Lisbon, Paris and New York and then call the Russians animals for not following the Geneva Convention’s Rules on treatment of prisoners.  And then, after letting them go their merry way, TOW rockets in hand, say that we need to stay there to combat them in the future.
And yet, that’s exactly what we are doing.
Diplomacy rests on the ability to keep to one’s deals.  If you continually say one thing and do something else eventually no one will listen to a word you say.  The U.S. is in that place now in the Middle East, so short of invading the entire region and/or ‘turning it into a parking lot,’ there is little influence we can exert over what happens next, other than to leave our troops there, stranded and without clear operational purpose.
Mattis should know this is an unacceptable outcome and should be talking about withdrawal, not an open-ended commitment to further the interests of our own nightmares.

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May 05, 2017

Crazed Nuclear Ambitions: Western Powers Prepare First Strike


Fifty-six years ago, senior Pentagon officials drafted a 33-page blueprint for initiating - and winning - a nuclear war against the Soviet Union. Even though their own analysis conceded that such a plan could result in the deaths of 3 out of every 4 Americans, the Joint Chiefs strongly recommended that JFK use the ratcheted up tensions over Cuba and Vietnam as cover to carry out a preemptive strike. Fortunately for Americans, Russians and the rest of the world, JFK categorically rejected that advice! The top-secret Pentagon Plan (along with others like their planned false flag, Operation Northwoods) was kept hidden from public view, until finally being declassified over three and a half decades later. So, do not expect to receive any forewarning - you will be just as clueless as 1960's Americans were!

Half a century after the top echelon of the US military brought us to the brink of nuclear catastrophe Russia has replaced the Soviet Union as the West's leading bogeyman (beyond even ISIS or al Qaeda) and Cuba & Vietnam have been supplanted by Syria & North Korea, the hotspot battlefields of today. The common denominator however, appears to be the power-crazed generals leading the US military. Lacking the military background of JFK, has Trump been persuaded by a convincing sales pitch by his neocon generals and/or his presidental briefings that such a preemptive strike is indeed winnable? Then this may be the real reason behind his unfathomable 180° turn, mere weeks into his presidency. If the military madmen have taken control, then whatever crisis is being engineered may occur soon!

Since WWII, the US has employed the tactics of regime change, using the CIA to foment revolutions, alongside waging localized wars (Korea & Vietnam to Iraq & Libya) to advance its global hegemony. Sometime after Nixon severed the link between gold & the US dollar in 1971, US military strategists began to recognize a direct correlation between overseas military action and capital flight to the USA as fearful investors seek safe haven - today this helps finance new debt without raising interest rates! At least one major power - China, acknowledges the new reality of America's Financial War Strategy. Of course, it's one thing to deploy a strategy of heightened military tensions for financial imperialism, but an entirely different matter when a misstep among major powers could bring a nuclear holocaust!

Five and a half decades ago, a youthful and idealistic JFK thwarted the plans of the military complex his predecessor Eisenhower had warned about, before paying with his life for his audacious behavior! Will the 10th president to follow (26 years his senior at inauguration), with a savvy borne of years in the cutthroat world of business adopt a more pragmatic approach, by kowtowing before the neocon powerbrokers who have faced no serious opposition post JFK and would welcome a President Pence?

I long ago concluded that notwithstanding the few who are awake & able to see past the shenanigans, the vast masses of humanity are simply too conditioned to believe the BS and will not awaken in time to forestall the inexorable march toward conflict between the major powers, or nuclear armageddon! If I am wrong in my assessment that the collective fear factor (reptilian brain) will again override our propensity for rational thinking then the planet may somehow be spared the brewing nuclear disaster!

History shows that to draw Americans into war, they must first believe that they have been attacked. Operation Gotham Shield, simulating a 10 kt nuclear detonation in NY/NJ (the last large-scale terror drill to take place in New York coincided with the 9/11 false flag attack) just ended without incident. With parliament prorogued until after the June 8 election, the window of opportunity for joint action with Britain is rapidly closing- remember, UK MP's voted against Syria intervention last time around!

