On the Contrary

February 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

When Poles attempt to defend their civilization from defamation,  blackmail is kicked into gear and the media announce that “Jews in Poland feel unsafe.” CNN reports: “Poland’s Jewish organizations say the country’s controversial new Holocaust law has led to a ‘growing wave of intolerance, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism,’ leaving many within the community feeling unsafe.”

You can be sure that this “feeling’ will be followed by dopey and disgusting neo-Nazis in the pay and under the direction of Zionists, spray-painting swastikas on Judaic tombs and synagogues in Poland.

When Poles pass laws forbidding defamation of Poland in connection with World War II, it becomes a free speech cause célèbre that is not raised when Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Austria pass laws forbidding revisionist history and imprisoning writers and researchers.

Source: On the Contrary

The Rutherford Institute :: Merchants of Death: America’s Toxic Cult of Violence Turns Deadly

February 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

This is how you sell war to a populace that may have grown weary of endless wars: sanitize the war coverage of anything graphic or discomfiting (present a clean war), gloss over the actual numbers of soldiers and civilians killed (human cost), cast the business of killing humans in a more abstract, palatable fashion (such as a hunt), demonize one’s opponents, and make the weapons of war a source of wonder and delight.

“This obsession with weapons of war has a name: technofetishism,” explains Stahl. “Weapons appear to take on a magical aura. They become centerpieces in a cult of worship.”

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Merchants of Death: America’s Toxic Cult of Violence Turns Deadly

Beyond Mere Survival – Antiwar.com Original

February 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A sinister alliance of Israel and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is intent on pulling us into a conflict not only with Assad but with the Kremlin. The US attacks that killed Russian soldiers on at least two occasions raises the question: have the first shots of World War III been fired?

This is the greatest danger right now: an open conflict with Russia. The domestic political interests of the Democrats and their neoconservative allies militate in favor of a new cold war – one that could all too easily turn hot. I’m old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis, when it wasn’t certain whether a nuclear war could be avoided: we are headed straight for a reenactment of those dark days.

Source: Beyond Mere Survival – Antiwar.com Original

Russians Spooked by Nukes-Against-Cyber-Attack Policy – Antiwar.com Blog

February 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Moscow is showing understandable concern over the lowering of the threshold for employing nuclear weapons to include retaliation for cyber-attacks, a change announced on Feb. 2 in the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR).

Explaining the shift in US doctrine on first-use, the NPR cites the efforts of potential adversaries “to design and use cyber weapons” and explains the change as a “hedge” against non-nuclear threats. In response, Russia described the move as an “attempt to shift onto others one’s own responsibility” for the deteriorating security situation.

Source: Russians Spooked by Nukes-Against-Cyber-Attack Policy – Antiwar.com Blog

State Department Nominee Confirms FBI Was Blocked From Arresting Chinese Security Officials

February 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The nominee for a key State Department Asia policymaking post confirmed Thursday the State Department took part in preventing the FBI from arresting Chinese intelligence officials for conducting illegal activities in New York recently, but asserted she did not take part in the decision.Susan Thornton, a career foreign service officer widely viewed among Republicans as favoring conciliatory policies toward China, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that if confirmed, her policies toward China at State would closely resemble the soft-line policies of the Obama administration.

Source: State Department Nominee Confirms FBI Was Blocked From Arresting Chinese Security Officials

The Chinese Military Is Surpassing the American Forces – Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show

February 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

This series on the new-found capabilities of the Chinese military began with an analysis of the present set of circumstances in Korea, the conflict with Taiwan and the open seas conflict in the South China Sea in which China is clearly posturing for war.

This installment of this series examines the new Chinese military which is being built to challenge the United States as well laying the ground work for conquering the Middle East and the Far East.

