Battle raging within Trump admin over Iranian nuclear waivers as regime continues its work on the bomb and Congress hampers POTUS – Jon Dougherty

July 13, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Rival factions within the Trump administration are at odds over the State Department’s sanctions waivers that have allowed Iran to continue its most controversial work on nuclear weapons research which includes a secretive military facility that is known to have been the center of the country’s bomb program, multiple U.S. officials familiar with the issue told the Washington Free Beacon.

The Trump administration has, for months, been locked in a protracted battle between various agencies as some officials are pushing for the State Department to end the sanctions waivers while others want them to remain in effect as a means of preserving a portion of the Obama-era ‘nuclear deal’ with the Islamic republic.

Source: Battle raging within Trump admin over Iranian nuclear waivers as regime continues its work on the bomb and Congress hampers POTUS

Are Yanks and Brits Going Their Separate Ways? – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

July 13, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

When Sir Kim Darroch’s secret cable to London was leaked to the Daily Mail, wherein he called the Trump administration “dysfunctional … unpredictable … faction-riven … diplomatically clumsy and inept,” the odds on his survival as U.K. ambassador plummeted.

When President Donald Trump’s tweeted retort called Darroch “wacky,” a “stupid guy” and “pompous fool” who had been “foisted on the US,” the countdown to the end began.

The fatal blow came when, in a debate with his rival for prime minister, Boris Johnson, who will likely replace Theresa May before the end of July, left Darroch twisting in the wind.

Source: Are Yanks and Brits Going Their Separate Ways? – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

UK Ambassador Who Insulted Trump Resigns | Zero Hedge – Tyler Durden

July 10, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Since the leak of official documents from this embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining term as ambassador. I want to put an end to that speculation. The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.

Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador.

I am grateful to all those in the UK and the US, who have offered their support during this difficult few days. This has brought home to me the depth of friendship and close ties between our two countries. I have been deeply touched.

I am also grateful to all those with whom I have worked over the last four decades, particularly my team here in the US. The professionalism and integrity of the British civil service is the envy of the world. I will leave it full of confidence that its values remain in safe hands.

Source: UK Ambassador Who Insulted Trump Resigns | Zero Hedge

Trump Reminds Us that America Is a Military Nation – The Future of Freedom Foundation – Jacob G. Hornberger

July 6, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

In extolling America’s position as a military nation, Trump left out something important in his talk: America did not start out as a military nation. In fact, quite the contrary. America was founded as a limited-government republic, not a military nation.

In fact, the people who founded the United States abhorred the concept of a military nation. That’s one of the reasons they chose to revolt against their own government, which was a military nation, one whose officials extolled its military prowess, just as Trump does today with America.

It’s easy to think of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence as great Americans. They weren’t. The reason they weren’t was that they weren’t Americans. They were British citizens. They were every bit as British as Americans today are Americans.

Source: Trump Reminds Us that America Is a Military Nation – The Future of Freedom Foundation

The Tulsi Effect: Forcing War Onto the Democratic Agenda | The American Conservative – Danny Sjursen

July 2, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Democrats, liberals, progressives—call them what you will—don’t really do foreign policy. Sure, if cornered, they’ll spout a few choice talking points, and probably find a way to make them all about bashing President Donald Trump—ignoring the uncomfortable fact that their very own Barack Obama led and expanded America’s countless wars for eight long years.

This was ever so apparent in the first two nights of Democratic primary debates this week. Foreign policy hardly registered for these candidates with one noteworthy exception: Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard—herself an (anti-war) combat veteran and army officer.

Gabbard, shamefully, is the only one among an absurdly large field of candidates who has put foreign policy, specifically ending the forever wars, at the top of her presidential campaign agenda. Well, unlike just about all of her opponents, she did fight in those very conflicts. The pity is that with an electorate so utterly apathetic about war, her priorities, while noble, might just doom her campaign before it even really starts. That’s instructive, if pitiful.