Adding to the intrigue, a mystic who has been uncannily accurate (predicting Brexit, Trump election, even the recent missile strikes on Syria) has forecast a devastating false flag to take place by May 13, involving Syria & North Korea, leading up to a world war starting on May 13, ending 5 months later!

Even as the press sleeps, the world may be just days away from the biggest conflagration since WW2, one that only the fully coordinated efforts of Putin and Trump has any real chance of keeping at bay. If Trump has indeed been coopted by the Deep State then it may already be too late to avert disaster.

Nobel laureate John Boyd Orr put his finger on the problem when he diagnosed a condition afflicting many world leaders: "It is said that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. It may well be that a war neurosis stirred up by a propaganda of fear & hatred is the prelude to destruction"!


Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China
Paul Craig Roberts
Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense.
In previous posts in recent years I have pointed out both written documents and changes in US war doctrine that indicate that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia and China. More recently, I have shown that Washington’s demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion.
It is extremely dangerous to all of mankind for Washington to convince two nuclear powers that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear strike against them. It is impossible to imagine a more reckless and irresponsible act. Yet this is precisely what Washington has done.
Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, Deputy Head of Operations of the Russian General Staff has concluded that Washington in pursuit of global hegemony is implementing an anti-ballistic missile system that Washington believes can prevent a Russian nuclear response to a US pre-emptive attack. http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/04/us-forces-preparing-sudden-nuclear.html
Careful studies have convinced the Russians that Washington is investing in and arranging components that have no other function than to devastate Russia and cripple the country’s retaliatory capability. In short, Washington is preparing to launch a nuclear war. https://www.rt.com/news/386276-us-missile-shield-russia-strike/
As I explained previously, the theory behind this insane scheme is that after America’s preemptive strike Russia will be so devastated that Russia would not retaliate with any remaining forces out of fear that Washington would launch a second major strike. Washington also plans to use agents in place to assassinate as many members as possible of the Russian government, thus leaving the government in confusion without leadership.
Yes, the insane American/Israeli neoconservatives are this determined to exercise hegemony over the world.
Yes, Washington is sufficiently criminally insane to risk the destruction of life on earth based on the supposition that Washington’s offense will work perfectly and Russia and China’s capabilities will be so degraded that no retaliatory response will occur.
One might hope that the American and Western populations would be outraged that Washington is so power-crazed that Washington is subjecting all life to such risks. But there is no sign of an anti-war movement. The Western leftwing has degenerated into Identity Politics in which the only threat comes from white heterosexual males who are portrayed as misogynists, racists, and homophopes. The Western leftwing is no longer war-conscious. Indeed, the leftwing has become diverted into such silly irrelevancies as transgender rights to toilets of their choice. The impotence of the Western left is so overwhelming that the left might as well not exist.
Where then is the hope? Russia and China cannot simply sit there and await America’s preemptive nuclear strike.
Possibly Washington does not intend a preemptive strike, but only to convince Russia and China that Washington’s preparations give Washington so much predominance in a conflict that Russia and China will submit to Washington’s hegemony. But this interpretation of Washington’s intention implies no less risk. Why would Russia and China wait for Washington to complete its preparations for war, preparations that permit Washington to turn Russia and China into puppet states?
The US military/security complex has clearly prevailed over Trump’s intention to normalize relations between the US and Russia, and anti-Russian venom continues to pour out of NATO and Washington’s European vassal states. The majority of the American people seem to have accepted the propaganda that Russia is the number one threat to the United States. With propaganda controlling the explanation, Washington’s aggressive actions are explained as defense against a threat and not as a policy that will end life on earth.
The chances are high that life on earth is approaching its end. The responsibility lies heavily on the American people, whose success, due to the mistakes of others, made Americans think that they are exceptional and privileged. Unaware of the inhumane threat to all life that is embodied in the neoconservative claim that Americans are exceptional and indispensable, the self-satisfied American public is unaware of the consequences of such hubris. Hubris is leading them, and the entire world, to slaughter in thermo-nuclear war.
The neoconservative claim of American exceptionalism is the identical claim made for Germans by Hitler. If Americans are indispensable, everyone else is dispensable and can be “bombed into the stone age” as one US government official put it, or nuked as Washington intends to do to Russia and China. The claim of American exceptionalism is not accepted by Russia and China. Therefore, the insane, crazed monsters who rule over the West in Washington are bringing life on earth to an end.
And there are no protests. The idiot British, the idiot Germans, the idiot French, Italians, Canadians, Australians, Belgians, Greeks, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, rally behind the insanity that is Washington.
And so apparently do the American people, a population stupid beyond all belief.

