Golan is the gift that is not Trump’s to give | Intrepid Report.com – Linda S. Heard

March 26, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The US president’s ego has reached dangerous heights. Bad enough that he overturned decades of American policy by unilaterally declaring occupied Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, now with a tweet he has presented his buddy Benjamin Netanyahu struggling to be re-elected with the long-coveted icing on the cake, the occupied Golan Heights.

His personal motives are suspect especially at a time when US-Arab goodwill should be nurtured in light of his upcoming Israel-Palestinian peace plan reveal. Critics allege he is playing to his pro-Israel evangelical Christian base and is courting the Jewish vote ahead of elections due to take place in November next year.

Worryingly, while interviewed by the Christian Broadcasting Network, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who serves as a deacon at his local evangelical church, agreed that his boss was sent by God to save Israel from the Iranian menace. “As a Christian I believe that is possible,” he said. “I am confident the Lord is at work here.” What happened to separation of religion and state?

Source: Golan is the gift that is not Trump’s to give | Intrepid Report.com

Ari Fleischer Lied, and People Died | The American Conservative – Scott Ritter

March 25, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Ari Fleischer, the former White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush, ignited a firestorm of controversy Wednesday when, while commenting on the 16th  anniversary of the U.S invasion of Iraq, he sought to defend the reputation of his boss when it came to the veracity of the claims about Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) that underpinned President Bush’s case for war.

“The Iraq war began sixteen years ago tomorrow,” Fleischer tweeted on March 19. “There is a myth about the war that I have been meaning to set straight for years. After no WMDs were found, the left claimed ‘Bush lied. People died.’ This accusation itself is a lie. It’s time to put it to rest.”

Fleischer goes on to declare that “The fact is that President Bush (and I as press secretary) faithfully and accurately reported to the public what the intelligence community concluded,” before noting that “The CIA, along with the intelligence services of Egypt, France, Israel and others concluded that Saddam had WMD. We all turned out to be wrong. That is very different from lying.”

Source: Ari Fleischer Lied, and People Died | The American Conservative

Mystery in Madrid: Who Raided the North Korean Embassy – and Why? – Antiwar.com Original – Justin Raimondo

March 21, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Of course it was just a coincidence that the first organized attack on a North Korean facility by internal rebels (supposedly) took place days before the scheduled North Korean-US summit in Hanoi. Ten masked men stole computers, interrogated North Korean officials, and drove off in a number of luxury cars. Credit was taken by a group that calls itself Chollima.

Despite constantly being told by the Western media that this is a totally unknown group, to anyone who knows the least bit about Korean history, this is laughable. In the mid-1950s, China’s “Great Leap Forward” was in progress, and Chollima was the Korean equivalent. It means “speed” of an unusual sort, and the symbolism was based on a mythological winged horse that could supposedly gallop at one thousand li (over a mile) a minute.

Since the North had limited physical resources, the idea was to overcome this by sheer ideological zeal. In short, Chollima was never some secret movement in opposition to the regime, but was instead a state-sponsored phenomenon from start to finish. “Chollima” is what they call their state soccer team.

Source: Mystery in Madrid: Who Raided the North Korean Embassy – and Why? – Antiwar.com Original

Senate Panel Seeks Reset of Policies Toward China – Bill Gertz

March 13, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is examining new policies aimed at dealing with the growing challenge from China, the committee’s chairman said Tuesday.

Sen. Jim Risch (R., Idaho) will preside over a hearing of the committee set for Wednesday that will examine how to adjust American foreign policies to address contentious issues toward China. They include Beijing’s military expansion in the South China Sea, China’s global Belt and Road Initiative infrastructure initiative, and its plan to corner key technology markets through the Made in China 2025 program.

Source: Senate Panel Seeks Reset of Policies Toward China

A Christian Pastor’s Advice to John McCain as He Faces the Gates of Hell – Mark Dankof

March 8, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

You have been a willing and deliberate liar and warmonger for the Zionist State of Israel, the banks, and the Military Industrial Complex. Among the countless number of deaths you have been a conscious and consenting party over many years, you have even stooped in recent years to photo opportunities with Sunni Wahhabic extremists from ISIS and the al-Qaeda fronts in your Israeli sponsored activities in Syria.