Source: The Tulsi Effect: Forcing War Onto the Democratic Agenda | The American Conservative

Hawkish US media have an Iran problem | Intrepid Report.com – Stephen Lendman

July 2, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Establishment media never met a sovereign independent country they didn’t want transformed into a US client state.

Iran and Venezuela are in the eye of the storm, Cuba and Nicaragua next in line, US control over Russia and China the grand prize.

And don’t ignore Syria and other active US war theaters, conflicts all about gaining control over these countries, their resources and populations—or solidifying it in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Lebanon/Palestine partnered with Israel.

Source: Hawkish US media have an Iran problem | Intrepid Report.com

Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

June 29, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

“For too long our leaders have failed us, taking us into one regime change war after the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned tax payer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end.”

Donald Trump, circa 2016?

Nope. That denunciation of John Bolton interventionism came from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate. At 38, she was the youngest candidate on stage.

Gabbard proceeded to rip both the “president and his chickenhawk cabinet (who) have led us to the brink of war with Iran.”

Source: Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

2019 Could Be The Year That A War With Iran Changes Everything, And 2 Key Deadlines Loom Within The Next 2 Weeks – End Of The American Dream – Michael Snyder

June 27, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

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 Iran’s nuclear program is about to pass a critical threshold.  Diplomatic negotiations were the only alternative to military action, and now it seems that military action is the only option left on the table.  That means that we could literally be counting down the days before missiles start flying back and forth, and it will be a war that is far more terrible than we are being told by the mainstream media.

Source: 2019 Could Be The Year That A War With Iran Changes Everything, And 2 Key Deadlines Loom Within The Next 2 Weeks – End Of The American Dream

Trump: War President or Anti-Interventionist? – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

June 26, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

As for the U.S. charge that Iran is “destabilizing” the Middle East, it was not Iran that invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, overthrew the Gadhafi regime in Libya, armed rebels to overthrow Assad in Syria, or aided and abetted the Saudis’ intervention in Yemen’s civil war.

Iran, pushed to the wall, its economy shrinking as inflation and unemployment are rising, is approaching the limits of its tolerance.

And as Iran suffers pain, it is saying, other nations in the Gulf will endure similar pain, as will the USA. At some point, collisions will produce casualties and we will be on the up escalator to war.

Source: Trump: War President or Anti-Interventionist? – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

How to Start an Unnecessary War, by Philip Giraldi – The Unz Review

June 25, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Trump was not elected necessarily to create jobs or provide clean water, to make international trade more fair, or to pay attention to the weather. He was elected on two issues. The first was immigration, which energized folks in working class communities who were watching the America they grew up and the jobs that sustained it disappear in a confrontation with an unassimilable wave of mostly Latin American illegal immigrants. Trump promised to put a stop to the flow of immigrants across the border by building a wall if necessary while also catching and deporting illegals currently in the country.

The second issue was foreign policy, and more specifically the termination of the never-ending war legacy that Trump inherited from George W. Bush and Barack Obama, which motivated people like myself to vote for him. He exploited legitimate concerns over “Hillary the Hawk” and promised to disengage from existing conflicts in Afghanistan and Syria while more-or-less pledging not to get involved in further democracy promotion or regime change.

Source: How to Start an Unnecessary War, by Philip Giraldi – The Unz Review

John Bolton’s Long Goodbye – Consortiumnews – John Kiriakou

June 12, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Everybody in America knows that Donald Trump places a premium on what he considers to be “loyalty.” You’re either with him or against him. The White House staff has been a revolving door from virtually the start of his administration. It’s not unusual for aides to last mere weeks or months, only to then be thrown out on the street.

Trump then inevitably says something about “loyalty.”

The situation isn’t unique to just the White House political and domestic policy staff. It is just as pervasive at the National Security Council. Nobody is sacred. Remember, you’re either with him or against him. Now it’s John Bolton’s turn to find himself in a corner. I believe that his days as national security advisor are numbered—for reasons that have all played out in the press.