March 06, 2016

Gulf War Redux: Iraq 1991 Equals Turkey 2016?



As Mark Twain astutely observed: "History may not always repeat itself, but it certainly does rhyme"! Are we about to witness the latest example of this repetitive rhyming with the current Syrian conflict? To start, let's recount the sequence of events surrounding the first Gulf War a little over 25 years ago. Following ongoing provocations (illegal slant drilling for oil) & after getting assurances from the US that it would not intervene, Iraq invaded its smaller neighbor to the South, Kuwait on August 2, 1990. Five months later, an international coalition led by the US launched an offensive on January 17, 1991, going on to successfully retake Kuwait, the combat phase of operations ending on February 28, 1991, when the Soviet Cold War ally was defeated - ceasing hostilities before entering the capital, Baghdad!

Fast forward 25 years to September 30, 2015 - Russia kicks off a campaign of airstrikes against ISIS (created, armed, & funded by Western allies, blazing a long trail of destruction across Iraq and Syria)! In a surprise move that caught the Western alliance off-guard and likely forestalled a Syrian invasion, planned as a preparatory step to an assault on Iran to continue its strategy of encirclement of Russia, they soon had ISIS forces in retreat, a task the pretend allied bombing seemed incapable of achieving! Coming midway between both operations was the Iraq War, post-9/11 in response to cooked evidence of non-existent WMD, launched on Mar 20, 2003 (4½ months prior to the mid-point of the war cycle) which lasted over 8 years and left a country so unstable as to be the perfect breeding ground for ISIS!

The two campaigns were starkly different - so much so that one could refer to them as mirror images! Whilst the first Gulf War came about when a US ally was invaded by a former Soviet Cold War ally, after being misled by the US that it would not intervene, the Russian bombing campaign only began after it had become obvious to all that ISIS was simply a tool by the West for regime change in Syria, as part of an ongoing strategy following Afghanistan & Iraq to create a domino effect leading to Iran. Failure to act would have meant a significant shift in the balance of Mid-East power, Russia the loser. Having almost certainly forestalled an invasion by Turkey to the North, & Saudi Arabia to the South, (both key regional US allies), the key question that remains is whether such an invasion will proceed!

Viewing all these conflicts as separate & disconnected would be a serious error - fact is, the false flag attacks of 9/11 & 7/7, alongside the various Mid-East operations all form part of a master plan geared to advancing US hegemony worldwide laid out in the neocon Project for the New American Century! Though it took some time, a resurgent Russia and a powerful China have awakened to the new reality -will the historical powerbrokers in the West abandon longstanding plans or will they risk world war?

Adding to the complexity of the situation is that opposing forces belong to either Sunni or Shia sects, historical enemies, & that the PNAC plan would have meant the Sunni factions dominating the Shia! Another factor (ignored by the media) is Obama's religion - though ostensibly Christian, there are strong indications (verbal slips, upbringing) that he is a Muslim - if so, indications suggest he is Shia. Taqiyya - a Shia doctrine justifying deception (pretending another faith) - is frowned upon by Sunnis!

A previous article highlighted the cycle (unearthed by Martin Armstrong) governing major conflicts from the early 20th century until today - 25 years, 1 month, 2 weeks. Applying this cycle to the first Gulf War (August 2, 1990) takes us to September 16, 2015 - a mere 2 weeks before hostilities started! Continuing the conflict cycles model to the offensive launched by coalition forces to drive out Iraq on January 17, 1991 we arrive at March 2, 2016, adding the two extra weeks takes us to March 16, 2016!