In short, Senator, as I explain the gravity and seriousness of your eternal position, you are nearing entrance into the grasping Jaws of Hell. You are like Belshazzar. The Israeli American Empire is like his Babylonian Empire. Both have ‘been weighed and found wanting in the balance.’ (Daniel, Chapter Five)

Source: A Christian Pastor’s Advice to John McCain as He Faces the Gates of Hell

Military Intervention and Mercenaries, Inc. (MIAMI) | Intrepid Report.com – Wayne Madsen

March 4, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The city of Miami, Florida, may have started out as a retirement mecca for winter-worn pensioners from northern climes. However, after the beginning of the Cold War and US military and Central Intelligence Agency intervention in Guatemala, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Guyana, the Bahamas, and other Western Hemisphere nations, Miami became a refuge for exiled wealthy businessmen escaping populist revolutions and elections in South and Central America, and spies. The retirement and vacation capital of the United States quickly became the “Tropical Casablanca.”

Now home to thousands of limited liability corporations linked to the CIA, as well as private military contractors, sketchy airlines flying from remote Florida airports, the interventionist US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and exiled oligarchs running destabilization operations in their native countries, Miami—or MIAMI, “Military Intervention and Mercenaries, Inc.”—serves as the nexus for current Trump administration “regime change” efforts.

Source: Military Intervention and Mercenaries, Inc. (MIAMI) | Intrepid Report.com

Is the American Century Over For Good? | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

March 1, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Indulging its hatred of Trump is a preoccupation, an obsession of this capital city.

“Politics stops at the water’s edge” was a tradition that, not so long ago, was observed by both parties, particularly when a president was abroad, speaking for the nation.

The tradition was enunciated by Sen. Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan in 1947, as many of the Republicans in the 80th Congress moved to back Truman’s leadership in the Cold War against Stalin’s empire.

The tradition lasted until the mid-1960s, when the left wing of the Democratic Party turned viscerally, and even violently, against the war in Vietnam and President Lyndon Johnson.

Republican Presidents Nixon, Reagan and Bush I, with the support of conservative Democrats, led America to final victory in the Cold War

Source: Is the American Century Over For Good? | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

The Chef Boyardee War: Venezuela’s Clueless Opposition – Antiwar.com Original – Justin Raimondo

February 26, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

My contrarian view of Venezuela’s regime change drama – that it’s regime change theater put on by President Trump for purely domestic political reasons – was confirmed on the big day when the conflict was supposed to come to a head, when the looming confrontation proved to be … dueling concerts! Regime change as entertainment – there’s something so American about that.

What the heck, a little music is what every regime change operation needs: however, the theme song of this one is turning out to be more John Cage than John Philip Sousa. Instead of “President” Guaidó rallying his forces and leading them into battle, he’s trying to cross a bridge that has never been used with 1000 cans of Chef Boyardee, 500 cartons of mac-and-cheese, and enough airline “food” (courtesy of Richard Branson) to kill off a number of Chavistas.

Source: The Chef Boyardee War: Venezuela’s Clueless Opposition – Antiwar.com Original

Netanyahu seals a devilish pact with despicables | Intrepid Report.com – Linda S. Heard

February 26, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is fighting tooth-and-nail to cling to his lofty seat in the run-up to Knesset elections scheduled for April 9. For the first time in many years, his Likud Party faces a serious challenger. Kahol Lavan (Blue White), a centrist alliance formed in December last year, led by Benny Gantz, a former armed forces chief-of-staff-turned politician, is edging ahead in various polls.

Gantz and his partners, among them former Minister of Finance Yair Lapid and former Defence Minister Moshe Yaa’alon, are running on a values-based national reconciliation ticket.

“Our doors are open to all, right-wingers, centrists, left-wingers,” Gantz said. “Our hands are outstretched to all Israelis—Mizrahi and Ashkenazi, religious and secular, Jews and non-Jews.”

Source: Netanyahu seals a devilish pact with despicables | Intrepid Report.com

The Empire: Now or Never, by Fred Reed – The Unz Review

February 25, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Many people I talk to seem to think American foreign policy has something to do with democracy, human rights, national security, or maybe terrorism or freedom, or niceness, or something. It is a curious belief, Washington being interested in all of them. Other people are simply puzzled, seeing no pattern in America’s international behavior. Really, the explanation is simple.