Source: The Chinese Military Is Surpassing the American Forces – Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show

The People Who Were Burned to Ashes on Ash Wednesday, by Michael Hoffman – The Unz Review

February 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

This carnage registers almost not at all in the American mind. The holocaust in Dresden, lasting two days and killing at least 100,000 people, like the atomic holocaust in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, usually merits not much more than a few sentences or a single paragraph in the back pages of metropolitan newspapers, unlike “Yom HaShoah (יום השואה) Holocaust Remembrance Day,” in April, which is observed with countless civic, educational and media events, hosannahs, apologies and genuflections, from the Vatican to the White House. The barely remembered German and Japanese victims of Allied war crimes were of the wrong race and religion.

Source: The People Who Were Burned to Ashes on Ash Wednesday, by Michael Hoffman – The Unz Review

The Rutherford Institute :: The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America

February 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark my words, America’s war spending will bankrupt the nation.

For that matter, America’s war spending has already bankrupted the nation to the tune of more than $20 trillion dollars.

Now the Trump Administration is pushing for a $4.4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2019 that would add $7 trillion to the already unsustainable federal deficit in order to sustain America’s military empire abroad and dramatically expand the police state here at home. Trump also wants American taxpayers to cover the cost of building that infamous border wall.

Truly, Trump may turn out to be, as policy analyst Stan Collender warned, “the biggest deficit- and debt-increasing president of all time.”

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America

Pentagon’s Nuclear Doctrine – Retrograde and Reckless

February 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest NPR asserts that since the last such review in 2010, “America confronts an international security situation that is more complex and demanding than any since the end of the Cold War.” It is clear from reading the 74-page document that Russia and China are the main source of security concern for the Pentagon – albeit the reasons for the concern are far from convincing. Indeed one might say downright alarmist.

Source: Pentagon’s Nuclear Doctrine – Retrograde and Reckless

Ike’s Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Is Alive and Very Well – Antiwar.com Blog

February 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

One thing is certain: Ike was right about the undue influence of the military-industrial-Congressional complex.

The military talks about needing all these scores of billions to “rebuild.” And, sure, there are ships that need to be refitted, planes in need of repairs, equipment that needs to be restocked, and veterans who need to be cared for. But a massive increase in military and war spending, perhaps as high as $320 billion over two years, is a recipe for excessive waste and even more disastrous military adventurism.

Source: Ike’s Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Is Alive and Very Well – Antiwar.com Blog

Land Destroyer: Downed Russian Warplane Illustrates Enduring Danger of US-Backed Terrorism

February 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

US policymakers had been preparing since as early as 2007 to wage proxy war on Syria and Iran. To do so they built upon a history of collaboration with Saudi Arabia and other notorious state-sponsors of terrorism – which includes the joint US-Saudi-Pakistani support provided to militants including Al Qaeda in the mountains of Afghanistan during the 1980s to expel Soviet forces. This support included shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 article, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” provided a prophetic warning of the dangerous expansion of this state-sponsored terrorism. Hersh warned (emphasis added):

Source: Land Destroyer: Downed Russian Warplane Illustrates Enduring Danger of US-Backed Terrorism

Donald Trump’s Superficial Patriotism At The Twilight Of U.S. Empire | Zero Hedge

February 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite the title, I don’t want this post to be all about Donald Trump. The truth of the matter is all politicians love superficial patriotism. It’s why they all claim to care deeply about the troops, yet allow veterans to wait weeks or months to see a doctor after sending them to fight pointless imperial overseas wars based on fabrications. All these disingenuous politicians are total frauds, but they tend sell the same destructive policies in different ways. As such, it’s important to understand how they manipulate and divide us.

Source: Donald Trump’s Superficial Patriotism At The Twilight Of U.S. Empire | Zero Hedge

Mattis Defends Plan to Deploy Small Nuclear Arms

February 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on Tuesday the United States will deploy small nuclear weapons on two new missiles to counter growing threats posed by Russia and China.”What we’ve seen is that Russia and China from Ukraine, to mucking around in our democratic elections in the case of Russia, to China’s militarization of features in the South China Sea, we have seen them choose to become strategic competitors with us, versus what at one time we had hoped would be some level of partnership,” Mattis said.