Meanwhile, despite giving assurances that the West wants no war with Russia (& potentially, China), there continues to be a build-up of troops & heavy weaponry in South Turkey & North Saudi Arabia, along with reports of a surreptitious gathering of military manpower - posing as tourists - in Lebanon!

So if history doesn't exactly repeat, are we about to see the latest example of it nonetheless rhyming? Thirteen years after the last wrongful invasion of a Mid-East country which neither possessed WMD nor played any role in 9/11, are we about to witness a rerun by a nearby power that is destined to fail?

Is Obama a Muslim of the Shia sect, and if so is he about to mislead a key ally Turkey, into launching an invasion in order to rid himself of a Sunni opponent Erdogan, by 'feeding him to the Russian bear'? Will Saudi Arabia follow suit, resulting in a major power shift from Sunni to Shia in the Middle East?




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Realizing a massive invasion of Syria would provoke a Tactical Nuclear response by Russia, the Saudis and Turks have changed strategy: neutralize Russia first, then take Damascus in one fell swoop, with troops sent covertly as tourists inside nearby countries!
In a staggering and cunning change, Saudi Arabia and its “Arab Coalition against Terrorism” as well as Turkey have changed plans from an initial, massive invasion from Saudi Arabia, through Jordan to Syria. Once that plan for a massive invasion became obvious, and the tactical nuclear response to such an invasion became inevitable, the Saudis and Turks had to switch gears and form a new plan.
They have now commenced that new plan – an order of magnitude more cunning and perhaps even MORE outrageous – to neutralize Russia (inside Syria) first, then take Syria by directly attacking Damascus.
The map below gives you a layout of the area involved:
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CITIZENS TOLD TO LEAVE LEBANON IMMEDIATELY – SUBS DEPLOYED

Hints that something was afoot came this morning when Saudi Arabia (SA) publicly warned its citizens not to travel to Lebanon and told any Saudis inside Lebanon to leave immediately.  About two hours later, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) told its citizens the exact same thing.
SuperStation95 made a quick inquiry to our sources in the Pentagon and they confirm that days ago, Turkey, SA and other Arab Coalition countries ordered re-deployment of TurkSubBosporussubmarines, into the eastern Mediterranean Sea, some told to take up station west of Latakia, Syria and others told to take up station southwest of Tartus, Syria.  Both those places are the location of Russian bases and troops inside Syria.
It is widely believed the submarines are targeting Russian ships which are equipped with the advanced S-300 or S-400 anti-missile system.
Upon receiving an attack order, those submarines will fire torpedoes at the Russian vessels patrolling the Mediterranean near Syria  AND FIRE AT SHIPS DOCKED IN TARTUS AND LATAKIA, with the intent of disabling (not sinking) them, to neutralize the anti-aircraft capabilities of those ships.
Since the Turks, Saudis and other nations in the “Arab Coalition against Terrorism” ALL have submarines, there will be no way to tell which nation is responsible for attacking the Russian ships.  All of them will have “plausible deniability!”
Once the ships on patrol and those in port are disabled, there will be a gaping hole in the air defenses protecting Syria.  At that time, warplanes from Incirlick Air Base in Turkey will commence attacks into Syria, through that air defense gap, and attack Damascus directly.

COVERT TROOP and SUPPLY MOVEMENTS INTO LEBANON, JORDAN

In preparation for this new plan, for over a week, Thousands of troops from the “Arab Coalition against Terrorism” have been quietly traveling in small groups, as “Tourists” into LEBANON, as well as to Amman, Jordan.  
It is now also known that the Israeli government has been quietly working with Jordan and Saudi Arabia to prepare for a large force of Arab troops to USE THE GOLAN HEIGHTS to travel north into Syria, to attack Damascus and topple its President Assad.
Our source in the Pentagon told us “It is in Israel’s interest to overthrow Assad because in doing so, they get to keep the Golan Heights which for years, they have only occupied.”  By working with Arabs to achieve this purpose, Israel is generating good will inside Arab nations with the goal of long-term peace and stability!  The fact Israel has authorized armed Arab troops to move, en masse, through the Golan Heights, is a risk for Israel, but one they believe will foster trust with the (new) Syrian regime.  (By deception they shall wage war.)
Cargo ships carrying container loads of weapons and supplies, have been traveling up the Suez Canal, docking in Lebanon, and unloading containers of weapons and ammunition to warehouses outside Beirut.
The covert troops are then called to come to the various warehouses to pick up the weapons they will use.