The reason of course is empire, the desire for which is an ancient and innate part of mankind’s cerebral package. Parthian, Roman, Aztec, Hapsburg, British. It never stops.

When the Soviet Empire collapsed, America appeared poised to establish the first truly world empire. The developed countries were American vassals in effect if not in name, many of them occupied by American troops: Among others, Europe, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Latin America, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. The US had by far the dominant economy and the biggest military, controlled the IMF, NATO, the dollar, SWIFT, and enjoyed technological superiority.. Russia was in chaos, China a distant smudge on the horizon.

Source: The Empire: Now or Never, by Fred Reed – The Unz Review

How Politics Trump Intel in the US-Russia Nuke Treaty Pullout | The American Conservative – Scott Ritter

February 25, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States has a track record of asking nations to prove a negative when it comes to compliance with arms control agreements, and then holding them to account when they fail to do so. The deficit of integrity over U.S. claims against Iraq regarding weapons of mass destruction and Iran and its nuclear program speaks volumes about how corrupt America’s policy making apparatus has become. Now the United States is making the same mistake again by pulling out of the INF Treaty, which it claims Russia violated.

“A high degree of confidence is required before the United States will publicly charge another party with violation of an international agreement.” Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) Thomas Graham, Jr. delivered those remarks during testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 1994. At that time, the ACDA served as the lead agency regarding arms control compliance. The intelligence community supported the ACDA’s mission of making firm compliance judgments by providing the necessary intelligence information and analysis.

Source: How Politics Trump Intel in the US-Russia Nuke Treaty Pullout | The American Conservative

On to Caracas and Tehran! | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

February 22, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

In the Venezuelan crisis, said President Donald Trump in Florida, “All options are on the table.” And if Venezuela’s generals persist in their refusal to break with Nicolas Maduro, they could “lose everything.”

Another example of Yankee bluster and bluff?

Or is Trump prepared to use military force to bring down Maduro and install Juan Guaido, the president of the national assembly who has declared himself president of Venezuela?

We will get an indication this weekend, as a convoy of food and humanitarian aid tries to force its way into Venezuela from Colombia.

Source: On to Caracas and Tehran! | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

Rep. Ilhan Omar v. convicted felon Elliott Abrams | Intrepid Report.com – Stephen Lendman

February 17, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

For challenging Israeli brutality against Palestinians, House Republicans and Dems want Omar removed from its Foreign Relations Committee.

During her short tenure in Congress so far, Omar courageously criticized Israeli apartheid ruthlessness and challenged Elliott Abrams’ involvement in high crimes of war and against humanity.

Lots more like her are needed in Congress, among the fourth estate, and throughout US society—challenging imperial lawlessness, US high crimes too egregious to ignore, going further by demanding accountability.

Source: Rep. Ilhan Omar v. convicted felon Elliott Abrams | Intrepid Report.com

AUMF Repeal Bill Named for Walter Jones Introduced – Michael Tennant

February 17, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

A California congressman has introduced legislation named after the late Representative Walter Jones (R-N.C.; shown) that would repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — a cause that was close to Jones’ heart.

On February 6, just four days before Jones’ death, Representative John Garamendi (D-Calif.) introduced the Walter B. Jones Restoring Power to Congress Act, a bill that would repeal the AUMF one year after the bill became law. Although Jones was already in hospice care at the time, Garamendi listed him as a cosponsor of the bill, a fitting gesture in light of the fact that, according to Roll Call, “the legislation grew out of Garamendi’s work with Jones on the House Armed Services Committee.”

Source: AUMF Repeal Bill Named for Walter Jones Introduced

A Tribute to Rep. Walter Jones – Antiwar.com Original – John J. Duncan

February 17, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Walter was the ultimate fiscal conservative. He was the only Republican who voted against the Trump tax cut because he knew it was going to increase our deficits.

And he was horrified by the trillions we have wasted on very unnecessary wars in the Middle East.

I was one of six Republicans who voted against going to war in Iraq.

Walter told me many times how much he regretted voting for that war.

But he more than made up for it by sending thousands of letters of condolence to family members who lost loved ones in Iraq and becoming the leader and most outspoken member of the very small band of antiwar Republicans.

