Trump’s Crusaders March to War, by Eric Margolis – The Unz Review

April 29, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The Trump administration has demanded that the principal importers of 1.2 billion barrels of Iranian oil halt purchases almost immediately. This imperial diktat includes China, South Korea, Turkey, India and Japan. The comprehensive embargo is very close to an all-out act of war. In 1941, America’s cut-off of oil to Japan provoked the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The oil embargo not only violates international law, it sets the US on a collision course with some of its most important allies and vassal states. Brazen threats against Iran by Trump’s two main enforcers, National Security advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have reinforced America’s unfortunate image as an imperial power that threatens war against disobedient satraps and independent-minded nations.

Source: Trump’s Crusaders March to War, by Eric Margolis – The Unz Review

Wiki-Gate: Julian Assange Was Framed by the People Who Supported Him – Global Research Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization – Prof Michel Chossudovsky

April 23, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Julian Assange’s arrest (after almost seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy) constitutes a hideous and illegal act. He is imprisoned in Britain’s Belmarsh maximum security prison, pending his extradition to the United States. 

Statements by US prosecutors suggest that Assange would not be charged under the 1917 Espionage Act. What is contemplated are accusations of conspiring “to commit unlawful computer intrusion based on his alleged agreement to try to help Ms. Manning break an encoded portion of passcode that would have permitted her to log on to a classified military network under another user’s identity.” (NYT, April 11, 2019).

The charges can of course be changed and shifted around. Bolton-Pompeo will no doubt play a role. In a 2017 statement when he was CIA Director Mike Pompeo “referred to WikiLeaks as a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” which needed to be eradicated.”  

Source: Wiki-Gate: Julian Assange Was Framed by the People Who Supported Him – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Trump’s CIA now unbound and back to its traditional hijinks | Intrepid Report.com – Wayne Madsen

March 20, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Under the directorship of torture and black site maven Gina Haspel, Donald Trump’s Central Intelligence Agency has returned to its traditional roots of conducting “black bag” operations and disrupting electrical grids through cyber-attacks.

The Venezuelan government has accused the Trump administration of giving the green light for a series of crippling power failures in Venezuela, which affected 22 of Venezuela’s 23 states, including the capital of Caracas. The long-duration power failures were cited by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a reason for the US withdrawing its diplomats from Caracas. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that an international commission assisted by specialists from Russia, China, Iran, and the United Nations would help his country analyze the sources of the Venezuelan electrical grid cyber-attack. Initial cyber-forensics by Venezuela traced some of the cyber warfare being waged against Venezuela to nodes in Houston and Chicago.

Source: Trump’s CIA now unbound and back to its traditional hijinks | Intrepid Report.com

 Pompeo: U.S. Will Defend Philippines in S. China Sea – Washington Free Beacon – Bill Gertz

March 5, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new policy on the South China Sea last week declaring the United States will defend the Philippines from an attack by China over a years-long island dispute.

The policy shift was announced by Pompeo in Manila on Friday. The secretary told reporters China’s island-building threatened both U.S. and Philippine sovereignty, security, and economic livelihood.

“As the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,” Pompeo said after a meeting with Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin.

Source: Pompeo: U.S. Will Defend Philippines in S. China Sea

Mike Pompeo’s War Warning to China | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

March 5, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

As President Trump flew home from his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, Mike Pompeo peeled off and flew to Manila. And there the Secretary of State made a startling declaration.

Any armed attack by China on a Philippine ship or plane in the South China Sea, he told the Philippine government, will be treated as an attack on an American ship or plane, bringing a U.S. military response.

“China’s island building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your sovereignty, security and, therefore, economic livelihood, as well as that of the United States,” said Pompeo. “As the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under article 4 of our mutual defense treaty.”

Source: Mike Pompeo’s War Warning to China | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

Don’t Major In Political Science – Ray McGovern

January 10, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Fat and skinny had a race, all around the Middle East; each fell down, lost still more face; and neither won the race.

The twin travels around the Middle East of Secretary of State Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton would be high comedy, were killing and destruction some kind of game.  They are on tour to ’splain to U.S. vassal states what their boss really meant about withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria. (Psst. In case you haven’t heard, Trump didn’t really mean what he said.)

See, for example this sad report in today’s Washington Post: Link

Source: Ray McGovern

North Korea Thinks Pompeo Has Reneged On The Deal – PaulCraigRoberts.org

July 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Pyongyang has voiced its regret over America’s attitude during high-level talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and accused Washington of seeking unilateral and forced denuclearization from North Korea.

“We were expecting the US… to come up with constructive measures to help build confidence in the spirit of reunion and talks. However, the attitude of the US was indeed regrettable,” said a statement released by the Korean Central News Agency.”

Let this be a lesson to Putin, as if he needs another one, that no deal with Washington can be trusted. As Assad recently said, talking with Washington is a waste of time, because Washington’s word doesn’t mean anything. Washington says one thing and does another.

Source: North Korea Thinks Pompeo Has Reneged On The Deal – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Mike Pompeo’s 12-Step Plan for Disaster With Iran

June 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In what The Washington Post—no friend of Iran—has labeled “a silly speech,” Donald Trump’s new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, provided an American answer to the charge made by French President Emmanuel Macron during his State visit last month that, when it came to the Iranian nuclear agreement (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action, or JCPOA), there was “no Plan B.” Macron’s observations were made in the context of President Trump’s threat to withdraw from that agreement, even though Iran had been determined by all parties (including the United States) to be in full compliance.

Trump made his decision to withdraw official on May 8, and since then the United States has been struggling to articulate a strategy to deal with the consequences of that action. Pompeo’s speech—titled “After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy”—was intended to provide America’s “Plan B.” Upon reflection, however, Pompeo’s speech failed to accomplish this. Worse, the unrealistic demands made upon Iran in Pompeo’s address, coupled by the absolute detachment from reality and historical fact and/or context these demands were made, made Pompeo’s speech far more dangerous than silly.

Source: Mike Pompeo’s 12-Step Plan for Disaster With Iran

Rand Paul, Pompeo, and the Koch Connection – Antiwar.com Original

April 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Among the least convincing explanations ever: Sen. Rand Paul’s rationalization for changing his vote on the Pompeo nomination. When pressed, the Senator admits there were no real promises made, just a “general” sense that “we’re going to see less of these wars” after Mike Pompeo takes the helm of State. His fans were not impressed.

Adding annoyance to animadversion, it turned out that Sen. Paul’s vote wasn’t even the decisive one: two Democrats voted for Pompeo, and so his turnabout wasn’t just confusing to his base but also unnecessary.

Source: Rand Paul, Pompeo, and the Koch Connection – Antiwar.com Original

The Promise of Pompeo

March 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

President Trump’s decision to promote Mike Pompeo to secretary of state is a huge step in the right direction. It means that, if Mr. Pompeo is confirmed, the administration will have in the top foreign policy job an officer who was first in his class at West Point, appeared in arms in Iraq, soared at law school, mastered politics in Congress, has run the Central Intelligence Agency — and who agrees with the president.

Source: The Promise of Pompeo


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