Source: John Bolton’s Long Goodbye – Consortiumnews

Climate not conducive to Donald Trump’s peace plan | Intrepid Report.com – Linda S. Heard

June 12, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

It takes two hands to clap and neither side in this 70-year-long saga is shaking hands. Instead, naked hostility reigns largely engendered by the Trump administration’s biased approach serving the Jewish state. Bad enough that according to leaks there is no two-state or even one-state in the offing. Instead a demilitarised, non-contiguous Palestinian enclave on 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank has allegedly been proposed with its ‘capital’ on [occupied] Jerusalem’s outskirts.

Gaza’s future looks even more uncertain. It is certain that Egypt will not and cannot relinquish one inch of its land to extend the world’s largest open-air prison. Whether or not the Egyptian government would assent to the opening of the Rafah Crossing is as yet unclear.

However, that humanitarian endeavour, which ordinarily might sound like a reasonable option, would present Cairo with massive security problems given Gaza’s armed groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad and others with links to hostile entities behind terrorist attacks targeting Egyptians.

Source: Climate not conducive to Donald Trump’s peace plan | Intrepid Report.com

The American Cult of Bombing – Consortiumnews – William J. Astore

June 11, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

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 security emergency whenever he likes and so sell their warplanes and munitions to preferred dictatorships in the Middle East (no congressional approval required). Its reality for various foreign peoples: a steady diet of “Made in USA” bombs and missiles bursting here, there, and everywhere.

Think of all this as a cult of bombing on a global scale. America’s wars are increasingly waged from the air, not on the ground, a reality that makes the prospect of ending them ever more daunting. The question is: What’s driving this process? 

Source: The American Cult of Bombing – Consortiumnews

An Israeli Double-Feature: – PaulCraigRoberts.org

June 10, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Two days ago the US celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day with accolades to the armed forces and thanks to surviving veterans. The country stood strongly with the military. But today two days later is the 52nd anniversary of a day of shame when Washington turned its back on the US Navy. It was June 8, 1967 when the USS Liberty, a surveillance ship stationed off the coast of Egypt was attacked by Israeli fighter aircraft and torpedo boats. The Israelis were unable to sink the Liberty, but managed to kill 34 American sailors and wound 174. Seventy percent of the crew were casualties of the Israeli attack.

The White House, fearing the Israel Lobby, prevented the US Navy from going to the defense of the Liberty, thus sacrificing American lives, and further dishonored the US Navy by ordering Admiral McCain, father of the former US Senator John McCain, to orchestrate a cover-up. The surving crew were threatened with court-martial and imprisonment if they spoke about the event. It was 20 years before one of the surving officers wrote a book about the greatest act of shame the US government ever inflicted on the US military.

Source: An Israeli Double-Feature:  – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Land Destroyer: Europe Has no Freedom But to Choose “Freedom Gas” – Tony Cartalucci

June 7, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently renamed US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports “freedom gas.” But freedom for who? For Europe who already has a cheap and reliable source of natural gas, but is being forced to switch over to more expensive US gas under the threat of sanctions? Certainly not.

Or freedom for Russia who supplies Europe with much of its natural gas to compete openly and fairly with the United States? Most definitely not.

Or is it freedom from competition for the US? Yes, indeed.

It is often contradictory branding that heralds various chapters of US injustice at home (under the draconian “Patriot Act” for example) and abroad, such as during the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq carried out under the dubious name of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

Source: Land Destroyer: Europe Has no Freedom But to Choose “Freedom Gas”

The main Iranian threat was built by Mexico, Congress, and U.S. business | Non-Intervention2 – Michael F. Scheuer

June 7, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Seldom do concurrent events give U.S. citizens a chance to see the stubborn and uncaring-for-Americans stupidity of the designers of the national government’s foreign policy. But, today, such a situation has occurred and the asinine nature of U.S. foreign policy can be seen in brilliant clarity on the oddly related issues of Iran and Mexico.