Source: Mattis Defends Plan to Deploy Small Nuclear Arms

In Search of Enemies – Antiwar.com Original

February 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Okay, I respect Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist as one of the few commentators who analyze events calmly, without the partisan hysteria and confirmation bias that’s so glaringly obvious on the right as well as the left. But when I saw this tweet touting Victor Davis Hanson as a “great historian,” I had to laugh: if his revisionist “history” of the Iraq war, which he fulsomely supported, is any indication of his skills in this realm, then we’ll have to redefine greatness as the ability to express a large number of falsehoods without pausing for breath. According to Hanson, we won the Iraq war, which was a great success up until the time when we inexplicably abandoned our great victory and headed homeward: the rise of ISIS, the triumph of Iranian influence, and the rather humiliating expulsion of US troops by order of the Iraqi government don’t figure in this “historical” account.

Source: In Search of Enemies – Antiwar.com Original

National Defense Strategy Is Offensive – American Free Press

February 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

On Jan. 19, Secretary of Defense James Mattis delivered prepared remarks on the upcoming year’s National Defense Strategy report. His comments were based on the unclassified summary of the document, which was also released on the same day.

Reading the report is illuminating, to say the least, and somewhat disconcerting, as it focuses very little on actual defense of the realm and relates much more to offensive military action that might be employed to further certain debatable national interests. Occasionally, it is actually delusional, as when it refers to consolidating “gains we have made in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.”

Source: National Defense Strategy Is Offensive – American Free Press

Russia Says New US Policy Could Allow Use of Nukes Even in Low-Intensity Conflicts

February 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Russia hit out over the weekend at the Trump’s administration’s new Nuclear Posture Review, expressing concern that the document leaves open the option of using nuclear weapons even in response to a non-nuclear attack.

Source: Russia Says New US Policy Could Allow Use of Nukes Even in Low-Intensity Conflicts

U.S. to Deploy Smaller Nuclear Warheads to Counter Russia’s Low-Yield Arms

February 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The United States will deploy modified smaller nuclear warheads on submarine-launched ballistic missiles and re-deploy sea-launched nuclear cruise missiles to counter Russia’s plans for using small nuclear weapons.The policy shift is outlined in the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that calls for modernizing aging weapons and delivery systems but not building new, more efficient and safer warheads.

Source: U.S. to Deploy Smaller Nuclear Warheads to Counter Russia’s Low-Yield Arms

Tillerson’s Latin America Trip an Attempt to Topple Venezuela’s Maduro – Envoy – Sputnik International

February 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Alicia Castro, the former Argentinian ambassador to Venezuela and the UK, has commented to Sputnik on US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s trip to Latin America.

According to Castro, there is documented evidence that the United States has a plan to topple the Venezuelan government and Rex Tillerson’s trip’s goal is  to coordinate this plan. One of the plan’s targets is capturing Venezuelan oil.

Source: Tillerson’s Latin America Trip an Attempt to Topple Venezuela’s Maduro – Envoy – Sputnik International

Trump Nuke Plan Resets the Doomsday Clock | The American Conservative

February 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

In 1947, a group of scientists who participated in the Manhattan Project—America’s crash wartime effort to manufacture an atom bomb during the Second World War—unveiled what it called the “Doomsday Clock” to graphically convey their concern over the danger posed by nuclear weapons to the survival of humanity.

Source: Trump Nuke Plan Resets the Doomsday Clock | The American Conservative

Land Destroyer: US Color Revolution Begins in Thailand as Proxy War with China Continues

February 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The protesters seek to overthrow Thailand’s independent institutions including its military and constitutional monarchy, and return US proxies to power, particularly billionaire and former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra and his Pheu Thai Party (PTP). Thaksin Shinawatra is a convicted criminal who fled Thailand to evade a two year jail sentence and a myriad of court cases still pending trial.

Source: Land Destroyer: US Color Revolution Begins in Thailand as Proxy War with China Continues

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