TARGET:  DAMASCUS

It is only about 60 miles from Beirut, Lebanon, to Damascus, Syria. It is about 80 miles from the Golan Heights to Damascus.
According to our sources, there are already over thirty thousand troops covertly inside Lebanon and the number is growing by the hour.
In addition, we are told there are over fifty-thousand troops inside Jordan, filling hotels and apartments throughout the Amman area.
Of course, there are still about 150,000 troops in northern Saudi Arabia for their “military exercise.”
Before the attacks commence, Turkey will move troops across the Syrian Border near Azaz to commence the fighting and draw attention to this area; an area where a Turkish invasion has been expected for weeks. As this fighting gets severe, troops in Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia will be quietly on the move, north, into Jordan.
According to our sources, the covert troops will move from Amman, Jordan, into the Golan Heights, with orders to attack Damascus from the SOUTH.  Their colleagues from Beirut will move to attack Damascus from the WEST.  At the same time, the remaining 150,000 troops, still participating in the “exercise” in Saudi Arabia which began last week, will move  from Saudi Arabia into Jordan, crossing into Syria to strike Damascus from the EAST, perhaps branching off prior to arrival to also attack from the NORTH.  The blue lines on the map below show the ground invasions:
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Due to the significant land distance involved, each segment of troops will be required to begin moving at different times.  This will be the only alert/advance warning the Syrians and Russians will have that the attack is on.

FRANCE EXPEDITES A CARRIER BATTLE GROUP TO THE MED

Within the last 24 hours, France – who opposes Russia’s participation in Syria — suddenly ordered its only aircraft Carrier, the Charles DeGaulle and its Battle Group, to proceed “forthwith”from the Persian Gulf to the eastern Mediterranean. Right where the Turkish subs were sent to decapitate the Russian fleet.
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This will put French Naval Power right in the fighting, and French Air Power close enough to Latakia and Tartus to make sure the Russian s-300 and s-400 systems are knocked out, allowing the Turks coming from Incirlick air base to get through to Damascus.

THE “CEASE-FIRE” DECEPTION

It is now clear that the “cease fire” being negotiated by the US with Russia/Syria, was designed merely to be a delaying tactic, to allow for the re-positioning of SA/UAE and Turk forces!  The cease fire has been a ruse, a deception, to allow the aggressors time to reposition and redeploy in a way that prevents Russia from using Tactical nukes AND overwhelms Russian defenses, allowing a swift decapitation strike against Damascus.
Unless the Russians, who have been acting in good faith and ardently seeking solutions to the Syria issue, prepare (and prepare fast) they will be totally overwhelmed in a manner against which they cannot use nukes.  Russia will lose Syria and be humiliated on the world stage for all to see.
At that point, Russia will be given a choice:
  • Take your losses, push back from the table, call it a day and go home, OR;
  • Engage in massive full-scale war to save a country (Syria) that has already been conquered.
It would be a crushing defeat for the Russians, who did everything according to International Law, but were defeated by the unimaginable treachery of those in the US, UK, France and the “Arab Coalition against Terrorism.”
Unless Russia is prepared to react by sinking the Turkish subs at the first torpedo, or makes other arrangements to protect their s-300 or s-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to prevent a gaping hole, or perhaps to cross into Turkey from Georgia and Armenia, so as to derail the Turks, all will be lost.
UPDATE 4:25 PM Eastern US Time — Bahrain has just announced its citizens should not travel to Lebanon and any who are already there should leave.  They now join Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates who issued same warnings earlier today . . . .
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