Source: A Tribute to Rep. Walter Jones – Antiwar.com Original

Why I Got Trump Right – Antiwar.com Original – Justin Raimondo

February 14, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The sharp and frankly astonished reaction to my embrace of President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy did not surprise me. I have to admit, however, that the anger that accompanied it made me take a step or two back. The passion with which the hand-wringing Never Trumpers denounced me as a traitor had behind it a special force, the moral certainty of morons. Trump, they declared with the confidence of one who is merely stating an axiom beyond dispute, will most certainly start World War III! But you can really be too harsh on them. After all, who could have known that, once in office, he would withdraw from the major theaters of the Bush era and do his best to retract the horns of the American bull after rampaging throughout much of the world?

Who, that is, besides myself?

Okay, so I was right about Trump in taking his America First rhetoric seriously and my libertarian and peacenik critics were wrong. Yet even to this day we see no acknowledgment from these geniuses of just how wrong they were, no evidence that they are close to understanding why and how they missed it. After all, their characterization of Trump as a warmongering ogre turned out to be the complete opposite of the reality. As Trump dismantles the Cold War architecture that empowers and justifies the national security state, as I predicted he would, one has to wonder: what is preventing otherwise reasonable people from seeing what is plainly unfolding in the era of Trump – a new age of peace and prosperity?

Source: Why I Got Trump Right – Antiwar.com Original

U.S. Bolstering Pacific Military Forces to Counter ‘Massive’ Beijing Buildup – Bill Gertz

February 13, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. military is adding forces and bases in Asia to counter a “massive” buildup of Chinese military forces and aggressive efforts by Beijing to expand Chinese communism, the commander of the Indo-Pacific Command told Congress on Tuesday.

Adm. Philip Davidson, the new Pacom commander, testified that China’s military buildup includes significant numbers of advanced missiles, aircraft, ships, submarines and nuclear forces and he called China “the greatest long-term threat to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

Source: U.S. Bolstering Pacific Military Forces to Counter ‘Massive’ Beijing Buildup

Venezuela Is An Opportunity For Russia And China To Change The World – PaulCraigRoberts.org

February 10, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Nothing better illustrates Washington’s opposition to democracy and self-determination than the blatantly public coup Washington has organized against the properly elected president of Venezuela.

Washington has been trying to overthrow the Venezuelan government for years. Washington wants the state owned oil company to be privatized so that it can fall into the hands of US oil companies. That would ensure Washington’s control over Venezuela. Transferring the wealth out of the country would prevent any economic development from inside the country. Every aspect of the economy would end up in the hands of US corporations. The exploitation would be ruthless and brutal.

Venezuelans understand this, which is why Washington, despite wrecking the Venezuelan economy and offering enormous bribes to the Venezuelan military, has not yet been able to turn the people and the troops against Maduro.

Source: Venezuela Is An Opportunity For Russia And China To Change The World – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Dirty Evil Secrets | Veterans Today | Military Foreign Affairs Policy Journal for Clandestine Services – Preston James

February 7, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The Fine Art of Human Compromise actually runs the world:

Human Compromise (human Intelligence, “Humint”) is the fine art of entrapping a targeted individual in highly anti-social and often seriously criminal behavior or by bribing them with money or other secret enticements.

If the targeted individual’s “secret sins” ever become known and believed by the public, the result is almost always an immediate “fall from grace” followed by political/social/familial and often economic ruin.

Source: Dirty Evil Secrets | Veterans Today | Military Foreign Affairs Policy Journal for Clandestine Services

Uh Oh – Please Tell Me That The U.S. Is Not About To Go To War With Venezuela…Michael Snyder

February 5, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Is the United States about to be dragged into another pointless war that will drag on for years?  Have we learned nothing form the wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq?  When Juan Guaido boldly declared himself the new leader of Venezuela during an opposition rally on January 23rd, everybody realized that something was up.  There is no way that he ever would have done that unless he knew in advance that the United States was going to publicly back him.  And when John Bolton appeared at a White House briefing with “5,000 troops to Colombia” scribbled on a yellow note pad, it became exceedingly clear what was about to happen.  Diplomatic pressure would be used to try to force Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro from power, but if that didn’t work then regime change would be achieved by force.

Source: Uh Oh – Please Tell Me That The U.S. Is Not About To Go To War With Venezuela…

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