This year is the 40th anniversary of President Crater’s decision to make Iran the permanent enemy of the United States. Instead of, say, sinking Iran’s entire navy or destroying its entire air force as rapidly as possible after the Iranians took the U.S. diplomatic hostages, Carter diddled as the mullahs consolidated power. Such military action would have forced Tehran’s hand, it would have had to choose to either release or kill the hostages. If they were released, Carter could have responded by ceasing military action. If they were killed, he could have completed the annihilation of the remainder of Iran’s military, as well as its oil pipelines and ocean-going tankers.

Source: The main Iranian threat was built by Mexico, Congress, and U.S. business | Non-Intervention2

The American Cult of Bombing and Endless War – Veterans News Report – William J. Astore

June 5, 2019 by · 1 Comment 

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 security emergency whenever he likes and so sell their warplanes and munitions to preferred dictatorships in the Middle East (no congressional approval required). Its reality for various foreign peoples: a steady diet of “Made in USA” bombs and missiles bursting here, there, and everywhere.

Think of all this as a cult of bombing on a global scale. America’s wars are increasingly waged from the air, not on the ground, a reality that makes the prospect of ending them ever more daunting. The question is: What’s driving this process?

Source: The American Cult of Bombing and Endless War – Veterans News Report

Do Trump’s Hawks Speak for Trump? – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

June 4, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

For a president who won his office by denouncing the Middle East wars into which George W. Bush and Barack Obama plunged the nation, Donald Trump has assembled the most unabashedly hawkish conclave of foreign policy advisers in memory. And he himself seems to concede the point.

If foreign policy were decided by my security adviser John Bolton, the president confided recently, “We’d be in four wars by now.”

It was Bolton who ordered the Abraham Lincoln carrier group and B-52s to the Gulf and told the Pentagon to draw up plans to send 120,000 U.S. troops. It is Bolton who is charging Iran with using mines to sabotage four oil tankers outside the Strait of Hormuz.

Source: Do Trump’s Hawks Speak for Trump? – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

The Pathology of John Bolton – Consortiumnews – Joe Lauria

May 25, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Both Israel and Saudi Arabia, lacking the military firepower of the United States, have long tried to get the U.S. to fight its wars, and one no more important than against its common enemy. An editorial on May 16 in the Saudi English-language news outlet, Arab News, called for a U.S. “surgical strike” on Iran. But The New York Times reported on the same day that though Israel was behind Bolton’s “intelligence” about an Iranian threat, Israel does not want the U.S. to attack Iran causing a full-scale war.

The intelligence alleged Iran was fitting missiles on fishing boats in the Gulf. Imagine a government targeted by the most powerful military force in history wanting to defend itself in its own waters.

Bolton also said Iran was threatening Western interests in Iraq, which led eventually to non-essential U.S. diplomatic staff leaving Baghdad and Erbil.

It is the typical provocation of a bully: threaten someone with a cruise missile and the moment they pick up a knife in self-defense you attack, conveniently leaving the initial threat out of the story. It then becomes: “Iran picked up a knife. We have to blow them away with cruise missiles.”

Source: The Pathology of John Bolton – Consortiumnews

From the Middle East to Northern Ireland, Western States are All Too Happy to Avoid Culpability for War Crimes – Counter Punch – Robert Fisk

May 20, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

When is a war crime not a war crime? When it’s committed by us, of course.

But this truism is taking on a new and sinister meaning today – and not just because Trump and his crackpots may be planning another clutch of atrocities in the Middle East.

For there is now a dangerous slippage becoming apparent in which western states are more ready than ever to countenance military crimes against humanity, to accept them, approve of them and to expect us to connive at these gross and sickening breaches of international law.

Source: From the Middle East to Northern Ireland, Western States are All Too Happy to Avoid Culpability for War Crimes

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